Remodeled Beach House. Game Room With Pool Table. TV's In Every Room.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great Beach House
This house is exactly that, a beach house, the basement is a bit musty but the house is right on the water. Everything you need for a great stay is there. The only downfall is the road in front, the vehicles fly by and it is difficult to pull out of the driveway, It is a must to back your vehicle in.
We loved this house and would definitely rent it again. The beds were very comfortable and the living area seated six people easily.
We are glad that you enjoyed staying at Turtle's Nest. I think the "musty" odor is actually the smell of the exposed strips of wood on the ceiling. However, we will look into it. We look forward to having you back again soon.
Not Up to Our Expected Standards, Overpriced and Underdelivered!!
Turtles Nest reminded me of 1950's era cottage that was way too rustic and needed some very serious renovations and upgrades. The exterior needs a new coat of paint, the basement needed some serious dehumidification, the kitchen needed some updated appliances and clean pots and pans and kitchen utensils. The guest bathroom needed a new faucet and re-grouting of some of the floor tile. Each of the upstairs bathrooms had heat lights and no apparent exhaust fans.
The master bathroom had a pocket door that would not open or close easily, so the first time we tried to use it I got stuck in the bathroom because I could not open the door after closing it. In addition, the storage space in the master bathroom was totally inadequate.
The laundry is set up in the downstairs bathroom and consists of two sets of stackable washer dryers which is a great idea if the people staying there are at least 6' tall, unfortunately for us nobody in our group was over 5'7" tall so we had to guess on the settings for both dryers. Turtles Nest is advertised as having a 2 car garage but most people would be hard pressed to park any vehicles in either bay out of the elements.
On top of all these issues trying to enter the main highway when driving out of the driveway was like "Russian Roulette"! The speed limit in front of the house is 55 mph which means the majority of cars are travelling at least that fast or even faster and you are virtually backing out into traffic blind unless someone from your group helps to guide you out and let you know when it is ok to back out onto the road. It was even difficult to drive out if you had backed into the driveway because of the rental signs so close to the highway. This is a definite accident waiting to happen to someone, VERY DANGEROUS!!
The living room furniture is worn out and not very comfortable and the dining room chairs are very uncomfortable.
In addition if you needed anything you had a minimum 10-15 minute drive to a grocery store, drug store or gas station.
We would not consider coming back to Turtles Nest and I think Home Away should do a better job of vetting the places they try to rent out.
Wow! Where should we begin. To start, I am sorry you did not have great time at the beach house. Without delving too deep into this very detailed review, I would like to mention a few things. To start, if you are reading this review, I encourage you to read all of the others as well. At the time this review was posted, we have 31 other reviews online. 29 of them are 5-stars and 2 are 4-stars. There are ZERO 3 or 2 star reviews, and this one is our first 1-star.
That said, during their stay, the guests did send me a message about the pocket door. It broke on them and they did get stuck in the bathroom. They were able to get out and did not use after that. The door has been repaired. In the same message, they seemingly joked about being too short to operate the dryers. Never did they mention that they were unhappy about any of the other "issues" that they mentioned in this review. If they had, we would have taken care of it immediately. That said, the furniture is less than 4 years old and is not worn.
It is funny that they complained about the washer and dryer. Most of our guests find the fact that we have installed TWO sets of new washers and dryers to be very convenient.
I'm not sure why they could not park in the garage, unless they had two huge vehicles. It is a standard 2-car garage. There is a ping pong table in there that we provide for our guests. It is easily folded and moved out of the way.
The first floor game room (not a basement) with the bunk beds has it's own central AC system. The homeowner went with an exposed wood ceiling in there, which does have a woody odor, sometimes confused for being musty.
Every house on the beach here is on the same road. It is a 2-lane road. I assume that these guests will not be coming back to any house in the area, as all of the homes are on the same road. Certainly, people may drive fast on the road, so you should always take caution when pulling into traffic. As for the location of the house, it is in a very private area of the beach. Again, most people LIKE THE FACT THAT IT IS NOT CLOSE TO COMMERCIAL AREAS! There is no public beach access nearby, and driving is not allowed on the beach. Therefore, when you stay here, you get the beach all to yourself. There is a gas station 0.8 mile north of the house. The grocery store is 6.7 miles south, with several restaurants in between.
All that said, please be sure to read our other reviews before taking this one to heart.
It was the perfect place for my family of 6. The kids loved the game room and my wife loved the double washer and dryer. My wife said it was our best vacation ever. Than k you so much.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Turtle's Nest. The house is great for groups with kids, as the pool table room has two sets of bunk beds, sofas, and a TV. It's a great place to let them escape while the adults enjoy some quiet time upstairs. We look forward to having you back again soon!
What a Wonderful Place!!
We so very much enjoyed our stay at the house!
The size was perfect, the water was great, the sunrises were amazing!!
Location was very convenient and the neighbors were so sweet!
We can't wait to come back soon!
We are thrilled that you had such a good time. Turtle's Nest is a fun house with plenty to do inside and out. We look forward to your next visit!
Wren Beach Rentals
We loved our stay at Turtle's Nest and appreciated how easy it was to live there. Loved the pool table and the great access to the beach. We would love to return some day. Thanks for all the amenities and attention to detail.
Thank you for staying with us at Turtle's Nest. We are very glad that you had a great time. The home owners have done a great job making sure that the house is fully furnished. The addition of the pool table has been a big hit. We look forward to having you back again soon!
I have rented from WREN properties at least 5 times and I have never been disappointed with any of their homes. They have everything you will need from the kitchen to the beach and more. The furnishings are just like you see in the photos and the quality of towels, sheets etc are of higher quality. As with Turtles Nest, we were not disappointed with anything. Very spacious, loved the lower level with pool table and bunk beds. The house has double washer and dryers which were very nice. House is exactly like the photos and right on the beach. We had a wonderful time and always look forward to staying in the WREN properties. Will rent again and again. You can't go wrong with any of their properties and very pleasant people to do business with.
Thanks again for another GREAT stay at the beach!!!!
"Turtle's Nest" is direct oceanfront, located between the Atlantic ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The beach is very private, peaceful, and quiet. No cars are allowed on the beach, and there are no high rises or fast food joints to interrupt your serenity. There are several excellent restaurants and shopping for every day items within a five minute drive! The Serenata Beach Club, with its 3 huge pools, work out facility, and activities for children, is just a mile away, and is available for temporary membership. St. Augustine is a 10 minute drive and offers plenty of attractions, great seafood, day spas, fun shopping, fishing and boating charters, many golf courses, including the World Golf Village, and more. In 15 minutes you can be in posh Ponte Vedra, with more great restaurants, shopping, and more golf! Day trips to Disney, Daytona Speedway, and Marineland are easy! However, Turtle's Nest is so beautiful , with a great deck and beach that you may not want to leave the house!
Golf: There are many golf courses in the area. For the extreme golf fan, the World Golf Hall of Fame is 25 minutes away and features two world-class 18 hole courses. There are many public courses in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville.