This 800 sq ft cottage is loaded with light and boasts ten windows, nine French doors and has hardwood flooring and ceramic tile throughout. Pocket doors disappear to provide a modern open floor plan with light traveling unobstructed from the North River sunrise to the sun room sunset.
When I acquired this property in 2002, this free standing detached cottage had to wait it's turn while the main house and upstairs apartment remodels were completed. Many nights were spent with graph paper designing the cottage remodel inch by precious inch. Modern conveniences were incorporated: a private laundry center, full kitchen replete with dishwasher, built in microwave, bar top seating, slide in stove and pass through, a pamper walk in shower with dual heads on opposing walls and a king sized sleigh bedroom just off the bath. All interior doors were changed to pocket doors......to allow closing off rooms without doing the 'door dance.' In 2007, the cottage remodel came to fruition and in 2009, the sun room addition completed my vision of what the cottage should be. Guests now have more room to stretch out and relax.
It was fun to take such a clean line modern space and take a more contemporary approach with furnishings. There is a micro suede queen sleeper sofa, love seat and ottoman as you enter into the sun room. In one corner there is a small office area with a writing desk and filing cabinet. Providing additional storage are some vintage corner cabinets. The sun room seats seven. The queen sleeper sofa allows extra guests private sleeping quarters. To ensure that all guests are equally comfortable, we installed a separate A/C return just for the sun room.
As you leave the sun room and enter the sitting room, there is another full sofa, leather love seat, coffee table and corner chair with four rush bar stools at the bar top providing seating for ten. There is a 42' flat screen in there along with a DVD player and movie collection. We loaded the wall above the bar top with light hearted coastal artwork. There is a fee standing armoire that allows extra closet storage.
Your bedroom awaits you with a very comfortable King sized sleigh bed, gorgeous stained glass above the headboard, another TV/DVD player atop the drawered bureau at the footboard and a private entrance to the bath. From the bedroom French doors, you can spy the North River Marsh.
A 'common' patio area separates the cottage from the main house and upstairs apartments. Charcoal grill, fire pit and tables and chairs for eight welcome al fresco entertaining.
Beautiful magnolia trees attract a wide variety of birds on the property and bird baths are busy with activity. The trees are peppered with soothing wind chimes and the breeze off the marsh makes them sing.
This is an established older neighborhood bordering the marsh in downtown St. Marys. From the property, you can watch boats making their way through North River as they begin and end a day on the water. Several times a day, you can spot the Cumberland Ferry as she travels to and fro from St. Marys to the Island.
Whether you are vacationing, looking for property, or working, Loggerhead Turtle Cottage will be your perfect home away from home. Of all my rental units, this cottage is the most desired for its design, economy of space, energy efficiency, open floor plan, modern furnishings and privacy.