Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,476 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 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

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
  • 1 of 21


Townsend House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1476 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • 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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

RIVER PLANTATION PLACE ~ South Newport River at Your Front Door!
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 55 reviews
Conyers, Ga

Beautiful home and view. Very relaxing and peaceful town.

  • 5 of 5

A weekend was just not long enough. The views from the porch took my breath away. Caught plenty of blue crab to take home. The hunters cafe was a great feel for the town and people with awesomely cook southern seafood. Herris neck wildlife refuge was a great day trip just minutes from RPP. Took some great pics of birds and gators. I will recommend this to everyone i know and will be back again soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Adam we are so pleased you enjoyed the beauty and bounty of our South Georgia Coast in Shellman Bluff. Yes you fit a lot of activities into your visit and there is so much more for you to see when you return. We will "leave the light on!" We love to hear from our guests of their experiences and thankful our efforts show in the remarks our guests have shared. Thank you again. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and The Owner
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Deer River, Minnesota

Gorgeous property that you will love!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this delightful property for a week. It is gorgeous, clean, well-stocked with everything you need and feels like being on a plantation. The views are fabulous. It is great to see the 9 foot tides come and go. Wow. The property is close to many sites to visit, including Savannah. We spent every day going some place new! Both the owner and property manager are thoughtful and kind - and go over and beyond to ensure your stay is great in every way. I highly, highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mr. and Mrs. M for your explicit details of your visit to The River Plantation Place. We love hearing of our guests adventures and experiences. We graciously welcome you to visit again! Hope you made it home safe!. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris and the Owner
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Our stay was just wonderful. Everything was in order and the peace and quiet was nice.

  • 5 of 5

Everything that was needed was present and we enjoyed seeing the tide go out and come back in each day.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Heckel, We appreciate your visiting the River Plantation Place for an 8 day getaway. The owner and I are pleased you enjoyed the natural beauty just outside the back door and beyond in our secret Coastal Georgia area. We do our very best to insure our guests have everything they need and thrilled you had a relaxing, refreshing, and rejuvenating experience as well. We are looking forward to your return one day and thank you for sharing your experiences. Warm Salt Coast Regards, Chris Reddick and Ken (the property owner).
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
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
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

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
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


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

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Enter dates for accurate pricing


You might like these similar properties