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'Ms. Etta's House' - Your Cedar Key Home Away from Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms , 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Welcome to “Ms. Etta’s” House! Etta Wadley Watson was born in Cedar Key in 1908 and modeled with her own life the warmth, charm, and hospitality of her home. She loved to entertain friends, family and visitors and always wanted others to enjoy wonderful pictures of loved ones, view her beautiful yard, eat wonderful food, and to relax... and then relax some more. Upon her death her family decided to open her family home to those who are looking for a time of rest and relaxation and an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty, the birds, the warm breezes, and the unique culture of the island. If you have never been to Cedar Key, you are in for a real treat.

“Ms. Etta’s” house is set one block off of Goose Cove on the Gulf of Mexico. After a fire in 1991, the house was rebuilt and is both comfortable and spacious, offering the peace and serenity of Cedar Key living to families and groups of friends, large or small.

Capable of sleeping up to 15 people, this two-story home includes a private second-story apartment with private access featuring a living area, full kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and two bedrooms - just perfect for those who want their own privacy while still participating with the rest of friends and family on the main floor. The main floor has a large living room, three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, a large dining room, and a spacious, fully equipped kitchen. Ms. Etta’s House will accommodate your large family vacation or family reunion and turn it into a memorable, fun-filled occasion.

Ms. Etta’s House is fully furnished and “tech ready” for your relaxation and enjoyment. It is equipped with dual-zone central heat and air conditioning with separate thermostats on each floor. You can literally feel the tension drain out of you as you settle in to all the comforts of home in an environment which offers quiet, waterside walks and gorgeous sunsets only a few hundred feet away.


Ms. Etta’s House offers a spacious living area on the main floor featuring a wood-burning fireplace, recliner chairs and a large and small sofa situated in front of a TV with a DVD player and a small family-friendly DVD library. A well-loved spinet piano stands ready for listening to your favorite pianist or a wonderful family sing-along.

The upstairs living area features a queen-size sleeping sofa and two chairs situated in front of a TV with DVD player. A two-seat bar separates the living room from the kitchen and defines the round table eating area.


The main floor kitchen features a large pantry, and laundry room with washer and dryer, a dual oven, large microwave, electric stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, coffeemaker, and two refrigerator-freezers with icemakers. It is fully equipped with cooking pots and baking pans, and most other small appliances needed to prepare and serve meals, large and small. A large, center serving island and preparation center provides bar-style seating for five in addition to the large kitchen dining table that seats 6 - 8 depending on their size. There is also a small TV in the kitchen. Adjoining the kitchen is a separate dining room with another large, circular dining table which seats ten.

The smaller upstairs kitchen is also fully equipped with pots, pans, baking equipment and utensils, in addition to a stove, oven, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, and dining area.


The main floor features three large bedrooms, two with a walk-in closet as well as its own full bathroom. The front master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed as well as a day bed, and a computer workstation with DSL access. The second bedroom features a King-sized bed. The third bedroom has twin beds and bunk beds (sleeps 2) and is perfect for kids, friends, and/or cousins. This room connects with one of the full bathrooms and also has quick access to a half bath off the kitchen. There are TV cable connections in two bedrooms and a TV in the second bedroom.

The upstairs area features two more bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and one with a king-sized bed, a full bathroom, and a queen-sized sleep sofa. The apartment master bedroom opens through French doors to an upper deck/porch area with a gorgeous view of the birds gliding in the wind currents and the Gulf of Mexico.


Ms. Etta’s House is fully Internet/WiFi capable via a DISH Satellite. Connect your laptop to the Wi-Fi servicing every room in the house. A printer is also available in the front bedroom for your use. Local and domestic long distance service is included. A credit card is required for international calls.


Ms. Etta’s House is situated on a well-maintained corner lot with a large, grass-covered play area behind the house. Extra sets of linens are provided as well as a washer and dryer on each floor. A propane gas grill is available for your use. Ms. Etta’s House is centrally located on the island. You are within easy walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants, the “sand spit” (low tide), downtown park, churches, and marina. Just down the street people gather at sundown to view the incredibly beautiful Cedar Key sunset.


A part of Florida’s “Nature Coast”, Cedar Key is a place like no other. Local activities available include fishing, kayaking, and boat excursions from the local marina, and golf cart, bike, and scooter rentals. Nearby Chiefland, Florida boasts a fine 18-hole golf course as well as Manatee Springs State Park – one of the largest fresh water springs in Florida (feeds into the Suwannee River). More information on Cedar Key is available at the Chamber of Commerce web site.

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More Details

Property Manager
Jim Webb
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 1, 2017

About Jim Webb

My sister and I own Ms. Etta's House in Cedar Key. Our mother loved to entertain and she was so charming, beautiful, and gracious that we decided to share our home with others in her name. We have a spacious home so we attract wonderful family groups who are celebrating birthdays, graduating from the University of Florida, quilting, reunions, or just getting away with friends for fellowship and relaxation. We get such wonderful feedback and returning guests ... how totally perfect. Come see us and we think you will want to return again and again.

Jim Webb purchased this house in 2007

Why Jim Webb chose North Central Florida

Ms. Etta's House has been our family's favorite vacation spot for many years. When we think of relaxing, napping, fishing, boating, watching the birds, or just taking a long walk, we think of Cedar Key. We decided that Ms. Etta's House would be in our family's experience for generations to come. We maintain our home just like our beloved mother was still living there ... we love to remember the wonderful Cedar Key experiences with her.

What makes this house unique

Ms. Etta's House is spacious, comfortable and perfect for families or great friends. We enjoy the opportunity to share the main floor of the house with family and friends and retreat upstairs to the comfortable and private apartment. We love to get around the piano in the large living room and sing songs that warm our hearts. We love to watch the sea birds from the porch off the apartment or just enjoy the privacy of reading a good book and feel the breeze ... a taste of Old Florida at its best. The front porch and the swing are a favorite spot for morning coffee or visiting with family and friends. Our grandchildren love to lick the bowl as they watch their grandmother prepare great pies, cakes or pudding treats. The Gulf shore is just down the street complete with the most remarkable sunsets you can imagine ... perfect for photographers who like to capture unbelievable beauty. The house features ample parking for multiple cars and boats with a spacious lawn for children to run and play. There is just no place like Cedar Key if you really want to get away and relax.


Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Twin sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Handicap Shower and Bars
    Apartment 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Apartment Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Off Main Kitchen and Bedroom 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Connects to largest bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Connects to twin sink dressing room and bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Apartment Bedroom; Has a small observation deck
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Apartment Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Connects with bathroom shared with Bedroom 2
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds (1) = 8 beds sleep 12
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two unique living areas with full amenities. See description.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

'Ms. Etta's House' - Your Cedar Key Home Away from Home
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews
Pinellas Park

Lovely home, great location, accessable to town and waterfront.

  • 4 of 5

This is our fourth year here and it really feels like home. A couple of our party are not comfortable with their beds. Restaurants and businesses in area are very eratic with their hours and we found many closed when posted hours said they would be open.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clearwater, Florida

Ms Etta's House is an absolutely wonderful place to stay in Cedar Key.

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this home in Cedar Key 3 times and find it extremely comfortable and charming. We love to gather as a family and have mini get togethers in Cedar Key. Would recommend this home for a vacation to everyone looking for a great place to stay

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house and location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Miss Etta's House. It had everything we could possible need. The kitchen was amazing. There were nine women having a quilting retreat, and there was enough room for everyone to sleep. We were very comfortable. Everyone especially loved the front porch. Plus it was a short walk to the water to watch the sunset. We all want to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in Ms. Etta's house as an after Christmas, New Year's Eve and early 80th Birthday celebration for my mom. We had 4 generations for this gathering. What fun and comfort in this spacious, well-appointed home. All of us felt at home and welcome in Cedar Key. The house is equipped with everything you can possibly need. We will not hesitate to book again.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in rental houses for Christmas for 40 years now and Ms. Etta's was the most well supplied one we have ever rented. Everything we could possible need to prepare our meal for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was there. The house was clean and so welcoming. The location is perfect in town. The grandchildren loved the "secret hideaway" under the stairs with the supply of toys. I grew up in Cedar Key and always admired this beautiful house, what a treat to stay here. The front porch with swing is awesome!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Cedar Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Jan 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Damage Protection includes additional work that our cleaning staff must do because the property was not cared for properly by the renter.

Payments are made through a personal check with 50% due to confirm the reservation and 50% due one month prior to Arrival Date

Manager'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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