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Secluded House with Dock on Marsh

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights


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

More Details

Nancy Kreml
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017

About Nancy Kreml

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!

Nancy Kreml purchased this house in 1972

Why Nancy Kreml chose Grand Strand - Myrtle Beach

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great week at the Mace House. My 2 Granddaughters loved being able to crab off the dock and seeing all of the wildlife. they especially like see the bunny every morning and the turkeys crossing the road with their new chicks. The house was so convenient for us to Georgetown and other areas we like to visit.We look forward to visiting again.


Frankie Haygood
Jun 2006
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Pawleys Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Also on main floor.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Upstairs, with windows on three sides, including creek view.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Creek view, TV and DVD, adjoins bathroom.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Looks out on creek. Has TV hookup but no TV.
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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.


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average rating of 4.9166665 based on 25 reviews
Myrtle Beach S.C.

Soooo peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year we stayed at the Mace house and it gets better and better.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We're always so glad when we know you're coming back! It's wonderful when people feel at home at Mace House.
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Secluded and natures wonderland

  • 5 of 5

We loved Mace House. The property is well cared for with a dock for kayak and boating. the tides of the creek are amazing to watch as the different birds came and went. We even saw a bald eagle fishing in the marsh. The house is very well equipped and maintened. it is large and inviting with its 2 porches and the bedrooms are great size for teens to enjoy. Neighbors are welcoming and make you feel right at home.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a great spring visit. It's a magical time of year in the marsh, with birds coming back and flowers blooming. And Also glad you felt at home--we're always glad to have you with us, and hope you'll come back soon!
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Quiet place to ring in the New Year!

  • 5 of 5

Great house for a quiet winter week; which was exactly what we were looking for. Enjoyed an afternoon kayak trip on the creek. Felt like we were home the minute we walked in the door. Owners were great to work with, we will be back. Wish they rented for a month at a time.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a good time! We've had many happy winter weeks there, and so glad you liked the peaceful, empty marsh and beach. We really hope you will come back--and we will rent for more than a week at a time, just not at a reduced rate :)
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Madison, GA

Peace and quiet on the marsh

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful peaceful place with plenty of room to wander around and enjoy the marsh. It's so much more interesting than the island and the beach is a short car ride away!! We will definitely go back! And our dog loved it too!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you loved it like we do! And we know it's heaven for dogs, too. One of the best times of the year, but come back anytime, soon!
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Disputanta, va

Great, quiet vacation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect week as always. Crabbing in the marsh and knitting on the back porch. Can't ask for anything more. Might try for both spring and fall visits next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you had a good visit! September is really one of the perfect times to be there, with the warmer water and cooler air. Hope you'll come back soon!
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Springfield, Va

We love the Mace House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Recently my family and I enjoyed another fun filled week at the Mace house. We have been returning to this property repeatedly for the last 5 years. The dock and the house have everything we could want in a vacation home and thoroughly enjoy our stay. During high tide My kids love fishing, crabbing, shrimping! During low tide we walk around in the creek bed and the kids love seeing all the little sea creatures that are exposed. We will be back next year~!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad that you're part of our beach family! It's great to get to know folks like you over the years, and we hope you'll keep coming back to Mace House! It's a great place to build those family memories that last. Thanks for being wonderful renters.
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Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Myrtle Beach International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Kingstree, SC
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US 17
Nearest Restaurant
4.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

Pawleys Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 30 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2017 - Mar 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 30 2017
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 31 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $115 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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