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Beautiful, Family-Friendly, Vintage East Beach Cottage

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Beach Cottage Located In Historic East Beach

Welcome to the most family friendly rental on East Beach! You will be 6 houses from the surf and one mile to some of the best restaurants on the island. A short bike ride will get you to the Pier or Red-fern Village. Driftwood Cottage provides you with all that you might need for a relaxing stay. A fully equipped kitchen and basic linens mean less packing for you. Our island and the surrounding area are packed with wonderful things to do outside and our peasant year-round weather allows you do to them all. However, when you do come home to Driftwood, you'll find family games and puzzles, cable TV, DVD, and wireless internet access for your enjoyment.

The cottage is decorated with an eye for unique vintage finds. Located half-way down Bruce Lane on quiet East Beach, one of St Simons oldest, most established family friendly neighborhoods, Driftwood Cottage offers the perfect location for a family vacation or a romantic getaway for two. Scroll down this page for more cottage photos!!

We offer Senior and Military discount during our off season. Contact Gena for details. Please check our availability calendar for your dates of interest. (*Please note that home is considered available until 50% deposit is received.)

More Details

Gena Churchwell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Gena Churchwell

Driftwood Cottage is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the Churchwells. A career military family, we have lived and served all over the world for 30 years only to 'come home' to St. Simons. We would like nothing better than to share our little piece of heaven with you. Let us help you plan your next family vacation or couple's get away.

Gena Churchwell purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gena Churchwell chose St. Simons Island

As a military family, we moved about every two years for the past 30. One of the few traditions for our family was an annual summer vacation to the Golden Isles (as long as we were stationed in the US as the time). When retirement loomed, we asked the kids where we should go. They said, 'Let's go home to St. Simons!' It was the one place where our vagabond family could truly call home. We had been here on the island a year when the cottage came on the market and Mark and I jumped at the chance to make this beautiful piece of history our own. After several months of renovations and careful updating, it is ready to share with you!

What makes this cottage unique

Driftwood is a brick two story 1940's beach cottage located in one of St Simons oldest and most sought after neighborhoods, East Beach. Much of the home's original vintage charm has been kept with important modern conveniences added for your comfort. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath charmer offers 2400 square feet under heat and air as well as 2 screened porches (one off the downstairs master and another off the guest bedrooms upstairs), a large deck off the upstairs master, and two patios. There is covered outdoor space for bikes and beach toys as well as an outside shower and a two car garage..

The kitchen is complete with basic appliances, a microwave, and, a coffee pot. There are also full laundry facilities in the cottage. The great room includes custom floors, a working tabby fireplace, a 42' flatscreen, a DVD player, and comfy inviting furniture. Wireless high speed internet is also included as well as family games and puzzles. Four large bedrooms include walk in closets. The master is tropical themed with a queen bed. Two of the guest bedrooms upstairs open onto the best room in the house, the upstairs screen porch! It offers an iron bed and vintage wicker furniture as well as ocean breezes! One of the upstairs bedrooms has a full bed and is decorated with a vintage feel. The other has two twin beds, perfect for kids. The 4th bedroom upstairs is is a large bunk room with a queen and a loft queen as well as a comfortable pull out sofa and an ensuite.


Saint Simons Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
  • Three full bathrooms with showers and an outdoor shower as well
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , One of the queen beds is a loft bed.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Kid's room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedrooms sleep 12 in all, but there is also a day bed on the sleeping porch upstairs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
St. Simons lies in the heart of the Georgia Coast. Not that you will ever run out of things to do on the island, many find it a great home base for exploring Savannah to the north or Jacksonville to the south. National Seashore, Cumberland Island, lies 45 minutes south with it's wild horses roaming the beaches. Jekyll Island, just 15 minutes south, boasts the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Summer Waves Water Park and the Millionaire's Retreat. Let us help you find just the right activities to make your vacation perfect for every member of your family!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Perfect Family Time!!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent over the Fourth of July at this wonderful home. There was room for all of our grown children and even a few friends. The house had so many different porches and decks you could retreat to for some solitude and the living room and dining area were perfect for family time together. Gena could not have been a better host. She was there to great us when we arrived and went out of her way to make our trip a success. The beach on the 8th street access is simply gorgeous. Even on the Fourth it was not crowded at all.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad your family had such a great time. East Beach is always a special place, but the community really comes together for the 4th and makes even more fun for everyone!
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Family beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here with 2 small kiddos and the grandparents as well! Plenty of room for everyone. Short jaunt to a great beach, very private, well-stocked home! We were so glad to be able to bring our dog too. Screened porch upstairs was so peaceful!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad ya'll had a great time. The upstairs screen porch is my favorite room too, especially if we get a pop up rain shower. The sound of the rain on the tin roof is just like heaven! Gena
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Marietta, Georgia

Driftwood Cottage on East Beach

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect spot for a surprise 50th birthday celebration for my daughter's family and her three siblings. Communication with the owner before, during, and after our stay was above and beyond any other rental unit I have ever been in.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northeast GA


  • 5 of 5

It was so nice to visit St. Simons Island again after 25 years.

The house was convenient to everything, was very clean and we loved the two screened in porches. I've never seen a kitchen better stocked; the owners thought of everything.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Driftwood. The house was accurately described. There was plenty of room for our family of 7. The owners were very friendly, helpful and quick to respond to questions about the house and the St. Simons area. The neighborhood was safe, friendly, and beautiful. The beach was amazingly private and peaceful. We plan to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy your stay was great! I love sharing St. Simons with new people. Next time we will see about getting you a little dryer weather! :)
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Charlotte NC

Great stay at St. Simon's!

  • 5 of 5

This house is a jewel on St. Simon's island!! This was our first trip to St. Simon's and we loved the beauty of the island. The house is in such a GREAT location - the short path to the beach is beautiful and a very quiet part of the beach. The house had plenty of space for our family of four (including two teenage girls) to spread out with everything we needed for a week's stay. The owners were so nice and helpful with suggestions for our bike rentals. We especially loved the upstairs and downstairs screened porches and hammock. A great place to stay! We will be back for sure! Be sure to try the kayaking with Southeast Adventures - so wonderful!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad ya'll had a great time. St. Simons is a very special place for us and we really enjoy sharing it with others. I'm glad the kayak rentals went well. They do a great job getting everyone out where you can be up close to our unique wildlife! Can't wait for ya'll to return next time! Gena
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Brunswick Golden Isles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
King & Prince Resort
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 95
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
220 Metres
East Beach

The island and surrounding area offers many historical landmarks including Ft Frederica on the north end of the island and Ft King George in Darien near by. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island isn't to be missed. There are miles of bike trails criss crossing St Simons and there is a skate park, ball fields, a community pool, and putt putt course all within an easy bike ride from the house.


Rates & Availability

Saint Simons Heights Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Island Summer
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Island Fall
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Years
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Island Snowbird
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Island Spring
Apr 1 2018 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

*Pet fee- $100 for first pet, $25 for each additional pet
*Rates are subject to change.
*Contact owner for rate for a stay of more that 2 weeks
*Contact the owner to confirm rates.
*50% payment to reserve.
*Balance due 30 days before arrival.
*$50 cancellation fee prior to 30 days out.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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