How It All Got Started
My first vacation rental property was my home, The Cottage, on #1 18th Street. I have owned this wonderful home since 1978. This distinctive cottage is located immediately oceanfront, thus the name of my business,Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC. Tybee Island has been my home since 1978. The focus of my business is luxury living. The homes that we manage are some of the most exclusive on Tybee. My Owners take pride in having the most fabulous homes offered as vacation rentals. As a homeowner on Tybee Island and property manager my business began growing when friends and family asked me to assist them with the management of their vacation rentals in 1997. In 1999 I met Lannie S. Jarrell, my future husband, on Tybee Island. See how lucky you can be on Tybee Island! We have been together over 9 years and we work together every day to see the day to day operation of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, LLC. Whether you wish to stay in a small house or condo or need to reserve a large home with amenities such as hot tub,pool, elevator, Internet you can count on my experienced staff to make your stay the very best possible experience. That is a brief look at my company history, and I’m beyond happy with where I am and where we are all going!
Where We Are Today!
Everyday it is my pleasure to work with an extremely talented and knowledgeable reservation staff who works as a team. Our goal is to encourage our Guests to allow the Oceanfront Cottage team to share their knowledge and provide you with the best “Tybee” experience possible. We can help you select perfect Tybee Vacation Rentals for your beach vacation . Please ask us to assist you in selecting a home that will best fit your vacation needs. The backbone of a vacation rental hospitality business is the cleanliness of the home. No matter how perfect the home, it must be clean for any Guest to have a wonderful experience. Our experienced housekeeping staff has been with me for years and takes tremendous pride in their work fully understanding that their best effort is needed every day. Oceanfront Cottage Rentals, has a wonderful maintenance and pool/hot tub staff. Our hot tubs are bleached, drained and cleaned after every Guest. It is our goal to keep each home in good working condition.
Please come and share the wonderful quality of life that the community of Tybee has to offer for your next vacation stay or business trip. We are just 18 miles to Historic Savannah…perfect for a day trip to City Market, River Street or the Historic District.
The Lady Behind It All
Stacye is a South Georgia native from the small town of Pearson. As with any Southern girl, her approach to hospitality came through both nature and nurture. It was this upbringing, plus her love of the life and people on Tybee Island, that gives Oceanfront Cottage rentals the soul it has today. The first time Stacye visited Tybee was on a camping trip with her parents when she was in high school. It was love at first sight. Right away knew she’d end up there living there someday. That moment came sooner rather than later. After graduating high school outside of Atlanta and graduating from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, she immediately moved to Savannah and gained her first experience as a property manager. At the tender age of 22, she bought her first home, an old row house in the historic downtown of the city. She fixed it up and began renting out rooms to students and locals.
Meanwhile, Stacye began a career in advertising and marketing with a pair of local radio stations. The spots she produced for a popular restaurant chain ended up being used for their national marketing campaign and landed her a job with the company. She became their director of marketing. Her job was her passion, but when Stacye met the man who would become her husband, her life rapidly changed. He asked her to quit her job and help him run his law firm. Eventually, she did, and spent 18 years managing the day-to-day operations of the Savannah firm. Her marketing expertise came in handy helping her husband with the challenge of getting the firm’s name out in the days before the Internet.
It was then that Stacye started the business that would become Oceanfront Cottages. From her husband she bought her first home on Tybee, #1 18th St., a home that she still owns and manages today. She bought two more homes and a private island that had belonged to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, and Jim Williams, the Savannah antiques dealer of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame and a personal friend of Stacye’s. But as her empire grew, events in Stacye’s personal life forced her to rethink her professional approach. Her divorce from her husband left her without an income and with several properties in need of renovation. She began renting her Tybee homes on the short-term and using the extra revenue and the slow off-seasons to transform them into fine vacation rentals. Her friends on the island began asking her to rent and manage their homes as well, and a small operation grew to about 85 homes.