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Bus/RV Parking for large groups! Beach & Shopping! Heated Private Pool!

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

6/7 BR 5 Bath Slps 21 - Separate apartment

20 % Discount for April/May/September- contact us now!!!

VERY CLOSE TO THE BEACH (2mins) - Public Beach Access leads you onto the stunning soft white sands and emerald green waters of the Panhandle. Our home suits everyones needs from family and friend get togethers through to Weddings, birthday celebrations, etc. A short walk down to the beach in the evening is a must where you can enjoy the evening sounds of beach waves, cooling sands and watch the sun set – serenity to end your perfect day.

There is so much to do in Destin, if you can tear yourself away from our luxurious home for long enough! If anyone in your group is interested in recreational activities, you will be pleased to know there are golf courses, waterparks, go-karting, various restaurants, fire work displays, evening pontoon sunset hires (Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin), dolphin cruises, some fabulous outlet malls (Silver Sands), etc. within an approx. 3 mile drive and we would be only too happy to provide further information on these activities if you so wish (some activities are limited over the low season months). There is also a the huge convenience of a supermarket (Publix) less than a mile from Peace Place, for you to stock up on your vacational supplies (there are two bbq's for your use - gas and grill coal). The private pool has optional heating and, therefore, available for use all year round! The pool is also surrounded by a wall and foilage so you will have the privacy to enjoy with your group without the worries of pedestrians trying to have a nose at what you're up to.

All our guests enjoy free WiFi and cable television.

Peace Place has the uniqueness of the apartment being attached to the main house, so it can be used either separately by closing it off (it is self-contained) or alternatively by opening it up into the main house, it becomes one home. The choice is purely yours and your groups. You can alternate its use to meet your individual needs, e.g. if someone in the group (e.g. grandparents) might be looking for a little quieter time during the day or evening, this is easily accommodated by yourselves. As the apartment is self-contained, some families/groups love the fact that there are two kitchens, two washing machines and two dryers for use – a great perk when trying to cook and clothes wash with big groups.

For up to 21 guests.

THE MAIN HOUSE sleeps 14. Double French doors invite you into this charming home which is highlighted by ten foot ceilings, crown molding, treyed ceilings and a fireplace.

Downstairs Master The French Room King

Bonus Bunk Room off the master bath ... Twin over twin bunks

Living Room Queen Sleeper Sofa

Upstairs The Cottage Room King

Upstairs The East Indies Room King

Upstairs Loft The Crews Bunk RoomTwo twin over twin

THE APARTMENT sleeps 6. It's a self contained 2br/2ba apartment with its own living area, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private entrance, and a private deck with chairs, table and sun umbrella. The pool, BBQ grill and parking are easily accessible from the apartment.

Apartment The Nautical Room King

Apartment The Boat Room Two twin beds

Apartment The TV Room Queen Sleeper Sofa

KNOWN AS PEACE PLACE in Destin’s Crystal Beach community, this beautiful home truly showcases the Florida beach-house lifestyle.

CHARMING OLD IRON GATES lead you into your own personal paradise in the peaceful courtyard filled with tropical foliage as well as scented Magnolias and ancient Live Oaks. Relax in the courtyard and enjoy the privacy of your own pool which can be heated in the cooler months

REUNIONS, WEDDINGS, anniversaries or receptions. They all become easy here, with generous space for family gatherings in the spacious living and dining areas as well as the outdoor areas. You will enjoy the well appointed large gourmet kitchen where families can cook fine meals together while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. You can seat 18 for dinner. Professionally decorated and completely furnished, with a total of 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, Peace Place sleeps 20 comfortably.

PARKING is for 6+ cars. RV, BUS or BOAT is OK. Very easy in and out.

WITHIN ONE MILE you will find a major regional shopping center, a 14 screen movie complex, Publix, WalMart, the Big Kahuna Water Park and more.

WITHIN THREE MILES you will find 50 steak/chops/seafood restaurants, nine golf courses, two major resorts, Destin Harbor, Destin Commons Regional Mall and the largest discount shopping complex in the US.

YOUR HOSTS, David & Katherine are actually English and came over to the Destin area having fallen in love with it so much; with its white sand and emerald clear water, friendly locals and fabulous weather they have decided to invest in what they see to be the perfect vacation home. They have also bought another house within a 10 minute drive so they can be on hand to help out and offer an outstanding service.


David & Katherine

SMALLER GROUPS We have some of the nicest weather of the year in northwest Florida In the “Off Season”. That’s August 15 to March 15, and the Month of May. Peace Place is available then as 6Br/5Bath, 4Br/3Bath, or 2Br/2Bath.

We invite you to call for special rates.

More Details

Katherine Ruffel
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Katherine Ruffel

We have owned Peace Place since January 2012 and are therefore fairly new to the rental market and learning very quickly, as well as meeting some wonderful guests along the way. We have also recently purchased Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin because we absolutely adore Destin and the outdoor lifestyle.

We are British and fell in love with Destin the very first time we visited and, having loved it so much, we not only bought our vacational home, we bought a residential home for us to enjoy 6 months of the year. We could have bought in Spain as it is so much closer for us but we just adored Destin and the people that live here too.

People we have met on vacation in Destin are either frequent visitors or, if it is their first visit, they only speak highly of the area and always say they will be returning again. We know that we made the right choice.

We hope you choose to stay in our home and enjoy it for the reasons we bought it, it gives us great pleasure to see people smiling, laughing, reminising etc. when coming to our home. It's an honour.

Hopefully, we might meet one day.

David & Katherine

Katherine Ruffel purchased this house in 2012

Why Katherine Ruffel chose Crystal Beach

Fabulous size! Those who stay in the house often comment on how much bigger it is than they imagined from the photos.

It is really close to the beach and the location allows for you to choose whether you wish to be on a busier stretch of beach or more secluded.

It has it's own Private Pool!

What makes this house unique

The apartment joins the main house and can be shut off to split the living arrangements and provide quieter times if necessary, eg Grandparents. Secondly for weddings it allows for the bride and groom to get ready separately but not being shut off from the rest of the bridal group.

There is ample parking for the group to park their cars.

For birthday celebrations, the birthday guest can stay comfortably in the apartment whilst the main house is prepared for their surprise.

Having the mainhouse and apartment, provides 2 kitchens, 2 fridges, two washing machines, 2 driers, etc. A massive help when there is a large group!

The private pool cannot be seen by people driving past or walking (unless the come right up to the entrance gate which is highly unlikely).

Recently redecorated and flat screen tvs installed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

family reunion

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We very much enjoyed our vacation. The house was wonderful,especially all the room on the bottom floor for us old folks. The beach is a short walk away and is very accessible. We hope to stay again soon. Thank you for letting us share your home. The kids really enjoyed the heated pool !!

Date of arrival

December 16, 2016
Dec 2016
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Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Loft
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , Loft
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Loft
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Queen Sleeper Sofa
    Room 8 - 1 twin/ single , Queen Sleeper Sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private Chef and Maid/Housekeeping service are optional extras. Ample parking at the house for 6+ cars. RV, BUS or BOAT is OK. Very easy in and out. Pontoon, Wave Runner, Sunset Pontoon, kayaks, paddle board hire (call Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin)


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average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I rented this beach house in April 2017 for my wedding and it was absolutely amazing. The house was well taken care of and super clean. The pool was amazing and its in walking distance to the beach so you don't even have to drive and get sand all in the car. I was from out of state and getting in touch with the owners was so easy it made booking and everything such a smooth process. We are already planning another trip back down to Florida and to this wonderful house!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bethany, How wonderful to receive such a lovely review. Thank you! And again, congratulations on your wedding. David and I loved the photo you shared with us, so special and thank you for sending it through to us. We would love to have you stay in our again so be sure to give us enough notice and I can try put a little package together, as a returning guest, and maybe get to meet you both?
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Great location! Lots of room!

  • 5 of 5

The house was located in a great location and had LOTS of room! We are a family of 8 and had so much room. We loved the little side apartment area since we have a little toddler and the outside patio and pool area. Even though we were worried about Hurricane Irma, we were able to still enjoy most of our trip but we were sad we had to leave a little early from our beautiful vacation. The owners, Katherine and David were so accommodating and helpful and kept in communication with us while we were discussing plans for the hurricane. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a beautiful house in a great location! We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for leaving a review. David and I appreciate the time you have taken to let people know what worked well for you at Peace Place. We so hope to see you visiting again soon (with the Pontoon). Do stay in touch.
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Chicago, Illinois

Amazing home and location - great owners!

  • 5 of 5

When I began researching a last minute stay in the Destin area for Easter weekend, Peace Place stood out from its competition mostly due to the private pool, location close to the beach, and willingness to allow a family pet. I was impressed to receive a not only quick but also personal and courteous response from an actual homeowner--not the canned management company response I had become used to from past rental experiences. It was a no brainer--I was excited to choose Peace Place for our Easter weekend getaway.

Everything was arranged easily only a day before our arrival. We arrived late in the evening, which has created inconvenient issues with other rentals in the past. This time, we arrived without a glitch, and as an added bonus, the pool heat we had requested had actually been set up and the pool couldn't have been more comfortable for a late night swim.

It wasn't until morning that my group of 6 friends was able to get fully acclimated to this beautiful home. The setup with a separate complete apartment in the back of the house is roomy and a brilliant layout. The main kitchen was quite spacious and accommodated us well even as several friends from the area came for a visit. The gas grill is piped directly into a line and thus requires no propane tank--how convenient! Parking was ample and convenient, and the furnishings throughout the house were all in good order and very comfortable.

As we initially intended to use the home as a base for quick visits to the beach, we rented a golf cart for our stay in order to haul us and our beach toys right to the water. This was perfect for the easy 2-3 block commute to two tremendously beautiful beach access points. The beaches in this area are spectacular, but it was a bit windy at the beach throughout our stay and the red flags were up. While as a group of water lovers we normally would have tolerated that, we didn't have to--we had water right in our yard. The landscaping is indeed peaceful, and the pool itself is a perfect venue to enjoy a couple of days of relaxation, and we are so glad we did!

Peace Place is truly a wonderful home in a great location that is owned by great people. Overall, it's an amazing value in light of the location and accommodations, and I look forward to staying again in the future for much longer than a weekend!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for such a detailed and most helpful review. I am sure our future guests will appreciate the time you have taken, as we definitely do, to write what you have. We loved the photos of your furbaby and do hope to have you all stay again!
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Fantastic Destin experience!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family rented Peace Place for our spring break week and were really blown away by how comfortable, roomy and beautiful the place is. The heated pool was ideal for the kids and the private patio was really the icing on the cake. Every time we needed to talk to staff they were courteous and responsive.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Jenny, for taking time to post a review on our vacation home. David and I are over the moon that you enjoyed our home and we seem to have excelled your expectations (seems we may well have you come stay again in the future!). So many guests comment on the uniqueness of our pool and private courtyard, it seems to be an excellent feature of our home (along with the spaciousness inside). Thank you for sharing your experience. David and I put so much emphasis on communication with our guests, hence us arranging 24/7 management cover too. Thank you again Jenny, we do hope to have you stay you again in the future.
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family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our vacation. The house was wonderful,especially all the room on the bottom floor for us old folks. The beach is a short walk away and is very accessible. We hope to stay again soon. Thank you for letting us share your home. The kids really enjoyed the heated pool !!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our home. David and I are blessed to have such wonderful families staying in our home. Now that December is behind us and we are into January, we are beginning to do our yearly refurb. The upstairs of the main house, the stairs leading down to the main house ground floor, are all being replaced with new hardwood flooring. I do hope you will like it if you choose to come and stay again. Photos will be uploaded so any feedback would be great! Thanks so much for choosing our home!
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Norcross, GA

Best Christmas Ever

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time having a destination Christmas. This house really was the icing on the cake. The house is a GREAT size for a family reunion. There are plenty of rooms and beds! The place was very clean when we arrived, even with them having a fully booked month! On top of that, I didn't realize that Destin was in Central time, so we were going to arrive about two or three hours before our check in time at 4. I just called them to see if there would any way that we could check in early, and they did whatever it took to make sure the house was clean before we arrived! The beach is literally a short 4 minute walk. (WE TIMED IT!). The beach is a private beach so it's very clean, white sands, water is sparkling blue. Back to the house though. The backyard/pool area is amazing. When you're laying out on the pool chairs, you feel like you're in an oasis. They designed the backyard VERY WELL. They also have a box full of beach stuff that you can take to the beach! How convenient! Overall, this trip was amazing because of this house. The owners were also VERY communicative and on top of everything. They really wanted to ensure that we had an awesome vacation. I typically don't write reviews, unless I'm extremely upset about something. But I HAD to write a review for this house. I wanted future guests to know that this house as well as the owners are truly amazing. I will definitely be recommending this house to my friends and family as well. Thank you so much!!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Fort Walton Beach VPS 20 mi Panama City PFN 30 mi
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sandestin Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 98 and Florida 293
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Crystal Beach
Car: recommended

It's a a two and half minute stroll to the beach access in the residential community of Crystal Beach. The Destin harbor area is four miles west, and the San Destin Resort area is three miles east. Within this area are 75 seafood/steak house restaurants and fast food takeout or delivery. There are nine golf courses in the area. Gulf or Bay fishing trips can be arranged easily on the phone. The entire family will enjoy The Big Kahuna Water Park or The Track [Go carts and mini golf]. Shop at Destin Commons Regional Mall, Silver Sands Outlet Mall and lots of nice boutiques. Publix and Walmart are within a mile.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heating $35
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning & Damage Waiver $375 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Add: 11% tax $250 Cleaning $39 Damage Waiver
for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years weeks add $50/night
Pool heat optional $30/day $200/wk
Deposit 25% with reservation. Call to reserve.
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*If you rent as a five bedroom, the rest of the home will not be rented, so you will have complete privacy. [In spring & summer, it's available only as seven be

25% desposit required at the time of booking, balance due 45 days before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.