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Sea Islands, South Carolina

Southern Sea-Esta on St. Helena Island

Cozy, Waterfront home; pets permitted

Due to high visitation and staffing constraints, local area offerings such as restaurants, bars, shopping, and shared amenities may have limited hours or availability. Cell phone and internet service may also be impacted during high visitation periods. Please contact us directly to discuss the impact during your stay dates.

Located on the St. Helena Sound, Southern Sea-Esta is the perfect getaway to relax and maybe take a siesta or two! The natural setting and the calm beach that is steps away make for great relaxation and privacy. The property is located in the Coffin Point Plantation, you'll recognize the Avenue of the Oaks in films such as Forrest Gump!

This home accommodates a family of six. Choose to get your beauty rest in any one of the three bedrooms. There are two bedrooms with queen beds and the final bedroom has a twin over a twin bunk bed. There are two full bathrooms in the home.

The living room features a large, flat-screen television complete with cable and a sliding glass door, providing access to the back deck. Enjoy cooking in the fully-equipped kitchen, featuring both large and small appliances for your convenience. This home is also outfitted with a pool table for those afternoons/evenings that aren't appropriate for beach-going. Dine together at the six-person table and find additional seating at the counter. To dine in the beauty of the outdoors, take your plates to the back deck and sit at the picnic table and enjoy the ocean view.

Enjoy the beautiful waterfront right outside the home - a fantastic place to fish. While the beach in front of the home is not ideal for swimming due to oyster beds, spend your days at Hunting Island State Park, one of the best beaches in the area with a Hunting State Park pass included. Please be advised that this home can accommodate up to 2 vehicles. *The neighboring docks are located on private property and are not for guest use.

*Please be advised that there are dirt roads on the Coffin Point Plantation. These roads can get quite soggy during intense rains, but are still passable.

For your convenience, Southern Sea-Esta includes Wi-Fi and a washer and dryer. We encourage you to bring your four-legged friend, as dogs are accommodated for an additional fee (see below). *Please be advised that only 2 dogs are allowed, and the weight per dog should not exceed 40 lbs.

Outdoor Gas Grill
Pool Table
Pet Friendly: $150 for one dog, $300 for two dogs
Free Wi-Fi
Hunting Island Car Pass Included
*Please be advised that this home has a 2-car maximum.

As our gift to you for booking with us, we offer free admission to select Sea Islands and Beaufort attractions. Called the Xplorie Program, our guests will receive one free adult admission ticket, per night stay, to attractions like the Kazoo Factory. It’s our way of saying, “Thanks!”

Please note that guests must be at least 21 years of age to rent this property.


59 Reviews
4.85 out of 559 Reviews
ToniAugust 2022
We enjoyed our beach house as it was very clean and many amenities. We enjoyed the private beach and watching the sea turtles hatch. Perfect vacation!!!!
PaulaJuly 2022
CathyMarch 2022
RobertFebruary 2022
Very responsive and helpful with information regarding our stay. House was very clean and nicely equipped.
AllisonJanuary 2022
JonathanJanuary 2022
Very responsive, great communication, home even better than expected.
VirginiaNovember 2021
The cottage was in an ideal location right on the water. The house was spotless inside and out. There were lovely rocking chairs on a platform within a hundred feet of t e water which we spent a lot of time on overlooking the sunrise and sunset and the wildlife. We saw all sorts of birds, the dolphins went by, occasional horseback riders, occasional boats. The bed was comfortable. There were plenty of supplies for our 5 nights. There were two bedrooms down and one up and 2 full baths. That was nice as I have trouble climbing stairs so slept down. There is a fridge to keep your drinks or food cold down stairs. There was no noise in the neighborhood the whole time and the houses were pretty private. I can't think of anything negative to say, it was all so perfect.
KarenOctober 2021
LeeOctober 2021
The house was spotless, amazing view everything we needed was right there in the fully stocked kitchen.
CynthiaSeptember 2021
BrettSeptember 2021
Natural Retreats were very responsive to all needs during my stay at St Helena Island. Professional and very friendly.
ReneeSeptember 2021
DiannaAugust 2021
AmyJune 2021
We were very disappointed that check in is not until 5pm. We basically had to pay for an entire day but did not get to use the place until 5p. You need to let guest know that in advance.
StephenMay 2021
ElizabethApril 2021
BrookeApril 2021
Great place to unwind. No noise, not crowded, nice walks on the beach without having to be around a lot of other folks. The sunrise is a true thing of beauty.
AndyApril 2021
We loved the views. Very peaceful and private. Very accommodating and helpful
RobbinMarch 2021
The house itself was very nice. The view was to die for and is reason enough to stay in this location. But service was also key. NR called me the day before check in and the day after check in to make sure we had everything we needed and that there were no issues.
AmandaFebruary 2021
Everything was perfect. The house was as advertised, very well cleaned, and your staff made our enjoyment their priority. Thank you very much!! GMastro
Greg and AnnetteFebruary 2021
House was clean and in great shape for our arrival. Just as described. We were contacted to see if we needed anything and check on our arrival. Love that there isn’t a list a mile long for check out. Thank you for your hospitality!
AshleeFebruary 2021
Consumer service provided by the young lady that called to make sure all was well with our check-in on the 14th. I have received a call from her before. You are fortunate to have such a stellar front line customer service minded representative! I commend her
PatriciaJanuary 2021
PaulJanuary 2021
mckenzieDecember 2020
PamDecember 2020
GinaDecember 2020
Very clean rental and great location.
StacyDecember 2020
Staff very informative and answered any questions about properties, etc.
KennethNovember 2020
The house was great and we really enjoyed our stay! Working with Natural Retreats was easy and we would definitely use you again to book a get away. Thank you.
KishmaNovember 2020
StefanieOctober 2020
House was very clean and well kept. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Peaceful. The only problem we had was the right blind upstairs quit working. I'm assuming a dead battery. Also the ice maker kept freezing up. This did not affect our stay in the least. We will probably return in the future.
TerriOctober 2020
Sea Esta is a beautiful, modern beachfront home exactly as described by the photos and text. It was very clean, comfortable and equipped with everything we needed. We really loved the quiet beach and natural surroundings - herons, dolphins and one small gator. Most of the turtles had already hatched and migrated by the time we arrived. Toasted s'mores at the fire pit and gazed at the mass of stars easily visible without the usual "city" lights. Swimming was possible between the larger banks of oyster beds at high tide by wading out to chest high water before the smooth sand gave way to more shells. We did explore the State Park with the free pass but loved Coffin Point so much we mostly just stayed there. Delicious shrimp burgers at nearby Shrimp Shack and fresh caught seafood at their sister business Gay Fish Co. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
DerekSeptember 2020
vickieSeptember 2020
Very attentive and helpful when I had any questions. Place was spotless and inviting as soon as we walked in. Loved our stay and would love to come back!
KristiAugust 2020
Easy and convenient process.
alexisAugust 2020
The house was nice. Very clean and large enough for our guests. The problem was with the electrical breaker tripping and failing to reset. The first night and the next day was spoiled, because an electrician had to be called out to fix it. Very stressful. The electrician was very nice and through and fixed the problem. But it took him most of the day to do so.
RichardAugust 2020
AmandaJune 2020
KelleyMay 2020
ElizabethApril 2020
Our stay with Natural Retreats was amazing! Leading up to our trip, they were very quick to respond to my questions & ensured I was prepared for travel. The home itself was just as described, in wonderful condition & very clean. Our family had the most amazing trip together!
TylerMarch 2020
JeanneJanuary 2020

Great view!

My family and I visited this home in November and we truly enjoyed our stay. The home was clean and fully stocked with anything you may possibly need.
Gula familyNovember 2019

A perfect, relaxing getaway from the world!

This gorgeous site at St. Helena is perfectly situated for a private, beachside experience suitable for up to six people. We were two middle-aged couples looking for relaxation, peace and quiet, and the ability to make our own meals, and this site delivered perfectly. The place was spotlessly clean--maybe the cleanest AirBNB I've stayed in--and beds and furniture were very comfortable. The back deck has plenty of seating to enjoy views of the ocean and beach, with enough loungy surfaces (including a hammock!) to allow all four of us to take a nap outside one delightful afternoon. Hosts brought their A game as far as communication, access, and amenities. We will definitely be back for another stay.
Overworked HistorianNovember 2019

So relaxing!

We visited in late September for our 20th anniversary and had a ball fishing and playing pool at night. The sunrises were breathtaking and the house was well stocked with kitchen items, complimentary toiletries and laundry detergent. It was just a lovely small, relaxing home that I would highly recommend.
Robbins20thOctober 2019

So relaxing

We loved the home and location! So peaceful and relaxing. We will be back again!
AnnamarietOctober 2019

loved location, would not choose this home

1. Bathroom downstairs - toilet runs intermittently & the threshold at the door is not attached at all 2. The grill is out of gas - and doesn’t get any hotter than 225 - most likely one of the burners is dead 3. Delivery of a 2nd kayak since one at the home had a hole, was greatly appreciated! We went out every day! 4. The bed sizes were not as advertised - made sleeping difficult for my 6’2” father in law and my husband and I. 5. Linens provided - I would have thought beach towels would be part of this, since it is a beach house.... 6. The light in the fridge needs to be replaced. It works, but barely. 7. Outdoors - an umbrella at the table would be nice, since the deck is burning hot if barefoot. 8. All the items provided were great & lasted a good while! 9. Amanda’s prompt attention to anything she had the ability to fix was wonderful! I know she has a difficult job and her kindness did not go unnoticed! My family thanks you for a great beach week together!
DJuddJune 2019

Southern Sea Esta House

I visited a home in St.Helena, SC., that was beautiful. My family and I loved it, it was oceanfront. The only draw back was you couldn’t swim in the ocean. A park was close by that we could go swimming. But the fishing in front of the house was amazing, for we are avid fisherman’s. We had so much fun catching and releasing ocean creatures. Had an amazing time at this beautiful place. Thank you Terina
terinad1July 2018

Beautiful view

We had our family vacation with our 2 younger grand kids July 4th week! The house is nice, very clean and had everything you need! We took our chairs and tent but I think they did have chairs in there storage. It’s a very comfortable house with a beautiful view! The beds are very comfortable! The couch could be replaced! Overall very nice house! It’s NOT a beach you can swim on! The oyster Beds are there and you need shoes to get in !
Marshall18July 2018

Love the view

We just got home from our week long stay at Southern SeaEsta. While the house had an awesome view and great location...we were discouraged by all the oyster shells and bugs. Im aware that it comes with the property but a little heads up would have been nice. The property mgr helped with washer situation and all were available to help with any issues we had. My family love the area and would love any other referrals on other houses similar and pet friendly in the surrounding islands.
TaseJune 2018

Just what we needed!

We had an amazing time at Southern Sea-Esta! The house is beautiful and very well appointed for our group of four. We saw tons of wildlife during our stay and enjoyed sightseeing in the neighboring towns. We highly recommend staying at this home. We miss it already!
Rebecca RichardMay 2018

Nice home great beaches to walk

Stayed in April and had a great time
Arde1April 2018

A jewel!

The house was in perfect order, clean and very well appointed with all the basic requirements for our stay. The proximity to the beach made it just perfect!
cricketMarch 2018

Quick to take care of anything! Beautiful!

Spectacular views! Beautiful home! Awesome neighbors and town!
Purpfire76December 2017

Dreamy getatway

We loved the house and its location: beautiful sunrises, sunsets and perfect storms! We didn't have the best of weather during our stay but the house is very well appointed, comfortable and we never ran out of things to do. We had the chance to explore the surrounding area more than years past. The neighbors are also the sweetest people ever. Cons are that the beach is really muddy with sharp oyster shards, as per the house description, and the bay very shallow. Also, Hunting Island State Park was closed the entire week we were there due to weather related flooding so have a back up plan!
JerseyYummyMummySeptember 2017


The home was everything we needed and wanted. It was clean, cozy and comfortable. With a direct view of the beach.
Britt85August 2017

Secluded location, adventurous

Upon arrival, the grass was not cut, which made fire pit unusable. The tub was stopped up and the staff took care of problem, the handle on commode sticks, air filters are dirty....fees are astronomical. Fishing was OK during high tide, oyster beds are plentiful so bring plenty of rigs for fishing. Mosquitoes are plentiful so bring plenty of bug spray. Board games and pool were fun. They offer 2 kayaks, which one of them has a hole. Coffer maker broke on 2nd day but was replaced. Hunting island has a nice beach. Exploring the area via golf cart was the best time, many areas to venture into, Spanish moss is very beautiful on the trees....
Bobby PopeAugust 2017

Best vacation EVER!

We loved the house and especially the pass to Hunting Island where we swam and enjoyed the beach almost every day. The house had every comfort that we could desire and was a perfect fit for our family of six!
Paul and AmandaJune 2017

Very pleasant experience

I visited in June, was very pleased with house and the great customer service. When a problem arose the staff was very quick to respond and correct issue. Will be staying again next summer.
ShellSeptember 2016
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