Bonnie Doone

Bonnie Doone is a 131± acre property located in the ACE Basin, overlooking the Ashepoo River and Horseshoe Creek. Dozens of old live oak trees frame the horseshoe-shaped road around the property, creating a stunning avenue of oaks which leads to the main house. Functioning as a year-round retreat center for over 40 years, this property would make a charming venue for special events and could also serve as an impressive country estate for the outdoors-man and his family.  Located only one hour from Downtown Charleston.

The 32-room historic manor house dates back to 1932, built on the site of the original rice plantation house which was burned by Union troops after the Civil War. Complete with a library, large dining room, solarium/cocktail room and grand ballroom on the ground floor, this house was built for entertaining! The weathered brick exterior, with its Georgian-style columns and decorative wrought-iron accents give guests an impressive first look as they approach through the long avenue of moss-covered oaks.

In addition to the main house, 17 other buildings exist on the property which are in fair to average condition (see attachments).

The Camellia garden located just to the left of the main house adds to the historic charm of this property. Designed by renown New York Landscape Architect, Benito Innocenti, the garden features Serpentine brick walls, beautiful iron gates, and a center fountain with expertly crafted ironwork.

A small private island, referred to as Vesper’s Island, sits at the South end of the property and overlooks the marsh. The island can be accessed by pedestrians and small recreational vehicles such as golf carts via a footbridge.

A floating dock on the creek provides access for small watercraft to enjoy the Ashepoo River.

Protected by a conservation easement with Ducks Unlimited, the property must remain un-subdivided in perpetuity (see documents for details).  Ducks Unlimited has agreed to amend the easement in order to restore hunting rights to the property. The property offers an ideal site for the construction of a 20± acre upland waterfowl impoundment. Preliminary plans for this amenity have been prepared by Coy Johnston and Richard Wood who have years of experience in the construction of similar amenities. The estate abounds with deer and offers ample open fields for the establishment of a dove field.

For all inquiries about purchasing this unique property, please contact Charles Lane.


Charles Lane, BIC

1071 Morrison Drive
Charleston, SC 29403

Office 843-722-2642 Ext. 12


CBA information:

In October of  1978 , the Charleston Baptist Association purchased property known as Bonnie Doone
Plantation You can view a full length video showing the Bonnie Doone Property by gong to Vimeo:  or search for Bonnie Doone Plantation / R. Scott Johnson.  This is a 3 minute video with breathtaking views of the property.

The CBA operated the property as a Church camp & conference center as well as hosting weddings and Christian social events.  While the space and facilities served the vision of the CBA in the past, the new vision and priorities for the CBA necessitates that we sell Bonnie Doone Plantation and allow this great property and asset to fulfill a new purpose.