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Pet-friendly, minutes from beach, bay, downtown

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights


Gulf Beaches House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, spacious, huge private deck

'Aargh House' - our cedar paradise

The ideal location of this home features both privacy and the convenience to all the island's amenities. Relax in the enclosure of oak, pine and palm, yet still be able bike or walk 3 short blocks to the grocery, restaurants and shops. When it's time for a swim, just slip out your backyard down your private path and shortcut toward the beach which is only a 3-minute walk away.

This uniquely designed, multi-level home is extremely spacious, with a large open living area featuring a hardwood floor, a dramatic vaulted ceiling, skylights, a 46'' HDTV with cable/Blu-ray and comfortable furniture, incl. queen sleeper. If you are cooking in the kitchen, you can still be part of the conversation and fun, as the kitchen is open to the living and dining area. Enjoy your meals indoors or out, as the tiled dining room opens onto a large 40' X 12' sun-drenched, partially covered deck equipped for ultimate relaxation and sun worshiping. If it gets too hot there, simply take a break and relax in the palm tree shaded hammock in the tree grove next to the bbq pit.

Up three steps from the living area are two spacious bedrooms (queen beds) with 32' HDTVs/DVDs and shared bathroom in the hallway. Up the flight of stairs is the light-filled master bedroom and bath. Have a glass of wine on your private deck with its view of the Gulf, then keep your sliding screened door open and let the sound of the ocean lull you to sleep.

The very private outdoor hot-and-cold shower is great after a day at the beach, or just for cooling off.

Make sure you bring Rover to this pet friendly home. He'll enjoy relaxing in his 10' x 10' covered outdoor pen after a run on the beach. (A $300 security deposit is required, refunded within 48 hours if a common sense pet policy is followed.)

Only 8 miles away, Apalachicola is a great day trip. In 2008, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Apalachicola a Distinctive Destination: architecture, beautiful antebellum homes, a true working waterfront are some of the reasons for this award. Only 2 other Florida cities share this distinction, Key West and Fernandina Beach. Shop, eat, and tour this historic district of old Florida.

Keywords: Sheltered, pet-friendly, conveniently located, close to beach and bay

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Gabriele Schafer-Fracaro
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 3, 2016
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About Gabriele Schafer-Fracaro

My brother-in-law (a contractor) and my husband and I (grunt labor) bought and renovated this home ourselves. Our family is scattered and we wanted to make a home where we can all get together and relax in the off-season. Life is short, right? The name 'Aargh House' -- yes, ok, beach, ships, pirates -- derived from the fact that during renovation we must have each said 'aargh' about 100 times a day as we searched high and low for misplaced tools, dripped paint and hammered our thumbs. Soon aargh turned into Aargh House which kept us laughing so the name stuck. Aargh House is a very very very fine house.

Gabriele Schafer-Fracaro purchased this house in 2011

Why Gabriele Schafer-Fracaro chose Florida

We had rented houses in St. George a few years in a row and loved the area. So one day we just started looking to buy and this house was a stunning find.

What makes this house unique

This is an architecturally beautiful home, with vaulted ceilings and skylights on a large lot. Technically, it's a corner lot, but the 'road' that is supposed to lead all the way to the beach is partially grown over and so acts as our second driveway. We carved a private path through it for a quicker walk to the beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your house was very nice,we enjoyed our stay. Beach was a bit windy but still warm enough to swim. Having the dog pen outside was nice for the times that we didn’t want to take them with us. The kids had forgotten how many stars you can see at night without city lights to interfere. Thanks for the opportunity!
Mar 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Pet-friendly, minutes from beach, bay, downtown
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 36 reviews

Great house for family with kids and dogs.

  • 5 of 5

We came to SGI because the beaches are dog friendly. This house was great for a family of 7 with 2 dogs. It was as described, but even better. The dog pen was pretty secure - I was a little wary at first, but it worked out well. There are 3 bedrooms, so there was some doubling up. The kitchen and living area are very large and the inside is very nice. We cooked there a couple of nights and enjoyed food from the (very close) restaurants.

Everything is very close and convenient. The beach was a little further of a walk than we anticipated, so we ended up hauling everyone in our van and parking a couple of blocks over. The area of the beach that is directly in line with the house is nice and private, not very close to the public beach entrance.

We mostly stayed at the house or beach. We went to the State Park at the eastern end of the island one day, and that was nice. We did a little bit of shelling. We also visited the nature center that is on the mainland near the start of the bridge to SGI. So there are things to do, but when you come here relax. Enjoy the beach and the house.

We are already talking about coming back next year, and if we do we are going to definitely try to book this house again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Aargh house was beautiful, clean, and had everything you need to enjoy your stay.. The owners were great and very helpful! The island is relaxing and family friendly! We will definitely return next year:)

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation at Aargh House June 2016

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation on St. George Island staying at the Aargh House. The house was spacious and clean and had all of the needed supplies in the kitchen. The property is close to the main part of town but due to the beautiful yard and trees, still seemed secluded and private. The outside shower was great for washing the sand from the beach. We used all three decks on our stay. The owners were friendly and helpful, pleasant to work with.

We enjoyed the Blue Parrot, Paddy's Oyster Bar (live music). The owners recommended the Jolly Rogers for any rental needs. We ended up renting a golf cart and tooled all around the Island on it during the week. Made it great for hauling chairs, etc. to the beach as well. If you go to the beach area directly across from the house it is private and quiet. Loved it. My husband and kids spent a morning hiking in the State Park and enjoyed that while I shopped in Apalachicola. I would recommend this house to all and we hope to return someday. The Batson Clan.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Beach Trip

  • 5 of 5

I have been to St. George Island 3 times. This time was by far my favorite place to stay! We traveled with 6 adults and 2 dogs and had plenty of room. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, baking dishes, plates, cups, a waffle maker that cooks 2 waffles at a time, a blender, toaster, coffee pot, microwave and even a mini cupcake maker! This was wonderful as we cooked all but one meal while on vacation. The home sits in a nice quiet area and the beach is about a 3 minute walk away. The house is spotlessly clean and has a washer and dryer for your use. The outside shower was a huge plus for getting off the extra sand before you go into the house.

Here are a few tips:

Bring extra kitchen towels if you plan on being there for a week and plan on cooking most of your meals (there were only 2)

Bring extra bath towels unless you don't mind doing laundry all the time (there were only 6 bath towels)

Bring baby powder and sprinkle on your feet and other sandy areas before you leave the beach, the sand literally just falls off, which also makes showering easier and saves on the sewer system.

Bring an extra bottle of body wash for the outside shower, that also helps remove sand.

You can drive a vehicle to Gorrie Drive and park along the road near the beach access so that you don't have to carry all of your beach items.

Best grocery store for selection and prices is the Piggly Wiggly Express (not too mention they are super friendly)

I hope your stay will be as wonderful as ours was!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aargh House, St George Island, Florida

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely two plus months at Aargh House and would happily return is it were closer to medical care. The house is beautiful and nicely situated with utmost privacy yet close to the beach. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Quiet, relaxing and private!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been vacationing on St. George Island for about 10 years. We have stayed in a number of rental houses, but after staying at the' Aargh House' we have found our perfect hideaway. This house is wonderful! The setting is peaceful and serene with an absolutely gorgeous view from the upper deck. We love the house's open concept and lighting with the many skylights. The mid island location works well for restaurants, shopping and the park which our dog loves to visit. On the island be sure to visit Blue Parrott with it's open-air or indoor dining right on the gulf, the Beach Pit for breakfast, and Up the Creek in Apalachicola for lobster bisque, fried shrimp or conch patties. A shopping trip would not be complete without a stop at the Tin Shed in Apalachicola as well as the many other quaint shops there and on the island. We also truly appreciate the great customer service from the owners. We have already booked our return to this little peace of heaven.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Harry A's
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Gulf of Mexico
Car: recommended

Deep-sea fishing; bay fishing; rent bikes, scooters, golf carts; shelling, oystering on the bay; dolphin watching; a gorgeous State Park... all are part of the St. George experience! Four wheel drive vehicles are permitted beyond the paved roads in the State Park (special permit required) for an adventure through beautiful white sand dunes to great fishing spots. Climb to the top of the historic lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Gulf and Appalachicola Bay. Golf at St James Bay-approx 25 to 30 minutes east on Hwy 98 or Port St. Joe Country Club...

Rates & Availability

Gulf Beaches House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016 cont'd
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 cont'd
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Feb 18 2017 - Mar 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2017
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 7 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2017 cont'd
Apr 8 2017 - May 19 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 20 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

If you are bringing pets, an additional $300 refundable security deposit applies to encourage following common-sense pet etiquette.

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Gulf Beaches House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1860 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    In master bedroom - toilet , shower
  • There is a hot/cold outdoor shower in back of house
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Master bedroom - 1 king
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
10' x 10' outdoor dog pen; fish-cleaning station; outdoor hot/cold shower;

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