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Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Steve Shippee
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 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.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Peaceful Hideaway on Santa Rosa Sound
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews
Atlanta, Ga
5

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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5

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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5

Thanks

  • 5 of 5

We loved being able to walk out to the water and fish

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great!

  • 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
5

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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4

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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Location

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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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
£344
for 3 nights
From
£102
£590
 
 
Fishing Rodeo
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£365
for 4 nights
From
£82
£529
£1,102
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£406
for 3 nights
From
£123
 

Additional pricing information

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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