Castlegate is located directly beside Castle Otttis in the Vilano Beach/St. Augustine Area and is walking distance to The Reef Restuarant. It is 4 stories with a 1000 sq foor sky deck on the top level. It currently has 6 bedrooms. There are 4 full baths and 2 power rooms. Max occupancy is 14. There is a huge rear lanai and courtyard surrounded by coastal oaks. The beach access is directly across the street. The property is on 1/2 acre and offers incredible 360 views. Check out our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcmFHBvNKJ4&feature=youtu.be
- House3900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Min Stay4 nights
4 Stories - 6 bedrooms Sleeps 14 - Castle and Beach Views
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 30, 2018
Why Nick Dudney chose Usina Beach
We just finished this property as a retreat for my family. The location is absolutely perfect and the views are surreal. The house really came together nicely. We decorated and built almost all of the furniture ourselves to really capture the Coastal Elegant look we were after. This is a upscale luxury rental and not the typical beach house.
What makes this House unique
Walking distance to 2 restaurants and directly beside Castle Otttis. Beach Access right across the street. 1000 square foot Sky Deck on the 4th Floor.
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Best views in Vilano Beach!
This very nice and new beach house has the best views in Vilano Beach. The rooftop sky deck is a great place to hang out and watch the waves roll in and the castle next door is really cool. The interior is brand new and beautifully done. The kitchen is huge and open to the living room, which is surrounded by windows everywhere to see all the views. This is a great home to vacation in with a large family or a lot of friends. The beds are so comfortable. Lots of parking. The courtyard is a great entertaining area as well. My family will be coming back year after year.
Stunning inside and out with spectacular views
Castlegate is an amazing house, well laid out, and decorated with a designers touch. The house exceeded our expectations. Our first impression was “it is so clean, bright and inviting”. The beds are all extremely comfortable, all memory foam, with no pull out couches or day beds. This property description is completely accurate, with a well appointed kitchen. The house was immaculate, and the grounds were pristine. The owner made contact immediately after our arrival to answer an questions, customer service was perfect. We rented this property for an annual girls trip, 12 women from all over the country who come together to participate in the national breast cancer marathon. This was our 9th year, and our 1st year in this house. We will be back next year. I cannot say enough about how beautiful the house is, well maintained, decorated and furnished. I would recommend this house to friends and family. We enjoyed dinner out one night at “The Reef” and enjoyed the town of St. Augustine. The beach is right across the street and there is a grocery store near by.
The property is beautiful and clean. Beach across the street. The king bedroom bed is very comfortable as were most of the other beds. The main living room/kitchen has plenty of space for central gathering. There are multiple decks, 2 overlooking the back courtyard and a rooftop deck. The reason that I did not give 5 stars is because there were some issues. 1. It is advertised as 6 bedrooms. There are only 5 usable bedrooms that are true bedrooms. 3 on the upper floor and 2 on the main floor. The bedroom in the basement has a couch in it and it is not a pull out couch. We needed that space as we had 11 people. We called the owners and they said that the cots in the closet were the "single" beds (no linens). No one wants to sleep on a cot, not even a teenager. 2. The decks are fantastic as is the courtyard but they can only be accessed from inside the house so if you wanted to go from one area/deck to the next, you have to walk through the house then up the inside stairs and out a slider to the next deck. This would not be so bad, however, there is not enough seating for you to enjoy the spaces. There are 6-8 plastic Adirondack chairs (in total for the whole house) that you must take with you through the slider, through the house and up the stairs to the next deck/patio. Having outside seating on each level outside seems like a no brainer. 3. The do's and don'ts of the house were not made known to us until we were ready to arrive and were quite extensive. The pavers being the center of a lot of rules. The pavers are beautiful but they need to be sealed to help ease the minds of the owners who are renting out this property. No red wine, no peeing (can't believe that has to be a written rule), no car oil. The master bath tub is fantastic, however the wand to rinse yourself off and clean the tub out after you use it is missing the handle to actually turn the water on. I assume the owners have concerns about water damage and removed the valve to use it. 4. If you flush anything down the toilet, you will pay. Turns out, they have a problem with their septic that has nothing to do with the people using the toilets. There was a horrible raw sewage smell while we were there. They sent a plumber who said nothing was our fault. Turns out there is another locked bedroom in the basement that had raw sewage backing up in it. The owners brother came and cleaned it out, gagging the whole time. They did give us money back for the inconvenience. Overall, nice place though.
I wanted to clarify a few things listed on your review.
1) We originally had the house listed as a 5 bedroom and we had set up the 6 bedroom as a Den. However, every group was using that room as a bedroom. We decided to make it a 6th bedroom and add in a bunk-bed set. We added the memory foam cots until we could fully convert it. The cots are way more comfortable than a pull out and we did have linens for them. You booked last min right as we were making this change, we should have clarified better during that time.
2) We have used the same standard check in sheet since the start and it has about 10 bullets on it. Standard stuff like don't park in the grass,
only flush toilet paper, etc. Nowhere does it say anything about peeing or red wine. The pavers are sealed but we do have an issue with cars that leak oil. Oil, if left, eats right through the paver sealer. So we caution that if you have a possible oil leak please park on the rocks. We also ask that if you spill anything to just hose it off. Very reasonable. We do replace damaged pavers as it is important for us to keep the integrity of the property for the next group. Red wine is not something we mention as it has never been an issue. Completely at a loss on the peeing thing.
3) We do not have a septic tank we are on city water. During your stay you reported a clog and we had a plumber out there within 2 hours of the complaint. There was not raw sewage backing up into the house, just a plain old fashion clogged toilet. The person I spoke to said you had a smell for two days, but you did not report it. We acted very fast once you had. We issued a credit for a free night.
From the moment you pull into the driveway the house is stunning! The inside is bright and airy during the day but at night it's surprisingly cozy with all the unique light fixtures. The layout of the house is great for family get togethers and fit our family of 12 comfortably. Right across the street from Vilano Beach, walking distance to amazing restaurants, and a 10 minute drive to the historic downtown St. Augustine, makes this house worth every cent. We loved our stay and can't wait to book our next vacation at Castlegate.
Wonderful Beach House
What a house! The rooftop deck was amazing, we could see the beach on one side and watch the sunset over the intercoastal on the other. The decor was beautiful too, we used it for inspiration in our new house. There was enough room for our entire family and the house was big enough that we could all spend time together in the main living area area and also enjoy time separately in the different areas on other floors. The kitchen was great, it had everything we needed. There are a few restaurants and a grocery store very close by and downtown St. Augustine is only a few minutes away. The owner was very attentive to our needs before and during our stay. We will definitely be staying here again!
Gorgeous!! Perfect for a family vacation!
Far and above the typical beach rental home - the views are spectacular! The home is tastefully decorated and very well appointed. The property is gorgeous and filled with too many amenities to list.
Wonderful home, I would definitely stay again!
Castlegate is Vilano and St. Augustine's premier vacation rental home. Located directly across the street from the beach and right next to Castle Otttis, this 4 story house gives vacationer's incredible views. The top floor is a 1000 square foot sky deck that is amazing for sunrises and sunsets. The Castle lights up at night and offers stunning views from all floors of the house.
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