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Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Gulfview Retreat is a totally renovated, raised cottage in Galveston's historic East End, one block from Seawall Blvd. It is perfect for Houstonians looking to get away for a long weekend, for visitors wanting a one-week summer vacation, and for our snowbirder friends who often come to the Island for a month or longer. We have welcomed visitors from across Texas and the US, from Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

The home is designed to be casual, with all the conveniences our guests expect from a vacation rental. It is decorated in a colorful, retro, mid-century modern style, with totally refinished hardwood floors, modern appliances, and original artwork by Houston area artists.

We have been pleased that our guests enjoy their ''home away from home'' and we strive to make your stay with us relaxing and enjoyable. Since I live full-time in the neighborhood, I am available should any questions or concerns arise.

We're glad to recommend our favorite restaurants, beaches, and excursions. We pride ourselves on having the house clean and ready at the time of your check-in.

We ask that you treat our home the way you treat your own home (eg we ask that you load the dishwasher and empty the trash at check-out). Since we love dogs, we don't charge extra for your bringing one small-medium dog. Our rates include local and state hotel taxes, but we do charge a cleaning fee of $65.

We appreciate your considering Gulfview Retreat for your vacation and invite you to call us directly if you have questions or need additional information. We look forward to having you and your family as our guests at Gulfview Retreat!

More Details

Tony Akin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Tony Akin

I was raised in Houston, but our family would make many trips to the Island. I have renovated a number of properties on Galveston Island, and like the laid-back atmosphere of the island.

Tony Akin purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Tony Akin chose Galveston

There are very few cottages on the East End that have views of the Gulf, so I was excited when this house became available. It was essentially gutted and remodeled, with new central AC installed and the original wood floors totally refinished. We also added a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops.

What makes this cottage unique

Gulfview Retreat is within walking distance of some of the Island's most popular beaches (Poretto Beach, Stewart Beach), restaurants (Saltgrass Steakhouse, Benno's), and tourist attractions (Pleasure Pier. We chose to utilize bright colors and a retro, mid-century modern style in decorating, and many of the paintings are by local Galveston and Houston artists.


San Jacinto Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Large walk-in shower; no tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The master bedroom has one king bed. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed and bunk beds.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We are close to Pleasure Pier, Stewart Beach; walking distance to many restaurants. Close to all major tourist attractions. We have welcomed guests from around the world.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)

Gulfview Retreat-Modern, Relaxing Cottage at Island's Seawall
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 44 reviews

Great location. Well appointed cottage. Property Manager/Hosts are.excellent - helpful, friendly.

  • 5 of 5

Love staying at this cottage. Great location!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Gulfview Retreat, and appreciate your kind review and comments. When we first noticed the house a number of years ago, it was the location one block from the beach and in the historic East End which "sold us." We did extensive renovations and landscaping before opening as a vacation rental home, and since then we have welcomed guests from across the United States and around the world. We are fortunate to have our co-managers Tony and Ron, who work hard to make sure things run smoothly. And we are fortunate to have guests like you! Hope to see you again next time your travel plans include historic Galveston Island!
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This place has great amenities and so close to the sea wall! It was clean and stocked with everything you need to make it a comfortable, relaxing stay!! Hopefully, we can do it again!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and your comments about your recent stay at Gulfview Retreat. We are glad you enjoyed our location one block from the Seawall in Galveston's historic East End, and that the house was well-stocked for your stay. It was great having you as our guests, and we hope to see you again next time your travel plans include Galveston.
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice, plenty of room for my family. Very accurate description and had everything we needed for the beach and anything else. We found the property to be furnished the necessities that are sometimes forgotten. Customer service was outstanding as well. Couldn't have dreamed of a better experience and will definitely go again.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great weekend in Galveston

  • 5 of 5

Great weekend in Galveston. The home was very comfortable and clean. It had everything we needed. Ron was there to meet us and show us around. I would definitely stay at this home, again!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fredericksburg, Texas

Can't beat this vacation cottage experience!

  • 5 of 5

Tony and Ron provided everything we could want or need. We really appreciate their hospitality. We lived in Houston for 25 years and traveled to Galveston for a vacation every year. We always stayed in a house on the beach. This is the first time we stayed in town near the beach. This cottage provided the best of both. We were close enough to the beach to see the ocean and feel the breezes. Afternoons on the deck were wonderful. The close proximity to town afforded us the opportunity to frequent all our favorite restaurants and haunts. We highly recommend this seawall cottage. Bill and Sharan McBride

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Woodlands, Texas

Great House!

  • 5 of 5

What a great house to host our annual Girls' Weekend! It was comfortable, clean and so close to all the beachy attractions. The kitchen was well stocked and the beds were comfortable as well. Towels, linens and beach towels were all included so that made packing easier! I have rented homes for over 20 years and this is one house I would rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

San Jacinto Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
March Spring Break
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
High Season
May 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Bike Rally
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Hobby Airport
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Bolivar Ferry

Walking distance to new Pleasure Pier. Close to downtown area, UTMB, cruise terminals, and all major tourist attractions.


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