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3BR Premier Daufuskie Cottage - 6 Person Cart, New Lounging/Dining Deck!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Beautiful Beach/Marsh Views Vacation Home - Fireplace

IMPORTANT!!! - Please note that it is necessary to take a ferry to Daufuskie Island and the cost of boat and ground transportation is around $55 per person roundtrip, with discounts available for children 5 and under.

- Important Scheduling Information: Unless there is a partial week gap, for the summer of 201y there is a 7 day minimum, running Saturday to Saturday.


- Access (for a fee) the private Bloody Point water taxi originating from the Savannah Westin Resort. ** IMPORTANT: SEE NOTE AT THE END OF THIS MESSAGE

- The owners have just completed a multi-level back deck including eating, grilling, lounging areas. This is the only cottage with this GREAT extra feature.

- Cottage guests will have the use of a premium 6 seat golf cart.

- Ideal location, conveniently located just steps to beach.

- The Daufuskie Cottage is one of only a few Melrose beach cottages with a functioning gas fireplace. Perfect for chilly evenings!

- The cottage has just been renovated and redecorated by the owners, and the results are FABULOUS!!

- Big group? Ask us about availability for a nearby 2 or 3 bedroom cottage.


This beautiful Daufuskie vacation home, the Daufuskie Cottage, is one of only two 3-bedroom cottages currently available in the Melrose cottage community. Designed by its architect-owner, there are many upgrades and special touches you simply will not find elsewhere.

Even better, the owners just completed a complete renovation of the cottage, and it looks FABULOUS!! You will love the open floor plan, artistic ceramic tile floors, restful screened-in back porch, and lovely decorating throughout. And the just-completed multi-level deck addition with cooking, dining, and lounging areas is to die for!!

With both ocean and marsh views, your cottage offers the best of both worlds, and provides a private setting perfect for a family vacation, a reunion of good friends, or a special event.

When you rent this cottage, you will find a true island sanctuary located on a low-country coastal island known for its abundant wildlife, pristine beaches, friendly people, and rich cultural history.

Casual but Elegant Accommodations

The spacious living area in the Daufuskie Cottage includes a family-style table that will serve as the gathering place for meals cooked in your fully-equipped kitchen. Flat screen TVs in the main living area and in every bedroom, as well as Wi-Fi connection, ensure that you can stay connected to the rest of the world...but only if you choose to do so! Each spacious bedroom is tastefully decorated with queen-sized beds: One in the master BR, and two in each of the additional BRs.

You may want to start your morning by sipping coffee and and watching an Atlantic Ocean sunrise from your front porch. Later, grab a good book and head for your restful screened-in back porch or your backyard hammock. At the end of the day, gather the family or your friends on the beautiful open deck area to enjoy an island sunset, dinner cooked on your gas grill, and cocktails. And all of this while watching a Blue Heron or Wood Stork soar over ancient oaks draped with Spanish Moss.

A secluded ocean beach is steps away from your cottage, and many of our visitors especially enjoying visiting during nesting season of the endangered Loggerhead Turtles.

The Daufuskie Cottage is the only Melrose property that also offers its guests access to the private Bloody Point Resort water taxi/ferry system from the Savannah Westin Resort.

The Daufuskie Cottage is one of the few Melrose beach cottages that has a working gas fireplace. (Most beach cottage fireplaces are now decorative only.)

The wildlife is abundant and breathtaking. The resort is the home of a Great White Egret rookery, where you will see hundreds of these graceful birds settle in for the night. A nest of American Bald Eagles can be found behind the inn, and now and then vigilant visitors can actually catch sight of a Loggerhead Turtle coming ashore to lay hundreds of eggs in the soft sand.

Our island is also great for bikes and old-fashioned walking. In addition to the Bloody Point golf course, as a DRG guest you will have access to the nearby prestigious Haig Point golf course. The Haig Point equestrian center is also available to our guests for horseback riding lessons and pony rides, subject to availability.

And, of course, you will enjoy touring the resorts and the island itself on the premium 6-seat golf cart provided without charge to renters of this cottage. (This is the BEST rental property cart offered on the island.)

Please note that a well-behaved canine member of the family will be considered. Manager must review pet requests, and the guest will need to guarantee that the dog is housebroken, is not destructive, will not be getting on furniture, and that every effort will be made to leave the property upon checkout looking like no pet had been staying there. A pet fee is required.

** The Bloody Point Resort has recently raised its rates for their water taxi service, and guests may decide that one of the other boat services may be a better option for them. A DRG representative will be happy to discuss which service makes the most sense for your group.

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Deborah Smith

The owners are Kentucky residents, and have been coming to Daufuskie for many years. This cottage is managed by Daufuskie Rental Group.

Deborah Smith purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Deborah Smith chose Melrose on the Beach

As soon as we stepped foot on Daufuskie Island and the Melrose Resort more than 8 years ago, we knew this was the perfect place to create lifelong vacation memories for our family. We are so glad we can now introduce others to this our lovely cottage, and to share the endless stretches of sandy beaches, quiet roads, spectacular wildlife, and...and most especially...a laid-back vacation experience that is reminiscent of times gone-by.

What makes this cottage unique

This special island is accessible only by ferry or water taxi (no traffic jams here!) from Savannah, Georgia or Hilton Head/Bluffton, South Carolina. No traffic jams here!

Daufuskie Island offers a truly memorable getaway for you and your family. Most people who visit Daufuskie fall in love with it. As one visitor told us months after coming here, 'I may have left Daufuskie, but it will never leave me.'

So what are you waiting for?

Reserve this beautiful cottage as your home base for a unique and wonderful vacation opportunity. We look forward to welcoming you to our island!


Melrose on the Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sitting area
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Depending on your group this cottage can accommodate up to 10 people, assuming the queen beds are shared by 2 people each. The 3 bedroom configuration makes it perfect for three couples, a reunion of friends, or a large family group.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The beach, the beach, the beach! You can walk or ride your bike for a mile and perhaps not see another soul! And when you get back to your vacation home, a comfy hammock awaits you. There are nearby walking trails and roads perfect for bike riding, as well as horseback riding. Check in is 4 pm. Check out is 10 am.


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3BR Premier Daufuskie Cottage - 6 Person Cart, New Lounging/Dining Deck!
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 33 reviews

Exceptionally well appointed and one of the best houses on the island!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this beautiful house for a long weekend for my mom's birthday. The three bedrooms were ample in size and beautifully decorated, as was the entire house. A screened porch, huge back deck with gas grill, and a hammock in the backyard were a highlight. Kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed and more. Deborah greeted us when we arrived at the house and gave the most thorough and detailed run of the island. She prepared us well for all there is to do and see on this amazingly rustic and gorgeous island! The golf cart ( seating for 6) is the icing on the cake! Super quite and fun! Beach chairs/ beach umbrellas/ beach toys for kids. She thought of everything! We will be back 😍

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this property. Deborah was incredibly helpful and the home was very clean and beautifully appointed. We loved the practically deserted beach, which was super easy to walk to (we just walked between the houses across the street and we were there). All of the people on the island were friendly. We also had a great time discovering the island on the fun golf cart (and another that we rented from Island Carts, which was fine). We saw lots of wildlife - fox squirrels, deer, raccoons and a neat pond down the street with tons of nesting birds and a patient alligator.

We managed to get 6 adults and 4 kids into the home. The bathroom situation was a little busy, but was manageable. There was plenty of room in the rest of the house and on the porch and deck. We've already discussed going again.

Some of our favorite destinations were: Community farm (the age 4-9 kids loved this!), Silver Dew pottery, Morning High Coffee, Lucy Bell's Cafe, Bloody Point Lighthouse Museum and walking tour. We also had a meal delivered by Ernestine, which was great.

The empty Melrose properties on our street were sad, but we were happy to help out the community. We had a fantastic time. I think it was probably much more serene and peaceful without all of the extra people. We almost felt like we had the island to ourselves. Usually, there were no more than 2-3 other groups on the beach. Sometimes no one else! Even the Bloody Point area beaches were isolated, too. Looking forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, clean, lovely cottage with a great backyard deck!

  • 4 of 5

Our week at Daufuskie was a first for our three generation family of 12 (we rented another nearby cottage to accommodate everyone). The Daufuskie Cottage was well appointed, pretty--everything was in great working order. The new two-tiered deck built onto the back was awesome for our grill out nights, too! We rented bicycles for each family member so, in addition to the nice 6-seater golf cart that comes with this cottage, getting around the island to explore was easy. We had a delicious catered dinner our first night from Daufuskie Entertains, had dinner out at restaurants two other nights but brought most of our groceries with us to cook for ourselves. (Thank you, Charles, at Watching the 4th of July fireworks over the water toward both Tybee and Hilton Head from the Melrose beach was a highlight! The 4-star rating instead of a 5 is because we had planned to walk over daily to enjoy the Melrose pool but, due to the March 2017 bankruptcy, couldn't. We instead used the Bloody Point pool (via 15 minute golf cart ride) a couple of days. Deborah was helpful and responsive, as were all of the island residents and employees we met. Thank you for a fun, unique beach week experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad we could accommodate your entire group in two cottages, and of course are pleased you enjoyed the Daufuskie Cottage. You mentioned the new deck, which is a big hit with all our rental guests! Great for enjoying meals together, sun bathing, grilling on the nice gas grill, and just plain hanging out. We too are sorry the Melrose pool wasn't open. However, we are glad we could provide you (and all other DRG guests) with access to both the Bloody Point Resort pool and golf course, as well as the private and prestigious Haig Point golf course and equestrian center. Hope to see you again! Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Very beautifully designed. Nearly every comfort considered. Features art local to the island. Plenty of room for my family of six. Love that beach chairs and umbrellas were provided. The golf cart was great too!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John - Thanks for your comments and we're happy you loved the Daufuskie Cottage! You mentioned the artwork...The owners have indeed beautifully decorated this cottage, including some art work from the renowned Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie. That is one of the many special benefits of staying in this lovely cottage. We hope to see you again on Daufuskie! Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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We loved the house and the beach!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the beach!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your Daufuskie vacation experience, and hope to see you again! Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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Thanks Deborah, you're the best!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great trip the house is beautiful and Deborah is wonderful. While I was here my dog became seriously ill at home and it became necessary for me to get home. It was in the evening and the ferry service had stopped, Deborah arranged for me to get transportation off the island, even met us and drove us to the private dock.

The Island is so great, all the people that live/work here are so hospitable, I would recommend Deborah and Daufuski Rental Group. I hope to come back again and enjoy more of the Island!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sheila - It was a pleasure having you folks as guests. Of course, we were so sorry that your beloved dog became ill back home. Please accept our sympathies on the loss of your canine best friend. Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hilton Head Island,SC and Savannah.GA
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Daufuskie Island Ferry and May River Excursions
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Haig Point Club and Bloody Point Club
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Melrose Beach
Car: not necessary

Lots of great restaurants, art galleries, local artisan businesses, and historic sites to explore on Daufuskie! In addition, visitors may want to consider some of the available activities.

May River Excursions

Captain Chris offers dolphin-watching, fishing, crabbing, and shrimping excursions. Please tell him we referred you.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the island from the back of a horse! Ask us about options available from the Haig Point's equestrian center.

Tours, Kayaking, etc

Tour Daufuskie offers a variety of ways to experience the island and the surrounding waters, including kayaking, paddle boats, and golf cart historic tours. A brochure will be in your villa's welcome packet.

Note: We especially recommend the 2.5 hour golf cart tour (you will ride in their gas-powered carts as an informative and fun way to learn more about the island.


Yoga classes are held on Sunday and Wednesdays at the Melroe Resort. (Locations vary.) The instruction is appropriate for all fitness levels, from beginner to intermediate, and visitors are welcome. Laura Winholt is a certified Anusara Yoga and RYT 500 instructor. For more information call Laura at 843-842-5990


Janet Adams offers massage therapy and will come to your vacation home for these services. For more information contact Janet at 317-694-7685. Please tell her you were referred by Deborah Smith.

Island Locations of Special Interest

There are many interesting places to visit on Daufuskie, including the locations described below. All of these places will be marked on a map found in your arrival welcome packet.

Opened in early 2015, the Daufuskie Rum Company (270 Haig Point Road) is a micro-distillery that makes authentic, American made hand-crafted rum. To schedule a tour call 843-342-4786. Distillery and store hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday.

The Iron Fish Art Gallery (tel: 843-842-9448) is always open, even if its resident artist, Chase Allen, is not present. Chase has been featured in numerous Southern and Coastal Living publications and recently won a national “American Made” contest sponsored by the Martha Stewart magazine. Lots of interesting things to see here, and visitors enjoy exploring his art work on both the front porch and in an outdoor gallery area. Love honey? Chase has his own bee hives, and you can buy jars of freshly-made honey.


The Silver Dew Pottery opens for the season on Tuesday, April 30th and remains open through October. This studio is run by Lancy and Emily Burn, longtime Daufuskie residents. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lancy's grandfather arriving on Daufuskie to serve as the Bloody Point assistant lighthouse keeper. You can hear some fascinating stories about the island's history from the Burns during your visit to this shop.

The hours for the Silver Dew Pottery are 9:00 am - 2:30 pm:, Tuesday through Friday


The historic Jane Hamilton School, formerly used as the school for children living on the north end of the island, has been restored by the Daufuskie Historical Foundation and is currently home to the Gullah Learning Center and the Daufuskie Island Community Library. It also serves as the polling location for Daufuskie's elections precinct.

2. Located next door is the Billie Burn Museum, which was formerly the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The museum contains a fascinating collection of island artifacts and historical documents and also offers some distinctive gift items.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $180
Tax Rate 10.0%

All rates include a 6 passenger golf cart!
Check in time is 4 pm. Check out is 10 am.
Note: This island is only accessible by boat/ferry, and there is no grocery store, so you must bring groceries. There are several caterers on the island and four casual-style restaurants.
Pet policy: Case-by-case approval. Requires a non-refundable $125 fee per dog.

Manager'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.