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Beautiful Views & Scenic Sunsets at The Bluebird on Tybee Island

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Studio suite, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-2 adults)

Framed by towering Georgia pines and marshes The Bluebird overlooks Horse Pen Creek and the Back River. The owners live in the main living quarters on the ground floor, which began as two army barracks, which were moved from historic Fort Screven in the 1940’s.

Former owner, George McDonald, an original girl scout who served under Juliette Gordon Low, purchased the cottage in the 1970’s. George was a spirited woman, a retired teacher who was very community focused. She was instrumental in getting Tybee’s named changed back from “Savannah Beach” to “Tybee”, as well as being a primary leader in initiating the restoration of the Tybee Lighthouse. George added the second floor, which now serves as The Bluebird Suite, for her sister, Caroline. George and Caroline enjoyed living in their marsh cottage until the late 1990’s. The current owner, your hostess, Shirley, hopes to provide a wonderful experience for travelers who appreciate helpfulness but also value their privacy.

Your cozy suite (with private entrance) is spacious and includes a living area with satellite TV, wi-fi access, a variety of books; and a refrigerator, coffee maker, & microwave. Bedroom includes a king sized bed, private shower, closet & and a sitting area.

A variety of birdhouses, garden art, and wind chimes add whimsical touches as you experience breathtaking sunsets overlooking the marsh, Horse Pen Creek, & the Back River. The location is central to the Back River fishing pier, the Tybee Pier and Pavilion, the beach, a variety of restaurants, art museums and shops. Bring your bike or rent one for an enjoyable way to sight see around our small island.

The view is sensational and can be enjoyed from each room. At high tide the marsh is covered with water and in addition to enjoying watching boaters, or kayaks passing by, it’s relaxing to watch the fish jumping or the occasional serendipitous glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the waters.

Keywords: Peaceful, beautiful marsh and water views, quiet, bright and cheerful, romantic, restful, lovely, charming, breezy, great location, easy walk to beach.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Views & Scenic Sunsets at The Bluebird on Tybee Island
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

I grew up in this house

  • 5 of 5

This home holds so many childhood memories for me. My Great Aunt Bucky (George McDonald) and Great Aunt Caroline were incredible women. We would go crabbing and come home and Aunt Bucky would cook them for us. We played for hours in the yard and use to love watching the birds with all the birdhouses Aunt Bucky had out. You can't help but love this home because it was filled with love for years. I miss my two Great Aunts but they definitely shaped me into the woman I am today.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would love to hear more stories about your memories with George and Caroline! Thanks for sharing!
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Powdersville, SC

So nice we didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at quite a few places here on Tybee and this hands down has to be one of the best! The location is absolutely perfect. It's close to the beach but also tucked away on the back side of the island where it's super quiet. The home was very well maintained and clean. Shirley greeted us as soon as we arrived and was incredibly kind! I would without a doubt stay here at the Bluebird again!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words, 'y'all were a delight, and I look forward to your next visit! All the best, Shirley
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Harrison, Ohio

Amazing Place

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place, absolutely loved it! Owner so nice and friendly, she provided everything you could think of for your enjoyment and comfort, even bug spray and binoculars on the porch. We could not have been more happy with a place to stay! Within walking distance of many things. I could have just stayed and lived here. Would love to go back!!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y'all were delightful and I really enjoyed having you at the Bluebird! Please return and stay longer - the sunsets, beach and dolphins miss you!
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Perfectly Relaxing!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I discovered Tybee Island for ourselves several years ago. We've had opportunities to stay on the north end of the island along the Savannah River, on the south end close to the pier, and even beachfront central of the island. However, the Bluebird afforded us the most relaxing place of all. Situated facing the back marsh the Bluebird is clean, comfortable, and accommodating. Shirley is a very gracious hostess and clearly understands the vacationer's desire for privacy and a hassle free stay. We look forward to many more visits to the Bluebird.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really enjoyed having you two as guests at the Bluebird and appreciate your kind comments! Look forward to seeing you again in the very near future for a longer stay! Wishing you a wonderful summer and year ahead. Many thanks.
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Loved the Bluebird!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I were unsure what to expect as we usually stay at one of the busier condos right on the strip but we loved it! It was just enough room for us had an awesome view of the marsh. It was nice, quiet and relaxing. Shirley, the Bluebird hostess, was very nice and accommodating. She was interested in our Tybee experience and even gave us suggestions. She recommended the North Beach Bar & Grill so we checked it out and it was great! Thanks Shirley, we had a great time and can't wait for another visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Augustine, Florida

Randy Elvis Walker

  • 5 of 5

This exotic and beautiful paradise is the perfect place for a Honeymoon or just a relaxing weekend from the real world. I have stayed at this beautiful home away from home "The Bluebird, Tybee Island." It is an amazingly relaxing, peaceful, quiet, quaint place with a beautiful view from any room. it is walking distance away from AJ's Restaurant which has the best food on the island with a fantastic view indoor or outdoor. Shirley the owner of the Bluebird is an amazing hostess. She personalizes her guests stay to welcome them and make them feel at home. No wonder so many of her guests like myself are repeat guests. The Bluebird makes a nice gift for a vacation or Honeymoon. Check it out! I guarantee you will love The Bluebird and that you will return and refer others. Be sure to explore Tybee Island. Thank you Shirley and the Tybee folks for your pleasant hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and your lovely bride are a delight! This is an opinion that everyone who met y'all during your visit felt, your enthusiasm and positive attitude is contagious! We look forward to seeing y'all again soon.
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Car: recommended

Overlooks beautiful marsh and Horsepen Creek and back river. Short walk to restaurants, Tybee's south beach where the Pier and Pavilion area are located...special events are frequently held there including fireworks displays, bands and festivals.


Rates & Availability

Tybee Island Studio Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

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For cancellations made within five days of arrival date, there will be a $125 charge for one night.

During holiday weekends there is a 3 night minimum.

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Tybee Island Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower - no bath tub.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Sit on quiet porch that overlooks beautiful marsh and enjoy stunning sunsets! Also, short walk to ocean, restaurants, shops and grocery store. Only registered guests permitted on property (day or evening) additional guests not allowed.

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