National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places

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Bordley Cottage-Beachview Hotel-Beachview Bed and Breakfast

 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Tybee Island  October 1, 2014

Beachview Bed and Breakfast, formerly known as Bordley Cottage, located on Tybee Island, 12 miles from downtown Savannah, GA was listed in the National Register of Historic Places June 27, 2014.

Beachview Bed and Breakfast is a two story building located on Butler Ave at 17th Street, built in 1915 by Charles R. Bordley, an officer in the Savannah Guano Company, as a private residence.   After his death, his widow Ophelia Bordley Wallis opened the home as a boarding house.  It was the first boarding house on the island with running water to all of the rooms.  Beachview Bed and Breakfast is now one of the newest and oldest bed and breakfasts on Tybee Island.


In 1944, William and Mary Garvin purchased and transformed the cottage into a four season operation, called the Beachview  Hotel.  They added two fireplaces, a two story brick front and glass block entrance, which all stand today. The Beachview provided middle class patrons with up to date seaside accommodations.

In 2011, Karen and Frank Kelly purchased the building, which was operating as the Hunter House Inn and Restaurant. The Kelly’s began the extensive renovation, transforming the home into an upscale bed and breakfast. The building has been extensively renewed, making every effort to preserve the historic fabric.  The Kelly’s began rebuilding from the ground up including; reinforcing footings, and all  new electric, plumbing, heating and cooling systems and insulation .  Also, storm windows and bathroom fixtures have been installed to conserve energy and improve comfort. 

The 100-year-old heart pine floors were lifted up, cleaned and then reinstalled.  The old heart pine walls were restored and where necessary, the Kelly’s had wood milled to match the old lumber.  Most of the paint is original color, including the exterior. This year the Kelly’s added a 1200 square foot pavilion on the side lot of the Beachview for weddings, parties and reunions and to give Beachview guests an extra place to relax.


The Beachview Bed and Breakfast’s historic southern charm and beach atmosphere make it the perfect place to host your wedding or family reunion or simply a time of refreshment and relaxation. Whether late night or early morning, you will find hot fresh brewed coffee, a cold beverage and homemade snacks. With eight intimate suites and a full commercial kitchen, visitors of the Beachview are reminded of years past while enjoying all the modern conveniences savvy travelers demand.

From the rocking chairs on the 100 year old veranda visitors will sense the love which Ophelia Bordley Wallis, Mary Garvin and Karen Kelly all share for this spectacular piece of history.  You may reach the Beachview team at 912-786-5500 or email us at


Contact: Karen Kelly 912-786-5500

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