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Spring Break Available, golf cart included

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-8 )

Book for Spring Break now!!!

Tomberlin E-Merge Six Passenger Golf Cart Included in Rental. No need for a car when you can zip around Sandestin on this open air street legal cart. You can shop , eat, and play, all without getting in your car. With seat belts, rear view mirrors, and top speeds of 23 to 24 miles per hour, your family will love it.

Sunshine and Seafood are waiting for you at the Retreat at Villa Lago.

Sandestin is a 2400 acre residential and retail community. Our home is in the newest development, Villa Lago, with Mediterranean style homes within walking distance of all Sandestin has to offer.

Our house sits on the 2nd hole of Baytowne golf course, one of the four championship courses in the community. We are right on the lake

Two of the bedrooms feature King-size beds and the third one has two sets of bunkbeds and a single futon chair that folds out. Each bedroom features luxury linens and mattresses along with flat screen TVs and DVD players.

Our master suite is truly a retreat all its own. It features a Jacuzzi tub, walk-in shower, and windows that surround the room with views of the lake. There is a patio outside with comfortable chaise lounges to sunbathe, read or just take a nap.

Downstairs in the large foyer there is a work area. We provide wireless internet access and free US long distance.

The living area has a 50 inch plasma HD TV with surround sound and a comfy leather sectional.We have large selection of cable channels, as well as a DVR in each room.So you never have to miss your favorite show while on vacation. There is a DVD player , with a large selection of DVDs , also access to Netflix, and apple TV.

The dining area seats eight and looks out on the lake. We are one of the few houses in Villa Lago that does not have a golf path right outside our door. We can sit on our patio and enjoy the golfers, but they are in a distance.

The Kitchen is fully equipped and has a bar that seats four. We love to cook , so there is everything you need to prepare a meal.

Walk out from the living area to a covered patio with gas grill, and comfy patio furniture to sit out and enjoy your morning coffee or your evening wine. We love sitting out there and watching the wildlife. Our grandchildren love playing on the lawn and fishing in the lake.

Sandestin is a golf cart and bike friendly place. Our home comes with the use of our golf cart and five bikes, so you can explore. You can take the golf cart over to the beach, to the Village for dinner, to the playground and the pools.

Our grandchildren love to hop on it and go over to Grand Boulevard(a brand new, open air shopping and dining area accessible from Sandestin via car, golf cart, bike, or foot), to get ice cream at Kilwins. You can even take the golf cart to the grocery store and to the new movie theater in Grand Boulevard.

This is our second home ,we made it as comfortable as possible for our families, as well as our guest. We are not a rental company, so we dont have a lot of extra fees and we are very particular about who stays in our house. We are also very open to early check ins and late check outs without extra fees. We try to be accessible to you during stay, in order to make it as easy as possible for you.

We hope you will come and enjoy being here as much as we do.

More Details

Linda Simpson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2017

About Linda Simpson

Harold and Linda Simpson and Claudia and John Gifford have been friends for 25 years. We have lived in the same neighborhood in Franklin, TN since we met. The Simpsons have three children, a daughter and two sons. The Giffords have two sons. The couples met while the boys were playing youth soccer, when the oldest sons were 6 and 5. The wives have been long term friends who love to hike,walk and kayak together. It was out of this friendship the idea of building this house evolved. The wives have had a blast decorating and designing this house.

Linda Simpson purchased this house in 2008

Why Linda Simpson chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Each couple love to go to the beach and enjoy having a full range of recreational activities like Sandestin provides. The overseeing of the construction and the decorating of the house was a great opportunity to have fun and to spend time together. We liked the close proximity of this area of Florida to our homes. Along with the possibility of great airline service via the New Panama City Airport which is due to be completed soon. With children, friends and family living out of state this airport would only enhance the access to this vacation spot.

What makes this house unique

We were looking for a relaxing vacation spot, and we found it in Villa Lago on the best lot, right on the lake. We were one of the first people to build so we had our choice of lots. We love Sandestin and all it has to offer. Security was one of our basic concerns about having a second home, and we are so pleased this aspect of Sandestin. We cant wait to return each time.

Even though Villa Lago is almost completely built out now, we can still sit on our patio and look out over the lake and see the wildlife and relax.


Sandestin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View
  • Lakefront
  • Resort
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 4th Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , extra large closet, large bath with jacuzzi, walk in shower
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , large closet, private bath, tv-dvd-cable
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , large closet, private bath, sitting area, cable tv-dvd
  • All three bedrooms have their own private bath. Master is large retreat with a private balcony and 2 large chaise lounges looking out on the lake.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf Cart
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Sandestin, the community, offers all the services you would expect at a upscale resort. Our house is located within the Sandestin community.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Lovely people

  • 5 of 5

The Giffords stayed at our rental home in East Hampton, NY and were respectful, pleasant, and very easy to communicate with. Having had them in our home, I can attest to their being honest people who we would gladly host again. We hope they return next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely people

  • 5 of 5

The Giffords stayed at our rental home in East Hampton, NY and were respectful, pleasant, and very easy to communicate with. Having had them in our home, I can attest to their being honest people who we would gladly host again. We hope they return next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, Kentucky

Amazing House

  • 5 of 5

We had the most incredible vacation and a big part of it was staying at this house! The beds are so comfortable and the golf cart made getting around the resort a blast. The house has every comfort of home you could ask for. The owners are the nicest people and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Theresa Thank you so much for the kind words. We love for people like you and your family to stay in our home.Please come back soon. The Simpsons and The Giffords
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Franklin, Tennessee

A Vacation to remember- "The Retreat"

  • 5 of 5

Wow, this home was just what we needed!! Our family visited the "Retreat" the last week of July and were completely taken back with the homes welcoming feel. The location was easily found and once we parked our car in the driveway we never started the car again. Having the ability to find every amenity in the San Destin community via a “6 passenger golf cart” made for the greatest unexpected convenience ever. What else could you ask for… the beach, fishing, restaurants, movie theater, all just minutes from this home. When you’re in the home you will find a fully stocked home with everything you could need. The home owners supply you with beach goodies including beach chairs, umbrellas, and boogies boards. If you like to ride bikes just look in the garage and start pedaling. We are preparing for next summer and making plans to visit again and again and again. Truly a vacation experience!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ava Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you and your family enjoyed The Retreat. We hope you will be returning again soon. The Simpsons and The Giffords
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for an almost perfect place, look no further! My family and a couple of tag alongs had a wonderful vacation. We all loved the golf cart, bikes, fishing poles, beach chairs, and the extremely well stocked house. We have stayed at sever

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori Thanks so much for your kind words. We want everyone to feel at home when they are at The Retreat. We loved having you and your friends as guest and we hope to see you again soon. The Simpsons and The Giffords
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Fantastic Property

  • 5 of 5

We have been to SanDestin over the last 4 years and this was without question the best property we have ever stayed in. Don't read anymore more reviews or continue looking - book this, you will not be disappointed. The property was clean, beautiful and had every amenity you could want. The pictures don't do it justice. My family had a blast and the owners were excellent to work with - very professional.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark Thank you so much for your kind words.We love having families like yours at The Retreat. We work hard to make our guests comfortable, so that they can have a great vacation.Hope to see you again sometime in the future. The Simpsons and The Giffords
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Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar
"This is a great location in the Grand Boulevard. You can sit on the patio and the children c..."
Another Broken Egg Cafe -- CLOSED
"This is right around the corner from The Retreat, and a great place for breakfast, brunch or..."
Grand Boulevard
"Do not miss Grand Blvd. Shopping , dining, and the nicest Movie Theater ever. Go over on the..."
Marlin Grill
"Nice steak and seafood, in Baytowne wharf. A little pricey, but good food and great location."
Roberto's Pizzeria
Beach Walk at Henderson Park Inn
"This is a really quaint Bed and Breakfast, but you can make res. and go there to have dinner..."
Poppy's Seafood Factory
Hammerheads Bar & Grill
"Fun location. Good seafood, but pricey."
"This is in Baytowne Wharf. Really good food, pricey, but worth it. Sun - Thurs, ask about th..."
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
"Good steaks and seafood. Pricey, but they have an early bird bar menu that rocks."
Mitchell's Fish Market - Sandestin
"Great location across from the Movie Theater. Yummy Basil Grapefruit Martinis. The food is a..."
Car: not necessary

Sandestin is a gated community, consisting of different neighborhoods. There is shopping, restaurants,bars, playgrounds, pools and golf courses. It is located on both the beach side and the bay side, with a tunnel connecting the two, for walking or biking or golf carts. There is no need for a car once you are in the community. Everything is easily accessible by bike or golf cart, even the grocery store. There is a marina on the bay side where you can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks, or bring your own boat to dock. Included is a world class tennis facility, as well as 4 championship golf courses. If you have a car and want to venture out of Sandestin, there are restaurants, outlet shopping, water parks and numerous other activities. The new international airport in Panama City makes it easy to fly in from almost anywhere. Our 6 passenger golf cart is all you need to navigate Sandestin while you are here. Go to the beach, shop, fish, hike, boat, or just stay at The Retreat and relax.

Other Activities: We love the beach in Sandestin, white sand, emerald blue water, all a short golf cart ride away. But there is so much more to Sandestin than a beach. Inside the gates there is a marina, with boat rentals, boat slips (in case you have your own boat) and a wonderful grill to sit out and watch the sunset.

Tennis, the four championship golf courses (our house is on the 2nd hole of Baytowne Golf course.) A waterside village to shop and dine and do all sorts of activities. (zip line, bungee, rock climb, ice skate, carousel, playground).Also, right outside our gates, is an out door upscale shopping mall, with restaurants and green areas, all accessible by our golf cart. There is also a state of the art new Carmike theater, accessible by golf cart. Despite all these wonderful things to do, your favorite might just be relaxing at The Retreat, outside on the patio overlooking the lake.

Golf: If golf is your thing, you have come to the right place. Four championship courses to choose from, designed by the top golfers in the country. All are just a short golf cart ride away from The Retreat. (you will need to rent their carts to play). Check out Sandestins home website for more information.


Rates & Availability

Sandestin House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 13 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $220
Damage Deposit $500

Holidays may be subject to higher rates.

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