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South of 30A! Old Florida! Private beach access!

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Best Value on Highway 30A!

Old Style Florida with all the newest conveniences you love: private boardwalk to beach, free WiFi, flat screened TVs, free use of kayak/stand up paddle board, updated interior, quiet of Dune Allen but close to all the fun (golf, shopping, restaurants! Please see RATES section to get the Rates or get an instant quote by entering your travel dates!!!

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Welcome to 'Allen’s Dune on 30A' in Dune Allen (Santa Rosa Beach), FL! This house is a much loved, Old Style Florida House located South of HWY 30A, directly across from Oyster Lake. Come on and enjoy a comfortable and relaxed vacation spot. Updates include NEW CARPET!!!, fresh paint, new bedding, updated bathrooms, and much more! We have flat-screened TVs (1 in each bedroom plus 1 in den) and free WiFi internet access! While the house is a second row house, the houses around it are configured such that it has incredible beach views from the south side of the house (as well as bonus lake views from the north side of the house). Allen’s Dune on 30A has 20 feet of deeded beach frontage accessible by a private boardwalk directly from the house to the beach....just steps from house to sand! The house has a screened-in porch that spans the entire beach side of the house with comfortable seating for 6 plus an outdoor dining table with benches and a pub table with stools. You can watch your kids play on the beach from this porch! It also has an enclosed, outdoor shower right at the top of the board walk to wash away sand before entering house. Our private boardwalk to the beach also has TWO deck areas. They are great for watching beautiful sunsets, al fresco dining, or just a great place to hang out!

The house has four bedrooms (2 master bedrooms -- each with king bed; both have TVs, sliding glass doors to screened-in porch and beach/ocean views; plus 2 additional bedrooms with two twin beds in each plus lake views). Each bedroom has its own private toilet/sink room. Two bathtub/shower rooms are arranged “Jack and Jill” style between the two sets of bedrooms. The den/family room is HUGE with two large, comfortable sofas, additional seating, plus TV and DVD player. The den has fabulous beach/ocean views due to its two sliding glass doors leading to the screened-in porch. The dining room (an open room between kitchen and den) has a large table that comfortably seats 8. The adjacent kitchen (with lovely lake views) has a dishwasher, new refrigerator, washer, dryer, microwave, crock pot, coffee maker and blender (plus all the necessities), even an additional wet bar. My favorite part of the kitchen is the long breakfast bar with 6 bar chairs.

We have added some 'toys' to help make your stay more fun! Assuming the renters take care of them, for your use we have a two-person kayak (with paddle and life jackets), a beginner stand-up paddle board and a box of plastic sand toys. Please take care of them as if they were your own (or better than that...hee hee!). Also, remember to pull all your beach items (chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, etc) to the foot of the boardwalk in the evenings or the beach patrol will give you a citation and possibly impound your stuff! The sailboat and long, skinny surf ski are not to be used by renters (thank you).

We also have a bunch of paperback books in case you run out of a good beach read , games and some DVDs.

Dune Allen beach is a super quaint part of HWY 30A , Beaches of South Walton, and Santa Rosa Beach. The location is spectacular: our house is 6 miles east of SanDestin, 3.5 miles west of Blue Mountain beach, 6 miles west of Grayton Beach, and 7.2 miles west of Seaside. The house is approximately 35 miles from the newest airport: Beaches International Airport (ECP), hosting Delta and Southwest flights. Our house is just steps across the road to the 30A biking trail that spans the length of 30A. If you do not want to make your own coffee, there is a Tom Thumb convenience store just down the road (FABULOUS coffee, plus newspapers, gasoline, and other essentials). There is a really nice Publix supermarket just 3.5 miles away going east, on HWY 98 and a brand new Walmart on 98 (approx. 2 miles going west). Gulf Place Town Center is just a few blocks away with shops (including a 30A store!) and dining, plus there is always Stinky’s Fish House down the road to the west (yum!). Donut Hole is just a few miles west -- donuts are fabulous, but so is everything else! Local Catch is an awesome casual restaurant a few miles to the east of our house on 30A.

Allen's Dune on 30A is great place to stay for golfers!!! It is just 1/2 mile from the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, approx. 5 miles from Sandestin golf courses, approx. 14 miles from Camp Creek Golf Course, and approx. 18 miles from Shark's Tooth Golf Course.

If you are on Facebook, please become a fan of “Allen’s Dune on 30A”. You can check out a ton of updated pictures!!! Compare our rates to others and you will pick us! For more pictures, go to Youtube and search for 'VRBO 332179'!!!

This house is managed by Dune Allen Realty. They are located right down the street from the house. You can check out their website at beautiful beach dot com, and our house is “Allen's Dune”. Be sure to give Dune Allen Realty our VRBO information when renting!!!!!!!!!! Thanks! Owners: Katherine & Mike Allen

Keywords: Dune Allen, House, Cottage, Beach-Front, 30A, South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach, 4 bedroom, four bedroom, gulf front, Allen's Dune, view, lake view

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Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 6, 2017

About Katherine

Owners: Mike and Katherine Allen of Birmingham/Mountain Brook, AL Mike & I bought Allen’s Dune 0n 30A (then called Mathews House) in 2010 after falling with love with the area. We have two wonderful children who, along with us, are very excited about our investment. We have spent a lot of time at the house while renovating and we realize that we couldn’t have made a better investment! We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we do!

Katherine purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Katherine chose Dune Allen Beach

Owning a beach house has always been one of our life long dreams! We have spent some time in the area over the past few years and completely fell in love with the beaches along Highway 30A....truly spectacular! On our last trip to the area before we found our house, we drove through Dune Allen beach along HWY 30A (a tiny stretch of beach in the Santa Rosa Beach area). We joked that we would want to buy a house in Dune Allen if we ever got the chance, because our last name is Allen. When we got back home to Birmingham, we decided to start the search for a beach house. It took us a few tries but we ended up with our dream spot!!! The house is set up just the way we wanted it to be with direct beach access (we did NOT want to haul beach stuff across the street every day!). This house is nice, comfortable and relaxing but not pretentious. We love it! And the location is fabulous - close enough to get to any activity we might want to enjoy but private enough for us as well.

What makes this cottage unique

Katherine Allen: Allen’s Dune on 30A reminds me of the beach vacations my family always took when I was a little girl. We always rented a house, even though the condo boom had begun, but that was not the way we did things back then. I have the most amazing memories of spending lots of time with my parents and my brothers at these beach houses. Lazy sunshine-filled days complete with shell collecting, running up and down boardwalks, digging the biggest and deepest holes in the beaches ever dug, drip sandcastles, burying my brother up to his neck in the sand, going crabbing at night with nets and flashlights, and watching fireworks on July 4th! Our house is reminiscent of all this and more. Of course, Allen's Dune doesn't have a pool (with or without waterfall) but we also don’t have the super-packed beaches like those in front of high rise condos or other dense developments. No squeezing in a spot, sardine-like, hoping you might catch a glimpse of the ocean behind the rows and rows of tents and umbrellas, hoping your small children don‘t learn some new choice words from the over-served group of folks next to your spot! Time spent with friends and family is so precious! We hope you will make amazing memories for a lifetime at Allen’s Dune. Thank you!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Allen's Dune book guest submission: Had a beautiful week at your cozy beach cottage! We loved siting on the beach while our youngest ones played in the sand and our older children in the gulf waves! The white beautiful sand and the green blue ocean right out the door was such a treat for us all!!! Praise be to God for all the beauty of His creation!!!
Mar 2012
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Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Stinky's Fish Camp
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Stinky's Fish Camp

Allen's Dune is located


Dune Allen Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • King size bed (1), King size Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Enclosed outdoor shower, sunset deck, use of kayak & standup paddleboard , paddles, life vests with rental (as long as the renters take care of them)


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South of 30A! Old Florida! Private beach access!
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 25 reviews
Lillian, Al

Girls' Break

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time here in Jan. Even though we didn't use the summer "toys", there was plenty to do. Gulf view from 2 bedrooms, great room and screened porch was enjoyed by all. Each bedroom had a private toilet and sink,which was a plus; two showers. The house was perfect! Would recommend to all!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Summer Vacay EVER

  • 5 of 5

Every year our family spends a week together in Florida. This house was the best so far and we have been doing this for a couple of years now. The house is perfect for 2 -3 couples and kids. The large room in the middle of the house was perfect. The beach wasn't packed at all the whole week we was there. The outside shower was awesome. The whole family loved it. Its nice to get all the sand out in there before taking it into the house. I highly recommend this house to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This makes me sooooo happy! Allen's Dune is truly my most favorite place in the world and I am so glad y'all enjoyed your stay!!!
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Fall at the Beach is amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Best trip in a long while. Enjoyed the casual comfort of your house. Will come back again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So peaceful! such a bargain too!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had such a great trip. We lucked out with the November weather. Water was beautiful and clear. Spent a lot of time on both the beach-side porch and the decks gazing at the beach. The kids had a blast and the grownups relaxed big time! We enjoyed some family poker tournaments too! We cooked several big meals and had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great beach trip!

  • 4 of 5

This was a great house we shared by several families with young children. The walkway right to the beach was so nice, the older children could walk back to the house from the beach by themselves. The beach was lovely and uncrowded, and even though the house is right on 30A we were not bothered by traffic noise.

The outdoor shower and screened porch were great

We enjoyed using the kayaks and paddleboards!

The jack and jill showers and individual "water closets" in each bedroom was a nice setup.

I would definitely recommend this house to anyone, unless of course you are looking for a luxury vacation rental. This is not luxury, but it's got everything you need, mainly location, location, location.

We cooked in almost every meal and had what we needed. Goatfeathers was close for picking up seafood to cook at home. In fact, we hardly ever left the house or beach at all. Thanks for a great place!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Rental - Great Area!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time in Dune Allen. The beach was gorgeous and not crowded. I will never stay in the Destin again. The bike trail is wonderful. A few miles down the road there is a wine bar, a bakery (wonderful cinnamon rolls and granola), a smoothie joint and an ice cream shop. There is a nice Walmart not too far away (you don't have to drive through the traffic to get to the Destin Walmart). Even though it is a second row house, the rental has great views from the deck. The houses are far enough apart so that it feels very private. We loved being able to use the kayaks. We saw dolphins several mornings and one day a large sea turtle. Although the house is "rustic" looking, it has everything you need. The unit was clean and in good repair. The screened in porch was a nice bonus. The rental company staff was responsive to our needs. If I had to make one suggestion, it would be that the bathrooms could use some shelving near the pedestal sinks for your toiletries to sit on. I would definitely rent this unit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy y'all enjoyed the house!!! We are headed down that way soon and will definitely see about getting some more shelving added to the bathrooms (great idea!). Hope you come back to Allen's Dune soon! Thanks, The Allens
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

housekeep/damage protect $320 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Non-refundable damage protection, housekeeping, & Dune Allen Realty Services charges all included in $320 fee above.

Rentals are booked through Dune Allen Realty. 888-267-2121 or Approximately 40% of total amount of rental is due up-front to reserve your spot. Optional insurance is available through Dune Allen Realty.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.