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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

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.

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Owner
Nancy Phinney
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2017

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

The Great Escape - Private Pool, steps to beach!! Popular Crystal Beach
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 47 reviews
Calhoun, GA
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Guestbook Comment

  • 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
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indiana
5

Great property and location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this house for a week in December 2016. We absolutely loved the house itself - high ceilings in the main area, very clean, fully appointed, and well decorated. The pool is not very large, but can be heated, which was a great plus in December. The location is terrific - short walking distance to the beach (and water was still warm enough for us to enjoy the Gulf) and at the same time within very short distance to very good grocery stores, shopping mall, movie theater, etc. Great place.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great home conveniently located to the beach and shopping!!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home! Our first impression when we walked into the door was 'Wow!' Most places in this price range are cramped and dark, but as soon as you walk through the front door you are met with a flood of sunlight coming into an open living area with high ceilings. It was a breath of fresh air. One of our biggest pet peeves about beach condos is the decor and furniture. This home was decorated very tastefully, and the furniture was neutral and comfortable. There was enough space for our whole family to spread out - in the living room, at the dining table, in the kitchen, bedroom, or back yard. The bedrooms aren't very big, but the rest of the home is enjoyable enough that you spend all of your time outside of the bedroom. The pool was a huge plus. It was fun to take a dip in the afternoon or evening when you come off the beach. We really loved the way the outdoor space was setup as well. It was comfortable to hang outside in the shade of the back porch, or eat lunch at the table underneath the umbrella. One of the best perks was the outdoor shower. It was great for rinsing yourself and toys off quickly after coming back from the beach. The walk to the public beach access wasn't bad, maybe less than 1/2 mile. We just took a wagon with all of our stuff. The actual public beach area is really small, maybe 30-40 yards across, and was always very crowded. It was unusable, so we walked a little ways down to the right each day and parked in front of a couple of abandoned homes. Another great aspect of this home is how convenient it is to shopping and restaurants. It's only 2 blocks from the intersection of the main road coming in and the main road running parallel to the beach, where there are restaurants, shops, and grocery. Overall this home provided everything we needed for a wonderful stay and then some. We will definitely be booking again when we come back to Destin...

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house and pool was nice and clean. Nancy was excellent to work with. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. Glad you had fun and we hope you'll return again!
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Awesome!

  • 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
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a wonderful time at our home and look forward to having you back!
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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
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at our home and that the pack 'n play was put to good use. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you visit Destin.
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Map

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

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Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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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
$225
$1,200
 
 
Spring Rates
Feb 26 2017 - Mar 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,900
 
 
Late Spring
Mar 25 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,900
 
 
Summer Rates
May 27 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,650
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
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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Amenities

Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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!
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • 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
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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