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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Nancy Phinney
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 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

Please share with us and other guests your experience at our home, The Great Escape. We'd love to hear from you!
Mar 2003
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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.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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:
  • 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!

Reviews

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The Great Escape - Private Pool, steps to beach!! Popular Crystal Beach
average rating of 4.8679247 based on 54 reviews
5

Great Escape or Little Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Great Escape! The house was the perfect size for us and very comfortable. We lucked out and didn't have neighbors on either side of us during our visit. I enjoyed the pool, just about every day and the water temp was perfect in the low 80's. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our home and look forward to having you return.
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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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Clarksville, TN
5

Great spot... Close to everything

  • 5 of 5

We've spent the last 8 years coming to Destin and this was a great find. House was clean, everything worked, and the property manager and owner were both very responsive. We had two families of 4 and the bunk bed room was awesome for all 4 kids. The public beach access is tiny and I do not recommend setting up there..... I recommend you walk 80 yards to the right on the other side of the private beach and set up shop for the day. It's almost as if no one knows that is a public access beach over there. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay enjoyed all seven days

  • 5 of 5

Always a great place to stay. Location is great for the beach,stores,and restaurants. You have the pool and just blocks from the beach. Walking to beach is easy. This is the third time we have rented this house and hope to do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and close to beach! Loved the open concept to the rear yard!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the property and layout. Do wish the pool was a little bigger for the amount of people staying but the kids enjoyed tremendously! Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed the family room that opens to the pool and backyard. It's a favorite feature of ours as well. We hope to have you return soon!
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5

Very nice Great Escape.

  • 5 of 5

Well keep property with everything you needed to be comfortable. Think I picked the wrong week because everything was so crowded but the house was very peaceful. The owner has it very well decorated with lots of personal touches. The beach was close but the little one really liked the pool. I would definitely recommend the Great Escape and would be number one on my list when coming to Destin.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund