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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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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.

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 the quiet, clean beach, reading a book by the fire, searching for the elusive alligator in the ponds, sighting the 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 might satisfy. Or you could visit the Silver Dew Pottery for a lesson and local souvenir, our famous artist in residence, Chase Allen of the Iron Fish Gallery, 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:
27 March, 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.

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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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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:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 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:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(57 traveller reviews)

average rating of 4.9649124 based on 58 reviews

This is still one of the best places on the Island

  • 5 of 5

Third year in a row, and the place is still an absolute highlight of our year. We are a family of 5, the three girls are more than comfortable in the second bedroom. The porch and the beach views are the real highlight. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you George! So glad you invited your friends to join you and that my nextdoor neighbor had an opening for them. It's fun to vacation with friends and relatives, but it's best when you have your own space sometimes. This arrangement works those kinks out. It sounds like you had another good weekend. Thank you for loving it like we do, see you next year, Loretta
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Perfect Vacation spot for couples, family and friends

  • 5 of 5

This was my 20th trip to this lovely home. This time I took some friends. We had a blast! The home owner prepares a package of information that makes it very easy to find fun things to explore around the island! She has also created a home that makes you just want to stay in and play cards.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great ocean-side getaway near to Savannah and Hilton Head!!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful few days at the cottage in February. Firstly, Loretta, the owner, was truly very responsive, from my first email enquiries, to sending detailed information regarding the cottage, to helping organize the transfers and giving recommendations for things to do on the island. Everything ran very smoothly!

The cottage is located right on the front of the Atlantic ocean. We had the whole sandy beach to ourselves and were able to enjoy peaceful and uninterrupted views of the beach, ocean and surrounding land. The mornings are particularly spectacular for the view. We were able to watch our kids (aged 8 and 11) from the house whilst they played in the sand from the screen porch. The sea is extrememly calm, with big tides, but no waves at all, so is very safe for families with kids. The house was very well stocked and extremely comfortable. I particularly enjoyed being able to lie in bed and watch the views to the ocean!

It is essential to have a golf buggy to access the rest of the island. Although nowhere is very far, walking would have taken too long. Be sure to take a map (reminded me of a "treasure island" map) and a torch for nightime navigation. There is absolutely no artifical lighting at night - just you, the buggy, stars, deer and raccoons. It was also important to take a phone, just in case of gas shortage and a blanket (for those cooler nights), as it gets windy at the back!

The island has several places to eat. Marshside Mammas had fair food, but a very friendly and cosy atmosphere with live music. I suspect the earlier you eat, the better the food. All the online reviews we read were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the sunsets from the jetty by the restaurant. We also had a fun, fried lunchtime meal at the Daufuskie Crab Co. The local store does have some limited groceries available to buy. There is a farmer's market and the possibility to buy local prepared crab. We would recommend that you buy all the groceries and food items you may need before leaving for Daufuskie. You can take everything in coolers. The ferry captain (Daufuskie Island Ferry Company) and the land transfer crew (Stuart and his team) will help you with all your luggage and coolers.

Daufuskie is also a bird-watcher's paradise - there is an extraordinary tree near the cottage full of nesting eagrets. We also enjoyed watching the dolphins playing in the waters on the 45 minute ferry-ride from Bluffton to Daufuskie.

Thanks again, we'll be back for sure!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Sonia, What a wonderfully kind, detailed and accurate account of places and comfort items. Thank you for taking your time out of your busy life. It is especially cold on the island today, the "Blackberry winter" is coming back for that last kiss of cold. What better way of Spring cleaning the cottage when I can look out the windows and doors to the ocean and watch the sea birds searching for lunch in the waves, albeit small waves? I finally was able to try the new breakfast and lunch restaurant, Lucy Belle's Cafe, while on the island. There is nothing that Brad cooks that isn't gourmet and fabulous. James makes sure all the guest are taken care of and offers fun conversation. My daughter and I split a slice of Rebecca's ( Brad's mom) homemade cheese cake. What a mistake! I should have gotten a piece to myself, it is so delicious I am buying an entire pie to take home to hubby, in Atlanta. Look for a review of Lucy Belle's in the Southern Living magazine soon. So glad you and your family had a good time. I hope you will return for a time in the warmth of the island, as well. So much more to see and experience. Warm Regards, Loretta
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Great view of the beach and ocean. Loretta did everything possible to make our trip great!

  • 4 of 5

If quiet time is important to you take advantage of this far away from the rat race that you can get on the coast!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tony and RuthAnn, So glad you were able to get to that feeling of far far away from the rat race. I feel the same way when we are there! Thank you, Loretta
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Loved being so close to the water

  • 5 of 5

Daufuskie turned out to be just as promised, friendly, unique and so much fun. The cottage is well decorated, spacious and has all the amentities needed for a great stay. We particularly enjoyed grilling out and watching the college football bowls in the evenings overlooking the beach and sunsets. We felt bloody point offered the best lunch and Marchside Mamas was a great place for a drink and to meet the locals. The cottages location made it easy to get to all the sights on the island yet still have a private beach experience. Loretta was incredibly helpful and so friendly. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. We look forward to returning in the summer months.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind and detailed review! I enjoyed speaking with you to assist with your plans. I will look for your summer return, it's much warmer than when you last stayed. ;-) Loretta
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A fabulous first time trip to Daufuskie Island, SC

  • 5 of 5

This was our 1st time in South Carolina. A 12 hour drive to Bluffton SC for an adventure! The boat ride over to Daufuskie as expected from previous reviews really set the tone that vacation had begun! When we arrived to the cottage it was exactly what we might have hoped it would be. Very clean and modern inside with the ocean right out the back door.

Although the cottage was very beautiful and modern inside, we actually seemed to gather day after day, night after night on the screened in back porch. The sound of the waves and the breeze from the ocean was so peaceful! We love to cook out and brought many items that needed to be prepared on the grill. This was truly like camping out for us with but with top notch amenities inside. The beds were quite comfortable and sleeping until we woke up without an alarm clock was awesome!

We made an almost daily trip to Freeport Marina to visit the grocery store for cooler ice, adult beverages and small items here and there that we forgot to bring. Exploring the island on the golf cart was also an awesome experience. Although we did not see everything their was to see, it gives us good opportunity to come back again sometime to explore other opportunities.

We brought our grown boys with us who both enjoyed playing golf several times at Melrose and Bloody Point. My wife and I spent one day at the Bloody Point pool which was very clean and refreshing. All the other days we set up the camp on the beach with the provided beach umbrellas and chairs which are stored on the screened in porch. It was also very nice having an outside shower to rinse the sand off of us prior to coming inside.

I must also mention that Lorretta was so helpful not only giving us ideas where to eat and things to bring, but also gave me good direction on the trip to Bluffton. We absolutely loved our 2016 vacation and will certainly come back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jordan Family, You all were awesome! I felt like we became "Old Friends" while you were experiencing the island and the golf carts.;-} Since you were there I added a new Weber charcoal grill. This review covers many of the fun activities a Daufuskie vacationer can experience. And you are right, there is much more yet to be discovered..... Warm Regards from D'Island, Loretta
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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 resort 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, golf on two courses, tennis, yoga, Saturday Farmer's Market. much more


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
March Special 2017 with cart
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017 with cart
10 Sep 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$394
Departure Cleaning A$186 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

March, 2017 Special- Free cart.
Carts are available for rent through the cottage owner for $50/night. Paid separately offline to private Vendor.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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