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Exquisite Home on Sound, great amenities! 8/19-26; 8/26-9/2 avl

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedroom, 5 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 16

Please note: We are unable to accommodate weddings, receptions, or events.

If you are interested in booking our home for your vacation, please tell us a little about yourself, your rental party, and the reason for your visit.

The Seahorse Retreat is a lovely villa in a tropical setting that is perfect for family reunions or get-togethers with friends. The signature landscape features a palm court, infinity edge swimming pool, large in-ground spa, and beautiful flowering plants that overlooks a private beach, dock, and the Santa Rosa Sound. While the spa is for use of guests in this home, the other amenities (pool/dock/beach) are shared with the Palm Breeze Beach House - a similar home we manage that can also be rented together or separately (see listing 182720 on VRBO and 187335 on homeaway). Each home is on 1/2 acre and enclosed by a fence for privacy.

You'll have multiple porches outfitted with comfortable furniture to relax and marvel at the brilliant sunrises and sunsets. Most every room has incredible views of the water with access to a porch.

A Home with Style...: As beautiful the home is on the outside, on the inside every room has been designed in an eclectic West Indies decor that will have you wondering if you've landed on the doorstep of Hemingway's home. The naturalist feel is intentional to connect our guests with the local wildlife and eco-tourist offerings in the area including kayaking, fishing, bird watching, beach combing, biking, or boating. And the seahorses? You'll find them inconspicuously in the decor throughout the house.

We are located on the Santa Rosa Sound 4.5 miles east of Navarre Beach - an easy, quick drive to the Gulf Beaches. We have the best of both worlds, and here's why:

-- Private white-sand beach that is perfect for kids and adults because the Sound is shallow and clear.

-- No red flag days! The emerald water of the Gulf that you see in brochures is for real - on calm days, but if you come during a week of rough surf, you'll be stuck sitting on the sand. At our beach: No rip-tides, drop-offs, rough surf, or jellyfish. Kids can build sandcastles, look for little fish, or crab and fish from our dock. Explore the Sound on a two-person kayak. You can also bring a boat or jet-skis. And...the Sound is a perfect place to try stand-up paddle boarding.

-- Yet ... easy access to Gulf for an afternoon of wave action, deep-sea fishing, biking on the Gulf Islands National Seashore, or other Gulf-based activities. Groceries and restaurants are nearby. So are Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

-- Gorgeous 18x40 infinity-edge pool overlooking Sound (pool is not heated). There is no other pool like this on Navarre Beach! Let your stress melt away in our spa (hint: it's especially relaxing under a sky full of stars!)

-- Beautiful yard with palm trees, flowering bushes, and green grass. Plenty of room to play, explore, or run around.

Our 3,300-sq.ft. home sleeps 16:

- Two spacious masters with king beds and private baths

- Seahorse room with queen bed and shared hall bath

- Kids room (sleeps 5 - one twin over twin and one twin over double bunk) and shared hall bath

- Third floor cupola (via spiral staircase) sleeps 5 (two hanging twin beds, one twin mattress) has full bath at bottom of staircase

- Terrace-level room with queen bed, private bath, access to ground-level patio and hammocks

Other amenities we offer:

- 5 1/2 gorgeous baths with upscale vanities and tile treatments

- Gourmet kitchen with new appliances and lovely granite

- Additional refrigerator on ground level if needed

- Flat screen TVs

- Extensive DVD library

- Wireless Internet

- Pack and play; booster seat; Exersaucer

- Game area with foosball table, board games, puzzles, books, and train table (including trains!) for the little guys (and girls!)

- Gas grill

- Well-stocked kitchen with extras (waffle maker, slow cooker, spice rack, heavy-duty KitchenAid mixer, food processor)

- Ceiling fans throughout

- Hammock

- Tandem Kayak,single kayak, and life vests

- Pool toys

- 1000 sq. feet of porches and balconies with prime water views

- Ample parking for 4-5 cars

We're sure you'll agree after viewing the property photos that the home is an ideal spot for a family retreat. This home and the one next to it, which sleeps 16, may be available for rental together and are enclosed by a fence for privacy. Both share pool, spa, beach, and dock. Please see listing number 187335 on Homeaway for more details.

But while we know this is a special place, don't take our word for it. See our online guestbook to see what vacationers have to say. To find out if this home is available for the dates you desire, see link for calendar: We update it daily.

When you rent our homes, we provide lots of local info including suggestions of places to visit/tour, restaurants we recommend, and local tips.

To see additional photos, please send us an email, and we will be happy to show many more pictures of our house, including panoramic views. Or check out our website: coastawhilevacations

More Details

Timothy or Elizabeth Spaid
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Timothy or Elizabeth Spaid

We have been in the vacation rental property business since 2003 when we purchased our first town home on Folly Beach, SC. We love to share our homes with guests, and our guests make a lot of memories here because they often bring three generations of family members!

Timothy or Elizabeth Spaid purchased this house in 2008

Why Timothy or Elizabeth Spaid chose Florida

In 2006 we saw this hurricane-ravaged piece of land on the Santa Rosa Sound and took a gamble. We bought it and with our partner, started building two identical homes, The Seahorse Retreat and the Palm Breeze Beach House.

What makes this house unique

Our location - 5 miles from Navarre Beach and 15 miles from Destin - makes it easy to access both towns, as well as Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. The water on our beach on the Sound is perfect for swimming because it's shallow and calm, and it's probably one of the best places to try paddle boarding (if guests don't have boards, they can be delivered to the homes). The lovely landscaping, beautiful infinity-edge pool and spas, numerous balconies, and upscale decor make it a great place to relax and enjoy special time with family or friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tim & Elizabeth,

We had an exceptional time this week. Your home was an absolute joy to relax in. This has been our favorite family vacation we have ever taken. During our stay we enjoyed the pool, kayaking, shelling, dippin' dots, sno-balls, spending the day boogie boarding, dolphin watching on a cruise, and more! We would love to make this an annual tradition!
Jun 2008
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Wynnehaven Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , main level
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , between guest room and kids' room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , extra bath to accommodate larger # of guests
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , ground level bath
  • Special attention has been provided toward making every bathroom a beautiful designer bath for your comfort and relaxation. Different bathrooms feature attractive sea life decorative tile inserts, mosaic tiles and unusual vessel sinks. In addition, kitchen is well stocked with utensils and appliances, including extras such as a heavy-duty KitchenAid mixer, slow cooker, waffle maker, and spice rack. There are also two refrigerators.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 3 twin/ single , Coveted cupola with spiral staircase and balcony
  • First floor master suite with private jacuzzi bath. Second floor master suite with private jetted bath. Kid's room with twin over twin and twin over double bunks and shared full bath. Guest bedroom with queen sleigh bed and shared full bath. Go up spiraling staircase to cupola where there are two hanging twin beds and an additional twin mattress. Full bath at bottom of stairs. Queen bedroom on ground floor level with private bath and access to patio. Most rooms have incredible water views and access to balconies. Total square footage: 3,300 inside and 4,300 including balconies.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This home and the one next to it, which also sleeps 18, may be available for rental together and are enclosed by a fence for privacy. Both share pool, beach, and dock. Please see property number 187335 for more details.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Exquisite Home on Sound, great amenities! 8/19-26; 8/26-9/2 avl
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 40 reviews

Great location.....but

  • 3 of 5

Every Fall my family of 15 (children and grandchildren) come together in Destin area for our break. I always make the decision on where to stay (and pay) . I wanted a venue out of the madness of Destin so I choose this home in Mary Ester. The home was big and very nice with great views of sound. However in this area in October you really need a heated pool. The sound was warm. Hot tub great but the pool was freezing and turned our clothing, hair and nails green. It took weeks to get the green out of the,kids hair. Also I usually take the master br but chose to allow my son who has 3 children to take the biggest room. The room I took was small with double bed. The view from my room was stunning but the bed had 'bugs.' Thank goodness not bed bugs .

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Donna R.

  • 5 of 5

I was so amazed by this lovely venue. It was like a mini plantation. The accessibility to the ocean was unbelievable. I saw the pictures before hand, but never dreamt that it could be so close. I wasn't sure I would miss the big waves being that this was in a Sound, but it made it all the more fun and enjoyable. The beds were wonderful. I really appreciated the care the owner took to give us as much pertinent information about the place before we arrived. I am hoping we will be able to utilize this vacation spot again.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, Thank you so much for your kind words about the Seahorse Retreat. We strive to make sure our guests enjoy their time there, and glad to hear you did! Best, Elizabeth
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Loved this Condo!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house! The beds were super comfortable. Rooms were clean and I loved the decor. Lots of room to spread out and enjoy family or quiet time. Definitely a house I would rent again!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura, So happy you were able to stay at the Seahorse and glad to hear the beds were comfortable and that you had a wonderful stay! Best, Elizabeth
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Just a perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We really loved everything about the Mary Esther experience. The house was amazingly beautiful as well as spacious enough for us to play together or have our own space away from the group. The hot tub was used daily and the ocean daily as well! We had never stayed where the ocean was so accessible, clear and calm for us to enjoy each day! I even let my 3 year old just play away in it. It was just superb! Thank you Elizabeth for providing such an amazing experience for us and we look forward to renting for years to come. ~Sam

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sam, Great to hear you enjoyed your stay - and that the weather was so nice for February! We love the calmness of the Sound as well - no drop-offs or rip currents to worry about - just an easy place to swim and enjoy the water. Thank you for your comments and we look forward to having you back again! Best, Elizabeth
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Seahorse Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house and property. This was our family vacation with 10 adults.

Loved the beautiful setting right on the water. So relaxing and super comfortable. We so much enjoyed the pool and hot tub. The kitchen was fully stocked with every tool one could use to prepare meals. The extra refrigerator came in very handy. Everyone had theIr own bathroom....yay! The nearby beaches are beautiful. We spent a day at a Destin beach....the sand and the Gulf were incredibly gorgeous. We would definitely rent again in the future. Thank you Spaid's for a delightful visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan, Glad to hear it was an awesome week! You certainly had some great weather. Thanks for choosing the Seahorse Retreat for your vacation and look forward to hosting you again! Elizabeth
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Beautiful Beach House

  • 5 of 5

This house was a beautiful and well equipped house to spend a vacation! It was so nice to wake up and have the view of the water, blue sky, and pool--Beautiful!! The infinity pool, the spa, the pier, the 3 porches, and the view from all of them was so peaceful and relaxing. The owners have thought about almost everything to make your stay wonderful. You are close to beaches, shopping, and restaurants. We had 6 adults and 10 older young adults and we all had a fantastic time and enjoyed our selves so much!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill, We're so pleased your group had a wonderful stay with all of your family! Thank you for the great review! Best, Elizabeth
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Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Our beach
Car: necessary

In addition to the pool, spa, and beach on site, we are located only 4.5 miles from Navarre Beach and 15 miles from the shopping and family attractions of Destin. You can do all of the following nearby: visit the Butterfly House, take a Dolphin Cruise, see the Gulfarium, shark museum, bike along the National Seashore, picnic, parasail, snorkel, kayak, deep sea fishing, canoe or hike trails along the Black River. See the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Golf and miniature golf. You also have convenient access locally to a Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores as well as local restaurants to suit anyone's taste.


Rates & Availability

Wynnehaven Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Aug 26 2017 - Oct 20 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 11 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year's Week
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 3 2018 - Mar 16 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 17 2018 - May 25 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Memorial Week
May 26 2018 - Jun 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th Week
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 7 2018 - Aug 10 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Sumer
Aug 11 2018 - Aug 24 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Aug 25 2018 - Oct 19 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800
Cleaning $295 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Sorry, we cannot accommodate weddings, receptions, or events.

We rent to 25 and older only, no student groups.

Copy of driver's license is required with signed rental agreements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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