Canadian Couple Discovers Lowcountry State of Mind

Amid a canopy of live oaks, winding dirt roads and tidal creeks of Brays Island Plantation, Robert and Robin Ogilvie have found a special feeling. It’s a feeling they’ve shared for the past 15 years as owners, and say it’s unlike anything else.

“At Brays, we’ve found joy in the charm of Lowcountry culture and unmistakable southern hospitality that extends from the plantation to Beaufort and surrounding areas,” shares Robin. “Much of the staff has been intact for many years and they’ve become like family to us.”

The Ogilvies always find themselves quite busy, making new friends, particularly with a group of fellow Canadians and New Englanders who reside here. They’ve taken to golf as a new hobby while fueling their passion for equestrian and Coffey Creek Farm, where they raise mountain horses outside Toronto. Most of all, they enjoy sharing Brays Island with friends and a family of 14, including seven grandchildren, who enjoy tennis, golf, riding lessons and biking all over the island.

The Ogilvie’s eight-bedroom retreat is a stone’s throw from the Pocotaligo River (with deep water access) and is one of the first 10 homes on the plantation. Reinforcing the local culture is a robust collection of paintings by local Gullah artist, Johnnie Grier.