St Augustine the Hut, Historic Beach Front Cottage, Oceanfront, Lcd TV
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Summer Haven cottage description
When the Wild West was at its wildest and Queen Victoria ruled far and wide, a wealthy man from the north bought a quiet corner of Florida coast as his humble holiday retreat. Simple both in name and design, The Hut would become the man’s family vacation spot for generations to come. Chosen for its natural surrounds and beachside serenity, this historic property promises your family just what Thomas Mellon enjoyed in the 1880s: ideal quality time, the good life, no distractions. Few American families can boast an ancestral home dating to 1892, least of all one just steps from the beach in easy view of dolphins and whales and sea turtles. This makes The Hut - and the chance to call it your own for any length vacation - such an amazing treat. Mellon’s great-great-grandson, with a recall to shame any average family man, knows exactly which ancestor added what to The Hut. (Thank his grandparents for the fireplace, with the stones taken from the family beach). This little away-from-it-all is cute and cosy. It’s a lovely place for even your mother-in-law should you rent The Hut in tandem with the larger Lodge next door. Three bedrooms comprise two queen beds and a kids’ room with two twins. All guests share a bathroom and a galley kitchen is available - though you’ll likely gravitate to barbecues and beach picnics. Even the pickiest kids will love eating fish they helped to catch. Both sunrise and sunset are on offer to those with stamina, with all range of options available in between morning coffee and evening gin and tonic. This is ambiance with a capital A. Kids will go crazy to see porpoises just off shore and the handsome landscaping is a haven for creative spirits - write your novel, try your hand at painting or just finish a well-thumbed book, topped off with a good nap. Even chores take on a new light while at The Hut. Laundry facilities are open-air, the washing machine is outside and clothes dry in no time on the line - ‘going green’ has never had a better view. This isn’t the ‘drag-them-to-Florida-and-count-down-to-Disney-World’ vacation. Nor does it cater to 21st century kids hiding inside with video games. Instead, try endless board games by hurricane lamp and fresh seafood barbecued nightly. Books and beach walks - turn off Facebook and recall the things that count. Built for a cool, comfortable and quiet existence - this home boasts original treats from way-back-when before air conditioning. Mellon’s descendants opted recently to leave the original pine wood floor as is, rather than deleting generations of scuffs and paint marks. Such floor-to-ceiling history is easy to revel in. Recent updates provide modern convenience (air conditioning and cable TV), to be indulged or ignored as you fancy. Whether renting just The Hut or The Lodge as well, both properties make an other-worldly retreat where families gather to forget the stress of modern life. This year, vacation together and enjoy the good life. Where recent times have caused people to simplify and quieten - for the planet, our wallets and our sanity - The Hut is the happy answer. Note: Summer Haven is constantly changing with nature. The SummerHaven river behind the house is largely a sand dune and can many times provide beach access. Due to Tropical Storm Faye erosion at the front, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the beach access points. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals that live near by, the nearest easy beach access is approximately 1 mile north at Fort Mantanzas National Park. It has (free) paved parking and provides beach access via a meandering boardwalk through the park.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Bedroom #1 (1 Queen) Bedroom #2 (Queen) Bedroom #3 (2 twins)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Living Room seats 6
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Outdoor Grill
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
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Guest comment entered by owner
Historic Charm, Stunning Views and Dogs Too! If you are looking for historic charm and glorious views rather than lux amenities, The Hut is the place for you. We spent a glorious spring week there with our dogs, romping on the beach, enjoying cocktails in the tower looking at the amazing view, and relaxing in the sun on the back porch, watching the egrets and pelicans in the Matanzas River.
- Guest Jennifer
- Date of stay 03/27/10
- Review Submitted 07/28/10
Dates Nightly Weekly Monthly Mar 1, 2013-May 31, 2013 $150-$275 $725-$1,195 $3,026-$3,387 Jun 1, 2013-Aug 31, 2013 $166-$500 $995-$1,795 $4,866-$5,995 Sep 1, 2013-Nov 30, 2013 $199-$300 $581-$1,295 $2,422-$2,500 Dec 1, 2013-Feb 28, 2014 $200-$350 $895-$2,100 $1,795-$2,611 Mar 1, 2014-May 31, 2014 $166-$350 $704-$1,295 $3,000-$5,366 Prices exclude taxes & fees. Regular rates exclude any special online savings. Monthly rates are based on a 30 day month.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: My name is Steve Milo and I stay in Vacation Rental Homes when I travel both domestically and abroad. I own several vacation rental homes and listen carefully to our guests and their feedback! Our greatest compliment is when our guests refer our web site to their friends and relatives. AND, now I am managing other people's properties in St Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast and Ponte Vedra Beach. Our guests and their great 'word of mouth' have helped us expand to over 500+ vacation rentals. We booked over 10,000 rentals and received over 3,000 guest reviews in 2011. You can find some of these by going to search engines and typing in Steve Milo or 'Vacation Rental Pros' . Thank you!
Why the Owner Chose Summer Haven:
And the best part of it all is the location. You're within a short car ride of historic downtown St. Augustine, the oldest city in America filled with pedestrian walkways with shops, cafes and first class restaurants. We are also close to Daytona Beach and the Daytona speedway and museum. We are also only a 1 1/2 hour drive to Orlando and Disney World/Universal/Sea World as well as 1 1/2 hour to the Kennedy Space Center. Our rental is also a short car ride to Ponte Vedra Beach and PGA golf Course and TPC as well as Jacksonville with the brand new St John's Town Center (with a Costco), Avenue Mall and River Front Arcade. There is also a minor league baseball team and a professional football team and stadium.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The beach is wide and unspoiled here by large crowds. Kids will spend hours exploring, and their parents and grandparents will love discovering new areas to relax and reconnect If you're ready for uncrowded beaches, balmy weather, clear skies, and Florida's natural wildlife, come visit us today!
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A view of our wonderful historic living room
A view from The Hut's deck of the ocean
Cool off under the deck on The Hut's stone patio
A view of our dining area
Dual stainless sinks make clean up a breeze!
Everything you need is within arm's reach in our cozy kitchen!
A good night's rest is waiting in our queen bed in bedroom #1
A view of Bedroom #2 with two single beds
Wake up rereshed for another day on St. Augustine Beach!
Stay cool, sleep well and wake up ready for your vacay day!
Enjoy living the 125 year history of The Hut!
Back to nature means back to the beach!
In our living room, you'll be surrounded by ocean views!
Our antique desk will take you back in time!
Enjoy great food and great views at The Hut!
Food always tastes better on vacation! What will you cook up?
Bedroom #1 has a queen bed
Fresh towels and a hot shower will feel great!
Twin beds make terrific sleeping options!
Kick back and enjoy good times and ocean views on the deck
The only time that matters is the time you spend on the beach!
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3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
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