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Golf Cart w/MARCH BOOKING!!! Daufuskie Island, SC 2bd/2Ba OCEANFRONT

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


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.

Bluffton, South Carolina, Beaufort, SC Rentals on Beach, SC, Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Islands, Coastal, Haig Point lighthouse, Marshside Mama's Restaurant, Eagles Nest Restaurant, Freeport Marina, golf cart rentals, kayaks, bicycles, clean beaches, shells, fishing, ferry, water taxi, Daufuskie Discoveries, Calibogie Cruises, May River Excursions, Big screened porch, Oceanfront cottage, villa, house, close to beach, No pets, no smoking, peaceful, secluded, honeymoon, romantic, family friendly, historic, girls getaway, girls weekend, golf outing, guys getaway, South Carolina Vacation Rental, South Carolina Beach Rentals, two hours from Charleston, across the Calibogie Sound from Tybee Island, Savannah, Hilton Head Island, Bloody Point Golf course; Melrose Golf Course, Daufuskie Island Rum Distillery. Lucy Belle's Cafe is the newest for breakfast and lunch.

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More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 25, 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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Melrose on the Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

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
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • 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 , Oversized vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Walk in closet
  • Outdoor Shower head for sandy bodies and toys.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Big Queen Bedrooms with private bathrooms and closets each with TV.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback 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 privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/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 -
(55 traveler reviews)

Golf Cart w/MARCH BOOKING!!! Daufuskie Island, SC 2bd/2Ba OCEANFRONT
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 56 reviews

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: 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!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: 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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We had a RELAXING time

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited from the 7/31/16 to 8/6/16. I was looking for a location away from the crowded tourist hubbub. Daufuskie Island is that and more. The woman running the tickets for the ferry was not the most friendly or endearing person, but everybody else in the process was. We were charged twice as much per bag so I'm assuming that was each way rather than round trip as she (the ferry woman) told us. The ferry ride was pleasant...the people meeting us a Daufuskie were pleasant. Since there were six of us, we packed a large cooler. Unfortunately during the stay the refrigerator malfunctioned and actually heated the inside and our perishables perished. There are not a lot of grocery options on the island. The store at Freeport Marina stocks some things, i.e. a couple of dozen eggs, ketchup, mustard, etc. Milk was very difficult to find. We ultimately did find milk at Marshside Mama's though you'll pay dearly per gallon though it's worth it with kids. It's not on display; you need to ask for it. In addition, they make frequent runs to the mainland and if you tell them what you need they will get it for you. Loretta was very available and accommodating while we were there and had to contact her (i.e the fridge). My wife wanted to take the porch home with's a very nice place to sit and enjoy the quiet.

None of this was too distressing as I wanted quiet island life. It certainly was and was well worth it.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The vacation was exactly as we hoped it would be. Loretta is very kind and a thoughtful person. She even called to make sure everything was in order, and it certainly was! The cottage was very nice. Clean, orderly, and comfortable. When we first arrived we were greeted with a little newt on the wall (inside) and a tree frog in the toilet. That made for some good laughs as it scared my daughter and she screamed. But, after removing them, we had no issues with the cottage what so ever and completely understand about those little critters.

Daufuskie is quiet and has beautiful ocean side beaches. There is plenty of room on the beach where you can get away from others.

Getting there is expensive, by most standards, however Loretta let us know that ahead of time so it was no surprise.

The food is very good at all of the restaurants. A couple of places look kind of sketchy, but do not be scared of them. The food is good.

I would suggest having a "plan B" for the golf cart transportation. We rented the cart that is stored at the cottage. It ran fine and we had no trouble. However it seemed to be running very hot (heat from under the seat). So I checked the oil. Although it was not low, it was VERY black. The left rear wheel bearing occasionally makes noise, and the welds are broken on the rumble seat foot rest. It gave me concerns about the maintenance of the cart. You would not want to break down somewhere on the island because there are no options other than walking.

I would go back, and totally recommend this cottage, this owner, and this island. Thanks Loretta & family! We appreciated everything. One of my daughters wants to paint her room the color of your walls and decorate it the same!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Funny story about the newt and tree frog, haven't had that experience before! Glad I could be of help with transportation to this bridge-less island with serene, clean beaches. As of July 31st, the island now has another ferry option which may be a little more reasonable in overall pricing. I wish you had alerted me about the golf cart, there is a plan "b", the other cart. I'll let the cart vendor know about your comments, for sure. Thank you and have fun with that decorating! 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

Melrose on the Beach Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March Special 2017 with cart
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall 2017 with cart
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Departure Cleaning $142 + 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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