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Never have I stayed in a more friendly and welcoming place. Everyone was smiling and eager to please. We hiked, rode bikes, and climbed trees like 12 year olds. The island is magical! Bald Eagles, alligators, wild horses, deer, armadillos, all kinds of birds including a stork, the wildlife was endless. We found huge sea shells and fossilized shark teeth.
We stayed in the Master Suit. This room was AMAZING! The bathroom was shared, but was never a problem. The tub was claw foot, with a shower curtain pull around and a rainfall shower head. The coolest part was all the original furniture in the house. The main dining table was enormous. It was something sitting at this table knowing the Carnegie family had dinner at this very same table in 1901. The house feels alive.
The food was incredible! More than enough to eat at every meal. Fancy, but still recognizable. Don't miss the hot breakfast. organic free range bug eating chicken eggs! These were the best eggs I've ever eaten and dark orange like eggs are suppose to be. We also had chicken mango sausage links, yummy. Dinner takes two hours, but oh my, it's worth every minute, and gives you time to get to know the most interesting people. The most delicious pork roast I have ever eaten!! Sheep's head fish over fresh green pea chowder, with a salad of roasted baby beets and carrots with whipped ricotta cheese was out of this world. And deserts, oh the deserts! Carried desert and coffee to the front porch to continue wonderful conversation with our new friends. Salted caramel Creme Br?l?e, Chocolate tart on a bed of toasted merange, and a made from scratch creme puff with strawberries. All the salads and most of the vegetables come from the Greyfield organic garden.
Luxury hotel and spa, this ain't. The rooms are expensive, but you are not paying for a luxury room, you are paying for an experience like none other. If you LOVE nature and like living a bit of history, this is the place for you. All things considered, you get more than your money's worth here.
Cumberland Island is the perfect place to totally escape and unplug. This destination is like none I have ever visited. The 45 minute boat ride to the island is the beginning of a very different way of life. The front porch offers a beautiful place to enjoy the view and relax with a beverage. We enjoyed the wide, private beach and the nature tours. I recommend booking accommodations with a private bath and we liked staying in the larger cottage. Dining at Greyfield is excellent! You won't be disappointed with this very unique destination.
As we were waiting to board the ferry back to Amelia Island, my brother-in-law said to me, "It already seems like a dream!" I can't tell you how thankful I am that this Carnegie/Ferguson family has opened their home and their Island to visitors. What a dream come true, to experience the pristine quiet, the bird songs, the ancient trees, the touring from benches on the back of a pickup, the rocking chairs and porch swings on the veranda, the wonderful staff, the delectable meals which included picnic baskets for us to take anywhere on the property -- the list of wonders goes on and on. The family pictures and photographs and furniture made us feel like trusted members of this clan. Mary & Mitty are some of the descendents who have given their lives to welcoming strangers into this paradise. They have kept this from being bulldozed in the name of progress. It is a treasure beyond treasure to experience such conservation. Please ignore the reviews that are not complimentary; I imagine they are from people who are a wee bit spoiled and go through their lives demanding their own way...
Greyfield Inn is out of the way and that's a great reason to visit. The boat ride to/from the Inn and the National Seashore was an enjoyable part of the journey. Our room was on the top floor with a high four-poster bed (step provided). The meals were delicious and our fellow travelers were very social. Bicycle rides, naturalist tours and reading on the large front porch were the right activities for a stress-free stay.
So cool to stay at a place that has remained in the family. The hosts were kind and helpful. The inn was first class, Everything was done well, starting with the boat ride to the island, The food was fantastic. We met some very interesting and fun people. The island itself is absolutely beautiful, I loved walking on a large pristine beach with no buildings or condos on the busy east coast.