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Fun, Colorful 1STFloor Beach/Tennis Cottage2BR2BA Screen Porch-VeryPopular

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

First floor Cottage, 2BR2BA,Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6), ScreenPorch

The JUSTUS COTTAGE is your home away from home. Nestled in a cool, lush and quiet setting of water oaks and native plants, this easily accessible first floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage features a wonderful floorplan with fresh, new appointments and free high speed internet. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort is a 27 acre gated community with 24 hour security in the popular Sandestin area of Destin. The resort comprises a freshwater lake, walking paths with reflecting pools and fountains, 3 large pools scattered throughout the property with hot tubs, cottages, outdoor gas grills for the convenience of visitors, a basketball court and a top-rated tennis facility with 6 rubico courts, 2 fulltime teaching professionals and a tennis center to aid scheduling of matches. The design, construction and landscaping enhance Hidden Dunes natural beauty and help provide its quiet, secluded and private ambience devoid of shuttle buses, traffic and noise. The safe neighborhood is perfect for children of all ages, and allow safe exploration, walking and biking. Please be sure to check out our virtual tour (found just above our photos below).

MASTER SUITE tempts you to stay a while with its beautiful King Poster Bed, sitting room, TV/DVD/VCR, ceiling fan, switched bedside lamps, plantation shutters/custom drapes, large walk in closet and spacious luxuriant private bath with shower and large oval soaking tub. SECOND BEDROOM, located on the other side of the cottage by separate hall bath, has two oversized twin beds with exciting new vibrant and inviting bed linens and fun green wall color, TV/DVD/VCR/VideoGamer, ceiling fan, switched lamp, plantation shutters together with plenty of drawer and closet storage space.

Very open living space with lots of light. The Foyer opens into the GREAT ROOM which in turn opens to the Kitchen, Dining Area and screen porch. The Great Room features plenty of seating with its new sleeper sofa, matching loveseat, comfy oversized pillow chair, plantation shutters,custom-made drapes and ceiling fan. Entertainment armoire includes TV/DVD/VCR,complete with fully stocked video library and stereo with CD/radio. Banquet-sized tavern table in Dining Area seats 6 or more and is the perfect complement to the beautiful wrought iron nautical chandelier. Fully equipped KITCHEN, with everything you want, has its own serving bar and 3 stools for those quick lunch sandwiches or snacks. The Kitchen also features a double bowl stainless steel sink that looks out to the SCREEN PORCH with its inviting outdoor living space and its own serving bar, 3 stools, 5' round wicker/glass table, 4 chairs and sofa and ceiling fan. The screen porch is completed with lots of FUN/BEACH ARTWORK and opens directly out to the resort's reflecting pools that meander through the interior.

The flooring in all the main living areas (except for the plush carpet found in the bed chambers and ceramic tile in the baths) is a very thick decorator stone. The stone is then covered in many areas with sisal and oriental rugs. Washer/dryer, lots of storage, separate food pantry, coat closets,etc.

The Justus Cottage (Cottage 168) at Hidden Dunes is a great beach vacation home in a wonderful location, on the beach side and just west of Sandestin. With its gated entrance and 24 hour security, it offers the peace and tranquility you are looking for on vacation. It's only a short stroll to the beach or use the seasonal tram service. USPTA Tennis pro on-site. Hidden Dunes is located near fabulous outlet shopping at Silver Sands, wonderful restaurants and all of the fun activities offered by this vacation paradise.

Please ask for JUSTUS COTTAGE, B168, Listing #193084, MENTION THAT YOU FOUND US IN VRBO! Also please be sure to let us know if you have any special events coming up during your visit such as a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon!

More Details

Property Manager
Scott and Lisa Justus
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 14, 2017

About Scott and Lisa Justus

Hello. We are Scott and Lisa Justus, and we live in Atlanta, GA. We have 3 children and are delighted that you are visiting with us.

Scott and Lisa Justus purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Scott and Lisa Justus chose Miramar Beach

We love Hidden Dunes and have been coming to the area since college days at Auburn (many years ago). Growing up in Birmingham/Atlanta (for Lisa) and Asheville, N.C. (for Scott), the white sugar sand beaches of this area have always seemed to be calling our names. We never want to leave. We live in Atlanta now and can be at our beach house in an easy 5 1/2 drive. Hidden Dunes was a beach tennis resort Scott and I admired for many years. We met playing ALTA tennis in Atlanta (he beat me in mixed doubles) and thought this was a PERFECT place for our family's beach home. We chose the perfect cottage located in the lush landscaping of this amazing secluded beach paradise (near the beach, pool, basketball and tennis).

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is nestled in Hidden Dunes' twenty-seven acres of beautiful landscaping. The Resort is masterfully designed, constructed and landscaped to enhance the natural beauty of the beaches and creates a unique sense of privacy.

There is an open air tram system for quick and easy access to all amenities (seasonal),including, the most beautiful white, sugar sand beaches in North America,six championship clay tennis courts, USPTA certified professional tennis staff with professionally supervised tennis clinics and round robins,24 hour security/courtesy patrols,lighted basketball court,three swimming pools (one heated) with Jacuzzis, walking trails with gazebo, lake and lakeside deck,reflecting pools and flowing fountains all over the place and a playground area for children.

Just next door are championship golf courses and the famous Silver Sands Factory Stores – over 60 stores in walking distance. Down the road (maybe 10-15 minutes) is Destin Commons Mall - open-air lifestyle center offering shopping, dining and entertainment. There is deep sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing and other water sports available nearby as well and when you want to treat yourself to lunch or dinner out.. there are over one hundred nearby restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the manager

April 13, 2015

My family has just returned from a fabulous week staying the Justus Cottage in Miramar Beach, Florida. We had not been to Florida since 1998 and were a bit apprehensive finding a place with a reasonable price that would suit our family’s needs. We found that place at the Justus Cottage. The layout was absolutely perfect. The cottage opened into a spacious foyer with two bedrooms that on both sides. Both sides had a bathroom with the Master having an adjoining bathroom. The rooms were such a good size with ample closet space. From the foyer was a beautiful great room that also served as the dining room and a kitchen with a bar. From the kitchen sink was a window that opened to readily give food to our children so they could enjoy eating in the screened in porch. There were also sliding glass doors from the great room. Furthermore, off of the screened in porch was a concrete patio where we made our children go to eat their ice cream. From this porch, we had a beautiful view of the fountain that was so relaxing. It was also walking distance to the community grill where my husband grilled dinner several nights. Walking around the fountain also led to the pool and hot tub which we used several times. The pool and hot tub were open until 10 so the kids could have “Night Swimming”.

It was an easy walk to the beach but whenever we had too much stuff or little energy, we could call the Tram service. But, don’t call until you are waiting on the curb because they were there literally within minutes. The drivers were so nice and accepted tips so plan on having a few ones on you.

I must say that I felt so very relaxed the first night there. The place is decorated so nicely and doesn’t at all feel like a rented place. It felt like staying at a friend’s house. There was ample room for two adults and three small children. Grocery stores and a fish market are a short drive away.

The only minor complaint I have is that I wish the bed in the Master would have been more comfortable and it could be easily remedied with a high-quality comfy mattress protector. But, this fact alone would not deter me from renting this cottage again. And, when I read that I was renting a cottage, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What it seems to me is a very nice cottage like apartment complex and was wonderful. We only stayed a few days so we were all about the sun and the beach and being relaxed and that is exactly what we got.
Apr 2015
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Miramar Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests must read and accept our Rental Agreement shown as an attachment to their VRBO/Homeaway booking.
  • Bookings are only possible for specific date ranges listed and rates provided under our Rate Page at VRBO/Homeaway site.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Resort ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , The large mstrbath features a wonderful soaking tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Vanity and tile
  • Master has a large luxurious soaking tub for those relaxing bubble baths, private water closet, solid surface counters, beautiful tile floor, large vanity mirror, lots of light. The second bath has vanity, tub/shower, toilet, mirror, tile floor and bright linens. Conveniently located just outside the second bedroom in the hall.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , The master bedroom suite is quite large w/a sitting area
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds are covered with bright linens w/ Large closet
    Queen Sleeper Sofa - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleeper sofa & convertible love seat in family room.
  • Large, private Master Suite with brand new carpet and inviting King Poster Bed, matching bedside tables, triple dresser with custom mirror, chest on chest and TV/DVD/VCR chest. Linens are soft, full and abundant. The Master Suite also has a huge walkincloset, and separate sitting area that can be easily made into a cozy nursery nook, or a wonderful place to curl up in the comfy chaise and read your favorite book! The adjacent Master bath has a huge soaking tub for you to enjoy after a day at the beach or on the tennis courts or golfing, a private toilet area, solid surface counters, lots of cabinet space and shower. The second bedroom is complete with new carpet, 2 extra long cheery twiin beds, chest on chest, bedside table and lamp and all the TV/DVD/VCR you could possibly need. There is a brand new queen sleeper sofa in family room that provides very comfortable sleeping.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our home is your welcoming fully stocked beach home away from home. We want you to feel right at home and be able to step right in and get to the fun business of your very special vacation. We have tried to think of everything you might need, including a fully stocked kitchen, washer and dryer, tvs, dvd and vcr players, stereo system and any other need you may have. So we invite you to come stay with us and let the fun and relaxing begin, at the very best value! Beach side of Hwy 98. Just west of Sandestin and all the golfing and outlet mall shopping at Silver Sands you could possibly want. Bubbling Fountains and water features throughout. Nestled among native trees and plants. Very close to neighborhood Tennis Complex. Only steps to the beach and beach tram is only 10 steps away every 15 minutes, or you can call for pick up at cottage or from beach, and he is there in less than 5 minutes!


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Fun, Colorful 1STFloor Beach/Tennis Cottage2BR2BA Screen Porch-VeryPopular
average rating of 4.3783784 based on 45 reviews

Cute, Comfortable Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a cute, comfortable place to stay! Your cottage had everything we needed and then some! We will definitely try to stay here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and will visit with us again! Lisa and Scott Justus
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Perfect for our little family

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this cottage. Was surprised on how spacious it was. The screened in patio was a hit for our 2 year old. Woild recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean property, quiet setting, easy walk to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at the Justus Cottage. The condo was clean and supplied with everything listed in the description. The condo is close to one of the two pools and the screened porch looks out on a water feature with fountains. We had plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. The walk to the beach is easy & pretty, but there's also a tram that runs throughout the day and a few beach-adjacent parking spaces. We especially enjoyed the convenience of being close to Highway 98 while still being in a quiet, peaceful setting.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and hope you will come visit with us again!
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Beautiful accommodations and beaches!

  • 5 of 5

The Justus Cottage is homey and comfortable, and the property is amazing. The pools are sparkling and large, the landscaping is beautiful, and the staff at the guard gate is very professional. And of course, the beaches in the area are pristine.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Very quiet and friendly community.

Close to pool and close to beach. Grills very convenient to unit.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, homey cottage nestled among winding paths and vegetation & very short walk to beach

  • 5 of 5

4 long time friends stayed here-and we have stayed in a variety of places over the years. 2 friends were initially hesitant since it was not an ocean front property, but it turned out they (and the 2 of us who didn't have the "must be ocean front" requirement) were very pleased with the contrast of the dense vegetation and walking paths of the cottage. There were fountains outside the screened in porch which provided ambient background water noise. It was easy and pleasant to walk different ways to the beach. Also, you could drive to a parking lot that was right by the steps down to the water. We never used the tram. Walking in the evening felt very safe. We did not want to walk on the beach at night because it disturbs marine life and being to walk on multiple paths was nice and we could admire the night ocean on the stairs. Parking at the cottage was easy for us and we had 2 cars between the 4 of us. And it was shaded, so the cars did not bake in the sun.

The place is not large but fit the 4 of us easily. There is a pull out sofa sleeper in the living room which we did not use. I imagine that would make things tighter in terms of space. The main bedroom was large with a large walk in closet. The bed easily accommodated 2 picky and restless sleepers. The other 2 friends shared a smaller room with 2 twin beds and had no complaints about the smaller room. Having a washer and dryer was great and used many times during our stay. I saw earlier reviews about bugs. I did not see any and believe me, I see ALL bugs since I am phobic about them. The cottage was not brand new and had some worn edges to it, just like the 4 of us. We were able to cook meals easily (or rather the other 3 were able to cook and maintained their ban on me trying that activity). Not having a front door key was enjoyed by all. No having to keep track of who has the key, who lost it, etc. Code and lock easy to use.

We had to call Scott/Lisa once since the TV was not working. Help came very fast ( it was not the TV-it was us pushing the wrong buttons). I also had spoken to Lisa on the phone prior to the trip, asking if pickleball courts were available. She never heard of these (like most people), but did find out the answer (yes, but not in the season we were there), altho there were multiple courts in Destin, just a short drive away.

Plans had been to use the pool at night which looked very inviting but we ran out of time and energy. We would all return.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Ft Walton or Panama City
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf Course
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Silver Sands Designer Outlet Mall
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Sugar White Sand Beaches and Beach Facilities
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Gulf of Mexico
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Buster's Bar and Grill
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Choctowatchee Bay
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Publix Grocery Store at Grand Boulevard and several restaura
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6 Championship Rubico Tennis Courts and Pro Shop
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Lighted Basketball Court
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Beach Tram comes around property every 15 minutes
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Hidden Dunes Lake
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24 hour Security Guard and Gated Entrance
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Grand Boulevard Town Center
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Starbucks Coffee shop
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Sandestin Wine Festival
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Car: not necessary

Adventure Charters-Deep Sea Fishing 850 654 4070

Blue Crab Watersports located behind Marina Cafe in Destin offers pontoon boat and waverunner rentals 850 218 5504

Water Sports-jetskis, pontoon boats and parasailing, dolphin excursions 850 654 4497

Dolphin Cruises-featured on CNN, Captain Steve and his crew aboard the Southern Star, enjoy a 2 hour dolphin cruise 850 837 7741

Eden Garden State Park and Mansion-built in 1898 by lumber baron, Willaim Wesley, this Southern mansion is surrounded by flowering trees and stately oaks with beautiful grounds for a picnic. Guided tours of the mansion are offered Thursday-Mon. 850 231 4214

Emerald Coast Scuba Diving- 850 837 0955

Gilligan's Watersports 850 650 9000

Grayton Beach State Rec Area 850 231 4210

Henderson Beach State Rec Area 850 837 7550

The Track-miniature golf, go karts, roller coaster, bungee jumping, bumper boats 850 654 4668

Rave Movie Theater 850 337 8777


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $140
Tax Rate 11.0%

Please let us know about any special occasions to be celebrated during your visit like a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc!

Rentals cancelled before 60 days of the stay are required to submit a $100.00 cancellation/processing fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.