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Historic 5 Bedroom Home, Walk to Cumberland Island Ferry

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Relax at the Rose ....

'There is something ineffably serene about this house. It is a visual version of a Vivaldi Concerto or Handel’s Water Music. I sit and absorb the soothing impact of pale walls against honeyed woodwork, the abundance of flowing space and the unusual sense of tranquility that one feels here. My eye delights in the detail of the solid mantel-pieces that rest above the eight fireplaces, the perfectly chosen artwork that is redolent of a long-ago, somehow simpler, time and the light…always the glorious abundance of light that fills the house.' ...St Marys Magazine

A 1907 Historic Home located in the heart of the historic district of St. Marys, Ga. A traditional 'foursquare' design, and one of the first homes in the area constructed of an unusual type of block (known as granitoid, rarely seen in South Georgia).

The home has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a formal dining room and comfortable living room. While the home has been modernized (central heating and air conditioning, modern kitchen, and more), one can still appreciate the original details of hardwood floors, large windows, dramatically high ceilings and two large porches - all surrounded by a half acre of camellias, azaleas, roses, magnolia, oak, camphor, cedar and persimmon trees, scuppernong grapes and a variety of other lush plantings.

Saint Marys ....

For those of you who are not familiar with St. Marys, allow me to acquaint you with this wonderful small town. Located on the banks of the St. Marys River, the town is the second oldest in the U.S, following St. Augustine, Florida. It is in the Southeast-most corner of Georgia, nestled just west of Cumberland Island and east of Highway I-95. Jacksonville International Airport is only 30 minutes away. It is centrally located between Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach and Jekyll Island/St. Simon's Island/Sea Island. Once in St. Marys however, it feels a world away. Everyone greets you with a smile, and strangers wave hello. St. Marys was named The Best Small Town in America by Money Magazine, and is the site of the 2004 HGTV Dream Home. It was also recently highlighted in Southern Living Magazine.

The town is small and quiet with moss draped oaks and a charming atmosphere. The house is within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants. Bikes and golf carts are available to rent. A kayak outfitter offers a variety of trips for all levels of experience. Or try your hand at fishing from the pier or in the river and tidal area. The Rose-Lovell House is just two blocks from the Cumberland Island Ferry and public boat ramp. It is a 45-minute ferry ride to what the Travel Channel has ordained as 'America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach'. Stroll the trails and beaches and catch a glimpse of wild horses, dolphins, white tailed deer, armadillos, wild turkeys and a variety of other birds.

Stop in to the St. Marys Visitor's Center for information regarding activites, restaurants and local history. Meet at the flagpole on the waterfront to join the historic tram tour.

Head 45 minutes west to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Take the guided boat tour and learn about the swamp inhabitants and its fragile ecosystem, or rent a canoe or kayak and see some of the wildlife up close.

Keywords: Historic House, Vacation Home, sleeps 12, Cumberland Island, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, St. Simon Island, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, Jacksonville, porch, family reunion, girl's trip, coastal Georgia, Okefenokee, fishing charter, golf, shopping

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About The Owner

The Barrie Family

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Coastal Georgia

When vacationing together as a family, we sometimes had a difficult time finding a home that was large enough for us all to stay together. It was important to us to find a home that not only had enough bedrooms, but a good working kitchen, large dining room, and plenty of space to enjoy each other's company or go off and read a book. We found it all at The Rose-Lovell House! The house has a wonderful peaceful, welcoming feel to it! Our family has quite a few family heirlooms in the house, and combined with some special 'finds' it always feels like coming home.

What makes this house unique

The high ceilings and tall windows welcome a wonderful natural light into the house. It exudes warmth and peacefulness. The two large porches are a great place to visit with family and friends, or relax on the hammock with a book and cool glass of tea. With a half acre of trees and flowers, it is a beautiful setting for a barbecue or game of horseshoes. Walk to the ferry dock for Cumberland Island, or to many of the shops and restaurants located in the historic district.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for sharing your home. Our group gathers for the New Year every year and St. Marys and your lovely home was the perfect place to see in 2011. As we get older we hope to value time with family and friends old and new. Your home, Bailey and yourself are now counted within our circle and we hope to see you again soon. Our prayer for 2011 is peace and abundance. Cheers!
Dec 2010
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Saint Marys House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Shower Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Connects to twin bedroom.
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower , Connects to trundle bedroom & foyer.
  • Updated bathrooms - two have walk-in showers and one has an old fashioned tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Blue & White bedroom - 1 queen , This room also has a working antique sink and cabinet in it.
    Green Bedroom - 1 queen , Pillow top mattress, antique furniture
    Rose Bedroom - 1 queen , This room also has a sofa in it.
    Twin Beds Upstairs - 2 twin/ single , This room connects to the tub bathroom.
    Downstairs Trundle Room - 2 twin/ single , Connects to bathroom. Bed can be set as King or 2 twins.
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Oversize chair converts to single & a fold up single cot.
  • Upstairs bedrooms - three have queen beds and one has two twin beds. The downstairs bedroom has a trundle bed, which can be used as a single, or pulled out for two twin size beds. Sleeps 10 in beds. Additionally, there is a chair in the living room that pulls out to a single, and a fold up single cot stored in the twin bedroom closet.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Historic 5 Bedroom Home, Walk to Cumberland Island Ferry
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 43 reviews
Crystal River, FL USA

Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 3 nights for a family get together. Everyone loved this beautiful historic home. Everything about it was so comfortable. So much history here. Well appointed and clean. Comfortable beds with everything you need. The outside is so beautiful.

If you come to St Marys stay here. You won't be disappointed. Beth is great to work with and made me feel at home.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful home.

Can not wait to come back

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure to host your group, and delightful communicating with you about the house, the area, and your plans for the weekend! Please come back soon! Beth
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Claxton GA

YOU WON'T GO WRONG STAYING HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

WOW !!! We take our Children and Grandchildren on an annual "Fun Family Vacation" and this year was a GREAT one !! We stayed here and spent a day on Cumberland Island. Rave reviews from ages 4 to 69 !! LOVED the house = all the comforts of home and very clean and comfortable for all !! The house is just like home - it did not disappoint = just as described and even better !! We walked to the ferry and the downtown shops - we cooked and ate at the house and everyone loved being there !!! We would recommend to anyone looking for a place to gather and enjoy your family or friends = also a lovely town to visit !!! TWO THUMBS UP for sure !!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT !!!!! Also the owner was very nice to work with and responded to every question immediately !! You won't go wrong staying here = yours will be the next rave review !!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We ar so happy you all enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the future!
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Our YaYa weekend was made all the more better by "no spooning required"

  • 5 of 5

Not only is the home sincerely lovely, but there was so much room, everyone got their own bed to sleep in. 3 baths really helped a lot too, no waiting in line. The kitchen is well appointed, the owner is nice as can be, both A/C's ROCKED (Georgia is HOT in September - did you know that?!?!), the neighborhood is nice and quiet, and the home is in walking distance to EVERYTHING downtown. The owner gave us lots of recommendations for things to do and places to shop - which we did! This was really a fun YaYa weekend with no complaints about the accommodations (Yes Virginia, Miracles do happen!). If you don't think that's worth mentioning - YOU try to make 6 women happy on the exact same days at the exact same time - see how YOU like it! YaYa!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with tons of history!!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here over Labor Day weekend, coming from Fort Bragg NC it was a great middle meeting spot for family from south Florida.. we LOVED it! The house is gorgeous and roomy and comfy!! Would recommend anyone to stay here and will def be repeat visitors :)

Quite time in Hammock on top balcony is a MUST!!Thank you for sharing your property with our family!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Our family bought the house because it was a convenient location to meet up for family time, coming from FL, GA, NC and VA. We love having other families enjoy it as well! We look forward to your return! Beth
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Beautiful Home

  • 4 of 5

Our family wanted a mini-vacation before we got back to our school routine. The house was very spacious and cool the scorching GA sun and humidity. I loved the games available for the kids and we had a blast. I would return again especially to hammock on the 2nd floor balcony.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the Rose-Lovell House. There was plenty of room for our two families of four, and it was a great location for day trips to Cumberland Island and Fernandina Beach and just relaxing at home! Beth was great about making sure we had all the information we needed, and even mailed back an item we had forgotten! The kitchen was well stocked with cookware, and there were plenty of towels for all of us to use after a long day at the beach! Altogether a great place for relaxing and a good home base for other adventures!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back in the future! The Barrie Family
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Jacksonville International AIrport
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Miles
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Laurel Island Links
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Cumberland Island
Car: recommended

St Marys Aquatic Center - perfect for families with kids, Horseback riding on the beach in Amelia Island, close to Cumberland Island National Seashore and Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

If you group is interested in some fun activities, a local shop, Cottle & Gunn, offers classes in blackboard paint, furniture painting (think shabby chic chalkboard paint) and several other classes. Minimum of 6 ppl.


Rates & Availability

Saint Marys House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $195
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

No taxes are charged for continuous stays of 31 days or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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