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Historic 5 Bedroom Home, Walk to Cumberland Island Ferry

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Built in 1907 of granitoid block, with two large porches and tall windows.


Last updated: 03/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Relax at the Rose ....

'There is something ineffably serene about this house. It is a visual version of a Vivaldi Concerto or Handel’s Water Music. I sit and absorb the soothing impact of pale walls against honeyed woodwork, the abundance of flowing space and the unusual sense of tranquility that one feels here. My eye delights in the detail of the solid mantel-pieces that rest above the eight fireplaces, the perfectly chosen artwork that is redolent of a long-ago, somehow simpler, time and the light…always the glorious abundance of light that fills the house.' ...St Marys Magazine

A 1907 Historic Home located in the heart of the historic district of St. Marys, Ga. A traditional 'foursquare' design, and one of the first homes in the area constructed of an unusual type of block (known as granitoid, rarely seen in South Georgia).

The home has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a formal dining room and comfortable living room. While the home has been modernized (central heating and air conditioning, modern kitchen, and more), one can still appreciate the original details of hardwood floors, large windows, dramatically high ceilings and two large porches - all surrounded by a half acre of camellias, azaleas, roses, magnolia, oak, camphor, cedar and persimmon trees, scuppernong grapes and a variety of other lush plantings.

Saint Marys ....
For those of you who are not familiar with St. Marys, allow me to acquaint you with this wonderful small town. Located on the banks of the St. Marys River, the town is the second oldest in the U.S, following St. Augustine, Florida. It is in the Southeast-most corner of Georgia, nestled just west of Cumberland Island and east of Highway I-95. Jacksonville International Airport is only 30 minutes away. It is centrally located between Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach and Jekyll Island/St. Simon's Island/Sea Island. Once in St. Marys however, it feels a world away. Everyone greets you with a smile, and strangers wave hello. St. Marys was named The Best Small Town in America by Money Magazine, and is the site of the 2004 HGTV Dream Home. It was also recently highlighted in Southern Living Magazine.

The town is small and quiet with moss draped oaks and a charming atmosphere. The house is within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. Bikes and golf carts are available to rent. A kayak outfitter offers a variety of trips for all levels of experience. Or try your hand at fishing from the pier or in the river and tidal area. The Rose-Lovell House is just two blocks from the Cumberland Island Ferry and public boat ramp. It is a 45-minute ferry ride to what the Travel Channel has ordained as 'America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach'. Stroll the trails and beaches and catch a glimpse of wild horses, dolphins, white tailed deer, armadillos, wild turkeys and a variety of other birds.

Stop in to the St. Marys Visitor's Center for information regarding activites, restaurants and local history. Meet at the flagpole on the waterfront to join the historic tram tour.

Head 45 minutes west to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Take the guided boat tour and learn about the swamp inhabitants and its fragile ecosystem, or rent a canoe or kayak and see some of the wildlife up close.

Keywords: Historic House, Vacation Home, sleeps 12, Cumberland Island, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, St. Simon Island, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, Jacksonville, porch, family reunion, girl's trip, coastal Georgia, Okefenokee, fishing charter, golf, shopping
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    There are 3-4 stairs up to the exterior doors, and due to age of the house, I don't believe the doorways are wide enough. To accommodate a wheelchair....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Blue & White bedroom: 1 queen

    This room also has a working antique sink and cabinet in it....moreless

  • Green Bedroom: 1 queen

    Pillow top mattress, antique furniture...moreless

  • Rose Bedroom: 1 queen

    This room also has a sofa in it....moreless

  • Twin Beds Upstairs: 2 twin/ single

    This room connects to the tub bathroom....moreless

  • Downstairs Trundle Room: 2 twin/ single

    Connects to bathroom. Bed can be set as King or 2 twins....moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Oversize chair converts to single & a fold up single cot....moreless

  • Upstairs bedrooms - three have queen beds and one has two twin beds. The downstairs bedroom has a trundle bed, which can be used as a single, or pulled out for two twin size beds. Sleeps 10 in beds. Additionally, there is a chair in the living room that pulls out to a single, and a fold up single cot stored in the twin bedroom closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Upstairs Shower Bath: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

    Connects to twin bedroom....moreless

  • Downstairs Bath: toilet, shower

    Connects to trundle bedroom & foyer....moreless

  • Updated bathrooms - two have walk-in showers and one has an old fashioned tub....moreless


  • Books:

    Books, books and more books!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A game cabinet in the living room contains checkers, backgammon, Chinese checkers. There is a dictionary stand with a selection of other games, including Monopoly, playing cards, a few kid's games....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A small selection of CDs, mostly classics....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    A selection of DVDs....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    By bringing the four kitchen chairs into the dining room, you can seat twelve....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    8 fireplaces! Non-working but absolutely charming. Located in the kitchen, dining room, living room and all 4 bedrooms....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    New fiber optic cable....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Table and chairs for 4. Charming sideboard, non-working fireplace....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric range...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Electric range...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Two huge porches, one upstairs, one downstairs....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Available for rent (they will deliver!) from Camden Bikes....moreless

  • Golf:

    Laurel Island Links located nearby....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available for rent by local outfitters....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    1/2 acre lot with camillias, azaleas, magnolia, oak, camphor, cedar & persimmon trees....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas grill...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    St. Marys Aquatic Center is a seasonal pool complex located 1.7 miles away....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 23 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 23 - Dec 25, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $195
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Tax Rate 13%


No taxes are charged for continuous stays of 31 days or more.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/25/2017
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31 Miles
Nearest Airport
Jacksonville International AIrport
0.3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cumberland Island National Seashore
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Laurel Island Links
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Cumberland Island

Car: Recommended

St Marys Aquatic Center - perfect for families with kids, Horseback riding on the beach in Amelia Island, close to Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

If you group is interested in some fun activities, a local shop, Cottle & Gunn, offers classes in blackboard paint, furniture painting (think shabby chic chalkboard paint) and several other classes. Minimum of 6 ppl.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: The Barrie Family

Why the Owner Chose Saint Marys, GA, USA:
When vacationing together as a family, we sometimes had a difficult time finding a home that was large enough for us all to stay together. It was important to us to find a home that not only had enough bedrooms, but a good working kitchen, large dining room, and plenty of space to enjoy each other's company or go off and read a book. We found it all at The Rose-Lovell House! The house has a wonderful peaceful, welcoming feel to it! Our family has quite a few family heirlooms in the house, and combined with some special 'finds' it always feels like coming home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The high ceilings and tall windows welcome a wonderful natural light into the house. It exudes warmth and peacefulness. The two large porches are a great place to visit with family and friends, or relax on the hammock with a book and cool glass of tea. With a half acre of trees and flowers, it is a beautiful setting for a barbecue or game of horseshoes. Walk to the ferry dock for Cumberland Island, or to many of the shops and restaurants located in the historic district.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/25/2017

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  • Built in 1907 of granitoid block, with two large porches and tall windows.

    Built in 1907 of granitoid block, with two large porches and tall windows.

  • Dining room seats 8, can fit 12 with chairs from the kitchen.

    Dining room seats 8, can fit 12 with chairs from the kitchen.

  • NW bedroom, Queen

    NW bedroom, Queen

  • Two spacious porches, with hammock and rocking chairs

    Two spacious porches, with hammock and rocking chairs

  • Large and comfortable living room

    Large and comfortable living room

  • Front door, foyer and upper hall. 4 bedrooms 2 baths up, 1 bedroom and bath down

    Front door, foyer and upper hall. 4 bedrooms 2 baths up, 1 bedroom and bath down

  • NE bedroom, Queen plus sofa

    NE bedroom, Queen plus sofa

  • St Marys Riverfront

    St Marys Riverfront

VRBO #100471

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017

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