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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

3 BRs, 2 BA, sleeps 8; ocean and golf course/marsh views


- 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.We are happy to provide information about coming to Daufuskie, located between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, Georgia. However, before contacting us with questions, please review our website's FAQ page:

- The pools are not open year-round, and availability of all resort amenities are determined solely by the Melrose Resort and are not within the control of Daufuskie Rental Group.

- Important Scheduling Information: Unless there is a partial week gap, for the summer of 2017 there will be a 7 day minimum, running Sunday to Sunday.


- One of the few 3-bedroom Melrose cottages.

- Big group? Ask us about renting one a nearby 2 BR cottages or another 3 BR cottage on the resort for a total of 5 or 6 bedrooms.

- Steps to the beach, short walk to resort pools & restaurant, playground, & golf center.

- Unique benefit: Two spacious screened-in porches! (Most cottages only have one or no screened-in porches.)

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

- Complimentary golf cart; Weber grill; 2 bikes.

- 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 clear view of the ocean at the front, and both marsh and golf course 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 pristine and 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. Want a couple of bikes to explore the resort and the island? We provide those, too.

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 queen-sized bed, 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...


*Resort pools are not open year-round, and the pool seasons and days of operation of the pool, restaurant and golf courses are determined solely by the Melrose on the Beach and the Bloody Point resorts.


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, and 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 of $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.

More Details

Property Manager
Deborah Smith
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Deborah Smith

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.

Deborah Smith purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Deborah Smith chose Daufuskie Island

When I purchased this property, I chose it because it offered a beautiful and private setting with close proximity to the beach and the resort amenities. 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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 cottage is one of the few Melrose beach cottages that comes with its own bikes (2 of them) and a complimentary golf cart.

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!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Premier 3-Bedroom Cottage; Christmas/New Year Special: 35% off!!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews
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Loved this Cottage! Wonderful Island!

  • 5 of 5

We visited Daufuskie for a “girls-getaway”, and couldn’t have enjoyed it more! For those unfamiliar with Daufuskie, it’s a beautiful, interesting, and quirky little island which is truly a hidden gem off the South Carolina coast. What’s great about this place is that it appeals to all ages and all types of people. We met a number of families here and they all told us that their kids were crazy about the island.

One of the great things about staying in the Sandbox Cottage is that its guests can take a very convenient Bloody Point Resort water taxi from the Savannah Westin Resort. That’s how we travelled over to Daufuskie and were very pleased to have it as an option.

And I really can’t say enough about the Sandbox Cottage! This cottage is a really distinctive vacation home on the Melrose resort. It has many extras that we didn’t see in the other cottages we looked at. First, it’s decorated in a really appealing and distinctive style: Definitely not a cookie-cutter cottage! Not luxurious, but very pleasant. And the three-bedroom/two bath configuration is really great and is what drew us to it in the first place. We also spent lots of time on the pleasant front AND back screened-in porches, with the back porch being especially large with a lounging area and dining table. (The porches have ceiling fans, which we needed during the hot August days.)

And all the extras! Nice new grill, bikes (didn’t see any other cottage that offered those), plenty of nice beach chairs, beach umbrella, and beach toys, outside shower to help wash off the ocean sand, lots of board games and DVDs for chill-out times, flat screen TVs in the living room and all 3 bedrooms (with crystal-clear premium cable channels), free Wifi, fully equipped kitchen (even a Kitchen-aid Mixer and crock pot!)…and best of all a free 6 person electric golf cart.

And even though the cottage is second-row, we could see the ocean from the front porch, and we LOVED the beautiful huge front and back yards, the view of the marsh and golf course, the hammock (one of our group spent hours there!), and in general the quiet and private setting.

The owner of the cottage (Deborah) lives on the island, and was great about helping us with our trip planning and also with questions once we were on the island.

All in all, we had a truly great experience at the Sandbox Cottage and Daufuskie Island. Highly, highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Claire - I'm so glad that you, Mary, Shannon and Isabel could spend the week on Daufuskie, and that you enjoyed your stay at the Sandbox Cottage. You were wonderful guests, and I'm glad you appreciated the extra benefits offered at my cottage. We hope to see you back again!! Deborah Smith Daufuskie Rental Group & Owner, Sandbox Cottage
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Island Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our ladies getaway could not have been better at the Sandbox Cottage at Melrose Resort on Daufuskie Island! Our cottage was clean, tastefully decorated and Deborah was right there with anything we needed. In the early evening we could sit on the front screened porch and see the ocean or on the back screened porch and play board games and watch the deer and squirrels in the back yard. Our relaxing days included beach walks and pool time. Exploring the island activities, restaurants, nature walks, attending the FirstUnion Church and visiting resident artist's shops are a must.

There are still things we missed but will return to stay longer and bring the grandchildren. They will love it! Thank you Deborah and the nice folks on Daufuskie Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was a lovely cottage. Spacious enough for everyone and clean

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at The Sandbox for our first ever trip to Daufuskie. It was well appointed with everything you need for a beach vacation. The kitchen had everything you need to cook with. Beach chairs and beach toys for the kids. A great charcoal grill was available. The cottage is second row from the beach, but honestly it's a two minute walk. We did not feel we were missing out. The beach club pool was also very close ang great. I would recommend a stay here to anyone and we are looking forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden paradise

  • 5 of 5

We knew nothing about Daufuskie before visiting and didn't know what to expect. We hadn't been on a family vacation in years and just wanted to relax and make memories. Dafuskie was better than we could have ever imagined. It is a tucked away paradise! We loved the house, the people were so nice, the quiet beaches and restaurants were so peaceful, and we loved being able to have our dog with us. We celebrated two birthdays while there and were so lucky to have had the most amazing personalized in home meal prepared. The golf cart was a great way to get around! Deborah was so hospitable and we can't wait to make Daufuskie a new family tradition!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a magical place! The house was perfect and had everything we needed. Deb was extremely helpful throughout our stay. We came with 4 teenagers and they could always find something to do. The only negative is that the Melrose Point website advertises parasailing and kayaking but don't offer it. Tour Daufauskie offers kayaking though and we highly recommend the 7 pm excursion...breathtaking views and sunset. We will certainly be back!! Thank you for everything Deb!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandbox Cottage was perfect for relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The property was beautiful! The house was stocked with many supplies and amenities. Deborah was so helpful-checking in with us before and during our vacation. The island is beautiful and was perfect for a relaxing, low-key vacation spot. If you are looking for relaxation and lots of beach time, this is the perfect spot for you. We enjoyed touring the island on our golf cart. The island is definitely a slower pace. Plan to bring your groceries with you as there are only a couple of general stores with very limited supplies. We did eat out a couple of times and the experience was okay, but not spectacular.

Overall we had a great experience and will definitely return to the island for future vacations!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hilton Head (10 Miles) & Savannah (40 miles)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Melrose on the Beach
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Freeport Marina
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Melrose on the Beach Golf Court
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 298
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Melrose on the Beach
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Melrose on the Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Melrose on the Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Feb 26 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 17 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 18 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $180
Tax Rate 10.0%

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Melrose on the Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom's ensuite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms decorated with local artwork.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , 1 baby crib , Lovely front blue bedroom has 2 full-size beds; ocean view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Beautiful master BR overlooking huge yard
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Pretty yellow BR, 2 fullsize beds,with colorful art work.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Property owner lives on the island, and will be available to assist with any questions and requests.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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