|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Artist Bungalow, Historic Downtown St. Marys
JUST BRING YOUR CLOTHES!
Whether you are vacationing, road tripping, working, or relocating, this bungalow will be a welcoming “temporary headquarters”. Clean, well appointed, with basic start up supplies ( herbs, spices, coffee and teas) to make your transition smooth....and a taste of true Southern hospitality.
The house itself is cheerful and sunny. Recently, I furnished it with a few of my “favorite things”. Antiques and artwork “eclected” through the years delight and surprise you along with the mix of modern creature comforts.
The entrance deck opens onto a cozy glassed and screened sun porch and then into an office area and spacious living room. Your master king sized bedroom awaits you at the end of the hallway. Your guests can enjoy the four poster double bedroom across the hall. Off the kitchen and living room is a pleasant dining room that looks out into the back yard where you can enjoy the birds at the feeder. The kitchen’s been updated with laundry center, dishwasher and microwave and of course, the fun, functional Hoosiers. If the weather is nice, move outside with your favorite beverage and talk about the day’s adventures while you grill your supper.
Explore our friendly downtown on our new beach cruisers. You can pedal around and enjoy our waterfront activities, meet your neighbors and make new friends.
For those of you traveling with your pets, you will enjoy the fact that you can let them out the back door into your own private fenced yard. Along with a charcoal grill, there is a patio table and chairs and a small garden planting, bird bath, and water feature.
You are one reservation shy and one short block from a Main St. USA parade in our friendly little town. Let us welcome you to the 'Second Oldest City in the United States'. ( St. Augustine claims they're first because their paperwork was in order!)
Keywords: Artist Cottage, Sojurn, Single Family Dwelling
Hi, I’m Elizabeth Gray. I grew up in St. Marys. My family and friends are here and so has been my career as an artist. When I finished school, I started my own business, Gray’s Gallery and Custom Frame Shop. It’s been a place where I have framed lots of artwork for other people, and where I have displayed and sold my watercolors. It has been fun to furnish this space with my work and other local talent for you to enjoy.
Elizabeth Gray purchased this bungalow in 1983
When my father’s family moved down here, there was a little Scottish enclave that occupied four homes on the end of this block. Gilman Paper Company was just setting up, and from New York came my grandfather to head the power plant. His wife’s sister, Aunt Laura & her husband lived in this sweet little house and my grandfather lived next door. Eventually, both of his sons, my uncle and my father, found the loves of their lives, married and built & bought homes next door. And so began all of our lives in this sleepy little town, St. Marys by the sea. I remember stopping by Aunt Laura’s house in the morning to pick up treats lovingly wrapped in wax paper for recess, and by my grandfather’s house to pick posies for my teachers. To this day, I can still smell the sweet peas. What a gorgeous array of colors! Deep purples, fuchsias, lavenders, pinks, periwinkles, reds, whites, and blues. When I returned from college, I bought my grandfather’s house and started my art gallery and framing business there. When Aunt Laura’s house became available, I was able to keep it in our family. Now it is time to share it with you.
Comfort, efficiency, and fun were the themes as we furnished this house. There was lots of laughter as my friends and I pulled together and scrubbed and painted and bounced decorating ideas off of each other. Some of my original artwork is hanging here and my entire collection of St. Marys watercolors. It is fitting that Aunt Laura, the original owner, did the crochet hanging in the dining room. Art and antiques harmonize with modern conveniences. Privately nestled in a quiet neighborhood, this home is five blocks from both the Meeting St. Boat Dock and the St. Marys waterfront. You are one block away from watching boat traffic on North River or a small town parade on Main St. On a morning walk, you can see boaters headed out for a day on the water, shrimp boats trawling with their outriggers ready, an occasional dolphin, and every once in a while, a couple of little marsh bunnies. Laughing gulls, pelicans, cormorants,ibises, herons, mourning doves and red-winged blackbirds welcome you to the water. Every day you can visit with the river kitties that faithfully wait for a rub and a scratch as you round the corner. Golfers are 15 minutes away from two public courses. Ferry rides to Cumberland Island & Fernandina Beach are five minutes away, along with our beautiful waterfront park, restaurants, kayak rentals, and shopping. For those of you on temporary duty at Kings Bay, you are five minutes from the base gate. Life in the slow lane is but 30 minutes to the Jacksonville International Airport.
The bungalow remains a work in progress as I continue to upgrade with stained glass, nautical charts, gardens, wind chimes, patio furniture, and privacy fencing in the immediate back yard.
Now you can strike out on some new beach cruisers as you explore your new downtown and waterfront areas.
For two years we have enjoyed staying a month each time at the Artist's Bungalow --a complete home away from home! All that is needed, plus what you might have forgotten, are provided for your comfort and relaxation. The bungalow is only a short walk to downtown for restaurants and entertainment. Each year we have thoroughly enjoyed being in St. Mary's but most of all looked forward to returning to the Artist's Bungalow which is considered by both of us as our home away from home. Thanks Elizabeth for making our southern trips and vacations so much more than a place to hang our hats.
So charming was the bungalow. Quaint and tastefully decorated. Clean. All over. Every corner. Well maintained 50s-era bungalow.
The beds were like comfortable clouds. Brass in the master. White poster in second bedroom.
The furniture was an eclectic mix of antiques from various periods, cleverly placed and used for various purposes of storage. Fine art hung from most of the available wall spaces. Fine fine art. Beautiful paintings displayed in high quality frames.
Loved waking up here.
Cooked a few meals and found the kitchen well stocked with surprising items such as olive oil and full carousel of spices. Snacks. Soft drinks in the fridge.
Loved the stained glass window panes hanging from many of the windows.
The golden wood floors were clearly the bungalow's originals. From the 1950s? The bathroom with its original tiles. You don't see this often. I wonder how the ceramic tiles survived so many decades so well cared for?
Fresh flowers in vases in every room.
It's the details. All in the details. Heirloom dining table. Felt like I was at my grandmother's house. Wind chimes on the back porch sounded like angels were calling. Bird feeders brought birds into the backyard. A cute small fountain next to the vintage garage.
Sunny lacy curtains with rose motifs.
The heater kicked in and heated the place well, in a short amount of time.
Loved it. Would go back in a heartbeat. Will definitely tell my friends and colleagues about such a wonderful stay. Felt safe the entire visit.
The bungalow is situated within easy driving distance to both St. Mary's and Cumberland Island Visitor's centers. A Winn Dixie is within maybe a mile. Publix is in nearby Kingsland.
This is everything as promised and more! So clean and such comfortable beds, kitchen offers everything you could wish for, lovely décor, a GREAT little place. Will definitely return. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality, Elizabeth.We had a Wonderful Time!
This little home is a sweet treat for anyone who just wants to relax and enjoy a serene environment and a convenient spot for commuting to the area's attractions. It is everything as advertised and more. It is true you need only bring your clothes as this house is fully equipped and stocked with everything you could think of and plenty that you would never think of too. Elizabeth is also very accommodating as well as very accessible, any time you need her for any reason she is only a phone call away and there was not one time that I called that she did not answer her phone. The house is also very clean and comfortable and the King size bed is very comfy too. My husband and I enjoyed riding the bikes that Elizabeth supplied all over that neighborhood and the cute downtown district. We took a ferry to Cumberland island one day and another we visited Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island but mostly we stayed close to home and enjoyed the peaceful environment. I highly recommend this lovely little get-away for anyone who is looking for a quiet vacation away from the fast paced life most of us have.
My husband, son and I had a very relaxing weekend in the lovely, quaint town of St. Marys. We stayed at Elizabeth's artist bungalow. When traveling, we almost always stay at a vacation rental. This rental was exceptionally clean and very comfortable. We did not have to go to the store for paper products or other items---everything was there.
Overall, the location, the convenience and nightly rate make this a great choice.
My wife and I stayed here for three nights this fall and found the home most accomodating. There was nothing else to desire unless someone were to come in and cook for us!
Elizabeth was a gracious host and we enjoyed meeting with her and enjoying her studio as well. We would definitely stay here again should we revisit St. Mary's!
we enjoyed the Blue Goose and Mi Casa, and the St Mary's Fish restaurant? name as well as Crooked River State Park while we were there, as well as meeting some of the local residents.
Ghost tours, golf cart tours, ferry rides to Cumberland Island National Seashore and Fernandina Beach, Bird watching, Waterfront Park, Submarine Museum, National Park Service Museum for Cumberland Island
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning 3-7 days||$100|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Cleaning charge for 3-7 nights is $100. Cleaning charge for a month or longer is $200.
Government per Diem is accepted.
Pet Fees: $250 pet refundable pet deposit, $100 NON refundable pet cleaning fee, signed pet agreement and proof of inoculations is required.
St. Marys bed tax of 6% is added to the first thirty days of a stay; anything beyond thirty days is not taxed.
$250 refundable reservation/security deposit is due with booking, along with signed Confirmation Letter and Rental/Rules Contract. First half rent is due 60 days before arrival; second half is due 14 days before arrival. Personal check, cashiers check or credit card are accepted forms of payment. Government per Diem is accepted.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.