281 Governors Drive Kiawah Island

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Fresh, new reno, central, pool!






Brand new pool! This home has had updates all throughout and is fresh and ready for your perfect Kiawah Island getaway! Pool is heated from October through April.
Located conveniently on Governor's Drive in Vanderhorst Plantation between The Sanctuary Hotel and recreational offerings at East Beach and the famed Ocean Course, 281 Governors Drive is a freshly renovated five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 3,740-square-foot home is situated among exquisite live oaks and towering palms on a large corner homesite. The well-maintained landscape enhances the inviting front porch and cedar-clapboard exterior of the home, which boasts a traditional Southern-style facade. Property views extend across the lagoon waters to the 5th fairway of the Osprey Point Course - a perfect Kiawah Island and Lowcountry setting.

Gorgeous new interior furnishings give this home a light, airy, and coastal feel. The traditional floorplan includes a beautiful formal dining room and separate living room with built-in shelves, recessed lighting, a fireplace, and three sets of glass doors that allow bright natural light to flow inside. Two additional sliding glass doors, custom wood cabinets, and a center island are the focal points of the kitchen. The living spaces extend outside to the large screened porch and new Garapa deck that overlook the calm lagoon waters. Lush trees and foliage provide a peaceful and private exterior sanctuary. Pool with waterfall feature on the back deck with a great view, pool heat is included in the rate from October through April (if you'd like it heated outside of these months the pool heat is still available but would be an added charge).

The spacious master suite features a fireplace and sliding glass doors to a private balcony, multiple closets and a bathroom with dual vanities with granite countertops and tile flooring. A guest room on the first floor also has a set of glass doors to bring in natural light and offer access to the outdoor living spaces.

Upstairs, the second floor boasts a converted space with vaulted ceilings, one bedroom with a full bath plus a comfortable and quiet sitting room.

As our guest, you will have access to 5 Championship Golf Courses – including The Ocean Course – the location of the 2021 PGA Championship; The Kiawah Island Resort Tennis Center - #1 ranked by Tennis Resorts Online; Free Wireless Internet Access;. Local Property Management staff is on hand in case of emergencies and their friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff can assist you with any needs throughout your stay.

No smoking and no pets allowed. Please note the garage access if off limits to guest use

When you stay with ESPM for 3-21 nights you will receive a valuable credit of up to $280 (amount dependent on length of stay) to use toward beach gear, bikes, etc. Credit may not be available for last minute bookings, 48 hours notice is required.

Upon booking you will be sent a rental agreement to review and complete online. Your booking is not confirmed until this document has been submitted.

TOKI license #RBL21-000134, max occupancy 12, 4 driveway parking, fines issued by Town of $150 and up for additional vehicles and prohibited vehicles, guests are responsible for fines incurred


  • Combination tub/shower
  • King
  • Queen
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Winery tours
Dining Checkbox
  • Dining
  • Television
  • Smart TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Wifi
  • Free Wifi
  • Office
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Table
  • Kitchen Island
  • Full Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Cookware
Leisure Activities
  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird watching
  • Eco tourism
  • Horseback riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic drives
  • Sight seeing
  • Walking
Local Services And Businesses
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Massage therapist
  • Medical services
Location Type
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool Spa
  • Private Pool
Sports And Adventure Activities
  • Basketball court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea fishing
  • Equestrian events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Surf fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Children welcome
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
Suitability Chkbox
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Private entrance
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Deadbolt lock on entryway
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Emergency phone number: Medical
  • Emergency phone number: Police
  • Emergency phone number: Fire
Health And Safety
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • Clean with disinfectant
  • No-contact check-in and check-out
  • High touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant
  • Towels and bedding washed in water that's at least 60sC/140sF
  • Central Air
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens
  • Washer & Dryer
  • High Speed Internet
  • Nearby ATM
  • Nearby Post Office
  • Nearby FedEx
  • Nearby Bank
  • Nearby Medical Services
  • Nearby Grocery
  • Golf Course
  • Deck
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • BBQ Grill
  • Gas Grill
  • Private Pool
  • Screened porch
  • Lagoon view
Shorter Stays Allowed
  • Shorter stays allowed
  • Area - Vanderhorst
  • DiningSeats - 8
  • DisplayRate - Enter dates for rate quote
  • LocationField - ESPM Vacation Rentals, LLC
  • Type - House - Private Pool
  • View - Scenic
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Season Period Min.Stay Nightly Weekly Monthly
Peak Summer 6/15/2024 - 6/28/2024 4 $1470
July 4 6/29/2024 - 7/5/2024 4 $1613 $10480
Peak Summer 7/6/2024 - 8/9/2024 4 $1356 $9549 $43140
Late Summer 8/10/2024 - 9/6/2024 4 $1182 $7674
Fall 9/7/2024 - 10/31/2024 4 $1009 $6343 $24278
Winter 11/1/2024 - 11/22/2024 4 $1125 $7073
Thanksgiving 11/23/2024 - 11/30/2024 7 $9448
Winter 12/1/2024 - 12/20/2024 3 $1130 $7838
Winter Break 12/21/2024 - 1/2/2025 7 $9448
Winter 1/3/2025 - 3/14/2025 4 $1125 $7073 $26232
Spring 3/15/2025 - 4/4/2025 4 $1309 $9126
Spring break 4/5/2025 - 4/25/2025 7 $10253
Spring 4/26/2025 - 5/21/2025 4 $1136 $7915
Early Summer 5/22/2025 - 6/13/2025 4 $1557 $10862


Excellent Family Vacation Home and Terrific Property Manager
This is a beautiful home which is perfect for a family vacation. The property manager was excellent and super responsive. We were renting very last minute because of a problem with our home. They were so helpful. The home was very well equipped and the screen porch was lovely. Highly recommend.
Tara H.
Jun 2023
281 Governor's Drive was Lovely
Beautiful Home, nicely decorated and perfect for our large family! The kitchen was a cook's dream and had every appliance and tool you could need for a gourmet meal. It would be helpful to have instructions for the cable TV system, the thermostat, the alarms for the patio doors and they are not intuitive to use. We would definitely rent this place again!
Gregory M.
Mar 2022
Governors Drive
This was our first time visiting and overall it was an excellent experience.
Aug 2021
Spectacular Home
281 Governors Drive home was one of our favorites for many reasons. The floorplan is great for a family that has kids. The upstairs has two full bathrooms and a living room area for kids to have their own space. The downstairs bedrooms all have bathrooms that are updated and they are separate from the master bedroom. The outdoor area is spacious and the plunge pool is great for cooling off. Great views and location on the island as well. The kitchen is well stocked and the entire house is decorated and clean. ESPM is a great company to rent thru. We definitely will rent this home again. The driveway is also great for multiple vehicles.
Wendy M.
Jul 2021
Great layout!
We enjoyed our extended time in this home! The layout is great with four bedrooms and attaching baths all on the first floor! Also, the kitchen was very well stocked and it was furnished well. Just beautiful.

Our suggestions to make the rental experience go from good to great would be for the owners to grant access to the garage, for there to be TVs in the bedrooms (there were none), and for access to the smart TV in the living room.

There are a lot of trees surrounding the property, and debris feel often. Our cars were a constant mess and we had to physically move our bikes from the driveway up and around the home into the screened porch area any time it was going to rain. It was very frustrating not to be able to easily move things into a garage. Also, the main TV is restricted with a PIN required so we couldn't download apps for the children to use our personal accounts. This wasn't helpful on rain days or for family movie nights.

Also, please be aware that the home is on a very busy street. Cars fly by often. If you have small children like we do, please plan on being outside with them at all times.

Overall, we would stay again if there was garage access!
Stephanie W.
Apr 2020

Manager Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house over all and would return! The homeowners live fairly close and will come in frequently when the house is not occupied so they use the garage to store an extra car and all their own personal items, there simply isn't room in there for guests to put a car or store their own gear or we'd definitely try and work it out to where we could offer it for guest use. We have made the suggestion to the homeowners about additional TVs and pin code access to download smart apps to them. Thanks so much for the helpful feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Wonderful home
This is a beautiful and very clean home. It is always hard to know exactly what you are getting through pictures, but this home is truly fabulous. I highly recommend it!
Mar 2020
Kiawah stay
The Property was exactly what I was looking for and had lots of space for our family of six
Mar 2020
Birthday Getaway retreat
I will rent the same exact house next year in the summer months though, so I can get the full experience.
Cagney V.
Nov 2019
Great home
Nov 2019
281 Governors Drive KIAWAH.
susan g.
Aug 2019
La casa ideal para grupos grandes !
Amplia, moderna, la cocina ESPECTACULAR, bien ubicada. Sin duda una excelente opción
Jorge N.
Jun 2019

Manager Response: English translation of guest review: The ideal house for large groups! Spacious, modern, SPECTACULAR kitchen, well located. Without a doubt an excellent option Estamos muy contentos de que haya disfrutado de su estancia, gracias por su evaluación!

Wedding weekend in Kiawah!
This home is wonderful for family & group gatherings. It is decorated beautifully, the layout is great, the kitchen is a fantastic and the porch is perfect for relaxing while looking over the pond - everyone loved it!.
John P.
May 2019

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