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2 Minute Walk 2 Beach, Golf or Tennis, Private Heated Pool & SPA, Bikes, Kayaks

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,542 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Perfect vacation location! Two minute walk to tennis and pickleball courts, restaurants and golf on award winning Palmetto Dunes Plantation. Back yard paradise with 30' heated pool with spa, golf putting green, deck, screened porch and second level sun deck. Spacious interior with 5 bedrooms decorated in gracious Southern charm. Loads of extras including 7 bikes, 2 kayaks, large Weber grill, hammock, lots of beach chairs and pool toys.

Sunny vaulted family room with 55' flat screen smart TV. Huge, well equipped 20' kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The dining room seats 6 with an adjoining breakfast room seating 6. The bedrooms include Charleston Summerville master suite with a king bed and private bath with furniture quality granite double sink. The Augusta Room has a queen bed and shares a Jack and Jill bath with granite double sink with the Nautical Room which has 2 twin beds. Completing the downstairs is a half bath with granite sink convenient o the pool area and a sitting area with a hand painted Charleston mural. Upstairs is the Hemingway Room with a queen bed and private access to the sundeck overlooking the pool. This room also has a charming sleeping nook with toddler bed. The fifth bedroom is the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage featuring twin beds. Completing the upstairs is a full bath.

We are third row ocean so a nice short 2 minute walk across a wooded lot from the pool area brings you to the beachfront homes and private beach. For outdoor relaxing you'll find 3 dining areas - an umbrella table for 6, elevated bar table for 4 and child's picnic table for 4. For sun worshipers there are 6 poolside chaise lounging chairs and 2 chaise lounges on the second level sundeck. Adding to the fun is a synthetic professional grade putting green, lighthouse corn hole game, rope hammock and box full of pool and beach toys. Outdoor shower, adult 2 person kayak, youth single person kayak and 4 adult bikes + 3 small children's bikes for exploring the island. For your indoor entertainment we have 7 TVs, DVDs, VCRs, toy chest full of fun toys, games and books.

Pool and or spa can he heated for an additional fee. These are 'Owner Direct' rates!

Only 100 yards to the beach!

More Details

Gordon and Karen Barber
Member since: 2002
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
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Gordon and Karen Barber

Gordon and Karen Barber live in Alpharetta, Georgia just outside Atlanta. They met at the University of Maryland where Karen was an undergraduate and Gordon after serving as a US Army officer was a graduate student. Gordon is a 1970 graduate of The Citadel and a retired AVP with AT&T with 41 years service. He is originally from Hendersonville, NC. Karen graduated from USC in Columbia in 1975 and is an author and a contributing editor for Guideposts Magazine. She grew up in Accokeek, Maryland. They have three sons, Jeff, Chris and John, daughter-in-law Leah, daughter-in-law Bailey, grandson Reed and granddaughter Kendall all of whom live in the Atlanta area except John and Bailey who live in Baltimore. Jeff is a Duke under graduate and Duke MBA graduate, Chris USC in LA undergraduate and Emory MBA, John and Bailey UGA graduates and Leah a Ga Tech graduate.

Gordon and Karen Barber purchased this house in 2002

Why Gordon and Karen Barber chose Hilton Head Island

Our family vacationed in Hilton Head and rented homes in Palmetto Dunes for about 6 years before we purchased 18 Mooring Buoy. We found the area to be an ideal vacation spot for families especially with children and/or grandchildren. This location is private yet within walking distance to world class golf course, world class tennis facility and much more.

What makes this house unique

Location. Location. Location. We are a 2.5 minute walk to the beach, 2 minute walk to the PD tennis and pickleball court center, 3 minute walk to Trent Jones Golf Course and 3 minute walk to restaurants. The ocean, private pool and spa are magnets for all. We enjoy bike rides throughout Palmetto Dunes, boating on the lagoons, tennis, grilling outside and dining in our favorite restaurants. We provide bikes, kayaks, corn hole, putting green, screened porch, private sun deck, private heated pool, SPA and every kitchen utensil you can imagine.


Hilton Head Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2542 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3.5 baths. 1st floor Master room private bath granite top furniture quality double sink. 1st floor Augusta/Nautical room Jack and Jill bath granite top furniture double sink area separate from toilet bath area. 1st floor half bath with granite top furniture quality sink convenient to pool. 2nd floor Hemmingway/Lighthouse share full bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1) Covered by custom hand painted canopy in Master Suite, Queen size Beds (2) Augusta room queen bed with custom hand painted canopy. Hemingway bedroom with wrought iron queen bed, Twin or Single Beds (4) Nautical downstairs room with 2 twins. Lighthouse upstairs room with 2 twins., Child Beds (1) Snug and charming bed located in Hemingway bedroom nook., Baby Cribs (1) Wooden porta crib can be placed in any room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size sleeper sofa in family room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Professional grade synthetic golf putting green poolside with 3 holes, 4 adult and 3 children's Bikes, 2 person Kayak, High chair, Youth bed, Portable-crib, Child safety gates, Family board games, Ceiling fans in each bedroom plus family room and breakfast room, Rope hammock, Private enclosed outdoor shower with overhead and lower faucet for rinsing feet, 6 beach sand chairs, Vaulted ceiling in family room and breakfast room, desks in Charleston master bedroom and Augusta bedroom, loaded toy chest, granite top furniture quality sinks in Charleston master and hall baths, 3 bedrooms on first level and 2 on second level are ideal for two families, mature azaleas and camellias, stepping stone wooded path leads from pool to beach. Boogie boards and skimmer boards ready for use. Beach pull wagon and beach cart ready for hauling chairs and toys to beach.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

A lovely, fully supplied home, very near the ocean

  • 5 of 5

This home is living decorated, with all the amenities that you could want. We were a family of 11, ages 8 months to 73. There were things to keep us happy and occupied. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and all the toys. The supplied for the beach made life so much easier, including a tent for shade.

There were so many thoughtful touches that made our stay so comfortable. You can tell the Barbers love their house and care about their guests. They were also available for hints and questions during our stay.

We would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our Expectations

  • 5 of 5

House was awesome!!! So close to everything (beach, Dunes House, Marriott hotel, Shelter Cove). Loved the family of deer who visited us daily. House was beautiful, and pool and hot tub were in a very lush, private setting. Looking forward to returning. Thanks Gordon!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Warrensburg, MO

They have thought of everything!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Palmetto Dunes for over 20 years and have never found a home as stocked and prepared as this one. They literally have thought of everything and were so available and helpful. Highly recommend if you have children!!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Great Property and Great Owners

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time. Gordon and Karen could not have been nicer. They were involved with every step of the trip and made sure that it was one to remember. We will definitely be back. The best customer service!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, Mi

Thanksgiving week gathering

  • 5 of 5

Over the turnpikes and through the country, our family came together.

A place that we found, had us Hilton Head bound, with great anticipation.

18 Mooring Buoy's the spot where we all got a warm and loving welcome.

And what a place it was, most accommodating because every need was duly considered.

We enjoyed our stay, but had to leave one day and head back to our homes, alas.

I'm sure that we'll plan to come back if we can, Gordon and Karen are top of the pile, first class!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and location!

  • 5 of 5

18 Mooring Buoy was a great choice for our family vacation. The location was excellent for walking and biking to the tennis center, golf, general store and several restaurants in the area.

Easy beach access also. We enjoyed using the pool every day with plenty of lounge chairs for everyone. The property owners have outfitted their home with "toys" for their younger and older guests. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking and the open floor plan of the den and dining areas is very nice. We especially enjoyed having the screened porch for our 9 week old grandson! The property owners were great to work with and answered any questions we had promptly. Would definitely consider renting this property again for future visits to HH.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Hilton Head Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Mariott Hotel and Omni Hotel
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Daufuski Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
200 Metres
3 Championship 18 Hole Courses in Palmetto Dunes
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Hilton Head
Car: recommended

Palmetto Dunes has 3 miles of pristine private beach, 25 miles of bike paths; 11 mile lagoon system, 3 championship golf courses (Arthur Hills, George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones), world class clay court tennis center, gated community with 24 hour security, free Dunes Buggy shuttle service within resort and Shelter Cove. Over 25 golf courses located within 10 miles. World famous Heritage Golf classic on Sea Pines Plantation 5 miles away. Shelter Cove 15 acre marina within biking distance with deep sea fishing, sail and power boat rentals, sight seeing, dinner, nature and dolphin cruises, free live family entertainment nightly in summer, fireworks every Tuesday summer, two large outlet malls, wild life refuge, skate park, historic tours. One hour to historic Savannah famous for mansions, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Paula Dean restaurant, Founder of Girl Scouts, River Street shops, antiques, and Forrest Gump.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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