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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
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.

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, Melrose on the Beach, Daufuskie Island Rum Distillery. Lucy Belle's Cafe.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 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
  • 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
  • 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 , 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
  • festivals
  • 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 -
(61 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.967213 based on 62 reviews

Perfect Family Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

This was a great family destination for us and we all fell in love with the island. We are definitely coming back to this house for Fall Break. The house is as beautiful as the pictures. The beach is quiet and peaceful. There is a magic about Daufuskie Island! Loretta is a great owner and she provides you with everything you need to do and bring on your trip! She made it all so simple.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ericka, Good to hear from you! Thank you for sharing your feelings about your family's experience with the house and island. Fall is starting to book already, so please let me know your dates as soon as you do, so I can save them for you. Have a Blessed summer, Loretta
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Relaxing stay for all

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the cottage. Loretta was so helpful and very responsive. The house is right on the ocean where we found sand dollars, star fish, sand crabs and watched dolphins pass by throughout the day. We enjoyed our dinner at Marshside Mamas. We also enjoyed touring around the island on the golf cart. The stay was great and we loved how serene everything was. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend getaway and found a great house/owner who helped navigate our weekend!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Loretta’s Place on Daufuskie Island is an absolute paradise. We spent 5 nights in this lovely location and everyone in our family wanted to stay longer. We enjoyed watching the dolphins on our morning sunrise beach walks, touring the island to take in the history/artisans, conversing with the local residents, warm afternoon ocean swims, fishing the fresh water ponds/ocean piers, evening breach strolls and just being in the tranquil surroundings. The cottage itself is well appointed, very tastefully decorated, spacious and provides an overall comfortable/casual atmosphere. Our favourite part of the cottage was the large screened in porch where we enjoyed eating meals as a family as well as taking in the warm ocean breeze & sounds as we relaxed on the comfortable lounge furniture. The porch eastern exposure provides the warmth of the morning sun yet is shaded by the overhead trees for the late morning & afternoon sun.

Loretta and I had a couple of really great conversations, she was very responsive in our electronic communications, and she provided lots of information to help with the cottage rental and Daufuskie Island experience.

If you are looking for an amazing beach cottage get away, look no further. Our experience was so great that we hope to return again next year.

P.S. If you are looking to use bikes as a mode of island transportation, I highly recommend it as you take in scenery & sights that you would likely miss otherwise. You also see parts of the island that are not accessible via golf cart. In the end state (although that was not the first day sentiment), everyone in our family agreed that bikes were the best way to explore the island however you should be aware that there are a few sand roads on the island that require extra effort to travel via bike.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, Both, future guests and I appreciate your experiential review. I wish I had been on those bike rides and early morning beach walks with y'all! Some potential guests ask how to visit Hilton Head or Savannah while they are staying on Daufuskie, and I answer that by the time you enjoy Daufuskie Island's uniqueness and offerings, you really don't have time to go to the mainland. Your review just proved that. Thank you for sharing and our good conversations! Loretta
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Florence, SC


  • 5 of 5

We love going to Daufuskie and we have never stayed on the beach. So glad we decided to rent the cottage. Loretta was very detailed about things to help us enjoy our stay. The cottage was beautiful and had everything we needed. Sitting on the back porch at night was so peaceful and quiet. Only heard the waves in the ocean. Thanks you Loretta for providing such a great place to stay!

Claire, Jason, Brycen and Tootie Proffer

Howard, Tonya and Xander Yarbourgh

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Claire, Thank you for your descriptive and glowing review. I'll be visiting my cottage soon and plan to listen to those waves! Blessings on your new venture as on-island healthcare provider. Once you are up and running, let me know and I will put you on the Cottage Information I give to my renters/ guests. Warm Regards
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This is still one of the best places on the Island

  • 5 of 5

Third year in a row, and the place is still an absolute highlight of our year. We are a family of 5, the three girls are more than comfortable in the second bedroom. The porch and the beach views are the real highlight. Can't wait to go back next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you George! So glad you invited your friends to join you and that my nextdoor neighbor had an opening for them. It's fun to vacation with friends and relatives, but it's best when you have your own space sometimes. This arrangement works those kinks out. It sounds like you had another good weekend. Thank you for loving it like we do, see you next year, Loretta
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Perfect Vacation spot for couples, family and friends

  • 5 of 5

This was my 20th trip to this lovely home. This time I took some friends. We had a blast! The home owner prepares a package of information that makes it very easy to find fun things to explore around the island! She has also created a home that makes you just want to stay in and play cards.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ali, What a sweet review! You may have wanted to play cards with your friends on that screened porch listening to the waves, BUT I bet you spent most of your time driving around in the golf carts showing them all of your favorite spots from the remote beach with the large driftwood to dancing at Marshside's until closing and enjoying the views looking across to Savannah from the public dock. I heard one of your friends is a chef and prepared some wonderful meals accompanied with homemade sangria. Please send the recipe, if she will share. Glad she could find everything she needed in the kitchen, other than the ingredients she brought over from the mainland. Although, the Freeport Marina store has improved this Spring with large cooler refrigerators filled with drinks, luncheon meats, eggs, milk and butter, etc. I hope the new Weber charcoal grill made perfect burgers for one of your nights. So glad you could take time to enjoy "your cottage" again. Daufuskie has a way of lingering in one's memory, calling you back to it's peaceful yet energizing shores. 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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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

Departure Cleaning $142 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
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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