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Property Details

Updated: Apr 21, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

***10% off between July 15 and September 30th***

Relax with a cup of tea or a Mint Julep in your downtown Historic Charleston apartment while others are fighting traffic. The Peninsula of Charleston is where you want to be if you are weary of the syncopated unrest of a crazy world. Come here and set your feet to a saner tempo, where Dubose Heyward and George Gershwin composed Porgy and Bess, the first American opera. The streets of Charleston have some thing to give them that walk them in a receptive mood that will make life forever richer. Charleston is America's best kept secret.

This is a spacious three bedroom, two bath apartment, with full kitchen and dining room. The back bedroom has a queen size reproduction Old Charleston Rice Bed and matching bathroom.

The front two bedrooms are of a double bed and another with twins. Bedside tables and lamps are on each side. Attention to details is visible in tatting and embroidery of white linens, carefully chosen period furniture, and vintage china and silver. The purpose is to give you an affordable Old Charleston experience, as if you lived here. There is a two car garage in back for off street parking.

The Charleston Tea Party Private Tour gives you a chance to get to know the vacation rental owner, a native Charlestonian, and have her as your own personal concierge. She takes you to breakfast on the Battery and to her house for Tea at lunch time.

Keywords: A 3 bedroom, two bath second floor apt in a two story house sleeps up to 7 in historic Charleston within walking distance of Ashley Hall, home of

Confederate Treasurer Trenholm, and Hominy Grill restaurant. Spacious and carefully appointed with fine touches of historic Charleston. Exposed beams in main room. Full kitchen and dining room.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

My husband had the wisdom to buy this property while we were dating. I never dreamed my Charleston Tea Party Private Tour and this property would marry. We keep it affordable for those who want to savor Charleston for a week while they go on my tour and get to know Charleston. We live downtown as well on the Ashley River with our 3 teenagers and English Springer Spaniel, Chesterfield, who reflects being made in the image of God better than we do. I invite you into our home for Tea at lunchtime at the end of my tour.

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Speaks:: english, french, german, My daughter, Olivia, speaks French and her friend
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17 Reviews

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Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area
Woodbridge, Virginia


  • 5 of 5
204 Ashley was the perfect vacation rental for my mini-reunion with friends. I am from Charleston and knew right away that it's location was about 10 minutes by car from EVERYTHING anyone would want to do or see! On our visit we went to The Market for shopping, the Nathaniel Russell House, the Edmondston-Alston House, Fort Sumter, The Citadel, Middleton Plantation, Rainbow Row, my favorite ocean destination.....Folly Beach, and Many more! On Laura's Charleston Tea Party tour we got a wonderful look into several private homes and a wonderful Tea Luncheon at the end. 204 Ashley was the perfect size for my husband and I and 2 couples that wanted to see our home town. Every roIom was like being in a private home and was decorated "Charleston Style"! Fresh flowers everywhere and special breakfast fixing...including fresh bread, eggs, tea, coffee and Laura's homemade Calamondin Marmalade! There are 5 or 6 local restaurants that are within walking distance.....Hominy Grill and Five Loaves were both excellent. Did not get to Sugar, a noted Bakery...but I will definitely next time. Laura was so helpful and answered every question we could throw at her. Her private tour was fantastic and I must say, even as a Charlestonian, she gave us all a glimpse of real history.....from quoting lines from real diaries to telling stories handed down by family and friends! For a step back into history her tour is perfect......and 204 Ashley is the perfect place to start your journey. Thanks Laura!
  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Thank you, Phyllis and friends. Your spirit of appreciation and joy in living is the spirit of Charleston and Southern hospitality that you take with you in your heart and actions, leaving a sweet aroma wherever you go. Thank you for your kind words and presents you left me on my front porch! Knock on the door and let's have tea next time!
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area
Berlin WI USA

Wonderful rental and great memories.

  • 5 of 5
This was a perfect rental for a reunion of seven high school friends who came from all over the country. The kitchen allowed us to prepare breakfast at the rental which included Laura's eggs, a delicious loaf of bread, and Laura's orange marmalade. We also chose to enjoy several of the restaurants that Charleston has to offer. Fuel, Hominy Grill, Wild Flour Pastry, R Kitchen and Lana's were a few restaurants that were within walking distance. Our rental was a block from the free trolley system which took us to many of the locations that Charleston has to offer. Laura was a gracious host. As I was planning this trip, she answered many of my questions regarding parking (a two car garage), restaurants, the location, etc. We also participated in her Tea Party Private Tour. It was my favorite activity of the trip. I would highly recommend it. The rental was perfect and Laura's hospitality was over the top.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area
Fairfax, VA

Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5
We were a group of ladies on a weekend away and this place was the perfect spot to gather. Many great restaurants walking distance. Really loved Laura's suggestions for Hominy Grill & especially especially R Kitchen! What a unique place just right around the corner! Also enjoyed walking to "Fuel" for dinner. Loved Laura's special touches of breakfast bread and fresh eggs in a Sweet Grass basket. It was great not to think about breakfast on our first morning. :) Would recommend highly. Thanks Laura. :)
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area
Greensboro, NC

Charming and Convenient

  • 5 of 5
My family (4 of us) visited this quaint property in February. The weather was chilly for Charleston but we were nice and cozy in the apartment we rented. We loved the beautifully set table with Laura's collection of china. There is a wonderful bakery right around the corner so we enjoyed eating our goodies on the fancy table that was set for us to enjoy.

It was nice having a separate bathroom from our girls. We brought our bikes and never got back in our car. Charleston is amazing on bike and foot! If you' re thinking of visiting Charleston, this is a great rental. We weren't able to take Laura's historical tour on this visit but we plan to return soon and experience all the knowledge she has to offer!

Can't forget to mention the fresh flowers and homemade bread and jam that were left for us! What a sweet surprise! We would definitely return to this charming, clean rental!!
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area

Cooper River Bridge Run 2015

  • 5 of 5
Great location. Charming and spacious apartment at an excellent value! I stayed here with four others and we had more than enough room for privacy. The owner left fresh flowers in every room! She also stocked the kitchen with farm fresh eggs from a local farmer, Fresh bread, and Marmalade. There were many more perks, but too many to mention. The owner called to check on us and gave us useful advise concerning our bicycle rentals. The Hominy grill and fuel are right around the corner. You cannot go wrong staying here! We were a few minutes walk from the bus pick up for the Cooper River Bridge Run!
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour Launches Historic Rental
-+ 843 708 2228
Charleston Charleston Area
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cosy apartment downtown

  • 4 of 5
Our family of six had a wonderful time in historic Charleston and in Laura's home. We also used the day bed in the living/dining room which was very convenient as all kids had their own comfortable beds. We highly appreciated the parking garage in the back of the house. We walked every day to King Street and took the free trolley from there. It takes about 15 min. to walk to King Street, no problem with our kids aged 11, 10, 8 and 4. On the 28th of December we even got to take a bath in the ocean as is was 71°. The home is cosy, we were welcomed with flowers, a bottle of wine and delicious coffee. If you are very sensitive to noises...the walls are thin and we could hear the people downstairs and the two rooms facing Ashley St. are exposed to street traffic but that's normal in such a downtown location. We visited Boone Hall Plantation which was very interesting. Downtown we strolled down East Battery, admired all the stately homes, visited the City Market, the City Hall and did a tour in Nathaniel Russell House.
We would definitely recommend this home to friends. Thanks Laura for your hospitality.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children


From the Owner

My husband and I are both from Charleston, grew up here, and never desired to live anywhere else. He was living in the large historic house across the street from this vacation rental, renting from the childless couple who lived there and loved him, when this rental house came on the market. Instead of living the high life while dating me, he wisely invested in this property. I thought this property would provide opportunities for people who love Charleston to come with family or friends and stay longer at a more affordable price.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Restaurant : Hominy Grill Nearest Beach : Folly Beach at 10 Miles Car: not necessary

It is a great getaway for Citadel and College of Charleston parents and family to visit their sons and daughters and provide a home away from home.


From $300 Per night

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From the Owner

Everywhere you want to go in the historic district is within walking or bicycling distance. The spacious apartment is clutter free, each being a room with a view. You can bring or rent bicycles. There is room in the private garage for them and your car in the back. A washer and dryer are also in the back. It is a vibrant neighborhood of young medical professionals, historic houses, and popular restaurants and bakeries nearby. There is a big picnic basket in the kitchen you can fill for a picnic to a plantation or park. Sugar bakery on Cannon St around the corner and Saffron's on East Bay are great for collecting baked goods for a tea party picnic. You will find a gallon jar for sweet iced tea from Charleston grown tea. The trolley is free and picks up on Cannon St, a one minute walk from the house, taking you all over the peninsula of historic Charleston. A map with its stops in a guide book awaits you in the kitchen. The history of Charleston is to be savored, the visual richness of English architecture and garden designs to be enjoyed. One lifetime is not enough.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Other (See Description)
  • Queen size Beds (1) This is a Rice Bed, famous for the carved wood as rice sheathes, a wedding present from our groomsman, George Kanellos., Double Beds (1) New mattress and box are on an old a Jenny Lind bed., Twin or Single Beds (3) Think Downton Abbey. White iron beds with new box and springs., Bunk Beds (1) A day bed is in the sitting room, which could be used as a seventh bed.


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Your owner becomes your personal concierge and guide when you go on her tour of her friends' homes and gardens in Historic Charleston. Priority is given first to rental guests who book her tour. Breakfast at 9 is included on her tour in a house on the Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor and Ft. Sumter. Her tour by van allows you to go through the gates and front doors of historic properties not open to the public. You are then invited to the owner's private home for Tea overlooking the Ashley River to end a morning that becomes the highlight of the visit to Charleston.

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