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Bliss Cottage - Great Rates! Pet Friendly; King Bed

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Lovely 2 bedroom; 2nd row w glimpse of ocean & marsh views; large backyard


- Please read important information at the end of this description prior to proceeding to booking.

- New! King Size bed now available in one bedroom

- Very competitive rates, and the Bliss Cottage is one of the best deals on the island.

- A well-behaved canine family member is welcome, although a pet fee is required. (See pet policy at the end of this description.)

- Access to both the Bloody Point golf course and to the prestigious Haig Point Golf Club.

- Great location! Short walking distance to beach.



The Bliss Cottage, located on Daufuskie Island Melrose on the Beach resort, has beautiful views from all sides. From your front porch, you can catch a glimpse of the ocean. From your back porch, you share a lovely and huge backyard backing up to a marsh.

And the location really can't be beat! You are within a several minute walk to the beach. And for our youngest visitors, there is even a nearby playground!

This is one of the resort's renovated cottages, and it is tastefully decorated and furnished with everything you will need for an enjoyable vacation experience. When you first enter the cottage, you are greeted by an open floor plan with a comfortable living room, dining area, and adjoining kitchen.

The two spacious bedrooms are each comfortably furnished with two queen-sized beds in one bedroom, and a king and queen, in the second bedroom; TVs, and private bathrooms.

And you will want to check out your furnished and screened-in back porch overlooking a backyard with occasional wildlife. There is not a better place to relax and enjoy the end of the day: Pina Coladas, anyone?

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. The fee for one pet is $125.

Avid golfers will also enjoy playing on the nearby Bloody Point golf course and the prestigious Haig Point golf course.

Many visitors enjoy touring the resort and the island by golf cart and bikes, both of which are available for rental, as well as simply taking nice long walks.


Most visitors also take time to get to know the rest of this special island. Those who do quickly realize that they have discovered a hidden island gem just a short boat ride from the mainland. Quiet, laid-back, and unique, beautiful Daufuskie is described by old-timers as similar to Hilton Head before a bridge connected that island with the mainland.

When you choose this cottage for your vacation, you will have the opportunity to experience a lovely low country island with a centuries-old cultural history, beautiful beaches, spectacular wildlife, and friendly residents.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Book your Daufuskie vacation today at the Bliss Cottage!



We will accept a well-behaved canine member of the family. However, the dog must be over one year old, not be aggressive towards people or other pets, be house trained, does not get up on the furniture, and is ok with being left alone when you are away from the cottage (no incessant barking or destructive behavior). We require that you will be a responsible pet owner when the dog is outside, that your dog is always kept on a leash, is up-to-date on flea and heart worm treatment and...most importantly...that there will be no signs that your pet was in the property when you depart. You must be responsible for any damage and/or extra cleaning caused by your dog.

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Deborah Smith

The owners, who fell in love with Daufuskie Island almost 10 years ago, live in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

This vacation home is managed by Daufuskie Rental Group, all of whom enjoy sharing their island with visitors. Deborah Smith, DRG Owner and Licensed Property Manager in Charge, and Karen Opderbeck, Director of Property Maintenance and Licensed Property Manager, are both available for help with reservations, getting to the island, on-island logistics, cart rentals, and activities.

Deborah Smith purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Deborah Smith chose Melrose on the Beach

Just as Daufuskie is a special place, so is the Melrose area of the island. One of the original eleven plantations on Daufuskie, Melrose was famous for its Sea Island cotton and thriving social life in the 1800’s. The former plantation bears the name of a Scottish rose brought to the island by Captain Mongin. The main house, known as the Melrose Mansion, was surrounded by lavish rose gardens and looked out at the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful white sand beaches.

Today, Melrose encompasses over 700 acres and you’ll share those same white sand beaches with nesting Bald Eagles, Loggerhead Turtles and dolphin.


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: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Each bedroom has a private bath and TV
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Check in is 4 pm. Check out is 10 am.


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Bliss Cottage - Great Rates! Pet Friendly; King Bed
average rating of 4.7380953 based on 42 reviews

Cottage was well maintained & nice!! Beautiful beach, quiet and secluded-:)

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed getting around by golf cart and loved the boat ride over to the island! Bliss cottage was more than comfortable! The area we stayed in was under bankrupsy and falling apart so the amenities of Melrose Place development was not good!! But we came over just for the beach and privacy so it was great!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

The place was great. It was clean and up to date. We had everything we needed. Thanks Deborah and Karen.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful weekend on Daufuskie!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend (all women!) and cannot wait to do it again! Our accommodations at Bliss Cottage were perfect and Deborah made sure we were acquainted with the island. We had a great time exploring on the golf cart we rented (which was there when we arrived), the beach and dinner at Marshside Mamas was fantastic. Pre-arranging everything can seem daunting (kind of a pain, actually) but it was well worth it. Once we arrived we were on island time, for sure. We will do this again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Daufuskie Fun

  • 5 of 5

Bliss Cottage was a wonderfully furnished and maintained property. It had everything we needed from kitchen utensils to beach chairs.

We enjoyed the close proximity to the beach and the location of the cottage. The property manager was very kind and helpful.

Our group agreed that it would be fun to return to Daufuskie Island again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was beautiful, clean and super close to the beach! Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

It is expensive to get to the island and it was sad to see some of the devastation the Matthew left behind. However, this is a beautiful place to be if you enjoy solitude and want the beach to yourselves and maybe a few friends. Rent a golf cart and explore the many drives throughout the island and definitely go out to eat at the local haunts! We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean and pretty cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was very nice and had everything you would possibly need for cooking and being comfortable away from home. The beach is nice and was full of amazing creatures at low tide. I think it's important to note though that Melrose Resort is no longer a resort. The property is like a ghost town at the front end. The restaurant, golf course, inn and pool are all closed for now due to bankruptcy. The back part of the property was full of people and very pleasant. If you are looking for a resort stay this is not the place, but for a pretty cottage with close proximity to the beach and a lot of cool nature Bliss Cottage is perfect.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cassie - We are glad you enjoyed the Bliss Cottage! As you note, Melrose is in a transitional state right now, but we are hearing very promising things about a new investor and a renaissance for the resort. In the meantime, as you have rightly noted, Daufuskie is still a wonderful island to visit, and there are many great places on the island and people to get to know. Hope to see you again. Deborah Smith, Daufuskie Rental Group
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hilton Head Island,SC and Savannah, GA
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Daufuskie Island Ferry and May River Excursions
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Bloody Point & Haig Point Clubs
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 278 in Hilton Head
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Melrose Beach
Car: not necessary

This lovely, second row, beach cottage, is located in Melrose on the Beach, just steps away from 2 miles of quiet beaches where all you can hear is the sound of gentle waves and beautiful shore birds. Watch the shrimp boats, bike along the beach, take a Historic tour and discover the Gulah History of Daufuskie or take in a round of golf. Don't forget to try our island delicacy, deviled crabs! Better still, we'll help arrange a full low-country dinner prepared by a local resident to be delivered directly to your cottage.

Daufuskie has several unique and colorful restaurants (Marshside Mama's, Daufuskie Crab Company, Lucy Bell's Cafe) where you'll swear you're in the middle of the Caribbean, as well as the casual but upscale Eagle's Nest at Bloody Point. History buffs will enjoy exploring the island and visiting various sites providing a glimpse into the past, including the recently-restored Oyster House used as a 19th century Gullah meeting place, the Billie Burns Museum, ancient cemeteries, and the two-room school house where renowned author Pat Conroy taught and which was the subject of his first book, The Water is Wide. Those interested in unique shopping opportunities will want to visit the Iron Fish Art Gallery, the Glass House, and the weekly farmer's market held at the public dock during the warmer months. And you certainly don't want to miss the Daufuskie Island Community Farm, where old and young visitors alike are encouraged to help feed the chickens and even to try milking a goat!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $125
Damage Insurance $59

From the Owner: "Golf Carts are easily available direct from a golf cart rental company located on the island, creating less hassle with golf cart issues than when supplied by a homeowner. Rates reflect this rental, & property manager will put you in direct contact with a cart rental agency. There are no guarantees to availability especially with last minute reservations)"

Quotes for the total rental rates includes a service fee imposed by VRBO. This fee does not go to either the property owner nor to Daufuskie Rental Group.

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.

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