Large, Comfortable House, 4 Bedrooms + Sleeper Sofa, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)
We visited Fripp Island for the first time in 2000. We came back a month later and bought our first home here. That is a 3 bedroom home on the Ocean Creek Golf Course, VRBO listing #18539. Simply said, we fell instantly, head-over-heels in love with Fripp. In the beginning we lived on the East Coast and were able to spend a great deal of time here. Eventually we moved to the mid-west and that first home became a rental. I enjoy the rental business so much--especially introducing First Time Fripp Island Guests to Fripp that we have over the years purchased 3 additional homes. 15 years later I still love what I do and I still have several guests from those early years that return to stay in my homes year after year.
Berta purchased this House in 2003
Why Berta chose Fripp Island
We own 4 homes on Fripp Island, including 2 large ocean front homes, but Bikini Bottom is the one we choose stay in when we visit Fripp. It is spacious and comfortable with plenty of room for us, our grown children and their friends (and hopefully, someday, a handful of grandchildren). It is just steps away from the beach access and is close to the Beach Club, the Adult Pool, Food Court and The Sandbar. As spacious as it is, we do plan to add a second master suite in the fall of 2017. This will bring the total number of bedrooms to 5 and the number of full baths to 4. At that time we will also expand the kitchen and possibly add a screened porch. Eventually, our remaining homes will be sold but Bikini Bottom is where we will someday retire and spend our leisure years.
What makes this House unique
The transformation for Bikini Bottom began in 2018 with new carpet, newly finished wood floors and a gourmet, upgraded custom kitchen including a double oven, granite counters and an over-sized island. The transformation continues! For your 2019 vacation pleasure this home will feature a new ADDITIONAL Master Suite and expanded, upgraded bath to the existing Master Suite. This home now has 2 Master Suites. Each Master Suite has a king bed and private bath. Both baths have upgraded vanities, tile floors and tile surrounds for the tub and shower. Plus this place is Super Comfy, Super Spacious and Super Close to the Beach And STILL a great value for your vacation dollar.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:14 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great Place for a Girls Retreat
Renaissance Beach House was the destination for our biannual girls get away. Even though the weather didn't cooperate as well as we wished the house provided everything we needed and more. There was plenty of room for the four of us to have privacy while still being comfortable to hang out and even spread out to different spaces if we needed. The kitchen was well stocked and there was plenty of room for us to work together preparing meals or just hang out while others cooked.
Updated Cozy Home in Excellent Location!
We have been coming to Fripp for the past 12 years. We booked at the last minute for 4th of July week, and after staying here, I can't believe this home was even available!
The outside looks like a cozy older beach house. The inside was roomy, super clean, and beautifully renovated. The website says 2 1/2 bathrooms, but there are actually 3; one in the master, one in the hall between two bedrooms, and one by the bunk bed room, plus an enclosed outdoor shower.
The location was excellent. The beach is a few steps away, and there is a new boardwalk beach access which made it very easy to pull the cooler. We were able to watch the July 4th golf cart parade from our balcony. We sat outside on the front porch every evening. The ocean breezes were wonderful. Take a couple Citronella candles and you're all set to watch the deer (who came to visit everyday).
We were late to book, so all of the golf cart rentals were booked. We found a place, Club Car of Hilton Head, that delivered 3 golf carts to us. It worked out perfectly. You don't want to be on Fripp without a golf cart!
This home is well stocked. There was a broom, extra blankets, sheets, pillows, and everything you need in the kitchen. The open kitchen/living/dining was very large. We were in the kitchen cooking, watching cartoons in the living area, and playing board games or on our IPads in the dining room, and none of us ever felt cramped. The dining room has 3 walls of windows which really let the outside in.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this home. It's a renovated older home that is very well kept. The bedrooms were spacious, the location was excellent.
The location was great and the king size mattress slept good. However, the dishwasher and the garbage disposal didn't work from day one. There were two golf carts but only one key. Neither golf cart would stay charged for more than an hour, if that, so we had to use our cars to explore the island. There was no broom in the house for us to sweep. The outlets didn't work so we couldn't use our curling irons or straighteners to get ready. The washing machine worked great but the dryer would have to go through three cycles to get the clothes dry. The kitchen is well stocked. It could be a really great place to rent but it really needs some TLC!! There's a great balcony off the master bedroom but no furniture on it so you can enjoy it. There were towel bars off the walls in the down stairs bathroom. A cabinet door missing off the kitchen cabinets. I also killed 5 roaches in the living room and kitchen while we were there. It was not very relaxing having to constantly hand wash dishes all while the sink was backed up because of the clogged garbage disposal. We love Fripp and will return next year just won't return to this home. I'm not trying to offend Berta but this house shouldn't be rented again until all these problems are fixed!! We were 40 mins late checking out due to all the broken down things that we had to improvise on to get ready to leave.
This guest did call to report the dishwasher not running. I called the repair company, but with Fripp Island being as remote as it is, I was unable to get the repair company to the house before their departure.
They did not report a problem with the garbage disposal until the end of the week and as soon as they called to report this, the plumber was there within 2 hours to fix it. It was overloaded and clogged with food waste.
The guests did not report a problem with the golf cart until the morning of their departure. They were almost an hour late checking out which delayed the housekeeping staff, so I called them to see when they thought they might be leaving. They claimed they were late because the golf cart broke down. They had not reported any issues or problems with the golf cart prior to my call to them. The second of the two golf carts on site is an emergency back up cart and is stored in a private utility area that the guests do NOT have permission to access. This cart was NOT there for their use, nor was a second cart promised or offered with the rental. They did NOT HAVE PERMISSION to drive it that is why there was no key or charger provided for it.
There is a vacuum cleaner kept in the laundry room for the guests to use, it can do pretty much any job that a broom will do.
The only reports of damage/issues these guests made during their stay were the dishwasher (and I’m very sorry we were not able to repair it during their stay) and the garbage disposal (which was fixed within a matter of hours) and the golf cart (the morning of their departure). They did not report any other problems, if they had, these would have been addressed during their stay.
I’m sorry these guests were not happy with the rental, we fixed both the dishwasher and garbage disposal as quickly as we were able to. We were not notified of any other issues or we would have taken care of them as well. I feel it is important to note-the guests the week prior to and just after this guest’s stay did not have any issues with the other items mentioned.
Relaxing Stress Free
I loved the location it was easy to get to the beach and pools. The house was very nice and I felt we weren't cramp with such a big group that went!! Bertha was very excellent and helping me giving me and answering alll questions I had!!! I would definitely be booking again with her!!!
Thank you for your review, Helen! We look forward to having you and your family as guests for years to come.
50 Steps to the beach
Great location, great communication with the owner during the vetting process. I would encourage future renters to keep in mind that this is a beach house. Meaning the house is pretty dated and not well insulated which means it is really hard to keep cool during the Summer months. We had a couple breakers flip that prevented us from charging the golf cart for the 1st couple of days but we were able to work it out and identify the problem on our own. The rules for this house were mostly inline with others but were a bit overboard in some areas. All in all it was not bad, for the rate in which we paid.
Our Third Visit to Fripp and this house
Very centrally located and you really can walk to the courts, one of the 5 pools, ice cream place, and walk to the beach. You are on the Main drag but the price is right and where can you fit your family with a downstairs bunk room and hang out for the grandkids. Island wifi isn't great but Fripp is like growing up in the 50's where everyone feels safe and kids enjoy themselves. Our third year here and 7th year in area.
The home itself is located just steps from the center island area of the beach. LITERALLY JUST STEPS FROM THE BEST BEACH AROUND.
Fripp Island is a fantastic place for vacations including all age ranges. From 8 months to 80 years—your entire family will enjoy this special place.
Frpp Island is both a nature preserve and resort in one. Enjoy a morning walk on the beach and watch the Fripp Island Turtle Team scout for signs of new nests. The deer and birds are everywhere. And we do have our fair share of alligators.
The Fripp Island Club offers resort amenities at their finest. There are two championship golf courses, a tennis club, several pools and restaurants to choose from. There is a fee for access to the Fripp Island Club and as owners we are proud to be Club Members with the ability to offer you this opportunity.
Our beach home is located just outside beautiful Beaufort, SC. The Beaufort area boasts many art, dining and historical offerings.
Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC are each just a bit further away and make excellent day trip excursions from Fripp Island. These cities also have the closest commercial airports.
We are super convenient to the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot. We are proud to offer a discount to the families attending their loved-one's Marine Corp Graduation.