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Beach-Chic Apartment

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


About the property

One bedroom King, full kitchen, sleeper couch, 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. One couple plus up to two small children find 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 / Property Manager



More Details

Property Manager
Donna Cole
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Donna Cole

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!

Donna Cole purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Donna Cole 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.


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:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 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!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

Beach-Chic Apartment
average rating of 4.6086955 based on 46 reviews

My stay on Tybee Island

  • 4 of 5

I found my stay private and very relaxing. My residence was in excellent condition and every need was provided for. A short walk to beach and any other possible needs. Atmosphere, people , restaurants ,drinks and food great. I shall return definitely.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Service and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, quiet house. Great location. Nice neigborhood! Enjoyed it! Cozy, comfortable. Just right!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the 5 stars! I am glad you were able to come despite having to change your dates due to the hurricane. We hope to have you back in the near future!
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Clean and close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, comfortable, and walking distance close to almost everything. Light house and crab shack were the only things on tybee we needed to drive to. Beach/pier, grocery store, bar, breakfast, lunch, and dinner all within 5-15 minutes walking. You would spend that time driving looking for a spot and paying for it. My wife is very pregnant and didn't have issues with the walk. Also there is a sleep number bed in room. Will stay again

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the 5 stars! So glad you had such a great stay at the Octopus Lair. It is a hidden gem, isn't it! Looking forward to your return!
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Exactly as advertised, just great!!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two wonderful weeks on Tybee Island at The Octopus's Lair. The accommodation was exactly what we wanted for two people everything was just great. It was clean to go into and the amenities were perfect. There really isn't anything that I can say against this property we will definitely stay again at this location. Donna was great getting everything sorted out for us and everything she talked to us about was correct. Thanks so much for a great vacation.

Lionel and Glennis Knights.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

The condo was perfect for me, my mother and two daughters. Only two blocks from the beach which was beautiful. The king bed in the bedroom was very comfortable as it is a sleep number bed. The futon in the living room was great for my girls. I had great experiences at all the restaurants that were on Tybee Island as well. Such a quaint little town. We cannot wait till we can return to Tybee Island.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the Octopus Lair so much! The bed is awesome, isn't it. People don't realize that a comfortable bed is such an important part of your vacation. It's no good being on vacation if you can't get a good nights sleep. Looking forward to your return!
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Cute, comfortable, quiet and close

  • 5 of 5

A great choice for our stay in Tybee. The adjustble bed was super comfortable. The neighborhood was generally quiet buy it's located just close enough to walk to the beach and down to all the nightlife. Very clean, too.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very nice review, Sarah. I am glad that you pointed out the quietness of the location. We are only a few blocks from the main strip near the fear and a few minutes walk to the beach, but it is far enough away that you are not bothered by the traffic or noise. We hope that you will stay at the Octopus Lair the next time you visit Tybee!
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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:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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