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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm


Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


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.

There is a 42-inch Smart TV in the living room (for instant connection to Netflix, Amazon videos, YouTube, music apps, etc.), a 32-inch flat-screen TV (with DVD player) in the master bedroom, and a small flat-screen TV/DVD in the bunk room, as well as wireless internet service. There is a portable CD player as well as a 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 mayan hammock 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

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2015

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, paddle boarding 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 30A!

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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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
average rating of 4.990909 based on 112 reviews
New York

Smith House

  • 5 of 5

The Smith House is lovely! It is authentic and charming, hidden amongst beautiful, tropical plants. It makes you feel like you are in another time and place. Easy walk to the beach. Grayton Beach is a great destination, as it still has old Florida charm. The house is well-provisioned with all needed essentials. Great outside area and screened-in porch for entertaining.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Fantastic Week at the Smith House!

  • 5 of 5

The Smith House was the perfect landing spot for our family of four. We felt right at home and found the house fully stocked for our stay. Kelly was incredibly hospitable, kind, and easy to work with. She accounted for every detail and quickly answered any questions we had during our stay...she even arranged a babysitter for us! This is by far the best rental house we've stayed in. Loved the outdoor shower and the wrap around screened porch...I even managed a nap with my 6 year old on the porch's daybed! It was so nice to have bikes to explore the area and Kelly helped us get a child carrier from Big Daddy's Bike Shop. We can't wait to return to Grayton next year...what a fantastic trip. Thanks for everything Kelly!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Smith House

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place - all the ambiance of a real historic cabin at the beach, close to the dining, shopping and fun of the gulf coast. The house has so much charm, and was equipped beyond out expectations. Couldn't have had a better vacation.....

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Smith House is my favorite! :)

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed in Grayton Beach for years now, but this past time we stayed in The Smith House and it was by far our favorite! We have stayed in the State Park, in The Preserve, and in the Hibiscus Bed and Breakfast, but The Smith House felt like HOME!! I love the history behind the house, and it was just perfect for our family with teenage boys. It was immaculately clean and had every convenience you might need.

We walked or rode bikes almost everywhere and had many amazing meals! We highly recommend the Smith House! From Fairhope, AL.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Philadelphia, PA USA

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

This early Florida home, lovingly restored and modernized by the owners, was perfect in every way. Tucked into a shady eddy, it is well located and within walking distance from everything in town, the beach, and wonderful restaurants along Route 30A. It is beautifully appointed and well equipped for all needs. It's warm wood interior connects beautifully to the surrounding trees, making a very cozy and romantic getaway. Kelly, the owner, was very hospitable, responsive to any question and gave us many recommendations of places to go. We recommend this home highly, and look forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Birmingham Alabama

Home for the holidays

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we walked in, we knew this rental was more home than rental. We were at Grayton Beach the week before Christmas. The tree outside the front door was decorated with lights and glass ornaments. Colored lights on a small tree by the off street parking helped light our way when walking "home" after eating out. The 3 bikes available for our use made the short walk to the beach even quicker. We were there during a very rainy week but the Smith House was appointed with everything we needed to feel cozy, warm and dry. The kitchen was well stocked, the washer and dryer and the dishwasher were efficient and quiet. Sitting in the rockers on the screen porch was relaxing and peaceful. Kelly, the owner, was welcoming and friendly. Quickly responded when we had questions but also respectful of our privacy. Loved this place and our time there. A most memorable vacation! I would highly recommend this place to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


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Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring 2015
Apr 18 2015 - May 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
May 23 2015 - Aug 14 2015
6 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2015
Aug 15 2015 - Oct 2 2015
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Nov 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2015-2016
Nov 7 2015 - Feb 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2016
Feb 27 2016 - Mar 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2016
Mar 5 2016 - Apr 15 2016
6 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2016
Apr 16 2016 - May 20 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
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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Grayton Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

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