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

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Carillon Beach Ph II - A Glimpse of Heaven

3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 8, Beach View

Get "A Glimpse of Heaven" at our 3-story beach house in Carillon Beach - A Village by the Sea! Relax and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and the pleasant surroundings of our safe and secure village, in a 24-hour gated community.

We have a beautiful, unobstructed beach view where you can see and hear the gulf waves from our 2nd and 3rd floor balconies. We are just steps away from the sand, located on Beachside Drive. As close to beachfront without being on the beach!

The main floor has an open living room with access to the large front porch.

The dining area seats 6 to 8, plus additional seating at the breakfast bar.

We have a well-appointed kitchen with all the conveniences you'd expect to find in your own home.

The 1st floor has a spacious Guest bedroom en suite with a Queen size bed and full-size bathroom. This is a perfect arrangement for parents or in-laws, with no need to climb stairs.

The spacious Master bedroom is on the 2nd floor with a heavenly King size bed, double french doors to a huge private balcony and a direct view of the beach! It is the ideal place to read a book, enjoy your morning coffee or night cap / glass of wine to unwind after a day at the beach. The master bath has a separate shower and full-size tub, double vanity and a closet with plenty of space.

Also on the 2nd floor is a third bedroom en suite with Queen size bed, window seat and private balcony facing the rear of the property. Guests can slip away and have their own quiet space to relax. This bedroom has a full-size bath with a tub/shower combination.

Make your way up to the 3rd floor where you will find 2 twin size beds (and air mattress). Step out to the balcony to watch the beautiful sunset with nearly a 360 degree panoramic view of Carillon Village.

We have a raised deck in the backyard with a table and chairs. Relax and enjoy a cookout with plenty of shade and privacy for your family and friends to dine alfresco.

Our house is less than 50 steps to dune walkover #4. No need to load up and make a long haul. You'll enjoy easy access to the beach where you'll find our reserved beach set (double lounge with cushions and umbrella). *Note: Beach set available March 1st to October 15.

We are just around the corner from the Carillon Beach Club Pool, on the beachfront, offering plenty of chaise lounges to sunbathe or sit under the cabanas to read a book in the deep seating furniture and enjoy the shade.

We have an outdoor shower with hot and cold water to rinse off after a day at the beach. All bedrooms have TVs and DVD players, plus a Blu-ray and large screen HDTV in the family room with a video library. Xfinity TV & WiFi w/75MB download.

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

During the peak season (summer), max stay is 7 nights, with Saturday changeover. See calendar for dates.



Sorry, we do not rent to college-aged students. Must be 26 years or older. Proof required.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Vicki and Bob Thomas
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Vicki and Bob Thomas

We are The Thomas Family...Bob and Vicki Thomas, along with 2 beautiful 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 of more. We were very fortunate and blessed to have found our second 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 & Bob Thomas

Vicki and Bob Thomas purchased this house in 2015

Why Vicki and Bob Thomas chose Sunnyside

After staying at different locations and visiting several communities along Scenic Highway 30-A to Panama City, 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 and Cabana overlooks Carillons private beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Plus there are 2 additional pools (1 heated when temp drops below 85) and another pool on the east side, a gated entrance providing safe, secure and quiet streets where you and the kids can ride bikes, golf carts and play outside.

The location of 'A Glimpse of Heaven' to the nearest Dune walkovers is a short distance from our property. The beach is quiet, not to mention beautiful! There's nearby Carillon Lake and Powell Lake which 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 Carillon Beach because of its pristine parcel of private beachfront land consisting of approximately 104 acres and 3900 feet of white sandy beaches 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.


based on 23 holidaymaker reviews

"A Glimpse of Heaven" Amazing Gulf View! Steps to Sand! Private Quiet Beach!
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

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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Great place for our family vacation! Steps away from the beach and pool!

  • 5 of 5

Can't imagine a better place to relax!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Glimpse of Heaven was a great home for our family. We had 4 adults and 3 teenagers. The house was located 2 houses from the beach access steps so it was very convenient to come and go during the day. The kitchen was well supplied and we loved preparing our meals each night and being able to sit at the large dining room table together. All the balconies in the house were well furnished with chairs and small tables. We spent a lot of time outside looking across at the beautiful beach view and having special family time.

The only issue we had was with a small trailer that my son-in-law used to bring bicycles for the kids. He parked it in the back of the driveway but we were told he had to take it to a storage place because Carillon rules did not allow more than one vehicle in the driveway. Not only was this inconvenient but it created an additional expense. We understood the reason and we did receive a "Rules and Regulations" pamphlet when we arrived at the gate but it would have been nice to have known this before arriving. Suggestion to the owner to maybe put this in their VRBO add.

We highly recommend this home and we hope to return to Carillon again next year. It is a very lovely community with small shops, safe streets for the kids and lovely pools.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you your 5-star review, along with information on the bicycle trailer. I did contact Carillon HOA and was informed that more than 1 vehicle is allowed in the driveway, so long as the sidewalk is not blocked. Additional parking for 1 vehicle is also allowed in front of the house. However, trailers of any kind must be stored offsite. Thank you again for feedback!
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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 & Signature 30a Cafe
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 these 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 of Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, Seagrove, about 20 minutes away from Seaside & 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 Carillon Beach Ph II, Panama City Beach

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Fall
10 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Fall
29 Oct 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Holiday Season
19 Nov 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Break 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £164 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 11.5%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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

Payment by e-check or credit cards accepted on VRBO site.

We encourage all renters to obtain travelers protection insurance.

If your stay is longer than 1 week, additional cleaning fees will apply. The amount depends on length of stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carillon Beach Ph II in Panama City Beach

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2003 sq. ft.
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 8
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • 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: 4pm Central >Check-out time: 9am Central Golf Car rentals available through Panama City Golf Cars. Must register with Carillon HOA Gate House. Lights required on golf cars if night driving. Must be 26 years or older to rent - proof required! We do not rent to college students.

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