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Loggerhead Turtle Cottage~Super Amenities~5 Blocks:Waterfront&Cumberland Ferry

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom,1 Bath~Across From Marsh, Downtown St. Marys, 5 blocks to Waterfront

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 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.

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Elizabeth Gray
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2018

About Elizabeth Gray

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

Why Elizabeth Gray chose St. Marys

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!


St. Marys Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • There is a large walk in tiled shower(room for two!) with dual shower heads on opposing walls with sliding glass doors. More stained glass and artwork, a full length mirror, well lit vanity and sink with drawers and shelves for bath towels, beach towels and toiletries. Blow dryer and start up toiletries are provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Interior sitting room opens through double hung French pocket doors into the bedroom. A very comfortable King sized sleigh bed awaits you with a chest of drawers, bedroom TV and DVD, nightstands and lamps. The bedroom has a private entrance to the bathroom and walk in shower. Another set of double hung french doors open onto a small covered porch. Beautiful coastal art work adorns the walls.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beach cruisers are available by reservation (at no charge). There are beach chairs and a cooler. Binoculars and bird book, cottage notebook with menus, maps and area attractions, sewing repair kit, office supplies (tape, stapler, staple remover, paper clips, pens and pencils).


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Loggerhead Turtle Cottage~Super Amenities~5 Blocks:Waterfront&Cumberland Ferry
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Central Coast, CA

Coastal Georgia Jewel

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth's cottage during our 5 night stay. The cottage is even better than described and shown online, extremely comfortable and well equipped. We also enjoyed the area with lots of history, and going over to Cumberland Island. My husband, the former Navy submariner, appreciated the Submarine Museum in St. Marys. Do yourself a favor and book a stay at this cottage - you will love it! Thanks, Elizabeth, so sorry we didn't get to meet you. Kris and Sid

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband, baby, and small dog stayed at the Loggerhead Cottage for a week in June. We had a wonderful time! The cottage was extremely clean, comfortable, and exactly as it showed in the pictures. The snacks, drinks, and toiletries that Elizabeth left were so welcoming. And you couldn't beat the location - literally a few blocks to St. Mary's downtown district. Lots of cute shops and restaurants to explore! We would definitely return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We (my wife and I) stayed at the Loggerhead for a week in June (2017) and we were not disappointed. The amenities that are provided by Elizabeth are endless and the rest of the cottage was perfect. We would stay here again, if we get back to this area.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

This cottage is perfection!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity Now

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center
Lang's Marina Restaurant
The Blue Goose
Cedar Oak Cafe
OPS Pizzaria
Oak Grove Cemetery
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Jacksonville International Airport, Florida
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Seagles Saloon
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Cumberland Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Trident Lakes, Kings Bay Naval Base
Nearest Train
1 Miles
St. Marys Railroad
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cedar Oak Cafe
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Cumberland Island National Sea Shore:

Cumberland Island is a must see/do while you are 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 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.

Savannah, Georgia

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable Deposit $250
Clean/restock/linen fee $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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