About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + TwoConvertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 20)
Enjoy CHEZ MIREILLE'S 2 gulf front decks, one w/tiny tot safety protected hot tub spa (high sides w/safety cover & removable steps), next to large shaded space, part of 64 foot long special event area when added to great room, other a 2nd flr, 360 degree view 19 x 23 ft sun bathing sky deck, 2 KING bdrms, of which 1, also w/sofa bed. can sleep 4, 1 QUEEN bdrm, paired with a 2 level bunk bed, giving this Queen bdrm a sleeping capacity of 3, + adjoing full bath, 4th bedrm has two 2-level beds, 1 of them single over double & other w/2 singles, w/adjoing bath w/extra wide Jacuzzi style jetted tub, + 5th bdrm w/small European dbl bed, + (in great room)w/dble sofa bed+single bed/sofa. to house a total of 20 (2 or 3 families w/children)
Luxuriate in the hot tub's warm swirling waters as you watch the sunset or moonbeams reflected off the gulf's silvery surface in the privacy of your own little paradise on the cliff side deck just outside the door to your waterfront master bedroom.
While relaxing on the cushioned outdoors furniture remember that furnishings are newer than they look, because no matter how much we spend on deck furnishings they are battered day and night by humid salt winds of up to 20 knots and higher, that most metals rust within weeks, can be destroyed in months, that cloth covering stains outdoors, gets caked with white salt deposits, and waterfront furnishings here tend to age fast, look 'new' only the first few weeks after they are installed, rarely months, depending on how close they are to the gulf.
Because of this we replace or remove too many items too frequently to replace all old web site pictures to reflect every change, replacing normal fading of outside all weather fabrics due to exposure to rain, salty winds and normal wear which often shows up early in these conditions. Unwind in your front deck hot tub after days of beach walking and biking on miles of paved paths. Or hop in at midnight for a stimulating soak and more pillow talk under the stars just steps from your comfy king bed. Sugar white quartz sand and limpid light green shallows await you down the stairs from your garden gate.
Wedding parties can save money enjoying Old Seagrove's largest (40 x 31 ft) heated screened private pool, by also booking ALMARITO, our 5-bdrm 3 bath Gulf View stilt house (VRBO# 247383), across 30A a short bike ride or walk down the street,for young couples (3 queen beds & 2 doubles + dble fold out + 5 single beds) and budget minded single friends of the bridal couple.
Offer refreshments to dozens at your wedding, rehearsal dinner or family reunion dinner in the 39 x 24 foot (max dimensions) Great Room whose bank of 6 gulf front French doors open out to a 16-foot deep deck, enlarging it to a fair weather party space more than 50 ft long, open to breezes, only steps from the beach.
We gave a sit-down dinner for 50+, using our expanded tables & chairs brought in from other houses, w/room for children's skits. But required massive shifting of furniture which we allow but don't provide. You'd best lease house an extra day for clean-up and restoration of the house as before after such a large sit-down dinner.
Leave your car at home and sip wine at your dinner at the Surfing Deeer, The great Southern or Bud * Alley's 4 blocks away..
Stroll a few more blocks beyond the Surfing Deer to Whiskey Bravo, genuine Old Seagrove's other top restaurant, whose rooftop bar and dining areas offer partial views of the gulf's sparkling blue noon time waters, and its neighboring, more modestly priced, breakfast and lunch room Cowgirls kitchn..
These latter 2, just steps past Almarito (vrbo247383), whose 40 x 31 ft pool you can use for a fun family get-together, if you've already booked that bargain priced basic high stilted gulf view house for your friends for their use after your whole wedding party or reunion has enjoyed Whiskey Bravo's rooftop brunch & you need those 5 more bedrooms and living room and porch gulf view as well..
Relax on your vacation, enjoy trivial conveniences like TV sets and phone jacks in every room and bathroom and multiple watering points from the kitchen at the Chez's north end to the seashell fountain on the southern deck so your glass will never go dry.
Welcome to this airy 2500+ square foot home which offers a wonderful and convenient single level floor plan, with bedrooms on each side, flanking living and entertainment areas through the center, which will easily accommodate 2-3 families with children and/or elderly guests,with their own private baths & oversize beds + some oversized doors with wheelchair ramps at car port exterior door. Excellent arrangement for family vacations, bridal parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, anniversaries and cocktail parties.
Enjoy the dazzling gulf view -- the brilliant high noon deep blue of the gulf shimmering in the distance the length of the house away, as you come in thru the welcoming entry hall thru the car port front door which features sofa, TV set for the kids, with a hanger and space for some of the things that pile up at the front door. Beamed cathedral ceilings and skylights flood light into a bright cheery atmosphere. But sliding panels can darken bedroom skylights for napping children and tired abults. Walk thru to the kitchen and between bedrooms and baths, 2 of each on either side, giving each family its own private facilities, with a 5th bedroom in the NE corner, isolated, for a teen-agers' personal privacy.
Step out to the lanai from a Great Room featuring a wood burning fireplace, premium channels on its 42-inch flat-screen HD-TV, plus DVD, Stereo, wet bar and 3 sofas (1 of which opens into a Queen bed). View the ocean, the sunsets or the convenient bookshelf kitchen TV set as you prepare meals behind the open breakfast bar next to the oversize French door fridge with its pull-out drawer freezer, wrap around ceramic tile counter which seats 10 or more, and 3 dining room tables, with extenders, which seat up to 19 , and, if extra chairs are brought in for major events, to allow banquet style hospitality inside, plus extra dining tables and chairs on the deck, or brought in from the deck for banquets.
The 1st master bedroom, on the beach side of the home, features a king bed and glorious views of the gulf, with its own sofa w/fold out (double) extra bed, extra arm chair, 33 inch flat screen HD TV & phone. There is an adjacent convenience shower & bath, or, further toward the north end of the house, enjoy the water jets of a large Jacuzzi style tub under a large French style radial 'rain' shower head.
You can use the Queen bedroom with its extra double bunk bed to give it a full capacity of 4 persons, adjacent shower, tv and landline phone jack, as your 3rd master bedroom, or sleep 4 children there instead.
Next door lies Chez's 2nd main master bedroom, with 2nd king bed, TV, phone and large bath w/tub/shower, conveniently close to a 5-child bedroom suite. On the homes east side lies another bdrm with two 2-level bunk beds (1 w/2 singles, the other with a single over a double bed + TV, and landline phone jack, which has a Jacuzzi style bath/shower on one side and a 4th shower plus a changing area on the other side.
Either side bedroom can use its double bunk bed for 2 children or one of the bunks as refuge for partner who wants some distance from a thundering snorer.
The new fifth bedroom with a small European double bed, slightly narrower than American double, can sleep the 5th young couple or a teen-ager + alternate use of the big jacuzzi tub bathroom w/the couple or 3 or 4 children in the east center tiered 4 bunk bedrm.
To avoid tracking sand across the great room coming up from the beach, Chez Mireille has outside showers on both sides of the house, w/doors to the inside baths & adjacent bedrooms.
Walkways, w/wheelchair ramps, wrap around the home, making it easier for kids to shed sand and beach equipment just outside of side doors & clean off sand without passing through the great room, also giving access for wheel chairs to move directly from their arrival at the carport facing 30-A to the gulf-view south deck.
Keywords: See miles of surf, sunset and sunrise from the Gulf Front hot tub on huge deck plus 2nd story Sunbathing Sky Deck. Watch the heavens explode into color as the Sunset melts into the sea from the deck end of the mammoth 55 x 24 ft (max) Inside/Outside Great Room/Gulf Front Deck celebration continuum. You can now fly Southwest to ECP (Panama City), Delta to ECP and VPS (Ft Walton Beach). Sip wine at dinner and walk back home just a few blocks to bed from three of Seaside/Seagrove's largest restaurants.
Scott Bruns, owner.
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About Scott Bruns, owner.
Members of my family have been visiting these beautiful shores since the 1940s and 50s (when pavement for 30-A stopped about 1/2 mile east of Seaside) In 1961, my Mother brought my immediate family to join the aunts, uncles and cousins already established here, when she moved from New Orleans to a bungalow just down highway 30-A from this house. There are now more than 30 family members with 20 permanent homes here. I am a retired news correspondent and editor who has lived or visited all over the world, but chose this area to settle down in for retirement. I hope you all love it as much as I, my family and my friends do. I bought Chez Mireille in 1993 and have worked over the years to make it more comfortable for my family and other guests, including you, by extending it at both ends to bring shelter and air conditioning to the areas from which we can watch the sunsets and sunrises and provide more modern amenities to transform a plain enough beach cottage into a more comfortable and presentable, if sill simple and modest, but with a large central entertainment area, vacation home.
Scott Bruns, owner. purchased this House in 1993
Why Scott Bruns, owner. chose Santa Rosa Beach
Once I drag myself out of the gulf front hot tub, I'm seconds from the sea, minutes from the coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and watering holes of Seaside. I can arrive back home in Seagrove, park the car, get on my bike and not start a motorized vehicle for a month, pedaling up and down a safe 16-mile long evenly graded bike path separated from the highway and carried across our region's frequent gulf side lakes by its own bridges. Do you like fresh air and sunshine and pleasant people who say, 'Hi,' to strangers? That's why so many people who live here call this place "paradise."
What makes this House unique
If it rains, I may watch movies on the flat screen TV next to the wood burning fireplace, on HBO or the dvd player, listen to the stereo or I-pod playing inside or outside through its fair sized mobile speaker, or soak in the steaming hot tub and, on a windy day, gaze out at sea to contemplate the foam and spray as the wind whips the waves breaking over the second sand bar. I have bookshelves that have more than pottery on them. There are even books. Some for children, some on politics or foreign policy, history or opera, poetry, humor, theater, some in French, including classic plays by Racine and Moliere, Chekov in Russian, others in Spanish or Italian, reference books, some mystery novels. Many guests even add more books. I would appreciate if my treasures and theirs are allowed to stay, especially those written or given to me by friends, colleagues, teachers. Please let others enjoy them too...in front of that wood burning fireplace, as our grandparents did.
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Amazing beachfront property with all the comforts of home.
This well-appointed, comfortable home was perfect for our writing retreat. Even with 6 of us, there was plenty of room to spread out to do our work. The main kitchen/living area was great for gathering for meals and conversations, and the outside deck was so enjoyable.
The one hiccup - the WiFi didn't work - was handled as quickly as possible by Edgar at the management company - for which we were super-appreciative! In the meantime, those of us who needed internet access made the 3 minute walk to Amavida, the nearby coffee shop in Seaside that has WiFi.
We will definitely consider this property again if we do another retreat on the ocean!
We loved the vintage feel of this extra roomy beach house. Eight adults and two children with plenty of room- comfy beds, well supplied kitchen, and best of all, right on the beautiful beach! A large deck provides plenty of room and shade- nice big hot tub on the deck! A short walk to Seaside and watercolor - shops, restaurants, grocery stores are within walking distance.
Thanks for your appreciation of our goal to provide a safe, homey, comfortable strategically located. privacy protected , simply furnished genuine vintage Florida coastal vacation home with the best possible gulf view and beach access and special amenities rarely available at such a budget price, far below those charged at our neighboring luxury holiday resort villages and more modern residences along this most central section of the highly prized Emerald Coast's Coumty Road 30-A.
Please return during our beautiful "Indian Summer" autumn season and enjoy the sunrise sky dawns over the gulf and our Techicolor sunsets into the water, the highlights of our fall, winter and spring seasons when our prices also plummet into even more our wallet friendly territory.
Unbeatable Location with Panoramic Views
Our family of 4 stayed the week of 4-1 for spring break. The location is fantastic, just a few houses from Seaside. The entire back of the house has sliding doors so there are gulf views from all of the public areas and the master bedroom. The back deck is great. There are hammocks, plenty of seating and a hot tub. There is also a roof deck with great views and seating. The deck exits to the path for public beach access as opposed to private stairs. We rode our bikes everywhere but everything in Seaside is certainly within walking distance.The house its self is also pretty dated but everything worked. If you are expecting an interior out of Southern Living you may want to look elsewhere but if you want a house on the beach for about the same price as something in Seaside 4 blocks from the beach you will not be disappointed. We will be back.
Thanks, David, for your thoughtfully approving, but straightforwardly honest, appraisal of our comfortable, convenient old family vacation house with its spacious great room, wonderful view and extremely low price, thousands of dollars below any competing local waterfront rental vacation homes of its size and capacity that I know of, unusual amenities and comparatively unique lay out which funnels people, their bodies, garments and towels covered in loose sand, as they come up from the beach, to avoid the central area, if they so choose, re-entering the house through Chez Mireille's four side doors directly into their inside showers and/or bedrooms, after a quick leg and foot rinse from their outside showers, then, already in their own bedroom/bathroom suite, can dress in clean clothes, leaving all their sand outside, where it belongs, rather than on our couches, arm chairs, etc., in our joint living and dining room areas, or in our kitchen.
For those who, like me, readily leave behind, inland, our fine art and antique furniture, and would rather devote more of our resources to tuitions, medical care, even world travel, more appropriate uses than insisting on a stylishly appointed beach side "town home" in which to sit in our living rooms in shorts and short sleeves, or bathing suits before hitting the hot tub or beach.
And, for party givers, family reunions and those contemplating large sit-down rehearsal dinners, banquets, etc., weddings and/or other gatherings in which many people circulate back and forth between our spacious inside party area and our outside 46 foot by 16-foot waterfront deck, I would like to point out that the 44 feet of single full panel glass French doors leading to the deck from the great room and southeast corner "sunrise colors view" king bed master bedroom do not slide, but all swing open towards the outside, leaving behind no center poles, so that, when all are opened, you find yourself with five unobstructed openings, unblocked and open to crowd circulation from floor to six and a half feet up, perfect for a small wedding or speeches or presentations from the southern edge of the deck, the wide blue gulf as your back drop, on a clear day sparkling at high solar noon with a million flashes of light.
Wonderful Weekend getaway
We had a wonderful long weekend in this large home located only 30 seconds from the beach and a 5 minute walk to Seaside. It was so spacious and we had lots of privacy and room to spread out. Everything was clean when we arrived and the owner was very accommodating in spite of the fact we gave him such short notice.
The house is truly Old Seagrove and has tons of character, not to mention being in the perfect location. The sunrises and sunsets could not have been seen better from anywhere else......just beautiful! We loved having the very private upstairs deck for sunning and the beautiful view. There are several bedrooms on each side divided by the kitchen and living area which allows for ample privacy, not to mention, plenty of bathroom space.
We loved it and are looking forward to going back in the very near future!
Chez Mireille Thanksgiving
Our family just spent our fourth Thanksgiving at this big wonderful beach house. We have a family of 13. This house is built perfectly to accommodate 3 families. We have our privacy, our own bathrooms, with a huge gathering place in the middle. The whole front of the house opens up to a spectacular view of the gulf and the walk to the beach is just off the deck. Every evening we'd gather on the deck and watch the sunset. Its just a walk down the street to the quaint town of Seaside. A car isn't necessary to reach restaurants and shopping. It's one of the first houses built in Seagrove so it has stood the test of time and served these renters well. We love this house and will rent hopefully for our fifth Thanksgiving in two years.
Every second year we look forward to Janice's visit to Chez Mireille with her family and friends..
She knows the place well and has watched its evolution, various improvements in the structure, decks and/or amenities each year, and appreciates Chez Mireille for its magnificent view, easy access to the beach from the southeast corner of our property and the convenience of its neighboring restaurants, cafes. post office, hair dressers art galleries and chic boutiques only a few blocks away.
She knows she can relax in our atmosphere of informality without any feeling of being confined in a fancy town house museum atmosphere costing thousands or many thousands more in the luxury villages to our east and west, populated by visitors who don't , as do many of our regulars, prefer, to spend less in fancy frills within a beach side home and direct those dollars to tuitions, foreign travel, a more comfortable life at home in this costly world, or whatever other interests appeal to their pocket books.
We strongly urge any one seeking expensive art. fancy styling, anything trendy at all, and all the other impediments of exotic vacation structures costing thousands more NOT to book here and block off a week that our regulars strive to return to year after year.
Not as Advertised
We arrived at the house and found it very dirty. There were bugs & roaches on beds and on dirty floors. There were moldy shower curtains, duct tape hanging from microwave, there were holes in some doors, poorly repaired furniture (some duct taped) . We had to clean house before unpacking. The furniture was stained and soiled. We covered couches and chairs in the living area with blankets and sheets so we could sit on them. We washed some of the bedding. One of the airconditioning units was not working (it was a very hot time of year). It actually stopped working several times during our stay. The owner was good about getting repair people out to the house but we weren't happy about having them in our house all week. The last time the airconditioning went out, they put in a loud, large unit in our bedroom with an industrial cord running across the floor. It leaked puddles of water on the floor and around the electrical cord. In one of the bathrooms, the plumbing pulled away from the wall (while in use) and we had to exit the shower and wait an hour with the water running because the water was scalding hot and we couldn't get the water to turn off. Another repairman in our house. There was a leak under property during our stay. So yet another repairman in and about the house. Using loud equipment. Inner & outer doors being opened and shut with industrial cords running through the house during the day (no privacy). So during a one week stay we had 4 different repairs, some lasting 2 days.
The pictures online make the house look MUCH better than it actually is. If we could have moved to another place on the beach, we would have done so. But at that time there were no available units on the beachside.
We left the house cleaner than when we arrived.
The owner then delayed our refundable cleaning deposit. We had to contact him many, many times along with reporting it to VRBO/Home Away before finally receiving our deposit (8 weeks later). The owner was very difficult to work with. He claimed he had sent us our check and accused us of trying to extort extra money from him. He became very combative. We feel that we would have not received our refund if we had not reported it. We DO NOT recommend vacationing in this house. AT ALL! we don't understand the good reviews that are online.
Readers have only to look at our most recent 5-star review, posted above, and 11 preceding reviews, below on this and earlier pages, all praising this house, to recognize this traveler was just carrying out his promise to write a complaint to VRBO if I didn't immediately send him a duplicate refund check he was demanding without first waiting long enough to see that no one had endorsed and cashed the initial check. His statement to the contrary, his refund was never in danger so long has he had not cashed a refund check earlier. He created an initial issue before his arrival after, without permission, this traveler bluntly announced in advance he would start his stay at Chez Mireille 4 hours early, at noon rather than our 4 pm check-in time, set to allow my crews at least 6 hours to clean and have rigorously inspected the house after the departure of previous renters and use all time available to carry out regular maintenance, additional repairs, painting, etc., of worn or damaged items resulting from heavy use of this house booked solid for the entire summer season. Told in advance twice by phone he could not check in early & interrupt this work he arrived early anyway, unpleasantly insisting on the phone he wanted his vacation to start immediately. Then he entered the home anyway despite being asked to remain outside as these scheduled repairs continued, as they must, between tenants to avoid complaints he would have made had the items involved not been cleaned, repainted or repaired between tenants, the main exception being when some appliance breaks down, at a time of is own choosing, not a time chosen by the owner, for which the owner warns in this home's web site he declines in advance to compensate guests if all due efforts are made to quickly repair suddenly inoperative equipment. My employee, who greeted him, told me his unsteady gait and enunciation of words were part of the pattern suggested by his general unruly behavior.This guest refused our agent's suggestion he allow his cleaners to revisit the house for another cleaning. Then he refused to allow my agent, as I suggested because the traveler indicated he planned further trouble, to transfer the traveler to another house, making the false claim that none were available at the time. Plenty were available, it being autumn, not mid-summer. The many people who wrote all those glowing reviews for my house were enjoying the house, not seeking refunds, and were obviously telling the truth.
WEDDING AND OTHER LARGE PARTIES, FAMILY REUNIONS, AND MULTIPLE FAMILIES, CAN RENT & PLAY TOGETHER IN OLD SEAGROVE'S LARGEST (40 X 31 FT) PRIVATE HEATED AND SCREENED POOL (free from oil threat)AND INEXPENSIVELY HOUSE OVERFLOW OF BRIDAL PARTIES AND OTHER GUESTS AT OUR FIVE BEDROOM THREE BATH GULF VIEW STILT HOUSE JUST DOWN THE STREET AT HALF CHEZ MIREILLE PRICE....Other regional features: Dressage instructor located in nearby Destin.Trail riding at nearby Point Washington.
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CALL (850)231 4386 FOR ADDRESS TO WHICH TO MAIL CHECKS. Tax I.D. and 50% of all charges and security deposit due before reservations granted. Pay by personal or business check at least 45 days before scheduled arrival date. Last minute booking payment by postal money order, certified or bank checks must be received by at least 2 business days before scheduled arrival date. Only cash in full in advance accepted before last minute/walk-in admission.No provision for credit cards. To maintain existing reservations, second half checks must be posted at least 45 days before scheduled arrival dates. Since no advance rent, cleaning or tax payments refundable, clients advised to take out their own trip cancellation insurance. Security depoits all refundable, in whole or in part, by mail, only after guests occupy the house as scheduled and then leave the house, contents, equipment and grounds, etc, complete, undamaged & free of trash, inside nd out. Tenant Assumes full responsibility to pay for repair or replacement of all damage to, or loss of, house, contents and/or equipment on the building lot, inside and outside of any structure, or the structure itself, above and beyond the security deposit amount, above and beyond insurance payments made directly to the owner within 45 days of damage, impairment or loss. We are not responsible and will grant no refunds for advance rent, cleaning, tax or any other payments made to us because of/for utility outages, failure of cable, telephone,water or gas service, temporary outages because of mechanical failure to operate of appliances, fixtures, or Jacuzzi style or hot tub, but guarantee prompt calls and every effort possible to get the service provider of appropriate appliance , a/c, plumber, electrician or appropriate technician/specialist to repair, re-install, replace if necessary and possible, of such equipment to tenants as soon as possible from those service and servicing providers