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Nancy Phinney

Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english

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

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

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Overview

Emerald Coast-Destin Area 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
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Nancy Phinney (Owner)
Member since: 2000
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Speaks: english

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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Please share with us and other guests your experience at our home, The Great Escape. We'd love to hear from you!
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Reviews

4.9
based on 38 traveler reviews

The Great Escape - Private Pool, steps to beach!! Popular Crystal Beach
average rating of 4.894737 based on 39 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
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5

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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An amazing find!

  • 4 of 5

Destin is a frequent destination for my family. We often come multiple times a year but have always stayed at a high rise condo. This year we wanted to try something different so we did our research and found The Great Escape. What a wonderful place it is.

It's a lovely neighborhood and just a short walk to the beach. The house is comfortable with a fully stock kitchen and the back yard with the private pool is amazing. We brought our dog and she couldn't have been happier chasing lizards and frogs around the back yard. The pool was perfect for our family of four. One day is was looking a little murky and the pool guy was there in 20 mins to take care of business.

We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Very neat and clean

  • 5 of 5

We loved the privacy and our dog loved the secure yard, and the lizards kept him busy. He didn't even want to come in. We had a little trouble with the different TV's, but no big problem. It was so convenient to stores and shopping. Wish we could have stayed longer. Maybe we can do it another time. Just loved the home in general. Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. The yard is great for kids and dogs! Glad to know about the TVs - we'll add that to our "update" list. We are constantly making upgrades and improvements in hopes of providing a wonderful, relaxing, "escape" for our guests. We look forward to your return!
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"Home"

  • 5 of 5

We have had the opportunity and privilege to stay at The Great Escape on more than one occasion, and each time memories were made that we will always cherish.

The Great Escape is tastefully decorate, well stocked, and our favorite is the easy access to the beautiful private backyard with it's heated pool.

The Great Escape is suitable to accomidate individuals and families of all ages. And it's location is a plus!

Whether you want to just "chill out" ot take advantage of all the nearby activities or attractions - steps to the white sands of Crystal Beach and the beautiful sunsets and minutes away from shopping and great restaurants - you will not be disappointed.

The owner of this charming house makes it very easy to call The Great Escape "home."

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review -thank you! We strive to provide a warm and welcoming home and glad that we succeeded. We have certainly enjoyed having you stay at our home and look forward to your return.
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The Great Escape Vacation Rental

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at The Great Escape was an excellent experience. The home was beautiful, fully furnished, convenient to restaurants, shopping and the beaches. We will definitely be back in future years. I would recommend this owner and her home for anyone who wants a relaxing vacation rental.

Sharon Ross

Austin, Arkansas

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We are so glad you had a great time last year and are returning again this summer!
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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:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Rates
May 28 2016 - Aug 13 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,550
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 14 2016 - Sep 9 2016
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,800
 
 
Fall
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 8 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
$1,550
 
 
Winter/Spring
Oct 9 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $99
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

Emerald Coast-Destin Area 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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