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'Ms. Etta's House' - Your Cedar Key Home Away from Home

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Beautifully maintained property only a block from the Gulf of Mexico


Last updated: 03/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible sofa, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12)

Welcome to “Ms. Etta’s” House! Etta Wadley Watson was born in Cedar Key in 1908 and modeled with her own life the warmth, charm, and hospitality of her home. She loved to entertain friends, family and visitors and always wanted others to enjoy wonderful pictures of loved ones, view her beautiful yard, eat wonderful food, and to relax... and then relax some more. Upon her death her family decided to open her family home to those who are looking for a time of rest and relaxation and an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty, the birds, the warm breezes, and the unique culture of the island. If you have never been to Cedar Key, you are in for a real treat.

“Ms. Etta’s” house is set one block off of Goose Cove on the Gulf of Mexico. After a fire in 1991, the house was rebuilt and is both comfortable and spacious, offering the peace and serenity of Cedar Key living to families and groups of friends, large or small.

Capable of sleeping up to 15 people, this two-story home includes a private second-story apartment with private access featuring a living area, full kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and two bedrooms - just perfect for those who want their own privacy while still participating with the rest of friends and family on the main floor. The main floor has a large living room, three bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, a large dining room, and a spacious, fully equipped kitchen. Ms. Etta’s House will accommodate your large family vacation or family reunion and turn it into a memorable, fun-filled occasion.

Ms. Etta’s House is fully furnished and “tech ready” for your relaxation and enjoyment. It is equipped with dual-zone central heat and air conditioning with separate thermostats on each floor. You can literally feel the tension drain out of you as you settle in to all the comforts of home in an environment which offers quiet, waterside walks and gorgeous sunsets only a few hundred feet away.

Ms. Etta’s House offers a spacious living area on the main floor featuring a wood-burning fireplace, recliner chairs and a large and small sofa situated in front of a TV with a DVD player and a small family-friendly DVD library. A well-loved spinet piano stands ready for listening to your favorite pianist or a wonderful family sing-along.

The upstairs living area features a queen-size sleeping sofa and two chairs situated in front of a TV with DVD player. A two-seat bar separates the living room from the kitchen and defines the round table eating area.

The main floor kitchen features a large pantry, and laundry room with washer and dryer, a dual oven, large microwave, electric stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, coffeemaker, and two refrigerator-freezers with icemakers. It is fully equipped with cooking pots and baking pans, and most other small appliances needed to prepare and serve meals, large and small. A large, center serving island and preparation center provides bar-style seating for five in addition to the large kitchen dining table that seats 6 - 8 depending on their size. There is also a small TV in the kitchen. Adjoining the kitchen is a separate dining room with another large, circular dining table which seats ten.

The smaller upstairs kitchen is also fully equipped with pots, pans, baking equipment and utensils, in addition to a stove, oven, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, and dining area.

The main floor features three large bedrooms, two with a walk-in closet as well as its own full bathroom. The front master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed as well as a day bed, and a computer workstation with DSL access. The second bedroom features a King-sized bed. The third bedroom has twin beds and bunk beds (sleeps 2) and is perfect for kids, friends, and/or cousins. This room connects with one of the full bathrooms and also has quick access to a half bath off the kitchen. There are TV cable connections in two bedrooms and a TV in the second bedroom.

The upstairs area features two more bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and one with a king-sized bed, a full bathroom, and a queen-sized sleep sofa. The apartment master bedroom opens through French doors to an upper deck/porch area with a gorgeous view of the birds gliding in the wind currents and the Gulf of Mexico.

Ms. Etta’s House is fully Internet/WiFi capable via a DISH Satellite. Connect your laptop to the Wi-Fi servicing every room in the house. A printer is also available in the front bedroom for your use. Local and domestic long distance service is included. A credit card is required for international calls.

Ms. Etta’s House is situated on a well-maintained corner lot with a large, grass-covered play area behind the house. Extra sets of linens are provided as well as a washer and dryer on each floor. A propane gas grill is available for your use. Ms. Etta’s House is centrally located on the island. You are within easy walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants, the “sand spit” (low tide), downtown park, churches, and marina. Just down the street people gather at sundown to view the incredibly beautiful Cedar Key sunset.

A part of Florida’s “Nature Coast”, Cedar Key is a place like no other. Local activities available include fishing, kayaking, and boat excursions from the local marina, and golf cart, bike, and scooter rentals. Nearby Chiefland, Florida boasts a fine 18-hole golf course as well as Manatee Springs State Park – one of the largest fresh water springs in Florida (feeds into the Suwannee River). More information on Cedar Key is available at the Chamber of Commerce web site.

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Member since: 2007

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No college house parties...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Must negotiate additional security deposit. Owner needs to understand the pet's behavior and discipline....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 9-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Connects to largest bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Connects to twin sink dressing room and bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 king

    Apartment Bedroom; Has a small observation deck...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen

    Apartment Bedroom...moreless

  • Apartment Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Sleep Sofa is a Queen size...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single, 2 bunk bed

    Connects with bathroom shared with Bedroom 2...moreless

  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Queen Sofa Bed (1) , Bunk Beds (1) = 9 beds sleep 12...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

    Twin sinks...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Handicap Shower and Bars...moreless

  • Apartment 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Apartment Bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Off Main Kitchen and Bedroom 3...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Two unique living areas with full amenities. See description.


  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Television:

    DIRECT Television with 200+ channels in Main Floor Living Room. Main Floor Middle Bedroom, Main Floor KItchen and Apartment Living Room...moreless

  • Toys:

    Special children's closet on front porch with toys...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Laundromat

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Has a Dining Room as well as a large table in the Main Kichen - seats 6...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Two separate units serve the mainfloor and the apartment...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer available on Main Level as well as in Apartment...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    One car in breezeway...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Domestic Calls Only...moreless

  • Heating:

    Two separate units serve the mainfloor and the apartment...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Piano available...moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway and street parking available...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Limited to Large Driveway - double wide...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    We have a washer and dryer in the apartment and on the mainfloor for your convenience...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    DIRECT satellite - ...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee makers in Main Kitchen as well as Apartment...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Main Floor kitchen is fully equipped...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Enough for a group of 12...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher in Main Kitchen and Apartment...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Main Floor and Apartment kitchen have garbage disposal...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Microwave in Main Kitchen and Apartment...moreless

  • Oven:

    Double oven in Main Kitchen; single oven in apartment...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Large Pantry in Main Kitchen...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Three refrigerators - main floor kitchen, main floor laundry room and Apartment...moreless

  • Stove:

    Main Kitchen and Apartment Kitchen have electric stoves...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Main Floor Kitchen...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Small balcony off apartment bedroom...moreless

  • Golf:

    Golfing available at Chiefland Country Club (Semi Private Club)...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayak and Canoes are available from Cedar Key soures...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane Grill with Extra Propane Tank...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts available behind Cedar High School gymnasium...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 10 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,100 $8,400
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$2,100 $6,300
Oct 1 - Jan 14, 2018
3 night min stay
$2,100 $8,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $250
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 9%


Damage Protection includes additional work that our cleaning staff must do because the property was not cared for properly by the renter.

Payments are made through a personal check with 50% due to confirm the reservation and 50% due one month prior to Arrival Date

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/13/2017
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Year Purchased: 2007

About: My sister and I own Ms. Etta's House in Cedar Key. Our mother loved to entertain and she was so charming, beautiful, and gracious that we decided to share our home with others in her name. We have a spacious home so we attract wonderful family groups who are celebrating birthdays, graduating from the University of Florida, quilting, reunions, or just getting away with friends for fellowship and relaxation. We get such wonderful feedback and returning guests ... how totally perfect. Come see us and we think you will want to return again and again.

Why Cedar Key, FL, USA:
Ms. Etta's House has been our family's favorite vacation spot for many years. When we think of relaxing, napping, fishing, boating, watching the birds, or just taking a long walk, we think of Cedar Key. We decided that Ms. Etta's House would be in our family's experience for generations to come. We maintain our home just like our beloved mother was still living there ... we love to remember the wonderful Cedar Key experiences with her.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Ms. Etta's House is spacious, comfortable and perfect for families or great friends. We enjoy the opportunity to share the main floor of the house with family and friends and retreat upstairs to the comfortable and private apartment. We love to get around the piano in the large living room and sing songs that warm our hearts. We love to watch the sea birds from the porch off the apartment or just enjoy the privacy of reading a good book and feel the breeze ... a taste of Old Florida at its best. The front porch and the swing are a favorite spot for morning coffee or visiting with family and friends. Our grandchildren love to lick the bowl as they watch their grandmother prepare great pies, cakes or pudding treats. The Gulf shore is just down the street complete with the most remarkable sunsets you can imagine ... perfect for photographers who like to capture unbelievable beauty. The house features ample parking for multiple cars and boats with a spacious lawn for children to run and play. There is just no place like Cedar Key if you really want to get away and relax.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/13/2017

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  • Beautifully maintained property only a block from the Gulf of Mexico

    Beautifully maintained property only a block from the Gulf of Mexico

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen with island food preparation area

    Fully Equipped Kitchen with island food preparation area

  • Upstairs apartment area with private entrance.

    Upstairs apartment area with private entrance.

  • Convenient Round table ... seats ten

    Convenient Round table ... seats ten

  • Spacious Living Room Area

    Spacious Living Room Area

  • Relax on the front sun porch with a cup of coffee and a good book.

    Relax on the front sun porch with a cup of coffee and a good book.

  • Upstair apartment kitchen

    Upstair apartment kitchen

  • Wonderful eating area off the main kitchen

    Wonderful eating area off the main kitchen

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Saturday, March 25, 2017

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