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Litchfield Real Estate’s Housekeeping & Guest Arrival Procedures
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Friday, May 15, 2020

Our top priority is your safety and wellbeing. Should you have any concerns at all during your stay, please call us. We want to make your stay as carefree as possible.

The Professional Housekeeping Teams cleaning our beach homes have always followed industry best-practices and now they have stepped up their efforts to meet more stringent guidelines and to provide peace of mind for our guests. Here’s what they, as well as Litchfield Real Estate, are doing to assure your Pawleys Island rental home is comfortable, clean, and safe.

HOUSEKEEPING

  • During the 6-week SC state of emergency that began Mid-March of 2020, our rental homes received an extra thorough deep-clean in preparation for busy summer stays.
  • Housekeepers have ramped up their turnover procedures by ensuring all surfaces, especially those frequently touched surfaces, are sanitized. These include but are not limited to kitchen/bathroom surfaces, switch plates, doorknobs, and remote controls.
  • All rental linens are removed and cleaned in a commercial facility. Guests will unwrap their own towels. All signature home linen sets are laundered at high-temperature settings.
  • Each departure clean and inspection is followed by two kinds of disinfecting mists applied throughout the rental home. We are using the disinfectant called Benefect Botanical Decon 30, which is not only EPA approved but is also all-natural and safe. We are also using a disinfectant called Mediclean (formerly Microban). The primary ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, and it is fragrance free and EPA approved.

INSPECTIONS

  • Wearing disposable gloves, masks, and splash goggles, our trained inspectors follow our housekeepers to ensure every property is clean and ready for your family and friends to enjoy safely.
  • As always, a Welcome Home Starter Kit will be available upon arrival to provide the essentials, including soap, paper towels, toilet paper, dish detergent, and a garbage bag, so you can quickly unpack the car and hit the beach.
  • We always encourage guests to take a moment to walk-about on arrival and to contact our office immediately should there be a cleaning concern. Cleaning issues can be remedied quickly.

CHECK-IN

  • Saturday is the primary turn day in our area, and Saturdays in summer can be challenging in the best of times. In order to optimize the care and attention needed to prepare rentals for the next guest, Saturday departure times this summer will be pushed up to 9:00 AM for guests departing.
  • As of this posting, our office lobby will be closed to the public through the summer to protect the safety of both Staff and Guests.
  • TO CHECK IN, you’ll pickup your sealed key packet outside of our main office entrance containing two sets of disinfected keys, directions to the rental, check-out duties, and important information specific to your rental. We strongly encourage you to review this information upon arrival.
  • TO CHECK OUT, please complete your Departure Duties at the rental home and then come to the office to drop off the keys through the old-fashioned mail slot of the middle door on our front porch. Don’t forget to submit the departure duties sign-off slip, the opinion survey, and 2021 vacation renewal.

For the most up-to-date information regarding travel restrictions and policy changes related to COVID-19, please visit https://www.litchfieldrealestate.com/blog/covid-19-information-your-vacation.

This post will be updated periodically as the situation evolves and procedures are adjusted. Please don’t hesitate to reach us with any questions at all. Our hours are Monday – Saturday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Warmest well wishes to all,

From everyone here at Litchfield Real Estate & Vacation Rentals



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Litchfield Beach Property Highlight: For the Good Times 
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Friday, May 1, 2020

We are happy to welcome guests back to Litchfield Beach. Find the perfect private retreat at For the Good Times in Litchfield Beach. If there’s anything that we need right now, it’s a home away from home in a safe and secluded location. With “social distancing” as the new norm these days and prime summer weeks available, For the Good Times offers a space to get away and allows you to control your surroundings, cook meals in the comfort of your own home, take in the sunrises and sunsets on the private boardwalk, and spend time with your family. This oceanfront, pet-friendly Litchfield Beach vacation rental has everything you need for your summer getaway. 

For the Good Times Property Highlights: 

For the Good Times - Litchfield Beach Vacation Rental
For the Good Times
For the Good Times
Features a private boardwalk 
Litchfield Beach Vacation Rental - For the Good Times
Oceanfront views from the porch
  • 6 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms 
  • Sleeps 12 
  • Oceanfront 
  • Pet-friendly – we’re happy to welcome you and your pup in this vacation rental 
  • Private boardwalk to the beach 
  • Spacious sundeck with built-in benches to  
  • Large, screened oceanfront porch 
  • Fully equipped kitchen 

Summer 2020 Available Weeks: 

  • May 30 - Jun 6 
  • Jun 6 – Jun 13 
  • Jun 20 – Jun 27 
  • Jun 27 - Jul 4 
  • Jul 4 – Jul 11 
  • Jul 25 - Aug 1 
  • Aug 1 - Aug 8 

Learn More About For the Good Times Now

As we begin traveling again, vacation rentals provide the perfect place to enjoy your own space and maintain social distance. When you stay in one of our Litchfield Beach or Pawleys Island vacation rentals, you won't need to worry about mingling with crowds or large groups. Our rentals give you space to unwind and relax in the summer breeze with your loved ones. We can't wait to see you again.

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COVID-19 Information & Your Vacation
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Updated - 19 May 2020

During this unprecedented time, Litchfield Real Estate is thankful for your patience while we navigate the COVID-19 situation. We are taking this day by day and will do our best to inform you as changes occur.

For the most current information about Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach, we recommend visiting the Georgetown County website - http://www.visitgeorge.com/.

CURRENT STATUS OF OUR AREA:

SHORT TERM RENTALS

Georgetown County is now open to visitors. The Pawleys Island Town Council will re-open Pawleys Island short-term rentals to guests, effective May 8. As of May 1, all travel restrictions into South Carolina have been lifted from CDC hot spots, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

BEACHES

Pawleys Island Beach public access points will open to the public on May 1 at noon.

Litchfield Beach and the Georgetown County end of Garden City Beach public access points will open to the public on May 1 at noon. However, the Marsh Walk, Jetty View Walk, and Veterans Pier in Murrells Inlet remain closed through May 14.

Huntington Beach State Park will re-open May 1. Community buildings, interpretive centers, and picnic shelters will remain closed. Additionally, the carrying capacity level will be lowered, limiting the number of people who can be on park property at one time.

Brookgreen Gardens is open with restrictions (not a beach but a local favorite destination!). Please purchase tickets in advance on their website.

Businesses in Georgetown County: 

  • Certain kinds of retail businesses reopened April 20 with restrictions.
  • Restaurants began reopening outdoor dining May 4 and began limited dine-in service May 11 with restrictions and following state guidelines, that include sanitization and health checks, developed by the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association.
  • Close contact businesses began reopening May 18 with limited capacity and following state-imposed guidelines.
  • Restrictions on groups of 3 or more in public as well as maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between all persons continue to be enforced.

WATERWAYS

South Carolina executive orders were lifted on all boating restrictions, effective April 20. All laws and regulations concerning the safe operation of boats in South Carolina are now returned to normal. Law enforcement can still cite, arrest, or disperse any groups of three or more individuals posing a threat to public health or public safety.

CANCELLATIONS:

If your reservation is impacted by current or extended restrictions placed on Georgetown County, SC, we will contact you using the email address and/or phone number affiliated with the reservation.

Please be assured that Litchfield Real Estate will work with you and treat you fairly. You will have the choice to move your stay to another date or take a full refund if your reservation is directly affected by South Carolina emergency COVID-19 ordinances.

If you are considering canceling your reservation and have purchased Red Sky travel insurance, then please contact your insurance provider to find out if the cause for cancellation is covered. Coverage and refunds are determined solely by Red Sky.

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Insurance Plan Overview

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Keep in mind, Travel Insurance is the only way to protect your vacation investment if something unexpected and unrelated to COVID-19 occurs that might keep you or your family from being able to come. Litchfield Real Estate offers trip insurance by Red Sky.

LITCHFIELD REAL ESTATE CANCELLATION POLICY

Litchfield Real Estate must be notified of cancellation in writing either by email to Info@LitchfieldRealEstate.com or fax to (843) 237-1513 and is subject to the property being re-rented. Every effort will be made to re-rent the property. If the property re-rents for less money, the shortage in rent will be charged on your account and the balance of pre-paid money will be returned less a $200 re-booking fee.

Payments cannot be transferred to other properties unless the original property is re-rented. Guest may not assign or sub-lease. No refunds are given for cancellation for any reason unless the same property is re-rented and paid in full for the same number of days as your original reservation.

STAY INFORMED:

Follow updates from Georgetown County below. All executive orders can be found here.

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-28: April 20 (beach access restrictions revised Pg. 4, Sec. 1; retail business re-openings, Pg. 5, Sec. 2)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-25: April 16 (public waterway restrictions loosened Pg. 4, Sec. 1)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-19: April 3 (lodging & travel from high-risk areas Pg. 6, Sec. 1)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-18: April 3 (non-essential business closures Pg. 6, Sec. 1)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-16: March 30 (public beaches/waterways restricted Pg. 4, Sec. 1)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-15: March 28 (state of emergency measures implemented Pg. 6, Sec. 1)

Georgetown County Executive Order 2020-08: March 13 (state of emergency due to coronavirus declared)



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Plan Your Secluded Vacation to Pawleys Island and the Litchfield Beaches
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Sunday, March 8, 2020

Due to recent events surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), many may be wondering if taking a vacation this year is even possible. Packing up your vehicle and driving to the coast for a restorative beach vacation while staying at a private rental home may be the perfect solution.  

Rental homes within the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach area provide the additional benefit of being ensconced within a diverse coastal ecosystem providing an abundance of outdoor, fresh air experiences perfect for social distancing and getting away from daily concerns and confinements.  

Your safety and the safety of others takes primary importance. Please follow local, state and national government regulations and recommendations regarding traveling and social distancing during epidemics, pandemics, and other states of emergency.  

Updated 04/01/2020 - At this time, the public is no longer allowed to be on the beaches of Pawleys Island or Litchfield Beach or other waterways unless they have a commercial fishing license until further notice. 

The Georgetown County Council has enacted an emergency ordinance restricting Short Term Rentals taking effect starting March 28 and remains in effect until May 1. The ban applies to accommodation businesses of all types in Georgetown County. New reservations cannot be accepted for any period of time through the end of April and existing reservations must be moved to a new timeframe or cancelled. Visitors currently checked in may remain through to their departure date but such reservations may not be modified. Any rentals consistently occupied by the same occupant since March 1 are exempt, but new occupants may not join the existing occupant(s).

Please visit http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/ for the latest updates on Georgetown County. 

Social Distancing 

Vacation rentals provide a private setting with plenty of space. Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach vacation rentals range from condos and vintage beach cottages to large vacation homes for multiple families. At Litchfield Real Estate, all rental homes reside within small, no-drive-through communities, including a couple with security guard gates. All beach rentals are either on the beach or an easy walk to the beach. Many additionally enjoy creek front or lake front locations. 

Kayaking on Pawleys Island

Private Amenities  

Vacation rentals offer an all-inclusive experience by offering high-speed wifi, multiple flat-screen TVs, fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor living spaces. Many also feature private pools, creek front docks and more. Litchfield Real Estate has one of the largest inventories of dog-friendly homes as well, making it easy to find the perfect rental home to fit every interest and need. 

Fresh Air, Pristine Beaches  

Breathe the fresh salty air and dig your toes in the sand. At Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island, the sand is soft and the beaches are wide and long, making it easy to find a spot on the beach to make your own. Our wide-open beaches make it possible to unwind and restore your sense of well-being.    

Inlet Point Peninsual

Other Outdoor Activities 

The unparalleled ecological diversity of the Lowcountry coastal region of South Carolina provides abundant opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The lazy Waccamaw River with its many tributaries leading to historic rice fields travels right by Pawleys Island and empties into the breathtaking Winyah Bay Estuary. Pristine tidal saltmarshes, the distinguishing charm of Pawleys Island, are threaded with winding creeks and beloved by fishers, birders, artists and nature-lovers alike.  

Many Litchfield Real Estate rental homes supplement outdoor experiences with Beach Gear Included providing rental credit to reserve fun outdoor items like kayaks, paddleboards or bikes. The options are endless. 

Paddleboarding on Pawleys Island

Cleanliness and Sanitation  

At Litchfield Real Estate, the cleanliness of our vacation rentals has always been of utmost importance. Our cleaning contractors are reputable and work hard to ensure each and every accommodation is cleaned and sanitized to strict standards. By increasing time to wipe down and sanitize areas of the home that are frequently touched, our guests can be at ease knowing their vacation rental is well taken care of.  

Invest Worry-Free 

Travel Insurance not only takes the worry away, it’s the smart thing to do. When the unexpected happens, it’s the only way to protect your family vacation investment. 

Litchfield Real Estate offers Red Sky/Sun Trip Preserver insurance because they make it easy and affordable, and they cover many unexpected situations that can cause cancellation, trip interruption or delay and even provides coverage for emergency medical treatment and transportation. Call Red Sky at 866-889-7409 to learn more.   

Ready to Book? 

When you book a vacation rental with Litchfield Real Estate, you and your guests will enjoy a secluded getaway with peace of mind. 

Feel free to contact Litchfield Real Estate directly online anytime or call us at 843-237-4241 during normal office hours Monday through Saturday for any questions surrounding your upcoming or future vacation to Pawleys Island. 



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Top Things to Do in Pawleys Island
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Monday, February 24, 2020

You’ve booked your Pawleys Island vacation rental and now it’s time to start planning activities and things to do on your trip. Pawleys Island and neighboring Litchfield Beach provide an escape to paradise that we know you deserve. Spending time outdoors can help boost your mood, ease your anxiety, and give you energy. It also is a great way to make memories with your loved ones on your beach vacation. Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach offer many outdoor activities on and off the water.  Let us help you plan a Pawleys Island vacation you’ll never forget!

Here are some of the top activities and attractions to do in the area:

Visit the Local Parks and Preserves

Brookgreen Gardens

People from all over come to visit the Brookgreen Gardens which has a combination of art, nature, and history. Stroll through the beautiful greenery on a guided tour or choose to explore on your own. Learn Lowcountry history and view amazing sculpture pieces on your visit. If you’re looking to find some peace and quiet, this is the perfect place to visit on your Pawleys Island trip. You can purchase tickets online at https://www.brookgreen.org/.

Huntington Beach State Park

On the coast of South Carolina sits a well-known spot for both locals and tourists. With three miles of pristine beach to go surf fishing and over 3000 bird species to spot, Huntington Beach State Park is a nature lover’s oasis. Stroll on the causeway and maybe you’ll spot an alligator or two or if you want to get to know more about the park, take a self-guided audio tour of Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark. Want to know more about Huntington Beach State Park? Visit the website and start planning your visit to one of Pawleys Islands’ most popular attractions.

Spend Time on the Water

The cure to all your troubles is spending time in and on the ocean. Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach offer an abundance of water activities for you and your family. Book a fishing charter and catch a fresh dinner, surf the waves of the Atlantic, or paddleboard in the sound where the water is calmer. Either way, the sea is the best remedy! Don’t forget, Litchfield Real Estate is now offering a new Beach Gear Included program. Book one of our rentals included in the VayK Gear program and get a $250 credit towards beach gear such as bikes, paddleboards, surfboards and more for your day out on the water.  

This is the home of championship golf, live entertainment, fine dining, fabulous shopping and some of the best fishing and boating on the East Coast. Come stay with us where there is something for everyone and the memories you make will be cherished forever.



Pawleys Island Things To Do

Book Direct with Litchfield Real Estate
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Friday, January 31, 2020

3 Big Reasons to Book Direct with Litchfield Real Estate & Vacation Rentals

If you're looking for an affordable Pawleys Island vacation rental, booking direct with Litchfield Real Estate allows you the best price guaranteed for your Pawleys Island vacation. Skip the hassle of booking with a third-party and book online with Litchfield Real Estate. Save money, receive first-hand knowledge, and see all of your Pawleys Island vacation rental options before making the most important decision of your vacation. 

Pawleys Island Vacation

Top 3 Reasons to Book Direct for Your Pawleys Island Vacation Rentals at a Glance

  1. Save Money

  2. First-Hand Knowledge

  3. Variety of Options

Top 3 Reasons to Book Direct for Your Pawleys Island Vacation Rentals Details

#1 - SAVE MONEY

  • Avoid Extra Fees

The large, third-party on-line travel agencies (known as OTAs in the industry), such as VRBO, HomeAway and AirBnB, dip into your vacation spending money by charging a costly guest fee – as much as 11% or more of the rental rate.

  • Get the Best Rate Guaranteed

Many rentals listed on OTA sites advertise higher rates than what’s posted on the property manager’s site to cover the extra expense of listing with a third party.

  • Find Special Deals

By booking directly with Litchfield Real Estate you can take advantage of special discounts and promotions you won’t find anywhere else and you can be among the first to find out by signing up for our newsletter

#2 - FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE

  • Authentic Local Experience

We love to travel to experience the local flavor of an area. Your experience begins with us – the rental service managing your beach getaway. Here at Litchfield Real Estate, our travel consultants live, work and breathe all things Pawleys Island.

  • We Know Our Homes

Who can tell you if the main floor bath on the right is between the queen bedroom and the bunk room or out in the hallway? Or if you can see the sunrise and set from your rental? Or how deep the water is at the creek dock? Or if the pet-friendly home has a securely fenced-in yard? Not the OTA. By booking direct, our first-hand knowledge will provide the assurance you need to make the best choice.

  • Your Go-To Resource

Maximize your vacation experience by claiming our travel consultants as your go-to resource for the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach area. We can recommend restaurants, point out upcoming events, share local news, and provide native knowledge that only we can know.

#3 - SEE ALL OPTIONS

  • Hard-to-Rent Homes are Posted with OTAs.

Think about it. Our website is fast, mobile-friendly and responsive, and we pay dearly for it. So why spend more money posting a rental with a third party? Because, most likely, the home is harder to rent.

  • Go Straight to the Source

Most property managers only post a sample of their rentals with online travel agencies (OTAs). If you have a specific amenity, layout or locale in mind, why not go straight to the source to find exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t settle for less.

  • See ALL of Your Pawleys Island Vacation Rental Choices

By searching directly on the Litchfield Real Estate website, you’ll see every Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach rental that we manage, including prime oceanfront cottages, updated condos, rentals with a creek view, a private pool or a dock as well as dog-friendly Pawleys Island vacation rentals. Looking for a budget getaway with only a short walk to the beach? On our site, you’ll see ALL your choices.

Plan Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Now that you know more about booking direct with Litchfield Real Estate and the many benefits, it's time to start planning your Pawleys Island vacation. Browse a variety of properties for your vacation needs and talk to the local experts!

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Book Your 2020 Pawleys Island Vacation
Posted by Litchfield Real Estate | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

There’s nothing like getting a head start on planning your 2020 family vacation. Pawleys Island is the perfect vacation destination for families and friends, providing plenty of things to do and see during your stay. Every year, the best properties and stay dates always go first. Start your 2020 vacation search now and plan a beach getaway that your friends and family are sure to love!

Pawleys Island Beach Gear Included Rentals

Beach Bike

Litchfield Real Estate has partnered with VayK Gear to make your Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach vacation planning easier! Homes in the Beach Gear Included program allow guests to rent beach gear such as bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, beach chairs, and other beach equipment with a $250 credit. The gear is delivered to your home before you arrive and is picked up when you depart, making your Pawleys Island trip a breeze.

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Pawleys Island Oceanfront Rentals

Pawleys Island Oceanfront Rental

Guests can enjoy the convenience of being steps away from the beach when booking one of our Pawleys Island or Litchfield Beach oceanfront vacation rentals. Take in the sights and sounds of the beach from the comfort of your own home, or take a quick walk down to the beach and go for a quick dip in the ocean. Nothing beats being right on the water and watching the sunrise or sunset over the Atlantic from your rental. 

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Pawleys Island Dog-Friendly Rentals

Pawleys Island Pet Friendly

Dogs need a vacation too! Several of our vacation properties are dog-friendly and generally allow up to two adult dogs with a fee. Take a walk on the beach with Fido or let them cool off in the refreshing ocean, either way, your pup will be happy you brought him/her along on the family vacation. Read more about Litchfield Real Estate’s pet policy and how you can have a great beach vacation with your pup. 

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Litchfield Retreat Rentals

Litchfield Retreat

Finding paradise is easy at Litchfield Retreat! If you’re looking for a more affordable option for your Litchfield Beach vacation, Litchfield Retreat is a great choice for families and friends. Guests enjoy resort-like condo living, being steps away from the beach, and full/partial ocean views from the comfort of the rental.  

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Plan Your 2020 Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach Vacation

Now is a great time to start thinking about your Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach vacation! With a large selection of rentals ranging from large homes, condos for a romantic retreat, pet-friendly properties, and more, we have something for everyone. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact our team at Litchfield Real Estate and we can help ensure you’re planning process goes smooth. 

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