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In Seaside Proper "Pleasure Principal" is Old Florida Gem!

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Pleasure Principal - In the Heart of Seaside

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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Located in a secluded, but central, spot in the heart of Seaside, Pleasure Principal is a classic, old Florida cottage built around a large, inviting screened porch. The beach is just one block away down the lush sand path walkway between Pensacola and Odessa streets. Seaside’s westside pool is at the corner only steps away. The shops and restaurants of Seaside’s downtown are a five-minute walk or a one-minute bike ride. Pleasure Principal is a “dog-trot” house design, divided through the middle by a porch that opens the house up to salty gulf breezes and looks out to a sideyard overgrown with saw palmetto, muscadine vines, sand live oaks, gnarled sand pines, sago palms, beauty berry, and southern magnolias. The owner describes the sensibility and design of Pleasure Principal as “cracker Caribbean,” which was inspired by the clapboard, rural homesteads of north Florida melded with the exoticness of the island architecture of the West Indies. It’s not about fancy stuff, but the right stuff—dine on the porch, shower outdoors without being an exhibitionist, cool off under whirring ceiling fans, grill in the yard beneath a canopy of sand live oaks, gaze at constellations in the night sky from the tower high above Seaside. These are the kinds of beach experiences Pleasure Principal affords. The name is a twist on a psychology term popularized in the 60s—pleasure principle: the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force that reduces psychic tension. Principle is morphed to principal, so there’s a shift from idea or belief to leadership role or position of authority. You get the idea. And there is no better mantra for a perfect vacation than seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

Pleasure Principal has two bedroom suites on the second floor. Each has a full bath, flat panel TV, and lots of privacy because the bedrooms are on opposite sides of the screened porch. The front bedroom has a full bed, and opens to a private screened porch. The rear bedroom has a queen bed and a side niche with a desk. The tower, with dramatic views of the gulf, Seaside, and Watercolor, is accessed via a spiral stair adjacent to the rear bedroom. The living room below has a sleeper sofa that folds out to make a full bed. There’s a full bath across the screened porch on the first floor. So, when needed, the living room can function as a makeshift third bedroom, allowing the house to sleep a maximum of six people. The kitchen/dining area is located across the screened porch opposite the living room. The fully-equipped kitchen has ceramic tile counters, a gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher, and microwave. There are two large dining tables each of which sits six people, one in the kitchen, and the other on the screened porch. In addition to flat panel TVs, DVD players, VHS tape players, wi-fi, a stereo system you can plug your iPod or MP3 player into, there’s an ample supply of old-fashioned board games, jigsaw puzzles, lots of trashy pulp fiction for leisurely beach reading, a large movie library of VHS tapes, and the walls are covered with original art.

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**This home does allow one small, non-shedding dog for a $150 pet fee added after the initial on-line booking**
**This cottage requires Sat-Sat rentals during our peak season**
**Amenity passes are included with the rental Spring Break - Labor Day and can be purchased in the off season for $24/day**

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Amenity

  • Outdoor Shower

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool

Dining

  • Seating for 6 people
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in: $
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Seasonal Rate
Apr 11 - May 15, 2015
3 night min stay
$350
$2,100
Seasonal Rate
May 16 - May 22, 2015
6 night min stay
$450
$2,700
Seasonal Rate
May 23 - Jun 26, 2015
6 night min stay
$550
$3,300
Seasonal Rate
Jun 27 - Jul 10, 2015
6 night min stay
$600
$3,600
Seasonal Rate
Jul 11 - Aug 7, 2015
6 night min stay
$550
$3,300
Seasonal Rate
Aug 8 - Sep 6, 2015
3 night min stay
$450
$2,700
Seasonal Rate
Sep 7 - Nov 8, 2015
3 night min stay
$250
$1,500
Seasonal Rate
Nov 21 - Nov 29, 2015
3 night min stay
$250
$1,500
Seasonal Rate
Dec 24 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
$250
$1,500
Seasonal Rate
Mar 4 - Mar 11, 2016
3 night min stay
$250
$1,500
Seasonal Rate
Mar 12 - Apr 15, 2016
6 night min stay
$450
$2,700
Seasonal Rate
Apr 16 - May 20, 2016
3 night min stay
$350
$2,100

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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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One renter must be 26 years of age or older.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1988

About: I'm an author and photographer. I've done many photographic books, including one on Seaside and another on Rosemary Beach.

Why Seaside:
I grew up in southwest Georgia about 120 miles from Seaside. My extended family has owned property in Walton County, Florida, where Seaside is located, since 1954. I came to this area of the gulf coast every summer as a child. My mother has memories of Panama City from the 1920s when there were no paved streets, potable water was sold daily from mule carts, and you needed a rowboat to cross St. Andrew's Bay to get to the beach. I have two daughters, Adrianne and Claire, who have spent every summer of their lives in Seaside. In many ways, this is where we're all from. It's our home.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I enjoy the smell of salt in the air; the gulf breeze as it wafts through the open windows and doorways; grilling in the yard and taking the evening meal on the big dining table on the screened porch; going up to the tower at night, gazing up at the stars while listening to the pounding of the surf in the distance; playing scrabble on rainy afternoons; spending time with family and friends that's somehow better at the beach than anywhere else.


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Speaks: english

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Photos

  • Pleasure Principal - In the Heart of Seaside

    Pleasure Principal - In the Heart of Seaside

  • Relax among the palmettos in big cypress loungers

    Relax among the palmettos in big cypress loungers

  • At the heart of Pleasure Principal is an inviting screened porch

    At the heart of Pleasure Principal is an inviting screened porch

  • The rear bedroom provides a bird's eye view of the porch

    The rear bedroom provides a bird's eye view of the porch

  • The cozy, colorful living room doubles as a third bedroom

    The cozy, colorful living room doubles as a third bedroom

  • Efficient Kitchen (Seats 6)

    Efficient Kitchen (Seats 6)

  • Outdoor Shower - The outdoor shower is completely private and opens directly into the downstairs bath

    Outdoor Shower - The outdoor shower is completely private and opens directly into the downstairs bath

  • The front bedroom opens out to a private screened porch

    The front bedroom opens out to a private screened porch

  • The bath adjacent to the front bedroom features a full size bath

    The bath adjacent to the front bedroom features a full size bath

  • The rear bedroom features a queen bed and desk niche

    The rear bedroom features a queen bed and desk niche

  • Second Bedroom Private Bath (shower only)

    Second Bedroom Private Bath (shower only)

  • The screened porch looks out to a lush garden of native Florida

    The screened porch looks out to a lush garden of native Florida

  • Grill out in the midst of palmettos and muscadine vines

    Grill out in the midst of palmettos and muscadine vines

  • The screened porch is well furnished as an outdoor room

    The screened porch is well furnished as an outdoor room

  • The living room opens directly to the screened porch

    The living room opens directly to the screened porch

  • A small desk and sitting area in the living room looks out to th

    A small desk and sitting area in the living room looks out to th

  • The welcome sign is a big hint--This place is fun and funky

    The welcome sign is a big hint--This place is fun and funky

  • Full bedroom features french doors to private balcony

    Full bedroom features french doors to private balcony

  • A perfect place to relax in the treetops

    A perfect place to relax in the treetops

  • The two bedrooms are separated by the large porch

    The two bedrooms are separated by the large porch

  • Lots of beach reading and an extensive library

    Lots of beach reading and an extensive library

  • A spiral stair to tower and spectacular views of the gulf

    A spiral stair to tower and spectacular views of the gulf

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Date last modified - Tuesday, May 05, 2015

$250 - $600 per night
View calendar: Updated 05/05/15
  • Reviews
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Property type
    Cottage
Manager
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
  • Manager indicates their response time is Within an hour
  • Calendar last updated 05/05/2015
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+1 850 231-0163

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