Castle Mugdock

  based on 2 reviews
  •   14
  •   7
  •   7
  • SQF 6,500
  •  wifi
  •  A/C
  •  Pool
  •  Parking


Striking, fairy-tale 7 BR castle on a tranquil island close to great watersports, including the best wind surfing and kite boarding spots. Perfect for a large group or a family of up to 14 people looking for a memorable, fun & active holiday!

The Space:

Have a memorable holiday in this huge, one-of-a-kind castle! Consisting of two buildings, one Gothic in style, the other recently constructed, there’s plenty of room for up to 14 people. The castle is packed with period features throughout including a wooden spiral staircase, stone walls, wooden beams, and working fireplaces. Outdoors, guests can enjoy the beautiful grounds with a pool and olive groves. The castle features:

A fully-equipped, modern kitchen with an Aga, large fridge-freezers, a dining table with seating for six and a drinks chiller.

Four spacious bathrooms, two with a bathtub, separate walk-in shower and double sinks and two with a walk-in shower. There is also one washroom.

A turret roof terrace with a bar and seating.

A spacious living room with a grand working fireplace, stereo and a diagonal projection television.

Six bedrooms (located in the recently-constructed Norman Keep) with a queen-size bed (two bedrooms), a double bed (two bedrooms), or bunk beds (two bedrooms). Another small bedroom is located in the North Tower with a ladder leading to the casemate (where guns and missiles used to be fired).

A laundry with a washing machine

Visit Castle Mugdock website for more information.

Guest Access:

Guest will have access to the entire property and all that it comes with. Please respect the home as it is a part of American history!

The Neighborhood:

If you like the outdoors and are looking for a tranquil place to stay away from the busy tourist spots, this is the place to go! The castle is located in a friendly, quiet neighborhood on Sullivan’s island, a tranquil beach town at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, nine miles by road from the center of Charleston. Just a short walk from the castle is a three-mile stretch of sandy beach, perfect for a walk or jog. If you like wind surfing or kite boarding, make sure to head to the Eastern end of the island, known as one of the best places for wind surfing and kite boarding on the East coast. For surfing, head to the nearby Isle of Palms and Folly beach. We also provide kayaks and bikes for guests to use so you can explore the island’s many back roads and waterways.

Other outdoor activities available nearby are fishing, paddle boarding, golf and hunting. There are also many art galleries, small shops, and restaurants to discover in the town.

The castle is adjacent to Fort Moultrie, a historical landmark that was built to protect the city of Charleston. The fort has played a pivotal role in America’s 171-year-old seacoast defense, including the Fort Sumter National Movement.

Getting Around:


Charleston Nights

Charleston Executive Limo


Charleston Bike Taxi & Charleston Rickshaw

Green Taxi

Yellow Cab (Least expensive option to or from the airport)

Other Things to Note:

28+ Day rentals only

Mugdock Castle adjoins Fort Moultrie, part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. Here on July 28th, 1776, Colonel William Moultrie and 435 brave Americans turned back Admiral Peter Parker and nine war ships of the powerful British navy. This was the first decisive victory of the War for Independence. It helped win uncommitted Americans to the struggle for liberty, and kept Charleston - the largest city in the south - free from British occupation.

84 years later, on November 6th, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President with 39% of the popular vote. Six weeks afterwards, South Carolina dissolved its ties with the Union. Six days later, on December 26th, Major Robert Anderson, together with 70 soldiers, evacuated Fort Moultrie and occupied Fort Sumter. Four months of negotiations ensued in which Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard requested Major Anderson and his troops relinquish Fort Sumter. Meanwhile, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas seceded from the Union. With South Carolina, they formed the Confederate States of America on February 8th, 1861.

Lincoln took office on March 4th, 1861. After several weeks of intelligence gathering and debate with cabinet members, the President hatched a plot to provoke the Confederacy to fire upon Fort Sumter and thus provide political cover for his military invasion of the south. Union ships were sent to resupply Fort Sumter. As they approached Charleston, Anderson refused a final request to withdraw from the Fort. Confederate soldiers stationed at Fort Moultrie and other batteries around the harbor opened fire on April 12th. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the Battle, and Major Anderson and his garrison were evicted on April 14th, 1861. The next day Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 troops from the states remaining in the Union.

Until that point, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, had been unwilling to secede. However, dismayed by the President’s actions and uncomfortable with the untenable idea of compulsory union, they voted to break with the United States and join the Confederate States of America. On May 27th, the U.S. Army invaded Virginia. The War to Prevent Southern Independence (aka “The Civil War”) had begun.

Another 30 years would pass before ground was broken on what is now the Winter Hall of Mugdock Castle. The building was originally constructed as the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It replaced Grace Church, consecrated in 1819, but destroyed in 1863 during the Union’s 545-day bombardment of Sullivan’s Island and Charleston.

The first church service was held on July 10th, 1892. On September 12th, 1895, Ellison Capers, the seventh Bishop of South Carolina, wrote in his journal: "Consecrated this day to the worship of Almighty God a beautiful stone edifice erected on Sullivan's Island to be known as "The Chapel of the Holy Cross."

In a jingoistic fervor following its war with Spain in 1898, the federal government began enlarging Fort Moultrie. Covetous of the chapel, the imperial Army moved against Holy Cross. Ignoring pleas of the Episcopal Diocese, the Chapel was forcibly taken on August 10, 1905, allowing a paltry sum of $6,000 ($145,000 in 2010 dollars) as compensation. Down, but not out, a new Church of the Holy Cross was built two miles east. The original building served as the Post Chapel until Fort Moultrie was deactivated in 1947. St. Mark's Lutheran Church then acquired the building for its use. The chapel was deconsecrated in 1972 and converted to a private home.

In 2002, Vince Graham contracted to purchase the property. He planned to move the building to I'On, a neighborhood in Mount Pleasant, and restore it as an Episcopal church. The Sullivan’s Island Council took steps to block the move and Graham began preparing legal action. However, his priest at Holy Cross, fearing political repercussions might disrupt construction of a new sanctuary, persuaded Vince to stand down. Captivated by the structure, he nevertheless purchased the sacred ground in November, 2002.

Mindful of its strategic location and the history of foreign and domestic aggression in the area, Graham worked to restore and fortify the building as Mugdock Castle - named for a Graham stronghold built in the 14th century north of Glasgow, Scotland. A Romanesque addition was added in 2009. As the most significant fortification of Clan Graham west of Scotland, Mugdock now serves as a testament to perseverance and a bastion of peace and hospitality.


7 Bathroom, 7 Bedroom, 1 Dining-Room, 1 Kitchen, 2 Living room, 1 Half Bath

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 2 Double bed, 3 Queen bed, 4 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Blender, Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dish washer, Grill, Kitchenette, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Spices, Toaster, Water cooler
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Central heating, Fireplace
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    DVD-Player, Wireless Broadband Internet, Stereo system, TV (Cable)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Shower, Towel-set
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Vacuum cleaner
  • Parking
    Parking Included
  • Spa & Gym
    Heated Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outside
    Gas BBQ, Deck chairs, Private Garden
Children welcome, Pets allowed only after arrangement,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
12:00 PM (noon)
based on 2 reviews
Emma T.
The most amazing place I've ever been!

Wow! What a treat it was to stay at a Beach Castle! This house is a pure gem in every single way. Every little detail makes it worth every penny. The pool was a huge plus! On the rooftop you can see everything Charleston, the folly beach lighthouse, fort moultrie, fort sumter, Downtown, Ravenel Bridge, and the ocean. The rooftop also has a grill and Kitchen Bar. The beds are extremely comfortable even in the bunk rooms. The Aga stove was so much fun to cook with. You can't even buy one of those anymore. We played Bocce ball in the courtyard. We stayed here for a month and we LOVED it and will be back next year for sure! Best vacation our family has ever had! The Duvet Team was a great pleasure to work with and we will be using them again in the future! Also in the guest book it shows celebrities that have stayed here, I won't mention who for private reasons.

Group  |  stayed in 8/2016

John G.
Great Stay!

Our stay was so much more than I could have hoped for. I barely made it to the beach, I was so busy soaking up the atmosphere. There was no luxury overlooked in this dreamlike castle! Typically, I'm a little bothered by all things "faux", but everything just felt right about it, even though portions are new and modern conveniences added. Go out the back gate and you are right at the fort!

Group  |  stayed in 6/2016

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