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Aug/Sep Pay 4 nts, Get 1 FREE! Fenced, Gated, Renovated, Clean, beachy colors

Bedrooms 3
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue


About the property

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

Aug/Sep Pay 4 nights, Get 1 FREE is good for new reservations starting on May 17, 2017 ...


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 bead board 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

Glenn Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gulf Beaches in Eastpoint

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Aug/Sep Pay 4 nts, Get 1 FREE! Fenced, Gated, Renovated, Clean, beachy colors
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Fabulous Perfect Trip

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this home was fabulous. House is cute and spotless. Perfect for our dogs, shady and fenced. Easy walk to beach. TV in every bedroom. Booking process very easy, everything explained in detail. Stay here you will love it!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much! We appreciate very much your wonderful compliments and your Spring stay at our beach cottage! Please come back one day as we'd love to host a return stay!
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Such a gem! My husband, daughter and I spend a Christmas week in this cozy, beautifully appointed beach cottage. Everything from check in to check out was a breeze. As foodies, we brought everything we would need for our meals, only to find Island Secret has it all. We will definitely be back to St. George Island and we can only hope that Island Secret will be available! This is the perfect spot to spend any occasion! Thank you Glenn and Lawson for sharing your little piece of paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your compliments of our beach cottage! We are so thankful for you and we look forward to your return sometime in the future! Your beach friends, Glenn and Lawson
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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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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, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
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
Changeover Day: Saturday
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. NO EXTRA FEES! Cleaning, clean linens, & bath towels included!

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Special Offers

Portable wifi hotspot

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