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Saint Marys Premier Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Estate, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)


Historic Collier-Casey House”, circa 1874, is situated on the premier vacation rental site in Saint Marys! This property is a perfect location for your Saint Marys “family event” stay with 3 private accommodations that can accommodate a single individual or a group of up to 12 people.

The tropical setting of the fully landscaped 2+ acre property, with its palm trees, moss-draped oaks, and southern pecan trees, is situated directly on the Marsh to the east, with un-obscured views of Cumberland Island, 'the pass' to the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and Fernandina Beach, FL.; and un-obscured River views to the south (front) of the property! No other rental property in Saint Marys offers these beautiful water views.

You can enjoy sitting on the wrap-around porch of the historic home and watch marsh birds, sail boats, and Cumberland Island Ferries as they head in-and-out of Saint Marys! With binoculars you might also get a sighting of a Submarine based at the US Naval Submarine Base in Kingsland entering or leaving the pass!

The beautiful historic two-story “Main House” with its original Heart Pine floors and 12' ceilings, consists of 2400 sf of living space and is comprised of 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal dining, comfy living room, spacious eat-in kitchen with marsh views, washer-dryer and everything you need for a perfect vacation or extended stay in Saint Marys! Furnishings consist of beautiful antiques and antique reproductions that add to the historic ambiance of the home.

The separate upstairs “Captains Quarters”, with it’s upstairs deck that offers “the best views” to the East, is 1200 sf comprised of a 14 ft. Vaulted Ceiling Great Room with living, kitchen, and breakfast areas; queen bedroom with walk-in closet; and large bath with jetted garden tub, walk-in shower, two large double vanities, and private water closet.

The historic “Commissary Cottage” is said to be the actual commissary building from the “SM&K” (Saint Marys/Kingsland Railroad) founded in 1865 by Captain Lemuel Johnson. The quaint cottage, newly renovated and decorated, is situated behind the main house on the property, with its own deck and patio area over looking the scenic marsh and beautiful landscape of the compound property. The one-room efficiency cottage has everything you would have in the comfort of your own home including its own fully stocked full-size kitchen, breakfast area, living room, queen bedroom sleeping area, and private bathroom with shower.

This property is the closest rental property to town (only one “small town block” to the Saint Marys River waterfront and village shops and restaurants)! As stated in Southern Living Magazine article featuring Saint Marys in 2006, “There’s something about Saint Marys”! If you haven’t experienced Saint Marys you are missing a rare gem!

Keywords: Scenic, Marsh front, River view, Water view, Estate House, Cottage, Apartment, closest in-town/in-village rental; un-obscured water views; beautiful property; Tropical Landscape; Palm Trees; historic; wedding site;

We are the only Vacation Rental property in St. Marys offering exclusive access to all ammenities of "Osprey Cove Resort & Country Club". The beautiful "gated community property" is located less than 8 miles (10 minute drive) from our property and include: The River Club; Fine Dining; Golf & Driving Range; Swimming & Pool-side grill; Fitness Center; and HarTru Tennis Courts.





More Details

Don Pierce-Owner/Jaune' Pierce-Inquiries/Administrator
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Don Pierce-Owner/Jaune' Pierce-Inquiries/Administrator

We are Don Pierce and Linda Harris. We both retired to Saint Marys from Atlanta, GA where Don owned a high-end Antique business (now being run by his son), and Linda retired from a Commercial Real Estate brokerage firm. After seeing the Southern Living Magazine article “There’s Something about Saint Marys”, in 2006, we both came South for a visit, loved what we saw and immediately purchased property for a home. Don built our home here in 2007 and we fell in love with the town and people of Saint Marys and truly consider it “home”!

In September, 2011, Don had a rare opportunity to purchase the “Collier-Casey House” which has remained in the “Casey Family” since the late 1800’s, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to own one of a rare few pieces of historic, coastal-front properties in “the village”. He spent several months doing renovations and updates so that the property could be shared with visitors to Saint Marys as a family vacation/family event destination.

Having our own home locally allows us to oversee the maintenance and rental of the property and to become acquainted with our guests!

Don Pierce-Owner/Jaune' Pierce-Inquiries/Administrator purchased this estate in 2011

Why Don Pierce-Owner/Jaune' Pierce-Inquiries/Administrator chose St. Marys

Saint Marys is our home and is such a special place, we want to share it with others!

What makes this estate unique

Saint Marys offers 'southern hospitality' at its best! The local people are warm, inviting, and friendly and it is not uncommon for locals to include guests in social gatherings. If you visit Saint Marys, you will love it and many decide to make it home. A visiting friend once told us 'I never thought I would want to live any where but Atlanta where my family and children are, but I'm ready to call my boss and tell him I'm not coming back'!


St. Marys Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs/Second Story bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Powder Room Main Level
  • 4.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen , Upstairs Bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Downstairs/Main Level Bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Salons; in-house or local massage therapist; bike and golf cart rentals available; Un-obscured Marsh Front; River Views


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(15 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Relaxing month of February

  • 5 of 5

Our time for the month of February at the Casey-Collins-Pierce home was so very relaxing. The views, the porches, the antiques, the "quiet", the town (with restaurants to walk to), the golf, canoeing in the Okefenokee Swamp, the trails and beach of Cumberland Island, biking, hiking-- all of this was gifted to us because of Don Pierce renting his lovely, clean, and well supplied home to my husband and me. Thank you !!!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review. It was a delight to have you as guests and we are so happy you enjoyed the area and the property and the tranquil views and surroundings. You are always welcome to return.
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December to remember

  • 5 of 5

This home is a gem at the edge of the marsh! We loved every moment of our stay...the beautiful furnishings, comfortable bed, watching the sunrise each morning with coffee on the screened porch and dinner on the side screened porch...both with spectacular water views. This home is 140+ yrs old and has only been owned 3 times. During our stay we counted ourselves blessed to be among the few who had the opportunity to enjoy this timeless watch the sun shine in here and there the way it has for more than a 100 yrs was a privilege. Don & Linda were very hospitable and generous beyond measure! We loved everything about our stay. The town is charming and has a rich history. We took bikes as it's very bike friendly. It was a 5 star stay and one we will always treasure!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Crystal -- Happy New Year and thank you so much for your glowing review of the Collier-Casey Estate "Main House"! The pleasure was all ours, to have two wonderful guests who appreciate what a gem St. Marys, and our property is!!! Not only was your review so kind, but we appreciate the time involvement you made, especially during a very busy time of the year, to write a review. We look forward to your return visit!!! Linda Harris and Don Pierce
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Ft. Myers, Fl.

Casey-Collier Main House

  • 5 of 5

I have had the pleasure of staying at the Main House for 4 months. I have met some wonderful people here at the property as well as in St. Marys. I have truly felt like I was part of a community. The owners, Don and Linda, are some of the nicest people you would want to meet. They were not only outstanding owners, but extended friendship to myself as well. They really love their vacation rental and it shows. The house is immaculate, the grounds are well maintained, all your needs are provided, and the views are breathtaking. I have spent many mornings watching the sunrise over the marsh from the kitchen table "viewing area", (a large window overlooking the marsh), which I feel is the signature of the whole property. There are so many positives for this property, all I can say is come and enjoy! I guarantee when you leave, a part of you will always remain at the "Main House".

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Blaine, What a kind and heart-felt review of the Casey Property and your stay with us! We always cherish our guests who love the property as much as we do, and yu are one of them. We have thoroughly enjoyed having you -- you have become "one of us" -- doing as much to help around the property, as anyone who has ever stayed with us. We love that you made it "your home"! We are going to miss you and just don't know who is going to close the garage door every evening after you leave! We hope your work brings you our way again, and that we will have the priviledge of having you stay with us once again. Thank you again for your beautiful and kind review. It is people like you that makes our vacation rentals such a success! Warmest and best regards, Linda and Don
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Casey-Collier -Main House

  • 5 of 5

We love historic vacation rentals, and this one surpassed our wildest dreams. When we arrived at the address, we were sure we were at the wrong place. This was so amazing from the entrance and throughout the entire house. Not a single need or want was overlooked when preparing this for the "feeling of home" in a rental. If you are escaping from the cold North, you want a place to relax outside. The wonderfully screened porch provided the perfect place for extraordinary viewing of the Marsh any time of the day. It was further enhanced with the wonderful swings. The renters in the other rentals were as wonderful as the owner. This presented a chance for entertaining and making use of this most enjoyable porch.

This location is perfect not only for marsh viewing, but also for exploration, hiking, and photographic experiences that WOW the photographer.

All I can add is that from the time of saying good-bye to the owners, Linda and Don, to the actual departure, it felt like we were leaving home rather than going home.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary and Mike -- thank you so much for your glowing review of your stay with us and the property! The pleasure was "all ours"! We enjoyed the time spent visiting with you, for your gracious "cocktail party" on the porch, and getting to see your beautiful photography of the marsh, birds, and property! Thank you so much for being our guests!!! We would welcome your return any time!
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Jasper, GA/Eastern USA

Perfect in Every Way

  • 5 of 5

This was the destination for our annual sisters’ trip, and it was fabulous! We were only one block from the riverfront and downtown area, but it felt as if we were on a secluded island. The home is situated on the Marsh, and the yard is landscaped with palm trees, moss-draped oaks, and southern pecan trees as well as a gazebo. There are ample chairs and swings on the wrap-a-round porch, and we enjoyed sittings on the side porch overlooking the marsh watching the boats passing, daydreaming about where they were going, or just hanging out with an evening drink.

The house itself is wonderfully decorated with antiques and comfortable furniture. The floors looked like original heart of pine, there were tall ceilings throughout and just about every room had a ceiling fan. The beds were super comfortable, and the linens were more than adequate. We have never, and I do mean never, stayed in a home that was this immaculately clean.

You can walk to the riverfront to catch the ferry to Cumberland Island, or to eat at one of the many restaurants. Also, the waterfront park is a great place to spend a few hours.

The owners, Don and Linda go out of their way to make sure your vacation is the best ever. We so enjoyed the ripe tomatoes you left for us on the window sill. Thanks so much, Don and Linda.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your most gracious compliments! We love it when we hear that our guests love and appreciate our property as much as we do! Of course, the success we have is largely the result of the wonderful guests, like you "sisters", we get! You all were such a pleasure to have on our property and we enjoyed getting to see you and chat when we were about on the property. Thank you for your compliement about the cleanliness! You left it as clean as you received it, and we appreciate you all for taking such wonderful care of it for us! We would welcome your return visit ANY TIME! Linda and Don
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Commissary Cottage is a great get away for two!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights in the Commissary Cottage. The views out over the marshes were beyond compare. The Cottage is a great getaway location for two. (The Cottage along with the main house and Captain's quarters clearly make for a great spot for family reunions) I am sure we will be back when we visit our son and family in Valdosta in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and Eugenie -- Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind review of our Commissary Cottage. We especially appreciate your mentioning the advantage of renting the entire estate for large family and friend reunions as some people may not realize that is an option when viewing our website! Take care and please let us know when you are planning to head our way! Linda Harris and Don Pierce
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
JAX International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Local Bars and Restaurants
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Langs Marina
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Osprey Cove Club & Resort Exclusive Access
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Local Restaurants
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Cumberland Island Nat'l Seashore

The quaint town with our friendly “locals”, is steeped in history and is the second oldest city in America. It is “The Gateway” to Cumberland Island, a “U.S. National Seashore” park notably known as the wedding site of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and for its Wild Horses that roam the Island. Ferries leave/return twice daily from the water front in Saint Marys. The waterways of Saint Marys offer great boating, canoeing, and fishing and we have no traffic lights or traffic jams!

Saint Marys is also centrally located between Savannah, GA (90 miles to our north) and Jacksonville, FL (20 miles south), and the oldest city in the United States, Saint Augustine, FL (81 miles south) as well as all the coastal cities along the Atlantic Coast, from Tybee Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island, GA to our north; to Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Jacksonville Beach, Ormond Beach, and Daytona Beach, FL south. Orlando, FL, home to Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studio Theme parks, is also an easy 3 hour drive from Saint Marys!

Saint Marys is host to several festivals and events throughout the year including our Rock Shrimp Festival; Hay Days with Town Scarecrow Stroll and “Ghost Story Tours”; Christmas White Lighting, Merchants Open House and Tour of Homes; Mardi Gras Festival and Ball. St. Marys was a featured town for 'Lovetown USA' series, that was produced and viewed on the 'OWN' (Oprah Winfrey Network) in 2012.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Government Per Diem Accepted;
Damage protection may be required if traveling with Pets or children;
Pet Fee is $100 per pet

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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