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Historic 5 Bedroom Home, Walk To Cumberland Island Ferry

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 12)

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

More Details

Beth Neidenbach
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018


St. Marys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • There is a full time tenant living in the above garage apartment. Please do not park in the driveway.
  • This home is 100 years old and has family antiques inside. Please treat this home with kindness and care.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , claw foot tub with hand held sprayer
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , downstairs bath
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , downstairs bedroom
    Bedroom 2 blue - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 red - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 green - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 red - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing


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Historic 5 Bedroom Home, Walk To Cumberland Island Ferry
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Melbourne, FL

Perfect getaway weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect getaway weekend in a quaint town with easy access to Cumberland Island. The house was perfect for our group of 8. Beautiful bedrooms and comfy space to reconnect and enjoy a few days with very special friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Diane. We are so happy you had a good time while at the Rose Lovell House. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!
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Fantastic house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in St. Mary's to use it mainly as a base to see Cumberland Island. The house easily hosted our 5 adults and 4 kids (but could have fit a couple more adults or children). It was the perfect size to be cozy but also allow some privacy when needed! The high ceilings, woodwork and historical touches made it such a pleasure to be there. Beds were comfortable, good pillows and towels. Access was from a punch cod on the door and it really took the headache away from keeping track of keys.

It was so great to be able to walk to everywhere we needed on quiet, lovely streets. Very easy to get to Cumberland Island also. There was a lot to see in St. Mary's. Truly a charming small town. Don't miss the country store down by the river front (ice cream, fudge, souvenirs and packed lunches!), the many historical sites or a walk in the park at sunset!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Doylestown, PA

Wonderful, comfortable home in a perfectly situated town

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at the Rose Lovell house and enjoyed every minute of our experience there. The house is perfectly outfitted with very comfortable beds, couches and porch chairs. Everything worked flawlessly: stove, microwave, TV, HVAC, W/D, security system, etc. Everything was very clean and neat upon our arrival. It's a house that's easy to relax in, either enjoying family time in the sunny living area (lots of board games available) or reading a book while rocking on the front porch.

St. Marys is a perfect central location for exploring southern Georgia and northern Florida. It is close to Okefenokee Swamp, Fernandina Beach, Jekyll Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore (our favorite day!). The town itself is quiet, with beautiful views of the river and marshes. It is a great town for walking, with a few nice shops and restaurants. Everyone we met was extremely friendly.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful historic home, perfect for our large family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Rose-Lovell House was perfect for our large family's annual New Year's vacation! The home was even more beautiful in person than seen in the photos. It is very spacious with lovely furnishings. The owner and cleaning crew showed great attention to detail in decor and cleanliness. The bedrooms are large with very comfortable beds. The dining room is beautiful with a table perfect for our large family. And icing on the cake was the wonderful Christmas tree in the living area, which made our family Christmas gift exchange more special. Thank you for sharing your wonderful, historic home with us! We look forward to our next visit to St. Mary's and the Rose-Lovell House!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kitty, we are so glad your family enjoyed your stay at the Rose Lovell house. I want to thank YOU for the immaculate way you left the house. Your care to strip the sheets and stack the towels was so very thoughtful and appreciated by the cleaning crew and myself. You all are welcome back anytime! Happy New Year!
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Saint Marys, GA, USA

Great Family Gathering Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our children and grandchildren stayed in the Rose-Lovell home--located only a few blocks from our home--over Christmas. It was spacious, well-furnished, and comfortable while still being elegant. The hosts even put up a Christmas tree to carry on the holiday theme. Extremely comfortable beds and sheets added to the magic. We highly recommend this home for family groups to get together in St. Marys.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Linda, we are so very happy your family was able to stay together at the Rose Lovell house for the holidays. Thank you for your kind words and great review. We look forward to having your family back to stay for visits to St Marys again soon! Happy New Year to you all, Beth N
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful. We were there for my sons wedding and the house was perfect for our entire family. The house was very clean. Plenty of towels were provided. Has a beautiful back yard.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lynn. We are so happy the wedding finally was able to take place, and that everything went well. We hope you will come back to the Rose Lovell house when you visit St Marys.
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Cumberland Island National Seashore
Lang's Marina Restaurant
Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center
Cedar Oak Cafe
Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Jacksonville International Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Laurel Island Links
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Cumberland Island
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $195
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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