|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
Our Amelia Island cottage was constructed more than 100 years ago. Modernization has not diminished the charm. Perched on a corner lot with large trees, it offers a fenced yard, hot water outdoor shower, front 'visiting porch' with rockers and a secluded deck out back offering privacy for introspective calm or an opportunity to turn on the party lights and giggle.
Inside is cozy and comfortable and easy to simply 'be'.
* 12 foot ceilings
* huge soaking bathtub
* vintage decor with long loved antiques
* shelves of books, games and puzzles complete with a story time or daydreaming nook with western light.
* completely furnished kitchen with shrimp pot and plenty of chef's accessories
* split bedrooms which offer privacy and quiet
* efficient ceiling fans in every room
* a small fireplace for the cooler months.
Carriage horses pass the cottage daily on their way to and from work. Each horse has his own distinctive personality and if you Hurry! you might get to put a peppermint or carrot into Boomer's big soft muzzle.
(They are going to work so we can't hold them up.)
** Want to plan a Group Getaway?
Friend Gayla's wonderful Coquina Cottage
(VRBO # 296523) is directly across the street.
Wendy also has a neighboring cottage
(VRBO # 507833)
Book 2 or 3 historic houses all within sight of one another!
Keywords: private home, cottage, monthly, near downtown Fernandina Beach
I fell in love with Amelia Island's 'old Florida' feel and ambiance many years ago. So many of our friends and family have enjoyed their yearly 'island breaks' here. The large painting in the front bedroom is from John; the stained glass window in the back hallway was made by Lisa; special framed drawings by Oman and by Lee and by Summer and various seashell and sharks teeth collections are scattered about. Our friends, family and neighbors have married here, celebrated yearly anniversary dates, planted special native plantings and added much to the cottage in so many many ways. Our VRBO renters often return yearly as well and become somewhat like family.
You just have to Go to Know.
Andrea Amburgey purchased this cottage in 2004
I inherited this sweet cottage from a dear friend who lived on and loved Amelia Island for many years. She was a passionate and strong advocate for much of the Greenway Development as well as a champion for shelter animals, wildlife and native species habitat protection. Her name is Susan Laird. There is a billboard constructed in her honor near the coastal access to Eagan's Creek Greenway. She taught me how to Love an Island.
My neighbors must be greeted and all news shared since I've last seen them.
The Saturday morning Farmer's Market is a Must...as are daily visits to the absolute BEST Dog Park ever.
Around the corner is the island Museum of History with free admission Fridays 4-6pm. Amazingly, there are three well established Community Theatre Groups on this little island as well.
Side streets are filled with art galleries, locally owned restaurants, book shops, bakeries and antique dealers. Any style of 'loafering' you like is available.
Miles of beaches line the island...some are provided with public services like restrooms and restaurants while other sandy stretches are quite isolated and wild. Vehicle travel is allowed on some.
Main Beach is just across the island from our cottage, about one and a half miles (with a bike lane available).
My favorite bit of shoreline is the northern end bordering Fort Clinch (pssst...that is where the most shark's teeth are to be found.)
The island has an active wildlife preservation group and there are many activities sponsored both on the island as well as at nearby state parks. Sea turtles nest here and those who had need of rehabilitation are released here from the Georgia Turtle Rescue group. We all line up and watch as their careful handlers place them back into the ocean. What a thrill.
Right whales use the waters off the island for calving during the spring months. Keep an eye peeled as 2 of my friends have seen them breech quite close in to shore.
Sunsets at the marina are a stroll or bike ride away. We have peeked in on fancy sailing ships from all around the world at the Fernandina City Marina.
The same marina houses an excellent fresh fish shop--buy 'just off the boat'.
Pajama Dave's Boat Cruise over to Cumberland Island is available on all good water traveling days. The last time I went with Pajama Dave we saw baby dolphins. Yes, I did!
How many words can I use?
These are just a few of the delightful quotes from a friend's message to me today following his family's stay at our cottage during a spell of February chill and drizzle:
"It has been cold and rainy weather and an absolute blast inside...because this place just oozes fun and mirth. The sun never sets on the inside of this house. I walked around the other day and shot photos of the catchy collections of magnets, pictures and signage to post to our FB page. So far, the 'Dear Santa, I Can Explain' sign on the chimney has garnered the most thumbs up. I guess we run in the 'naughty' crowd."
Thanks Michael. What a pleasure to hear what your attitude added to our place this winter!
This was our first visit to Amelia Island and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Fernandina Beach is full of history and the cottage is a historic home itself, nestled in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. The cottage was very comfortable and cozy. We loved being able to walk from the cottage to the historic downtown. Andrea was very accommodating and easy to work with. We will definitely come back.
I believe this was our fourth stay and hope to continue our annual retreat. We arrived on Saturday and left the following Friday... for me this just wasnt enough time. Considering arrival day and departure that left only five days. Just enough time to unwind and begin our vacation.
Well, enough of my complaining. We love the home and its location. An easy walk, or bicycle (a couple of bikes there to use) to down town and the great little eateries. We are an older boring couple that find the pace just right.
Try it once, you'll be back.
I had to return again in August. Brought my daughter, my dogs, myself for an amazing week.
Home away from home ... And I'm heading back again. This is my twice, thrice whatever retreat. Love it.
Just the sweetest most comfy cottage there is.
Oh, my, I loved, loved the time I spent in your sweet cottage. It felt like home away from home--comfortable and filled with everything I could possibly need. Enjoyed all the treasures you have tucked in corners. The back porch was the first place I went each morning and ended each evening there, too. Neighborhood is charming, walking distance to town and marina and a perfect place to ride bikes. I appreciate my dogs being able to come (they were quickly put in their place by neighbor's kitty). It was delightful, restful and I just smiled the entire time. Already made my reservation to return.
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this gem of a get away. Now if you're a party animal, this is not for you. But if you have reached that place in life where you can appreciate a quaint little cottage within walking or biking (provided) distance to the village, then its perfect. Empty beaches near by for strolling, shell collecting or swimming. For my wife and I, this little spot has become our yearly escape, a retreat from the daily grind. A great place to come to the understanding of the meaning of serenity and know peace.
Sailing and Fishing Charters available daily including Cumberland Island Tours, Cottage is 4 beautiful Blocks to Downtown and the Island Marina ( sunsets! ), 2 blocks to the Amelia Island Museum and Community Theatre, bikes in shed and miles of off road Greenway to explore. Our neighborhood is full of historic classic homes and B & B's built in the 1800's. Huge oak and pecan trees planted more than a hundred years ago line the streets.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
|Cleaning-leave on table/||$100|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Notes||I will send lease forms clarifying all fees and Cottage Information for an easy and comfortable stay.|
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