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

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms , 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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More Details

Property Manager
Jim Webb
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

About Jim Webb

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.

Jim Webb purchased this house in 2007

Why Jim Webb chose Florida North Central

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Twin sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Handicap Shower and Bars
    Apartment 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Apartment Bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Off Main Kitchen and Bedroom 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Connects to largest bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Connects to twin sink dressing room and bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Apartment Bedroom; Has a small observation deck
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Apartment Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Connects with bathroom shared with Bedroom 2
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Bunk Beds (1) = 8 beds sleep 12
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two unique living areas with full amenities. See description.


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'Ms. Etta's House' - Your Cedar Key Home Away from Home
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 48 reviews

Great mini vacation with friends

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property, the pictures don't do justice. Very comfortable and large enough to spread out. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a great meal. We came with a group of friends and had an amazing mini vacation. The owner is attentive to every detail and very prompt to respond. He provided us with a list of things to do in Cedar Key, suggested restaurants. He even called to make sure we arrived and everything was to our satisfaction. We will definetely come back. Highly recommend if you're planning a vacation with a large group. And you can't miss the most besutiful sunset, just steps from the house.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best. House. Ever.

  • 5 of 5

This house is really wonderful! It is beautifully furnished yet comfortable at the same time. We lacked for nothing that we needed! There is even a piano which I thoroughly enjoyed playing. Very conveniently located. It is the perfect vacation home for a family.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience... the house is beautiful and large enough for 3 to 4 families. Mr. Webb was fantastic to work with. We will stay again.

Thank you Jim!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a very special week at "Miss Etta's." There were 11 of us celebrating our 60th anniversary, from as far away as Germany. I really can't begin to cover just how perfect this home was for us – there was not one thing we needed that we didn't find! A spare lightbulb, a lemon squeezer, every kind of kitchen implement, closets full of linens and supplies, and everything pristine clean. There was a wonderful big living room with comfy chairs for all of us to sit in and visit together (we did lots of that!). And then when someone wanted quiet time we each had our bedroom spot. There was room for several to cook, for all of us to eat together (thanks to the island/bar in the kitchen) and the front porch (with hanging swing) is delightful. We even had the Adirondack chairs plus a few yard chairs (which we had brought along) out under the cedar tree in the side yard. "Miss Etta's" was truly home to all of us for a whole week. We love Cedar Key. I could fill a page telling you all the things we did, and some of it was just serendipitous (ghost tour, kayaking, pontoon boat ride, visiting the museum, walking the boardwalk near the cemetery, cruising around in a rented six-passenger golf cart, hanging out in the quilt shop). It's a charming town full of friendly people and we look forward to our next visit. Thank you Jim Webb. You are the perfect host! The Summerlin family.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection! This is an amazing house that truly felt like"Home".

  • 5 of 5

Our family had the pleasure of celebrating our Mother's 80th Birthday in this awesome home. She was born in Cedar Key in 1937 and she really wanted her birthday gathering to be in Cedar Key. After much research, we found Miss Etta's House to be our perfect match. We were a party of 12 and the accommodations could not have been more perfect. The home has the most amazing layout for entertaining in comfort and true Southern Style. This home has anything and everything you need to enjoy a special getaway. We'll cherish forever the family time we were able to share with our Mother. In fact, we need to schedule for next year as she said, "Maybe we can meet here again on my NEXT birthday!" We highly recommend this lovely home to anyone who wishes to visit Cedar Key. Thank you Mr. Jim, your family and staff for making this a special time that we'll never forget. Till next time!

The (Collins) Cooley Family

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of The Best!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented homes quite a few times over the years and Ms. Etta's house is by far one of our top choices! The home is very clean, everything you need is provided for a comfortable, relaxing stay in Cedar Key. The house is quite large and could easily hold a large family or multiple families. The location of the house is perfect, minutes from the grocery store, the restaurants, and a gorgeous sunset every night. We rented a golf cart, which we recommend doing. There is plenty of parking at Ms. Etta's house, the neighborhood is quiet and well kept. We will definitely return to this beautiful, inviting home! If you are looking for a relaxing, recharging vacation, visit Cedar Key. It's "Old Florida" atmosphere is a welcoming place to be and the owner Jim W. is a gracious host.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Damage Deposit $500

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 if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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