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As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-8)

'As Good As It Gets' - A perfect '10' cottage with front covered porch, rear screened porch, and a lushly landscaped yard with a picket fence with lavish pool right out back. Very clean!

A VERY short walk to Frangista beach (4 minutes and your toes are in the famous Emerald Waters) with the uncrowded neighborhood pool directly behind home. You can sit on screened porch and watch the kids swim in the luxurious large pool. This charming cottage has 11 ft ceilings and all hardwood floors. The owner is an interior designer and has left nothing unattended - you will be pleasantly surprised by the tasteful vintage decor. Colors are soft and relaxing and no detail has been overlooked including high quality bedding. You will be charmed by the iron beds, cotton quilts and vintage linen fabrics. There is a large LCD TV with surround sound in the gathering room and 2 flat screens in bedrooms as well as DVD on each. There is a queen bed in each of the bedrooms. There is also a queen sleeper sofa and a queen air mattress with integrated air inflation.

You will feel as if you are staying at a Five Star Luxury Bed and Breakfast. The master suite, named La Jardin Suite (the garden suite) has soft pistachio green walls, hydrangea wreath, garden statuary, wrought iron accents, yellow toile cotton quilts and beautiful accessories. It is refreshing and relaxing and perfect in every detail. The smaller suite, named La Petite Suite, is decorated with a Country French cotton quilt and bedding, black iron bed and black distressed furnishings. Beautiful original oils and limited edition prints complete the pleasing ambience of this room.

The kitchen is fully equipped so if you prefer to donning your apron instead of waiting in line at a restaurant, everything you need is there including stainless appliances, a new Bosch side by side fridge with ice and water in the door and and new stainless ceramic top range.

The gathering room is something out of a magazine with it's slip covered furniture, original oils and vintage touches. The large oval table in a distressed red finish will seat six.

The walk to the beach is about 200 yards (very very short). Your toes will touch the beautiful white sands of the Gulf in minutes. You cross Scenic 98 which is not busy. It also has speed bumps all along the road and at the private beach access. Although we have wireless internet access, you can also walk to the corner to 'Bad Ass Coffee' for internet access and a great cup of java. If you are not familiar with Scenic 98 location, it departs from hwy 98 at the Destin Commons Mall and comes back into 98 at Silver Sands Outlet Mall (shopping mecas). This is the road where Pompano Joes and Destiny By The Sea is located. The beaches are uncrowded due the abscense of high rise condos in the area.

We are confident if you stay once, you will return, making 'As Good As It Gets' your Florida beach tradition.

Keywords: Cottage, Miramar Beach, Frangista Beach, Destin, beach vacation, close to beach, heated pool, charming, vintage decor, Emerald Coast, Beach, sleeps 6, beach get-away

More Details

Barbara French
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Barbara French

Hi and thanks for inquiring about our cottage, 'As Good As It Gets'. This is the 3rd rental property we have owned in the Destin area and we're thrilled to leave the condo market to obtain a charming cottage so close to the beach. If you wonder why we have such great comments from our guests, it is because I am an interior designer with a passion for beauty. We take great pride in excellence and knowing we have made our home a fabulous destination for our guests. We have always had a high rate of returning guests because of our passion for creating beautiful properties. Also, we LOVE being able to vacation in such a great place ourselves so there is a bit of selfishness involved! I own a small custom cabinet business in Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville. We have one 11 year old daughter who loves the beach and horses. Someday we hope to retire to our cottage as it feels we are pulling into 'home' when we cross the Bay Bridge (well, at best, maybe WE can be the snow birds occupying the cottage during the winter. I added my pic as I am the one you will be speaking with.

Barbara French purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Barbara French chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

For years I have driven by the charming cottages of Frangista Beach and dreamed of owning one. The pastel colored cottages and picket fences so close to the beach won my heart. Many I had looked at over the years were larger than what I cared to manage. We had just sold our beach front condo when this cottage at Frangista came on the market. I didn't have to think twice. We hopped in the car, drove to Destin and wrote a contract the first day. I love that it is out of the really busy traffic hustle of Destin, yet positioned between the Destin Commons Mall and Silver Sands outlet mall (sorry, I love to shop). Also, there are many great restaurants, grocery stores and fun things for our family to do and just steps from those sugar white beaches.

What makes this cottage unique

I love staying somewhere clean and well maintained - where items are replaced when need be to retain that new look. The colors in the cottage are so relaxing. Everyone comments on how restful it is. I love sitting on the screened back porch and hearing the water fall in the large pool located directly behind the cottage. It is so relaxing. When we are ready to head to the beach, it is just a few minutes walk. I enjoy having a private beach that is not wall to wall people. It is not crowded at all.


Frangista Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings from mid May to Mid August are from Saturday to Saturday, Saturday to Friday or Sunday to Saturday. Six days rentals minimum during summer.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master has large tile shower plus a large jacuzzi tub and double vanities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Luxury premium pillow top mattresses with allergy covers, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach
average rating of 4.837209 based on 43 reviews

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this particular location for the past 2 years. Has been amazing both times!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your loyalty! Happy to have you again.
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Great house, Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

House and location are fantastic! In the middle of Scenic 98 and close to just about everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting the cottage and the great review . So glad you found it to be fantastic. Come back soon! Barbara
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a little piece of Paradise

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was great for 2-4 guests. All the appliances were new and the interior had been recently renovated, with more improvements in the offing. the best part---a short two block walk to the beautiful Miramar Beach and a great private pool right out the backdoor shared by the small Frangista housing community. A great area for walks and bike rides. I'd avoid the spring break period if you like some peace and quiet, but otherwise I'd highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at the cottage. Glad you all had a great visit. Come back soon! Of course, the home sleeps 6 with the pull out sleeper. There is one particular week of spring break that can be very busy. I can always let future guests know when that is. The sheriff and the HOA will address any noise issues if they are notified as they parole the area heavily during this period to discourage noise violations.
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Very nice to not stay in a high rise resort & park as if at home.

  • 5 of 5

The home very well decorated, neat & clean with everything you need to start off for a memorable vacation. Pool area quiet this time of year , nice for a read & nap while relaxing, although the waterfall nor jacuzzi was working at the pool. Close walk to beach & the cottage provided beach chairs & umbrellas for the stay without requiring to pay for daily service.

Thanks for everything Barbara !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Next time let me know. I can have them turn fountain and whirlpool on. I don't know why they turn it off sometimes but hearing the fountain is my favorite thing! It's so relaxing. Glad you had a good stay.
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Quaint and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at As Good as it Gets because the house is quaint with little touches of the beach throughout. It is two streets back from the beach, so it is quiet. The walk to the beach is easy, so don't let that deter you. The cottage is clean, and the well-appointed kitchen allows you to cook delicious meals. The master bath shower is bright and large with white tile throughout. We highly recommend staying at As Good as it Gets, and we plan to return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

3rd year in a row I have stayed here and once again it was great time had by all.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Panama City International
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Whale's Tail
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pompano Joe's
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
private beach walk-over with flashing lights


Rates & Availability

Frangista Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 4 2017
6 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 5 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Mar 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 10 2018 - Mar 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $140 + Tax
Pet Fee $95 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.5%

Pets are on a per case approval and the fee is $95 per pet with a maximum of two pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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