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

Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Owner
Advertiser since 2009
Speaks english

About The Owner

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

What makes this cottage unique

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!

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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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Reviews

Reviews

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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
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5

Great Beach Experience!

  • 5 of 5
My family has traveled to the beach once or twice a year for thirty five years, but this was the first time I had truly experienced a taste of "Old Florida". The Smith House was even better than the photos and descriptions! All our needs were provided for along with bicycles to see the area, nearby top notch restaurants and local bars with live music. We will definitely be back as soon as possible.
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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5

Simply Splendid - Our Favorite beach holiday

  • 5 of 5
It was our third stay at the Smith House which should speak for itself, and of course we intend to return next year. I'd say we are discerning travelers who have stayed at VRBO houses both in the US and abroad. This property has been beautifully restored and exudes calm and contentment. Read all the reviews for specifics, but if you are looking for a delightful getaway then I doubt whether you'd do better than this.
The restaurants around Grayton just get better and better, Kelly thoughtfully leaves an up-to-date list of what's currently rocking the gastronauts of 30A, although that said, we still like running up to Goatfeathers fetching a few pounds of their shrimp which they steam while you wait, then taking them home to eat on the front porch.
It's a delightful vacation spot, super beach, stunning sea and very nice people.
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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5

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5
We fell in love with the house the moment we drove up to it. The house is in a great location -- walking distance to the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed the old cottage charm of the Smith House. We highly recommend this house and would not hesitate in staying there again. Thank you for making our stay so great!
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  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

The Smith House

  • 5 of 5
The cozy Smith House is a charming taste of Old Florida. We love the fact that it has an interesting history and has been lovingly restored. It is tastefully decorated and conveniently stocked with everything you need for a relaxing vacation. The owner was especially generous about sharing a great list of restaurants and fun things to do with directions for getting there. We highly recommend The Smith House. The yard is also quite beautiful and very shady....and what's not to love about laid back Grayton Beach?
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
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Grayton Beach South Walton
5

Charming Florida Cottage

  • 5 of 5
Perfect for a small family getaway. Eclectic, fun decor. Seems a little like a cabin due to the size and age of the home, but this only contributed the the uniqueness of the property. Well thought out extras like beach gear and grill. Quaint, small town feel. Road is a little busy during the day, but nothing to keep us from coming back. Easy to walk to the corner store, beach or local restaurants. The beach is classic 30a...so no need to go deeper there. We especially enjoyed the outdoor porch -dining table and a DAYBED! There was even a fig tree in the back with fresh fruit...the owners were very polite and easy to work with, and we will certainly keep this property in mind for our next beach vacation. Please don't stay here, so we are sure to get the dates we want. :)
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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5

Ritz Carlton comfort meets quaint beach cottage charm!

  • 5 of 5
We have been coming to the beautiful Santa Rosa Beach/30a area for almost 15 years. We have always found ourselves at home in Greyton beach.Its truly a special place. However, this was the first time we have stayed in Greyton ( we've always stayed in Watercolor). We were thrilled with the Smith house and how well the owners stocked the home. It really made us feel like they really wanted us to have a wonderful experience and gave much forethought to what our family might need during our visit. We appreciated the well stocked kitchen for cooking, the spices, coffee, the many cleaning supplies, the dish and laundry detergent (which we were glad to leave a little extra), the toilet paper and paper towels.
The owner did a super job with correspondance and recommendations for places to eat, shop and even fishing charters.
OH- the home is precious. It is historic and very well maintained. We used the wifi, watched movies, played games (an what an array of games!)
Wonderful experience, EXCELLENT management of property and customer service, and really close to the beach.

Thanks for the great accommodations
WTG!!!!
  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, 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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Availability & Rates

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Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
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
 
 
Summer 2015
May 23 2015 - Aug 14 2015
6 night minimum stay
$295
$1,925
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.5%
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.
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
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Amenities

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
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Ice Maker
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:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • churches
  • playground
  • cinemas
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • boating
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • golf
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • deepsea fishing
  • surf fishing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • surfing
  • fly 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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