House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)
About Bill Shaffield
Albacore House is our first vacation home. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. We are from Tennessee and hope to enhance your visit with good ole warm Southern Hospitality. Let us know if there is anything we can do to make your stay better. Feel free to call us when you arrive to let us know how everything is.
Bill Shaffield purchased this House in 2011
Why Bill Shaffield chose Gulf Lagoon Beach
We know you will love the house location. We have been visiting PCB for 25 years and have always wanted a place on or near Surf Drive. We love the little sixties style motels and beach homes in this peaceful little neighborhood. It is like walking back in time to a more innocent era. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to meet some of our great neighbors. Feel free to speak when you see them... they like that.
What makes this House unique
There is more to do than sunbath or walk on the most beautiful beaches in America. We enjoy riding our bikes around the neighborhood. There are lots of practically deserted streets to ride on and bike lanes all over the county. We also bring our jet skis and go out on the gulf to watch the dolphins. Don't forget to keep your eye out for a manatee while you are on the beach. They are quite friendly creatures. Susan loves the great shopping at Pier Park and Panama City. There are several dive shops Thomas drive if you like scuba diving. I have snorkeled on the jetties at St. Andrews Park. There is some good bike riding in the park as well. PCB is becoming more and more popular for motorcycle riding. I like riding down through Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe to Appalachicola. The oysters come in on the boats right there and most of the restaurants serve them up fresh. There is plenty of entertainment for everyone. Shipwreck Island Water Park, miniature golf, a half dozen golf courses, charter fishing, para sailing, boat and jet ski rentals, and more.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great vacation home for a large group
We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful vacation home! In person, it really does look like it does in the pictures. It is fully equipped and is also a very short walk to the beach. I felt like the walk to the beach was even shorter than it appeared to be in the pictures. There was plenty of room for our party of 12! Our bed was extremely comfortable so my husband and I both slept great which we felt was a huge plus! I do feel like the pool & pool area could have been cleaner from the time we arrived. The palm tree in the corner of the pool area caused the pool and everything around it to be dirty from whatever the tree drops so we didn’t really get to enjoy the pool area like I though we would. It wasn’t super clean when we arrived and just got worse throughout the week. I tried sweeping and cleaning it up a couple of times but it didn’t really help. I’m not sure when the pump runs but it didn’t seem to run during our stay and the pool person showed up the morning we were leaving so it looked great as we packed up to leave. That was kind of a bummer! The private pool was a huge reason for booking this home. The parking area is also really tight but I drive a Honda Pilot so if you have smaller vehicles, it shouldn’t be a problem. Other than that, this vacation home was great and I’d stay in it again!
Very Nice Vacation Home
The house is very nice, clean, and well furnished. All the beds are very nice and comfortable. Plenty of room for a large group. The pool was well maintained and the kids had lots of fun playing in it. Very short walk to the beach. The owner has (nice) beach chairs and plenty of sand toys which is a big plus. Unfortunately, our vacation was a disaster.We had to leave early due to a family emergency at home, and the short time we were there, double red flags were up because of rip currents, so we were not able to get in ocean at all. And to add "insult to injury" Mr. Shaffield kept most of my deposit, saying that we left a "scratch" on the hardwood floor(which we ABSOLUTELY did not),but he is the one in control of the deposit so he gets to do what he wants. He sent me a picture of the scratch at my request. There is a 4 lane highway right in front of house so getting in and out of driveway is difficult and dangerous.
We had a wonderful time staying at the Albacore house. The house is fully stocked and just as described. We had 5 kids with us and the pool was a hit!
Fantastic Vacation Spot
My husband, 3 boys, and I, rented this home with my parents and my sister and her husband. This was by far the most perfect vacation rental for our crew. Downstairs is the kitchen, living room, dining room, half bath, pool patio and pool. The middle floor has a large bedroom, bathroom, 1/2 bath, mini bar, living room and built in bunk beds, plus a balcony and porch. On the 3rd floor you will find 2 additional bedrooms, a balcony and 2 large bathrooms. My parents, sister and her husband were able to retreat to the 2 rooms on the 3rd floor, and there was plenty of room for my 3 boys, husband and I on the 2nd floor. Everyone had their own space, plus some! The fenced in pool area was so nice and easy to keep up with my kids. I always feel like at resort pools I’m on edge because the pool area is so large, crowded, and my kids want to run everywhere. I was able to relax by a pool for the first time in many vacations! Also, the walk to the beach is a breeze and quite enjoyable. It takes maybe two minutes until your toes hit sand, (and that was with a 1yo, 4yo, and 10yo in tow). This house feels like home! We can’t wait to come back!
Wow! What a great review. You did a better job of describing the house than we did! I think you said this was your first time to rent a home instead of a condo. I'm so glad that you found the Albacore House better than a condo experience! You now have a new beach home to stay in. You are welcome any time. Please, remember to book early for next year so your dates don't get booked up. See you next year!!!
We enjoyed staying at this house! Bill was very easy to work with and responded very quickly to any questions we had. Thank you!
Beautifully Decorated for a Beautiful Bride
We booked this house for my sisters Bachelorette Weekend Party. I thought that it would not be as decorated as it was in the pictures. Let me tell you, the pictures do not do it justice. This house is so beautiful. It is so comfortable and fits my sister's personality so much. Thank you so so so much and I will be booking with you all again. Hopefully very soon.
Walking distance from Restaurants, miniature golf, go carts and only 3 miles from St. Andrews State Park. About a mile from Signal Hill Golf Course. Ten minutes from Pier Park. Near by restaurants include Hammer Head Fred's, Captain Andersons, 3 Bros. Pizza, Pier 77, Schooners, Scampy's, Captain Jacks, Mello Mushroom, Angelos Steakhouse, Shanes BarBQ, Sisters by the Sea, Saltwater Grill, Billy's Oyster Bar, Egg and I and others.