About this listing
"Ocean Retreat" is a beautifully decorated cottage with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a large living room with cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and wide-screen TV, a sun room, a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, sun-decks with ocean views, and a double garage. It's the second house from the beach (about 50 yards away)
BEDS: one king, two queen, trundle bed (king or two singles), bunk bed, and two sofa beds. Accommodates as many as fourteen. Note however that four of the fourteen berths share the "crews quarters" with the washer and dryer, and may be a bit crowded if all four beds are occupied. Good place to park the children!
Amenities include a microwave and dishwasher, washer and dryer, six cable TVs, five VCRs, DVD, WiFi, unlimited domestic long distance calling, and heated pool privileges (at the Beachview Club). NO PETS, NO SMOKING.
Available year-round for weekly rentals (with discounts for two weeks or more). Daily rentals (minimum of three days) may be available in low season months, and possibly during high season (on late bookings). Weekly rental rates range from $1700 (low season) to $2300 (high season). We offer discounts for rentals of two week or more.
During high season (March, April, May, June, July, and most of August) rentals are on a weekly basis only, from Saturday night through Friday night, except when vacancies exist on short notice.
"Ocean Retreat" is a "housekeeping cottage," meaning that you will need to supply your own linens or rent them. If you choose to rent linens, we will supply you with the website of the linen rental company that services our cottage. You will also need to supply your own paper products (toilet tissue, paper towels, etc), detergents, soaps, and toiletries.
"Ocean Retreat" is ideal for family gatherings, girl getaways, corporate retreats, romance, rest, and good times.
Jekyll Island is a state park with a National Historic District (the Jekyll Island Club and cottages of the rich and famous), fantastic beaches, first-rate golf courses (three and a half of them), tennis, bike paths, a water park (in season), a nature center with guided kayaking tours, guided and do-it-yourself nature walks, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, dolphin cruises, fishing (there's a fishing pier and many charter boats), horse-back riding (on Driftwood Beach), bird-watching, and great restaurants. It is remarkable for the blessed absence of McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Kmart, Walmart, and other such travesties. With two-thirds of the island is in its natural state (by State mandate), Jekyll Island is truly a retreat.
Our personal favorite day trips from Jekyll Island include Okephenokee Swamp (about one and a half hours away), Cumberland Island National Seashore (accessible by boat only from St. Marys -- about an hour away -- reservations suggested), Savannah (one and a half hours), Brunswick, Saint Simons Island (esp. Fort Frederica), and St. Augustine (about two hours). Orlando is about four hours away.
Please Note: The beach opposite "Ocean Retreat" is available only at lower tide -- that is about half the time, more or less, depending upon the phase of the moon. The tide changes at Jekyll Island every five hours and fifty-five minutes. The nearest beach access at high tide is at Dexter Lane, about three-quarters of a mile south of "Ocean Retreat" -- a 15 minute walk.
Guests have access to every part of the house except the attic, two hall closets, and one garage storage bin.
Interaction with Guests
We are absentee landlords (residing in New Jersey and Virginia). We rely upon our agent (Jekyll Realty) to fulfill our guest's needs.
Ocean Retreat is in a quiet corner of a remote Island, where the only sounds you will hear for the most part are the waves a-breaking on the beach and the birds a-chirping.
Nevertheless, there are first-class restaurants a within minutes of the house, and most everything else you will need in a tiny shopping center about a mile and a half south of the house.
Other Things to Note
When last we were at the house, there were in the garage two functional bicycles, a bicycle pump, and two small charcoal grills. Also, a beach chair or two, a small beach umbrella, and an assortment of beach toys, all left behind by previous guests.
Smoking and pets are not allowed.
We do not rent to fraternities, sororities, school groups or to anyone under the age of 23 unless accompanied by a parent.
The house cannot be used for large parties or wedding receptions. Loud or unusual behavior creating a disturbance is strictly prohibited. Anyone violating these or any other Jekyll Island Beach House rental policies will be subject to immediate eviction and forfeiture of rental monies paid.
Guests supply their own linens (which can be rented) and their own paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc), as well as their own laundry, dish-washing detergent, and toiletries.
I (Richard) am a retired historian, living in Oceanport, New Jersey, on Pleasure Bay. Charlotte, my wife, is a practicing environmental impact assessment consultant, working (mostly in Africa and Asia) for USAID, the World Bank, and MCC. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia (when she is not abroad). We enjoy travel, and always try to rent a villa, flat, apartment, or cottage if we are planning a stay of a week more. We bought our beautiful Jekyll Island Beach Cottage, thinking that we would eventually spend winters in Jekyll Island and summers in some Vermont (or New Hampshire, or Montana) ski community (the so-called "off" or "low" seasons in these places), and then survive the rest of the time on the income we would garner by renting these two -- our Jekyll Island beach bungalo and our Vermont (or New Hampshire, or Montana) ski chalet -- to vacationers during high season. Alas, it hasn't yet worked out that way, but we do enjoy spending a few weeks each year on Jekyll Island -- checking up on the folk we've hired to maintain our properties (including a year-round rental on the River View side), and doing the maintenance tasks that THEY always seem to ignore. If you rent our Jekyll Island Beach Cottage, you will probably not see us. You will probably see our agents. And they will treat you nicely, because I pay them enough money to be nice to my guests. And if they aren't nice to you, you will call me, and I will call them, and I will chew some butt, and they will appear at your doorstep with apologies. 'nuff said.