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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.

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More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If renting golf cart from cottage owner's third party vendor, the gas must be topped off prior to departure and picture of gas receipt sent via text.
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:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • 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


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Fulshear, Texas

Perfect beach front accommodation and views

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Melrose on the Beach for four summer nights during late July with 2 adults and 4 children. The property was located directly on the beach and well appointed with beach chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys. Bedrooms and living room were spacious and included large TVs with cable for the required "quiet time" after a hard day on the beach. Games and outdoor screened seating area were excellent and provided a wonderful place to drink coffee and watch the sun rise over the ocean. The location is excellent and the owner's extra special attention to detail and providing plenty of trip planning and Daufuskie Island information made it all the more special. Thank you for a great trip and wonderful hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Josh, All the way from Texas! Now that's family dedication for a unique vacation while staying in the US! Your recount of your activities will definitely give families with children encouragement that they, too, can handle a bridgeless island without the things we, on the mainland, take for granted, like a grocery store down the street. It just takes planning and then it can go smoothly, just like you wrote. Those sunrises from the porch or beach are invigorating. Glad you enjoyed them. Thank you for being one of the my best guests yet. Please return soon, Loretta
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Louisville, KY

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage on a beautiful island. Loretta was so helpful in providing information before our trip. She made it easy to spend a week on an island with no bridge. It takes a little planning to be sure you have the supplies you will need on hand, but it isn't difficult. The locals on the island are warm and inviting. The beach at Melrose is beautiful! The cottage is well-stocked and comfortable. Thank you for sharing your place with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amy, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It tells potential guests what to expect and not to get overwhelmed by the uniqueness of this vacation. I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Please think of D'Island for your future getaways, Loretta
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Throughly enjoyed our time in Daufuskie and Loretta's beautiful home . She had everything and more we could need and use and was extremely helpful in planning the trip. Thank you so much , hope to visit again .

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mariana, Thank you for writing this review. I am glad you found my information and "opinions" helpful to your planning. Sometimes I think all the information I send can be overwhelming to the guest. I want to make sure that whatever the kind of vacation you are looking for, maybe I can point you in that direction. As you have seen, you can miss some neat things on that wonderful island if you don't know to look for it. Come back soon, Loretta
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Brownsburg, Indiana

Remote Island Getaway Just Outside Hilton Head

  • 5 of 5

Daufuskie Island, with its Spanish moss, alligators, and golf cart transportation makes you feel like you are on a remote island. And in some ways, you are! There is no grocery store, just a few items at the general store, and most of what you have is what you bring with you. But it is far from a camping experience. The house is contemporary in its decor and comes with hot showers, a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer and a functioning internet. But the best feature of all is the back porch, with comfortable patio chairs, ceiling fans, shade from lovely trees and an amazing oceanfront view. But we also loved the flocks of wild birds in the trees. But wait. The Gullah tour by Sallie Ann Robinson helped us learn about the history of Daufuskie, the warmth of its people and the charm of its seclusion. So many wonderful memories of Daufuskie. Just go!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sydney, I loved reading your review with its description of your experience! You were an awesome responsible guest, thank you for taking care of our place as you would your own. Enjoy your memories, Loretta
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Clean and perfect for 2 families!

  • 5 of 5

We had an adventure finding a break in the storms getting there- Mayriverexcursions was awesome loading our stuff at LOW tide onto the boat and getting us there ALMOST dry! The rest of our stay was picture perfect weather. The golf carts were great to go looking for deer at night and cruising the island with the kids. The beach was quiet and full of treasures for the kids and the shopping was fabulous- purses and pottery is all you really need anyway! Thanks to Mrs Loretta for helping us navigate the house and the history of the island. If you have a baby, it's good to know there's a closet perfect for a pack-n-play!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ashley, Great points you mentioned from the low tide onboarding and unpredictable weather to sunny rest of the vacation. Thank you for sharing the good tips. Please think about D'Island and gen planning your next trip. Warm Regards, Loretta
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Lovely spot on a lovely island!

  • 5 of 5

Loretta's cottage is lovely and well-appointed, and Loretta was very responsive whenever I had a question while planning our stay. As others have said, though the whole place is nice, the porch is killer with a great view of the beach through the trees! Look to the left and you can see the Harbor Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head and to the left to see ships coming into and out of the Port of Savannah. The two bedrooms are HUGE, as are the baths. Having the option to eat inside or on the porch is wonderful and we took advantage of both. Kitchen is also well-equipped. The golf cart, arranged through Loretta, awaited us upon arrival and we enjoyed touring the island on it. The island itself is both beautiful and bohemian with a fascinating history and some quirky, fun restaurants. Also enjoyed rum tasting at the rum factory and wine tasting at the vineyard. All in all, a relaxing, thoroughly delightful vacation.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 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, yoga, Saturday Farmer's Market. much more


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $142
Damage Deposit $300

Cancellation Policy is 30 days prior to reservation. No refund after 30 Days prior to reservation.
Golf cart with a Sept. stay longer than 3 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.