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Quaint Amelia Island Cottage near historic downtown Fernandina Beach

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Fernandina Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1910 updated cottage offers gorgeous walking/biking neighborhood from front door

Our Amelia Island cottage was constructed more than 100 years ago. Modernization has not diminished it"s charm. Perched on a corner lot in the middle of a welcoming neighborhood, our much loved cottage offers a fenced yard, hot water outdoor shower, front 'visiting porch' with rockers and a secluded back deck offering privacy for introspective calm (or an opportunity to turn on the party lights and giggle).

Inside is cozy and comfortable and easy to simply "Be".

* 12 foot ceilings

* huge soaking bathtub

* vintage decor mixed with island antiques

* shelves of books, games and puzzles complete with a story time or daydreaming nook with western light.

* completely furnished kitchen with shrimp pot and plenty of chef's accessories

* split bedrooms which offer privacy and quiet

* efficient ceiling fans in every room

* a small fireplace for the cooler months.

Carriage horses pass the cottage daily on their way to and from work. Each horse has his own distinctive personality and if you Hurry! you might get to put a peppermint or carrot into Boomer's big soft muzzle on his way Home from town. ( On his way to work, Cindy prefers that he not stop.)

** Want to plan a Group Getaway?

Friend Gayla's wonderful Coquina Cottage

(VRBO # 296523) is directly across the street.

Wendy also has a neighboring cottage

(VRBO # 507833)

Book 2 or 3 historic houses all within sight of one another!

Keywords: private home, cottage, monthly, near downtown Fernandina Beach, one block from the official Fernandina Beach Historic District

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Andrea Amburgey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016

About Andrea Amburgey

I fell in love with Amelia Island's 'old Florida' feel and ambiance many years ago. So many of our friends and family have enjoyed their yearly 'island breaks' here. The large painting in the front bedroom is from John; the stained glass window in the back hallway was made by Lisa; special framed drawings by Oman and by Lee and by Summer and various seashell and sharks teeth collections are scattered about. Our friends, family and neighbors have married here, celebrated yearly anniversary dates, planted special native plantings and added much to the cottage in so many many ways. Our VRBO renters often return yearly as well and become somewhat like family.

It is....magical.

You just have to Go to Know.

Andrea Amburgey purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Andrea Amburgey chose Northeast Florida

I inherited this sweet cottage from a dear friend who lived on and loved Amelia Island for many years. She was a passionate and strong advocate for much of the Greenway Development as well as a champion for shelter animals, wildlife and native species habitat protection. Her name is Susan Laird. There is a billboard constructed in her honor near the coastal access to Eagan's Creek Greenway. Susan taught me how to Love an Island.

What makes this cottage unique

The Saturday morning Farmer's Market is a are daily visits to the absolute BEST Dog Park ever.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is around the corner with it's wealth of interesting island artifacts (and just plain facts).

Pajama Dave's boat trip from the marina over to Cumberland Island is always a treat.

Amazingly, there are three well established Community Theatre Groups on this little island as well.

Side streets are filled with art galleries, locally owned restaurants, book shops, bakeries and antique dealers. Any style of 'loafering' you like is available.

Miles of beaches line the island...some are provided with public services like restrooms and restaurants while other sandy stretches are quite isolated and wild. Vehicle travel is allowed on some.

Main Beach is just across the island from our cottage, about one and a half miles (with a bike lane available).

My favorite bit of shoreline is the northern end bordering Fort Clinch (pssst...that is where the most shark's teeth are to be found.)

The island has an active wildlife preservation group and there are many activities sponsored both on the island as well as at nearby state parks. Sea turtles nest here and those who had need of rehabilitation are released here from the Georgia Turtle Rescue group. We all line up and watch as their handlers place them gently back into the ocean.

Right whales use the waters off the island for calving during the spring months. Keep an eye peeled as 2 of my friends have seen them breech quite close in to shore.

Sunsets at the marina are a stroll away. We have peeked in on fancy sailing ships from all around the world there.

The same marina houses an excellent fresh fish shop--buy fresh local catch just off the boat.

T Ray's gas station on 8th St has once again won a national award for it's fare. T Ray now just has the restaurant (breakfast and lunch only) as he shut down the working gas pumps 2 years ago.

Guestbook comments from the owner

These are just a few of the delightful quotes from a friend's message to me today following his family's stay at our cottage during a spell of February chill and drizzle:

"It has been cold and rainy weather and an absolute blast inside...because this place just oozes fun and mirth. The sun never sets on the inside of this house. I walked around the other day and shot photos of the catchy collections of magnets, pictures and signage to post to our FB page. So far, the 'Dear Santa, I Can Explain' sign on the chimney has garnered the most thumbs up. I guess we run in the 'naughty' crowd."

Thanks Michael. What a pleasure to hear what your attitude added to our place this winter!
Feb 2015
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based on 23 traveler reviews

Quaint Amelia Island Cottage near historic downtown Fernandina Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Like Coming Home

  • 5 of 5

I am completely biased....Fernandina is one of my favorite places. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon Andrea's house on vrbo and it truly felt like home the minute I walked through the door. The house is quirky - every nook and cranny is filled with wonderful art, crafts and tchotchkes and we loved it. Located just shy of half a mile from town, it is the perfect walk to town. You really will feel like you are in a Norman Rockwell painting - little kids eating ice cream cones, families walking dogs...everyone is friendly and says hello. The house has everything you need - it's comfortable and cozy and Andrea is ready to answer any of your questions. She's a gem and her house is charming.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our first (but not our last) visit!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Amelia Island and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Fernandina Beach is full of history and the cottage is a historic home itself, nestled in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood. The cottage was very comfortable and cozy. We loved being able to walk from the cottage to the historic downtown. Andrea was very accommodating and easy to work with. We will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Candler, NC

5 days not enough

  • 5 of 5

I believe this was our fourth stay and hope to continue our annual retreat. We arrived on Saturday and left the following Friday... for me this just wasnt enough time. Considering arrival day and departure that left only five days. Just enough time to unwind and begin our vacation.

Well, enough of my complaining. We love the home and its location. An easy walk, or bicycle (a couple of bikes there to use) to down town and the great little eateries. We are an older boring couple that find the pace just right.

Try it once, you'll be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Asheville NC

Back again! 2.0

  • 5 of 5

I had to return again in August. Brought my daughter, my dogs, myself for an amazing week.

Home away from home ... And I'm heading back again. This is my twice, thrice whatever retreat. Love it.

Just the sweetest most comfy cottage there is.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just the Best!

  • 5 of 5

Oh, my, I loved, loved the time I spent in your sweet cottage. It felt like home away from home--comfortable and filled with everything I could possibly need. Enjoyed all the treasures you have tucked in corners. The back porch was the first place I went each morning and ended each evening there, too. Neighborhood is charming, walking distance to town and marina and a perfect place to ride bikes. I appreciate my dogs being able to come (they were quickly put in their place by neighbor's kitty). It was delightful, restful and I just smiled the entire time. Already made my reservation to return.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Candler, NC

Down Time

  • 5 of 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this gem of a get away. Now if you're a party animal, this is not for you. But if you have reached that place in life where you can appreciate a quaint little cottage within walking or biking (provided) distance to the village, then its perfect. Empty beaches near by for strolling, shell collecting or swimming. For my wife and I, this little spot has become our yearly escape, a retreat from the daily grind. A great place to come to the understanding of the meaning of serenity and know peace.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Car: recommended

Sailing and Fishing Charters available daily including Cumberland Island Tours - Cottage is 4 beautiful Blocks to Downtown and the Island Marina ( sunsets! ) - 2 blocks to the Amelia Island Museum and Community Theatre - bikes in shed and miles of off road Greenway to explore. Our neighborhood is full of historic classic homes and B & B's built in the 1800's. Huge oak and pecan trees planted more than a hundred years ago line the streets.


Rates & Availability

Fernandina Beach Cottage Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

I have a 2 page lease form, a pet addendum and rate explanation sheet downloaded here on the VRBO site. Please note that a required tax of 11% is added to my rate. 7% for Fla and 4% for Nassau county.
I am happy to answer phone, e-mail or text requests as well if something seems unclear.
Specific Cottage Information?-- available at the Cottage on the big magnetic "News Board".

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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Fernandina Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private toilet/tub room-- separate from bath's sink area
  • Enjoy a hot Outdoor shower year round.. Private hot/cold shower with flexible shower hose -- Good for rinsing sand off after the beach and for pet clean-ups as well.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Biking or walking the lovely 4 blocks to town from the cottage is a treat in and of itself. Many of the homes on the way date from the late 1800s. Sunrise on the Beach. Sunsets at the marina. Buy Today's Catch from the marina seafood market. Primo dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner all within the easy walking...many menus are in the cottage to preview. Our neighborhood is long established and very welcoming. An afternoon beneath the fans on our front porch will bring you opportunities to chat with others. If privacy is desired, the big rattan chair and a book on the back deck will be your pick. The Amelia Island Museum is just around the corner. There are also 3 well established and very popular Community Theatre groups in town. Sell Outs are common, so don't delay getting tickets. The island has very active groups who track and mark the turtle nests, assist with protecting our ancient ltrees -beach cleanliness, wildlife and animal welfare and access to community Greenway Space

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