1 BR King adjustable bed, full kitchen, sleeper sofa, back patio w/table, chairs
Cathy J. Sakas
About Cathy J. Sakas
Cathy Sakas is a well-known regional coastal naturalist specializing in tropical and sub-tropical marine and terrestrial habitats. In other words, she loves the nature of the southeast coast and thinks the barrier islands of Georgia are the most beautiful in the world! After landing in Savannah in 1970 to attend Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus, Cathy eventually ended up on Tybee in the early 90's and rented the downstairs of the house that she would later name Cottage of the Octopus Lair. Cathy's landlady had told her that she would never sell the house, but after a year of seeing how much Cathy enjoyed and cared for the cottage, the landlady wanted her to have it. As soon as Cathy purchased the Lair she surprised her former landlady with a dozen red roses in appreciation. A few years before purchasing the Lair on a trip to Africa Cathy met world-class award-winning artist Mary Jane Volkmann and they stayed close friends from then on even though a half a world apart. In 2005 Mary Jane moved her family from Namibia back to the US to Gainesville, Florida and very soon thereafter came to visit Cathy on Tybee. Mary Jane took one look at the Lair's south facing wall and the wheels began to turn. Over the Fourth of July week of 2005 Cathy and Mary Jane spent seven days from sun up to sun down working from scaffolding to draw and paint the coquettish fish, sassy octopus, impish seahorse and magnificent pink jelly creating the landmark ocean life mural that adorns the south-facing wall. A local television station documented the progress each evening on their news broadcast. Cathy and Mary Jane's next mural is the north facing wall so stay tuned for that event!
Cathy J. Sakas purchased this Apartment in 1993
Why Cathy J. Sakas chose Tybee Island
When I first rented the Lair I immediately saw the potential it had. I just loved the coziness of it and the layout. As soon I bought it I made renovations and added my own personal touches using the beauty of nature. I enjoy the outdoors so much that the upstairs screened front porch literally became my office. I wrote the scripts for my two natural history series, Coastal Naturalist, for Georgia Public Television on that porch in the rocking chairs and have written several more papers and programs there too. For years Little Green Herons raised their chicks in a nest in the top of one of the palms and I watched their progress each day until they fledged. How wonderful to see them venture out on the long fronds and then finally take their first unsteady flights!
What makes this Apartment unique
Living on Tybee has been such a great joy. I like to run and walk and since the beach is only a few minutes from my doorstep I take advantage of it. There is nothing like taking a walk in the morning to see the sun rise like a bright orange ball out of that great expanse of ocean. I appreciate all that nature has to offer and seeing the stars reflected in the ocean's surface and the moon rise out of the ocean are pretty spectacular events too. Of course the pelicans flying just above the waves is a phenomenal sight to see and watching ghost crabs scurry into their burrows in the dunes is always intriguing. I love eating at the restaurants on Tybee because most have open-air seating, so I can continue enjoying nature while I dine in comfort.
Will be asked to leave without refund
Smoke OUTSIDE only
Sorry, this unit does not allow pets
Comfortable for 2 adults & up to 2 children
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:3 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Grilling, candles, open flames and/or fire of any kind are prohibited. Burning charcoal and/or any combustibles are prohibited on this property.
Smoking or Vaping prohibited inside apartment but allowed on back patio or in yard with door and windows closed. Security deposit could be forfeited.
The owner charges a fee of $50 to change and/or cancel a reservation in addition to any fees charged by VRBO to process your payment/refund
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We stayed for 2 nights in October. The place is as advertised, very happy about the location, cleanliness, and checking in process. The owner was very helpful since we had change our reservations. Would not hesitate to return and book again!
Tybee short stay
Very clean first floor King Bedroom and well furnished for our three night stay. Convenient to grocery and a short walk to the beach. Owner was very responsive to our question about the TV remote. We’d stay here again and recommend to couples or a single person.
Great beach getaway!
Property was just as described. Well stocked, had everything we needed. Great location! Property is on bike path, close to everything, but still very quiet and peaceful - perfect for a relaxing night after a long day on the beach! Owner very easy to work with. We had a wonderful time!
This place is in a great location. We were walking distance to the beach and the grocery store. The house was clean, the bed was very comfortable, we had a laundry room and the owner was very friendly. We cant wait to stay again soon.
Cute and comfy
This apartment was absolutely PERFECT for me and my husband! It's in a super convenient location for walking distance all over the island. The apartment had everything we needed for our 8 day stay. A huge thank you for Cathy for letting us stay and for being so accessible for anything we needed!
Great location. Easy check-in.
Nice place for a couple of solo. Short walk to beach, grocery, bars. Nicely appointed. Easy check-in and check-out. Very personable owner.
Located in a quiet neighborhood the Octopus Lair is within a three minutes walk to the beach. Large pine and palm trees populate the yard and a delightful ocean life mural boasts a large pink jelly, playful seahorse and sassy octopus on the south facing wall.
The only grocery store on Tybee is right around the corner and the main area of retaurants and shops is within a seven minute walk. The marine science museum is also located within the seven minutes radius. For the lighthouse and historical museum it is best to drive or ride a bike up to the north end.