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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 day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 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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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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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:
  • 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 4.970149 based on 68 reviews

Clean and perfect for 2 families!

  • 5 of 5

We had an adventure finding a break in the storms getting there- Mayriverexcursions was awesome loading our stuff at LOW tide onto the boat and getting us there ALMOST dry! The rest of our stay was picture perfect weather. The golf carts were great to go looking for deer at night and cruising the island with the kids. The beach was quiet and full of treasures for the kids and the shopping was fabulous- purses and pottery is all you really need anyway! Thanks to Mrs Loretta for helping us navigate the house and the history of the island. If you have a baby, it's good to know there's a closet perfect for a pack-n-play!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ashley, Great points you mentioned from the low tide onboarding and unpredictable weather to sunny rest of the vacation. Thank you for sharing the good tips. Please think about D'Island and gen planning your next trip. Warm Regards, Loretta
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Brownsburg, Indiana

Remote Island Getaway Just Outside Hilton Head

  • 5 of 5

Daufuskie Island, with its Spanish moss, alligators, and golf cart transportation makes you feel like you are on a remote island. And in some ways, you are! There is no grocery store, just a few items at the general store, and most of what you have is what you bring with you. But it is far from a camping experience. The house is contemporary in its decor and comes with hot showers, a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer and a functioning internet. But the best feature of all is the back porch, with comfortable patio chairs, ceiling fans, shade from lovely trees and an amazing oceanfront view. But we also loved the flocks of wild birds in the trees. But wait. The Gullah tour by Sallie Ann Robinson helped us learn about the history of Daufuskie, the warmth of its people and the charm of its seclusion. So many wonderful memories of Daufuskie. Just go!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sydney, I loved reading your review with its description of your experience! You were an awesome responsible guest, thank you for taking care of our place as you would your own. Enjoy your memories, Loretta
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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
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We really enjoyed our vacation at your beautiful ocean front house.

  • 5 of 5


Kathy and I had such a great time. Your house is fantastic. The decor is outstanding. It has everything you need. It is truly a home away from home. We couldn't have had a more relaxing vacation. The views are gorgeous. Looking out at the sunrise over the ocean from the big front porch to walking on the beach at night and looking up at the stars. The large oaks covered in Spanish moss lining the streets, all the beautiful birds, the deer, the black squirrels and of course the alligators in the ponds make you feel like you are in a nature preserve. The people we met on the island were all very friendly. The food was great at the Crab Factory and so was the rum from the local Daufuskie Island Rum Company. Thanks for sharing your island retreat with us. It is a vacation that Kathy and I will never forget. Hope we can visit your hide-a-way on Daufuskie Island again soon.

Love, Bob & Kathy.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob and Kathy, This response to the visceral feeling one gets when they escape from the chaos they didn't even realize they lived in everyday, makes having our cottage available to share with you, such a blessing. It is truly a vacation. Glad you finally made it. Just open your calendar now and choose your dates for return. Love
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Ocean front Island Girls Property

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Ocean front property! Very well kept ...perfectly decorated...had everything that we needed...perfect for us.

Very clean and up to date.... Beach chairs, sun umbrellas included ----We just had to walk straight out the door to the Beach!

Loretta, the owner, made the whole trip easy for us with communication on where to go, how to go, what we needed and what to do!

Everyone; and I mean everyone is very friendly and helpful

Very relaxing...We would definitely go back...not a worry in the world at this little cottage


  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, Come back soon! Loretta
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It was a perfect weekend get-away!

  • 5 of 5

It was a first time trip to Daufuskie for a long overdue high school girls trip. The cottage and the island did not disappoint! We loved the location, and the cottage provided everything we needed, including a view and wonderful screened in porch to enjoy the island breeze. Loretta was wonderful to deal and she was very informative about what to do during our stay. We hope to make this an annual event, and I can't wait to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gina, So glad you and your buddies had a great time! It is the perfect girl's getaway spot. If you have any suggestions on what you found fun to do, let me know and I'll share with future guests. I'll look for your return. Next year is already starting to book!! Warm Regards, Loretta Daufuskie Island Girl
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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


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017 with cart
10 Sep 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/2018
3 Nov 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
25 Mar 2018 - 1 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
8 Jun 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Departure Cleaning A$178.51 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$377.13
Tax Rate 10.0%

Cancellation Policy is 30 days prior to reservation. No refund after 30 Days prior to reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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