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Beach Rentals

As you consider where you’re going to stay during your Folly Beach vacation, consider renting an exclusive home featuring the best of everything – interior designs, linens, electronics and appliances. From  cozy cottages to beachfront villas and condos, Folly Beach has exactly what you’re family’s looking for.

Rental Listings

Here is a listing of some websites that have vacation rentals available:

Things to Know When Renting

Here is an excerpt from an excellent article in the New York Times about questions to ask about any vacation rental:

Location: Be sure to ask for specifics about the location, including the kind of details you may not be able to tell just from looking at a map. It makes a big difference when you’re on a beach holiday whether you are extremely close to the beach or have to cross a busy street with children.

Among the location-related questions to ask are whether there is a sea view, whether there is anything between the house and the sea that you won’t necessarily see on a map, whether there are paths to cross to get to the beach and whether a road between the house and the beach is a quiet one or busy and noisy. In addition, you should ask how far away the main local attractions are. Configuration: You should ask for details about how the house sleeps the number of people it claims to sleep as well as where and how big the bedrooms and bathrooms are, Mr. de Belloy recommended. This is because certain aspects of the configuration of the bedrooms and bathrooms (like pull-out couches, small rooms and en suite bathrooms) could make the house suitable, or not suitable, for your group.

Child and Pet Friendly: If the house is described as “child friendly” or “pet friendly,” make sure to ask for the property’s definition of those terms since they may not necessarily line up with how you define them. “’Child friendly’ will mean different things to different parents,” Mr. de Belloy said.

Surroundings/Activities: Be sure to ask the homeowner or property manager for recommendations of favorite places to eat and things to do so you can vacation like a local rather than as a tourist. “One of the great things about renting from a homeowner is typically that they have bought properties in areas they know very well,” Mr. de Belloy said.

Amenities:  You should ask about details like what temperature a pool is heated to, what cable channels the home has and whether it’s easy to get online. In addition, Mr. de Belloy suggested asking about what kinds of household amenities are provided so you can determine whether you need to bring your own hair products, dishwashing detergent, seasonings for cooking, and whether you can just arrive and settle in or whether you’ll need to stop at the supermarket first.

If you’re traveling with a large party, you may also want to ask about the number of parking spaces (like how many cars will fit in a driveway) and how many place settings are provided.

Cleaning Fees: Mr. de Belloy recommended asking for specifics about cleaning fees and surcharges and especially about if and when extra cleaning fees are charged. Some owners, for instance, he said, will charge extra cleaning fees if a house is particularly dirty and requires extra time to clean. Cancellation Policy, Keys and Problems: If the cancellation policy is not specified in the contract, be sure to ask about it, and how you’ll get the key. According to a HomeAway rental owner, you should also be sure to ask for details about how far the property manager or emergency contact lives from the vacation rental should you need assistance. Another article also recommended asking about who to call if there’s a problem, say with plumbing.

Another thing to keep in mind is to comparison shop and be sure to read online reviews before making any final decisions.

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