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River Tide cottage is both waterfront and marshfront. In remote, Shellman Bluff, GA, it's just 12 minutes from I-95 and 20 minutes to the small towns of Richmond Hill and Darien. Best of all, it's just 40 minutes to Savannah or St. Simons Island.
Features: WIRELESS INTERNET and three flat screen TV's with 72 channels. BLU RAY and DVD.
If you're looking for a quiet place to unwind, this is it. Feast your eyes on the miles of tidal marsh and blue water. Take in the salty air and the peace of this unique environment. Watch the herons, egrets, ducks, and pelicans feed in the marsh. Relax under our palms, cut our camellias in February, or sample our back yard tangerines and winter kumquats. Most of all, enjoy our screened porch facing the sunset. Use our backyard dock to swim, kayak, and visit. Clean your shrimp, fish, and crabs at the dock sink. (We keep nets and traps). Cook them on our outdoor gas grill. While you're here, take the state ferry out to Sapelo Island or visit the exotic bird sanctuary at Harris Neck Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, 10 minutes away. Our high seasons are Summer, Spring, and Fall, but we also have sunny winter months, where the average highs are in the sixties. This is the Low Country at its best.
Our home is not fancy, but it's more than comfortable, always spotless and you can trust that we've thought of everything. There are ample stocks of glassware, cookware, dishes, pots/pans, towels, sheets and so many small touches. But in the end, visiting here is all about the water, the marsh views, and the dock. The home is on a wide tidal creek just 300' from the White Chimney river that leads to the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW) and Sapelo Island. The water is navigable much of, but not all of the day. It comes and goes twice daily with the tides. At high tide, the water is 6 feet deep and feels very protected at this end of the creek. For boaters, there is a deep water public ramp 1/2 mile from the house... you can see it from our dock. Also, we keep four kayaks and several floaties for your use as well. Getting out on the marsh in a kayak or swimming in the fresh salt water is one of the best reasons to visit the area. (Be sure read up on the tides before you go out!)
Things To Do: e-mail us for an activities list. For shoppers, the 'Darien Outlet Mall' is on I-95 just 20 minutes away. Finally, enjoy our 'corn hole' games, croquet, and bocce games. Be sure to use our kayaks on the river.
Amazingly, The New York Times travel editor visited Shellman Bluff in 2006. You can Google 'AMERICAN JOURNEYS; Shifting Sands and a Slow Pace on the Georgia Coast' to see the article.
Baths are small. Functional, but small. The hall bath serves 2 bedrooms. It's a tub/shower combo. The master bath has a walk in shower only....moreless
The place to be at the River House is on the screened porch. There is a small dining table (for 4) on the side porch in addition to seating for 6 on the back. Just sit and enjoy the water and bird life. There is always bird activity! Morning coffee on the screened porch - or at the dock house - is my favorite time of the day. But my Mom's favorite time of the day is 'wine time' on the porch at sunset. Take your pick:)
We have lots of guests with kids. Kids love the dock and the salt water. Because it's 'tidal', the water is only 6' deep at the dock and it feels very protected at our end of the river. Swim, splash, kayak, use rafts, but enjoy the water! ...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
75 channels of cable, BLU RAY for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc...moreless
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Savannah, GA (40 miles) or Jacksonville, FL 60 mls
'The Flip Flop Bar' 5 minutes, Shellman Bluff
Sapelo Island Ferry
Shellman Bluff - Sapelo Hammock Club
1-95, US 17 10 min's.
Five Nearby Seafood Restaurants in Shellman Bluff
St. Simons, Jekyll, Tybee, or Ferry Sapelo Beach
Located in Shellman Bluff, this home is typical of Coastal GA fish camp areas... The lots are about 115' wide on the river.. and like this one, most have docks. The street is not fancy... it has all types of homes. But they all have live oaks draped in Spanish moss, some palms, and more marsh and water than the eye can take in. You can swim, crab or fish off our dock. Park your boat or trailer in our driveway. There are also 4 good nearby fresh seafood restaurants; look for today's catch of fish, blue crabs, shrimp, and oysters. Speaking of seafood restaurants... Drive over to Crescent to try Pelican Point or head up to Midway to try the Sunbury Crab Company and don't miss Skippers in Darien. Google them. Trust me, these are not like your chain restaurants! Also, don't forget to golf in Shellman Bluff... The Sapelo Hammock Country Club is just 5 minutes away and is open to the public and surprisingly affordable.
There are so many nearby things to do. But they all spell 'Food' and 'Nature'. The birdlife is other-worldly. Watch the pelicans dive at the Shellman Bluff pier. Visit the Harris Neck Nat'l Wildlife Refuge to observe the spoonbill cranes and wood storks. But mostly, visiting Shellman Bluff is about the feeling that overtakes you when you're by the marsh. But be sure to get out on the water: use our kayaks or let one of the Shellman Bluff captains take you out on an affordable water tour. Also, explore the nearby barrier islands: Blackbeard, St. Simons, Jekyll, Tybee, Hilton Head, Amelia, or take the ferry to Sapelo or even Cumberland Island. These are some of the last great undisturbed barrier islands on the east coast. And if you're up for it, head down to the great Okefenokee! Here at the house, have fun with our cornhole boards, play croquet on the lawn, or use our kayaks. Just enjoy the outdoors.
Experience the mystery and sacredness of one the last stretches of the East coast that is truly remote. It's like a step back in time.
Cell Service: Verizon works well. ATT service is touch and go. The house has local phone service, cable TV, and wireless internet.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: We live in Atlanta, but always wanted a home in the Low Country. We bought this property for the waterfront lifestyle, the marsh, and to get away from it all. We love that there are only 14,000 people and 2 stop lights in the entire county. That's our kind of place.(GA RE LIC #300532.)
Why the Owner Chose Shellman Bluff: We love the remote location. Looking for sandy roads and no traffic? Looking for a night sky filled with stars? This is it. It's like a step back into the 1950's. And we love the nearby fresh seafood restaurants... Truly, there are 5 of them are within 3 miles and while there is enough nearby shopping to be convenient, you'll never deal with cars, crowds, or traffic. Clydes convenience store (it serves a good breakfast and lunch too!) is just 5 minutes away and The Piggly Wiggly is 10 minutes away. Also, go to Hunters restaurant at Shellman Bluff for great fried shrimp or fresh fish. Or buy fresh seafood at 'DockSide' (literally around the corner) then use our grill and dine on the screened porch for the sunset dinners. Or go over to JT's, AKA, the 'Flip Flop Bar' ... for pizza and live music. Slow local pace, but everything you'll need. Also, be sure to head up to the Sunbury Crab Co for a scenic and fun meal in Midway, GA, just 15 minutes up the highway.