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The Smith House - Updated Historic Charm *Ask about our last minute specials

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,260 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


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 in 1925, our recent renovation provides the house with all the modern conveniences while maintaining its true southern “old Grayton” charm.

Located in the heart of fun and funky Grayton Beach, and surrounded by lush landscaping that includes mature oaks, magnolias, and palms, the Smith House offers a private oasis for guests who want it all … an easy stroll to the world’s most beautiful beach as well as a peaceful retreat at which to begin and end each day.

Featuring vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the house is decorated in vintage Florida style. The kitchen is fully outfitted with everything you would need to cook a gourmet meal. The master bedroom has a comfortable queen bed, and the double-bunk room has 2 extra-long bunk bed sets to accommodate both children and adults. The house has multiple “smart” TVs and reliable wireless internet service.

The bathroom provides a vanity with 2 sinks and a tub/shower, and an additional period pedestal sink is located in the hallway outside the bathroom. But the “guest favorite” is the fully enclosed outdoor shower that is adjacent to the porch. Spacious and private and outfitted with hot and cold water, visitors can experience the luxury of showering in nature under a canopy of oaks and magnolias.

And the porch ... It’s the best part of the house, for sure! Extending the length of the main house and wrapping around to the outdoor shower, the porch includes 2 comfortable sitting areas, a rustic cypress dining table, and a comfortable day bed for reading and relaxing. Just off the porch is a large private brick-paved patio with a picnic table, chairs, a hammock and Weber charcoal grill. Dimmable overhead patio lights create a unique and beautiful outdoor dining experience!

The outdoor shed houses 3 complimentary beach bikes as well as a large wagon loaded with all the beach gear you will need: 3 chairs, a large umbrella, cooler, and beach rafts and toys. After spending the day on the beach, guests often use the 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. 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 on the same street and will rent as either a 2 bedroom/2 bath (sleeping 2-5; VRBO #380525) or as a 3 bedroom/3 bath (sleeping up to 8; VRBO #361156)

Keywords: cottage, beach house, cabin

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

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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Grayton Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1260 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Hurricanes / Storms: No refunds will be given. Hurricane season is June 1 – Nov. 30. We recommend you purchase travel insurance if this is a concern.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , double vanity
  • Additional pedestal sink in hallway. Enclosed outdoor shower with hot & cold water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed , bunk beds are XL
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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


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The Smith House - Updated Historic Charm *Ask about our last minute specials
average rating of 4.9927006 based on 139 reviews
Greenville, MS


  • 5 of 5

Such a nice place to relax! The house doesn’t lack for anything! This was our first year staying at the Smith House! The outdoor shower, the daybed and the dining table on the screened in porch were made favorite places to hang out! The owners are very helpful and friendly! The locals that lived nearby were very kind and hospitable as well! We love Grayton Beach and The Smith House too!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful week!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time staying at the Smith House - a perfect cottage all around. Kelly and Billy seem to have thought of everything to make the stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. The house is artfully done, with terrific details (great kitchenware, for example!) . It truly felt like we were staying at our home away from home. Kelly is extremely responsive, thorough, and thoughtful - we didn't have to do any research about the area after reading Kelly's info! Grayton Beach is a neat spot with great restaurants and easy access to area towns. All around a wonderful week away!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, Fl

Clean, well-located. Worked for us!

  • 5 of 5

Very cute little house. Clean. Well-located. Went for 30A music festival and was able to walk to a few of the venues (Craft Bar & AJs). Owner was easy to communicate with. Sleeps 6 - master and 4 bunks in one room, but only one bathroom, so could be tight. Perfect for just my husband and I.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and full of story!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Smith House! The accommodations were perfect for our family of five. The porch was amazing for quiet reading and resetting of the soul. The quick walk to the beach was so lovely. It felt like a little nature getaway on our first introduction to 30A. The rest of 30A was cool and glamorous but Grayton Beach and the Smith House felt like home! Thanks Kelly for your hospitality- we’ve used VRBO a lot all over the world and you are the most hospitable host yet!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming House & Best Beach

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome place! The moment we walked inside The Smith House we fell in love with it! It is a cute historic cottage with lots of character. You can tell the Buzzett family has put so much thought into making this house so special for their guests. The family room opens up into the kitchen, which worked great for our family. The house is kind of hidden behind lush greenery. We loved the privacy from the road. The outdoor shower was a family favorite! In fact, no one even used the shower inside. The porch was amazing - one of our favorite places to hang out. It was decorated with colored lights, seashells, and even a comfy bed that my husband slept in one rainy night. On the days it rained, our kids hung out in the bunk room and having their own TV in their room was a "real treat". The Smith House had everything we needed including bikes (even one kids bike that my son used), boogie boards, an awesome raft, a wagon, a cooler and tons of beach toys. We had another great vacation in Grayton Beach this summer and look forward to it again next year. Lastly, I was so impressed to get a phone call from Kelly the day after our arrival to check in on us to see if there was anything we needed. Best hospitality ever!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Smith House and plan to return again soon. This "Old Florida" cottage has a charming, low-keyed vibe, great art, and a wonderful screened porch. It's very clean and the kitchen is well stocked. The house has good knives, flashlights, beach cruisers, beach chairs & umbrellas, a cooler and a wagon so you can drag it all to the beach for an extended stay. Kelly is very helpful and extremely organized. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • 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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200

7-night minimum for Spring Break & Summer; 3-night minimum all other times
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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.