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The French Cottage, Steps from Atlantic & Pineapple Grove!

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 30 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Delray Beach - The French Cottage

2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom historic cottage approximately 1 mile to the beach!

Due to demand, we have already put up our 2018 calendar for your convenience. 2017 is booking up so hurry up and don't wait!

Your home for the next few days or longer is the Florida of the past with the amenities of today all within short walking distance to Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Tennis Center and of course the beach! Upon your arrival, and after you've parked your car or two on our offstreet driveway, you can decide if you want to catch a Delray Downtowner FREE golf cart to the beach, a tennis match at the end of the block or attend one of the many festivals downtown throughout the year like The Delray Affair, Wine & Seafood Festival or the Delray Beach Festival of the Arts now in it's 26th year!

However, none of this would matter unless you had a nice, quiet, comfortable place to lay your head. That's why we have two brand new king and queen size BeautyRest mattresses to sleep a total of 4 people in our 1100sq.ft home.

The king size bed sits in the master bedroom with it's own walk in closet. The smaller 2nd bedroom has a queen size bed and storage for your belongings as well.

There is one full bath and one half bathroom for your convenience with hair dryer included.

In our living room sits a beautiful like new L shaped couch ready to welcome the tired travel for a Sunday morning nap, watching your favorite TV show or movie on our HDTV with BluRay DVD player, surfing the web with our 50MB download speed WiFI network or just shutting all that off and reading a book. It's your vacation, it's your choice!

If you like to cook, we've got you covered! In addition to the usual appliances we provide all dishes, flatware, utensils, pots/pans, bowls & measuring spoons (for pancakes!) toaster and coffee maker. If you're missing something for your meal like the gravy boat or that lemon zester, let us know and maybe we can help out! And yes, of course there's a grill!;) You are after all on vacation. Also, what better way to start your day with breakfast on the veranda, birds chirping, coffee brewing and the most difficult decision you're going to have to face all day is, 'Where are we going for lunch after the beach?'

Let's face it, you're going to have to wash those swim suits as well and that's not a problem with the full-size washer and dryer less than a year old. All linens are provided which include fresh clean bedding, bath, and beach towels too. You didn't think we were going to make you bring that did you? Oh and we've had a full landscape done that's growing in nicely!

The French Cottage is more than just wood, metal and stone…it's our home that we've decided to share with you, likeminded travelers who aren't looking for the buffet lines, the hotel bars and the awkward elevator silence, people who are looking to experience the locale and truly live like a local. Book your stay now, before someone else does! We look forward to seeing you. John & Lori McCormack

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John McCormack
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Hospitality, Warmth & Professionalism!
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Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2016
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About John McCormack

My wife Lori and I are full-time Delray Beach residents and live right down the street from The French Cottage. We're continually trying to update and improve our home for ourselves and our guests. We recently had new siding, paint, flooring and tile installed on the veranda. When we're not working you can usually find us out and about with our 2 dogs in Delray Beach (we rarely leave) whether it's the beach, Lake Ida dog park, Atlantic Avenue or out west at the Delray MarketPlace. We love to travel in our spare time and have had the privilege of visiting Copenhagen, Berlin, Barcelona, UK, Prague and the Netherlands as well as frequenting Lori's hometown of Asheville, NC. And what goes hand in hand better than travel? Food of course! We're both definitely foodies and will be more than happy to assist with local recommendations and would actually be offended if you didn't ask us where to go;)

John McCormack purchased this house in 2009

Why John McCormack chose Palm Beach County

If given the choice again, we still would have picked Delray Beach to call home and it looks like we're not the only ones as our quaint little beach town has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, Coastal Living and also voted 'Most Fun Small Town in America' by Rand McNally and USA Today.

You know how they say to never buy the first house you look at? Well, we couldn't be happier about that decision because one look and we fell in love. If you appreciate character, history and charm this house has it. It was originally built in 1930 and is a historic property but don't let the unassuming outside fool you because it's been fully remodeled with new electric, A/C, plumbing, and cherry wood floors and has all the modern amenities you might desire on your South Florida vacation! Wondering where the name came from? Well, we liked to pay a little homage to the previous owner who did a great job renovating the property and we feel like we must carry on with the improvements to this living piece of Delray Beach history.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location! We're two blocks from Atlantic Avenue, just over a mile from the beach and only one block away from the beautiful Delray Beach International Tennis Center. Close enough but also far away enough from bustling downtown Atlantic Avenue. When you arrive here, put the car keys away because everything is within walking distance or a short relaxing bike ride away! Or if you prefer, just call our friends at the Delray Downtowner who provide FREE! eco-friendly golf cart rides within the entire downtown area. Let's face it, you could stay at a hotel but why pay twice the price for half the space? If you're looking for a unique experience dealing with real locals, we're here to help. We'd love to share our insider tips, knowledge and local pride in our 'Village by the Sea'


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

The French Cottage, Steps from Atlantic & Pineapple Grove!
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Concierge Experience without the Concierge Price

  • 5 of 5

Located two blocks from Atlantic Avenue and less than a mile from I-95 in a historic and diverse neighborhood in Delray Beach, the French Cottage is clean and comfortable. Well cared for, well decorated, well manicured, and well appointed, our family of four quickly fell into calling it home. The property was stocked with everything we needed and we enjoyed the chic decor, the new appliances, the reliable hot water, and the capable air conditioner. We were always comfortable, rain or shine.

We made abundant use of the included beach chairs and became professionals at snagging the perfect parking space on Delray Beach located 1.4 miles away. We enjoyed many restaurants and shops on Atlantic Avenue, most of which were a short half mile away. Due to the summer temperature, we generally elected to drive, but always found free parking in close proximity to our intended destination on Atlantic Avenue.

The French Cottage served as a worthy home base for a month as we traveled all over South and Central Florida--Disney World (2 hours and 38 minutes), Everglades National Park (1 hour and 38 minutes), Fort Lauderdale (31 minutes), Islamorada (2 hours and 25 minutes), Key Largo (1 hour and 56 minutes), Miami (1 hour), Vero Beach (1 hour and 30 minutes), and of course, all the beautiful beach towns near Delray Beach itself. Regardless of how short or long our journey, we always returned to the French Cottage and found it felt like home.

The French Cottage specifically shines when one considers the absolute top notch hospitality of the owners, John and Lori. Before and after the transaction, and during our stay, John's communication was helpful, friendly, professional, and extremely responsive. The morning after we arrived, John called to welcome us to town and offer some timely last minute suggestions for our stay (this was on top of the already stellar local guide John sent prior to our arrival). While we were there, John was only a text message away and always polite, friendly, and helpful.

John and Lori take special pride in the special touches they add to their guest's stay--from the treats in the refrigerator upon arrival to the helpful signage placed just where you need it, to the fun challenges to help you get to know Delray Beach. A stay in the French Cottage feels like a concierge experience without the concierge price.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nathan, Lori and I are so very happy everyone enjoyed themselves:-) Reading reviews like this and knowing our guests have made some great new memories is what the French Cottage is all about! It was a pleasure hosting you and your family and we hope to see you back again one day soon :-) You guys are hardchargers! Now get some rest ;-)
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Great in town place

  • 5 of 5

The French Cottage is an excellent in town headquarters to explore all Delray Beach has to offer. The house is completely modernized with all conveniences, appliances, cleanliness, and manicured grounds. It is a well kempt house and yard. Being in a historic section of Delray, yet close to everything, it has a mix of local and tourist culture. We enjoyed our stay in this oasis and were able to access everything on Atlantic Avenue.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you were able to take a little break here with us, you deserve it! You're right, the French Cottage is ideally located and as we like to say, "close enough but also far enough away from downtown as well" The backyard has also become our favorite feature with the newly installed brick pavers. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and for taking care of our home!
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Perfect Place to Stay in Delray Beach

  • 5 of 5

We met John & Lori last March 2015. They are a lovely couple who gave us a lot of information about the French Cottage. When we arrived in March 2016, we were not at all surprised that the French Cottage was what they had described. We were very pleased. The cottage was very comfortable, spacious, clean and nicely furnished. There was nothing missing, it was well stocked. The patio is lovely and very private with beautiful landscaping surrounding the cottage.

The location to Atlantic Blvd. is a short walk, a lovely stroll down the boulevard to the beach passing many restaurants and shops.

Our experience at the French Cottage was wonderful, we had a great time in Delray Beach and John & Lori were very helpful with information of activities happening in Delray.

We would recommend the French Cottage to anyone. In fact, we look forward to our stay at the French Cottage next March.

Lewis & Marilyn

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We never get tired of reading our guest's kind words:-) Taking care of our guests is what we enjoy doing every single day:-) You guys were the ideal guests and we're exciting for your next stay with us! Agreed, the covered patio is one of our favorite parts of the home as well. Nothing better than being able to sit out there with your morning coffee or tea and read. The countdown begins for your next stay!
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The French Cottage, Delray Beach is the perfect home from home.

  • 5 of 5

It had wonderful bedrooms including lots of clothes hangers, large living room and everything was provided in the excellently equipped kitchen. The setting was lovely, a great back yard with gas grill, table and chairs and a large patio. It was a short walk to Atlantic Avenue where there are all the restaurants, art galleries and small stores you could ask for. Publix supermarket and Walgreens drug store are also a walk away (unless you have heavy shopping bags). The ocean was around a mile and half walk. We are in our seventies and we were able to walk everywhere.

We would highly recommend the French Cottage to anyone and we have already booked our next stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay, we're so happy you've chosen to stay at the French Cottage again! We just wish you didn't have to wait so long:-). Thank you for the kind words! We try to insure we've thought of all the amenities for your home away from home and hope we've achieved that. It's a pleasure to have guests and travelers like you and welcome to the French Cottage family:-) We can't wait to have you again!
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No problems with stay at French Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We were very comfortable at the Cottage. John McCormick was always available and ready to help us with any questions we had. Enjoy your stay if you are going.

Al and Faith Z.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you chose to stay with us Al and Faith. It was a pleasure hosting you and hope to see you again one day soon!
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wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

The French Cottage was nice and welcoming as were the owners, John and Lori. Extremely clean, well-maintained and nicely planned. Perfect for the two of us. Plenty of room. It was an extra benefit having the use of the patio/backyard and porch area. Would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We must admit, we never get tired of hearing such kind words and it was a treat to have you:-) We're so glad you enjoyed the new brick paver patio we just had installed. We only wish we did it sooner! Thanks for taking care of our home and we most definitely look forward to seeing you again!
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Palm Beach International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
O'Conner's Pub
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Delray Yacht Cruises
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Gulf Stream Golf Club
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Ziree Thai & Sushi
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
Delray Beach
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
May - November 2016
1 May 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
December 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
Februaury 2017
1 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
27 night minimum stay
for 27 nights
March 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May - November 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
December 2017
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
February 2018
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
27 night minimum stay
for 27 nights
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May - November 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
December 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Departure Cleaning £102
Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Tax Rate 12.0%

As shown in calendar, January - February are monthly rental only. Cleaning fees are not refundable deposits.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Delray Beach in Florida South Atlantic Coast

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Second Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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