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As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-8)

'As Good As It Gets' - A perfect '10' cottage with front covered porch, rear screened porch, and a lushly landscaped yard with a picket fence with lavish pool right out back. Very clean!

A VERY short walk to Frangista beach (4 minutes and your toes are in the famous Emerald Waters) with the uncrowded neighborhood pool directly behind home. You can sit on screened porch and watch the kids swim in the luxurious large pool. This charming cottage has 11 ft ceilings and all hardwood floors. The owner is an interior designer and has left nothing unattended - you will be pleasantly surprised by the tasteful vintage decor. Colors are soft and relaxing and no detail has been overlooked including high quality bedding. You will be charmed by the iron beds, cotton quilts and vintage linen fabrics. There is a large LCD TV with surround sound in the gathering room and 2 flat screens in bedrooms as well as DVD on each. There is a luxury king bed in the master, a queen in the other bedroom. There is also a queen sleeper sofa and a queen air mattress with integrated air inflation.

You will feel as if you are staying at a Five Star Luxury Bed and Breakfast. The master suite, named La Jardin Suite (the garden suite) has soft pistachio green walls, hydrangea wreath, garden statuary, wrought iron accents, yellow toile cotton quilts and beautiful accessories. It is refreshing and relaxing and perfect in every detail. The secondary suite, named La Petite Suite, is decorated with a Country French cotton quilt and bedding, black iron bed and black distressed furnishings. Beautiful original oils and limited edition prints complete the pleasing ambience of this room.

The kitchen is fully equipped so if you prefer to donning your apron instead of waiting in line at a restaurant, everything you need is there including stainless appliances, a new Bosch side by side fridge with ice and water in the door and and new stainless ceramic top range.

The gathering room is something out of a magazine with it's slip covered furniture, original oils and vintage touches. The large oval table in a distressed red finish will seat six.

The walk to the beach is about 200 yards (very very short). Your toes will touch the beautiful white sands of the Gulf in minutes. You cross Scenic 98 which is not busy. It also has speed bumps all along the road and at the private beach access. Although we have wireless internet access, you can also walk to the corner to 'Bad Ass Coffee' for internet access and a great cup of java. If you are not familiar with Scenic 98 location, it departs from hwy 98 at the Destin Commons Mall and comes back into 98 at Silver Sands Outlet Mall (shopping mecas). This is the road where Pompano Joes and Destiny By The Sea is located. The beaches are uncrowded due the abscense of high rise condos in the area.

We are confident if you stay once, you will return, making 'As Good As It Gets' your Florida beach tradition.

Keywords: Cottage, Miramar Beach, Frangista Beach, Destin, beach vacation, close to beach, heated pool, charming, vintage decor, Emerald Coast, Beach, sleeps 6, beach get-away

More Details

Barbara French
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Barbara French

Hi and thanks for inquiring about our cottage, 'As Good As It Gets'. This is the 3rd rental property we have owned in the Destin area and we're thrilled to leave the condo market to obtain a charming cottage so close to the beach. If you wonder why we have such great comments from our guests, it is because I am an interior designer with a passion for beauty. We take great pride in excellence and knowing we have made our home a fabulous destination for our guests. We have always had a high rate of returning guests because of our passion for creating beautiful properties. Also, we LOVE being able to vacation in such a great place ourselves so there is a bit of selfishness involved! I own a small custom cabinet business in Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville. We have one 11 year old daughter who loves the beach and horses. Someday we hope to retire to our cottage as it feels we are pulling into 'home' when we cross the Bay Bridge (well, at best, maybe WE can be the snow birds occupying the cottage during the winter. I added my pic as I am the one you will be speaking with.

Barbara French purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Barbara French chose Frangista Beach

For years I have driven by the charming cottages of Frangista Beach and dreamed of owning one. The pastel colored cottages and picket fences so close to the beach won my heart. Many I had looked at over the years were larger than what I cared to manage. We had just sold our beach front condo when this cottage at Frangista came on the market. I didn't have to think twice. We hopped in the car, drove to Destin and wrote a contract the first day. I love that it is out of the really busy traffic hustle of Destin, yet positioned between the Destin Commons Mall and Silver Sands outlet mall (sorry, I love to shop). Also, there are many great restaurants, grocery stores and fun things for our family to do and just steps from those sugar white beaches.

What makes this cottage unique

I love staying somewhere clean and well maintained - where items are replaced when need be to retain that new look. The colors in the cottage are so relaxing. Everyone comments on how restful it is. I love sitting on the screened back porch and hearing the water fall in the large pool located directly behind the cottage. It is so relaxing. When we are ready to head to the beach, it is just a few minutes walk. I enjoy having a private beach that is not wall to wall people. It is not crowded at all.


Frangista Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bookings from mid May to Mid August are from Saturday to Saturday, Saturday to Friday or Sunday to Saturday. Six days rentals minimum during summer.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master has large tile shower plus a large jacuzzi tub and double vanities.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) Luxury premium pillow top mattresses with allergy covers, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) queen sleeper sofa in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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As Good as it Gets-a Perfect '10' Cottage Very Close 2 Beach
average rating of 4.796875 based on 64 reviews

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do this beautiful home justice. The owner is extremely helpful and accommodating. The pool’s proximity is a bonus, and super convenient. The short walk to the beach was easy. And lots of amenities shop, wine store, beach shop. The kids loved the house and we enjoyed cooking in the kitchen and on the grill. Highly recommend! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the nice review. I do hope you come back soon. You were a delight to get to "know" via texting.
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Cute Cottage

  • 3 of 5

This cottage is in a great location! It was our first time going to Destin and we were really unsure of where to stay. Very convenient location and easy to get to the beach access.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

BEST place we have ever stayed in Destin! Everything you need is in the cottage. Hated leaving. Barbara is very responsive. We did not have any issues. If you are looking for a place in Destin look no further.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and location.

  • 5 of 5

Great location within walking distance to the beach. It was a very nice house and look forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Spent Father’s Day and our Anniversary. Great family vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect 10!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Perfect house for a relaxing vacation. Enjoyed the beautiful beach and the lovely pool right outside the back door. Close enough to walk to restaurants. Very comfortable home, would highly recommend for two couples or young family. Thank you from the four of us!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think you win the award for the guest who travelled the most miles! Thank you for coming. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for taking the time to review. Barbara
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Panama City International
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Whale's Tail
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Pompano Joe's
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
private beach walk-over with flashing lights


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Pet Fee $95
Property Damage Insurance $59

Pets are on a per case approval and the fee is $95 per pet with a maximum of two pets. In May through August rentals run Saturday to Saturday. Rentals cannot run from mid week to mid week at any time of year. For stays shorter than 7 days they must either begin or end on Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.