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RIVER PLANTATION PLACE ~ South Newport River at Your Front Door!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Townsend House Rental Photos and Description

Waterfront with 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, oversized living & dining area

TOP 8 REASONS why the RIVER PLANTATION PLACE (RPP) is YOUR perfect getaway:

1. The house fronts historic South Newport River. It overlooks a vibrant tidal marsh out towards St. Catherines & Blackbeard Islands...your gateway to Sapelo Sound & the Atlantic!

2. Three great naturalists were captivated by the locale: Audubon painted Savannah Sparrows; John Muir wrote about Hollywood South's unique seascape; & William Bartram hiked nearby Old Coastal Hwy. 17

3. All within reach, tons of attractions from Hilton Head to Harris Neck, or even Charleston to Cumberland Island await you! 'Forrest Gump' shrimp boats in Darien & fishing villages interlacing the coast can take you back in time

4. You can bike the 'Coastal Rail Trail', crossing 43 picturesque rivers & creeks dotted by historical markers

5. Shellman Bluff (old oystering community) is Home of the Sapelo Saltwater Fishing Club & 'Speed's Kitchen': where people take their time...& the fried fish & crab-stuffed flounder are out of this world!

6. Featured by Road Trip USA, the 'Smallest Church in America' marks the entrance to the Yellow Bluff Plantation where the house is located

7. Nearby is Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge--'one of the single best sites in the South for birdwatching'

8. Only the RPP owns 'The Book' or Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil bestseller autographed by author John Berendt & the model for 'Bird Girl' herself, Lorraine Greenman Ganz!

No need to be Sherlock Holmes to see this dream come true! In 2004, a husband-&-wife business owners built a 'dream vacation house', paying attention to the craftsmanship...traces of which can be felt as you step on the breathtaking wood floors, dine at the ornate kitchen, or sip coffee on the veranda of the RPP. The couple chose a site on an 18-acre oxbow hammock brimming with live oaks & pines, one amongst 1,600 back-island jewels .

In 2013, Ken, the new owner, urgently flew from Minne'snow'ta to Savannah's Candler to help take care of a sister who got sick. The life-changing event rearranged his priorities & clarified his values! One day, he looked for a property close to Savannah that could become a haven for his family & friends. He chanced upon the River Plantation Place standing on its 14-foot solid stilts overlooking South Newport River (no factories up & downriver equals edible seafood & abundant wildlife). Ken knew right there & then that: THAT was a DREAM coming true as the orange sun over the brackish marsh warmed his face! Filled with visions of hope for his beloved sister Vicky, the VRBO concept of RPP was born! Up to this very day the dream is realized each time laughter echoes in RPP's walls.

In 2014, the RPP founded 'Adopt JILL' (Jintotolo Island Lighthouse Locale). One percent of income is pledged towards the preservation of the Philippine beacon & coral reefs. In 2015, the RPP became a patron of nearby Altamaha Riverkeeper.--In light of the original & new owners' love of entertaining family & friends, the RPP hopes YOU will be enriched by your stay as you explore Georgia's coastal paradise. Come & rediscover your priorities!


~ 3 full-service marinas nearby

~ Public boat ramp a golf-cart ride away

~ dock with fish cleaning area & grill

~ LOWCOUNTRY BOIL gear & a fully-equipped kitchen stocked up with spices (Try Ms. Chris' Free LCB Recipe); Fish fryer available

~ DirecTV, DVD, & guitar for fun

~ Washer & dryer room has a freezer to put fish in if you catch TOO much!

Paddle the 2 KAYAKS. Soak up the vista of this pristine tidal river which meanders through a broad expanse of marsh: a view dubbed by experts as “one of the most important tidal estuarine environments in the world.” With 2 light mountain bikes, pedal with your friend the scenic 'Coastal Rail Trail' of McIntosh County. This county was labelled 'the Hidden Jewel of the Golden Isles'--Play golf at Sapelo Hammock 18-hole Golf Club -an acclaimed course hosting many tournaments ('Top 100 New Courses by Golf Digest). We'll be glad to set up your tee time!


1. Bird-watch for endangered Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill, & Painted Bunting by the RPP dock

2. Bike Harris Neck Nat'l Wildlife Refuge & look for the above 3 birds HNNWR's known for!

3. Crab-trap by the RPP dock for savory Blue Crabs while fishing for Spotted Seatrout

4. Picnic at the Nanny Goat Beach (one of 'Top 10 Georgia Beaches') after climbing the 77 steps of the nation's second-oldest brick lighthouse (Sapelo Island Lighthouse)

5. Dine & wine at Hunters Cafe as you take in the alluring view of the Broro & Julienton Rivers!

-Enjoy the 'River Plantation Place'...with the South Newport River at your front door!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Chris Reddick
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2016
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About Chris Reddick

The owner has the confidence in our Salt Coast Properties & Outfitters business to manage her home for vacation rental to guests who would like to visit Shellman Bluff. We pride ourselves in nothing but the best for out guest. We thank you for visiting us and welcome you to Coastal Georgia!

A unique ecosystem, the 7 shorelines of Georgia, some as old as megalodons & mastodons, were mainly shaped by changing sea level & tidal fluctuations! The owner would like to share his piece of free-spirited, Key West-style paradise with you while he's away on business. He 'vicariously feels' your enjoyment! He hopes the RPP makes you happy -an emotion which sustains your purpose...a foundation of your becoming more creative & successful in your endeavors.--Please let us know how we can enhance your vacation experience!

Chris Reddick purchased this house in 2013

Why Chris Reddick chose Georgia

Just half an hour south of Savannah, the RPP nestles on 'Yellow Bluff Plantation' named after the Yellow Pines or Longleaf Pines which once blanketed the region. The property lies in the middle of a shrimp-shaped island, giving you a dazzling panoramic view of the sunset!

'The Smallest Church in America', with stained glass windows imported from England, is a landmark at the entrance onto Yellow Bluff. Just 16 mi. east off Sapelo Island is Gray's Reef with excellent fishing & colorful tropical sea life, a testament to the area's tropical allure.--From the porch or dock, view the sun as it bounces off the tidal marsh after fishing, kayaking, beachcombing, birdwatching, biking, or golfing. Cook Ms. Chris' Lowcountry Boil...& don't miss the utterly unique Gullah-Geechee culture which gives the area a Caribbean flair! Enjoy a campfire & view the stars on a dark night with friends & family. After a restorative sleep, you will feel engaged & inspired!

What makes this house unique

Jacksonville Airport (JAX) is an alternate major airport. Landmarks include the 'Golden Isles' immortalized by Sidney Lanier's poem 'Marshes of Glynn' & the beloved bioreserve Altamaha River by naturalist William Bartram. As you arrive, the colonial coastal feel of the home will wrap around you & WELCOME you with a kiss of salt air!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We thoroughly enjoyed our last minute get-away and only wish it could have been longer. Thank you again for accomodating us on a short notice. We love your banana nut bread and took one of your recipes you had for us. Thank you!
May 2014
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

RIVER PLANTATION PLACE ~ South Newport River at Your Front Door!
average rating of 4.903226 based on 52 reviews
Derby, CT

Beautiful and serene property, enjoyed every moment.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at RPP at the end of July. From the moment we arrived, we felt at peace. The home is off the beaten path about 45 minutes from Savannah. Home was extremely clean and well stucked. The airconditioner worked so well, despite the very hot weather. We used the bikes and had a great ride. Did a bit of fishing and crabbing off the dock. Low tide there is no water so be aware of this if you are bringing a boat. You will need to take it out of the water each day. This home is truly fabulous, I would not hesitate to book it.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Derby for your detailed description of your time at the River Plantation Place. Our goal was accomplished with your visit----"to enable our guests to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate at their leisure." Bravo. Looking forward to your return visit!! Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and the owner---Kenneth
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The perfect getaway❤

  • 5 of 5

This was my family's 3rd vacation to Georgia. Being from Kansas City, we love to get down south for the warm, friendly, historic atmosphere that Savannah and it's surrounding areas are known for. We stayed in hotels the previous 2 times and wanted something special for this trip. And let me tell you...we found it! This home is amazing! It was absolutely breathtaking! Everyone is right...the pictures don't do it justice. This waterfront property is like nothing we had ever experienced. We saw the tides go in and out daily, saw so much wildlife, loved the kayaks, went for walks around the house under the Spanish moss lined trees, saw cute tree frogs stuck to the windows, and the little crabs running around were so funny.

The home came with everything we could have needed. And my family enjoyed the Georgia peach pancakes I made for breakfast.

We went to several different islands and into Savannah which is about a 40 minute drive. The home was convenient to everything!

The home was clean, comfortable, the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful, the decks were amazing for panoramic views and we had zero complaints.

We will definitely be coming to this home for each of our trips to Georgia from now on! A++++++...

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janis B for your detailed sentiments regarding your visit to Coastal Georgia River Plantation Place. I had 21 great years in the Kansas City area before moving to Coastal Georgia and yes, the salt air does something for the heart, soul, and mind the City just can't match. Kenneth, the owner and I thank you for your visit and welcome you back at any time. We welcome your family and friends to also discover our little piece of relaxation, refreshment, and rejuvenation any time. Please keep in touch! Warm Salt Coast Regards, Kenneth and Chris
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Great house

  • 5 of 5

The house is well furnished, It was lacking nothing. All beds are very comfy, well stocked kitchen, We have stayed in 5 different houses in Shellman Bluff. I would say that this is the best house of all. We recommend this vacation rental and definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mr. and Mrs. D and family! The owner and I hope and plan for our very best hospitality and service for our guests. We thank you and hope you will come back! Warm Coastal Regards, Chris and the Owner - Kenneth
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Dolphin Sure Cool, Gator large and terrifying

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful comfortable with everything you need. Tidal marsh teaming with wildlife. Great place to rejuvenate oneself. Kayaked with a dolphin and scared up a gator off the bank. And he wasn't a little guy! Fresh seafood every where. We highly recommend this wonderful vacation rental and definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kenneth (the owner) and I are delighted your visit to the River Plantation Place was everything we dream and aspire for our guests to experience. Thank you for your visit and review and we welcome you to return and rejuvenate with our beauty of Georgia Coastal living. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and Kenneth
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at RPP recently and I have to say the pictures don't do the property justice! It is Beautiful! An outstanding place to wind down from your hectic life. Only 30 minutes to Savannah, which is perfect for day trips to the city. Then back to the country to enjoy a peaceful setting! Chris is wonderful to work with and the Banana Bread that the owners left for us was delicious! We can't wait to get back to RPP for our next trip to the area!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mike B. and family for your kind words. The owner Ken and I love to hear from our guests who have truly felt our aspiration for the River Plantation Place guest experience----"Relaxation, Rejuvenation, and Restoration." Relax with the family, rejuvenate with calming nature, and restore with time to dream, inspire, and aspire. We too look forward to your return to the River Plantation Place. Keep in touch and we will make it happen for your. Warm Coastal Regards, Chris Reddick 912.223.2361
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Family Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful Christmas at River Plantation. My family decorated with tree and ornaments from the farm we just sold. We had everything we needed to cook , play, and the house was filled with laughter. One vision I will always have ...all my children and grandchildren gathered around the pit fire for several hours sharing family stories. I loved waking up each morning to see the sunrise through the Spanish Moss.

The weather was incredible, and on the one rainy day the children were able to play under the house.

Bicycles and kayaks were used almost every day. When each family arrived their words were much the same,"Wow", and "Nana, how are you ever going to leave this incredible place?". I stayed a month longer than planned.

Chris was always available for whatever we needed, and she is always upbeat. I thought about the owner, and his sister who inspired this house. It is more than a house, it is a blessing.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mrs. Barbara for sharing family memories and your relishing comments about the River Plantation Place. Kenneth and I appreciate the RPP and are always seeking ways to enhance the experience for our many friends and family. We are welcome you to have the RPP visit to be ano annual family tradition. Warmest RPP Regards, Chris and Kenneth
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Savannah/Hilton Head Int'l (SAV)
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Hunters Cafe
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Sapelo Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Sapelo Hammock 18-hole
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
I-95 (Exit 67), Coastal HWY 17
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hunters Cafe, Speed's Kitchen
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
St. Catherines
Car: recommended

The RPP's away from crowded centers of Savannah & Jacksonville...yet centrally located near some of the best treasures the Coastal Empire has to offer! Our top 3 favorite day trips~ (1)Savannah River Street (especially at St. Patrick's Day; grab a Leopold's Ice Cream), (2)St. Simons Lighthouse & Village (don't miss Southern Soul BBQ), & (3)Shellman Bluff.


Rates & Availability

Townsend House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
March to November
Mar 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refresh & Clean Fee $100

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Please take care of deposit and full payment in a timely manner. We believe you will understand a refundable pet deposit of $200 in a separate check and an extra $25 per day fee per pet. We will promptly return your pet deposit upon our refresh services revealing no damage. Thank you for understanding.

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Townsend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1476 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 'Savannah' - toilet , combination tub/shower
    'Shellman' - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 bathrooms with full showers
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 'Savannah' - 1 queen
    'Shellman' - 1 queen
  • 2 oversized bedrooms with walk through French doors to a large deck. Plenty of room to make pallets; or bring air mattresses. 1 cot available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We can book a charter boat trip for you to nearby 'Barrier Islands' by Captain Alan Reddick. We have a massage therapist within 2 mi. from home & a salon within 6 mi. as well. Pamper yourself! Very good cell phone reception...although we encourage you to UNPLUG!

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