First of all, this was my first time at Sullivan's Island. Normally I rent at Folly and recently tried Isle of Palms. Folly, after the beach enrichment and subsequent wash away has a beach that early in day looks like surface of Mars, with coral or volcanic stones and broken shells at the surf line shredding tender heels. Isle of palms is great if you want to sit close enough to next guy on the sand to hear him talk down to his unhappy wife and kids. Sullivan's Island is just right. Soft sand underfoot, beautiful walkways, plenty of space between others (who incidentally, look like they don't panic when the window envelopes arrive in the mail at the first of the month and subsequently speak to each other in the dulcet tones of the comfortably off) and the people on the streets of Center Street speak to you and wave, or even offer advice to make your visit to the island that much nice.
I stayed in the one bedroom elevated cottage. There is a beautiful tree outside the floor to ceiling windows behind the slip-covered sofa. The pictures on this website do not show how this area of the cottage feel to be within. It is a tree house effect. The house has heart pine floors, pine walls and board and batten ceilings. The home owners painted the rooms on the perimeter white or gold and left the kitchen in the middle natural. The effect is lovely and I appreciated the restraint. The house is a haven, tastefully decorated without being at all fussy and on a corner lot within a short stroll to an aforementioned pretty walkover. Bring your own cutting knife and if you are like me and need the softness, don't forget a memory foam mattress pad to cover the very firm queen sized mattress. The pillows, towels and bedding were good.
I got to know the neighbors in the main house, not by design but by happy accident. That house is very nice as well, with three bedrooms situated off from on another for privacy.