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"A Glimpse of Heaven" Gulf Views! Steps to Sand! Private Quiet Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,003 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8, 4 patios w/comfortable, casual coastal interior!

Get "A Glimpse of Heaven" at our 3-story beach house vacation rental in Carillon Beach - A Village by the Sea!

Relax and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and the pleasant surroundings in a safe and secure, private 24-hour, gated community.

We have beautiful gulf views where you can hear the waves and see the water from our 2nd and 3rd floor balconies. Our vacation rental is located on Beachside Drive, as close to beachfront without being on the beach! We are just steps away from the white, sugary sands - 2 houses to the nearest dune walkover!!


● Open family/living room with access to the large front porch and outdoor seating

● Well-appointed kitchen with all the conveniences you would expect in your own home

● Dining area seats 6 to 8, plus additional seating at the breakfast bar

● Family room has 48" LED HDTV with Blu-Ray player and video library

● Comcast Xfinity TV (including ESPN)

● High-speed Internet/Wi-Fi

● Convenient 1st floor Guest bedroom en suite with a Queen size bed

● Full-size bathroom with stand-up shower

● Closet, ceiling fan, TV and DVR

● Perfect for parents or in-laws (no stairs to climb)


● Spacious Master bedroom with King size bed

● Large private balcony with gulf views and outdoor seating

● Master bath has separate shower, Jacuzzi tub, and double vanity

● Ceiling fan, closet, TV and DVR

● 3rd bedroom en suite with Queen size bed and window seat area

● Full-size bath with a tub/shower combination

● Private balcony with patio set, facing rear side of the property

● Closet, ceiling fan, TV and DVR


● Tower has 2 twin beds (plus twin air mattress) and ceiling fan

● Balcony with near 360 degree panoramic view of Carillon Village with amazing gulf views

● Four Adirondack chairs to enjoy the evening sunset or watch dolphins in the morning


● Raised deck with arbor, patio table and chairs to relax outdoors in the shade

● Charcoal grill to enjoy a cookout and dine al fresco with your family and friends

● Outdoor shower with warm and cold water to rinse off after a day at the beach

● Storage closet where you will find spare beach chairs and beach accessories


● Enjoy easy access - No need to load up the car or golf cart and make a long haul

● Less than 50 steps to beach walkover #4 from our property

● Two reserved beach-sets (4 chaise lounges) consisting of double lounge chairs with cushions and umbrella with daily setup and take down service

* Beach-sets available March 1st to Oct 15

** Inclement weather may delay setup or require early take down to prevent injury


● We are just around the corner from the Beach Club pool, on the beachfront, offering plenty of chaise lounges to sunbathe or sit under the cabanas to read a book and enjoy the shade

● Less than 5 minute walk to Lakeside pool, with designated adult-only swim hours

● Less than 5 minute walk to Bellview Park pool (heated in winter) plus a children's pool, playground, tennis courts, basketball court, and grassy play area

● Meeting house/chapel is less than a 5 minute walk

● Carillon Village Market with restaurants, fitness, yoga, bicycle rental, and spa

● Publix & Winn-Dixie supermarkets plus CVS less than 1/4 mile from Carillon entrance

All this and more, our beach house offers "A Glimpse of Heaven" right here on Earth!

PLEASE NOTE: During the peak summer season, maximum stay is 7 nights, with Saturday to Saturday changeover. See calendar for exact dates.




(Must be 26 years or older, proof required)

More Details

Vicki and Bob Thomas
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

About Vicki and Bob Thomas

We are the Thomas Family...Bob and Vicki Thomas, along with 2 daughters. We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We have always dreamed of owning a second home near water, a place where we can escape from our busy lives back in Texas, and R-E-L-A-X!!!

We fell in love with the Emerald Coast of Florida with its beautiful white, sugary sand beaches and clear, refreshing waters plus the nearby lakes. We could not have asked for more. We are very fortunate and blessed to have found our 2nd home in Carillon.

We are very excited about building lasting family memories and to be able to share our beach home with others. We hope that you will be able to build your own lasting memories with your family and friends too.


Vicki and Bob Thomas

Vicki and Bob Thomas purchased this house in 2015

Why Vicki and Bob Thomas chose Panama City Beach

After staying at different locations and visiting several communities along Scenic Highway 30-A , we discovered Carillon. We love the casual, costal living of what we now call 'A Glimpse of Heaven'. It is the perfect size for us and our extended family and friends, with a convenient downstairs 1st floor bedroom and bath for our parents, numerous porches providing additional space to spread out, where we can hear the waves and experience an awesome view of the beach without actually being beachfront property.

The charming feel of the community including the Beach Club Pool that overlooks Carillon's private beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Plus there are 2 additional pools, a gated entrance providing safe, secure and quiet streets where you and the kids can ride bikes, golf carts and play outside (unlike Seaside, Watercolor, Rosemary, or Seacrest).

The location of 'A Glimpse of Heaven' is a short distance (less than 50 steps) to the nearest dune walkover. The beach is QUIET, not to mention beautiful! Nearby Carillon Lake and Powell Lake offers freshwater fishing, paddle boards, boating or skiing. It is more than we could have asked for!

All the homes in Carillon include features like shaded porches that capture the gulf breezes and high-ceilings that create airy rooms full of light. Each home is custom designed by an approved, licensed architect and constructed by an approved, licensed builder. Even though the overall character of the community has been maintained with strict guidelines and quality control, there are no two homes in Carillon alike.

Both homes and amenities in Carillon contribute to weaving a fine community fabric that is functional while being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It is a place where family, neighbors and friends can enjoy the environment and each other, while feeling safe and having a true sense of community. In a word… it is home.

What makes this house unique

We were drawn to our house because of its comfy, casual coastal interior, perfect floor plan, proximity to a private beach consisting of approximately 104 acres and 3900 feet of white, sugary sand bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

Lloyd Vogt, a renowned architect from New Orleans, was engaged to develop our town plan. Lloyds love of historical preservation coupled with his knowledge of traditional urbanism formed the look and feel of what Carillon is today. He knew the plan needed to recognize that a community beside the seashore has different requirements from a typical town layout. It was important that the towns arrangement make the beach accessible both physically and visually. The features and their placement emphasized a sense of community, and were planned to encourage pedestrian, bike, and cart traffic.

Besides the gulf, the plan was designed around two important aspects of Carillon; one natural element and one man made.

● Totally within Carillon is Lake Carillon, a 13 acre fresh water lake. The lake is brimming with local flora and fauna including lily pads, bass, and turtles, as well as an important stopping-off point for migrating ducks and other birds.

● The Carillon bell tower is the center of our community, and all of the roads in Carillon lead to bell tower circle. The bell tower contains 35 bells, and it chimes on the hour during the day; reminiscent of village bells that once rang to announce important local events.

It was important that all homes within Carillon be unique, but also share a similar nature that would become the Carillon style. Along with the masterplan for the community, Lloyd Vogt also developed the architectural guidelines for home design and construction.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sunnyside in Panama City Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2003 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1st Floor Guest Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master Suite Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Master suite -2nd floor - double vanity - large closet
    2nd Floor Guest Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Outdoor shower - Shower Enclosure , Hot & cold water in rear of house
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • 1st Floor Guest Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    2nd Floor Guest Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Crows Nest - 2 Single Bed
  • Twin size air mattress also available
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our standard check-in and check out times are: >Check-in time: 3pm Central >Check-out time: 10am Central Golf Cart rentals available through South Walton Beach Buggy (850)267-2278 or www.sowalbeachbuggys.com (effective 2/21/17, this is the only approved golf cart rental company for Carillon). Must register with Carillon Association prior to arrival. Must be 26 years or older to rent - proof required! We do not rent to college students.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveller reviews)

"A Glimpse of Heaven" Gulf Views! Steps to Sand! Private Quiet Beach!
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Loved it! Adorable home with great vibe. Owners have thought of everything- would absolutely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant experience at A Glimpse of Heaven. The owners were extremely helpful from replacing a broken grill to where we should go for dinner on our first night. The house was a perfect size and well equipped. We will be back soon. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

First off let me say the beach - water and sand were amazing. So much sand and all white. The water has great color there. Also, the beach is very deep so there is plenty of space and being private, makes it even better. The house is wonderful too. We were very comfortable there. One thing I had not read in other reviews is the neighborhood. It's completed gated and we felt so safe there. I think for families this is an added benefit.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tastefully decorated and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we have rented VRBO and it was a wonderful experience. Vicki was very responsive to any questions we had and it was a very simple process to reserve this property, arrive at this property, and to leave this property. Although we didn't want to leave!! The area of Carillon is close to everything you would want, dining, shopping, movies, yet it is exclusive and you feel as you are away from it when at the house. It is a wonderful community for walking, biking or just sitting by the pool. We loved the area and the house was beautiful. The home was also very comfortable and the location was fabulous! We are grateful for the opportunity to stay there and enjoy the ocean!! The name of the home is so appropriate too. It really does provide a "Glimpse of Heaven."

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay at A Glimpse of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at A Glimpse of Heaven for Labor Day week! Even though Hurricane Hermine washed us out a few days, we still enjoyed sitting outside on the covered front porches during the rain. This home was more than accommodating for 6 of us...4 adults and 2 young children. The main level bedroom was perfect for my father-in-law who cannot travel up and down many stairs, and the master bedroom was fabulous with the covered porch. Our kids loved the third floor bedroom( it was a little too warm for me ;), but the cupola was so neat with the panoramic windows. The home furnishings were comfortable and beautiful. The location is perfect...one house over from the crosswalk to the beach and a block from the beach pool. It was stocked with all the kitchen ware you could need, and loved the beach-themed bath and body works soaps in the baths. If you have never stayed at Carillon, you need to! The beach is gorgeous and not crowded like some others. We were all sad to leave and will definitely keep A Glimpse of Heaven on our favorite beach house list!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a great community

  • 5 of 5

We really loved the gated community and the beautiful houses. The community was harmonious without being homogeneous, with some houses being very grand and others understated but luxurious. This one was off of the beach 1 block but due to a break in the beach side houses, we could see the gulf from the master bedroom balcony. The house was beautiful and everything was in good repair. The house has great natural light, in all areas, and has a nice family area on the first floor. The offset nature of the master bedroom allowed me the chance to get away from the kids and grandkids when I wanted to read or sleep. The top 3rd level was a favorite of the kids. The kitchen is good, and we did a lot of cooking at "home". The store is close which is nice....when we have stayed elsewhere in PCB going to the store was a 2 hour ordeal.

The community is very pedestrian friendly. We do a lot of walking and we were not constantly dodging cars etc. We also did not have any competition for space on the beach, since there were far fewer people than other places we have stayed. All in all, it was a great week.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Northwest Beaches (ECP)
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Holiday Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
Our Little Beach Cafe, The Lakehouse, Donut Hole
Nearest Beach
Carillon Beach
Car: necessary

The primary attraction of the Panhandle of Florida is the beautiful white sandy beach. Carillon Beach is private, consisting of approximately 104 acres with over 3900 front feet of beautiful beaches.

Located in the heart of the property is Lake Carillon, a 13 acre lake, abundant with turtles, bass, migratory birds, blue herons, and an occasional eagle.

The property borders Lake Powell, the largest coastal dune lake in the state of Florida, at about 767 acres, and coveting the designation of a ‘Pristine Florida Waterway.’

The immediate area is rich with the history of sailing ships wrecked off the coast in the 1800s, of a wonderful lodge (still standing) built in the early 1900s and surrounded by Florida forests, wetlands, dune systems, pristine lakes, natural hammocks of native oak trees and unique wildlife.

Within 5-10 minutes to Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, Seagrove, and about 20 minutes away from Seaside and Watercolor.

Pier Park Panama City Beach is a 900,000+ square foot Florida shopping center and entertainment hub located in the heart of this beachside city. Serving as the premiere Northwest Florida shopping destination, this mecca offers dining, specialty shops, attractions, events and more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Sunnyside, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer Time 2017!
27 May 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Fall 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Fall 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Holiday 2017
18 Nov 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £154.61 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

During Summer months (peak season) maximum night stay is 7 nights with Saturday to Saturday changeover.

Payment by eCheck or Credit Cards accepted on VRBO/HomeAway site.

We encourage all renters to obtain travelers protection insurance.

If your stay is longer than 1 week (non-peak season), additional cleaning fees will apply. The amount depends on length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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