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Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard

Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard


Property Details

Updated: Apr 3, 2015
House, 4 BR + 3.5 BTH + SofaBed (Sleeps 8-10) Kayaks & PaddleBoards provided!

***** 3 night stays are available for MidWeek visits! Good dates open ! *****


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This fabulous property is unique in the Charleston area. It is rare to find a large rental this close to Historic Downtown, and to the beaches, surrounded by water and with total Water Views plus a dock! This Southern Style house is situated on more than a half acre of a private wooded peninsula which is a virtual 'nature preserve'. You experience marshland, tidal creeks, and deep water, and a dock on property, all a hop from downtown. With grand oaks, rivers and marshes viewed from the porches, decks and windows, you will think you stepped into the historic Charleston past, but with every luxury and amenity of the present.

The Big Chill House is just moments by car to the Historic District and the Visitor Center in Downtown Charleston, and the beaches of the islands. Location, location, location! Walking distance to famous I'on neighborhood too.

The house is a Traditional floor plan updated for modern life and vacationing pleasure. You will be overjoyed by the fabulous open, fully equipped, gourmet kitchen. Pots hang overhead from a wrought iron rack. With a center island, the kitchen is a natural gathering place. You will be thrilled with the numerous gourmet features. The stovetop is gas with 5 burners. Appliances are all top-of-the-line. This chef’s state of the art equipped kitchen has it all……..granite countertops, deep double sinks, hot and cold filtered water, trash compactor and oven warmer.

Connected to the kitchen is an open dining room, so you are never closed off from the action. The stunning dining room is customized with faux painting and enough seating for everyone.

Adjacent to the kitchen is den #2. This is a perfect spot to view the outdoors through the picture bay window, and to sit and read or have a morning coffee. Hardwood floors and oriental rugs add to the ambience. This den has a sofa bed as the couch.

Step through swing doors into the huge luxurious family room. This spacious great room has 2 stunning leather couches and a large 55' HDTV. Fans turn overhead for summer guests; a large working fireplace warms winter guests. This room runs the entire length of the house from the front to the back.

Exterior French doors open out to wrap-around Southern porches that encircle the whole house. Outdoor ceiling fans keep you cool and keep the bugs away. There are sets of seating all around the porches…wicker chair groupings, rocking chairs for viewing, and a joggling board. There is an outside table for eating, and a gas grill.

And although the central gathering spots of this house are fabulous, it just keeps getting better! The bedrooms are perfect sleep and retreat rooms. Unlike typical rentals, this attention to detail for the luxury and comfort of these bedrooms is what really cements this property as a true top quality rental. This house is made for gathering together……and also for comfortably escaping to a nice bedroom with comfy bedding and luxury linens...away from the crowds!

The spacious and romantic huge Master Suite has a deep thick Luxury King Bed, and French doors open to it's own private outdoor deck, with breathtaking views and seating. This Master Suite has an attached private bathroom. The suite is large enough to also have a sitting area and two closets for “his and hers”.

Overlooking the front, is a lovely upstairs queen bedroom; delightfully decorated.

The bedroom next door has mahogany twin beds that can be strapped together if desired. These 2 rooms share a designer luxury full bathroom with a rain shower and pedestal tub in marble, granite and stone.

The downstairs bedroom, a converted cozy room off the kitchen, has a dramatic Queen Bed, large ceiling fan, and a great attached bathroom with a walk in granite shower. The washer and dryer are in a closet in this bedroom also.

Also downstairs is a picture perfect powder room in the main hallway.

To top it all off….the grounds of the house make this the perfect vacation location. Kayaks are on site. Crab, fish, and swim off the backyard dock. Swing in the hammock, or under a tree. Luxuriate in the hot tub on the back deck. Yes! … have found paradise.

House Configuration

* King Bedroom- Upstairs, huge oversized Master. French Doors to private deck overlooking marshes and waterways. Also has a sitting area, with a Queen sized sofa bed. Carpeted. Private Bathroom with walk in double shower. HDTV cable and DVD. Ceiling fans.

* Queen Bedroom – Location on main level. Hardwood floors. Located directly off the kitchen. Away from the other 3 upstairs bedrooms. This space is a classic simple, small, cozy room......especially designed to be an extra bedroom for rental group convenience. Ceiling fan. The washer and dryer are tucked into folding doors in this flexible room. This private space also has a very nice, and large, attached private luxury marble bathroom with a walk-in tile shower. Excellent room for anyone, and particularly a couple who avoids the stairs. .

* Queen Bedroom – Upstairs. Carpeted. Shares a large Luxury Bathroom with the Twin Room. HDTV cable and DVD.

* Bedroom King or Twins – Upstairs. Hardwood floors and area rug. Two Beds connected together to make another “KING” or kept apart and used as Twins. HDTV cable and DVD. Ceiling fan.

* Queen sofabed #1 Downstairs in the smaller 2nd den. The room is open on one side to the kitchen, and closed on other side to the family room.

* Queen sofabed #2 Upstairs in the King Master Suite sitting area.

* Family Room Downstairs large room with oversized HDTV, cable, stereo, fireplace, chairs, leather sofas, ceiling fans. Room opens with french doors to wrap around porch.

* Smaller Den Downstairs in-between the great room and kitchen. Has the sleeper sofa.

* Bathroom #1 Private for the Master King. Large Shower, large vanity, and toilet. Tiled.

* Bathroom #2 Upstairs shared with the Queen and the Twins. Glass rain shower, soaker tub, glass, marble and tile.

* Bathroom #3 Attached to the downstairs Queen Bedroom. Vanity, shower, and toilet. Tiled.

* Bathroom #4 Powder Room located downstairs in the hallway. Stylish and savvy.

* Gourmet Kitchen Fully equipped. Center island. Granite Countertops. Gas range. Oven with warmer drawer. Large sub zero built in refrigerator. Dishwasher. Trash compactor. Water filtration. Garbage disposal. Small TV. Coffee pot, toaster oven, all appliances.

* Dining Room Open to the kitchen. Large Walnut table protected by a glass top. Seats 8-10.

* Washer and Dryer Located in a closet in the Queen Bedroom downstairs off the kitchen.

****** WE HAVE A 2ND RENTAL PROPERTY IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD...just 4 blocks away. The other house rental has a private POOL! See HomeAway for Listing # 3727532 ***

SCAMMER ALERT: We value your protection. We do NOT post on Craigslist. Any Craigslist advertisement is a scam from someone else to steal your money. HomeAway and VRBO have had a few phishing problems. If anyone contacts you asking you to do a wire is not us! We would never ask a client to wire payment. We also are never represented by any (fraudulent ) discounted property management company. Call VRBO immediately if you are contacted by someone who is not us. Thank you!

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

About your hostess, Laurie: Laurie is a retired specialist for international all inclusive resorts and brings professional hospitality flair into the home. Laurie happily lives on the property, in the attached apartment with her husband, George, and they love their downsized life, greeting guests, and traveling the world.

You can find out more about Laurie on her facebook page.

About your host, George:

After a high powered corporate career, and then owning a successful retail chain, George now is thrilled to welcome you to our rental vacation properties. George ensures that your visit is comfortable and smooth. He oversees the maintenance and improvements of the house, and keeps the grounds manicured. George takes pride in seeing that the house meets, or exceeds, your expectations. You will find George out on his boat in the waterways surrounding the house, or walking our Pomeranian dog, Gus.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Yes, we spent every evening on that beautiful wrap-around porch, telling stories and singing songs. A gathering of 6 friends from far-flung areas of the country gathered together for 6 days of Southern Hospitality from Laurie and George. That porch also provided the spot for early morning cups of strong coffee as we waited for everyone to arise before breakfast was served.

The home is as described by many; spacious, comfortable, well-decorated and well-stocked. It is impossible to add an original thought. It's all been covered. We all thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully landscaped property, the water access, the privacy, the tips given to us for beaches and tourist destinations, the kayaks and the WiFi access.

One of the highlights of our stay was when we were surprised one afternoon to a cooler full of crabs at our front door. This provided a whole host of wild laughter and entertainment as we novices tried to figure out how to steam and clean them. Fortunately, the homeowners provided much needed guidance and assistance when they discovered our ineffectiveness surrounding the extraction of the meat from the crusty shell. It gave us all a new appreciation for the amount of work it takes to create a crab cake and the amount of money you spend at a restaurant for such a meal is a reflection of that labor.

Another memorable night was when we all gathered in the living room to watch the movie, "The Big Chill" - a DVD copy is (not surprisingly) available in the home. It was a reminder of how important friendships really are, and the time to gather is not only at a funeral or a reunion, but anytime you can.

- Review posted on Trip Advisor site a flipkey site on internet by guest
Jun 2013
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Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area
Raleigh NC

Awesome, Peaceful, Perfect

  • 5 of 5
This by far was the best stay I have every experienced. The house was awesome and just beautiful and peaceful grounds. Laurie and George are great people and made us feel as though we were at our own home. Will be staying again when back in Charleston.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area
sioux falls sd

Highly recommend The Big Chill!

  • 5 of 5
my group if five adults thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Big Chill. What a beautiful and comfortable home! Located on a qUiet street, we enjoyed sitting on the baeutiful wrap around porch. House was well stocked. Located close to restaurants and grocery stores. Great value. We didn't take the time to use the kayaks but did sit on the dock. Owners live above the garage but we only saw them upon arrival and once when we were leaving. Nice folks.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for enjoying yourselves and for the nice 5 star review. Yes, although we do live on property, and we are not always totally invisible, we strive to give our guests their privacy. We continually make improvements and structural changes to the house and property to ensure all guest comfort and privacy. The rental is kept in tip top condition, and we respond to all suggestions for ways to get better all the time. Thanks for choosing our property for your vacation.
Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area

The Big Chill House provided us with a wonderful family vacation.

  • 5 of 5
The photographs of the Big Chill House did not do it justice. It was a beautifully appointed, comfortable and clean home. The owner greeted us upon our arrival and gave us a tour of the house. A binder with all the info we needed about the area, including restaurant recommendations was there for us, including a bottle of wine. The house is located less than 10 minutes from Charleston and that made it very convenient to go back and forth. The town of Mt. Pleasant is also beautiful with wonderful shopping. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house and in fact, we plan on coming back.
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This location is one of the best in the Charleston area. Family groups do love the house and we love to rent to them. We will be pleased to have your group return and hope to see you in the future again.
Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area

The Big Chill was a wonderful place to bring in New Years 2015

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful home with numerous amenities was the perfect place to visit with friends in a perfect environment. We hardly left the house except for some meals. The owner greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour, answered our questions, and told us the history of the area. We also enjoyed the bottle of wine, and other things to get us started before we headed to the market. A binder that was left on the counter told us everything else we needed to know. Can not describe the home since everything that was in their from furniture to drinking glasses were hand selected by someone who knew how to decorate.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are Truly Honored that your esteemed family chose our rental property for your getaway / gathering. I sure am glad that I didn't know "...who you are" .....-:) ......before you arrived, or I probably would have been a bit flustered. We very much appreciate the wonderful review! Of course, you and your family are welcome back anytime, and I hope that next time you can stay longer.
Thanks for being so down-to-earth, and for staying at The Big Chill...on the Waterfront!
Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area

Wonderful family reunion site

  • 5 of 5
We rented this house in conjunction with the owners' other house, the Trust House, only 3 blocks away. We had a wonderful time! This location has a beautiful backyard where we were able to throw a Frisbee, play hide and seek with the kids, walk along the docks, take family photos by the marsh, and relax in the hammocks! Owners do a great job of setting up visitors' expectations and are very helpful - clearly they want you to have a nice time! We had 9 people stay at this location (including 2 kids) without a problem. Very pleasant stay overall, wish we could have had time to use the hot tub and go kayaking! Great access to Charleston as well as local restaurants and Whole Foods. Couldn't have been happier with our choice!
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very important to us that guests have a great time! Our goal is to provide a great Low Country / Charleston home experience. Thank you for appreciating our docks, the large backyard, the kayaks and paddleboards and much more. Comfort, cleanliness and home style is our key focus,in order to ensure a problem free vacation. We appreciate the review. Thank you!
Vacation RentalCharleston | Big Chill on the WATERFRONT |Kayak Fish Paddleboard
+1 -843.882.7650
Charleston Charleston Area
Minnetonka, MN

Best VRBO Ever!

  • 5 of 5
Hate to tell others about this amazing accommodation, as we want to make sure it's available when we want to come again! This beautifully decorated home is a perfect place for a girls trip. Lots of space inside and out and great location. Plan your vacation so you can spend time at the Big Chill as well as time sight seeing in Charleston and surrounding area.
  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Owners take enormous pride in this large home and surroundings. We ensure that the house is always kept and maintained as a Luxury 5 star establishment through detail and supervision of cleanliness and updating. We live on the property and so, of course, treat it with extra loving care. We were drawn to the unique waterfront property with the southern feeling and privacy, with location, location, location. The waterfront private dock combined with beaches and downtown make this a perfect spot.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : chs at 13 Miles Nearest Ferry : Patriots Point at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Patriots Point at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrack North Charleston at 10 Miles Nearest Beach : sullivans island at 5 Miles Car: necessary

isle of palms, sullivans island, i'on, creek club

Other Activities: Kayak, bicycle, fishing, shrimping, crabbing off the dock. Stand Up Paddle board too. Very centrally located to downtown and beaches.


From $485 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
3 nights for whatever is left
Feb 9 2015 - Jun 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Standard 2015
Jun 15 2015 - Nov 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 20 2015 - Nov 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2015
Nov 30 2015 - Dec 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
Holidays Season 2015
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Jan 4 2016 - Feb 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Late Winter
Feb 11 2016 - Mar 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
Bridge Run 2016
Mar 31 2016 - Apr 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Standard 2016
Apr 3 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
  • Pet Fee $200 + Tax
  • Protection $89 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 12.5%

1.Required minimum stay may be inaccurate . 2. Payments:To reserve and block your dates requires a $500 deposit. 2nd payment due 75 days prior to arrival. Final payment due 30 before arrival. 3 Small well behaved dogs may be accepted for extra fee. 4.These are quoted rates only, subject to a final quote and agreement. 5. To accommodate wedding guest / groups, no Saturday check ins or check outs.

Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Apr 3, 2015


From the Owner

There is nothing else quite like it in the area. Aside from the private property peninsula, it is surrounded by water and has water views of the creeks, the rivers, and the marshes. It is the water views and the tidal changes that really make this property spectacular. It is all about the fabulous waterfront location, the ebb and flow of the tides, the natural wildlife, and the privacy, combined with a comfortable savvy home. What a way to enjoy Historic Charleston, the Beaches and the marshes! The location cant be beat, as is evidenced by the mega multi million dollar homes in the area. Sip coffee on the wrap porches, have a glass of wine on the private dock. Pull in your crabs and cook them up in your kitchen!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Shared Hot Tub ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Downtown
  • Ocean View
  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 3000 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs Bathroom attached to Master Suite - toilet, shower, Walk in Shower, Tiled floor. Private to Master.
  • Upstairs Luxury Bathroom shared by Queen and Twin/King BR's - toilet, tub, shower, Gorgeous deep soaker tub and glass and tile shower.
  • Downstairs Large Bathroom Private to Queen BR - toilet, shower, Large Luxurious Walk-in Tiled shower.
  • Downstairs Hallway Powder Room - toilet, Charmingly snazzy Powder Room. Custom.
  • 1. King master suite upstairs has private attached bathroom w/ walkin shower. 2. Wonderful rain shower and pedestal soaking tub in upstairs luxury bathroom shared with the Upstairs Queen and Twins / King Rooms. 3. Downstairs Large tiled bathroom attached and private for the downstairs Queen Bedroom. Walkin shower. 4. Snazzy Powder room in the entryway with custom sink.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master King Suite Upstairs w/ private deck and sitting area - 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, French doors to deck with views. Sofa Bed in sitting area.
  • Queen Bedroom - Upstairs - 1 queen, Shares Hallway Luxury Marbled bathroom w/ Twin/King Bedroom
  • King Bedroom ( or 2 Twin Beds) Upstairs. - 1 king, 2 twin/ single, Twin Beds strapped into King / can be split into Twin Beds
  • Queen Bedroom - Main Level off Kitchen Private Bathroom - 1 queen, Attached Private Bathroom w/ walk in shower.
  • Queen Sofa Beds 1 on main level and 1 in Master Suite - 2 queen, One is in the smaller den - one in King Master Sitting area
  • * King Bedroom- Upstairs, huge oversized Master. French Doors to private deck overlooking marshes and waterways. Also has a sitting area, with a Queen sized sofa bed. Attached Private Bathroom.HDTV cable and DVD. * Queen Bedroom – Upstairs. Shares a large Luxury Bathroom with the Twin Room. HDTV cable and DVD. * Twin/King Bedroom – Upstairs. Hardwood floors. HDTV cable and DVD. Can be twins or king. *Queen Bedroom – Downstairs . Small and Cozy. Attached bathroom with shower. * Queen sofabed #1 Downstairs in the open smaller 2nd den. * Queen sofabed #2 Upstairs in the King Master Suite sitting area. Good for kids. * Family Room Downstairs large room with oversized HDTV, cable, stereo, fireplace, chairs, leather sofas, ceiling fans. Room opens with french doors to wrap around porch. * Smaller Den Downstairs in-between the great room and open to kitchen


  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Raft
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Arrival time: 4 PM or later Departure time: 10 AM

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