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Cindy Griffin

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Real Gulf-Front Home: Step Out the Backdoor and Onto the Beach

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Holmes Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Completely remodeled, 2 BR, 1 ½ bath beach house right on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Walk out the back door to a white, powdery beach and the sparkling, clear Gulf. Shady Palms beach house is located in the most perfect spot you’ll ever find! From the very first moment, you will notice how this private and quiet beach hide-a-way delivers the best of both worlds - sun and shade.

Sit in the backyard and enjoy the cool breeze under the Australian pines, and coconut palms while the sun, the fun, and the beach are just one step away. Dining tables and chairs are provided for beachside dining or swing and relax in the hammock large enough for two as the sun sets - all right from your backyard.

Upon entering this Old Florida Style beach cottage, you will encounter panoramic views of the Gulf from just about every room in the house. Watch the sunset from the kitchen or dining room, from the living room or sitting room. Wake up to the sound of the surf in the beachside master bedroom.

You will feel right at home with a fully-equipped kitchen. Enjoy the convenience of a center island workspace with modern appliances and every fun gadget imaginable for island cooking and entertaining! Two refrigerators - and two icemakers - means never running out of space or ice!

TV Sitting Room: Two very comfortable lounge chairs for both captains! 50' flat screen TV, cable, DVD, FM stereo with CD player. Bring your Chromecast - WiFi ready.

Game Room: Game table and bookshelves with cards, games, and puzzles provided. You will want to explore the house's remarkable indigenous shell collection along with some fascinating Anna Maria artifacts from bygone days.

Gulf-Side Sitting Room: Second dining table and chairs overlooking the beach. A second sleeper sofa (queen bed) and additional chairs also look out to the beach.

Bedrooms: Extra spacious bedrooms with king-sized beds. Top of the line, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses will ensure the most peaceful and comfortable sleep every night of your vacation. Comfortable sleep is our priority so that you may rest assured; no expense spared to provide the very best night's sleep possible.

Wireless high-speed internet provided free of charge.

Keywords: Gulf-Front House

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Cindy Griffin (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english


based on 26 traveler reviews

Real Gulf-Front Home: Step Out the Backdoor and Onto the Beach
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Pure Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending two weeks at Shady Palms. The accommodations were exemplary. The house is gorgeous, impeccably decorated, and immaculately clean with all the comforts of home! We will never forget opening the front door upon our arrival and seeing the breathtaking view of the beach from the front room. The shady backyard was such a welcome relief from a day at the beach. Cindy, the owner, has thought of everything to make your stay a memorable one. The home is conveniently located within walking distance of great restaurants and shops. We can't wait to return and highly recommend a visit.

Bill & Rose

Jessup, MD

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise found

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here December 2015 but completely forgot to send a review. Well, better late than never I suppose. Shady palms is a delightful, well appointed and comfortable retreat, on the beach but tucked under some mature trees with a decent sized plot ideal for outdoor dining.

Inside the accommodation is spacious and the lay out works well for socialising or just quietly relaxing after a day on the beach. The location is handy for local eateries, bars and shops and, all things considered, it makes for an ideal family holiday.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a glorious week at Shady Palms. We both agreed that this was our best vacation ever. The setting of the home is perfect. From the back door, you are steps away from a gorgeous beach which we found to be relatively uncrowded and peaceful. The beach is wide and very clean and early risers will find a nice selection of shells. The water was still on the chilly side in early April, but warm enough to take a dip if you wish. When you need a break from the sun, you can wander back to the lovely back yard which is entirely shaded by a variety of huge trees. There's plenty of seating and a picnic table in the back yard as well as a wonderful hammock for afternoon naps. Plan to be on hand in the back yard for the beautiful sunsets. Inside, you will find a charming, well-appointed home that is SPARKLING clean. There is definitely an "Old Florida" feel to this place which is so much more inviting than your typical sterile condo or hotel room. The shell display in the front room is not to be missed--it's a true work of art. The kitchen is extremely well appointed with everything you need if you decide stay in for meals. If you want to venture out for a meal, there are plenty of great options within a short drive. The beds are fantastically comfortable and sure to guarantee a great night's rest. Most importantly, I can't say enough about how good it was to deal with Cindy, the property manager. She was extremely responsive to our questions and requests and went above and beyond what you would typically expect from a property manager. We had a bit of a logistical glitch when we arrived at the property (not Cindy's fault) and she took care of it immediately and to our complete satisfaction (thanks Cindy!!). Ahhh, miss you Shady Palms...we're already thinking about 2017...

  • Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True gem

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Shady Palms the last two weeks of January. The setting is perfect -- directly on wide, mostly deserted beach. The house itself is surrounded by magnificient tall palms and Australian pines. Inside are two quite comfortable bedrooms and very spacious sitting areas. The kitchen is extraordinarily well equiped. Be sure to study the display case in the entry way. Close by are several restaurants you should definitely try. Hurricane Hanks is just around the corner -- expect a waiting line. Eat here ( yes that is the name ) is a very good, more upscale restaurant a few blocks away. All in all one could not ask for more in a vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a place! We enjoyed our first stay on AMI, and this house was simply amazing. We met the owner on the day we arrived, and she was a delightful woman. She welcomed us into the home she grew up in, and in a short time we felt "at home". The beds were extremely comfortable, and the furnishings were wonderfully eclectic. This place lacks nothing, and we would not hesitate to stay here again. In fact, when we return to AMI, we will only do so if we can rent Shady Palms.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Favorite Place on AMI!

  • 5 of 5

Shady Palms is a fantastic beach vacation home. The house itself is charming and comfortable with a great layout for families. The home is equipped with everything needed for a relaxing stay at the beach - including a well-appointed kitchen and comfy beds. The location on Holmes Beach can't be beat and the beautiful ocean-front yard provides the best of both worlds -- sun when you want it and shade when you don't! The owner is incredibly easy to work with - super nice and very responsive. I can't say enough good things about this home and its owner. We will definitely be back to Shady Palms!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Holmes Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring and Summer Season 2016
May 7 2016 - Sep 10 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Season 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Dec 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday Season 2016
Dec 10 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season 2017
Dec 31 2016 - May 5 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring/Summer 2017
May 6 2017 - Sep 9 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.5%

$500.00 deposit required to hold unit until arrival & also serves as a security deposit during stay. Requested dates will be reserved upon receipt of deposit, at which time reservation will be confirmed via e-mail. Deposits, less any damages above normal wear and tear or excessive cleaning, will be refunded within ten days of departure. Deposits are non-refundable in the case of cancellation.

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Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Sleep Sofas (2) One sleeper sofa is located in bedroom # 2. Another sleeper sofa is located in the gulf-side sitting room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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