House, 3 1/2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)
About Don Carson
Susan until 09/09 was director of Canopy Studio, an aerial arts teaching and performing center in Athens, GA. Don built Canopy Studio and did the rigging and technical work there. He now makes carbon fiber dance trapezes and sells them all over the world. Susan still teaches some workshops and master classes around the country, but mostly she teaches occasional workshop/retreats to aerialists that come from around the country to the aerial dance studio that Don built next to Marshbreeze (which opended April, '13). They met in New York City (where Susan taught and performed and Don was a commercial photographer) before moving to the SF bay area for 9 years, then to Athens for 10 years. Now they are full time in Darien.
Don Carson purchased this House in 2006
Why Don Carson chose Darien
We decided that we love the marsh more than the beaches. There is so much wildlife just off our deck. It never gets dull. One minute it is tranquil with a golden glow sunset. Then, other times we are treated with a symphony of thunder and lightning. We like the proximity to Savannah as well as the civilized Jacksonville airport.
What makes this House unique
Fabulous for bird watchers.
Pool / Spa
No smoking - Can smoke on porch, but doors to be closed Can smoke on porch, but doors to be closed
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
A nature lover's dream!
Stunning location with the marsh as a backdrop to your next relaxing get-away! We barely left the screened-in deck or porch. Both afforded views of the sunrise, Sapelo island, the endangered wood stork (magnificent through the binoculars included in the stay), and a variety of other sea birds, including green herons which nested by the lagoon. We had a wonderful time riding the fat tire bicycles around the private sandy roads and just wish we had gotten the chance to go out on the marsh in the kayaks or canoe (also provided by the owner!). Next time! The hot tub was a treat at the end of long day of activity. The kitchen was fully stocked. Beds cozy. And owner's stunning photography was a must see! So much to do in the area. Your biggest regret will be not staying longer.
So nice to have you. We can help making the stay longer next time with a 10% discount for the second time around. Just make sure to mention it before you make your reservation.
Don was very responsive, friendly, and unobtrusive
Beautiful and relaxing stay
We absolutely loved our time at this house. The home was much larger than we were expecting and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything we could’ve needed. The ramp to the house made it easy to unpack the car (there was even a cart to load all of our luggage in one trip) and was also great for our elderly dog. The best part were the views! We lived on the back porch watching the beautiful sunrises over the water and enjoying the breeze throughout the day. We didn’t want to leave but are looking forward to returning again soon!
Great having you and we hope you do come again soon! Glad the ramp worked well for your dog. He deserves the best.
Serenity among the marshes
An extremely quiet and serene setting with excellent Owner communications; thank you, Don. A newer, convenient ramp providing access from the ground-level, side driveway/parking area upwards to their huge, screened-in back porch with entry to the home ... pretty sunrise views (with tons of varied seating options on the screened porch). Arrived, welcomed with a so-appreciated early check-in, and greeted by over a dozen great egrets, reddish egrets and one pelican in a side-yard tidal area. Also for outdoor relaxation, exit the huge screened porch onto a newer, large deck facing east (housing the hot tub) for wide-open and beautiful marsh views. With colder weather and early-sunset days during our late-December stay, we enjoyed evening conversations and TV/movie viewing (many channels/options); their living room has a fireplace, too. Lots of art to appreciate (including the Owner's) on the many interior walls of this large home. A welcome manual that offers loads of detail on varied topics as well as myriad pamphlets, magazines and brochures to browse and arrange your next trek or adventure. The exterior downstairs area includes a canoe, bikes and more, though we didn't have time to avail ourselves. Enjoyed a very tasty meal and great service at nearby Skippers Fish Camp (we dined upstairs, the oyster-bar area, outside... pet-friendly).
As I texted you, you get the award for leaving the house in pristine condition. Glad you were able to get here early and enjoy the daylight and the birds (on one occasion when we were able to offer that.) Next time maybe you will be able to actually take advantage of the kayaks and bikes, though I don't want to discourage exploration. There's lots here to see.
Great place to relax with beautiful views
The property was exactly as it is described in the listing. My boyfriend and I met our friends and their kids in Darien to celebrate Thanksgiving together. The house had everything we needed. The outside back porch and the hot tub on the back deck were so relaxing and the views of the sunset on the marsh and the stars at night were beautiful and peaceful. The owner, Don, was very friendly and helpful. The kids were entertained and our dogs loved it too! Lots of nature and bird watching. Would definitely go back the next time I want to get away from the city life.
Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge with 1000's of birds in nesting season only 25 min. away is unmatched. There are many historical sites, including forts, plantations, and churches. Sapelo Island is a 15 min. ferry ride away. It has incredible history, wildlife and beaches.