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1926 Gullah Cottage on Daufuskie Island with Free Golf Cart

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This 1926 Gullah Cottage located on Daufuskie Island in the historic district has been restored with preserved character and charm. The home was originally built in 1926 for Amelia Bently and after her death in 1961 was passed on to her two daughters Helen and Josephine. The house remained uninhabited from 1960-1986, when it was restored. This is the perfect rental for a couple or small family who wish to escape and get away from it all. Daufuskie has sprawling oaks, marshes, and beautiful serene beaches where you may actually find yourself alone. There are mostly dirt roads and travel is by golf cart. Activities are endless and include golf, fishing, kayaking, “beaching”, hanging at the marina, horseback riding, visiting the community farm, garden, or historical sites, and simply relaxing! There are a number of games at the cottage as well. There is no road or bridge to Daufuskie so you must ferry or boat over. Getting to Daufuskie is half of the fun! The cottage rental includes an electric golf cart with your stay. Old Daufuskie Crab Company and Lucy Bell's are great places to grab a meal when you don’t want to cook! If you decide to prepare your meals, the kitchen is equipped, but come prepared from the mainland as there is no true grocery store on Daufuskie. There are a couple of general stores, but hours are limited. Our family fell in love with Gullah history and felt drawn to the 1926 cottage when searching for a property on the island. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Getting to Daufuskie is definitely part of the adventure. We recommend the Daufuskie Island Ferry if the times of travel coordinate with your schedule (research and arrive on time!). Private charters are also available from Hilton Head, Savannah, or Bluffton. ***Reservations for land transportation from the marina to the cottage are available. ***

Ground transportation can be arranged at:

Daufuskie Transit

It’s about $20/person round trip.

We will be happy to assist and make recommendations so that some of the challenges unique to the island do not become bumps in your road to adventure and relaxation!

We recommend the official Daufuskie Island Ferry if you are coming from the HHI/Bluffton area. Their website is very informative regarding cost, directions, and times of arrival and departure.

****Frequently asked questions.*****

*****How do we get to Daufuskie?

By ferry, water taxi, or private boat. There are a few ferries to choose from.

From Hilton Head Island there are 2 ferries to choose from.

We usually take the Daufuskie Island Ferry. They have 4 round trips daily and 5 round trips on Friday. It costs $35 per person round trip. They leave from Buckingham Landing in Hilton Head, and deliver you to the Melrose Landing. You can park your car at Buckingham landing for $10 per night. The trip takes 45-50 minutes. They have a very informative website, that will answer all of your questions.

The Delta Lady Ferry also departs from Hilton Head's Broad Creek docks. ( ) They run 2 round trips daily. They can help facilitate tours, rides, and additional golf cart rentals. They too, have an informative website.

Water Taxi service is also an option

From Savannah, Bull River's water taxi is an option. ( ).

From Hilton Head, May River Excursions is an option ( )

***** If we bring our own boat, is there a transient dock?

Yes, Freeport marina has overnight tie ups available. They charge per foot. During the day, it is free if you dine or drink there.

*****How do we get from the arrival dock to the cottage?

Even though we encourage you to use our golf cart while on the island, it is NOT available at the dock to transport you to the cottage on arrival, or transport you back to the dock at check out. It must be left at the cottage, charging, awaiting the next guest. We recommend and use Daufuskie Island Transit. They will be awaiting you at the dock, with a van towing a cargo trailer, piloted by a VERY knowledgable and courteous driver. He will transport you to the cottage, and pick you up on your departure day, returning you to the departure dock. During the ride, he provide you with a wealth of information to make your stay even more enjoyable.

*****What can we bring on the ferry?

If you can carry it, it will ride for free. They have large carts for heavier or bulky items (big coolers, etc) that you can rent, and they will help you load.

*****How far is it from the arrival dock to the cottage?

About 3-4 miles. Not very walkable. You can bring a bicycle on the ferry and bike to the cottage, but there are many poorly marked dirt roads, and it would be a sandy, potentially muddy, challenging ride. The weather can be unpredictable. We still recommend Daufuskie Transit.

*****What should we bring?

Bug spray is a must, bottled water, groceries (remember, no grocery store on island), sunscreen.

*****Do you have beach chairs?

We have 4 beach chairs for you to use.

*****How far is the beach from the cottage?

It is a very scenic 5 minute golf cart ride.

*****What time can I arrive?

Check in is at 4:00 PM and check out is at 11:00 AM

More Details

Michelle Babb
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Michelle Babb

We live in Florence, South Carolina and look forward to getting to Daufuskie as often as we can. We aren't able to make it to the island as often as we'd like due to work, school and life in general, so we look forward to sharing it with new visitors, and experienced islanders alike! We are in the process of continuing to update and restore the cottage. We hope you'll visit repeatedly and watch the progress.

Michelle Babb purchased this house in 2017

Why Michelle Babb chose Daufuskie Island

The cottage spoke to us the first time we rented it. We loved the history and relaxed feel of the property. Slowing down to island time, leaving our cell phones behind, and setting out on new adventures is so much fun! We can't wait to share the cottage with our family and friends, and meet new people who will surely love Daufuskie as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

The cottage rental includes the use of our electric golf cart during your stay. Typically these must be rented separately, but we feel this allows our guests to freely explore the island on their own schedule and maximize their visit.


Daufuskie Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Golf cart is an amenity that is not guaranteed. If for any reason the golf cart is not functional, traveler must make own arrangements for cart rental
  • If for any reason golf cart doesn’t function, owner will have someone come out to attempt repair at earliest time possible.
  • If traveler runs golf cart out of battery on island, traveler agrees to pay towing fee back to cottage.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 double
    Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Games
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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1926 Gullah Cottage on Daufuskie Island with Free Golf Cart
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

A great vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had such a lovely vacation here. The house is very comfortable and cozy and a great place just to relax. Michelle was great to work with and answered any question I had. Make sure you do bring your own groceries, the store has very limited items. Lucy Belle's is amazing, make sure you stop there. We loved exploring the island on the golf cart and the beach was great! We can't wait to come back next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

Really a wonderful trip. The house was really awesome and we can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the Gullah Cootage!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first time on Daufuskie Island and we fell in love with the island. My husband and I came to celebrate our 33rd Anniversary. The house was very clean and modern. The kitchen has everything you need to cook with and plenty of dishes to use. The beds are very comfortable and I loved the soft sheets. They literally have everything you need to stay minus your food, water, drinks and your clothes. We couldn’t get the TV to work correctly but we didn’t care because of how peaceful and quite it is there. Don’t forget your bug spray and’ll need it! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true Gem of a vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time! Our highlights were watching sunsets from marsh side marina and Freeport marina. Going on the beach at night and swimming at beach during the day. Our lunch at Lucy Bells was fantastic. We also enjoyed catching the Daufuskie Island ferry to Blufton for the afternoon and coming back that evening. Look forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little island get away. Awesome cottage with great amenities!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was delightful! It was stocked with the basics (which is quite useful on DI) and it is comfortably cozy! Felt right at home!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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We loved the island! Very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was beautiful. It was very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed driving around in the golf cart. The owners advice before we arrived was greatly appreciated, especially “bring your own groceries”. There is no place on the island to buy food or other grocery items. Lucy Bell’s is nearby and the food there is delicious! We took the Eco Tour which we really enjoyed. It takes you all over the island and the tour guide, Anna, was great. We would love to return to Daufuskie Island in the future and stay at this lovely cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Hilton Head
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Marshside Mama's
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Melrose Landing
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Bloody Point Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Lucy Bell's
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Bloody Point
Car: not necessary

The beauty and spirit of Daufuskie is overwhelming. You don't find Daufuskie, Daufuskie finds you. Friendly people, beautiful scenery, secluded spots and unspoiled wonders abound. We hope you will enjoy the island as much as we do!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Property Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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