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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:
September 25, 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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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.


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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Ft Screven Beach Cottage. Historic. Near lighthouse and beach. Pets.
average rating of 3.75 based on 53 reviews

Best Trip with my 8 grandkids

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great family!
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Nice cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying at this cottage. Once again we loved it and the proximity to the beach. Ted is amazing to work with and was easy to reach with any questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Triangle Region of NC

Cozy beach shack in a great location with all the essentials.

  • 4 of 5

We had our family get together here one night. It accommodated 6 adults and 2 children with room to spare. It was an easy 1.5 block walk to the beach and the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Ted was available when I had questions, and was very helpful. Nice place to relax and hang with your family.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing beach, leaky house

  • 2 of 5

My family spent our first ever vacation on Tybee and it was amazing. The location of this house is fantastic-close to beach and no traffic. But the house itself needs work. It rained the first day, a Saturday, and the roof leaked. A call to Ted told me he couldn't even get the repairman until Sunday, so put bowls under the leaks. We did. We never saw repairman, but he did patch holes in roof. Later in the week it rained again and again we had a leaky roof-in more spots than the first time. From the staining where the leaks are you can tell they've been there awhile. We notified Ted again, but no one repaired it before we left. We dealt with the leaky roof, but the liability that Ted assumes by letting water run through the walls where electricity is astounds me. We did find the kitchen well stocked. I can count at least 10 leaks throughout the house. It is in need of a new roof. Also the railing on the roof top deck is not secure at all. I did not let my children up there for fear of an accident.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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galion ohio usa

Wonderful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This charming cottage is a very short walk to the beach; about 2 minutes at most! We had so much room with 5 comfortable bedrooms. Ted is so kind; when i called to see if there was a grill for our cook-out he confirmed there was and when we arrived there was both charcoal and lighter fluid available to use! I loved the white -washed floors and kitchen cupboards; the whole house has a beach theme. It was very clean as well. There may have been a noisy ceiling fan in the twin bedroom- but that is just a reach to find something to recommend to improve; because this cute home has so much charm, room, proximity to beach and outdoor space to hang out that we hope to come again next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests!
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Property is in a good location to walk but is run down and needing much repairs

  • 2 of 5

Location is good to walk to beach, lighthouse and park which alleviates parking problems for those areas. The house is set up well for a large family but it is in need of many repairs . Couches are extremely dirty and worn out beds need updating etc.. it's a Griswold vacation house just bring Clark, Ellen and cousin Eddie and it's a Griswald vacation experience LIVe!!! But we enjoyed ourselves reguaedless because that's how we roll!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This very congenial guest is a realtor and therefore knows properties. So, when I read her review, I contacted her and asked for recommendations for repairs. She was kind enough to send me the following list. 1. Back light doesn't work between the house and the cabana. 2. A bedroom ceiling fan wobbles. 3. The couches are soiled. These are all things we can handle promptly. The couches were cleaned in the spring by a professional carpet cleaning service. We can do so again. In the review she mentioned that the beds need updating. One of the mattress sets is new. I think the older ones would benefit from a thick mattress topper.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135

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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