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'Giggling Gecko' - 1/2 Block from the Gulf, Private Pool

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
5
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14-18)

Great House Near Pompano Joes Restaurant. The house features a game room with pool table and a wet bar. Huge kitchen/dining with seating for 14. Two 2nd floor balconies.Elevator. Spiral stair to a 4th floor observation area with great beach views. Walk to Pompano Joes restaurant. Beach access is only 1/2 block. Great section of the beach with not structures other that the bathroom and shower area

Large eat in kitchen

Private pool

Keywords: House


Owner
Ben
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 20, 2016

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

'Giggling Gecko' - 1/2 Block from the Gulf, Private Pool
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews
Dallas
5

**** BEAUTIFUL, COMFORTABLE, AWESOME HOME *****

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends rented this home over the Labor Day week! This was our first trip to Destin and our first time renting a property. The best part of our stay was this gorgeous home! It fit all 8 adults and one kiddo more than comfortably. The photos; although amazing; do it no justice. IT IS AMAZING! It is less than a block to the beautiful beach and the backyard pool was so nice in the evenings! It was very clean and everything we needed was provided. We mostly enjoyed the beach and pool but ventured out to snorkel and sight see on the Sea Blaster. FudPuckers was a lot of fun for my 3 year old daughter. I would love to come back to "The Driftwood" home every year and would highly recommend it to everyone!

Thanks for the good times and wonderful memories!

Nichole

Dallas Texas

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best florida trip

  • 5 of 5

This was such a wonderful house I hope we get to stay again everything was fantastic for my family vacation I would most definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 0
St. Louis, MO
5

Beautiful Home - Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

Ben was gracious enough to allow me and one other mom stay here with 16 eighteen year old kids! The home was wonderful! About the pictures - the pool felt a little smaller than the picture looked, but it was still perfectly fine for us. We were just a minutes' walk to the beach, so we really didn't need the pool so much. But the kitchen!! It is BIGGER than the picture portrays. It was the absolute best kitchen!! We loved it!!! The only thing we wished for was more seating in the living room, but again....we were fine. There was plenty of seating for dining, which is so important!! We contacted Ben a couple of times with questions and he responded in a timely manner. We also asked if he had coolers we could borrow, and he immediately lent two of them to us. I've rented around six or seven vacation homes over the years, and I have found that I don't need a perfect house in perfect condition, but what I do need is someone to respond when I have questions or concerns, and the owner of this house did not disappoint!! I would recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alpharetta, GA
5

Amazing House!

  • 5 of 5

This house is incredible. The pictures don't do it justice. It is VERY spacious. There were 13 of us and we had more than enough room. The kitchen is the perfect gathering place for a large number of people. The house is wired with speakers in every room which made it very entertaining. The entire stay was perfect. We'll be back next year for sure.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, KY
5

LOVELY HOME WITH LOTS OF ROOM!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 17 spent the week here and had a great time. We would definitely return. The location is ideal. The kids were able to pick up their boogie boards and sand buckets and easily carry them to the beach in just a couple of minutes. The house was spacious and decorated in a very "cozy" style and very comfortable. The bunk room is AWESOME for children. When we first arrived and saw the pool, we thought it was small. However, it is about four feet deep, private, and provided plenty of room. The kids loved, loved, loved it. My favorite room was the kitchen. It was spacious and had plenty of pans and dishes. There was seating for everyone. There are only a couple of negative things I can offer. The dishwasher seems to be in need of an update. It didn't really seem to get the dishes clean so we ended up handwashing most items. Not bad because we used a LOT of paper and plastic products (sorry environment but we were on vacation). Also, a couple of the bathrooms had mildew on some of the tiles (very, very minor but this can be easily corrected). I really miss the rain shower in the bathrooms. I am so getting them for my house at home. The city of Destin is lovely and we will definitely be returning. The weather was not cooperating the week we were there, but the house was so amazing that we really didn't even mind the rain. Thanks for a great family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL
1

I WOULD NEVER RENT HERE AGAIN

  • 1 of 5

Upon arrival, there were cigarette butts and beer bottles in the pool, and a huge bag of trash from the previous renter on the porch. The elevator was broken and several people were trapped inside for hours. The owner was staying in a house across the street. He came into the Giggling Gecko on a daily basis to inspect. He actually came in one time at 9:30pm at night, and entered the bedroom where someone in our party was sleeping, and insisted that he clean up. Apparently we didn't keep the house as clean as he wanted during our stay. Even his wife admitted to someone in our party that she was spying on us through her kitchen window. Which I find disturbing.

We left the house in the same shape that we found it. But, the owner refuses to return our deposit. We have asked for receipts to document any repairs he has had to do, and he has not been able to provide them. We have registered a complaint with VRBO, but they are unable to do anything.

There are lots of beautiful homes in the Destin area, with nice owners. This just isn't one of them, and I would suggest staying away...especially if you ever want to see your deposit again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The reviewer of the home actually never stayed in the home nor did she see anything that went on in the home. We employ a professional cleaning service and they do a great job cleaning. Everything was clean upon arrival. Also I live next door to this house. The guest who signed the rental contract informed me that students would be occupying the house. She was the mother of one of the students and she assured me that and she would be staying at the house the entire time. As it turns out she did not spend even one night there. Starting with the first night they had a huge party at the house complete 75+ people, our furniture moved into the yard, urinating in the front yard, beer cans and trash everywhere. The next day I called the mother who signed the contract to let her know what happened and she did nothing to get it under control. I went to the house frequently to tell them to turn the music down because I have young children trying to sleep. When i was there I observed 100s of beer cans strewn about everywhere on the floor and countertops and asked them to clean it up. Not sure what the "spying " accusation is all about. Our kitchen window does not face the house. 2 students misoperated the elevator and became stuck in it. One of the other students informed me of this and I immediately retrieved the key and opened the elevator door. They were not stuck for hours. The students in the elevator had cell phones and they could have called the fire dept if they felt the situation was dire. There were also about 10 students outside the elevator door who thought it was very amusing that their buddies were on the elevator. The bottom line is I misled by someone who represented she would be staying in the house when in fact she leased it for a group of students who made a mess. I have email documentation that proves I provided pictures of all the damage.I also emailed her receipts for cleaning, and other items. Her damage deposit was $1000.00 and the cleaning bill alone was $900. You can call SBM cleaning services to verify this. We appreciate our guests and assure you that all 9 of our homes are top notch and well taken care of as evidenced by reviews of those homes.
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Rates & Availability

Miramar Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
Spring
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,695
 
 
Spring
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,295
 
 
Summer
May 20 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,995
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,895
 
 
Fall
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$475
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $375
Tax Rate 11.5%

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Amenities

Miramar Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (0), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (4)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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