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Gina Gafford

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Beautiful 'Sugar Shack' (was Dune Dream Believer)

7 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house

Overview

South Walton House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Bunk Room, Sleeps 11

''Sugar Shack'' is a beautiful beach home! Located in Dunes Estates, a 12 home gulf-side community, you are steps away from the private, fenced community pool and tennis courts. It is a short stroll to the sugar-white sand of the Emerald Coast beach. Also, street-side parking near beach. Low density area (Hwy. 30A) means fewer people on the beach!

The master suite (king bed) is on the ground floor and features a private bath with a whirlpool tub, separate shower and double sinks with tumbled marble tile. The master opens to a large porch. On this floor is another bedroom (queen bed) with private bath and porch, and a full-sized washer and dryer.

The second floor has a bedroom (queen bed) with bath and private porch, the living room and kitchen with island, breakfast bar, granite counter tops, refrigerator with ice maker and stand-alone ice maker, dishwasher and trash compactor. Living room has a beautiful porch.

Pottery Barn furnishings throughout the house and many wood floors. Custom sound system can be enjoyed from any room. Living room and all bedrooms (including bunk room) have TVs with DVD or VCR. Ample parking in front for three cars/SUVs with overflow parking in back.

Fantastic array of restaurants (pizza, seafood, fine dining) close by. Public golf courses abound. Shopping in quaint local shops or outlet mall.

Fishing, diving, kayaking and lots of other water activities near by. Outdoor concerts and movies in summer and festivals year round.

The master suite (king bed) is on the ground floor and features a private bath with a whirlpool tub, separate shower and double sinks with tumbled marble tile. The master opens to a large porch. On this floor is another bedroom (queen bed) with private bath and porch, and a full-sized washer and dryer.

The second floor has a bedroom (queen bed) with bath and private porch, the living room and kitchen with island, breakfast bar, granite countertops, refrigerator with icemaker and stand-alone icemaker, dishwasher and trash compactor. Living room has a beautiful porch.

The third floor has a bedroom (queen bed) and bunk room (twin-over-twin) that share a bath. Perfect for kids! The fourth floor is a tower room with pullout twin sleeper sofa, mini-frig with icemaker and large rooftop patio. The patio has views of the Gulf of Mexico, and is great for entertaining!

Seagrove is a great place to be and ''Sugar Shack'' is a great home for beach vacations, family reunions or entertaining your special guests!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Gina Gafford (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.4
based on 7 traveler reviews

Beautiful 'Sugar Shack' (was Dune Dream Believer)
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
2

Disappointing

  • 2 of 5

We were surprised by the lack of cleanliness first. Thankfully there was a vacuum available.

It's clear the owners haven't been here in a long while.

The beds are amazingly uncomfortable yet they said the master bedroom is shockingly less than a year old. Without a doubt this (we are here for our last night) has been the worst bed we have ever slept on. The other bedrooms are the same. We actually went out and bought 4 inch gel toppers for the beds because it would have ruined our week. You can tell this probably was a nice house but it needs some love and attention.

The AC was the other issue. We all slept with only a sheet. There are four kids here that did the same. Clearly the AC is on its last leg..... FYI If you don't leave the closet door open downstairs you will have almost no airflow. The vent is completely closed off by dust. The rental company clearly isn't checking.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review is totally unfair and untrue. None of these issues were brought up by this renter so management was unable to address them. Neither the prior nor subsequent renters have reported these problems.
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Prosper, tx
5

Prosper TX.

  • 5 of 5

Great property for large family or multiple families. We needed a place to stay for just two days on short notice and the owner called me personally and we worked out the details quickly. Thank You for letting us stay in your beautiful beach home!!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

My grown family loved our week at Sugar Shack! This large house does not look like a typical rental. It has beautiful granite, wood floors, and is really tastefully furnished with what appears to be Pottery Barn furnishings. The house was really clean! This place is really nice. The views from the deck are amazing. The proximity to the beach is great. It took about 3 minutes to walk down the street to the beach. The beach location is excellent as well. Also there are walking trails all around and bicycle rentals within walking distance! I would recommend this place over and over and I hope to make this an annual trip! Thank you Sugar Shack for helping make good memories!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Georgia
4

Sugar shack

  • 4 of 5

Nice property - loved that it was so near the beach and pool. Only small issue - lots of small nats in master bathroom.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oklahoma City
5

Wonderful family vacation at Sugar Shack

  • 5 of 5

We just got back home from spending one of the best family vacations we have experienced.The toughest challenge we faced each day was if we should stay at Sugar Shack and enjoy setting out on one of the many decks, opening the double french doors on the second floor and listening to the waves, grilling out on the deck just off of our master suite or head to 30A for even more fun. So, we just decided to do all of the above. The seven of us had ample room either gathering in the living room, up on the top floor, splitting up to enjoy having some seclusion or just slipping off to watch T.V. We found this house to be perfect for us. My wife enjoyed the huge bathtub in the master bath and everyone enjoyed having four bathrooms so we never had to wait. The kitchen was perfect for a great gathering for meals and board games. We found the location to be perfect. Being just off of 30A we enjoyed walking without traffic. Being able to take a short stroll to the beach or tennis courts was a plus.

If you don't enjoy friendly southern charm from people that go out of their way to be courteous, you may want to go somewhere else. We spent seven days going to places like Seaside, Destin and many other local spots and were treated like family at every stop. If you want fine dining it is there. If you want casual dining, great seafood or a party atmosphere it is all right on 30A. The best way to describe the area is family oriented. We saw children outside playing football, riding bikes, running and playing tag much like children could do back when I was a kid, care free. My family felt like we took a vacation from the troubles of the rest of the world. If you want a perfect vacation spot go to 30A . If you want the perfect vacation home go to the Sugar Shack, but don't go on New Years Eve because we want to go to Seaside to enjoy outdoor concerts and meals then head back to "Sugar Shack" to stand out on the top deck with our entire family and watch the fireworks for miles in each direction once again next year. What a way to ring in the new year!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas
5

Great Weekend at the Sugar Shack

  • 5 of 5

We did a 4 day weekend at the Sugar Shack, and were not disappointed. First, we LOVED and appreciated one of the only owners willing to be flexible and not require Sat-Sat stay - THANK YOU! We had 3 adults and 5 kids aged 11-17, and all of us were comfortable in the many rooms. I don't even think we found all the patios, there were so many! Plenty of room for everyone, especially with the porches. Finishes in kitchen and throughout were top notch, beds were comfortable, and everything was in good working order. Location was fabulous, right off 30A, just west of Seaside (which is too busy for my taste, but super close and fun to walk around) and thankfully west of the strange brown effluent on the east side (at Seaside, beware!). Beach was awesome, totally quiet, and nothing but dunes to the east all the way to Water Sound. Totally gorgeous. Easy walk to beach, no roads to cross, and super quiet neighborhood. I would go again in a heartbeat - you are in the best location, close to everything, but quiet and peaceful. Only things to note: the bunks are a little crowded since the ceilings on that floor are quite low. I wouldn't plan to put anyone over maybe 7 on the top bunk. Mine opted for the sofa. If you have stayed at other VRBO places (like we have) this one is more stripped on supplies than any other we've rented. You'll get pots, pans, dishes and linens, but no beach towels, chairs, coolers or other goodies. No coffee or filters (get the flat bottom ones at Publix up the road) or even salt and pepper. Not a big deal, just good to know ahead of time if you've VRBO'd before. We rented chairs and umbrellas for the weekend from a guy on the beach and it was easy. He had them set up for us everyday. There was a concierge line through the rental agency that would handle those things for you as well, but we didn't use it. The washer dryer and grill worked great and we used both. Endless hot water system is close to master, so if you're a light sleeper, be aware. It cycles constantly and is clearly audible in the master bedroom. Overall a great house in a great location. I'd go back here for sure. LOVED IT. THANKS!!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Sugar white sand!

Located just off Highway 30A near Seaside and Rosemary Beach.

Close to shopping, golf, bike rental, kayak rental and dining (fine dining and family). Very short walk to the beach.

Other Activities: Boating

Golf: There are lots of great golf courses in the area. Camp Creek is just a few miles away, SanDestin has many courses, Kelly Plantation in Destin and many more.

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Rates & Availability

Dunes Estate House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
May 28 2016 - Aug 19 2016
1 night minimum stay
$476
$3,200
 
 
Fall
Aug 20 2016 - Oct 28 2016
1 night minimum stay
$321
$2,120
$4,240
 
 
Winter
Oct 29 2016 - Feb 24 2017
1 night minimum stay
$262
$1,700
$3,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning less than 1 wk $220 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$237-$451/nt - $1650-$3150/wk US Dollars
Nov 02-Feb 28 .. $237/night .. $1650/week; .. $3300/month;
Mar 01-May 23 .. $333/night .. $2330/week;
May 24-Aug 08 .. $451/night .. $3150/week;
Aug 09-Oct 31 .. $296/night .. $2070/week;

$150 pet fee when applicable;
12% tax
Cleaning fee of $220 on rentals of less than 1 week.;
Minimum age 25

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

South Walton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
    Full 4 - toilet , shower
    Shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bunkroom - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Room
    Tower Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 4th Floor
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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