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Santa Rosina, a Beachfront Cottage and legacy of Old Florida!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

Beachfront Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This family oriented cottage is located on the beautiful beaches of the Gulf. A step out the porch door puts you on your way to a day of sun, fun, and the clearest waters ever. The glass enclosed sleeping porch sleeps four and is perfect for the children of the family.

This is truly a beachfront cottage. Two flights of stairs, shown in the photos end at the beach - which is perfect for beach combing and long walks!

Our cottage is available for rental Spring through Fall (March 15 - November 15).

A legacy from Old Florida, the property is close to Carillon Beach and Inlet Beach. It is a relaxing location, but near to many area attractions for those who like a more active pace. Even though you're at the quiet end of Panama City Beach you're still close to many restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, biking, hiking, not to mention all the water fun on the gulf. To the west you're only a short drive to Scenic 30-A, home to many upscale shops and restaurants. Going east takes you to the fun spots of Panama City Beach including Pier Park for movies, restaurants and shopping. Bay Breeze Bait & Tackle is located 1.0 mile from the cottage, on Back Beach Road. Bay Breeze Adventures, Bait & Tackle can help with fishing trips and rents kayaks and paddleboards.

Keywords: Friendly, comfortable cottage on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico Beaches.

More Details

Johanna Heywood
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Johanna Heywood

Our family has owned this cottage since 1952. Our grandparents raised five children in this vacation location. A fourth generation of the family are now crabbing, discovering sand dollars, building sand castles, and enjoying their childhood beach vacations.

Johanna Heywood purchased this cottage in 1952

Why Johanna Heywood chose Panama City Beach

My grandmother always said that if heaven was not like this beach, she would be disappointed.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hollywood Beach in Sunnyside

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is shared by Bedrooms 1 and 2.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is on the sleeping porch (bedroom 3).
  • 2 full baths. 1 has tub/shower combo, the second has shower only.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Bedroom 2 has a full size bed
    Bedroom 3 (Sleeping porch) - 4 Single Bed , Bedroom 3 (sleeping porch) has four twin beds.
  • The cottage has a total of six beds: one (1) queen size bed; one (1) Full bed, and four (4) Twin or Single Beds. Please note that the full bed room queen bedroom are adjoining and share bathroom 1 (shower only). The second full bathroom (tub/shower combo) is located on the sleeping porch and convenient to the living room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Beach is wide and beautiful and rather private, but cottage is convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, and nearby area attractions.


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Santa Rosina, a Beachfront Cottage and legacy of Old Florida!
average rating of 4.076923 based on 26 reviews

Run down and ready for demolition

  • 2 of 5

Ok. First off, the beach setting is wonderful. Couldn't be better. But the cottage? Refrigerator was absolutely horrid with red, sticky stains and rust spots down the front. We used a towel to open it so that we didn't have to touch it. Electrical outlets were installed in the most unusual locations and were often over loaded with appliances. Flooring throughout was dirty, old and uneven. Outdoor decking and stairs down to beach were old, splitting and on their last legs. This place is wedged between an existing condo unit and new townhouse construction. Privacy was a rarity with the construction crew right next door - even on weekends. Owner did not tell us that dogs were not permitted on the beach even though he knew we were bringing our dog. Fortunately some nice locals told us we could face significant fines if we were caught.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Do not rent this property

  • 1 of 5

I was so excited to book my trip to this property. Upon arrival I was in shock of how you could see through to the outside around all of the window a/c units and the back doors. Hot air was boiling in and the a/c units couldn't keep up. I also discovered that one unit was plugged into a non-grounded outlet, of which were the only type near the unit. I decided I could easily temporarily fix these issues myself (because I had my two dogs with me and calling the owner for a remedy would upset them as they do not like strangers) Because the unit was left plugged in by the cleaning crew I just assumed this was the way it always was. The rest of my stay was ok, I tried to get comfortable but ended up switching beds every night. On the last day I switched on the living room fan and heard a strange sound, one of the fan blades was attempting to escape. I switched it off and reached up to stop it from falling (all the while noticing the inches and wads of dust that had accumulated on the decrepit, ancient ceiling fan) and it fell off. Being the homeowner that I am I just knew the owners were aware of their property and that the fan was already on it's last leg. It didn't cross my mind to inform them. The entire place needs TLC in the most basic of ways, on the hottest day you could feel the heat coming through the roof in one of the bathrooms. The property has only storm windows, I can only imagine what the electric bill looks like. The living room furniture actually has boards under the cushions it is so broken down. My advice is to spend your hard earned money else where. The floors were so filthy they turned your feet black and all the baseboards are coated in dust. I finally contacted the owner a month after my departure to find out she was planning to keep my damage deposit, UNREAL!! She says she attempted to contact me, I never received a text or voicemail. She claimed that I also slept in too many beds (even though I paid the cleaning fee and RENTED THE ENTIRE PROPERTY) This property and owner are in violation of several Florida landlord statues and building codes. The place is a fire trap. There are holes in the floor beside the fridge where you can see through to the ground outside. I am disheartened by this experience. I am 32 yr old and have been taking vacations since I can remember. I HAVE NEVER HAD SOMEONE KEEP MY DAMAGE DEPOSIT. You cannot rent this place through VRBO, big mistake, only by check (shady business practice).

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful... This quaint cottage has such a welcoming, wonderful energy about it.. I will be back

  • 5 of 5

I felt like a kid again in this quaint and peaceful cottage.. So comfortable and welcoming....Very reminiscent of Old Florida... I left a piece of my heart there.. I slept on the sleeping porch so I'd be wakened by the sun.. Every morning, my 79 year old mother, my sister, brother in law and I walked out to the beach and played in the waves, just laughing and cutting up like we were kids again.. My dogs loved the peaceful energy and responded beautifully...they loved sitting out on the deck with me.. There's a fun dog friendly beach directly across from Pier Park... Oh and that deck at night.. Crashing of the waves and the breeze under the night sky... The beds are soooo comfortable. My sister has trouble sleeping but she slept like a rock here. Even the couches are comfy.. I spent a lazy afternoon laying on the long one binge watching Netflix! The entire house just has this wonderful energy and feel to it, I felt like I belonged there.... The kitchen had Everything we needed to cook a great dinner! I will be back again and again.. My brother in law even said, " You did good, Anna. This house is awesome." Thank you, Johanna, for opening up your beloved Grandmother's special place to us...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, Alabama

Old Florida home with an old Florida feel. Our new favorite place.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a stay at Santa Rosina and had a lovely time. It was described exactly how it appeared and the beach view and access is amazing. The kitchen was well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. You could hear the waves from every bedroom. We loved that we basically had our own private beach but still convenient to restaurants, grocery store, shopping, etc. My 82 year old mother joined us at the last minute and it was perfect for her. She has difficulty walking in the sand but was able to still enjoy the beach from the deck. And it was nice for her not to have to walk up any steps to get to the house. As she describes it.... "she was in heaven". We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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couple + furchild

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our time at this family cottage. Pictures are true to life. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. Weather was very hot and A/C units kept it comfortable. Breakfast at Sunnyside Grill was great...just a walk across the street. Sandburs are horrible, so don't veer off the path without shoes (including a pet). Grocery stores just a mile away. Walmart a little further to the east. Found a wonderful bead store in downtown Panama City. All in all it was a relaxing time on the beach enjoying the view and doing nothing! Thank you JoHanna and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Longview TX

A family from TX---

  • 4 of 5

Upon arrival, opened the lock box for key.... no key!! Phoned Johanna and a short time later Donna the cleaning person arrived with a key, thank goodness!! The screened in porch was great.. if there should come a storm make sure you don't have anything out on porch that shouldn't get wet!! The cottage is set up a little different, but we made it work. Lots of doors!! The sleep room we had trouble finding an outlet to plug tv into.. found one above window ac unit!! It could use some updates, but I can only imagine what this cottage looked like when it was first built-- the view from the sleep room would have been beautiful!! The closest laundry we found is Lakeside Coin Laundry- Hwy 98, just east of 79, plenty of washers & dryers! We ate across street at the grill a few times, and it was pretty darn good! Thomas' Donuts is just a little east in Laguna Beach along with an Ice Cream Shop. Even though we brought a bucket of sand toys, there are plenty there along with some sand chairs. The outside shower & hose were great. Grocery stores close by, and a Dollar General on 98 head E.. We had a day of Blue Button jellyfish, but the next day there were only a few around.. Someone made a suggestion about wearing flip flops on path down to beach... yep it's a good idea, there are little stickers that you have no way of seeing!! 10:00 Sat. morning sure came fast, and I'm hoping I didn't forget anything!! But will never forget all the memories that were made this past week.. Thank you Johanna for sharing your family vacation cottage with us!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
12 Aug 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Nightly Rate
30 Sep 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee (6+ people) £140 + Tax
Pet Fee £80 + Tax
Cleaning Fee (1-5 peop) £120 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £280
Tax Rate 11.5%

Minimum rental age: 25 years old.

National holidays along with one day before and after are invoiced at a 25% increase (the nightly rate x 1.25 ).
Until confirmed (deposit is received), rates are subject to change without notice.
Pet fee listed applies to up to 2 small pets (less than 25 pounds).

The damage deposit, plus one half the total rental fee are due when making the reservation.
The remainder is due two weeks before arrival.
Upon receipt of payment, key information and a map will be mailed to you.

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Spicy Noodle Italian Bistro -- CLOSED
Buddy's Seafood Market
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Sunnyside Grille
Nearest Beach
Sunnyside Beach
Car: necessary

There's are two grocery stores (publix & winn dixie) within a five minute drive from the cottage.

There's also a tackle/bait shop within a five minute drive that sells fishing licenses and rents kayaks, and paddle boards.


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