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Folly - Deep Water Dock Family Home, Huge Deck, Stroll to Beach, Full Amenities

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 sleeper sofas in Great Room, add'l private room

Marsh Gayz is a private river front home on the Folly River with a deep water dock tucked away on Tabby Island, a secluded waterfront neighborhood of Folly Beach, South Carolina. Surrounded by age old live oaks, saltmarsh meadows and the wide waters of the Folly River, this beautiful home features spectacular private views of the Low Country at its finest. Although sequestered away from the main beach drag, it’s still only a short stroll to the beach and the famed surfer’s paradise known as the “Washout.” The quaint commercial district of Center Street and Folly Landing, with its many restaurants, shops, night clubs and parks, is also just a short bicycle, drive or boat ride away. You can easily launch your boat at the landing and dock in your own backyard during your stay 24/7. Historic downtown Charleston, SC is a scenic 15-20 minute hop over the island connector that characterize this part of the East Coast.

Unlike many coastal homes, only four steps up takes you to the haven within. This single story dwelling sleeps (8) people with three bedrooms and 3 full baths (one with a deep Jacuzzi tub). The roomy master suite has a sweeping view of the river via glass sliders that open onto the wide back deck. A spacious great room with beautiful Morris Island brick gas fireplace, gaming table and separate walk-in bar embraces even more stunning views of the river. The large well-equipped kitchen comes complete with an island, dishwasher, microwave, multiple tools for the culinary inclined and a large dining table for seating 8 or more. A small study/shell room with a full size sofa can be found off the main entryway, and there is also full laundry facility and a garage fully stocked with all the beach or fishing gear you need. This home contains all the amenities including wireless high speed Internet, Cable TV, 52” flat screen TV, DVD player, sound dock for I Pods, ceiling fans, and central heating and air conditioning (new system 2016).

Although the house is a sanctuary in itself, it’s really all about the great outdoors. A spacious sundeck spans the entire back of the house and leads you across the lawn to a short railed dock ending at the river. The dock facility has both floating and stationary platforms, and is complete with a shaded area and bench seats, fish cleaning station with sink, water and power. There is also a paved patio area in the back yard that is perfect for oyster roasts, shrimp or crab boils and other seafood affairs with a stainless table, sink with running water and portable cooker and pots, shell barrels and a customized fire pit made special for Marsh Gayz for adding a little late night ambiance or roasting marshmallows.

Marsh Gayz is an ideal getaway for families or friends who have an interest in all of the watersports delights that the river world offers, while fish, crabs, clams and oysters can be caught or found right out the back door! With amazing sunsets to the west, the statuesque Morris Island Lighthouse to the east and miles of river and marsh in between, one could not want more for a perfect summertime setting. It’s also an excellent venue for small quiet gatherings whether for family vacations, reunions, graduations, special events, small weddings or housing wedding guests (additional fee applicable) Not available for renters under 25 years of age.

If you're looking for a private river front home with a deep water dock on Folly Beach, we invite you to consider Marsh Gayz – a by-owner private vacation rental on the South Carolina coast. Relax your cares away or take a running splash off the dock, and enjoy the peaceful serenity and nature of Marsh Gayz where the loudest thing you'll hear is the soothing sound of the river, and the occasional blow of hello from our regular porpoise friends.

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More Details

Marsha Pardee, Owner - Natalie Staropoli, Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

About Marsha Pardee, Owner - Natalie Staropoli, Property Manager

Marsha Pardee, M.Sc. is a marine ecologist who works as an independent consultant specializing in environmental management, eco-tourism and many other conservation related projects and programs. Although raised on Folly, she lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands and works throughout the Caribbean region, but enjoys coming back 'home' for the holidays and especially for shrimp season in the Fall.

Marsha Pardee, Owner - Natalie Staropoli, Property Manager purchased this house in 1970

Why Marsha Pardee, Owner - Natalie Staropoli, Property Manager chose Charleston Area

I was raised on Folly Beach, moving into this house as a young child. I have a love for all things in the water so being raised on the water only grew my passion for my profession.

What makes this house unique

You can see historical Morris Island Lighthouse from the dock in the distance but it is a short ride to go see it and park then walk 1/4 mile to the beach. While you can enjoy kayaking on the water, you can also walk a few steps to get to the beach or bicycle to Center Street. Folly has a great fishing pier Edwin S. Taylor managed by the County Park System. There is dining and a ship store too. This property is managed by Property Manager extraordinaire, Natalie Staropoli.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing place to stay again on our mini stay-cation.

We absolutely adore everything about this special place.

Already looking forward to booking a 3rd visit in the near future
Mar 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • River ...
  • Village
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bath - toilet , shower enclosure
    Jacuzzi tub bath - toilet , jacuzzi
    Back foyer bath - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , en suite bath
    Guest 1 - 1 double bed
    Guest 2 - 1 double bed
  • In addition to 3 bedrooms that sleep a couple in each room, the Great Room has 2 sleeper sofa's that's great for keeping kids together. In the front of the house we have a room termed "the shell room" that has folding doors; a full size sofa is in there but not a sleeper sofa and no blinds.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • jacuzzi
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(70 traveller reviews)

Folly - Deep Water Dock Family Home, Huge Deck, Stroll to Beach, Full Amenities
average rating of 4.9 based on 102 reviews

Comfortable house, beautiful view, close to beach

  • 5 of 5

This was our second February at Marsh Gayz, and we look forward to another one next year! The house has all the comforts of home PLUS an incredible view of the marsh, kayaks, fishing gear, a wonderful deck and outside patio for grilling, roasting oysters, and enjoying the fire pit or unexpectedly warm February days. The property manager is very helpful and responds quickly to any requests or questions. The beach is just a short walk away from this private, well-kept property. Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to have you return and make our home, your home away from home. We hope you liked the latest updates with the exterior mediterranean paint and a fresh new coral front door along with the new occasional chairs in the great room. We will continue to update the property by moving indoors next. It will be great to have you back in 2018 to see some of those changes. Say hello to my furry friend Layla. Have a great Spring and a blessed Easter.
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newport beach

Excellent home with all the amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this property from beginning to end a great experience. Natalie is great and makes sure you are welcome and comfortable

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was great to have you all join us. We hope you will choose Marsh Gayz again when coming back to Charleston to visit your family. It's an amazing family friendly spot that gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy what they like best. Have a great holiday season and New Year.
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West Ashley, Charleston

A little slice of Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

There simply are not enough good words to aptly describe the beauty and atmosphere that surrounds Marsh Gayz. From the moment that we stepped out of the car and met Natalie, we felt completely at home. The home has literally everything you could even imagine needing while on vacation. The amenities....kayaks, bikes, beach chairs, crab pots, towels, sunscreen....are just a few of the wonderful things that are supplied for the renters enjoyment. We would start our day with an early morning walk on the beach with our yellow lab. Coffee and breakfast were enjoyed on the patio. Afternoons were spent kayaking, bike riding, fishing, swimming, or just sitting and taking in the sweet smells of the marsh and summer breezes. The Dolphins put on quite a show each day as well!!! We thoroughly enjoyed this very relaxing home and will definitely be back in the near future. We rent on Folly at least 5-6 times a year and this by far was the most enjoyable, relaxing, and beautiful place we have ever stayed. Thank you for sharing this little slice of Heaven on Earth with us!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this incredible, very detailed review. We appreciate our guests that not only take the time to write a review both in our house guest book and online but to add content that matters to future travelers. We're so pleased that you chose Marsh Gayz for your stay this time since you are repeat guests to Folly. We hope to see you again.
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Travelers Rest, SC


  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a wonderful vacation we had in "Marsh Gayz". We have never felt so "at home" in a vacation rental as this one. Beautiful views, cozy, spacious and fully equipped with everything that we needed. My sister and I enjoyed all the different sea shells displayed throughout the house and the boys really enjoyed the kayaks and fishing off the dock (although it was much too hot for fish to bite). I would highly recommend this rental. Thanks Natalie for being so accommodating and we enjoyed our meal at the Roadside Seafood restaurant that you mentioned to us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. The beautiful collections of shells throughout the home are by no other than our "mermaid" Marsha who found such beauties throughout her travels as a Marine Biologist. They are true treasures with lots of memories and stories behind them. Along the docks where we are situated is one of the best fishing spots we learned as we see a lot of Captains bring their guests by for a winning catch. Perhaps next time we can offer some pointers as was shared with us to ensure a successful catch. So glad the restaurant recommendation worked out. Hope to see you all again.
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Amazing Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had the most enjoyable time at this magnificent property! Thanks to property manager, Natalie, for being so accommodating! We would highly recommend it. We loved the fact that kayaks and bikes were available for our use. This was a BIG plus for us! The home was very inviting, warm, and clean. Thank you for the memories, and we plan to be back again next summer!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Marsh Gayz and enjoying the kayaks & bicycles we provide our guests. They are just 2 ways we personally like to get around the island, by water and land. Your kind remarks are greatly appreciated so other guests considering our home can get a better understanding. We're getting ready to embark on Fall improvements so before next year, the house will have a new "facelift" (it's getting painted)! We enjoyed having locals enjoy our pet friendly home and treat it kindly. Have a great school year.
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Beautiful Haven

  • 5 of 5

Marsh Gayz was a spectacular place for our stay. We love a place with beautiful views, and this provided the best we've ever seen at Folly. With the deep water just steps from the door and the beach a very short walk away, we never ran short of things to enjoy. The home is clean, spacious and comfortably furnished, from beach towels and kitchen essentials to kayaks. We didn't want to leave! Natalie, the manager, was friendly, accessible and accommodating. We'll definitely look to book here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to have you and the boys. Thank you for the kind words. We too think it's a pretty special place. We continually strive to make improvements and all of our repeat guests recognize that. We're giving the house a fresh coat of paint in the Fall. We'd love to have you all back. Have a great Summer.
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Nearest Airport
22.6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Charleston Water Taxi
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
11 miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Trophy Lakes, John's Island
Nearest Beach
0.03 Miles
Car: recommended

Marsh Gayz is less than 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, carriage rides, famous golf courses, top-rated tennis courts, off of Folly pristine beaches, monumental battleships, sporting events, concert venues, cultural events, garden tours, beautifully preserved architecture.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April weekday special
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
Spring/Summer 17
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
4th of July
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
9 Jul 2017 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$130
Refundable Damage Deposit A$326
Cleaning A$261
Tax Rate 13.5%

Fees: Please note VRBO/HomeAway as of Feb. 2016 charges a service fee of 4-10% on a sliding scale to customers booking through their site even though we as Homeowners pay a premium to be listed on their website. Regardless of the payment method you wish to use, through their website, they require a credit card to pay this fee as a separate transaction and they keep all the funds. Please call Natalie, Property Manager to explore your options 843-277-7043

While there is no minimum stay, weekend rates increase by $100 per night when the stay is less than 3 nights

Most payment forms accepted. PayPal linked to a bank account (sent to family & friends) is a NO FEE Option or the VRBO system, E-check is the NO FEE option. If you opt to pay by credit card, Vacation Rents (3rd party processor for VRBO/HomeAway) or PayPal processes your payment and a fee of 2.5%-2.9% applies and will be deducted from your security deposit since it is deducted up front from them to us. If you need further clarification, please do no hesitate to ask our property manager, Natalie Staropoli 843-277-7043

We offer a well appointed home, well stocked with most everything you could possibly need with the most spectacular views of wildlife, the Folly River and Marsh Rental includes: All linens, at least 2 kayaks, bicycles, crab pots, fishing rods, 8 beach chairs, umbrella, 8 beach towels, 1 new roll of TP in each bathroom & a new PT roll in the kitchen.

Flexible check in days/times when we can offer it

Marsh Gayz is an unparalleled private neighborhood on a private street. It's safe for pets and small children and mainly the street resides long time residents therefore, No Parties, No Events Permitted - Guest Count Max. is 10 persons

We look forward to having you as our guests. You will immediately feel it's your "home away from home" Please check out our guest reviews. For More Info: 843-277-7043

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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