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Elegant Sea Island Cottage Two Blocks From Cloister Amenities

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom, Sleeps 7-8

Comprising approximately 4,000 square feet, this four bedroom, four bath historic cottage is located within a two block radius of the Sea Island Beach Club, Cloister Hotel, Spa and Atlantic Ocean on Fifth Street. It has bright and airy interiors and generously-sized rooms. A large screened porch and three terraces are furnished for entertaining and are complete with outdoor dining area, convenient grilling, and a bubbling fountain. Two separate bedroom wings including a deluxe guest suite with a private entrance, afford room for up to eight guests. An additional maid’s room with private bath is suitable for a nanny or caregiver. Shaded by large live oaks and bamboo this beautifully landscaped and spacious lot of over a half acre provides for the utmost in privacy.

This cottage was built by W. Montgomery Anderson as his family’s residence in 1951 and was lived in by them until 2003 when the present owners purchased it. Montgomery, or “Gummy” as he was often called, was employed by the architectural firm of Abreu and Robeson, and was the Sea Island Company’s principal architect until his death in 1979. In addition to Addison Mizner, and together with T. Miesse Baumgardner or “Bummy”, the Company’s landscape architect, they were responsible for much of the early “look” of Sea Island which included the design of this house and its landscaping. In addition to this house, Gummy’s and Bummy’s work included the third Sea Island Beach Club and guest houses such as Hamilton and Demere (all now demolished), and notable cottages including 57, 76, 79, and 151.

Many of the materials used to build this house were salvaged from projects that Gummy was working on at the time of the home’s construction. As an example, the quarter-sawn long leaf heart pine floors in this house were originally used as flooring around the pool area of the second Beach Club or “Casino” as it was called back then. Photos in the Beach Club Lobby and Locker Rooms of the current (fourth) Beach Club depict these boards being installed around the Casino pool in 1928.

Accurately restored in 2004, this fine, sophisticated home has been updated to include the latest in KitchenAid Architect Series II built-in appliances, Sony entertainment systems, and Wi-Fi wireless enabled high speed broadband internet connectivity. The sleek 1950’s design lines in the kitchen include commercial grade stainless steel cabinetry that frame wall coverings created from authentic vintage New Yorker magazine covers installed by the Andersons. The baths and master dressing area include custom designed macassar ebony cabinetry and Kohler and Waterworks fixtures.

The cottage is furnished in the style of the 40’s and 50’s and includes furnishings by designers who produced during that era. Original and reproduction furnishings include those designed by Tommi Parzinger, George Nelson, T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, James Mont, Richard Schultz, Scalamandré, Gilbert Rohde, Tapio Wirkkala, Isamu Noguchi, Diego Giacometti, and Edward Wormley. Additionally, almost all of the artwork was created by Athos Menaboni, a celebrated wildlife painter who lived and worked in Georgia during the era. Most of these items were purchased at auction.

Cottage 119 was one of several featured homes in Christ Episcopal Church’s 1st Tour of Homes and Gardens in 1953 and was again featured on the 55th Annual Tour in 2008. Only three families have lived in this cottage since it was built in 1951. The second owners carefully restored this cottage to its original design and era. The home is impeccably maintained for your enjoyment.

More Details

Esther Farnham
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Esther Farnham

Currently live in Charlotte, NC. Three children. Love Sea Island, GA. Were married on the island. Our favorite place in the world to vacation!

Esther Farnham purchased this cottage in 2013


Sea Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Has dressing area with second sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ourdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • Custom Macassar Cabinetry with waterworks and kohler fixtures.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 double
    Other - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Staff
Optional membership access to Sea Island Club which includes five star amenities - three top rated golf courses, tennis, beach club with three swimming pools, daily activities, spa, fitness center with squash courts, horseback riding, gun club, and fine dining. The cost of access is additional and is dependent on the number of people and the ages of those people in the rental party.


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Elegant Sea Island Cottage Two Blocks From Cloister Amenities
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Greenville, NC


  • 5 of 5

This was my first visit to Sea Island. What a treat!!! Your home is a perfect location to do everything on the island. We rode bikes, took long walks, walked to the pool, beach and dinner. Your home was the perfect size, immaculate, and not to mention beautiful. Thanks for a great vacation. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston SC

Great location and great for entertaining!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved the cottage! it is decorated in a fun retro style. The well stocked kitchen is great. We enjoyed entertaining there. We also loved the 2 patios. One for grilling and the other for relaxing by the fountain. I had my morning coffee and afternoon cocktail in the screened porch. The yard is big and private. The garage is filled with bikes so you can get to everything in a couple of minutes. The cottage really is located in the center of everything. You have a choice of either going to the spa, the fitness center, the tennis courts, the beach club, or the fishing dock. And nearby are several golf courses. My husband found them to be beautiful and exciting. He said the golf learning center is fabulous! We really didn't want to leave. It was the best vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Perfect Golf Weekend Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great trip! We did long weekend guys golf trip. Home is short walk to Sea Island beach club which was awesome. Very cool interior design, well maintained. A walk to all Sea Island amenities: Cloister Hotel, beach club, spa, tennis center, etc. Home well kept up and very clean, fresh fell. Owners very courteous and dealt promptly with any questions we had, etc. Cool combination of being relaxed beach house feel but also very elegant, nice interiors Going back again this Spring and plan on repeating annually!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Amazing private guest suite with lovely screened porch!

  • 5 of 5

This house is such a gem! I stayed in the private guest room that is connected to the main house by a really nice screened porch. It is private, yet still close enough to the main house to be convenient. When you walk through the screened porch, you can hear the fountain in the backyard which is very peaceful. The porch has seating for several people and a bar set up with barstools. It's adorable! The nicely decorated private guest room is large with two double beds, two chairs, a vanity for dressing, nice size bathroom with tub/shower combo, and huge walk-in closet. It was very clean when I arrived and stocked with toiletries. Additionally, the housekeeper Rhonda Miller is so nice and professional; she will assist you with anything!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charleston, SC

Fantastic cool cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this fresh, spacious and updated cottage with our four children. What a primo location and delightful home. We will definitely request this lovely home again! It was spacious and immaculate with a huge beautiful master and four additional bedrooms including a huge spacious guest suite. The home is so close to the beach club that our children were able to ride to and from there on their own. The location could not be better. The home is also just so clean and refreshing with a huge yard, easy parking, and modern amenities. It was just perfect for our family, and I look forward to booking this cottage again asap. The decor is super chic as a side note, and it was a real treat to stay in such a great looking place as well.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Tax Rate 11.0%

Laundry And Cleaning – Additional Charge (estimated total $250-$400 depending on condition of cottage at departure)

Rates Include up to 2 Adults and 2 Children with Exclusive Temporary Sea Island Club Memberships. Additional Temporary Sea Island Club Memberships can be Purchased at Guests' Expense ($150 per day per adult, $95 per day per dependents ages 8-26, and children 7 and under are free).

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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