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Tombee Plantation

22 Acres    ·    Beaufort County, Saint Helena Island, SC    ·    $3,000,000
Welcome to Tombee, a grand antebellum home and guest lodge that sits on 22± acres of pristine high ground creating a private retreat only 10 minutes from downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. With direct access to the Atlantic Ocean and 3,000 feet of water frontage, this property is ideal for a family or individual seeking an incomparable private deep waterfront estate. One of the few surviving antebellum plantation houses on St. Helena Island, Tombee Plantation provides the opportunity for southern “dream” living, offering a main house and a guest house situated on 22± verdant acres right on Station Creek. St. Helena Island is a quiet sea island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The island is nestled between downtown Beaufort and the resort communities of Harbor Island and Fripp Island, so it enjoys the benefits of both rural and suburban life.

Tombee Plantation house was built in 1795 by Thomas B. Chaplin, whose colorful life is outlined in the book  Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter: With the Journal of Thomas B. Chaplin (1822-1890) by Theodore Rosengarten. The two-story Georgian home features the traditional Lowcountry T-shaped floor plan, a raised tabby foundation and double-tiered piazzas overlooking the live oaks, gardens and the tidal marsh grass bay and creek. It was restored in 1971 by antique collector Jim Williams of Savannah, Georgia who was the star character in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The cellar was the home of The Paradise Club, a famous Gullah juke joint (Gullah are the native islanders of coastal South Carolina, the word possibly derived from the slave blocks as traders shouted out “Angola”). The house has been completely remodeled with up-to-date wiring, new copper roof and new heating and air. The kitchen was updated to include sub-zero refrigerator, stainless steel appliances and handmade cabinetry and the bathrooms were redone to include Italian tiled showers and marble sinks.


  • Historic home on tranquil 22± acres with 3,000 feet of creek frontage
  • Completely remodeled big house and cottage with new dock
  • Main Home: 2000 SF with 800 SF of porch and 760 SF full basement
  • Kitchen features Dacor stove 6 burners gas with two oven with warming drawer, dishwasher, Garbage disposal, Sub zero refrigerator
  • Carrara marble in bathrooms with glass enclosed showers
  • Guest Home: 2000 SF with 700 SF of porch
  • Great room features 12 foot ceilings, pecky cypress wainscoting, bead board ceiling and walls, wood burning stove, bath with shower and tub, Dacor stove, laundry and living space
  • Original guest house features 2 bedrooms each with their own bath and shower, a 300 SF sleeping porch, new windows
  • The dock has been replaced and has a boat lift and offers access to Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean via Station Creek.
  • This is an exceptional legacy for future generations
  • Excellent potential for use as an event venue
  • Recreational and adventure paradise offering yachting, fishing, hunting, golf, tennis and water adventure sports
  • Learn more about this property, its investment potential and information about the area in the Property Brochure.


    Fay Ranches has been providing brokerage and advisory services for the acquisition and sale of significant land assets since 1992. While not forgetting our roots as a sporting ranch company, we have expanded our focus and expertise to include the finest farms, ranches, timberland, plantations and vineyards from coast to coast. Over the last two decades, we have built a network of relationships including our Strategic Alliance with Texas-based Republic Ranches. We continue to lead the industry with our consistent ability to source land opportunities for investors and use our unrivaled reach and marketing platform to handle the sale of exceptional land assets.  Fay Ranches is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana with offices across the United States, from Oregon to Tennessee.


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