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

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Cedar Key House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible sofa, 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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Jim Webb
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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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.


based on 35 traveler reviews

'Ms. Etta's House' - Your Cedar Key Home Away from Home
average rating of 4.9714284 based on 35 reviews

Escaping Hurricane Mathew

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about Miss Etta's House and Jim Webb, the manager. As hurricane Mathew was approaching us I got onto VRBO and found this wonderful home that my family and friends escape to to wait out the hurricane. The home is nicely and comfortably furnished with everything you could need and plenty of separate living areas so you don't feel on top of each other. Jim contacted me within 10 minutes so I knew we could start packing. Cedar Key is a quaint and historic little laid back town with several good restaurants and shopping opportunities. Tony's Seafood Restaurant's clam chowder is the best I have ever eaten. We also enjoyed Steamers Clam Bar & Grill, 83 West and had a great shrimp burger at Away From The World, known for their many different beers. Next time we visit we hope to take advantage of the good fishing there.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful house for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

Miss Etta's house was perfect for our gathering of five couples with a few kids. The house had everything we needed, was a delightful setting, and is spread out enough and open so that we didn't feel that we were on top of each other. The owner and caretaker were exceptionally attentive and helpful throughout the process. Cedar Key is a quiet and pleasant island. Not a lot to do but relax, bird-watch, and kayak, but that was all OK with us!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Best House in Cedar Key!

  • 5 of 5

Because of the thoughtfulness of our host and his family, I was able to have all my children and their spouses at Cedar Key with me for my birthday and special time for remembrance of my husband. Ms. Etta's is the perfect place to stay - and not just for the accommodations (excellent!), the cleanliness (excellent!), the fully equipped kitchen and laundry (excellent!), and the atmosphere (also excellent!). Beyond those things, and even more special, was that we all felt surrounded by the love and hospitality of Ms. Etta and her family - it was, for us, a serene and magical place. Perfect in every way!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miss Etta's was PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from Miss was hard to leave! We loved the was so clean! The front porch was a great place for that first cup of coffee in the morning! Six of us stayed for the weekend. We were attending Beth Davis', the owner of The Salty Needle, second annual quilting retreat. Miss Etta'd was perfect. We didn't need our vehicles the entire time. Miss Etta's is close enough to EVERYTHING you can walk anyplace you want to go, even to the quilt shop! It was the perfect place for us six crazy women and we are already looking forward to staying at Miss Etta's next year! Stay at Miss Etta'd, you won't be disappointed, just not during The Salty Needles quilting retreat because we will be there!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quilt Retreat

  • 5 of 5

There were eleven quilters who had a grand time at Miss Etta's House. We sewed up a storm, enjoyed the sunsets and clam chowder, walks around town and evenings spent enjoying one another's company in the spacious living room.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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We called ourselves the "Ladies of Cedar Key"

  • 5 of 5

After years of talking about it, a 6 of us got together at Ms. Etta's House for a Girl's Getaway weekend. We were all in much need of a well-deserved break to just relax and have some fun. We did. I absolutely Loved the house and the area. We had a wonderful time. Plenty of room, very nice. We checked out sun rises and sun sets, ate, shopped. Went over to Crystal River to check out the manatees and so much more. I highly recommend it and we look forward to going there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cedar Key House Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

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

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
    Apartment Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleep Sofa is a Queen size
    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), Queen Sofa Bed (1) , Bunk Beds (1) = 9 beds sleep 12
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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