"We had a wonderful family trip to a Winter's Past! You can't beat the location- ocean front with a nice, large pool, situated on 30A between Seaside and Alys Beach! We can't say enough good things about 30A Cottages and Concierge, the management company- they were extremely responsive to our needs, and helped us book things ahead of time such as a family photographer and beach chair/ umbrella rentals. We woke up one morning to flying carpenter ants in the living room, and they sent someone out immediately to get rid of them. Also, one the the boards on the steps down to the boardwalk broke off one evening after-hours, and they had repaired it by the morning. The kitchen appliances and counters are brand new, and work beautifully! You can't beat the views from the living area and front porch- a beautiful 180 degree view of the wide beach and gulf!
Pros: Location is perfect! Beach is very wide in this area with beautiful powder white sand. Pool is a great size, nice temperature, and well maintained! You are a two minute walk down to the beach on a private boardwalk.
Cons: As mentioned previously, the house could use a little bit of TLC. The tiles are broken on the floor in one of the bathrooms, as well as in some parts of the kitchen/ living area. The vaulted, two-story ceilings are beautiful and make the house feel large, but the air conditioning has a hard time keeping up during the day. We could not get the temperature below 78 degrees during the day, even with the AC running continuously. We were also there during an extremely hot week (highs in mid to high 90's during the day), so this may have contributed. The boardwalk and steps could use some repair as well- lots of splitting wood and some loose boards. And the flying ants were gross, but apparently come in from the dunes, so I'm not sure there's a lot that can be done for them. As I mentioned, the maintenance staff was very responsive and came right away to take care of them. Also, there are about 20 pretty steep stairs down to the beach from the boardwalk, so I wouldn't recommend this house for anyone with mobility issues or senior family members that don't do stairs easily.
Overall, we had a great trip!"
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: June 24, 2015