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“Greyfield Valentine” 5 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“Greyfield Valentine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Mitty and Mary Ferguson have caretaken their family's precious Southern home on the pearl that is Cumberland Island, Georgia, in integrity, grace and profoundly loving care. Their Greyfield Inn is an experience of traditions of New England, the Northeast and the South, with hospitality, warm care, great food, ambiance, well loved rooms, reading, visiting, shelling, biking on soft sandy lanes amid the Maritime Southern Island forest. One's stay includes Greyfield's ferry transport from Amelia Island's Fernandina Beach, Florida, to Greyfield and return, one's room, Southern breakfasts, picnic lunches, hors d'ouerves and formal dinners, with a fine outdoor oyster roast on Saturday evenings. There is a superb living room, traditional library, grand formal porch with two grand swings, naturalist tours, bicycles, kayaks, fishing gear, and kindness. Rooms vary in size, with traditional decor, and sometimes with shared baths. Choose according to comfort, whether in the main house or the two cottages, and be aware that you are staying in an Inn which is a historic home, living in intimacy, in relationship to the guests who will be there with you, as the wild horses cross the front field and as a chime calls you all to dinner in the evening. Your isolated comfort as a modern American or traveler from afar is to be left at the ferry dock. This is a rare experience of fine natural gentility and goodness, lovingly extended by the Carnegie family descendants to their guests. Their Grandmother and ancestors are shining down on them from the Heavens. I have never had a more precious time in place, or with the goodness of humanity. Our Valentine's weekend was unforgettable and I am eminently grateful to the family and staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Taplow, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed for two nights early February 2013. It truly was a memorable and unique experience from start to finish. You have to take the ferry from Fernandina on Amelia Island as no cars are permitted to cross. The car parking and ferry are all part of the deal. It takes about forty minutes crossing the sound before you disembark. Once you reach the wharf at Greyfield you are taken by golf cart to the inn (your luggage is transported separately - you have to pack light). Once inside the Inn (read beautiful mansion) you are given a brief history of the place and how the deal works. I.e. all inclusive except alcohol which you help yourself to on a "honour" system.
Be warned: some rooms have shared bathroom facilities. We had the Dungeness room at the top of the building which did have private en suite. The room was beautiful with a Fab Four poster bed.
Technophiles: THERE IS NO INTERNET, TV OR RADIO my advice: dig the freedom!
All meals are included and the food is pretty good. Lunch is sandwiches which are prepared each morning freshly for you to to either take on your hiking/ biking excursion or you eat in the garden or verandah. Tip: dining is refectory style unless you specifically want a private table which you need to tell the serving team about in advance. My advice: enjoy the company of strangers and rediscover the art of conversation. By the way: the staff are lovely and friendly. Included in the price are a full day's tour of the island by flat bed 4x4 ( not comfortable as the roads are tracks; not great if you suffer from back pain. The tour leader, Barbara, is fantastic, she is super knowledgeable and, very, very witty in a subtle way!
The scenery is just amazing. This truly is a wild, almost uninhabited island with fabulous deserted beaches that white sand and never ending.
I have nothing but excellent memories of a truly special weekend!

Room Tip: Do your homework if you want private facilities and bear in mind there is no air conditioning, so if...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens,Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I took my wife to Cumberland for her birthday. I had been to the island but not the Greyfield. Yes, it is expensive. However, yes, it is more than worth it. Middy and Mary Jo who run the Inn are absolutely wonderful and have a staff that makes you feel at home, just like you are visiting family. Staying at the Inn makes you feel like the Carnegies must have felt.
I encourage you to stay in the Inn and not the cottages - - gives you more of the feel and experience. Getting to know the others is half the fun! Don't worry about shared bathrooms. Yes, I was worried. But it actually was fine. Everyone was courteous and thoughtful. Just plan a little so you don't take too long. We actually used the bath house behind the house, putting on our robes and crossing the driveway in 34 degree weather, and it was absolutely wonderful.
I recommend the Master Bedroom though we never used the separate sitting room. If we wanted to sit and read, we went downstairs by the fire so we could meet others.
We ended up staying another night because it was such a special place and had to switch to the North Marsh Room. Though no where near as large as the master, it was perfect as well with tons of windows and light. I actually enjoyed waking up to taps being played at the St. Mary's Naval Base. It is amazing how well sound carries across the water.
Four hints. Stay for a Saturday during oyster season so you can enjoy and oyster roast but wait to get dressed for dinner until after the oysters. Second, take the tour of the north island and make sure you plan it on a morning when Plum Orchard is open so you can tour the house.
Three, save up a little more and walk over to Gogo Ferguson's studio for a special piece of jewelry for your wife. It is a reminder that she will never take off and so perfect to remember the island. Four, use the bikes. Go to Dungeness, ride on the beach and explore the lower island. The bikes make it so easy and fun.
Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

You'll arrive by boat embarking from Fernandina Beach, Fla., and will start to get the flavor of the place even before you reach The Greyfield, as the island slides by on your right, with only an occasional house or dock. It's a mystery landscape of live oaks, palmettos and Spanish moss, occasionally divulging its secrets in the form of an armadillo or fawn. A bright young staff member will give you an orientation, including a brief history of the island which is now mostly national park, then you'll settle into your beautifully furnished room or cottage. There is much to explore -- be sure to see the ruins of the old Carnegie mansion, and historic Stafford which has been kept up at great expense by its owners. (Greyfield provides bikes for its guests, and a beautiful beach -- complete with wild horses -- is only a short distance away.) This is a family-run inn with a distinctly non-corporate feel; bring the kids, or enjoy a romantic escape, it's perfect for both.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boynton Beach
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We came with a friend who had many childhood memories of the island; after just a few hours at the Greyfield Inn and a walk to the beach, we understood why she thought this place so very special. It simply is.

The deep history is fascinating, the roads and trails and wetlands and wild animals are an outdoors person's delight.

The Inn itself is magnificent and the food quite good, though not pretentious and they were very accommodating of a pair of non-meat-eaters.

Even if it was not this good I would come again and gladly pay the freight for a chance to spend another day with Barbara touring the island.

We were there for three days over New Years and the company we met at evening cocktails was as interesting and excellent as everything else.

Room Tip: We had the back room at the Big Cottage and though it meant bringing a small flashlight to dinner (t...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staunton, Virginia
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

the Greyfield Inn is good enough inn to attract a following even if it were not the only hotel on a 15 mile long piece of undeveloped beach. I cannot think of a comparable piece of real estate anywhere. Go there, bike on the beach, enjoy great food in a totally relaxing environment.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have private baths; reserve one that does early.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Yes, the island is beautiful, the tours by Barbara are super, and the staff is wonderful. BUT the food was average in many ways. The breakfasts were small and uninspired. The last night we had prime rib, perfectly prepared, but accompanied by cold and unsavory potatoes and bitter turnips. Another night we had lovely scallops, lobster and risotto, but the kale served with it was much too strong a taste. Our room was much smaller than I had realized on booking (they need a floor plan that shows the furniture in the room so you can tell). The deck that came with it was unusable because the septic system had been dug out recently and was still open, along with the pungent aroma. I would have been happy enough if it had been half the price, but at what they charge, it is just not good value. Go for a day trip and stay elsewhere.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cumberland Island, GA 31527
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Cumberland Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cumberland Island
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Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
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