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Secluded House with Dock on Marsh

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Mace House on the marsh at Pawley's Island


Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-8 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Mace House is a beautiful family home in a quiet, secluded neighborhood where moss hangs from live oaks and deer stroll in the evening. Located on the mainland across the marsh from the south end of the island, this house has a private dock on the frontage along the marsh and is still owned by the family that built it in 1972.

A large screened porch with hammock, swing, and rocking chairs overlooks the tidal marsh where the private dock gives access for crabbing, fishing, kayaking, and watching birds - egrets, herons, and osprey in the marsh and painted buntings and whippoorwills in the woods. Glass doors across the main room let you enjoy the glorious views in the comfort of AC or heat, or you can open them and bring the sea breezes into the house.

Under the house, sinks and showers let you clean up before bringing the catch into the roomy kitchen, and a big fireplace makes the great room cozy for cooler times. A short drive or boat ride, depending on the tide, takes you to the historic Pawley's beach for swimming, surfing, and walking. (Kayaks are available to rent for $75 per week for one, $100 per week for two, and $150 per week for three.)

This is a perfect place for a family to get away from the world and spend time together with our little collection of books and games, or with those you bring yourself. The house is large enough to offer privacy as well.

Nearby are world-class golfing, shopping, historic homes and churches, and restaurants galore. The beautiful sculptures and gardens at Brookgreen are only a few miles north. Fifteen minutes takes you to Georgetown, half an hour to Myrtle Beach, and an hour to Charleston.

We rent by the week only--no short-term rentals. For more details and many more pictures, please see our main website (linked below).

Keywords: House, pawley's, beach, cottage, beach house, marsh house, private house, private cottage, waterfront, creek
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Member since: 2003

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Dangerous for children under 5 ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    non-refundable pet fee of $100, with permission...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    The house is on stilts and there is a fairly high flight of stairs. However, once inside, there are bedrooms, bath, and kitchen on main floor. There is no elevator....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Also on main floor....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

    Upstairs, with windows on three sides, including creek view....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Creek view, TV and DVD, adjoins bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Looks out on creek. Has TV hookup but no TV....moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) one in one room, Double Beds (2) one each in two rooms, Twin or Single Beds (2) two in one room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: outdoor shower


  • Outdoor shower is enclosed, under house, with hot and cold water.

Other Amenities

  • Private dock on tidal creek (very low water at low tide, but plenty of water at high tide). Pets allowed with fee and owner permission....moreless


  • Books:

    Local history, plus various other mysteries, etc....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    One upstairs, one on main floor....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Time Warner Cable....moreless

  • Television:

    One upstairs, one on main floor. Additional TV hookup in bedroom on main floor....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some older films available....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    on the west side of the Pawley's creek, across from Bird's nest...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    One six-person table in kitchen, another on screened porch....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Dual systems for central heat and air, one for each floor, with separate thermostats...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    in house, not shared...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    under house with access to covered stairs, limit of two cars...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Use at own risk and you must clean if you use....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Dual systems for central heat and air, one for each floor, with separate thermostats...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi available. Information on refrigerator and in emails....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room:

    part of great room, adjoining kitchen. Big glass doors with creek view....moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking for up to four cars, with one under house. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    limit of four cars...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    in house on main floor in closet, not shared...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Log-in information on refrigerator and in emails....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    use at own risk and cleaning by you required....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Part of great room--bar for eating, etc., separates kitchen from rest of room....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Part of stove. Electric....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered porches on both sides of house. Porch near creek is screened as well....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    3 kayaks available for rent--all single, none ocean-going...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    screened front porch, looks out on marsh, with hammock, swing, rocking chairs...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden


from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 5 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

High Season
Jun 3 - Jul 29, 2017
7 night min stay

Jul 30 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Sep 9 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay

Nov 5 - Mar 3, 2018
7 night min stay

Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2017
7 night min stay

flat fee
Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2017
8 night min stay

flat fee
New Years
Dec 31 - Jan 6, 2018
7 night min stay

flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $115 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's weeks are $1000 per week. Kayaks rental available at house. Deposit is actually 50% of rent and 100% of cleaning fee, with the remaining 50% of rent and 100% of all other fees and taxes due 7 days before rental begins. We give $50 discount to returning renters. For Thanksgiving week ONLY, we rent Wed.-Sun. for $575 flat fee, OR the whole week for $1000 flat fee. Also, in January and February, we rent for periods of one to four weeks. Otherwise, we rent for one or two weeks, Saturday-Saturday, only.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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29 Miles
Nearest Airport
Myrtle Beach International Airport
4.3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
55 Miles
Nearest Train
Kingstree, SC
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 17
4.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
Pawley's Island

Car: Necessary

Historical districts at Georgetown, Pawley's Island, and Brookgreen Gardens (monumental outdoor sculpture garden), nature centers, and the special memories of Pawley's Island


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1972

About the owner: Mace House is owned by Nancy Mace Kreml and Jane Mace Davis. We're both retired teachers: Jane taught math at Irmo High School and Nancy taught English at Midlands Technical College, both in Columbia. Our husbands are retired, too: John Davis edited South Carolina Wildlife magazine, and now paints wonderful wildlife scenes, and Bill Kreml taught Political Science at USC and DePaul. Jane and John also have a house near Brevard, NC, and Bill and Nancy have an apartment in Chicago--but we all live in Columbia much of the year with cats, dogs, rats (in cages), and other tame and not so tame animals!

Why the Owner Chose Pawleys Island, SC, USA:
Our parents, Mary and Parke Mace, built the house in 1972, and our family has enjoyed it ever since. The marsh is the true heart of all our memories, and we're so happy every spring when the first warm evening lets us take cold drinks out to watch the sunset. Our parents and grandparents spent summers at Pawley's, and now our children and (future)grandchildren do, too. Pawley's offers beautiful beaches and marshes, fascinating history, great golf courses, excellent fishing and crabbing, and easy access to Georgetown, Murrell's Inlet, and Charleston, as well as the Francis Marion National Forest.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We've always thought that paradise is in the marsh at Pawley's. When we're there, you'll always find us on the dock at sunset, eating supper on the porch, or curled up to read by the fire if the evening is cool. We always like to take a trip to Brookgreen or a nature tour at Hobcaw, eat out or buy fresh-caught seafood and cook it ourselves, play games or watch a movie, and best of all, kayak in the marsh to see egrets, herons, ibis, eagles and other wonderful creatures. And every summer, we swim in the perfect surf on Pawley's beach!

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/23/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Mace House on the marsh at Pawley's Island

    Mace House on the marsh at Pawley's Island

  • Main room with fireplace and glass doors to porch

    Main room with fireplace and glass doors to porch

  • The roomy front bedroom looks out on the marsh

    The roomy front bedroom looks out on the marsh

  • Downstairs bath--redecorated 2013

    Downstairs bath--redecorated 2013

  • Hammock and chairs on front porch, looking toward marsh

    Hammock and chairs on front porch, looking toward marsh

  • Table on porch

    Table on porch

  • Upstairs bedroom with full bed

    Upstairs bedroom with full bed

  • The dock at high tide

    The dock at high tide

  • Roadside porch

    Roadside porch

  • couch with new cushions

    couch with new cushions

  • Snow on the yuccas

    Snow on the yuccas

  • shells on the porch

    shells on the porch

  • Downstairs bedroom, road side of house

    Downstairs bedroom, road side of house

  • Swinging in the sun is great any time of year

    Swinging in the sun is great any time of year

  • Twin beds, upstairs

    Twin beds, upstairs

  • Upstairs bathroom

    Upstairs bathroom

  • Kayaking at high tide

    Kayaking at high tide

  • Chair with new cushions

    Chair with new cushions

  • Roadside porch with new railing

    Roadside porch with new railing

  • rising tide and spartina

    rising tide and spartina

  • Mace House in 1975--how things change!

    Mace House in 1975--how things change!

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This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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