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Historic Cottage Getaway, Smoke Free, Quiet Downtown Area Near Golf & Fishing

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Coquina Cottage from Elm Street side near driveway


Last updated: 10/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:28-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Cottage Retreat, pets welcome - Fully furnished, including: bed and bath linens, kitchen - microwave, crock pot, dishwasher and all gear for cooking & serving (yes - wine glasses), clothes washer/dryer, Cable TV & DVD player, wireless internet & wi-fi printer for your laptop, a couple of old bicycles, kettle barbeque, hammock and a shell bucket for the beach. Well insulated with central heat & AC.

We are located in the village of Fernandina Beach (2 mile bike/drive from Beaches) with historic buildings still in use for your favorite things - shopping, dining, ice cream/fudge shop, coffee shop, antiques, beach clothes. Just a mile the other way is all the modern shopping and necessities with your favorite chain stores

Our neighbors are also very friendly and ready to answer any local info questions or just give a friendly 'Good Morning'.

Our prior guests have been very happy and are willing to email a reference to you. At this point 6 families have located themselves in our area after staying at Coquina Cottage.

Seasonal Rental, minimum 1 month
100 year old Amelia Island cottage with all modern amenities.
Smoke-Free, Non-smokers only.
Easy walking to historic downtown shopping, dining and fishing in Fernandina Beach and along the Amelia River. Or go down island to more resort dining and many golf courses.

Only, 2 miles from beautiful Atlantic Beaches. A great place for snowbirds, golfers, fishermen & nature lovers! This is our home away from home and we would like to share it with a few special people who love to enjoy great places with beaches, small town walking, lots of water for fishing and boating, golfing attractions and lots of history. We love Pirates!

Coquina Cottage is a classic cottage which was modernized a few years ago, well insulated over and under last year for those few cold days and many hot ones (AC works well). Last year we also gave her a full exterior paint job, scraping down to some beautiful wood, then covering it again colorfully. This year (2015) we did the inside, again with color. She is after all our beach village retreat.

This is the place to stay for a month or two. Invite the kids & grandkids and get the sand in your sandals, then lay back in the hammock and nap.

Our Coquina Cottage has all the old original wood floors and charm, but modern appliances - all electric, plumbing, central heat/air conditioning with new insulation . Fully furnished with a great screened porch, including hammock and wicker furniture. Master bedroom has queen bed, guest has twin day bed and pull up twin trundle. Both with private baths. Has washer/dryer and roll away bed for extra grandkids. Small fenced backyard for pets or may be indoor/outdoor (pet fee required). We have a small doggy/cat door. Pets must be on a monthly flea/tick preventive and approved by owners in advance.

If you're into gardening, go at it! We have a larger side yard and front garden. Our lawn/garden guy does the regular stuff, but we welcome any additions to the garden. Pick your rosemary & lavender from our large bushes and plant some basil. Watering the mint helps too.

Amelia Island has activities for any age or interest. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Amelia River, water sports are readily available - fishing (salt & fresh water - piers, beaches & charter boats), kayaking (rentals available), water tours of Amelia Island and Cumberland Island with their wild horses, water people ferry to St. Mary's, GA and the ferry boat to Cumberland Island. The beaches are white and beautiful and great for walking, swimming or shelling. Sea turtles nest here in their season (summer) too.

Old Fort Clinch State Park has walking and bicycling trails, old fort tours and reenactments as well as camping for your excess visitors.

Golf courses - several good ones on the island - see our local link for info. You can rent a golf cart on the next corner or bicycles just down the street.

Cultural activities are always available in our village - The Little Theater, movie theaters, street concerts, Island History Museum, Art Groups, Nature Groups etc. Dining out is affordable and delicious with an abundance of great, local restaurants geared to the varied tastes of Fernandina Beach's many visitors.

Walking is a favorite activity, whether in historic downtown (where Coquina Cottage is located), or on the Greenway which bisects a portion of the island or just out the town pier to watch our famous sunsets.

Saturday morning Farmer's Market and sidewalk sitting for coffee or limeade for people watching are also high on our list of fun.

Hammock napping and breakfast on the porch with backyard barbeques are good year around on Amelia Island.

* Want to plan a Group Getaway? Friend Andrea's wonderful cottage (VRBO # 313115) is directly across the street. Book 2 Historic Houses! *

Keywords: Historic Cottage in town

*Want to be near New Orleans on the Gulf of Mexico? Check out Oyster Reef in Pass Christian, Mississippi. A beautiful, new raised creole cottage facing right on the Gulf in a quaint fishing village, between Biloxi's Casinos and New Orleans French Quarter. VRBO # 430326*


Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1550 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum 25 Years old for rental....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children love Coquina Cottage - bring home your shells and do shell crafts on the porch! We have an outdoor shower for kids and shells by the back door. Hang their art permanently somewhere. We are a work in progress. As grandparents we enjoy having them for a week during our month....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    All on one floor, 2 steps up to enter through back screen porch. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely, NO SMOKING. Non-smokers only! Smoking will break your lease. It is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY (out to the edge of the street). Our guests count on this. Thanks....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets Welcome, Pet Fee required, also, all shots current and monthly systemic flea/tick treatments required....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Guest Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Child's Rollaway also available. Private bath adj...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Sunny and Large with dressers and chairs. Master Bath adj....moreless

  • Queen size Bed (1) Master Bedroom with dressers. Twin Day Bed with Pull up trundle same size in Guest Room - Small Roll-Away also available, plus 2 folding cots Kids & Grandkids are welcome wherever they land. This is really a great beach cottage....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, shower

    Has shower stall with overhead and hand shower options...moreless

  • Guest Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Tub for real relaxing or grandkids. Opens into Guest Room...moreless

  • The Master Bath has a linen closet (stocked) and the laundry room with Washer/Dryer is off of the bath. We also stock a basic first aid kit, some various shampoos, etc from others and a handheld hair dryer. Ironing board & Iron. The Guest Bath has it's own towels etc. and a tub/shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Easy walking to downtown Fernandina Beach shopping, harbor and restaurants. Easy bike ride or 2 mile drive to beach, lots of parking and access....moreless


  • Books:

    We have several shelves of books of all kinds. We are happy to swap/give the less expensive ones with you or just take a beach read to North Beach. We have children's books too....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Yes, DVD player, but not much video library. If you have old ones that you would like to donate, please bring them....moreless

  • Games:

    We have some of the old favorites - cards, monopoly, etc. & puzzles. Always accepting leftovers....moreless

  • Music Library:

    We have a CD player and a few CD. Accepting donations for any kind of music. Tropical Jimmy Buffet to classical Bach or rock or Mr. Rogers....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Comcast Cable provides most of the channels you want, including weather, sports, cooking etc. in case you can't quite unplug your team....moreless

  • Stereo:

    CD player, not many CD's. Accepting donations....moreless

  • Television:

    TV in living room only. You're here to relax and unplug....moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys are scarce, as everyone is usually outside biking, lemonade standing (we have the best dispenser) or beaching etc. But for rainy days better bring some....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A few, always accepting donations...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Easy 6 city block walk to downtown with great little shops and local dining. Stroll to the Saturday farmer's market or walk 1 block to one of our best restaurants....moreless

  • Village:

    300 yr old Fernandina Beach is the perfect historic village. Join the locals on their evening walk to the fudge/ice cream shop on your way to the marina for the sunset on the river. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Kitchen Table seats 6, but we keep 4 chairs there. Other straight chairs are located around the house, in case of a family reunion. This often happens!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Heat & AC all work well with programmable thermostat....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Internet access & email available through our wi-fi...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heat/AC...moreless

  • Internet:

    Via Wi-fi - personal network. Wi-fi/bluetooth/apple print connected color printer for use with laptop/tablet or iPhone....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All bed linens and towels are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living Room opens across bar to dining area in large kitchen....moreless

  • Parking:

    Off Street driveway big enough for 2 cars or 1 car and boat trailer...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Park only in our paved driveway, which holds 3 cars or 2 cars and a boat trailer or RV. Our yard is mostly Florida sand, which causes many cars to get stuck, if all 4 wheels are off the street....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    In driveway with car ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, yes. They stay home. Bring your favorite beach towel....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry room opens off of Master bath with stacked full size washer/dryer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wi-fi and wireless printer in the cottage - bring your laptop...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Catering available from several restaurants in the area, including one 1 block away....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Electric drip and also a french press. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped with everything except food....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything is there, even a crock pot....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with modern appliances, dishwasher, all electric house, crock pot, all dishes, cooking and serving gear is fully stocked....moreless

  • Microwave:

    For those leftover pizzas from Arte's...moreless

  • Oven:

    Electric, large enough for turkey and potatoes, or just the extra large pizza...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We keep spices, some teas and whatever non-perishables prior guests leave. Also, a bit of flour and butter in the freezer for whoever....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Works great and occasionally comes with good local jams in fridge or Klondyke Bars in freezer below, left by prior guests....moreless

  • Stove:

    All Electric - new....moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 slice that also accommodates bagels (which are fresh made at Chez Lezan on Atlantic in town - YUM)...moreless


  • Bicycles:

    2 adult and 1 or 2 children's, it varies a lot. Old but adequate for island use....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Patio in small fenced backyard with table and chairs....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several courses within a couple of miles....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened Porch - Old style with hammock & wicker chairs. Table for two for breakfast...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Yes, Florida type, citrus trees and always happy to have gardeners to enjoy it....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Cook outside - Fish on the grill!...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Nearby at Community Center...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Boogie boards and sand toys. More available for rental down the street...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Pool and tennis courts at Community Center on Atlantic...moreless



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from 14 traveler reviews
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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 1 - Oct 31, 2015
30 night min stay

Winter Rates 1
Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2016
30 night min stay

Winter - February
Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2016
28 night min stay
Winter - March
Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2016
30 night min stay

My Standard Rate
30 night min stay

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Pet Fee $75
  • Cleaning Fee per month $115
  • Taxes Not included


One month (28 days) required minimum stay. There is a $115 per month cleaning fee, $75/pet - pet fee non-refundable & a Refundable Reservation/damage deposit. Total NON-SMOKING PROPERTY. We welcome pets, children, even sane adults, but No Smoking please.

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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Fernandina Beach
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St. John's River Mayport Ferry
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ritz Carlton, Amelia Plantation Etc.
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Jacksonville Downtown
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 block east of our house, Merge, or lots downtown
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Fernandina Beach at the end of Centre St.

Car: Recommended

Coquina Cottage is a short 10 minute walk from downtown Historic Fernandina Beach on the Amelia River, noted for its many local restaurants and cafes with fresh seafood, as well as all the small gift and clothing shops. Finish off your sunset at the marina walk with coffee and ice cream or fudge at the Fernandina Fudge Shop. Atlantic Beaches for shelling & sunrise, swimming or fishing is a must do. Historic Fort Clinch State Park for reenactments or walking the many trails in the park or in the Greenway are great closeby. Of course, there are golf courses, rivers and oceans to boat or fish and the City of Jacksonville nearby for faster paced activities.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: We live near New Orleans where Jim grew up, but Gayla is from Jacksonville. Fernandina Beach is where we always enjoyed vacationing, especially camping in Fort Clinch Park & shelling (sharks teeth hunting) on the beach. We love sailing, kayaking, walking in the greenway or to town for shopping or an ice cream cone. Coquina Cottage is our favorite vacation destination & our children enjoy it with their families also.

Why the Owner Chose Private Homes:
We chose Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island because Gayla had spent many 'beach days' there as a girl. Then we went together as our children got older. It was logical that we would like a cottage there to look forward to as a retiremant place some day. In the meantime, our renovated 100+ year old Coquina Cottage is too good to not share. The town also is so historic, inviting and friendly that it's ideal for visitors. We know you will feel as we do. Bring your grandkids - ours love it! Also, golfing and fishing are really good here.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Whether you are a Golfer, Fisherman, Beachwalker or town shopper Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island has it all! Surrounded by a busy, historic fishing, shipping and tourist town, our neighborhood is quiet and serene. Sitting on the edge of the downtown historic area, from our cottage we can walk 5 very short blocks and be shopping, dining in fine local restaurants or even sitting in church. A brief bike ride or drive takes us to the beach, where we really enjoy shelling and boogie boarding. Walking & seeing our neighbors walking by is one of our favorite activities, too. Then, Gayla spends a lot of time shark tooth hunting on the beach, plus we love all the waterbirds around Egan's Creek. Fort Clinch reenactments and night visits for star gazing are really special. Whether bicycling, walking or boating it seems there's a lot to do. But bring a book or take one from our collection. Nothing compares with the hammock on our own screened porch.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, Un Peu/pequeno - Google Translate works

Links to more information:



  • Coquina Cottage from Elm Street side near driveway

    Coquina Cottage from Elm Street side near driveway

  • Front view on South 6th Street. The Oak tree now provides shade.

    Front view on South 6th Street. The Oak tree now provides shade.

  • Kitchen with dishwasher etc. Our gathering spot

    Kitchen with dishwasher etc. Our gathering spot

  • Our office

    Our office

  • Master Bedroom - Cool and comfortable

    Master Bedroom - Cool and comfortable

  • Guest with Day Bed and Pop-up trundle, private bath.

    Guest with Day Bed and Pop-up trundle, private bath.

  • A touch of the tropics to chat with neighbors.

    A touch of the tropics to chat with neighbors.

  • Our neighborhood at Christmas. We also have a Christmas Cookie Tour.

    Our neighborhood at Christmas. We also have a Christmas Cookie Tour.

  • Liquid Gold at the beach - Sunrise

    Liquid Gold at the beach - Sunrise

  • French Sailor Strikes the Colors at Sunset in Fernandina Harbor on the river

    French Sailor Strikes the Colors at Sunset in Fernandina Harbor on the river

  • City marina - great for Sunsets

    City marina - great for Sunsets

  • Primitive Life on our beach. We also grow sea turtles and healthy people.

    Primitive Life on our beach. We also grow sea turtles and healthy people.

  • Cozy Coquina Corner

    Cozy Coquina Corner

  • Living room - pass the goodies!

    Living room - pass the goodies!

  • From Kitchen through to front door. We opened it up & added beach colors.

    From Kitchen through to front door. We opened it up & added beach colors.

  • Relaxation Spot! My favorite is the Hammock - Gayla

    Relaxation Spot! My favorite is the Hammock - Gayla

  • Master Bath

    Master Bath

  • Guest Bath with Tub. Not really that narrow, just my camera.

    Guest Bath with Tub. Not really that narrow, just my camera.

  • Bailey's spot, Small fenced yard in back

    Bailey's spot, Small fenced yard in back

  • Downtown Fernandina Beach Shopping
Fudge & Ice Cream Shoppe is up the block

    Downtown Fernandina Beach Shopping Fudge & Ice Cream Shoppe is up the block

  • Shrimp Boats Are A'Coming on the River, as well as small freighters.

    Shrimp Boats Are A'Coming on the River, as well as small freighters.

  • Saturday Farmer's Market, music and munchies

    Saturday Farmer's Market, music and munchies

  • Concours d'Elegance in March

    Concours d'Elegance in March

  • Adventure Awaits

    Adventure Awaits

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