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Pet friendly, minutes from beach, downtown

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,860 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

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

Gabriele Schafer-Fracaro
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

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 Gulf Beaches

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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Gulf Beaches House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1860 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 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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Pet friendly, minutes from beach, downtown
average rating of 4.911111 based on 46 reviews
evansville, IN

love it!

  • 5 of 5

Love this place - clean, handy to everything. place is as described and I will return - only wish that the upstairs bedroom had a new mattress.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Quiet place for you and your pet

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed at this property in the past and always enjoyed our stay. Lots of dogs and their owners obviously have stayed here. It does have steep stairs that go up to the house, but if you like your exercise it will be perfect. The house has large kitchen fully stocked with dishes, utensils etc. plus an nice outdoor grill. Lots of room for a large family too; within walking distance to the beach. Many places to eat, sightsee and shop on the island and in the area including Historical Apalachicola ,Florida nearby. It is more secluded which we like.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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evansville, IN

arrgh house!

  • 5 of 5

very nice. as described. easy layout to barricade pets from getting to areas they shouldn't. many decks to enjoy the quiet and loved the swing. would recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Conyers, Georgia

Great Anniversary Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We chose Aargh House for our Anniversary Trip. We had never been to St. George Island/Apalachicola. We had a wonderful time and the house was awesome!

What we loved about the house:

- Location - centrally located to everything! We walked or rode our bikes everywhere.

- The house had pretty much everything that we needed!

- The horseshoe pit!

- The homeowners - Tara was very accessible and responded very quickly! We even decided

to stay an extra night and they were very accommodating!

- Air conditioner was unbelievable!

- It had lots of room - we parked our trailer, kayaks, bikes, etc,

What could be improved:

- The mattress in the upstairs master bedroom left a lot to be desired! We ended up moving

downstairs to the memory foam mattress which worked out fine! If you like will be

good for you!

Thank you so much for the use of your beautiful home! We had a wonderful time!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tuscaloosa Alabama

Great place easy walk to beach

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time there home was good owners really nice

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Open yet very private

  • 5 of 5

Second year here. Added new features like horse shoe pit. Owners very accessible. House has everything you need plus back up! Even for the beach! Open, airy, breezy yet secluded. Love it. Look forward to next year's new addition (rumor--mini putt putt??).

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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