About This Listing
Mid island beach cottage, sleeps 8. Three bedrooms and two baths. Located 1 1/2 blocks to the ocean. Near shopping area in a quiet family neighborhood. Four porches, front screened in porch and two sunning porches. Parking for 2 cars. NO PETS
It is the perfect beach house for families, weddings, or girls get togethers! A combination of indoor and outdoor living spaces, in a nice quiet neighborhood. It has a small apartment on the ground level, that is where I live, but if I can’t hear you- you aren’t having enough fun! The upstairs has a screened in porch and two sun porches. The first floor has a shaded side porch and a bit of yard to play croquet or bocce ball. There are two outdoor showers and all the games and accessories for fun, beach or chilling.
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood 1 ½ blocks to the ocean and 2 blocks to the back river.
The cottage has a master bedroom (queen) and the kids room (four twins, or two bunk beds) a bath and kitchen with a breakfast bar. Downstairs has two twins, it's own bath and a sitting area. Dining on the screened porch or the back porch. The upper porches are gated, and the backyard is fenced in. Laundry on the premises. The first floor has window air-conditioning, the second floor has central air, and heat.
I know just how fortunate I am to live here and am happy to share my home with you. Join me at The Summer House on Tybee Island!
It doesn’t get any better than this!
Please no pets, Tybee Island doesn't allow them on the beach.
Guests have access to the two outdoor showers, laundry room and the beach paraphernalia including the wagon, chairs, umbrella, rafts, sand buckets, boogie boards, etc.
The kitchen is fully equipped with blender, coffee pot, toaster, etc. It even has a drawer full of spices, (I hate to cook something and not have the right spice!) Bon appetite to you! We will share the driveway, the back yard and patio with a gas grill as well as the yard, and gardens.
Interaction with Guests
I live in an apartment downstairs. I'm happy to assist you in any way, or you can call me. I can be as available as you wish me to be. I have always enjoyed meeting new people, but sometimes we all just want to get away, and I respect that too. How much you see me is entirely up to you.
The neighborhood is a friendly, peaceful, quiet family area off the hustle and bustle of the beach and shopping areas, but close enough to walk to the beach, grocery and most nightclubs. The street itself is a narrow two lanes most often used for walking or bicycling.
A couple companies rent bicycles which is a great answer to getting around Tybee. There are golf carts to take you around after drinks and dinner for 3 dollars or more. A golf cart renting is also available by the day or week. A bus into Savannah is inexpensive, and a taxi out after hours runs about 40 dollars. Most of the time we walk on Tybee Island.
Other Things to Note
The Summer House has many extras that take the discomfort out of not being in your own home. There are many items for the beach, including buckets, shovels and coolers. The kitchen is also equipped with a hand mixer and cookie sheets. The master bedroom has an iron and ironing board for those weddings and important times we rush off toward.
It is important that you obey the rules on Tybee, no pets and no glass on the beach or from bars. Obeying the speed limit, come to a complete stop at stop signs and be sure to check your vehicles lights before traveling.
Please no pets! They aren't allowed on the beach. No smoking on the property. Take out your own trash and recycling please. Be respectful and responsible, and have a good time!
My family and I enjoyed our stay at Caren's beach cottage on our first visit to Tybee Island, in mid-April. We also visited Savannah, about 20 minutes away.
Before our visit, Caren was very prompt in responding to emails and answering questions about the house, which was very much appreciated.
The house was perfect for our group of 7 people (four adults, three young children). One bedroom has two bunk beds, so it can easily accommodate 4 kids. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook and enough plates and cups for our group. There is a small grocery store diagonally across the street from the house which we found very convenient -- it was great to be able to just walk across the street to buy food when we felt like cooking. We did not notice any problems with the grocery store being nearby --- no traffic or noise issues etc.
The screened in porch in the front of the house is great -- we spent a lot of time on the porch and ate our meals out there as well. There is a set of lights strung up across front of the screened in porch which gives it a nice soft light at night. In April, it was very quiet on the street, both during the day and night. We had some rainy weather while we were there, and the screened in porch was great to be able to relax outside even when it was raining.
Most of the house is on the second floor, except that one of the bedrooms (and one of the bathrooms) is on the first floor, reached via a spiral staircase (Caren has thoughtfully installed a gate to prevent smaller kids from accessing the spiral staircase). That downstairs room really feels very separate from the rest of the house, and no one spent much time there other than to sleep, but that separation could be a plus for some groups of people, or if someone needs some quieter space for getting some work done etc. In our case, it was a perfect "grandparent" bedroom that was off-limits to the kids.
We were lucky enough to have some good beach weather and appreciated the fact that Caren has lots of beach toys, body-boards, and even a beach wagon that helped us cart all that stuff to the beach.
The beach itself was very nice -- Caren's house is about 2 minutes / 2 blocks away, although everywhere on Tybee one must cross a busy street to reach the beach, so be careful. The beach felt like a NJ beach in August, in terms of the water temp - it was great. We visited the back side of the island as well, which is a short drive away, and that had a nice sandbar with calm water for the kids to play.
Caren lives in the ground-floor unit of the house, and was available when needed, but otherwise we didn't even notice she was there.
My daughter was the one to check in, since our flight was delayed by a day due to weather. We used Caren's house on Tybee as the place for a three generation family reunion (6 people in all).
It worked very well for that, as it is a spacious, inviting, and comfortable place. We came in mid-February, though, and it was unseasonably cold. Our only disappointment was having only one day suitable for bicycling and long beach walks. The heating system in the house is not meant to cope with weather in the twenties and thirties, but we managed okay thanks to supplementary portable heaters.
Caren's house is thoughtfully furnished and attractively decorated. We felt at home there.
Caren's house was a lovely spot with a great sense of style. She was out of town during our stay but made every effort to help us with issues that arose. We appreciated her responsiveness very much. The kitchen was equipped with lots of small conveniences. The house does have 3 bedrooms but one of those bedrooms and the 2nd bathroom are downstairs in what felt to us like a sort of basement apartment (even though it's above ground) at the bottom of some spiral stairs. The upstairs felt great and cozy; the downstairs not so much--to us at least. Tybee is little and easy to navigate. Caren's house sat almost directly behind the IGA grocery store--very convenient (although not a great view out the front of the house.) We didn't shop around at all when we chose Caren's house because we made such last minute plans. I did discover other options that were less expensive once we were on the island and was a little surprised about that. Overall, I would recommend the house.
Thank you for your recommendation! Tybee is a very laid back island, I still find it hard to believe it is so close to Savannah which has been here since 1733 –so how has time managed to stand so still in Tybee Island? I am proud of my lovingly restored antique home, and consider it to be one of the few charming and well laid out homes on Tybee. I mean, anyone can make pictures of a house look good- but I have tried very hard to fix it’s problems, and still state the facts about he house realistically. Obviously, I can’t make the baths larger without compromising too much in beauty and charm, or move the grocery (located two doors down and across the street) further away, but the convenience of location is one of the factors so many people love! I enjoy a little quiet alone time, so my personal favorite is the larger, quieter room downstairs with the big bank of north facing windows and covered porch with swing – it does fell a little untraditional being under the kitchen level. Some homes on Tybee have 3 stories with the top level being living spaces only with bedrooms on the second and garages on the first!
Today is Jan. 18th and I spent all afternoon on the back porch, brunching with friends. My family emergency up north left me with a cold also, so this is my first outdoors day since returning. Your family vacation between Christmas and New Years is fabulous family time! It is truly heart warming to be able to share this special spot with so many people. Thanks again for your recommendation and come again! Caren
Caren was a wonderful host and the house was very welcoming for our recent stay on Tybee. The house was lovely and I feel it was even more impressive than the description. The beach is SUPER close and there's a grocery store a stone's throw from the house (with local wild caught shrimp!). I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone visiting Tybee.
Caren was an excellent hostess. She met us upon arrival and gave us the "run down" of the place. We found it exactly as described online. It is cozy, has very good sleeping arrangements and a very functional kitchen. We enjoyed the old hardwood floors and wrap around porch! It is a 5 minute walk (or bike) from the beach. Another nice touch is it is a 2 minute walk to the local grocery. We went over several times for milk, bread, etc. Our family decided that next time we come to Tybee there would be no reason to try another location. Why mess with success?! The visit was fantastic!
About the Host, Caren
I have moved around the country midwest to east coast all my life. This is the first time I have ever lived on an island and am truly enjoying the Island of Tybee and the city of Savannah! Architecture, history and oceanology are my interests. Though I never studied oceanology I gave that up to build and renovate houses in the Metro area of New York.
I am mom of triplets, and when my children went to college I opted out of the snow and packed the cat and the car and headed south. There is no place in America like Savannah, but living in a big city didn't fit for me ~Tybee has it all. The beach, the solitude of driving through what I call a park to get to the most beautiful city in America... Savannah. Savannah with it's Spanish moss trees and gorgeous architecture and green squares is just the icing on the cake!
I have always enjoyed meeting new people I am happy to meet you. I have a great interest in history and will share my knowledge of the area and sites if you ask. I respect privacy and won't want to step over that boundary. You have only to ask me and I would be happy to guide you or help you in any way. Thanks for coming to The Summer House on the Island of Tybee!
The only grocer on Tybee, IGA always has a bucket of fresh island caught shrimp. Check out their deli for a quick sandwich to go. The best part is it is only steps away!
The best fried seafood and margaritas on the island. Sit under the umbrellas on Butler Avenue while you sip your cocktail, listen to the music. Just three blocks away.
Sunset on the Back River while enjoying one of AJ's great drinks and good food. It can't be beat! This is one of the more upscale restaurants in Tybee- children must be well behaved.
Bachlorettes? this is not for professionals only... Benny's Karaoke master Jen will have you dancing and singing to some of your favorite bands. She knows them all.
Directed at younger learning for a hands on experience, the Marine Science Center teaches our younger ones the value of sea life and the beauty of island nature.
Bernie's on Tybee like the one on Bay Street in Savannah looks like an old English pub. Sandwiches, soups and appetizers or try a bucket of you shuck 'em oysters! Say hello to Chad~ the bartender!
Kid friendly pizza and salad experience. Huca Poos will bring you back again next year! Order a slice which equals 2-3 pieces, or a salad and enjoy the decor- it's one of a kind!
The music and action of North Beach Grill on a very leisurely day is invigorating! The restaurant is backed against the old battlements that once protected Savannah. A fun way to spend 2-3 hours.
Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, in 1732, the Tybee Lighthouse has been guiding mariners into the Savannah River for over 270 years. Tybee Island Light Station and Museum is open to tourist.
Built to defend the Savannah River in 1829 under the direction of 2nd Lieutenant Robt E. Lee. Tho' completed in 1847, it saw no use until the Civil War in 1860. See Cockspur LIghthouse-at low tide.