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The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay in one of the most historic homes in Grayton Beach -- The Smith House. Originally built as a 1-room cottage in 1925 by Tuff Smith, he used cypress boards that washed up on the shores of Grayton after the ship that was transporting the lumber caught fire and sank.

Lovingly renovated by a long-time Grayton family, the Smith House has all the modern conveniences but maintains its true southern “old Grayton” charm. Featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the house is decorated in vintage Florida style. Interior walls are fashioned from sinker cypress (with boards cut from giant cypress logs salvaged from the bottom of the Choctawhatchee River), the grain of each board a natural work of art. The kitchen, with its honed granite counters and ultra-quiet dishwasher, has everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal. The bathroom has been overhauled with a double vanity sink, and the double-bunk room has 2 extra-long bunk bed sets to accommodate both children and adults.

There is a 42-inch Smart TV in the living room (for instant connection to Netflix, Amazon videos, YouTube, music apps, etc.), a 32-inch flat-screen TV (with DVD player) in the master bedroom, and a 24-inch Smart TV in the bunk room, as well as wireless internet service. There is a portable CD player as well as a small music player that will play your ipod or other music device.

The best part of the house is probably the large screened porch, which includes 2 comfortable sitting areas, a rustic cypress dining table that easily seats 8, and a comfortable day bed for relaxing. Located just off the screened porch is a spacious enclosed outdoor shower, with hot and cold water. The side-yard consists of a large brick-paved patio with a picnic table, chairs, a mayan hammock and Weber charcoal grill.

After spending the day on the beach, you may want to use the 3 complimentary beach bikes to explore the adjoining beach towns in the late afternoon. In the evening, you have an easy walk to the world-famous Red Bar restaurant as well as several other outstanding dining opportunities.

The Smith House is the perfect vacation retreat for your family. You will want to come back year after year!

** The owners of the Smith House have a second rental cottage in Grayton, Stella Luna. Stella Luna is just up the street from the Smith House and will rent as either a 2 bedroom/2bath (sleeping 2-5; VRBO #380525) or as a 3 bedroom/3bath (sleeping up to 8; VRBO #361156)

Keywords: cottage, beach house, cabin

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017

About The Owner

I come from a long line of Walton County natives and spent every summer of my childhood on the sands of Grayton Beach. My husband & I moved here permanently when our sons were born and were lucky to have raised them in this magical beach town. We love the charm and authenticity of Old Grayton, the fabulous beach and lake, the friendly locals, and the quirky nature of our town. We are year-round residents of Grayton Beach and are available to answer any of your questions or help you with anything you need during your stay. We are honored to own the Smith House and hope that you will love the house and our town as much as we do.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

What makes this cottage unique

Address: 267 DeFuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

There is so much to do in Grayton, from swimming, fishing, and surfing in the Gulf to playing in the 'pass' at Western Lake. You can try kayaking or Stand Up Paddle boarding - on the Gulf or on the calm waters of Western Lake - and you can snorkel on Grayton's new and amazing artificial reef structure off the State Park. Nearby you can find a world-class water skiing facility, dolphin cruises, freshwater springs, and even horseback riding stables. Fabulous restaurants are a short walk away, and there is also a little convenience store, a gym, and wonderful shops and galleries just down the street. Miles of white sand beaches surrounded by State Parks on all sides, and miles of off-road bike paths along 30A. Grayton is the epicenter of 30A!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's Thanksgiving '09 and we've just now been relaxing in this beautiful cottage full of our left-overs...for almost 4 hours. When we drove up we ran in to check it out before we unpacked the car. It's perfect! We love it and wouldn't change a thing!



The bikes were so much fun! It was a great way to experience Grayton Beach. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this peaceful little bungalow! We will definitely be back! The Mann's Albany, GA
Dec 2009
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Amenities

Grayton Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanity
  • Additional pedestal sink in hallway. Enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , bunk beds are XL
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Fabulous hot & cold water enclosed outdoor shower, 3 Beach Bikes, 3 beach chairs, beach towels, Playmate cooler, umbrella, and a large wagon to carry everything to the beach

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(130 traveler reviews)

The Smith House - Comfortable Updated Historic Charm
average rating of 4.9923077 based on 132 reviews
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Smith House is wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I decided to make a quick trip to the Panhandle of Florida with our two kids. We had never been before and really didn't know where to stay but found Grayton Beach online. The Smith House was available and we decided we'd give it a try. What a perfect choice! It's an immaculate, perfectly appointed, authentic (1920's) beach cottage. Only about 3 short blocks to the most beautiful soft white sand beach you can imagine. We usually stay on the Atlantic side but after experiencing the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico we will definitely be back. The house has everything you could need. The beds are comfortable, there are three TV's (not that I watched them but the kids did) and a wonderful screened in porch for drinking coffee in the morning and enjoying a drink in the evening. We could bike to several restaurants and were only about 10 minutes from Seaside and Watercolors which were gorgeous (but very crowded). We were all happy to return to our quiet Smith house after a day of exploring. Every detail was handled by Kelly and she gave us many great recommendations for dining. This is the real deal for old Florida living. You won't be disappointed!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The Smith House was everything we needed for our family get-away. The kitchen was well stocked, the screen porch and outdoor shower were well utilized, and it had what we needed for beach time. The location to the beach, state parks, and trails was perfect. To top all that off, the information about the house and community from the owners was very helpful. The comfort we experienced at the Smith House made our vacation one of our best.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Beach Trip

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Smith House. The location is great, just a short walk to the beach, shops and restaurants. The house and community of Grayton has a nostalgic "old Florida" atmosphere. We enjoyed relaxing on the screened in porch and beautiful patio. We have rented several different houses in Grayton Beach and the Smith House has been our family's favorite. It is truly even better in person. We are already planning to book the Smith House again next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay Off 30A

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to this beautiful area for several years and The Smith House now tops the list as our favorite stay to date! You get everything you need for the beach, around the house and getting around (bikes!). Just relax and enjoy. Kelly is fantastic to work with and all the "local" information she provides leaves no stone unturned. The cottage is extremely comfortable and well appointed with everything you need for cooking, laundry, grilling, showering (inside and out) and lazy days! Kelly goes the extra mile providing coffee, paper products, spices, plenty of towels, and fresh flowers.

Walk to the beach, walk to the Red Bar, walk to coffee, breakfast, and shopping. Bike to Seaside for lunch or Blue Mountain Creamery for the perfect cone. It was great leaving the car parked and getting around on foot or bike for just about our entire trip! The location is perfect, right where you want to be without sacrificing the privacy you might prefer.

We always enjoy our time along 30A, but The Smith House spoiled us. A must stay if you're planning a trip to the beaches along 30A!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Perfect for a low key couple, or small family, who enjoy the outdoors and and who can handle walking or riding bikes to the beach and/or dinner and shopping if you like. We have rented many places through VRBO and this was by far one of the best! Kelly, the owner, did an amazing job renovating this cottage. It feels so welcoming and comfortable! Small touches throughout the cottage, such as vases of palms and fresh flowers, old photos, and various books add to the relaxing ambiance. The kitchen cookware is topnotch for a rental unit, and almost everything you may need for cooking, laundry, beach fun, etc was carefully thought of and provided by Kelly, the owner. She was very good to work with! The outdoor shower and rocking chairs on the screened porch topped off what we thought were perfect accommodations!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ahhhhhhh... Complete Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been happier at The Smith House. In addition to all the obvious beach necessities (bikes, wagon, sand toys) all the little things of being in a home are there - complete kitchen with spices, oils, paper goods,laundry detergent., etc. Also had beach towels, books and games. So nice not to have to bring or buy any of these things! Loved the outdoor shower, hammock and bbq grille. Nice flatscreen tvs for rainy days and great screened in porch for meals and watching the rain. Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charter Boat Fishing right from the beach in Grayton - A truly unforgettable experience and you'll catch your limit every time!

Stand Up Paddle Board rentals within walking distance - Once you try it, you'll want one of your own!

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Rates & Availability

Grayton Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
$2,115
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 18 2017
6 night minimum stay
$1,930
 
 
Fall 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$235
$1,500
 
 
Late Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
$255
$1,700
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$270
 
 
Early Winter
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
$185
$1,175
 
 
Winter Holiday 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$270
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

7-night minimum for Spring Break & Summer; 3-night minimum all other times
Holiday weekends, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years use Late Spring Rates.
Saturday to Saturday rental period during Summer & Spring Break.
* During Spring Break, we rent to Couples and Families only; No Spring Break groups

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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