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Property Details

Updated: Apr 1, 2015
Condo, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Designed for two, the Herons' Nest condo is a private and unique hideaway. Nestled in Tybee's historical Venetian Terrace District and sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Backriver Inlet the Herons' Nest offers a quiet retreat for honeymoons, anniversaries and rest and relaxation for hardworking couples. Lovingly designed by Tybee artists, Fred and Malinda Urvant, the condo reflects their eclectic Art-Deco style of design. Original paintings by the late Soho artist Larry Urvant and photographs by Fred Urvant adorn the walls. Restored Art-Deco furnishings and white tile floors complete the condo's cozy design.

Play on Tybee's scenic Backriver Beaches and return to your own private tropical garden to rest and relax. Enjoy a cool drink on your spacious screened porch or soak in the warm waters of your own private 4-person Jacuzzi. Rejuvenate in a soft-water shower and wrap yourself in fluffy towels of Egyptian cotton and sleep on European style linens. Luxury at the beach is only a moment away during your stay at the Herons' Nest.

We invite you to experience the true flavor of Tybee. Beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, historic sites, excellent cuisine and a laid-back 1950's culture. Since the early 1900's Tybee has been called a utopia and we could not agree more. Please join us at the Herons' Nest where pleasant memories begin.

Fred and Malinda Urvant

Keywords: Condo

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

Fred and I are both transplants from the East Coast who met in Atlanta. Our dream was to return to the Atlantic Ocean and in 1994 we began a search for the perfect spot. I had been retired from Dupont Corp. after 20 years and Fred was ready to make a career change. Our search ended on Tybee in the Historic Back River District. My mother moved from Canada and settled on Tybee with us and my son and grandchildren settled in the city of Savannah.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had to pick the coldest night in 10 years! But it was nice snuggle weather.

Nice stay- Made it for the Quarterly yard sales- took home many treasuries.

Thanks for your hospitality- nice cottage.

Lots of guests talked about Sundae Cafe so we went- but did not know it was 90% fried food- not good place to eat if you like healthy food! Try Crab Shack!! Clean, simple food available.
Feb 2015
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6 Reviews

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Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
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Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Aragon, Ga

Icing on the cake!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at The Herons Nest and it was the perfect place! We loved the hot tub and the privacy. Fred gave such wonderful recommendations of things to do and places to eat. The space was perfect for us and we cannot wait to come back! We are definitely going to book again, hoping for our anniversary every year!!
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
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Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Savannah, GA

A wonderful getaway at a beautiful destination!!!

  • 5 of 5
We had the most wonderful time, thank you so much Malinda and Fred; you really made us feel at home. We enjoyed everything, thank you for supplying the bikes; we took an enjoyable ride on them every day. Your place is so beautiful and peaceful,we loved sitting around on the property and relaxing and getting in the in room hot tub!!!! Thank you for the tour of your 3 story deck, we loved the view of Tybee Island and the Back River. We can't wait to come back again, we will be visiting the Heron's Nest again this summer. We have told all of our family and friends to take a trip to Tybee Island and stay at the Heron's Nest!!!!
  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
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Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Auburn, California

A piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5
We called last minute to rent this property. Malinda and Fred were so wonderful to accommodate us . We originally was going to stay 2 nights , but loved it so much decided to stay longer. This is the perfect place to stay for a couple of nights or a month if you have time. We live in California , but are planning a return trip . It was a highlight of out travels.
  • Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
+1 -9127869302
Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Fayetteville, NC

Not an upscale condo, but an apt under a house

  • 4 of 5
- This is not a condo, much less upscale as stated on their website, but a small 1st floor apt inside a house. You hear the owners above you, and can never feel totally private. It is a feeling of staying in your parents basement. The owners do not pester you, however you do see them daily.
- Mosquitoes. Bring lots of bug spray. They do provide some, but you will need more. We had to buy candles to also help with the bugs. While they have a lovely garden area, we could not use it because of the mosquitoes.

- TV’s are tiny
- Hot tub is indoor, connected to living area
- Beach access is 4 blocks, but taking the bike makes this very easy.
- House comes with beach towels, bikes, small boogie boards, carts, coolers, beach mats and beach chairs.
- There is a curling iron and hair dryer.
- Internet access and cable TV.
- Check the dates of all condiments/spices before using. We found many outdated items, including one from 2008.
- The pictures from their website are accurate.

- Bikes – we took the bikes all over the island
- Located in a quiet area
- Owners were very quick to respond and fix a flat tire on a bike
- The house was very clean
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: The Herons' Nest is a lower level condo built before the present hurricane restrictions were implemented. The Herons' Nest represents this typical old beach style of architecture before the hurricane regulations were in place. Due to the age of construction (acoustics,noise reduction concepts) were not of value in the construction of condos. Since Tybee has been Savannah's Beach for over 150 years many of these up/down condos were constructed for the tourist business and remain as rentals today. The Herons'Nest construction is typical of that period and lacks the noise reduction of newer condos. To mitigate this issue we supply every complimentary perk we can think of from wine to a hot tub.

Privacy is the main priority at the Herons' Nest and the hot tub is located in a private separate glassed sun room adjacent to the living area
assessable only to the guests.

Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the Low Country and the Herons' Nest provides complimentary mosquito repellant for those that need it. Spraying by Chatham Count Mosquito Patrol is done by helicopter on a regular schedule. Most travel books advise that this is a problem and guests to the Low Country should make note to bring the appropriate mosquito sprays. Herons' Nest guests are encouraged to use their own spacious and private art-deco screened porch if the mosquitoes get too pesky.
Upscale is in the eye of the beholder, but we always thought that
original hand-painted furniture, artists works on the walls, white tile floors,
800 count linens,fluffy white towels, chocolates on your pillows, soft water,a complimentary bottle of wine, complimentary coffee and tea and you own private hot tub were pretty upscale for a beach condo. The Herons' Nest is completely supplied with toilet paper, paper towels,toilet tissue, all soaps ( dish, laundry, full bar of soap for bath)gas for the grill, a bottle of wine of your choice, mosquito repellant, 2 tv's, 2 dvd's, dvd and book and game library. We are mind full of the needs of our guests whether they arrive by plane or automobile.

The privacy and quiet found at the Herons' Nest have drawn guests from all over
the world. Honeymooners and retired folk alike enjoy the southern art deco charm of the Herons' Nest and the laid back atmosphere of Tybee Island.

We invite you to come see for your self our southern charm.

Fred and Malinda
Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
+1 -9127869302
Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Columbus, OH

Great location, lots of privacy

  • 4 of 5
Overall we had a fantastic time, the rental was clean, private and a short walk to the beach and dining. We would have preferred a king size bed, aside from that no complaints. The lanai and court yard are private and very nice. We would definately recommend this property to friends and family.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches
+1 -9127869302
Tybee Island Coastal Georgia
Jonesboro, GA

A great anniversary get-a-way

  • 5 of 5
We really enjoyed our 3 day stay at Heron's Nest. It didn't matter that the weather wasn't conducive to beach enjoyment because the accommodations were perfect. The private jacuzzi that was available to our unit was the "icing on the cake". The property was very clean and the availability of everything you need from beach equipment, (2) bikes for personal usage, restaurant guides/recommendations, and a well stocked kitchen made the trip one to remember. Highly recommend to friends, family and strangers for a romantic or just plain quiet getaway.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Tybee was the perfect little beach city, quiet, picture perfect and so small that no one lived more than a few blocks from the beach. Housing values had not exploded yet and you were able to get a good value in a fixer upper. ** fast forward almost 20 years** Tybee is still the perfect little beach city and has retained it's 1950's atmosphere.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Savannah/Hilton Head Int. at 30 Miles Nearest Train : Amtrak at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : HWY 80 at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : AJ's Car: not necessary

Historic Tybee Light House complex, Historic Fort Polaski,

Historic Savannah, Rails to Trails bike & walk path on the

Old Marsh Hen railroad, dolphin tours, shark fishing, shrimp

fishing fleet on Lazertto Creek, Marine Science Center, birding trails, seasonal art shows


From $140 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 16 2014 - Mar 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 15 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • cleaning $65
  • Tax Rate 13.0%

A check of $100 is required upon arrival for refundable damage protection.

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From the Owner

You only have to spend a few hours on Tybee to know that this Island is a one of a kind spot and be captured by it's unique culture. Close to Savannah and activities; Tybee offers a peaceful contrast. A calm, quiet and peaceful atmosphere is abundant. Walking the beach, riding bikes and watching sunsets is complimented by the generous and friendly nature of Tybee's local population who feel just grateful that they are able to reside on this little piece of paradise.

Property Type

  • condo


  • Romantic


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 640 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • White and black tile with white oak chair paneling and molding. Decor is art deco with blue accents. Full shower and bath with over sized sink. White hotel bath towels provided.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Queen size Beds (1) Canopy queen bed with pillow top mattress and two additional mattress toppers. Quality 600 count Biltmore linens with imported maltise coverlet and shams. Extra pillows and quilt provided. Small sleep sofa converts to twin bed. Linens provided for sofa.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Private tropical garden, indoor 4 person Jacuzzi, complimentary coffee, tea and wine, luxury Egyptian cotton linens, electric fireplace, paper products and soaps provided, beach bicycles, beach equipment and coolers.

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