|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Nestled a few minutes up the Apalachicola River from Apalachicola, FL, resides the Cypress House. Located 2 miles from Historic Downtown, the Cypress House is blocks away from the famous fishing lodge and restaurant, Bay City Lodge, which is still owned and operated by the same family for 3 generations and provides direct access to the River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.
The Cypress House was built by Don “Cairo” Ingram and executed by master craftsmen Bobby Siprell and Corky Richards. Cairo, a local craftsman and sawmill owner, pioneered the use of river recovered, old growth cypress and heart pine. In the late 19th century logs were floated downriver to sawmills, milled, and then loaded on ships bound for Europe and the East Coast. Some of these logs sank in the broad Apalachicola River and remained on the bottom, preserved by the lack of oxygen. Cairo and others raised these logs and milled them into some of the best lumber available anywhere. Wood from these preserved logs does not rot and is impervious to insects.
Building a house entirely of Cypress would be cost prohibitive to anyone who didn’t own a cypress mill like Cairo. He started using “Pecky Cypress” – Boards that are pocked with holes caused by an underwater worm and has an unusual decorative effect. The interior vertical boards range in size from 20 inches wide to no less than 10 inches in width, including a 16in x 8in x 40ft long ridge beam in the center of the house, cut from the river recovered cypress. A 5 inch thick, 18ft long Black Cypress Bird’s eye bar top creates another exquisite focal point in the lodge.
Comforts include a 1500 square foot covered, full wrap-around porch worthy of accommodating any size gathering. The porch furniture was built from the same wood from the house, by the same craftsman who built the house. For winter guests, a full masonry fire place.
The Cypress House consists of:
*1600 square foot interior
*Master bedroom with king bed and bathroom upstairs
*Large bedroom with 2 extra-long twin beds and bathroom downstairs
*Reading area on the landing with a double bed
*Downstairs den/ living room with fireplace and couch
*Large open kitchen with 18ft bar that easily accommodates 6 or more people
*Full kitchen with dishwasher, stove, microwave, complete with pots, pans, coffee maker, utensils, and
everything needed to cook and entertain a dinner party
*Flat Screen TV with cable and DVD player in living room
*Bedrooms have closet space and dressers
*Washer/Dryer in utility room
*Outside storage on covered porch with beach chairs
*Sleeps 4 adults comfortably plus double bed on landing for 2 kids or one adult
*Covered, wrap-around porch complete with grill and outdoor furniture
The Cypress house is located 200 feet away from the Apalachicola River & 2 miles from downtown Apalachicola, FL. The location is perfect for active outdoor lovers & relaxing enough for people just looking for a quiet gettaway. If you have boat access, Bay City Lodge is less than 200 feet away & Abercombie Boat Ramp is less than a mile down the road. Guided boat, kayak & paddle board tours are available at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located downtown. Fishing guides are available for whole or half day trips into the Bay & Gulf of Mexico. The area is surrounded by state parks and national forests including Tate's Hell State Park where several stands of unique dwarf cypress trees are located, some are documented to be over 150 years old. Ochlockonee River State Park & St. George Island State Park are great for birding, hiking, fishing & camping. Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. The Apalachicola National Forest made up of almost 600,000 acres of wetlands & forest is part of the State's Recreational Trail System. Take a trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier islands - St Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St George, or Dog Island. Fort Gadsden Historic Site is located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River approximately 45 minutes north of Eastpoint, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and African Americans during the early 1800s. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches & striking dunes over a 2000 acre park. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, camping. Voted #2 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach. For a scenic drive, the Big Bend Scenic Byway drive is approximately 220 miles in length. The Forest and Coastal Trails offer two distinct experiences, culminate in a two-day drive unlike any other.
The route follows an ancient sea bed with an elevation drop from 230 feet to sea level. Black Bear, Bobcat, Turkey, Fox, Deer, Coyote, or Wild Hog could appear at any moment and most of the drive is on public, un-fenced land. On the Apalachicola Blueway, paddle the length of the magnificent Apalachicola River for 105 miles from the Jim Woodruff Dam to the city of Apalachicola.
We only live about 1.5 hrs away but wanted a nice getaway weekend for our family of 4 and two schnauzers. This house was perfect! The bedrooms were a nice size and bathrooms clean. I loved that the kitchen pantry still housed leftover staple items to share with guests (salt/pepper/trash bags/spices). The house location was only about 2 miles drive from the historic downtown area. We would definitely stay here again and loved that it was pet friendly. The fireplace was cozy and we loved that there was firewood provided out on the porch for us to toss in a couple of logs. If you are considering a place to stay I would recommend it for both short and longer term rentals. You wont be disappointed!
Everything we needed and more. Quiet and comfy. Try the Owl Cafe in town. We ate there every evening.
Ahhh....this house was perfect for our getaway trip from the city. Situated just close enough to Apalach to run into town for a meal, but far enough for some peace and quiet. The description for the house and area is spot on and the nearby beaches are spectacular -shh- don't tell everyone! The house came well equipped and had plenty of room to spread out and relax. This location is perfect for those who want to get away from it all. There are several beaches all within a 20 minute drive that showcase Mother Nature's beauty.
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. It was absolutely perfect for celebrating our first anniversary. So clean, loved having everything we needed right there and happy to have been able to bring the pups! We plan to come back and visit again! Such a relaxing weekend. Thanks again!
Kristen & Brian
My family, along with two friends stayed in the Cypress House in July. The home was lovely, clean, and well stocked. There are plenty of cooking items, spices and extras in the pantry, along with trash bags, detergents, basically anything you would need for a stay. Our friends said it was one of the best supplied vacation homes they had ever rented. The porch was wonderful and we spent our evenings there each night. We visited the area during a rain heavy month and were still able to enjoy just being in a comfortable home with our family and friends. We would certainly return to the Cypress House again!
We wanted a quiet place to stay with our dogs. This cabin was perfect. It is in a quiet neighborhood, close to town and beaches. The cabin was very clean and well appointed. Making the reservation and communicating with the owner was easy and efficient. The information in the listing such as directions and pictures is very accurate. The Owl Cafe and Up the Creek are great restaurants. St. George Island was fun but our favorite beach was Salinas Beach about 30 minutes west near Port St Joe. We would recommend this cabin to those wanting to visit a great area and stay in a great cabin.
The closest beaches are on St. George Island, about a 15 minute drive from Apalachicola. From the Cypress house, drive back towards downtown Apalach, turn right at the blinking caution light at the corner of the Grill Restaurant. Follow HWY 98 through town and onto the Apalachicola Bridge. When you cross the bridge, take your first RIGHT in Eastpoint (directly past the Cypress Corner Fruit Stand). Continue to the 'Y', veer RIGHT onto the St. George Island Bridge. You will arrive on St. George Island.
Lighthouse park behind the lighthouse-
When you get to the island stop sign, turn right and then left into convenient island parking. The public beach is not only easy to find but there are bath house facilities, covered pavilions for picnics, a playground and ball court for the younger generations. The Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse Keeper's House are also located in nearby Lighthouse Park. Like most beaches in Franklin County this beach gently slopes and, although there are no lifeguards on duty, the surf requires only normal caution to be fun for the whole family. Naturally you should use caution on any beach during rough weather, but difficult swimming conditions are a rarity here.
St George Island State Park At the lighthouse take a left onto Gulf Beach Drive and drive till you reach the park entrance. St. George Island State Park beach, located at the far east end on St. George Island, was ranked in the Top 10 by Dr. Beach. At nine miles in length, this is the longest beach front state park in Florida. And you have a lot of choices how to enjoy it. There are two large beach use areas with ample parking, picnic pavilions, beach house facilities, grills and boardwalks. This beach is renowned for its soft, white sand, gentle surf and softly-sloping bottom that makes for easy beach enjoyment for the whole family. If you would like more privacy there's plenty of beach that is easy to get to. A number of small pull-off parking areas provide boardwalk access all along the length of the beach. Fishing is a common activity with spring bringing locally famous runs of pompano and Spanish mackerel, while the fall months bring redfish and speckled trout. Pets are allowed on leashes in parking lots but not on the beaches. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. There is an entrance fee and please observe the speed limit rules as they are enforced. When you bring the family to St. George Island State Park you'll find Florida beaches the way they used to be.
Both provide public access to the beach with restrooms, picnic tables, and other amenities. And, most of the north/south roads on the island provide a public access to the beach.
The closest boat launch (other than Bay City Lodge) is Abercombie Landing. It is located up river from the house. From the Cypress House, take a RIGHT onto Bluff Road (12th Street). Follow Bluff Road until it comes to an end.(about 1.5 miles) Abercombie Rd will be on the Left. Turn LEFT, follow Abercombie Road (about .5 miles) until you arrive at the Boat Ramps.
To launch directly into Apalachicola Bay, you will use the marina located underneath the Apalachicola Bridge. From the Cypress house, drive back towards Downtown Apalachicola. At the blinking caution light at the corner of the Grill Restaurant, drive STRAIGHT through the light. Drive 2 blocks to WATER STREET. Turn RIGHT. Follow Water Street towards the Apalachicola Bridge. The marina will be on your left. Locals call this marina the '10 Foot Hole'.
The Cypress Lodge is located 200 feet away from the Apalachicola River & 2 miles from downtown Apalachicola, FL. The location is perfect for active outdoor lovers & relaxing enough for people just looking for a quiet gettaway. If you have boat access, Bay City Lodge is less than 200 feet away & Abercombie Boat Ramp is less than a mile down the road. Guided boat, kayak & paddle board tours are available at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located downtown. Fishing guides are available for whole or half day trips into the Bay & Gulf of Mexico. The area is surrounded by state parks and national forests including Tate's Hell State Park where several stands of unique dwarf cypress trees are located, some are documented to be over 150 years old. Ochlockonee River State Park & St. George Island State Park are great for birding, hiking, fishing & camping. Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. The Apalachicola National Forest made up of almost 600,000 acres of wetlands & forest is part of the State's Recreational Trail System. Take a trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier islands - St Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St George, or Dog Island.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$125 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Notes||9% hotel tax will be added.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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