Large carport and screened porchWi-fi and cable meet the woods

Entire home/flat

6 guests

3 Bedrooms

3 beds

Entire home/flat

6 guests

3 Bedrooms

3 beds

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About this listing

Rustic home with a panoramic view and slice of island paradise under a canopy of live oaks; located off scenic River Road and close to downtown Charleston, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and Folly Beach.

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The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: £40 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
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The space

Very light, airy, and spacious.
The kitchen has a gas range and vent hood, convection toaster oven, pots and pans, kitchenware, blender, coffee/espresso maker, dishwasher, and fridge/freezer. There is no microwave oven. We provide organic coffee, tea, coconut sugar, vegan treats, and organic fruit.
The sunroom has a panoramic view of the wildlife sanctuary along with a Casio 61-key keyboard and acoustic guitar.
There is plenty of parking under a large carport and please enjoy the screened in porch!

Guest access

Guests have access to the large private yard, gardens, carport, and screened-in porch.

Interaction with guests

Peaceful Retreat is at the end of a neighborhood shell sand road. The property is tucked away and private. Steve and I live a minute down the road so please send us a text if you need anything. We'd love to meet you if you are so inclined. We'll either be working in the garden, practicing for a gig, or kayaking on the Stono River!

The neighbourhood

John’s Island is situated in between Downtown Charleston and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Enjoy restaurants and local pubs without leaving the Island. Peaceful Retreat is a great location for discovering Charleston!
We’re approximately:
5 minutes from Dog Tired Daycare, Boarding Dog Spa on John’s Island
20 minutes from Downtown Charleston
20-25 minutes from Kiawah and Seabrook Islands and Folly Beach
23 minutes from Kiawah Beachwalker Park, a beautiful county-operated public beach
30-40 minutes from Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms
10 minutes from James Island County Park
90 minutes from Beaufort, SC
120 minutes from Savannah, GA

Nearby and awesome:
Angel Oak Tree
Charleston Tea Plantation
Irvin Vineyard and Winery
Charleston Pour House Music Venue and Bar
John’s Island Home Grown Farmers Market, Saturdays
Sunday Brunch Farmers Market, James Island
Charleston Farmers Market, Saturdays

Nearby Restaurants:
Wild Olive, Cucina Italian
Fat Hen, French Cuisine
Krazy Owl Restaurant, local and regional fare
The Loophole Pub, pizza and sushi
Maria's Mexican Grill
Tattooed Moose, bar food
Seanachai Irish Pub
John’s Island Pizza
Sunrise Bistro, Breakfast & Lunch
James Island:
The Lot
Crust Woodfire Pizza
Athens Greek Restaurant
Zia Taqueria
Verde- salads
Gnome- vegan
CO Vietnamese-- vegan menu options
Dellz Uptown Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant
Five Loaves Cafe
Two Borroughs Larder
Gathering Cafe
Mellow Mushroom

Health food stores:
Earth Fare- West Ashley
Whole Foods- Mt. Pleasant

Getting around

SCOOP, Charleston electric taxi service
Rental Car

Other things to note

Explore the In Season Vegan Cuisine Lifestyle! I'll demonstrate sprouting, steaming, dehydrating, raw sauces, and easy raw snacks and desserts
Journey to the Vita-mix and Omega Juicer beverage center. I'll demonstrate low carbon footprint green smoothies and in season juice elixirs.. We'll also make nut butter, nut mylk, and raw vegan snacks and desserts.
Steve and Helen’s Beautiful Vegan Meals will be waiting for you in the fridge when you pre-order!
It’s a wrap:
Sprouted Ezekiel wrap, sprouted grains and beans, local greens, steamed veggies, magic sauce made with love, a side salad, and raw vegan brownie bite, $15.00
Life’s a bowl…
Rice Noodles, steamed veggies, lemon/miso good sauce, a side of salad, and raw vegan brownie bite, $15.00
How about some Dinner music with that??
Come down to our house for an Unwind Duo Cocktail Hour and enjoy Helen and Steve’s eclectic mix of classical, jazz, and classic rock, $100.00

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is after 4PM

Leave everything as you found it.
We will make the beds and run the dishwasher. Unless it's organic vegan food, please take it with you. Make sure the oven and toaster oven are clean. Leave your garbage on the porch.
Drive slowly down the dirt road and look out for our neighborhood pets and deer.
Thank you!



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

99 Reviews

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Phil User Profile
May 2017
For nature lovers, this is a perfect place. Rustic charm galore.

Jessica User Profile
May 2017
Helen and Steve were great hosts. We loved staying at their home. They made us feel welcome and comfortable throughout our stay. Would highly recommend and will definitely be staying again!

Alex User Profile
May 2017
What a special place! A unique and, indeed, peaceful retreat set in a lush coastal forest with plenty of atmosphere, vegetation, and wild game flocking around the property. Very comfortable and homey with lots of light - would definitely stay again!

Anita User Profile
May 2017
We enjoyed staying in this secluded house during our weekend in Charleston. It was nicely situated where we could get to downtown Charleston in 20 minutes, as well as the historic plantations on the Ashley River in West Ashley. There are also some great restaurants within 5 minutes of the house, which was perfect for the evening we arrived. Helen and Steve were delightful hosts!

Annamarie User Profile
April 2017
This is truly a peaceful and lovely retreat, and a real treat for our first time in Charleston. It was nice to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown (where we spend most of the day) and spend the nights and early morning in a quiet and secluded home. We were greeted by a sweet fawn and wild turkeys in the mornings. Thanks also for the delicious vegan treats!

Mary User Profile
April 2017
We loved the natural environment.

Paul User Profile
April 2017
This house is very cozy in a quiet nook on an absolutely beautiful piece of property. We saw wild turkey and deer almost every day. The house is spacious and clean, and Helen couldn't have been nicer and easier to communicate with. Top notch house and hosts!

Johns Island, South Carolina, United States · Joined in February 2015
Helen User ProfileHelen is a superhost.

I am a cellist, raw vegan chef, and writer. Steve is a guitarist, sound engineer, and owns a recording studio. We perform classical, jazz, and classic rock in the Unwind Duo and share a love for sustainable, organic gardening.

Response rate: 100%
(past 30 days)
Response time: within an hour