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Carldot Cottage on Front Beach Folly

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-6)

The CarlDot cottage located at 809 W. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach, South Carolina is a true front beach bungalow. Although Folly Island is slowly losing its village atmosphere due to development. The CarlDot Cottage is one of the few still existing on Folly's front beach. The cottage was constructed in 1938. When parking automobiles on the beach was permitted, Carlton and Dorothy were dating in 1939. They first discovered the cottage while walking on the beach. A year later in 1940, they married. They acquired their dream cottage in 1960. I was eight at that time. Folly was my summer dream. The pavilion stood with a ferris wheel and rides. The dance hall out over the ocean entertained crowds with great live band performances. Such greats were Temptations, Zodiacs, Drifters,Tams and the list goes on!

Although the pavilion is no longer there, the cottages on front beach during that era are slowly disappearing and being replaced with huge constructions. The CarlDot still has it's charm. The main room has a beautiful Charleston brick fireplace. The interior walls in the cottage are all 1x12 knotty cypress. The two bedrooms are both large. With the constant sound of the ocean nearby, the front porch has 17 windows to let in the ocean breeze. The existing kitchen and bath were recently removed. Six pilings were added to support a huge kitchen and bath. There is a deck off the kitchen for grilling. There is a huge deck on the front of the windowed porch. Also, there is a deck on the dunes for beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The cottage has central heat and air-conditioning. All rooms have tiled floors. The CarlDot cottage sleeps six comfortably. Once you stay, you will definitely want to come back again.

Keywords: Front Beach Cottage

More Details

Rick Fox
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Folly Beach in Charleston County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Huge bathroom with stand up shower. Full washer & dryer closet hidden with folding doors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , comfortable for children
  • Queen size Bed in each bedroom 2 fold down sofa/futons in main room comfortable for children not adults
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

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Carldot Cottage on Front Beach Folly
average rating of 4.827586 based on 29 reviews

Great quiet place.

  • 4 of 5

This was a great quiet place to relax for vacation right on Folly Beach. I would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thanks very much for the comment. Rick & Lori
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September Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for a wedding in Folly Beach and shared it with another couple. It was perfect, and made the vacation that much more enjoyable! All of us were thrilled and already started talking about going back! I recommend Carldot Cottage for anyone looking for an inexpensive beach retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! We try to make things nice for our guests. While keeping it a beach cottage feel. Hope you will stay again in the future. Thanks for your comment, Rick & Lori
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Late Summer Vacation Fun

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I would absolutely recommend the CarlDot Cottage for anyone looking to vacation on Folly Beach. The cottage is Ideally located, not to close to Center Street but not overly far - about a mile. We enjoyed walking down to the pier each day and took advantage of the restaurants and bar on the beach to relax before walking back. The pictures from the back deck actually show how close the beach is, the view was incredible. The cottage had everything we needed to enjoy our vacation, we cooked most meals and found everything we needed was provided. Thanks for the great vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at the CarlDot. Also thank you for the very nice comment. Hope you will stay with us again.
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Staying here is truly a gift

  • 5 of 5

Can't brag enough about this humble little home-there is more character and charm tucked away in this beach house than in all the others up or down the beach from it. We had a great week, enjoyed the fresh seafood cooked right in our own kitchen as well as the local restaurants in town. I caught fish from the surf, listened to the rain at night, relished in the sound of the ocean and watched the sunrises with a cup of coffee every morning. I'm not embarrassed to say that my wife and I felt like kids again with our dogs picking up on the atmosphere, enjoying the long walks on the beach and to the marina. Butterflies stopped by in the backyard by the dozens. The birds visited their feeder from dawn till dusk. Thank you Rick and Lori for sharing this classic beach home with us. Again, it was truly a gift that we appreciate and that we hope to return to again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. & Mrs. Bradshaw We are truly glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks so much for the kind words. Wishing you happiness Always, Rick & Lori
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Greenville, SC

Excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The CarlDot! The property description is quite accurate. The location is excellent and the property, old & charming as it may be, has everything you need!

It was extremely clean, which we really appreciated! The owners were wonderful to deal with--easy to reach via email & communicative.

We appreciated there being a full set of dishes, more than one pot & pan, as well as a wide variety of spices on top of all of the other items other visitors have mentioned (in previous reviews).

The location simply cannot be beat!

Highly recommend The CarlDot!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed your stay at the CarlDot!
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Amazing, amazing, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I am sorry it took so long to write this review. We fell in love with this cottage the second we walked through the door - no joke! The first thing I noticed was the cleanliness. As we walked around indoors to get settled in, I noticed much more was included than was mentioned. (air mattress, tons of extra blankets and pillows, some food products in the cabinets, including coffee filters and sweeteners, wine glasses, laundry detergent, hand soap, a whole little cabinet in the bathroom with extra shampoos and lotions, etc.) The outdoor grill is very nice and was filled with propane. There were even a couple of boogey boards and two beach chairs on the sunporch for our use. The beds were comfortable as well. The sunporch is very nice. The back deck includes a patio set with an umbrella. Now, THE BEST PART: the backyard!! I admit, I had my doubts about the beach being within feet of the cottage - but it is true!!! The backyard is totally private. We had coffee out on the back porch as well as the private deck that is at the end of the property. We saw dolphins playing our very first morning as we were having coffee! The only other people on the beach are people staying in surrounding cottages - Very few people. One morning as we were walking, we saw fresh sea turtle slides in the sand. They had come up to lay eggs during the night and then "slid" back out to sea. The eggs are protected by orange fencing. We thought that was pretty amazing. The cottage is also in a nice location and not too far of a walk to the shopping and restaurant strip. It is very walkable, depending on the heat. We loved the added touch of the journal for all the guests to write in and the book on Folly Beach; we had to buy our own copy!! We also liked the personal touches of the owners' pictures placed throughout the cottage. We had an absolute fabulous time here and plan to make it our family vacation every year! Thank you to the Fox's for sharing your home with us. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Dec 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.62
Refundable Damage Deposit £262.78
Pet Fee £93.85
Tax Rate 14.0%

Payment Address:
Rick Fox
PO 772
Folly Beach,SC 29439

The security deposit is required for booking. It is $500.00. If pet brought; then pet fee is included with deposit. There is a $125.00 non-refundable pet fee. The $150 cleaning fee comes out of deposit. The remaining $350.00 is returned. If there are no damages. The rental fee is required. A week prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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