Tidalholm; circa 1853 Edgar Fripp reportedly built this imposing Italianate style home to escape the heat of his sea island plantation during the summer months. This extraordinary property is considered one of the finest estates in the south and has been the backdrop for the Hollywood films, The Big Chill and The Great Santini. Offering sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway, the home faces the prevailing southern sea breezes.Tidalholm sits on a private peninsula in Beaufort's prominent historic "Point" neighborhood. During the Civil War, the home was owned by Edgar Fripp's brother, James Fripp and the house served as Union Hospital #7. Legend has it that after the war, the house was sold for taxes and a Frenchman who had been living in the area purchased the house back for the Fripp family. The estate served as a guest house from the 1930's to the 1970's and entertained many artists, authors and statesmen. The house was converted back to private use in 1974. The home features original flooring, millwork and plaster moldings. Grand and welcoming, a wide center hall is flanked by stately dining and living rooms. These three rooms work to create an elegant entertaining space. A comfortable paneled library, powder bath, spacious eat-in kitchen, and bedroom with an adjacent full bath complete the main floor living. The original staircase leads to the upper level offering a sitting area, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Spacious double verandas wrap around the house and overlook the grounds and the river beyond, allowing the seasonal breezes to be enjoyed from all directions. Tucked away in one corner of Tidalholm’s grounds, there exists a small two bedroom guest or caretaker’s cottage. Of significant import to the property is it’s private dock, providing access to the Intracoastal Waterway from an offset creek. Giant live oaks and mature gardens complete the estate. Located in the heart of Beaufort's historic district, Tidalholm is a short walk from a number of fine restaurants, shops, an outstanding waterfront park, and a marina. An exceedingly important and rare opportunity. The basement/ground floor level square footage is not included in total.
Property Features Include: Waterfront