Hampton, South-Carolina⁞235± ACRES
One of the finest lodges and private lakes in the Lowcountry!
- 235+/- acre high-quality recreational retreat in Hampton County, South Carolina
- 420 acre Contiguous Hunting Lease
- 26-acre professionally managed, stocked lake with new dam
- Located in a neighborhood of large landowners practicing QDMA
- Every acre of this property has been strategically improved and designed for wildlife management, primarily deer and turkey
- Exceptionally beautiful, open & park-like except for strategically placed areas of planted pines for deer bedding cover
- 20+/- acres of large new food plots
- Mix of beautifully thinned, mature pine, open quail woods, riparian corridors, and thick planted pines for deer bedding cover
- Wood ducks and ring necks on Harper’s Pond
- Professionally improved habitat
- Beautiful 4,365 +/- sq. ft 6 BD / 5.5 BA home
- Completely renovated
- Chef’s kitchen with modern appliances
- Warm wood details, heart of pine, brick flooring
- Large 1,000 sq. ft. screened pavilion with brick fireplace
- 1,200 sq. ft. Guest cottage with new kitchen and bath
- Located 7 miles west of Estill, SC
- Under 1 hour from Bluffton, 1 hour from Savannah, GA, and less than 2 hours from Charleston, SC
A Neighborhood of QDMA “Who’s Who” - Exceptional Deer, Quail Woods, Ducks, and Turkey - Located in one of the most game rich corridors of the South.
Harper’s Pond is a 235+/- acre high-quality recreational property just west of Estill, in a neighborhood of and bordered by numerous large, like-minded landowners. The property is a sportsman’s paradise. It features a 26-acre private lake, creeks, live oaks, a mix of mature pine, open quail woods, hardwood corridors, and thick planted pines for deer bedding cover. The property is consistently burned and park-like, except for strategically placed areas of planted pines for deer bedding cover. The 6-bedroom lodge was inspired by the Old Fields Plantation and is in exceptional condition. Located just seven miles West of Estill, SC, and one hour from Savannah, Georgia, this is a unique opportunity to step right into an exceptionally well-managed property.
Every acre of this property has been strategically improved and designed for wildlife management, primarily, deer and turkey. The neighborhood is a “who’s who” of QDMA. This part of the world is renowned for exceptional deer populations. Large agricultural fields surround the property that provide feed and nutrition for deer. The famed Groton Plantation itself borders the contiguous 420-acre transferable hunting lease giving this property a 655-acre hunting footprint among the “best of the best” hunting lands in the Lowcountry. On the 235 acres of deeded land an extensive and highly developed 20+/- acre food plot system, designed by legendary wildlife biologist Dave Edwards, supports the abundant deer, quail, dove, and other wildlife populations.
“I would say the average deer we’re seeing, at least we saw this year, was between 5, 15 and probably a max of 25 or 30 per set.” - Mathew Bridgewater, Landowner, Harper's Pond
Numerous plantings of sawtooth oak, Chinese chestnuts, trophy pears, apples and other mast species are planted throughout. “We planted a variety to give extra character to the food plots. We wanted to give bucks places to scrape, make scrape lines, make some social interactions, places where deer will want to congregate socially, so you get more opportunity to see something out of a stand.” - Ron Gibson, Land Manager. “So, what we tried to do with the property is just create a little piece for the animals to have security, to have bedding cover, to have food, to have protection. Places where the animals really don’t want to leave to wander off. They’ve got everything they need right here.” The wild Turkey population too is strong. “Last year, on a normal morning, if you walked outside the house, you’d hear 4 or 5 turkeys gobbling.” - Mathew Bridgewater.
Harper’s Pond itself is one of the signature properties of the area. Within the last three years it too underwent an intensive rehabilitation led by famed fisheries biologist Greg Grimes, bringing it into the forefront of modern lake management. This 26-acre deep lake is fed from 26,000 acres of farmland providing for a nutrient-rich fishery. Over 1,500 “feed trained” largemouth were stocked which are now averaging around 2 lbs. and fed by a series of 8 feeders. “These bass sew just growing and growing. They will certainly grow 6,8,10 pounds for sure. The fishery is just incredible.” - Mathew Bridgewater “The bluegill size is exceptional. You can have a fish fry in 10 minutes of fishing.” A series of aerators allows the fishery to continue to push the limits of size, growth and fish density. “I don’t care how many blue marlin you’ve caught, there’s nothing like a largemouth bass…and we’ve got ‘em," says Matt.
The lake also produces a healthy population of Ringneck and Wood Ducks.
Encapsulated by a gorgeous drive along the lake, the main home blends perfectly with its surroundings. A new driveway and landscaping give way to the 4,365+/- square foot, six-bedroom, 5.5-bath home. “A buddy of mine showed me this house and the moment I saw it, my wife knew we were buying it! It’s an incredible place!” - Mathew Bridgewater. The home was custom-built in 2009 and underwent a full renovation over the last three years. It has heart pine and cypress reclaimed from the “Peoples Place,” brick-lined flooring, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, and grand living spaces. The large welcoming foyer/dog trot runs the length of the house allowing one to view the beautiful pond immediately upon entry. The spacious master suite sits privately tucked away to one side while of the 1st floor, on the other side, the foyer opens up to a beautiful dining room and living room space. This area is surrounded by windows so one can take in nature while enjoying a good meal and great company. Beyond this space and past an ample bar is the chef’s kitchen, cozy family room and breakfast nook, also with a wall of windows overlooking the pond. Finally, with ample space for lounging, perhaps the most intriguing of the many spaces, is the outdoor pavilion, 1,000 sq. ft with a large outdoor brick fireplace and wood-fired pizza oven. “We’ve hosted Thanksgiving here; we’ve hosted Christmas here. You can bring a bunch of people here and everybody’s comfortable. It’s just an incredible place to entertain people.” - Mathew Bridgewater
The 1,200-square-foot guest cottage nicknamed the “Dam House,” is located adjacent to the pond. One enters through the front screen porch, reminiscent of farmhouses from yesteryear. Inside, is a beautifully restored open floor plan, complete with a kitchen and bathroom. “It turns out, the Dam House is the most popular spot on the property.” - Mathew Bridgewater
The property is very private, rural and makes an exceptional Social Storm Property ™. This is exactly the kind of place one would take their family during the next pandemic, or worse. The Social Storm ™ score is exceptional. “It’s a true fact that on our security cameras we see far more tractors going up and down the road than we do cars. The neighbors are great. They’re friendly and they’re committed to the same wildlife goals that we are.” - Mathew Bridgewater
Every acre of the property has been strategically and thoughtfully improved over the last three years with the thought of Mathew and his family owning this for the rest of his life. Being in the boating business, he is a stickler for the elusive goal of “zero deferred maintenance” and it shows. However, an opportunity came up to buy a property where his kids grew up and he can’t pass that up.
This is an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind property; easy to operate and ready to enjoy in one of the most game-rich areas of the South.
“When we bring guests, customers or employees of our company, when they come up here, they feel free, they feel space, they’re in nature. There’s everything that you want here at Harper’s Pond.” - Mathew Bridgewater
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