|Minimum Stay||3 - 6 nights|
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Much like the Disney animated film, Fantasia cottage is both magical and serene. Enter this 3 bedroom/ 2 bath beach house off Tupelo circle through the large screened-in porch complete with fan and Adirondack chairs. As you proceed through the front door, you're greeted with the same openness that you found on the screened-in porch.
The spacious living and dining areas boast plenty of seating with built in blankets surrounding the outer windows. The charming kitchen is quaint and colorful with stainless steel appliances and all the cooking necessities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. A full bath with walk-in shower completes the downstairs.
As you make your way up the hardwood stairs, you'll notice several architectural masterpieces; the first of which is the wooden slats in the floor that allow you see below. Additionally, the first guestroom has a peek-a-boo window that affords you as much or as little privacy as you want on the second floor. There you will also find a double bed and beautiful antique armoire.
The other two guestrooms are down the hallway. The first is home to a queen size bed, flat screen TV, and beautiful Seaside views, while the second exudes tranquility wrapped in a turquoise paint color with a trundle bed and built-in bookcases giving it somewhat of a library feel. A full bath on the second floor is shared by all.
Up another flight of stairs, you'll find yet another hidden gem of table for two in a cozy nook. Look out the windows as the town of Seaside bustles by. Continue to climb one more time up the ships ladder to enjoy the best seats in the tower puts others to shame with beautiful views of the Seaside rooftops and the emerald coast. It's well worth the climb and will quickly become you're favorite spot in this architectural masterpiece of a cottage!
Fantasia is centrally located in the town of Seaside and is steps to both the town square and the beach.
*Please note this cottage only allows Saturday-Saturday rentals during our high season.
**All Sandpiper managed properties now come with 2 complimentary bikes year-round, AND complimentary Seaside amenity passes during our high season Spring Break- Labor Day!! Amenity passes are available for a fee of $36/day in the off-season.**
What a great house from which to experience the small town magic of Seaside. We've just gotten home and wish we could return to Fantasia. We took our three young children and their grandparents and it was more than we'd hoped for. The location was central to everything. We could stroll into the town center in five minutes to wander through the market and be pulled into Duckies toy store by the little ones. We could easily pack up and get the 6, 4, and 1 year old to the beach through the Tupelo pavilion with an easy five minute walk. The house was four floors of fun architecture and comfort. We entered through the large screened front porch which turned out to be a great place to lunch or to just relax. On the first floor was a large gathering space with tall windows surrounding the whole room and built in window seats beneath them with padding and pillows. Everyone sort of staked out their areas on this seating for reading and playing games. There was also comfy furniture on which to curl up and watch tv and a long dining table with plenty of seating and contemporary lighting. Under an arched opening, a gorgeous newly remodeled kitchen opened to this room. It was dazzling white with stainless appliances and wonderful storage including drawers for dishes and bowls. There was a nifty two drawer dishwasher as well. The kitchen had tall windows, lighted cabinets, and seafoam glass tile. On this same floor there was a newly remodeled bath with glass shower and white marble subway tile everywhere. Almost everyone, and especially the little kids, stepped on through the shower and opened the door to the outdoor shower to feel like they were "showering among the trees." Climbing the stairs to the second floor we found three bedrooms, all with comfortable mattresses. Up ladder-like stairs to the third floor we found an open room to sit and get away. Climbing the last steep stairs we found the best place of all! The kids called it the crow's nest and it was everyone's favorite place. We could gaze out over the rooftops of Seaside to the blue green sea. There was a covered area with windows and an outdoor area with table and chairs. We used the crow's nest for "lunch in the sky" for the little ones. They learned to find village landmarks like the white church steeple and watched gulls in the distance. Most evenings we raced up to catch the sunset and relax with a glass of wine. Fantasia is a remarkable house for getting the full flavor of Seaside.
My wife and I came to the coast for a weekend vacation stayed in this villa and it was an excellent experience with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms perfect for my family and within walking distance of shopping eating and the ocean and it has a balcony on the roof where you can sit at night and watch the sunset over the ocean.
I am convinced that Fantasia is the perfect place to experience Seaside. I just spent a week with children/grandchildren in this wonderful house. It speaks the language of the small coastal town where it resides. We knew it had won a Southern Living award and graced its cover some years ago and now we know why. Our grandchildren, toddler age, adored the large screened porch which included Adirondack chairs in just their size. From there they waved at bicyclists coming by and ran to pet dogs as owners strolled them. They loved playing in the gazebo steps away. There is a lovely sense of small town community surrounding this house. The first floor has a great open space with the perimeter consisting of built in seating with comfy pillows perfect for naps or reading, and built in cabinets for TV. TV area has great sofa and chairs. The whole room is bathed in light from the tall surrounding windows. We loved all eating together at the long, casual table with rattan chairs. Kitchen was great for our gourmet cook son-in-law with its stainless steel appliances and big window. He even cooked a leg of lamb gourmet dinner one night and great seafood other nights. The bath on first floor has a secret door inside the shower leading to a private outdoor shower which we all wound up using as each said it gave them a new lease on life to shower among the trees!
Upstairs the little ones loved the trundle bed in one bedroom. No trouble getting them to bed because it was just so much fun to sleep in the big drawer! The other bedrooms were comfortable, one having a queen bed, big chest of drawers and TV, and the other having a double bed and antique wardrobe with high ceilings and a breezy, cooling fan.
Up the steepish steps to the third floor is a small sitting room with windows to quietly watch the town or read a book. Up one more ladder to the crow's nest and you find a cute indoor area and fabulous outdoor area with table and chairs to sit and watch the sun set over the gulf and watch the lights come on in the quaint town of Seaside. This was, of course, the favorite place for gathering with a relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day. The children were awestruck by the view.
Fantasia is on a quiet, brick street only a two minute stroll away from the blue green gulf through the pretty Tupelo pavilion, and a three minute walk to Seaside's downtown for dinner, ice cream, coffee, and art. Can't wait to go back. Fantasia is perfect.
We had a wonderful time in Seaside; this was our 3rd trip. Fantasia is close to everything. A 2-3 minute walk (even with small children) to the beach or Seaside shopping/dining area. The house is furnished well, the beds are comfortable and the screened in porch was a nice place to unwind or have dinner. The house is in great shape, and shows normal wear for an older, rented house. The house was clean and the appliances are high-end.
I would recommend this house to anyone that requires 3 bedrooms and wants to stay in Seaside proper.
Our visit to Fantasia and Seaside was relaxing. Visit the bustle of the town square or retreat to the quiet of Fantasia. Fantasia has a great location with only a short walk to the town square, the beach or the pool (Adult or Family). The screeened porch was a perfect place for our toddler. The kitchen has very up to date appliances. Be sure to climb to the tower landing. Great views of Seaside with your morning coffee or of the setting sun with a glass of wine.
We loved the location. The weather was perfect. The house is good but could be GREAT. Wonderful screened-in porch. The house was noisy, sounds bounced off the walls and floors. More rugs would help. The mattress on the double bed was sagging & on the trundle felt like only a box spring. Kitchen was tiny, difficult to cook a regular meal. Shower downstairs needs new grout & caulk. Stairs up to the viewing deck were very steep but the view was worth it. Just have drinks downstairs. The tv is difficult for all to see. Perhaps removing the cabinet and adding a flat screen would solve that problem. I would recommend this property and include the above observations. Thank you.