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Feb/ Mar $99nt. On St Teresa beach,dog friendly, wifi

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 kitchens, 2 Bdrms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) on 3acres.

WHAT IS SAINT TERESA? ....... St Teresa is only 5 miles of quiet, exclusive, secluded second family homes. A true 'Eco-vacation' at the Lazy Dolphin ....our cottage is located on Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' where the forest meets the beautiful Gulf water. Far from traffic and city lights Saint Teresa Beach is like Florida was 100 years ago.

PLEASE read entire property description.

You will be in the forest with miles of private beach at your front door. Great fishing right off the beach and a dozen local restaurants nearby. Welcome to 'Old St Teresa' with over 100 years of family enjoyment and history. You will be in the deep woods of North Florida about fifteen minutes from Public facilities.

Enjoy walking on miles of wide sugar white beach with two docks, usually all by yourself. Watch eagles and otters and other critters. We have many nature parks nearby, and many bike trails. Fresh seafood and, yes, there is a golf course ( only 10 minutes away). St Teresa has 130 years of history. A beach community nestled deep in the National Forest. It is only available to owners and their guests/renters. The St Teresa homes are passed from father to son. An exclusive private community with only eight beach rentals in the entire 5 mile length of beach. (We are directly on 5 miles of very wide continuous beach... you do not walk down a road or drive to the beach). Each home/lot has a minimum 1.25 acres and some are over 2-3 acres. We are unique in this area of Florida. We have a history, miles of beach, you may not see a soul your entire stay. We have modern well managed homes with every comfort. This is not a rental area, you have a family's home at St. Teresa.

Exclusive and Private Property. Our home is a two story 1600 sq ft beach house with two kitchen areas, located on the beach with central AC/Heat, extra in room AC unit bedside upstairs, ceiling fans in all rooms, on the gulf, fully furnished. Property has a large grass yard in front, Beach Deck Platform out at the sand dunes. We are 150 feet from the waterline.

First floor features full large kitchen, microwave, range/oven and refrigerator, The downstairs Living area has a 42' Flat Screen Hi-Def big screen, VHS, DVD, with Premium HD satellite TV channels and FREE WiFi Internet. Full Bath downstairs. Wood Burning Fireplace. And two sleeper (Full) Futon sofas, a Recliner with SPIRAL Staircase to second floor. Out side we also have wide wood stairs to second floor also.

Second floor is a huge master suite with queen bed and awesome view of the gulf through a whole wall of slider glass doors. Master Suite also features a counter with sink, toaster, toaster oven, and micro fridge with freezer. Great for early breakfast or late snack without going downstairs! Upstairs fireplace next to bed. 32' flat screen TV with HD SAT TV with DVD. Laundry area upstairs with full size washer and dryer. Full Bath upstairs. Second smaller bedroom upstairs features Trundle bed that will sleep one or two. Ceiling Fans on both floors and a portable 15,000 BTU AC unit bedside in MBR. Extra sink in hallway to back bedroom.

Large grass yard, house is on the beach not a bay, on the Gulf, with one of the finest white sand beaches at St. Teresa . Outside hot/cold shower and covered front deck. Second floor has wrap around wood deck and wide wood side stairs to ground.

About the Area: St Teresa is a beach side community made up of private homes owned mostly by Tallahassee residents. Only a handful of people live here year-round so the beaches are not only private, restricted to homeowners, but also unpopulated most of the time. St Teresa is in the middle of a National forest area and the forest goes almost to the water. Our water is very shallow and we do not have large waves and undertow. Best for Fishing! Our wide white sand beach stretches for miles. We are about 15 minutes (north-west-east) from small communities that have fine dining (casual). PLEASE bring extra beach TOWELS, and EXPENDIBLES (TP, Paper Towels, Soaps, etc.). All utensils. coffee makers, blender, toaster ovens and microwave and linens are furnished. Google map us at 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa , FL 32358

People who have enjoyed our home over the years come to walk on the secluded beach, enjoy nature all around, and a fresh seafood meal. Enjoy what Florida was like 100 years ago. St. Teresa. There is nothing like it anymore.

Keywords: Dog Friendly, Beach Front, 2 Story Beach Home. Secluded, Exclusive and Private Community. Nestled in the Forest of St. James Island. With Beach Side Cabana. Free WIFI Internet and Free HD SAT TV. St Teresa Beach. Large Dogs ok.

More Details

Steve Metzke
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Steve Metzke

Moved to St Teresa in 1996 and work with the local CBS affiliate operating beach web cams across the panhandle of north Florida. Enjoy meeting people from all over the world with our nearby vacation rental property.

Steve Metzke purchased this house in 1994

Why Steve Metzke chose Sopchoppy

This is NOT LIKE PC, DESTIN.... this is a well appointed beach cottage deep in the woods. St. Teresa is where my family spent the summers. I grew up on St Teresa beach and it has not changed in 60 years. We have shallow water and very small waves. We have a reef out front protecting us. Good fishing off beach or pier. It is Exclusive and Private. Wooded.Trees, Private Beach, no lights and a sky full of stars at night. Watch wildlife, empty beach, wind through pines, relax and unplug. Put our beach chair in the shallow water and take a nap. Enjoy the area for the Natural Beauty surrounding you. You will be in a very secluded very wooded area with Nature all around you. Enjoy it. This is the last of it Florida has to offer. Please do your homework and read about this area. We are not like the western panhandle. We are called the "Forgotten Coast" for a reason. Google that! I urge future guests to read and study our property description and ask questions if you have elderly/handicapped/disabled persons. My number is posted and any special needs must be addressed before you arrive. St Teresa is special. Our main plus is seclusion and nature and great seafood. We have Wi-Fi and Premium TV....but you can get that at home. You have to decide if St Teresa is the right fit for you. Hundreds of guests have taken fine memories with them. It is the last bit of natural unspoiled coastal Florida. It is an eco-adventure.

What makes this house unique

The forest goes down to the water. We have animals and birds. The fishing is GREAT from shore or our nearby dock. Great local restaurants just 10 minutes in all directions. Excellent golf club and grill just 6 minutes from the house. WE ARE DOG FRIENDLY for additional dog fee!


Sopchoppy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Wash and Dry all Sheets and Towels used before leaving.
  • Check with owner if bring boat
  • Additional charges apply for extra persons/dogs not in original agreement.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Full Bathrooms. One on first floor, other on second floor. Outside shower also with hot/cold water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 queen
    Off Master - 1 murphy bed
    Downstairs - 2 sleep sofa /futon , futons are full size beds
  • Queen size Bed (1) Located in the Huge Master Suite. Next to wood burning Fireplace. Full Wall of Glass sliders faces Beach. Downstairs two futons full size. Upstairs in Second Bedroom is a Trundle Bed that can be a single, two singles (one up/one down) or pull it out and up to make a Full Bed. Please bring extra big beach towels.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Spiral Staircase between floors. Inquire if elderly/disabled/handicapped person requires second floor. Pet Friendly area. Really good seafood available. House also features a mini kitchen upstairs in the Master Suite. Bike Trails nearby. Bed Linens Available. Bring Beach Towels!


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Feb/ Mar $99nt. On St Teresa beach,dog friendly, wifi
average rating of 4.5058823 based on 85 reviews

Wonderful quiet place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Lazy Dolphin. The house was as described. The walk to the beach was a little farther than it looked from the pictures but beach chairs and kayaks were located close to the beach and the views were worth it! We had the beach practically to our selves the last few days of our stay. Steve and Nancy are wonderful hosts. We will definitely stay here again. Had to leave a day early due to Hurricane Irma and traffic worries. Thoughts and prayers to all in her path.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And the fishing was good. We enjoyed meeting you. Safe travels north, we are going west! Steve and Nancy
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A Lazy Vacation at the Lazy Dolphin

  • 4 of 5

The beach was very quiet with beautiful views. The house was just as described. It was a very restful vacation. I'd definitely reccomend the Lazy Dolphin if you are looking for a laid back vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent, quiet, and secluded. Thanks Steve.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and quiet vacation spot in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a quiet, peaceful vacation spot in Florida the Lazy Dolphin fits the bill perfectly. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, miles of virtually deserted beach, protected waters for swimming and boating, and birds, dolphin, and fish to watch. We were lucky to be there when the horseshoe crabs came in to mate. The Lazy Dolphin is toward the end of a dirt road, far from the noise of Route 98. It sits across the lawn from the beach but not so far from the sea that you can't hear the sound of the waves. The kitchen wasn't fancy but very functional and full equipped. The living room furniture, two futons and a recliner, was comfortable as was the queen bed. It was wonderful to watch the sun rise from bed or from the dining room table. It's recommended that you get groceries before you arrive but if you don't, as we didn't, there is an IGA ten miles or so away in Carrabelle. The overview is very clear that you need to bring everything you need. It would have been nice to have had the bare minimum of toilet paper, light bulbs in all the lights and perhaps a trash bag in the kitchen waste basket. There are some quirks and some things that could use repair but for the price, the Lazy Dolphin is a great value. We'd love to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our time. Great location, great host. Would definitely stay again

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I drove all night from WV to see the sunrise on beautiful, nearby Carabelle Beach. Arriving at the Lazy Dolphin later that morning, we were greeted by egrets, tri-color herons, terns and dolphins. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly, and we walked for hours with our dogs along the lovely sand. Owners could not have been more accomodating. My parents flew in later from Vermont to join us for Thanksgiving and we celebrated with the day's catch from My Way Seafood. A perfect spot for nature lovers.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St James Bay Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Tropical Trader
Nearest Beach
On the Beach
Car: necessary

30 minutes from Wakulla Springs 'World Deepest Freshwater Springs' the Jungle Cuise is a must do, visit the Gulf Specimen Aquarium, and you are just 30 minutes from historic Apalachicola, and St Marks wildlife refuge, Shelling on the beach and on nearby St George Island State Park. Great area for Parks with outstanding Facilities. St. Marks Wild Life Refuge, Wakulla Springs State Park, Cape San Blas State Park, Fort San Marcos, Bald Point State Park...Inquire for details.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax

Rates are subject to change.
Pet fee is for one dog. Max is 3 dogs additional cost.
Minimum rental age is 25 years old.
Rate is for contract guests only. Addition guests will incur additional fees.
There is a no refund policy for cancellation or partial stay.
Minimum stay is 7 nights
Hurricane evacuation will be pro-rated as necessary.
Dogs welcome with prior info and pet fee.

Guests limited to those specified in reservation.
Extra Charges for extra guests arriving that are NOT in contract

Picture ID for check-in please.
Contract Rates apply to guests in contract reservation only.
Children are to be 18 years or younger.
Additional guests/visitors not in contract are subject to additional charges.
This is a "No Smoking" house. Smoking allowed outside.
You are responsible for your Dog behavior during stay. Dogs are allowed on beach, but must be under either voice command or leash.
If you use the grill, please you must clean it for the next guest.
The address of the home is 3974 St Teresa Ave, St Teresa, FL 32358. Choose Franklin County for the GPS.
By reserving this house with your deposit you agree to all these house rules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund