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HAPPY SHACK Beach & Bay! | Firepit, kayak, grill, tiki hut, wifi, outdoor shower

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 1,539 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

On the bay with private beach access! Sleeps 6 in paradise.

'Happy Shack' is the ultimate old Florida getaway. With lots of love and attention to unique details, this 1940's military barrack has been transformed to the perfect beach bungalow. Happy Shack sits on a large bay-front lot...cross the street to our private, deeded beach access with huge tiki hut on the gulf. (The tiki is shared with two neighbors) Three bedrooms sleep six, with two bedrooms in the main house and an additional private, detached, enclosed gazebo house that sleeps two. Two bedrooms have sinks, allowing extra convenience. Enjoy two covered and screened porches (front and back) with plenty of seating and additional sun decks. Outside boasts a big bay-view backyard with large outdoor shower, stone fire pit, oyster roaster, horseshoe court, 2 person kayak, hammock and large swing down by the the bay. Cable, wi-fi, boombox, washer/dryer, grill and fully equipped kitchen. A boat ramp is less than a mile from the Happy Shack and there is plenty of room on the property for a boat and trailer with additional cars. Some guests have enjoyed anchoring their boat in the bay behind the house and wade or shuttle in on a small dinghy (we do not have a dock). Not recommended for toddlers and children 5 & under as there is a lot for little hands to get into! Additional videos and photos can be seen on our Facebook page @HappyShackBeach

HURRICANES & TROPICAL STORMS: If there is a storm or hurricane, refunds will be provided for the following reasons: 1) The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning area" and/or 2) The day that the authorities order a mandatory evacuation order in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning," area, we will refund:

Any unused portion of rent from a guest currently registered;

Any unused portion of rent from a guest that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the Hurricane Warning is lifted; and

Any advance rents collected or deposited for a reservation that is scheduled to arrive during the "Hurricane Warning" period.

More Details

Owner
Allison Ager
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Allison Ager

We are Allison and Robert from Tallahassee, FL. Allison has two sons in college (SEC) and Robert has a son in high school. We live and work in Tallahassee. Allison grew up visiting Alligator Point as a kid and Robert came to love it after graduating from Florida State (we are big FSU fans, so it's an interesting family dynamic). The 'Happy Shack' is reflection of who we are. We have poured our hearts and souls into transforming this property into the ultimate getaway!

Allison Ager purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Allison Ager chose Alligator Point

We fell in love with the old Florida charm that we saw in the 'Happy Shack'. We stumbled on this property in the spring of 2016 and recognized that with a lot of elbow grease, we could have a little slice of heaven. It's beautifully weathered and awesome! The eclectic details are all around you, be sure to take them in. We are pretty sure you will feel that you 'fell into' the most amazing cottage on Alligator Point! Don't let the exterior fool you....it's a gem!

What makes this cottage unique

Besides the breezy vibe that Happy Shack offers, there's a bit of 'famous' here as well. Best selling author Connie May Fowler owned this home for 17 years and the gazebo house where she wrote, is now named the 'Fowler House' in her honor. You will find her books in the home...read them, they are wonderful!

Connie adapted "Before Women had Wings" for Oprah Winfrey. The result was an Emmy-winning film starring Ms. Winfrey and Ellen Barkin. Her latest writing (April 2017) "A Million Fragile Bones" is all about her life at the Happy Shack and the BP oil spill that broke her heart.

Amenities

Alligator Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1539 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No smoking in the house please.
  • Travelers must provide photo ID and guest list with names and ages after booking.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , View the Bay from our huge shower & dressing room!
  • Interior bathroom connects to laundry room, which opens to back of house. This allows guests in the 'Fowler House' to enter the bathroom or main house without having to walk through the living room.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sink, TV, Ceiling fan, black out curtains.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, blackout curtains
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , TV,window AC,space heater,sink, blackout curtains,ceilingfan
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Please keep in mind that the nature of this military barrack lends itself to quirky, fun amenities. Our floors are natural and have years and years of use on them. The Happy Shack is clean and comfy, but maybe not for the 'prissy'! Many of the windows in the Happy Shack are original 'pocket windows'. Don't be alarmed when you hear squirrels scampering across the tin roof; they are kinda cool and...some of them are white! For everyone's sanity, we prefer not to host families with children age 5 & under. There' s just too much for them to get into! :)

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews
Knoxville
5

It was more than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, the property is perfectly located with a beautiful bay view in the back yard and a very short walk right across the street to the beach! The house is decorated exactly like a beach house should be! We kayaked the bay and caught a shark, sting ray and a gigantic red! My husband is ready to go back again. It’s a good drive to the grocery store so come prepared, but I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful private location with no distractions!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It’s great that your hubby finally got his fishing lines in the water...and a nice redfish to boot! We are happy that you enjoyed all the fun little details that the home offers. Thank you for choosing the Happy Shack. We appreciate your wonderful feedback and hope to host you again!
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5

Great escape & awesome character

  • 5 of 5

Happy Shack was truly that. It was loaded with character, a true escape, and outfitted with everything you need to just disappear, relax and commune with nature for a week. It’s history, amenities and quaint charms made our visit very special. Really did not want to leave. Alison and Rob were excellent hosts and really supported us. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to hear that you enjoyed all that is the Happy Shack! It’s a serene and peaceful place for sure...not to mention it’s quirkyness. We hope to have you back again!
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5

Perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Immediately felt at home at the Happy Shack! We loved the dual access of both the bay and gulf side. Caught crabs in the bay and shark and catfish in the gulf from the kayaks. This region is a gem and the people are so friendly. Just loved this home! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having your family and Wiley dog stay at the Happy Shack! Having access to the beach and bay is a bonus for sure! We hope to host you again soon.
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5

Very relaxing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the Happy Shack. We swam in the gulf and fished the gulf and bay side. Caught lots of catfish, a few Ray's, and a 3 and 1/2 foot shark. Even netted a big horseshoe crab at the shore behind the house. Had a great meal at Angelo and Sons looking out across the water. Met some great locals at Crum's Minimall bait and tackle shop that were very friendly and helpful. Took a kayak out in the gulf for the first time. Will be looking forward to returning to the Happy Shack.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to know you had a great time and got to know some of the friendly locals! We look forward to having you back.
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Upstate SC
5

Cozy and peaceful with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Loved this property. Very lovely home with everything you could need provided. Quiet and peaceful - perfect for a relaxing get-away.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, Thank you for choosing the Happy Shack. I'm so glad to hear that your stay was exactly what you hoped for. The peace and quiet of the beach and bay are extra special to me too! We hope to have you back again soon.
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week and it was totally private. We had the beach all to ourselves. What a beautiful place to be and Allison is wonderful. I highly recommend The Happy Shack and hope to return very soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kim, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the Happy Shack. Thanks for choosing us! We hope to have you back again. Allison
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Map

Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Tallahassee International Airport
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
9.2 Miles
Angelo & Son's Seafood
Nearest Beach
Alligator Point

Alligator Point contains miles of untouched white sand beaches, sea oat covered sand dunes, Bald Point State park a 5,000 acre protected wildlife area nationally acclaimed as a bi-annual stopover for migrating birds and butterflies, hiking trails, bicycling, kayaking, full service marina, boat ramps, fishing charters, tiki bar. You will not find crowds, strip malls and amusement parks – this is classic old Florida on the Forgotten Coast!

A few miles north towards Panacea there are seafood restaurants, a liquor store, fresh seafood markets and a Dollar General with produce, milk, etc.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Refundable Damage Deposit $100

We prefer a 4 night rental, however if our Calendar will fit you in for a three night stay, we will consider it! If you are checking out on a Sunday, we will have to charge $120 for cleaning on Sundays (per housekeepers).

Storms: If there is a storm or hurricane, refunds will be provide for the following reasons:
• The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning area" and/or
• The day that the authorities order a mandatory evacuation order in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning," area, we will refund:
Any unused portion of rent from a guest currently registered;
Any unused portion of rent from a guest that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the Hurricane Warning is lifted; and
Any advance rents collected or deposited for a reservation that is scheduled to arrive during the "Hurricane Warning" period.

If any appliance, utility or air conditioning fails, the owner is expected to call for repair and remedy the situation in a reasonable manner. If the situation cannot be resolved in a timely manner, guests will be refunded for unused portion of rent and day(s) of inconvenience and asked to depart the premises.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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