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Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue


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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound
average rating of 4.4166665 based on 12 reviews


  • 4 of 5

The cottage was cozy and comfortable.

Steve and Tara were friendly, helpful and gracious.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Corpus Christi, Tx

Great property

  • 5 of 5

Great place, loved it! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views and easy water access- everything we needed

  • 4 of 5

Clean and host was helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed the waterfront

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shipahoy rentals

  • 4 of 5

It was a relaxing, peaceful stay. We enjoyed the long boardwalk and dock.

And the property is very convenient to Navarre, FWB, and Destin. Thank you for your hospitality Steve.

Tom Potteiger

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a peaceful cozy cottage nestled under beautiful trees.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very helpful and friendly. The cottage is located away from the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic but still close enough to several beaches so that you may enjoy attractions. The cottage has everything you need for cooking and is located near several restaurants. We would stay here again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was more than described, it's peaceful and quiet and very pretty. Steve met us when we arrived and gave us some great advice on what to do and when to do it as to avoid traffic! :) Cooper was there to welcome us as well, and my two girls LOVED him (the dog :)). The house was perfect size for the 4 of us, my husband, and 2 14 year olds. It had everything you could possibly need, including a coffee grinder which was a HUGE bonus since I accidentally brought full bean coffee :). The house is just a very short walk to the water with beautiful views of the sound. Thanks so much to Steve for sharing his property and vast knowledge of the area with us to make our vacation perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • 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

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £154.61
Pet Fee £27.06
Cleaning £34.79 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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