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Like New But W\Old Charm Cottage in Town of Darien, Ga

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Our “Red Door Cottage” is located in the quaint historic district of Darien, Georgia. It is a comfortable, 2 bedroom, 1 bath home built in 1906 and lovingly restored with all the modern 20th century conveniences. The home features high ceilings, hardwood floors, central heat and air conditioning as well as ceiling fans in most of the rooms, for those that want that true southern feel. The entire home is showcased with many original works of art, from local artists to the owner's own artwork.

The cozy covered front porch opens into the front living area with our original “red door”. This room is the place to relax, nap or read a book. It has a large, comfy sofa and 2 leather chairs. The sofa pulls out to a queen-sized bed and makes a great sleeping area if needed. The room directly adjoining this would have been the formal dining area in 1906, but we have decorated it with a long, comfortable sofa,w/chaise lounge, 32” flat panel TV and it instantly became the family room. The kitchen has an electric range, refrigerator, dishwasher and a lovely large window over the sink that fills the space with light. It is furnished with all the dishes and utensils needed to prepare meals, toaster oven, microwave and coffee pot. The room adjoining the kitchen is a great place to eat (the table seats 6) and has 2 walls of windows.

The 2 bedrooms are similar in size but one has a black iron queen-sized bed featuring “Waverly” Southern Magnolia bedding, an antique bureau and mirrored vanity. The other has 2 twin beds, decorated with a bright, whimsical feel. Both rooms have original artwork on the walls.

The black and white tiled bathroom has a tub/shower combination and a modern pedestal sink. The house also has a new clothes washer and dryer.

Out the back door, near the kitchen is a large, new screened porch with a table that seats 6. We're sure this will soon be a favorite hang-out.

Situated on a quiet corner with live oaks and plenty of Spanish moss, we are just 3 blocks from the Darien River Waterfront Park and Boat Dock. Rent or bring your own kayaks, don’t forget your fishing gear, camera, sunscreen and bug spray. Our town is small but features a number of great restaurants, a wine bar, specialty shops and a fantastic art center, all within walking distance of the house.

If its beach you want, St. Simons Island is 20 miles south and Jekyll Island, with the historic Rockefeller village/resort and plenty of surf and sand, is just past that.

With Savannah (60 miles north), historic Jekyll Island (22 miles south), old plantations to discover, old Forts to tour, nature trails/tours a call away and tons of delicious, fresh, sweet Georgia shrimp & fish to devour, find time to relax and enjoy Darien.

Be sure to check out the link below to the town of Darien's on-line visitors guide There you see pics of the town and descriptions of all the area has to offer.

Come discover coastal Georgia ~ We did and love it!

ALSO: 'Friend' us on Facebook!

Latest Comment in our guest book (Oct. 2016):

"... most relaxing vacation in 38 years of marriage! No kidding! The "red door" was so much more than we anticipated. So much room! Lovingly restored...

Thanks so much for a clean, loving environment.

Cumming, GA.

Keywords: Cottage, Bungalow, historic house

More Details

Property Manager
Donna Claytor
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

About Donna Claytor

I am an artist and work in an art gallery on Cape Cod. My husband is a Civil Engineer and works for an environmental consulting company. We live in an old home (circa 1850) in the oldest town on the Cape. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, & chickens. We have a vegetable garden, enjoy canning (& eating!) our veggies, kayaking, touring historic towns & houses and traveling.

Donna Claytor purchased this house in 2011

Why Donna Claytor chose Darien

We discovered Darien on our usual trip South to Florida. We fell in love with the historic town, the area and the warm, southern hospitality of the town's folk that welcomed us like family. Not nearly as crowded as Florida (or as pricey), Coastal Georgia has so much more to offer than just beach. We love New England, but hope to make Georgia our permanent winter home some day


Darien House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Completely remodeled, tub has a shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) purchased June 2011, Twin Beds (1) purchased June 2011
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
dish soap, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, bath soap and shampoo


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Like New But W\Old Charm Cottage in Town of Darien, Ga
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

A wonderful four days!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely, clean and spacious! It was a pleasure to stay in such a charming place. The town of Darien is rich with history and close to St. Simons, Brunswick and Jekyll Island. We enjoyed our visit very much. It was a relaxing four days. We recommend the Red Door Cottage to all who need a place to stay in Darien or the surrounding area. Terry & Kelly

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, comfortable, nicely furnished home.

  • 5 of 5

Red Door Cottage is a comfortable, relaxing home away from home. This 100 year old home has been very well kept and nicely upgraded. The furnishing are beautiful with original paintings and antiques. The master bed was very comfortable. The neighborhood is quiet and everyone we have met are very friendly. The fenced in yard and screened back porch have been relaxing for everyone especially our dogs. Darien is a great home base from which to explore the Georgia lowland country located mid way between Savannah and Amelia Island. When we return to Darien I hope to stay at the Red Door Cottage again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You! We appreciate your great review. Sounds like you enjoyed your month on the Georgia Coast. Safe travels! Rich and Donna
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Charming, clean & well appointed

  • 5 of 5

My neighbor and I split the time here and his experience was just as good as mine. You feel right at home here. Beds and furniture are comfortable, decor is charming (many local artist work in each room), lots of extras: soaps, shampoo, and coffee was appreciated. Darien is a small town and the locals are very friendly. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Merritt Island, Florida


  • 5 of 5

Rented this adorable house for a week and loved every minute we stayed here. Have family one street over so could not have been more convenient. There was not one thing we needed during the week that was not provided for in the house. Will definitely think about rebooting in future.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our Red Door Cottage! It is our special home, away from home. We love it and are happy to share it with the right guests. Please come back and visit Darien again! Thank you, Donna and Rich
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  • 5 of 5

I walked in and felt right at home at the Red Door Cottage! It's such a warm, inviting environment and the town has some great spots within walking distance. There many opportunities for sightseeing, biking, boating/kayaking and relaxing at a beach just a short drive away. I can't wait to return and bring friends for a girls' weekend!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Cod, massachusetts

What a beautiful town full of very friendly people!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean & beautifully decorated! The owner must be an artist! I walked the streets in this beautiful & historic southern town: a quiet & peaceful place. A great place to ride a bike & see the sights. I enjoyed my stay & can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Darien Waterfront Wine , Skippers Fish Camp
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Blue Bay Mexican Grill, Skippers Fish Camp
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
St. Simons
Car: recommended

Located a short distance from Fort King George, Old City Jail Art Center, Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Sapelo Island are just a few great places to visit. Kayaks are available in town for guided tours or to discover the numerous waterways on your own.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.