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The Victorian House - Best Stay with Friends and Family

Bedrooms 8
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

The Perfect Vacation and Weekend get-away for families and friends

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 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 Victorian House 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 Victorian House 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 Victorian House 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

•Large kitchen fully 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

•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.

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 Victorian 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 Victorian House 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.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Russian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

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 St 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 Victorian House 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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • 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
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The bathroom has two light switches ... one with a fan. Please have the fan on when showering.
  • 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) then replace it in its mounting, because it works also as a thermostat there and needs to be sitting in that spot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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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average rating of 4.8461537 based on 52 reviews

Great House, Less Than Perfect Description

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. It was a perfect location for walking around downtown. I gave it four stars instead of five because the house description states it sleeps 14, when in fact it only sleeps 12. It also says it's 8 bedrooms in the summary, which to be honest never made much sense considering the number of people that it states it can sleep. We had to ask a guest to sleep on the couch, which was fine but not ideal. We thought it would at least be a couch that pulled out into a bed, but it was just a couch. I also text the owner once (as suggested in case we needed anything) and never heard back. But, we made it work and it was perfectly fine in the end. I would stay here again, regardless of those minor hiccups.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent location and beautiful home for large groups

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group for a milestone birthday and this house did not disappoint. Everyone was thrilled with the home and it's location. Walking distance to most everything we wanted to do. The home is well taken care off. Very clean and updated nicely. Our group gets together and we can be a little loud in our excitement. Since we were there in March we enjoyed the back yard and the fire pit and didn't disturb any neighbors. There are none on either side or behind the house. In the morning we had our coffee on the beautiful front porches. This historical home comes with some quirks. We couldn't get the AC units downstairs to work on day one. A couple of phone calls to Katerina and she had talked us through how to get them up and running. Wifi is excellent at the house since there was a few of us that had to do some work while we were there it was much appreciated. Overall we were very please with our stay and would definitely go back! Highly recommend to anyone with a big group. We loved the historical nature of the place and the location. A good tip is to grab a trolley pass for the day. You can hop on and off at many locations and get a really nice guided history of St. Augustine. Although all of us are Floridians and have all been to the area several times we still loved to hear all the fine details you wouldn't know otherwise and it's an excellent way to get further away then walking distance without having to take your car. The trolleys are right at the end of the street in which the house is located.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

Great house! Loved the backyard! Very comfortable for a larger group with great common spaces. Would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Birthday Celebration

  • 5 of 5

A girlfriend group stayed 2 nights at lovely Paradisi Place. We loved the house, the yard, and the location. The house is within walking distance of most historical cites. It was spotless with comfortable beds. There were plenty of linens and a well-stocked kitchen. It had everything we needed for a remarkable birthday celebration with friends. In town, we loved the Columbia Restaurant - watching the waiter make white sangria and a fabulous salad table-side. We took a 15 minute drive to Caps on the Water for a wonderful meal while watching the sun set. Awesome! Thank you!


  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome--centrally located home

  • 5 of 5

We were in St. Augustine with family for a little birthday weekend getaway--the house was absolutely fantastic--spacious, centrally located, and stocked with everything we needed for our vacation. Thank you, Katerina, for making it such a welcoming home!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

great location and house was amazing :)

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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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


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £111.39
Pet Fee £74.26

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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