THE SETTING: “Fiddler’s Green” is a uniquely romantic and beautiful beach house on 2 private acres with an oyster shell drive. It was built in 1961 and totally renovated in 2005. The property has dozens of huge trees and 800 feet of private bay front and bayou shoreline. The house sits amidst pines, magnolias, and oak trees hung with Spanish moss. St. Andrews Bay is about a mile wide at this point and naval vessels and commercial shipping are commonly seen going in and out of the bay, providing an enjoyable spectacle. The wildlife is similarly interesting, with the bay attracting many birds including egrets, herons, pelicans and the like. Dolphins occasionally swim up under the dock.
A long thin spit of uninhabited land provides a nice morning beach walk and divides the bay from the bayou; it is home to a species of small deer. The bayou is usually inhabited by an alligator who keeps the fish jumping. (Fishermen are especially fond of this area!) Morning sunrises are spectacular across the bay and in the evening the twinkling lights of St. Andrews create a fairyland view from the house as well as the dock.
THE HOUSE: Is beautifully decorated with antiques and art and is extremely comfortable. The large and fully equipped kitchen has a copper-topped bar open to the water view and to the large central living space which comfortably accommodates all sorts of activities: dining, reading, conversation, TV, fireplace, projects and games. It faces a window wall featuring a 180-degree panoramic view of St. Andrews Bay, providing a constantly changing scene of wildlife and boating activities. There are three bedrooms each with its own bath. Two have queen-sized beds and bay windows with window seats and gorgeous views. The third has extra-long twin beds which are usually combined for one king-sized bed. The master bath offers two separate sinks, enclosed toilet room with bidet feature, claw-foot tub, separate stall shower, and walk-in closet. Other rooms include a private office off the kitchen with his and her desks and a laundry room.
CHILDREN: Are welcome at Fiddler’s Green. The beach abounds with fiddler crabs and hermit crabs which children typically delight in observing or capturing for play. There is a swing that is set among the pines with long, long chains, for a long smooth ride. It is convertible for toddlers’ use. There is a portable crib available for infants in the linen closet.
THE BAY and THE DOCKS: The long dock allows for boating but is also a perfect outdoor room for morning coffee and the sunrise or evening cocktails under the stars with a cooling breeze. There are 4 swivel-tilt chairs to allow you to follow the clouds and the wildlife. There is another small dock on the bayou useful for jet skis, canoes, kayaks or small fishing boats. Because tides are variable and can be quite low, the boat you rent or bring needs to have a shallow draw. For a group, pontoon boats work well and are easily rentable at several nearby boat rental facilities; St. Andrews Marina is directly across the bay and provides boat services and gas.
OUR RESTRICTIONS: We will allow only one well-trained small (less than 20 pounds) dog or cat, neither of whom would scratch or dirty the furniture. A pet deposit of $300 is required. It will be refunded upon inspection after the guest leaves. We strictly limit the number of overnight guests to 6.
WHAT’S NEARBY: There are two highly rated golf courses within two miles of the house and the nearby Wyndham Bay Point Resort also offers tennis, a spa, restaurants and various other services. St. Andrews State Park is renowned as having “one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.” It is set in the midst of a beautiful 1100 acre wildlife sanctuary. It is only a short drive away as are numerous restaurants including the famous Captain Anderson’s, that offers ferryboat rides to Shell Island and dinner cruises as well as a delicious menu.
Keywords: pet friendly, private, boat friendly, oak trees, Spanish moss, child friendly, jet ski, wonderful fishing, bird watching, antiques, beautiful furnishings, spacious house and grounds.
We are a long married couple with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Boyd is a Radiologist who is semi-retired. His avocation concerns ancestral health, the Paleolithic diet and lifestyle and how it relates to health promotion and disease prevention. He is a 'health nut' who works out every day. Boyd is originally from the state of Maine, to which they return every summer to spend time with children and grandchildren, the lake and the loons.
Many of Daphne's interests remain in the decorating field --doing projects for friends and family and especially arranging flowers for church and friends. She is an avid reader and duplicate bridge player who works out with Boyd, but does it kicking and screaming.
Daphne and Boyd bought the house from the estate after her parents' deaths because they could not bear to sell a place with so many wonderful memories attached! The house was designed and built by her parents in the early 1960's primarily because they loved sailing and so they always kept a sailboat there. Her father (a physician) was a talented amateur architect and her mother was an artist. The unique design of the house is a testimony to their joint creativity. Their lifelong love affair is celebrated in a mosaic tile table in the living area that they designed and personally made. In it are embedded symbols that translate into: 'man + woman = infinity.'
We love the solitude and privacy of Fiddler's Green for reading, study, and hobbies while enjoying the wildlife and the ever-changing scene on the bay. We love the friendships that have grown from the fact that it is so easy to be with other people in this house --there are places to do things as a group or by oneself and still be nearby, in view and in earshot, and always enjoying the view. There is a table for puzzles or projects, a table for bridge or backgammon, a wonderful lazy Susan table for dining, and at least 4 places with good light for reading. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped for one who enjoys cooking and the fact that it is open to the great room means the cook is part of the conversation!