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Beautiful Views & Scenic Sunsets at The Bluebird on Tybee Island

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type studio
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.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017


Tybee Island Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(32 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Views & Scenic Sunsets at The Bluebird on Tybee Island
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews

Charming, cozy and relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We travel often, however, seldom write reviews; but our first visit to Tybee Island and our stay at the Bluebird was such a pleasure, I felt compelled to share our experience. The location is in a residential neighborhood, with easy walk, or bike ride to the beach, restaurants, & shops. The beautiful marsh view with serene sunsets, which we enjoyed with a glass of wine each evening on our private porch offered an opportunity to connect with each other and nature.

The marsh alone was a source of enjoyment, just watching shore birds diving for their dinner & fish jumping at high tide. It's a short distance to the "back river", where we met a local guide, put our kayaks in the water and enjoyed a ride and beach picnic to Little Tybee Island, which is a short distance away, by boat, and uninhabitated. The Bluebird suite was the perfect size for us, spacious and charming, very comfortable bed and linens. We didn't plan to cook, so didn't miss having a stove, but enjoyed the conveniences available for making breakfast; frig, microwave, coffeemaker & toaster was perfect. I especially loved the surprising sweet touches throughout the suite, like a vintage bonga drum, small colorful xylophone, and guitar, which my husband attempted to play! There was a nice variety of books, which was a grand opportunity to get off Kindle for a while and read about local history and chill with a fun beach novel. Our host, Shirley, who lives downstairs, was available and attentive when needed, and very responsive to our texts and calls about questions regarding local activities. We appreciated her reminder that the island is a PAY TO PARK community, if going to the beach or other public areas by car, prepare to have quarters or credit card to pay for parking. The same for Savannah, just 20 minutes away, obviously parking is a premium in these communities; another reason we enjoyed renting bikes, just park, lock and no worries! The only problem with our stay at the Bluebird, was it was simply TOO SHORT; however, now that we have found it, we plan to return when the opportunity allows us to get away from our busy lives and renew our spirits by the shore, and marsh! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you chose the Bluebird for your first Tybee visit! Look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review.
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Adorable and homey feel!

  • 4 of 5

We only stayed for two nights, but this place made our stay want to come back for longer! Adorable little cottage with a wonderful view and an amazing hostess made our stay very enjoyable. Shirley was very helpful and kind and made payment painless as well as check in. The Bluebird is walking distance from the beach and pretty much every restaurant we wanted to go to. We were excited at the end of each day to just come home, relax, and watch a movie in the living room before bed. Will definitely stay here again when we come back to Tybee!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sydney, look forward to having you at the Bluebird again in the future! Best, Shirley
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very sweet spot.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful sunsets. Shirley was a delightful host.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, I truly appreciate your choosing the Bluebird for your Tybee stay and hope you'll return soon for a longer visit!
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Loved it again!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Bluebird for a number of years and have had a wonderful time each year! We love the way the sun lights up the rooms, and the blue/yellow decorating theme makes you feel relaxed. We're birders, and all we have to do is look out the window to see beautiful birds around the marsh. Although there is a narrow road between the house and the marsh, you feel like you're right on the marsh with all the changes the tides and light bring. The sunsets are amazing - we watch the sun go down from the porch and then, within about a half hour, the gorgeous reds, oranges, and purples light up the horizon. It's a wonderful neighborhood for walking - along the marsh or down to the ocean. The rooms are cozy and comfortable, and the whole experience just makes us feel like smiling!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bluebirds, shorebirds, turtles and sunsets all smile when you two stay in the Bluebird Suite! Thank you for the lovely review, I look forward to seeing you again very soon.....we'll toast our shared love of the Tybee marsh and the peaceful sunsets that light it up at evening's end. All the best until we meet again.
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Shippensburg, PA

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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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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Oct 20 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

For cancellations made within five days of arrival date, there will be a $150 charge for one night.

During holiday weekends there is a 3 night minimum.

Credit card required for reservation - Visa MasterCard or Discover accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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