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Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 BR King adjustable, full kitchen, Futon, back patio, screened front porch

DOWNSTAIRS / The tastefully-decorated newly-renovated, beach-chic apartment has an upscale kitchen combined with the attractive living area that features a full sized futon couch that can sleep two extra making it a good fit for a small family. Two easy chairs are made for relaxing, reading or watching the flat screen television, which has DVD and VHS capabilities. The bedroom accommodates a King sized bed with an adjustable mattress. A spacious closet, suitcase stands and coat racks provide plenty of space for clothing and personal items. The screened porch has comfortable cushioned wrought iron chairs that are just right for a relaxing finish to your day in the sun. A window unit offers plenty of heat during cold months and plenty of cold air conditioning in the summer. Ceiling fans inside and on the porch gently move the air as well.

This apartment is just right for a couple with 2 small children or 3 adults if close friends finding it cozy yet comfortable. The upstairs apartment may also be rented to allow for plenty of room for family and friends.

On the south facing wall is an incredibly beautiful ocean life mural designed and painted by world renowned artist Mary Jane Volkmann who was assisted by owner Cathy Sakas. On the front of the cottage the sassy Octopus watches over her Lair.

Our rate IN SEASON is just $90-100 per night with a two-night minimum, plus hotel/motel taxes & fees (see rates). Weekly and monthly rentals are also available.

Enjoy Tybee’s sand, waves and sun from your own comfortable, adorable, affordable, beach-chic yet tastefully-decorated cottage apartment that has all the amenities! You'll just love it!

If you would like more information, please contact:

Donna Cole / 912-547-8608


More Details

Property Manager
Cathy Sakas
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About Cathy Sakas

Cathy Sakas is a well-known regional coastal naturalist specializing in tropical and sub-tropical marine and terrestrial habitats. In other words, she loves the nature of the southeast coast and thinks the barrier islands of Georgia are the most beautiful in the world. After landing in Savannah in 1970 to attend Armstrong-Atlantic State University, Cathy eventually ended up on Tybee in the early 90's and rented the downstairs of the house that she would later name Cottage of the Octopus Lair. Cathy's landlady had told her that she would never sell the house, but after a year of seeing how much Cathy enjoyed and cared for the cottage, the landlady wanted her to have it. As soon as Cathy purchased the Lair she surprised her former landlady with a dozen red roses in appreciation. A few years before purchasing the Lair on a trip to Africa Cathy met world-class award-winning artist Mary Jane Volkmann and they stayed close friends from then on even though a half a world apart. In 2005 Mary Jane moved her family from Namibia back to the US to Gainesville, Florida and very soon thereafter came to visit Cathy on Tybee. Mary Jane took one look at the Lair's south facing wall and the wheels began to turn. Over the Fourth of July week of 2005 Cathy and Mary Jane spent seven days from sun up to sun down working from scaffolding to draw and paint the coquettish fish, sassy octopus, impish seahorse and magnificent pink jelly creating the landmark ocean life mural that adorns the south-facing wall. A local television station documented the progress each evening on their news broadcast. Cathy and Mary Jane's next mural is the north facing wall so stay tuned for that event!

Cathy Sakas purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Cathy Sakas chose Coastal

When I first rented the Lair I immediately saw the potential it had. I just loved the coziness of it and the layout. As soon I bought it I made renovations and added my own personal touches using the beauty of nature. I enjoy the outdoors so much that the screened front porch literally became my office. I wrote the scripts for my two natural history series for Georgia Public Television on that porch in the rocking chairs and have written several more papers and programs there too. For years Little Green Herons raised their chicks in a nest in the top of one of the palms and I watched their progress each day until they fledged. How wonderful to see them venture out on the long fronds and then finally take their first unsteady flights.

What makes this apartment unique

Living on Tybee has been such a great joy. I like to run and walk and since the beach is only a few minutes from my doorstep I take advantage of it. There is nothing like taking a walk in the morning to see the sun rise like a bright orange ball out of the ocean. I appreciate all that nature has to offer and seeing the stars reflected in the ocean's surface and the moon rise out of the ocean are pretty spectacular events too. Of course the pelicans flying just above the waves is a phenomenal sight to see and watching ghost crabs scurry into their burrows in the dunes is always intriguing. I love eating at the restaurants on Tybee because most have open-air seating, so I can continue enjoying nature while I dine in comfort.

Guestbook comments from the manager

My stay at the Octopus Lair was perfect. It was just what I needed for my little vacation for 1. The property was clean and taken care of. The location was perfect , close to shopping and restaurants as well as the grocery store. I was able to travel everywhere on my bike. Love the south end of Tybee! The instructions for accessing , staying and departing were all very clear. During my stay we had the excitement of a tornado with all of the sirens and alerts I also received an immediate text from the property manager regarding my safety which was unexpected but very much appreciated. Great place , Great people. Would stay here again !
May 2017
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Tybee Island Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Due to insurance policy no grilling, no candles, open flames or fire of any kind No burning charcoal nor any combustibles are allowed on the property.
  • Only 1 PARKING SPACE PER UNIT provided. Tybee is a "Pay to Park" community, so make sure to pay when your vehicle is not on the property
  • $50 fee to change or cancel reservation charged by owner in addition to any fees charged by VRBO to process your payment/refund
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The shower has retro tiles and plenty of elbow room so you won't have to fight the shower curtain!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The bedroom accommodates a King size adjustable bed with night stands on each side and has mirrored closet doors with ample room for clothes and suitcases.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Cottage of the Octopus Lair is the best kept secret on Tybee for a quick get away for just the two of you or for a week of fun in the sun for you all and the kids. Enjoy your the beach in our adorable, affordable, cozy, beach-chic Cottage of the Octopus Lair on gorgeous Tybee Island!


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average rating of 4.5961537 based on 53 reviews

Great location, cozy apartment.

  • 4 of 5

Check in/out was very simple. Short walk to the beach, shops, and restaurants. Furniture was comfy, and the room was always cool and welcoming when coming in from the hot beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your review... so happy that you had such a good time at the Octopus Lair... we hope you will stay with us the next time you visit Tybee!!
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Clean and efficient

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient to the beach and restaurants. Greatly enjoyed Tybee and Savannah!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Octopus lair

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the octopus lair on tybee. the cottage was just right for me my wife and my two girls . It's in a great location and a short walk to everything.Will definitely stay again. Thanks you miss Donna

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alex! And thanks for spreading the word, I received a call from your friend Matt wanting to book. He said you had all good things to say about us, and we can't tell you how much that is appreciated! We definitely look forward to having you visit the next time you are on Tybee!!
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  • 5 of 5

It was perfect for my mom and I! Loved staying here! Will be staying here again hopefully soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the 5 stars, Meagan... so glad you and your mother had such a great time at the Octopus Lair. Can't wait for your return!
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We had a wonderful week in the lair! Brand new se

  • 5 of 5

Quiet neighborhood. Has everything you need for a relaxing week. Screened in porch with table and chairs. Short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. The owner and manager both are very nice and always ready to help should you need it. Really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your 5 star review! So glad that you had such an enjoyable stay at the cottage. We hope that you will choose to stay with us again when you come back to Tybee!!
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Not at all comfortable

  • 3 of 5

While nothing much was really wrong with the cottage, it was neither comfortable nor inviting. This is a bare minimum, spartan place. It seems as little as possible was done to make it rentable. No comfortable chairs, no dresser in the bedroom. The AC frezzes the front room while leaving the bedroom hot, unless you set up the fan to pull cool air into the bedroom. With so many cozier and we'll set up places on the island, I would not choose this one again.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the cottage as much as so many others have. We have put an adjustable firmness King bed in the cottage to make it very inviting to many guests! As mentioned in the description of the property, it is an efficiency style apartment, and with less than 500 sq. ft. to work with, there is not any room for a dresser. However, there is space in the closet to hang clothes and shelving to store them. We have not had bad reviews on the comfort of the furniture, so I am not exactly sure what you found to be uncomfortable. Again, I am sorry that you did not find it as inviting as others have in the past. We are sorry to hear that you won't be staying with us again. If you would please email me with something more specific that we could do to improve the cottage, please feel free... we always welcome suggestions.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sting Rays
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 80
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sting Rays
Nearest Beach
Tybee Island
Car: recommended

Located in a quiet neighborhood the Octopus Lair is within a three minutes walk to the beach. Large pine and palm trees populate the yard and a delightful ocean life mural boasts a large pink jelly, playful seahorse and sassy octopus on the south facing wall.

The only grocery store on Tybee is right around the corner and the main area of retaurants and shops is within a seven minute walk. The marine science museum is also located within the seven minutes radius. For the lighthouse and historical museum it is best to drive or ride a bike up to the north end.


Rates & Availability

Tybee Island Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall / Winter
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Maintenance Fee $25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

Instant Quote does not include 10% Reservation Fee, which is different from VRBO Service Fee
There is an additional Security Deposit of $100 charged to all reservations. In the event that there are damages to the property or housekeeping is required to do additional work, that money will be deducted from the Security Deposit. Otherwise, the Security Deposit will be refunded after your departure.
Cleaning Fee may be more than $80, depending on length of stay
Rates are subject to change until confirmed

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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