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The Smith House - 20% discount through Sept. 2nd - 3 night minimum

125 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

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Overview

South Walton 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, surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking in the Gulf to playing in the 'pass' at Western Lake. Try the hottest new watersport - Stand Up Paddling - on the Gulf or on the calm waters of Western Lake. Nearby you can find a world-class water skiing facility, dolphin cruises, freshwater springs, and even horeseback 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 - 20% discount through Sept. 2nd - 3 night minimum
average rating of 4.992 based on 127 reviews
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An authentic and classic beach property

  • 5 of 5

We had heard great things about the Smith House in wonderful Grayton Beach. But our experience surpassed the rave reviews.

This is a simply charming house with stunning woodwork and personality. We enjoyed the great porch, the quaint rooms and the amenities. We hope to find open dates to return often. This is the place to enjoy all that Grayton has to offer.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
May 28 2016 - Aug 5 2016
1 night minimum stay
$2,050
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 19 2016
1 night minimum stay
$1,875
 
 
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
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
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

South Walton 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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