BOOK CHRISTMAS, THANKSGIVING, HOLIDAY SWIMS IN 40X31 FT 90 DEGREE F. HEATED POOL

Scott Bryan Bruns

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Sleeps17
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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BOOK CHRISTMAS, THANKSGIVING, HOLIDAY SWIMS IN 40X31 FT 90 DEGREE F. HEATED POOL

Sleeps17
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Seagrove Beach Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Gulf View Home, Huge heated Pool: 5 Bdrms+Pull-out Queen+3 Baths, Sleeps 17

Almarito Gulf View, a simple rustic older 5 bdrm 3 bath basic stilt house for young fun loving families on Seagrove's 'south beach': 2971 E. County Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL, HAS JUST ADDED 3 MORE BEDS, adding top levels to all 3 beds in the 2 snug kids' bdrms in the middle of each side of the lodge, now sleeps 17 rathern 14, so larger toddlers in big cribs last year now have their own regular children's single size beds.

A kids & swimmers' delight with the largest private rental home pool in Old Seagrove Beach, T-shaped, 40' x 31' (max. dimensions), screened & heated, tree shaded for summer comfort, its straight 40-ft. long lap lanes widening out to include a 16 x 16 ft. stepped toddlers area, w/1 ft. & 2 ft deep zones, outlined with PVC surface level markers to separate depths before deepening to grade school kids and then standing adult levels.

There is no deep end. Safety is king and diving is not allowed.

Kids clamber up 2 ladders. Parents & grand parents can take it easy, entering and leaving on the gently sloping ramp, no steps, with a long sloping handrail on one side and the pool's edge on which to rest a steadying hand on the other.

Next to the pool enclosure is an open sunbathing deck with/charcoal grill, table & chairs.

All this located between old Seagrove's 2 finest restaurants & steps from a breakfast & espresso bar, but out of sight of all 3.

Due to off season construction adding 2 more bdrms & 2 more baths, each w/jetted tub, bringing the final total in expanded house to 7 bedrms, 5 baths, + gulf view hot tub outside, w/3 jetted whirlpool style jetted baths inside, our previously offered gulf view hot tub and 2 highest level decks with additional Gulf views, in addition to still existing main floor and front porch gulf views, will not be available to our guests this fall & winter or until this work completed.

We offer a fair-sized but simple basic beach style family friendly 5 bedroom home for all ages, only steps from the nearby beach walkway.

Its large sheltered wood-decked ground floor recreation area features an all weather ping pong table and screened-in & roofed over dining/cocktail patio on its lowest level. The main living area upstairs houses the 3 baths, 2 newly upgraded, one with a jetted whirlpool tub. Parking is available on site for 4-6 vehicles. This is a good joint vacation spot for several couples or families with kids to gather for holidays, wedding parties & other family celebrations & reunions, special artistic, cultural & athletic events at nearby Seaside or open markets, auto shows etc. in that famed resort's central amphitheater.

Its a safe, simple clean and very basic modestly furnished vacation home designed for a young family seeking holiday fun at a budget price. You should not come here looking for the comforts of a city dweller's year-round home, or a chic resort villa, despite this house's location between new 'showplace' homes in luxury resort villages like Seaside & Water Color west of us & Water Sound, Alyce Beach, Rosemary Beach & others east of us. For these very good reasons Almarito is priced thousands of dollars lower per week than those fancy newer houses, many without gulf views, with the same number of bedrooms, to say nothing of its over-sized swimming pool, screened & heated to up to 90 degrees F. all year round at no extra charge to you. But you have to remember in booking it that Almarito is such a bargain because I had it built 35 years ago using budget materials and it is a very basic house with 1978-style sheets of wood paneling on the walls, only moderately priced kitchen appliances, basic low cost furniture, and no antiques, fancy paintings or luxury touches except the huge pool and the fun jetted whirl pool tub between the 2nd largest queen bdrm and the tiny bunk bedded (single over double) children's room between that bath and another bathrm with a conventional bath tub with no jets.

I went for more bdrms, therefore smaller, for use only as very small sleeping places for vacationers eager to get outside into the sun and surf, or heated pool or play ping pong.

PLEASE NOTE: We have brought many improvements to this property, including a massive air conditioning reducting operation which has increased cool air distribution to every room. And we continue to improve every facility, acting often on our guests' suggestions.

The treetop level gulf view dining room & bar upstairs accommodates only 10 of the home's 17-person capacity for sit-down meals & parties, but are supplemented by the sofas & love seat, chairs around the living area & outside on the front porch overlooking the Gulf.

But potential guests who can't handle stairs should look elsewhere because, to secure our gulf views, our principal floor is elevated 13 feet to provide ocean water views framed by overhanging magnolias & mature oaks overlooking the surrounding village. We are right on coastal highway 30-A with its 16-mile adjacent bike path carrying cyclists safely across our coastal lakes on their own bikes-only bridges.

Old pine floors & wood paneling throughout give a warm cozy feeling to the L-shaped living/dining room area surrounding the open kitchen facing a breakfast bar & adjacent dining table lighted by gulf view sliding glass doors.

Wi-fi for multiple computer users, a 32' flat screen HD-TV with TiVo/satellite & net channel selections as well as DVD and VCR, + stereo, furnish music & entertainment while 2 sofas (one convertible to a dble bed), side chairs & an arm chair + games + puzzles enhance fun times together.

Each of the 5 bdrms has either an adjoining bath or private sink/vanity where Dad can shave mornings without tying up a full bathroom or diapers can be changed at midnight without walking down the hall to wash up. All 3 Queen bedrooms now have modernized connecting baths w/showers, 2 w/tubs, one of those with whirlpool jets, in the upgraded east side bath.

Besides its updated connecting bath, the 3rd Queen bdrm also has HD TV, a vanity cabinet w/basin for make up, wash up and/or shaving.. One bdrm with a double deck bed (full double size bed at bottom & single on top) connects to 2 of the 3 baths.

The largest Queen bdrm, with an additional double bed, is excellent for parents with a young child or children the couple may want to have sleeping close by (or a place for an insomniac to doze at a distance from a loudly snoring partner) and has a TV and private bath with tub/shower. Some families bunk 4 or 5 or more small kids in this master bedroom. The children's bdrm next door has (2 double bunks, sleeping 4 total) & a vanity+sink in-room for convenience.

One of the home's two clothes washers, a small one, is handily located up on the main tree top level living floor for easy access. A big dryer, king size for those swimming pool towels, & another washer, this one full size, are down in the main laundry & ironing room on the ground level, between the pool & the covered play area with its ping pong table, sheltered on its wood floor deck from the rain by the house above it.

Almarito overlooks the Timpoochee Trail, an 18 mile bike & jogging path that parallels 30A & facilitates a quick & easy bike ride to the beauties of nearby Grayton Beach State Park.

Crossing signs, zebra stripes, a traffic bump and flashing lights protect the pedestrian/bicycle crossing in front of our driveway to slow and stop passing vehicles to provide quicker pedestrian access directly from our front door to the convenient public beach entry path point kitty-cornered across our street and then just steps to the west from Almarito.

A short drive takes you to Sandestin with its big outlet mall featuring New York's finest shops and, even closer to Seagrove, brand-new swank multi-screen cinema with dine-in 'Ovation' screening room, plus another Giant Screen projection room. And more eateries, water parks and entertainment, are nearby to east & est, including more multi-screen cinemas, including deep sea fishing boat departures most days from nearby Destin harbor and, in the other direction, the amusement parks & City Beach's Pier Park.

Contact Scott by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or need help with anything, and for pictures & details about my 5 bedroom 4 bath gulf front house, Chez Mireille, vrbo 253008, just a few blocks up the street, also in Seagrove Beach for family reunions as well as weddings, and only steps away in the other direction from the famed Seaside Gulf resort

with its chic shops, art galleries and more people friendly night life.

The Almarito property manager no longer resides on the Almarito lot. But Scott and/or our full time handy man Todd welcome your calls (we answer everything that rings, screen no one out, only miss calls if we on another line), devote our time to only two houses and react promptly to your calls for information or assistance.)

Keywords: HUGE GULF VIEW! Mermaid's Delight with gulf view main floor kitchen, dining room, living room and front porch. Swim in Old Seagrove's largest private pool, screened & heated, with a 40 ft lap lane, 31 ft at its widest, with a shallow stepped toddler play area + and inside whirlpool bath tub next to 2nd master bdm. Nearby gulf beach access; Weather-proof wood-floored kids' play area under house. Roofed ping pong area; Fly Southwest, No baggage charge, to ECP, Panama City, Fla., or fly Delta to ECP or to VPS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Mom sleeps in & everybody eats out at breakfast bar/coffee shop 3 doors east, lunches & dines at the classy Whiskey Bravo bar & restaurant w/gulf view roof terrace for long lazy brunches a quarter block east. Leave your car at home evenings. Have a glass of wine at dinner at Whiskey Bravo's friendly rooftop bar to mix & mingle and then walk home to bed or for a romantic moonlight swim in Almarito's relaxing 90 F. heated screened pool.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Scott Bryan Bruns (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2009
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About Scott Bryan Bruns

My Aunts, uncles and cousins began enjoying these white sand beaches shortly after World War II and began buying in the 1950s when the pavement on 30-A stopped before you got to my aunt's house at the end of that road, where it died in a field of scraggly bushes until years later when bridges were built across Eastern Lake and Western Lake and Seaside was built even later.

My Mom bought her house, just south of and adjacent to Almarito's pool, in 1960, and now about 30 family members occupy about 20 permanent homes here, with many more cousins and spouses, children and family friends, coming in for holidays and special occasions like weddings and funerals and baptisms.

I am a retired news correspondent and editor who has worked in D.C. and abroad, grew up in Virginia and New Orleans, but chose this area for cool season retirement living because, as the locals say, it is paradise.

Hope you all love it as much as I and my family and friends do.

Scott Bryan Bruns purchased this lodge in 1978

Why Scott Bryan Bruns chose Seagrove Beach

It's right in the middle of Seagrove Beach, the real Seagrove Beach within a half a mile or so of State Road 395, which sits up about 30-40 feet above the gulf, and nearly that much above the surrounding areas, where you can look out at the second sandbar and enjoy being enclosed and protected by the bigger and more fully grown trees which, small as they may appear to visitors from afar, are often more than fifty or sixty years old and protect our houses from the winds of some of the fiercest hurricanes, the visual pollution of some structures built with more concrete than taste, and also shelter us from the sound of passing vehicles unless we are foolish enough to cut them down.

What makes this lodge unique

My favorite spot at Almarito is the year-round heated pool with the screen to keep the bugs out at cocktail hour, before I go up to the roof top deck to watch the golden orange sunset, or after I come up from the beach on those sturdy gray splinterless composition steps (which never heat up to burn your feet in the sun) at the end of the path diagonally across the street from the end of Camellia Street, right next door.

Sure, I sometimes take a cup of tea or something stronger in a glass when I sit in the screened and roofed over raised ground level recreation deck watching the teen-agers play ping pong on their dry sheltered play deck when it rains.

Not many homes at Seagrove give the kids in all age groups a completely private, wood floored play area to enjoy safely in inclement weather.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is an owner notification that the Mediacome service working perfectly, as advertised, on the large flat screen HD television set in Almarito's living room through the morning of Saturday, June 21, 20144, was replaced before noon on that day by the installation of a Direct TV satellite dish, providing 140 channels, including all networks, ESPN, TiVo and other services to that big HD TV in the main living room and dining room areas as well as to the house's three queen bed adult bedrooms, formerly all served by cable but to which Mediacom service had deteriorated in recent months, leading to my decision to replace all services effective Saturday, June 21,2014, via Direct TV adaptors putting large, clear and brilliant HD TV pictures on to the screens of the three large conventional concave screen sets installed in those three larger adult bedrms equipped with large queen beds for adult couples, as well as the large flat screen TiVo equipped set in the living room, which is also equipped with DVD and VCR players for those seeking to use those older technologies..
Jun 2014
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Book Christmas, Thanksgiving, Holiday swims in 40x31 ft 90 degree F. Heated Pool
average rating of 3.0 based on 18 reviews
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Seagrove Beach South Walton
Atlanta, GA
1

Frat House Vacation Home

  • 1 of 5
If you are looking for a cheap, NOT FANCY place to stay, this is it. Location is great, but the place is a Hole in the Wall. The "handyman" came over so often it was CREEPY, he is "slow" and made us feel uncomfortable. He would show up unannounced at unusually hours and walk right onto the decks, LOOK through the windows and Yell. Very strange, would not stay there again without A large MAN to protect you. The furniture is outdated and falling apart, the decks are also. The fridge was broken, inside, but it worked well, not enough places or cooking supplies for the amount of people it is suppose to sleep. Old sheets, etc, problems with the showers, etc.... Not what I am use to at 30A..... It is like a FRAT house and you can expect as much...
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I agree that this renter booked the wrong house, ignored my verbal & written requests that he and others like him should not book my old style bargain-basement five bedroom three bath stilt mounted beach house with its gulf view hot tub, the largest private rental house pool in old Seagrove Beach, screened to keep the bugs & leaves out & heated to 90 degrees year round at no extra cost to tenants, its all weather play area underneath & its 360-degree view sky deck, with all those stairs to climb to see the gulf from the main living floor, if he was looking for what is now called a "30-A" style house for which you'd have to pay thousands of dollars more than Almarito rents at the newer resorts to its east and west called Seaside, Water Color, Water Sound, Alyce Beach & Rosemary beach, & should not block off my limited available school holiday period in a vain attempt to get gold at costume jewelry prices & access it to younger & more cost-conscious vacationers who'd rather devote more money to educating kids & other practical expenses than putting cash into frills on a temporary vacation place they plan to spend their days at the beach, in the pool or playing sports & their nights out partying it up or asleep at home. The reviewer was right in saying the furniture was outdated. But obviously we wouldn't have all those 4 & 5 star ratings from the young outdoorsy fun-loving families we are priced to attract, the realistic budget conscious reviewers who praise Almarito for what it is if either furniture or decks were falling apart.
We renew our stocks of cutlery and other supplies as our outdoor oriented guests often take more to the beach,pool and bar-b-cue and other decks than they bring back, but stand willing always to replenish items as they disperse them everywhere but in our flatware drawers if our guests just speak up rather than sulking off home to let off steam using exaggerated terms in their reviews.
At our price level we don't junk a refrigerator the reviewer admits works okay because some flimsy piece of plastic inside is chipped or split. We bleach our sheets and re-use them as long as practicable, but impose almost military demands on our cleaners to make sure floors & appliances, counters, etc., are clean & towels & bed linens are sterile, our primary priorities, & equally important to clients at every price level. But please don't look for style here. We concentrate on value for low budget vacationers like ourselves, wherever we go.
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Seagrove Beach South Walton
Athens, Georgia
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247383,Almaretto, Seagrove Beach

  • 1 of 5
This place was terrible.. Whole house made with clapboard & lattice.. Couches and Beds dirty and stained.None of TVs, DVDs, etc.worked. No cable or internet. The owner was rude. And lied about everything. Some people got cut on glass at pool.grills didn't work. Whenever you ask maintenance or owner they gave you this long excuses.Example; no cable because owner in dispute with cable company. My advice; go somewhere else.. Worst vacation ever spent.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Never met complainer who describes imaginary answers to questions never asked of me. Possibly she one of slow walking elderly ladies struggling up multiple staircases of this gulf view stilt beach house, recommended for fun loving young families, who were heard all week exchanging insults with vacation organizer who showed up with more people than Almarito web site advertised it would hold at time he booked it, complicated by his statment thst some members of his party could not fit as one of 2 pple in a queen size bed, messing up his count of house capacity, overselling what web site says is simple basic beach house, which readers can see was praised in earlier review as clean comfortable outdoorsy swimmer's paradise by tenants not looking for town center urban residence. Amazed that complainer did not expect stairs (but can understand frustration of folks who paid organizer undeserved top dollar and drove hundreds of miles to be surprised at the number of staircases they'd have to struggle with) in a dwelling web site pictured with 4 to 5 photos of thoroughly advertised "roof top sky deck," "gulf view high deck hot tub," "gulf view main living area" on stilts "13 feet up," etc. Can't understand objections to wooden house & lattice clearly pictured on web site. I never saw glass they must have broken in pool and themselves cleaned up. Rest falsehoods about this house with highly trained professional cleaning crew subject to military style inspection of bed linens sterilized and bleached, floors steam cleaned between tenants, sparkling clean hot tub scrubbed and supplied twice weekly with newly treated water, fresh chemicals each change, profesionally cleaned 40 x 31 foot pool screened and heated at no cost to tenants year round and scrubbed down twice weekly, covered lower level wood floored ping pong and play deck next to screened cocktail area sheltered from rain by house above, multi-channel HD satellite TV service with TiVo & including sports and other specialty services, effectively working Wi Fi which other tenants find function perfectly. This is nasty review like organizer threatened if not given thousands of dollars of refunds for house he kept off market for months or weeks with his reservation he wanted cancelled because of objections to stairs that look exactly like those in its web sites pictures which the out-of-breath ladies exchanging harsh language with the insulting organizer seem not to have seen plastered all over the web site.
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Seagrove Beach South Walton
Indiana
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Filthy

  • 1 of 5
Wow is all I can say. This place was a real dump. Not clean on arrival or more like it, NEVER. The first thing we did, was go get cleaning supplies. Also, no gas grill, ping pong table or enclosed porch, well half enclosed missing screen. Holes in walls and one that goes all the way outside. Leaking plumbing down onto patio. lots of stuff repaired with duck tape.The decking around pool is filth might get hook worm walking around it. Hot tube has no chemicals in it he just keeps refilling it. And the owner tells stories like the night before we arrived people broke in and broke stuff that really needed replaced 10 years ago. And the so called handy man is a creep.He came on to one of the ladies in our group. And he will appear on the property at anytime, we never called him.Only one TV works in the house and that is the one in living room, thanks to us fixing it. This place is just a joke If your looking for funny stories to tell your friends when you get home this place is for you. Also I'm pretty sure you can make snow angels under the beds in the dust. The furniture in living room is worn out and broken and not enough furniture to handle the 17 he says this place will handle this includes the pool area and kitchen.The view is nice as long as most of your group wont need a working chair. Just go to this place for a good laugh . We made the best out of what we had to work with. All this being said it a lot like staying in a hunting cabin.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Owner's Response: That's how he left it. Filthy. My handy man took pictures of the disgusting red liquid he left on the bottom of the inside of the fridge, which this renter made no effort to clean, leaving behind trash as disgusting as the language used from his first bizarre remarks immediately after arrival following a thorough steam cleaning of all our floors, careful washing, bleaching linens & bed making by my expensive professional cleaning crew & herculean efforts within limited time to clean up damage by earlier spring breakers who trashed pool and play deck furniture in what trace evidence indicated was a drunken outbreak of vandalism even though accompanied by their parents.
This Georgia ranter/reviewer disregarded all basic rental tenant rules and customs. left the beds matted messes, personally phoned me using insulting language in speech recorded on my answering machine in barely intelligible phraseology and pronunciation, clearly getting his holiday celebration off to a roaring start, insulted with such contempt and demeaning language he almost provoked to violence our polite and calm demeanored handy man, trying to piece together our ping pong table shattered by the earlier spring breakers, who also used a knife or other sharp instrument to slice open every panel of our cocktail hour patio's screen before pulling the remnants out of their tracks, and only backed down on the advice of his mother, listening on an open phone line in a call she had just begun with her son.
This rental owner's witnessed nightmare of a tenant repeatedly left messages he indicated were made by him "from the dump next door," the expression he used to described the "tree house" so praised with multi-starred reviews by others capable of reading my web prose written to damp enthusiasm of greedy status seekers who disregarded my discouraging prose and went ahead & booked this bargain basement basic beach house I so clearly warned with my wording that this type should ignore and go pay the thousands of dollars more necessary to pay for the larger rooms, newer furniture and other features my pictures clearly showed he could never get at Almarito, which I carefully described as a "basic" beach house for "young" families and therefore should stay away from this house with 5 web pictures of stairways passing thru 5 levels of decks to our 3rd floor main living area and roof top deck, about which female members of his party, handicapped by age & weight, constantly complained to him.
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Tree House Beach House

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay in what we came to call our "Tree house beach home"! You are up IN giant Magnolia trees- hidden from busy 30-A. We stayed with 4 adults and 6 kids. There were beds aplenty- and two giant tubs for bathing all those sandy beach bodies. My favorite was the one straight up the back steps- we would shower them off by the driveway- and run them up the back steps straight into the bathroom. The pool area is HUGE and super fun! Heated and shaded- so no matter what time of day-- even in the rain- the kids could swim. There is a tent for the parents to sit under if it is raining ;) Pool is fenced and can be secured so the kids could not enter without an adult. I think a shady pool is so wonderful on 30- A for a UV break. But if you needed more sun- the roof top terrace over looking the ocean was spectacular. The steps are right off the kitchen and we took multiple meals up! The hot tub was also a huge hit. We turned the temp down and had late night dance parties (bring your ipod speakers) and gave the kids glow sticks to play with in the water. The stairs are also gated to keep young ones from going up without supervision. When we sipped morning coffee the kids would pop downstairs for ping pong and play in the fenced bottom floor. Is Almarito shiny and new? No! But it has above and beyond the amenities for a full and happy stay. It is unique and special! One of the nicest things was also the location. The beach (short walk) was almost private because it is surrounded by small homes- not a hotel, or condo in sight. But it is a fast walk or bike ride to amazing restaurants. We rented cruisers for our entire stay and just loved never driving. Almarito is also very close to the Publix for emergency Cheerios and milk runs. The home was cool throughout- very efficient AC. Upstairs and downstairs washer dryers made it easy to keep the sand out of the towels! We would absolutely rent it again. My husband and I both thought it would be a crazy fun Spring Break stay for ten or so college kids. We found the home owner to be very responsive to our questions- we never had concerns. Don't pass this one over just because it's not shiny and brightly colored :) The beach is for having fun- and this home has it!
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We have had a whole series of young and enthusiastic families here this summer, which are the kind we are happiest to see come to Almarito, whose stairs present difficulties for some of our older guests, whom we advise to consider all factors and to remember that we advertise bargain price accommodations for young families looking for a relaxed and easy-going totally informal and worry free vacation time at the beach and most definitely not seeking extremely new luxury homes with expensive paintings on the wall and/or brand new fine furniture replaced every single year and/or expensive antiques, like some that one can find in our more expensive neighboring resort villages where the summer high season price of a five bedroom house with a gulf view, especially any with a heated screened private pool, especially one as large as ours, if any exist, can run up to two to five thousand dollars more per week than the cost of renting our safe and clean, but modest beach house, which I had built when my own kids, now grown, were young like the children of this young couple who so enjoyed Almarito. Every year we continue to add more special features for these young families who like to have a good time and allow their children to play in a wood-floored roofed area sheltered from our occasional rain storms. During the past three years, routine annual upgrades have included rerouting much of our fresh a/c cooled air and return air duct work and routine age-based replacement of our a/c-heat pump compressor, and improvement steps have included the installation of the gulf view hot tub & sky deck, upgrading all 3 bathrooms & replacing the conventional tub in the full bath adjacent to one of the queen bed master bedrooms with a jetted whirlpool tub. These steps further our efforts to make Almarito into a warm water soaker's delight with the combination, in one property, of one conventional bath tub and one jetted whirlpool type tub in 2 of the 3 inside baths, plus a gulf view jetted hot tub outside on its own 3rd floor level front deck, plus the largest swimming pool in old Seagrove, 40x31 ft. shaped like the letter "T," with a square tiered 1-ft. & 2-ft shallow area for toddlers in the stem & a 40-ft lap lane across the top, the pool screened and heated summer as well as winter, with THREE MORE WARM JETS (!) over a pool ledge, with an outside sunning deck and a charcoal fired barbecue grill for cook-out swimming parties.
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Seagrove Beach South Walton
Nashville, TN
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wonderful time at the "almarito"

wonderful time at the "almarito"
  • 4 of 5
We are having a wonderful time at the “Almarito”!. We have a group of 4 adults and 9 children (ages 6 – 17) who have vacationed together here on the coast for many years albeit in separate small units. This year we chose to all stay in one large home. “Almarito” was a great choice as we prefer casual / rustic environments where we don’t have to either pay a lot or worry about the kids wrecking something.
Contrary to previous negative comments, Almarito is accurately portrayed in the photos and descriptions. We would describe it as a “quirky, rambling old place”. It is rustic, but the important things that should be new and clean, certainly are. The bathroom fixtures and fridge are spotless. The linens are plentiful and clean. There are indeed LOTS of stairs –but those stairs serve a great purpose ----- to get you to the super high “sky deck” (awesome!!!) - No better place to sit and ocean/sunset watch in all of Old Seagrove. The views are even great from the main living area (2nd floor) as the homes on the Gulf side are one-story. What a location!
We have used the heck out of the large pool, as being situated under mature trees, has made for a comfortable place to swim in the heat of the day. Please note that even though the pool is good for “grandparents” as the owner’s description states – this place in general is not geared toward that demographic due to the stairs. Laid back families with lots of kids, though, should find this place well suited to their needs. There are lots of gates and attention paid to making this place small child-friendly.
Our week here has had quite a few stormy days, but there has been plenty to do and places to be on the property, thus avoiding cabin-fever.
The manager, Arlene, has been incredibly attentive. Please note that this is an OLDER home so….. sure, there are little things that either didn’t work right or we didn’t have, but she was immediately responsive, even providing convenience items like a plunger and some extra silverware. Of course it is nice to have a home where everything works perfectly, but you will pay double for it. We are a casual, laid back group that appreciates “vintage”, so this has been a perfect place for our vacation.
PS – the A/C works fine.
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for your note, Brad. Yours is the type of group Almarito was intended for, people with the same approach as I had when I had it built way back in 1978 for my then young family as a simple beach cottage with enough bedrooms for us to sleep in while we spent most of our time at the beach, before I added the biggest private rental home swimming pool in old
Seagrove, the gulf view hot tub, the 360 degree star gazing sky deck, the 5th bedroom & the extra 2 tons of central air conditioning capacity plus 4 extremely silent emergency units (you only hear rushing air, with no engine noise at all), retired 2 years ago, not needed after we replaced aging distribution and return air ducts & on permanent. We prefer no inquiries at all from people who book the house and block out for months other potential customers from enjoying Almarito, who then arrive & demand a refund because they dislike all the stairs on this high stilt house & then decide to make up a list of complaints in to try to justify demandin a refund of their advance payment, particularly unappreciated since some showed up without making the mandatory 2nd half of their initial advance payment in the first place. We prefer you to others like that group trying to get their stair refund by saying the house is dirty after arriving 3 hours early & (the second half of their group, who made the stair complaint despite all the stair pictures on our web site), insisting on moving in against our advice that the house cleaning was not completed or inspected yet, or who testify that the a/c techs were wrong when I & the techs saw the temperature was dropping after their pre-rental tech service call, & the a/c techs said the a/c was running great, as you reaffirm, as well, was the case when you enjoyed your stay.
Let the others go to newly built 1-story houses in more chic resorts -- of which there are plenty nearby with prices, in our size range, but only for up to $2,000 or $3,000 more per week --but few,if any, with pools of our size, probably none screened and shaded by trees as ours, with, in the same residence, both that gulf view from the interior & a higher deck with a hot tub gulf view, and a higher sky deck....up more stairs...with a 360 degree view of the entire night sky.
It's an oldie, but a goodie, & I am glad there are so many reviewers, like you, who appreciate these homes with "character" which are not budget busters, but truly beach cottages where you can be laid back and relaxed.
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Seagrove Beach South Walton
Petal, Mississippi
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Viewing this house on the internet, it looked rustic, but met our needs. I called prior to rental and asked about the poor reviews dealing with the air conditioning units and was told the units had been replaced. When we arrived the owner informed us the A/C just went out and assured us the unit would be fixed immediately. We said that we could not stay in a house without A/C and he said "Of course not". We unloaded and left to visit family and eat while the A/C was being worked on. Upon returning 3 hours later, we were told it had been fixed and give it a few hours to cool off. After 2 hours of no significant change in the temperature, we immediately began looking for other accomodations, but were there during Memorial Day weekend, so everything within an hour drive was booked. We spent our first several hours at the house having face-to-face and phone conversations with Arlene, the manager, and Scott, the owner. Arlene was very helpful and trying to accomodate us as much as she could. Scott was a completely different story. We were offered the old window units and told we would have to install them. He showed me where they were and told me how to do it. They were in a storage unit, with a lot of stuff piled on them, looked very heavy, and we would have to bring them up at least one flight of stairs to get them into the house. After still no luck finding a hotel room, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we would have to stay the night and leave the following day. We called the family members driving from Tennessee and told them to get a hotel since they have 3 small children. As we prepared for bed, we discovered there was no hot water in the home. Once people decided to get into bed, we found the sheets and pillows were dirty, (stains and gritty at the foot of the sheets). My aunt had been in her bed reading and moved one of the pillows and found men's pajamas under the pillow. About 4 a.m. the temperature finally reached 72 degrees. About 7:45 a.m.,Arlene was able to find the problem with the hot water heater, and we did get hot water. We thought everything would be okay until mid-morning when the inside temp began climbing. Scott was not accepting of the fact that the home was uninhabitable, refusing to give us a refund. There is not enough space here to tell the rest of the story dealing with that. Unsanitary, uncomfortable, disappointing! Furnishing in the house is not what was in pics. DO NOT RENT THIS HOUSE-updates needed!
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: VRBO should reject as violation of posting guidelines this review because reviewer threatened to post "terrible" Almarito review if we didn't refund the full rent (which she had not even paid) for the house. She told the owner and the mgr she would "go away quietly" if she got the money. But this Feb. 28 reviewer made advance payment of only half the rent, cleaning fee & taxes to pay us to hold reservation, then forfeited that payment April 29 by abrogating agreement by withholding payment of the 2nd half due 30 days before occupancy to maintain her contract and be able to enter the house after we carried out our obligation to set our calendar to block her dates to any other candidates for 2 months. The reviewer arrived 3 hours before check-in time & owner, unaware she hadn't paid her full rent, said the house-wasn't completely cleaned or inspected & he was expecting techs shortly to service the a/c. She demanded access to leave bags inside before lunching. Arriving in a different car after reviewer left, an older aunt complained "nobody told" her the house had "so many steps." Reviewer had booked the multi-story stilt house on a web site with text & pictures of its tree top livng spaces, 4th floor sky deck 3rd story hot tub, one shot of staircase above staircase above staircase, hence full knowledge 3 months earlier of all stairs. After reviewer returned & techs serviced a/c and found it "running great" (we have their service report) reviewer complained aunts had found house she & aunts entered early without fully paying for & before cleaning & inspection were complete was dirty & said then she would move out then (says so in review) except could find no other lodgings because of Memorial Day. When the tenants said the house they entered early & uninspected had no hot water we turned it on and it worked fine. The a/c company supervisor later told me the techs told him they observed the a/c lowered temp. at normal rate & I checked thermostat & saw after a couple of hours it had already lowered temp. 8 degrees.(Despite techs' & boss's statesments review lies, says temp didn't drop significantly ) Next day tenants packed early, having decided the night before, according to the review, to leave. In my absence to see if a/c on, temp. rose, but then held steady when I stayed in house w/a-c on. It continued to operate fine. Current tenants fully satisfied w/house & a/c. So reviewer cheated us out of half rent because of stairs shown on 5 web site pix.
During this stay the property was under previous owner or management.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Emerald Coast Beaches(ECP) + Valparaiso (VPS)
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Whiskey bravo, with rooftop bar view of the Gulf
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Rosemary Beach
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Crestview - New Orleans - Miami train.
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
U.S. 98 to New Orleans
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Whickey Bravo, with Gulf View tables on rooftop.
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
Beach stair access path diagonally across street
Car: not necessary

For horsemen and women, and their show riding children, a dressage trainer is based in the nearby resort and fishing port of Destin,Florida.

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Seagrove Beach Lodge Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Fall
Sep 2 2014 - Nov 21 2014
3 night minimum stay
$275
From
$285
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,895
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$275
From
$295
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,945
 
 
Late Fall 2014
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
$245
From
$255
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,595
 
 
Year end 2014-15
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
4 night minimum stay
$295
From
$305
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,995
 
 
Winter 2015
Jan 4 2015 - Feb 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,185
$2,995
 
 
Early Spring 2015
Feb 28 2015 - Mar 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$305
From
$315
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,095
 
 
Spring Break 2015
Mar 7 2015 - Apr 17 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,395
 
 
Late Spring 2015
Apr 18 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$335
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,195
 
 
High Summer 2015
May 23 2015 - Aug 14 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,795
 
 
Late Summer 2015
Aug 15 2015 - Sep 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,195
 
 
Early Fall 2015
Sep 7 2015 - Nov 13 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
From
$295
Thu,Sat,Sun
$2,095
 
 
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 20 2015 - Nov 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$335
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,195
 
 
Late Fall 2015
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
$245
From
$255
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,595
 
 
Year end 2015-16
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$335
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,195
 
 
WeWeddings & Banquets
Dec 7 2016 - Dec 8 2016
2 night minimum stay
$400
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Monthly = 28 days in winter months.
Client uses ordinary personal check for half seasonal rent+half cleaning fee+half Weddng,Other fee(IfApplicable)+half 12% sales & bed taxes on rent+cleaning+other fees to pay for reservation posted on caleendar. Mails 2nd half of 2 advance payments about 7 weeks before arrival (in time for owner to deposit it & for bank to clear check at least 45 days before vacation slated to begin.) No cards.
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Seagrove Beach Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Spa
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Also wash basin w/well lit 'star' type make-up mirror.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Also wash basin & mirror.Next to 'Queen' bdrm 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Shower is over whirlpool tub. Also corner wash basin.
  • Four out of the five bedrooms, all the 'couples' bedrooms, with either queen or double beds, adjoin bath rooms. The fifth bedroom, a children's bedroom with only single (2) beds, has an in-room wash basin with hot & cold faucets.Another basin is in a queen bedroom which also adjoings a bath with shower stall, basin and toilet, giving couple there 2 basins for simultaneous use.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed , Adjoims both full baths, one w/jet whirlpool tub.
    Bedroom 2 - 4 bunk bed , A wash basin with hot & cold water is in this room.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , HD TV. Adjoins ba w/Whirlpool jet tub/shower, basin, toilet.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , HD TV. Adj ba(shower, toilet, basin) + 2nd basin in closet
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , In living room Flat screen HD TV, TiVo, VCR, DVD, gulf view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , HD TV, DVD, VCR Adj. full bath w/shower n/tub+basin+toilet
  • 3 Queen size Bdrms, all w/new sat. HD TV svc. All 3 Queen bedrms + double bedrm adjacent to baths/showers, 2 of thm w/tubs. the upgraded e. side bath w/jetted whirl pool tub+shower & frmer hall bath upgraded w/roomy shower stall adj. queen bdrm. Dble Beds: 3 - 1st dble bed in NE cor. bdrm, betw. 2 full baths w/shwr & tub, one a whirlpool. 2nd, in largest of 3 Queen bdrms. U can turn this big master bedroom into a dorm. bunking 4 kids or 5 or more small children...or provide roomy refuge for the sleep deprived partner of a thundering snorer in the queen bed to get a few hours dream time at the other end of the room. Perfect for parents of a sick child or one whose sleep time must be watched over by a breathing monitor, or one who craves parental attention when sleeping away from his/her usual cozy bed at home. The 3rd double is fold-out sofa bed in living room with exclusive overnight access to 32 inch flat screen HD-TV, TiVo, etc, and adjacent to moonlight view of Gulf of Mexico from wrap around porches. Twin or Single Beds: Four single beds in 2 upper & 2 lower buns in nw corner children's bedroom with its convenient wash basin for cleaning up kids or for Mom to wash self and baby while or after changing diapers. Child Beds: 2 avail. Guests can order cribs (or child booster seats for dining room) by contacting Scott in advance. Baby Cribs: 2 available on timely advance request. Sleep Sofas: One, double size convertible bed in living room provides view through wide double paned french doors of rosy pink dawn skies and, to those early to bed in winter, eastern sky reflections of the panhandle's golden orange sunsets into the sea. Occupants have exclusive overnight use of new 32-inch flat screen satellit HD TV, TiVo, DVD player, etc., ready access to the beautiful full moon view of gulf from tree top level front porch.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We might supply among the best TLC of any private rental house in Seagrove, a 5/6-day a week handy man on call for only 2 houses managed by owner of your 5 bdrm 3 bath lodgings with its sea, sunset & sky views, ready to fix most problems, familiarize you with the area & direct you to nearby attractions, and to call in help for you when needed, all the more attentive because not distracted like a big agency by having to look after guests in a dozen or dozens of other houses. When not actually on scene, manager or owner or handyman conscientious in answering yr phone calls or calling back when U telephone & find our line is busy (we pick up all calls;don't screen.) Phone us after we personally welcome you to attend to those familiarization difficulties such as where to find the corkscrew, which switch controls which outside light, how to deal w/the grill or what to do if a light bulb won't illuminate (It's probably an outside floodlight whose photo cell keeps it off during daytime.)
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