THE SMITH HOUSE - COMFORTABLE UPDATED HISTORIC CHARM

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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THE SMITH HOUSE - COMFORTABLE UPDATED HISTORIC CHARM

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay in one of the most historic homes in Grayton Beach -- The Smith House. Originally built as a 1-room cottage in 1925 by Tuff Smith, he used cypress boards that washed up on the shores of Grayton after the ship that was transporting the lumber caught fire and sank.

In 2009, the Smith House was purchased by members of a long-time Grayton family who have lovingly renovated the home, adding all the modern conveniences while maintaining its true southern “old Grayton” charm. Featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the house is decorated in vintage Florida style. Interior walls are fashioned from sinker cypress (with boards cut from giant cypress logs salvaged from the bottom of the Choctawhatchee River), the grain of each board a natural work of art. The kitchen, which includes granite counters, an ultra-quiet dishwasher, a new oven, a new refrigerator, and everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal, is top of the line. The bathroom has been overhauled with a double vanity sink, and a new double-bunk room (with 2 extra-long bunk bed sets) has been added. The house has flat-screened TVs (with DVD players) in both bedrooms and the living room, as well as free wireless internet service, and an small music player that will play your ipod or other music device.

The best part of the house is probably the large screened porch, which includes 2 comfortable sitting areas, a rustic cypress dining table that easily seats 8, and a comfortable day bed for relaxing. Located just off the screened porch is a spacious enclosed outdoor shower, with hot and cold water. The side-yard consists of a large brick-paved patio with a picnic table, chairs, a mayannhammock and Weber charcoal grill.

After spending the day on the beach, you may want to use the complimentary beach bikes to explore the adjoining beach towns in the late afternoon. In the evening, you have an easy walk to the world-famous Red Bar restaurant as well as several other outstanding dining opportunities.

The Smith House is the perfect vacation retreat for your family. You will want to come back year after year!

** The owners of the Smith House have a second rental cottage in Grayton, Stella Luna. Stella Luna is just up the street from the Smith House and will rent as either a 2 bedroom/2bath (sleeping 2-5; VRBO #380525) or as a 3 bedroom/3bath (sleeping up to 8; VRBO #361156)

Keywords: cottage, beach house, cabin

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
It's Thanksgiving '09 and we've just now been relaxing in this beautiful cottage full of our left-overs...for almost 4 hours. When we drove up we ran in to check it out before we unpacked the car. It's perfect! We love it and wouldn't change a thing!



The bikes were so much fun! It was a great way to experience Grayton Beach. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this peaceful little bungalow! We will definitely be back! The Mann's Albany, GA
Dec 2009
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As a 5th generation Walton County native, I spent every summer of my childhood on the sands of Grayton Beach. My husband & I are lucky to have raised our 2 sons here as well. We love the charm and authenticity of Old Grayton, the fabulous beach and lake, the friendly locals, and the quirky nature of our town. We are honored to own the Smith House and hope you will love it as we do.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

Address: 267 DeFuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

There is so much to do in Grayton, from swimming, fishing, surfing, or kayaking in the Gulf to playing in the 'pass' at Western Lake. Fabulous restaurants are a short walk away, and there is also a little convenience store and wonderful shops and galleries just down the street. Miles of white sand beaches surrounded by State Parks on all sides, and miles of bike paths along 30A. Grayton is the epicenter of South Walton!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
average rating of 4.9897957 based on 98 reviews
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Grayton Beach South Walton
5

PERFECT STAY

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at the Smith house was great. From the beginning, Kelly was sure to answer all of our questions, provide recommendations for restaurants and day trips, and went so far as to check in the day we arrived to see if we needed anything. When we arrived at the Smith house, the house was spotless (by far the cleanest rental I have ever stayed in, which is amazing for the beach), stocked with everything we needed for our week at the beach, including beach toys, towels, boogie boards, a wagon and bicycles we rode almost every day, as well as laundry detergent and dryer sheets for the washer/dryer, plenty of towels, everything we needed for the kitchen and more. The house is a short walk or bike ride down to the beach, the outdoor shower was perfect for getting all of the sand off upon our return, and we utilized the screened porch for our morning coffee and afternoon reading while our son napped. It was also a quick trip to Seaside, either by car or bike. When we left, Kelly again provided recommendations for our return trip home and went above and beyond by mailing an item we left along with our deposit. We definitely hope to return to the Smith house next year.
  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Grayton Beach South Walton
Lexington Ky
5

SERENE RESPITE

  • 5 of 5
The Smith House is a beautifully preserved example of vintage Florida. The owners have thought of every detail and we will definitely stay here again. Totally fit our aesthetic and Grayton Beach is a very comfortable place to vacation.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Grayton Beach South Walton
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
5

SMITTEN W/SMITH HOUSE

  • 5 of 5
This lovingly cared for cabin truly spoke to me. The owners have thought of everything you might need at the beach. The outdoor shower was my favorite part! I've already given this listing to several friends that fell in love with the pictures I posted on Facebook of the porch. There's a very special quality in this unique beach house. It's perfect for a couple that wants to get away for a long weekend. If I could make a change it would be to simply have two twin beds in the second room. I couldn't get anyone to sleep in the bunk beds but there are two nice sofas in the den. Overall, the most charming cabin I've ever rented.
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Grayton Beach South Walton
Knoxville, TN
5

GRAYTON CHARM

  • 5 of 5
The Smith House is so charming and welcoming! The house has a beach/cabin feel with all the conveniences you hope for like reliable WiFi, a well-appointed kitchen, comfortable furniture and nice linens. One of the things I really appreciated at Smith House was that the house was stocked with plenty of paper towels, toilet paper, detergent, etc... Our teenage girls really appreciated the bikes, beach wagon, chairs, umbrella and other beach toys. Being right at Grayton Beach and Draper Lake, and a short bike ride from Water Color and SeaSide was great for us because our teens could hang out at the beach or jump on bikes and take off, enjoying a little freedom and giving Mom and Dad some time to ourselves. We would definitely recommend Smith House!
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Grayton Beach South Walton
5

LOVED IT!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I loved the Smith House- the first day there, my wife said to me call them and ask if we can stay here next year!!! Awesome vibe and a great place to live the simple life with great surroundings. AWESOME!
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
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Grayton Beach South Walton
5

GRAYT HOUSE

  • 5 of 5
I realize this is one of many great reviews and I agree with all the positive comments. The Buzzetts have done something that others have failed to do. They have renovated the Smith House with all the modern amenities you need while keeping the rustic charm of this historic home. They also provide their guests with everything needed to enjoy the beach,explore the towns, or entertain at home. We had fun shopping, dining, YOLO boarding and fishing. Captain Larry on Dead Fish Charters was great. Elmos on 30A did a good job preparing our catch and serving 24 hungry people. We loved it all and hope to return again and again.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Red Bar
"A landmark in Grayton Beach and a world-famous restaurant and bar. Live jazz band each nigh..."
Borago Restaurant
"Upscale (but also casual) fine dining with an Italian flare. A local's favorite. http://www...."
Pickle Factory
"The best thin-crust pizza on 30-A. Affordable and delicious."
Yellowfin Ocean Sports
"Rent bikes, kayaks, or fishing equipment here! http://www.yellowfinoceansports.com 850-231-..."
Grayton General Store
"A very convenient convenience store."
Charter Boat Fishing with Capt. Scott Provow
"http://www.graytonbeachcharters.com 850-855-2534 Enjoy a half day fishing trip on the Gulf ..."
Hibiscus Coffee & Guest House
"Get a wholesome and delicious breakfast here...served with a hug! Vintage Florida Style! Bea..."
Pandora's Grayton Beach
"Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib. Live Music. http://pandorasgraytonbeach.com 850-231-4102"
Grayton Beach Fitness
"Daily passes and various fitness classes available. http://www.graytonbeachfitness.com 850-2..."
For the Health of It
"Excellent source for natural and organic foods, vitamins, and supplements. Wonderful massag..."
Seaside
"The first of the new urbanist towns, Seaside has great restaurants, shopping, music, concert..."
Blue Mountain Liquors & Market
"Local liquor store has everything you need to make your beach stay complete! Big selection o..."
Publix Super Market at Watercolor Crossings
"Where all the other cool people shop! 2 locations near Grayton. 850-534-4565"
Big Daddy's Bike Shop
"Best bike rental and repair in Sowal. They deliver! http://www.bigdaddysrentals.com 850-62..."
The Blue Giraffe
"A wonderful shop full of fine and funky hand-crafted works. Find something for yourself or ..."
Shorty's Surfside and Topside
"Casual beach restaurant and bar. Live music. Great sushi. Friendly people. www.shortyssurfsi..."
Publix Super Market at South Walton
"Where all the cool people shop! 2 locations near Grayton! 850-267-0582"
La Loba's Bakery
"The most incredible bakery ever, using REAL and local ingredients. The breakfast items - cin..."
Yolo Board Adventures & Rental
"South Walton has its own unique brand of Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Yolo Boards, designed by 2 ..."
State Park Hiking Access
"Marked hiking trails will take you through the various ecosystems of Grayton Beach State Par..."
Chanticleer Bakery & Eatery
"Tucked behind the shops just north of the Grayton intersection, you'll find the best salads ..."
Another Broken Egg Cafe
"Excellent choice for breakfast or lunch! 850-231-7835"
Grayton Bar & Grill
"From creative appetizers to burgers and grouper sandwiches, to full course seafood offerings..."
Sergio's Little Italy
"Authentic Italian food in a cozy setting. Located in the back of the Uptown Grayton Shopping..."

Charter Boat Fishing right from the beach in Grayton - A truly unforgettable experience and you'll catch your limit every time!

Stand Up Paddle Board rentals within walking distance - Once you try it, you'll want one of your own!

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Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2014
May 24 2014 - Aug 15 2014
6 night minimum stay
$285
$1,850
 
 
Early Fall 2014
Aug 16 2014 - Oct 3 2014
3 night minimum stay
$240
$1,550
 
 
Late Fall 2014
Oct 4 2014 - Nov 7 2014
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,450
 
 
Winter 2014-2015
Nov 8 2014 - Feb 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
$180
$1,150
 
 
Early Spring 2015
Feb 27 2015 - Mar 6 2015
5 night minimum stay
$220
$1,400
 
 
Spring Break 2015
Mar 7 2015 - Apr 17 2015
6 night minimum stay
$270
$1,750
 
 
Late Spring 2015
Apr 18 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (1-2 people) $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee (3-5 people) $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Personal Checks & Cashier's Checks accepted
1st half due within 7 days of confirmation
Final payment (plus $200 refundable damage deposit) due 30 days before the start of the rental
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Holiday weekends, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years use Late Spring Rates.
Saturday to Saturday rental period during Summer & Spring Break.
* During Spring Break, we rent to Couples and Families only.
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Amenities

Grayton Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanity
  • Additional pedestal sink in hallway. Enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , bunk beds are XL
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • playground
  • cinemas
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • boating
  • shopping
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • golf
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • deepsea fishing
  • surf fishing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • sailing
  • parasailing
Notes:
Fabulous hot & cold water enclosed outdoor shower, 3 Beach Bikes, 3 beach chairs, beach towels, Playmate cooler, umbrella, and a large wagon to carry everything to the beach
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