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Oceanfront Daufuskie Island, SC 2bd/2baVacation begins with the Ferry ride

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 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 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. Live music on the weekends! Lucy Belle's Cafe for breakfast and lunch, School Grounds-our new coffee shop located in the old schoolhouse where author, Pat Conroy taught.

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.

Or you could visit the Silver Dew Pottery for a lesson and local souvenir. Or visit another 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. Local artisans include Daufuskie Blues Textile Shop, Wine and Woodworking Shop, Yoga by Laura Winholt.

Set up a reservation to tour and taste at the Daufuskie Island Rum Distillery or visit the Wine and Woodworking Shop next to Freeport Marina.

Listen to live music at the local restaurants while sipping umbrella and boat drinks while watching people or the sunset.

Or just see what the island offers your senses.

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More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

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.

Loretta purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Loretta chose Melrose on the Beach

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:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome
  • 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.
  • It is necessary to take either the 45 minute County Ferry from Hilton Head or private water taxi from Bluffton or Savannah.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • 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
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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
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, Iron Fish Gallery, Coffee Shop, local artisans, Equestrian Center, Golf, Breakfast Restaurant; Great local low country restaurants with entertainment on weekends, Rum Distillery, Sunbathing, Swimming, Sand castle building


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average rating of 4.943182 based on 89 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I can’t even explain in words what a wonderful experience our family had. Ms Loretta was the best host I have ever experienced using HomeAway. From the beginning she explained how the island worked, including everything we need to bring, places to see and history of the island. The cottage was absolutely beautiful, very clean and stocked with everything you need for a relaxing vacation. THE VIEW.... OH MY Goodness!!! Every morning I watched the sunrise from the front porch and listened to the waves come in. Every evening my husband and I would walk the beach collecting a few shells and sand dollars(only the dead ones) as the sun went down. Our children enjoyed playing football, sunbathing and just hanging out. If you looking for a laidback vacation, this is the place for you!! Thank you Loretta for sharing your little piece of heaven!🐬

  • Review Submitted: 05/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mishell! I am so glad you and your family found Daufuskie Island and our cottage a little piece of heaven, laidback heaven. You were an awesome guest, please visit us again soon. Thank you for choosing our place. Loretta
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  • 4 of 5

We loved our time at the cottage! It was perfect for 4 people but could have slept more comfortably. The back porch looking out on the ocean was awesome. This is where we spent most of our time when at the cottage. We loved the fact that it was close enough to the beach to hear the surf. The cottage was nicely decorated and very comfortable. And Lotetta was just a pleasure to work with. She was prompt in answering questions and provided great information about the cottage and the Island. Thanks Loretta!

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Amazing

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I absolutely loved our stay in Loretta's beautiful beach front home! Daufuskie Island was perfect for a peaceful and relaxing get away.

Loretta was so helpful and full of information. She graciously helped us reschedule our trip when Hurricane Irma prevented us from visiting.

Sitting on the front porch watching the sunrise each morning was a highlight of our trip.

The resident bald eagle perched in a tree right in front of us on our last morning. Amazing to watch!

Thank you Loretta for sharing your beautiful home! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 05/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Low Country Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean. The view from the porch and just steps to the beach made our stay extremely relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 24/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Colorado Springs, Colorado

A perfect place

  • 5 of 5

We will be back! This house and island is beautiful. Everyone was so friendly and Loretta is more than accommodating

Our kids had such a great with dolphins in the ocean and finding so many sand dollars and beautiful shells.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hilton Head Island, SC

Island experience minus the crowds

  • 5 of 5

We are just across the Calibogue Sound in Hilton Head, but Loretta's home felt far, far away! We loved the entire home... it was clean, spacious, and welcoming. The best part was the view and wide porch. My husband and I walked on the beach at least twice a day and would have cocktails on the evening while watching the sunset.

More than anything, I chose this home based on its location and its reviews. That did not disappoint. Loretta sent a lot of information about the home, Daufuskie, transportation, etc. She was also immediately available by phone for a question that I had upon check-in. She answered the phone before I even heard it ring! We did not have any hiccups on our trip, but I'm confident that if we did, Loretta would have been right there to help us!

The house is centrally located to everything on Daufuskie. My personal favorite was the rookery inside Melrose. It was beautiful!

We can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 19/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melinda! Great endorsement from across the Calibogie Sound. The direct views of the Atlantic from the porch still mesmerize me, too. I often find myself walking that 50 feet to the sand and back before the water is ready for the Low Country Boil dinner. I’m glad you found the “boat load” of information helpful. D’Island will be waiting to welcome you back.
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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
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

Departure Cleaning AU$188.14 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$397.47

Cancellation Policy is 30 days prior to reservation. No refund after 30 Days prior to reservation.
Golf cart is available to rent at $50 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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