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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm

127 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay in one of the most historic homes in Grayton Beach -- The Smith House. Originally built as a 1-room cottage in 1925 by Tuff Smith, he used cypress boards that washed up on the shores of Grayton after the ship that was transporting the lumber caught fire and sank.

Lovingly renovated by a long-time Grayton family, the Smith House has all the modern conveniences but maintains its true southern “old Grayton” charm. Featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the house is decorated in vintage Florida style. Interior walls are fashioned from sinker cypress (with boards cut from giant cypress logs salvaged from the bottom of the Choctawhatchee River), the grain of each board a natural work of art. The kitchen, with its honed granite counters and ultra-quiet dishwasher, has everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal. The bathroom has been overhauled with a double vanity sink, and the double-bunk room has 2 extra-long bunk bed sets to accommodate both children and adults.

There is a 42-inch Smart TV in the living room (for instant connection to Netflix, Amazon videos, YouTube, music apps, etc.), a 32-inch flat-screen TV (with DVD player) in the master bedroom, and a small flat-screen TV/DVD in the bunk room, as well as wireless internet service. There is a portable CD player as well as a small music player that will play your ipod or other music device.

The best part of the house is probably the large screened porch, which includes 2 comfortable sitting areas, a rustic cypress dining table that easily seats 8, and a comfortable day bed for relaxing. Located just off the screened porch is a spacious enclosed outdoor shower, with hot and cold water. The side-yard consists of a large brick-paved patio with a picnic table, chairs, a mayan hammock and Weber charcoal grill.

After spending the day on the beach, you may want to use the 3 complimentary beach bikes to explore the adjoining beach towns in the late afternoon. In the evening, you have an easy walk to the world-famous Red Bar restaurant as well as several other outstanding dining opportunities.

The Smith House is the perfect vacation retreat for your family. You will want to come back year after year!

** The owners of the Smith House have a second rental cottage in Grayton, Stella Luna. Stella Luna is just up the street from the Smith House and will rent as either a 2 bedroom/2bath (sleeping 2-5; VRBO #380525) or as a 3 bedroom/3bath (sleeping up to 8; VRBO #361156)

Keywords: cottage, beach house, cabin

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016
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About The Owner

I come from a long line of Walton County natives and spent every summer of my childhood on the sands of Grayton Beach. My husband & I moved here permanently when our sons were born and were lucky to have raised them in this magical beach town. We love the charm and authenticity of Old Grayton, the fabulous beach and lake, the friendly locals, and the quirky nature of our town. We are year-round residents of Grayton Beach and are available to answer any of your questions or help you with anything you need during your stay. We are honored to own the Smith House and hope that you will love the house and our town as much as we do.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

What makes this cottage unique

Address: 267 DeFuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

There is so much to do in Grayton, from swimming, fishing, and surfing in the Gulf to playing in the 'pass' at Western Lake. You can try kayaking or Stand Up Paddle boarding - on the Gulf or on the calm waters of Western Lake - and you can snorkel on Grayton's new and amazing artificial reef structure off the State Park. Nearby you can find a world-class water skiing facility, dolphin cruises, freshwater springs, and even horseback riding stables. Fabulous restaurants are a short walk away, and there is also a little convenience store, a gym, and wonderful shops and galleries just down the street. Miles of white sand beaches surrounded by State Parks on all sides, and miles of off-road bike paths along 30A. Grayton is the epicenter of 30A!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's Thanksgiving '09 and we've just now been relaxing in this beautiful cottage full of our left-overs...for almost 4 hours. When we drove up we ran in to check it out before we unpacked the car. It's perfect! We love it and wouldn't change a thing!

The bikes were so much fun! It was a great way to experience Grayton Beach. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this peaceful little bungalow! We will definitely be back! The Mann's Albany, GA
Dec 2009
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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
average rating of 4.992126 based on 129 reviews

Fabulous Stay Off 30A

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to this beautiful area for several years and The Smith House now tops the list as our favorite stay to date! You get everything you need for the beach, around the house and getting around (bikes!). Just relax and enjoy. Kelly is fantastic to work with and all the "local" information she provides leaves no stone unturned. The cottage is extremely comfortable and well appointed with everything you need for cooking, laundry, grilling, showering (inside and out) and lazy days! Kelly goes the extra mile providing coffee, paper products, spices, plenty of towels, and fresh flowers.

Walk to the beach, walk to the Red Bar, walk to coffee, breakfast, and shopping. Bike to Seaside for lunch or Blue Mountain Creamery for the perfect cone. It was great leaving the car parked and getting around on foot or bike for just about our entire trip! The location is perfect, right where you want to be without sacrificing the privacy you might prefer.

We always enjoy our time along 30A, but The Smith House spoiled us. A must stay if you're planning a trip to the beaches along 30A!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Perfect for a low key couple, or small family, who enjoy the outdoors and and who can handle walking or riding bikes to the beach and/or dinner and shopping if you like. We have rented many places through VRBO and this was by far one of the best! Kelly, the owner, did an amazing job renovating this cottage. It feels so welcoming and comfortable! Small touches throughout the cottage, such as vases of palms and fresh flowers, old photos, and various books add to the relaxing ambiance. The kitchen cookware is topnotch for a rental unit, and almost everything you may need for cooking, laundry, beach fun, etc was carefully thought of and provided by Kelly, the owner. She was very good to work with! The outdoor shower and rocking chairs on the screened porch topped off what we thought were perfect accommodations!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ahhhhhhh... Complete Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been happier at The Smith House. In addition to all the obvious beach necessities (bikes, wagon, sand toys) all the little things of being in a home are there - complete kitchen with spices, oils, paper goods,laundry detergent., etc. Also had beach towels, books and games. So nice not to have to bring or buy any of these things! Loved the outdoor shower, hammock and bbq grille. Nice flatscreen tvs for rainy days and great screened in porch for meals and watching the rain. Will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In love with The Smith House

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Grayton but won't be our last. We were looking for a relaxing getaway and that's exactly what we found. The house is just charming and so welcoming that we didn't want to leave! The location is so convenient to the beach and everything you need is there. We used the bikes to go all over and the beach gear was just what we needed. We walked to the famous Red Bar and also tried out a new place called Chiringo which was awesome! Kelly is so great to work with and what little we needed was quickly responded to. We didn't have a care in the world which is what vacation should be. The house has so much character and that is what we were looking for. The patio with the lights on at night was the perfect place to watch the world go by. I could go on and on but highly recommend this house as THE place to stay in Grayton.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in the Smith House. It had everything we could need or want. Kelly is great to work with.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic Gem in Grayton!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Smith House. It had everything possible that we needed to make our stay comfortable from the kitchen necessities to the beach amenities. It was very clean and spacious for our family of 4. We loved its location which was an easy walk/bike to the beach, shops, and restaurants. Kelly also provided us with a ton of local information which was extremely helpful. We highly recommend this rental and look forward to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach, South Walton

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Fall 2016
20 Aug 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Winter 2016-2017
7 Nov 2016 - 24 Feb 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Early Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Spring Break 2017
11 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Late Spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Late Summer 2017
5 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £164
Cleaning Fee £102 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

7-night minimum for Spring Break & Summer; 3-night minimum all other times
Holiday weekends, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years use Late Spring Rates.
Saturday to Saturday rental period during Summer & Spring Break.
* During Spring Break, we rent to Couples and Families only; No Spring Break groups

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach in North West Florida

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , double vanity
  • Additional pedestal sink in hallway. Enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Bunk Bed , bunk beds are XL
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fabulous hot & cold water enclosed outdoor shower, 3 Beach Bikes, 3 beach chairs, beach towels, Playmate cooler, umbrella, and a large wagon to carry everything to the beach

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