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Shellman Bluff, GA: Tidal River/Big Marsh Views, Wireless Inernet, Blu-ray TV's

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage on the River and Marsh - Great Views, Quiet Area, Very Peaceful

River Tide cottage is both waterfront and marshfront. In remote, Shellman Bluff, GA, it's just 12 minutes from I-95 and 20 minutes to the small towns of Richmond Hill and Darien. Best of all, it's just 40 minutes to Savannah or St. Simons Island.

Features: WIRELESS INTERNET and three flat screen TV's with 72 channels. BLU RAY and DVD.

If you're looking for a quiet place to unwind, this is it. Feast your eyes on the miles of tidal marsh and blue water. Take in the salty air and the peace of this unique environment. Watch the herons, egrets, ducks and pelicans feed in the marsh. Relax under our palms, cut our camellias in February, or sample our back yard tangerines and winter kumquats and loquats. Most of all, enjoy our screened porch facing the sunset. Use our backyard dock to swim, kayak and visit. Clean your shrimp, fish and crabs at the dock sink. (We keep nets and traps). Cook them on our outdoor gas grill. While you're here, take the state ferry out to Sapelo Island or visit the exotic bird sanctuary at Harris Neck Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, 10 minutes away. Our high seasons are Summer, Spring, and Fall, but we also have sunny winter months, where the average highs are in the low sixties. This is the Low Country at its best.

Our home is not fancy, but it's more than comfortable, always spotless and you can trust that we've thought of everything. There are ample stocks of glassware, cookware, dishes, pots/pans, towels, sheets and so many small touches. But in the end, visiting here is all about the water, the marsh views, and the dock. The home is on a wide tidal creek just 300' from the White Chimney river that leads to the Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW) and Sapelo Island. The water is navigable much of, but not all of the day. It comes and goes twice daily with the tides. At high tide, the water is 6 feet deep and feels very protected at this end of the creek. For boaters, there is a deep water public ramp 1/2 mile from the house... you can see it from our dock. Also, we keep four kayaks and several floaties for your use as well. Getting out on the marsh in a kayak or swimming in the fresh salt water is one of the best reasons to visit the area. (Be sure read up on the tides before you go out!)

Things To Do: e-mail us for an activities list. For shoppers, the 'Darien Outlet Mall' is on I-95 just 20 minutes away. Finally, enjoy our 'corn hole' games, croquet, and bocce games. Be sure to use our kayaks on the river.

Amazingly, The New York Times travel editor visited Shellman Bluff in 2006. You can Google 'AMERICAN JOURNEYS; Shifting Sands and a Slow Pace on the Georgia Coast' to see the article.

Come and enjoy!

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Townsend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - Hall - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • The baths are not large. They're functional, but could be larger:) The hall bath serves 2 bedrooms and is the larger of the two. It has a tub/shower combo. The master bath has a walk in shower only. Both baths have good water pressure and unrestricted shower heads.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - Corner - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - Smaller - 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
The place to be at the River House is on the screened porch. There is a small dining table (for 4) on the side porch in addition to seating for 6 on the back. Just sit and enjoy the water and bird life. There is always bird activity! Morning coffee on the screened porch - or at the dock house - is my favorite time of the day. But my Mom's favorite time of the day is 'wine time' on the porch at sunset. Take your pick:) We have lots of guests with kids. Kids love the dock and the salt water. Because it's 'tidal', the water is only 6' deep at the dock and it feels very protected at our end of the river. Swim, splash, kayak, use rafts, but enjoy the water!


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(34 traveler reviews)

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Shellman Bluff, GA: Tidal River/Big Marsh Views, Wireless Inernet, Blu-ray TV's
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in "the bluff". If you're looking to get away from the busy city, it's the perfect place to relax. The house was large enough for 3 couples (6 people). Everyone really enjoyed it. It was very cold so we made good use of the fire pit. Would love to return in the summer months for some swimming in the river.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and well stocked!!! Quiet neighborhood!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Great Family Time!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us, it was perfect for the family time we wanted and needed after losing our son. We came into town to visit our grandsons, 1-1/2 and 6, for a week and have a retreat to snuggle into. There were enough rooms for everyone and the couches are super comfy for a few "sleepovers" in the living room lol. We had fun collecting shells off the dock and keeping track of the water coming and going. The front yard was fun - filled with plants and pathways for "adventures" and hiding. The road was quiet enough for walks with toddlers. The house had everything we needed other than our own desired groceries. We setup a Christmas tree in the living room, decorated gingerbread houses and played games on the huge great room table, and had a lovely holiday with family. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Great location, very comfortable, everything you need for cooking

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time with family and really enjoyed sitting on screen porch in afternoon. House was supplied with so much we just ate in each night.....ate way too much. Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Very pretty and restful. Central location.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect for our preferences!

  • 5 of 5

We are a standup paddleboarding family of 5, so we were trying to find a place with water access right outside our door and a nice, relaxing house to spend our evenings in. We looked at listings up and down the coast and were very pleased to find this home, just an hour from where we live! We don't need to go far to get away, and we're very glad we didn't. The water was perfect for our family--our three children are young and just getting started with paddleboarding, so having slow moving tidal waters was perfect. We were also able to do some science lessons on tides, all of the critters we found, marshlands, etc. When the tide was out we rode our bikes around the quiet neighborhood and even went to the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge to ride a few times as well. In the evenings I enjoyed having a kitchen to make dinner in, the kids loved having Netflix, and we all did puzzles and played games. Once the kids were down, my wife and I sat on the back patio and read and enjoyed the sounds of the night. Overall, it was great, convenient, and comfortable. Everything was nice and clean, but it's also a home so it's not stuffy and uptight--great for our kids especially to feel welcome.

Yes, as others have said, the water inside has an odor, but it's on the coast and that's what it is. We live in Savannah and that's what the entire city's water smells like... it's not a problem, it's just life on the coastland! If you're into big meals and love to cook like me, I would suggest getting your ingredients before you come to the house or plan on making a trip to either Brunswick, Richmond Hill, Hinesville, or Savannah. There is a Bi-Lo in Darien with a bigger selection than the Piggly Wiggly in Townsend, but still not a big place with a huge selection. Plan to get out on the water... we didn't see any other boats, paddleboards, kayaks, etc. at all when we were out. If you like fishing, get a license and bring your pole, you won't be disappointed! Thanks so much for having this place available. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Tom Ellicott
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About Tom Ellicott

We live in Atlanta, but always wanted a home in the Low Country. We bought this property for the waterfront lifestyle, the marsh, and to get away from it all. We love that there are only 14,000 people and 2 stop lights in the entire county. That's our kind of place. (GA RE LIC #300532.)

Tom Ellicott purchased this house in 2013

Why Tom Ellicott chose Townsend

We love the remote location. Looking for sandy roads and no traffic? Looking for a night sky filled with stars? This is it. It's like a step back into the 1950's. And we love the nearby fresh seafood restaurants... Truly, there are 5 of them are within 3 miles and while there is enough nearby shopping to be convenient, you'll never deal with cars, crowds, or traffic. Clydes convenience store (it serves a good breakfast and lunch too!) is just 5 minutes away and The Piggly Wiggly is 10 minutes away. Also, go to Hunters restaurant at Shellman Bluff for great fried shrimp or fresh fish. Or buy fresh seafood at 'DockSide' (literally around the corner) then use our grill and dine on the screened porch for the sunset dinners. Or go over to JT's, AKA, the 'Flip Flop Bar /now called the Old Rebel bar' ... for pizza and live music. Slow local pace, but everything you'll need. Also, be sure to head up to the Sunbury Crab Co for a scenic and fun meal in Midway, GA, just 15 minutes up the highway.


Hunter's Cafe
"Great river views, friendly service, and good local seafood. 5 minutes from the house. The f..."
Speed's Kitchen Restaurant
"BYOB, a local favorite. Expect to wait... so bring an extra bottle of wine. Speeds is 5 minu..."
JT's Pizza and Subs
"Now called "THE OLD REBEL BAR" It's fun, super close to the house... restaurant and bar... c..."
Piggly Wiggly
"It's in Eulonia. Good local grocery, just 10 minutes from the house. There is a Dollar Gener..."
Blackbeard's Cove
"Good local restaurant. Very close to the house. Nice people and the food is great. Bar is fu..."
Pelican Point Seafood
"This restaurant is in nearby Crescent... 15 minutes from the house. It's really a UNIQUE cra..."
Skipper's Fish Camp
"Great riverfront seafood in Darien, 20-25 minutes from the house. Good food, very nice atmos..."
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Savannah, GA (40 miles) or Jacksonville, FL 60 mls
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
'Old Rebel/JT's The Flip Flop Bar" is 5 min's Away
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Sapelo Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Shellman Bluff - Sapelo Hammock Club - 5 minutes
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
1-95, US 17 10 min's.
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Five Nearby Seafood Restaurants in Shellman Bluff
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
St. Simons, Jekyll, Tybee, or Ferry Sapelo Beach
Car: necessary

Located in Shellman Bluff, this home is typical of Coastal GA fish camp areas... The lots are about 115' wide on the river.. and like this one, most have docks. The street is not fancy... it has all types of homes. But they all have live oaks draped in Spanish moss, some palms, and more marsh and water than the eye can take in. You can swim, crab or fish off our dock. Park your boat or trailer in our driveway. There are also 4 good nearby fresh seafood restaurants; look for today's catch of fish, blue crabs, shrimp, and oysters. Speaking of seafood restaurants... Drive over to Crescent to try Pelican Point or head up to Midway to try the Sunbury Crab Company and don't miss Skippers in Darien. Google them. Trust me, these are not like your chain restaurants! Also, don't forget to golf in Shellman Bluff... The Sapelo Hammock Country Club is just 5 minutes away and is open to the public and surprisingly affordable.

There are so many nearby things to do. But they all spell 'Food' and 'Nature'. The birdlife is other-worldly. Watch the pelicans dive at the Shellman Bluff pier. Visit the Harris Neck Nat'l Wildlife Refuge to observe the spoonbill cranes and wood storks. But mostly, visiting Shellman Bluff is about the feeling that overtakes you when you're by the marsh. But be sure to get out on the water: use our kayaks or let one of the Shellman Bluff captains take you out on an affordable water tour. Also, explore the nearby barrier islands: Blackbeard, St. Simons, Jekyll, Tybee, Hilton Head, Amelia, or take the ferry to Sapelo or even Cumberland Island. These are some of the last great undisturbed barrier islands on the east coast. And if you're up for it, head down to the great Okefenokee! Here at the house, have fun with our cornhole boards, play croquet on the lawn, or use our kayaks. Just enjoy the outdoors.

Experience the mystery and sacredness of one the last stretches of the East coast that is truly remote. It's like a step back in time.

Cell Service: Verizon works well. ATT service is good also. The house has local phone service, cable TV, and wireless internet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $100
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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