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Gulf views! Lux home for 20, right next to beach & Seaside. Pool, 5 Bikes, Bocce

Bedrooms 8
Space 4,007 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

8 Bedroom, 5 Bath Luxury Home. Steps from the Beach, Private Pool, Sleeps 20

AVALON (formerly named Thyme after Thyme), Seaside's most popular beach home! Read more GUEST COMMENTS AND REVIEWS by clicking on the blue-highlighted 'Read More About Steve and Sonia Bruno' below. Weekly only, Saturday to Saturday. Please inquire for nightly rates, which may be available November through February.

CLICK 'More Details' below for MORE FEATURES OF AVALON:

• Perfect location just a few steps both to the beach and to the town of Seaside

• Spacious, bright home with beautiful gulf views

• Sleeps up to 20 in privacy with 7+ bedrooms on all 4 floors

• Heated pool in private courtyard with fireplace & gas grill

• Free Amenities: 5 bicycles, 8 beach chairs, 3 large umbrellas, WiFi, Bocce ball court, HDTV, damage insurance, and more....see details below.

Note: To see ALL 44 GUEST COMMENTS AND REVIEWS, click "Read more about Steve and Sonia Bruno" below.


Seaside at your doorstep! Only a block from Seaside and perfect for large or multiple families, 'Avalon' is a 4 story upscale beach home with 7+ bedrooms and 5 full baths. It is literally steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (beach entrance is just 25 feet away) and only a very short stroll to all the unique shops, restaurants, and free concerts, activities, and cultural events of enchanting Seaside, Florida. This meticulously maintained Mediterranean style home has a beautiful, private tropical courtyard with heated PebbleTec pool with waterfall and large stone fireplace, seven well separated bedrooms plus sleeping loft located on all 4 floors, and numerous amenities. Avalon sleeps up to 20 in privacy, although it is perfect for smaller groups desiring more space as well. The interior is spacious and bright, with 10-15' ceilings and a very open floor plan. Walls of floor to ceiling windows frame panoramic ocean views from a 1000 sq ft great room that will comfortably accommodate everyone in your party. Over 1600 sq ft of Italian tiled terraces provide stunning gulf views. There are 3 separate living areas and 2 complete custom kitchens, as well as numerous amenities. Whether it's a beach vacation for one large family, a reunion or special event, or just close family and friends sharing a beach house, you can create memories to last a lifetime at this beautiful, perfectly located home.


• Private grotto pool (12 x 20) with attached tots' pool and waterfall

• Poolside stone fireplace, large gas grill, outside shower and toy corral

• Five 2018 Beach Cruiser bicycles

• Eight high quality Tommy Bahama beach chairs and 3 large umbrellas

• High Speed Wireless Internet

• Eight HDTV LED TVs, Home Theater, Blu-Ray players and Movie Library

• Cornilleau Professional Table Tennis

• Private, Palm-lined Bocce Ball Court

• Bathrooms have hair dryers, makeup mirrors, and luxury towels and toiletries

• Baby Crib, High Chair, and Tots' Table on Premises

• Three car garage, with parking for up to 6 cars or SUVs

• Accidental damage insurance provided free of charge


The beautiful, safe, and very family-friendly New Urbanist town of Seaside is just a short stroll away (about 250 feet). There you'll find numerous unique restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and a wonderful bookstore and record shop. Throughout the year there are free outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. There is a 30 mile long oceanside biking and walking path coursing directly in front of the house. Play tennis at the nearby Watercolor tennis club (fee), or take a short drive to golf as little as 5 minutes away. Kids (and adults!) love the outdoor table tennis and the palm-tree shaded private Bocce ball court. Relax in the private heated pool or gather in the evening around the romantic stone fireplace in the courtyard. Of course, most importantly, the gorgeous beach and gulf are only steps away!

FLOOR-BY-FLOOR BED CONFIGURATION: There are at total of 4 King beds, 2 Queen beds, 2 Double beds, 3 Twin beds, 1 sleeper sofa, and 1 crib in the house.

(Note - Three of the King bedrooms and both of the Queen bedrooms have ensuite full bathrooms, 26 inch LG LED TVs, ceiling fans, and large closets. At least one bathroom on each floor is separately accessible from the hallway, if needed.)

GROUND FLOOR: 1 Queen BR; 1 King bed in another separate semi-private room; 1 Full Bathroom; 500 sq ft porch with table tennis; 3 car garage; bicycle/bocce storage room.

SECOND FLOOR: 1 King BR; 1 Queen BR; 1 bunk room with 3 Twin beds & 1 Double bed; 2 Full Bathrooms; Living Room with Queen sofabed; full kitchen (1 of 2); dining area with table/chairs; laundry room; crib, highchair, tots table; 500 sq ft covered, furnished terrace

THIRD FLOOR: 2 King BRs; 2 Full Bathrooms; Great Room (living room, dining room, second full kitchen); another 500 sq ft furnished terrace

FOURTH FLOOR: 1 Full BR (Loft); separate private dressing room; 100 sq ft observation deck.

EASY RESERVATIONS: Making a reservation is very easy, with most credit cards accepted and an excellent and very professional management service who leave your key right at the property (no need to 'check in'), and who can also assist you during your stay. Just contact us any time if you have questions. (Contact information is near bottom of page.)

THANK YOU for making 'AVALON' South Walton's most popular vacation home for the past 11 years (2007-2017)!

SMALLER GROUPS MAY ALSO WANT TO CONSIDER 'MER SEA': It's absolutely ideal for 1 or 2 smaller families or 2 or 3 couples. Mer Sea is a gulf front luxury penthouse villa with totally private ocean and beach views from all rooms and a 7000 sq ft tropical lagoon pool. This very spacious 3 bedroom/3 full bath condominium sleeps up to 8-12 and has 2 nearly identical king master bedroom suites for parents (both gulf view) as well as 2 full and 2 twin beds in the 3rd bedroom and a queen sofa bed. Only 500 feet from downtown Rosemary Beach, and an easy stroll to Alys Beach as well. A total, very upscale remodeling of Mer Sea has just been completed.

More Details

Steve and Sonia Bruno
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Steve and Sonia Bruno

Steve & Sonia Bruno, friendly owners!

Steve and Sonia Bruno purchased this house in 2005

Why Steve and Sonia Bruno chose Seagrove Beach

We designed and built Avalon as a family-friendly vacation home. We love the location right next to the beach and just down the street from everything in Seaside. You really never need a car!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our first time at Thyme after Thyme. The 21 of us came from a small town in MS - Crystal Springs - ages 70, 68, 43, 40, 39, 36 (2), 35 (2), 30, 10, 9, 8, 6 (2), 5, 4, 3, 2, 1(2). We enjoyed both sunrises and sunsets from the great balconies.....great places for seeing God's handiwork. The kids "lived" in the pool (at least when they were not in the ocean!) We loved being able to walk to the town for ice cream. Our week was busy and oh so much fun. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home.....everyone is sad to leave. The Kitchens family - Crystal Springs, MS
Aug 2013
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Seagrove Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4007 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 22
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite vanity, oversize shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite vanity, oversize shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite vanity, oversize shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite vanity, oversize shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Granite vanity, oversize shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , en suite full bathroom with flexible hallway accesss
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , en suite full bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , en suite full bathroom with flexible hallway accesss
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , en suite full bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , en suite full bathroom with flexible poolside access
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Loft - 1 double , On 4th floor, with dressing room and gulf view deck.
  • King Beds (4), Queen Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin Beds (3), Queen Sleeper Sofa (1), Baby Crib (1) [Bring own sheets for crib.]
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 5 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Luxury home. Adjacent beach access (walkover less than 50 ft away). 10-15 ft ceilings. Bedrooms on all 4 floors. 1000+ sq ft of Gulf-view terraces. Open floor plan. Two full kitchens. Free bikes and beach chairs on premises. Free wireless high speed internet. Free DVD library with movies for all ages. Instant hot water, Quad-filtered water. Indoor/outdoor CD stereo system. Poolside outdoor fireplace/grill and outside shower. Free Incidental Damage Insurance: You're on vacation to have a great time, not to worry about accidental damage that could occur during your stay. That's why we provide free damage insurance (up to $3000), which covers incidental damage to the home or contents. Please note it does not cover intentional or negligent damage, and the damage must be reported during your stay. More details are available through our management service, who arrange the coverage for you. Again, there is no charge to you when you rent any of the properties.


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Gulf views! Lux home for 20, right next to beach & Seaside. Pool, 5 Bikes, Bocce
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Best family vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

This gorgeous home was perfectly located, so close to Seaside and just steps to the beach. The kids loved riding the bikes into the town, and we all got together for sunsets over the gulf every evening. We had 8 adults and 8 children in our extended family and there was plenty of room in this gorgeous home. The poolside grill got lots of use! The owners thought of every detail to make our stay comfortable and convenient, and we really appreciated how clean and well maintained the house was. We enjoyed every minute of our stay, and can’t wait to return. We’ve already booked our “Thyme” here for next summer!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words about Thyme after Thyme. We're so happy your family enjoyed their vacation. When you come back in July you'll find lots of changes, as we're adding new furnishings and amenities this month. If you'll be cooking family dinners there, we're also stocking both kitchens with seasonings and spices so you won't have to shop for them. Have fun this summer! By the way, we have dozens of other guestbook comments you can read under the "Owner info" tab on our VRBO .com listing (use /102965 for Thyme after Thyme.)
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Louisville, KY

Great Family Reunion House

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect house for our family reunion. There were 17 of us, 7 grandchildren (20 somethings) spouses, three great grandchildren, ages 2,3 and 4. The 2 kitchens came in handy when the babies woke-up earlier than everyone else, they could have breakfast without waking the entire household. Everyone took advantage of the bikes, both for all the bike trails and to get to Seaside and Water Color. We loved all the terraces. Everyone got to have a bed. We used the pool every day and also went to the beach. The babies loved the small pool too. The house was very clean and had all the advertised amenities. We had to call for maintenance and someone arrived in a few hours,even on a holiday weekend. Everyone said they would like to come back. I would definitly recommend this house to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
NW Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
Bud & Alley's, Great Southern, Surfing Deer
Nearest Beach
Seaside, Watercolor & Seagrove Beaches
Car: not necessary

Biking on 30 mile gulfside path (runs right next to home); 4 beach bicycles and professional table tennis are on premises and available free for guests during their stay. Boutiques, art galleries, restaurants (both casual and upscale), live music. Walk to free outdoor concerts, movies, or tennis. Free DVD movie library, free wireless high speed internet. Numerous nearby state parks for hiking, mountain biking, and exploration of rare coastal dune lakes and shoreline. Beach less than 30 yds.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $395 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Pool heating charge is additional for all weeks March through May and Oct through Dec at $30/day. (Not available Jan-Feb) The total rate quoted on VRBO/Home Away for your selected dates already includes the reservation fee; there are no other charges. Five bicycles, eight high quality, comfortable totable beach chairs and three large umbrellas are on premises for use during your stay. Free high speed wireless internet. Weekly only, Saturday to Saturday. Stays of fewer than 7 nights are available November through February, please inquire.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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