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As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-8)

'As Good As It Gets' - A perfect '10' cottage with front covered porch, rear screened porch, and a lushly landscaped yard with a picket fence with lavish pool right out back. Very clean!

A VERY short walk to Frangista beach (4 minutes and your toes are in the famous Emerald Waters) with the uncrowded neighborhood pool directly behind home. You can sit on screened porch and watch the kids swim in the luxurious large pool. This charming cottage has 11 ft ceilings and all hardwood floors. The owner is an interior designer and has left nothing unattended - you will be pleasantly surprised by the tasteful vintage decor. Colors are soft and relaxing and no detail has been overlooked including high quality bedding. You will be charmed by the iron beds, cotton quilts and vintage linen fabrics. There is a large LCD TV with surround sound in the gathering room and 2 flat screens in bedrooms as well as DVD on each. There is a luxury king bed in the master, a queen in the other bedroom. There is also a queen sleeper sofa and a queen air mattress with integrated air inflation.

You will feel as if you are staying at a Five Star Luxury Bed and Breakfast. The master suite, named La Jardin Suite (the garden suite) has soft pistachio green walls, hydrangea wreath, garden statuary, wrought iron accents, yellow toile cotton quilts and beautiful accessories. It is refreshing and relaxing and perfect in every detail. The secondary suite, named La Petite Suite, is decorated with a Country French cotton quilt and bedding, black iron bed and black distressed furnishings. Beautiful original oils and limited edition prints complete the pleasing ambience of this room.

The kitchen is fully equipped so if you prefer to donning your apron instead of waiting in line at a restaurant, everything you need is there including stainless appliances, a new Bosch side by side fridge with ice and water in the door and and new stainless ceramic top range.

The gathering room is something out of a magazine with it's slip covered furniture, original oils and vintage touches. The large oval table in a distressed red finish will seat six.

The walk to the beach is about 200 yards (very very short). Your toes will touch the beautiful white sands of the Gulf in minutes. You cross Scenic 98 which is not busy. It also has speed bumps all along the road and at the private beach access. Although we have wireless internet access, you can also walk to the corner to 'Bad Ass Coffee' for internet access and a great cup of java. If you are not familiar with Scenic 98 location, it departs from hwy 98 at the Destin Commons Mall and comes back into 98 at Silver Sands Outlet Mall (shopping mecas). This is the road where Pompano Joes and Destiny By The Sea is located. The beaches are uncrowded due the abscense of high rise condos in the area.

We are confident if you stay once, you will return, making 'As Good As It Gets' your Florida beach tradition.

Keywords: Cottage, Miramar Beach, Frangista Beach, Destin, beach vacation, close to beach, heated pool, charming, vintage decor, Emerald Coast, Beach, sleeps 6, beach get-away

More Details

Barbara French
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 September, 2017

About Barbara French

Hi and thanks for inquiring about our cottage, 'As Good As It Gets'. This is the 3rd rental property we have owned in the Destin area and we're thrilled to leave the condo market to obtain a charming cottage so close to the beach. If you wonder why we have such great comments from our guests, it is because I am an interior designer with a passion for beauty. We take great pride in excellence and knowing we have made our home a fabulous destination for our guests. We have always had a high rate of returning guests because of our passion for creating beautiful properties. Also, we LOVE being able to vacation in such a great place ourselves so there is a bit of selfishness involved! I own a small custom cabinet business in Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville. We have one 11 year old daughter who loves the beach and horses. Someday we hope to retire to our cottage as it feels we are pulling into 'home' when we cross the Bay Bridge (well, at best, maybe WE can be the snow birds occupying the cottage during the winter. I added my pic as I am the one you will be speaking with.

Barbara French purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Barbara French chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

For years I have driven by the charming cottages of Frangista Beach and dreamed of owning one. The pastel colored cottages and picket fences so close to the beach won my heart. Many I had looked at over the years were larger than what I cared to manage. We had just sold our beach front condo when this cottage at Frangista came on the market. I didn't have to think twice. We hopped in the car, drove to Destin and wrote a contract the first day. I love that it is out of the really busy traffic hustle of Destin, yet positioned between the Destin Commons Mall and Silver Sands outlet mall (sorry, I love to shop). Also, there are many great restaurants, grocery stores and fun things for our family to do and just steps from those sugar white beaches.

What makes this cottage unique

I love staying somewhere clean and well maintained - where items are replaced when need be to retain that new look. The colors in the cottage are so relaxing. Everyone comments on how restful it is. I love sitting on the screened back porch and hearing the water fall in the large pool located directly behind the cottage. It is so relaxing. When we are ready to head to the beach, it is just a few minutes walk. I enjoy having a private beach that is not wall to wall people. It is not crowded at all.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Panama City International
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Whale's Tail
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pompano Joe's
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
private beach walk-over with flashing lights


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Frangista Beach in Miramar Beach

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings from mid May to Mid August are from Saturday to Saturday, Saturday to Friday or Sunday to Saturday. Six days rentals minimum during summer.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master has large tile shower plus a large jacuzzi tub and double vanities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Luxury premium pillow top mattresses with allergy covers, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach
average rating of 4.8163266 based on 49 reviews

beautiful, everything we could have asked for!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and spotlessly clean! We enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back and stay here again. All our needs were met immediately and the owner was a delight! It is definitely "as good as it gets!"

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review and thank you for visiting the cottage. I hope you can come back again. Barbara
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Great house

  • 4 of 5

The house was very comfortable and easy to live in. Slept well in king size master bed. I wish the community pool had been larger,it was hard to tell in the pictures. Overall a very nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. About the pool, the neighborhood has 14 homes yet only about half are in the rental program. The others are private residences or second homes. And some of the larger homes have their own pools and don't even use community pool. I've always thought of the pool as large based on the fact it is shared by so few homes and have seldom seen it crowded. To the contrary sometimes there is no one at the pool. It just depends on the week. Hope you come back and visit again.
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Wonderful family trip!

  • 5 of 5

Adorable house, very close to the beach ands the pool is right out the back door. We had a fabulous time and look forward to coming back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I hope you to come back soon! I have many repeat visitors who come year after year. I'd be happy to add you to that list! Barbara
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Great cottage close to the beach!

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was well kept and recently updated. The beach is beautiful and only a short walk away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! Come back soon.
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Wonderful and Warm Abode!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had an incredible week staying in this house. It is so beautiful! It had everything that we needed and wanted. The pictures of the kitchen are a little misleading, in a good way ;) The kitchen is a lot bigger than the pictures show, which we loved! The location of it was amazing. Just a short walk to the beach! Everything was clean and taken care of! Barbara was impeccable with her response back when we had a question. We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your stay was all you expected. I do hope you come back soon. You were a pleasure!
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

As Good as it Gets is the perfect name for this cute cottage! We could not have asked for a better location -- very short walk to beach, stone's throw to the pool, and close to great shopping. Ms. French was also available for all of our questions and was very kind to let us stay a bit longer since we had the fortune of vacationing with tropical storm Cindy! Despite the poor weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our family time in the house watching movies and cooking great meals. When the weather let up, we jumped right into the pool -- it couldn't have been any more convenient. The house had all the essentials to keep us occupied and happy! We're looking forward to returning in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so sorry the weather was bad! I was happy to let you get some more time in to enjoy your vacation. Hope to have you back soon. P.S. My housekeeper said you left the house spotless. Remember I told you it was your vacation :).
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Frangista Beach, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Spring
3 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Late Spring
31 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £103.71
Pet Fee £70.38
Damage Insurance £43.71

Pets are on a per case approval and the fee is $95 per pet with a maximum of two pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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