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'Little Gray Cottage', Huge Private Pool/Spa, Free Beach Service, 4 Bikes to use

Bedrooms 2
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Quaint, Totally Renovated Beach Cottage, 2 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 4-6

Just off of famous county highway 30-A, in the quiet residential community of Seacrest, lies this professionally decorated, 1 story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath beach cottage. You are just steps from the sugar white sand that the beaches of South Walton County are known for. The beach access is literally at the end of the street and is less than a 5 minute stroll. Or just step out your back door to the beautiful, large private heated pool and 6 person spa/hot tub with travertine pool deck exclusively for use by you and your guests. No really. The pool and spa/hot tub are for use by Little Gray Cottage guests only. Dine at one of two outdoor dining tables by the pool or on the deck.

This 1 story beach cottage home, 'Little Gray Cottage', is full of top end upgrades such as stone countertops, stainless kitchen appliances, top quality fixtures, and crown molding. Original artwork by a popular local watercolorist is featured throughout the house. All bedrooms feature luxury hotel quality mattresses new in 2015.

The beach cottage home lies on a quiet dead-end street in the residential Seacrest community. The property backs up to a heavily wooded section of exclusive, private Camp Creek golf course. The home has a huge deck complete with outdoor shower, gas grill with professional searing burner, and a dining area.

Inside, the home has a newly renovated fully stocked kitchen equipped with a gas stove and oven, microwave, french door stainless refrigerator, dishwasher and instant hot water dispenser. Other appliances include a coffee maker and toaster.

The home features painted wood floors, and stacked full size front load washer and gas dryer. The master bedroom includes a Hilton Hotel queen size mattress and bed with ensuite bathroom. The bathroom has a custom glass mosaic tile wall and a carrera marble double sink vanity. The second bathroom also features a carrera marble double sink vanity and a shower/tub combination.

The second bedroom features two twin XL beds to handle everyone from kids to adults comfortably.

The home is conveniently located just 1 1/4 miles from Alys Beach and 2 miles to Rosemary Beach. Take a short pre-breakfast bike ride or stroll to Charlie's donut truck in Alys Beach for some great donuts, pastries and coffee. It is only 6 1/2 miles to Seaside, and 15 minutes to a great shopping and entertainment experience at Pier Park or less than 30 minutes to Silver Sands Outlet mall. Panama City Beach is only 30 minutes and Destin 40 minutes away.

But you'll probably spend most of your time staying close to home. Stroll down to the beach where, in season, you have free beach service with two chairs and an umbrella. Or use your 4 free bikes to cruise the 19 mile Tampoochee Trail to visit the many unique neighborhoods along scenic county road 30-A. Or, even better, spend time in the backyard playing Cornhole or lounging in the pool and spa.

If you are spending time inside, enjoy the high definition TVs with high definition cable service and included NetFlix streaming movies.

And whether you are inside or outside, enjoy the Sonos sound system with Rhapsody streaming music service and play any of 32 million songs.

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Trudy Davidson
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Trudy Davidson

I like people and I like to entertain. So having a great beach home to share with others ticks all my boxes. I get to deal with nice folks looking forward to a great vacation at a beautiful beach. My husband and I get to host our guests and we do everything we can to make sure each guest's stay is the best it can be. It is very gratifying when we receive a 5 star review from a happy guest that has just stayed at our house.

Trudy Davidson purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Trudy Davidson chose South Walton

When you come to the beach, you want to feel like you are at the beach. You don't want to stay in house that looks like it could be in your neighborhood at home. This home has the beach cottage look and vibe. This home is close to the beach, restaurants, shopping and entertainment but still secluded and private. We just love to sit out or dine by the huge pool or relax in the spa and listen to music without feeling like we are disturbing anyone or that we are on display. The property backs up to a deep wooded area of Camp Creek Golf course.

What makes this cottage unique

We fell in love with this home as soon as we saw it. So close to the beautiful beach with beach access literally at the end of the street less than a 5 minute walk away. It is a short bike ride, on your 4 provided bikes, to Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach and their free concerts, restaurants and shops. Close to everything but tucked back off the road and backing up to a heavily wooded section of Camp Creek Golf Course so you feel you are in your own private secluded oasis with your private pool and spa.


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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Northwest Florida Beaches Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Camp Creek Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
George's in Alys Beach
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Seacrest - At the end of the street.
Car: recommended

Our location in Seacrest, avoids the high rise condo forests of Panama City Beach and Destin and the resulting crowded beaches and roads. Instead you have buildings no higher than 4 stories, and 2 lane roads that easily accommodate the traffic. There is easy access to the 19 mile paved Rte 30–A Timpoochee Trail bike trail to allow you to explore all the unique communities along the 30-A corridor from Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, and Grayton Beach to name a few as well as the natural setting of parks and dune lakes.

But less crowded does not mean you give up amenities. Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach are just a bike ride away and offer restaurants, a Farmers Market, venues with live concerts, boutique shopping, and more.

If shopping is your thing, shops ranging from quaint boutique shopping to large outlet malls as well as Pier Park, the premier shopping and entertainment destination on the Emerald Coast. How about some great golf or world class fishing? They are all within a 45 minute drive.


Seacrest Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 sink bathroom vanity, custom glass mosaic shower.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sink vanity
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Hilton hotel mattress new in 2015, ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , The beds are Twin XL beds, new mattresses in 2015
  • There are 2 bedrooms that sleep a total of 4 people in beds. If you have a 5th or 6th guest, a bed height, queen size inflatable mattress fits into the sofa in the living room. Please see photos for the bed configuration in the living room.
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
55 inch high definition LED LCD TV in the family room and 46 inch LED LCD TV in the master bedroom. Both of these large TVs are internet connected to allow instant viewing of Netflix movies as well as other online content. Netflix subscription movies are included! Choose to play a favorite music artist, album or over 32 million songs via the Sonos music system with Rhapsody subscription. Enjoy the fully fenced, outdoor heated pool and spa right out your back door. Enjoy the 10 foot diameter 6 inch deep pool sun deck to let the water keep you cool while lounging or to let the little ones splash safely in the shallow water. After a dip, relax on the chaise lounges or Adirondack chairs. Dine with the meal you cooked on the professional gas grill with searing burner, at either of the 2 outdoor dining tables. It is a natural gas grill so you will never run out of gas.


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'Little Gray Cottage', Huge Private Pool/Spa, Free Beach Service, 4 Bikes to use
average rating of 4.97561 based on 41 reviews

The perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I have to say that this was probably THE BEST VACATION spot we have ever stayed at. The owners, Rick and Trudi, went out of their way to provide first class service to us. This cottage was immaculate, quaint, quiet, and comfortable. You are a minute from the beach, a short bike ride to all the nearby towns....Seaside, Rosemary, Alys Beach. It rained the first few days but the cottage has a beautiful outdoor area with ceiling fans and outdoor speakers to enjoy music and a fresh breeze while relaxing or reading a good book. The grill is top notch and cooks steaks and everything else to perfection. The kitchen was so fun to cook in because they have everything you need for just about any meal you can come up with. The owners even brought us a Margarita machine to use that was AMAZING! The beds sleep SO comfortable with all different types of pillows to choose from. The house is also set up like a smart house so everything works with the touch of a button, which was fascinating to our preteen who loves gadgets. The pool in one word....perfection. Lounging area with an umbrella if it gets too hot, fountain feature that makes for a tranquil retreat, and the jacuzzi. Let me just say, if you are hesitant about spending the extra money to heat the jacuzzi, forget about it. It's a MUST. Other than all I've already said, the owners take pride in making sure you have a wonderful vacation. For us, hospitality goes a long way and I give them an A+ .....all the way down to the fresh flowers on the counter upon arrival.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well isn't that just the nicest reflection on your week with us! As you know, Rick and I take great pride in maximizing your vacation experience. I know that your family had been wanting to stay with us for a couple of years and to hear that we exceeded your expectations is music to our ears. Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review. We truly do appreciate that and we are happy that Little Gray Cottage fulfilled your vacation fantasy! Best, Rick and Trudy
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Everything you need, steps to the beach, and the most gracious owners!

  • 5 of 5

LGC is our new favorite summer vacation spot. It's just as described by Rick and Trudy. Secluded, and a quick walk / bike ride to the beach. The house is perfectly stocked, from towels to ice to coffee filters to kitchen utensils (including good knives! A rarity in a beach rental). The sound system sets the mood, whether you're inside the house or out by the pool. And the POOL. Amazing. It truly is an oasis in the backyard. I couldn't get over the quality of everything, including the top-notch outdoor furniture underneath the beautiful cabana with ceiling fans. The owners have thought of everything, including the beach chairs and umbrella rental waiting for you every day on the beach. Wake up, hop on a bike for a 90 second ride to the beach, walk down the beach stairs, and sit in your rental chairs. It doesn't get any better than that.

The best part about LGC, though, is that it's lovingly cared for and maintained by the owners. We've worked with rental agencies before, and they do just fine. But nothing beats Trudy and Rick's excellent communication throughout the rental process and welcoming tips when you arrive. They make sure everything is in top shape, so the house is spotless, the ice is stocked, the pool is clean and ready, and the sound system set! Check in and relax.

Rick and Trudy - you're the most gracious hosts. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We will definitely be back.

The Carrolls

Charlotte, NC

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It makes me happy when people appreciate a kitchen that works while on vacation. Some of us actually do like to cook on vacation :-)! Rick and I started renting our properties a few years ago as a retirement plan. While it is still our retirement plan it turns out we love helping folks have the best vacation they can possibly have. It is very important to us and, to be honest, it's fun! Thank you for staying with us. We hope to see you again for many family vacations to come. It was a pleasure meeting you! Cheers, Rick and Trudy
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Relaxing Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure to stay at the Little Gray Cottage June 17-24 2017. Trudy and Rick thought of everything to make our stay wonderful. The house was stocked with everything we needed to have a great vacation, but the highlight of this home is the Oasis in the backyard. When you open the gate to the outdoor area you will feel like you are at a 5 star hotel pool, every detail is high end and includes a pool with a sunbathing area, waterfall, jets, hot tub plus a covered outside relaxing area that we enjoyed everyday . We were here during Tropical Storm Cindy and this outside area was a vacation saver because during our stay we had 5 double red flag beach days that did not allow us in the gulf waters but we could swim and use the pool area anytime it was not storming. We stayed at Rick and Trudy's other larger property, Gone Gulfing last year in Santa Rosa Beach and loved how clean, responsive they were to us that we chose them and the little gray cottage for our smaller family vacation this year. We were so happy to meet Rick and Trudy this year, and we can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a weather week you had; yikes! We're so happy that the LGC backyard saved the day. Now that we have the pavilion up, even rainy afternoons can be pleasant with a good book and a cool beverage. It was so nice to finally meet you. It's always fun to meet our guests, especially when we've spent so much time communicating on the computer. Between your stay at Gone Gulfing and your stay at Little Gray Cottage, I almost felt like I knew you before we got to meet! Rick and I want to thank you for staying at both of our properties and for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again! Take care, Trudy
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A hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Little Gray Cottage. The amazing pool and backyard was a huge hit for our family. We loved being so close to the beach and the beach chair and umbrella provided were absolutely wonderful. The owners have truly thought of everything to make it one great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Why thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and that your family had everything they needed to make some great family vacation memories! Cheers, Rick and Trudy
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  • 5 of 5

This is our second year at LGC and we can't say enough good things about it. The property has wonderful amenities, is clean, quiet and comfortable. Trudy & Rick are wonderful owners - pleasant, easy to contact, and helpful.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Why thank you! We're so happy your family returned to LGC. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope we get to see you again! Best, Rick and Trudy
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Your own private resort!!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the Little Gray Cottage! This was our 3rd time vacationing on 30A and it was definitely our favorite. The interior of the home was beautiful and had everything you need for a relaxing vacation (including robes). Rick and Trudy are wonderful owners and answer all questions very quickly. We loved the Sonos music system that allows you to stream music from Amazon Prime, Pandora, etc. to both the pool area and inside the home independently. You can also connect an iPhone, etc., if you have an auxiliary audio cable. The 4 bikes were great and our oldest daughters loved riding a mile or two east on 30A for coffee every day. The short walk to the beach is great and the 2 beach chairs and umbrella were setup near the bottom of the beach access stairs in a great location. However, our favorite part of the Little Gray Cottage was the amazing outdoor area. The pool is very large and the hot tub was fantastic. The pavilion is a nice area to relax or eat dinner. We spent the majority of our time at the pool and probably enjoyed it more than the beach. Thank you Rick and Trudy for a very relaxing vacation. We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my. When Rick and I set up LGC as a family vacation destination we had a goal in mind as what type of experience we wanted our families to have when they stay with us. Your beautiful review captured it all! We are so glad that your family was able to enjoy a wonderful vacation together. Thank you so very much for taking the time post a review (and a great one at that). Best of luck to you in all of your plans for the next year. We would love to have you back after things settle down for you guys! Cheers, Rick and Trudy
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Spring and Summer season stays must begin and end on a Saturday.
Optional Fee of $30/day if pool heating is desired. For November and February, pool heat fee is $60/day.
Pool heat not available in December and January.
Optional Fee of $20/day if spa heating is desired. For November through February, spa heat fee is $30/day.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.