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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage


About the property

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).

More Details

Property Manager
Ted Walker
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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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Tybee Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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 ...
  • 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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Lighthouse Cottage:modernized but the memories are preserved. Pets. WIFI
average rating of 4.229885 based on 91 reviews
Greater Boston area

feels like coming home......

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay at the Lighthouse Cottage....never disappoints. The outdoor deck was especially welcoming this year with the mild temperatures Love this place......

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having this couple back again.
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area was beautiful and we enjoyed it. cottave had charm but furniture in living area old and uncomf

  • 2 of 5

i already reviewed it in detail. disappointed in owners lack of interest in our comfort when we contacted him The claw foot bathtub was terrible not renovated as was advertisement and owner made up some.excuse for that. cottage.i terior walls and decor was good. advise to anyone renting would be for current oics of furniture bathtub etc

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This couple asked me to replace all the living room furniture. I suggested using pillows and cushions to make the couch more comfortable for lounging, but they felt insulted by that suggestion. They wanted new furniture. I apologized for the suggestion, saying that I was only trying to be helpful. I was not prepared to replace furniture that I like. Two of the bedrooms have TVs and comfortable beds.
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Good short stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was clean and relatively comfortable for a short stay. The location was good as you walk to park and some restaurants. Beach was close but we did not go there.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The house is small, but perfect. We all had our own bedrooms and we spent all of our time outside so we didn't need a huge space. We walked to the beach, to the lighthouse, to the near-by restaurants that the homeowner suggested, and sat on the porch in the sun. Everything is really close, seriously the beach is a 1 to 2 minute walk. The kitchen was well stocked and perfect for our needs. The beds were comfortable. We really had a great time.

We did think about buying some weather stripping for the doors (it would help keep out the bugs other people mentioned, we didn't see any. It would also help cut down on electricity waste/cost.) We also considered caulking the larger bathroom, which would also cut down on bugs and waste. We didn't, because vacation. We would also love to chat about the plan to put real coal in the proposed water fountain in the old coal bin out front - coal is dirty, not only when you touch it - it leaves a black film on all that it touches, but the water would wear it down and cause a black muddy waste that is in most cases toxic. We suggest not using real coal. Maybe put some lacquer on some charcoal briquettes instead? (I'm from Kentucky and I am related to a lot of former coal miners.)

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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too little parking area

  • 4 of 5

picture appears to have more area than actual area.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can park 3 normal size cars or 2 trucks.
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It was a little hard to find initially but once we did, we loved the area that it's in.

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect place for me and my bridesmaids to stay as we celebrated my upcoming wedding. It feels very comfortable and homey inside and we loved how close it is to the beach. It was a great stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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