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Island Carriage House Retreat 2 blocks to beach

82 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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2 - 4 nights


Kempner Park Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Efficiency one bedroom apartment with kitchenette, 1 bath with shower, sleeps 2

Restored in 2006, this 250 sq. ft. efficiency apartment is packed with character. Ammenities include a kitchenette with sink, mini fridge, microwave, and single burner countertop induction cooktop, with asst. small appliances and utensils/ serving ware for your convenience. The bath features a spacious shower with marble topped vanity. Breakfast table with seating for 2, plush queen sized bed, and 32' flat screen tv w/ blueray dvd player finish out this island hideaway. Bathed in a panorama of natural light, the simplicty of the painted shiplap walls with refinished antique heart pine floors create an aura of calm and relaxation that you will not find in a cramped impersonal hotel room. Take in the ocean breezes and sounds of the surf from your own small private deck. Satellite tv, and wireless internet services are provided. Small charcoal grill on premises (BYO Charcoal)

The Hideaway is built above the carriage house of a 1914 Craftsman bungalow which is located on the opposite end of the property (see Homeaway listing # 905922). The properties are screened from each other by the lush plantings of the garden setting. Whether in search of quiet and reflection, a romantic get away, or simply an alternative to a conforming hotel room, the Island Hideaway Carriage House can provide the ideal setting.

Galveston has an impressive fourth of July celebration (fireworks display are set off at 37th Street jetty 3 blocks away). Beat the crowds by enjoying the display from the comfort of your own private deck, or at the very least , steps from your doorway. Thanksgiving and Christmas are another ideal time to be on the island. The summer crowds have thinned out, the weather is mild (bordering on awesome), and the atmosphere is laid back.

If it is raucious fun and the excitement of the crowds that you're looking for, then come down for Mardi Gras (several Mardi Gras parades march down this section of Seawall Blvd. for two consecutive weekends prior to the beginning of the lenten season. Spring break, Memorial Day, or The Lone Star Bike Rally (usually the first week of November) offer additional opportunities to catch the Island at it's peak, but make sure to book early.


homeaway #905922 (3 bed 1 1/2 bath - sleeps 6) 1914 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

homeaway #972234 (2 bed 1 bath - sleeps 4) DOWN HOME BEACH COTTAGE

homeaway #3915984 (3 bed 2 1/2 baths - sleeps 6) CIRCA. 1915 EAST END HOUSE

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Bill Salario
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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based on 82 traveler reviews

Island Carriage House Retreat 2 blocks to beach
average rating of 4.780488 based on 82 reviews
New Braunfels, TExas

This is our 2nd stay here and will NOT be our last! This is cozy, convenient, comfortable and clean.

  • 5 of 5

We love being close to all that matters in Galveston and being within very easy walking distance to the Seawall and the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Quiet and ideal location

  • 4 of 5

Lovely efficiency with everything I needed (except hand soap) for a relaxing 2 days.

Was unable to sit outside as the mosquitos were so bad, but the smell of the overhanging lilac was devine.

Property had lush gardens, but could have done with some trimming around entrance to stairway.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and Historic

  • 5 of 5

I stayed this weekend in the adorable carriage house with my mom for a girl's weekend! It is right in the middle of everything and only a short walk to the beach and great dining spots. The house itself has SO much character and everything you need for a cozy retreat. We thoroughly enjoyed the lush gardens and the patio, especially in the mornings. I highly reccomend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, good location, critters

  • 3 of 5

This little apartment was the perfect size for 2 people, and the location was perfect - 5 minute walk to beach. Neighbourhood was quiet. It was clean and had all the accessories needed for a short stay. However, we did discover cockroaches running about. We think they came in through a gap off the kitchen counter near the door. Have told the owner and hopefully he will spray to rectify this problem.

Overall - you get what you pay for - quiet, small, clean, functional apartment.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Island Cottage Get-Away

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this private island cottage. It was very close (walking distance) to the Seawall and Pleasure Pier. The space is so cute, well designed, organized, quiet, clean and efficient. No complaints! Morning coffee sitting on the porch; We rode our bicycles around the quiet neighborhood. We will definitely be back! Be sure and go to Star Cafe and Sunflower Bakery for breakfasts. Coconut shrimp at Bubba Gumps (delicious and HUGE). Stuffed flounder at Fisherman's Wharf was absolutely outstanding!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful property, wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the island carriage house. It is a charming, secluded property in a quiet neighborhood, very conveniently located to the seawall. We loved the tropical plantings that gave the patio a sense of privacy. The inside of the carriage house is pretty and well maintained. Everything was just as promised. We'll definitely return.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
The Spot; Drip
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Spot; Queen's Bar-b-q; Brickhouse Tavern
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Seawall Beaches
Car: necessary

This cozy island carriage house retreat is nestled on the edge of a quiet corner lot in a lush tropical garden setting. Near the Kempner Park neighborhood of old mid town Galveston, we are 2 blocks from Galveston's seawall & beaches. The neighborhood is a quiet collection of bungalows just off the beaten path of the more 'tourisity' parts of the Island, but still in the middle of activity. Island favorites 'Queen's Bar-b-que', 'The Spot ' Restaurant and bar, 'Brick House Tavern', 'The Gumbo Diner' and 'Joe's Crab Shack' are all within 3 blocks along Seawall Boulevard. Island landmark 'Gaido's' Restaurant is 5 blocks farther south (39th Street at Seawall). The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier built over the gulf is 9 blocks east (25th street at Seawall Blvd. The Downtown Strand historic District and cruise ship terminal are within a 5 minuite drive, while Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn water park are an approx. 15 minuite drive west.


Rates & Availability

Kempner Park Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall / Winter 2016 - 2017
Sep 6 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Lone Star Bike Ralley
Nov 3 2016 - Nov 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Spring/ Summer 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 15.0%

$100 security deposit - refundable
$50 Linens/Cleaning fee
15% tax (no tax on rentals 30 days or greater, or on damage security deposit)
Dogs allowed at owner's discretion with $50 non refundable pet fee. Additional dogs considered with additional fee.
Full payment required for bookings 30 days out or less
$100.00 cancelation fee

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Kempner Park Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Compact but well appointed bathroom. Spacious shower with rain head, finished with classic period white subway tile. Marble topped vanity. Bar soap, shampoo/ conditioner provided. 2 rolls toilet paper, bath linens provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Plush queen size bed with high thread count linens provided. 32' flat screen tv with blueray dvd player, satellite tv
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Mini fridge; microwave; induction burner hot plate; asst. utensils (incl. pot and pan); dinnerware and flatware; coffee pot; toaster , crock pot, blender, rice cooker provided. Assorted teas, starter bag of coffee, and condiments for coffee provided; spices not provided. 1 roll paper towels, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags provided.

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