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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 August, 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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(19 traveller reviews)

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Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound
average rating of 4.631579 based on 19 reviews

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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The Real Florida

  • 5 of 5

Cute place for those who prefer to be away from the busy, crowded and commercialized beaches, yet like to enjoy at stay at the water. The views from the deck and dock are absolutely stunning. We appreciated that we were invited to use the kajaks and canoe as well as sit anywhere by the water's edge, i.e., the Santa Rosa Sound. We liked the mature trees and bushes, too. It was very relaxing and a comfortable place for a family gathering.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like staying with friends

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is clean and comfortable and well supplied...no running to the store because you booked a fancy condo that was left bare. It's like staying at a friend's place. Plenty of parking, pets welcome, right on the water, and outstanding hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten path

  • 5 of 5

Quaint cottage on the Santa Rosa sound. Cottage was well supplied with everything we needed throughout our stay. Especially enjoyed the postcard quality view from the deck. It is a perfect shady and breezy location to settle down after a long day. The cottage is several miles from the beaches, so, it is certainly close enough to be at the beach with a short but scenic drive, and at the same time avoid the constant beach traffic. No issues during our stay other than having to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week! Thank you so much! It was awesome to wake up and see the sunrise by the water, and enjoy it with our dogs. It was a stress free week, and Steve was very welcoming. We will definitely be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage is very clean and has a cute layout.

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at the cottage. It is in a good location where you are not only in driving distance to several beaches, you can walk out to the back yard and swim by the dock. Steve is super nice and gives you use of not only his dock but his canoes and other beach toys. I will definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking to visit the area!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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
Indian Summer
14 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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

Cleaning Fee £34.96
Pet Fee £27.19
Damage Deposit £155.38

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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