Aug 08 2011

Spotlight on Folly Breeze

Even up north, Folly Beach is on Mary Lu Hodgins’ mind. A resident of western New York, Mary and her family fell in love with the area when her son attended the nearby College of Charleston. Her family began spending time at Folly and quickly came to see why it’s one of the most popular beaches in the country. “When we go down there we spend all of our time on Folly and rarely go into Charleston. We just enjoy the beach and sitting on the porch with the ocean breeze,” she said.

So it’s no wonder Mary wanted to have a permanent tie to Folly. She purchased a beach house built in 1935, renovated it and began renting out in 2005. The house is called “Folly Breeze.” Mary was careful to retain as much of the house’s original charm as possible during renovations. She added a second story but kept the same style floor and wood to maintain the beach cottage feel of the home. Folly Breeze boasts beach access across the street, a wrap-around screened porch with both ocean and river views, a fenced in yard, french doors, updated amenities, ample parking and space for up to 12 people. They’ve even left a “renovations journal” at the house for guests to peruse.

And if you’re looking for an expert tour guide, Mary can help you there as well. She recommends hitting The Lost Dog Cafe and the Folly Beach Crab Shack for a good meal. As far as activities are concerned, there’s more to do than there is time on Folly. Mary and her family spend their South Carolina days kayaking on the river, biking around the island and walking out to the lighthouse that is, of course, when they’re not laying on the beach. “Folly itself has a laid back attitude and is a residential beach area. It’s a beautiful area with a great proximity to downtown Charleston.”

While there is an abundance of houses for rent in the area, previous guests will all tell you that Folly Breeze is a beach gem. “We’ve rented often at Folly Beach and you’re home by far was our best experience ever,” said Joyce T.

Jeanne C. gushed, “We loved the comfortable, updated accommodations of your beautiful, historic beach home.”

And Esther and Larry, who rented the house for their daughter’s wedding, couldn’t have been happier. “You are to be commended for making Folly Breeze about as perfect as it gets,” they said.

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