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Ashley McDonald

Member since: 2014
Call Manager
Speaks english

Executive lakefront Pool home featuring 2 master suites,Optional luxury pontoon

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Chapin holiday house

Four bedroom, 3 bath ranch home with two master suites and large 18' X 40' pool

This elegant Executive home with two master suites is located in the quaint town of Chapin, SC and is conveniently located within 30 minutes of downtown Columbia with a perfect blend of country and city with close proximity to restaurants, movie theaters, golfing, etc. THE BIG CHILL is appropriately named because of all it has to offer and is the perfect place to 'drop off the grid' for your family vacation. Featuring stunning views of the big lake from a large covered deck, you will enjoy an enormous 18' X 40' in ground pool, boating and incredible fishing for largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, bream and catfish from a 10' X 20' floating platform off the dock.

We also offer, for an additional fee, a 25' luxury pontoon with a Yamaha 150HP motor - perfect for water skiing, tubing, fishing or just a family cruise to one of several top notch restaurants - all only a short boat ride away. This boat comfortably seats up to 12 people with a built in fish finder, GPS to cruise the entire lake without fear of getting lost and a high end stereo system to complement your boat trip. The boat is conveniently moored at the dock in your back yard so it offers a hassle free experience - just load up your crew and take to the water!! For those of you unfamiliar to Lake Murray it is 41 miles long, 14 miles wide at its widest point, covers 78 square miles and has 649 miles of shoreline to explore - plenty to keep you busy for an entire week!

Additional in water amenities included are two kayaks and paddle boards for an early morning sunrise expedition to watch the world wake up. Also local striped bass guide is available and will pick you up on the dock for an awesome fishing experience. (Rocky Bottom Fishing Guide Service - see his Facebook page)

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Ashley McDonald (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Call Manager
Speaks english


based on 23 traveller reviews

Executive lakefront Pool home featuring 2 master suites,Optional luxury pontoon
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Great location, amenities & boat!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this home for a week with two other couples. It was very nicely equipped. Virtually new, very well equipped kitchen. Home is very open with lots of windows in all the rooms, including the bedrooms. Big fireplace in the living room that works well! All the bedrooms had TV's & WIFI worked well in the entire home. Many water toys included for the lake or pool, including coolers, paddle boards, kayaks & inflatable loungers. We also chose the pontoon boat option. What a terrific boat! We pretty much lived on it. If you're knowledgeable of boats & are an experienced pilot, I highly recommend it!

The home had a couple warts & here they are:

The boat dock was in extremely poor condition and needs to be replaced. Ditto the covered deck on the back of the home. Both were old & in disrepair. The lack of maintenance creates a tripping hazard at a minimum. The stairs to the dock are of varying heights (luckily, there aren't many of them). These were built by someone who clearly had no experience at such projects. If you have folks with you that have any difficulty walking or with stability, I would be careful of their navigation on these surfaces, especially the dock.

The home also lacks some basic other basic preventive maintenance. A ceiling fan on the deck had a loose blade & "clanked" when you turned it on. We fixed it. The beautiful stainless steel stove hood with exhaust & lights had 3 of 4 of the lights that didn't work. We fixed those too, but they wouldn't stay fixed because the fixtures in the very expensive hood all had bad connections. You could wiggle the lamp enclosures & the lights would go out. Without the lights, the stove is poorly lit.

Some of these criticism's are minor; others not. That said, I'd rent this home & boat again in a heartbeat! I think the owner could benefit from a little more frequent "walk throughs" to test things out to assure they're working to their expectations, and to the expectations of renters.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is PERFECT in every way & the details they think of are truly amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was fantastic! Bill and Ashley are amazing property managers! They went over and beyond to make sure they thought of everything.

The house has such great use of space. It is perfect for a group to have enough space to spread out and plenty of room to gather for a large meal or football watching.

The pool and the boat are perfect for beating the heat all day! And the book ends of the days were perfect too since we could go out on the paddle boards and kayaks to watch the sun rise and chat in the evening around the fire pit.

I would recommend the house, customer service, and location to ANYONE. By far the best home I have ever stayed in! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing views, amazing relaxation, amazing family time

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time that we have stayed at this property and it is awesome! It truly is better with each stay. We grilled out on the back porch, swam in the pool, rode in the boat, paddle boarded, and just had an amazing time overall! The biggest problem that we have is how to treat this sunburn! :)

Thanks to the owners for an amazing experience!

We are ready to rebook for next year


  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fatastic place for families!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay with 8 adults and 4 kids. Thank you to Bill and Ashley who were extremely attentive to answering question about the house prior to our stay and meeting us when we arrived. The lake is so peaceful and quiet during the week. The views are amazing. The We chose this property specifically because of all the amenities and things to do outside. Fishing, boating, tubing, paddleboards, kayaks, swimming pool, etc were all great and provided a variety of activities each day. You can show up and be happy to not get into your car until you leave. By the end of the trip, we were all planning when we could get together again and come to The Big Chill.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful family vacation. House, Lake, and boat amazing. Thank you so much for letting us use beautiful house. Will most definitely do it again

Pam Hatchell

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have done family vacations before I would rack this one as one of the BEST, my grandchildren cried went we had to leave.

Went we first arrived the owner met us at the house to show us around and to make sure we felt at home. The house was beautiful,

very clean and anything you needed was there for you from kitchen utensils to noodles for the kids.

Can't wait to go back next year

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Columbia, SC
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Chapin Chop House
Nearest Beach
130 Miles
Charleston, SC

This is a boater's paradise featuring fantastic freshwater fishing, water sports including skiing, tubing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Travel by boat to a premier lakeside golf course and nearby restaurants and bars. Two hours to the Blue Ridge mountains and two hours to historic Charleston, SC. Enjoy the historic tour, fantastic culinary experiences and beautiful beaches.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Chapin, South Carolina

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
30 Sep 2016 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
20 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas Week
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Peak Season
31 Mar 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$261 + Tax
Property Damage Protection A$129
Tax Rate 8.0%

Luxury pontoon rental as follows:
Weekly in season pontoon rental is $1,450 /week.
Off season 3 day rate is $650.00.
Pricing includes life vests, towable, tow rope.
Daily Pontoon rental not available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Chapin, South Carolina

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master suite #1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master suite #2
  • Four spacious bedrooms, three located on lake side with French doors that open to a large deck.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master suite #1 of 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double bed , 2 single bed , Two Double Beds, two single beds (Trundle)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 sofa bed/futon , Master suite #2 of 2, sectional sleeper sofa, sleeps 2
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing