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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
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Tybee Island

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: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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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Octopus Lair

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time - would not hesitate to stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the 5 stars, we are so pleased that you had such a nice time during your stay at the Octopus Lair... hurry back!
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Cute and clean, nice kitchen area and not far from the beach

  • 4 of 5

Price is right! Just what we needed for a low key get away weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Octopus Lair, Kim. We are looking forward to your return!
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Perfect size, convenient, too noisy.

  • 3 of 5

The property was the perfect size for the two of us and on a quiet street convenient to restaurants, the beach, bars and the pier. Unfortunately, our stay was not very peaceful and relaxing because we could hear every single movement of the people renting above us, every foot step, every moved item of furniture, every dropped object. It was very frustrating to listen to when we went back to rest and relax and there was constant noise. I would highly recommend that if your considering renting this property you opt for the upstairs unit if its available and if not, bring ear plugs.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry to hear that your stay was disrupted by noisy guests upstairs. There is a special cork flooring up there that helps reduce sound transfer. I wish you would have brought this to my attention while you were there, as we could have contacted the other guest and advised them of this. Please keep us in mind for your future travels!
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Nice and clean

  • 5 of 5

Loved tybee island

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the 5 stars Jason! Glad you enjoyed your visit to Tybee and your stay at the Octopus Lair. Please come back soon!!
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Nice and cozy!!

  • 5 of 5

Nice and cozy!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the 5 stars!!! Glad you had a good time and we are looking for you to return!!
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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cozy cottage with everything you need for a stay. Bed is very comfortable and areas outside to sit and enjoy your morning coffee. Close to the beach and restaurants. We loved the Breakfast Club which is close to the cottage. Cottage was nice and clean with easy check in and check out. Would definitely stay there again. Cathy and Donna were quick to respond to any questions.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful review of the Cottage... very happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself so much... Hurry back!!
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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.




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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.