HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

BLUE WHALE on St. George Island, Florida

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 890 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms+Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, 1 outside showers (Sleeps 6/8)



The Blue Whale Inn is a small private cottage on beautiful St. George Island, Florida with direct access to the ocean w/stellar views of the gulf at a great price! Ranked in the top 5 beaches (2013-2017) in the USA by Dr. Beach! Our island is in the 'upper echlon' of vacation destinations... which is quite an honor & distinction!! Please note; SGI is a 'laid back', quiet and peaceful location. 'Serenity Now' comes to mind. This island is the complete opposite from Panama City Beach! There are several bars & restaurants blocks from the house with live music on some nights, DJs & karaoke on others... However, If you are looking for wild 'party times' with big crowds, then we are not for you. :-(

Built in the late 70's & Purchased in '94 by the Summers/Matthews family, our home is now available for rent (in 1 week blocks only) to the general public on a limited basis.

This vacation house is not a 'glamorous beach mansion', the older construction can be a plus however... The BWI has never once had an insurance claim due to storm damage! Although the paint is a little faded on the exterior, the interior 70's paneling is warped in several areas, there might be some dust on the ceiling fans and picture frames and the carpet probably needs replacing... these deficiencies are cosmetic only, although we are not for everyone. Obviously, the house is sound and secure, but we are NOT a 5 Star hotel or resort (we probably wouldn't pass the ‘white glove treatment’). That being said: the BWI is cozy and comfortable with a lot of character... plus the price is very reasonable (since it's not a new property) and a great option for a family that doesn't want to pay 4K per week for the place across the street (we are pleased to be able to offer an affordable option)!!

The Whale is a traditional 'Florida beach cottage'! Friends have described it as a "1970's type island bungalow". The surrounding grounds are completely natural... there is no fancy landscaping. The location is directly across the street from the ocean with easy public beach access (see pictures). It's near the center of the island (309 West Gorrie Drive) and within walking distance to shops, restaurants and recreation areas (it's only a half block walk to The Blue Parrot restaurant). There is very little 'traffic' on the road in front of the house, so crossing the street to the beach w/kids is not a problem (more bicycles, walkers & golf carts pass by than cars). The island is great for runners or bikers (with flat terrain and sidewalks along Gulf Beach Drive). The ocean can be flat as glass on some days or produce nice sized waves on others... perfect for boogie boarding. The good news is that it's very SAFE! No 'rip-currents' on SGI.

The home sleeps 6 comfortably with 3 bedrooms (loft BR with king bed and sitting area, master BR with queen bed & additional BR room with twin beds). 2 extra people could sleep on the Futon(s) in the living room (but it gets crowded... 6 is the perfect number). There is a recently renovated bath with a large walk in custom tile shower on the main level, a half bath in the loft and outdoor 'open-air' shower on the side (with a soap/shampoo dispenser). The home features a large deck with fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico along with a 4 person hot-tub (we keep the water 'cool' during the hot summer months).

This cottage is available for WEEK LONG STAYS ONLY (top rate: $1400 per week). Season 2 and 3 are priced at $1100 per week (non refundable). Shorter stays (or month long stays) are sometimes available during 'off season', check with owner (we'd be happy to try and work with you). Deposit is 50% of rent (balance due at least a week prior to arrival). We personally use the house a lot and only rent 8 to 10 times a year (to cover our taxes and insurance). Our rates are quite fair & affordable and vary depending on length of stay and season. They are also NOT NEGOTIABLE (please do not 'make us an offer' or ask for reduced rates). When the house is not rented then we will be there :-)

We would like to speak with you prior to booking to fully describe our place and answer any questions... we love it, but it's a unique property and might not be suited for some folks. While 90% of our guests have loved the place (and been repeat customers), some families have found it's 'not up to their standards'. Again, let's talk prior to booking so we can make sure the Whale will be good for you. :-)

There are lots of extras including a hammock for the deck, Keurig (K-Cup) coffee maker (along with standard filter/drip coffee maker), entertainment system w/outdoor speakers. 42' HD flat screen TV with dual-tuner HD Dish Network satellite receiver & DVR (loaded with movies), Sirus/XM radio, HBO and over 250 additional channels. There is a ROKU internet 'streaming video' box for your use with Amazon Prime, Netflix and HBO-GO subscriptions (thousands of movies and programing, free on demand). There is an additional TV w/DVD in Palm bedroom. The furniture & appliances are several years old, but basically in good shape. Linens, towels, extra blankets & pillows, dishes, cookware and an extensive selection of cooking utensils are available. A collection of books and DVDs are also provided. We also have a single person kayak and a bicycle on property that you are more than welcome to use (at your own risk). There are also several beach chairs, boogie boards, a beach umbrella and a 'Gorilla Cart' that you are welcome to use to easily transport coolers, chairs, umbrella, etc. to the water front!

There is a new central AC/heat system (Train) along with new individual wall mounted AC units in each bedroom for personal climate control. The cottage stays CHILL :-)

The home and island/beach are 'pet friendly' There are however some restrictions, please inquire when speaking with owner (pets require a non-refundable $100 pet fee). Dogs in public areas/beach/park must be on a leash. There are no additional charges other than 9% state sales tax.

This home is owner managed (not by a rental company). There is on-site direct (encrypted pass word protected) Wi-Fi & high speed DSL internet service provided. Cell service on the island is good (with the exception of T-Mobile).

Although I personally (or my housekeeper in Eastpoint) come down to the island between reservations to wash the sheets/towels, make up the beds and make sure the house is ready for our next guests, we do ask that each family/group make every effort to leave the cottage in the condition it was when you arrived and is clean and presentable for the next guests. This arrangement allows us to keep our rates lower and has worked well. We do have maid/cleaning services available at no charge if, upon arrival, you discover anything unsatisfactory (which you should report to us immediately). We also have a monthly professional exterminating service.

The HOT TUB is a thrill... in the summer, we keep it 'cool' which provides a stimulating experience after a warm day on the beach. When it's chilly at night, you can move the temperature 'up' for a relaxing warm night time 'soak'.

We appreciate you considering the BWI for your next vacation & look forward to hearing from you :-). Also, PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO on YouTube (it's not very well produced, but gives you a good feel of the cottage). Copy and paste the link below to your browser or click the last picture here on our VRBO page. Our phone # is shown at the end of the video. We also have a FB page.


We highly encourage you to watch the video prior to calling us for more information and availability (our calendar is updated regularly).

We anticipate and look forward to personally connecting with potential guests prior to booking. we've been on VRBO for many years... we have a good reputation. THANKS!!

Kind regards,


Keywords: Beach House

More Details

John Summers Matthews
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About John Summers Matthews

We live in Tallahassee, FL We've owned this cottage for 25+ years and have many wonderful memories of fun times with friends! Our family grew up and spent many, many summers and weekends at The Whale... SGI (and the BWI) is dear to our heart!

John Summers Matthews purchased this cottage in 1994

Why John Summers Matthews chose Gulf Beaches

SGI is the best... Our little piece of paradise is something we are very fortunate and blessed to have had for over 25+ years. Life is good!

What makes this cottage unique

Across the street from the beach, lot's of extra amenities, great rental rate, center of island, walking distance to restaurants, activities and shops!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gulf Beaches in Eastpoint

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Completely renovated bathroom with custom tile/stone shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Upstairs in the loft bedroom
  • Recently renovated bathroom on main level with large custom 'walk in' tile shower. Additional shower on outside deck.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • King size bed (1) Upstairs in loft BR w/seating area, Queen size Bed (1) in BR2, Queen Futon in living room, Twin beds (2) in BR 3.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

100% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
BLUE WHALE on St. George Island, Florida
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

We were happy here. It was built in the seventies and looks it. Not for those who want a fancy hotel

  • 5 of 5

Very laid back atmosphere on SGI. Wonderful beaches. Not much to do. Perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and we hope you’ll consider coming back soon!!! Kind regards, John
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
Birmingham, AL

Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Great house in a good location! We had a whale of a time!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU RUSTY!!!!!! So glad you and your family enjoyed our little beach shack by the sea... we very much appreciate you leaving everything is such great condition when you left. You are welcome back anytime :-) John
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Amazing Front Porch view

  • 5 of 5

Just finished up a peaceful and relaxing week at this cute little cottage. It was perfect for me and my two dogs. Just across the street from the beach and the view from the front porch is incredible. I spent almost the entire week sitting on the porch staring at he ocean, smelling the fresh salt air and listening to the sound of the waves.

The Blue Whale Inn is a great deal for the price. I will recommend it to all of my friends, especially those who travel with their dogs.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
8 0

Relaxing and fun

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location! Our family really enjoyed our stay at this lovely little beach home. Everything was great! The view from the deck was outstanding. We watched the dolphins everyday. The owner was so nice and was a pleasure to work with. We will be back next year! Thank you so much for sharing your home.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
8 0
Thomasville GA


  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay on SGI .The weather was perfect the whole week. We spent a lot of time on deck,we could see the beach from deck,here the waves at night. Just a perfect location and the owner was excellent to reach and work out details of our stay.The price very reasonable. We will look forward to returning next year .Walking distance to Blue parrot restaurant which we also enjoyed .Thanks so much for sharing your house with us.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
11 0
Tallahassee, Florida

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay. Owner was a pleasure to work with. Location was fantastic... across the street from the ocean (the beaches on SGI are fantastic) and a block away from The Blue Parrot restaurant. Very affordably priced. Nice extras included; like dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent & cleaning supplies. We will be back next year :-)

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
17 0


Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Tallahassee, FL


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £71.43

Please contact us directly by phone 850 942 9400 if you would like to reserve. We prefer not using VRBO's 'BOOK IT NOW' or 'ON-LINE RESERVATIONS'. WE do not accept credit cards. Thanks :-)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

You might like these similar holiday rentals