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Bedrooms 2
Space 139 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Oversized Bedrooms 2 Large Bathrooms-Romantic or Family Friendly Sleeps 8

The 45 minute boat ride from nearby Hilton Head, Savannah or Bluffton makes the stress of the week peel away with the sea breezes and the smell of the ocean.

We have a new Ferry, Daufuskie Island Ferry, which leaves from Hilton Head at the foot of the bridge. Multiple daily runs. Or you can choose a private water taxi from Savannah or Bluffton.

Wind through the centuries old Live Oaks, pass the lush golf course greens on to your cottage. Unlock the door to be welcomed by a magnificent view of the Atlantic just steps away, not behind other cottages. No need to flip coins to see who gets the bigger room, both are the same size, each Large with two Queen beds and large private baths. Completely renovated with hardwood floors and granite counters in the kitchen with a Caribbean flare.

Relax on the huge screened porch or walk on the wide beach or shady lanes. Explore the Marshes or the inlets by kayak or take a kayak tour of the marsh eco systems.

Ride Golf carts, fly kites, read books, write a book, make s'mores over a campfire, eat at some of the low country restaurants. Two with live music on the weekends! Our newest is Lucy Belle's Cafe for breakfast and lunch.

The hardest thing to do on Daufuskie is to decide between walking or running the quiet, clean beach, reading a book, searching for the elusive alligator in the ponds, sighting the Bald Eagles or seasonal Sea Turtle eggs or exploring for historic relics such as Indian arrowheads from the Civil War and ruins from the plantation days.

Then again a game of tennis or a round of golf at Bloody Point might satisfy. Or you could visit the Silver Dew Pottery for a lesson and local souvenir. Or visit our famous artist in residence, Chase Allen of the Iron Fish Gallery, or the Island Museum for an education of the island or the Community Farm with it's adorable animals. Make sure to ask what the animal's names are when touring the Farm.

Set up a reservation to tour and taste at the new Daufuskie Island Rum Distillery.

Listen to live music at the local restaurants while sipping umbrella and boat drinks.

Or just see what the island offers your senses.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2017

About Loretta

Our family lives in Atlanta, Georgia. We love to travel the world but always yearn to get to our favorite place, Daufuskie Island. This picture taken at Marshside Mama's.

Loretta purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Loretta chose Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie intrigued our business and vacation interests. We knew that owning a place where our family could go on a weekend that didn't stress us out with traffic jams, long restaurant lines, and t-shirt shops one after the other AND be on the Atlantic Ocean within 5 hours was a good investment in family time.

What makes this cottage unique

We chose Daufuskie because it does not have all the chaotic demands of the typical tourist communities. We felt we could truly relax with family and friends while enjoying an incredible island experience so close to home. The Atlantic Ocean views from our screened porch, bedroom and yard are spectacular. We hear the waves, watch the boaters and the seagulls while eating breakfast on the porch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to the Guest book for our Daufuskie Cottage.

We hope that you made memories and dream of your returns.
Sep 2008
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Car: not necessary

CIVILIZED, yet no bridges. DAUFUSKIE ISLAND is a Barrier Sea Island within SIGHT of HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. and SAVANNAH, GA. Private water taxis or the county ferry are available.(call for details)

This well maintained cottage is oceanfront within Melrose on the Beach Plantation community. Great vacation for Families, Romantic Getaways. Golf carts, bikes and walkers dominate. STRESS-FREE.

Ferry Embarkation Center on Hilton Head Island is a 5 Hour Drive from Atlanta, Georgia; 45 minute drive from Savannah. 3-4 hour drive from Greenville , SC; 11 Hours from Columbus, Ohio.

Other Activities: Historic sites, Artist's gallery, pottery maker, Marshside Mama's, Daufuskie Crab House, Eagle's Nest, Melrose on the Beach, surf and pond fishing, kayaking, yoga, Saturday Farmer's Market. much more


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Melrose on the Beach, South Carolina

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 139 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If renting golf cart from cottage owner's third party vendor, the gas must be topped off prior to departure and picture of gas receipt sent via text.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Floorboards
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Split-System Heating
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Oversized vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , Walk in closet
  • Outdoor Shower head for sandy bodies and toys.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 large double bed
  • Big Queen Bedrooms with private bathrooms and closets each with TV.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Totally Renovated-Beautiful-professionally decorated Caribbean Atmosphere, One Story on stilts, Two Queen Beds/large bedrooms, private bathrooms with plenty of counter space, 20 x 14 foot screened porch with dining for 10 and Lane porch furniture, service cars only, walking, golf carts available to rent, biking. Minimum age limit for renters(28). RENTALS- Golf carts, Bikes, Kayaks, eco-tours. ACTIVITIES- Fly Fishing, Museums, Silver Dew Pottery, Great local low country restaurants with entertainment on weekends, Rum Distillery, Sunbathing, Swimming, Golf, tennis, Sand castle building


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average rating of 4.972603 based on 74 reviews

Lovely spot on a lovely island!

  • 5 of 5

Loretta's cottage is lovely and well-appointed, and Loretta was very responsive whenever I had a question while planning our stay. As others have said, though the whole place is nice, the porch is killer with a great view of the beach through the trees! Look to the left and you can see the Harbor Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head and to the left to see ships coming into and out of the Port of Savannah. The two bedrooms are HUGE, as are the baths. Having the option to eat inside or on the porch is wonderful and we took advantage of both. Kitchen is also well-equipped. The golf cart, arranged through Loretta, awaited us upon arrival and we enjoyed touring the island on it. The island itself is both beautiful and bohemian with a fascinating history and some quirky, fun restaurants. Also enjoyed rum tasting at the rum factory and wine tasting at the vineyard. All in all, a relaxing, thoroughly delightful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carter, I like your choice of descriptives in your review: "responsive....porch is killer......great view of the beach......bedrooms are HUGE.....took advantage of both eating options, porch and is well-equipped". But here is my favorite description: "the island both beautiful and bohemian.. with quirky, fun restaurants". So to whomever is reading this review and response, I will be inserting "bohemian and quirky" in my "you can do it, too" encouragements. They are a perfect way to conjure up the feel of the island. Thank you Carter! Loretta
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Great Stay, great house!

  • 5 of 5

Our group loved the house, very clean and great access to the beach. We spent many hours sitting on the clean beach. Very few other people were on the beach so we had a lot of privacy. We spent one day exploring the island and sights; all of the island residents were so friendly and helpful with advice. Loretta was very helpful in planning our stay. Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic accomodations for a fun relaxing family vacation or getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone. My family stayed at this cottage early August for a couple of days and had an amazing vacation. We wish we could have stayed longer!! The cottage was very well appointed with comfortable and updated furniture. It was 100% spotless when we arrived. The first thing you notice is the amazing view of the beach and water. The screened porch was large with plenty of places for everyone to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views. Both bedrooms had 2 queen beds that were extremely comfortable. The welcome book the owner had in the cottage was full of great information about Daufuskie and was very helpful. Satellite TV and wi-fi are readily available in the cottage, but we did not even turn on the TV the entire time we were there! We enjoyed exploring the island via golf cart. The beach is steps away from the back porch and the cottage was stocked with beach chairs, beach toys, rafts... everything needed for a day at the beach. Depending on the tides, you will have either have a high tide or a low tide at the beach. Low tide offers a large stretch of beach with plenty of tide pools for kids to play in and collect shells. High tide the water comes up further and we had several dolphin spottings! It was August and hot, but the porch has two ceiling fans that kept us nice and cool while sitting outside, and central air conditioning inside. The kitchen was stocked with all the dishes, pots, pans, flatware, and utensils you may need if you plan to eat in. Large refrigerator with ice maker, stove and microwave & coffee maker. We brought many of our own groceries with us in bags and coolers because there is limited access to purchasing those on the island. We also enjoyed the restaurants on Daufuskie. We can't wait to go back next summer and are thinking about a stay in the fall as well as I'm sure the weather will be beautiful. We think the island is a secret paradise that let's you get away from the crowds and tourists you find in other vacation spots. This cottage let's you feel like you are definitely in a home away from home on a beautiful island that's full of character, breath taking views, and years of history. Some of our favorite things were: The Daufuskie Farm, Marsh Side Mamas, Turtle Beach, Freeport Marina and Restaurant, Lucy Belle's restaurant & exploring the island on golf cart finding all sorts of cool areas and local shopping. A big thanks to the owners for offering this amazing cottage to rent!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Aaron, Wonderful details! You are an ambassador to the island, with your frequent trips. I'm so glad you chose to stay at our cottage this time. Your being a Hilton Head Realtor, I know you see many and can easily chose any. Thank you! Hope your family will choose the cottage again, Loretta
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Great way to relax with my daughters!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful beach, friendly people, not commercialized and perfect way to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Toria, I love that you and your daughters were able to getaway on Daufuskie! The island is a safe place to have a girl's vacation, no matter the age of the girls. It is so important to keep shared times frequent with our loved ones. It's all about the journey...... Loretta
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Fulshear, Texas

Perfect beach front accommodation and views

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Melrose on the Beach for four summer nights during late July with 2 adults and 4 children. The property was located directly on the beach and well appointed with beach chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys. Bedrooms and living room were spacious and included large TVs with cable for the required "quiet time" after a hard day on the beach. Games and outdoor screened seating area were excellent and provided a wonderful place to drink coffee and watch the sun rise over the ocean. The location is excellent and the owner's extra special attention to detail and providing plenty of trip planning and Daufuskie Island information made it all the more special. Thank you for a great trip and wonderful hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Josh, All the way from Texas! Now that's family dedication for a unique vacation while staying in the US! Your recount of your activities will definitely give families with children encouragement that they, too, can handle a bridgeless island without the things we, on the mainland, take for granted, like a grocery store down the street. It just takes planning and then it can go smoothly, just like you wrote. Those sunrises from the porch or beach are invigorating. Glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for being one of the my best guests yet. Please return soon, Loretta
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Louisville, KY

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage on a beautiful island. Loretta was so helpful in providing information before our trip. She made it easy to spend a week on an island with no bridge. It takes a little planning to be sure you have the supplies you will need on hand, but it isn't difficult. The locals on the island are warm and inviting. The beach at Melrose is beautiful! The cottage is well-stocked and comfortable. Thank you for sharing your place with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amy, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It tells potential guests what to expect and not to get overwhelmed by the uniqueness of this vacation. I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Please think of D'Island for your future getaways, Loretta
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Melrose on the Beach, South Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2017 with cart/3 nights
10 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
3 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
1 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$178.35
Damage Deposit A$376.8

Cancellation Policy is 30 days prior to reservation. No refund after 30 Days prior to reservation.
Golf cart with a Sept. stay longer than 3 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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