Fulfill Your Royal Fantasies With a Stay in This Stunning Lowcountry Castle
The 19th-century chapel-turned-luxury mansion is steps from the sand on Sullivan's Island—and available to rent for $1,500 per night.
Now that Prince Harry is off the market, your hopes and dreams of becoming a royal might be dashed. Your chances of feeling like one, however, are about to get a lot better.
Say hello to Mugdock Castle, a 19th-century Gothic-style stunner with stone walls, cathedral windows, and spiral staircases that—unlike Windsor Castle—happens to be a stone’s throw from a three-mile stretch of sandy beach.
The castle, part of which was once a chapel but is now a private residence, is also up for grabs for your next Sullivan’s Island getaway through rental agency Stay Duvet (if you’ve got $1,500 per night to spare).
While the earliest part of the castle dates to1891, the site’s history goes back much further. The land adjoins Fort Moultrie, which protected Charleston from seafaring enemies in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
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The current stone-clad structure was built and used as an Episcopalian chapel for years, serving summering families until it was taken over by the U.S. Army and used as the post chapel for Fort Moultrie. In 2002, the chapel was restored and turned into a private residence.
Now known as Mugdock Castle, the mansion consists of the former chapel (dubbed “Winter Hall”) and a newer addition built in 2008. Winter Hall houses the main living spaces, including a living room, library, open kitchen with an AGA range, and a commanding fireplace. A small bedroom, accessible by ladder, sits up in the castle’s tower.
Directly behind Winter Hall, a central stair tower connects the former chapel with the addition, built with battered masonry walls and windows that complement the castle’s Gothic style. Inside, a lighter, brighter living room plus six bedrooms fill the three floors of living space.
A spacious roof deck tops the addition with views of Fort Moultrie and the ocean beyond.
While $1,500 per night might seem like a hefty chunk of change, the castle sleeps 14, so if you gather your family and friends and split the cost, it’s a lot more manageable.
And, really, how many places can you play princess atop your very own turret roof terrace with a gentle breeze rolling in from the sea? Sounds pretty priceless to us.