"For my mother's sixtieth birthday, my siblings and I took her to her absolute favorite beach for a week. It had been over twenty years since we ALL had been to the beach together.
The "Starfish Sanctuary" as we called it, was really perfect in every way. It was large enough to accommodate 7 adults and 5 children under 10 years old. There is a small weight room/bedroom off the master bath that was perfect to use as a nursery for our one year old. Since she went to bed earlier than everyone else, it was quiet and secluded from the rest of the house. A majority of the time, all the big kids (ages 4, 6, 8, 10) slept in the media room and it was perfect for them. Three children could easily sleep on the large sectional but ours preferred a pallet together on the floor on an air mattress (we brought one from home but there was actually one there that we could have used instead.) On the main floor, there were 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. One had a gulf view with a twin day bed and a futon (futon could sleep 2 children), another bedroom with twin bunk beds and another bedroom with a full bed. The master suite had a king bed, gulf view, large bathroom and weight room/bedroom off bathroom. We only went out to eat 3 nights so we cooked at home the rest of the time. The kitchen was stocked with plenty of utensils, pots, pans, blenders, etc.
Although this house is not directly on the gulf, it has gulf views and was a very short walk. My mother has asthma so it was important to find a place either on the beach, or very close. This was an easy walk for her and the kids! We used a beach wagon to haul beach toys, beach bags, food, etc and I would stroll my one year old in an umbrella stroller. The house had a garage stocked full of goodies! There were so many beach toys available that we could have left ours at home & had plenty for the kids. There were also bikes, kid and adult sizes, which we all enjoyed! We brought a cooler from home but ended up using the nice rolling cooler that was in the garage. There is also an outdoor shower around the back of the house which was key for sandy kids!! We really enjoyed the large front porch and balcony with plenty of seating.
I highly recommend this house. The owner was so nice and helpful. She offered several times to help make my mom's birthday special. We hope to come back one day!"
Guest: Callie G.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 16, 2015