Well, first of all there is such a bountiful selection of homes for a party of 10 That I ended up asking my daughter in law for help in weeding thru and screening and pricing properties as I struggled with keeping it all straight! A lot of time could be saved if owners posted pricing for all times of the year. Many properties had "winter rates" with the exception of Christmas week which was upcharged. What we found is Thansgiving week is treated the same way although not built into the rate area, so lots of disappointment when calling thinking something was in our pricepoint when it wasn't. Casabella 's pricing was straight forward and the owners were easy to connect with and pleasant. They do not accept credit cards but will allow a "hold" while you send a check via snail mail.
When we arrived I was surprised to find half the properties on the block for sale in varying stages of condition. Casabella is attractive and fairly well maintained- and is about 1/2 block then across Gulf Blvd(fairly busy traffic wise so likely not appropriate for children even in a group to cross by themselves)-nice canvas over the sand walkway down to the beach from there. So very close and easy access! The home is 3 stories as stated- main entrance on second floor. Sadly one of the first things we discovered is the garage door was broken and so large and heavy it could not be operated manually so that made unloading and storing more difficult. There is a nice size king bed room down as well as a bath and laundry area - full size machines and an exit door out to the pool from that bedroom. There is more than an adequate supply of pool towels, bath and hand towels, wash cloths for 10.
The second story- main floor has a large kitchen, table that is built for 6 in a dining area and a full bath, living room and the room that can be a den, a bedroom or a playroom. It had a nice trundle bed, toys, tv and xbox with games (very sadly for the little grands and the older grands it was inoperable, and not fixable without being serviced so although none of them brought there own as I told them there was one there wasn't?). The kitchen had lots of cooking pots,pans,implements except a cookie sheet. Dishes were adequate if you combined sets, silverware on the very short side- need more for 10 or more people. No dish soap, scrubber or paper towels. 2 dishtowels and dishcloths provided.
Upstairs on 3rd floor 3 more bedrooms, master had jacuzzi tub - very nice...another full bath in hall.