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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This is “Hold Your SeaHorses”, our cottage in Old Florida Village in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Old Florida Village is a quaint neighborhood of 75 cottage style homes on a quiet loop just a few yards north of 30A and the beach. This is just a short walk (0.5miles) to the beach or you can drive or ride a bike to beach access..

“Hold Your Seahorses”... Hey!, this is a great place to stay! The house is in the middle of Old Florida village just yards from one of the two swimming pools. The location is very quiet with a pond and undeveloped wetland behind the house. The house has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The master bedroom with queen bed and private bath is quietly located in the rear of the house. Blue heron and snowy egrets are frequent visitors to the pond where turtles bask in the sun. You can also hear frogs and the roar of the surf at night. There is a queen guest room and a third bedroom with twin over full beds. The house is colorful, light and airy. Each bedroom has a TV, DVD player, nightstands and a dresser. A gas BBQ grill is also provided for your convenience.

On the second floor you will find the living room, dining room and the kitchen along with the balcony overlooking the quiet pond and wetland. This balcony is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast. A colorful guest bedroom with queen bed is on the second floor and has a private balcony, dresser, HD-TV, Blu-Ray/DVD player and amenities. The stairwell to the second floor is colorfully decorated with bright beach paintings. The living room with HD-TV/entertainment center/Blu-Ray /DVD Player is a great place for all to congregate and enjoy the evening of dining and games.

On the first floor, you'll find the colorful entrance way and two bedrooms. The master bedroom is quietly located in the rear of the house with a private porch overlooking the pond and wetland. The master is tastefully decorated with queen bed, dresser, chair, side tables, HD-TV, Blu-Ray/DVD Player, amenities and private bath with his and her closets. The second bedroom on the first floor has Twin over Full beds and an extra twin mattress. This second bedroom also has a private full bath and balcony. The washer/dryer is on the first floor.

For your beach fun we have 6 beach chairs, 3 umbrellas, kid toys, water toys and a handy wagon to get them all to the beach. Bring your sun screen!

Bring your bikes or rent them nearby at Gulf Place. You can explore the 20-mile-long bike/walking trail, nature preserves and 11 dune lakes. The bike path is close-by along scenic 30-A. Several shops and restaurants are within walking or biking distance as is Goatfeathers Restaurant & Seafood Market. The shops, restaurants and seasonal events of Gulf Place Resort are just half a mile to the west and accessible via the bike/walking trail. There are several upscale and popular beach communities to explore along Scenic 30-A including Dune Allen, Gulf Place, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Seacrest, and Rosemary Beach. Multiple golf courses are minutes away.

Quiet, colorful, comfortable, convenient and close to beach and pools. Your cozy get-a-way is waiting for you at “Hold Your Seahorses”. Please let us know if you have any questions.


We request a deposit of 50% of your rental fee to hold your reservation. This deposit to be received within 7 days of booking to confirm your reservation. An invoice will be e-mailed to you and final payment is due 30 days prior to check-in. Final payment includes the remaining 50% of the the rental balance plus the $300 fully refundable damage deposit. Reservations made less than 30 days prior to arrival must be paid in full by credit card or e-check. Your damage deposit will be fully refunded within 10 days of your departure provided there is no damage to the property. The house is strictly Non Smoking and no pets.

FYI: As of 2015 Florida Tourism Tax is 11.5% (7.5% Florida state & 4.0% Walton county).

The house is strictly Non Smoking and no pets.

You must be 25 years old to rent this property.

Keywords: House, cottage, quiet, new, view, beach, pool

More Details

Rick and Sharon Sunderland
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

About Rick and Sharon Sunderland

We live and work in Atlanta. Sharon is a Registered Nurse and Rick is in Data Processing. We have been vacationing in South Walton since 2006 and love it. We spend as much time as we can at the beach. We Kayak, fish, walk and relax at the beach. We enjoy nature and the great weather. We love 'Hold Your Seahorses' and have enjoyed making the cottage fun and comfortable for you as well as ourselves, our kids and grand-kids.

Rick and Sharon Sunderland purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Rick and Sharon Sunderland chose South Walton

We have stayed at many houses in Santa Rosa Beach since 2006 and we have loved it very much. This is our choice destination for vacations and family get-togethers. Purchasing this home in Old Florida Village was an easy decision.

What makes this cottage unique

Three of the main reasons we love our cottage. (1) We relax and enjoy the quiet and the sounds of nature. Enjoying coffee on the porch overlooking Hidden Lake and the birds is delightful. (2) We enjoy the beach very much. The beach during the day is delightful and walking to the beach for the sunset is a real pleasure. (3) We enjoy kayaking in the lakes, rivers and the ocean. A great pleasure is paddling at Grayton Beach just three miles east on 30A.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Private bath off the Twin/Full bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Private Master bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Guest bath
  • 3 Full bathrooms. Two hair dryers available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master with Queen bed and private bath.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Twin over Full with private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen guest bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (2) Queen bed in the master bedroom and a queen bed in the upstairs guest room., Double Beds (1) Twin over full bunkbed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Twin over full bunkbed., Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib with baby gates plus a child booster seat/high chair. An extra twin mattress is also available.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
6 beach chairs, 3 umbrellas, beach cooler, kid toys, water toys and a handy wagon to get them all to the beach. Outside shower to rinse off the beach sand.


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average rating of 4.9302325 based on 43 reviews

Perfect for family

  • 5 of 5

My family (3 couples and 1 toddler) LOVED staying here! It was just perfect. We drove to the beach most days because parking was easy to find. Rick was very responsive. We will definitely try to come back next year :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gardendale, Alabama

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful home and has just about everything you would need for your stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Good location to visit many different beaches. Missed out on having a hot tub, but knew that when renting.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Gainesville, GA

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six stayed at "Hold your Seahorses" for a few nights after Christmas. It was perfect in every way. The cookware was fabulous...there were plenty of good beach chairs and beach towels for our use ... the property and landscaping were so immaculate my husband and I called it '"Disney World." The view of nature on the pond was incredible while we sipped our morning coffee on one of the three decks...the beach was a short bike ride away...Thank you, owners, for sharing your slice of heaven.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hold your Horses "held" nothing back!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at "Hold Your Horses" and we couldn't have enjoyed it more! The house is simply perfect with a place and space for everyone. With three women, the three bathrooms were especially appreciated. The owners checked in on us and made a recommendation for a new restaurant for us and WOW- we were thrilled! Check out Local Catch and the Wine Walk around the square! Thanks for making this our second home!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun, relaxing Fall Break at the Beach

  • 4 of 5

Staying at "Hold Your SeaHorses" for our family Fall break (last week of Sept) was fun and relaxing. First of all, the weather is very much "Summer" but the beach crowd is definitely "Fall." Staying at "Hold Your Seahorses" in Old Florida Village was perfect for our active family of five (mom, dad, grandma, and 3 boys -- high & middle school students plus a 4 year old!). The house gave everyone his own space (and bathroom) without us feeling like we couldn't keep tabs on the kids. The property is accurately described in the VRBO description & photos. The owner, Rick, was friendly, responsive and professional throughout our entire experience. Let me tell you....there's nothing you need to bring other than your swimsuit, sunscreen & PJs when you stay at this property. You'll find well over 20 high quality beach towels, a fully stocked kitchen (with enough dishes for 2 meals a day), and a shed FULL of beach goodies! We referred to the shed as the "beach cornucopia" as it stores a beach wagon, an assortment of Tommy Bahama beach chairs that were too numerous to count, boogie boards, sand pails & shovels, and several umbrellas. We happily used the house's booster seat at the dining table with our youngest and noticed 2-3 baby gates are also provided. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach from the house...perfect for 5 of us but a little long for grandma. The public beach access has a nice picnic area, bathrooms, and parking for about ten cars and 4-5 golf carts. The lot was empty during our week but I bet it fills up quickly during Summer. There are two neighborhood pools with one being about 100' from the house. Both are on the small side but we had them to ourselves during the week of our stay...and really, with a 4 year old, our time was spent on the pool steps. The neighborhood is very quiet and I would have no reservation allowing my kids to explore on their own (well, not the 4 year old...). Thank you, Hold Your SeaHorses, for the good memories!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Northwest Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Golf
2.3 Miles
Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Goatfeathers Seafood
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
South Walton Beaches
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Rosa Beach, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Deal Summer 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Summer 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
31 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £231.39
Cleaning Fee £115.7 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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