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Aaron Wray

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

Bayfront, Beautiful waterfront view, great fishing, private pool, 250' on water

11 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Florida Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bed/2 baths, screened porch-open deck, most rooms offer great waterfront views

This home sits on north side of road, high on the bluff overlooking St. George Sound. We have 250 feet of private bayfront on south side with a large grassy area and palm trees. The property has shallow water for about 400-500 feet out. The property sits on four acres and backs up to the National forest. We have a large screened in pool,(can be heated in those cool months), and a great octagon shaped deck for sunbathing when you decide not to beach it. There is also a nice screened in area with great views of The Sound as well. St. George Island and the small towns of Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and Apalachicola are just minutes away and offer good seafood restaurants, grocery stores, small shops, and fresh seafood markets.

There are three bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with twin beds. There is seating at the kitchen bar, separate dining room, and in the screened porch area. Kitchen has stainless two door frig, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and ceramic cooktop. Living area has a large flat screen TV and also flat screen in master bedroom. There is also a sitting area off the master. Both bathrooms have walk-in ceramic tile showers.

If renting in fall,winter, or spring, ask if the pool can be heated and the fee.

If you are a golfer, the St. James Bay Golf Course is only about 20 minutes away. It is a world class golf course and the areas only Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

Wildlife and marinelife are plentiful. We are also one of Florida's great fishing areas. Whether its fresh water, bay and flats fishing, or off-shore, a day on the water is usually a successful day. Guests can catch a variety of species of fish including redfish, speckled trout, flounder, spanish mackeral and so much more right out in front of the house. However, if you would like a guide to take you out, there are numerous great captains in Carrabelle and Apalachicola. There are also boats and sailboats available to rent if you want to have your own journey. We have several docks on the New River in Carrabelle that can also be used for your convenience and pleasure. The New River is very beautiful and quiet and makes a great place to relax and enjoy the wildlife.

Our home is just outside of the town of Eastpoint. The Eastpoint waterfront is filled with small seafood houses. Lots of oyster boats and shrimp boats line the waterfront. The seafood markets offer fresh shrimp, fish (grouper, snapper, flounder, mullet), oysters, scallops, blue crab, and more.

You'll find plenty of restaurants, groceries, seafood markets, antique and souvenir shops,, entertainment, and, ofcourse, plenty of boat captains right there among Carrabelle's many small marinas. If you didn't bring your boat, and don't care to hire a captain, remember you can rent your own boat, kayak, canoe, etc. Plenty of bait and tackle shops available as well. Be sure to stop by Millender's Seafood. Lots of fresh seafood, and Dale makes the best smoked fish dip and crab cakes you have ever tasted. The white sands of Carrabelle Beach are just a mile away. You can walk for miles on the white sand beach, and bring a picnic with you, as they have a wonderful covered area for picnicking. Or, 20 minutes further are the beautiful beaches and state park of St. George Island, or the historical homes and businesses of Apalachicola. It's a bustling little town full of great restaurants, antique and unique shops, and art galleries along the waters edge. Beautiful old homes and lots of history. Remember to visit the Florida Estuary and Research Center in Eastpoint. There you will find all the marine life, shells, and artifacts indigenous to our area. Another trip you shouldn't miss is Wakulla Springs State Park just 30-35 minutes from Carrabelle. This is probably the largest springs in the country. 7 mile of the Wakulla River is closed off to any traffic. Only the boats guided by your park ranger can take you for an hour's unforgettable trip up the beautiful Wakulla. Crystal clear springs with lots of fish, gators, turtles, birds, and most of the time, even manatees Up Close!!!!' It's the old Florida with beautiful fauna you'll never forget. And best of all, the whole family can cruise. It's very affordable (less than $10 for adults) and every seat on the boat is great. Take lots of pictures. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and go for a swim after your trip

One other thing to enjoy are our four lighthouses. Carrabelle, Shell Point, St. George, and the Cape. There are so many things to do in our area. Just hiking or biking our many State and National Forests, Parks, and Estuaries is a wonderful thing to do.

More Details Suitability: Minimum Age Limit for Renters

,children welcome

,non smoking only

,pets considered

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More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Aaron Wray (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

About Aaron Wray

This is Jeanne and David, owners. (Aaron is our son and rents our vacation rental homes) David and I have lived in this area many years. Most the time on St. George Island. Now we live on the mainland, just down the road from this property. Aaron also lives here. When St. George Island became too crowded for us, we chose properties like this one for our privacy. We are currently on Magnolia Bluff; however, we truly will enjoy this property during a few weeks this fall and winter. (that's the prettiest time to us. In addition, I love to fish, and some of the best fishing in the area is just out front this property. You'll see charter captains bringing there charters to this area.

Aaron Wray purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Aaron Wray chose Florida

Again, we love this property because of it's beauty. It sits on four beautiful acres and backs up to the National Forests. AND, our waterfront is VERY private. Not only is the fishing good, but you never know what you'll find when you walk out on the sand when the tide goes out. And if you like nature and animals, you might see deer, raccoons, plenty of birds, eagles, osprey, owls, squirrels, dolphins, (ofcourse) and if you're lucky, a black bear or two. (usually in late fall and winter) Florida also has snakes, so if walking the forests, parks, estuaries, or any area really, just watch where you step. We are in their environment.

What makes this cottage unique

You can do it all right here. Fish for trout, reds, whiting, flounder, etc. Net or trap blue crab. Swim in either the fresh water screened pool or St. George Sound. Sunbath next to the waterfront or on your private deck. Keep your kayak/canoe right there on the beach area. Go shelling or hiking through the hiking trails in the National Forest that surrounds you. Also, the sign leading to the dwarf Cyprus forest is less than a mile west of you.

Reviews

4.8
based on 11 traveler reviews

Bayfront, Beautiful waterfront view, great fishing, private pool, 250' on water
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
5

Great location . Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We loved the privacy of the home. It was close to everything but yet didn't have to deal with noisy neighbors. It was so nice having the pool all to ourselves. The boys loved going across to the bay and catching "critters". They love exploring and they saw starfish and horseshoe crabs just to name a few. we took in the 4th of July fireworks in downtown Appalachacola which were amazing. the Owl Cafe there was an A+ restaurant as well. Aaron was extremely responsive when we called. I look forward to being able to return to the beautiful setting in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review "Anonymous". You guys were a pleasure to have at our home! Please let me know when your ready to come back and visit and I'll be sure to give you a repeat customer discount! Have a wonderful day and hope to hear from you soon, Aaron
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5

Always Wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful. A true gem of a property. If you want a laid back, quiet, natural vacation, this is the place. Always look forward to getting there and always hate to leave.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you M!!! We look forward to seeing you guys in a couple months!!!
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5

Great Vacation Spot.

  • 5 of 5

Love this place. Beautiful view of the bay. Nice pool. Comfortable house. Has everything you need. Great location. Great Owners. Would definitely recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

glade we stayed and will return

  • 5 of 5

A little tricky to find can pass by easily , but worth the hunt .. love the old farm house appeal and rooms located so everyone has their personal space - the home was updated and owners were right at hand to assist in any way .. we paid the extra bucks to heat the pool as we lived in FL. too long for chilly water even though most peeps from out of state would have not minded . The views and private feel is well worth a trip back !!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Quiet and Serene

  • 5 of 5

My family - sister, mom, niece - and I stayed here over Thanksgiving week. We found the house itself charming, very clean, and quite comfortable. Everything we needed was available, just as promised, including some wildlife - in the form of a momma bear and her cub - that wandered through the front yard our first day there!

We had the pool heated and were able to get in it (though it was a bit chilly outside) most of the days we were there. The views from the house are absolutely stunning - the bay just glitters in the sunlight and I am missing it terribly as I write this review, one day home.

We drove over to St. George Island and shopped in the Fresh Market and the Trading Company, and we went into Apalachicola for Thanksgiving dinner at The Owl Café. I could take or leave SGI (the people there weren't the friendliest), but The Owl Café was perfection. The ambiance, the views, and the service were all top-notch and we enjoyed our meal there immensely. We recommend it highly!

All in all, we didn't *do* much while we were there, but we had a great time, nonetheless. Big thanks to Aaron for his responsiveness and for providing such a relaxing place for us to stay!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our vacation there. Great pool and wonderful views. A great location for fishing or just relaxing. The bridge across the bay to St George Island was awesome. Loved it!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Granny's Place
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
tallahassee
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
250' waterfront
Car: necessary

The house sits on four acres on north side of road on the hill offering fantastic views of St. George Sound from almost every room. There is 250 feet bayfront on south side of road.The enclosed pool overlooks the bay and can be heated for an additional charge. You have your own small beach area with shallow water for several hundred feet out offering lots of fun for children swimming and shelling, and good fishing and sunbathing for the adults. In addition the beaches of St. George Island and Carrabelle are just minutes away. And be sure to visit the historic town of Apalachicola with it's great restaurants, quaint little shops, eco tours, and historic homes. You'll also want to make a trip to the Florida Estuary Research Center with tanks of all the marinelife indigenous to our area and a trip up the Wakulla River at Wakulla Springs State Park is just 40 minutes away. The park ranger will take your family for about an hour trip ($8 currently for adults) up this beautiful crystal clear river to see lots of gators, turtles, birds, fish, and beautiful vegetation. (The Old Florida) AND some of the manatees have been staying there year round recently. After your trip, go for a swim in this beautiful spring. (I believe the largest in Florida) If in July or August, bring you snorkel gear for scallop season. You may have luck snorkeling right there.

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Rates & Availability

St George Island Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 22 2016 - Aug 20 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,595
 
 
Fall
Aug 21 2016 - Nov 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
$157
From
$199
Fri,Sat,Sun
$995
 
 
Winter
Nov 6 2016 - Feb 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$145
From
$199
Fri,Sat,Sun
$995
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Last minutes rates as low as $795 week. Off-season monthly rates also available. Contact Aaron for details.
Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out is 11am.
Please do not use the instant quote as most of the time it will give an incorrect rate.
3 night rates are lower in low and mid season. Holidays and events may be more

50% upon reserving. Balance either prior to or upon arrival.
We accept visa,mastercard, discover, or check.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Florida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
St. James Bay Golf Course which is a world class course is only 15-20 minutes away. Plenty of boats, kayaks, canoes available to rent close by.

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