The Bell Ringer is a beautiful cottage! We spent 5 nights there and absolutely loved it. It is located just a few doors/homes down from the beach, and though it is not right on the ocean it has ocean views from various decks including the roof top balcony. What we valued most: proximity to beach and private pool; relative nearness to the heart of town while removed enough to feel like we were in a private area; large kitchen with most desired amenities; spacious front and back decks; master bedroom's private deck; a living room with plenty of size and seats for a large family to enjoy each others company; the overall quality of the house - clean, newish, comfortable, and a concern for decor; how close this house was to a part of the beach that was not very populated (we were there in late April 2014 - already tons of people on all other parts of the beach). The last point is actually an important one - St. Simons beaches are generally very crowded. This house is well situated, though - if you walk to the left out of the property's beach access gate for about 5-7 minutes you will find a part of the beach with very few people. We had never been to St. Simons before and loved the area. The food was amazing - several places which have been featured on the food network and the best BBQ I've ever had (Southern Soul BBQ). The island has lots of charm with beautiful houses, greenery, and development. Bell Ringer really is a great choice for the area if it is the right size for your family/group.