|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
'Mood Swing' was custom built in 2014 ...and, as its name implies, our home is just what you need if you are looking for a positive attitude adjustment!
You will love the convenient beach front location with private ramped boardwalk as well as the variety of amenities inside and out.
Our 5 bedroom, 3 & 1/2 bath home easily accommodates 12 people. The arrangement of the bedrooms provides the privacy that makes Mood Swing perfect for having another family, in-laws or grandparents as your guests...Although Mood Swing is designed to give everyone a lot of their own space, it also entices everyone to be together...particularly on the huge screen porch with prep sink, bar, ceiling fans and plenty of comfy seating, that includes a hand-made mahogany swing, outdoor bed, custom-made HUGE pub-height heart-pine table with stools, lifeguard-style chairs, hammock swing and more!
You can enjoy the sweeping gulf views and spectacular sunsets from almost every room in the house or from its more than 1,700 square feet of covered decks, screened porch & sundeck.
We provide linens, beach towels, beach chairs & other beach equipment, soaps, paper towels, TP, WiFi, cable, free long-distance and much, much, MORE!
The GROUND LEVEL has ample covered parking (enough for 4 or 5 cars or boats, depending on size) and is where there is a storage room with a plentiful supply of beach chairs & rafts, a beach cart, cooler with wheels, umbrella, beach toys and much MORE, kept for your convenience. There is also a funky outdoor shower with hot water, a fish-cleaning sink, outdoor charcoal grill and seating area. The private boardwalk to the beach is completely ramped which makes it easy to roll your beach cart or strollers with little ones directly to the beach. Mid-way down the boardwalk is a long bench where you can enjoy the sunset and other views.
The MIDDLE LEVEL has a large sun deck with custom-made mahogony chaises and a huge screened porch that spans the entire front of the home, and runs the length of the house. The screened porch is equipped with a food-prep area with sink, a pub-height dining table and ceiling fans that make it easy to dine 'al fresco' while enjoying the view...however, you may just want to curl up in the porch swing or porch bed and read a book or take a nap. This level also contains two bedrooms that share their own private entry foyer and a full bath. The Gulf front mid-level bedroom has a king bed, flat-screen TV, ceiling fan and Kuerig coffee station. The other mid-level bedroom has 2 full beds with a ceiling fan.
The TOP LEVEL is entered from a covered porch overlooking the Gulf. It has a vaulted great room that includes the living area with comfortable seating, 39-inch flat-screen TV, stereo, and a double-pedestal glass-top dining table. We personally reclaimed the heart-pine flooring from beams milled from a 100+ yr-old-building into wide-plank flooring especially for this home. The well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar has a pantry and stainless steel appliances.
There are 3 bedrooms on the top level: each has a king bed & ceiling fan. The master bedroom has incredible Gulf views, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a full bath with walk-in shower and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom on the top level has a private half-bath & flat-screen TV with DVD, and the third bedroom is adjacent to a full bath that has two vanities and is equipped with a tub/shower combination. The utility room with washer and dryer is located on this level.
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 have your attitude adjusted at 'Mood Swing' and enjoy 'Old Florida.'
We live in Tallahassee and love this area of Florida's 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.'
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.
Leslie Frye Allen purchased this house in 2014
The private, completely ramped boardwalk to the unpopulated, white sandy beach, multiple decks and HUGE screened porch with ceiling fans, bar, prep sink, swings, out door bed & multiple seating areas make this house perfect for those who want to make the most of outdoor living or entertaining at the beach.
Its bedroom layout also provides separate sleeping areas that makes it perfect for providing the privacy needed for a couple of families...or for having the in-laws join you.
We also provide many items to simplify what you have to bring. These include: beach chairs, cooler, umbrella, rafts, games, beach towels, starter supply of paper towels, TP, soaps & much more!
This year marked the third year we have enjoyed our time at Mood swing. The owners have ALWAYS made sure that this home looked as good to the last renter of the season as it did to the first.
Such a great house for entertaining...lots of room for family...great views...quiet, dedicated street...wonderful bird sights (Two bald eagles live in the area.)...wide beach with lovely dunes...convenient to Apalachicola...minus the congestion of Cape San Blas...
The owners have thought of everything.
You won't be disappointed!
My family and I stayed at Mood Swings a couple weeks ago and had a wonderful time! Although the layout is a little different from most beach houses, it worked perfectly for our crew, which included a newborn and a 5 year old. The beach is very private and just a short boardwalk distance away. We really enjoyed breaks from the sun on the huge covered porch and taking turns swinging the new baby girl. Our favorite restaurant, Indian Pass, was just a mile down the road. We really couldn't have asked for a better place!
Our only complaint was that a lot of the kitchen and bath towels and the bed linens smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. With two young children in the house we were not too thrilled about that. However, we actually met Leslie Allen, the owner, on the beach one day and told her about this issue. She apologized profusely and promised to speak with the cleaners. She also reimbursed us $100 for the inconvenience. She even came up to the house to personally fix a problem we were having with one of the televisions!
Although we ended up having to leave a couple days earlier than planned due to the threat of Hurricane Hermine, we had a wonderful time! Hopefully we will get to visit Mood Swings again!
My family enjoyed are stay at Moodswing so much. It was perfect for my children and their spouses and the 3 Grandbabies. Being steps from the beach was so easy. We spent hours on the enormous screen porch with such beautiful beach views. There was plenty of space to be together but also room for everyone to have a little peace and quiet when needed. We will defiantly be back. Thank you so much Leslie!
Our extended family stayed at Mood Swing in Mid-June and had the most wonderful time. Leslie truly has thought of everything to make your stay relaxing and pleasant. We caught catfish in the ocean, saw dolphins swimming by daily, collected seashells, went crabbing, had bonfires on the beach and even saw a bear eating out of the garbage at the Indian Pass Raw Bar (which is a MUST to visit). The house is close enough to town to quickly drive and get items for your basic needs and grab a meal if you dont feel like using the fully stocked kitchen, but far enough away that you feel you have a beautiful beach all to yourself! We very much look forward to visiting again next year!
This is our second year visiting Mood Swing. It was even better than the first. Our family of 9 had a great time and enjoyed the beach each day. Leslie is a great hostess and dropped by to say "Hello". She is wonderful to deal with. The house was in great shape and all the necessities were provided. Would recommend to anyone. Beach was not crowded and sand was very clean. Lots of shells to search for and a few star fish. Every thing was fantastic and we will be back next year!!!!
Loved our recent stay at Mood Swing. The pictures online do not do it justice!! This property definitely stands out from the rest! The variety of outdoor spaces enabled us to enjoy the beach view whether we were dining, swinging, sipping coffee or snoozing on the porch bed! We had a group of 12 and never felt crowded! Older kids enjoyed two suites that shared a bath downstairs--while the adults and small children took over the main floor in 3 comfortable bedrooms. Having beach chairs, towels and toys available was a real plus. There was even a rolling cooler that made it easy to enjoy a picnic on the beach. We would definitely stay again!
|cleaning||£160 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£240|
|Pet Fee||£80 + Tax|
For Summer Season & Holiday weeks, FULL WEEK requests are preferred unless it is a few weeks before arrival. Rental weeks are normally from SUNDAY to SUNDAY (particularly during peak summer seasons). Monthly rates are available upon request. Check in-4 pm/Check out-11 am (EST)
Rates include linens, bath towels & 6 beach towels, 6 -8 beach chairs, umbrella, cart & beach toys & rafts; starter supply of paper towels, TP, detergents & soaps.
There are 2 Kuerig coffee makers that take K-cups (1 in kitchen & 1 on middle level coffee station). There is also a regular 12 cup drip coffee maker on the top level that uses #4 cone filters. The fully-equipped kitchen also has a Crock Pot, small Fry Daddy, & electric hand mixer.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.