Blue Whale on St. George Island, Florida(4 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms+Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, 1 outside showers (Sleeps 6/8)
A GREAT/FANTASTIC LOCATION ON THE ISLAND!
(PLEASE READ ALL BELOW BEFORE CONTACTING/EMAILING US)
The Blue Whale Inn is a small private cottage on beautiful St. George Island, Florida. Ranked the #3 beach 2013-2017 in the USA by Dr. Beach!
Our island is in the 'upper echlon' of vacation destinations... which is quite an honor & distinction!!
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Please note; SGI is a 'laid back', quiet and peaceful location. 'Serenity Now' comes to mind. This island is the complete opposite from Panama City Beach! Although there are several bars & restaurants blocks from the house with live music on some nights, DJs & karaoke on others... If you are looking for wild 'party times' then we are not for you.
Built in the late 70's & Purchased in '94 by the Summers/Matthews family, our home is now available for rent (in 1 week blocks only) to the general public on a limited basis.
This vacation house is not a 'glamorous beach mansion', (the paint is a little faded on the exterior, the sheets don't always match, there may be a spot or two on the carpet and dust on the picture frames). We are NOT a 5 Star hotel or resort (we probably wouldn't pass the white glove treatment). That being said: the BWI is cozy and comfortable with a lot of character... plus the price is affordable!!
The Whale is a traditional 'Florida beach cottage'! Friends have described it as a "1970's type island bungalow". The surrounding grounds are natural (no fancy landscaping). The location is directly across the street from the ocean with easy public beach access. It's near the center of the island (309 West Gorrie Drive) and within walking distance to shops, restaurants and recreation areas (it's only a half block walk to or from The Blue Parrot). There is very little 'traffic' on the road in front of the house, so crossing the street to the beach w/kids is not a problem (more bicycles, walkers and golf carts pass by than cars).
The island is great for runners or bikers (with flat terrain and sidewalks along Gulf Beach Drive). The ocean can be flat as glass on some days or produce nice sized waves on others... perfect for boogie boarding (there are boogie boards at the house that you are welcome to use). The good news is that (unlike many other beaches on the Gulf), it's SAFE! No 'rip-currents' on St. George Island!
The home sleeps 6 comfortably with 3 bedrooms (loft BR with king bed and sitting area, master BR with queen bed & additional BR room with twin beds). 2 extra people could sleep on the Futons in the living room (but it gets a little crowded... 6 is the perfect number). There is a recently renovated bath with a large walk in custom tile shower on the main level, a half bath in the loft and outdoor 'open-air' shower on the side. The home features a large deck with fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico along with a 4 person hot-tub.
This cottage is available for WEEK LONG STAYS ONLY (top rate: $1300 per week). Season 2 is priced at $1000 per week and season 3 is lower. Shorter stays (or month long stays) are sometimes available during 'off season', check with owner (we'd be happy to try and work with you). Deposit is 50% of rent (balance due at least a week prior to arrival). We personally use the house a lot and only rent 8 to 10 times a year (to cover our taxes and insurance). Our rates are quite fair & affordable and vary depending on length of stay and season. They are also NOT NEGOTIABLE (please do not 'make us an offer' or ask for reduced rates). When the house is not rented then we will be there :-)
There are lots of extras including a hammock for the deck, entertainment system w/outdoor speakers. 42' HD flat screen TV with dual-tuner HD Dish Network satellite receiver & DVR (loaded with movies), Sirus/XM radio, HBO, Showtime and over 250 additional channels. There is a ROKU internet 'streaming video' box for your use with Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO-GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME subscriptions (thousands of movies and programing, free on demand). There is an additional TV w/DVD in Palm bedroom. The furniture & appliances are several years old, but in good shape. Linens, towels, extra blankets & pillows, dishes, cookware and an extensive selection of cooking utensils are available. A collection of books and DVDs are also provided.
There is a central AC/heat system (Train) along with individual wall mounted AC units in each bedroom for personal climate control. The cottage stays CHILL :-)
The home and island/beach are 'pet friendly' (pets require a non-refundable $100 pet fee). Dogs in public areas/beach/park must be on a leash. There are no additional charges other than 9% state sales tax. We are currently not set up for credit cards, but personal checks or money orders are fine. We can accept PayPal with a 3% surcharge.
This home is owner managed (not by a rental company). There is on-site direct (pass word protected) Wi-Fi & high speed DSL internet service provided. Cell service on the island is good (with the exception of T-Mobile).
Although I personally (or my housekeeper in Eastpoint) come down to the island between reservations to wash the sheets/towels, make up the beds and make sure the house is ready for our next guests, we do ask that each family/group make every effort to leave the cottage in the condition it was when you arrived and is clean and presentable for the next guests. This arrangement allows us to keep our rates lower and has worked well. We do have maid/cleaning services available at no charge if, upon arrival, you discover anything unsatisfactory (which you should report to us immediately). We also have a monthly professional exterminating service.
The HOT TUB is a thrill... in the summer, we keep it 'cool' which provides a stimulating experience after a warm day on the beach. When it's chilly at night, you can move the temperature 'up' for a relaxing warm night time 'soak'.
If the hot tub water looks 'cloudy' you are welcome to 'drain' and refill with fresh water (a hose is there on the deck next to the outside shower).
We appreciate you considering the BWI for your next vacation & look forward to hearing from you :-). Also, PLEASE VIEW OUR VIDEO on YouTube (it's not very well produced, but gives you a good feel of the cottage). Copy and paste the link below to your browser.
We highly encourage you to watch the video prior to calling us.
We also have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BlueWhaleInnSGI
Please contact John Summers Matthews for more information and availability.
We anticipate and look forward to personally connecting with potential guests prior to booking. we've been on VRBO for many years... we have a good reputation. THANKS!!
Keywords: Beach House
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Member since: 2008
- 890 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Live Theater
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Sight Seeing
- Beach View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Covered Parking:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Outdoor Grill
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Season 1 (Spring Break)
Mar 4 - Apr 15, 2017
7 night min stay
Season 1 (prime)
May 20 - Sep 9, 2017
7 night min stay
May 28 - Jun 3, 2017
7 night min stay
Season 2 (2017)
Sep 10 - Nov 4, 2017
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $100
- Tax Rate 9%
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Year Purchased: 1994
About the owner: We live in Tallahassee, FL We've owned this cottage for 20+ years and have many wonderful memories of fun times with friends! Our family grew up and spent many, many summers and weekends at The Whale... SGI (and the BWI) is dear to our heart!
Why the Owner Chose Gulf Beaches, Eastpoint, FL, USA:
SGI is the best... Our little piece of paradise is something we are very fortunate and blessed to have had for over 20+ years. Life is good!
- Primary: (850) 942-9400 (Florida, USA)
- Secondary: +1 8502283975 Cell/text phone
Blue Whale Inn on SGI
Front shot of BWI from deck
Another side shot of The Blue Whale Inn (with our new steel roof).
Blue Whale Inn kitchen
Palm room with queen bed and TV.
New tile shower!!
Stairs to loft bedroom (w/half bath)
Hall leading from living room to bedrooms.
Microwave, coffee maker & Kitchen-Aid professional blender.
Matthews Family Fun on SGI @ BWI :-)
World class fishing pier extending deep into the bay!
Gulf view from deck
Another shot of the front of the Whale.
Blue Whale Inn loft bed room (w/seating area)
Another view of the 'Palm Room'.
The Bunk Room (with twin beds)
Flags flying proud on the front deck (we have many for you to choose from)
Kitchen counter w/Kitchen-Aid toaster.
Hot Tub Fun!!
The beach across the street from the house (voted #3 in the nation)!!
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017
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