Across Street From Private Beach: Gulf Views: Bob Sikes Cut! April Special Rate!
About Greg Smith
We deeply admire the beauty of the Island. We always feel better when we spend time exposed to nature of this unique place. We are sharing our house with our guests and we want them to feel comfortable in our house. We hope they will enjoy the nature's beauty of The Island and our private unspoiled beach.
Greg Smith purchased this House in 2002
Why Greg Smith chose Plantation
Our house located within The Plantation which is nature wonderland for those who loves to explore the outdoors. Neighboring houses are not right up against each other and you will have a sense of seclusion. The Plantation beach is unspoiled, not over crowded and clean. It is a quiet family beach... The wild life and fishing is simply amazing. You won't believe the number of different types birds, butterfly you will see on a daily basis. An early morning stroll at the beach and it is almost a guarantee to see dolphins put on show for you in the Gulf. Our private gated community has a unique partnership with the State of Florida that provides us access to one of the most pristine maritime forests on the island, known as Nick’s Hole Cove. This unique state-owned area is accessible for kayaking, hiking, picnicking, and observing the natural world. The island is also a great place to catch up on your fishing, either from a boat or the coast. We are located in 10 minute walk along the beach from the rocky canal at the Northwest end of the island that is known as a prime fishing spot, Bob Sikes Cut, where you can fish off the jetties and see Little St. George Island across the water.
What makes this House unique
We hope you will enjoy the nature's beauty of The Island, our private unspoiled beach, two large community pools, miles of our biking/walking trails. Take a short walk to our private beach and wiggle your toes in the sugar-white sand on our beach. Swim in crystal waters of The Gulf., or relax at the large pool. At night watch for shooting stars or just listen to the night ocean sounds. If you want to be on the water, you can kayak, swim or spend the day on the boat. You can rent all sorts of water craft at Journeys and other places. They also have guided sailing and fishing trips and much more. Play. Rest. Dream. Enjoy. Welcome to The Palms Retreat!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Best Vacation in Forever.
First time staying in the Plantation. Will not be the last. Quiet, cozy, and secluded.
We loved st George, the location to the beach was nice. The house was not very clean when we got there so we spent most of our Saturday cleaning. That was a little disappointing. Other than that, it was nice.
Beautiful and relaxing
This was a beautiful property that provided us a much needed vacation. The home was beautiful, well kept, clean and stocked with all essentials needed in the kitchen. The owners were very responsive to any questions we had and easy to get in touch with.
We spent the time taking multiple trips to the beach (just a short walk away) or relaxing and playing board games on the top floor overlooking the water. We will definitely be returning in the future.
We are glad that your family had relaxing time on the Island. Welcome back! St George Island is great!
Great house, great location, great vacation.
This was our third visit to The Palms in the last few years, and we have already made our plans to come back again in October.
We had some concerns coming in December, soon after Hurricane Michael has hit Florida Panhandle. Luckily, St. George Island had minimal damage, and The Palms vacation house weathered it fine. Our reservation was not cancelled, and our trip did happen as planned. The owners have provided us with pictures and relevant updates about the situation on the island around that time.
The floor plan at The Palms works very well for us. It is much better than at many other houses. That is one of the reasons we like coming back to The Palms when we can. We specially like upstairs living/dining areas with nice view of the Gulf. The screen porch on the Bay side of the house is perfect in the evenings. They recently renovated, and now have new vinyl floors on their second floor.
As during our previous visits, the house was clean and ready when we arrived. Their shed outside got few additions, but it basically has bikes, beach chairs and toys that we used during our stay.
Great house, great location, wonderful owners - We love our time at The Palms.
Thank you, Valarie! We are very pleased that you had a great vacation and you will be returning this upcoming fall! See you soon!
WE HAVE VACATIONED ON ST. GEORGE ISLAND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND I HAVE ALSO STAYED IN THE PLANTATION WITH FRIENDS SEVERAL TIMES. I/WE HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED THE PROPERTIES AND SGI. THIS PROPERTY DID NOT MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS. THE PROPERTY LOCATION AND ACCESS THE BEACH WAS NOT AS DESCRIBED AND NOT ACCEPTABLE. THERE IS A LOT OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE I.E. PLUMBING-WATER BACKUP IN TUB AND TOILET; CARPET NEEDS ATTENTION- THE CONNECTION AT THE WAS FRAYED AND THE TACK STRIP WAS VISIBLE AND TACKS WOULD STICK IN YOUR FEET. WHILE I EXPECT STEPS AT A BEACH HOUSE, THE BACK EXTERIOR STEPS WERE RIDICULOUS- PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE TRYING TO ESCAPE MOSQUITOS. THE INTERIOR SPIRAL STAIRCASE WAS NOT NOTED IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIPTION AND WAS DANGEROUS. EXTERIOR GROUNDS UNKEPT, OUTDOOR SHOWER WAS UNUSABLE - NO PRIVACY & MOSQUIT0S WERE UNBEARABLE, MOSQUITO SPRAYING OCCURRED, VERY LOUDLY, ON TWO NIGHTS, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AT 2 AM AND AROUND MIDNIGHT, RESPECTIVELY- WE LEFT AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY. THERE WERE OTHER
ITEMS THAT I COULD MENTION, BUT I WILL LEAVE THE REVIEW AS IS. I WOULD NOT STAY AT THIS PROPERTY AGAIN NOR WOULD I RECOMMEND
IT TO OTHERS.
We are sorry that you did not enjoy your time at our house. However we feel that we need to clarify some of your points:
- We feel that we described the location of the house accurately. We also provided the map and we published over 30 photos of the house, both exterior and interior. There are photos showing how the house is elevated and exterior stairs, which have been very usable by many.
- You mentioned that "PLUMBING-WATER BACKUP IN TUB AND TOILET". During your stay you have never reported this problem. If you would reported it, we would have sent the plumber to fix it.
- We do not advertise an enclosed shower. We do have open outdoor shower, and it is usable and in a working condition.
- Our interior spiral staircase is built according to specification and code. It is sturdy and safe.
- Yes our carpet in the living room needs to be replaced and this work is scheduled for November.
- We do not have control over County Mosquitoes Control schedule. Sorry that you found them disturbing, but all island experiences this.
If you would address your requirements before or during your stay we would be glad to help trouble shoot the above problems.
Between good and excellent
Only problem of concern was the fact there was no sleeper sofa as advertised! There were 9 of us and we had counted on that sofa! And yes there was a blow up mattress by it would deflate within an hour or two leaving someone literally on the floor! Not good! The kitchen was well stocked with utensils etc. and the beds were comfortable! Didn’t like having to drive to swimming pool! That was a little inconvenient! It was a beautiful area and the pool and beach was great! Loved the privacy! Overall we enjoyed our stay!
We are delighted to hear that your trip to St. George Isl. was a pleasant visit. We apologize for the inconvenience with the blow up mattress and miscommunication about sleeping sofa. Please come again. We enjoy having repeat guests.
You will not find high rise condominiums, congestion, or crowds. Swimming, shelling, fishing and sunning all await you here; if you want a peaceful getaway, this is the place to be. Wonderful seafood restaurants are located on the island and in nearby East Point, Apalachicola, and Carrabelle. Also, enjoy nine miles of scenic beauty in St. George Island State park located at the eastern end of the island.
Please take a look at this map. Leisure Lane is banding towards The Gulf and brings our house very close to The Gulf.
And this is where you want to be. We are also very close to Bob Sykes Cut. About 10 minutes walking on the beach. It is a very well known and one of the best fishing spot in Panhandle Florida. Only Plantation owners and their guests could fish their.
Other Activities: dining, shopping, swimming, fishing, biking, watching the birds, walking on the beach
Golf: St.James Bay
Beautiful 18 hole Golf Course, Public Welcome! 160 Laughing Gull Ln. Carabelle, St Joseph Bay Country Club
St George Island Lighthouse and Museum, Play Ground, Apalalachicola National Estuary Research Reserve, (ANERR) a delightful hands-on Museum, Apalachicola Maritime Museum, Soon to have the Jean Mary Paddleboat tours: WWII Museum Musuem in Carrabelle, St Vincents Island , nearby St. James Bay and Port St. Joe provide beautiful Golf Courses... While those who prefer to be on the beach, others can enjoy a round of golf or shop. The Plantation has 3 tennis courts, a pickleball Ct, 2 Club Houses and Pools, beach volleyball, Scalloping, Explore Several near by Islands and quaint towns. Apalachicola shopping, dinning and scenic river tours. Make reservations to sail on a sloop with the Maritime Museum or soon the paddle boat the Jean Mary.. Formerly owned by movie star Debbie Reynolds.