****WEEKLY ONLY Sunday-Sunday***
Five bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, sleeps 16 - 3 kings, 3 queens, 4 Twin bunks. Gulf front home on the vacation market for large fun-filled gatherings. This house is perfectly located on Hwy 30-A near Gulf Place shops, dining, golf, tennis and more.
This home features three gulf front bedrooms, spacious family room with large 52' screen TV, DVD, Dolby Digital audio/video surround sound stereo system, all stainless steel appliances including 2 refrigerators and a separate ice maker, covered porches and grilling areas featuring natural gas or charcoal. TV's in all bedrooms. There are stone and wood floors throughout and lots of original art and custom linens. Great for off-season getaways featuring a , 15' x 30' pool that can be heated for an additional charge per week, gas fireplaces in the den and master bedroom, Private walkway that leads to the beach. High Speed internet service provided at no charge.
We have just renovated (2012) the master bath and west gulf front bathroom with stone and glass tile showers and a stone and glass tile tub surround in the master bath.
Weekly only preferred March thru October (nightly considered - handled on individual basis with owner approval). Become a fan on FACEBOOK!
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Wayne and Mary and Mary's brother, Bill, bought Great Expectations in 2001 and in about 3 months we redid the interior and added 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Lots of demolition work!
Wayne and Mary live in an artsy little town in Alabama and Bill lives in California.
We all love to vacation together at Great Expectations in the off-season....but Bill
always says that 'Mr. Project' (Wayne) keeps us busy the whole time working on the house! We do find time to have a little bit of fun.
The Owner purchased this house in 2001
We have been coming to this area since 1981 and have seen lots of changes. We bought this house with the intentions of making changes and adding a pool. We love to do projects and thought this would be a lot of fun, but it was a ton of work!
We love having a pool at Great Expectations. We have spent some Christmas vacations there and have been swimming in the heated pool while it was about 35 degrees outside. Lots of fun, but extremely cold when getting out!
We also love having Smiling Fish restaurant and Miss Lucille's Gossip Parlor across the street.
We love going out bike riding on the bike path also!
My family and I wanted to finally experience our "Christmas at the beach" that we had been talking about for years, and we finally booked it this year at Great Expectations. I can't begin to say enough good things about this house! It was gorgeous inside, well maintained and had plenty of space for everyone (there were 8 of us). The house is right on the beach with breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the ocean, which was perfect for morning coffee on the porch or an evening jog. The owners were very sweet in answering our phone calls about internet access and were more than accommodating to all of our needs. We hope to spend many more holidays here in the future!
This was our 3rd time to stay at house. It's a house with many features that we enjoyed. Loved sitting on deck to hear the ocean. Plenty of room and love that each bedroom has its own bathroom. Close to nearby great restaurants and great pizza place to walk to. Owners addressed any issues very promptly. Looking forward to our next visit to the beach
My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in February. What made this even more special is that our two girls and several family members were there to celebrate with us. This is our second stay at Great Expectations and we love it. The house is big enough to entertain everyone and small enough to feel cozy. The beach is beautiful and the sunsets are breathtaking. We highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a great time on the beach.
This was our second stay at Mary and Wayne's beautiful house. We travel with two other families, all of us with teenage boys, and we've found this house to be ideal. The boys have the entire lower floor to themselves, the beach is right outside the door, and when they tire of that, they can hit the pool. The house is clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated with lots of original art. The bedrooms all have private baths and the adults have plenty of privacy, if desired. The kitchen, dining and great rooms are quite large and we seat 12 comfortably for meals. I love to take tea and a book out on the balcony and read while listening to the surf.
We discovered the sea kayak this year and had memorable experiences of spotting sea turtles and kayaking among the dolphins. We brought our bikes both years but bike rentals are directly across the street. We ride to Seaside and Watercolor to have lunch at the grilled cheese food truck. There's so much to do, or not do, that we are all looking forward to our next stay. And, finally, Mary has always promptly responded to questions and I consider her to be the ideal host. True Southern hospitality!
Great place for multiple families. We went with friend of ours and it was great. We had 4 adults and 8teenagers. Plenty of room to accommodate everyone and right on the beach. The kids were able to boggie board, skin board and paddle board as much as they wanted. Mary and Wayne are wonderful to deal with and checked on us at our arrival to make sure everything was going well. There is a beach rental store within walking distance and some great places to eat. We ate at Christiano's, Stinky's Fish Camp both in Santa Rosa and The Red Bar and Another Broken Egg in Grayton beach which were all wonderful. We took day trips to both Seaside and Destin for shopping. Would definitely stay here again!!!
Great Expectations was every bit as advertised, pictured, described and more! This week for us was to vacation, rest, regroup, and start to heal as a family and that we did. We found the home beautifully furnished and decorated, sooo loved the original artwork throughout, and the heated pool very much appreciated and enjoyed. To awake with the sounds and view of the ocean was just wonderful and just heaven a few more steps away to be walking in it.
Mary was fantastic to deal with, answering promptly my numerous emails and leaving me nothing to question. We found alot to do in the area such as great restaurants, interesting shops, and renting bicycles to enjoy see the area even more. This was our first visit to the Beaches of South Walton and what a great week even in the middle of February with jeans and sweatshirts! We found the area very accessible and quiet this time of year.
Great Expectations is located on the Gulf of Mexico along the scenic Hwy 30-A where there are some of the world's most pristine beaches. There are many state parks and dune lakes nearby to explore during the day.
Numerous art galleries, quality shops, and excellent restaurants abound. Come explore all the unique architecture that numerous beach communities offer or enjoy some of the local festivals or events throughout the year. There
are so many different activities for all ages!
Across the street from Great Expectations are bike paths, shopping areas and restaurants. Less than a mile from our home is a golf course. Some of our guests have said they didn't get back in their car the whole week!
Golf: There are many golf facilities nearby...some as close as 1/2 mile and others within driving distance