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John or Karen Griffith

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Fine Coastal Living Just Steps from the Beach with a Gulf View in Pirates Beach

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Pirates Beach House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10


• Location – Pirates Beach is a premier location with a private Country Club and the nicest maintained beaches. The home is located 600 steps from the beach with a beach view from the great room and Lanai and a short distance from the Galveston Country Club for golfers.

• Spoonbill is a Premier Property – Over six years of very satisfied guests. Up-Scale Home with solid red oak hardwood floors throughout, granite counters in kitchen and white subway tile backsplash, plank tile flooring in all bathrooms and laundry room, black granite kitchen sink, tastefully decorated with clean bright appearance that is both inviting and relaxing.

• Layout – The layout is ideal with 4 bedrooms and three baths all on one floor, a private elevator from the parking level to the main house floor and wide hallway and handicap accessible bathroom in the Master the home accommodates elderly and handicapped guests.

• Accommodations - There are two bedrooms with private baths (the master with a king size bed and a guest room with a queen size bed. A third bedroom has two twin beds and the fourth bedroom has two double bunk beds. The hall bathroom serves as the guest bathroom and the bathroom for the two bedrooms that don’t have a private bath. It has double sinks to accommodate two people when appropriate. There is ample closet space with several large walk-in closets and a large linear closet in the master.

• Fully Equipped Kitchen – High End SS Induction Range, SS Bosch dishwasher, SS Kitchenaid Microwave and SS Twin Compressor Samsung French Door Fridge and all cook ware and utensils, one Keurig and one large coffee maker, blender and a Cuisinart

• Guest Access – to Galveston Country Club

• Laundry – Large High End LG washer & Dryer, washing supplies and ironing board & iron

• Numerous Extras – these include:

1. Beach chairs

2. Beach sun shades

3. Beach umbrellas

4. Two large coolers on wheels

5. Large Weber BBQ grill

6. Gas Grill with Side burner

7. Country table and chairs in the carport area

8. Hammock

9. Swing chair

10. Teak dining set on Lanai

11. Several lounging chairs

12. Beach towels

13. Children’s sand toys

14. Inflatable toys

15. Boogie Boards

16. Apple TV

17. 65” Curved Ultra High Definition 4K TV in Great Room

18. 30” Flat Screen TV in Bunk Room

19. Blue Ray DVD Player in Bunk Room & Great Room

20. CD Player

21. Speaker for iPod or other music players

22. Children’s toys and games in the bunk room

23. Free high speed Internet WiFi

24. Canon Wireless Printer and Scanner

Optional Extras – Available:

1. Our Beach Buggy style golf cart rental

2. Cleaning Service to Wash down and put away beach chairs, umbrellas and shades

3. Cleaning Service to Dump ashes and clean up BBQ grill

4. Washing, Drying & Put Away Beach towel service

5. Oven Cleaning Service


Read the Reviews; repeat guests keep increasing every year.


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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
John or Karen Griffith (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About John or Karen Griffith

I just retired from the Department of the Navy and my wife is a retired 4th grade school teacher. We both enjoy traveling, sailing and cruising and being close to the water. We like to relax in the warm tropics with friendly people, good music and a nice cold drink. Talking, story telling, laughing, dancing and having fun with other people or sometimes just sitting quietly and reading a good book are our ideas of fun.

We enjoy meeting new people and have found the folks in Texas to be friendly and charming. We both like warm weather and frequently vacation in the Caribbean. My wife likes being in the sun and I like being in the shade. This house accommodates us both nicely.

John or Karen Griffith purchased this house in 2010

Why John or Karen Griffith chose Galveston

Everyone always asks us, 'Why Galveston?' when you live in California with its beautiful beaches and great climate. Candidly, Galveston is one of the hidden gems in coastal living. We wanted beach property that was not too far from a major city because we are used to having large city amenities and access whenever we want it with Houston just 45 miles away from our home in Galveston, yet retaining a bit of small town charm, the location was ideal. We wanted a home that was modern but beachy and close to the beach without being on the beach with the additional risk for damage from hurricanes like Ike. Pirates Beach is upscale but relaxed with a good balance of rules that makes it a nice family friendly place to visit and live. We find the people to be friendly and whether one is going to the Spot for hamburgers or to Rudy & Paco's for a gourmet meal we have had fun. Now with Waterman's open and close by we have another great place to go for evening entertainment. We looked at many Galveston locations and properties before finally settling on this property. The big problem that many properties have as you go further west is that they are too far from town and we didn't want to spend our vacation driving when we wanted to go out for dinner or a movie. We felt Jamaica Beach was as far west as we would consider.

We hope that those of you that choose to rent our home enjoy it and take care of it as it is our home. During the summer rental period, we travel.

What makes this house unique

There are very few single story homes in Pirates Beach and that was a major attraction for us. For those with elderly or handicapped guests in their party that cannot maneuver stairs it is the difference between being included or excluded from the group activities. With a large great room, guests can easily socialize together. A real bonus is the private elevator so even though the homes are all built on stilts, there is no need to use the stairs for those less capable or when loaded down with supplies.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Fine Coastal Living Just Steps from the Beach with a Gulf View in Pirates Beach
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews
Sugar Land, TX

Perfect Home w/ All Ammenities

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough about this home & how much we enjoyed our stay. Every aspect and detail was perfect. Every member of our friend and family that visited us had to take the tour as there was always someone talking about it.

This has been the best home (not house) we had the experience to stay in. It's so beautiful.

Huge Patio in front of the house was great for us to play games & listen to music in the evening (direct view of Galveston Bay). Downstairs Patio was perfect for all of us to enjoy with a hammock. Another patio accessible from the master bedroom was beautiful as well. Kitchen had all upgraded appliances. Plenty of chairs and very roomy for all. Huge Curved TV with all the channels you can think of.

Not only us but some of our friends are planning to stay at this house in the future.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased when our guest have an enjoyable experience as we work very hard to try and provide what we want and expect when we travel and vacation. One minor correction is that the view is of the Gulf of Mexico and not Galveston Bay. We hope his family and friends will have an opportunity to stay and have the same enjoyable experience. John & Karen
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

You will find this house very attractive and comfortable. The owners have clearly wanted their guests to have every convenience and comfort. I hope we will have an excuse to rent it in the future. The availability of the elevator was much appreciated by one of the guests who finds walking difficult. We were a group of older women who spent a fair amount of time sitting around on the very comfortable furniture just talking and reminiscing. We did not avail ourselves of the many other aspects that will appeal to families, such as dune buggy, floats, water toys, etc., but you will find whoever you are, that the owners have provided for you.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Perfect Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent a wonderful Christmas vacation at Spoonbill. This beach house is first class and you will not be disappointed. The interior decor is extremely attractive and in good taste.

The floor plan is perfect providing a nice open layout for the family and the bedrooms are located quietly down the corridor. The orientation of the outdoor deck provides great dining at all hours of the day without the hot Texas sun. As an added bonus you can see the waves from the deck.

Nothing has been forgotten. All the toys you can think of, both indoors and outdoors. Plenty of play things and books for the little ones too. Since we visited in December it was perfect weather for walks on the beach and in the neighborhood. We found the elevator to be so useful with the ice chests and bags, so no heaving up the stairs.

As far as attractions are concerned, Moody Gardens is not far away and we were able to enjoy their special Ice Sculpture display and the aquarium.

We will certainly recommend this beach house to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bedford, Texas

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week and plan to go back next summer. The house was ideal for our needs. The elevator allowed my 82 year old mother to make the trip with us. The house is clean and comfortable, and the layout is perfect for groups this size. We spent most of our time on the deck, which is shaded during the heat of the day. We rented the golf cart, which made it possible for us to take my mom down to the beach without the hassle of getting in and out of the car. The home is clean and well maintained, with new flooring and top-of-the-line appliances. We've stayed in two other places on Galveston island over the past 5 years, and everyone in the family agreed, this was their favorite. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Experience

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Pirates Beach for the past 10 years and this is by far the best house we have stayed in. It has the best layout for families, the kids loved the bunk room with toys and TV. We loved relaxing on the deck with the beautiful ocean view. The home has great updated appliances, large dining room and living room. We really loved the time taken to make sure we had everything we needed, from beach toys, beach towels and chairs to small items like storage bags when we ran out (but we did replace them on the next outing to the store). Every room was just as the pictures display, clean and beautifully decorated. Really loved having rugs in the bathrooms furnished and extra towels when needed, in the past we had to bring those with us. It was such a great experience with the house and communicating with the owners, we booked it again for next year right away!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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The Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

It doesn't get any better than this! The minute we arrived we knew we made the right choice! This was a much needed vacation for our family. We were not disappointed! There were 8 of us. One handicapped who will come again just because the elevator was so wonderful! We could tell lots of love and effort was put into the decorations. It's beachy 5 star beautiful! The young adults keep asking when are we going back? They had an awesome time! Honestly, this beautiful home was cleaner than some 5 star hotels we've stayed in. The house was only walking distance to the beach which you could see from the kitchen, dining room,living room and deck. For a great extra charge we rented the golf cart to haul e everything down to the beach. We also enjoyed just driving around this nice area looking at the beach homes. It was so fabulous! My husband loved watching the birds from the deck each morning while drinking coffee. It was quiet, relaxing, and so close to the beach. The views were peaceful. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! We will be back in the near future! Memories and love was shared by all during our stay!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Houston Hobby
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Waterman's Restaurant
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Galveston Country Club
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Gulf Freeway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Galveston Country Club
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pirates Beach
Car: necessary

Just 8 miles SW of Galveston on the Gulf Cost beachside with a beach/water view

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, boating, parasailing, shelling, wildlife viewing

Golf: Golf is available at the Galveston Country Club with your guest pass by just paying the green fees. It is close by and a very nice course.


Rates & Availability

Pirates Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas - New Years 2016
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Feb 27 2017 - Apr 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer Weeks I 2017
Jun 5 2017 - Jul 2 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
Fourth of July Week 2017
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 9 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Weeks II 2017
Jul 10 2017 - Aug 13 2017
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linen Fee $190 + Tax
Booking Fee $65 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 15.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

You must be 30 years of age to book this property. Any bookings made through the web site are pending until they are accepted by the Owner. A signed and completed copy of the registration list that includes a clearly legible copy of the Guest’s driver’s license must be received within 10 days of the owner accepting your reservation. Guests without a fax may use a cellphone camera to take a picture of the completed registration form and email the photo of the completed form. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of your reservation without refund at Owner’s sole discretion.

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Pirates Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1980 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Handicap Rails in Shower
    Queen Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Single Vanity
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Double Vanity
  • Double Sinks in Guest bath and Master
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En Suite Bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , Bunk Beds
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Elevator available for handicapped and guests unable to use stairs. Air Conditioning: 2 Units (Back and Front Living Area on separate thermostats). Washer & Dryer: Pantry & Laundry Room in unit with a deep sink to rinse our bathing suits. Linens Provided: One set per week for each bed plus 2 towels, 2 hand towels and 2 wash cloths per person. Spares available but must be washed by renter if used. 1-car with garage opener, large pull wagon, boogie boards, hammock and BBQ grill. Covered parking for 4 cars with room for recreation. Since association rules only allow a maximum of 4 cars, there is ample room for a boat & trailer or RV. The elevator is an optional feature. Because it is dangerous for children and they tend to want to play with them we will only make available for guests that need an elevator for handicap or elderly use. The Golf Cart is an Optional Amenity.

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