Magnolia Court Guest Suites, a Beaufort business that offers short-term rental of furnished homes in the heart of Uptown Beaufort, has recently expanded its campus to include a three-bedroom, two-bath craftsman-style house.
Brenda Hood, who owns and operates Magnolia Court on Pigeon Point Road, purchased the property in 2004 and began renovations shortly thereafter. When it originally opened in 2006, Magnolia Court was a collection of three boutique apartments housed in the native tabby building on the property. The rentals included one 1-bedroom and two 2-bedroom furnished apartments. Each rental had its own personality, unique décor, and name: including The West Indies, The Manhattan, and The Tuscan. The neighboring house, known as The Craftsman, expands the rental mix with a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house.
The large front porch, which spans the width of The Craftsman, provides a perfect setting to relax and watch the boats traversing the Intracoastal Waterway across the street. The house — which sleeps six to eight — includes 9 ½ ft. high ceilings, heart-pine floors, back-to-back fireplaces in the living room and dining room, a bay-window dining area, and a host of other amenities. The side patio provides a peaceful garden setting with table, chairs and a grill.
But while these accommodations are all beautifully appointed, Hood says what really factor sets Magnolia Court apart is its location. Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, Magnolia Court is just across the street from a park overlooking the Beaufort River, one block from Pigeon Point Park, and is in easy walking distance to the Historic District, the Waterfront Park, shopping and dining.
When locals think of vacation rentals in Beaufort, they may believe them to only be relevant for visitors to vacationers. Not true, according to Hood. A good portion of her business comes from people who live here permanently. Why? There are a variety of reasons, she says. Many people have downsized to smaller homes and don’t always have adequate room for family and friends —particularly around holidays and special events such as weddings or festivals. That’s where Magnolia Court comes in. These beautifully furnished homes offer a pleasant alternative to a hotel and provide both guest and “host family” all the privacy needed during such a stay.
Owner Brenda Hood says Beaufortonians should keep furnished rentals like Magnolia Court Guest Suites in mind when anticipating a larger number of guests than they can accommodate themselves, when a neighbor experiences damage to a home, or when their business will have a consultant in town. Magnolia Court is the perfect “Home Away for Home.” For more information, contact Brenda at 843-812-5175.