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Ft Screven Beach Cottage. Historic. Near lighthouse and beach. Pets.

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Ted Walker
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for the stay! The cottage was charming and roomy. I hope to be a visitor again.
Jan 2014
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Tybee Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , tiled, double-head shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 5 is a detached Cabana bedroom with a queen-size sofa sleeper.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(44 traveler reviews)

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Ft Screven Beach Cottage. Historic. Near lighthouse and beach. Pets.
average rating of 3.7272727 based on 45 reviews
Byron, GA

Thank You Letter to Ft Screven Beach Cottage Owner

  • 4 of 5

Just wanted to let you know that we certainly enjoyed ourselves in Ft Screven Beach Cottage, the cottage was perfect accommodations for our family; we had plenty of room. There were plenty of towels and linens and the beds were so comfy! We had everything we needed. From arrival to departure, everything about the cottage was great. It was nice, clean and comfortable. Like a home away from home. “Relaxing, cozy retreat; it was the ultimate beach house!” The cottage beach theme was the best and really allowed you to relax. Easy walk to the beach, as well as just a step away from the beautiful Tybee Island lighthouse, restaurants and Museum. There was enough space to find a quiet moment and plenty of room for everyone. We would certainly love to visit again.

My grandson, Dashawn, Farewell Roast on Friday, January 13, 2012 turned out fabulous. There was plenty room for all 10 of us to be able to sit together and watch “A Walk through Memory Lane” family movies. My grandson was very surprised!

The following day was our eldest daughter, Rose, 38th birthday. Her dream of staying in a beach house being close to the ocean came true for her and she cannot stop stating that it was; “The Best birthday beach trip ever!”

Mr. Ted, it was a pleasure being able to meet you. Thank you for being so helpful to us when a couple of issues arose. We certainly appreciated your quick response. What a great experience! Thank you for helping make our vacation wonderful and for sharing your home with us!

Much Regards,

Mrs. Maria A. Concepcion

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very disappointed in condition of property

  • 1 of 5

The house was excessively dirty; walls, floors, ceiling fans, everything was dusty and dirty. The roof leaks in three different rooms. There is no WiFi even though it is listed as an amenity. There are rotted, splintered boards in the kitchen area, which means we had to wear shoes or socks at all times. Outside lights do not work. Central air conditioning works very minimally, not at all in three of four bedrooms. The bathtub in the main bathroom is rusted and stained. The advertised rooftop deck is not really a rooftop deck, just a landing at the top of the stairs. The whole house, inside and out is in total disrepair which made me wonder if the owner has even looked at the property lately.

On the plus side, it was close to the beach, nice having three bathrooms, and there was room for all of us to gather in the living area. We did not see any mold or a lot of bugs inside the house. Also, we didn't have to worry about the kids messing anything up and we spent a lot of time doing other things because we didn't want to be in the house.

I realize this is an historic building and I did not expect it to be modern and fancy, but I did expect it to be clean and in good repair.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The upper deck is small, but it covers the entire roof of a bedroom, which was originally a porch. We have a new cleaning service for this cottage; I think cleanliness will be up to anybody's standards. Quite a lot of repairs have been done, including replacing the outdoor light that didn't work. We do have WIFI. Sometimes the router has to be re-set.
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Atlanta, GA

Great location but needs attention to detail

  • 3 of 5

This beach cottage was great for what our group needed. We don't need glamour or super fancy appliances when we are not spending that much time in a rental. However, there is obviously a complete lack of TLC with this house. There was a dead bug stuck to the ceiling, the floors were so dirty your feet would turn black from dirt if you walked in the house barefoot, and all of the chairs on the cute little top deck were broken and not usable. The lack of good air circulation was also a negative in my book. A couple bedrooms got very hot with the doors closed at night. Fresh paint, fixing broken planks and siding outside would do wonders for this place. The oven worked fine but was extremely slow to heat up just because it is older. The wifi was also marginal at best. It wouldn't load simple things on my phone or the other guests' phones. I appreciate that we had a place that housed our large group and was so close to the beach and lighthouse but it needs to be better maintained and updated.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Needs cleaning

  • 3 of 5

Hot tub didn't work, light bulbs burnt out, roof leaked, good location close to beach, needs thorough cleaning dust everywhere

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We don't advertise a hot tub. The one at this cottage is for use by the owner only. The blown light bulb has been replaced.
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perfect location

  • 4 of 5

This is our 3rd Memorial Day weekend staying at one of Ted's houses at Tybee and we will continue to do so!

Great location, Ted is wonderful to work with, and Tybee perfect!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed here and loved the property, the outside space was perfect and the extra cabin for people to sleep provided a little extra privacy from the main house.

I would definitely recommend staying here again.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
North Beach Grill
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Wilmington Island
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hwy 80
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
North Beach Grill
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Tybee beach

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.


Rates & Availability

Tybee Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid season Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Off season
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
1 night minimum stay
Mid season Spring
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
Mid season Fall
Sep 10 2018 - Oct 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
Off season
Nov 1 2018 - Feb 28 2019
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Last-minute deals are available when a reservation is made within 10 days of arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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