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Jake's Place is a three bedroom, 2 bath artist's cottage deep in the heart of Grayton Beach, Florida. This charming beach cottage, newly renovated in November, 2014, sleeps 8 comfortably. Jake's Place has three bedrooms, with two queen beds, 2 twin beds (bunks), and a queen sofa sleeper. This cozy and bright beach cottage, filled with local and folk art, sits under 125 year old live oak trees, offering a fenced in back yard, a private swimming pool and outdoor shower. Beginning March 1 each year, until May 31, and again in early fall (until Oct. 31) the pool is heated for you.
The screened-in porch and back yard off the kitchen is a great place for outdoor cookouts and after the beach dinners (grill out on the park-style charcoal grill out back) or night-time games. Relax by the tropically landscaped, private swimming pool while watching some rays, or after dark, with the pool softly lit, it's just magical by the palms and under the live oaks. The pool is perfect after a full day at the beach -- cool off the sunburn before heading back to the beach for sunset; at Grayton, you don't miss sunset. Really, don't miss it.
There's a great covered porch on the front for people watching; watch everyone headed to the beach and the Red Bar; extra points for counting Harley riders! Wireless internet service, lots of great cable channels, and three TVs; in the living room and two of the bedrooms. Parking -- can accommodate 3 cars, or a car and boat and trailer. Umbrellas and chairs are provided, and assorted beach stuff too. We can also recommend beach chair/umbrella and bike rental companies. There are miles and miles of easy (asphalt) bike trails out of Grayton for you to enjoy.
The beach distance is about 200 yards from the front door, with public boardwalk access right there'on the east and west sides of The Red Bar. There's places to put in kayaks and canoes, which can be rented close by. There are at least a couple of beach umbrella/chair rental places in Grayton that you walk right by; check them out your first day and don't worry about carrying anything but your towel and cooler to the beach! YOLO boarding is abundant here. Jake's is a 2-3 minute walk to the beach, or shopping at the shops of Grayton Beach, or Grayton Beach General Store and several restaurants. Mapquest 374 Defuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach. thanks and if this isn't the place for you, you know someone who will love Jakes, so please pass the word along, and in the meantime, be young, be foolish, and be happy!
Come to Grayton Beach Jake's. Come once, and you'll come back year after year. Lots of friends do.
Must have at least one guest staying in the house age 25 or over, unless special arrangements are made (like, I've talked to both your parents at length, gotten their credit card info, and everyone staying n the house is Dean's list, National Honor Society or Eagle Scout). HA! Really, there must be at least one adult over 25 in the house at all times unless prior arrangements are made IN WRITING; otherwise, you subject to being kicked out immediately and you forfeit your entire rent paid....moreless
OK, We love kids. But here's a firm rule: no kids under age 18 in the pool area without continuous adult supervision. This is for safety reasons. Kids love the pool, but they must have an adult present at all times. If you rent Jakes, you are agreeing that an adult will be present in the pool area at all time when a child (under age 18) is present in the pool area. No exceptions. You assume the risk and the responsibility....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
IMPORTANT: NO SMOKING IN THE HOUSE, OR IN THE SCREENED IN PORCH AREA, ONLY AROUND THE POOL AREA OR ON FRONT PORCH WITH FRONT SOLID DOOR SHUT (SO FUMES DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE); YOU MUST PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF, PLEASE. DON'T LEAVE CIGARETTE BUTTS IN OUR YARD....moreless
For over 14 years, we allowed dogs of all kinds and sizes. We love dogs (and cats for that matter); Jake was my Australian cattle dog (blue heeler). But unfortunately, folks haven't been very considerate with their dogs, and the wear and tear has been considerable. We are renovating in November/December 2014, and for at least 2015, we thought we would go pet free. [Jake would be sad.] BUT, after much reflection, we are keeping Jakes pet friendly. Only one dog is permitted, and that one top dog must weigh 30 pounds or less, and MUST be well groomed (read, no shedding and no long nails on floors) and well house trained. Please, no puppies or very old dogs that don't remember what to do (or not do) anymore. Please respect our home and the incredibly hard work we put into keeping it clean and neat for everyone!...moreless
All on one level, Jake's has comfortably hosted guests in wheelchairs in the past. ...moreless
Two to three minute walk to Grayton Beach 'downtown' Grayton and the Red Bar and Shorty's; huge pool area to lounge; pool heated during certain periods; large screened porch off kitchen; park style charcoal grill; outdoor shower, covered front porch for people watching in Grayton; umbrella, umbrella sandscrew, and pool floats for your use. Please note: although we list a max of 8 people for the house, because of the size of the house, it is just not suitable for 8 full size adults. Six adults max, with two children is fine. Or 2 adults with 6 kids, is also ok (assuming you can handle 6 kids). We reserve the right to determine suitability of the house for any particular group; hope you understand!...moreless
Satellite / Cable
three (one in living room and one in each queen bedroom)...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
four can sit inside, and four can sit outide in the screened in porch area, which also has a dining table...moreless
really, a great front porch, covered, for people watching; very enjoyable...moreless
Pool / Spa
The pool is heated after March 1 until mid-May, and after October 1, and until November 1 (sometimes later, depending on weather). Pool heaters really don't do much November through February, when it's just too cold in the Panhandle. but the nice privacy fence around the pool shelters the pool area from the wind and on sunny days, you can easily enjoy the pool in shorts and a t shirt, even in late Dec, Jan and Feb....moreless
Spring 2015 Apr 11 - May 15, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Summer 2015 May 16 - Aug 7, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Early Fall 2015 Aug 8 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Late Fall 2015 Sep 26 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
Clean fee if < weekly$150
Refundable Damage Deposit$300
Damage Deposit: Information will be provided to guest. NOTE: $150 pet clean fee (not a deposit; extra charge). HUGE renovation of house Dec.2014; Weekly only spring through late fall (turnover days are Saturdays; arrival 4 PM or later, departure by 10 AM); NEW:SPRING BREAK, SPRING AND LATE FALL RATES INCLUDE HEATING OF POOL.
$300 Nonrefundable rent deposit:is applied towards total rent; once the balance due is received, also nonrefundable; recommend guests acquire travel ins. to cover rent pmts;Checks only. Refundable Damage Deposit: send check for $300 with nonrefundable rent dep(held by Mgmt til post departure; if no damage, check is returned);Rates subj. to change until booking confirmed;Holiday weeks slightly more
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About the owner: When I bought Jake's in 2000, I was expecting my first child, a son, who has grown up to love Grayton. I had property in Seagrove Beach, just down the road, for about 10 years before that. But I knew my heart was in Grayton, so when I had the chance to buy a cottage, painted bright green (inside too; see if you can find any green paint), and sorely in need of TLC, I jumped at the chance. A LOT of hard work, elbow grease (big thanks to my Dad and Mom), and 14 years, two hurricanes and an oil spill later, we know that we're less a part of Grayton than Grayton is a part of us. so, when you walk through the pine and live oak covered, oyster-shelled streets of Old Grayton Beach, you get the feeling that things don't change very fast here. which is exactly the way I wanted to raise my son. when you're on the beach here at sunset, well, it's simply timeless.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Located about halfway between Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida, Grayton Beach is a small, historic beach village on Scenic Highway 30-A along the Florida Panhandle Gulf coast. Grayton Beach is a spectacularly wide beach, with a beautifully rugged dune system, sugary white sand, and bordered by a freshwater lake. One of the 'Beaches of South Walton' County, Florida, Grayton boasts a rich history, one of the oldest beach villages in Florida with a celebration of its 123rd anniversary coming up on July 4th, 2013. Many of the homes in Grayton date to the turn of the LAST century. Grayton is home to a curious mix of old-timers and newcomers, nice dogs, and the infamous Red Bar (and assorted, infamous locals). And Jake's, the little lavender painted cottage, lies at its heart.