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T-shaped 40 x 31 ft. screened pool heated year-round to up to 90 degrees F.


Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:17
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Gulf View Home, Huge heated Pool: 5 Bdrms+Pull-out Queen+3 Baths, Sleeps 17m

Almarito an older safe, clean and simple basic rustic 5 bdrm 3 bath Gulf of Mexico view lodge built on 13-ft. stllts for young fun-loving families on Seagrove's ' 'south beach' at 2971 E. County Hwy 30A, Seagrove Beach, FL, has the largest private rental house pool, screened and h in our little community of old Seagrove d Beach," Florida.added 3 more beds as top levels to all 3 beds in the two snug dormitory-style kids in the 2 snug side kids' bedrooms, now sleeps 17 rathern 14, so toddlers in big cribs last year now have their own regular children's single size beds.
A kids, sunsset fanciers' & swimmers' delight with the largest private rental home pool in Old Seagrove Beach, T-shaped, 40' x 31' (max. dimensions), screened & heated, tree shaded for summer comfort, its straight 40-ft. long lap lanes widening out to include a 16 x 16 ft. stepped toddlers area, w/1 ft. & 2 ft deep zones, outlined with PVC surface level markers to separate depths before deepening to grade school kids and then standing adult levels.
There is no deep end. Safety is king and diving is not allowed.
Kids clamber up 2 ladders. Parents & grand parents can take it easy, entering and leaving on the gently sloping ramp, no steps, with a long sloping handrail on one side and the pool's edge on which to rest a steadying hand on the other.
Next to the pool enclosure is an open sunbathing deck with/charcoal grill, table & chairs. Almarito is only 3 dooors from Old Seagroves only fine dining restaurant with a roof top bar and dining room as well as ones downstairs & only steps from the Cow Girl Kitchen breakfast & espresso bar.
Its large sheltered wood-decked ground floor recreation area features an all weather ping pong table, low basket ball net for sub-teens (no slam dunks permitted) and a screened-in & roofed over dining/cocktail patio on its lowest level.
Guests in the kitchen, dining area, living room and front porch on the main living area level upstairs enjoy a broad south view of the gulf whose deep blue color glimmers at solar noon with thousaands of tiny silver sparks of light. and early mornings and evenings watch as the rising and setting sun paints magnificent palettes of color on the clouds above and the sea below. This level also houses Almarito's 3 baths, 2 newly upgraded, one with a jetted whirlpool bath tub. Parking is available on site for 4-6 bvehicles. This is a good joint vacation spot for several couples or families with kids to gather for holidays, wedding parties & other family celebrations & reunions, special artistic, cultural & athletic events at nearby Seaside or open markets, auto shows etc. in that famed resort's central amphitheater.
We do not change our pictures every time we replace worn out or damaged fabrics or items It'sa safe, simple clean and very basic modestly furnished vacation home designed for a young family seeking holiday fun at a budget price. You should not come here looking for the comforts of a city dweller's year-round home, or a chic resort villa, despite this house's location between new 'showplace' homes in luxury resort villages like Seaside & Water Color west of us & Water Sound, Alyce Beach, Rosemary Beach & others east of us. For these very good reasons Almarito is priced thousands of dollars lower per week than those fancy newer houses, many without gulf views, with the same number of bedrooms, to say nothing of its over-sized swimming pool, screened & heated to up to 90 degrees F. all year round at no extra charge to you. But you have to remember in booking it that Almarito is such a bargain because I had it built 35 years ago using budget materials and it is a very basic house with 1978-style sheets of wood paneling on the walls, only moderately priced kitchen appliances, basic low cost furniture, and no antiques, fancy paintings or luxury touches except the huge pool and the fun jetted whirl pool tub between the 2nd largest queen bdrm and the tiny bunk bedded (single over double) children's room between that bath and another bathrm with a conventional bath tub with no jets.
I went for more bdrms, therefore smaller, for use only as very small sleeping places for vacationers eager to get outside into the sun and surf, or heated pool or play ping pong.
PLEASE NOTE: We have brought many improvements to this property, including a massive air conditioning reducting operation which has increased cool air distribution to every room. And we continue to improve every facility, acting often on our guests' suggestions.
The treetop level gulf view dining room & bar upstairs accommodates only 10 of the home's 17-person capacity for sit-down meals & parties, but are supplemented by the sofas & love seat, chairs around the living area & outside on the front porch overlooking the Gulf.
But potential guests who can't handle stairs should look elsewhere because, to secure our gulf views, our principal floor is elevated 13 feet to provide ocean water views framed by overhanging magnolias & mature oaks overlooking the surrounding village. We are right on coastal highway 30-A with its 16-mile adjacent bike path carrying cyclists safely across our coastal lakes on their own bikes-only bridges.
Old pine floors & wood paneling throughout give a warm cozy feeling to the L-shaped living/dining room area surrounding the open kitchen facing a breakfast bar & adjacent dining table lighted by gulf view sliding glass doors.
Wi-fi for multiple computer users, a 32' flat screen HD-TV with TiVo/satellite & net channel selections as well as DVD and VCR, + stereo, furnish music & entertainment while 2 sofas (one convertible to a dble bed), side chairs & an arm chair + games + puzzles enhance fun times together.
Each of the 5 bdrms has either an adjoining bath or private sink/vanity where Dad can shave mornings without tying up a full bathroom or diapers can be changed at midnight without walking down the hall to wash up. All 3 Queen bedrooms now have modernized connecting baths w/showers, 2 w/tubs, one of those with whirlpool jets, in the upgraded east side bath.
Besides its updated connecting bath, the 3rd Queen bdrm also has HD TV, a vanity cabinet w/basin for make up, wash up and/or shaving.. One bdrm with a double deck bed (full double size bed at bottom & single on top) connects to 2 of the 3 baths.
The largest Queen bdrm, with an additional double bed, is excellent for parents with a young child or children the couple may want to have sleeping close by (or a place for an insomniac to doze at a distance from a loudly snoring partner) and has a TV and private bath with tub/shower. Some families bunk 4 or 5 or more small kids in this master bedroom. The children's bdrm next door has (2 double bunks, sleeping 4 total) & a vanity+sink in-room for convenience.
Almarito's full size washer plus a large 7 cubic ft dryer rated by Maytag for a capacity of up to 18 towels, are down in the main laundry & ironing room on the ground level, between the pool & the covered play area with its ping pong table, sheltered on its wood floor deck from the rain by the house above it.
Almarito overlooks the Timpoochee Trail, an 18 mile bike & jogging path that parallels 30A & facilitates a quick & easy bike ride to the beauties of nearby Grayton Beach State Park.
Crossing signs, zebra stripes, a traffic bump and flashing lights protect the pedestrian/bicycle crossing in front of our driveway to slow and stop passing vehicles to provide quicker pedestrian access directly from our front door to the convenient public beach entry path point kitty-cornered across our street and then just steps to the west from Almarito.
A short drive takes you to Sandestin with its big outlet mall featuring New York's finest shops and, even closer to Seagrove, brand-new swank multi-screen cinema with dine-in 'Ovation' screening room, plus another Giant Screen projection room. And more eateries, water parks and entertainment, are nearby to east & est, including more multi-screen cinemas, including deep sea fishing boat departures most days from nearby Destin harbor and, in the other direction, the amusement parks & City Beach's Pier Park.
Contact Scott by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or need help with anything, and for pictures & details about my 5 bedroom 4 bath gulf front house, Chez Mireille, vrbo 253008, just a few blocks up the street, also in Seagrove Beach for family reunions as well as weddings, and only steps away in the other direction from the famed Seaside Gulf resort with its chic shops, art galleries and more people friendly night life.
The Almarito property manager no longer resides on the Almarito lot. But Scott and/or our full time handy man Todd welcome your calls (we answer everything that rings, screen no one out, only miss calls if we on another line), devote our time to only two houses and react promptly to your calls for information or assistance.)

Keywords: HUGE GULF VIEW! Mermaid's Delight, gulf view main floor kitchen, dining/living room & front porch. Old Seagrove's largest private pool, screened, heated free year-round, T-shaped 40 x 31 ft w/shallow stepped toddler play areas 1 & 2 ft deepq + inside whirlpool bath tub next to 2nd master bdm. Nearby gulf beach access; Weather-proof wood-floored kids' play area under house. Roofed ping pong area; Fly Southwest, No baggage charge, to ECP, Panama City, Fla., or fly Delta to ECP or to VPS, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Mom sleeps in & everybody eats out at breakfast bar/coffee shop 3 doors east, lunches & dines at the classy Whiskey Bravo bar & restaurant w/gulf view roof terrace for long lazy brunches a quarter block east. Leave your car at home & have a glass of wine at dinner at Whiskey Bravo's friendly bar, mix & mingle & then walk home to bed or for a romantic moonlight swim in Almarito's heated p
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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • Lodge

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 17
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Hi school/college spring breakers only allowed with at least 1 parent present every single day & night. Sprng brk parties expelled without any refund at all if landlord ever finds no parent present ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Maybe the most welcoming home in old Seagrove for primary school age children, the only private vacation home in the area with all this: a covered floored ping pong area, next to screened baby-sitting sewing, reading, cocktail area for doting parents, plus the largest private home pool in old Seagrove Beach, heated and enclosed by screened walls & top so tighly knitted it keeps out 'no-see-ums' and even reduces damage to skin by burning solar rays, but with an open sun bathing deck on other side of the screen. The pool has no 'deep end' or diving, all for greater safety. And upstairs, only steps from the kitchen door, but blocked by a lockable door from children leaving behind sitters and parents, a hot tub in which supervised children their parents judge old and strong and responsible enough, can splash and play under the watchful eyes of parents or sitters. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Most definitely NO SMOKING ALLOWED INSIDE BUILDING OR POOL ENCLOSURE. To prevent fires, guests on decks or stairs are asked to use metal ash trays supplied on front deck and not to drop cigarettes or ash on wood deck and not to flick or drop cigarettes or ash or stubs into trees or onto shrubbery surrounding the house and and its 4 access/escape stair ways (converging into two at mid-level -- 6'4' -- mezzanine stair landings) or into or onto shrubbery and trees anywhere near the wooded lots on either side of the pool or driveway. Use metal ash trays at all times and keep smoking debris, ash and cigarette butts off wooden deck if/when smoking on screen-free sun deck outside the screened pool enclosure....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We like to keep the home, pool and covered and weather protected play areas pristine and odor and pet hair free for families and their children, especially those with allergies....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17, Beds for 17

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double, 1 bunk bed

    Adjoims both full baths, one w/jet whirlpool tub....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 4 bunk bed

    A wash basin with hot & cold water is in this room....moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

    HD TV. Adjoins ba w/Whirlpool jet tub/shower, basin, toilet....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    HD TV. Adj ba(shower, toilet, basin) + 2nd basin in closet...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 double

    In living room Flat screen HD TV, TiVo, VCR, DVD, gulf view...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 double

    HD TV, DVD, VCR Adj. full bath w/shower n/tub+basin+toilet ...moreless

  • 3 Queen size Bdrms, all w/new sat. HD TV svc. All 3 Queen bedrms + double bedrm adjacent to baths/showers, 2 of thm w/tubs. the upgraded e. side bath w/jetted whirl pool tub+shower & frmer hall bath upgraded w/roomy shower stall adj. queen bdrm. Dble Beds: 3 - 1st dble bed in NE cor. bdrm, betw. 2 full baths w/shwr & tub, one a whirlpool. 2nd, in largest of 3 Queen bdrms. U can turn this big master bedroom into a dorm. bunking 4 kids or 5 or more small children...or provide roomy refuge for the sleep deprived partner of a thundering snorer in the queen bed to get a few hours dream time at the other end of the room. Perfect for parents of a sick child or one whose sleep time must be watched over by a breathing monitor, or one who craves parental attention when sleeping away from his/her usual cozy bed at home. The 3rd double is fold-out sofa bed in living room with exclusive overnight access to 32 inch flat screen HD-TV, TiVo, etc, and adjacent to moonlight view of Gulf of Mexico from wrap around porches. Twin or Single Beds: Four single beds in 2 upper & 2 lower buns in nw corner children's bedroom with its convenient wash basin for cleaning up kids or for Mom to wash self and baby while or after changing diapers. Child Beds: 2 avail. Guests can order cribs (or child booster seats for dining room) by contacting Scott in advance. Baby Cribs: 2 available on timely advance request. Sleep Sofas: One, double size convertible bed in living room provides view through wide double paned french doors of rosy pink dawn skies and, to those early to bed in winter, eastern sky reflections of the panhandle's golden orange sunsets into the sea. Occupants have exclusive overnight use of new 32-inch flat screen satellit HD TV, TiVo, DVD player, etc., ready access to the beautiful full moon view of gulf from tree top level front porch....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Also wash basin w/well lit 'star' type make-up mirror....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Also wash basin & mirror.Next to 'Queen' bdrm 2...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    Shower is over whirlpool tub. Also corner wash basin....moreless

  • Four out of the five bedrooms, all the 'couples' bedrooms, with either queen or double beds, adjoin bath rooms. The fifth bedroom, a children's bedroom with only single (2) beds, has an in-room wash basin with hot & cold faucets.Another basin is in a queen bedroom which also adjoings a bath with shower stall, basin and toilet, giving couple there 2 basins for simultaneous use. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • We might supply among the best TLC of any private rental house in Seagrove, a 5/6-day a week handy man on call for only 2 houses managed by owner of your 5 bdrm 3 bath lodgings with its sea, sunset & sky views, ready to fix most problems, familiarize you with the area & direct you to nearby attractions, and to call in help for you when needed, all the more attentive because not distracted like a big agency by having to look after guests in a dozen or dozens of other houses. When not actually on scene, manager or owner or handyman conscientious in answering yr phone calls or calling back when U telephone & find our line is busy (we pick up all calls;don't screen.) Phone us after we personally welcome you to attend to those familiarization difficulties such as where to find the corkscrew, which switch controls which outside light, how to deal w/the grill or what to do if a light bulb won't illuminate (It's probably an outside floodlight whose photo cell keeps it off during daytime.)...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    On shelf near flat screen TV in living room....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Open sided, below house so sheltered from rain, wood floor, wide mesh screen to keep ping pong balls in play area, includes ping pong table, net, ballls and paddles....moreless

  • Games:

    Board games furnished by owners, sometimes lacking pieces misplaced by users....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Items sometimes left by guests....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (3) Flat 32-inch screen cable HD-TV in living room, with additional cable connected televisions in two bedrooms....moreless

  • Stereo:

    On living room shelf near big flat screen TV....moreless

  • Television:

    Big flat screen HD TV set in living room kept in top shape for those big games, with less reliable older conventional sets, fewer channels in bedrooms....moreless

  • Toys:

    Floatables, including balls, boogie boards, sometimes goggles, etc., left by guests, kept until too damaged by subsequent users to be safely left in pool and downstairs play area....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Items occasionally left by guests....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Spa


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean:

    Living/dining area, kitchen and front porch have direct view of the Gulf of Mexico, sharing all the characteristics of an ocean....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Watch the sea surf, sunsets and sunrises from inside the kitchen, dining room, living room, outside porches and from the comfort of the convertible double sized sofa bed from your elevated viewing point looking down at the gulf waters just beyond the seaside path to the beach steps....moreless

  • Resort:

    All of the restaurants, bars, grocery stores, market places, art galleries, boutiques, etc., in the various resort villlages along 30-A are within less than ten miles east or west of us....moreless

  • Rural:

    In one of many villages, this one only a few blocks deep, strung out along county road 30A, running largely parallel to the coastline, many of the village separated from one anothe by forests.....moreless

  • Village:

    Our unincorporated village of Seagrove Beach is best known in this area as the first development of any kind east of Western Lake on Walton County's scenic County Road 30-A. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    View Gulf of Mexico from inside main floor living area, kitchen as well as from dining/living room, and outside front porch....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Now 13 seated (8 at table, 4 at counter) in dining room+others in living room, porch & lower deck tables +6 ground level tables for huge multi level bar-b-cue and other feasts. Child boosters avail....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 13 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Extra tons of cooling capacity added to a/c & heat pump, additional return & distribution ducts, new compressor & circulating fan motor added for optimum year round comfort in your tree top level home on stilts....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Use wi fi or plug computer directly into hi speed dsl modem, w/wide plug cable for most secure way to transmit yr financial & other private data. Code between parentheses on transmitter box, after serial number. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    One king size clothes dryer & 2nd clothes washer in laundry & ironing room next to the covered wood floored ping pong + children's play area downstairs, allowing quick re-use of towels at the adjacent heated screened 40 x 31 foot pool & upstairs whirlpool tub. Double outdoor clothes lines next to unscreened sun deck supplement the big dryer, help give a sweet smell to those 17 bathing suits you want to dry asap between pool & ocean swimming & hot tub soaking. Addition of extra linen closet off upstairs hallway, required removal of outdated extra dryer....moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    The long driveway's overhanging shade trees keep your cars and vans cool in summer in their convenient location right next to the entry landing. A;so more tree-shaded areas in front of & behind the house....moreless

  • Garage:

    Not available to guests....moreless

  • Heating:

    Always toasty warm with over capacity heat pump for our mild winters, never any heating problems, ever, since house built in 1978....moreless

  • Internet:

    Code written on transmitter box, between parentheses, just after serial number, or use yellow dsl cable for extra security. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Large thick cushy white towels supplied for pool and whirlpool tub use as well as personal bathroom use....moreless

  • Parking:

    Two slots among trees out front, three or four next to the house, and, in extremis, room to jam a coupla more vehicles behind the house....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for 5+ cars. Three or more will fit in tree-shaded driveway, on the west side of house, and extra parking area in rear. Two in roadside slots cut among trees out front....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Just back or pull them into the long driveway next to the house. Or string them out on the right-of-way across the front of the lot....moreless

  • Telephone:

    (4) Landline phone receptacles in two bedrooms + kitchen. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of big white towels supplied for use at pool, in hot tub, at beach (PLS BRING 'EM BACK UP), in jetted whirl pool & other baths. 2 wshers & 2 dryers & clothes line to clean them with. Wash 'em....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    (2) One full size clothes washer & 2 dryers for exclusive use of Almarito tenants allow quick towel cleaning for users of, our huge heated pool, the gulf,& inside baths, especially our whirlpool inside bath some visitors run run night & day in the master bath next to one of our 3 Queen bedrooms. To dry out all that wet stuff (IMAGINE 17 WET BATHNG SUITS 3 TIMES A DAY !), we use our extra space to give you not only the two clothes dryers, but a double clothes line right next to the open sundeck outside the pool area so the sea breezes and baking Florida sunshine can sweeten up your freshly washed clothes and linens to smell better than they ever could coming out of a city dryer. Press your clothes with our iron & ironing board in the downstairs laundry room near the roofed-over play area for the kids....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wi fi picks up your computer signal from anywhere on either level of house or sheltered children's play area and screened cocktail area beneath it, plus bar-b-q sun deck and screen enclosed pool deck and gazebo baby sitting area...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Surrounding resort area provides many caterers for weddings, pool parties and the like....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard electric....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything needed to serve food on upstairs gulf view porch, in wide windowed dining and living room, on open sundeck next to charcoal bar-b-q, on screened deck beside heated 40 x 31 ft (max. dimensions) pool...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full sets of dishes, cups, glasses, including wine glasses, flatware, serving dishes and utensils for all 14 occupants....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    With gulf view as you load and empty it....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    No one gets left behind in this control room kitchen. View big Sat. flat screen HD TV, TiVo, CDC, etc player & gulf+sunset views thru high & wide counter/pass-thru & side of washing & food prep. area...moreless

  • Microwave:

    With built in vent to take out aromas....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Long & wide front porch with clear view of Gulf of Mexico. Gulf view hot tub deck above that and rooftop sky deck above that temporarily closed this fall & winter to build 2 more bdrms & baths....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Enjoy the custom wood downstairs deck with walkway to open bar-b-q deck and screen enclosed pool deck. Screened and covered cocktail patio for parents next to covered children's play area with table tennis and general play area on dry deck under house w/screen wire around it to keep wild ping pong shots from going astray. Or sleep in bar-b-cue deck's big hammock. Gulf view Hot Tub & Sky decks off limits this fall & winter....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Located inside the over arching screened pool dome, this lower overhead shelter protects baby sitters from the hottest summer sun's heat as well as their possessions, papers, radios and portable TV sets as they watch kids playing in the warm pool water during passing light rain showers...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Crow's nest hot tub and 360 degree view roof top sky deck closed this fall and winter & until construction completed on 2 more bedrms and 2 deluxe baths with house's 2nd & 3rd inside jetted tubs....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Cook up a storm on 2 grills, one charcoal, other gas & serve on 5 ground level tables in pool enclosure, unscreened ground level sun deck, on hot tub deck or rooftop deck tables or porch table. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Floats, boogie boards, balls, etc., and even beach chairs & ubrelllas often left by previous renters (no guarantee) for those who follow, usually on lower game deck or in pool enclosure. ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub:

    Gulf view hot tub on 3r deck not available this fall or winer, or until completion of current off season consruction of two new bedrooms and two new bath oooms....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Old Seagrove's largest (40 x 31 ft) private home pool, heated & screened, T-shaped, includes shallow play areas 1 ft + 2 ft deep w/pipe dividers to help kids keep to their own depths. No deep end to endanger little ones. No diving. Large adjacent open sun deck with gas & charcoal grills...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    (2) One jetted Whirlpool tub adjacent to master bedroom and northeast corner double bedroom inside. 2nd jetted gulf view hot tub off limits during bldg of 2 more bdrms, 2 baths....moreless



Write a review 3.4
from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Break 2017
Mar 4 - Apr 14, 2017
3 night min stay

Late Spring 2017
Apr 15 - May 26, 2017
1 night min stay
High Summer
May 27 - Aug 11, 2017
7 night min stay

Late Summmer
Aug 12 - Sep 3, 2017
7 night min stay

Early Fall 2017
Sep 4 - Nov 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2017
3 night min stay
Late Fall 2017
Nov 25 - Dec 21, 2017
3 night min stay
Year-end holidays
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2018
4 night min stay
Winter 2018
Jan 2 - Mar 2, 2018
3 night min stay
$995 $1,950
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $300 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


Monthly = 28 days in winter months. No refunds for utility service failures so long as owner has paid due service bills, temporary equipment, fixture or appliance breakdowns when owner has promptly called for repairmen, spare parts if needed, ordered replacements when necessary, or prepared alternate arrangments (such as supplementary a/c if main unit temporarily out of service.)

Client uses ordinary personal check for half seasonal rent+half cleaning fee+half Other fee(If Applicable)+half 11% sales & bed taxes on rent+cleaning+other fees to pay for reservation posted on caleendar. Mail 2nd half of 2 advance payments about 6 weeks before arrival (in time for owner to deposit it & for bank to clear check at least 40 days before vacation slated to begin.) No cards.

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Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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20 Miles
Nearest Airport
Emerald Coast Beaches(ECP) + Valparaiso (VPS)
20 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Whiskey Bravo, w/rooftop bar partal view of Gulf
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Rosemary Beach
60 Miles
Nearest Train
Crestview - New Orleans - Miami train.
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
U.S. 98 closest, then I-10, twrds New Orleans. Jax
60 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Whiskey Bravo, with Gulf View tables on rooftop.
60 Metres
Nearest Beach
Beach stair access path diagonally across street

Car: Not Necessary

For horsemen and women, and their show riding children, a dressage trainer is based in the nearby resort and fishing port of Destin,Florida.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1978

About the owner: My Aunts, uncles and cousins began enjoying these white sand beaches shortly after World War II and began buying in the 1950s when the pavement on 30-A stopped before you got to my aunt's house at the end of that road, where it died in a field of scraggly bushes until years later when bridges were built across Eastern Lake and Western Lake and Seaside was built even later. My Mom bought her house, just south of and adjacent to Almarito's pool, in 1960, and now about 30 family members occupy about 20 permanent homes here, with many more cousins and spouses, children and family friends, coming in for holidays and special occasions like weddings and funerals and baptisms. I am a retired news correspondent and editor who has worked in D.C. and abroad, grew up in Virginia and New Orleans, but chose this area for cool season retirement living because, as the locals say, it is paradise. Hope you all love it as much as I and my family and friends do.

Why the Owner Chose Old Seagrove Beach, Seagrove Beach, FL, USA:
It's right in the middle of Seagrove Beach, the real Seagrove Beach within a half a mile or so of State Road 395, which sits up about 30-40 feet above the gulf, and nearly that much above the surrounding areas, where you can look out at the second sandbar and enjoy being enclosed and protected by the bigger and more fully grown trees which, small as they may appear to visitors from afar, are often more than fifty or sixty years old and protect our houses from the winds of some of the fiercest hurricanes, the visual pollution of some structures built with more concrete than taste, and also shelter us from the sound of passing vehicles unless we are foolish enough to cut them down.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
My favorite spot at Almarito is the year-round heated pool with the screen to keep the bugs out at cocktail hour, before I go up to the roof top deck to watch the golden orange sunset, or after I come up from the beach on those sturdy gray splinterless composition steps (which never heat up to burn your feet in the sun) at the end of the path diagonally across the street from the end of Camellia Street, right next door. Sure, I sometimes take a cup of tea or something stronger in a glass when I sit in the screened and roofed over raised ground level recreation deck watching the teen-agers play ping pong on their dry sheltered play deck when it rains. Not many homes at Seagrove give the kids in all age groups a completely private, wood floored play area to enjoy safely in inclement weather.

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  • T-shaped 40 x 31 ft. screened pool heated year-round to up to 90 degrees F.

    T-shaped 40 x 31 ft. screened pool heated year-round to up to 90 degrees F.

  • Open sundeck w/bar-b-Q + screened heated pool. Hot tub nearby this season.

    Open sundeck w/bar-b-Q + screened heated pool. Hot tub nearby this season.

  • Enjoy 32 inch flat screen TV or gaze beyond it at the blue Gulf of Mexico.

    Enjoy 32 inch flat screen TV or gaze beyond it at the blue Gulf of Mexico.

  • 2nd Master Suite w/queen+double beds.We don't change photos for every update.

    2nd Master Suite w/queen+double beds.We don't change photos for every update.

  • Big tiled bath & 2nd (queen+full) master bedrm; or 4-child bunk rm, as needed..

    Big tiled bath & 2nd (queen+full) master bedrm; or 4-child bunk rm, as needed..

  • Sugar white sands via beach access stairway path  just  steps west of house.

    Sugar white sands via beach access stairway path just steps west of house.

  • Singlle bunk bed over double in kids bdrm between 2 baths.

    Singlle bunk bed over double in kids bdrm between 2 baths.

  • Big shower, basic & toilet next to 3rd Queen Bedroom.

    Big shower, basic & toilet next to 3rd Queen Bedroom.

  • Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool tub + basic & toilet in adjoinig bath.

    Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool tub + basic & toilet in adjoinig bath.

  • Children's room sleeps 4. Also has wash basic in room.

    Children's room sleeps 4. Also has wash basic in room.

  • Children's bedroom between 2 baths tubs, one with whirlpool bath.

    Children's bedroom between 2 baths tubs, one with whirlpool bath.

  • View from the living room deck.

    View from the living room deck.

  • Gulf view dining Room viewed from gulf view living room.

    Gulf view dining Room viewed from gulf view living room.

  • View gulf from stilt elevated living room, dining room, kitchen & front porch.

    View gulf from stilt elevated living room, dining room, kitchen & front porch.

  • Adjoining pool fix dinner on charcoal bar-b-Q grill to  serve on dining tables.

    Adjoining pool fix dinner on charcoal bar-b-Q grill to serve on dining tables.

  • Big comfortable living area with hide away bed. View Gulf of Mexico to the left.

    Big comfortable living area with hide away bed. View Gulf of Mexico to the left.

  •  Relax in screened cocktail patito to watch kids play ping pong on covered deck.

    Relax in screened cocktail patito to watch kids play ping pong on covered deck.

  • Third Queen bedroom has its own bath & shower + 2nd wash basic shown here.

    Third Queen bedroom has its own bath & shower + 2nd wash basic shown here.

  • 3rd Queen bedrm has sep closet wash basin + adjoining shower, toilet & 2nd basin

    3rd Queen bedrm has sep closet wash basin + adjoining shower, toilet & 2nd basin

  • Bath next to 2nd Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool  tub + basin & toilet.l

    Bath next to 2nd Queen bedroom has jetted whirlpool tub + basin & toilet.l

  • Pair of stacked bunks sleeps 4 in 2nd children's bdrm, Wash basin also in room.

    Pair of stacked bunks sleeps 4 in 2nd children's bdrm, Wash basin also in room.

  • Shower in tub, + toilet & basin, in bath for 1st queen bed rm, also w/double bed

    Shower in tub, + toilet & basin, in bath for 1st queen bed rm, also w/double bed

  • One of. Two master bedrooms with queen-beds, one with whirlpool circulation.

    One of. Two master bedrooms with queen-beds, one with whirlpool circulation.

  • ping pong table

    ping pong table

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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