Never having been to South Carolina, we had no idea what to expect of the scenery or the cottage that we had rented for the week. As soon as we passed the security guard at the front, we were greeted by perfectly manicured lawns, huge, twisting oaks covered with ivy and Spanish moss, charming duplexes with picket fences, purple hydrangeas, and squirrels chasing each other across the tree limbs. It was exactly what we needed: the opposite of loud hotels with screaming kids and drunk college students. This was where we belonged.
I was not keen on sharing a duplex with a stranger, but we hardly noticed they were there (just one night of a few banging screen doors). Not being right on the beach meant no sand on the floor or the sheets or the tub, and that was good. The pool was large and vacant, and we enjoyed one evening swimming in it under the stars.
There was a kitchen, but we dined out for our meals, so we did not use it. Bathrooms were good-sized, and the unit was nice and cool upon our arrival. It was just the perfect size for a couple and our son. I also always enjoy the feel of carpet instead of hard floors, and I imagine it was less noisy for neighbors as well. If we had only judged Myrtle Beach by the coastline, we never would have known how beautiful these grounds were--pine mixed with palm tree, every detail covered. If you are the kind of people who like peace, not the bawdy rowdy kind who like to draw attention to yourselves--do yourself a favor and enjoy this cottage.