Across from BEACH!!! 7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 28.
About Amy Mollohan
We are a family of 6 that loves to vacation and enjoy the beach. We have a lot of extended family and friends and we can have 5 families share this house with us on vacation!
Amy Mollohan purchased this House in 2017
Why Amy Mollohan chose Crystal Beach
This home is perfect because we can invite friends and family and we all have our own space but can come together to enjoy each other's company. Plus, we are walking distance to Destin Commons for the teens, shoppers and movie buffs in our group, across the street from the most beautiful beaches in the world, walkable fine dining and yummy beach dives all within a block or two - all in a quaint picked fence lined neighborhood!
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great Beach House for Large Group
Great trip! Spacious house meeting all the needs for our 5 families with 4 young children. Each family had their own room/bathroom with plenty of living space as well. Highlights included the pool, great seating around the deck, 5 minute walk to the beach, and restaurants nearby. Would highly recommend for large group and would stay again. Thank you!
Not enough space to write about this experience. I have visited the panhandle beaches for over 20 years. This experience does not even deserve a 1 rating. House was filthy, previous renters left stuff behind, food in bedroom drawers, poop on toilet seat, dirty silverware, fridge did not work 3 out of 5 days, had to throw groceries out. Requested 50% refund. Owner declined & issued $0 refund. We had to clean and wasted a lot of money on food. Owner is very manipulative. She compromised my VRBO account so I would not have access to my reservation. She was adamant about not getting a bad rating verses correcting the issues. We shared a list of 23 issues. VRBO did issue a small courtesy refund since we lost a lot of money on groceries and had to spend more money dining out. VRBO also did offer to relocate us but unfortunately there was no other available properties. Two families in our group had to leave 2 days early due to the conditions of the rental property. This experience was unbelievably bad. I would never recommend this owner or rental to anybody. The money is not worth the rental at all. The third floor is incredibly hot. It sleeps 8, but only one person could tolerate sleeping there, which was my 69 year old mother. Very disappointing and unacceptable experience.
I take guest complaints very seriously and understand a vacation with a large number of guests can be stressful and I try to accommodate my guests to the highest level.
Guest was allowed early check in. Four hours after the first guests checked in, I received a complaint of cleanliness and sent my maid to the property and she was turned away. I also offered to send a different maid the following day and the third day and was told no they do not want a maid to come out.
Guest started requesting a discount or refund immediately and did not allow my maid access to see or fix their complaints so we could not remedy, nor could we determine if they were caused by the first guests to arrive.
Guest complained of one of the fridges not cooling. We have 3 fridges on site. The repairman stated the fridges were at acceptable cooling temperatures but were loaded with room temperature food and needed time to cool.
Guests reported that the air-conditioners were not working and I had an HVAC repair man on property within a couple of hours and he instructed them that the doors were being left open causing them to not operate at full capacity. We had a written report that the HVACs are indeed working.
Guests left the property with 30 bags of trash and illegal substances on site.
Perfect for our family reunion vacation
Great place for family. Large living room for hanging out at night. Plenty of bedrooms and bunk bed spaces for kids. Very close walk to the beach. Pool was a little small but it worked fine for kids. Only suggestion for owners would be to have better blinds or black out curtains so that so much sunlight does not come into bedrooms first thing in the morning or during naptime for children. We had a great stay and would definitely stay here again.
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Home Sweet Home
My family enjoyed our visit at The White Whale House. Amy, the owner was a delight to work with. She responded and handled any questions and or issues we had very quickly. The house was beautiful and well equipped with everything we needed. The pool and hot tub was amazing. Thank you Amy for being a wonderful host.
I enjoyed welcoming you! Please visit again!
Great family trip
The Whale was a great place for our family trip. We had a good time and liked that we could walk to restaurants. Pool is nice and of course the beach.
The place was nice, a little older than it looked in the pictures.
The hot tub would not heat above 94, and was basically unusable because it was too cold, and that was a feature we were very much looking forward to using, because even when heated, the pool was too cold to use as well, with the outside temps being low.
The game room showed an air hockey table, but there was not one.
We understand large amounts of dishsoap, laundry detergent, etc not included, but there were not enough trashbags or paper towels for even the second day, those are items we would have expected to be stocked.
Additionally, the cottage did not have any coffee cups, so we had to go back and forth with them for each morning. The keurig type pot in the main house was strange and we could not figure out how to use it.
Recommendation: put an additional mirror in the cottage, either in the living room space or the bedroom. We had 3 females staying in that space, and it would have been nice to have a mirror, so that others could get ready while another person was showering.
Overall, it was a nice space, but we probably would not utilize it again in the future.
Thank you for your review. For the hot tub to remain hot, must keep a cover on in between uses in near freezing weather. It is very unusual to have near freezing temps in Destin. Same with the pool. The pool is heated to about 82 degrees but if it is very cold and windy outside it won't be very comfortable.
I am sorry you could not figure out the coffee maker. If you had called I would have sent my maid over to show you how to use it.
Regarding paper products, we are a large vacation home, not a hotel. We leave one roll of toilet paper, one extra trash bag, one roll of paper towels and 2 packets of dish soap for your first night. This is described in the email, contract and on the website. It would be nearly impossible to stock supplies for revolving groups of up to 28 people. Again, if you had let me know it was an issue, I could have alerted my maid and she could help you find our "hidden" supplies.
We work very hard to make sure our beach home is in great shape for our guests. I hope you will try us again during better weather so you can enjoy Destin in the sunshine!