Peaceful Jekyll Island Villa
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Jekyll Island condo description
We call our Non-Smoking, ground floor villa (#208), 'Retreat' because that is exactly what it is for us - a peaceful place to get away from it all in the beautiful surroundings of Georgia's Jekyll Island. Once a winter hide-away for some of the wealthiest families in the country during the Gilded Age, Jekyll is now a state park offering an unique combination of nature, recreation, and history to her guests. There is something for everyone on Jekyll. We hope you will use the link to our Jekyll Retreat website to learn more about the history of Jekyll and the attractions there for visitors today. There are also many more photos of our villa, Retreat, there for you to view.
NOTE: Our unit has been renovated in December, 2012! We now have ceramic tile floors in the living area and bedroom, a new step-in shower, remodeled kitchen, newly refinished/repainted ceiling, and fresh paint on all walls.
To rent Retreat, please drop us an e-mail. This is better than calling due to work schedules. We'll be delighted to answer any questions for you. We finalize all rentals through Jekyll Realty, so that it is easier for guests to get their keys and have a contact right there on the island.
If you wish to rent immediately, you can contact Jekyll Realty directly at (888) 333-5055. They accept Visa, Mastercard, traveler's checks, and personal checks (30+ days ahead).
Retreat is a delightful one bedroom villa located in Villas By the Sea, an oceanside resort on Jekyll's north end. Retreat Villa #208 is located in the Ellington Building, a quiet building just a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean. Our building isn't oceanfront but is the first building back and it only takes a minute's walk to get to the beach.
Villa By the Sea's seventeen beautifully landscaped acres provide a tranquil environment for residents and guests. Beach boardwalks lead through the greenery to a sandy beach that stretches on for miles. There is an L-shaped solar heated pool with a splash pool/wading area for children, a restaurant and lounge, garden area with benches and fountain, grills, and a children's playground on-site at Villas By the Sea. A boardwalk by the gazebo is perfect for reading and enjoying the ocean. Washers and dryers are available as well. The staff at Villas is courteous and ready to help you in any way during your visit. We work through Jekyll Realty, whose staff are ready and willing to help during your stay.
Our villa is decorated in a relaxing nautical style with many lighthouses, shells, ocean collectibles, and prints to make your stay a pleasant one. We bought our villa in 2003 and have redone the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living area, adding new furnishings, mattress, dishes, and many other little touches to make Retreat Villa feel like home. We replace the pots and pans yearly to keep them clean and fresh, and we replace pillows and blankets frequently to keep them comfortable. We work hard to keep our unit clean and comfy - a home away from home for ourselves and our guests. While linens are not included, you can rent them easily through our friends at Jekyll Realty. We do keep a couple of blankets in the unit for your comfort.
The Ellington Building is nestled beneath towering live oaks draped with Spanish moss. With a back patio and expansive sliding glass doors, it's a wonderful place to bird watch. Development on Jekyll is strictly controlled by the state, so there's ample opportunity to enjoy nature and wildlife throughout the island. Bike rentals are available on-site to explore Jekyll's 20 miles of bike paths. Jekyll Island is a golfer's paradise with 63 holes, and there is also a tennis center and a water park nearby. A fun and 'green' activity on the island is renting a 'Red Bug', cute electric vehicles, to see the island up close. Red bug rentals are available nearby.
We hope you'll take a look at all Jekyll Island has to offer and take the tour of our Retreat Villa on our website. If you do come to Jekyll, we hope you'll find it a relaxing and enjoyable place to get away from it all. Thanks for your time!
Keywords: Condominium, Villa, Villas by the Sea
- On floor 1
- 615 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
We've provided books for children and our unit is located close to the playground. We've also placed beachcombing guides in the unit for family enjoyment. The pool has a special children's splash area that is perfect for young ones....moreless
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Limited Accessibility:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Coffee Maker
- Living Room seats 5:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Parking Off Street:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine:
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Short stroll to beach - about one minute or so - first building back from beachfront; Hair dryer in bath, newly Solar Heated Swimming Pool with Kiddie Area, Charcoal Grills on-site,(BBQ), No Pets/No Smoking, children's playground with new play boat directly behind unit, convenient, yet not a noisy feature. ...moreless
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
The gazebo is located beside the ocean, making it perfect for weddings or just for reading and relaxing. There is also a boardwalk with ample seating beside the ocean. Perfect for reading and relaxing!...moreless
- Outdoor Grill:
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Deepsea Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Parks
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Restaurant on-site, Garden Area with Fountain, Water Theme Park nearby, Tidelands Nature Center close-by, Georgia Turtle Center close-by, Children's Play Park with Pirate Ship for climbing and play located directly behind our unit. Mini golf is close-by as are Jekyll's golf courses. Near the Soccer and Tennis Complexes. Fishing pier and historic area close-by. Jekyll is a wonderful balance of development and nature. Don't leave the island without visiting the Georgia Turtle Center and Tidelands Nature Center. Maybe a kayak excursion in the Marshes of Glynn? The island's history is intriguing. During the Gilded Age, the nation's richest families gathered on this small island for their winter getaway. Be sure to take one of the tours of the historic district. ...moreless
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Just got home from a great time on Jekyll Island. Wife and I celebrated our 36th anniversary there, staying in the very comfortable and "homey feeling" area. This is a great place. Everything was ready for our arrival, from the folks at Jekyll Realty to the bedroom light being on to welcome us. The entire place was clean and it DID feel like home. The couch and recliners helped it feel that way. In a hotel room you generally get to watch TV from the bed, propped up with all available pillows. -- One small suggestion -- a paper listing of TV channels for those of us who are remote control challenged would be nice, HA. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was really nice, especially the shower. The location was exactly as described - play area for kids right out the back door, pool not much farther and the beach less than a 5 minute walk (we walk slow). Enjoyed the beach at low tide and the breeze kept the bugs at bay for the most part. Saw plenty of deer on the golf course and a couple of racoons crossing the parking lot one evening. Rented bicycles and rode around the historic district. We hadn't been on bike's since we were kids and the half day rental was PLENTY as our 'backsides' couldn't have handled any more. Had lunch one day at Fins and dinners at SeaJays, Driftwood Bistro and the SandBar & Grill. No regrets at any of those locations, good food and very very good service. All in all EVERYONE we came in contact with on the Island was extremely nice and helpful and made you feel like they appreciated you being there! That includes the guy selling fudge next to Jekyll Realty and a gentleman who stopped his bike ride to see if we needed any help or directions as we had stopped our bike ride to take a drink of water and watch a couple of golfers tee off. Must be my grey beard and white hair. In summary - If you are reading this - a stay at the Villas on Jekyll Island should be peaceful and relaxing. Ours was.
- Guest Retired Navy (N. Fla)
- Date of stay 09/05/13
- Review Submitted 09/14/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing.
Manager response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Retreat on Jekyll Island and the amenities the island has to offer. Should you return to Jekyll, please consider a return visit to Retreat. Happy Anniversary!! Jody
Great little home away from home
Great little home away from home
My family (2 adults, 2 small children)stayed here this past week and we were very impressed with how clean this villa was. We have stayed in other villas in the area and this one was by far the best we have rented. The owner was also very prompt on answering any questions we had. The beach was just a short walk from the room. We very much enjoyed our stay and if we return I will definitely look up this listing again.
- Guest liana_04 (Ooltewah, TN)
- Date of stay 06/19/10
- Review Submitted 06/28/10
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thank you so much for being our guests at Retreat on Jekyll. We are delighted you had a good stay and hope you'll be our guests again. A new sofa sleeper is coming in September! :-)
Payments made to Jekyll Realty (MC/Visa/Traveler's Checks/Personal checks 30+ days in advance. Mid-Season rates apply from April 27 - May 22 - $700./week Season: 3/2 - 8/9 - $775.00/week; Off Season - All other dates - $650/week. During Season, only Sat. to Sat. weekly stays are available; MidSeason: $140/Night Off Season: $130/Night Three night minimum required during Mid and Off Season 6% Sals Tax. 5% hotel-motel tax charged on first 10 days. 1% Rental Tax. Special rates for long-term stays. Inquire for more information.
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Year Purchased: 2003
About: I am a retired teacher who led students to Jekyll for 15 years to learn about the barrier island's unique environment. Now I enjoy coming to Jekyll just to relax! In 2012, I published a book about Jekyll Island. Jekyll Journey: A Family Guide to Georgia's Jewel is perfect for anyone visiting the island, whether for the first time or the forty-first! There are many activities for families to enjoy while on the island or upon returning home. It is available around the island at shops and hotels. I'm a musician now, teaching guitar and playing at coffee shops, weddings, restaurants, and private events. While on Jekyll, I love to beachcomb, shop, read, and just relax! I hope you will discover the magic of Jekyll for yourself while at Retreat, my island home.
Why Jekyll Island:
I've visited Jekyll Island since I was a child, and it's always been the most special place to me. The island offers a unique combination of natural beauty and fun activities. My dream was to have my own little piece of heaven on Jekyll, so Retreat Villa is truly a dream come true. Villas by the Sea is a unique property on the island. Surrounded by live oaks, its buildings are sheltered and peaceful. The landscaping is natural and attractive. Driftwood Beach is just a short stroll away, and you can enjoy the view of the St. Simon's Lighthouse on the way. The Villas are wonderful for enjoying Jekyll's wildlife. Deer are frequently seen. Our backdoor visitors have included raccoons, squirrels, possums, and a friendly fox. Because of the natural erosion and accretion of barrier islands, Jekyll's beaches are are slim to none at high tide. Villas by the Sea features a wonderful boardwalk for reading or surf-watching even when high tide claims the beach. If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful, relaxing locale, Villas by the Sea has it all.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
I love to ride my bike around the island. The ride through the marsh is just around the corner from our villa, and I see something special every time! Sometimes a great blue heron will be waiting for dinner on the banks of a tidal creek. Other times, it's a raccoon family crossing the marsh or a painted bunting flickering across the bike path. Sitting on the beach or beachcombing is another favorite way to spend an afternoon. Our building is the first back from beachfront, so it's just a short stroll. Driftwood Beach, written up in Southern Living magazine, is right next door, and its unusually shaped trees give the beach an otherworldly appearance. I love to hunt for shark's teeth and sanddollars - never the ones that are alive! The shrimp boats and huge ships coming into Brunswick are always fun to watch, and nothing beats the sound of the ocean for a relaxing time. Our unit is surrounded by beautiful live oak trees - the state tree of Georgia. We enjoy feeding the squirrels that play in the branches and in summer, it's so refreshing to return to the shade after hours in the sun at the beach. I love to take a good book out onto the patio and just relax under those gorgeous trees. Visiting the historic district is another favorite way to spend a day. Tours of the Millionaire's mansions are available, and it's a wonderful place to bike or walk. Nestled under gorgeous oaks on the river side of the island, the shops are located in historic buildings once housing servants and support staff for the Gilded Age millionaires who once called Jekyll Island home. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a fascinating stop, and Tidelands Nature Center isn't far away. Wonderful places to learn about the natural beauty that makes Jekyll Island so unique.
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Retreat's foyer welcomes guests to our home by the sea.
Retreat's name describes our Jekyll villa - comfortable and perfect for rest.
Retreat is perfect for relaxing and rest.
Retreat - your home away from home on Jekyll Island.
The ocean boardwalk at Villas By the Sea is perfect for relaxing.
Villas' boardwalk and gazebo are perfect for relaxing by the ocean.
Miles of bike paths make exploring Jekyll a safe, easy, and fun experience.
Retreat's back patio features comfy chairs and a small table, perfect to relax.
Relaxed dining with a lovely view!
Retreat has satellite flatscreen TV with DVD player with comfy furniture.
Our kitchen was recently renovated & has a great view of the live oaks out back.
Comfortable bedroom with one closet just for our guests. Clean and fresh!
The Ellington Building, location of #208, is surrounded by towering live oaks.
Solar heated pool with children's splash area.
Retreat is a short walk away from unique Driftwood Beach. Perfect for picnics!
Retreat's entrance is secluded and welcoming.
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Date last modified - Thursday, July 25, 2013
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