|Per week||$895 - $3,495|
Cook your own seafood from the local docks with our fully-equipped kitchen. Watch the pelicans from the great room, enjoy your coffee from the master suite, or step outside the master suite door onto the deck and enjoy the morning. Stroll along the beach in the evening or relax in one of the rocking chairs and enjoy the quiet serenity of Edisto with oceanfront views from all rooms.
Our master suite offers private access to beach for those wonderful private strolls under the stars.
This is the beach of your childhood but she now has central heat and air conditioning and huge wrap around decks with all of the original hardwood floors lovingly restored and now gleaming... Kick off your shoes!
Our weekly rates are Sunday - Sunday giving our guests an entire weekend at the end of their vacation!
Below are a few comments from our guests; we sincerely appreciate it!
Date: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: Final information for your Edisto Vacation
Hellooo Mary & Richard.
We just got back home yesterday and wanted to go back to the Island already but we have to work. We had a great time again this year. Its hard to believe its been 12 years since we stayed at Mary's Dream for the first time on our honeymoon in 1999 and we have not missed a September full moon since then. The minute we unpack when we get there we feel just like it's our home too; we love this place!
Thank you both so much for sharing it with Karen and myself over the years! I will email you the dates we would like for next year in a few days. We wish you and your family Blessing ,Love and Joy for the upcoming holidays
(Karen & Darrell)
January 27, 2009
Thank you so much for creating such a lovely environment for us to share.We LOVE it!!! Rick, Jake and I are thrilled to be here. Jake took his first dip in the ocean today. We have enjoyed cooking in the kitchen, the views, and the tasteful decorating touches. We look forward to the remainder of our stay. I just wanted to let you all know...This is paradise. Take care. Helene, Rick & Jake.
Oh!!!!!! we sooooo loved your dream house...
What a GREAT cottage...I love how light and airy it is and how all the rooms are arranged so you can see the water and hear the waves crash...wonderful!!!!
We saw dolphins every day...and I love to watch pelicans swoop...
Thank you for sharing your house!!
Teacher (much needing a vacation)
September 10, 2008:
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Mary's Dream last week. The oceanfront views, the best porch around, the coziness of the house....it was wonderful! We look forward to staying with you again!
DEAR RICHARD AND MARY, WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED OUR STAY AT EDISTO AND MARY'S DREAM, IT WAS THE MOST RELAXING VACATION I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME, I FELL IN LOVE WITH EDISTO AND WILL BE RETURNING!, YOUR COTTAGE BY THE SEA IS WONDERFUL!! Denise
Mary & Richard,
We must be living right!! What a wonderful 2 weeks we had in Mary's Dream. Sun every day - temp. 70-80. The house was in great shape and we look forward to our two weeks again next year. Just wanted to let you know we definitely want to again reserve the last week of April and first week of May in 2008 and if the second week in May becomes available please let us know.
Tyler & Suzy
We wanted to say Thank You So Much for allowing us to rent your wonderful beach home. Mary's Dream is the perfect beach house. We never wanted to leave even to venture out. The front porch was just heaven. I am sure we will be contacting you again soon!
Thanks so much!
Carla & Jon
Week of HEAVEN
Guest: Lwilly (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin)
Date of Stay: March 28, 2010 Review Submitted: April 26, 2010
We chose to stay in Edisto so we could visit our son who is stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort. We had everything we needed at Mary's Dream, from wi-fi for my college student to fishing for my son in the Marine Corps, beach combing and boogie boarding for the 10 year olds, not to mention the historical sites and the kayaking trip, we all found plenty to do and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was clean and comfortable and exceeded our expectations. We loved the non-commercialized environment on Edisto Island. The people were so friendly. We can't wait to come back next year.
Thank you Richard and Mary for the best vacation we have ever taken!
Kevin & Lisa
An Out-of-the-Way Isle In South Carolina
By HENRY LEIFERMANN
The New York Times
April 3, 1994
While strolling along the surf line at Edisto Beach, S.C., looking for shark's teeth in the sand and thinking about a bowl of seafood gumbo at Bobo Lee's beach cafe, I was surprised by the sight of three little shrimp trawlers.
They were barely 100 yards off shore, moving only fast enough to keep their nets open, which is normal for trawlers while shrimping. What seemed surprising was the hometown port lettered on their transoms below the winches and cranes on the afterdeck: Edisto Beach.
This rare, serene, Southern sea island town of about 500 permanent residents still has a small fleet of shrimp trawlers captained and crewed by locals. The marinas, yachts and golf courses of resort and retirement developments have yet to price these shrimpers out of dock space along Big Bay Creek, as they have in so many other coastal communities.
It is one of the many rewards of being in between Charleston and Hilton Head Island on South Carolina's Atlantic coast. Much of the outside world passes by.
Just across saltwater marshes and tidal creeks from the beach town, Edisto Island, about 9 miles wide by 9 miles long, is still home to family descendants living on the same Colonial and antebellum plantations and attending the historic churches their ancestors founded. The old Sea Island cotton fields now yield large crops of vegetables and melons, fresh produce sold daily at roadside stands usually set in the shade of the twisted, gnarled limbs of a live oak canopy.
There is not a hotel or motel in the beach town or on the big island. The very nature of accommodations for visitors suggests that tourism is of little interest in Edisto.
At Edisto Beach, for example, the lodgings include beach houses rented by the week through local real estate agents or by the owners themselves. They are single-family, fully furnished, unpretentious (although most have sun decks) examples of the barrier island and beach houses built before Federal flood insurance programs in the 1970's fueled a boom of large, luxury homes built within yards of the ocean on other South Carolina sea islands.
Edisto Beach's residents have consistently rejected development into a major resort, enforcing ordinances that limited building heights and acreage density and held development to one low-rise condominium complex and one mid-island golf course and townhouse project. Both offer weekend and weekly rentals, and the golf course is open to the public.
There are several casual seafood restaurants, such as Sunset Grille at the marina, all serving what the local trawlers just brought in, and a new favorite, the Plantation Grille, at the Wyndham resort. Seafood markets and those roadside fresh vegetable stands offer inducements for epicureans to try their own skills in their vacation kitchen.
For day trips, Edisto Beach is an hour's drive from the historic district of Charleston and the Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens along the Ashley River north of the old port city. Canoeists who want to paddle the Edisto River, a blackwater river before it reaches the sea islands, can rent boats about a two-hour drive away, across from Colleton State Park near Canadys.
Most visitors to Edisto, however, rarely leave the beach town, the big island and the nearby waters. A web of rivers, tidal creeks and marshes surrounds and infiltrates Edisto, and there are small outboard boats to rent for roaming or fishing. There also are guided nature tours by small boat through those waters. More adventurous fishing is available through Edisto Beach's small fleet of charter boats, which prowl the Gulf Stream waters 50 miles off shore.
The beach, running the length of Edisto Island, is shallow, with a gradual drop, allowing for the vagaries of nature.
At Edisto Beach the temperature starts hitting highs in the 70's by April, which also is the month the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom along the Edisto River and in the plantation and church gardens of Edisto Island. Huge loggerhead sea turtles, which are endangered, wade ashore at Edisto Beach to dig nests and lay eggs almost nightly from late spring to midsummer. It is a rite of nature held in great esteem by Edisto's residents and regular visitors, who string off the nests and watch over them once the turtle returns to sea. Rangers at Edisto Beach State Park have organized a program of nightly walks on the beach to see the nests and, often, the turtles or the hatchlings.
The 1,500-acre park, built during the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, is a remarkable combination of beach, dunes, marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest stretching from Edisto Beach into Edisto Island. Scott Creek meanders through the park, and five fully furnished, air-conditioned cottages with screen porch, rockers, picnic tables and outdoor grills overlook the creek and the wide marsh behind Edisto Beach. The cabins are rented by the night, weekend or week. There also are more than 100 campsites on and just behind the dune line at the park, with RV and electrical hookups, showers and restrooms.
Vacationers began coming to the Edisto beaches during the 1810's, when Edingsville was developed by one of Edisto Island's wealthy cotton planters, William Edings. By 1820, there were 60 large, summer cottages on beachfront lots leased by the Edings family. (They were not restored after the hurricane hit.)
Guided tours of the plantations and churches, established on Edisto two centuries ago, reveal the wealth and luxury families such as the Edings enjoyed from a system based upon cotton and slavery. All the plantations have been spruced up in recent years, but many never really fell into disrepair. They are generally only open in the spring during informal house tours.
The plantation system began making the planters rich during the 1790's, and by 1808, the island's population included 236 whites and 2,600 African slaves. On the eve of the Civil War, in 1860, the fervor to secede from the Union was so intense on the island that one of its planters, Col. Joseph E. Jenkins, told a secessionist meeting, "Gentlemen, if South Carolina does not secede from the Union, Edisto Island will."
Among the plantation mansions on Edisto Island, all of them on the National Register of Historic Places, is the privately owned William Seabrook House, built in 1810 by the first Edisto planter to make a fortune on cotton. Seabrook pioneered the use of marsh mud as fertilizer. His mansion is on Steamboat Creek, overlooking the North Edisto River.
Seabrook's son, William, built a mansion a mile downriver at Oak Island in 1830, and in 1851, at the World's Fair in London where McCormick won a medal for the reaper, Colt for his revolving pistol and Goodyear for Indian rubber, William Seabrook won one for his Sea Island cotton. Another of these plantation mansions, Cassina Point, built in 1847 just south of Oak Island on a tidal creek overlooking the confluence of the North Edisto River with the ocean, has been restored and is an elegant bed-and-breakfast inn today. The interior was so well preserved only one coat of paint has been applied since the original.
The new bridge, replacing an old swing bridge that often stuck in the open position, blocking road traffic, is expected to change Edisto Island in coming years. Parts of the island, including a few old plantations and the site of old Edingsville, have been bought by developers who hope to entice an affluent clientele of Charleston commuters and retirees. Still, even those developments are limited by ordinances requiring single-family homes on large lots.
Big Bay Creek, Fishing Creek and other tidal creeks flow by those new projects, and Edisto's active environmental community watches closely to see that no pollution reaches these waterways and the marshes they flood and irrigate daily. It is in those creeks, nourished in return by nutrients from the marsh grass, where one of Edisto's most enduring traditions continues: catching your own shrimp and crab. Generations of parents have taught their children these simple skills at Edisto, and in the process instilled a regard and wonder for sea island life.
For shrimp, buy an inexpensive, small cast net from any local bait shop, and spend an hour or so practicing in the surf or a tidal creek. The net is round, with weights on the circumference that sink the net when cast. Then, a draw string is pulled, trapping whatever is inside the net.
Take along a bucket of saltwater to keep the shrimp fresh until cooking. Cast from a causeway bridge that is low over a creek, or from a rented outboard at anchor.
For crabbing, get four to six feet of string (depending on your height), a one-ounce weight and a dip net (also at bait shops) and chicken parts. Let the parts ripen to a high aroma, find a low bridge, or a tidal creek shallow enough to wade, and go out at low tide. Tie the weight and a small chicken piece to one end of the twine and slowly lower it into the water. Let the chicken almost, but not quite, drag the bottom, and slowly walk forward. When you feel a tug on the line, slowly pull it up. The crab will hold on as long as it's in the water -- sometimes longer -- so you can dip the hand net under it when you see it.
The gooiest way to go crabbing is wading in a tidal creek, with the bottom mud oozing between your toes. Some may prefer wearing an old pair of sneakers while wading, and for those who do, it is wise to remember to leave the sneakers behind when you leave Edisto.
While prowling the tidal creeks for shrimp or crab, remember, it's called fishing, not catching; in any case, goal-oriented activity misses the point of Edisto. I know I will be back often.
GUIDE TO THE ISLAND AND TOWN
Edisto Beach is about 50 miles south of Charleston, where the area's major airport and Amtrak station are. Drive south from the city on U.S. 17 about 25 miles to the community of Osborn, then turn right on S.C. 174. Edisto erects no highway billboards announcing itself, so watch carefully for the turn. S.C. 174, a two-lane road, is one of the most scenic drives along the coast. It winds through small, picturesque communities, under canopies of giant live oaks draped in gray tendrils of Spanish moss, over rivers and tidal creeks, and through horizonwide marshes before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
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North Augusta, SC
July 2, 2012
We had a good time in the beach cottage. Beach location was great, low traffic, great beach view. For the money, we was expecting better up grades to the home. Very poor curb appeal, The cottage was dated, with poor lighting, dirty carpets, broken blinds, stained furniture and a couple of roach bugs dead found on the floor with several more running around during the week. Debris outside all around the house. Grill on front porch dirty and filled with charcoal. TV,s dated with many remotes with no backs or batterys (low volume). A few good items were cold A/C and beds slept good. We been coming to Edisto for years and always enjoy the time here. I think the cottage needs some work and a little money in the unit to bring it up to your asking price. Thanks for asking for feedback. I hope our review improves our future vacations of our family and others that will follow.
May 15, 2012
I was very disappointed that I didn't receive even a return e-mail about my request to rent!
April 9, 2012
I never stayed here, noone from the website ever returned my inquire about staying there.