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Willow Beach, My guests come back every year! 5 bedrooms, Newly renovated !

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths (Sleeps 16-18)

So here's the thing, I have had over 1100 folks look at my listing in the last 30 days & I have booked 5 weeks in the summer of 2018 already! This is the fastest I have ever booked for the following year! Hank & I remodeled our lovely home a couple of years ago, but this fall we went all out to create the "Killer"vacation home you will call your own as so many of our guests do now. New flooring, fun new paint everywhere ,new bathrooms, new fixtures, new LED lighting, new furniture and a whole lot more... We have 5 spacious bedrooms, all with new ''heavenly beds''. The way the house is set up its perfect for large family gatherings or a fun ''friends'' trip. In fact, I have had several weddings at the house, cool huh? Willow Beach is on a private cul-de sac in the exclusive Casa del Mar neighborhood in the prestigious gated Plantation Community, you'll think its the Florida of old.....you wont know what to do first...run to the beach...swim in the surf....walk a bit & fish at Bob Sikes Cut (you can see it from the house), or just kick back on the awesome decks and relax....the multiple decks have lots of outdoor furniture.

Please note: I only rent 7 nights at a time from Saturday to Saturday. Please check my calendar. I do that now because over 65% of my guests come back every year, for their week or two vacation. Also, this is important when considering a vacation home, I only require 10% down to hold the date, then depending on how far out you book, I will break up the balance into 2 or 3 payments. And I have free Wi-Fi if you have to stay connected.

Like I just said, entire house got a make over in the Fall of 2016. I know , I just did that a few years ago! Please watch the video I did right after we bought the home, you can see the changes & upgrades we have done. The really open living area features a wood fireplace, media center, large dining area....a really cool bar, a second seating area with a sleeper sofa. And a fully equipped kitchen, large enough for several chefs at once, ( two refrigerators) The main floor glass doors open up all the way across for easy access to the deck. Its a big enough house that you never feel crowded. All of the bedrooms and en-suite baths were painted and new fixtures added. I guess I said that already, it just looks so cool.....Very kid-friendly......too. The Lighthouse room is the best.....New DVD/TV's for them in several bedrooms, playpen provided, beach toys, and LOTS of Sand!

The sunrises and sunsets will take your breath........I had a blast redoing the home ....I can't imagine how much fun it would be staying there.......from the 3rd & 4th floor balcony ...the water is so clear & your so close that you can see the fish in the water! You will love this place.......private boardwalk with sitting area at the end to your 'Willow Beach:..... an outdoor hot / cold shower.......fish cleaning area.......park outdoor charcoal grill, elevator to all floors.....

Opening up the house to let the sea breeze in......now that's a vacation......call me 501-258-4868 & lets put it together.... I give the best personal service,love my guests, under promise & over deliver!

'Welcome to our beach house.......Willow Beach'.

More Details

Property Manager
Cathy Browne
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2017

Why Cathy Browne chose St. George Island

My husband Hank & I came to this area in 1998 and built our 'Willow Bay' home on the bay side in the Plantation....we have loved the area and made so many great friends down here that when this opportunity came up ...we jumped at it.

We are in the furniture business, so redoing the house was fun for me. So many of our friends & family come down to St. George now, we thought this would be a great home to buy and boy were we right. We have hosted hundreds of wonderful families over the years. Willow Beach is a very special place. Its a "home", not a rental house.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a great week! Thanks for sharing your house with us. We had a wonderful time!
Jul 2011
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Amenities

Plantation House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Starfish - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Sunshine - toilet , shower
    Lighthouse - toilet , shower
    Great Room - toilet
    Outside - outdoor shower
    Penthouse - toilet , shower , jetted tub , double sink
    Paradise - toilet , jetted tub , Double sink
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Paradise - 1 king , Beach side
    Starfish - 1 queen , Beachside
    Sunshine - 1 queen , Street Side
    Great room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Street Side
    Penthouse - 1 king , 4 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Top floor Beachside
    Lighthouse - 4 twin/ single , Has twin / twin bunk bed w/ trundle & a single bed sleeps 4
  • Penthouse is a 400 sq.ft suite Top floor I king bed, 1 daybed with twin pull out, 1 bunk bed, full bath with jetted tub & deck. Paradise Room......1 king bed, full bath with jetted tub beach side with deck. Starfish Room..... 1 queen bed, full bath with jetted tub with deck. Sunshine Room..... 1 queen bed, shares a Jack & Jill bath room with new shower with the Lighthouse Room..1 Twin / Full bunk bed w/ trundle bed and one twin bed. Queen size Sleeper Sofa in great room next to a 1/2 bath. Super Comfortable Surf blue Sofa & Love in great room.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Willow Beach, My guests come back every year! 5 bedrooms, Newly renovated !
average rating of 4.84375 based on 37 reviews
5

Wonderful Beach House

  • 5 of 5

This was our fifth year going back to SGI with my granddaughters and their parents. This year we took a few other family members. This was our first year at Willow Beach and our first time not booking through one of the local property agents so it's easy for me to compare with other rentals we've had in the Plantation.

From the standpoint of condition and cleanliness this property is without compare. The entire house, including doors and windows which are problematic in beach areas, was in excellent shape. The main sliding door wasn't perfect but it was the best of the bunch we've had before.

The large kitchen was very well supplied. My chef son-in-law was quite impressed. He's made do with a lot less in past years.

The furnishings appear to be new or near new.

We had 7 adults and 2 kids. Especially nice was having the entire second floor open with no bedrooms. Four bedrooms on the third floor worked great for 5 adults and 2 kids, leaving the entire 4th floor for me and my wife (you can imagine how nice that was).

This was the first house we've had with an available elevator. We only used it for move in and out but it was very nice to have it.

Cathy, the owner, was easy to contact and was responsive to all my questions. I feel that because Cathy takes such a personal interest in the house that it receives more attention and care than some of the other rentals where you're another degree away from the actual owners. When the owner's talking to the cleaning crew you know things will be done right.

I can only confirm what everyone else says about the dolphins, fishing, ghost crabs, turtle tracks and nests early in the morning, the location …

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being our guests. I saw what you wrote in our guest book and was quite moved. Your right, I take a lot of pride in my "Willow Beach". I'm also very particular, as you experienced. So many of my families come back every year because its a "Beach Home" not a "Beach House" . Hank & I so appreciate you taking the time to write this review. And here is your official invitation to join our other families that come back to stay with us year after year. Please stay in touch and have a great rest of the summer!
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5

The best beach house ever

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this most amazing beach house. There is not one bad thing we can say about this house. The house is more than you could ever dream of. The view is awesome. The beach was glorious. The kitchen and pantry was like no other we have ever been in. There were 8 of us and we could all be in the kitchen and not run over each other. The elevator is a great asset. We did not want to leave. There was a steady stream of dolphins every day that entertained us. We got to meet Jim the caretaker and he was awesome. He gave the guys fishing tips. We ate several meals out on the very large deck looking out at the ocean and listening to the waves. There are so many good things about this house that we could probably write a book, but the bottom line is we would recommend this property 100%. Thanks Cathy and Hank for letting us enjoy your home.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much ! What a wonderful review! And thank you for mentioning Jim, we could not have the magical house down there without him. Hank & I are so happy you all had such an awesome time. When I am talking to folks that are thinking about renting our house, sometimes they think I'm kidding about the kitchen, deck view and dolphins. Its just a perfect spot! Many Thanks!
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5

The best ever beach vacation

  • 5 of 5

Last summer we took my mother in law and her sister (both 80+). What a time...the sand , the decks,the beach and the comfort! Not to mention the elevator, which was great for my moms-in law, one of whom had a very bad back. I LOVED being here and so did my husband and moms!

The kitchen was perfect for a cook like me....my normal life is so stressful, but cooking is an escape and this kitchen was really great and well equipped.

The only problem is writing a great review, which makes it harder for me to book my time!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved your comments! Yes Paula Deen would even be proud of the way the kitchen is outfitted! So happy you had a great time. We love our guests!
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Leeds, AL
5

Amazing Week at Willow Beach!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 12 had an amazing week at Willow Beach and we wish we were still there! The house was wonderful with all of the amenities you could ask for. The beds were so comfortable and the kitchen was so well stocked and had plenty of room for multiple cooks. We spent most mornings and nights out on the deck, which had plenty of seating for everyone, watching the dolphins or just listening to the waves. We saw dolphins many times everyday. It is a very short walk to the beach and about a 15 minute walk to Bob Sikes Cut. Don't miss the sunsets at the cut, they were just gorgeous and the kids also loved swimming in the Bay. Cathy was awesome to work with and answered any questions we had very promptly. She personally called us when the house was ready and let us know that some blinds needed to be replaced, but we aren't late sleepers so that didn't bother us at all. I can't say enough great things about this house and the location. We can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review! It seems the dolphins loves Willow Beach too. After traveling a lot, I know what I want when I rent a home. Yes the kitchen is "over the top" stocked with cooking stuff, but when you have a big party staying at the house it's so much more fun boiling shrimp or making pasta and sitting on the deck for lunch or dinner! We would love to have you back!!! I'm booking up faster and faster with my guests that come back every year! So happy you love Willow Beach as much as we do!
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Pennsylvania
5

Absolutely amazing vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We lived the beautiful home. It was the perfect setting for a perfect family vacation. The home was amazing and had everything we needed. the beach was gorgeous and the Dolphins seemed almost close enough to touch. Will definately be back

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for being our guests. Yes, "our" dolphins are back, frolicking in front of the house like they love to do. We would love to have you come again. Now you see why we have so many guests return year after year. Stay in touch! Cathy
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5

Location Location Location

  • 5 of 5

Location!Location!Location! This beautiful home is a short beach walk from the jetty; it's a great place to view sunsets, fish, or both. Willow Beach is luxuriously furnished with everything you'll need for a memorable, carefree vacation. We hung out on the covered decks during the day and sat on the top open air deck at night to stargaze. This is a perfect place to cycle, swim, kayak, eat the freshest of seafood and just kick back and relax. The house is in tip top shape and both the owner and her on-island mgr. respond quickly to any questions or concerns guests may have. We would definitely come back and recommend this home to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bob & Linda......we would love to have you back! We try really hard to make you stay truly memorable. We are so happy you relaxed and took in all that our very magical Willow Beach had to offer! And that Harley had a great time? Thought I'd see a photo of him on a paddle board! Come back soon! Cathy
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Map

Nearest Airport
72 Miles
Panama City or Tahallasse, Fla.
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
The Blue Parrot Oceanside
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
St James in Lanark
Car: necessary

The beauty of Willow Beach is the quietness of the location and the 'laid back' philosophy of the people. Very close to Sikes Cut at the west end of the Plantation, Willow Beach sits on a private cu-de-sac. According to my guests, the first thing they see while staying at my house are the dolphins frolicing in the waves. Swimming,sunning,surf fishing,walking 4 minutes down the beach to Sikes Cut and doing some serious fishing off the rocks,or just sitting under an umbrella watching the world go by is heaven.

This is 'Old Florida', we still have moss in the oak trees, no glass & chrome high-rises, no long lines for terrific restaurants, no hustle & bustle. Just wonderful gentile folks, great cooks (our restaurants are awesome)and great weather!

Apalachicola is a really quaint old town, the third oldest town in Florida, with a rich history of cotton shipping, involvement in the Civil War and being the place where the first ice machine was invented when trying to battle malaria in the 1900's. Touring old antebellum homes and wonderful antiquing are a few of the ways to spend a leisurely day. There is a lot to do or nothing to do....your choice....its a place to come and enjoy the natural wonders of the ocean and bay, to be outside and discover another world,to get to become closer to your family, without a lot of distractions, to get married, (we have had that a lot at Willow Beach), to share a unique experience with friends...to eat oysters & drink beer & laugh till your side hurt, to get up at dawn and walk the beach, or sleep till noon, because you will not hear sirens, or cars. A vacation at Willow beach is exactly how you want it to be. My home is awesome, just hanging out there is a major treat.....the chefs kitchen is amazing, Paula Deen would love it, the bedrooms are big and capacious....the view form all three decks is astounding,its all a great time.

I hope you will consider Willow Beach for your next vacation. You will not be disappointed. Promise!

Cathy & Hank Browne

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Rates & Availability

Plantation House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,150
 
 
2018 Winter Season
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,350
 
 
2018 Summer Season
May 26 2018 - Sep 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
$5,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$4,150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $300
Damage Deposit $375

Please read this..... VRBO does nor represent my rates or terms correctly.
I only rent 7 nights at a time from Saturday to Saturday.
High Season...........$5500/week up to 12 guests. Add $300 for 12-18 guests
Mid Season............$4150/week up to 12 guests. Add $300 for 12-18 guests
Low Season............$3350/week up to 12 guests. Add $300 for 12-18 guests
Monthly Rate (28 nights)....$4950( January 1 - February 28);
Elevator fee $175. ( Elevator can be locked); 75.00 Plantation Fee. Pet fee $300 per dog (2 dogs max) 150.00 is non-refundable. 150.00 will be refunded if pet policy was followed.
Contact owner/agent for complete rental guidelines;
All rentals include linens, unlimited U.S. long distance calls,free wifi.
AX,VI,MC,Cash,Check
Dates Available: Year Round!
I require 10% at time of booking to hold the date, then I will break up the balance into 2 or 3 payments depending on how far out the booking is. I'm super easy to work with. Call me 501-258-4868 or email me cathy@hanksfurniture.com. It my house and I control the bookings.....NO middle man. 100% refund if cancelled 45 days before actual rental date.

Manager'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.
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