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Paradisi Place Victorian House - Best Stay with Friends N' Family

People14
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms2
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Vacation and weekend get-away for families and friends who want to stay together

Nestled in the heart of downtown, a short walk to the bustling historic district and a few minutes away from beautiful beaches, the 3-story 9-room 2-bath historic Victorian House was built during the Henry Flagler era in 1887. The rooms capture 19th century style, making it an ideal way to have a truly unique experience in the Nation's oldest city St. Augustine. Elegant and refined, the Paradisi Place offers the ultimate unique experience with its inspiring furnishings, spacious rooms, modern updates, tiled bathrooms, Wi-Fi and smartly designed common areas. The soul of the Paradisi Place lies in its charming décor where each room is individual, offering its own unique welcoming atmosphere to make you feel welcomed.

A stay at the Paradisi Place is an immersion into a hidden piece of history without sacrificing on modern conveniences. The balance of modern comforts and historical design draw you in; almost as if the rooms were speaking to you, telling you to stay.

Modern Comforts Include:

•European ductless air conditioning/heating units with remote controlled individual climate regulation

•Fully renovated tiled bathrooms with complimentary shampoos and conditioners

•Fully renovated kitchen, equipped with pots, dishes, glasses, utensils, coffee maker, popcorn maker, toaster and ice cream maker as well as a small pantry with a supply of toiletries and cleaning tools

•Top-of-the-line washer and dryer with complimentary laundry detergent

•Hardwood floors and/or tile throughout the house

•Comfortable memory foam mattresses in all bedrooms

•Freshly cleaned bedding and linens; extra supply of towels

•Private tropical garden, fire pit and a grill, perfect for intimate event

•Wi-Fi, desktop computer, MP3 player, blu-ray player

•Flat screen TV sets with extensive collection of DVDs

The shade of the 100-year-old oaks and the citrus tree along with the passing ocean breezes bring a refreshment and softness that is almost healing. After a day on the town, you can sit by the open fire in the courtyard, listen to the peaceful crackling of the wood burning under the stars, and let your mind wander to complete tranquility as you let go of the stress of life and hold on to new memories with your loved ones. As you make your way to the bedrooms, the echoes of the ancient city seem to fill the air as you rest and rejuvenate.

First Floor:

Standing in the formal living room, the honey glow of the original heart pine floor points you to the beauty of the intricately designed 19th century chocolate fireplace mantle. To your right is the original staircase that seems ripped right out of a BBC historical series, winding all the way up to the third floor. To your left, are an antique grandfather clock and a door that goes out to the car-port. Originally built for the height of a carriage, the steps help you get down to your car and the coverage is great for a raining day.

As you walk forward, past a set of built-in shelves, you turn left into the formal dining room. The rustic cherry wood floors compliment the rounded historical design of the fireplace mantel. Both original to the home, you wonder about the kinds of conversations these were silent witnesses to. Paired with this history is a marble dining table that seats six and a number of antique pieces that look like they were always a part of the house.

Immediately adjacent to the dining room is the family room and kitchen. The kitchen, fully renovated with modern conveniences, has an old-world feel with a double farmer’s sink and wooden cabinets that pick up on the color of the floor in the dining room. The whimsical nobs on the cabinets echo the ambiance of the cozy breakfast nook. This fully equipped kitchen makes you want to pop open a bottle of wine and cook something tasty with friends. And then quietly relax the next morning on the small outdoor deck with chairs and tables that seem borrowed from a Paris street café, which are perfect for coffee and sunshine.

The family room has a large L-shaped sofa with a 60 inch flat screen TV and about 100 DVD’s to choose from, should you decide to do a movie night. You could spend a whole afternoon in this living room sitting on the cozy chairs and chatting with friends as the breeze comes in from the windows and door.

The amber glow of the pine floors lead out to the private back yard, but not before making a right into the master bedroom, where the high ceilings, flowing curtains, oversized floor mirror and king size bed exude romance and privacy. The fully renovated bathroom next door has a beautifully tiled shower and European inspired decor.

Make a right and you’re on the back patio facing the yard. Complete with a fire pit, a 70-year-old grapefruit tree that completes the tropical garden, the enclosed backyard is the perfect place to roast some marshmallows or have an intimate gathering under the stars. Then again, if St. Augustine is having one of its many fun events, walk out the back gate, cross the street and you’re there!

Second and Third Floors:

Winding up the stairs to the second and third floors, you feel like you are walking in the footsteps of the past. The five uniquely decorated bedrooms with queen sized beds invite you to stay the night. The two bedrooms on the third floor, in particular have a fun feel, with sitting areas that back to the exposed original brick columns. Past the newly renovated and fully tiled bathroom, spend an evening enjoying the breeze on the balcony. You could even take a nap there, as the faint sound of singing frogs from the nearby stream lull you to sleep.

Make memories that will last here. Take a 5 minute drive to the beach, a Trolley tour through the town, a 5-minute stroll to the waterfront or enjoy an afternoon sitting on the rocking chairs on the front porch, where you can listen for whispers of history or meet the locals and learn new stories. The house is only a short 5-10 minute stroll to a number of exciting attractions and delicious eateries, including: Old St. George Street, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos (a 17th century fort), many fine restaurants, pastry cafes, night bars, pubs, art galleries, carriage tours and the waterfront. San Sebastian Winery is about a 3 minute drive (free tastings and tours). St. Augustine beach is about a 7 minute drive, while Vilano Beach (which is a bit more private and has on beach car access) is only 5 minutes away. Both beaches are free to the public.

St. Augustine offers more than just its ancient history and ideal subtropical climate; it is the perfect place to foster connectedness and contentment. In the downtown area, there are great spots to sip a latte, watch films and street musicians, visit farmers' markets, browse used-book shops, buy organic products or find meditation centers. It offers a breadth of cultural activity and diverse spiritual opportunities. There are places that celebrate regional products —especially locally brewed beer, locally baked bread and locally grown produce—not to mention St. Augustine’s enthusiastic support of homegrown artists, performers and cultural institutions. There is truly something here for everyone.

Whether it’s sipping sweet tea on the porch with the locals, exploring the beauty of St. Augustine and its beaches or just spending quality time with loved ones, the Paradisi Place has more than what you’re looking for. Its enchantment, echoes of the ancient city and the feeling of rejuvenation will stay with you, like a tender ache to return, long after you’ve left.

More Details

Owner
Katerina
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Russian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
10 December, 2017

About Katerina

My husband and I have traveled the world and visited many of its amazing places including the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu and Nazca Lines in Peru, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Mayan Ruins in Mexico, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Mount Shasta in California, Eiffel Tower in Paris and Katherine the Great's Palace in St. Petersburg. We stayed at the Ice Hotel in Quebec and took a boat ride on Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world. We lived in Kiev, Ukraine, Moscow, Russia, London, UK and New York, USA prior to moving down to Florida.

Katerina purchased this house in 2014

Why Katerina chose Saint Augustine

Ultimately, we settled in Saint Augustine, Florida and we truly believe it is one of the most unique places in the world to live in and visit. We hope to share with you our love and passion for this enlightened ancient European town by offering you a stay at the Victorian historic home located in the heart of St. Augustine. In 1887, Flagler's chef who worked in one of his resort hotels (now Flagler College) built this home for his family. Since then, the home has had many owners, including St. Augustine's first African-American public school teacher.

What makes this house unique

The Paradisi Place will fill your heart with love, romance, and joy, and whatever you decide to do: sipping sweet tea on the porch with the locals, exploring the beauty of St. Augustine and its beaches, sitting by the open fire in the courtyard, or just spending quality time with your loved ones, the feeling of rejuvenation and the echoes of the ancient city will stay with you, like a tender ache to return, long after you’ve left.

Location

Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Barnicle's Bill
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Saint Augustine Beach
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
World Golf Village
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Vilano Beach
Car: recommended

Here is a list of our favorite restaurants, bakeries and sweet stops to savor on your visit to the historic city of St. Augustine:

The Hyppo. Especially great on a warm Florida day, but delectable anytime, The Hyppo, offers fresh, homemade ice pops in all sorts of flavors.

Present Moment

This folksy restaurant serves only vegan and healthy, organic dishes with a great selection of fresh juices.

Ice Plant

This cool distillery that makes award-winning craft spirits in house is also an excellent restaurant with a funky, old-fashioned hipster vibe.

The Floridian

The Floridian's owner and chef husband-and wife team have embraced not only native ingredients but Florida's Southern foods heritage as well, albeit lighter and fresher. There are gluten free options on the menu too.

Michael's Tasting Room

Michael's Tasting Room has an extensive, award-winning wine list and seasonal and expertly sourced meats and seafood.

Casa Maya

Vegetarian-friendly Mayan (or Northern Central American) restaurant. Don't miss the hibiscus sangria!

Relampago Coffee, 74 Spanish St

Our favorite coffee place in the area. The best capuccino and pour over coffee in town.

Cap's On the Water

Overlooking the Matanzas River, the setting sun streaks through an unobscured sky offering the region's best sunset. Featuring southern dishes with Asian-European influences in an Old Florida setting. The wait often exceeds two hours. Call in advance or arrive early or be prepared to linger.

Gas Full Service

This is a nice retro gas-station-esque cafe. The buzz is about the burgers: freshly baked buns, local beef, fried green tomatoes and crispy bacon all feature.

Sangrias

On the 2nd floor overlooking the intersection of St George and Hypolita, the outside corner table is supreme for people-watching. Three kinds of sangria (the white Sangria is exquisite), a great tapas menu, and live music nightly.

Cousteau's Waffle and Milkshake Bar

Located in the heart of Historic Downtown, Cousteau's offers Belgian Waffles and Hand-Dipped Milkshakes.

The Blue Hen Cafe

Southern comfort with a hint of lime. Good breakfast options.

Cafe Alcazar

Café Alcazar is an elegant eatery situated in the space of the Lightner Museum originally designated for the largest indoor swimming pool.

Salt Life Food Shack St. Augustine

Casual yet trendy open-air space accommodates all types, from the avid seaman to land lovers looking for a taste of the Salt Life.

Metro Diner

Portions are big, but the egos are small. Comfort food with flair.

Beaches at Vilano

Located right on the beach, Beaches is the perfect place for an appetizer or for a sunset dinner on the water.

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Overlooking the beautiful bay front in historic downtown St. Augustine, Harry’s is the perfect place to relax and listen to the nightly live music in the legendary courtyard. Everyone loves Harry’s shrimp and grits. Located at 46 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

The Preserved

Preserved Restaurant is an ingredient-driven restaurant located in the beautiful Lincolnville Historic District in St. Augustine, Florida, on the corner of MLK Blvd and Bridge Street. Preserved Restaurant, owned and operated by James Beard Award nominee Chef Brian Whittington, serves authentic, locally-sourced, ingredient-driven southern cuisine, giving homage to the history of Lincolnville. The Preserved Steak Frittes is out of this world. The entire family will be pleased with all the meals that are served there.

A1A Ale Works

A1A Ale Works’ passion for fresh seafood has been a hit since day one. Their menu features a variety of Caribbean, Cuban, and Florida influences. Check out their grilled cheese with bacon and avocado, the nachos and the calamari. Located at 1 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint Augustine in St. Johns County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The Paradisi Place is not handicap accessible.
  • Guests assume full financial responsibility for damages due to misuse or negligence and missing items.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The bathroom has two light switches ... one with a fan. Please have the fan on when showering.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Single Bed
    Living Room 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There are 5 bedrooms with queen-size beds and 1 bedroom with a king-size bed. Each room has an air conditioning unit on the wall. They are connected to a main unit in the backyard. The remote control is mounted on the wall. You will need to lift it out of there and point it at the wall unit in order to make adjustments (adjust the tempreture up or down but please don't make changes to the "mode" setting to avoid the system shut down) then replace it in its mounting, because it works also as a thermostat there and needs to be sitting in that spot.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The house is equipped with the ductless AC system and each room has its own wall mini-split climate unit. For your comfort, all bedrooms offer memory foam mattresses, freshly cleaned bedding and linens. Bathrooms offer complimentary shampoos, conditioners and there are extra sets of towels, linens and bedding in the drawer chests and closets. Washer/Dryer - The washer and dryer are located in the living room. They are quiet and efficient. Please feel free to use them during your stay. Bedding/Linens - All linens and towels are freshly washed and there is an extra supply of bedding, linens and towels in the closets and hallway drawer chests. Internet/Cable TV/DVD/Computer - There are 2 Wi-Fi lines you can choose from and the password can be found on the TV stand and the refrigerator. WIRE815_2G might work better on the upper floors. There is a large collection of DVDs in additional to over 300 TV channels including HBO. The TV channels are on HDMI 1 input.

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AMAZING!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip to this house and it’s amazing!!! The location is great, the house is gorgeous and large. There is room for everyone!! I can’t say anything negative about this house and the owner. The owner is very sweet!!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Charming House with Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We had six ladies stay for two nights celebrating a special birthday. The house was the surprise and it made a wonderful impression. We all felt comfortable and right at home. We had such a great time we are planning to repeat again next year. Thank You , KatrIna.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house and location

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and had plenty of space for our family. Walking distance to everything we wanted to do!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This rental experience was the best

  • 5 of 5

There were 8 of us for a family reunion-70th surprise birthday party weekend. If we could all have written individual reviews, they would all be that Katarina went above and beyond for providing the perfect venue for the best family weekend ever. Great decorations, everything we needed, close in town, comfortable beds.

What else could we want. Simply the best!!

The only issue is this: this rental home has absolutely nothing to do with the world of golf; is nowhere close and is actually in the center of St Augustine. Other than that hiccup, this is a 10 of 10!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Can't express how amazing the home was. We didn't want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

The owner of this property was so helpful throughout the rental as well as while we stayed on property. The history has been preserved and cherished in the careful restoration of this Victorian style Flagler era home built in 1887. The trip was my daughter's 18th birthday celebration and every one of us had tears in our eyes when we had to leave. It was truly our home away from home! Thank you Katerina for sharing your home and it's heritage with us.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at the Paradisi Place in St Augustine! The homeowner Katerina was a delight to work with and went out of her way to make sure our stay was extra special. I would highly recommend this beautiful home for an outstanding visit to a wonderful city!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.39
Pet Fee £74.93

At all times, both inside and outside the home, the maximum occupancy is 16 people allowed on the premises, including infants. Children under the age of 5 must be supervised at all times. We cater to family groups and cannot accept reservations for vacationing students or house parties. We do not rent to students even if one or more parents or legally responsible adults accompany them, or to groups under the age of 25. This policy is strictly enforced. Special events such as weddings, reunions and church retreats are only allowed with advance permission.
Guests may bring one small house trained pet with advance permission. A fee of $100 will be charged. If evidence of pets is found without permission during or after departure, a minimum charge of $300 will be incurred. Exotic animals are not allowed.
Guests assume full financial responsibility for damages due to misuse or negligence and missing items. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the property. A minimum charge of $500 will be assessed for violations and there are no exceptions to this policy.
Please be mindful of the use of power, and turn things off when not in use, or if you are planning to be away overnight.

This is a smoke, drug, pet free home, so please respect that. Children should be under adult supervision at all times.
Please take extra caution with small children as original staircase winds all the way up to the third floor.

Rates, description, furnishings, equipment or bed arrangements are subject to updates and changes. Information represented online and in all print media is not guaranteed. To ensure accuracy, please contact us at theparadisiplace@outlook.com.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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