About this Property
- Sleeps 4
- 2 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathrooms
- Approximately 908 square feet
This Hidden Gem is exquisitely decorated, and located in Charleston's Harleston Village. This is the ideal location for Historic Charleston's Tour of Homes March-April and The Spoleto Festival USA May-June. Off-street parking available. Close to all amenities, and within walking distance of stores, art galleries, eateries, bars, museums, churches, Colonial Lake, the Battery. We are a short 20 -30-min. drive to the beaches and historic plantations.
The Historic Gem was constructed in 1820 and is the dependency of a historic mansion which is over 250 years old and was the Italian Consulate in the early twentieth century. We are accredited on the National Register as a historic home. It is comfortable and cozy with original wood floors and new tiles. The beds have cotton sheets, there are two pillows on each bed and bath towels included. Charleston has been repeatedly voted the friendliest and politest city in America and has been welcoming and entertaining guests for nearly three hundred years. Come and experience genteel Southern Hospitality at its best. Please do not re-arrange the decor, the furnishings, photos, flowers, mirrors, objects or curtains, or drink wine in bed. If you accidentally damage or spill something please let us know immediately so that we can take care of it. We would be grateful if you place the bedspreads on a chair if you are not using them on the bed. You are on vacation, you do not need to make up or strip the beds before your departure. We want you to be comfortable and happy. The owners live on the premises and are friendly and adore meeting guests. Due to allergies, we cannot accommodate any animals.
The apartment is on the ground floor of what was originally the servants quarters and kitchen home and is part of an estate. Charleston is a walking city and we are within 20 mins. of everywhere. The owners live on the premises and guests are welcome to see the old home and join them on the piazza/veranda for a glass of wine or sherry; upon request. Guests should park at the very back of the building and are requested not to block anyone in. Please do not enter the garden as it is unkempt.
Located in the historic Harleston Village. In walking distances to The College of Charleston and it's handsome campus. Colonial Lake is just two blocks from our door step and can be a elegant walk at sunset or sunrise. There is a playground attached to the lake, for the kiddos. I recommend renting bicycles, taking a carriage tour and the walking tours. You can really get a sense of the peninsula and its history.
Other Things to Note:
Charleston is a formal city and locals appreciate dressing up, I therefore suggest you bring a formal outfit as well as your casual clothing. Or you can go shopping at Brooks Brother, Saint Johns, Gucci, Chicos and all the other fine stores. For jewelry I recommend Joint Venture which has marvelous estate pieces and Crogans which has enchanting gifts as well as charming jewellery (and you can purchase the elegant a palmetto bug broach or necklace) both are on King Street. There is a farmers market on Marion Square on Saturday. On Second Sunday King street becomes pedestrianized and is very nice.
Interaction with Guests:
Our knowledgeable front desk associates is happy to give recommendations! You can't go wrong as we are spoiled here :) My favorite spots are Cru Cafe on Anson Street, OKU and Indaco on King, Blind Tiger and Oak on Broad, the Thoroughbred Club in the Belmont (finest She Crab soup), the Watch at the Restoration Hotel on Wentworth is great for a drink and light meal and has an fantastic view, the Grandiose Bohemian is astounding and the food and drinks are marvelous.
About the Area
Located in Charleston, this apartment is in the city center. Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal and Harborage at Ashley Marina are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park and Marion Square. Charleston Museum and South Carolina Aquarium are also worth visiting.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
- Pets not allowed
Strategies to get the best vacation rental experience:
Money saving strategies:
- To book the best vacation home within budget, we suggest booking in the Fall or Spring shoulder seasons. You'll benefit from lower rates, greater selection, gorgeous weather and the absence of large crowds at the beach and popular Charleston area attractions. Many vacationers use this strategy to find larger homes within budget, or to book an oceanfront vacation rental that would otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable during the Summer. Speaking of the off-season, don't overlook the holidays for a Charleston area vacation! Who wouldn't love a holiday near the ocean? Thanksgiving and Christmas are great times to gather with family and friends at the beach.
- In the Charleston area area, The sooner you can book a vacation home, the better your selection will be. The best rental properties are booked early. Reserving your rental home 6-12 months before your vacation is recommended. Holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving are excellent times to plan and reserve your vacation home.
- Some hosts offer discounts for veterans and active duty military. Remember to ask your host or property manager if discounts are available for your family.
- Management companies and individual rental owners often offer guests an option to buy trip insurance. Trip insurance, which will generally cost 1% - 5% of the base booking price, offers visitors reimbursement of their vacation costs for missed time as a result of personal medical-related issues or weather disasters, as well as hurricane evacuation charges, such as an unanticipated hotel stay or extra gas expenses. Trip insurance can be a a life-saver if the unforeseen occurs. Ask your property manager for details.
- Find a copy of your local Charleston area visitors guide magazine when you check-in. If your rental home doesn't have one, you can find them at local grocery stores and visitor centers. In addition to great local articles, visitors guide magazines contain deals for local accommodations, restaurants and tours.
Narrow your Search:
- First and foremost, have your family agree to dates and a spending budget.
- Decide how many beds and the configuration you need. Historic Charleston Gem has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathrooms. If you need a larger or smaller rental, use our Charleston area rentals search.
- Precise descriptions of bedrooms and bed counts is often available online. If not, email or call the host before booking the property. Remember that most property listings specify maximum guest capacity, which frequently includes pull-out couches. You'll need to work out what is right for your vacation group.
- If there's an individual Charleston area destination you are crazy about, keep an eye out for rentals that are either nearby, or those that cater especially to your requirements.
- Suitable accessibility can make or ruin a vacation for persons with disabilities. Make certain to inquire about specialized equipment and wheel chair accessibility.
- Some rentals allow pets, but others don't. Allowable types of pet, size and breeds may be restricted, and additional fees may apply. Ask the host about allowable pet guidelines before booking.
Tips for your stay:
- Be sure you get the owner's phone number and arrival/departure procedures for your . Put the host's information in your smartphone and wallet.
- To ensure that damages are not linked to your family's visit, make a record of any problem areas during check in. Speak to the host immediately to relay your findings. If there is a dispute about legal responsibility later, having the recorded concerns and contact attempts will be very helpful.
- Ask questions. You may need instructions for a fireplace, A/V setup or thermostat. Contact your owner. They are there to help! A brief call can prevent lots of difficulties.
- Respecting quiet hours and parking regulations can make a stay more pleasurable. Be a good neighbor. You'll magnify your chance to make some new local friends, and resident neighbors are usually a fantastic source for finding the best local restaurants, beaches, and hangouts.
- Speaking of neighbors... Ask a local resident! Neighbors can frequently point you in the right direction. Who better to ask where to find the best bike paths, have a great night out, or the best spots for shopping?
- Ensure you protect the property owner (and your things!) by locking the property while you are gone, just like you would back home.
- Double-check every room of the vacation property to confirm that you've packed all personal items at departure. Re-check dressers, closets, and bathrooms for hidden items. Clean the refrigerator and take any leftovers home.
- Go through the rental a final time and keep an eye out for damages to contents or the property itself. We recommend walking through with the property manager whenever possible. If the property manager is not available, ensure that you take photographs of the property to record its condition at check-out.
- Remember to leave feedback! Hosts rely on excellent feedback to propel new reservations. They'll be grateful for your review. Alternatively, if something went awry, other vacationing families will be thankful you shared your review find their best vacation rental. Be fair with your review. If something fell short of expectations, consider whether the host had any control over the issue, and if so, whether they responded quickly to solve it.
- Brittlebank Park - 0.4 miles
- City Marina - 0.5 miles
- St. John the Baptist Church - 0.5 miles
- Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim - 0.5 miles
- Marion Square - 0.6 miles
- City Market - 0.6 miles
- Circular Congressional Church - 0.6 miles
- William Aiken House - 0.7 miles