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Greyfield Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Georgia
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Favorite place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

A step back in time, this historical and beautiful Inn will keep you as busy (or not) as you want. Available for use are kayaks, bicycles, and beach gear. Wild horses drink from a bucket behind the Inn. Picnic lunches are provided and they were very accommodating to my daughters gluten free diet.

We went on a kayak tour in the morning and my daughter went on a bird watching tour in the afternoon.

Went here for a getaway with my daughter. Now I have to go back and take my husband.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Athens, Georgia
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

What a spectacular vacation spot. You step back into time as you experience Cumberland Island like a Carnegie. During the day you can take a picnic lunch with you as you explore the island. The nature walks and history tours of are exceptional. The beach is beautiful white sand where one can search for a variety of sea shells. Throughout the island you will see the many wild horses and learning the story of how they became part of the island as it is intertwined with the history of the Carnegie family. Dinner is a great time to meet and socialize with the other guest in the family dining room. The best part is enjoying the wide front porch in the sofa like swings where one can take a relaxing nap and escape the worries of the world.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

My traveling companions and I have been asking ourselves that question for all the years we have faithfully returned to Cumberland Island and invariably find ourselves caught up in an aura of mystery that seems to resonate with secrets even deeper than its history. But wait! It is only appropriate to begin by commenting on the unique vacation this beautiful Island and it’s magnificent Inn offers to guests--- and who better than veteran visitors to provide experienced viewpoints?

Your adventure starts aboard the Inn’s intrepid launch Lucy Ferguson; this sleek seagoing namesake of a Carnegie heiress ferries her passengers from mainland to the island dock twice each day. If your arrival seems at first an unheralded event, the next moment is sure to bring a sudden crunch of wheels on the crushed-shell road announcing Innkeeper Fawn’s enthusiastic arrival. Warm welcoming greetings are followed by a brief walk through a forest of ancient oaks draped gracefully with Spanish moss; Then suddenly [and with delightful predictability] new guests come to a sudden wide-eyed halt at the foot of a stunning Southern veranda: THE GREYFIELD! A mansion occupying its space with such grandeur that many a first-time visitor has been known to observe in a hushed voice, “…I could swear this place is looking at ME! “

As the moment’s spell ends, the arrival routine resumes ---baggage finds its way to rooms, crates and boxes full of culinary treasures from the mainland disappear into the kitchen, destined to reappear in some delicious form at dinner. . . ( FYI, on Saturday nights during cool months some of those crates contain the makings of an Oyster Roast–juicy morsels headed from ocean to outdoor wood-fire and into eager mouths –a Greyfield traditionl). . . But I digress…new guests are ushered up the wide veranda stairs for an introductory tour of the house -–don’t be surprised to find your tour joined by one or more Carnegie family members when they are in residence. They are well known for tantalizing visitors with inside stories about the magnificent living room portraits -–ancestors with gleaming daggers and purposeful-looking rifles that speak their own secretive volumes, and you are already seriously suspecting that this will be no ordinary vacation!

The tour ends, a picnic basket materializes from the kitchen with your name on it, and time for wandering around on your own is at hand. Take our advice: make a beeline for the veranda and claim one of the great white porch swings for your lunch basket buffet. All around you, the Hummingbirds feast on sugar-water at their feeders; Spanish moss moves lazily in the ocean breeze, wild horses and turkeys meander over the property and you feel a glorious stillness that is palpable. [what IS this feeling, your small voice wonders?] Rooms are soon available, and one is immediately struck by the pride this great Inn takes in her impressive age of 115 years. And when She proudly reveals the absence of some modern conveniences, you feel a certain admiration for this magnificent architectural ‘being’ that clearly intends to remain true to Herself regardless of the Era.

Now—consider that since setting foot on the island, you have not just completed the tour, but made short work of your picnic basket from a white swing you are already secretly plotting to monopolize, and then finally you discovered the unique personality and warmth of your rooms. That little bit of time was all it took for the Greyfield mystique to capture you completely! And It will no longer matter that you may be sharing a bathroom [unless you have booked the Library or Master Suites]; or that the water pressure is low, or that liquid from the tap has a funny taste; and even if you decide the outdoor bathhouse (which is quite nice, by the way) is easier to navigate than the ancient one in your living quarters, you simply won’t care because you are convinced that just about ANYTHING can happen in this place! So if you find yourself lathering up in the outside bath and suddenly hear a funny snuffling noise outside the shower curtain, you won’t be at all surprised to find a curious [and probably thirsty] wild horse giving serious thought to joining you!

No story about the Greyfield years from seasoned guests would be complete without an inside look at the amenities we love best: First, the terrific staff headed by Fawn’s expertise, easily equal to any on my list of excellent Innkeepers; her perfectly trained flock of younger staff include some of the greatest, friendliest and most committed kids who ever became totally proficient in the get-the-job-done-without-being-seen department. And that takes us to our second favorite which embodies yet another uncanny quality about life at the Greyfield : how does this house manage to make you feel as if it is YOURS.? Even when the Inn is at full capacity, one can spend an entire morning in virtual solitude by the fire or swinging on the porch; and the staff itself seems invisible except when you need something, then suddenly an eager helpful face materializes as if summoned by telepathy! Finally, but hardly least: food at the Greyfield is almost as unique as the Inn itself: talented young chefs on hopeful journeys to fame often fine-tune their skills in the Greyfield kitchen – with a bountiful garden available much of the year, and the ocean providing water-to-plate-service in minimum time -- each chef hones his/her craft in this water-bound world, and guests of the Greyfield dine on the delectable results. And of course, in any proper reference to dining, one must always appreciate the irreplaceable southern traditions: gentlemen in jackets and ladies appearing in unique evening attire gather on the veranda for the cocktail hour --- always an interesting event, and sometimes even unexpectedly animated! Dinner service is announced by the Captain’s bell, the menu-de-soir is read aloud by the bravest server on duty, and Chef’s culinary surprises appear before us. After-dinner coffee and drinks move upstairs to the living room and one never knows how the evening will unfold as personalities and conversations emerge and interact. Such is both the fascination and the fine fury of life at the Greyfield!

Arriving full circle now, we must revisit (and perhaps even resolve!) the opening question around Cumberland Island ‘s elusive sense of mystery: It is the endless pursuit of that mystery, the wish to unveil it or at least to catch a tiny peek inside its magic, that compelled my traveling companions and me to return here for so many years. For any reader now wondering what possible purpose such an esoteric question could have in a travel article, here is your answer: It is meaningful because, whether you are a returning visitor to GREYFIELD or thinking seriously about becoming one, make no mistake—from the moment you set foot on the sands of Cumberland, the mysterious essence of which we speak will find you, one way or another. And when it does, we hope you will not only recognize the unique gift of its presence but discover a meaningful answer of your own to the question that introduced this story. Here is our answer:

THE GREYFIELD. That marvelous old entity of a house that seems to just emerge from its Island, is not a ‘Place’ but an ‘Experience.’ Its gift lies in the unexpected: an uncanny energy with the capacity to resonate so deeply in some of us that even when we leave the Island it refuses to remain behind – suspending itself in our cellular memory so firmly that returning to that ‘experience’ is, quite simply, inevitable.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank MazurkaAtlanta
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Venice, Florida
Level Contributor
31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Don't wake me! Cumberland Island is a beautiful, raw, unspoiled island that is a rare and precious treat for anyone that is able to visit. Staying at Greyfield magnifies the historic significance and natural surroundings. The remoteness and history sneaks up on you and literally makes you feel like you have stepped back in time.
We hiked, ran the beaches, kayaked, napped on the porch (love those swings), took nature and history tours, and saw plenty of wild life including the famed wild horses.
The other guests were lovely, dinner time afforded us to eat at smaller tables or the over sized family table with both bringing us plenty of interesting conversation and great service.
The self service and "honest John" system at the bar is a fantastic touch as everyone huddles around the bar making drinks before and after dinner.
If you are a nature lover, a history buff, a bird person, a horse person, a person who wants to get away from your phone, and yes a JFK Jr. fan (he was married on the island) you will love this place and the Inn.
Our room was quaint, well taken care of and the bed was sooooo comfortable. They add a nice touch with lovely bath soaps, shampoo's, and lotions.
Suffice it to say that Inn, the experience, and the service you will get belongs as much on Cumberland Island as do the wild horses you will see.
This is a must do and the Greyfield will not disappoint.
Perfect weather mid October 2013.

Room Tip: Loved the top floor but the stairs may be a challenge for some - worth the walk up though. Also book...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank gelacor
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Fernandina Beach, FL
Level Contributor
31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Can one fall in love with a place? If so, this is it! It's like stepping back in time - a simpler time when there were no cars, no phones, no television. When people actually talked to one another at a dinner table and dressed up for the occasion. When you made your own drink at the bar and were trusted to pay for it. When sitting in a rocking chair or on a swing was considered an evening's activity. When picnic lunches were taken to the beach on a bicycle. When that beach wasn't full of condos and noise but rather driftwood and silence. When riding down a dirt road on a bicycle didn't require helmets and a bike lane. Where long fingers of Spanish Moss blow in the wind off the branches of ancient oaks. Where anytime of day you can hear the surf and the waves. Cumberland exceeded any expectations I had of a romantic getaway. 45 minutes by ferry from the Fernandina Marina and a world away in time! Can't wait for our next visit. Not a place for children. There are many stairs to get up to the Main House and to most of the rooms. There are a few cottages for those who can't climb and the dining area can be entered from the ground level. Also, leave your cell phones and computers behind. Set your DVR to record your favorite shows and grab a good book! Don't forget your camera!

Room Tip: We got to see all of the rooms during our visit. We had the Library Room which is the only room on...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DJWatford
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Waycross, Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Unfortunately, the dominate focus was for a travel group which booked the majority of the Inn and we were lump into their options - to include change of dinner time from stated 7:30PM to 6:30PM and limited the included option of tours. The service was good and probably would have excelled but for the predominance to the travel group - but still is a spot to see - for the value make sure no large travel group and enjoy the beauty of Cumberland and the hospitality of all the staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank m g p
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Flemington, New Jersey
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

My husband and I just spent a long weekend at the Greyfield Inn.. It was magical... truly, magical. From the moment you walk from the Ferry Dock up to the property, you can sense that you are in for something extraordinary. The Inn itself is in pristine condition. It is obvious that a lot of time and attention goes into maintaining it so nicely. What amazed us was the fantastic authentic collection of antiques and family photos found throughout the house. Just beautiful. You feel like the Carnegies just stepped out for a moment. I am sure the cottages are lovely, but, to stay in the main inn was unforgettable. We had the Master Suite, which I highly recommend. The staff is very nice, but not intrusive. The grounds are breathtaking... live oaks strewn with spanish moss and saw palmettos everywhere. So peaceful, so beautiiful. The path to the beach requires a dozen photos! The Inn provides great beach chairs... kind of an odd experience to sit on the beach all alone, but, totally romantic. I can't say enough about the food... Out of this world. How anyone could complain about it is beyond me. Great breakfasts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc. Lunch was so cool! Everyday you receive a freshly packed picnic basket, filled with sandwiches, side salad, cookies, and chips. There are plenty of coolers you can fill with lemonade, tea, or water to accompany your lunch.. And you're free to take your lovely picnic basket anywhere to enjoy.. The beach, the grounds, your room...

Dinner is an event! "Cocktail hour" begins at 6.. dinner at 7:30. Some folks really got dressed up! What fun! Every meal was delicious. And... they actually leave leftovers in the fridge for midnight snacking. Desserts were sinful.. and coffee served in the living room.. Dinner was very social, as you may request a private table, but, generally folks sat together at a large common table and conversed! If you are very shy, and not interested in chatting with others... you may want to re-think a stay here! Every night after dinner, we would take our coffee onto the lovely front porch, swing, sip, and listen to the wild horses whinny. Really amazing. If this all appeals to you, I encourage a visit. It is an unforgettable, wild island, filled with natural beauty as well as an interesting history. It is quite an experience! We hope to return!

Room Tip: Master Suite was magnificent, but, not if you are squeamish about sharing a bathroom. We didn't...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Holly B
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Property: Greyfield Inn
Address: Cumberland Island, GA 31527
Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Cumberland Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cumberland Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Greyfield Hotel Cumberland Island
Greyfield Resort All Inclusive
Greyfield Inn Ga
Greyfield b&b Cumberland Island
Greyfield Inn Georgia/Cumberland Island

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