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Amanda Elmore

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Cabin In The Woods, Fisherman's Dream!

17 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Apalachicola Cabin Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Cabin Minutes From The River

Nestled a few minutes up the Apalachicola River from Apalachicola, FL, resides the Cypress House. Located 2 miles from Historic Downtown, the Cypress House is blocks away from the famous fishing lodge and restaurant, Bay City Lodge, which is still owned and operated by the same family for 3 generations and provides direct access to the River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.

The Cypress House was built by Don “Cairo” Ingram and executed by master craftsmen Bobby Siprell and Corky Richards. Cairo, a local craftsman and sawmill owner, pioneered the use of river recovered, old growth cypress and heart pine. In the late 19th century logs were floated downriver to sawmills, milled, and then loaded on ships bound for Europe and the East Coast. Some of these logs sank in the broad Apalachicola River and remained on the bottom, preserved by the lack of oxygen. Cairo and others raised these logs and milled them into some of the best lumber available anywhere. Wood from these preserved logs does not rot and is impervious to insects.

Building a house entirely of Cypress would be cost prohibitive to anyone who didn’t own a cypress mill like Cairo. He started using “Pecky Cypress” – Boards that are pocked with holes caused by an underwater worm and has an unusual decorative effect. The interior vertical boards range in size from 20 inches wide to no less than 10 inches in width, including a 16in x 8in x 40ft long ridge beam in the center of the house, cut from the river recovered cypress. A 5 inch thick, 18ft long Black Cypress Bird’s eye bar top creates another exquisite focal point in the lodge.

Comforts include a 1500 square foot covered, full wrap-around porch worthy of accommodating any size gathering. The porch furniture was built from the same wood from the house, by the same craftsman who built the house. For winter guests, a full masonry fire place.

The Cypress House consists of:

*1600 square foot interior

*Master bedroom with king bed and bathroom upstairs

*Large bedroom with 2 extra-long twin beds and bathroom downstairs

*Reading area on the landing with a double bed

*Downstairs den/ living room with fireplace and couch

*Large open kitchen with 18ft bar that easily accommodates 6 or more people

*Full kitchen with dishwasher, stove, microwave, complete with pots, pans, coffee maker, utensils, and

everything needed to cook and entertain a dinner party

*Central Heat/Air

*Wi-Fi

*Flat Screen TV with cable and DVD player in living room

*Bedrooms have closet space and dressers

*Washer/Dryer in utility room

*Outside storage on covered porch with beach chairs

*Sleeps 4 adults comfortably plus double bed on landing for 2 kids or one adult

*Covered, wrap-around porch complete with grill and outdoor furniture

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Amanda Elmore (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Why Amanda Elmore chose Florida Panhandle

The Cypress house is located 200 feet away from the Apalachicola River & 2 miles from downtown Apalachicola, FL. The location is perfect for active outdoor lovers & relaxing enough for people just looking for a quiet gettaway. If you have boat access, Bay City Lodge is less than 200 feet away & Abercombie Boat Ramp is less than a mile down the road. Guided boat, kayak & paddle board tours are available at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located downtown. Fishing guides are available for whole or half day trips into the Bay & Gulf of Mexico. The area is surrounded by state parks and national forests including Tate's Hell State Park where several stands of unique dwarf cypress trees are located, some are documented to be over 150 years old. Ochlockonee River State Park & St. George Island State Park are great for birding, hiking, fishing & camping. Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. The Apalachicola National Forest made up of almost 600,000 acres of wetlands & forest is part of the State's Recreational Trail System. Take a trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier islands - St Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St George, or Dog Island. Fort Gadsden Historic Site is located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River approximately 45 minutes north of Eastpoint, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and African Americans during the early 1800s. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of white sand beaches & striking dunes over a 2000 acre park. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, camping. Voted #2 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach. For a scenic drive, the Big Bend Scenic Byway drive is approximately 220 miles in length. The Forest and Coastal Trails offer two distinct experiences, culminate in a two-day drive unlike any other.

What makes this cabin unique

The route follows an ancient sea bed with an elevation drop from 230 feet to sea level. Black Bear, Bobcat, Turkey, Fox, Deer, Coyote, or Wild Hog could appear at any moment and most of the drive is on public, un-fenced land. On the Apalachicola Blueway, paddle the length of the magnificent Apalachicola River for 105 miles from the Jim Woodruff Dam to the city of Apalachicola.

Reviews

4.8
based on 17 traveler reviews

Cabin In The Woods, Fisherman's Dream!
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 17 reviews
5

Property was clean, roomy, and private. Pictures don't really do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was perfect for our beach/fishing family vacation. Our two young adult sons each had a private space to get away. The cabin was stocked just like home. The only thing we had to buy was food. The beach umbrellas, chairs , and boogie boards were so nice to have at the beach. The area is full of lots of things to do within a short drive from the cabin. We went to both St George Island and the state park at Port St Joe. The beaches were not crowded and had beautiful powder white sands and emerald green water. We really hesitated to give a review because we wanted to keep this place a secret! Merrill was so helpful when the tv went out. We can not think of anything we would have changed except a longer stay! Thanks for a great experience.

Steve and Susan Smith

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Atlanta, Georgia
4

The Cypress House has everything you'll need

  • 4 of 5

The Cypress House was clean, comfortable, well-stocked, spacious, and the AC and ceiling fans worked really well! We also greatly appreciated the use of the beach chairs and beach umbrellas. Apalachicola is lovely; it's small and quaint, yet it has a terrific variety of excellent restaurants. We especially enjoyed Up the Creek and The Owl Cafe. We also purchased the best fresh shrimp we've ever had from 13 Mile Seafood. The people of Apalachicola are friendly and welcoming, too. Don't forget to check out the Chestnut St Cemetery at sunset if you are a history buff. In addition, the ride to and from St George Island, over two bridges, takes only a few minutes and provides gorgeous views of the surrounding area.

I gave The Cypress House four rather than five stars for minor reasons. First, there is some sort of unmanned gas utility facility, which mars the view, right across the street from the house, and the house sits facing a fairly traveled road. Luckily, for dog walking purposes and through interesting, jungle-like terrain, you can saunter down the little road behind the house for a good ways without worrying about fast-moving vehicles. On our walks, my dog and I encountered several turtles, a huge owl, and lovely morning-blooming flowers along with trees of intriguing shapes and sizes. Lastly, the huge wrap-around porch was a definite plus, but it needed cleaning, and, because we visited in June, the heat and lack of breeze basically kept us from enjoying it very often.

Finally, we received great customer service from the owner and the manager. If you don't feel the need to stay right on the beach, but you want to be close to everything and comfortable and peaceful while you're there, The Cypress House is a terrific choice!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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4

Hidden gem

  • 4 of 5

The Cabin in the Woods was the perfect base camp for a week of off-shore fishing for 6 guys! The cabin had what we needed: Cold A/C, Hot showers, comfortable beds, big kitchen, wi-fi, porch space, adequate parking for 2 trucks and 2 boat trailers.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Tallahassee
4

Cypress House - woodsy but close to town

  • 4 of 5

The Cypress House is a very comfortable cabin - high ceiling, cypress interior, up-to-date kitchen (very clean and well-stocked). We appreciated the fast wi-fi, cable TV, and land-line phone (since our T-mobile phones had no service there). Downstairs bedroom has twin beds (didn't sleep there) and a clean, large bathroom. Upstairs is a loft bed and master bedroom, with lovely windows looking out over the treetops and a comfortable king bed and large, clean bathroom.

On Memorial Day weekend, when beaches were so crowded, we liked being at Cypress House with our dogs in the semi-woods -- just a mile or two from town and just a block or two from the river. Felt secluded but not isolated. I'm sure it's a good location for nearby fishing, which we did not do. A great feature is the wide porch that wraps around the house, with picnic table and wood furniture.

We would recommend this house for a family or couple looking for an alternative to beach rental or more crowded town rental. From the house, it's easy to make a quick dinner trip into Apalachicola, where we ate at Up the Creek (highly recommend) and Boss Oyster (not so much). Also easy to cross the two bridges and spend part of a day at the state park on St. George Island (no pets allowed there, be warned). We drove over to Indian Pass for dinner at the Indian Pass Raw Bar - great place for oysters, shrimp, and beer. The owner and manager are accessible and easy to work with and we appreciate their help retrieving an item left behind.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

A great time in a homey, quiet setting.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the cabin was very enjoyable. Everything we needed in the way of kitchen supplies was present so making our own meals was easy. The beds were all found to be comfortable and the out of town setting was very quiet. We loved the atmosphere. The pecky cypress throughout is beautiful and gives a very rustic charm. The property was clean and spacious. We will recommend this to friends and plan on coming back in the future. We found the location handy to the city's amenities.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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4

Impressive House

  • 4 of 5

The house was larger than shown in the pictures, had everything we needed and was quite comfortable. We would definitely stay there again. It was quite close to town so we were able to buy fresh seafood and cook out every night. The pups loved the wrap around porch. We had one small problem with leaking plumbing but it was taken care of almost immediately. Another small problem was that the microwave took a dump on Tuesday. We called to report it and the caretaker said that they would have to get another one that day or the next. No call, no show, no microwave during the rest of the stay. That in itself was minor but communication on the part of the caretaker was lacking. Nice, quiet place to stay. Larry, Nancy, Maggie Mae , Teddy Bear 4/16/16-4/22/16

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
81 Miles
North West Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Oasis
Nearest Ferry
22.4 Miles
Dog Island Ferry, Carrabelle, FL
Nearest Golf
33.2 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Course & Country Club
Nearest Train
81 Miles
Amtrak Train Station, Tallahassee, FL
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Bay City Lodge
Nearest Beach
13.7 Miles
St. George Island
Car: necessary

The closest beaches are on St. George Island, about a 15 minute drive from Apalachicola. From the Cypress house, drive back towards downtown Apalach, turn right at the blinking caution light at the corner of the Grill Restaurant. Follow HWY 98 through town and onto the Apalachicola Bridge. When you cross the bridge, take your first RIGHT in Eastpoint (directly past the Cypress Corner Fruit Stand). Continue to the 'Y', veer RIGHT onto the St. George Island Bridge. You will arrive on St. George Island.

Public beach:

Lighthouse park behind the lighthouse-

When you get to the island stop sign, turn right and then left into convenient island parking. The public beach is not only easy to find but there are bath house facilities, covered pavilions for picnics, a playground and ball court for the younger generations. The Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse Keeper's House are also located in nearby Lighthouse Park. Like most beaches in Franklin County this beach gently slopes and, although there are no lifeguards on duty, the surf requires only normal caution to be fun for the whole family. Naturally you should use caution on any beach during rough weather, but difficult swimming conditions are a rarity here.

Private beach:

St George Island State Park At the lighthouse take a left onto Gulf Beach Drive and drive till you reach the park entrance. St. George Island State Park beach, located at the far east end on St. George Island, was ranked in the Top 10 by Dr. Beach. At nine miles in length, this is the longest beach front state park in Florida. And you have a lot of choices how to enjoy it. There are two large beach use areas with ample parking, picnic pavilions, beach house facilities, grills and boardwalks. This beach is renowned for its soft, white sand, gentle surf and softly-sloping bottom that makes for easy beach enjoyment for the whole family. If you would like more privacy there's plenty of beach that is easy to get to. A number of small pull-off parking areas provide boardwalk access all along the length of the beach. Fishing is a common activity with spring bringing locally famous runs of pompano and Spanish mackerel, while the fall months bring redfish and speckled trout. Pets are allowed on leashes in parking lots but not on the beaches. Alcohol is not allowed in the park. There is an entrance fee and please observe the speed limit rules as they are enforced. When you bring the family to St. George Island State Park you'll find Florida beaches the way they used to be.

Both provide public access to the beach with restrooms, picnic tables, and other amenities. And, most of the north/south roads on the island provide a public access to the beach.

The closest boat launch (other than Bay City Lodge) is Abercombie Landing. It is located up river from the house. From the Cypress House, take a RIGHT onto Bluff Road (12th Street). Follow Bluff Road until it comes to an end.(about 1.5 miles) Abercombie Rd will be on the Left. Turn LEFT, follow Abercombie Road (about .5 miles) until you arrive at the Boat Ramps.

To launch directly into Apalachicola Bay, you will use the marina located underneath the Apalachicola Bridge. From the Cypress house, drive back towards Downtown Apalachicola. At the blinking caution light at the corner of the Grill Restaurant, drive STRAIGHT through the light. Drive 2 blocks to WATER STREET. Turn RIGHT. Follow Water Street towards the Apalachicola Bridge. The marina will be on your left. Locals call this marina the '10 Foot Hole'.

The Cypress Lodge is located 200 feet away from the Apalachicola River & 2 miles from downtown Apalachicola, FL. The location is perfect for active outdoor lovers & relaxing enough for people just looking for a quiet gettaway. If you have boat access, Bay City Lodge is less than 200 feet away & Abercombie Boat Ramp is less than a mile down the road. Guided boat, kayak & paddle board tours are available at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum located downtown. Fishing guides are available for whole or half day trips into the Bay & Gulf of Mexico. The area is surrounded by state parks and national forests including Tate's Hell State Park where several stands of unique dwarf cypress trees are located, some are documented to be over 150 years old. Ochlockonee River State Park & St. George Island State Park are great for birding, hiking, fishing & camping. Wakulla Springs State Park is home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom boat tours are offered when the water is clear. The Apalachicola National Forest made up of almost 600,000 acres of wetlands & forest is part of the State's Recreational Trail System. Take a trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier islands - St Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St George, or Dog Island.

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Rates & Availability

Apalachicola Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Seafood Festival 2016
Nov 4 2016 - Nov 5 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$170
$950
$3,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

9% hotel tax will be added.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Apalachicola Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Upstairs
    Landing - 1 double , Landing on the stairs, full bed, open to the living room
    Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Xtra-long Twin Beds
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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