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Set 'Great Expectations' in This Beautiful Gulf Front Home

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Santa Rosa Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

****WEEKLY ONLY Sunday-Sunday***

Five bedroom, 5 1/2 bath, sleeps 16 - 3 kings, 3 queens, 4 Twin bunks. Gulf front home on the vacation market for large fun-filled gatherings. This house is perfectly located on Hwy 30-A near Gulf Place shops, dining, golf, tennis and more.

This home features three gulf front bedrooms, spacious family room with large 52' screen TV, DVD, Dolby Digital audio/video surround sound stereo system, all stainless steel appliances including 2 refrigerators and a separate ice maker, covered porches and grilling areas featuring natural gas or charcoal. TV's in all bedrooms. There are stone and wood floors throughout and lots of original art and custom linens. Great for off-season getaways featuring a , 15' x 30' pool that can be heated for an additional charge per week, gas fireplaces in the den and master bedroom, Private walkway that leads to the beach. High Speed internet service provided at no charge.

We have just renovated (2012) the master bath and west gulf front bathroom with stone and glass tile showers and a stone and glass tile tub surround in the master bath.

Weekly only preferred March thru October (nightly considered - handled on individual basis with owner approval). Become a fan on FACEBOOK!

Keywords: House, gulf front home, private pool, gulf front, home, Dune allen beach

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About The Owner

Wayne and Mary and Mary's brother, Bill, bought Great Expectations in 2001 and in about 3 months we redid the interior and added 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Lots of demolition work!

Wayne and Mary live in an artsy little town in Alabama and Bill lives in California.

We all love to vacation together at Great Expectations in the off-season....but Bill

always says that 'Mr. Project' (Wayne) keeps us busy the whole time working on the house! We do find time to have a little bit of fun.

The Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why The Owner chose South Walton

We have been coming to this area since 1981 and have seen lots of changes. We bought this house with the intentions of making changes and adding a pool. We love to do projects and thought this would be a lot of fun, but it was a ton of work!

What makes this house unique

We love having a pool at Great Expectations. We have spent some Christmas vacations there and have been swimming in the heated pool while it was about 35 degrees outside. Lots of fun, but extremely cold when getting out!

We also love having Smiling Fish restaurant and Miss Lucille's Gossip Parlor across the street.

We love going out bike riding on the bike path also!


based on 21 traveler reviews

Set 'Great Expectations' in This Beautiful Gulf Front Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Exceeded all "Great Expectations!"

  • 5 of 5

When my family and I arrived at the house we were pleasantly surprised to find it not only matched the description on the website to a "T," but was even better than described. The pictures really do not do this house justice. It's obvious the house has been well-cared for. The bedrooms are spacious and well-decorated, the kitchen well-stocked with everything in working order, the gathering area has plenty of room for an actual gathering, and the view is amazing. Only steps away from the beach, this house has it all. We loved it!

The purpose of our trip was to host a small gathering for my acting troupe's annual awards party. On Saturday 6 of us prepared delicious gourmet appetizers for the 25 guests we were expecting. We had plenty of room to place the food and serving dishes and the deck just outside the gathering area was perfect to set up our bar. When the actors arrived, we had plenty of room for the award presentations, acceptance speeches, video presentations and the dancing afterwards. They have seating for around 20 people (between the couches, living area chairs, bar stools and dining room table chairs) so we did bring in 8 folding chairs, but there was even room for the extra seating. The TV and DVD had no issues, as there are ample instructions and everything is marked, and the sound system was outstanding. The party was one of the best ones we've ever had (this was our 9th).

The next day it was just the family again - we took a nice long walk on the beach and later in the day 8 of us played games on the large dining room table. The entire long weekend was just perfect, and much of it was because the house was absolutely perfect. I'd also like to note that the owners were nothing but wonderful to work with. Although I never spoke to them, we emailed frequently and they were more than accommodating. I highly recommend this house for your next family gathering or event. (But we're planning to come back next year so don't take my weekend! :) )

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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one family, our daughter and husband with 2 grandchildren, and our son and his wife

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation! This house is so well planned. There are essentially 3 master bedrooms, and 2 bedrooms for plenty other family members. The art work is fabulous. I walked through daily, and enjoyed the details all over the house. The pool was heated for our granddaughter, and we spent as much time there ,as we did the beach.The owners are kind and available for anything you might need! We are looking forward to coming back, and soon!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Christmas at the beach!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I wanted to finally experience our "Christmas at the beach" that we had been talking about for years, and we finally booked it this year at Great Expectations. I can't begin to say enough good things about this house! It was gorgeous inside, well maintained and had plenty of space for everyone (there were 8 of us). The house is right on the beach with breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the ocean, which was perfect for morning coffee on the porch or an evening jog. The owners were very sweet in answering our phone calls about internet access and were more than accommodating to all of our needs. We hope to spend many more holidays here in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring break

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd time to stay at house. It's a house with many features that we enjoyed. Loved sitting on deck to hear the ocean. Plenty of room and love that each bedroom has its own bathroom. Close to nearby great restaurants and great pizza place to walk to. Owners addressed any issues very promptly. Looking forward to our next visit to the beach

Housley family

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home on a great beach.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in February. What made this even more special is that our two girls and several family members were there to celebrate with us. This is our second stay at Great Expectations and we love it. The house is big enough to entertain everyone and small enough to feel cozy. The beach is beautiful and the sunsets are breathtaking. We highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a great time on the beach.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second stay at Great Expectations

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Mary and Wayne's beautiful house. We travel with two other families, all of us with teenage boys, and we've found this house to be ideal. The boys have the entire lower floor to themselves, the beach is right outside the door, and when they tire of that, they can hit the pool. The house is clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated with lots of original art. The bedrooms all have private baths and the adults have plenty of privacy, if desired. The kitchen, dining and great rooms are quite large and we seat 12 comfortably for meals. I love to take tea and a book out on the balcony and read while listening to the surf.

We discovered the sea kayak this year and had memorable experiences of spotting sea turtles and kayaking among the dolphins. We brought our bikes both years but bike rentals are directly across the street. We ride to Seaside and Watercolor to have lunch at the grilled cheese food truck. There's so much to do, or not do, that we are all looking forward to our next stay. And, finally, Mary has always promptly responded to questions and I consider her to be the ideal host. True Southern hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Panama City

Great Expectations is located on the Gulf of Mexico along the scenic Hwy 30-A where there are some of the world's most pristine beaches. There are many state parks and dune lakes nearby to explore during the day.

Numerous art galleries, quality shops, and excellent restaurants abound. Come explore all the unique architecture that numerous beach communities offer or enjoy some of the local festivals or events throughout the year. There

are so many different activities for all ages!

Across the street from Great Expectations are bike paths, shopping areas and restaurants. Less than a mile from our home is a golf course. Some of our guests have said they didn't get back in their car the whole week!

Golf: There are many golf facilities nearby...some as close as 1/2 mile and others within driving distance


Rates & Availability

Santa Rosa Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 21 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2016 - Nov 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 25 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

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Santa Rosa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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