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Elegance and wonder await at Colleton River Plantation home

Although much has been said about Colleton River Plantation, it is difficult to be prepared for the elegance and stature that awaits as you drive up to 5l Hawthorne. From the first minute it comes into view, it is stately and majestic in its delightful setting on the marshes of the Colleton River. With an enclave of buildings, it is reminiscent of an era gone by when genteel plantations were the norm of the prosperous South.

The brick courtyard provides a welcoming approach and more than adequate parking for family and friends. The walk up the stairway may be the determining moment when a purchaser will begin to envision him- or herself in this beautiful home.

Inside the entry, the unusually widened interior walls add to the detail in reproducing the old style plantation. Antique Heart Pine flooring throughout adds warmth and age to the entire first floor visible from here. High ceilings and just the right amount of crown detailing enhance the entire home. From the entry, you have the first glimpse of the unending vistas in the distance.

The spacious formal dining room is off to the right to provide the perfect location for entertaining family and friends. It is truly conducive to social gatherings that create those long lasting memories.

Beyond the entry is an elegant but very inviting living room overlooking the large covered porch to the river views. The large fireplace adds warmth both to the setting and to the typical seasonal cool evenings. It is apparent that there is a southern graciousness felt by being in this unique setting.

To the right of the living room is the enormous kitchen that can be enjoyed by the resident chef or a delight to the presenters of a catered event. All appliances are top of the line, including the largest commercial Viking range, and Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezers including separate drawers for maximum usage. A large butler pantry has a farm sink, refrigerator, glass display cabinetry, and an additional dishwasher to facilitate entertaining large groups. The morning room features another fireplace and corner windows to capture the breathtaking views. Power blinds have been added to the windows to provide occasional privacy and temporary protection from the afternoon sun.

To the left of the entry is a private library. The shutters at the front windows fold back into the sides as craftsmen built them more than a century ago. Beyond the library is a delightful sunroom. This room features windows on three sides and provides a cheerful setting even on cloudy days.

The large French doors open onto a spacious covered porch. There is enough room to entertain a significant number of guests, to enjoy outdoor dining, and to create a perfect hideaway for a gas grill that is convenient to the kitchen and morning room. From the main entry is an elegant gracious stairway that leads to the second floor. For those who prefer, there is also a 4 station elevator that will transfer them to all of the levels in the home. The upstairs foyer is open and elegant as well. From there many rooms and alcoves are visible that lead to the master suite and numerous guest rooms.

The master suite, once again, features an attractive fireplace and overlooks long vistas all the way down the Colleton River and to the Chechessee River beyond. The master bath also enjoys this wonderful view with incredible privacy, so the owners can truly enjoy the light and scenery on a daily basis.

This plantation style home would not be complete without another remarkably wide porch off the master suite. Wide French doors provide an opportunity to let in fresh air on those perfect spring and fall evenings. Large rocking chairs add to the simple elegance of this outdoor space and create the setting to enjoy watching the amazing wildlife that thrives in the marshes edging the river.

Three additional guest suites on this level offer welcoming space to family and friends. Each room has its own detail and styling similar to that found in an 18th- or 19th-century inn. A second floor laundry is convenient and accessible from all areas. A back stairway adjacent to the master bath area leads both down to the kitchen and up to the third floor. Here, an additional surprise unfolds as there is another guest area and a media room that any visitor is sure to enjoy. A finished attic provides an ideal storage area for Christmas items and possibly off-season clothing.

From the third floor foyer, a permanent ladder stairway leads to a four-sided Widow's Walk with absolutely amazing views from all sides. I is worth the trip up to enjoy star gazing on a cloudless evening or as a reminder to enjoy best views of the South Carolina Low Country. The lower level of the property has brick floors and is ready to be finished to the owner's wish. This could make an unbelievable wine cellar complete with tasting room for the wine connoisseur. Or it could provide additional storage for a collector or possibly an extra game area. A caretaker's suite over the garage has a separate entry and also serves as an overflow guest suite, complete with its own laundry. A small gardener's shop is perfectly sized for golf cart storage.

For the discriminating purchaser who can appreciate exquisite detailing and design, this home is worlds apart from other homes available in the market place. No other property more adequately describes the phrase, "When only the best will do."


Community: Colleton River Plantation 
Address: 51 Hawthorne Road 
City: Bluffton 
State: SC 
Zip: 29910

Property View: Marsh, River 
MLS #: 238198 
Year Built: 1997 
POA Fees: $14,300 
Price: $3,500,000 
Bedrooms: 6 
Full Baths: 6 
Half Baths: 2