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Steve Metzke

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Property is really in exclusive St Teresa Beach!! Big Dogs OK. On Beach, WiFi

46 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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House, 2 kitchens, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) 3acres.

What is SAINT TERESA? St Teresa is a quiet, exclusive, secluded small second home beach community nestled in the National Forest and. It is only available to owners and their guests/renters. There are only 8 RENTAL PROPERTIES on STB in the 5 miles of beach. DO NOT be confused with other homes 'LISTED' as ST Teresa. There is no public access and STB is located far off the highway. All St Teresa rentals are directly on the 5 miles of beach. You drive to your house on a dirt road through the woods. We are not a "beach club" with pool.

STB is over 100 years old with properties being passed from generation to generation. Each home/lot has a minimum 1.25 acres and some are over 2 acres. We are unique in this area of Florida. We have a history, miles of beach where you may not see a soul your entire stay, yet modern well managed homes with every comfort. This is not a rental area, you have a home at STB.

A true 'Eco-vacation' at the Lazy Dolphin ....our rental cottage is located on Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' where the forest meets the beautiful Gulf water. Far from traffic and city lights Saint Teresa Beach is like Florida was 100 years ago. You will be in the forest with 5 miles of private beach at your front door. Welcome to 'Old St Teresa' with over 100 years of family enjoyment and history.

Enjoy walking on miles of white beach usually all by yourself. Watch eagles and otters. We have many nature parks nearby. Fresh seafood and, yes, there is a golf course ( only 10 minutes away).

Exclusive and Private Property. Two story 1600 sq ft beach house with two kitchen areas, located on the beach with central AC/Heat, ceiling fans in all rooms, on the gulf, fully furnished. Property has a large grass yard in front, Beach Deck Platform out at the sand dunes. The St Teresa Community is a 'second home' residential area not a Rental area. Experience the privacy of our special community.

First floor features full large kitchen, microwave, range/oven and refrigerator, The downstairs Living area has a 42' Flat Screen Hi-Def big screen, VHS, DVD, with Premium HD satellite TV chaannels and FREE WiFi Internet. Full Bath downstairs. Wood Burning Fireplace. And two sleeper (Full) Futon sofas, a (Single) sleeper sofa with Spiral Staircase to second floor. Out side wide wood stairs to second floor also.

Second floor is a huge master suite with queen bed and awesome view of the gulf through a whole wall of slider glass doors. Master Suite also features a counter with sink, toaster, toaster oven, and micro fridge with freezer. Great for early breakfast or late snack without going downstairs! Upstairs fireplace next to bed. 32' flat screen TV upstairs with DVD. Laundry area upstairs with full size washer and dryer. Full Bath upstairs. Second bedroom upstairs features Trundle bed that will sleep one or two. Ceiling Fans on both floors. Extra sink in hallway to back bedroom.

Large grass yard, house is on the beach, with one of the finest white sand beaches at St. Teresa . Outside hot/cold shower and covered front deck. Second floor has wrap around wood deck and side stairs to ground. Water and Sewer provided.

About the Area: St Teresa is a beach side community made up of private homes owned mostly by Tallahassee residents. Only a handful of people live here year-round so the beaches are not only private, restricted to homeowners, but also unpopulated most of the time. St Teresa is in the middle of a National forest area and the forest goes almost to the water. Our water is very shallow and we do not have large waves and undertow. Best for Fishing! Our wide white sand beach stretches for miles. We are about 15 minutes (north-west-east) from small communities that have fine dining (casual). Please bring LINENS, TOWELS, and expendables (TP, Soaps, etc.). All utensils. coffee makers, blender, toaster ovens and microwave are furnished. 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa , FL 32358

People who have enjoyed our home over the years come to walk on the secluded beach, enjoy nature all around, and a fresh seafood meal. Enjoy what Florida was like 100 years ago. St. Teresa. There is nothing like it anymore.

Keywords: Pet Friendly, Beach Front, 2 Story Beach Home. Secluded, Exclusive and Private Community. Nestled in the Forest of St. James Island. With Beach Side Cabana. Free WIFI Internet and Free Premium HD SAT TV. St Teresa Beach. Large Dogs ok.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve Metzke (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Steve Metzke

Moved to St Teresa in 1996 and work with the local CBS affiliate operating beach web cams across the panhandle of north Florida. Enjoy meeting people from all over the world with our nearby vacation rental property.

Steve Metzke purchased this house in 1994

Why Steve Metzke chose Florida

St Teresa is where my family spent the summers. I grew up on St Teresa beach and it has not changed in 50 years. This is NOT LIKE PC, DESTIN or St George Island type area or water!! It is Exclusive and Private. Wooded.Trees, Private Beach, no noise, no lights and a sky full of stars at night. Enjoy the area for the Natural Beauty surrounding you. You will be in a very wooded area with Nature all around you. Enjoy it. This is the last of it Florida has to offer.

What makes this house unique

The forest goes down to the water. We have animals and birds. The fishing is GREAT from shore or our nearby dock. Great local restaurants just 10 minutes in all directions. Excellent golf club and grill just 6 minutes from the house. WE ARE DOG FRIENDLY!


based on 46 traveler reviews

Property is really in exclusive St Teresa Beach!! Big Dogs OK. On Beach, WiFi
average rating of 4.6086955 based on 46 reviews

Nice and quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved staying at the Lazy Dolphin. The beach was perfect, so quiet and peaceful. My husband and sons loved fishing off the beach and dock. The house is exactly as described and extremely clean. It's the perfect getaway spot if your trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful seclusion!

  • 5 of 5

The Lazy Dolphin is everything advertised and more! The house was clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed with plenty of room for two teenagers, two adults, and a dog.

I loved walking on the beach with our dog and seeing the crabs, stingrays, and more. My husband and son loved surf-fishing and fishing from the pier – our son caught several small sharks and my husband caught flounder. The boys enjoyed the kayaks as well as Wakulla Springs and the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab.

Steve and Nancy were always available for questions and conversation but never intruded in “our space”.

Millender & Son's was our go-to place for fresh shrimp and oysters. Lots of seafood choices and friendly staff.

We had lunch at Tropical Traders and loved it! The service was super and the food was excellent. Tried an early supper at Posey’s but were disappointed in food and service. We arrived around 4:30 and the place was not crowded. They were out of several items on the menu and the server was not attentive. It took almost an hour to get our food - not good when you are feeding two boys!

If you are looking for crowds, shopping malls, and chain restaurants, the Lazy Dolphin is not for you. If you prefer peace and quiet, this is definitely your place! We saw less than a dozen people on the beach during our week-long stay!

This is an amazing home for families with or without dogs!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved cleaning fish with you guys at midnight! I think I had as much fun as you did. See you next year, Steve
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Super relaxing week at the Lazy Dolphin

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I with our black lab and golden retriever just spent a relaxing and fun week at the beach. We were greeted outside by Steve and Nancy. As we get out of the car I'm trying to apologize for my dogs jumping and beyond excitement and Nancy kept telling me it is okay. They are so laid back and made us feel at ease about the excitement our dogs were showing. The beach house is exactly as pictured and all the comforts of home. Wonderful porch upstairs to sit and look out at the beach and hear the beach waves. Steve and Nancy had wonderful beach chairs available for us to use. We also enjoyed some of the local seafood restaurants. Mostly having a quiet beach to ourselves and the comforts of home made for the perfect vacation for us. We enjoyed getting to play on the beach with our dogs which was a first and turned out to be a pleasure. We can't thank Steve and Nancy enough for their kindness and hospitality. We enjoyed being able to visit with them if we were lucky enough to catch them outside hanging in their yard with their dog Sam. If your looking for a great place to go,well kept and super nice people to rent from this is your place. Highly recommend and we will be back next year. Your friends from Texas.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a long drive from Houston. Hope to see you guys next year. Steve, Nancy and Sam.
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from the Lazy Dolphin. It was perfect. Private beach and secluded from everything which we prefer. The dogs had a blast too! Steve and Nancy were great hosts. Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. See you next year! Steve, Nancy and Sam.
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Great beach place to kick back and relax!

  • 4 of 5

We had one of the best beach trips to the Gulf coast during our stay at the Lazy Dolphin. The beach is beautiful - practically deserted the week we were there. We fished a great deal - caught flounder, trout, mackerel and red drum during the week. The fishing pier is great, and gets you into the deeper grass where the trout are hiding out.

The house was very spacious and comfortable, with plenty of books to read outside on the great porch and deck. Everything was clean and move in ready for us. Area is usually quiet at night.

Steve was a gracious host, handling any concerns that came up. It was great to unwind and unplug for the week in paradise. We will definitely be booking here again next year - watch out, fish!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Our stay here was good. Was definitely away from everything. The house was clean and as described.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Car: necessary

30 minutes from Wakulla Springs 'World Deepest Freshwater Springs' the Jungle Cuise is a must do, visit the Gulf Specimen Aquarium, and you are just 30 minutes from historic Apalachicola, and St Marks wildlife refuge, Shelling on the beach and on nearby St George Island State Park. Great area for Parks with outstanding Facilities. St. Marks Wild Life Refuge, Wakulla Springs State Park, Cape San Blas State Park, Fort San Marcos, Bald Point State Park...Inquire for details.


Rates & Availability

St Teresa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
May 28 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 7.5%

Rates are subject to change.
Minimum rental age is 25 years old.
There is a no refund policy for cancellation or partial stay.
Hurricane evacuation will be pro-rated as necessary.
Dogs welcome with prior info and pet fee.

Guests limited to those specified in reservation.
Extra Charges for extra guests arriving that are NOT in contract

Picture ID for check-in please.
Contract Rates apply to guests in contract reservation only.
Children are to be 18 years or younger.
Additional guests/visitors not in contract are subject to additional charges.
This is a "No Smoking" house. Smoking allowed outside.
You are responsible for your Dog behavior during stay. Dogs are allowed on beach, but must be under either voice command or leash.
If you use the grill, please you must clean it for the next guest.
The address of the home is 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa, FL 32358. Choose Franklin County for the GPS.
By reserving this house with your deposit you agree to all these house rules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Florida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full Bathrooms. One on first floor, other on second floor. Outside shower also with hot/cold water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Off Master - 1 murphy bed
    Downstairs - 3 sleep sofa /futon , futons are full, sleeper sofa is a single
  • Queen size Bed (1) Located in the Huge Master Suite. Next to wood burning Fireplace. Full Wall of Glass sliders faces Beach. Downstairs two futons full size, sleeper sofa single. Upstairs in Second Bedroom is a Trundle Bed that can be a single, two singles (one up/one down) or pull it out and up to make a Full Bed. Please bring sheets and bath towels.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Pet Friendly area. Really good seafood available. House also features a mini kitchen upstairs in the Master Suite.

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