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Feb/ Mar $99nt. On St Teresa beach,dog friendly, wifi

Sopchoppy, FL, USA
  • House1600 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

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

WHAT IS SAINT TERESA? ....... St Teresa is only 5 miles of quiet, exclusive, secluded second family homes. A true 'Eco-vacation' at the Lazy Dolphin ....our 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.

PLEASE read entire property description.

You will be in the forest with miles of private beach at your front door. Great fishing right off the beach and a dozen local restaurants nearby. Welcome to 'Old St Teresa' with over 100 years of family enjoyment and history. You will be in the deep woods of North Florida about fifteen minutes from Public facilities.

Enjoy walking on miles of wide sugar white beach with two docks, usually all by yourself. Watch eagles and otters and other critters. We have many nature parks nearby, and many bike trails. Fresh seafood and, yes, there is a golf course ( only 10 minutes away). St Teresa has 130 years of history. A beach community nestled deep in the National Forest. It is only available to owners and their guests/renters. The St Teresa homes are passed from father to son. An exclusive private community with only eight beach rentals in the entire 5 mile length of beach. (We are directly on 5 miles of very wide continuous beach... you do not walk down a road or drive to the beach). Each home/lot has a minimum 1.25 acres and some are over 2-3 acres. We are unique in this area of Florida. We have a history, miles of beach, you may not see a soul your entire stay. We have modern well managed homes with every comfort. This is not a rental area, you have a family's home at St. Teresa.

Exclusive and Private Property. Our home is a two story 1600 sq ft beach house with two kitchen areas, located on the beach with central AC/Heat, extra in room AC unit bedside upstairs, 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. We are 150 feet from the waterline.

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 channels and FREE WiFi Internet. Full Bath downstairs. Wood Burning Fireplace. And two sleeper (Full) Futon sofas, a Recliner with SPIRAL Staircase to second floor. Out side we also have 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 with HD SAT TV with DVD. Laundry area upstairs with full size washer and dryer. Full Bath upstairs. Second smaller bedroom upstairs features Trundle bed that will sleep one or two. Ceiling Fans on both floors and a portable 15,000 BTU AC unit bedside in MBR. Extra sink in hallway to back bedroom.

Large grass yard, house is on the beach not a bay, on the Gulf, 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 wide wood side stairs to ground.

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 extra beach TOWELS, and EXPENDIBLES (TP, Paper Towels, Soaps, etc.). All utensils. coffee makers, blender, toaster ovens and microwave and linens are furnished. Google map us at 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: Dog 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 HD SAT TV. St Teresa Beach. Large Dogs ok.


Steve Metzke

Member Since 2009
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within two days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
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 Sopchoppy

This is NOT LIKE PC, DESTIN.... this is a well appointed beach cottage deep in the woods. St. Teresa is where my family spent the summers. I grew up on St Teresa beach and it has not changed in 60 years. We have shallow water and very small waves. We have a reef out front protecting us. Good fishing off beach or pier. It is Exclusive and Private. Wooded.Trees, Private Beach, no lights and a sky full of stars at night. Watch wildlife, empty beach, wind through pines, relax and unplug. Put our beach chair in the shallow water and take a nap. Enjoy the area for the Natural Beauty surrounding you. You will be in a very secluded very wooded area with Nature all around you. Enjoy it. This is the last of it Florida has to offer. Please do your homework and read about this area. We are not like the western panhandle. We are called the "Forgotten Coast" for a reason. Google that! I urge future guests to read and study our property description and ask questions if you have elderly/handicapped/disabled persons. My number is posted and any special needs must be addressed before you arrive. St Teresa is special. Our main plus is seclusion and nature and great seafood. We have Wi-Fi and Premium TV....but you can get that at home. You have to decide if St Teresa is the right fit for you. Hundreds of guests have taken fine memories with them. It is the last bit of natural unspoiled coastal Florida. It is an eco-adventure.

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 for additional dog fee!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Master
        1 queen
      • Off Master
        1 murphy bed
      • Downstairs
        2 sleep sofa /futon, futons are full size beds
      • 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. 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 extra big beach towels.


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • 2 Full Bathrooms. One on first floor, other on second floor. Outside shower also with hot/cold water.

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Beachfront
            Property features a large manicured grass yard, wood walkway to the beach with Beach Platform at Dunes.
          • Golf Course View
            St James Bay Golf Club. 6 miles west on US 98 from house. Open to Public. Collared shirts dress code.
          • Oceanfront
            We are directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Not in a Cove or Bay.
          • Rural
          • Village
            Panacea 12 miles east. Gas, food, bait and tackle.
          • Waterfront
            We have a reef 5 miles offshore which gives our beach very small wave action. Also gives us a lot of sand because we do not have water erosion. Fishing great right off the beach or on our pier.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Local Maps
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Also, Ceiling Fans and Floor Fans in all rooms.
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Full Size Maytag Washer and Dryer. Counter top Laundry area with full size Sink.
                      • Filtered Water
                      • Fireplace
                        In Living Room downstairs and next to Master Bed upstairs.
                      • Heating
                        Central Heat and Air
                      • Internet
                        12Mb WiFi
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        All available
                      • Living Room
                        LR has 42' Flat screen SAT TV HD with 300 channels and all Premium stations. Fireplace, two full futon sofas. Full Bath off LR.
                      • Broadband Access
                        Free WiFi provided.
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • Parking
                        On site two cars. Bringing boat check with owner first.
                      • Parking Off Street
                        behind house, see picture
                      • Telephone
                        Wireless Only. AT&T Sprint or Verizon
                      • Towels Provided
                        Some bath and wash clothes. Bring extra beach towels!
                      • Washing Machine
                        Full Size May Tag Washer and Dryer. Top loader washer. Bring Soap.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        FREE!! Just Choose 'RENTAL' from Wifi selections.
                      • Wood Fireplace
                        Check dampers before lighting! Fire Logs work great.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Kitchen
                            All Pots, Pans, Utensils and Dish towels included.
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Catering Available
                            Want to have a Party and Relax at the same time? We can provide Catering Services. Inquire.
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Regular filter and Keurig Coffee Maker Available. Bring your K Cups! Coffee maker regular style in upstairs mini kitchen area.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            All Pots Pans Utensils provided.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                            bring dw soap
                          • Grill
                          • Blender
                          • Microwave
                            mounted over stove
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Bring all expendables such as paper towels, trash bags, soaps, food.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Mini fridge upstairs in master, Full size in main Kitchen
                          • Stove
                            Electric stove/oven.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            Toaster oven both upstairs and downstairs


                              • Dining
                                Bar in kitchen w/ 2 seats
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Library in Dining Area
                                  • DVD Player
                                    On all TVs
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    All TV's have HD SAT TV ,42 HD Flat Screen TV. DVD Player attached.
                                  • Television
                                    Upstairs: Flat Screen TV with HD SAT TV. TV also has a DVD and all TV's get over 300 channels with movie channels.
                                  • VCR


                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Rentals Available. Wakulla River rentals nearby. $25-$50 per day.
                                      • Balcony
                                        Upstairs with Deck Furniture
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Rentals available. Many bike trails in area.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Deck off MBR upstairs with chairs.
                                      • Gazebo
                                        At the Sand Dunes we have a Beach Platform to climb up on for a beautiful view of the water and Sunsets. On those hot days you can relax in the shade underneath.!
                                      • Golf
                                        Two very nice courses nearby, One just six miles west. Collared shirts required. Restaurant at club.
                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Beach platform at sand dunes.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Large grass yard between house and beach.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Charcoal Weber
                                      • Tennis
                                        At Country Club 6 miles West. Inquire at Club.
                                      • Walkway to Water


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • photography
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • groceries
                                                      • massage therapist

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • surf fishing


                                                              • Spiral Staircase between floors. Inquire if elderly/disabled/handicapped person requires second floor. Pet Friendly area. Really good seafood available. House also features a mini kitchen upstairs in the Master Suite. Bike Trails nearby. Bed Linens Available. Bring Beach Towels!

                                                                83 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Wonderful quiet place to relax

                                                                Kristi B.

                                                                We had a wonderful time at Lazy Dolphin. The house was as described. The walk to the beach was a little farther than it looked from the pictures but beach chairs and kayaks were located close to the beach and the views were worth it! We had the beach practically to our selves the last few days of our stay. Steve and Nancy are wonderful hosts. We will definitely stay here again. Had to leave a day early due to Hurricane Irma and traffic worries. Thoughts and prayers to all in her path.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                And the fishing was good. We enjoyed meeting you. Safe travels north, we are going west! Steve and Nancy

                                                                Peaceful and quiet vacation spot in a fantastic location

                                                                Mary M.

                                                                If you're looking for a quiet, peaceful vacation spot in Florida the Lazy Dolphin fits the bill perfectly. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, miles of virtually deserted beach, protected waters for swimming and boating, and birds, dolphin, and fish to watch. We were lucky to be there when the horseshoe crabs came in to mate. The Lazy Dolphin is toward the end of a dirt road, far from the noise of Route 98. It sits across the lawn from the beach but not so far from the sea that you can't hear the sound of the waves. The kitchen wasn't fancy but very functional and full equipped. The living room furniture, two futons and a recliner, was comfortable as was the queen bed. It was wonderful to watch the sun rise from bed or from the dining room table. It's recommended that you get groceries before you arrive but if you don't, as we didn't, there is an IGA ten miles or so away in Carrabelle. The overview is very clear that you need to bring everything you need. It would have been nice to have had the bare minimum of toilet paper, light bulbs in all the lights and perhaps a trash bag in the kitchen waste basket. There are some quirks and some things that could use repair but for the price, the Lazy Dolphin is a great value. We'd love to come back next year.

                                                                Great beach getaway

                                                                sam t.

                                                                Really enjoyed our time. Great location, great host. Would definitely stay again

                                                                Perfect spot!

                                                                Anna M.

                                                                My husband and I drove all night from WV to see the sunrise on beautiful, nearby Carabelle Beach. Arriving at the Lazy Dolphin later that morning, we were greeted by egrets, tri-color herons, terns and dolphins. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly, and we walked for hours with our dogs along the lovely sand. Owners could not have been more accomodating. My parents flew in later from Vermont to join us for Thanksgiving and we celebrated with the day's catch from My Way Seafood. A perfect spot for nature lovers.

                                                                Great place! Very clean and convenient to beach! Beautiful private beach! Away from the crowds!

                                                                KODI B.

                                                                We will definitely stay here again!

                                                                Amazing private beach! What a find ♡

                                                                amy b.

                                                                Private and serene. We could not have asked for a better experience! The house was as described and easy to function in for our family. We felt at home and the beach was unbeleivable. We have rented vacation homes on many beaches over the years but this beach is at the top of our bests list! The weather was gorgeous even on overcast days. The marine and birdlife were abundant, we enjoyed hiking in the state parks but were just as happy exploring the beach and kayaking right in this backyard.

                                                                Thanks Steve and Nancy for offering this rental.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                See you next year! Steve


                                                                Sopchoppy, FL, USA

                                                                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

                                                                Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                Rates are subject to change. Pet fee is for one dog. Max is 3 dogs additional cost. Minimum rental age is 25 years old. Rate is for contract guests only. Addition guests will incur additional fees. There is a no refund policy for cancellation or partial stay. Minimum stay is 7 nights 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.

                                                                83 Reviews
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