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GULFVIEW RETREAT-MODERN, RELAXING COTTAGE AT ISLAND'S SEAWALL

Tony Akin

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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GULFVIEW RETREAT-MODERN, RELAXING COTTAGE AT ISLAND'S SEAWALL

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Galveston Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Gulfview Retreat is a totally renovated, raised cottage in Galveston's historic East End, one block from Seawall Blvd. It is perfect for Houstonians looking to get away for a long weekend, for visitors wanting a one-week summer vacation, and for our snowbirder friends who often come to the Island for a month or longer. We have welcomed visitors from across Texas and the US, from Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

The home is designed to be casual, with all the conveniences our guests expect from a vacation rental. It is decorated in a colorful, retro, mid-century modern style, with totally refinished hardwood floors, modern appliances, and original artwork by Houston area artists.

We have been pleased that our guests enjoy their ''home away from home'' and we strive to make your stay with us relaxing and enjoyable. Since I live full-time in the neighborhood, I am available should any questions or concerns arise.

We're glad to recommend our favorite restaurants, beaches, and excursions. We pride ourselves on having the house clean and ready at the time of your check-in.

We ask that you treat our home the way you treat your own home (eg we ask that you load the dishwasher and empty the trash at check-out). Since we love dogs, we don't charge extra for your bringing one small-medium dog. Our rates include local and state hotel taxes, but we do charge a cleaning fee of $65.

We appreciate your considering Gulfview Retreat for your vacation and invite you to call us directly if you have questions or need additional information. We look forward to having you and your family as our guests at Gulfview Retreat!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Tony Akin (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Tony Akin

I was raised in Houston, but our family would make many trips to the Island. I have renovated a number of properties on Galveston Island, and like the laid-back atmosphere of the island.

Tony Akin purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Tony Akin chose Galveston

There are very few cottages on the East End that have views of the Gulf, so I was excited when this house became available. It was essentially gutted and remodeled, with new central AC installed and the original wood floors totally refinished. We also added a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops.

What makes this cottage unique

Gulfview Retreat is within walking distance of some of the Island's most popular beaches (Poretto Beach, Stewart Beach), restaurants (Saltgrass Steakhouse, Benno's), and tourist attractions (Pleasure Pier. We chose to utilize bright colors and a retro, mid-century modern style in decorating, and many of the paintings are by local Galveston and Houston artists.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 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:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

5
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
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Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
Houston
5

So clean it even impressed my Polish mother!

  • 5 of 5
My parents (who are 80+ years old), my husband, our dog and I recently stayed at this property to celebrate our son's White Coat Ceremony at UTMB. In addition, we had other family members stay around the corner at the Sugar Shack and its downstairs unit which are other properties managed by Ron and Tony. Between the three properties, we had 12 family members and two dogs in our group.

On check-in, Ron told us about all the great places on the island that are popular with the locals. We hit many of his suggested places and felt like we had a true insider experience. The location is perfect. It is within walking distance of many restaurants and two blocks from the Sea Wall, on a relatively quiet street. The cottage is immaculate and incredibly well-stocked. My mother (the clean queen) kept going on and on about how clean the place is, especially because it is a dog-friendly property.

Our original idea was to rent hotel rooms at the Galvez. Renting the cottage (and the other two properties) ended up being less expensive and so much of a better experience. There are three wonderful areas to congregate in the cottage--around the dining room table (which seats 6), on the sofa/chair/bench by the TV, and on the front deck (which gets a fantastic ocean breeze and has a view of the Gulf). We so appreciated all of these areas in which different configurations of family members could comfortably relax and converse. Again, there are so many thoughtful details from the decor to the wine fridge in the kitchen (a favorite of my mother's).

My only concern was the stairs up to the cottage. I was really worried about my elderly parents not being able to navigate the stairs. They related that it was not an issue--there are two very sturdy railings and they could easily hold on to both railings while ascending and descending the stairs.

In addition to family time, the location is perfect for all sorts of activities. We ran on the Sea Wall, biked to the Bolivar Ferry, took the dogs for walks on the beach, walked to Shy Cats (a restaurant with amazing French toast)... It was great that so many different groups could do so many different things without having to worry about transportation.

We often stay at VBRO properties. I agree with a previous reviewer that this is one of the best places we have stayed for its location, price, amenities and space. We can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
business
Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
Shiloh, Il
5

Awesome house

  • 5 of 5
We brought our son back to school and made it a vacation. Tony and Ron are very friendly! House is amazing, more than enough room for all 5 of us and our 2 dogs! They provide everything you would need. House is literally down the street from the beach, we walked there several times. Can't wait to visit again!
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are very glad that you enjoyed your recent stay at Gulfview Retreat, and appreciate your review and comments. We are fortunate to have Tony and Ron as managers--since they live in the neighborhood they really keep tabs on new restaurants, best beaches, and current special events on the Island. We look forward to seeing your family (including the dogs!) again in the near future!
business
Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
5

Quiet, comfortable, and perfect location

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in this property for the Lone Star Rally this year and I must say it blew away any other place we have ever stayed in the past. There are some beautiful hotels in Galveston, but they are way to expensive for the time spent in the room and the amenitys provided. This property actually felt like home and had everything any person might need during their stay. We even found ourselves just wanting to sit on the porch and watch people go by instead of getting out and venturing the island. Tony and Ron were very easy to work with and made our stay very, very comfortable. I will stay in of their properties from this point on anytime I come to the island for a little getaway. You couldn't ask for a better location on the island. Within walking distance of the best parts of the Seawall and can actually walk to the Strand or Pier 21 very easy. Thanks a million guys!
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
5

Roomy, comfortable, and quiet

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in this property for the Lone Star Rally this year and I must say it blew away any other place we have ever stayed in the past. There are some beautiful hotels in Galveston, but they are way to expensive for the time spent in the room and the amenitys provided. This property actually felt like home and had everything any person might need during their stay. We even found ourselves just wanting to sit on the porch and watch people go by instead of getting out and venturing the island. Tony and Ron were very easy to work with and made our stay very, very comfortable. I will stay in of their properties from this point on anytime I come to the island for a little getaway. Thanks a million guys!
  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • 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
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Gulfview Retreat during this year's Bike Rally (it may have been the biggest one ever). Thank you for your comments and your review, and we hope to hear from you in the future next time your plans bring you back to Galveston Island!
business
Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
Wewoka, Oklahoma
5

H&D

H&D
  • 5 of 5
This cottage exceeded our expectations and was a perfect location for someone who likes to walk and not have to drive everywhere. It is less than a block from the beach and very relaxing to sit on the porch and night and feel the Gulf breeze. They supply everything you would need to be comfortable. The cottage manager was very helpful and pleasant to work with. We plan to return and I highly recommend this cottage.
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, and we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We try to anticipate the needs of our guests, and always appreciate your feedback and suggestions. If your travel plans in the future include Galveston, we hope that you will contact us so we can welcome you back to Gulfview Retreat!
business
Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p362896
+1 -713 822-1648
Galveston Texas Gulf Coast
5

A Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I recently got married and were looking for a fun, relaxing honeymoon not too far from home. This house fit the bill to a tee! The location was absolutely perfect! It was near all of the things we wanted to do on the island and just a block away from the beach. The house itself was clean and the and kitchen was stocked with everything you could possibly need but the food! It was truly a wonderful time. Weren't ready to leave by the end of our stay. :) We will definitely be back, and next time we're bringing friends because the house is big enough for 6! We highly recommend it!
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your recent review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Gulfview Retreat, and appreciate your feedback and kind remarks. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you with reservations at some point in the future.

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Hobby Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Bolivar Ferry

Walking distance to new Pleasure Pier. Close to downtown area, UTMB, cruise terminals, and all major tourist attractions.

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Rates & Availability

From $185 Per night

Galveston Cottage Rental Rates

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Cleaning $65
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Amenities

Galveston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Large walk-in shower; no tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The master bedroom has one king bed. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed and bunk beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
We are close to Pleasure Pier, Stewart Beach; walking distance to many restaurants. Close to all major tourist attractions. We have welcomed guests from around the world.

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