Beautiful Grace Point Cape Romain
McClellanville, South Carolina
Beautiful Grace Point Cape Romain
Grace Point provides families an alternative to the rapid pace of everyday life and will appeal to those who are looking for a quiet and relaxing coastal vacation. Surrounded by a grove of live oaks, this two-story, four-bedroom home was designed by an award-winning Charleston architectural firm. The result is a 3500 square foot home that blends into the woodland and estuarial surroundings with minimal disruption of the beauty of the ecosystem and takes advantage of the spectacular views of the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge.
The home overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and a wide expanse of saltwater estuary, marsh and old rice fields. Historical documents, as well as artifacts discovered on the property, indicate that the property has been inhabited by Native Americans, as well as colonial and Civil War-era peoples.
The interior of the home has a natural wood theme with cedar trim of all windows and doors, high ceilings, and heart of pine flooring throughout. The first floor features the master suite with queen bed and full bath and a view of the marsh through large sliding glass doors which open onto a generous screen porch.
An open family room on the first floor includes an entertainment center, dining area, and kitchen, with sliding glass doors which open to the screen porch.
On the second floor, there are three bedrooms with queen beds. A second-floor gallery/sitting area opens onto a large porch which has very nice views of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Intracoastal Waterway. On the horizon the two Cape Romain lighthouses are visible.
Each of the two porches has several comfortable rocking chairs suitable for relaxing with a book, birdwatching, contemplating nature, or perhaps enjoying an evening beverage as darkness descends upon the marsh. Enjoy the pleasant serenity of the shrimp boats gliding along Five Fathom Creek,
There is secure WiFi, a CD/DVD player, as well as satellite TV in the living room and the master bedroom as well as a Google Chromecast equipped flat screen TV in the upstairs gallery.
The quaint village of McClellanville is laden with huge, graceful live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Traditional southern style homes, several on the national historical register, line the quiet streets. The wooden shrimp boat fleet, one of the few remaining in the country, is worth a look down on the docks.
There are a couple of restaurants, the most interesting of which is T.W. Graham's, an old hardware store converted into a restaurant which specializes in fresh local seafood as well as local characters. Down on the shrimp boat docks there is a local seafood store where you can purchase fresh shrimp, fish, crabs, and, in season, the famous McClellanville oysters.
The fascinating Village Museum has an diverse collection of exhibits to include Native American, Revolutionary War, low country rice culture, Civil War and local displays. A large Revolutionary War era pottery relic which was recently discovered on the Grace Point property by a 12-year-old boy is on display there.
It is about 20 minutes south to the nearest grocerey store, Lowes, Walmart and shopping area, and another 20 minutes to downtown Charleston with all of its shops, restaurants and historical attractions. Georgetown is 25 minutes north and has a lovely waterfront area with shopping and nice restaurants.
One of the best and most memorable features of Grace Point is the long dock walkway which extends from the mainland, crossing the marsh and a small island before terminating at the pier head with a floating dock on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Bird species to watch for include painted and indigo buntings, gulls, cranes, the endangered oystercatcher, pelicans, herons, egrets, hawks, kites, and bald eagles. Deer and wild turkeys are frequently sighted. A pod of dolphins lives in this section of the waterway year around and, being naturally inquisitive, will often swim within a few feet of the dock.
A boat is not necessary to enjoy fishing, since redfish (spot tailed bass), sea trout, black drum, spot, croakers, and the occasional southern flounder can be caught from the dock. On high tides, redfish "tail" in the flats, and can be pursued by wading with spinning or fly rod. Cast netting from the dock will produce shrimp and various small fish. Set a crab trap to catch blue crabs which are plentiful. A minnow trap placed in the creek under the walkway will provide plenty of live bait.
Local fishing guides are available, or you may bring your own boat. Should you be interested in fishing, kayaking, chartering or power boating, please call or email us well before your visit so that we can advise you of the various options which are available.
A short and scenic boat ride out Five Fathom Creek will bring you to the beaches of the barrier islands to enjoy shelling, driftwood collecting, swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing (especially during Autumn) and opportunities for photography. The wide, pristine beaches have long gentle slopes. All of the beaches in the Refuge are protected habitats for sea turtle nesting sites as well as endangered sea birds.
**NO Pets allowed**
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Single Family Home with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3500 square feet
Queen, Queen, Queen, and Queen
8 guests maximum
Charleston International Airport - CHS
1 hour by car
Views of Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge!
Activities of Interest
- Wambaw Creek Wilderness Canoe Trail (35 minute drive)- Take a relaxing canoe trip down the creek, surrounded by lush flora and fauna.
- Cape Romaine Wildlife Refuge (15 minute drive) - Explore this estuarial ecosystem by boat or kayak
- The Village Museum (10 minute drive) - Take a walk down history lane at this local museum.
- Nature Adventures Outfitters (10 minute drive) - Take a kayaking trip with a local guide!
- Bulls Bay Golf Club (25 minute drive) - Take a swing at this stunning course!
Places of Interest
- Village of McClellanville (10 minute drive) - This small fishing town offers plenty of local charms.
- Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center (20 minute drive) - The whole family will adore this lush nature preserve.
- The Avian Conservation Center (20 minute drive) - Learn about birds of prey at this excellent conservation center.
- T.W. Graham's Restaurant (10 minute drive) - Dine on deliciously fresh seafood with your family and friends.
Grace Point Again!
We were delighted to be able to return to Grace Point this summer during these scary times of Covid-19. It offered us the isolation we sought amidst the beauty we remembered from our visit last July. As before, the owners were most hospitable and made us feel welcome, allowing use of their crab trap and fishing tackle. Mosquitoes were more numerous this year thanks to the frequent showers, but one of our favorite pastimes (when we weren't on the dock fishing--no skeeters out that far!) was watching the painted and indigo buntings from the screened porch. In the evenings, up on the top porch, we could chat and enjoy the light show of distant thunderstorms. Very relaxing! As a side note, we ordered some take out meals from the excellent McClellanville restaurants and were impressed with the level of safety. Social distancing was practiced and all staff wore masks. All in all, another enjoyable family vacation at serene Grace Point.”
Low Country Wonders
The serenity and beauty of Grace Point provided an ideal family vacation. We spent many hours on the covered dock fishing (or at least trying to...) and crabbing, and enjoyed just sitting on the screened porch to watch the painted buntings at the bird feeder by day and nature's fireworks in the distance over the ocean by night. When the teenagers needed a shopping fix, we were close enough to Mt. Pleasant and Myrtle to fulfill their wishes, but mostly we stayed closer to home with an occasional trip into McClellanville (historic and quite worth exploring) to dine or to buy fresh shrimp. A bit farther afield is Georgetown, another worthwhile town to visit, where we thoroughly enjoyed the Rice Museum and its unique gift shop. Grace Point itself is well appointed and comfortable The hospitable owners left us a tasty gift basket and invited us to make ourselves at home, even allowing us to use their crab cages, fishing tackle and those most important tricycles to wheel ourselves and our goodies the 1000 feet back and forth along the boardwalk connecting to the dock. Our son brought along kayaks and took the teenagers out, weaving through the tidal creeks in search of red fish tailing. They spied an otter swimming along with them at one point. We also got a great boat ride with Captain Don, who took us out to the barrier islands for shelling and then whirled the younger ones around on a doughnut, much to their delight. I could go on, but I will leave it to the next guests to discover for themselves what makes Grace Point so special.”
Wonderful home, beautiful setting. Owners could not have been more hospitable. Hope to return. Caroline and Rob Heyer ”
A fabulous property for any family looking for peace and tranquillity!
Arriving at the location we were stunned by the beauty of the area and then upon opening the door to the home, we felt the love that has gone into the home as it radiated through us! The birds, dolphins, and other wildlife were amazing, the views for miles just brought such peace. The nearby town is precious with wonderful, laid back dining and very friendly people everywhere. Best of all was the friendliness and congeniality of the owners!”
- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- High Speed Internet
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Grill
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet