The magical touch of Jane Coslick is evident everywhere in her latest restoration, Southern Tides. Her simple, natural approach brings out the beauty of this spacious, welcoming rental house. Wood floors and ceilings, white walls with colorful, "one of a kind" art, and comfortable slip-covered sofas and chairs have Jane's signature look, which she somehow makes unique to the character of each home she decorates. As she puts it, "The wonderful old made new."
When you walk up to the front porch, you'll be tempted to sit and enjoy the charming porch, but resist the urge because you are about to enter a No Stress Zone. The many windows (original to the old house) let in the light and the breeze. And the hand-painted inside window inside says it all, "The Ocean Air makes me declare, I'm lucky to be living on Tybee Time. Amen".
The first floor has an open living/dining/kitchen area with a dining table that easily seats 8 and a kitchen bar with 3 stools. Kitchen colors of gold and turquoise set off the new kitchen floor and appliances. Bring on that low county boil. And relax on the comfortable sofa and chairs and watch TV. The bedroom on this level has two queen beds. There is a separate full bath and a laundry this is no ordinary laundry room. Think turquoise floor, 10 old windows, a table and chairs, sofa, wet bar, refrigerator and TV?who knew laundry could be such fun!
Four bedrooms and a sleeping porch are on the second floor. The Nautilus king is so restful, done in shades of white and off-white, and has a half bath ensuite. The Starfish king has a coral picket fence as a headboard, and has an ensuite full bath with a claw foot tub/shower. The breezy screened-in porch has an old iron bed and an angled view of the Back River. The aptly named Oyster Cluster has four built-in bunk beds (sleeps 8). With a little imagination, it becomes Fort Tybee. Seriously. And the sweet Scalloped Shell bedroom has twin beds. There is also a full bath in the hall with a double vanity and a tub/shower combo, and the lovely little covered porch has a private shower and an adjoining sitting room with a denim slipcovered sofa and a TV.
,p>The beach and the Back River are within walking distance, and the picket fenced-in backyard and pool will be a haven as well. Tables with chairs and lounge chairs complete this restful picture. Watch the children, watch someone grill something delicious, and just relax with a good book out here. Rinse off in the outdoor shower with hot water. Life is good.
The pleasures of Southern Tides are too plentiful to mention in one description. So we are looking forward to our guests' comments about their favorite memories. In the meantime, gather up the family and some friends and come on down. There is room and charm enough for everyone. You'll thank yourself, and they will too!
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"Five gal friends from across the United Staes finished a 5 day lecture/tour in Savannah with a three day stay at Southern Tides on Tybee Island. The newly renovated house was cheery and bright and even though we experienced some rainy days it was always cheery at Southern Tides. You will not go wrong working with Mr. Jim Heflin of Tybee Cottages...he was super helpful. Jane Coslick did a fabulous job renovating the house. Our memories are extremely bright of the house. Close to the pier and walking distance to the town and restaurants. Put this place on YOUR bucket list. Oh did I mention the swimming pool and the four balconies!!!! ...and the amazing kitchen!!!???"
"Our stay at Southern Tides was simply delightful! This house is soothing and charming. We felt like we had walked into a magazine with its bright whites and perfectly placed colors.
The location is ideal - close to Tybrisa (the main strip) for when we wanted action. A short bike ride to AJ's (one of our favorite restaurants!) and a short walk to what felt like a private beach to the back river and ocean. It was amazing.
On top of that,there is everything you could need - a new pool, comfortable beds and a nice kitchen... and SLEEPING PORCHES & a BUNK ROOM! The kids can't stop talking about the bunk room and asking when we're going back. We had 5 young children and 6 adults and had plenty of space.
Now, if only we could stay longer!
I highly recommend this beach house and the genuinely sweet management at Tybee Cottages. Your every need will be addressed - especially the need to kick back and join the locals in ISLAND TIME. :)
(P.S. I saw this recent review on a blog I follow. It looks like the house is getting even better. Wow. ) "
"Family totally enjoyed the stay at Southern Tides. Great location to beach and entertainment. Nice pool and plenty of room for big families."
"We already miss Southern Tides! This gorgeous, comfortable cottage will bring a smile to your face the moment it welcomes you through its bright yellow doors.
It is deliciously decorated with a casual-sophistication and right-at-home appeal. Every room is its own little treasure that we got to discover. The adults and the children in our group were equally tickled with the sleeping quarters! The Southern Tides felt almost magical with its sit-and-stay-a-while porches, the fresh white walls, fabulous kitchen, & the lovely pool that refreshed after a long day at the beach.
For all practical purposes everything was clean and well stocked and we had plenty of room to escape on rainy afternoons. The location is ideal a quiet retreat from plenty of Tybee action.
Whether youre new to Tybee or youre a regular, you really shouldnt miss Southern Tides. Our whole group found this restoration by local celebrity-designer Jane Coslick to be absolutely perfect. We didnt want to leave.
"This cottage allowed us the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful vacation with our entire family of 14 from 4 different states. We loved the way the home was decorated, it was the perfect beach experience! We really enjoyed relaxing by the in-ground pool after a hot day at the beach. This was our 4th trip to Tybee and this was by far the most comfortable house we have stayed in. We definitely recommend this cottage to anyone. "
"We rented this house with the purpose of a few families from various states to meet for a week of fun and family reunion/vacation. The beauty and comfort of this house blew us away! From the many porches to the comfortable bedrooms and beautiful pool, we were so pleased to have chosen this property. The front and back beaches are within walking distance along with several restaurants and shops. We had a fantastic experience here, never needed a thing and would recommend this property to anyone! "
"You will be impressed by the high quality of the furnishings in this home. The kitchen is complete with items that you have at home but are rarely found in a rental i.e. sharp knives!!
The layout of the house provides more than one gathering area (upstairs porch, downstairs porch, living room, upstairs tv room, etc.)so each age group is able to have some space.
The private pool and backyard have plenty of comfortable seating and was large and accommodating.
The house is close to the back river beach which is my choice for small children (calm water and less people).
We thoroughly enjoyed our week and hope to return!
"First, I want to thank Jim Heflin for helping us before, during and after our stay. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat! Perfect for a large family, like ours. Beautifully decorated! Only about a 3-5 to the beach. And who needs to go on a dolphin tour when you can walk to the ocean and practically swim with them! They were so close that it was crazy!! We were fascinated by how close they were to the shore. Not one problem while we were there and the pool just topped everything off. Hope other renters enjoy it as much as we did.
"We had 3 generations of family staying at Southern Tides. The layout, the amenities, and the décor fit us perfectly."
"This property has it all. It's charming but simple and the accommodations were excellent. "
"This cottage was absolutely perfect and in a lovely location. We had 13 people and plenty of room. Conveniently located and the home has every possible amenity. Jim was wonderful to work with in scheduling our vacation. We will be going back next year and will be sure to book this house!"
"This is my second time renting with Tybee Cottages and it always makes for a perfect vacation! Beautiful Home and close to everything :)"
"If I said bad things, I wouldn't have to compete with other renters for this house. But I cannot; it's amazing. We had 14 family members and friends in town, and Southern Tides accommodated everyone very gracefully. Jane Coslick's decor was drooled over, and made everyone comfortable. Having a spare full-size refrigerator in "the bar room" allowed us to stock the regular fridge full of foods and keep the kitchen area lower-traffic. The pool was terrific, and the yard bug-free. Those porches... little hideaways that were conversation areas, and the temperatures were nice enough that the sleeping porch saw some use. Our group was able to relax, enjoy themselves, and literally spent more time inside the house than out, despite sunny days and warm nights."
"The house is great and spacious. Nice location close to beach and river. We had a wonderful time with family."
"We absolutely loved this house!! It was just down the street from the beach and the point. Great location. We all enjoyed the pool. The house is just darling. We are already planning next years return trip."
"When I opened the door I knew I had made the right choice. Loved all the rooms.Beach and shops a short walk. Grandkids loved the pool.Short drive to Historic Savannah.The house was perfect for our vacation, wonderful memories at Southern Tides "
"The rental property was the best part of Tybee. It was so quaint that I did not want to leave to explore! My favorite things were all the cozy rooms and the décor. The young and young at heart will not forget the bunk room. The house has all the extras- beech towels- two refrigerators and even an outdoor sand shower. The location allows you to walk to shops, restaurants, and the beech. Finally, I want to complement Jim Heflin for his southern charm, professionalism, and availability. "
"At the suggestion of Jim Heflin, owner of Tybee Cottages, we booked "Southern Tides" for our family of 12: 6 grandchildren this summer (2015). It was a perfect beach house-- full of Southern beach charm, comforts of home, proximity to the beach, river, dining & "town." The pool was great fun, especially for late afternoon & evening swims. The "bunk" room & sleep porch became the favored sleep accomodations for the children. The other bedrooms were comfortable for the adults. The only disappointment to the children and grandchildren alike was that we were "renting" and not "buying" this property!"
"What a great house. Beautifully decorated and room for a large group but feels cozy and homey. We had a fantastic trip and will be back to Southern Tides. It is our new favorite house on Tybre. We have been coming here for 8 years now and this house was by far the best. "
"This was our second year staying in Southern Tides with our family of 12 ranging in ages from 78-14. It is a perfect house for our family and we had a delightful week of eating good food, relaxing, laughing, beaching, and playing!"
"Southern Tides was a wonderful beach home to our family of 16 for a week. After a long drive from Indiana everyone explored the beautifully decorated home and then hit the pool.
We swam morning and night in the pool and went to the beaches daily which were only 2 blocks away. Tybee Bean was our favorite coffee shop on the island. The group also toured Ft. Pulaski and visited Savannah for a day of sightseeing and eating.
Southern Tides was the perfect place for our big family!"
"We had a great time with 2 kids & 6 adults. We rented a golf cart, which made trips to any part of the island's beach very easy. The house was well equipped, clean, comfortable & beautiful. We can't wait to come again!"
"Jim and his staff at Tybee Cottages are incredibly professional and very proficient. The cottage was fantastic, and made the week very enjoyable. Amenities were as advertised, location was superb (two beaches within easy walking distance), plenty of room for everyone, and all were extremely satisfied with the stay. Our only issue came early in the week when one of the A/C units decided to stop working (on a 99 degree day!) ... but after a call to the management company, a technician arrived within an hour and fixed the unit (on a major holiday to boot!!).
All in all an excellent experience."
"While we are very familiar with Tybee, this was our first stay at Southern Tides. It was a comfortable, relaxing house. We really enjoyed all the outdoor spaces, especially the pool! I hope this will be our destination for years to come! "
"I rented Southern Tides for my graduation weekend (friday - monday) and it did not disappoint! The home was fully equipped for a family or large groups vacations needs (i.e beach towels, bath towels, pots, pans, cups, internet, cable etc), beautifully decorated, and clean. The porches were to die for and there was plenty of space for our party of 13. The pool was dirty upon arrival due to recent storming - which myself and my group was completely fine with given the circumstances - however we did not have to live with a dirty pool for long because someone was sent out Saturday to clean it without me having to call (which goes to show how on top of things tybee cottages is)! The process of renting and reserving the house was pretty straightforward and was not difficult to reach the property manager. We will definitely be utilizing southern Tides and/or another tybee cottage home for future rentals!"
"We had a fabulous family vacation. Great house for kids, pool was a huge hit! 3 minute walk to the beach a plus . ??"
"This was our first stay at Southern Tide. We all enjoyed it. The decorations are adorable, a true old beach house feel!! The pool was a nice touch for adults to hang out at night. We hope to book again next summer! "
"My family has been sending a week at Tybee every summer for fifteen years. General consensus, this was the best house ever. Multiple porches and living spaces. The kids loved the bunk room. We were able to walk easily to the back river beach as well as the south beach. It was also a short walk to the shops and Stingrays. We all loved the pools but the mosquitos ate us up. Tons of beach towels were there but never found the beach chairs. Would love to rent this one again. "
"This house is beautifully appointed and obviously very well maintained. Everything you need is here. It is a short walk to the sandy beach, basically across the street. I can't wait to come back! Jim and Becky are very responsive to any concerns. We have rented from Tybee Cottages before. You can't do better than this team."
"This is the 6th house I have stayed in on Tybee and the best to date. We had two families with a total of 10 people and there was more than enough room for everyone to spread out. It was the most unique home, a true pleasure to live in for 7 days. I Highly recommend this house."
"Our overall stay at Southern Tides was awesome! The cottage offered a variety of sleeping quarters, and everyone loved the décor. I was amazed as to the number of cute spaces tucked away.
Southern Tide is located within walking distance of the river, ocean, and businesses. In the morning about all the traffic was by foot, walking dogs, and a bicycle or two.
The cottage was well-stocked, clean, and a sheer pleasure.
Manager, Mr. Heflin responded quickly to all our questions prior to our visit. He even recommended a dolphin excursion. Thanks to all. "
"This is a beautiful house that has everything you need! Everyone loved it! Great Pool and location.
Loved being here with my family for our son's wedding."
"We completely enjoyed our stay at this house. Close to the beach, but spent more time at the pool. House had lots of room and several family rooms that the kids enjoyed. Jim from Tybee Cottages was easy and great to work with. Thanks for a great week!"
"My family and I had a terrific stay at Southern Tides. We will definitely be booking again."
"Southern Tides is a special property! It is adorable, beachy, unique, and spacious. There are so many areas to sit and relax or gather together to talk. We absolutely loved our stay there and we were sad to leave. I cannot wait to come back to this gem. "
"We had a wonderful time at the Southern Tides.
It was the perfect house for our big family.
The only thing I would say is for a house that size it would have been better to have a bigger BBQ."