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100 steps to beach!Big screen porch!Gulf views!hammock,WiFi,grill,beach supplies

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Port Saint Joe - Sweetwater Cottage

Views!!1st Tier, 2 BR/2 BA (4-6 people) Cozy Cottage-located on the beach access

Sweetwater Cottage was just completed summer 2013! You will love the convenient location and extra amenities of this custom-built cottage which is only about 100 steps to the beautiful, white, sandy beach.

With its 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a dining area and hammock on its large screened porch and ample covered parking, this beautifully decorated home can easily accommodate a family or two couples...but is still small enough for lovers on a romantic getaway!!

We also try to simplify what you need to pack by providing:


bath towels (6 sets)

beach towels (4 sets)

starter supply of: paper towels, toilet paper, bath soap and detergents

cooler w/ wheels

beach cart

beach chairs (4 to 6)

beach umbrella


crabbing nets & buckets

boogie boards, rafts and beach toys!

You can enjoy the sweeping Gulf views and spectacular sunsets from almost every room in the house or while you are dining on the large screened porch with ceiling fans.

Floor Plan:

The GROUND LEVEL has ample covered parking and a storage room that contains the washer & dryer as well as a plentiful supply of beach chairs, rafts and beach toys for your convenience. There is also an outdoor shower with hot water and a fish-cleaning sink and a portable Weber charcoal grill with lid.

The MAIN LEVEL is up a short flight of stairs which is entered through a large screened porch that spans across the entire front of the home. The porch dining table and ceiling fans make it easy to dine 'al fresco' while enjoying the view...or you may just want to curl up in the porch swing and read a book or take a nap. The main level contains a vaulted great room that includes the living area with flat-screen TV and stereo and a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, glass-top stove, side-by-side refrigerator and pantry. There are 2 bedrooms: each has a queen bed, ceiling fan and flat-screen TV. The master bedroom has its own private bath with shower and a great view of the Gulf. The second bedroom is adjacent to a full bath that is equipped with a tub/shower combination.

Area Features:

As you stroll along the quiet beach, you can find a variety of seashells to collect or just enjoy watching the dolphins swimming by or eagles and osprey scouting for prey. Of course, swimming, sunbathing or fishing in the surf are always a favorite, too.

Our neighborhood is extremely quiet and friendly, with no thru traffic - a great place for families with children, or for anyone who just wants to get away from it all!

You may want to rent bikes or a golf cart and cruise quietly through the streets or on the beach. Horseback riding on the beach can also be conveniently arranged.

Money Bayou is just a short walk down the beach where you can catch blue crabs, throw your cast net or put in your kayak to explore the winding waterway. Scalloping in nearby St. Joe Bay is also a lot of fun during the summer scallop season. These sweet, tender delicacies can be enjoyed on your vacation or frozen for later when you return home.

In addition, the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar is just a mile up the road where you can enjoy the area's delicious oysters, other seafood and a cold drink. Weekends at the Raw Bar often feature outdoor live entertainment and dancing.

Our area is reminiscent of 'Old Florida.' There are no tall condos or hotels anywhere near by! Our beaches are very quiet and pristine and, in the off-season, you will rarely encounter anyone as you stroll quietly along the beach!

Our home is located on the mainland, just 1.5 miles east from Cape San Blas - which has been rated in the top five of the best beaches in the United States. Port St. Joe is only 10 miles to the west where you can stock up on all of the provisions you'll need. If you're not in the mood to cook, there are a number of great, local restaurants and night spots nearby. A golf course is only a few miles away and there are 4 separate boat ramps within 15 miles.

Just 20 minutes to the east is the historic and quaint fishing town of Apalachicola. Here you will find some great shopping as well as many wonderful restaurants and night spots. In addition, you can walk along the boardwalk and see what catch the fishing boats have brought in for the day.

We invite you to relax at 'Sweetwater Cottage' and enjoy 'Old Florida.'

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Leslie Frye Allen
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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About Leslie Frye Allen

We live in Tallahassee and love this area of the Gulf Coast. I have been coming down here since I was a child and have since introduced my husband and our two girls to this wonderful taste of 'Old Florida.'

Leslie Frye Allen purchased this house in 2013

What makes this house unique

We hope you will also fall in love with this area. It is a beautiful part of Florida where you can really get away from it all.


based on 36 holidaymaker reviews

100 steps to beach!Big screen porch!Gulf views!hammock,WiFi,grill,beach supplies
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Great location, clean and comfortable for a family of four + little dog.

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about Cape San Blas, Leslie's house and the service she provided.

Hurricane Hermine hit the day we were set to drive in from Atlanta. Leslie stayed in constant contact with me as we tried to decide what to do on the eve and morning of the storm. Ultimately, she made our decision an easy one by advising us not to risk it and refunding our money for the first night.

We drove in a day late, but had a wonderful, wonderful trip! We spent most of our time at the State Park on Cape San Blas fishing and catching blue crabs. Heaven.

We rented a pontoon boat one day and drove to the end of the Cape. Being born and raised in Destin, I couldn't believe how secluded it was. Definitely a different Florida vibe.

I'd recommend Leslie's place to anyone looking for a peaceful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love Love Love Love....

  • 5 of 5

Loved the View, Loved the House, Loved the Fantastic Customer Service and Loved the Multiple Extra's received during our stay. This was my 4th visit to the area and this stay was by FAR the BEST! You will love the screened in porch and the view it provides, the comfortable layout of the house, and of course the BEACH is Awesome! We toured near by towns for shopping and dining.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You ladies are amazing! I am so glad I got to meet you. It really seems like you all have a great time and we really appreciate you letting Sweetwater Cottage be a part of it. I also enjoyed getting to see all the jewelry you made from the shells you found. So cool!! Thanks, again, for staying at our home...we hope you will be back , SOON!
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at "Sweetwater Cottage," and we have yet to be disappointed. The cottage is functional, close to the beach, and a convenient location to both Port St. Joe and Apalachicola's many amenities. The responsiveness and friendliness of the owners is outstanding (thank you, Leslie!). The adjectives I would offer include well-maintained, clean, and efficient. I would and have recommended Sweetwater to friends and family. We do plan on going back again later this summer as the kayaking is terrific. This is a great place to begin your vacation.

Ps. During your stay we highly recommend a visit to "Killer Seafood" in Mexico Beach. The only downer is that they are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Frank Shimkus & Nancy Lewis

Vestavia, AL

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are amazing! It is always so nice when you come to stay at our home. You always take such great care of it AND are always so nice to work with! Thanks, also, for the review of Killer Seafood...I will have to add that to my list! Thank you also, for letting Dennis know about us...he was a great guest, too! We hope you know how much we appreciate you two. Thank you!!
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  • 5 of 5

I loved this house - it was just perfect for us! Everything was just as stated on site-

all was very clean and well-maintained.

I loved the colors of the walls - the art on the walls - the screen porch was just beyond fabulous! The wash basin for "foot washing" - the stepping stones all in the right places- the supplies available if you forgot your own -from poop bags to scotch tape - everything you need! The pretty way the towels were displayed was a very nice extra.

Leslie was wonderful and such a pleasure to work with - she called to check on us when we got in.

We had a bonfire on the beach - brought many memories of home - Key Biscayne Fl - many many years ago.

The beach was big and beautiful - you might see two or three people during your walks

A perfect house - a perfect owner -a perfect beach! We will be back and renting from Leslie💗 Thank you so much for making this available for us!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys are such great guests! We hope you will be back again, SOON!...along with sweet Bella Rose. Thanks, again for staying at our home and taking such good care of it. We really appreciate you!
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Well needed getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first Florida Vacation in years. Leslie and family have a wonderful location for someone wanting to get away from it all and still be in sight of the beach. Cape San Blas and Port St Joe are one of OLD Florida's best kept secrets and Sweetwater Cottage is surely one of those as well. This is a great location and a great group of folks to work with on planning that special getaway. If you want a true vacation with nature at your fingertips then this is one of those places. Most excellent! Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are SO glad that you guys had a good time. We are also so glad that you appreciate this special part of Florida and hope that you will come back to stay at our home again in the very near future. We really appreciate you staying at our home and taking such great care of it. Please come back again, SOON!
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  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Cape San Blas, as well as staying at Sweetwater Cottage...and it was incredible!!! The beach house and furnishings were wonderful....clean and beautiful! Leslie even called to check in with us and make sure everything was okay. We couldn't believe how much we had the beach to ourselves and our two puppies had the time of their lives on the pet friendly beach, too! We are already planning to come back next year! Thanks, Leslie and family!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
North Florida Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Port St. Joe Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Nearest Beach
90 Metres
about 100 steps from your front door
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Port Saint Joe, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Fall
11 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Fall
30 Oct 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Thanksgiving Week
20 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Winter
27 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 24 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Years
25 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Winter
1 Jan 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
26 Feb 2017 - 11 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Break
12 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Spring
9 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 1
30 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Spring 2
7 May 2017 - 20 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
21 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 4th week
2 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £102 + Tax
Pet Fee £82 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £245
Tax Rate 12.0%

For Summer Season & Holiday weeks, FULL WEEK requests are preferred unless it is a few weeks before arrival. Rental weeks are from Sun to Sun for 2015. Monthly rates are available upon request.
Check in-4 pm/Check out-11 am (EST)
Rates include: linens, bath towels, 4 beach towels & chairs, cart, rafts, toys & starter supply of paper towels, TP & soap.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Port Saint Joe in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bath has shower with glass enclosure.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , Enjoying the hot/cold outdoor shower is a MUST!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Full bath w/ shower, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan & gulf view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Is adjacent to full bath, has flat-screen TV & ceiling fan.
  • Additional sleeping space is accommodated with a queen air mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Additional kitchen equipment: there is a crock-pot & electric hand-mixer. Each bathroom has a blow-dryer. Beach equipment provided: at least 4 beach chairs, umbrella, beach cart and various rafts, boogie boards, beach toys, buckets & nets.

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