Our part of Florida is made up of a unique combination of pines and palms growing in very sandy soil. A bald eagle pair nest each year just down the road. Wildlife abounds because this area is still only lightly developed. Yet, all the conveniences are relatively close at hand. There are some incredible restaurants that serve only the freshest of fish. Even non-seafood eaters learn to enjoy this area's bounty from the sea. About 10 miles to the East is Appalachicola which is famous throughout the world for its oysters. Try some lightly steamed or raw, they are incredible. Scallops and shrimp are harvested from the Gulf daily. You just can't get any fresher. We provide you with a list of local restaurants along with a very candid critique of our dining experiences there.
There just isn't a better view of the Gulf anywhere. A 180 degree sweep of the horizon from the Gulf-view balcony encompasses several miles of deserted white-sand beaches gently yielding to the blue Gulf waters. Dolphins lazily swim by while gulls, cranes and pelicans search for fish. Shrimp trawlers, boats and sailboats can sometimes be seen in the far distance. Fluffy white clouds stream slowly by against a deep-blue sky. Many times bright lightening and dark thunder clouds can be seen in the distance while the sun shines brightly where you are. Dusk brings incredible sunsets. And, at night, you just can't believe the number of stars that can be seen, even the milky way is visible.
Our extra-wide ramp takes you to the hard sand of the beach which is about 250 feet from the house. Wading and swimming from our beach is very pleasant. The sandy bottom gently slopes for hundreds of feet before you can no longer touch bottom. Waves vary from small to giant depending upon the wind and weather. You can become a skilled sandcastle builder if you are so inclined. Occasionally a turtle (very protected) will build her nest along our beach and baby turtles can be seen scampering toward a full moon after hatching.
Although you will probably not have time to watch TV, we do provide 120-Channel cable in each bedroom and great room. Bedroom wall-mounted flat-screen TVs have built in DVD players. 55" flat-screen TV in great room with Netflix access. Blu-ray and surround sound on second floor only. WIFI internet access is provided along with local and Continental long distance phone service with mailbox.
The house is designed with a central hall or greatroom that includes the kitchen, dining room and living room on each floor. Italian porcelain tile floors throughout. The dining room is located in the center of the central hall and has a full view of the Gulf. Seating for 6 at the round wood and glass table inset on intricately carved dining chairs with metal trim. An additional three seats are near by at the granite coverd kitchen peninsula. Sideboard provides seating for an additional three to eight people. Formal place settings for twelve on each floor. Ocean blue thin ceramic dinnerware with bamboo placemats are provided for that touch of the tropics, bamboo napkins and pebble napkin rings add a casual elegance to your dinner service. Ceramic and glass coffee mugs are coordinated with the dinner service flanked by various sized wine and water glasses. Hobnail stainless flatware completes the place setting. For daily use, Corelle Winter Frost White place settings are provided.
The living room includes a full-sized hobnail trimmed leather couch flanked by two matching leather love seats. Three leather recliners finish the conversation area providing comfortable seating for all your guests. A large glass coffee table sits atop a pure wool accent rug in sunset colors. Island style end tables provide space for your after-dinner drinks and snacks.
On each floor we have three master bedrooms with their own private attached bath. Each of the three master bedrooms measures 12x14 and contains a Kingsize bed (see below for bed details). A flat-screen TV with built in DVD makes your bedroom viewing pleasant. The front two master bedrooms have full-wall windows that face the Gulf. Wake up to the pleasant sound of surf and seagulls. The third master bedroom faces a pine and palm forest and also overlooks the nicely landscaped entry yard complete with fountain and pool.
One of the Gulf-facing bedrooms is equipped with everything needed for the disabled person's comfort. This bedroom/bath combination is especially designed for handicapped access and will provide a pleasant vacation experience for disabled or elderly persons. It is equipped with:
The fourth bedroom contains two double bunkbeds - a total of four twin beds is designed for children or young adults. Of course, adults can use this room, too. Bedding is comparable to the master suites. The fourth bedroom is designed for younger people with two sets of double bunk beds and ample room to play and run video games (gaming machines not included) on the flat-screen TV.
Sealy Posturepedic Palatial Crest Series Plush PillowTop mattress with 600 PostureTech HP coils. Unicased Construction. 7" Shock Abzzorber Plus Box Spring. Plusher, fuller comfort layers. Luxury comfort layers and materials.PillowTop. These are the same mattresses used in many cruise ships. Mattress is protected with a GORE-TEX mattress cover for comfort and protection. Dust mites cannot penetrate this fabric providing you with a restful and allergy-free night's rest. Only GORE the inventor of GORE-TEX® fabric, can bring you a mattress cover that embodies 25 years of experience regarding human comfort and durable liquid protection. The unique GORE membrane contains 9 billion pores per square inch. Every pore is 20,000 times smaller then a drop of water, preventing liquid from penetrating the membrane. These same pores are 700 times larger then a water vapor molecule, providing unparalleled comfort. 600 Thread count - 100% Combed Cotton with a sateen weave guaranteed wrinkle-free for ultimate comfort your entire stay.
All bedding is pure white except for the top comforter. Two King size and two Standard EnvironLoft Down Alternative Pillows which feature a fluffy down alternative that is great for guests with allergy issues. 230 thread count, Medium support density and filled with EnviroLoft®. 100% cotton cambric fabric. These pillows feature a leakproof fabric weave and are completely machine washable and hypoallergenic They are enclosed in 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester pillow protectors that help protect against dust mites & allergens. Lightweight Kar-Ripple: 50/50 cotton blend Waffle: 60/40 cotton blend blanket Satin Bound PrimaLoft Down Alternative Blanket - the PrimaLoft® blanket is a 230 thread count cambric cotton shell, filled with PrimaLoft®, then quilted into 4 inch boxes to eliminate shifting. The perimeter is trimmed with a coordinating satin trim for a finished look. Light weight warmth. Oversized to fit pillowtop mattresses
Bath description: Two of the master baths have fully tiled bath tubs with showers. Curved stainless steel curtain rod allows extra room when showering. Egyption Country Cotton towels are 100% Egyptian Cotton. Wonderfully absorbant. They are constructed with premium long staple combed Egyptian cotton to ensure a soft and luxurious feel even after repeated washings. Features a dobby border. Each bathroom comes with two bath sheets for a full-body wrap, two standard towels, two hand towels and two washcloths. A guest bath off the main greatroom provides a separate powder room for company.
Full porch spans the beach side of the house. It is 50 feet wide and 11 feet deep for even the biggest of parties. Windows span the entire width of the center hall or greatroom so that you can enjoy the great Gulf view while cooking in the kitchen, eating in the dining room or relaxing in the livingroom. The second floor has a vaulted ceiling for a spacious feel. Extra windows allows more light .
Granite covered counter tops sparkle in deep midnight blue with pearl shimmers. Brushed nickel pendant lights illuminate the peninsula. Pure White Cabinets with brushed nickel pulls are roomy and include a butlers pantry and built in garbage container. Disposal, dishwasher, side-by-side refridgerator with through the door ice and water. Child lock. GE water filtration system delivers clean great-tasting water and ice through the in-the-door lighttouch dispenser Self-cleaning super-large electric range and oven . Over-the-stove microwave has an outside venting system that removes smoke and steam from the cooktop.
Kitchens are fully equipped with top-of-the-line products.
Outside security motion-sensor lights. Outside shower with hot and cold water.
You can place and order for groceries with our staff for the cost of the groceries and a small handling charge. Your pantry will then be stocked and waiting for your arrival.
Daily maid service is available for an additional charge. Just talk to Cathy for details. You will be pleasantly surprised. Daily service includes sweeping floors, making beds, hanging towels, garbage removal and a quick dusting. For an additiona charge, your dishes, pots and pans can be cleaned and stored away. Laundry service is available although you have a super-capacity washer with 9 wash cycles and a double rinse cycle to insure that your clothers come out clean and soap free, super-capacity dryer with six drying cycles, iron and board in the laundry room just off the kitchen.. Any other reasonable service may be available for an additional charge. Just let us know what you require and we will do our best to provide it.
We cater to the disabled person by providing under the house parking, elevator to your suite, large rooms with ceramic tiled floors and bathroom equipped with disabled amenities. An extra-wide, extra long walkway takes you or your wheelchair from under the house to the hard sand of the beach. If you would like to travel up and down the beach, we offer a Platform Beach Wheelchair Dolly which has "fatso beach wheelchair tires" that allow transport over sand, grass, dirt, and difficult terrain. Users remain in the comfort of their own wheelchair. Includes lockable brake system. As seen on The National Center on Accessibility website
Extended familys can now vacation together because the elderly have access to every part of the beach and house and there is a highchair and playpen available for young children.
Local activities include beach fishing, charter fishing, scodoo rental, bird and turtle watching, horseback riding, St Joseph Peninsula State Park and a ferry to St. Vincent's National Wildlife Refuge for hiking.