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Premier 3-Bedroom Cottage; 6-Seat Cart; King Bed

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Last updated: 05/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 BRs, 2 BA, sleeps 8; 2nd row w glimpse of ocean and golf course/marsh view

IMPORTANT: 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.


- One of the few 3-bedroom Melrose cottages.

- Complimentary 6-seat golf cart.

- New! Master bedroom has king-size bed (not reflected in photos)

- 2-3 minute walk to the beach!

- TWO spacious screened-in porches!

- Both the Bloody Point golf course AND the prestigious and private Haig Point golf course are available to DRG guests.

- Access to the private Haig Point Equestrian Center for lessons, beach rides, and both pony and carriage rides.

- One of the few Melrose beach cottages with a working fireplace. Great for our winter visitors!

- Very kid friendly! Boogie boards, beach toys are provided. Many extra amenities including portable crib, high chair, 100 DVDs, board games, bocci ball/croquet set, etc.

- WIFI and flatscreen TVs in LR and all bedrooms; Premier level cable (Direct TV) provided.

- Love your dog? So will we...(See end of this description for our pet policy)

- Owner/property manager is island resident and available for assistance 24/7.


The Sandbox Vacation Home offers families who are seeking a rental property on Daufuskie Island a unique opportunity for beautiful vacation home with many extra benefits.

This premium-level 3-bedroom beach cottage is perfectly located! This cottage really does have it all! Situated on the 2nd row of the Melrose cottage area, you will have a glimpse of the ocean at the front, and both marsh and golf course direct views from the back. The Sandbox Cottage has a HUGE backyard with its own hammock for snoozing or reading under the Great Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. The cottage's yard adjoins the 8th green of the Melrose golf course (a Jack Nicklaus-designed course).

And the secluded Melrose beach is approximately a 90-second walk from your front door!

A truly nice feature of this cottage is that it has extended-sized screened front AND back porches. You'll be able to start your day sitting in your Adirondack chair sipping coffee while watching the morning sun rise over the ocean, and end your day with cocktails and dinner on the back porch while enjoying the island's plentiful sea shore birds flying over the lovely marsh area.

The interior of the cottage is lovely as well. This is one of the renovated beach cottages, and you will enjoy an open and spacious living/dining/kitchen area that is great for family get-togethers or quality time with a group of friends. It includes, of course, a flat screen TV, DVD player, and Wi-Fi. Your fully-equipped kitchen with Corian counters is perfect for preparing meals that can be enjoyed inside or out on the screened-in porch.

This vacation home also comes with a charcoal grill for your own barbecues, beach chairs, and a beach umbrella.

The Sandbox Vacation Home is beautifully decorated and has many unique touches including colorful Low-Country prints and comfortable appointments throughout. The master bedroom includes a king-sized bed (note: photos not yet updated to show that upgrade), a bump-out alcove with comfortable chairs for reading or watching TV, and a private bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms each have two full-sized beds and share a full bathroom decorated with artwork featuring Daufuskie scenes. All bedrooms have flatscreen TVs.

Concerned about the logistics of coming to the island, getting groceries, etc etc? No need to worry! You will receiving lots of good information and assistance from the owner who lives on the island and will be available 24/7 for any problems. As with all of DRG's rental guests, we strive to make the Daufuskie experience a stress-free and enjoyable adventure. Once you're here, the owner will be available to introduce you to both the resort and our unique and beautiful island that you will want to explore on the complimentary golf cart provided with this cottage.

So why delay? Daufuskie is waiting...



The owner accepts well-behaved canine members of the family. However, the dog must be over one year old, not 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 also ask that you will be a responsible pet owner when the dog is outside, that your dog is up-to-date on flea and heart worm treatment, that there will be no signs that your pet was in the property when you depart, and that you will be responsible for any damage and/or extra cleaning caused by your dog.

The pet fee is $100 for the first dog and $50 for the second dog. All funds collected for this purpose are earmarked for food and vet care for the owner's rescued pet sanctuary.
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Member since: 2013

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

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Renters must be 25 years or older. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Strictly nonsmoking inside and on screened-in porches. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well-behaved dogs over 1 year old are considered, regardless of size. Pet fee of $100 for first dog, $50 for second. Renter is responsible for any damage caused by dogs, and is expected to be a responsible pet owner. Ask owner for detailed pet policy. Note: This is a very pet-friendly island and resort...Dogs especially love our beach!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 2: 2 queen, 1 baby crib

    Lovely front blue bedroom has 2 full-size beds; ocean view...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Beautiful master BR overlooking huge yard...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 queen

    Pretty yellow BR, 2 fullsize beds,with colorful art work. ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom overlooks marsh with golf course views, & an alcove seating area overlooking the huge backyard. Front bedroom has view of the ocean. All bedrooms have flat-screen TVs. A rollaway bed and a 'Pack-N-Play' are also available. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Master bedroom's ensuite bathroom ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathrooms decorated with local artwork.

Other Amenities

  • Property owner lives on the island, and will be available to assist with any questions and requests....moreless


  • Books:

    Cottage includes a nice selection of recent fiction and non-fiction books....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many adult and children games provided....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV - Full range of network and premium channels, such as HBO, Showtime, etc....moreless

  • Television:

    New 50' Flat screen TV in the living room, and personal flat-screen TVs in every bedroom. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys for building sand castles are provided...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Almost 100 DVDs available...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    2nd row cottage but with view of the ocean....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    New HVAC system installed in summer of 2014...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Gas burning fireplace; One of only several working fireplaces in the Melrose beach cottates....moreless

  • Garage:

    Cart/bike garage at the side of house...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    New HVAC system installed in summer of 2014...moreless

  • Internet:

    Free Wifi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens set are high quality, high-thread count products. Quality towels sets provided, dish towels, pot holders...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Flat screen TV...moreless

  • Parking:

    Parking and charging station for complimentary golf cart. Second charging station available at side of house if guest chooses to rent a second cart....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towels not provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen with Corian cabinets. Adjoining food pantry & washer/dryer. ServiceMaster mixer; Top-of-the-Line coffee makers (2); blender, crock pot...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:


  • Pantry Items:

    Oil & Vinegar; Full range of spices provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Two bikes will be provided without charge; Two more may provided, subject to availability....moreless

  • Boat:

    Various boat excursions, including dolphin watching, shrimping, and fishing, are available. Ask property owner for more details....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    2 spacious screened-in porches with furniture, tables, sofa, adirondeck chairs, etc....moreless

  • Golf:

    Melrose on the Beach Golf Course (Nicklaus-designed course) Bloody Point Golf Course (Stan Love Signature Course) Discounts provided at both courses...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaking/paddleboat company stationed at resort' pool area....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Huge backyard overlooking marsh, woods, & 8th green of resort golf club. Hammock provided...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Weber Grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts available to Bloody Point resort without charge. Several racquets provided at cottage....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Included at the Melrose Beach Club pool area....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    The Sandbox Cottage guests will have access without charge to the Melrose on the Beach Resort' beautiful pools, adjoining the Beach Club Restaurant, and also the nearby Bloody Point resort pool...moreless

  • Sauna:

    Free sauna, also known as an average day on the South Carolina coast....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring
Apr 18 - May 26, 2017
3 night min stay
May 27 - Aug 19, 2017
7 night min stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 - Sep 4, 2017
3 night min stay
Sep 5 - Nov 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 18 - Nov 25, 2017
4 night min stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 - Dec 18, 2017
3 night min stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Cleaning Fee $180
  • Tax Rate 10%


The service fee included in the rental quote is imposed by VRBO, and does not go to either the property owner nor to Daufuskie Rental Group.

Manager'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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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hilton Head (10 Miles) & Savannah (40 miles)
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Daufuskie Island Ferry Company
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Bloody Point & Haig Point Golf Clubs
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 298
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
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.


Manager info

Daufuskie Rental Group

Year Purchased: 2005

About: I am a full-time Daufuskie resident, and am the owner of Daufuskie Rental Group team. I am active in many island volunteer activities, and serve on the Daufuskie Island Council. I enjoy sharing the Sandbox Cottage with island visitors, and especially introducing guests to our special island.

Why Melrose on the Beach (Hilton Head Island, SC, USA):
When I purchased this property, I chose it because it offered a beautiful and private setting with close proximity to the beach. Although most of the Melrose cottages are two-bedroom configurations, I thought that a three-bedroom design (which was accomplished during the cottage's extensive renovation) offered more opportunities for family and friend visitors to share the island with us.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
This is one of the few three-bedroom Melrose beach cottages. It has both screened-in front and back porches, and the back porch is extra spacious. The Sandbox Vacation Home is also one of the few Melrose beach cottages with a functioning gas fireplace, perfect for chilly evenings in the Fall and Winter months!

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

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    The master bedroom with a king bed

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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