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Heart of Historic District W/Free Parking! 1870 Home with Charm

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503 E McDonough St Savannah, Georgia Historic District


Last updated: 05/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)


We have two units so please check with us as the calendar can be confusing - Only the upstairs is available at this time due to a long term booking downstairs. The balcony upstairs is not open for use; however there is a sitting porch downstairs.

Welcome Home!

The McDonough House, built in 1870, is designed to be your home away from home. Vacations and getaways are meant to be just that - why be cramped in a hotel room when you can have a home - with all the amenities!

Our home is divided into an upstairs and downstairs unit - each separate and private from the other. Each floor consists of 1000 sq ft of living space - a bedroom with a king bed (upstairs), queen bed (downstairs), living rooms with spacious futon sleepers, and a daybed (upstairs) or rollaway (downstairs), kitchen, dining room and bath. We offer flat screen TVs in both living and bedroom areas of both units, free wifi, full channel tv listings. Each unit has two separate entrances to the bath for maintaining privacy in the bedroom.

The McDonough House is a short ten minute walk to River Street, museums, fine dining, the night life, Savannah College of Art and Design and is located in the beautiful Historic District of Savannah, Georgia.

Transportation is just a step out your doorway. There are Pedicabs, horse and buggy, trolley tours, and more. We will provide you all the information. Do you want to get away from the city? Beautiful Tybee Island Beach is just a short 15 minute drive. Fort Pulaski, Fort Jackson, Bonaventure Cemetery - always famous to us, but made more so in the novel and movie, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'. It is 20 minutes from the Savannah International Airport and 35 minutes to Hilton Head.

NO SMOKING in our home but there is a porch downstairs suitable for your needs.

No refunds if cancelled within three weeks of booking; funds/deposit can be used for later date. You never lose your money.

Credit card deposit taken immediately; mail in must be received within 1 week of booking
St Patrick's Day- 3 day minimum - $300 per night - no refunds/full reservation charge, payable in full at reservation for St Patrick's Day visit.

Two night minimum stay


Free Comcast wifi and free offstreet parking at the front entrance are included in price.

Flat screen TVs in both living room and bedroom - we get the sports channels, sports fans.

The upstairs bath has jacuzzi bathtub and traditional shower; downstairs has enclosed shower, no tub.

Leave your hairdryer and iron at home - we have one!

The kitchen appliances are stainless steel with granite counters; the well furnished kitchen has ice maker, microwave, full size fridge and stove, dishwasher, coffeemaker, teapot, blender, toaster, pots & pans, dishes…..all you need (if you chose to cook).

Living room and bedroom have fireplaces and central heat. ..…cozy and comfortable in the winter months with new central a/c to cool you in the summer.

Advance shopping (groceries, drinks, etc.) available upon request for small fee.

No laundry on site but a nearby laundry does wash, dry, fold for a very economical fee (1 laundry bag washed, dried and folded is approximately 20 dollars and same day service


Check in hours are normally from 2-3 p.m., if it is available, we can try and get you in sooner.

Check out is at eleven, but we will make every effort to accommodate you for later check out when possible!


You never lose money! If you have to cancel, you may reschedule. No refunds of funds/deposit if cancelled within three weeks; funds/deposit can be used for later date.

No shows: (less than two days prior) full charge no refunds

Celebrated 50th Anniversary Foley, Al
Review Submitted: September 27, 2010 Date of Stay: September 2010
Lovely week in Savannah Ga! What an amazing city and the experience so enhanced by our stay in the charming old McDonough house in the historic district. The kitchen while maintaining its old charm is equipped in totally new modern appliances. We narrowed our choice to this site based in part on the prompt phone and e-mail hospitality extended during our search by our gracious host . When staying in a city like Savannah the experience simply would not be complete without staying in a charming old historic home. We were able to walk to many of the historic churches and other sites. Transportation is readily available also. We enjoyed our very informative Trolley tour. Younger couples could probably walk everywhere from McDonough, especially in cooler months. We drove to Tybee Island one morning. As Seniors with cranky hips and knees we had difficulty (but managed)accessing the whirlpool/shower tub combination, so this should be a consideration in your decision if you have any limitations. Otherwise, we do recommend and our rating is 4 1/2 stars due only to our difficulty with the shower accommodations. The McDonough home will be a significant part of a wonderful, memorable stay in a truly beautiful city.
Our thanks and maybe we will see you again.
B&H retired near beautiful Gulf Shores, Al
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Perfect Place!Review Submitted: July 25, 2010 Date of Stay: July 2010
I wanted to thank you for letting my girlfriends and I stay in your home! We really enjoyed our time in Savannah and your home was the perfect place for us to stay! Thank you again,
Quiet, Walk everywhere, Safe, Free Parking, Minutes to River Street, Site Seeing
5 out of 5

Absolutely perfect vacation home
Kaitie - Alexandria, VA
Review Submitted: May 25, 2010 Date of Stay: May 2010
We recently spent a week at this rental in downtown Savannah and found the location to be exactly what we wanted... Any cab ride was less than $10 from the home and the upstairs balcony was the perfect place to relax before or after a night on the town. Host was extremely accommodating and the extra perk of a Jacuzzi tub was great after golf or shopping . The kitchen was beautifully appointed and the high ceilings made the apartment feel much larger as did the airy layout. I guarantee after time spent at the McDonough house... You'll want to stay longer. Thanks for opening your beautiful rental home to us!
Recommended for: Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Marian Zeller July 31, 2012

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • On floor 1
  • 1000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Porch downstairs is available for smokers or outside sitting. No sitting outside available upstairs but can use the porch downstairs....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pets on case by case basis. Extra cleaning fee for excessive pet hairs or pets that get on furniture or accessories....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    3 Stairs are leading to the porch...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 3-5

  • Bedroom 1


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King bed upstairs, queen size downstairs. Upstairs unit has a kingsized bed in bedroom, double futon sofa in living room, and daybed in another area (twin) with private access to the bath without going thru the bedroom. Downstairs has queen bed and Sleep Sofa (double Futon in downstairs unit living room) and a small rollaway. Pack and play is available in the downstairs unit closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • Large jacuzzi tub with traditional shower in upstairs unit Large enclosed shower (no tub) in downstairs unit...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Walking distance to River Street, 12 miles from beach at Tybee Island, 5 miles from river gambling boat, walking distance to museums, shopping, restaurants, siteseeing, carriage rides, bike rentals, next door to public transportation, 20 minutes from International airport, near golf course, theater, civic center auditorium, Savannah College of Art and Design, 10 minute drive to Hunter Army Airfield, 15 minute drive to South Carolina border, walking distance to many parks. Approximately 20 minutes to rail station....moreless


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) Upstairs and downstairs have flat screen TVs in living room and bedrooms...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    42 in Tv in lving room and 32 in TV in bedroom...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    We are located in the Heart of the beautiful Historic District - a short ten minute or less walk to the popular River Street shops and restaurants. We are one block from the Colonial Cemetery....moreless

  • Golf Course Front:

    Ride the ferry the short distance across the Savannah River to the beautiful Westin Resort - great golfing and amenities...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    12 miles to the beautiful Tybee Island - public transportation and shuttles are available ...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Not oceanfront - but not far away - 12 miles to beautiful Tybee Island, Georgia...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    One half mile to the beautiful Savannah River Street and Waterfront. Enjoy the ferry to cross over for terrific golf at the Westin or ride the Riverboat for dining and site seeing pleasure....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining table and four chairs in each unit...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace:

    Fireplaces in bedroom and living room - we burn only artificial logs ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas upstairs Elect downstairs...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Offstreet parking at the front door and its Free!...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Short term parking across the street if open...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:


  • Wood Fireplace:

    (2) Downstairs unit has traditional (wood burning or fibre logs) in both bedroom and living room - work great!...moreless

  • Free Wifi


  • Catering Available:

    Call John Menzies or Amy at Creative Catering for all your events - 20 to 2000 guests can be accommodated....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Mr Coffee - no supplies ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All you need! ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All thats needed to cook and serve a meal...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full size kitchen with full size appliances, dishwasher, toaster, blender, icemaker, microwave, selfcleaning ovens, pots, pans, dishes are all included...moreless

  • Microwave


  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a porch downstairs with seating - no occupancy for the upstairs balcony. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

Building Type

  • House


from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$140 $140
Fri, Sat
$870 $2,800

Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $25
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Tax Rate 13%


Please call me direct to make payment or email me your contact information. I also accept personal or certified checks and money orders for payment.

You never lose money as our guests....30 days or more cancellation - full refund; after that time, you will be credited for a future stay based upon your schedule and our availability. You will never lose your stay!

Owners not responsible for lost articles nor injuries to self or guests while residing at the home. We recommend you use VRBO or HOMEAWAY insured stay for refund of deposits, etc. Please use VRBO and HOMEAWAY insured stay for refund of deposits, etc.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 05/27/2017
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12 Miles
Nearest Airport
Savannanh Hilton Head International
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Tapas, Screamin Mimis
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Westin Resort
2 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bier Haus
12 Miles
Nearest Beach
Tybee Island

Car: Not Necessary

We have two units so the calendar can be deceiving - please check with us for availability at

Beautiful Tybee Island Beach - 12 miles away; gambling casino boat - 4 miles away; golf nearby - Westin; riverboat cruises

The above site is Connect the Dot and it is free shuttle for tourists all over Savannah, at the website it shows a map and pick up points

This site is for the CAT transportation which is the local carrier

This site is the Tybee Island shuttle

The River Boat Cruise site

Pops Concert website information


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: I have been in real estate for over 30 years. I sell, lease, residential and commercial real estate and also rehab homes. Please call Bob Maner, Century 21 Islands for all your rental or purchase needs. I am an expert in commercial listing and development. (912)308-9382

Why the Owner Chose Historic District - North, Savannah, GA, USA:
Hisotric Savannah is the most charming City in the world. The homes, the culture, the people make you feel at home! Tybee Island Beach was just named No. 14 Best Beach in the United States! Savannah is always in the top 10 Vacation Spots - our Home puts you in the heart of all the activities as well as the Heart of the Historic District. We have great reviews and will do all that is possible to make your stay enjoyable. We are a short distance away and always available for our guests!

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
Our home is neat and comfortable and gives you more than a sterile hotel room. You can relax and feel at home and enjoy TV, reading or other activities and not disturb your mate - impossible in a hotel! The bath has two entrances so others do not have to disturb the bedroom guests. The living room has a double futon sleeper, off the dining room there is a very comfy large single daybed and a very large California king in the bedroom. Our rooms are spacious and unique - 1000 sq feet per unit, private entrances, low traffic street with plenty of free parking and free wifi.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/27/2017

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  • 503 E McDonough St
Savannah, Georgia Historic District

    503 E McDonough St Savannah, Georgia Historic District

  • Upstairs Bedroom

    Upstairs Bedroom

  • Downstairs Bedroom

    Downstairs Bedroom

  • Upstairs Living Room

    Upstairs Living Room

  • Downstairs Living Room

    Downstairs Living Room

  • downstairs living room

    downstairs living room

  • Up and Down Appliances are the Same

    Up and Down Appliances are the Same

  • Up and Down Dining Rooms are the same

    Up and Down Dining Rooms are the same

  • Upstairs reading nook in hallway

    Upstairs reading nook in hallway

  • Upstairs bath with jacuzzi tub and traditional shower

    Upstairs bath with jacuzzi tub and traditional shower

  • Dog park 3 doors down at the square, basketball court, gazebo, benches

    Dog park 3 doors down at the square, basketball court, gazebo, benches

  • 503 East McDonough Street
Heart of the Historic District

    503 East McDonough Street Heart of the Historic District

  • King Bed upstairs

    King Bed upstairs

  • Downstairs Queen Bedroom

    Downstairs Queen Bedroom

  • Upstairs Living Room

    Upstairs Living Room

  • upstairs living room

    upstairs living room

  • Downstairs Living Room

    Downstairs Living Room

  • Downstairs Porch

    Downstairs Porch

  • Up and Down Kitchens are the same

    Up and Down Kitchens are the same

  • dining area down

    dining area down

  • Bath with Tub and Conventional Shower upstairs

    Bath with Tub and Conventional Shower upstairs

  • Downstairs Bath with enclosed Shower

    Downstairs Bath with enclosed Shower

  • Crawford Square - 3 houses down

    Crawford Square - 3 houses down

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Saturday, May 27, 2017

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