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Bus/RV Parking for large groups! Beach & Shopping! Heated Private Pool!

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

6/7 BR 5 Bath Slps 21 - Separate apartment

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VERY CLOSE TO THE BEACH (2mins) - Public Beach Access leads you onto the stunning soft white sands and emerald green waters of the Panhandle. Our home suits everyones needs from family and friend get togethers through to Weddings, birthday celebrations, etc. A short walk down to the beach in the evening is a must where you can enjoy the evening sounds of beach waves, cooling sands and watch the sun set – serenity to end your perfect day.

There is so much to do in Destin, if you can tear yourself away from our luxurious home for long enough! If anyone in your group is interested in recreational activities, you will be pleased to know there are golf courses, waterparks, go-karting, various restaurants, fire work displays, evening pontoon sunset hires (Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin), dolphin cruises, some fabulous outlet malls (Silver Sands), etc. within an approx. 3 mile drive and we would be only too happy to provide further information on these activities if you so wish (some activities are limited over the low season months). There is also a the huge convenience of a supermarket (Publix) less than a mile from Peace Place, for you to stock up on your vacational supplies (there are two bbq's for your use - gas and grill coal). The private pool has optional heating and, therefore, available for use all year round! The pool is also surrounded by a wall and foilage so you will have the privacy to enjoy with your group without the worries of pedestrians trying to have a nose at what you're up to.

All our guests enjoy free WiFi and cable television.

Peace Place has the uniqueness of the apartment being attached to the main house, so it can be used either separately by closing it off (it is self-contained) or alternatively by opening it up into the main house, it becomes one home. The choice is purely yours and your groups. You can alternate its use to meet your individual needs, e.g. if someone in the group (e.g. grandparents) might be looking for a little quieter time during the day or evening, this is easily accommodated by yourselves. As the apartment is self-contained, some families/groups love the fact that there are two kitchens, two washing machines and two dryers for use – a great perk when trying to cook and clothes wash with big groups.

For up to 21 guests.

THE MAIN HOUSE sleeps 14. Double French doors invite you into this charming home which is highlighted by ten foot ceilings, crown molding, treyed ceilings and a fireplace.

Downstairs Master The French Room King

Bonus Bunk Room off the master bath ... Twin over twin bunks

Living Room Queen Sleeper Sofa

Upstairs The Cottage Room King

Upstairs The East Indies Room King

Upstairs Loft The Crews Bunk RoomTwo twin over twin

THE APARTMENT sleeps 6. It's a self contained 2br/2ba apartment with its own living area, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private entrance, and a private deck with chairs, table and sun umbrella. The pool, BBQ grill and parking are easily accessible from the apartment.

Apartment The Nautical Room King

Apartment The Boat Room Two twin beds

Apartment The TV Room Queen Sleeper Sofa

KNOWN AS PEACE PLACE in Destin’s Crystal Beach community, this beautiful home truly showcases the Florida beach-house lifestyle.

CHARMING OLD IRON GATES lead you into your own personal paradise in the peaceful courtyard filled with tropical foliage as well as scented Magnolias and ancient Live Oaks. Relax in the courtyard and enjoy the privacy of your own pool which can be heated in the cooler months

REUNIONS, WEDDINGS, anniversaries or receptions. They all become easy here, with generous space for family gatherings in the spacious living and dining areas as well as the outdoor areas. You will enjoy the well appointed large gourmet kitchen where families can cook fine meals together while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. You can seat 18 for dinner. Professionally decorated and completely furnished, with a total of 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, Peace Place sleeps 20 comfortably.

PARKING is for 6+ cars. RV, BUS or BOAT is OK. Very easy in and out.

WITHIN ONE MILE you will find a major regional shopping center, a 14 screen movie complex, Publix, WalMart, the Big Kahuna Water Park and more.

WITHIN THREE MILES you will find 50 steak/chops/seafood restaurants, nine golf courses, two major resorts, Destin Harbor, Destin Commons Regional Mall and the largest discount shopping complex in the US.

YOUR HOSTS, David & Katherine are actually English and came over to the Destin area having fallen in love with it so much; with its white sand and emerald clear water, friendly locals and fabulous weather they have decided to invest in what they see to be the perfect vacation home. They have also bought another house within a 10 minute drive so they can be on hand to help out and offer an outstanding service.


David & Katherine

SMALLER GROUPS We have some of the nicest weather of the year in northwest Florida In the “Off Season”. That’s August 15 to March 15, and the Month of May. Peace Place is available then as 6Br/5Bath, 4Br/3Bath, or 2Br/2Bath.

We invite you to call for special rates.

More Details

Katherine Ruffel
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Katherine Ruffel

We have owned Peace Place since January 2012 and are therefore fairly new to the rental market and learning very quickly, as well as meeting some wonderful guests along the way. We have also recently purchased Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin because we absolutely adore Destin and the outdoor lifestyle.

We are British and fell in love with Destin the very first time we visited and, having loved it so much, we not only bought our vacational home, we bought a residential home for us to enjoy 6 months of the year. We could have bought in Spain as it is so much closer for us but we just adored Destin and the people that live here too.

People we have met on vacation in Destin are either frequent visitors or, if it is their first visit, they only speak highly of the area and always say they will be returning again. We know that we made the right choice.

We hope you choose to stay in our home and enjoy it for the reasons we bought it, it gives us great pleasure to see people smiling, laughing, reminising etc. when coming to our home. It's an honour.

Hopefully, we might meet one day.

David & Katherine

Katherine Ruffel purchased this house in 2012

Why Katherine Ruffel chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Fabulous size! Those who stay in the house often comment on how much bigger it is than they imagined from the photos.

It is really close to the beach and the location allows for you to choose whether you wish to be on a busier stretch of beach or more secluded.

It has it's own Private Pool!

What makes this house unique

The apartment joins the main house and can be shut off to split the living arrangements and provide quieter times if necessary, eg Grandparents. Secondly for weddings it allows for the bride and groom to get ready separately but not being shut off from the rest of the bridal group.

There is ample parking for the group to park their cars.

For birthday celebrations, the birthday guest can stay comfortably in the apartment whilst the main house is prepared for their surprise.

Having the mainhouse and apartment, provides 2 kitchens, 2 fridges, two washing machines, 2 driers, etc. A massive help when there is a large group!

The private pool cannot be seen by people driving past or walking (unless the come right up to the entrance gate which is highly unlikely).

Recently redecorated and flat screen tvs installed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

family reunion

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We very much enjoyed our vacation. The house was wonderful,especially all the room on the bottom floor for us old folks. The beach is a short walk away and is very accessible. We hope to stay again soon. Thank you for letting us share your home. The kids really enjoyed the heated pool !!

Date of arrival

December 16, 2016
Dec 2016
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 25
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Loft
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , Loft
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Loft
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Queen Sleeper Sofa
    Room 8 - 1 twin/ single , Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private Chef and Maid/Housekeeping service are optional extras. Ample parking at the house for 6+ cars. RV, BUS or BOAT is OK. Very easy in and out. Pontoon, Wave Runner, Sunset Pontoon, kayaks, paddle board hire (call Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin)

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Bus/RV Parking for large groups! Beach & Shopping! Heated Private Pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 52 reviews

family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our vacation. The house was wonderful,especially all the room on the bottom floor for us old folks. The beach is a short walk away and is very accessible. We hope to stay again soon. Thank you for letting us share your home. The kids really enjoyed the heated pool !!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our home. David and I are blessed to have such wonderful families staying in our home. Now that December is behind us and we are into January, we are beginning to do our yearly refurb. The upstairs of the main house, the stairs leading down to the main house ground floor, are all being replaced with new hardwood flooring. I do hope you will like it if you choose to come and stay again. Photos will be uploaded so any feedback would be great! Thanks so much for choosing our home!
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Best Christmas Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time having a destination Christmas. This house really was the icing on the cake. The house is a GREAT size for a family reunion. There are plenty of rooms and beds! The place was very clean when we arrived, even with them having a fully booked month! On top of that, I didn't realize that Destin was in Central time, so we were going to arrive about two or three hours before our check in time at 4. I just called them to see if there would any way that we could check in early, and they did whatever it took to make sure the house was clean before we arrived! The beach is literally a short 4 minute walk. (WE TIMED IT!). The beach is a private beach so it's very clean, white sands, water is sparkling blue. Back to the house though. The backyard/pool area is amazing. When you're laying out on the pool chairs, you feel like you're in an oasis. They designed the backyard VERY WELL. They also have a box full of beach stuff that you can take to the beach! How convenient! Overall, this trip was amazing because of this house. The owners were also VERY communicative and on top of everything. They really wanted to ensure that we had an awesome vacation. I typically don't write reviews, unless I'm extremely upset about something. But I HAD to write a review for this house. I wanted future guests to know that this house as well as the owners are truly amazing. I will definitely be recommending this house to my friends and family as well. Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, thank you Katherine and David for sharing your space. The house was perfect! Very spacious, walking minutes from the beach, outside showers a plus and the POOL was the most fun part for the kids. Never a boring moment. We arrive August 13th in the evening. Harmony was nice to leave documents in night drop box. We were extremely tired from a long drive. We took the long way around due to the bad flooding in Louisiana. When we got to the house, it was dark out, drizzling. The code to get in did not work.There were a couple of attempts to open with no success. I called the after-hours emergency line. Angie was most helpful and after her attempt to provide a new code, it was determined the bolt was not working. So she dispatch someone to deliver the key to us. Unfortunately, we had to wait almost an hour to get the key and to top that off, it started pouring. That was the only unfortunate set back. Next day, was a much better day, rain was gone and it was a beautiful sunny day. The rest of the vacation was just marvelous! We walked to the beach, no one wanted to get out of the water! Coming back and the outdoor showers really were nice to clean off and the kids jumped right in the pool. We also went out to Crab Island. David/Katherine, thank you for working with us on the pontoon rentals. Everyone enjoy the time out at Crab Island. We went out to The Crab Trap for dinner and the food was tasty! Another night we BBQ while the kids were in enjoying themselves in the pool. This was a wonderful family vacation and we hope to be back soon. Walmart, Souvenir shops, ice cream places, everything was really close by. Great location and just beautiful. We hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and it was an absolute pleasure communicating with you and helping you arrange your vacation. David and I are so pleased you enjoyed our home and the pontoons! Crab Island is a MUST when you visit Destin. I am sorry to hear about the code entry, however, this has been repaired. What a delight to hear the children enjoyed the pool so much. The courtyard and privacy of the pool is a unique part of Peace Place. We look forward to staying in touch and having you stay again in the future.
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Great Family Gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 21, 14 adults and 7 children age ten and under. We were celebrating the safe return of our son from Afghanistan. There were four main things that made this a great place for our stay. Firstly, Katherine an David were the perfect owners. They were very kind in their responses, and genuinely interested in making this a great vacation for us. They checked with us before arrival and after to make sure we were satisfied. We new they would be there instantly if we had an issue, which we did not, but they did not mettle. Secondly, the large parking area was great to have as we at one point had 8 vehicles. Thirdly, the location of the property to the beach and the area on highway 98 were perfect. We had very little traffic, on a 4th of July week, because we were in the epicenter of destin. This put us less than 3 miles from outlet malls, movie theaters, walmart supercenter, restaurants. 1 mile from Publix and 1.5 miles to Dollar General. We ate at The Crab Trap and a Brusters Ice Cream that we walked to! We were a quick 2 block walk to the beach that the 2 year old didn't mind. Lastly, the back area was another complete living quarter in itself. We were a very noisy bunch and this allowed our older parents, 79 and 82, and small napping toddlers, to retreat to a calmer area and rest peacefully and quietly. The home was a little dated but very clean and nothing was in disrepair. I would suggest to Katherine an David that they replinish the kitchen items as in mid season I am sure a lot of stuff starts to disappear. In summary, we found Peace Place to accommodate our group perfectly and you absolutely could not be renting from any nicer and kinder owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a helpful and kind review. We both appreciate this so much and I know our guests will do too. We were thrilled to hear that your son had made it home safely and could be a part of this precious vacation. We so hope to have you stay in our home again in the future and thank you for the suggestion regards kitchen items, we will do an inventory and replace what has gone astray.
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Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 19 college seniors looking for a place to relax before we all head into the real world. We had a wonderful time at peace place! David & Katherine were so patient and kind even when doing all the paperwork/payment last minute. The house fit all of us perfectly, it was beautifully decorated and everyone had a bed to sleep in.

The location was only a two minute walk to the beach, which was ideal if you needed to go to the restroom or back to the house to eat. Even for 19 people, the house did not feel crowded and we never had a problem with the bathrooms. We went to panama city - which was not too far. We also went shopping in the outlets, as well as go-karting/putt putt.

We were never really able to connect to the WiFi - and when we did it was very slow. But i think they fixed the problem. The heated pool also was a slight problem, but this was no ones fault. Once we contacted the agency they came and fixed it right away.

The house is well located, and its easy to get your way around. Overall the trip was amazing and my friends and I already miss it. Would definitely reccomend peace place to a friend.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your most helpful review. David and I try very hard to meet and, hopefully, exceed our guests expectations of our home. The wifi has been fixed and Cox has installed a brand new modem. Everything is working great. We hope to welcome you all back to our home again in the future.
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House 1 block from beach for Family Wedding ... PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here... 5 BR, 5 Bath, plenty of room to eat, sleep and socialize...

Loved/Loved/Loved our stay at Peace Place...We will definately stay here again in the future... Our own mini-Paradise, one block from the Beach

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review Jeff. We are both so pleased everything went well and that you had the perfect day!! Congratulations to the happy couple! We look forward to having you stay again in the future as Mr & Mrs.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Fort Walton Beach VPS 20 mi Panama City PFN 30 mi
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sandestin Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 98 and Florida 293
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Crystal Beach
Car: recommended

It's a a two and half minute stroll to the beach access in the residential community of Crystal Beach. The Destin harbor area is four miles west, and the San Destin Resort area is three miles east. Within this area are 75 seafood/steak house restaurants and fast food takeout or delivery. There are nine golf courses in the area. Gulf or Bay fishing trips can be arranged easily on the phone. The entire family will enjoy The Big Kahuna Water Park or The Track [Go carts and mini golf]. Shop at Destin Commons Regional Mall, Silver Sands Outlet Mall and lots of nice boutiques. Publix and Walmart are within a mile.


Rates & Availability

Crystal Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 20 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2017 - Mar 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning & Damage Waiver $325 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Add: 11% tax $250 Cleaning $39 Damage Waiver
for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years weeks add $50/night
Pool heat optional $30/day $200/wk
Deposit 25% with reservation. Call to reserve.
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*If you rent as a five bedroom, the rest of the home will not be rented, so you will have complete privacy. [In spring & summer, it's available only as seven be

25% desposit required at the time of booking, balance due 45 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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