Grand Mansion in Bluffton, South Carolina
You know you are in for something special when you drive through the imported entry gates that lead to 28 Seven Oak, Colleton River Plantation.
By: Tricia Drevets | March 8, 2015
The long, driveway is bordered by a pond that is inhabited by herons and egrets, and you begin to feel the sense of peace and quiet beauty that this area of coastal South Carolina provides.
Although it is just a short drive away from the beaches of Hilton Head Island and from Beaufort -- consistently voted one of the best small towns in America -- and it is located within the world-class Colleton River Plantation and Golf Club, this private estate offers an Old World charm and feel that is hard to find in 21st Century America.
Built in 2004, the Seven Oaks mansion features 17,649 square feet of living space and in addition, a 2,450 square foot guest home. The lavish home is situated on 9.76 acres, and the property offers 500 feet of shoreline on the lovely Colleton River. The acreage includes an ocean friendly forest of oaks, magnolias, palmettos and towering pines. On the river, a private deep-water dock offers easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.
“This home – as soon as you enter the front door – will take your breath away,” says realtor Jane Grant. The entranceway has a three-story turret, and the great hallway just leads your eyes in to the large windows and to the beautiful views of the river.
“I call this home the ‘full envelope,’” Grants says. “It has everything -- from the exterior to the interior. The details are simply incredible.”
Offered at $12,600,000, the estate does indeed feature some jaw-dropping details, and the luxurious furnishings are negotiable. One of the striking details of the home is its use of windows and glass. The Tea Room boasts a leaded stained glass dome ceiling from a 19th Century New York City hotel, for instance, and the Music Room is lit by an exquisite Baccarat chandelier. The Music Room walls also are designed with paneling from the former Hungarian Embassy Building in Paris.
The six-bedroom estate also has six kitchens , six full baths and seven half-baths, 10 fireplaces and a wine grotto all under a 50-year slate roof.
The estate is part of the Colleton River Plantation, a member-owned community situated on 1,500 acres in Bluffton, South Carolina. Located about 30 miles from Savannah, Georgia, this low-country land adjoins the 1,100-acre Victoria Bluff Nature Preserve.
In addition to its two award-winning championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, Colleton River Plantation offers tennis, bicycling and hiking. Located on a tidal-controlled estuary full of salt marshes, tidal creeks and islands, the Plantation also offers opportunities for boating and for fishing both in the ocean and in freshwater. Nearby cities, including picturesque Charleston, South Carolina, offer fine dining, museums, art galleries, theater and concerts as well as prestigious private schools and colleges.
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