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Greyfield Inn


    Greyfield Inn
 in Cumberland Island

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  • A magical place

    by patellaOwensboro on 2017-10-14 01:24 pm

    This was our third trip to stay at Greyfield Inn. It is a magical place for us. There is no better place to relax. This was our first time to spend a night in the big house. We have stayed in the cottages in the past. I had thought the house would be noisier but it was surprisingly quiet. The cottages are quiet also. I have never heard any neighbors. The food and service are excellent. It is like visiting a friends house. I especially liked the berries one morning with breakfast and was looking in the refrigerator for more (this is allowed on a certain shelf) but alas there was none so they made me a another helping. The tours are enjoyable and educational. Each tour makes me appreciate the island more. We were discussing with new friends what we liked most and we both decided it was having dinner with new friends and lively conversations with people we hadn't known before visiting Greyfield. Just a word of warning...if you must play golf, stay in a condominium on an over developed beach, or shop for t-shirts this is not the place for you. If you enjoy nature, would love to experience a beach as it should be, enjoy good food and solitude if you want it then you should visit Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn at least once.

  • An Experience That Can't Be Duplicated

    by Uberic on 2017-09-29 06:36 pm

    There is no place like this. When the Lucy R Ferguson (that's a boat, and the only way to get there) pulls up to the dock and you walk past three horses who take no notice of you as they graze; and you walk between the Oaks that have to be hundreds of years old and up the stairs onto the grand porch where other guest have fallen asleep as they sipped lemonade and sweet tea on the swing or rocking chair; you immediately understand this will be an experience like no other. I'm not going to go through all the details of how the rooms are decorated and the food quality etc, that you would find if a typical review because The Greyfield is not typical. To steal a phrase from Frank Zappa: The Greyfield is not time and space it's a state of mind. (Frank was talking about High School else, but it works here.) The Greyfield captures a special moment in time--a time we thought was gone for ever but has managed to be frozen in those few acres. You are in a mansion that is unpretentious, with a staff that feels more like very helpful neighbors as opposed to employees and the other guest are people you are glad to have met and quickly come to feel like long lost friends. This is a place where the people you encounter, both quest and staff, are as much about the experience as the rooms, food (really good food), the amazing dirt roads that look like a scene from a fairy tale, the horses, the incredible beach, the bike rides, the incredible stars you see walking in the near complete darkness after a tremendous dinner, the library that one could (and did) spend hours in looking at the first editions, the stories that you hear about the island's history; it's unique inhabitants and rooms with no locks, a bar where you make your own drinks and leave your own bill (everything is on the honor system and it feels good to be trusted!); wandering in and out of the kitchen like a friend or relative and people who do their work with dignity and not chasing a better tip. Justin was terrific as was the rest of the staff. I can't think of one negative thing about anyone I encountered--NOT ONE. I hope this review helps. The only advice I would give is that it's not really a place for kids, though there is much there that kids would enjoy. It's really for mature adults. We were all couples in our 50's and 60's. There were a few somewhat younger people and a delightful newly-wed couple from Jacksonville whose company we really enjoyed and we felt genuine friendship from everyone we met. It's a place that evokes those type feelings and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • A room without a key feels exactly right.

    by Kayesimonetta on 2017-07-26 04:08 am

    My two sisters and I made our "sista" trip to Cumberland Island. Let's just say that within a few hours we were figuring out how to get back with our husbands! I could have spent all day at the Inn itself and never leave. Our room was spectacular--full of antiques but it did not feel "antique-y". The rooms are large and the front porch goes on forever. Cocktails are served (men wear jackets) in the library and when the tiny dinner bell rings, you know it's time to go to dinner. Breakfast and dinner are served at the table but for lunch you wander into the kitchen and find a basket with your name on it. Eat at a table inside or on the porch or in the front yard or in your room or at the beach.....are you getting the picture? Your choice! We enjoyed the other guests and were sad when it was time to go home. It's like staying in a friend's home--we did not even realize there was not room key until it was time for bed. And not having a key felt exactly right. I could go on about the beach, the horses, the hikes and the old mansions we visited but I'll let others do that. Just give me a couple of days on the Greyfield Inn porch and I'll be happy.

  • Great place to relax

    by fozzybear10 on 2017-06-07 01:31 pm

    First of understand that this is not a place to go if you are looking for night life or exciting things to do all day. The Greyfield Inn has none of that. What it does have is the perfect setting to get comfortable, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is no wifi and no TVs, but we got good cell service. The staff are all knowledgeable and very helpful. If you like history you will enjoy hearing about the island and the family history of the inn.
    My wife and I stayed in the library suite which is on the main floor of the inn. All of the other rooms are on the upper floor. Our room was neat and clean. The house is over 100 years old and in some places it looks like it. The bathroom could use some updating, if it could be done without ruining the historic feel.
    Everything is included in the price except for alcohol. The bar is open all day and is self serve which took a little getting used to. You just right done what you made and they charge it to you room. I recommend taking all of the tours. It is a great way to get to hear the history of the island.
    The dining is family style and it is a great way to make new friends. My wife and I enjoyed meeting everyone over dinner. On the down side there is no menu, you get whatever the chef cooks. That was not a problem for us but I could see how it could be for others.
    If you ar looking for a quite and relaxing get away this is the perfect place. You can read a good book while eating your picnic lunch on the giant porch swing, or just take a nap. It was nice to come home relaxed instead of exhausted from doing too much

  • Two days felt like a full week, in the good way...

    by Amos1025 on 2017-06-05 03:02 pm

    We had heard about Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn and were always curious. My husband wanted to go but was a little concerned about some of the reviews which make the Inn sound like it is past its prime. Not so. We had one of the most amazing weekends we have ever taken. The most important aspect is that we felt relaxed, welcome, and at home from the moment we arrived on the island.

    There is more history to this island than we ever realized and the guided trips in the back of a pick up are a fun adventure where we learned a lot of Carnegie history and got to know some other guests, at the same time. Meeting the others who decided to venture to this island is also a real treat. In the evening, we all change for dinner, which we enjoy. The food is excellent and they are very accommodating to dietary restrictions. (I can't eat dairy and they discreetly and deliciously handled that at every meal). The best way I can describe the trip is the height of elegance coupled with genuine warmth.

    Some of the reviews refer to the age of the building and the bathrooms. One can't deny that the building is 120 years old and the bathrooms, best I can tell, are from when it was turned into an Inn in 1962. But, it never bothered us. All is is lovingly maintained and in keeping with the sense that you are on an isolated island and that this retreat from the hustle, bustle, and constant over stimulation from the outside world is an experience not to be missed.


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