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Ted Walker

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Lighthouse Cottage:modernized but the memories are preserved. Pets. WIFI

56 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage

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Coastal Georgia Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8

Step back in time to an old-fashioned beach cottage where the screen door slams. Lighthouse Cottage is in the shadow of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is just 1.5 blocks away. The beach also is just 1.5 blocks away. Leave your window open at night, turn on your ceiling fan, and sleep to the soft rush of the surf. In the heart of the former Fort Screven, this cottage was built in 1920 by the US Army to house non-commissioned officers. Just a block away is Battery Garland and the Fort Screven museum. This is the islands quiet, secluded north end preferred by celebrities. The army built the houses facing each other with a sidewalk between --- no street, just a sidewalk. The streets run behind the houses. The front of Lighthouse Cottage faces a sidewalk; the back is on a traffic-free street. The original clawfoot bathtub and the original enamel kitchen sink/cabinet have been newly restored. Most of the interior walls are 5-inch wide tongue and groove planks laid horizontally. These were discovered and restored when 1/4-inch paneling was removed.

Tybee Island's North Beach: Great dolphin viewing --- virtually guaranteed on the north end of the island. Dolphin boat tours are always available, but sitting on the north beach is just as effective. We once watched a band of dolphins frolicking with a delighted kayaker. Tybee's beaches are equipped with porch swings that seem to be about 100 yards apart. From the north beach swings you can watch the sun set over Savannah and the mouth of the Savannah river --- incredible sunsets. Savannah, being 15 miles away, is too far away to actually see but you can see the fireworks on July 4th and New Year's Eve. Shrimp boats with their nets spread like wings are always in view.

The 2 Lighthouses: Two lighthouses less than 3 miles apart but so radically different in character. As you approach Tybee Island, you see the impressive Tybee Light in the distance. Tall, dark, and handsome with a white cumberbund. He was honored a couple of years ago when he got his own US postage stamp. ( In lighthouse circles that is akin to an Oscar.) But then as you cross the Lazaretto bridge onto Tybee Island, you look down to the left and blink. Is that a lighthouse in the water? Indeed it is. That's plucky little Cockspur Lighthouse. Weathered, plain white masonry. Not flashy at all, except ... At every high tide Cockspur stands in the ocean well off-shore. Only at low tide does the stony spur appear that supports the little lighthouse. A firm foundation after all.

Lost in the 40's/50's: So far the quaint shopping district near the pier has pretty much escaped the wrecking ball. Witness Arby's --- Tybee Island's only fast food restaurant. This is what Arby's looked like when they began in the early 60's. As for shopping, no Sak's here. We're talking beach shopping: T-shirts, souvenirs, Sno-Cones, umbrella drinks, seafood. But remember, for culture and serious shopping, there is colorful, historic Savannah, just 20 minutes away. Recommended reading: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, an amusing look at Savannah's high- and low-life (about 2 years on the NY Times nonfiction best seller list).

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Ted Walker (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

We just got home from our stay at the Lighthouse Cottage. We loved it! It was so nice to come in to nice lighting, soothing music and such a cute house! The back deck - AMAZING! It's location to the beach was fabulous! I hope to stay again. Thanks for providing a history of the house, that was great! Thanks for all the small things you've done. We had everything we needed!
Jul 2015
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Lighthouse Cottage:modernized but the memories are preserved. Pets. WIFI
average rating of 4.303571 based on 60 reviews
High Point ,N.C.

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Ted,we liked staying there soooooooooo much.I cried when I had to leave.Thanks for createing a wonderfull place to stay at the beach.Suzanne

  • Submitted: May 12, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need!

  • 4 of 5

Super cute! Everything you need plus more including laundry detergent! I loved the shower with 2 heads my 3 small children loved to shower after the beach which was super close to walk to. I gave 4 stars because it was extremely hot because apparently air was broken but we called and they fixed it within a couple hours no problem just wished I called sooner then later.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Johnson city TN.

Lighthouse cottage

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time! Neat little house. I could tell it was a little older, but that added to the charm. Everything worked fine and we had no problems. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Canceled our reservation

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we had to cancel our reservation. Mr. Walker returned our deposit as promised without any hesitation. I have no doubt that the property would have been more than acceptable and if it had not been. I am sure Ted Walker would have made it right. He is obviously an honorable businessman.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures are deceiving!

  • 1 of 5

Pictures are deceiving!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The pictures online are deceiving. When we arrived it was dusk. To get to the cottage you have to drive down what is essentially a path filled with plants and shrubs scraping your car as you drive to the cottage only to find out that parking is a joke and there are homes a cars width away from you on all sides. The linens were stained and old. One of the TV controllers was not programmed and we could not get it to program to the tv from 1989 in the bedroom which sits on a stand that is best described as sketchy. If you have little ones for goodness sake don't let them run around that thing it could fall! One of the benches to the table in the kitchen was so wobbly I wouldn't put a bag of groceries on it. I wanted to make some biscuits for breakfast and I found rusty and greasy old baking sheets. There was an old nasty dirty sponge at the sink which grossed me out and no dishwasher soap which explains why the dishes looked like they were run thru the dishwasher with no soap. I went to get a wash cloth to "clean" the dishes so we could have breakfast only to find a white washcloth with a big brown stain on it that someone was expected to use in the bathroom. The one bathroom with the tub the shower head is so calcified that it shoots water everywhere. And there are these giant dusty plastic palm tree plants in your way everywhere. Lets just say I refused to cook in there after the first morning. The grill was in the corner of the yard in the mud and the deck furniture was dirty and icky and the broken cooler buried in the yard and some garbage didn't help the ambiance. The back door was disgustingly filthy. It had black filth by the door handle which was really loose. There are no lights out front so when we arrived we had to bring everything into the house in the dark and the front door (which is a bedroom) only opened 1/2 way because there is a bed blocking it.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The TV in question has been replaced with a new flat screen TV. The older one was firmly mounted to the wall in such a way that it could easily be turned toward the bed or away from it. It never posed a danger to anyone. Lighthouse Cottage is on a one-block gravel street with no through traffic. Some streets on Tybee Island are still dirt roads. Tybee is a small island, and about half of it is salt marsh. Consequently, all lots are small. Nevertheless, we can park 3 normal size cars easily; more nearby if needed. Our handyman has tightened up the bench. We don't use stained linens. For the kitchen, our policy is to supply dishwasher detergent, dishwashing liquid, dish towels, dish cloths, and a new sponge for each guest. Our cleaning service cleans thoroughly inside and out. The information that I send to all guests tells them that the entrance to the cottage is at the rear --- an entrance into the kitchen/living room area. A bedroom door is on the street side of the house. It opens considerably more than half way.
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Love this cottage!

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed twice before and just love this cottage. The location is great. It's quiet and the back deck is lovely. We have brought family from out-of-state down both times to enjoy the beach, Tybee's sites as well as Savannah and, both times, they commented what a wonderful time they had to family back home...even to total strangers.

I would really appreciate the bedroom TVs working so that we can watch a movie while the kids watch something else but other than that (very minor thing really) we had a wonderful time. I would recommend this cottage to friends but - on a totally selfish note - I don't want it to be completely booked when I want to share it...:) Thank you and see you next time...

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to have these guests with us. Wish I had known the bedroom TVs were not working. We have a very reliable guy that handles all internet and TV problems.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles

Just a half-block to the south of Lighthouse Cottage is a large park with a stream, gazebo, and park benches. To get to the beach from Lighthouse Cottage you walk past 3 cottages (a short block) and the beach is a half-block to the right, the lighthouse is a half-block to the left, and Fort Screven museum is a half-block straight ahead.

The museum is where all of Tybee Island's parades begin. Easily the most popular parade is the Beach Bum Parade --- an audience participation parade --- usually held the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. All the floats are equipped with barrels of water so that people on the floats can fire water at the spectators --- and the spectators shoot water back at the floats (and any other target at hand). For more civilized entertainment there is the Savannah Film Festival in late October and the many art galleries resulting from the growing renown of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). [On the Google map, 'Gulick St' is a parking lot.]


Rates & Availability

Tybee Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak season
May 1 2016 - Sep 4 2016
1 night minimum stay
Mid-season Fall
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
Off-season 2
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
1 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
1 night minimum stay
Off-season 3
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
1 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 31 2016
1 night minimum stay
Off-season 1
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Mid-season Spring
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Last-minute deals are available when reservations are made less than 10 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy: With at least 30 days' notice you will receive a full refund of your deposit.

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Coastal Georgia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , claw-foot tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 2 is in the master bedroom. It has a large, tiled double shower that needs no curtain or glass door.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • All beds have memory foam.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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