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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:
January 16, 2018

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 Darien

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
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.


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Coastal Cottage Off the Beaten Path...
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 46 reviews

Nothing short of #awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Dave is an amazing host. We made Chum Shack farm to table salads, grilled local ship on the BBQ and relaxed from "tough" days on Jekyll Island, Sapelo Island and St Simon Island in the hot tub. As my son said, "...the pics do not do it justice!" We'll definitely be back, thanks!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at the chum shack and for taking time to leave a review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and our area. This place is amazing and unfortunately you only scratched the surface of what there is to do and see. I will probably leave my chumshack pics and description as I'd, so folks can be pleasantly surprised when they arrive. Thanks again and safe travels to you and your family. I hope your daughter chooses and enjoys our college it is a good school and the location is even better😀😀
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Quiet, clean, peaceful & every aminity you need

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay for a while. It has all of the amenities you would ever need. Including filtered water and a washer. The house has great places to hang out outside. I really appreciated the gardens and the natural space around the house. There were butterflies everywhere! The hot tub was great. The location was close to the things that we wanted to do. The master bedroom is large and the bed is comfortable. We also enjoyed an eco tour with the owner where we saw lots of wildlife.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of the chum Shack. I smell glad you enjoyed your stay. Soon there will be many more butterfly gardens to enjoy
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We had plenty of privacy at the Chum Shack. The home was well furnished and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Dave is a very nice host and the Chum Shack was a great place to get away from the crowds. There were plenty of towels and extra linens were available in the cedar chest.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying st the Shack and for taking time to leave a review.
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We really loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We were two families with our six girls. We had so much fun at the house, very well located, all the amenities that we needed.

We loved the jacuzzi!

Thanks Dave for all your help.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: March 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: January 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $100

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

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