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Come and visit the newly re-opened Cumberland Island!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, Weekly and Monthly Rates Available, Pets welcome

The Captain Morse House is a charming two-story Victorian home with a wrap-around porch on each floor lined with rocking chairs, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the small-town community.

Nightly Rate: $175

Weekly Rate: $1100

Monthly Rate: $2850

The Captain Morse House has four full bedrooms. One downstairs bedroom, with a king-sized bed. Three upstairs bedrooms: one with two full beds, one with two twin beds, and one king. In addition, there is a single sleeper sofa in the downstairs living area. Can accommodate up to 11 guests in total.

Three full baths. The one downstairs includes a restored clawfoot tub for a relaxing soak.

Fully-equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, washer & dryer, stove, garbage disposal, and refrigerator.) Beautifully restored original farmhouse sink.

Two dining areas: formal dining room inside, and back porch outside.

Large 46' flat screen television and free WiFi throughout the house.

The fenced backyard is a great feature if you intend to bring any of your furry family members. Pets are welcome!


More Details

Karen & Mike Schaaf
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Karen & Mike Schaaf

Mike and Karen Schaaf reside in Savannah, Georgia with their three dogs. These are our two collies relaxing on the back porch of the Captain Morse House.

Karen & Mike Schaaf purchased this house in 2013

Why Karen & Mike Schaaf chose St. Marys

On a short weekend trip, we discovered St. Mary's and fell in love. The small town is quiet and picturesque with historic architecture, beautiful waterfront vistas, and the friendliest residents. You feel at home right away!

One look at the Captain Morse House, and we knew we had to become its caretakers. We have spent the first six months painstakingly restoring it to it's former glory. We are very proud of it, and would like to share it with you.

What makes this house unique

The Captain Morse House is located in the heart of historic St. Mary's, and is the closest VRBO to the riverfront and Cumberland Ferry.

Restaurants, shops, and the beautiful Howard Gilman Waterfront park are all short steps away (our dogs LOVE the park!)

The Navy's Kingsland Submarine base is a ten-minute drive, great if you are active/retired military.


St. Marys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • For reservation to be valid, please sign and return the attached rental agreement within the next 48 hours, along with an image of valid photo ID.
  • You are responsible for keeping the property and all furnishings in good order, and leaving the house in the same condition you found it.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs - toilet , tub , shower , Deep porcelain clawfoot tub . . . divine!
    Upstairs Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs - toilet , shower , Large closet storage area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master - 1 king , Downstairs
    The Garden Room - 2 double , Two pillow-top full beds, and an antique armoire.
    The Mermaid Room - 2 twin/ single , Two pillow top beds and a beautiful hand-painted armoire
    Downstairs Living Area - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Single pull-out bed (with flat-screen tv and headphones)
    Upstairs Middle Bedroom - 1 king , With it's own full bathroom
  • Pillow-top king bed, beautiful (non-functioning) carved fireplace, and large antique armoire.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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average rating of 4.754717 based on 53 reviews

Stafford Wedding

  • 5 of 5

The Captain Morse House was the PERFECT home for our family while in St. Mary's for our son's wedding. With 3 kiddos in the military, our time together as a family is very limited so it was great to be under one roof. Not only was this home spacious on the inside, but the large porch areas and backyard were perfect. Located in the heart of St. Mary's, everything was within walking distance. We LOVE the owners and will definitely be returning for another visit!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. You and your family are the reasons why we enjoy being the hosts of the Captain Morse House. Perfect guests and a delight to work with every step of the way! Please come back anytime.
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Cute, convenient, comfortable!

  • 4 of 5

The house is overall great. The beds are really comfortable. The few small things that need improvement I've already shared with the owner and she can correct very quickly.

The kitchen is very well stocked with utensils and basics. I added a cheese slicer to the drawer. The turkey fryer cam in handy to cook the LowCountry Boil for my brother's rehearsal dinner. I bought chip clips and I think the flower girl thought they were her toys, I never saw them after she found them. LOL!

We missed most of the 4th Friday festivities due to the wedding rehearsal but, that looked fun.

There are several restaurants within walking distance and the waterfront is 200 yards away to go look at the boats. The Cumberland Island tour office is across the street. Antique shops and a coffee/wine shop are on either side with more nearby. Don't miss the ice cream at Bessie's and Market on the Square - I got a huge scoop for about $2.50!

You'll enjoy your stay in the Captain Morse house.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was very comfortable. We felt very much at home. Would stay there again and again!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Really a beautiful home. Loved it!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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charming, spacious

  • 5 of 5

We loved this spacious, historic house! This is the place to stay in the area! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our Family Time Away in Saint Mary, Georgia

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Captain Morse House was perfect for our family.

House was well equipped and appliance all worked efficiently.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Saint Mary's Georgia and

would for sure stay at the Captain Morse House again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The price point of this property should be that of a one star hotel

  • 1 of 5

Multiple locations throughout the house where rodents have chewed through the walls, ceiling and floors are just covered with wire screen. No proper repairs have been made in years to this home and it shows. Does not comply with current safety codes such as ground fault protected circuits in kitchen. House is not secure. No alarm dont leave valuables.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: (Owner’s Note: These guests inflicted a great deal of damage to our home during their stay. We had to retain their security deposit as repair costs far exceeded that amount. They threatened retaliation if we did so.) To our recent guests, We were saddened by your review; hundreds of our other guests have provided us with only positive feedback and 5-star ratings. We take pride in being extremely responsive to concerns that our guests may have. However, you reported no issues at any time during your stay and even reported the “house was charming!” This response provides clarification to future guests regarding the unfounded accusations made in your review. The Captain Morse House is a 112-year old home in the historic district of St. Mary’s, Georgia. Keeping our historic home preserved to its original beauty is extremely important to us. We have gone to great lengths to maintain the original bead-board ceilings and woodwork. That is why we were shocked that the original heart-of-pine floors we painstakingly restored were left covered with animal feces. We employ professional extermination services as a precaution since the home is so near the water and located near several restaurants. They have gone through the home and ensured there is no way for rodents or other pests to enter. We must also address the incorrect accusation that our home does not meet code requirements. The city inspector that you called in your attempt “to get nasty,” as you wrote, found nothing wrong during his inspection. Although your motive for requesting the inspection was malicious in nature, we were pleased with the highly satisfactory result. The puzzling accusation that our home is not secure must also be addressed. All doors in our home lock appropriately. We have never, during the course of hundreds of guests staying in our home, had any issues with safety concerns. The town of St. Mary’s is very proud of our restoration of the Captain Morse House. Sharing our home with our guests has been a joy so far, and with this one exception of your stay, our guests have been delightful, respectful, and appreciative of the tremendous effort we put forth to provide exceptional accommodations. Honestly, the disrespectful manner you and your guests inflicted on our home is the most shocking transgression that has occurred in St. Mary’s in recent memory.
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Cumberland Island National Seashore
The Blue Goose
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Jacksonville International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Seagles (across the street)
Nearest Ferry
Cumberland Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Osprey Cove
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Blue Goose (next door)
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Cumberland Island
Car: necessary

St. Marys, the gateway to spectacular Cumberland Island, is a quaint, historic small town with spectacular scenary and friendly people.

From the dock of St. Marys’ Waterfront (1 block away), visitors board the Cumberland Ferry for camping or day trips to enjoy swimming, shelling, fishing, wild horses, loggerhead sea turtles and much more on 17 miles of pristine white sandy beaches.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Pets welcome w/pet agreement, proof of inoculations,flea preventative and deposits.

Owner'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.

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