Resting peacefully on the banks of the Battery Creek estuary, where it has been for more than 250 years, Pinckney Retreat boasts a past as rich and enchanting as the land it rests on. Near the bank sits the old retreat Plantation Home, a living monument to that story of love, war, survival, and perseverance. Intended to “last forever,” the tabby home was built in 1736 by dashing young French Huguenot Jean de la Gaye, for his young bride Catherine Gautier. Retreat
At the conclusion of the Civil War, the property was returned to the
From the outset of the design process, the intent was to preserve the timeless, natural beauty and historic architectural ambience that was created by Beaufort County's oldest surviving house, majestic live oaks and magnolias draped with Spanish moss, all overlooking the coves and marshes of Battery Creek. This was accomplished by preserving 198 of the 200 major specimen trees, keeping the river bluff and marshes accessible for community use, and restoring the historic home to become a community focal point. Each lot was sized and situated to not only preserve specimen trees, but to capitalize on views and allow for a variety of architectural expression.