Jody Butler

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Jekyll Island Villa Rental Photos and Description

One Bedroom, One Bath with Sofa Sleeper; sleeps 4

Retreat is a delightful one bedroom villa located in Villas By the Sea, an ocean side resort on Jekyll's north end. Retreat Villa #208 is located in the Ellington Building, a quiet building just a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean. Our building isn't oceanfront but is the first building back and it only takes a minute's walk to get to the beach.

Villa By the Sea's seventeen beautifully landscaped acres provide a tranquil environment for residents and guests. Beach boardwalks lead through the greenery to a sandy beach that stretches on for miles. There's an L-shaped pool with a splash pool/wading area for children, restaurant/lounge, garden area with benches and fountain, gazebo, grills, and a children's playground on-site at Villas By the Sea. Washers and dryers are available as well. We're a short walk from Driftwood Beach, a unique and beautiful beach on Jekyll's north end.

Our villa is decorated in a relaxing nautical style with lighthouses, shells, and ocean collectibles.

Around Jekyll Island: Neighboring St. Simon's Island offers a wide array of shops and restaurants, along with historic sites. The famous St. Simon's lighthouse is a favorite with visitors. Brunswick, on the mainland, has worked to restore its downtown area and offers many interesting shops for visitors. The fishing town of Darien, about thirty minutes away, offers waterfront dining and interesting shops. From St. Mary's, about 50 miles away, you can catch the ferry to Cumberland Island, a National Seashore. Reservations are required.

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  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed

Jody Butler

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Speaks english

I am a retired teacher who led students to Jekyll for 15 years to learn about the barrier island's unique environment. Now I enjoy coming to Jekyll just to relax!

In 2012, I published a book about Jekyll Island. Jekyll Journey: A Family Guide to Georgia's Jewel is perfect for anyone visiting the island, whether for the first time or the forty-first! My second book, Hidden Treasures: Secrets of a Southern Barrier Island, was released in 2013. Both contain many activities for families to enjoy while on the island or upon returning home. They are available around the island at shops and hotels.

I'm also a musician, teaching guitar and playing at coffee shops, weddings, restaurants, and private events. While on Jekyll, I love to beachcomb, shop, read, and just relax!

I hope you will discover the magic of Jekyll for yourself while at Retreat, my island home.

Jody Butler purchased this villa in 2003

I've visited Jekyll Island since I was a child, and it's always been the most special place to me. The island offers a unique combination of natural beauty and fun activities. My dream was to have my own little piece of heaven on Jekyll, so Retreat Villa is truly a dream come true.

Villas by the Sea is a unique property on the island. Surrounded by live oaks, its buildings are sheltered and peaceful. The landscaping is natural and attractive. Driftwood Beach is just a short stroll away, and you can enjoy the view of the St. Simon's Lighthouse on the way. The Villas are wonderful for enjoying Jekyll's wildlife. Deer are frequently seen. Our backdoor visitors have included raccoons, squirrels, possums, and a friendly fox.

Because of the natural erosion and accretion of barrier islands, Jekyll's beaches are are slim to none at high tide. Villas by the Sea features a wonderful boardwalk for reading or surf-watching even when high tide claims the beach. If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful, relaxing locale, Villas by the Sea has it all.

Sitting on the beach or beachcombing is another favorite way to spend an afternoon. Our building is the first back from beachfront, so it's just a short stroll. Driftwood Beach, written up in Southern Living magazine, is right next door, and its unusually shaped trees give the beach an otherworldly appearance. I love to hunt for shark's teeth and sanddollars - never the ones that are alive! The shrimp boats and huge ships coming into Brunswick are always fun to watch, and nothing beats the sound of the ocean for a relaxing time.

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Peaceful Jekyll Island Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Peaceful Jekyll Island Retreat
Jekyll Island Coastal Georgia
N. Fla


  • 5 of 5
Just got home from a great time on Jekyll Island. Wife and I celebrated our 36th anniversary there, staying in the very comfortable and "homey feeling" area. This is a great place. Everything was ready for our arrival, from the folks at Jekyll Realty to the bedroom light being on to welcome us. The entire place was clean and it DID feel like home. The couch and recliners helped it feel that way. In a hotel room you generally get to watch TV from the bed, propped up with all available pillows. -- One small suggestion -- a paper listing of TV channels for those of us who are remote control challenged would be nice, HA. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was really nice, especially the shower. The location was exactly as described - play area for kids right out the back door, pool not much farther and the beach less than a 5 minute walk (we walk slow). Enjoyed the beach at low tide and the breeze kept the bugs at bay for the most part. Saw plenty of deer on the golf course and a couple of racoons crossing the parking lot one evening. Rented bicycles and rode around the historic district. We hadn't been on bike's since we were kids and the half day rental was PLENTY as our 'backsides' couldn't have handled any more. Had lunch one day at Fins and dinners at SeaJays, Driftwood Bistro and the SandBar & Grill. No regrets at any of those locations, good food and very very good service. All in all EVERYONE we came in contact with on the Island was extremely nice and helpful and made you feel like they appreciated you being there! That includes the guy selling fudge next to Jekyll Realty and a gentleman who stopped his bike ride to see if we needed any help or directions as we had stopped our bike ride to take a drink of water and watch a couple of golfers tee off. Must be my grey beard and white hair. In summary - If you are reading this - a stay at the Villas on Jekyll Island should be peaceful and relaxing. Ours was.
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at Retreat on Jekyll Island and the amenities the island has to offer. Should you return to Jekyll, please consider a return visit to Retreat. Happy Anniversary!!
Peaceful Jekyll Island Retreat
Jekyll Island Coastal Georgia
Ooltewah, TN


  • 5 of 5
My family (2 adults, 2 small children)stayed here this past week and we were very impressed with how clean this villa was. We have stayed in other villas in the area and this one was by far the best we have rented. The owner was also very prompt on answering any questions we had. The beach was just a short walk from the room. We very much enjoyed our stay and if we return I will definitely look up this listing again.
  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being our guests at Retreat on Jekyll. We are delighted you had a good stay and hope you'll be our guests again. A new sofa sleeper is coming in September! :-)
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Car: recommended

For vacationers and permanent residents, Jekyll Island offers a variety of activities. Children and adults can visit the nature center, play on the courts of tennis center, try their hand at the miniature golf course, relax at Jekyll's new playground, go fishing, or head down one of the water-slides at Summer Waves waterpark. The historic district, once the winter home of America's wealthiest families, makes a fascinating destination.

Visit the Georgia Turtle Center and participate in Turtle Patrols during the loggerhead nesting months. Dolphin watch boat trips leave from the Island Club Marina, and marsh trips are also available. Bird watching walks can be arranged. Tidelands Nature Center offers education about the island ecosystems and offers canoe/kayak trips.

Jekyll boasts over 20 miles of bike trails wandering alongside the ocean, across the marshes, and throughout the Historic District. A new favorite are the Red Bugs, electric vehicles perfect for island sightseeing.

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Availability & Rates


Jekyll Island Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
In Season
May 23 2014 - Aug 8 2014
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Aug 9 2014 - Jan 3 2015
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservations are accepted with one-half of the rent due and payable within ten days. If the deposit is not received within the 10-day period, the reservation will be cancelled. The balance plus taxes is due 30 days prior to your arrival. Georgia sales tax is 6%. A 5% hotel-motel tax is charged on the first 30 days or less of any stay. A 2% Rental Tax is charged on all reservations.
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes Island parking fee of $6.00 per day is used to support conservation and stewardship of the island.
We rent exclusively through Jekyll Realty. I will be glad to answer any questions but actual reservations must be made through Jekyll Realty. Weekly rentals are from Sat. to Sat. Other rental periods are possible during Mid and Off Seasons with a three night minimum. Inquire for long-term rates.
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Jekyll Island Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 615 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Step-in shower with seat and grab bars
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • One bedroom with queen bed plus full sized sofa sleeper in the den area.
  • DVD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books ...
  • Patio
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • water parks
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • pier fishing
There are grills on-site for guests. We have completely renovated our unit over the last few years with new appliances, tile floors, new paint, new ceiling, new kitchen cabinets and kitchen tile. Bike rental is available on-site as is information about activities and restaurants. We are a short stroll from Driftwood Beach and nice views of the St. Simon's Lighthouse. It's a wonderful place for beachcombing and picnics.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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