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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Property Manager
Chris Reddick
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 Townsend

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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Townsend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 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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RIVER PLANTATION PLACE ~ South Newport River at Your Front Door!
average rating of 4.869565 based on 67 reviews

Paradise by the marsh

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the house. We absolutely love staying there. It is very clean, spacious and has beautiful views of the marsh. Last spring our family enjoyed kayaking, fishing and crabbing. I loved cooking in the kitchen to look out over the beautiful marsh views. This winter it was too cold for crabbing, but we really enjoyed bike riding over at Harris Neck. We saw birds, several alligators and even an armadillo! We look forward to our visit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled you chose to return to the River Plantation Place again for a relaxing and down-to-earth experience. We appreciate your support and look forward to your return again. Warm Regards, Chris Reddick and Kenneth - Owner
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Cataula, Georgia

Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time. This our second visit. Great boat parking and wash down. Dock a major plus for catching bait. We celebrated my oldest Son's marriage and leaving to serve our Country in the Air Force. A truly Great Time and experience for all!!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time! The property is marvelous - the house and the experience were fabulous! The view is absolutely perfect! The dock is close to the house, and very easy to access. All of the necessary items in the house were provided. We had everything we needed. It is remote, but also close to historical sites and activities. We had planned to go into Savannah for an evening meal, but the view and the porches and the general surroundings were so fabulous that we stayed at "home" for one of the most lovely evenings of our vacation! I highly recommend this property to you. You will NOT be disappointed. Just fabulous!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dacula, Georgia

Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

We only had a few days to get down to the Georgia coast to do a little fishing. This house was nothing short of awesome! Very clean and well maintained! Every thing was great, from the beds and baths all the way to the dock. The river does go completely dry at low tide, but we went on over to the public docks just a few minutes up the road and had a great time. Chris made sure we knew about this before we rented. We had a great stay and will be back when I can stay longer!

Thank you Chris for helping us put this together in such short notice.

James Cooper, Dacula GA.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: James I am so happy you loved the River Plantation Place. The salt air will be great therapy for relaxation whenever you are ready to come back!! Thanks again for the great review!!! Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and the Owner Kenneth
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home, Comfortable, beautiful views, well stocked with extras, awesome deck and great for fishing.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mrs. W. The owner and I appreciate your comments. It is our pleasure to provide everything we bekieve our guests will need. We welcome you to come back and see us anytime. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and Kenneth
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Absolutely astonished by this place!

  • 5 of 5

The River Plantation Place far exceeded our expectations!!! We were excited to get here on our road trip and when we arrived we were amazed by the beauty and character of this place, inside and out! The house was very clean and well stocked. The dock and pier were so much fun! We fished and set out crab pots, catching some crab! We saw a few alligators, which freaked me a little, but the rest of the family was ok with it. This was a great stay that I would highly recommend to everyone. Thank you for sharing with us and we hope to be back someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you great review!! We are excited when our guests truly appreciate the beauty of our Coastal Georgia and the serenity of the River Plantation Place. We cherish your thoughts and welcome you to come back to see us anytime. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris Reddick and the Owner 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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refresh & Clean Fee $100
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 5.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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