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Bedrooms 5
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Gulf Front 6 BDRM, 3 BA Home Perfect for Reunions, Family Fun * NATURAL HAVEN!!

This Gulf Front home is perfect for family reunions!

Only Jo-Vel offers:

* Superior, quiet, remote Gulf Front location on highest lot on the Point with a long, deep beach head and wide, white shoreline

* Relaxed home setting perfect for family retreats and vacations

* 6 bedrooms, one of which is a ground-floor bedroom accommodating easy access & full beach level bathroom with shower

* 2 Kitchens - 1 on Beach Level, one in ATTACHED suite/apartment above

* 2 of the bedrooms part of open semi private apartment attached

* Large Outdoor kitchen shed with sink & plenty of space for you to set up your own fish fries. NO STOVE out there, so bring your fryers!

Jo-Vel is surrounded by seaoat-covered sand dunes, piney woodland forests and marshy areas teeming with wildlife. Alligator Point is truly perfect for fishing, birding and wildlife observation.

Two family size dining tables, and a game table and kitchen table that can accommodate overflow, make this home the perfect place for food, fellowship,fun and family. There's plenty of room to spread out, too with two bedrooms with double beds, the downstairs easy-access bedroom with a Queen and a pullout couch, 1 bedroom with a double and a twin, and a fifth bedroom with two double beds that is part of the upstairs apartment (complete with a kitchenette and dining area). There are also two futon beds perfect for napping!

Though we recommend family fun instead of TV watching, two separate television viewing areas - and internet - are available. Enjoy board games or puzzle challenges on our multiple tables (help yourself to the game closet). The apartment and downstairs baths offer showers, and the upstairs family bath has a tub. You will probably best enjoy our outside shower though - complete with a Gulf view!

Jo-Vel is one of the very first homes to be built on Alligator Point and has a deep, high lot with LOTS of beach front. Our family especially enjoys watching the dolphins play in the morning -- or sunsets at dusk -- from our large deck. The parking pad out front can easily accommodate four cars.

More Details

Victoria Papajohn
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Speak some Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
8 September, 2017

About Victoria Papajohn

In 1948, our family BUILT THIS HOUSE and four generations still love to walk on the beach together - taking advantage of the amazing natural beauty. It is common to see dolphins arcing through the water, chasing the mullet towards the shore as they fish. Shell collecting and sand bars tempt us daily! Our lives are busy, and time seems to stand still at rustic Alligator Point... Year-round, we find Jo-Vel the most fun - and the most restorative place - that we can imagine. We now live all over the world, but Jo-vel anchors us!

Victoria Papajohn purchased this house in 1948

Why Victoria Papajohn chose North West Florida

Jo -Vel Cottage is named after John and Velva Powell – the first generation to dream. They are gone, but 3 generations continue their dream of family at Jo-Vel. The five bedroom cottage was built in 1948, before there was electricity or a paved road (imagine driving on oyster shells). Drinking water was hauled in 5 gallon jugs. The second family generation now owns Jo-Vel, and is starting to pass the wand of protection on to the next. Family members have come from Japan, India, Guam, Spain, Egypt, Canada, England and all across the United States for reunions. We try to keep it up, and upgrade it well, without losing some of its original 'cottage' charm. Seining for shrimp and fish, and dropping in the crab traps have always been parts of our routines at Jo-Vel. You will find some historic maps, and family pictures around the house to help you feel right at home!

What makes this house unique

Though sleeping in is one of the great joys of any vacation, make sure you set your alarm at least one morning at Jo-Vel and take advantage of the front porch deck with a cup of hot coffee or tea as the world around you awakens. Birds, dolphins, gulls, pelicans and heron are regularly seen all around the house and along the beach shoreline. Though their nests are to be protected, and NEVER disturbed in any way, we have been blessed with watching sea turtles lay their eggs in nests out front, and even witnessed the release of the many little hatchlings...

Fishing is truly fantastic, and our Alligator Habor is unique. Wikipedia brags of its renown for its clam harvesting: ' Because there is little freshwater flowing into the harbor, salinity levels are almost the same as the Gulf of Mexico. The salinity levels allow for the successful clam harvesting industry within the harbor. The bay also contains shallow oyster bars, that contain good fishing areas.' Our waters are rich, and you will enjoy casting a line here! Boat launches are nearby along Alligator Point Dr.


GREAT FALL RETREAT FOR FSU FOOTBALL!!! Natural beauty abounds with sea oats, sand dunes, pine forests and marshy areas teeming with wildlife - great for plein air painting, birding and wildlife observation. Quiet, sparsely populated area great for fishing in both the Gulf of Mexico and Alligator Harbor, known for its clam harvesting. Fish right out your front door in the Gulf, or take advantage of the full service marina & fishing charters. For a break, you can drive a little over a half hour to take advantage of the many local events like the Apalachicola Mardi Gras, Apalachicola & St. Marks Lighthouse Climbs, Panacea Blue Crab Festival, The St George Island Regional Chili Cook-off, and The Florida Seafood Festival, the state's oldest maritime event! You can be AWAY from it all, yet ENJOY it all easily!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alligator Point in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Two of our bathrooms have showers, the upstairs family bathroom has a bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Gulf front
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Canal and oak view
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Child Bed , There is a single bed nap area off the living room
    Downstairs Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Very accessible ~ off bottom flr porch; futon is on porch
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Canal and oak view
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Upstairs apartment space - futon in sunroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Charming beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

The house was exactly what we expected after reading the owner's description and reviews. It was best described by another guest of being a maze, there seemed to be three ways to get anywhere in the house.

We had a group of adults and young kids (1-5 years) and the house had plenty of space for everyone. The yard between the house and the beach was great place for the kids to play in the late afternoon, while the adults hung out on the deck. The two kitchens and three refrigerators came in handy. It was nice to rent a ground level house right on the gulf.

It is an old house, but was clean and everything worked as it should. We had a great week!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thrills us that you enjoyed the house and found that we represented it fairly and well! Yes, the house is a wonderful "maze" extension of rooms – with so much room for large groups like our own family!!! This house has been in our family since it was built right after WWII and as our family grew, so did Jovel Beach house. We work hard to maintain it, and we have a wonderful family with whom we partner & work to keep it perfect for our guests --- for decades they have kept it and cleaned it as if it was also their own. Please come back and stay with us again soon!!! You are most most welcome 🐚�🐚�🐚�
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Great time with the family

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience for our first trip back to Alligator Point in more than 20 years. This house was perfect for our large family (8 adults and 1 toddler).

Plenty of sleeping space and beds, great places to hang out when it rained and right on the beach.

The outdoor deck in the back was awesome to watch the sunset.

We totally enjoyed our time at JoVel


  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of our home during your visit, and we super appreciate this kind review❤️ We love our big ole house on the Point – JoVel was one of the very first houses built out there after the war! We try to keep it clean clean clean & in shipshape and we are so happy when other families love our old lady like we do ! Please come again soon
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We went to the beach with my whole family for my son's first birthday. The house is very spacious and we loved the fact that the house had three fridges because my family likes to cook a lot. The beach was great and we even saw dolphins that swam very close to us. We loved the deck outside and loved sitting there drinking our coffee every morning. We had a wonderful trip and my father stated "This was the best beach vacation we been on." Thank you for letting us use your house!! We will come back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted to hear that you had special family time at Jovel! We seem to love all the same things… Food, family, coffee on the deck, swimming with the dolphins, and just the wonderful peace and quiet !!! please return again soon
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Private Beach with a lot of charm

  • 5 of 5

Charming HUGE beach house! The kids had such a great time! We loved the quiet beach. Lots of dolphins and even good fishing from shore. Very private...definitely recommend the short trip to Wakallusa Springs as well!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The remotes and natural beauty of Alligator Point is definitely what makes this retreat so wonderful! Our family always cherished our time there as there was so little to distract us from each other… Yet so much to do! We are always happy when another family finds our long-time family Beachhouse, JOVEL , to be a special secret spot for them , too!!
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Beautiful, peaceful and off the beaten path! This house is great for extended families.

  • 5 of 5

I love how the sleeping quarters are all split up but there's enough seating for family meals and games. If you are looking for the Ritz, keep going. But if like quirky, this is the jackpot! The beach here is gorgeous! There are plenty of dolphin in the am to start your day. You can probably sleep 20 people here if half were kids. We will definitely be back! This is definitely worth a second visit and we rarely do seconds!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are truly honored to share our sweet, old family Beachhouse with you! Alligator Point is a lovely remote retreat -- for families wanting TOGETHER time and incredible natural beauty, this is the number one spot for it! We are making constant improvements to this home which was only the second house built on Alligator Point after World War II (my dad & his father built it when he was merely a teen in the 40s ). Updated, kept clean & cozy
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Great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 adults and 7 kids had a wonderful time at Jo-Vel. Lots of little nooks and hiding places, for whoever needed a bit of a break from the crowd. The carousing cousins all had fun. Yummy meals, stretching out along the tables. The tables cleared, there were puzzles and card games. Great days at the beach, calm mornings for kayaking, choppy afternoons for boogie boarding, long walks on the white sand. Loved the old family pics, and seeing how the house had changed. We appreciate the limited commercial entertainment opportunities but of course made an essential trip into Panacea for the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab - to pick up handfuls of hermit crabs and be squirted on by scallops. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is literally a privilege and a joy to share our family Beachhouse with you! ❤️🙏🏼😊. My daddy and his dad daddy built The first version of Jovel in 1946 and then porches were added and then later porches were enclosed - and finally in '79 the upstairs apartment addition with an additional kitchenette, screen porch & sleeping areas was added! You are right, that does leave a lot of wonderful little nooks for quiet time as well as great space for gathering together! Please, please plan to come back soon
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Alligator Point, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fabulous Fall
20 Aug 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Nov 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Long Term Snowbird
6 Jan 2018 - 10 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Break!!!
11 Mar 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Break April
29 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 May 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £92.09
Damage Deposit £221.01

*Until confirmed, rates are subject to change.

*Shorter stays considered during fall, winter, and spring seasons at a nightly rate, holiday weekends possibly excluded.

*Extended stay and monthly rates offered during fall and winter seasons only

**A $500 down payment is required to secure your week. The balance is due in two installments 60 days and 21 days before your arrival. Check or credit card accepted, but credit card fees are paid by the lessor.

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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