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Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 640 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Designed for two, the Herons' Nest condo is a private and unique hideaway. Nestled in Tybee's historical Venetian Terrace District and sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Back River Inlet the Herons' Nest offers a quiet retreat for honeymoons, anniversaries and rest and relaxation for hardworking couples. Lovingly designed by Tybee artists, Fred and Malinda Urvant, the condo reflects their eclectic Art-Deco style of design. Original paintings by the late Soho artist Larry Urvant and photographs by Fred Urvant adorn the walls. Restored Art-Deco furnishings and white tile floors complete the condo's cozy design.

Play on Tybee's scenic Back River Beaches and return to your own private tropical garden to rest and relax. Enjoy a cool drink on your spacious screened porch or soak in the warm waters of your own private 4-person Jacuzzi. Rejuvenate in a soft-water shower and wrap yourself in fluffy towels of Egyptian cotton and sleep on European style linens. Luxury at the beach is only a moment away during your stay at the Herons' Nest.

We invite you to experience the true flavor of Tybee. Beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, historic sites, excellent cuisine and a laid-back 1950's culture. Since the early 1900's Tybee has been called a utopia and we could not agree more. Please join us at the Herons' Nest where pleasant memories begin.

Fred and Malinda Urvant

Keywords: Condo

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Malinda Urvant
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Malinda Urvant

Fred and I are both transplants from the East Coast who met in Atlanta. Our dream was to return to the Atlantic Ocean and in 1994 we began a search for the perfect spot. I had been retired from Dupont Corp. after 20 years and Fred was ready to make a career change. Our search ended on Tybee in the Historic Back River District. My mother moved from Canada and settled on Tybee with us and my son and grandchildren settled in the city of Savannah.

Malinda Urvant purchased this condo in 1995

Why Malinda Urvant chose Coastal Georgia

Tybee was the perfect little beach city, quiet, picture perfect and so small that no one lived more than a few blocks from the beach. Housing values had not exploded yet and you were able to get a good value in a fixer upper.

** fast forward almost 20 years** Tybee is still the perfect little beach city and has retained it's 1950's atmosphere.

What makes this condo unique

You only have to spend a few hours on Tybee to know that this Island is a one of a kind spot and be captured by it's unique culture. Close to Savannah and activities; Tybee offers a peaceful contrast. A calm, quiet and peaceful atmosphere is abundant. Walking the beach, riding bikes and watching sunsets is complimented by the generous and friendly nature of Tybee's local population who feel just grateful that they are able to reside on this little piece of paradise.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fred and Malinda, thank you so much for a wonderful stay at the Herons' Nest. We could not have asked for a better getaway. Your recommendations for restaurants and activities were very much appreciated. We loved AJ's ! We cannot wait to come back and stay there again!
Jul 2017
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Tybee Island Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 640 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • White and black tile with white oak chair paneling and molding. Decor is art deco with blue accents. Full shower and bath with over sized sink. White hotel bath towels provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Canopy queen bed with pillow top mattress and two additional mattress toppers. Quality 600 count Biltmore linens with imported maltise coverlet and shams. Extra pillows and quilt provided.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private tropical garden, indoor 4 person Jacuzzi, complimentary coffee, tea and wine, luxury Egyptian cotton linens, electric fireplace, paper products and soaps provided, beach bicycles, beach equipment and coolers.


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Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
average rating of 4.909091 based on 211 reviews
Hilton Head Island, SC

A great stay!

  • 5 of 5

This place is everything it says. Arrived and the place was clean and cozy. I went for just a long weekend beach stay so wasn't in the house much, but it literally has everything. Would highly recommend it to anyone. Thanks for memory.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eric for your great review. We try to make a guest's stay at the Herons' Nest as stress free as possible by providing all the essentials needed for a relaxing beach getaway. We have found that our guests appreciate the fact that they do not have to waste their valuable vacation time standing in a grocery line in order to provide for their basic needs. Thank you for being such a good guest and good will to you. Fred and Malinda
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Property was immaculate! The garden and porch were welcoming. Bed was very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

It was nice to have all the special touches. The bikes, the beach towels and cooler were all appreciated. The 1st day we walked to the beach, but the second day we packed a little lighter and rode bikes then rented an umbrella and chairs. It was wonderful. We really enjoyed our stay. Looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review is very much appreciated. The closeness of the Tybee beaches to the Herons' Nest is indeed special. No big streets to cross and a pleasant walk to both the Strand Beach and the Back River Beach. Whether you prefer the calm water of the Back River Beach or the body surfing water of the Strand Beach both are within a 10 minute stroll through tree lined streets. A 1/2 hour bike ride to the North Beach offers great kite flying and a view of the huge cargo ships that transverse the Savannah River at high tide. Whether you choose the North beach, the Strand Beach or the Back River Beach you will discover the uniqueness that is Tybee Island. LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS
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Relaxing, Fun, Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We appreciated our time at The Heron's Nest so much. The place was very private, had everything we needed, and was a comfortable but close distance from the busier beach area- but was convenient to the serene South Beach and Back River areas as well. With the use of the two wonderful beach bikes we could travel just about everywhere we needed to go without having to navigate tricky parking on Tybee. Jacuzzi tub was wonderful for soaking after early am beach runs as well. Just a fantastic place to stay for a couple seeking a retreat from busy life. Many thanks! Dana & Ben

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dana and Ben, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We designed the Herons' Nest to include everything you have mentioned and appreciated. We have been open over 11 years and we feel so good in knowing our original concept is still pleasing couples. A stress free and romantic getaway is our primary goal. Thank you again for staying and enjoying the Herons' Nest. Fred and Malinda
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Heron's Nest. Fred greeted us upon arrival and gave us a great walk through of the rental and gave us some great recommendations to restaurants and places to visit on the island and in Savannah. The screened in patio were perfect ways to spend the evenings when storms rolled in during our stay as well. One of the biggest bonuses of the Heron's Nest were the two bikes that were provided... definitely the best way to get around the island! We can't wait to come back next year to Tybee and stay at the Heron's Nest!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashlyn is correct that bikes are the best way to navigate Tybee Island, but if you do not bike the Herons' Nest is conveniently located in an area close to the beach, restaurants and shops. We try to make our guests have a completely stress free getaway by providing a completely stocked beach rental with all the bells and whistles. Pack lightly and have the ability of enjoying every moment of your valuable getaway without worrying about purchasing the essential items you would need to make your vacation complete. We thank Ashlyn her very accurate review and hope to see her in the future. Fred and Malinda
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was clean and everything we needed was supplied. We especially enjoyed the private garden area where we spent a lot of our time when we weren't at the beach or eating out. If you want peace and quiet this is the place to be, we had a much needed time of relaxation. Thank you Fred and Malinda for all that you did to make our stay stress free!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for your wonderful review. You were perfect guests and we appreciate the comment of quiet and peaceful as we feel that is one of the Herons' Nest's best assets. The Herons' Nest is so convenient to everything and yet so quietly tucked away on the Back River. Please have our best wishes and we hope to see you in the future. Fred and Malinda
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Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Heron's Nest was absolutely wonderful! Very clean and well kept. The private garden was stunning, a relaxing spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Best part was that the Heron's Nest is walking distance to everything, beach, restaurants,shopping, bars . .. Tybee Island was perfect and all the local we meet were so pleasant!

Fred and Melinda were wonderful hosts and made sure we were well taken care off. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda for your wonderful review. We set very high standards for the Herons' Nest and when we make our guests happy we know that we have been able to maintain that level. Since we are both retired we are able to put our time and energy into hosting the Herons' Nest for our guest's pleasure. We look forward to your return to the Herons' Nest and Tybee Island in the future and for continued prosperity in your lives. much love Fred and Malinda
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Savannah/Hilton Head Int.
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 80
Nearest Restaurant
Car: not necessary

Historic Tybee Light House complex, Historic Fort Polaski,

Historic Savannah, Rails to Trails bike & walk path on the

Old Marsh Hen railroad, dolphin tours, shark fishing, shrimp

fishing fleet on Lazertto Creek, Marine Science Center, birding trails, seasonal art shows


Rates & Availability

Tybee Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 17 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $70
Tax Rate 13.0%

A check of $100 is required upon arrival for refundable damage protection.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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