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Coastal Cottage Off the Beaten Path...

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath...Come on over to the country! Snow Bird Oasis

Your coastal destination awaits! The Chum Shack is located on a beautiful, secluded piece of property, with organic fruit trees, vegetable garden, grape vines and lots of local wildlife. This 2 bedroom home is custom built, professionally decorated and situated on 3 acres surrounded by 15 more untouched acres providing space and privacy. About 2 minutes from historic downtown Darien and other area attractions, this home is located in the country, but a quick drive to local restaurants, shops and sight- seeing destinations. The Chum Shack includes a spacious master bed and bath w/ large whirlpool tub, cozy sitting area/den. The beyond fully stocked kitchen has all you will need to prepare meals at home and to entertain guests. All high quality linens, a wide variety of pillows and quality towels are all provided. With all of the amenities you need such as cable TV, high-speed wireless internet, an extensive DVD collection and more, this vacation destination will be your home away from home. The Chum Shack is Located approximately 15 miles from the Federal Law Enforcement Traininig Center (FLETC), 45 minutes south of Savannah and 45 minutes North of Jacksonville, Florida. With easy access to I-95 and Hwy 17 approximately 1/2 mile away. Jekyll, Saint Simons, Cumberland and Sapelo Islands are just minutes away.. Amazing, year round weather. The chum shack also has a hot tub with 6 person seating as well as gas and charcoal grills. Pictures do not do the Chum shack justice, come see for yourself. Contact Dave Hust (owner) with any questions or to book this property. Owner is also a licensed charter fishing captain and owner of madsharkcharters, discounts for fishing, sight-seeing and beach combing trips are available for guests staying at the chum shack. The Chumshack is available for daily (3 day minimum), weekly, monthly and long term rental.

Dave Hust
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Dave Hust

Dave Hust is U.S Army retired with 22 years of honorable military service as a paratrooper, an artillerman and a recruiter. He is also a licensed charter boat captain and owner of madsharkcharters. When not fishing he works as a pipefitter with UA local 177 pipefitters union. Raised in a small town called Gore, Oklahoma (population 973) his final duty assignement with the army was as recruiting station commander in the Darien area where he now resides.

Dave Hust purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Dave Hust chose Coastal

You will understand why you chose to stay at the chumshack the minute you enter the driveway. A short, winding road through the woods and wildlife to a newly remodeled, peaceful piece of heaven on earth. As night falls the woods come alive with the sounds of whipporwills, owls and tree frogs. Enjoy fresh, organic vegetables from the garden and fruit from the orchard.The chum shack is an ever-evolving always improving labor of love and a very secure, serene and private place for you, your family and your pets to enjoy a little taste of life in the country while in the Darien area. The chumshack is an ever evolving, always improving amazing place to stay while you enjoy your vacation to beautiful, historic Darien and surrounding areas.

What makes this cottage unique

Seclusion, privacy, nature, peacefullness, organic garden and wildlife. Money saving, package deals are available if you wish to go fishing or sight-seeing with mad shark charters. The property is also available for long term rental. ask about snow bird specials available during off peak months

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our stay at the chum shack was one of the best vacations ever for our family. The kids enjoyed working in the garden and picking and eating fresh vegetables as well as romping in the woods looking at animals. The owner, Dave has amazing vision and has decorated and lanscaped the property to make it comfortable and cozy. We feel we came as renters but leave as friends. I highly recommend the chum shack and wish Dave continued success.
Jul 2013
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Darien Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Master
  • Master bath has 2 sinks with a large mirror, large whirlpool bathtub, dual cieling fans and a HUGE walk in closet. All Towels and washcloths are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • HUGE master bedroom with dual cieling fans, king bed, large dresser with mirror, 2 nightstands with lamps, 1 armoire, and large flat screen tv with cable. 1 queen sleeper sofa located in the living room/den area another queen bed in the 2nd bedroom with its' own bathroom. Memory foam toppers and high end linens are provided for each bed and sleeper sofa.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Brochures regarding local attractions and businesses are provided. A notebook with mapquest directions, menus, contact numbers etc is also provided. A home made ice cream making machine is also available for your use. A licensed massage therapist is available for appointments at HLC massage and colon hydrotherapy (Penny Arblaster) 912-266-6050 Property owner lives near and is able to respond to anything regarding the property within minutes. 9 security cameras are in place around the property (although theyare not needed), to help guests feel more secure.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Coastal Cottage Off the Beaten Path...
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 42 reviews

What's great place to stay when on vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

The Chum Shak was such a great place to stay!! It was so clean and the beds were super comfortable! Wifi access, hot tub, full kitchen and so much more! We felt spoiled! We could only stay for the weekend but it was so worth it! It beats staying at some of these hotels that are so limited with no hot tub and you are constantly disturbed by the cleaning people and outside noises by other guests when your trying to sleep! Wow! We were impressed! David Hust, the owner also gave us a lot of recommends for places to visit and some good eateries! We also had the LUXARY of going out for a shark fishing trip! It was sooooo much fun! David is such a nice and funny guy! Definitely recommend this place! ~Melissa

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa I am glad y'all enjoyed your stay. darien and surrounding area is a beautiful place to explore. You saw only a tiny bit of the beauty this place has to offer. If you are ever this way again please stay again and check out all my finished projects at the chum shack.
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Love the Chum Shack!!

  • 5 of 5

I really enjoyed staying at the Chum Shack. It is EXACTLY as it is advertised - cute, quaint and oh, so comfortable. I was only able to stay a few days, but I would live there if I could. The beds are THE BEST!! So comfortable. Dave, the owner, was so helpful in providing details on what to do and where to eat in the area and his suggestions were always great. Will return!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. The chum shack is a work in progress if you are ever this way again I hope you will stay again to see the evolution of the property. It was nice meeting y'all take care and safe travels
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our time at the Chum Shack. We moved to Brunswick for a job transfer and needed a place to live while looking for a house to buy. Everything you need to make your stay comfortable is there including pots, pans, dishes and lots of nice fluffy towels. There's also Wi-Fi, cable, and dvd players for your entertainment. The Chum Shack is nestled back off of the main road, has plenty of space and is tastefully decorated. The beds are large and comfy! David, the owner, was very friendly and helpful and got back to us quickly if we had any questions. If the house hadn't already been pre-booked, we would still be staying there until we find a house of our own.

I highly recommend the Chum Shack if you are ever in the area and need a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank U so much for your review I am glad you enjoyed your stay I wish I could have kept you guys for your entire stay in Georgia I look forward to fishing with you in the spring good luck with your house hunting let me know if there's anything I can do to help
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Columbia sc

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The Chum Shack was perfect for our anniversary get away. The house is just beautiful inside with an ocean cottage theme. Well stocked kitchen , and comfy beds. We explored two islands , Jekyll , St Simon. Went fishing early one morning with Dave. The setting out there amongst the marsh grass was stunning. Caught a bunch of fish. Hung out at the local wine bar in town. Good place to pick up beverages and good cuts of meat, cheese and you can sit out front in the shade and chat with the locals . Good place to recharge the soul. Thank you Dave for making the Chum Shack experience a memorable one! We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at the chum shack. I am glad you guys enjoyed your time in beautiful coastal Georgia
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Paul Cold

  • 5 of 5

The “Chum Shack” is a great place to spend a week or two. It’s convenient to Darien, one of the nicest small towns on the Georgia coast with great places to eat delicious shrimp and seafood and close to Sea Island, Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, and more.

Dave mentioned that the “Chum Shack” is a work in progress and you can certainly see all the work and effort Dave has put into the home and property to make it a special home away from home for everyone to enjoy.

As an added bonus, Dave offers charter boat fishing at his “Madshark Charters”. If you are not up to fishing, Dave also offers sightseeing trips around all of the beautiful Islands. There is so much to enjoy. If you are like my wife and I, it will be hard to leave.

I highly recommend the “Chum Shack” to everyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for choosing to stay at the chum shack while visiting coastal Georgia. I hope you were able to get lots of good pictures during your time here
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Raleigh, NC

Fun, private stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had family meet here from Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. It is in the perfect location. This was the first time we had ever explored all of the Georgia coastline in this area. We were close to everything and the house was fully equipped and comfortable. Dave is so nice and helpful due to an accident in the area the power had gone out and he made sure we had all the candles and flashlights we needed. This was actually a great part, everyone pulling together to cook dinner by candlelight. We had a bonfire and made smores even though it was hot outside. The kids enjoyed the yard and we all enjoyed the hot tub. There is a lot to do in the area. This property was perfect for a meeting place for all of us. We also picked fresh tomatoes that were delicious. We will definitely be back!!! Dave is so easy to work with! A wonderful resting vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for you kind review. The chum shack will only get better. I am glad you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful little part of the world
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Glynn County Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Cypress lounge, American Legion
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Sapelo Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Sapelo Hammock
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Savannah, Ga.
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Skippers fish camp. B and Js seafood restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sapelo Island by Ferry
Car: necessary

Visit Darien and experience the Georgia Coast's best keep secret. From the picturesque shrimp boat fleet which greets guests traveling north into town where shrimp can be purchased fresh from the community docks to historic sites such as Fort King George, Sapelo Island, Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge...McIntosh County is a quaint community that offers a get away off the beaten path with a myriad of things to do to keep you busy. If relaxing is what you would rather do, enjoy local seafood restaurants and a laid back evening in the local wine bar located in the heart of Darien, downtown. Whatever your pleasure, you will find it here!


Rates & Availability

Darien Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 15 2016 - Aug 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 15.0%

package deals for rental + fishing /sight-seeing trips please contact Dave Hust to discuss. Travelers can recieve further discounts by paying cash at the time of arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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