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The Great Escape - Private Pool, steps to beach!! Popular Crystal Beach

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Crystal Beach House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, sleeps 8-10

Our charming three bedroom cottage is located in Destin's Crystal Beach community. Conveniently located just one and one-half blocks from the pristine Emerald Coast beach. It is an easy walk and there are no busy streets to cross. With 20-foot high vaulted ceilings and a retractable wall of glass overlooking our private pool, our home allows the outside to become part of your everyday living environment. Every room's has ceiling fans and there is one TV/VCR/DVD in each bedroom! Visit with the neighbors on the front porch Adirondack chairs, or if you prefer, enjoy the privacy of the secluded backyard.

The Great Escape is a wonderful retreat for families and couples. The contemporary decor and open floor plan allow you to relax in the comfort of our home. Within walking distance to many restaurants, great shopping and activities, you will love our home! The location is convenient to Destin Commons, Big Kahuna Water Theme Park, and various other local attractions.

Amenities: Private pool (heated seasonally for nominal charge), air conditioning, Cable TV, VCR, stereo, CD player, fully equipped kitchen, blender, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, cooking utensils provided, linens (beach and bath) provided, full size washer and dryer, gas grill, iron & ironing board, outdoor Adirondack chairs and dining set, pool floats, pack ‘n play and booster seats for ages 6 months and up.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Nancy Phinney
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Nancy Phinney

It all started when Scott and I were living in Boston and needed "an escape". A weekend in Destin led to buying a lot and building a home! We are now settled in Minnesota with 3 kids and enjoy The Great Escape even more, but not as often as we'd like. We work hard to ensure your visit to our home will be relaxing, fun and memorable. And, we hope you'll return to The Great Escape again and again.

Nancy Phinney purchased this house in 1998

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The Great Escape - Private Pool, steps to beach!! Popular Crystal Beach
average rating of 4.883721 based on 44 reviews
Calhoun, GA

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  • 5 of 5

Nancy, thanks for allowing us to make such good memories at "The Great Escape". Your home was so lovely - I loved the arrangement where the family could enjoy the togetherness and yet do their own thing. The kids loved the pool while the adults enjoyed cooking out on the covered porch or relaxing on the front porch reading a book.

The location of the home is great, close enough to the beach that the children can walk there safely and also close to some great resturants and shopping.

With pictures of your lovely family sitting around, it made for such a friendly environment that you felt like you were visiting relatives.

We'll definitely return to the "Great Escape". Maybe next time, I can bring my great-great grandchildren along

with my 5 greats.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
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  • 5 of 5

Awesome experience! My husband and I have been renting vacation rentals for over 10 years now and this one was a wonderful experience. Perfect for a weeks stay. The neighborhood was quiet and perfect for morning and evening walks with our puppy. The house provided everything we needed and then some. Honestly we did not want to leave it fell like home to us (even our puppy did not want to leave). Thank you for a wonderful experience- we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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We had a great stay. All possible beach toys were there. Pack and play was new with sheets, boosters

  • 5 of 5

Pool was perfect for young children and parents when gulf was too rough, size made it easy to watch children from shady porch area. Excellent location, could walk to dinner, ice cream and other stores. Lovely house, super comfortable furniture, great beds. Kids loved watching TV from bunk beds.

Loved the house, want to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Thank You Nancy!

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately, we had to request a cancellation for our stay recently in July due to personal reasons. I requested a refund, understanding the contract stated that there would be no refund unless the property was rented to someone else. With only a two week notification, I had very little confidence that I would receive a refund. To my surprise, Nancy wrote to me and informed me she had rented the house to someone else and that I would receive a refund. These are truly reputable folks and my next stay in Destin will be at your house! Thank you so much, it is good to know there are honorable people out there!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Church Point, La

The great escape

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the "great escape" was amazing. The house is so beautiful and just the perfect size for a big family. Our young children enjoyed the pool so much. It was so nice after a long day at the beach. I highly recommend it and look forward to more Summer's spent there.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed our home and your stay in Destin. We would love to have you return!
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Cincinnati Ohio

Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

The property was great, very close to the beach and the pool was awesome. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS)
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Crystal Beach

The 'World's Luckiest' fishing village has even more to offer than beautiful white sand beaches and the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

When the sun goes down or the clouds wander over, enjoy some of the best shopping and dining in Destin! Click the links below to see some of Destin's area attractions:

Dining, fishing, golfing, recreation, shopping.

Other Activities: Water theme parks, outlet shopping, mini golf


Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Fall/Winter
Oct 9 2016 - Feb 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Rates
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Mar 25 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Rates
May 27 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cleaning fees are included in the weekly rate. We only rent Sat-Sat during the peak summer months.
For nightly rentals, the cleaning fee is $175.
Pet fee is $100 per pet per week.
The pool can be heated, upon request, for $150 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large shower with 2 shower heads.
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • Tile and marble baths will make you feel at home in our home. The master bath has a double vanity, large mirror and huge marble shower with 2 shower heads! There is a private outdoor shower that is fully enclosed. It is a great place to rinse off after a day at the beach or just enjoy showering in the sun!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 king
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Third Bedroom - 4 twin/ single
  • 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has a KING bed! The guest bedroom has a King bed and the third bedroom has 2 sets of twin bunk beds. There is also a brand new, very comfortable queen sleeper sofa in the living room. There is a pack 'n play for you to use for your little ones, as well.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our home is fully equipped with everything you'll need to make it your home away from home! Our master bedroom has a king size bed, large closet and fabulous master bath with a double vanity and oversized shower with 2 shower heads! Atrium doors look directly out on your private pool, which is enclosed by a 6' high privacy fence. The other guest room has a king bed, large closet and is adjacent to the front porch and your own quiet area. The third room is for the kids! Two sets of twin bunk beds makes this room ideal for the kids. It is equipped with a TV/DVD so the kids can get away and relax. If you need extra sleeping, we have a very comfortable, new queen size sleeper sofa in the living area. For the littlest ones, we have a pack 'n play and a booster seat. We also provide many pool floats, noodles, sand buckets, and numerous toys. The smallest details have not been overlooked. You will love your stay at The Great Escape!

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