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Sunny Side - Beach, Sun, 30A, Relaxation ... Priceless

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,225 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

Need a break from the hectic pace of everyday life? Look no further than the 'Sunny Side', a delightful cottage located near scenic 30-A on the beautiful beaches of South Walton between Panama City Beach and Destin. 30A is speckled with artsy villages, rare coastal dune lakes, upscale resorts, funky beach bars, world class restaurants and 25,000 acres of protected nature habitats. Once you vacation here you will want to come back time and again.

'Sunny Side' is nestled in the charming and family-friendly Magnolia Cottages by the Sea beach community. Private beach access to the sugary sands of the Gulf is only a quick four minute walk away. Or, you can enjoy Magnolia's large heated swimming pool.

The cottage has a spacious one-level floor plan making access easy for all members of your party. Hardwood floors and high ceilings compliment the comfortable and tasteful furnishings. A full-size washer and dryer are available for your convenience.

The cottage sleeps six very comfortably and consists of:

- Master bedroom with king-size bed, TV, and ensuite bath

- Second bedroom with queen-size bed, TV, and ensuite bath

- Third bedroom with queen-size bed

- Third full bath

The kitchen comes fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and all of the utensils and accessories needed to prepare a quick snack or a gourmet meal. Or use the outside charcoal grill and cook up some delicious local seafood. The spacious screened-in porch is the perfect refuge to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine at the end of an activity-filled day. The very private and large (300 sq. ft.) porch has a dining table and chairs, and a comfortable settee with two chairs.

Keep in touch with the outside world with one of the three flat screen TVs or bring your laptop and take advantage of the high speed internet connection. Additional entertainment is provided by a stereo and DVD player. We also provide some DVDs, board games, puzzles and books.

Treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the area's excellent eateries. Be it an informal lunch, or a gourmet meal at an award winning restaurant, you'll be impressed by the selection of dining options.

A visit to 'Sunny Side' isn't complete without a leisurely bike ride along the miles of bike trails. Explore the neighboring communities of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Seagrove, and Alys Beach. Bike rental shops are conveniently located along 30-A.

Shopping anyone? Everything from quaint boutiques to the country's largest designer outlet mall is less than 30 minutes away. Options include Destin Commons, Silver Sands Factory Stores, Pier Park, The Market Shops at Sandestin and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, just to name a few.

Your remedy to life's hectic pace is only a few mouse clicks away. Reserve a piece of paradise today and keep on the 'Sunny Side' of life ... you'll be glad you did.

Keywords: magnolia cottages, seacrest, 30a, snowbirds, seacrest beach, vrbo, magnolia, seaside, santa rosa beach, seacrest beach rentals

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About The Owner

We live in a suburb of Cleveland, OH. We have been coming down to the Panhandle for about 10 years. When we first stayed in South Walton, we never dreamed that one day we would own a cottage by the sea. We just love the area ... beautiful natural settings, interesting architecture, and so much to do.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Seacrest Beach

Magnolia Cottages by the Sea is located in Seacrest, FL. We are about 1 mile west of Alys Beach, 2 miles west of Rosemary Beach and approximately 5 miles east of Seaside. Seacrest is a quiet beach community. Renting our cottage is an affordable way to enjoy everything 30A and the beaches of South Walton have to offer.

What makes this house unique

Our cottage offers a good amount of privacy as it is located on one of the small side lanes in Magnolia Cottages. Our large 300 sq. ft. screened-in porch faces the natural vegetation of the area ... and since we're on a side street, you won't be distracted by cars driving by. We're close to the pool and it's a quick stroll to the beach. At times, we can hear the ocean surf. We take pride in our home and come down several times during the year to perform deep cleans and maintenance (and to have fun, of course). We hope you will enjoy your stay at our cottage and have a wonderful visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We rented Sunny Side for 6 weeks and would like you to know how much we truly enjoyed our stay. The location of the cottage is so quiet and we liked being tucked away in the pines. The weather this year was perfect allowing us to spend lots of time on the wonderful screened porch when we weren't riding bikes or taking walks. Thank you for the well equipped kitchen, comfortable furniture, and nicely decorated rooms. We had a couple of issues with the TV but all was taken care of thanks to the great staff and housekeeping folks at Sandcastle Escapes. They were wonderful to work with - very friendly and professional and always prompt to help us out. I should also note that the cottage was very clean and ready for us on the day we arrived.

We enjoyed our stay so much that have already reserved Sunny Side for our annual Florida visit next year.
Jan 2017
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Seacrest Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1225 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please note that there are approximately 55 steps on the stairs leading to the beach. This is a common feature along this section of 30A because of high dunes. This may be an issue for those individuals with limited mobility.


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average rating of 4.904762 based on 44 reviews

Great location, Great price!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying at Sunny Side and we couldn't have been happier. The cottage was perfect for our family's beach vacation. The rooms were large and nicely decorated and the home was walking distance to the beach. We were even able to take a nice walk into Alys beach for lunch one afternoon (about 1.2 mile walk).

This is such a wonderful and affordable place to stay on 30a - right in the heart of everything we love. We look forward to staying here again on our next 30A vacation.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Sunny Side. The location is perfect. Very convenient to everything. Nicely decorated home, clean, fairly close walking distance to the beach (exactly 1/3 of a mile per my watch GPS) lots of amenities and extras, all the kitchen utensils/cookware you need, a wagon to cart stuff to the beach, and some beach toys. Felt like home away from home ;) Only a couple very minor annoyances. The beds are super firm (maybe consider a mattress topper), most of the interior doors do not lock, and the electronic exterior lock could be tricky at times. But overall a very nice home and community. Loved it! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good value and location

  • 4 of 5

Rosemary and Seaside are two of our favorite areas, and this house is a 5-minute drive away from Rosemary and a 15-minute drive to Seaside. The only items that kept the house from being 5 stars are the beds are a little hard and there's no HD on the TV. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for leaving your feedback. We appreciate your input and we do hope that you'll visit again next year.
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Exactly what he wished for!

  • 5 of 5

There's always a risk in renting from an unknown source for the first time. We rented this house with wishes and hope that it would be as described, AND WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED! I read the most recent reviews before I booked it and all were positive except one one. Now having stayed there I have to wonder if that review was about the right place.

Six of us stayed there for a long weekend and only wished we could have stayed longer. To borrow the words of another reviewer, "It had 3 bedrooms with their own bathrooms as well as king and queen beds... It was clean, decorated so nicely, and we enjoyed the back screen in porch."

We found the house just as advertised - including the distance and ease to the beach.

I contacted the owner before booking and am glad I did. It kind of took the coldness of a blind rental out of the equation.

I don't want to say too many nice things because I want it to be available the next time we want a place to stay in that area!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage and Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Sunnyside Cottage for Labor Day. We loved that it had 3 bedrooms with their own bathrooms as well as king and queen beds. You don't find that often. It was clean, decorated so nicely, and we enjoyed the back screened in porch. We vacation in Panama City and on 30A often and we were very pleased with our stay at Sunnyside. We also loved that it was in walking distance from the beach and right around the corner from the pool. Very quiet neighborhood and family friendly. It has everything you need for a weekend stay to a weeks stay. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Leaves a lot to be desired

  • 3 of 5

Was so excited to be in this 5-star rated house. It is close to the beach, but in reality it's a 10-minute walk with kids (not 4-5). Upon arrival, we realized one of the door hinges was broken and smoke detector battery was low (lots of beeping). They (Sandcastle Escapes) fixed the smoke detector about 4-5 hours later, but NEVER returned our daily calls about the completely, unacceptably broken front door, which was impossible to close. Only my husband could close it, and has the bruises to prove it. Be warned – they'll only provide you with the bare minimum here – beds are rock hard, pillows are limp, and sheets are thin and scratchy. There is no hand or body soap (only a tiny hotel-style shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in each bathroom), no dish soap, and a few packets of laundry detergent. There are no beach towels, no bikes, no extra touches whatsoever. We called ahead and asked about beach toys and were told no – yet magically, there was a wagon full on the back porch (too bad we'd already purchased a ton at the grocery store). There's zero food or condiments, etc. – barren pantry and refrigerator, so make sure to get anything you think you might need. Neither the microwave nor the stove seemed to work properly for us. They give you ONE roll of toilet paper per bathroom (feels like what we had in elementary school), and one roll of paper towels. Again, you'll have a long grocery list to be sure. The pool is nice and nearby, and the neighborhood is lovely. The house was clean (as clean as a beach house can get), but I wouldn't stay in it again. I would stay in Magnolia – great location close to Alys, Rosemary, and Seaside without the prices. Just make sure your expectations are managed if you rent here.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review. We're sorry your stay at Sunny Side didn't meet your expectations. Regarding the distance to the beach, we agree that walk times can differ depending on who is doing the walking, but we believe our 4 - 5 minute estimate is reasonable. It's unfortunate the door hinge was broken, but such things happen. However, we agree that the lack of response from the rental agency was unacceptable. It's uncharacteristic of them not to respond to calls. The smoke detector batteries were replaced in May, so it's surprising that one of them would by beeping only a few months after being replaced. We will determine if the detector needs to be replaced. As to the firmness and texture of the mattresses, pillows and sheets, preferences vary widely so it's impossible to please everyone. Each bathroom is stocked with hand and bath towels along with travel size soap, lotion & shampoo. We believe this is the accepted norm for rental properties as most people prefer to bring their own toiletries. We state in our VRBO description that only towels for indoor use are provided. Similarly, laundry detergent, paper towels and toilet paper are provided to get you started. The rental agency was correct in telling you that no beach toys were provided. We used to keep a large plastic bin full of beach toys on the porch, but both the bin and the toys would go missing so we eventually gave up. The toys you mentioned were probably left behind by a previous renter. We don't provide bikes due to potential liability issues and again, we did not state that we did in our property description. We also do not stock the pantry and fridge with food as rentals are typically self catering. We have received no reports of the microwave or oven not working properly. We do supply instruction manuals that can be referred to when operating appliances. Thanks again for your feedback.
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Waiver Fee $70 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $145 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Add 11% tax and cleaning fee of $145 and $45 damage waiver fee that covers up to $1,500 of unintentional damage. Monthly snowbird rate includes all utilities. Rentals not available in November & December. Contact owner for January & February rentals. If reservation is cancelled within 30 days of arrival date, a $200 fee will be charged to the renter and the balance paid will be remitted to the renter. During peak summer weeks, if cancellation is made within 30 days of arrival date, renter will receive 50% of monies paid to date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.