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Beachy, Clean, Newly renovated, close to beach and bay park, Fenced and gated!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Gulf Beaches - Island Secret

3 Bed/2 BA, 2nd floor deck, screen porch, park grill, outdoor shower, fish sink


Truly an 'Island Secret'! Very 'BEACHY' & fun coastal cottage with beautiful upgrades throughout! Only 4 rows of homes between you and the beach! A short walk to the beach boardwalk located only a football field and a half away, (150 yards), at the end of 8th Street! Enjoy the lush & knarled coastal oaks on our 2nd floor deck or screened porch! When we have 10-15 knot winds from the south you'll enjoy listening to the ocean waves. Complete privacy from neighbors!

Our new & fully stocked kitchen offers stylish quartz solid-surface counters, under mount sink, white beadboard cabinets, and new appliances!

The kitchen, dining, and comfortable living areas are all open to each other and overlook the deck & island vegetation.

Each room in the house is a fun coastal color! You're at the beach on an island and on vacation! Two bedrooms and one bath are upstairs along with one bedroom and one bath conveniently located downstairs on the ground floor with a separate entrance. Perfect for multiple couples wanting a bit of privacy or adult children! There is a large laundry room with a washer and dryer located downstairs too!

You have a extra large private hot/cold outdoor shower, park style charcoal grill, and a new fish cleaning sink & table located downstairs. Plenty of parking for your boat and cars, all within the privacy and security of a 16' wide gate and a fully fenced yard! Yes, we love your 4-legged children and are pet friendly! You'll love the securely fenced & gated property for your dogs!

A short walk away is Regatta Park! This is a bay front park that offers parking, covered picnic tables, park style grills, a white sandy beach nestled on a cove, and a kayak launch site!

Glenn & Lawson Smith would be honored to have you as guests at our 'Island Secret'! Please email us or call Glenn on his cell phone for further questions or to arrange your wonderful vacation on an island paradise!

(NOTE: When inquiring through VRBO, Glenn will promptly reply to you from his personal email address). Sorry no group gatherings allowed, even for day use, beyond the maximum occupancy of 6 people.

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

Glenn Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 November, 2016
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About Glenn Smith

Island Greetings, Friends! We both grew up around Tallahassee where we still live today and started enjoying nearby St. George Island as kids since the '60's. My wife has fond memories of the island while visiting her family's beach house on East Gorrie. Oh my, have things changed! Fortunately, with 16 of the island's 27 miles preserved along with low density zoning & height restrictions, our island will remain pristine.

I have fond memories during Middle School in the mid-70's of a buddy & I camping for a week at a time on the beach at the end of the island, without a tent, miles from the nearest house, long before the state park existed.

Our first experience of building on the island was in 2004 when we custom built our dream home, a large 4 story beachy home with all the resort amenities imaginable. We later sold the home and desired to create a cozy island vacation experience that is perfect for a small family or couples that want an affordable get-a-way. The 2nd time around is the best, 'Island Secret'!

Lawson is a 4th generation FSU graduate and lifelong teacher while Glenn enjoyed hospitality in a 25 year airline & travel agency career. Both careers allowed us to serve others & to understand peoples needs.

Our family of 7 enjoys boating around the area, shelling, and spending time together on an island that they also grew up on!

We'd love for you to create memories too & experience St. George Island in a laid back setting and a relaxed island atmosphere.

Thank You for viewing our page! We hope that you'll be our guest at Island Secret!

Glenn & Lawson Smith

Glenn Smith purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Glenn Smith chose Florida

We purchased this property as we love beach cottages! Not everyone wants to spend a small fortune for a short vacation. Why pay more?! Whether you're a couple, several couples, or a small family, you'll find everything you need at Island Secret in a fun and beachy surrounding!

What makes this cottage unique

Our family fell in love with this property because of it's privacy among native island vegetation and still being so close to the beach where you can enjoy the sounds of the waves. You can have family-or-friends time on the deck without seeing a neighboring house.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Beachy, Clean, Newly renovated, close to beach and bay park, Fenced and gated!
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Family of four and our four legged son give Island Secret two thumbs up!

  • 4 of 5

I can't say enough about this happy place! We've been visiting SGI for years and have rented other properties. This by far is our favorite. The owner was so easy to work with, accommodating and gracious! The decor is such fun bright colors. The kitchen is so well stocked and spacious. We loved the back deck and ate most of our meals out there. The outdoor shower was our favorite one to use. We enjoyed the grill area and made smores and enjoyed the space. My teenager loved her downstairs space. What we loved the most is we were able to bring our dog and knew the fenced in area was available. We look forward to making many more memories at Island Secret!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your compliments of our little cottage! We're so glad that there was a place for everyone in your family to enjoy. We look forward to you returning one day to our island and cottage! Glenn and Lawson
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Such a happy place

  • 5 of 5

My best friend and I were excited to get down to the beach for our own spring break. We knew it would be fun but Island Secret made it even better than we could have ever expected. The place is absolutely adorable......fun colors, comfortable decor......great outdoor space (a deck upstairs, a screened porch off the downstairs bedroom, and a sitting area by the grill). The kitchen had everything we could have wanted. We didn't miss a beach view at all and enjoyed our secluded little hide-a-way. Shade is a wonderful thing after a day on the beach. We were only several blocks from a small park on the bay and that was a excellent place to view sunset. The extra bedroom downstairs gave us a chance to "be together" and yet have our own privacy. I am sure we will be back....hopefully very soon! Thank you Glenn and Lawson Smith for making this place FABULOUS!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your review! We're so thrilled that you discovered and enjoyed our little cottage! Not everyone wants to spend an enormous sum of money for accommodations. However, guests do want cleanliness, an updated place, a well stocked home, and a home that is personally & meticulously well taken care of by owners who live nearby. Thanks again for coming to our beach cottage! We hope to hear from you again!
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Madison, Wisconsin

Island Secret is our island favorite!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have visited Saint George Island for many years. We have rented many different homes on the island, and "Island Secret" is at the top of the list! In only one other case have I rented a house directly from the owner, rather than from a management company, and my experience then was also wonderful. When that house was sold, I had to look for something new, and Island Secret fit the bill perfectly!

Let me first tell you something about the owners, Glenn and Lawson. I have never worked with kinder people. I originally rented Island Secret for two months. When our 90-year-old father was diagnosed with cancer, I realized that it would be impossible to be away in Florida for 2 months. Foolishly, I had no traveler's insurance, and was by agreement committed to the house for 8 weeks. But Glenn was amazing. He set out to re-rent the house for February, which, thank heavens, he succeeded in doing. He then put up with all of my deliberations about whether or not we could make it to the house for any part of January. He did this with a rare compassion that we will not forget. Once we were at the house, the belt on the clothes dryer broke. We were prepared to make this simple repair ourselves, but before we knew it, Glenn had arrived with not only a new dryer but a new washing machine! "Responsive" is too mild a term for this kind of service! Throughout our stay, Glenn stayed in touch. We so appreciated this connection.

As for the house itself, it is charming. No, there are no giant master suites with sweeping views of the Gulf. What you have instead is a cozy, impeccably clean, brightly decorated, happy beach bungalow. The bedrooms are snug, but this added to the charm. The main living areas are spacious and bright, and there is a lovely deck that opens to the tree tops, the sound of birds singing, and in winter, the amazing sound of the surf as it is carried over the island. As a writer, this was the perfect, private retreat for me. We also found the kitchen to be amazingly generous in all aspects; it lacked absolutely nothing.

We loved the location of the house, nestled in the part of the island that serves as a year-round home for many. I met most of the neighbors as I walked West Pine, made friends-- both human and feline--and enjoyed popping over to the beach to watch the sunrise. Next door is the "botanical garden" and charming compound that belongs to the owners, a sweet bonus! Thank you, Glenn and Lawson!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We can't thank you enough for your very generous & heart-warming compliments and kind words. It was a blessing to get to know you and also that you were able to stay at our little beach cottage! Thanks again! We have never and will never forget you! Glenn and Lawson
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Loved this hidden gem near the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Island Secret was the perfect fit for my husband and I, our children, and my parents. My parents enjoyed the separation and privacy of the "granny flat" on the ground floor. The TVs were all good sized flat screens and the internet was fast and powerful. We've been coming to SGI for years and I've never stayed at a cleaner and more spotless home. It was beachy, updated, comfortable, and a short 2 blocks to the beach boardwalk. It was nice to be away from the busy road and activity while enjoying the wooded privacy and quiet serenity of this fenced and gated place. We loved the sunsets at the park on the bay about a block away! My mom and I craved over the extremely well stocked kitchen which even supplied multiple spices! Thank You for sharing your home! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for spending your Spring Break at Island Secret! We're very happy that you enjoyed our cottage and the island! We look forward to your return!
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Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to stay for month of Feb. 2016 for a month, just the two of us with our two beach loving dogs. We loved the setup at Island Secret for us and the dogs. It was perfect. Glenn was an excellent host, helpful and kind. We tried almost all of the places he recommended and liked them all. "Hole in the Wall" became out favorite hang out and the oysters were amazing. Fun place. We like to support local places with local owners.

We have booked Island Secret again and will be looking forward to coming back as soon as we can. Great time of year, we loved walking on the beach and the dogs loved it too. We enjoyed our time alone at the cottage as well. It is private and peaceful. Thanks Glenn. Lucy and Tom from Gwynns Island, Va.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your kind words! We're so blessed that you chose our cottage for the month of February as it was a perfect fit! The winter is our favorite time of year as well, and also for our dogs! We're excited about your return reservation! Thank You for choosing our private little cottage as your island retreat! Sincerely, Glenn and Lawson
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Beachy Rental with Dog-Friendly Fenced Yard, but not 5 Star

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at Island Secret from about February 1-17, 2015 and really appreciated the fenced yard as our German Shepherd was with us. The rental renovation had recently been completed with granite kitchen countertops and tile backsplash and the rooms were colorfully painted and decorated in a beachy fashion. We enjoyed the deck off the living room. Most dishes, silverware and glasses were new and there were plenty of cooking utensils. Spices and condiments were also available.

Island Secret is nestled in the woods, located between the bay and the Gulf, and is about four normal city blocks walk to the beach and five blocks to the bay. You can't see either the bay or the Gulf. A nice outdoor shower and fish cleaning station are available. Garbage is collected twice a week.

When we were there in the first half of February 2015, Internet service was generally poor and we frequently got bumped off, which was frustrating. Immediately before we arrived at Island Secret, we had stayed at Rosemary (another rental nearby) for a month and did not have problems with the Internet there, so it appeared to us these problems were unique to Island Secret and not due to the Internet provider.

The upstairs bedrooms are very small with little room between the bed and walls. You have to go down the outside stairway to get to the ground-level bedroom. Fortunately no one had to stay in this lower bedroom as it was both cold and dark when we were there in early February . Presumably this wouldn't be a problem during other times of the year. When we stayed at Island Secret, there were no window coverings for the sliding glass doors at the lower-level bedroom, although it looks out through the screened porch and into the woods. There is a laundry room before you enter the lower bedroom.

Both bathrooms were very basic and small and the ground-level bathroom only had a curtain, rather than a door into the bedroom.

Glenn was very helpful, although he had no solution for the poor Internet.

Island Secret is a newly decorated house with several nice features, but with the limitations of the small bedrooms and bathrooms and the poor Internet service; we do not feel this rental deserves a 5-star rating. It is too tiny and cramped for a longer stay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for your stay a year ago, back in February of 2015! We are appreciative that you remember our small beautifully renovated cottage along with the value that it provides! We're pleased that you liked the extensive kitchen renovations, the cottage's beachy decor, the privacy among native vegetation, our large and private outdoor shower, fish cleaning table and sink, etc... Since the time of your stay, we have completed many additional upgrades and changes. One of the upgrades from last year, (summer of 2015), that we are happy to report, is the installation of a mini split HVAC unit to enhance the central heat and air downstairs. Many of our guests enjoy the privacy of a separate entrance for the downstairs bedroom and bath, along with the convenience of being on the ground floor. As noted in our VRBO listing, this is especially beneficial for multiple couples or families with teens and adult kids. I'm sorry that you had an internet problem. As with Rosemary, the home that I manage and that we worked well together with for your month stay prior to your 2 weeks at Island Secret, I call Mediacom if there's an issue and they come out to the home promptly. We have never had a report of an internet outage or slow service, but if/when we do, I will jump on it immediately as I do with the other beach homes that I manage. Being located on the south side of quiet Pine Street grants island tranquility while being only a short 2 blocks to the beach and bay. We are pleased to post an aerial photo on our listing to highlight our location along with our close proximity to both the beach and bay. We understand that a small cozy cottage is not for everyone. We truly hope that all visitors to SGI find their perfect beach paradise. With the elapsed time of one year between your stay and your review, we'd love for you to stop by our cottage so that we can show you our changes, upgrades, a refresher in our proximity to the beach and bay, etc... Thank You for being one of our first and treasured guests! Glenn and Lawson
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Tallahassee or Panama City
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Club

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gulf Beaches, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 Aug 2016 - 24 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 May 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Aug 2017 - 23 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Feb 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 May 2018 - 3 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 9.0%

*During Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Years holidays, and Spring Break we have a 5 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENT. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY allowed is 6 people.

We accept checks only & a personal check is fine. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. 50% deposit due within 10 days of a reservation w/ the final 50% by 30 days prior to arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gulf Beaches, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bath with large window, new handicap toilet & sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground level bath with shower & new handicap toilet & sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Corner bedroom with 2 windows, closet, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 'Tame Teal' bedroom with closet & flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Ground floor with bath, flat screen TV & screen porch access
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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