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


About the property

Gulf Front 5 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

* 5 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

* 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.

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Victoria Papajohn
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Speak some Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 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.


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: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • 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


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average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

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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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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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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Loved our stay at Jovel!

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Jovel last week! My husband, myself, our 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren had a blast exploring each room. There was a bed for each of us and one more! 2 BR's are dark and 2 are very light, so we had our preferences.The upstairs apartment was cooler in the evenings and was perfect for family congregation. The 3 refrigerators were super! Jovel is an older home with family/beach friendly furniture. We loved how the owner had a ring binder with house history and local info brochures in it. Family pictures hung on the walls - real homey. Memories preserved by a few pieces of the older things, porcelain-top kitchen table, green coffee mugs, Tupperware. Things to know: wear slippers to beach or hot sand will burn feet coming back. Take a long wooden-handled net and a small float to sand bar (for scooping sand dollars, hermit crabs and large shells). There is a small room with locking door that you can store your beach stuff in at night. It also has sand toys and floats in it. Bring your own folding chair. Water calmer in AM, rougher and windy in PM. Use the covered grill in FRONT of house or hard to light/cook due to wind. (Victoria, please advise where to put the used charcoal). Bring a power strip if you have lots of small things to charge. House has coffee maker, blender, toaster oven, microwave, a large electric griddle, a mixer and 3 fridges. House has lots of little stuff like toothpicks, matches, spices, salt and pepper, oil, storage bags, dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, garbage bags, foil. Bring hand soap, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels,napkins, extra light bulbs/night lights, laundry detergent. Wi-Fi is better downstairs. Lots of step-ups and step-downs so not good for elderly or wheelchairs. Original stairway steep and not lighted - use safer, carpeted steps from laundry room. Large laundry room can store all your ice chests/luggage till you go. No cupboard space for food so used painted wooden table in dining room area - worked great - all could reach and instant inventory! Top of game cupboard in dining room worked great for all the paper/plastic table ware I brought, but house has LOTS of silverware and dishes to use.These old folks couldn't figure out how to use the TV/cable, so simple instructions would be nice. Bring DVD's to play. Lots of brooms, dustpans and mops there to keep the sand at a minimum. We really enjoyed our time at Jovel and look forward to returning again! Thanks for sharing your house, Victoria!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved sharing our multi=generational family beach house with YOUR family! I receive such helpful feedback from our guests like you, and I always strive to seriously consider (and make when possible) such thoughtful suggestions! PLEASE make it your family tradition to return now and then!!!
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We called it the "MAZE" house. Enjoyed our stay (Thanks Victoria)

  • 4 of 5

First, let me say that my family and I really enjoyed our stay overall. We had 5 adults and 6 children under 8. There was PLENTY of room for everyone, the place goes on forever, and feels very old. The house is a "maze" of stairs and doors, that lead you to a new place every time. Our kids loved moving about through the house.The view of the ocean was the highlight and we loved the porch and walk to the beach. Can't beat the uncrowded beach of alligator point! The outdoor shower area was convenient, as was the extra hose on the supply room. The house had 3 FRIDGES! A HUGE plus for us on this trip. Sunroom was a great place to kick off the sand. Victoria is such a pleasant person to work with, and always responded promptly to our questions or concerns. She is an A+ in my book.

There were a few drawbacks for people to know, however, but I anticipate that Victoria (the owner) will address in the near future. 1. Several of the beds were very old (especially the twins throughout), and virtually worthless to sleep on. I'd say 50% or more of the beds need to be replaced asap. 2. Overall, the furniture was not comfortable. I was never really that excited to actually be inside the house. (which was probably a good thing). It's an old place, and therefore has really old things inside of it. 3. The house does have some safety concerns for children and adults alike, door knobs that would lock and stick behind the person who entered and some knobs broken, one child got locked in a room, and the deck on the board walk has screws popping up everywhere. Red ants were pretty awful. If allergic, be careful. We were bitten many times. Mounds were everywhere in the yard.

Other than a few minor set backs, like those listed above, you can't beat JOVEL if you want a nice spacious, and relatively cheap place to stay on alligator point. Don't expect the RITZ, and you will love it as much as we did.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thoroughly enjoyed working with my guests, Jonathon and his family, too! I got excellent feedback from them and I do have a list of actions to take in the future. I will admit I had not had such sharp critique from another guest, but we always appreciate honest feedback, especially when it helps to serve our guests better. We tested the beds and did find the twins a bit wanting, so we are moving forward with improving those. Certainly did not find any bed "unsleepable", but we LISTEN to our valued guests and I was truly confident Jonathan's input was to help us preserve our family gem as well as perform even better in hosting our guests!!!. Hope they will return next year and find our FAMILY GULF FRONT BEACH HOUSE even better!!! :)
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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!


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
Fantastic PEAK SUMMER!
28 May 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fabulous Fall
20 Aug 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 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

Additional pricing information

CLEANING FEE £96.18 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £230.82
Tax Rate 9.0%

*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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