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The Cottage on Little Lucy Creek; Stunning Marsh, Creek, Woods View; Hot Tub

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms w/in suite Baths. Antiques Hot Tub, Huge Screened Porch

The Cottage on Little Lucy Creek is the Lowcountry at its most spectacular. Treat yourself to an affordable luxury vacation. Relax, unwind and enjoy the serene beauty the Lowcountry has to offer.

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 enhanced audio sound bar and sub-woofer, sound system with speakers in living room and porch, 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 tidal 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.

There is a huge screened porch (50 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. You can enjoy your morning coffee or a lovely glass of wine in the evening on the screen porch. 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 on-site 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 lives in an apartment over the detached garage and is nearby if you need assistance with anything. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, NCBTM, and to make your stay even more memorable, she also offers, at an additional charge, massages in-house or at her office, 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 however the fence along the marsh is only +-18 inches high so as not to impede the view. 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.

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)'

"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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Kathleen Sproatt
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Kathleen Sproatt

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.

Kathleen Sproatt purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Kathleen Sproatt chose Ladys Island

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Ladys Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Lg walk-in shower with rain shower head, granite vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath, granite counters on vanity
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , Lovely powder room with large built-in cupboard
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located in the carriage house apartment.
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This 3rd bedroom is a carriage house aptmt - See Comments
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
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.


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The Cottage on Little Lucy Creek; Stunning Marsh, Creek, Woods View; Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9814816 based on 54 reviews

Beautifully appointed home with perfect floor plan.

  • 4 of 5

This home is truly lovely, and has two king suites with french doors that open directly upon a beautiful porch. The house next door detracts from perfection, but the owners have done a good job of blocking that not so lovely view. The porch is huge and provides exquisite views of marshlands.... so bring your sketch pads, easel, and water colors!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lady's Island Best

  • 5 of 5

After traveling to the Beaufort area for many years, the Lucy Creek cottage quickly became our favorite stay. The house is charming and decorated with the owner's personal touch. The cottage will provide your family with everything required. The location is perfectly situated between Hunting Island and Beaufort with wonderful views to Lucy Creek.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation, we will be back!!!

  • 5 of 5

wow! We can't say enough about this house. We vacationed for a week with our three kids. The house was very well equipped for anything. Well stocked kitchen, towels for all etc. The porch is very large and screened perfect for hanging out in morning or late afternoons enjoying the wildlife and tidal creek. It's close to downtown and the beach.

We also recommend for families with teens, put them in the guest cottage. Everyone is happy!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream Vacation Home!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting homes in the Beaufort area for several years now as we own property in the area and are preparing to build. In the meantime, we visit as frequently as we can. This home, by far, is the best we have stayed in. The kitchen is so well knives, every pot or pan you could need, casserole dishes, etc. This home has everything you could need or want and is truly a home away from home. We, of course, lived on the exceptional screened in porch with the beautiful marsh views! We cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Enchantment

  • 5 of 5

The property exceeded our expectations. I was the first inside, and I went out to inform Bill, who was unpacking the car, that he will be very, very pleased. The inside is a knock-out from the first step inside. It's very tastefully done with many handsome botanicals and bird and animal prints and engravings. The soaring ceiling in the comfortable living room creates a wonderful space that is a surprise after coming through the very large screen porch with its 4 softly whirling ceiling fans.

The kitchen is amply stocked with almost any need imaginable. It's quite obviously a kitchen belonging to a very accomplished cook!

We were there during a particularly hot week in May, so we appreciated the excellent air conditioning. Without it would have been insufferable, but it more than held its own against the 96 degree days.

We appreciated the very helpful books filled with restaurant menus and local touring information.

The house is surrounded by a lovely garden including a beautiful moss path on a shaded side of the house. The trees provide helpful protection from some of the weather (heat) that we experienced.

Our black lab found many wonderful sniffs both inside and outside the fence which surrounds the property. I took her on interesting walks along neighboring streets, leashed, of course.

All in all we had a delightful time during our week at the house.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just About Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

One week last September, two weeks last month and we're going back for two more weeks this October. We are convinced that the Cottage on Little Lucy Creek is about as good it gets for my wife and I and our two Bichons. The Cottage is extremely comfortable and includes just about everything your would every need other than perishable food and a live-in chef which is not a issue since it is 5 min. to a new Publix Market or 10 min. to numerous outstanding restaurants along Beaufort's Waterfront Park. With Hilton Head, Charleston and Savannah all within about an hour's drive, Beaufort is an ideal home base if you would like to experience more of the history and excellent dining that is renown in SC's Low Country. After a long quest, we have definitely found our home away from home!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Savannah, GA, Charleston SC
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Steamer, Dockside, and others
Nearest Golf
0.25 Miles
Lady's Island Country Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
U.S. 21 - 4 miles; S.C. 802 - 1/4 mile
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Steamer, Dockside, Emily's, Q's Bar-b-q
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Hunting Island State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Downtown Beaufort
Nearest Point of Interest
Hunting Island Beach, Lighthouse, Nature Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Seafood & Farm Markets
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Boat Launch & Forrest Gump Crash Site
Nearest Point of Interest
Famous movie location sites
Nearest Point of Interest
Drug store, grocery, gas, food, bank, liquor store, hardware
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fees Vary-Apprx $170
Tax Rate 10.0%

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

  • 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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