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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 few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 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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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 4.877193 based on 58 reviews
Gainesville, Georgia
5

Completely Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and the location. The pics do not do justice for the house itself or the yard.The place is spacious and inviting. And the yard is a little piece of your own personal paradise. I highly recommend renting this place for your next stay in Destin.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thrilled that you loved your stay at our home! I take pictures every year and it is so hard to capture the space - with the vaulted ceilings and glass doors. We hope to have you return to our home next time you are in Destin.
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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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5

We had a wonderful, relaxing week. Hated to leave.

  • 5 of 5

The Great Escape was a very nice, clean home for us and our two small dogs to stay in for a week. The layout of the house worked perfectly for us. We loved the privacy we had in the backyard and we were able to just let our little dogs run in the back yard while we swam. The house had everything we needed to bathe, cook, go to the beach, and grill with. We were able to wash several loads of clothes so we had less laundry to do when we got home. My only negative comments would be that the hot water did not work in one side of the large shower and even though we paid for the heated pool I am not really sure it was on. The property Manager did let us know that he was not sure about the pool heater so he was up front right away. All in all, those things were very minor compared to our enjoyment of the home. We walked to the beach several times, and shopping areas and restaurants we basically right down the road. Property Manager and Owner were both wonderful to work with. Totally professional. We loved our first time in Destin.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review. I work hard to be responsive and provide a home where people can relax and unwind. I wish I had known about the shower and pool heat sooner as we would have addressed immediately. So glad you enjoyed your time in Destin and we hope you will return to The Great Escape.
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5

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

A few of my girlfriends and I stayed here for a long weekend and it couldn't have been better! The house was nicer than the pictures showed and the pool/patio area was just perfect to hang out after the beach. I highly recommend it and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your Girls’ Weekend! Thank you for the great review. We hope you’ll return to stay at our home.
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5

Great place for family

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home and will definitely stay again! Great area, quiet street and just a short walk to the beach. The house was clean and wonderfully decorated. Enjoyed every minute.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • 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: August 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

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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