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Beautiful, Family-Friendly, Vintage East Beach Cottage

Saint Simons Island, GA, USA
  • Cottage2800 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 8 nights

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.)


Gena Churchwell

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Apr 17, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Master
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Kid's room
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        2 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, One of the queen beds is a loft bed.
      • Bedrooms sleep 12 in all, but there is also a day bed on the sleeping porch upstairs.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Downstairs
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Upstairs
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Three full bathrooms with showers and an outdoor shower as well

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          Driftwood Cottage is just 6 houses from the beach, a 10 minute walk down a shady tree lined side street.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Internet
                      high speed wireless
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      Lovely wood burning fireplace
                    • Garage
                      Lockable two car garage
                    • Heating
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      full size dryer located just off the kitchen
                    • Linens Provided
                      basic linens
                    • Living Room
                      Great room with fireplace
                    • Parking
                      Driveway and parking for 3+ cars
                    • Towels Provided
                      bathroom linens provided (please bring your own favorite beach towels)
                    • Washing Machine
                      full size washer located just off the kitchen


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Everything needed for preparing meals
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully stocked kitchen ready for cooking full meals.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          one full size in the kitchen and another in the garage for drinks and extra storage
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining table seats 6 inside and 4 more at the patio table on the a- joining porch
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  beach paperbacks for everyone!
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Family board games
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Comcast Cable
                                • Stereo
                                  Bose speaker
                                • Television
                                  42' in the great room, a 36' in the master bedroom, and a 32 inch in the bunk room upstairs
                                • Toys
                                • Video Library
                                  Children's titles


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Bicycles can be rented from at least 3 places on the island. Ask for information or find fliers and cards in the welcome basket in the cottage.
                                    • Boat
                                      Several marinas on the island
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A deck off the bunk room upstairs and two slate patios, one with a gas grill
                                    • Golf
                                      Golf available on St. Simons, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayak companies located at Ocean Motion less than a mile away and at SouthEast Adventure Outfitters in the Pier Village East Beach is a paddle board/kayak hot spot.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Two screen porches, one upstairs off of the bedrooms and one downstairs off of the master
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Fenced yard
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Tennis
                                      Tennis available on several courts on the island


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Closest pool is the Neptune Pool complex in the Pier Village less than 2 miles away with weekly passes available for purchase from Glynn County Parks Department.


                                                • museums
                                                • churches
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • cinemas
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • synagogues
                                                • water parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • 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

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • hunting small game
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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!

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  15 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great location. Easy visit.

                                                                  Jordan H.

                                                                  Great experience! Loved the house. Easy walk to the beach. Owners are very laid back and helpful. Would recommend to friends.

                                                                  Wonderful home that is less than a 5 minute walk to East Beach. Outstanding management.

                                                                  This is the perfect place for anyone looking to enjoy a fun, comfortable, and spacious home within a short walking distance from East Beach. Management was professional, prompt, and very accommodating. I am already looking forward to coming back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for your kind words. We just love St Simons and hope that all of our guests come to feel the same way!

                                                                  Great place for a large family or group

                                                                  Michael G.

                                                                  Nice, large house on East Beach with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Enough room for the whole family to spread out and have some privacy.

                                                                  Great house full of charm!

                                                                  jackie n.

                                                                  beautiful home in great location. Owners were very nice to work with quick to reply on questions and issues.

                                                                  Cute house

                                                                  Susan H.

                                                                  It's a cute house, much larger than it appears. Everything works but I found it a little dark for my taste. In the summer the porches would be wonderful but right now, just after Hurricane Irma, the yard felt a bit bedraggled and the porches had no furniture. In addition to comfortable porch furniture, the house was missing some basics: a toaster, knives and hangers for the closets.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your suggestions. We did add a toaster and a new knife set to the kitchen. I am confused about the porch furniture though. There are three porches and a deck on the house. All four are furnished with chairs, sofas, a hammock, tables, a day bed and lounge chairs. You are right about the area following Hurricane Irma. The folage did take a pretty bad beating. We were just so blessed not to have had any flooding in the house. Things are perking up now. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.

                                                                  House with true coastal charm.

                                                                  kim c.Clanton, AL

                                                                  We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful charming home. The owners were so awesome to work with. It's close to everything you might need. We enjoyed the quiet beach and the screen porches are amazing. I hope to visit again soon


                                                                  Saint Simons Island, GA, USA

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  *Pet fee- $150 for first pet, $25 for each additional pet *Rates are subject to change. *Contact the owner to confirm rates. *50% payment to reserve. *Balance due 30 days before arrival. *$50 cancellation fee prior to 30 days out.

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