LOVE LOVE THIS HOUSE!!
Submitted: January 4, 2012
Stayed: December 2011
This is the most amazing house ever for a romantic getaway. Perfect location right on the beach, convenient both to Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine. And the house is an architectural gem, full of all kinds of neat nooks and crannies and details, beautifully decorated, and bathed in sunlight all day. If this house were for sale and I could afford it, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It has a magical quality to it that is not entirely evident from the wonderful photos of its rooms. It captivated me and my two adult kids who stayed here. We plan to return again!
The only downside is that there is a bit of a privacy issue--no curtains/blinds on any windows and no walls between the second floor and third floor loft bedrooms. So while this is a very romantic place for a couple or even two cooperative adult couples, a young family might have to get creative about finding couple time and would have to be careful when getting out of the shower on the third floor (master bedroom) if there are kids in the beds on the second floor who can gaze up at the third floor shower from that location via the opening in the floor for the spiral staircase. You can also hear any noise or see any light on any floor of the house from any other place inside the house--so that really means that everyone has to agree to go to bed at about the same time every night.
The lack of curtains was not an issue for me in winter, because there was no one on the beach at night, but I wonder if you would feel "exposed" a bit in warmer weather when folks are out walking on the beach at night and could see into the lighted house. The house is elevated off the beach, so maybe the problem is not as significant in warmer weather as it appeared it might be.
With those caveats, which were minor issues with us, we felt that this house was special and wonderful in every way and we just loved it. It was clean, well-maintained, and had every amenity one would expect to find, including great wifi. I honestly did not want to leave.
I have rented many houses through the Internet for vacation, and this one will always stand out in my mind as the most extraordinary and special house I have ever rented. Even in its imperfections it was totally charming.
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed and appreciate the unique charm of Captain's Cottage. Being an oceanfront, A Frame, built in the 1960's, it is truly one of a kind. The wood floors, exposed vaulted ceilings, and massive windows are truly spectacular. As for the privacy issues, you raise a good point. Fortunately, the house is set back far enough from the beach, and being elevated on stilts, it is very difficult to see into the house from the beach. We look forward to having you back again next year!
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