About the property
- Cottage1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)
Greetings! Please contact me, the owner, directly through VRBO email before booking through the VRBO automated online booking button because I want to personally take very good care of our guests and I want to give you additional information about the cottage and area.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. This lovely and affordable 3-bedroom, 2-bath cottage and its twin cottage next door, Key Lime (Listing #33828), are located at the Cottages at Camp Creek, a small, quiet, family-friendly coastal community of Old Florida style cottages with tin roofs and large covered front porches - perfect for relaxing any time of year. Nestled in the lush native dune environment and far from fast food, high-rises, and busy roads (which is particularly nice in peak summer months when you want to avoid the areas with a lot of traffic), this cottage is only 200 yards (4-5 minute walk) from an uncrowded Blue Wave certified beach known for high dunes, white sand, and emerald water. Once you see our beach, you'll understand why Travel & Leisure magazine says 'nothing in this country compares with the white-flour beaches of the Florida Panhandle', Frommers listed the Florida Panhandle beaches among their top travel destinations, and Yahoo listed this area of the Panhandle as one of their top beaches for 2011.
Located along Scenic 30A (a 15-mile winding beach road), this spacious and sunny one-story cottage is in a prime location, just steps from the pristine 7500 square foot pool yet not right on top of the pool so you can enjoy quiet and privacy on your large fully-furnished front porch that looks over a peaceful little yard surrounded by pretty native plants and trees. It's great for adult and children to have a large pool to swim in on the days when the ocean is rough and it's great to have a fully-furnished covered porch for relaxing on a rainy day. As you can see from the location map, Good Life is also one of the larger one-story cottages and is one of the closest cottages to the beach, with the Timpoochee Trail, a 17-mile paved walking, running and biking trail, across the street.
As our guests will tell you, we furnish and equip our cottage to feel like a comfortable and very well equipped beach home rather than a vacation rental. A travel writer who stayed at our cottages for a wedding wrote a newspaper article saying that our cottages are 'tastefully decorated with many personal touches' and 'immaculate.' The living room (with large flat screen TV/DVD/CD player), dining area, and fully-equipped kitchen have hardwood floors, ceiling fans, and plenty of comfortable seating for quietly relaxing, reading or watching movies, playing games, and doing puzzles together. All bedrooms have flat screen TVs and ceiling fans. We also provide free wireless Internet. Furnished in a casual beach cottage style (with new Marshall Gold down-filled slip covered chairs/couch for easy-care and comfort), the dining and living area opens to a large porch furnished as an outdoor room with a cafe table with 4 chairs, love seat glider & chair surrounded by a small private yard with gas grill.
Guests say our kitchens are among the best-equipped they've seen in a vacation rental, with all the equipment you need (including crockpot, wafflemaker, crepe maker, electric frying pan, & more) and plenty of dinnerware (as well as fun plastic dinnerware) to feed 2 people or a large group. Full-size dishwasher, washer & dryer.
When you want time alone, retreat to the privacy of your bedroom. All are comfortably furnished with high-quality cotton quilts and family cable TV. The romantic master bedroom has a king bed, private travertine-tiled full bath, French doors opening to front porch, flat screen TV and DVD player. The two other bedrooms (one has a queen bed and twin bed, and the other has 2 twin beds that can be used separately or brought together to make one large bed) are decorated in a charming seaside cottage theme.
We have many repeat guests because our guests appreciate the 'extra touches' and attention to detail that we provide in our cottages that make our cottages feel like comfortable and inviting beach homes rather than rentals. We include beach chairs and plenty of movies, puzzles, games, books and more for the youngest to oldest guests. Guest book comments include:
'Just wanted to let you know what a great time we had at 'Ahhh, The Good Life'...It was nice to take the time and recharge. We brought work with us from the office and just threw the laptop and briefcases in the closet the moment we unpacked and then tossed them back in the car when we left! Much more fun to figure out origami and do puzzles. The pressing order of each day was whether to go to the pool or beach before lunch...We'll definitely return and tell our friends about your fabulous place. Thanks!'
'What an incredible week! The cottage is awesome. The kids loved all the 'new' movies and puzzles. They hardly played with the ones we brought. It was nice to have the pool so close. The kids were as happy there as they were at the beach.'
'This cottage is beautiful! Everything you need is right here! Loved your movie collection and games...This place is convenient to all places we like to go. The beach is the best. Thanks for our wonderful family memories!'
You could easily pay a lot more for such a well-equipped and well-located vacation place, but why pay more when you can have a great vacation experience and use the money you save to dine out at the many restaurants in the area, rent bikes, shop or stay a little longer!
Available year-round. Large enough for families (including grandparents), yet cozy enough for couples to enjoy special time alone together. Perfect for friends travelling together as well.
Note: No pets. No smoking. At least one guest booking and staying at the cottage must be at least 25 years old because this is a family-friendly community. Parking is available for 2 cars (all cars must be parked in parking spaces) with extra parking nearby. Parking of RVs, motor boats, and jet skis are not allowed in this community. These rules are enforced by our association, as well as by the rental agency, to ensure that all guests have a safe and relaxing vacation.
Keywords: cottage, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pool, beach, porch, sunsets, wireless, ocean, quiet
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
About Paula Caproni
We live in the cold snowy Midwest and we are big believers in vacations! We have been the sole owners of this cottage and have taken excellent care of it for our guests ever since. We come to the cottages with family and friends. Sometimes we use both cottages together, and we stay in one cottage and our friends stay in the other cottage (we also own Key Lime next door VRBO 33828). Unfortunately, we can't be there all the time, so we're happy that our guests can enjoy them when we're not there!
Paula Caproni purchased this Cottage in 2003
Why Paula Caproni chose Santa Rosa Beach
We decided to buy our first Cottage, Ahhh The Good Life, at the Cottages at Camp Creek because we loved the location, as well as the charm, of the community. It is a quiet community - perfect for families, away from the busier and high-traffic communities, yet close enough to anything we need - Publix, gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, children's playgrounds and beautiful parks and walks at Alys beach, Rosemary Beach with everything it offers, and the the 13-mile walking/biking trail across the street). We spend most of our time at the quiet uncrowded beach with stunning sunsets across the street, at the very big pool (I like swimming laps every morning that I'm there and we all like relaxing on floats and reading magazines/books), and dining or relaxing on the large covered porch (it's really nice to be on the covered porch when it's raining). We also appreciate having a separate cottage rather than an attached condo because of the privacy and quiet (for example, you don't hear people upstairs or through the walls), as well as how light-filled the cottage because of the many windows surrounding the cottage (which you don't get in an attached condo). We feel VERY lucky to have found our cottages at the Cottages at Camp Creek.
What makes this Cottage unique
We do everything we can to make our cottages feels like fully furnished and equipped beach homes rather than rentals. We make sure the furniture, bedding, and everything else is charming, comfortable, and high quality. Our guests always notice that we pay attention to the details. The books, games, movies, puzzles ensure you always have something to do, even on rainy days. The pool is huge for a small community - I love swimming laps in the pool in the morning in the summer and floating around the pool or sitting in the hot tub at night watching the stars come out one by on). The beach is awesome - I love taking a book to the beach and just reading for hours. We fish from the beach and have caught red fish, pompano, and white fish for dinner. We enjoy the short walk to Alys Beach (with the coffee shop, Charlie's donut truck and George's casual restaurant with the best grouper sandwiches and fish tacos). When not at the pool or beach, we rest on the covered porch and love the way it feels during a rainstorm as well. Our guests (and we) really appreciate the low traffic in this area for safety and ease of getting around, especially in the peak seasons when we want to avoid the bumper to bumper traffic in some of the busier beach communities - what a relief to not have to deal with traffic! Frankly, we love everything about the cottage, the charming Cottages at Camp Creek, and this beautiful area.
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My Dream Spot!
This cottage was perfect in all ways! It was so well outfitted with everything I could want - kitchen gear, comfy bedding, beach gear, books, and a strong internet connection. My favorite spot, when not on the stunning beach, just a quick 4-5 minute walk away, was the covered from porch, a bonus outdoor living space. I loved the tropical feel, the friendliness of the neighborhood, and the close proximity to great restaurants, a coffee shop, and fun neighborhoods to explore.
Paula was terrific to work with and without missing a beat pulled off a small miracle when I arrived with an unexpected need requiring immediate attention. I was lucky enough to meet Paula and Bill and left with new friends. Thank you for everything, including the fresh caught Pompano dinner! I’m already counting down to my next visit.
Thanks for your kind review! I'm so glad that the cottage, community, and beach made you happy (and very relaxed). That's our goal! The covered porch is indeed a great place to relax (and get a little bit of work done on the Internet if you have to do some work while at the cottage). It was a pleasure to meet you as well. Yes, the pompano dinner was tasty, and Bill caught some white fish, red fish, and more pompano during our stay. We were able to freeze some pompano right after Bill caught it and bring it home frozen in the cooler in the car to eat later. The sunsets from the beach are indeed mesmerizing. You were a wonderful guest, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again next year. Thanks again for taking the time to write about your experience at The Good Life. Paula
We loved it!!
This cottage was perfect. Our family of 2 adults and 3 small children stayed here and it had everything we could want and more. There was a bookshelf of kid books that my kids used all week long. A big thermos container was perfect for the beach. Lots of beach toys. The back deck was lovely. The whole location of the cottage grouping was fantastic, as they're all situated around a pool. I underestimated just HOW great it would be to have a pool a few steps away. We were there daily. We hope to return someday!
Thank you for your wonderful review! And, more importantly, thank you for staying at the Good Life and trusting us with your family's vacation. We realize that time together is precious, and we're glad the cottage (and the books - we update them regularly so they stay fresh and new for both children and adults) and location helped everyone have a great vacation. Yes, that pool is pretty awesome - very large for the size of the community - and, we, too enjoy the covered porch very much. We hope you come to the Good Life again for a future vacation. We'll take good care of you!
Third time vacationing at The Good Life
This was my third time renting The Good Life cottage! Needless to say we love this place. I go to the nearby Publix and stock up on groceries and we are set. It's always completely stocked, spotlessly clean and the pool is beautiful and peaceful!
The weather was perfect and we walked the short distance to the beach both days. We set up a canopy and enjoyed the beach with my son, daughter in law and grandkids, age 6 and 2.
We're actually going back in September and we're going to rent Key Lime this time...I'm sure it will be great, also!
I also had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Paula. She makes the comfort of her guests her top priority!
My family and I will be returning as often as we can!
It was great meeting you as well. I'm happy that you and your family have such a good time at the cottage. Your appreciation of the cottage and the area certainly bring good vibes to the cottage and the area! I enjoyed seeing you melt onto the couch soon after you arrived. I hope we cross paths again, and just let me know if there's anything you need that's not already at the cottage.
We were looking for the perfect place to have our small intimate wedding with our 3 kids. This place was perfect and the private beach was the perfect place to have our ceremony! The cottage had everything we needed and plenty of space for the 5 of us. It's close to little shops along 30-A and the neighborhood is quite. The swimming pool is large and provides chairs for lounging. We can't wait to go back!
Thank you for your kind words about the Good Life. We are honored that you choose to get married at the beach while staying at the Good Life! We know you put your faith in us that we would provide a place where you could make wonderful family memories, and we're sure glad the Good Life, the beach, and the community here at the Cottages at Camp Creek lived up to your expectations. Best wishes to the both of you as you begin your "good life" together. And, of course, we hope you come back again, especially for your anniversaries!
Just Can't Stay Away!
This is our second time to The Good Life, but the 4th time renting from this same owner, who owns Key Lime Cottage next door. Bottom line, we love both of these cottages and cannot recommend them enough! We switched to the Good Life because our four kids are growing so big and this unit has one extra bed in 3rd bedroom.
This was a different year for us, since my mother-in-law passed away in January, so we invited my father-in-law to come vacation with us. We gave him the Master bedroom with it's own bath, so the 6 of us shared the other bath. We still had plenty of room, we loved the queen bed in second bedroom and the split design made it easy and comfortable to have a grandparent. This cottage truly feels like home and we are thrilled to return again and again! The pool and hot tub are great and it is truly a close walk to the beach. Our only regret is our kids do not get two weeks off for Spring Break! Booking our week for Spring Break today!
I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I hope your time at the Good Life and the peaceful beach brought some comfort to your father-in-law and your family. As you know, we're delighted that you're long-time guests of our cottages. It's people like you who bring joy to the cottage and to the wonderful South Walton area. I know that you and your family have made many precious memories at the Good Life and Key Lime (your photos over the years must be awesome!). We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Family of 4 with teen and preteen
We loved The Good Life! A great cottage with everything. The house had all the kitchen items needed, plenty of beach chairs to use for the beach, board games, puzzles, and books. We enjoyed our stay and when the kids were worn out at the beach we went to the pool. The area was quiet but close enough to tons of restaurants and other activities. Several people had bikes and used those to visit multiple locations. We would definitely return to the The Good Life!
Wow! Thanks for your wonderful review. We do our best to give our guests everything they need to have a fun vacation and to connect with each other (which is why we have the games and puzzles). We know your vacation time is precious and we want to do our part in making it special. Thanks again for taking the time to write this very kind review. We hope you come back to the Good Life (or visit Key Lime, our cottage next door) soon.
Our cottages (we also own Key Lime next door) are an easy 4-5 minute walk to a beautiful white-sand beach with lovely sunsets and are within walking distance of Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach where you'll find restaurants, shops, outdoor entertainment (including free concerts and movies during the peak summer season). Although we have a lovely quiet beach across the street and a BIG pool in our community here at the Cottages at Camp Creek, we also have the pleasure of being with 1/2 mile of the community of Alys Beach that has restaurants, a coffee shop, a play yard (play houses and hills) for children, amphitheater with movies/concerts/more during certain seasons/weekends, and a walking trail through the native environment for those who want to see what the area looked like before construction. We are also about 1 mile away from the community of Rosemary Beach that also has restaurants as well as shops, coffee shops, a spa, bike and beach equipment rentals, and more. Even though all of this is nearby, we tend to spend our time at the beach, at the pool, or relaxing/dining on our fully furnished porch!