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Sea Gift Cottage, a Beachview Paradise in the Heart of Georgia's Golden Isles

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Sea Gift, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8 (10 if owner allows)

Choosing a vacation spot is an important task. Searching through all those websites, trying to imagine what you and your family might like. Looking for the one place that'll meet your needs like no other. It’s so easy to make a mistake in your selection. However, here we are talking about St. Simons Island, one of the last stops before getaway heaven, and Sea Gift, a classic, true beach haven, beach view cottage. Yes, it is in a fantastic part of the world. Yes, it has lovely vistas and furnishings. And, yes, its owners will be sure to go the extra mile to make you happy.

Built in 1994 by the previous owners, it has all amenities. This unique house boasts a 12x23 private pool and three generous porches all with amazing views, including vistas to the south and west of fellow Golden Isles--Jekyll (of millionaire getaway fame), and Cumberland’s legendary barrier wilderness appeal, and ocean, ocean everywhere.

The owners bought Sea Gift only 5 minutes down the beach from their former condo at Seaview, so many of their lovely furnishings will seem familiar to previous condo renters: no surprise to them that Sea Gift is furnished just the way you would your home — no “cheap beach” feel anywhere: Plantation shutters, great mattresses, appealing artwork and attractive objets throughout. Airy and light-filled, it has ambience and views pictures can only suggest. But maybe, the owners like to say, “the best décor is out the front door.”

The living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, all have those fabulous ocean views, and airy 10' ceilings.. The master is on the first floor, tucked away in the southeast corner of the house with its own fine views across the porch, king bed, two walk-in closets and large, renovated bath with new airjet tub, granite counter, travertine tile floor and shower. And airy 10" ceilings! The lovely rear porch, where you will want to savor the ocean view with your morning coffee and meals, overlooks the private pool and back garden below.

Upstairs, the second-floor features three charming bedrooms which again all look out on the ocean: All the bedrooms have TVs with DVD players and huge closets as well.

The southwest bedroom has a queen, its own bath, desk, bench seat and a comfy swivel chair to facilitate conversation, reading and ocean watching,

The southeast corner has bunkbeds and queen sleep sofa and shares a hall bath with the dreamy sea-blue middle bedroom which has a queen, PLUS glass doors leading directly out to the upper porch deck. Spanning the width of the house, this is a secret retreat in the cool of the evening-- perfect for catching wave action (try it during a full moon and high tide) and dramatic stargazing.

Besides the stunning views and great location, just down the street from the King and Prince Hotel, and very near the Village, there is beach access directly across the way at 5th Street. East Beach, a broad, dune-filled beach area, is a handy bike ride or stroll away.. You can easily walk west on our beach at low tide over to St. Simons Village, a trendy locale bustling with shops, restaurants and activities around the Pier and Lighthouse.

If you continue on past the west-of-Village Butler neighborhood, you’ll hear the bagpiper playing at dusk at the Sea Island Lodge from the sands (or the front entrance if you have a member/guest-of-member card).

Up Beachview in the other direction, the King and Prince Hotel has a great oceanfront café and restaurant. Plan to visit Ocean Motion clothing shop and bike rentals, Crabdaddy and the laid-back Beachcomber (BBQ) restaurants, gift shops, etc.. Up that way you’ll also find Massengale Park and the big wide beach at the old Coast Guard station.

Things to do? It's highly recommended that you start with a tour on the St. Simon’s Trolley and see Fort Frederica, Christ Church, Bloody Marsh, and more. Or try kayaking, golf (Davis Love III and PGA pros train at Sea Island’s Ocean Forest and Sea Island Lodge (S.I.'s Seaside Golf Course is on St. Simon’s) courses, tennis, bike trails, tennis, and the numerous other tourist attractions. Surfcast from our beach, fish off the Pier, Hampton Point (north end), or your choice of boats (many for hire). We hear whiting and trout all like GA shrimp as bait.

Drive to Jekyll to tour the restored 19th Century Millionaires’ Club and Cottages and many amenities of this state park. If you like a one-of-a-kind wilderness scene, melded with late 19th century remnants, don't miss Cumberland, a National Seashore and Georgia’s largest barrier island: you won’t soon forget its haunting forests, dunes and wide sandy beaches, with armadillos, loggerhead sea turtles and wild horses roaming free. (Via a National Park Service ferry, reservations required).

Or just hang around Sea Gift: read on our porches, gawk at the huge cargo vessels and fishing boats big and small going in and out of Brunswick port on the mainland, by day be a beach bum.. Swim in your own pool, and rainy days, the pool room is perfect for puzzles and playing games, or watching movies and sports on the 50” TV.

The old adage is certainly true in this case--location, location, location, halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville. No, this is not the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons; these islands have preserved their easy, low-country, low-key charm and are way less crowded. Eugenia Price’s famous novels and Sidney Lanier’s ode, “The Marshes of Glynn” conjure the magic of the Golden Isles: St. Simon’s and Sea Islands, Jekyll and Cumberland (both quite visible from Sea Gift), plus Sapelo, and Little St. Simons—all beautiful and worth the visit.

No matter how you spend it, Sea Gift offers a vacation where you can truly relax. You could choose to do nothing; maybe just enjoy the ocean from the hospitable porches. If you are new to the St. Simons Island area, you are in for a treat. If you are returning, then you already feel the its live oak and Spanish moss spell and know its enduring appeal.

If you'd like to make a reservation or receive additional information for your dream stay at Sea Gift, please send us an email under "Book It Now," fill out the adjacent form. We look forward to having you. Thanks so much for considering us. And feel free to call me, Peter Cole, or email anytime if you have any questions or need more information.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter Cole
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About Peter Cole

My name is Peter Cole, and I am the owner’s representative. I wear many hats: an oceanfront, resort, rental condo owner; property manager; rental agent; dog tender (That is Woody in the picture. Spends most of his day in the chair across from my desk watching me work.) and favorite; loving husband. As a Medicare card carrying senior, I look back over a full life. My chosen life ‘occupation’ (my Mother could never bring herself to call it a job) was to take teens on cross country camping trips; 3000 teens in all, spanning 33 years. My nephew, Doug Gill, slipped into my shoes as I stepped into my retirement. Now he has passed it on to Sassy Smyth. (Curious? Google 'TCTW.' )

My friends and relatives worried about my having too much time on my hands in retirement so they gave me their resort properties to manage. My reputation as a good manager/agent grew. Now 12 properties fill my stable. It was 1967 when I took ownership of my first rental property. In the years since, we have bought and sold 11. I come to you with a lot of experience. I do not take lightly the importance of your vacation. I want to match your needs with the properties I represent. I am here to answer all your questions.

Peter Cole purchased this house in 2016

Why Peter Cole chose Saint Simons Island

Sea Gift is a true vacation jewel. It's 'grandmother' had named her family beach house "Summer Gift,' and Sea Gift became the name the Hurts gave their beach cottage' Sea Gift' when they acquired it in 2016. Like its forebear, the name is painted on a piece of driftwood. Come see for yourselves if this marvelous home is not well named....

What makes this house unique

You are a stone's throw from the beach with striking ocean views and ultra-desirable South island location. The furnishings and interior touches are and thoughtful, comfortable and attractive. Its handsome new driveway done in pavers can accommodate 5 cars. As you can tell, we treasure Sea Gift Cottage and can't wait to share it with you.


Car: recommended

Croquet set and bocce balls on premises. Public library, playground, Olympic-size pool and picnic area in Village.


Saint Simons Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 and 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 half baths plus an outside shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size bed (1) In the master, on the main level with all the same fabulous views Queen size Beds (2): Two bedrooms (middle with glass doors out to the upper porch) and the bedroom facing Southwest have queens. Bunkbed (1) In the Southeast bedroom where there also a queen sleep sofa. All have fabulous views....
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful home - Fantastic Location - Wonderful Thanksgiving

  • 5 of 5

This was our second annual small family Thanksgiving reunion in St. Simons, but our first time in this beautiful home. My husband and I stayed in a one bedroom condo by ourselves the week prior, and drove by Sea Gift everyday in anticipation of moving in the following week with family. We were beyond excited and the house did not disappoint. The pictures just don't adequately portray this warm and welcoming cottage just steps away from the ocean. The furnishings are just what you would want to have in your own home, and then some. The icing on the cake was that the house, community and beaches are pet friendly. Our hearts are yearning to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Sea Gift Cottage, and gladly await your return visit--the Hurts
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Incredible view from Sea Gift

  • 5 of 5

We used to live at SSI, and have vacationed here for years, so we know the island well. Of all the places we have stayed, we liked the location of Sea Gift the best. I accumulated may good memories just sitting on the great front porch, soaking up the view of Cumberland and Jekyll to the south, reading, and watching storms come up the coast. The village is a short five minute bike ride. The south end of east beach is right across the street. At low tide you can walk all the way up East Beach. Even at high tide you can walk south towards the village. The main traffic on Oceanview Drive is pedestrian or bicycle.

The house is beautiful. Well appointed, modern kitchen and very comfortable beds. The very private pool and back deck, both well shaded, are a great place to slow down, escape the summer heat and avoid crowds totally.

We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at Sea Gift. Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to your next visit!
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Evans, GA

Relaxing Week!

  • 5 of 5

Sea View was an amazing condo! It is very open, airy & bright! It is very well appointed & beautifully decorated. Enjoyed every aspect of it! Beach is a quick 2 minute walk across street (tide dependent) but also a short drive to anytime beach access at Massengale Park or East Beach. Balcony views were great to watch boats coming in, dolphins, or simply to read a book. All of the property is well maintained. We walked to the village several nights as well. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Review Title: Beautiful Condo Close to Village

  • 5 of 5

Review Text:

Beautiful Seaview condo was perfect for our family vacation to St. Simons Island. From the huge master suite, to the granite countertops in the kitchen, this is hands down the nicest condo we have ever rented. The condo was immaculate when we arrived. It is very spacious, with lots of natural light, and a great deck with partial water views. We enjoyed watching the large transport ships go by every afternoon. Seaview is within walking distance to the lighthouse and village parks, shops, and restaurants. During low tide, the beach is also a short walk from the condo, and East Beach is a short drive or bike ride away. We enjoyed all the history on the island, Ft. Frederica is a must. We highly recommend St. Simons, and Seaview.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, Mo.

My vacation beachy rental condo

  • 5 of 5

We loved the beachy condo's appearance. It was clean, inviting and had a view of the ocean. We were only steps from the ocean which was so much fun and easy. It had all the amenities we needed for our 2 week stay. The bedrooms were spacious and the baths were updated and immaculate. The porch was a great feature because at night we could sit at the wrought iron table, have dinner and watch the world go by. We were very close to the village where shopping and dining were abundant. It was very important that our dog was allowed to join us there. It was wonderful that the property included a darling pool and we could see it from one of the bedroom windows. We are telling friends this condo is perfect for a truly spectacular vacation. The condo looked exactly like the on line photos-no surprises there. Maybe in person, it looked even better. Thanks, the renter.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cumming, GA

2013 Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This condo had everything we needed. The three bedrooms were each very private and had a good size attached bathroom. There was plenty of room for everyone to socialize, eat or have some quiet time. The building is centrally located and is an easy walk or bike ride to the village and other local eating spots. The condo is clean and nicely furnished. We would love to stay in this unit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Cleaning fee $375
Tax Rate 12.0%

Georgia State Sales Tax of 6% applies to vacation rentals. Local hotel/motel tax of 5% is charged on the first 30 days of all short term rentals. Bookings are only held for two weeks from date of reservation pending receipt of deposit. Preferred payment is by check, received within 7 days of booking; after 7 days reservation is void. Renters pay by credit card, which is also on file as a contingency against property damage.
CANCELLATION POLICY: There is a $50.00 processing fee on all cancellations. Deposits will be refunded, less processing fee, if reservation is cancelled more than 60 days prior to scheduled arrival date. Thereafter, refunds will NOT be made unless property is re-rented. Check in is no earlier than 4:00 PM and check out is before 10:00 AM. There are starter sets of paper products and kitchen detergents, etc., guests supply their won paper products, trash gags, bath items and cleaning supplies. NO SMOKING IS PERMITTED (non-compliance will result in a $500 fine).

Holiday periods (Thanksgiving, etc.), may have set fees; renters may choose to stay less or longer with other rates applied)

We love dogs. Please advise when booking - kind, age and number of pets in question. (Cats not allowed owing to allergies, sorry.) There is a well-fenced yard, fyi.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.