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Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Private 2 bed/1 bath cottage on waterfront property w/dock (sleeps 4-6)

Come spend a magical vacation with us and enjoy our comfortable cottage on Santa Rosa Sound. Close enough to town, shopping, and beaches, but off the beaten track away from the heavy tourist traffic. Our nest is a private home with a soundfront beach and dock where you can enjoy playing with your pooch, swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, and watching beautiful sunsets along Santa Rosa Sound. The cottage provides a complete kitchen, with large coffee maker, coffee grinder, full sized refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, blender, and cooking utensils, etc. Entertainment includes a digital TV and high speed internet via Wifi. Each bedroom has a queen bed, and we can provide extra mattresses for adults or children. We recently added an outdoor patio and grill, and guests are welcome to use the deck and patio on the waterfront as well. See the photos for more perspective. We have a range of water toys for your use, from sit-on-top kayaks to a paddleboard.

Enjoy the good life at the ShipAhoy Nest right on the edge of the Sound, and leave your worries behind.

Keywords: Cottage, Waterfront, Santa Rosa Sound

More Details

Steve Shippee
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2017

About Steve Shippee

Meet Steve and Tara: he is a marine biologist involved in marine wildlife response, and studies the dolphins in Choctwahatchee Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. She is a child development counselor and therapist. Our goal is to make our quaint cottage on the Sound into a special place where our guests can enjoy a relaxing time viewing wildlife and appreciating the natural beauty of this waterfront hideaway. We are happy to show visitors around by kayak, canoe, and boat!

Steve Shippee purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Steve Shippee chose North West Florida

The ShipAhoy Nest is a very quaint cottage situated along the unspoiled stretch of Santa Rosa Sound just between Fort Walton Beach and Navarre. The property is naturally landscaped and well maintained. The dock is accessible by boat, making this an ideal location for vacationers desiring to bring their own watercraft. Trailer parking is available, and a very good public boat ramp is less than three miles away. We have a small fleet of kayaks, a paddleboard, and canoe that you are free to enjoy. We provide departure housekeeping, cable TV, Blue-ray DVD, high speed internet, and a Bluetooth stereo.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage has room to cook and relax, a private setting with ample parking, overhanging oak and hickory trees, and easy access to the waterfront at an affordable price. This is the perfect little getaway nest for a couple or small family that doesn't want a large house for a short stay. We can share our smaller bungalow house for any overflow guests, that is right on the water, with really great views. We treat our guests as family - just one stay and you will always remember the good life on Santa Rosa Sound. We cherish developing lasting friendships and hope that our guests come back time and again to enjoy our natural oasis of old-time Florida Panhandle. We are off the beaten track, but close enough to the attractions that you get the best of both worlds.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(24 traveller reviews)

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Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews

great place, as advertised

  • 5 of 5

It was great to find a place that is NOT part of the condo universe. The hosts are really great people. Having the kayaks/ canoes available is fantastic. I would stay here again next time we're in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we loved our stay at the cottage

  • 5 of 5

we had a great experience with Steve the owner while booking, staying, and leaving the property. he was very fast to reply and gave very detailed explanations to our questions. the Home is very cute, just like staying at a camp near the water. the Santa Rosa Sound is literally 10-20 steps from the front porch with beautiful views and clear water! they seem to be pet lovers, we got to meet their dog Cooper and our dog loved meeting him and playing. He checked in on us during our stay to make sure everything was going well, we thought that a great gesture as Hosts. It is right off of the highway but you cannot hear a thing going on except the wind in the trees and the birds. The Cottage was fully stocked with appliances and necessities. We love Destin and The Destin Inlet and Harbor Walk it only look us about 10-15 minutes to get there, which was ideal for us. We plan to go back to the cottage many more times, it really is a hidden gem! not to mention the price was great as well for what you get. It seemed to be a very safe area as well with a great dog park right down the road, we felt safe and at home our entire stay ! we cannot say enough great things about this location and its owners

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage with easy access to all the major destinations

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our week at the cottage and meeting with Steve. Charming interior with all the necessities of home. Definitely returning for future stays and would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Quiet Stay

  • 5 of 5

The owners are wonderful and do everything they can to make you feel at home. Our little family (with 2 small boys) really enjoyed being close enough to do everything we wanted but far enough out to rest comfortably. The house is a little dated and wouldn't be ideal for someone wanting upscale modern finishing but is very home like and cozy at the same time. My boys (6 & 3) really enjoyed swimming by the dock and watching the fish, crabs, etc when not swimming. Will be returning when we visit FL again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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This place was great. Will definitely try to stay here every time we go on vacation. Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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Great hideaway from the crowds!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the little cottage by the sound! Steve and Tara were fantastic hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. The walk to the waterfront was always enjoyable, meeting their pooch Cooper, and listening to the birds in the trees. We got use of kayaks, a paddleboard, and canoe so we could go along the sound and discover natural places with lots of wildlife and some pretty fun inshore fishing. We also caught a few redfish right off the dock. We highly recommend this cottage and know we will return again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
VPS - Northwest Florida Regional (Niceville/Eglin)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Yummies Hibachi Steakhouse
Nearest Motorway
Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Arby's; MacDonalds; Subway; Yummies Hibachi
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Navarre Beach
Car: necessary

The Shipahoy nest is a private setting along Santa Rosa Sound with ample waterfront and grassy lawns for your relaxation. A quaint cottage is located 1 mile from Hurlburt AFB, and 11 miles from the sparkling beaches of Navarre. The bustling town of Fort Walton Beach lies 4 miles east, followed by the sugar white sands of Okaloosa Island, and then Destin just 15 miles further away. If you seek a peaceful hideaway, you will find it at the ShipAhoy Nest.

Ask to borrow our kayaks or canoe, or bring your own! There are numerous types of fish to catch off the docks, or from a kayak. The opposite side of the sound is undeveloped preservation lands belonging to Eglin AFB, and is mostly closed to the public except for the shoreline. Natural fringing marsh and submerged vegetation lines the shoreline, and wildlife is abundant. If you enjoy birdwatching, this is great place to fill some of your life list. We regularly see ospreys, herons, brown pelicans, blue jays, cardinals, purple martins, and hummingbirds. Part of the year, we also enjoy spotting kingfishers, bald eagles, and white pelicans. Bottlenose dolphins are regular visitors in Santa Rosa Sound, and are more common during late summer and fall just off our dock.

There's no better place to enjoy a beautiful Northwest Florida sunset than from our waterfront. We have a great view of the night skies and full moons; watching watercraft and barges passing quietly by on the sound; and hearing the roar of thunderboats as they zoom down the Intracoastal. With advance notice, we are happy to plan a boating excursion on one of our own vessels.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fishing Rodeo
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £26.42
Cleaning £33.97 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £150.98
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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