The Cottage on Little Lucy Creek; Breathtaking Marsh, Creek, Woods View; Hot Tub(48 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Cottage, 2-3* Bedrooms, 2.5* Baths, (*Sleeps 4-6); Hot Tub, Marsh, Creek & Woods
Our cottage sits on Little Lucy Creek, nestled among the live oaks and long leaf pines on Lady's Island. This Lowcountry hideaway has a breathtaking view of the tidal salt marshes of Little Lucy Creek where you can watch the egrets and herons wade in the marsh grass and the osprey, eagles and hawks soar overhead and you can hear the pileated woodpeckers pecking and watch them flit from tree to tree. If you watch closely you can see the tiny island deer and the raccoons when they visit the surrounding woods. From the screened porch you can see the dolphins surface as they cruise down Little Lucy Creek and if you look closely you can see the otters playing along the banks.
This cottage is also our second home and is thus appointed with all the amenities you need to make your vacation stay a delight. Most of the furnishings are genuine period antiques, many of them southern in origin and from the early 1800's. The living room has 22-foot vaulted ceilings, southern yellow pine floors, gas fireplace with a life-sized portrait of General Duff Green (our adopted southern kin) over the mantle, 46' flat screen TV with surround sound, sound system with speakers throughout the cottage, wi-fi and cable hook-up computer internet access. There are 3 sets of French doors, from the living room and both bedrooms, which overlook the salt marshes and provide access to the screened porch. The breezes from across the creek and salt marsh are very refreshing. All rooms, including the porch, have ceiling paddle fans or there is central air if you prefer.
The fully equipped kitchen has granite countertops with breakfast bar, gas range, full-size refrigerator with icemaker, microwave, wine cooler and is completely furnished with cookware, toaster, blender, mixer, coffeemaker and bean grinder, etc.
The master bedroom has a king-size pillow-top bed, TV, large closet, master bath with large vanity and a ceramic tile walk-in shower stall with rain shower head. The guest bedroom also has a pillow-top king bed, TV, large closet and a private full bath with tub and shower. From both bedrooms you can wake up and watch the sunrise across the salt marsh while still relaxing in bed.
Also available is a carriage house efficiency apartment over the detached garage which can be rented for a nominal additional fee. This apartment is one large room with a queen-size bed, leather sofa with queen pull-out bed, efficiency kitchenette, walk-in closet and full bath with shower stall. It is fully heated and air conditioned and also furnished with many antiques. The carriage house is only rented along with the cottage and cannot be rented separately.
There is a huge screened porch (48 x 16 ft) that overlooks the salt marshes, creek and the woods. The tides going in and out and the light at different times of the day provide an ever-changing view. The winds over the water provide a cooling breeze. The porch allows you to enjoy being outside any time of the day or night without worrying about the no-see-ums or mosquitoes. The screen porch has a wicker breakfast table outside the master bedroom French doors where you can enjoy your morning coffee. There are 2 sofas, 6 rockers and chairs, dining table that seats 8, and a beverage refrigerator. Even if the weather is a bit cool or stormy you can enjoy the screened porch when you lower the canvas panels with isinglass windows. There is also a gas heater which can be used to take the chill off the porch if necessary in the morning or evening.
Imagine stepping out onto the back deck and soaking in the 4 person hot tub while sipping wine and gazing at the stars overhead. There is a patio area with a gas grill where you can grill your fresh seafood and veggies from the outdoor market. There is a large open deck area and a picket fence surrounds the beautifully landscaped yard. There is a parking area for your boat trailer or extra vehicle. For your trips to the nearby beach, we have sand chairs, beach towels, coolers, and picnic baskets available for your use.
The cottage is only 4 miles from all major amenities and only 5 miles from historic downtown Beaufort where you can have lunch outside by the riverfront park, take a carriage ride, shop, sit by the water and watch the boats and even see a dolphin or two pass by. Savannah, Charleston or Hilton Head are all within +- an hour and a half drive for easy day trips; Visit Fort Sumter and other Civil War historical sites, shop on King Street or in the local open marketplace, take plantation tours, go antiquing, take a riverboat or sailing schooner tour, sit on the park bench where Forrest Gump sampled his box of chocolates, and dine at one of the many wonderful restaurants in the Lowcountry.
If you love to spend time at the beach you will love Hunting Island State Park. There are 3 miles of pristine secluded ocean beach which are only 15 minutes away. These beaches are totally undeveloped with the beaches left natural and NO houses, condos, apartments, restaurants, commercial development or development of any kind. Fish off of the dock at the nature center. You can fish or crab off of the marsh boardwalks out over the marsh. Be sure to climb the lighthouse and experience the spectacular ocean view. Watch the shrimp boats coming in with the catch of the day when you stop at the local seafood market for fresh seafood to grill for dinner. Also on your way home are roadside farm stands with fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. If you have a boat or kayaks there is a public launch just 2 miles away. There is a golf course less than 1 mile away.
To make your visit most pleasurable, our property manager will be here to welcome you upon your arrival and will make sure you get settled in and have everything you need to be comfortable. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, NCBTMB. To make your stay even more memorable, she also offers, at an additional charge, in-house massages starting at $60 an hour.
Pets will be considered on an individual basis and will require an additional cleaning fee and deposit. The yard is fully fenced and there is a doggy door from the screened porch to the deck area. We expect pets to be on their best behavior so that they can enjoy your vacation with you!
We prefer to have only monthly rentals for January through May but occasionally we are able to make exceptions. If after the first of the year there are still vacancies, we will consider renting by the week during those months.
A few of the comments from our guestbook:
"Southern hospitality at its finest! Thanks for the use of your lovely home. And yes, a new granddaughter born 7/11 - Kinsley! Hope to be back soon. Semper Fi! Ed & Patti, FL"
"Awesome! This was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries. We'll be back! Mimi & John"
'"Your cottage is absolutely delightful. We loved our two nights here - starting off with coffee on the porch and ending the day on the porch. Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Betsy & Ralph, Jacksonville, Fl"
"We wish all of our vacations could be like this. Your home is so beautiful. Thank you for opening it up to us! Adam & Halie"
"Our week here has been pure heaven! Thank you for sharing your sanctuary w/us! Julie & Jenn'
"When I'm sitting at my desk thinking about where I'd rather be, this is where I am imagining myself. Thanks as always and just as much as ever. Charlie, Molly, Ted, Will and Grandma"
'1 Jan 2012 - 31 Jan 2012 We spent the month of January in Beaufort after spending 60 years of Januaries up north. Wow! what a place to spoil yourself in. We will definitely be back and hope all winters are as mild as the one we had this year. Thanks for everything, Mike & Elise (Moline, IL)'
'15 March 2014 Like fine wine after three years it just gets better here! We have grown to love this home and really feel part of the community when here. Thanks for keeping up this great home. Mike & Elise, Moline, IL'
Keywords: lowcountry cottage, house, salt marsh cottage, Beaufort cottage, Lady's Island cottage, creek cottage, bungalow
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Member since: 2009
- 1600 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
Fenced yard, doggy door from screened porch; Pets love it here. Provide photo & your pet's story for our Pet Guest Book. Pets are expected to be on best behavior and still have a great vacation with their family....moreless
PLEASE READ: We do have a wheelchair ramp onto the rear deck of the cottage however it is NOT ADA compliant as the slope is greater than acceptable. It is possible to use this ramp for a wheelchair but it is slightly steeper than ADA allows. See photos. Also the cottage is all on one level but there are slight 2-3" "step ups" from the deck into the screened porch and also from the porch into the cottage. All of the doorways, etc. are a normal width and the walk-in shower is not wheelchair accessible. The cottage is ideal for those who have trouble with stairs but I do not want to mislead that it is ADA wheelchair compliant. ...moreless
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for -6-8
- Both cottage bedrooms have king size pillow top beds, french doors to screened porch and views of the salt marshes, large closets and TV's. Bedroom 1 has walk-in shower stall with rain shower head, Bedroom 2 has full bath with tub and shower. The 3rd bedroom is a carriage house efficiency studio apartment which is available for a slight extra fee. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Bedroom suites include private full baths with granite counters and ample storage. One bathroom has large walk-in ceramic tile shower stall with rain shower head. Second bathroom has tub/shower, granite countertops. Adorable powder room in main cottage. Carriage house apartment has shower stall. ...moreless
- Located on tidal salt marshes with incredible view of Little Lucy Creek, wooded site, huge screened porch with seating for large group, walk-in master shower with rainhead, open deck area with hot tub, patio with grilling area, front entry/courtyard with small fountain inhabited by frog family, fenced yard. We also provide an entry pass to Hunting Island State Park for your use during your stay....moreless
- CD Player
- Away From It All
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Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
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Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
We have additional parking via a gravel driveway along one side of the property. There is room for boat trailer or other vehicle but drive is long and a little narrow when backing in or out. ...moreless
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Full kitchen, including DW, MW, full-size refrigerator, gas stove, wine cooler, coffeemaker, blender, mixer, toaster, etc. Fully equipped with cookware, etc. Carriage house has studio kitchenette....moreless
There is a supply of most herbs, spices, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt & pepper, etc. There are some condiment items & staples and we ask that guests replace anything they use up & then supply continues...moreless
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $50
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Cleaning Fees Vary-Apprx $170
- Tax Rate 10%
We prefer a minimum stay of a week but will sometimes make exceptions. The months of January - March are rented by the month only. If we still have vacancies when it gets close to these times, we will rent for shorter terms. Extra rental fee for pets and higher cleaning fee and deposit may be charged. Deposits and refund policies vary depending on number of guests, length of stay, pets, etc. Owner will provide specific details in the rental agreement. The guest quarters located over the detached garage (efficiency with queen bed, kitchenette, bath) are available for an additional $70 per night and a $70 cleaning fee.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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The cottage is located away from the hustle bustle, noise and traffic and yet is only minutes away from grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants and other services. Hunting Island State Park is a jewel with miles of natural beaches, a lighthouse, nature center and fishing pier, walking and bicycle trails, and dogs are allowed if on a leash. We do include a season pass to the park for your use while you are at the cottage. Historic downtown Beaufort is only 5 miles from the cottage and has art galleries, shopping, casual or upscale dining overlooking the river waterfront park, a city marina and many historical features. The "Old Point" district, with Beaufort's earliest and most majestic dwellings, is adjacent to downtown and is a delight to tour by just strolling around, or you can take a buggy tour or a guided walking tour. You can see the houses and locations where The Big Chill, Forrest Gump and others were filmed. Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head are all easy day trips. There is a free public boat launch nearby.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: This photo is from a trip to Hunting Island in late October. My husband Jim is holding Murphy Martin -- our little special needs miniature dachshund. We tried to get a photo of both of us with our 3 dogs but that didn't go so well. Maybe next time. Hunting Island is one of our favorites place and we have included several photos so you can see how special it is. We are from northern Indiana right on the Michigan state line so being able to go to the beach almost all year 'round is quite a treat. We visit the cottage several times a year and feel we are so very fortunate to have this experience. We built our cottage as a getaway and a place for friends and family to visit. We vacation at the cottage now and plan to retire here at least part time when that time comes. The quiet and serenity allow us to totally unwind. We both enjoy photography so the views of the marshes and all the birds and wildlife are wonderful for us. We also very much enjoy any water activities so we especially feel at home here. When we built the cottage we had 5 (yes, 5!) dogs who all made the trip to South Carolina from Indiana with us. They all got so excited when the suitcases start to appear because they knew they were heading to the cottage. Not all of our guests bring their pets, but we do enjoy being able to provide a cottage that is pet friendly where others can bring their pets on vacation with them if they want.
Why the Owner Chose Beaufort, SC, USA:
We built our cottage on Little Lucy Creek because we absolutely fell in love with the Lowcountry area. We have family in the area which makes it even more special. This is our getaway special place. Sometimes we will sit on the screened porch and read or just enjoy the view of the salt marshes all day. My favorite day is coffee and newspapers on the porch in the morning, staying in my lounging pajamas and curling up on the porch ALL DAY with a good book, and ordering take-out dinner delivered in the evening; it is a special day where I can relax and unwind like no other experience I've ever had. Other times we enjoy taking trips to Savannah or Charleston for dinner, visiting friends in Hilton Head, antiquing or visiting the many historical locations. There are still many special places we haven't yet visited.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
We have had many family gatherings at the cottage. With the huge screened porch we are able to entertain a large group with ease. Last year my husband's cousin and family stayed at the cottage while the whole family was involved in the annual Loggerhead turtle nesting and rescue program. The kids had a ball and said it was the best vacation ever! You can spend one day at the beach sunning and swimming and the next day be in Charleston for fine dining and shopping. There is no end to the historical places to visit, restaurants, the shrimp festival, the water festival, Oktoberfest, and on and on. Or you can do absolutely nothing all day and end your day with a glass of wine while gazing at the stars while relaxing in the hot tub.
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The Cottage on Little Lucy Creek Front View
Front courtyard with potting shed on right
Living Room with 20 foot ceilings, gas fireplace, french doors to screened porch
Master Bathroom Walk-in shower with rain head Lots of storage and vanity space
Rear View - The Cottage On Little Lucy Creek
View from screened porch
Ellie's favorite spot in front of the fireplace
Hunting Island State Park Beach at very high tide Miles of natural beaches
Hunting Island Marsh Boardwalk - leads to viewing deck where you can fish, crab or just watch the wildlife
Screened porch cozy sitting area - 2 sofas & 4 rocking chairs
Courtyard at Front of Cottage Fenced Yard, fountain where the frog family lives
Foyer and Living Room
Kitchen with granite countertops, wine cooler, upgrade appliances
Master Bedroom French doors to screened porch View of salt marshes
Guest Bedroom French doors to screened porch View of salt marshes
Marsh View from Screened Porch, Living Room and Bedrooms
Gas grill patio area
View from rear of cottage - different season & different time of day
Road through Hunting Island State Park - used in many movies for jungle scenes
Hot tub and marsh view
Access ramp Slope is NOT ADA compliant.
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Friday, January 20, 2017
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