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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm

126 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

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Overview

Santa Rosa Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay in one of the most historic homes in Grayton Beach -- The Smith House. Originally built as a 1-room cottage in 1925 by Tuff Smith, he used cypress boards that washed up on the shores of Grayton after the ship that was transporting the lumber caught fire and sank.

Lovingly renovated by a long-time Grayton family, the Smith House has all the modern conveniences but maintains its true southern “old Grayton” charm. Featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the house is decorated in vintage Florida style. Interior walls are fashioned from sinker cypress (with boards cut from giant cypress logs salvaged from the bottom of the Choctawhatchee River), the grain of each board a natural work of art. The kitchen, with its honed granite counters and ultra-quiet dishwasher, has everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal. The bathroom has been overhauled with a double vanity sink, and the double-bunk room has 2 extra-long bunk bed sets to accommodate both children and adults.

There is a 42-inch Smart TV in the living room (for instant connection to Netflix, Amazon videos, YouTube, music apps, etc.), a 32-inch flat-screen TV (with DVD player) in the master bedroom, and a small flat-screen TV/DVD in the bunk room, as well as wireless internet service. There is a portable CD player as well as a small music player that will play your ipod or other music device.

The best part of the house is probably the large screened porch, which includes 2 comfortable sitting areas, a rustic cypress dining table that easily seats 8, and a comfortable day bed for relaxing. Located just off the screened porch is a spacious enclosed outdoor shower, with hot and cold water. The side-yard consists of a large brick-paved patio with a picnic table, chairs, a mayan hammock and Weber charcoal grill.

After spending the day on the beach, you may want to use the 3 complimentary beach bikes to explore the adjoining beach towns in the late afternoon. In the evening, you have an easy walk to the world-famous Red Bar restaurant as well as several other outstanding dining opportunities.

The Smith House is the perfect vacation retreat for your family. You will want to come back year after year!

** The owners of the Smith House have a second rental cottage in Grayton, Stella Luna. Stella Luna is just up the street from the Smith House and will rent as either a 2 bedroom/2bath (sleeping 2-5; VRBO #380525) or as a 3 bedroom/3bath (sleeping up to 8; VRBO #361156)

Keywords: cottage, beach house, cabin

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About The Owner

I come from a long line of Walton County natives and spent every summer of my childhood on the sands of Grayton Beach. My husband & I moved here permanently when our sons were born and were lucky to have raised them in this magical beach town. We love the charm and authenticity of Old Grayton, the fabulous beach and lake, the friendly locals, and the quirky nature of our town. We are year-round residents of Grayton Beach and are available to answer any of your questions or help you with anything you need during your stay. We are honored to own the Smith House and hope that you will love the house and our town as much as we do.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

What makes this cottage unique

Address: 267 DeFuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

There is so much to do in Grayton, from swimming, fishing, and surfing in the Gulf to playing in the 'pass' at Western Lake. You can try kayaking or Stand Up Paddle boarding - on the Gulf or on the calm waters of Western Lake - and you can snorkel on Grayton's new and amazing artificial reef structure off the State Park. Nearby you can find a world-class water skiing facility, dolphin cruises, freshwater springs, and even horseback riding stables. Fabulous restaurants are a short walk away, and there is also a little convenience store, a gym, and wonderful shops and galleries just down the street. Miles of white sand beaches surrounded by State Parks on all sides, and miles of off-road bike paths along 30A. Grayton is the epicenter of 30A!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's Thanksgiving '09 and we've just now been relaxing in this beautiful cottage full of our left-overs...for almost 4 hours. When we drove up we ran in to check it out before we unpacked the car. It's perfect! We love it and wouldn't change a thing!



The bikes were so much fun! It was a great way to experience Grayton Beach. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this peaceful little bungalow! We will definitely be back! The Mann's Albany, GA
Dec 2009
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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
average rating of 4.9920635 based on 128 reviews
5

Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Perfect for a low key couple, or small family, who enjoy the outdoors and and who can handle walking or riding bikes to the beach and/or dinner and shopping if you like. We have rented many places through VRBO and this was by far one of the best! Kelly, the owner, did an amazing job renovating this cottage. It feels so welcoming and comfortable! Small touches throughout the cottage, such as vases of palms and fresh flowers, old photos, and various books add to the relaxing ambiance. The kitchen cookware is topnotch for a rental unit, and almost everything you may need for cooking, laundry, beach fun, etc was carefully thought of and provided by Kelly, the owner. She was very good to work with! The outdoor shower and rocking chairs on the screened porch topped off what we thought were perfect accommodations!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ahhhhhhh... Complete Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been happier at The Smith House. In addition to all the obvious beach necessities (bikes, wagon, sand toys) all the little things of being in a home are there - complete kitchen with spices, oils, paper goods,laundry detergent., etc. Also had beach towels, books and games. So nice not to have to bring or buy any of these things! Loved the outdoor shower, hammock and bbq grille. Nice flatscreen tvs for rainy days and great screened in porch for meals and watching the rain. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In love with The Smith House

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Grayton but won't be our last. We were looking for a relaxing getaway and that's exactly what we found. The house is just charming and so welcoming that we didn't want to leave! The location is so convenient to the beach and everything you need is there. We used the bikes to go all over and the beach gear was just what we needed. We walked to the famous Red Bar and also tried out a new place called Chiringo which was awesome! Kelly is so great to work with and what little we needed was quickly responded to. We didn't have a care in the world which is what vacation should be. The house has so much character and that is what we were looking for. The patio with the lights on at night was the perfect place to watch the world go by. I could go on and on but highly recommend this house as THE place to stay in Grayton.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in the Smith House. It had everything we could need or want. Kelly is great to work with.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Historic Gem in Grayton!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Smith House. It had everything possible that we needed to make our stay comfortable from the kitchen necessities to the beach amenities. It was very clean and spacious for our family of 4. We loved its location which was an easy walk/bike to the beach, shops, and restaurants. Kelly also provided us with a ton of local information which was extremely helpful. We highly recommend this rental and look forward to return soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Fabulous Florida in the Smith House

  • 5 of 5

We have had very good luck with VRBO rentals. However, the Smith House was just the best! Kelly was so accommodating for our very late arrival. I loved the walkway lighting…we never turned it off!

Some of my favorite things were the old fashioned "paint by number" paintings throughout the home. Too cute! But the real charm of the house is how it is truly a glimpse into old Florida. It is just what I remember from childhood trips to the Panhandle, but with modern convenience. The kitchen is excellent. I always travel with basic knives because there are never good ones in rentals. Not so in the Smith House. Good job on the kitchen amenities.

Great space for a family…outside, the porch, the bunk room, the bikes. We loved it all and cannot wait to return. Kelly was right. It is the perfect place in Grayton. Close enough to everything yet private, even from the busy street.

Thanks to Kelly and Billy for sharing such a great place. We look forward to our next trip to The Smith House.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Map

The Red Bar
"A landmark in Grayton Beach and a world-famous restaurant and bar. Live jazz band each nigh..."
Borago
"Upscale (but also casual) fine dining with an Italian flare. A local's favorite. http://www...."
Pickle Factory
"The best thin-crust pizza on 30-A. Affordable and delicious."
Yellowfin Ocean Sports
"Rent bikes, kayaks, or fishing equipment here! http://www.yellowfinoceansports.com 850-231-..."
Grayton General Store
"A very convenient convenience store."
Charter Boat Fishing with Capt. Scott Provow
"http://www.graytonbeachcharters.com 850-855-2534 Enjoy a half day fishing trip on the Gulf ..."
Cafe Hibiscus
"Get a wholesome and delicious breakfast here...served with a hug! Vintage Florida Style! Bea..."
Pandora's Grayton Beach
"Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib. Live Music. http://pandorasgraytonbeach.com 850-231-4102"
Grayton Beach Fitness
"Daily passes and various fitness classes available. http://www.graytonbeachfitness.com 850-2..."
For the Health of It
"Excellent source for natural and organic foods, vitamins, and supplements. Wonderful massag..."
Seaside
"The first of the new urbanist towns, Seaside has great restaurants, shopping, music, concert..."
Blue Mountain Liquors & Market
"Local liquor store has everything you need to make your beach stay complete! Big selection o..."
Publix Super Market at Watercolor Crossings
"Where all the other cool people shop! 2 locations near Grayton. 850-534-4565"
Big Daddy's Bike Shop
"Best bike rental and repair in Sowal. They deliver! http://www.bigdaddysrentals.com 850-62..."
The Blue Giraffe
"A wonderful shop full of fine and funky hand-crafted works. Find something for yourself or ..."
Shorty's Surfside & Topside
"Casual beach restaurant and bar. Live music. Great sushi. Friendly people. www.shortyssurfsi..."
Publix Super Market at South Walton
"Where all the cool people shop! 2 locations near Grayton! 850-267-0582"
La Loba's Bakery
"The most incredible bakery ever, using REAL and local ingredients. The breakfast items - cin..."
Yolo Board Adventures & Rental
"South Walton has its own unique brand of Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Yolo Boards, designed by 2 ..."
State Park Hiking Access
"Marked hiking trails will take you through the various ecosystems of Grayton Beach State Par..."
Chanticleer Eatery
"Tucked behind the shops just north of the Grayton intersection, you'll find the best salads ..."
Another Broken Egg Cafe
"Excellent choice for breakfast or lunch! 850-231-7835"
Grayton Bar & Grill -- CLOSED
"From creative appetizers to burgers and grouper sandwiches, to full course seafood offerings..."
Sergio's Little Italy -- CLOSED
"Authentic Italian food in a cozy setting. Located in the back of the Uptown Grayton Shopping..."

Charter Boat Fishing right from the beach in Grayton - A truly unforgettable experience and you'll catch your limit every time!

Stand Up Paddle Board rentals within walking distance - Once you try it, you'll want one of your own!

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Rates & Availability

Santa Rosa Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Nov 6 2016
1 night minimum stay
$235
$1,500
 
 
Winter 2016-2017
Nov 7 2016 - Feb 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
$185
$1,175
 
 
Early Spring 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 10 2017
1 night minimum stay
$230
$1,490
 
 
Spring Break 2017
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 14 2017
1 night minimum stay
$1,875
 
 
Late Spring 2017
Apr 15 2017 - May 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
$265
$1,710
 
 
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$2,115
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 18 2017
1 night minimum stay
$1,930
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

7-night minimum for Spring Break & Summer; 3-night minimum all other times
Holiday weekends, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years use Late Spring Rates.
Saturday to Saturday rental period during Summer & Spring Break.
* During Spring Break, we rent to Couples and Families only; No Spring Break groups

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Amenities

Santa Rosa Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanity
  • Additional pedestal sink in hallway. Enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , bunk beds are XL
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Fabulous hot & cold water enclosed outdoor shower, 3 Beach Bikes, 3 beach chairs, beach towels, Playmate cooler, umbrella, and a large wagon to carry everything to the beach

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