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Exquisite Home on Sound, great amenities! 10/15-10/22 and 10/22-10/29 avl!

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Mary Esther House Rental Photos and Description

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

Please contact us directly - by phone or email - for an accurate quote or to book.

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 and porch swing

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

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:

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Timothy or Elizabeth Spaid
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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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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Exquisite Home on Sound, great amenities! 10/15-10/22 and 10/22-10/29 avl!
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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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Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house and pool and being right on the water was a beautiful experience for whole family. We had rented both houses on each side of pool and had my 85 year parents with 10 brother and sisters and in laws for a total of 28 . It was a relaxing family time to be with parents including my father fighting cancer. He was able to go out and swim every morning in the pool and just loved the view from pool and back porch. The smile on his face made the rest of family just smile that we could be together in such a beautiful place. The house is close location to lots of beaches, museums, shopping, and restaurants. We enjoyed our selves so much....

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie, We were very happy to hear your family had a great time renting both homes together, and thank you for sending the photo of your group on the back porch with your dad. So glad to hear he enjoyed the pool and view. Best to all of you, Elizabeth
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Great and Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

The amenities were fabulous! This is a beautiful house with lots of Space. Great time with the office staff. There was everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at the Seahorse Retreat! The house was spacious and comfortable, and had everything we needed, including comfortable deck furniture to sit and enjoy the views. While we did go to the beach a couple of days, we really didn't need to...the pool and the bay offered everything we needed. It was especially nice to have the kayaks to use and the beach chairs and toys available, so we didn't have to bring those things with us. The location was great for us - fishing off the dock behind the house, and situated between 2 major piers - Navarre and Ft Walton. Destin isn't much further, for shopping and numerous restaurants. The bedrooms were comfortable with TVs in all the larger rooms, plenty of bathroom space, and the wireless internet worked great. The extra refrigerator in the garage was nice, and we loved having the full size grill, which we used one night. Elizabeth (owner) was very friendly and responsive starting with my initial inquiry and throughout the rental process. It was a perfect location for a relaxing week!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna, Sounds like you had a great time with family - which we are always happy to hear about! It is a fun place to relax and enjoy with family and friends. We hope to see you again sometime! Elizabeth
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Beyond Expectation!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! We cannot begin to express the phenomenal experience we had at the Sea Horse retreat! It is by far the best place to rent in Florida. The amenities are just the beginning. The wonderful feel we got has us captivated to say the least. We started planning our next stay before we left! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so thrilled you enjoyed your stay at the Seahorse and hope you come back again! Elizabeth
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Sun, Fun with Great Friends!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the Seahorse Retreat! It offered so many amenities and awesome views for the entire group. The kiddos enjoyed swimming in the pool, hunting for crabs near the pier and the Foosball Table! The location is perfect for heading to Navarre Beach and into Destin.

Many great memories made...we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, So glad your group made some great memories! We look forward to having you back! 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

Mary Esther House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Fall
Oct 15 2016 - Nov 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Memorial Week
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4 week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
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

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $289 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $800
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.

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Mary Esther House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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.

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

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