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Good Life: Family-Friendly, Big Pool, Beach, Covered Porch, Wireless, Great Rate

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 30 nights

About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

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 12 travel destinations for 2010, 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 a 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 and a phone with free national dialing. As you know, it's very useful to have a phone included in the cottage for emergencies because guests shouldn't have to rely on their cell phones only. 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, beach bags, and plenty of movies/puzzles/games/cds/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!

When you call to book your vacation, ask for 'Ahhh The Good Life Cottage' and SAY THAT YOU SAW THE AD ON VRBO.

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. 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

More Details

Property Manager
Paula Caproni
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Paula Caproni

We live in cold snowy Michigan and love coming to our cottages. 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 Beaches of South Walton

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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Good Life: Family-Friendly, Big Pool, Beach, Covered Porch, Wireless, Great Rate
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

We loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Columbus, Ohio area

Just Can't Stay Away!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Lynn Haven, Fl.

Third time vacationing at The Good Life

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Family of 4 with teen and preteen

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Columbus, Ohio area

Walk to Alys Beach

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed all up and down 30-A, and here's why we keep coming back to this cottage (and Key Lime next door): it's quiet, away from the traffic, steps to the pool and hot tub, and a walkable distance to Alys Beach. For a family with kids, it's tough to find all that in an affordable single-family dwelling. We rent bikes on the first day, which puts Seacrest and Rosemary Beach within range. So other than going to Publix, we leave the car parked for the week. Beach access is not difficult, just a little over a 5-minute walk -- we've stayed on the beach-side of 30-A in Seagrove and had a longer walk. Compare this floorplan with Key Lime next door (same owner) and pick the one that's right for your family size. There's a reason everyone gives this place 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had such a good time at the Good Life this year and our cottage next door, Key Lime, in the past. Like your family, we park our car and then spend most of our time at the beach, at the pool, and on the porch when we're at the cottages - a real, old fashioned vacation with nothing to do but spend time with each other. We appreciate your review because we know that your family vacation time is precious, and your review lets us know that your family built great memories at the cottage again this year. As a return guest, we sincerely appreciate that you keep coming back to the Good Life and Key Lime Cottage!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Panama City Beach (ECP 30 minutes) or VPS 1 hour
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Tom Fazio designed Camp Creek Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several at Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach
Car: recommended

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!


Rates & Availability

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Jan 4 2017 - Mar 3 2017
30 night minimum stay
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Mar 4 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Seacrest Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have a tub/shower combination.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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