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Incredible Ocean Views! Less than 1 block from the ocean.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)


Of all the lovely vacation homes on Kiawah Island this one stands out for three reasons: beach proximity, spectacular views, and a well-designed space for privacy and family/friend gatherings. This is one of the few locales on the island where you can see the Atlantic Ocean, the one-of-a-kind Ocean Course Golf course, and the always changing natural beauty of the marsh—all from the same expansive decks and floor length windows. The space accommodates families, and children from toddler to teenager. Guests often comment on the fact that they can curl up privately with a book or a beverage but also find many inviting places to gather groups (or everyone) together.

The first floor includes a comfortable sectional and ample seating for watching the new 75” 4K TV equipped with 4K disc player. The outdoor screened porch has a new built-in gas grill, tasteful eating area and access to the outdoor deck where you will find a gas fire-pit table for cooler nights and plenty of comfy seating. This level has two bedrooms (one with queen bed, one with two double beds), each with full bath and outdoor deck access, and a laundry room with top of the line laundry facilities and laundry tub. The sectional also has a foldout double bed.

The second floor has a fully- equipped and light-filled kitchen that will make you want to cook. Appliances include ice maker, six burner range, granite countertops and plenty of glassware, dishes, appliances, and cooking utensils for the casual cook or gourmet chef. The adjoining sitting area with three sofas and upholstered chairs was recently refurbished and is a great place for breakfast or gathering near the kitchen activity. The dining area is spacious and can seat 12 comfortably for family gatherings. An additional second floor living area has separate television viewing area (46” Smart LCD with Blu-ray player) and includes a wood-burning fireplace, bar with upholstered stools, and pool table providing ample spots for conversation, viewing, and games. The second-floor covered deck has a large outdoor dining table and numerous deck chairs for viewing the ocean, marsh or golf. The master suite has a queen bed, his and her baths, whirlpool tub, separate shower, and two walk-in closets.

The third floor includes a large bedroom and attached full bath, with one queen, one double, a day bed and trundle. The third floor sitting area includes a wood-burning fireplace and a hightop table for a bird’s eye view of marsh, ocean, and golf. Or you can sit on the third-floor deck on the comfortable furnishings in the evening and check out the golfers finishing their round or, after dark, admire the stars. An extra bedroom on the floor has one twin bed; the sitting area includes a fold-out twin so this floor can work for a single couple or a family.

The three floors are equipped with an elevator that takes your belongings and groceries from the garage directly to the proper floor. The entire house is equipped with Wi-Fi and interior boosters for the best possible signal. The interior sound system allows you to play Pandora, XM radio, or your own playlists on speakers separately controlled from each room. The circular drive allows for ample parking and the garage includes two fully equipped spacious showers with ceiling fans for washing down after a day at the beach.

The house appointments are top quality from our kitchen supplies to the linens, bedding, beach toys, chairs, and towels. The decor, artwork, and furnishings are comfortable and inviting. The ocean is a short walk away.

Keywords: Ocean Views, Beach house, Luxury Home

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks for your "Welcome Mat". Yes our travels went very smoothly both ways, and so did those of the rest of our family.

We all had a wonderful time in Kiawah again. This is about the 22nd year that we have been doing this, the first time in your beautiful and specious and comfortable home, where we enjoyed your beautiful collections of Oriental Rugs, a variety of interesting Art as well as various Antique Pieces of Furniture. The view of the Marsh and the nearby Ibis Pond with hundreds of Ibis and other birds as well as at least three alligators was a new experience, as in our previous visits, we stayed mostly along Surfsong Rd near the Ocean. The sun rises and sun sets from your "Beach House" were spectacular and we could also see the white caps on the ocean and the golfers on the Ocean Course. The weather was cooperative and we could go to the beach every day, as rain and thunderstorms would be early in the morning or in the evening and so did not interfere with our outdoor activities on the beach and riding bikes. We also saw several deer right around the house, in the marsh and other areas of the Island.

Thank you so much for sharing your Home with us. We can highly recommend it to any group of up to 12 people young and not so young as the three stories provide privacy and togetherness at the same time, with the elevator really being helpful for bringing in the luggage and groceries.

It was hard to say good by but we all enjoyed every moment while we were there.
Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
36.76 Miles
Charleston International
Car: recommended

Enjoy all that Kiawah Island Resort offers to include golf, spas, biking, bird watching and of course the beach, just a few steps from the home.


Vanderhorst Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Resort
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Heating
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Incredible Ocean Views! Less than 1 block from the ocean.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Washington, DC

Perfect family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We're just back from a week's stay at this Kiawah Island home and we're already missing it. The location can't be beat - just a 5 minute walk to the beach and beach club, spectacular views of the ocean and marsh, peaceful and quiet road - and the layout is perfect for a large family, 2 or so families or several couples. The three bedrooms on the 1st and 2nd levels have ensuite bathrooms so they're perfect for adults and 2 the bedrooms and study on the 3rd level can easily accommodate 5-6 kids or another couple. The house is very clean and well furnished and provides ample common space to lounge in and a large open kitchen for gatherings. Penny and her team were super easy to work with and made sure that we had everything we needed while there. I can't recommend this house high enough!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you and your family had a wonderful vacation at our beautiful beach home!! Thank you so much for your kind words! Please do keep us in mind if your travels bring you back to the Charleston area, as we would love to host your next vacation.
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Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Gorgeous home with awesome views and minute was to the beach

  • 5 of 5

This house has been our families favorite vacation spot for the last several years . It is only a couple of minutes walk to the beach with everything you possibly need for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation for the whole family. This house is spacious and has one of the best locations on Kiawah Island with outstanding views of the ocean as well as overlooking the famous Ocean Course. I would HIGHLY recommend this house to anyone looking for a family vacation house.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback on your vacation!! We are so excited that you and your family enjoyed our beautiful beach home. We look forward to your next visit.
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

This home is amazing. We have used VRBO perhaps twelve or thirteen times over the past four years and this is, by far, the best rental experience we have ever had. Most VRBO rentals are good if they meet the expectations the owners' set in their highly buffed property descriptions. But, this rental far exceed the expectations we had set for us and did so by a gigantic margin. We went with our three adult daughter and one son-in-law. Everybody enjoyed themselves immensely and a big part of this week in Kiawah being such a success was this house.

The house is much more spacious than we imagined and the views are incredible. You get wonderful views of the march and pond in one direction and of the ocean in the other. The sunrises you see from the house are gorgeous and the wildlife you see in the marsh and pond area is bountiful. I loved staring out of the back of the house and did so quite a bit each day. Additionally, you have distant views of the famed Ocean Course golf course. This excited our son-in-law to no end as he is a fervent golfer and loved knowing that he was over looking a trophy course where both a Ryder Cup and PGA championship have been played.

The house's bedrooms are all large and really comfortably decorated. The downstairs media and living room is a great place to watch movies or sports on what must be an 80 or 90 inch big screen brand new HDTV set. The upstairs living room, family room, dining area and billiards room are all decorated in an elegant yet casual fashion. This made it feel as if we were staying at a very high end fashionable yet very comfortable retreat.

There is a great BBQ grill that we used twice during the week. The ocean and beach are only a 150 yds. away and we spent time every day riding our rental bikes on the beach which is hard packed and perfect for riding bikes.

In addition, the property manager we dealt with in renting the property was most responsive, helpful and very professional. She was one of the best property managers or owners we have dealt with in our years of VRBO renting.

Everyone in our family agreed that the house was wonderful and that when we head back to Kiawah on a family vacation the first place we will look into staying is this house.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We want each and every guest to enjoy this home and destination as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back!!
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The perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

This is the most wonderful vacation home. The location is breathtaking with spectacular views of the ocean and the marsh. The house is roomy and smartly furnished with the coziest furniture. We had 5 adults and 6 children and we enjoyed group cooking and dining every night. The kitchen is connected to a living room with multiple loveseats so everyone can comfortably relax together. We had two toddlers with us so the quick walk to the beach made it stress free and easy. The older children loved the pool table and the adults could not get enough of the balconies on every level. We will be back for sure

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your response and we are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay! Since your visit we have remodeled the kitchen, painted the interior of the home and added additional TV's. We look forward to hosting your next vacation at our beautiful vacation home on Kiawah Island.
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Extremely Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The location of this home is perfect! It is just a short walk down to the beach! (They even had beach chairs and umbrellas set up for us!) Views are breathtaking! This home was well maintained and very CLEAN when we got there. Thank you, Penny, for all of your help! You made our stay unforgettable!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy you and your family enjoyed your vacation. We look forward to providing another "extremely relaxing vacation" next year!! See you soon.
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Cary, North Carolina

A beautiful home in a spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our week on Kiawah Island, in large part because of this beautiful home. It is comfortable, well appointed, and has phenomenal views of the ocean and Ibis Pond.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Clean $650 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.5%

550.00 Departure Clean

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.