|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This 800 sq ft cottage is loaded with light and boasts ten windows, nine French doors and has hardwood flooring and ceramic tile throughout. Pocket doors disappear to provide a modern open floor plan with light traveling unobstructed from the North River sunrise to the sun room sunset.
When I acquired this property in 2002, this free standing detached cottage had to wait it's turn while the main house and upstairs apartment remodels were completed. Many nights were spent with graph paper designing the cottage remodel inch by precious inch. Modern conveniences were incorporated: a private laundry center, full kitchen replete with dishwasher, built in microwave, bar top seating, slide in stove and pass through, a pamper walk in shower with dual heads on opposing walls and a king sized sleigh bedroom just off the bath. All interior doors were changed to pocket doors......to allow closing off rooms without doing the 'door dance.' In 2007, the cottage remodel came to fruition and in 2009, the sun room addition completed my vision of what the cottage should be. Guests now have more room to stretch out and relax.
It was fun to take such a clean line modern space and take a more contemporary approach with furnishings. There is a micro suede queen sleeper sofa, love seat and ottoman as you enter into the sun room. In one corner there is a small office area with a writing desk and filing cabinet. Providing additional storage are some vintage corner cabinets. The sun room seats seven. The queen sleeper sofa allows extra guests private sleeping quarters. To ensure that all guests are equally comfortable, we installed a separate A/C return just for the sun room.
As you leave the sun room and enter the sitting room, there is another full sofa, leather love seat, coffee table and corner chair with four rush bar stools at the bar top providing seating for ten. There is a 42' flat screen in there along with a DVD player and movie collection. We loaded the wall above the bar top with light hearted coastal artwork. There is a fee standing armoire that allows extra closet storage.
Your bedroom awaits you with a very comfortable King sized sleigh bed, gorgeous stained glass above the headboard, another TV/DVD player atop the drawered bureau at the footboard and a private entrance to the bath. From the bedroom French doors, you can spy the North River Marsh.
A 'common' patio area separates the cottage from the main house and upstairs apartments. Charcoal grill, fire pit and tables and chairs for eight welcome al fresco entertaining.
Beautiful magnolia trees attract a wide variety of birds on the property and bird baths are busy with activity. The trees are peppered with soothing wind chimes and the breeze off the marsh makes them sing.
This is an established older neighborhood bordering the marsh in downtown St. Marys. From the property, you can watch boats making their way through North River as they begin and end a day on the water. Several times a day, you can spot the Cumberland Ferry as she travels to and fro from St. Marys to the Island.
Whether you are vacationing, looking for property, or working, Loggerhead Turtle Cottage will be your perfect home away from home. Of all my rental units, this cottage is the most desired for its design, economy of space, energy efficiency, open floor plan, modern furnishings and privacy.
Believe it or not, I am FROM St. Marys! I am Elizabeth Gray and I have always known that St. Marys is special. My sisters and I had an idyllic childhood here in our sweet little corner in SE Georgia. So many good memories.....loving parents, wonderful friends, roller skating and bike riding and boating and flying over the town (my Dad was a pilot and ran the little airfield for a time). Walking to elementary school with my mom (she was my third grade teacher and I don't think I've ever gotten into as much trouble as I did in her class! Everyone kept telling me that I was the teacher's pet and I think I must have started to believe them.....not so much!)
Playing on my first softball team, getting my first job as a fifth grader at the local library (when it was on the second floor of Orange Hall).....those books smelled so good and I even had my own little desk and stamp! And got paid!!! From my mom and dad's front porch was where I started my first little business: a summer craft camp where children came and created artwork, played croquet, rode bikes, did cemetery rubbings, learned karate, performed plays and learned how to pitch a tent on overnight camping trips. This was probably the prelude that led me to a management degree and the creation of Gray's Gallery and Custom Frame Shop in 1981.
It's hard to believe that was over 30 years ago. For about as long as I've had the shop, I've been in the rental business. In 2003, I entered a different phase of rental property: the 'Vacation Rental Business.' I've met many wonderful people, made some lifelong friends and have been very busy ever since! Hopefully, I'll meet you!
Elizabeth Gray purchased this cottage in 2002
Since I can remember, I have always loved this downtown St. Marys home. I have many fond memories of pick up softball and kick ball games played with childhood friends in this neighborhood. When the property became available for sale, I immediately put a binder on it. Truman and Ada Pease built the main house in 1947 as an upstairs/downstairs duplex. Sometime in the late seventies, the garage was converted to an apartment as well. The potential of the detached cottage intrigued me.
There was always something about this home that attracted me to it. (1) its juxtaposition on the corner property itself, (2) the two story brick house with detached cottage, and (3) the marsh views & breezes afforded from the front yard. While there are shade trees, the property itself is sunny and bright. Love the hardwood floors and all the windows, and the different living levels, decks and patios. No matter where you are, it feels private. Over the years, I have collected some really pretty antiques and have framed some beautiful artwork. It was so much fun to scatter some of my favorite things here for you to enjoy!
We stayed at the cottage 5 days and hated to leave. It is spotless and beautifully decorated with original artwork. The rooms are so comfortable and the kitchen is a dream and equipped with anything you'd need to cook your meals there. The bed was heavenly! Elizabeth has supplied the cottage with everything a guest may need. If you're visiting St. Marys or Northern FL, you are in for a treat if you stay at loggerhead turtle cottage. Don't miss a trip to Cumberland Island!
We recently spent a week at this peaceful and quaint cottage. We felt totally at home and could not get over how quiet the neighborhood was. Elizabeth has it stocked with everything you possibly could need and then some. We even had the use of two bikes, which was a great way to see the area and get some excercise at the same time. The people of St. Mary's are the friendliest and most helpful of anyplace we have ever been, and we've traveled a lot. This was our second trip, and we had the same kind of experiences both times. We can see why people often move here after visiting. Do yourself a favor, and come see for yourself, it doesn't matter where you go, you are treated with respect. We definitely recommend this cottage and Elizabeth, who goes out of her what to make sure you have everything you need and the cottage is both comfortable and clean.
My husband and I had a wonderful time in St Mary's. This cottage was very clean and had all the amenities we needed. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen had everything you would need and more.
Elizabeth was very accommodating. We used the bikes she offered and they were great. We could ride 5 blocks or so and be near the water. We felt very safe and the people were very friendly. We went to Cumberland Island and had a very good time. My husband went inland fishing and loved it!
I would highly recommend this place.
We spent three weeks in the Loggerhead Turtle Cottage and it was a truly wonderful experience for us. When we first walked into the cottage, the fresh smell and the cleanliness let us know this would be a great working vacation experience. Elizabeth had provided everything we could possibly imagine needing, down to snack foods, a bottle of wine, and Q-tips! The cottage is creatively decorated with some original artwork; there are televisions in every room, along with books to read and DVDs to watch. The full kitchen allows you to prepare any sort of meal you may wish, though there are some great little cafes and restaurants in the area, several within walking distance. The gorgeous riverfront park is just an easy 5 block walk away, and there are churches of every persuasion within three or four blocks. St. Marys is a picture-postcard little town, and you'll wear your camera out taking photos of this beautiful setting. The people are friendly and accommodating in every way. And to get to spend your time in the Loggerhead Turtle Cottage is like icing on the cake. We would not hesitate to return, and in fact, are looking forward to our next trip to St. Marys and hoping we can enjoy this wonderful cottage again. Elizabeth is so kind and gracious and she feels like a long-time friend from the moment you meet her. We'd give it more than 5 stars if we could.
Loggerhead Turtle Cottage was exactly what my wife and I were looking for - clean, comfortable, and cozy! The cottage is ideally located within a 5 minute walk to Historic St. Marys. Elizabeth has thought of everything and the cottage is well equipped - just bring a few toiletries along with your clothes and you'll be good to go! We'll definitely be coming back for another stay.
This rental sits on a tree lined street with moss blowing in the breeze right off the beautiful marshes of St. Mary's City. Although it is close to town, it is very quiet and peaceful. The house had every thing included you could possibly think of or dream of - seriously, there was nothing lacking! Elizabeth even had fresh flowers in several rooms. The lay out of the house was perfect with two sitting rooms each with a TV and the bedroom also had a TV. Each room had sliding glass French Doors so you could close off sound. This was perfect for the two of us - one could stay up and watch TV and not bother the other. The rental has no steps to climb - it is at ground level which made it perfect for us and although this is a one bedroom rental - it included a King Size Bed! Unheard of! Elizabeth, the owner, left water, soft drinks, snacks - again, anything you could want was there. The location was perfect for us - we went over to Florida two of the days and it is only minutes away. I would certainly stay here again and I would encourage you to stay there also. We have stayed at Home Away houses all over the world and honestly - this was the best!
Cumberland Island National Sea Shore:
Cumberland Island is a must see/do while you are here.....you get tickets at the National Park Service Office (and they have a pretty cool gift shop upstairs) and buy your ferry tickets at Lang's Seafood Office at the waterfront. Beautiful, pristine beaches, shelling, wild horses and old Carnegie homes for the history buff in you. Here is an 800 #
Cumberland Island National Seashore is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia. The park is the home to approximately 36,000 acres of pristine maritime forest, undeveloped beaches, freshwater lakes, wide brackish marshes and over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. The Seashore was authorized by Congress in 1972 and is administered by the National Park Service.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia is a phenomenal place dedicated to conservation, education and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. Jekyll also has bike paths all around the island for bicyclists.
In St. Marys, there is a Submarine Museum loaded with all sorts of artifacts.............and there is National Park Service Cumberland Island Museum as well. The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame is now open at the St. Marys Convention and Visitor Bureau.
We have a St. Marys Public Library on Herb Bauer Drive, our County Public Library is in Kingsland, and we also have a Bryan Lang Historical Library at the County seat in Woodbine.
Fernandina Beach, Florida is my favorite place, besides Cumberland to walk the beach, sun, swim and play. Downtown Fernandina is loaded with shops and restaurants and bars. The downtown marina is full of boaters navigating up and down the Intercoastal waterway. (The marina office also sells nautical charts of the area.) Fernandina has done a beautiful job with their downtown district. They have a huge annual art show, the Shrimp Festival, the second weekend in May. It’s impossible to go there and not come away with a treasure. They also have a silk stocking district with interesting architecture......Pippi Longstocking was filmed in one of those houses. Fort Clinch is a state park there with bike paths and nice beaches as well.
Folkston, Georgia has a train center, the Folkston Funnel with a train watching platform for the 60 or so trains that pass thru daily, and also an entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp Park, designated a National Wilderness Area: 700 square miles of land, water and wildlife in South Georgia and North Florida.
St. Augustine, Florida If you like to photograph birds, the Alligator Farm
is terrific. They have rare and exotic birds, reptiles, and mammals. They just in the last while added a zip line course over their Zoological Park.............my friends did it and were grinning for days. St. Augustine is also home to the Ripley Believe it or Not Museum and the Potter Wax Museum, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, World Golf Museum, Imax theatre, the Fountain of Youth, San Sebastian Winery, the Castillo de San Marcos National Fort, Mantanzas National Monument, Marineland and a beautiful waterfront and marina, peppered with interesting shops and restaurants and bars.
A little bit more of a trek, but so worth it. The town is steeped in history, beautiful architecture, parks, restaurants and shops. The waterfront is inviting with walks, benches, boat traffic and interesting shops, bars and tourists. Tybee Island is just a little further and sports a great beach.
You can fish off downtown at the fishing pier at the waterfront park, or at the Meeting St. boat ramp. You can also charter fishing expeditions.
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Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Minimum $100 cleaning/restocking/linen fee per visit. For a month stay or longer, $200 cleaning/restocking/linen fee is required.
Government per Diem is accepted.
Georgia sales tax of 7% is collected on the first 90 days of a stay; anything beyond is not taxed.
St. Marys bed tax of 6% is collected on the first 30 days of a stay; anything beyond is not taxed.
Refundable $250 Reservation/security deposit and entire rental amount is due with short term bookings. Monthly: Half rent is due 60 days before arrival, Last half rent is due 2 weeks before arrival. Preferred payment is personal check drawn on a US bank, but Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.