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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom (+ sofa sleeper) at Daufuskie Island's


- Please note that it is necessary to take a ferry to Daufuskie Island and the cost of boat and ground transportation is around $55 per person roundtrip, with discounts available for children 5 and under.We are happy to provide information about coming to Daufuskie, located between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, Georgia. However, before contacting us with questions, please review our website's FAQ page:

You will have access to two golf courses on the island, both within a short golf cart ride: The Bloody Point golf course and (because you are a DRG guests) the prestigious Haig Point golf course. Your family will also have access to the private Haig Point equestrian center for horseback riding lessons, pony rides and carriage rides.

- Important Scheduling Information: Unless there is a partial week gap, for the summer of 2017 there will be a 7 day minimum, running Saturday to Saturday.


1) This cottage is a direct ocean-front property and is situated on a corner lot, providing its lucky guests with an wonderful view of the ocean from two sides.

2) A Sofa-Sleeper in the living room with an adjoining half-bath and dressing room makes this perfect for family groups.

3) A complimentary 4 person golf cart is provided by the owners.


Location, location, location! The beautiful and spacious Blue Fuskie Cottage provides its lucky renters with a front row view of the Atlantic Ocean that has to be seen to be appreciated. Talk about a WOW factor!! Imagine yourself driving on your rented golf cart through a quiet road lined with Live Oaks draped with Spanish moss, pulling up to the back entrance of your vacation home, walking into your bright and spacious living room, and being greeted with a dazzling panorama of the ocean and blue sky just beyond. Trust us…It just doesn’t get any better than this!

This vacation home has undergone a major renovation that created a large open floor plan tastefully decorated with a subtle coastal seascape theme. The cottage was designed to provide an ideal space for family get-togethers, including an open kitchen with granite counter tops and updated appliances overlooking the living room and dining areas.

Each of the two oversized bedrooms has its own private bathroom (an additional half-bath is conveniently located off of the living room) and provide a lovely and serene setting where you will fall asleep listening to the nearby ocean waves. The cottage can comfortably accommodate up to 8 people, with a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, two queen-sized beds in the front bedroom, and the leather sofa in the living room providing another queen-sized bed when opened up.

Your cottage includes a screened-in porch on the ocean side, and what a perfect place to enjoy to enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sun come up over the ocean! You will actually see glimpses of both South Carolina and Georgia from here, with Hilton Head off to your left, and the Tybee Island lighthouse on your right. And straight ahead….nothing but soaring sea gulls, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, and of course, the deep blue ocean itself!

You will find yourself strolling from your cottage to the beach over and over. This pristine and secluded beach is perfect for long walks, jogging, and even bike riding. (No golf carts here, though! This is a nesting area for the endangered Loggerhead Turtles.) Families especially enjoy the relatively calm waters where children can swim and play without fear of a strong undertow. It’s a great beach for building sand castles and hunting for shells and sand dollars after the tide goes out.

You will have access to two golf courses on the island, both within a short golf cart ride: The Bloody Point golf course and (because you are a DRG guests) the prestigious Haig Point golf course. Your family will also have access to the private Haig Point equestrian center for horseback riding lessons and pony rides.

You will enjoy touring the island on your complimentary cart as well as bikes, which are available for rental. And there's no better place for nice long walks!

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 seen now and then, and some lucky visitors can actually catch site of a Loggerhead Turtle coming ashore to lay hundreds of eggs in the soft sand.

You will want to spend time exploring the rest of this unique and special island. Accessible only by ferry, Daufuskie's isolation from the hustle and bustle of the mainland provides a one-of-its-kind experience for those looking to truly get away from it all. (See below under 'Owners Profile') for a more detailed description of the island.)

If you're looking for an old-fashioned Beach vacation experience, this beautiful cottage will exceed your expectations. This is a very popular cottage with island visitors, so be sure to reserve your time at this lovely vacation home today!

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2017

About Deborah Smith

The owners are a Pennsylvania family who love Daufuskie and enjoy visiting Daufuskie as often as possible. They enjoy sharing the beautiful Blue Fuskie Cottage with vacation visitors.

Why Deborah Smith chose Daufuskie Island

Quite simply, this vacation home has it all! Lovely cottage, unsurpassed ocean and beach views and...most of all...situated on Daufuskie Island, one of the best-kept secrets on the Eastern coast of the United States.

What makes this cottage unique

The gorgeous Blue Fuskie Cottage is located on one of the best-kept secrets on the eastern coasts: Daufuskie Island. Your home overlooks 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, bike along the beach, take a Historic tour and discover the Gullah 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.

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, Wine and Woodworks, and the Daufuskie Rum Company. 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!


Melrose on the Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • 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 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • These bedrooms are extremely spacious and attractive. Each has its own full bathroom. There is also a sofa sleeper in the living room, with a convenient half bath steps away.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is a $142 departure cleaning fee. Groceries can be delivered to the cottage prior to arrival.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.75 based on 32 reviews

Beautiful cottage with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a wonderful week on Daufuskie Island in the Blue Fuskie cottage. The corner lot allows for sweeping water views. I especially loved coffee and cocktails on the back porch which is cozy and comfortable. The cottage decor is beachy and serene with several pieces from The Iron Fish Gallery. We went to Daufuskie last summer (in a different cottage) and really thought we would miss the pool. However, I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't miss it at all. We spent time on the beach and exploring the island! Deborah and Karen were so helpful with planning and questions. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible ocean breeze

  • 5 of 5

Perfect getaway. Spacious cottage, constant ocean breeze, fresh air. Exactly what we needed.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Topeka ks

Very nice cottage and Deborah and Karen were very helpful.

  • 4 of 5

We were on a golf vacation and played bloody point and haig point. Hurricane Matthew caused quite a bit of damage to the bloody point golf course as well as many of the cottages at Melrose. We had access to the bloody point pool and beach since the melrose beach club was closed. We explored the island on golf carts and bicycles and saw many interesting things (watch for alligators). Everyone on the island is friendly and very helpful!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for us but maybe not for others

  • 4 of 5

First off, our trip to Daufuskie was just my husband and myself, so for that reason, this vacation was close to perfect. It was an adventure for us - going outside our comfort zone. The house was very nice and roomy. Deborah Smith and Brandi MADE our vacation. They were so accommodating. Deborah offered us use of one of her houses when we discovered we did not have premium channels on our TV and Brandi came to top off the golf cart gas tank without being asked. We only used the king bedroom; the bed was fantastically comfortable and the linens were great. Deborah and Brandi were very helpful about navigating the island - what to see and how to get there. Those are the Pros.

Now for the Cons: We did have a roach problem and Deborah told us the previous renters had also complained about this but chose not to have the exterminator in during their stay. That needs to be taken care of. The outdoor furniture (in major need of cleaning, as are cushions on some of the furniture in the house) and dishwasher need updating but are functional. We, as one of the previous reviewers stated, were told just before coming, that the resort area was in bankruptcy and facilities there would be unavailable. Clearly, the problem with the Melrose Resort has been ongoing for at least 10 years. In excess of a dozen houses on the route to the Blue Fuskie Cottage are in an abandoned state and have been for years - they are literally falling down. My husband and I gasped every time we passed a blue house enroute to our rental for fear the driver would stop. Having to pass this decay every time we went out was depressing and I believe this is something that renters should be made aware of. Potential renters should also be made aware that the cottage is actually a duplex, not a stand alone house, as you are inclined to believe from the description. This did not bother us as the adjoining unit was not rented while we were there, but if it had been, I think we would have not rented the house. Note that most of the houses in this area are duplexes, but not advertised as such. While it did not bother us, people who do not know that oceanfront in this case is not like oceanfront in other areas like Myrtle Beach. There are no big waves and the water is calm and a bit muddy. The beach is wide and mostly deserted, but may not be in peak times. It is clean, but very quiet and calm. Just not like the oceanfront newcomers to Daufuskie may expect.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This untypical review contains gross exaggerations and downright incorrect information. The Blue Fuskie is one of our highest rated cottages, and for good reason. PLEASE LOOK AT THE MANY POSITIVE REVIEWS ABOUT THIS COTTAGE! What follows are responses to specific concerns. DIRTY CUSHIONS: Unfair! Worn but not dirty, & just replaced by owner. (Most folks RAVE about the decor in this cottage.) OUTDOOR FURNITURE NEEDS CLEANING. The porches/furniture are cleaned regularly & have just received their annual power washing. "PROBLEMS WITH THE RESORT HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR 10 YEARS" Not true. The resort is currently closed but the pool, restaurant, and golf course were open until last Fall's hurricane. We hope that some of the amenities will be opened back up this summer. INADEQUATE NOTICE: We notified this renter 2.5 weeks prior to her visit about the resort situation & and offered to let them switch to a villa w pool on another island resort, but she declined. DILAPIDATED COTTAGES: The set of cottages (not "falling down") she referred to do NOT belong to the resort, rather to a private owner. We're not sure why these guests "gasped" when their van driver passed one of them for fear he would stop. WHY?? Daufuskie is one of the safest communities found in the world. Period. TV CABLE: This cottage has 3 flat screen TVs and Direct TV service. When the renter complained that they couldn't watch a certain show on a premium (e.g., HBO) channel, I gave them free access to a private cottage. I'm sorry that wasn't enough. DUPLEX: She implies a deception, because there is a unit on the other side. Almost all cottages are duplexes, but they are built so that guests neither see nor hear anything from the other side, even when they are on the porches. We have NEVER had anyone complain about noise or other disturbance from this configuration, and visitors frequently comment that they completely forget another cottage is even on the other side. "BEACH MAY NOT BE QUIET & SECLUDED IN PEAK TIMES" This guess by the renter is wrong. The beach is ALWAYS quiet and secluded. The "pluff mud" occurs during low tide. (Author Pat Conroy raved about it.) BUGS: I did NOT say that previous renters had complained about bugs.This IS a beach cottage, and altho we do our best to keep bugs under control w/ regular pest services, occasionally 1 or 2 will sneak in. MYRTLE BEACH: I agree on this. We are NOT like Myrtle Beach, thank God. Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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Maplewood NJ

Great place to relax, unwind, and get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

I loved this cottage. Bright and airy, killer views and well equipped. The people could not have been nicer. Any small mishaps were addressed quickly and resolved. Deborah is extremely responsive. I would go back. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is that the resort and pool were not open. I hope that gets resolved.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was beautiful, very tastefully decorated

  • 5 of 5

The Islanders are very friendly and happy to have us, however the agent was not upfront about the resort being under bankruptcy and that none of the amenities were available until the day before arrival. Island is beautiful and the beach is ugly...

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deena - I'm very sorry you felt I was not "upfront" with you about the resort's unfortunate financial situation. The bankruptcy legal action is a very recent development, and we had been told that action would be taken to open up several of the facilities. When that didn't happen, we sent an email to all future bookings, including yours. We are still hopeful that an effort by the Melrose home owners associations will result in at least the pool being opened later this Spring. As we have informed all our guests, we are working hard to ensure that DRG guests will still have a wonderful experience on Daufuskie. For example, we now have an arrangement with the nearby private Haig Point Club so that our guests can play at the prestigious Haig Point golf course. In addition, they can play at the Bloody Point Resort golf course, just across the island. Beginning next month, our guests will also have access to the Bloody Point pool. In addition, the Haig Point equestrian center provides horseback riding opportunities to our guests. Having said all that, we do think that Daufuskie offers so much more than mere resort amenities. We have several nice beaches (no one else has disparaged we're a little baffled by your comment on that front) with four fun and unique restaurants, art galleries and artisans, the community farm, our museum, the Rob Kennedy Historic trail, endless roads for exploring the island on your golf cart or bikes, and innovative small businesses such as the Daufuskie Island Rum Company and Wine and Woodworks. For a nice overview of the Daufuskie experience, others may be interested in watching this video: I'm sure you can understand how much we regret the Melrose situation, but we trust that it is a temporary one. In the meantime, we are working diligently to ensure that a Daufuskie vacation will still be a wonderful and memorable experience for our guests. Perhaps we didn't do enough to help with yours. Please contact me so that we can discuss ways that we can make it up to you. Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hilton Head Island,SC
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Marshside Mama's, Freeport Marina and Bloody Point
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Daufuskie Island Ferry and May River Excursions
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Bloody Point and Haig Point Clubs
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Melrose beach (on site) and Bloody Point
Car: not necessary

Lots of great restaurants, art galleries, local artisan businesses, and historic sites to explore on Daufuskie! In addition, visitors may want to consider some of the available activities.

May River Excursions

Captain Chris offers dolphin-watching, fishing, crabbing, and shrimping excursions. Please tell him we referred you.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the island from the back of a horse! Ask us about options available from the Haig Point's equestrian center.

Tours, Kayaking, etc

Tour Daufuskie offers a variety of ways to experience the island and the surrounding waters, including kayaking, paddle boats, and golf cart historic tours. A brochure will be in your villa's welcome packet.

Note: We especially recommend the 2.5 hour golf cart tour (you will ride in their gas-powered carts as an informative and fun way to learn more about the island.


Yoga classes are held on Sunday and Wednesdays at the Melroe Resort. (Locations vary.) The instruction is appropriate for all fitness levels, from beginner to intermediate, and visitors are welcome. Laura Winholt is a certified Anusara Yoga and RYT 500 instructor. For more information call Laura at 843-842-5990


Janet Adams offers massage therapy and will come to your vacation home for these services. For more information contact Janet at 317-694-7685. Please tell her you were referred by Deborah Smith.

Island Locations of Special Interest

There are many interesting places to visit on Daufuskie, including the locations described below. All of these places will be marked on a map found in your arrival welcome packet.

Opened in early 2015, the Daufuskie Rum Company (270 Haig Point Road) is a micro-distillery that makes authentic, American made hand-crafted rum. To schedule a tour call 843-342-4786. Distillery and store hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday.

The Iron Fish Art Gallery (tel: 843-842-9448) is always open, even if its resident artist, Chase Allen, is not present. Chase has been featured in numerous Southern and Coastal Living publications and recently won a national “American Made” contest sponsored by the Martha Stewart magazine. Lots of interesting things to see here, and visitors enjoy exploring his art work on both the front porch and in an outdoor gallery area. Love honey? Chase has his own bee hives, and you can buy jars of freshly-made honey.


The Silver Dew Pottery opens for the season on Tuesday, April 30th and remains open through October. This studio is run by Lancy and Emily Burn, longtime Daufuskie residents. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lancy's grandfather arriving on Daufuskie to serve as the Bloody Point assistant lighthouse keeper. You can hear some fascinating stories about the island's history from the Burns during your visit to this shop.

The hours for the Silver Dew Pottery are 9:00 am - 2:30 pm:, Tuesday through Friday


The historic Jane Hamilton School, formerly used as the school for children living on the north end of the island, has been restored by the Daufuskie Historical Foundation and is currently home to the Gullah Learning Center and the Daufuskie Island Community Library. It also serves as the polling location for Daufuskie's elections precinct.

2. Located next door is the Billie Burn Museum, which was formerly the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The museum contains a fascinating collection of island artifacts and historical documents and also offers some distinctive gift items.


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
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
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 10.0%

The service fee included in rental rate quotes is charged by VRBO, and does not go to the property owner nor to Daufuskie Rental Group.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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