About the property
- Cottage1300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus cabana bedroom, sleeps 12
This beach 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. In the heart of the former Fort Screven, this rustic cottage was built in 1920 by the US Army to house non-commissioned officers. It has been updated with modern conveniences such as central heat and air. Originally the cottage was heated by coal stoves and cooled by ceiling fans. The fans are new but the original stove chimneys remain. 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 Ft Screven Cottage faces a sidewalk; the back is on a traffic-free gravel lane. Some of the interior walls are the original 5-inch wide tongue and groove planks laid horizontally. With 4 bedrooms and a large sectional sofa in the living room, this home can sleep up to 10 people inside the house --- plus 2 more outside in the cabana bedroom, a small room across the deck from the house.
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 Two 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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
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Best Trip with my 8 grandkids
We had the best time here! The kids loved this place and of course the adults did too! I would recommend staying here with anyone that has kids. Close to the beach! Good memories! Had All the essentials we needed! We will be coming back!
Did the Job
This was a decent place to stay. My opinion is a little different because I typically stay in really high end luxury hotels or resorts. With that being said, going in I had to check my expectations. There is a side in my family that can’t afford expensive lodging so to accommodate we split the price of staying in this cost efficient location. This location comfortably fit my family 10. At one point we had s game night with about 16 family members present and we didn’t feel cramp. It was really close to the beach! It was very quaint. The house was A bit “run down” feeling but nothing terrible. My other family actually appreciated the house’s signs of aging. It was clean. Stuff worked as intended. I hate cats and they basically own the neighborhood! It’s better than what the pictures suggest! If you are a person that typically stay in nicer places, may struggles a bit here upon first arrival. But overall For the price i feel like it was a good choice. I wouldn’t stay here again, not because it’s bad... I just personally prefer high- end facilities.
Overall the space was sufficient for our group of 9. Parking space wasn’t conducive for a passenger van, but I made it work (got good at backing it in). Only half lights worked and we couldn’t figure out how work tv. Both not the end of the world we lived without and was just fine. Stayed for 5 nights and we enjoyed our time on Tybee.
GS Troop 777
Loved the place!!!
Everything was awesome! The place was so close to the beach and stocked with everything you would need! The owner was nice and helped us when we had questions! I would highly suggest!
The house is close to the beach. The property had everything we needed for a large group. I would stay there again.
The place was so cute. We only stayed one night but enjoyed it immensely. Because we only stayed one night we didn’t have time to figure out how the water system works so ask Ted in advance. One bathroom has two shower heads and I could only get the one on the right to go cold and the one on the left hot. There’s a cute kind of hidden room on the right when you enter and it has a bathroom and my friend could only get cold water. I’m sure there’s a trick so ask in advance. But we were limited on time so we didn’t worry about it. Everything you need is there, coffee maker, pots and pans, and even the music channel on the tv was a soothing way to start our visit. Highly recommended.
Our handyman checked all sinks and showers. In the cute hidden bedroom with bath, the plumbing is such that the hot water (left handle) needs to run longer for the hot water to get there. In the bathroom with 2 shower heads, both had hot and cold water. Turn the handle to the left for hot water, turn it to the right for cold, and the middle is warm.
Just a half-block to the south of Ft Screven Beach Cottage is a large park with a stream, gazebo, and park benches. To get to the beach from the cottage you walk north past 2 cottages (a short block) and the beach is a half-block to the right(east), the lighthouse is a half-block to the left(west), and Fort Screven museum is a half-block straight ahead (north). 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 shoot 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), which has branches in Atlanta and Paris. Savannah (just 20 min away) also has live theatre, concerts, and a very popular music festival.
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Last-minute deals are available when a reservation is made within 10 days of arrival.