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Lovely Renovated Cottage with Privately Owned Beach

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths (sleeps 2 with no exceptions), no pets

Experience "old Florida" at its best: pristine beach with sugar-white sand, loggerhead turtle nests, dolphins, and exotic birds in your front yard. Walk one-quarter mile on a beautiful boardwalk to the WindMark Beach Village Center. The cottage is recently renovated, with a gourmet kitchen, oversized corner soaking tub, Sony Bravia TV, and fully furnished. You need only bring your clothes! You can fish, walk the beach, or watch the dolphins all from your front yard. Sit under the 90-year-old oak trees (The Grand Dames) that shade the house and watch the woodpeckers, bald eagles, and other exotic birds from the screened front porch. Enjoy the pink-orange sunsets and see the stars as you have never seen them before. Watch the moon set on the bay.

The house is two bedrooms (one room functions as Owner's closet), one full bath, one powder room, and a large, corner soaking tub in the master bedroom. Master bedroom has two closets.The front of the house is a great room, with a dining table for eight, living room seating for six, and designer furniture and accessories.

Kitchen amenities include a Bosch dishwasher, Jennair duel fuel range, and refrigerator with ice maker and exterior water feature.

Australian cypress flooring extends throughout the house. Washer and dryer are in the utility room at the covered carport.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets.

Keywords: An Old-Florida-style beach bungalow just steps from beautiful St. Joseph Bay. See shrimp boats and dolphins from the living room window and sunsets that last for hours. Loggerhead turtles nest on the sugar-white sand. Peaceful and exquisite.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

Mary and Bob Herdegen have family in the area and have been vacationing in nearby Mexico Beach for over 25 years. While this property is new to them, they purchased it from a family who had it in their family since 1938. The new owners hope to honor and maintain the tradition established the family and provide the same wonderful experience for their guests as did the previous owner.

The Owner purchased this house in 2017

Why The Owner chose Port St. Joe

When people visit Port St. Joe, they seem to leave a part of their heart is, quite simply, a very special part of the world. Maybe it is the authenticity of the town. Maybe the Southern hospitality. Maybe the amazing shrimp, oysters, and fresh-caught fish. The historic Cape San Blas Lighthouse was "rescued" from imminent loss along the Gulf and now stands proud and protected in the City limits along St. Joe Bay. A full-moon climb will never be forgotten.

What makes this house unique

Some favorite things to do are to walk the beach, which takes an entirely different feel at different times of the day. At night, take a flashlight on the beach and see thousands or thousands of "ghost" crabs scurrying around the sand; it looks like a far-away planet! Sit on the porch and watch the dolphins swim by. The seafood is amazing, and you can buy shrimp and oysters that were taken out of the water the night before. If you think you do not like oysters, you have never tried an Apalachicola oyster! Sleep with the windows open to hear the din of insect noises and to watch the fireflies from the bedroom window. The board walk to WindMark Beach Village Center is beautifully landscaped, and the Village Center has some amenities worth exploring. If you are inclined to pursue other outdoor adventures, less than 30 minutes away you can enjoy Off the Map Expeditions kayak tour of the Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka and the Estuary Tour of the Apalachicola River. Both are a must-see!


Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder Room - toilet
    Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Oversized soaking tub in the corner of the bedroom.
  • Features a comfortable queen bed and linens, a relaxing soaker tub in the corner of the room, and a view of fireflies out the windows in early summer!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
The property extends to the gulf (lovely St. Joseph Bay). Forested at the rear of the property and pristine beach at the front, bald eagles, sea turtles, great blue herons, snowy plover, and other NW FL wildlife are prevalent. The house is equipped with outdoor lighting on a timer and ADT security. Security cameras are at the driveway, carport and showing just the entry doors (for your privacy, the living room is not in view).


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Lovely Renovated Cottage with Privately Owned Beach
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Perfect place for a quiet weekend.

  • 5 of 5

This is a great renovated cottage, perfect for a quiet weekend or week away. It's a little off the beaten path, read rural Florida, but very easy to find. The beach is across a field of sea oats, new board walk makes access a snap. The neighbourhood is secluded and very quiet.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway for two

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property. Well maintained and very cozy. The beach is wonderful and perfect for swimming, beach combing or lazy sunsets. Lots of dining choices nearby. We’ll be back

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely loved this experience!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is simply lovely - very clean and beautifully furnished! The location is awesome - perfect for cyclists and just a few steps to the shore! The owners were delightful and extremely helpful! I would definitely recommend to single travelers or couples looking for a quiet, off the beaten path space but close enough to restaurants and stores. If I could rate 6 stars, I would! Cory (Atlanta, GA)

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cory, you are too dear for words...thank you for your lovely review!!
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Galena OH

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is comfortable and well located between Port St Joe and Mexico Beach. It's on a private road in a small, friendly and walkable neighborhood. There's a new boardwalk to the uncrowded beach. The sunsets are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the cottage!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sharon!! Bob and I are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to experience those breathtaking sunsets!!
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Clean, well-equipped and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

The house is in the perfect spot. The proximity to the beach was just across the street. We saw dolphins swim by one morning and there are lots of sea shells. We loved strolling down and shopping on Main Street. The House had everything we needed for our stay and the bed was sooo comfortable. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, Dee—Bob and I are beyond thrilled that you had a wonderful getaway!! We are especially pleased that Mother Nature cooperated and that you were able to see the dolphins and, hopefully, you also found that perfect seashell. It was a pleasure to work with you, and we will certainly look forward to welcoming you back!! Take care, Mary P.S. We absolutely agree—isn’t that bed the best?!!
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  • 5 of 5

Peaceful & quiet. Would highly recommend

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gene, Bob and I are beyond thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and appreciate your taking the time to submit your wonderful review—many, many thanks!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.