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Deborah Smith

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german

3BR Daufuskie Cottage -Savannah Boat Service*; Cart, Fireplace, Amenities at 2 Resorts

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Daufuskie Island Resort Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Beautiful Beach/Marsh Views Vacation Home - Fireplace


- We are happy to provide information about coming to Daufuskie, a bridge-less island that requires a short boat trip to get here. However, before contacting us with questions, please review our website's FAQ page:

- On February 1st VRBO began rolling out a mandatory service charge of 4 - 10 percent (depending on the total rental price). You will see this charge in your quote. This fee does NOT go to Daufuskie Rental Group nor the property owners, but instead goes to VRBO. We very much wish this fee had not been added, but have no control over it.

- The pools are not open year-round, and the dates of the pool season are determined solely by the Melrose on the Beach Resort and the Bloody Point Resort.

- Important Scheduling Information: Unless there is a partial week gap, for the summer of 2016 there is a 7 day minimum, running Saturday to Saturday. A minimum 7-day rental is required for the weeks containing Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Please note that summer rates will apply for those holiday weeks.


- Access (for a fee) to the private Bloody Point Resort water taxi/ferry system originating from the Savannah Westin Resort. ** IMPORTANT: SEE NOTE AT THE END OF THIS MESSAGE

- Access to other resort amenities at BOTH Melrose on the Beach and the nearby Bloody Point Golf Club, including free pool*, tennis, discounted golf.

- The cottage boasts a huge backyard, including its own hammock.

- Cottage guests will have the use of a premium 6 seat golf cart. (The best rental property cart on the island.)

- Ideal location, conveniently located just steps to beach, pool, restaurant, and playground

- The Daufuskie Cottage is one of only a few Melrose beach cottages with a functioning gas fireplace. Perfect for chilly evenings!

- The cottage has just been renovated and redecorated by the owners, and the results are FABULOUS!!

- Big group? Ask us about availability for a nearby 2 or 3 bedroom cottage.


This beautiful Daufuskie vacation home, the Daufuskie Cottage, is one of only two 3-bedroom cottages currently available in the Melrose on the Beach cottage community. Designed by its architect-owner, there are many upgrades and special touches you simply will not find elsewhere. Even better, the owners just completed a complete renovation of the cottage, and it looks FABULOUS!! You will love the open floor plan, artistic ceramic tile floors, restful screened-in back porch, and lovely decorating throughout. With both ocean and marsh views, your cottage offers the best of both worlds, and provides a private setting perfect for a family vacation, a reunion of good friends, or a special event.

When you rent this cottage, you will find a true island sanctuary located on a low-country coastal island known for its abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, friendly people, and rich cultural history.

Casual but Elegant Accommodations

The spacious living area in the Daufuskie Cottage includes a family-style table that will serve as the gathering place for meals cooked in your fully-equipped kitchen. Flat screen TVs in the main living area and in every bedroom, as well as Wi-Fi connection, ensure that you can stay connected to the rest of the world...but only if you choose to do so! Each spacious bedroom is tastefully decorated with queen-sized beds: One in the master BR, and two in each of the additional BRs.

You may want to start your morning by sipping coffee and and watching an Atlantic Ocean sunrise from your front porch. Later, grab a good book and head for your backyard hammock. At the end of the day, enjoy an island sunset and cocktails on your screened-in back porch while Blue Heron soars over ancient oaks draped with Spanish Moss.

A secluded ocean beach is steps away from your cottage, and many of our visitors especially enjoying visiting during nesting season of the endangered Loggerhead Turtles.

Your cottage is located on the Melrose on the Beach Resort, and you will have access to the resort amenities including free use of the spectacular Melrose pool area, and discounted rates at the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and the wonderful Beach Club Restaurant.

In addition, the Daufuskie Cottage is the only Melrose property that also offers its guests access to the private Bloody Point Resort water taxi/ferry system from the Savannah Westin Resort, as well as discounted Bloody Point golf privileges.**

The Daufuskie Cottage is one of the few Melrose beach cottages that has a working gas fireplace. (Most beach cottage fireplaces are now decorative only.)

The wildlife is abundant and breathtaking. The resort is the home of a Great White Egret rookery, where you will see hundreds of these graceful birds settle in for the night. A nest of American Bald Eagles can be found behind the inn, and now and then vigilant visitors can actually catch sight of a Loggerhead Turtle coming ashore to lay hundreds of eggs in the soft sand.

Our island is also great for bikes and old-fashioned walking. In addition to the Melrose course, avid golfers will also enjoy playing on the nearby Bloody Point championship golf course. We can also refer you to Sea Island Trails so that you can enjoy the island and even the beach on horseback.

And, of course, you will enjoy touring the resort and the island itself on the premium 6-seat golf cart provided without charge to renters of this cottage. (This is the BEST rental property cart offered on the island.)

Please note that a well-behaved canine member of the family will be considered. Manager must review pet requests, and the guest will need to guarantee that the dog is housebroken, is not destructive, will not be getting on furniture, and that every effort will be made to leave the property upon checkout looking like no pet had been staying there. The fee for one pet is $100.

** The Bloody Point Resort has recently raised its rates for their water taxi service, and guests decide that one of the other boat services may be a better option for them. A DRG representative will be happy to discuss which service makes the most sense for your group.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Deborah Smith (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german

About Deborah Smith

The owners are Kentucky residents, and have been coming to Daufuskie for many years. This cottage is managed by Daufuskie Rental Group.

Deborah Smith purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Deborah Smith chose South Carolina

As soon as we stepped foot on Daufuskie Island and the Melrose Resort more than 8 years ago, we knew this was the perfect place to create lifelong vacation memories for our family. We are so glad we can now introduce others to this our lovely cottage, and to share the endless stretches of sandy beaches, quiet roads, spectacular wildlife, and...and most especially...a laid-back vacation experience that is reminiscent of times gone-by.

What makes this cottage unique

This special island is accessible only by ferry or water taxi (no traffic jams here!) from Savannah, Georgia or Hilton Head/Bluffton, South Carolina. No traffic jams here!

Daufuskie Island offers a truly memorable getaway for you and your family. Most people who visit Daufuskie fall in love with it. As one visitor told us months after coming here, 'I may have left Daufuskie, but it will never leave me.'

So what are you waiting for?

Reserve this beautiful cottage as your home base for a unique and wonderful vacation opportunity. We look forward to welcoming you to our island!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)
3BR Daufuskie Cottage -Savannah Boat Service*; Cart, Fireplace, Amenities at 2 Resorts
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 24 reviews

133 avenue of the Oaks

  • 4 of 5

Very nice and clean house! Exactly as advertised !

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Had a terrific weekend reuniting with friends! We had 3 families at the cottage and actually had plenty of room! The cottage was clean and decorated beautifully!!! The backyard was perfect the kids to run around and play and the large golf cart made it easy to tote our gear to the beach! We enjoyed gorgeous weather at both the pool and the beach. The beach club pool setting and service is excellent quality. We enjoyed walking the grounds of Melrose imagining what once was and what will be. Next time we will travel around the island a bit more. The only difficulty was lugging all of our food over on the ferry!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erika - So glad you and your large family group could spend time at the recently-redecorated Daufuskie Cottage, and that you enjoyed this spacious cottage and and your overall island experience. Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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Perfect Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our family; my husband and I, our children and grandchildren plus 3 grandpups very much enjoyed our time on Daufuskie. We rented the Daufuskie Cottage and the Bliss Cottage. We couldn't have been happier with both cottages. Deborah Smith and staff were so welcoming and accommodating! Upon our arrival to the cottages everything was clean and beautiful! Deborah even supplied us with a high chair and pack n play. She went out of her to make sure we had everything we needed. We had all ages, a baby, toddlers, elementary school age, teenagers, young adults, middle agers and grandparents! Hands down everyone was comfortable. When it came time to leave no one wanted to! There is something magical about Daufuskie - the beauty of the island, the carefree bohemian attitudes - all so hard to leave! We loved the beaches, wildlife, the fun out of the way trips to little galleries, the music and laughter and games at Freeport Marina........ Daufuskie ! what's not to love! Now our problem is to figure out when we get to go back

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbie - It was such a delight to have your family on the island, and we're so glad that the beautiful Daufuskie Cottage AND next-door Bliss Cottage worked so well for your group. We hope you folks have the opportunity to return soon! Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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Golden, CO

Great cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained and comfotable. Bathrooms were in new condition and very clean as was the entire cottage. Convenient to both the beach and the Melrose Beach Club and restaurant. A great place to base your island vacation.

Deborah could not have been a better host. Helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you and your wife here, and are excited that the charms of our island resulted in your purchasing a home here! We look forward to seeing you back very soon as you transition to life on Daufuskie! Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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  • 5 of 5

Loved this place! Location, decor, even the DVD selection was great for all of our three generations to enjoy. And Deborah went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A.K. - We appreciate the nice review! It's always great to know that our visitors enjoy Daufuskie, and the Daufuskie Cottage is a particularly wonderful place to stay. This three bedroom cottage has proved to be very popular with visitors, and is perfect for both small and larger family groups. We hope to see you back soon! Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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Great place to relax!

  • 4 of 5

The house we rented was beautiful! It had an excellent layout and pretty much anything we could have needed. It was very clean and stocked fairly well. We did not have pillowcases for some pillows and only had one set of towels per person for 4 days. The only big concern we had was lack of activities in house for kids; it was designed for adults. We had a great time exploring and meeting the islanders. It was a very good place to stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dale - We're very glad you enjoyed your stay on Daufuskie and the Daufuskie Cottage. We were happy to help with your last-minute reservation and to make sure you had everything you needed for boat options, bikes, a golf cart rental, and other arrangements, and are pleased it all worked out for you and your family. We were surprised and sorry to hear about the missing pillow cases; and assume you are referring to spare pillows in the closet since we know the bed pillows had cases on them. We certainly would have brought you more cases had you requested them. Regarding the towels, we provide guests with extras when requested, and of course there is a washer and dryer included in the cottage. Re the children's items, the owner agrees that it's important to provide kids with things to do while in the cottage, and in fact there are plenty of games in the lower cabinets of the living room. I'm so sorry you didn't realize they were there. Also, we did provide to your grandchildren a number of children's books and puzzles from another cottage, as well as pointed out a nice playground just a few cottages away. Again, we're glad you enjoyed your stay on the island. Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hilton Head Island,SC and Savannah.GA
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Melrose Beach Club Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Calibogue Cruises and May River Excursions
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
On site at Melrose Beach Club and at Bloody Point
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Melrose Beach Club Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Melrose on The Beach
Car: not necessary

This lovely, second row, beach cottage, is located in Melrose on the Beach, just steps away from 2 miles of pristine, quiet beaches where all you can hear is the sound of gentle waves and beautiful shore birds. Watch the shrimp boats, take a Historic tour and discover the Gulah History of Daufuskie or take in a round of golf. Don't forget to try our island delicacy, deviled crabs! Better still, we'll help arrange a full low-country dinner prepared by a local resident to be delivered directly to your cottage.

In addition to the Melrose resort's Beach Club restaurant, Daufuskie has several unique and colorful restaurants (Marshside Mama's and the Daufuskie Crab Company) where you'll swear you're in the middle of the Caribbean, as well as the casual but upscale Eagle's Nest at Bloody Point. History buffs will enjoy exploring the island and visiting various sites providing a glimpse into the past, including the recently-restored Oyster House used as a 19th century Gullah meeting place, the Billie Burns Museum, ancient cemeteries, and the two-room school house where renowned author Pat Conroy taught and which was the subject of his first book, The Water is Wide. Those interested in unique shopping opportunities will want to visit the Iron Fish Art Gallery, the Silver Dew Pottery and the weekly farmer's market held at the public dock during the warmer months. And you certainly don't want to miss the Daufuskie Island Community Farm, where old and young visitors alike are encouraged to help feed the chickens and even to try milking a goat!


Rates & Availability

Daufuskie Island Resort Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer
Aug 21 2016 - Sep 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas-New Year's
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 26 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 18 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $180
Tax Rate 10.0%

All rates include a 4 passenger golf cart!
Check in time is 4 pm. Check out is 10 am.
Note: This island is only accessible by boat/ferry, and there is no grocery store, so you must bring groceries. There are several caterers on the island and three casual-style restaurants.
Pet policy: Case-by-case approval. Requires a non-refundable $125 fee per dog.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Daufuskie Island Resort Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sitting area
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Depending on your group this cottage can accommodate up to 10 people, assuming the queen beds are shared by 2 people each. The 3 bedroom configuration makes it perfect for three couples, a reunion of friends, or a large family group.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The beach, the beach, the beach! You can walk or ride your bike for a mile and perhaps not see another soul! And when you get back to your vacation home, a comfy hammock awaits you. There are nearby walking trails and roads perfect for bike riding, as well as horseback riding. Check in is 4 pm. Check out is 10 am.

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