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Romantic Beach Hideway Steps to Tybee's Backriver Beaches


Property Details

Updated: Oct 25, 2016
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 Back River 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 Back River 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
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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 really loved it here at the Herons' Nest! We went to AJ's and explored historic Savannah. Loved the ghost tour and seeing dolphins with our kayaks! We had an amazing time and made lots of memories.
Sep 2016
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36 Reviews

based on 36 traveler reviews


Excellent place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience at this property! It has everything you need, the owners are very kind!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anniversary weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have vistited the Herons Nest 5 times, we absolutely love it!!! We love Tybee Island, and we love the Herons Nest... It's walking distance to EVERYTHING, we rarely even move our car when we are there, unless we make a trip to Savannah. If you are looking for a nice relaxing peaceful vacation with your husband or wife, to reconnect or just enjoy each other I highly recommend the Herons Nest!! It is awesome. Fred and Malinda are amazing, they recommend the best restaurants and have great suggestions on places to visit while on the Island. Over all the Herons Nest is a fantastic home away from home. We love it!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

We has such an amazing honeymoon at the herons nest. Everything has been thought of for a couple to have a great time. Was even a great place to ride out tropical storm hermine!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I totally enjoyed our stay in Tybee Island. The beach was great, the sunsets on the back beach were awesome and the Heron's Nest was a quaint retreat that had everything we needed. Fred and Malinda provided everything imaginable, bikes, beach chairs, a cooler for the beach, a bottle of wine etc,. We enjoyed the private garden and hot tub. Fred gave us recommendations for great local dining. We will definitely return to the Heron's Nest.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our second choice but....

  • 5 of 5

I have to admit this was our second choice but now it will always be our 1st!!!! Our regular hotel was booked and so I did a little research and found the Heron's Nest. Absolutely wonderful. It was clean, comfortable, quiet, very relaxing and Malinda and Fred were great! Also their hot tub was the best...we spent hours in there..talking and just enjoying the moment. We will definitely be back. Thanks again for a very needed and relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dawn & Paige

  • 4 of 5

My daughter and I had the most wonderful stay at The Heron's Nest. Everything that you might need was provided. It was a very short bike ride (owner's provided two bikes which we thoroughly enjoyed) to the back river beach. And, if you prefer a little bit of a more crowded area, the front beach is only a few more blocks away. The quiet, relaxing ambience that Tybee Island provides was good for the soul. Everyone was so nice to us on the island, and the Urvants were most welcoming and gave us restaurant recommendations and information about what to do while on the island. If you want "upscale" restaurants, Savannah is only a short drive away, otherwise the local restaurants have very good food and a relaxing, right-at-home beach atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit to Tybee--we will definitely vacation here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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"The Tybee Light House Complex is a must see on your trip. The Tybee Light House is 1 of only..."
Sundae Cafe
"Probably the best restaurant on Tybee. The quality of food is excellent and a wonderful hom..."
The Crab Shack
"Good food and shell fish in a tropical atmosphere. Dine on the water or inside. See the al..."
Fort Pulaski National Monument
"Hop, step and jump away from Tybee on Hwy 80. See where historical military battles took pl..."
80 East Gastropub
"Sister restaurant of the Sundae Cafe. Same great food at a lower price. Atmosphere is casu..."
A-J's Dockside Restaurant
"Located on the Back River Inlet. AJ's is a 5 minute walk from the Heron's Nest and a 2 minut..."
"Best handmade pizza on Tybee with an atmosphere that just won't quit. This is a 1 of kind d..."
Back River Fishing Pier
"Great place to fish and very close to the Heron's Nest. Long pier area for fishing and beac..."
StingRay's on Tybee
"Best fried fish and shell fish on Tybee. Watch the crowd go by on Hwy 80 in patio seating o..."
Capt. Mike's Dolphin Tours
"Please don't miss this Tybee tour and be sure to bring your camera or cell phone. Take a sho..."

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


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 16 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 16 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $70
Tax Rate 13.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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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


  • 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
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

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.


  • 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.


  • 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
  • 2 bicycles


  • 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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