Ravenel is known for five seasons’ worth of deep-fried drama on the Bravo reality show “Southern Charm,” which focuses on Charleston’s upper crust. But the ex-politician left the series in August 2018 after a series of allegations of assault against women.
Fans of the show will be familiar with the place where he hosted dinners, parties, and polo matches.
Located on South Carolina’s Edisto Island, the 60-acre estate, Brookland Plantation, once prospered as an indigo farm and transitioned to Sea Island cotton until the Civil War. Slave cabins once stood where grand old oak trees now grow.
In 2006, Ravenel purchased the property when he thought the land might be subdivided by a developer. A new buyer won’t have the same concern—the land is now protected by a conservation easement.
Along with formal living and dining rooms, the layout includes a large, updated kitchen. In addition, the main house offers front and back porches with views of Shingle Creek. A basement apartment includes a full kitchen, open living space, laundry room, and storage.
The home was repainted in 2013, and most of the windows have been remilled or replaced. Original elements include Corinthian columns, wide-plank pine floors, and large pane windows.
The sprawling grounds feature an 8-acre polo field as well as a 10-stall, two-story barn with a two-bed apartment, viewing decks, and a balcony.
The acreage is dotted with moss-draped oaks, a formal garden, and a half-acre saltwater pond. Shingle Creek, which leads to the South Edisto River, can be accessed by a tidal dock near the main house, or a deepwater dock on the southern end of the property.
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“Southern Charm” isn’t the property’s only claim to fame. In addition to being showcased on the Bravo show, the estate can also be seen in the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance.”
Ravenel placed the home on the market amidst a custody dispute over his two children with his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis. He’s awaiting trail after being charged with assault and battery by a former nanny. Ravenel denies the charges.