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Blue Whale on St. George Island, Florida

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms+Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, 2 outside showers (Sleeps 6/8)




The Blue Whale Inn is a small private cottage on beautiful St. George Island, Florida. Ranked the #3 beach 2013-2016 in the USA by Dr. Beach! Our island/beaches are 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. Our 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.

While this vacation house is not a 'glamorous beach mansion', (the paint is a little faded on the exterior, the sheets don't always match and there may be a spot or two on the carpet)... it is cozy, comfortable and clean with a LOT of character!

It's 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 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 rates: $1300 to $1500 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), HBO and over 250 additional channels. There is a ROKU internet 'streaming video' box for your use with Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBOGO 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 great shape. Linens, towels, extra blankets & pillows, dishes, cookware & an extensive selection of cooking utensils are 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). There are no additional charges other than 9% state sales tax. We are currently not set up for credit cards, but personal checks 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:

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!!

Kind regards,


Keywords: Beach House

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John Summers Matthews
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About John Summers Matthews

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!

John Summers Matthews purchased this cottage in 1994

Why John Summers Matthews chose St. George Island

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!


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(3 traveler reviews)

Blue Whale on St. George Island, Florida
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Relaxing and fun

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location! Our family really enjoyed our stay at this lovely little beach home. Everything was great! The view from the deck was outstanding. We watched the dolphins everyday. The owner was so nice and was a pleasure to work with. We will be back next year! Thank you so much for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay on SGI .The weather was perfect the whole week. We spent a lot of time on deck,we could see the beach from deck,here the waves at night. Just a perfect location and the owner was excellent to reach and work out details of our stay.The price very reasonable. We will look forward to returning next year .Walking distance to Blue parrot restaurant which we also enjoyed .Thanks so much for sharing your house with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, Florida

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay. Owner was a pleasure to work with. Location was fantastic... across the street from the ocean (the beaches on SGI are fantastic) and a block away from The Blue Parrot restaurant. Very affordably priced. Nice extras included; like dishwasher liquid, laundry detergent & cleaning supplies. We will be back next year :-)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Tallahassee, FL


Rates & Availability

Gulf Beaches Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
All other dates
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Season 1 (Spring Break)
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Season 1 (prime)
May 20 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Special Holiday
May 28 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Season 2 (2017)
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Gulf Beaches Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Completely renovated bathroom with custom tile/stone shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs in the loft bedroom
  • Recently renovated bathroom on main level with large custom 'walk in' tile shower. Additional shower on outside deck.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size bed (1) Upstairs in loft BR w/seating area, Queen size Bed (1) in BR2, Queen Futon in living room, Twin beds (2) in BR 3.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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