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The Historic Lodge, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Ocean Front, Pet Friendly, WiFi

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 21 nights

Overview

About the property

5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 10

This is it, Folks! See the stories in the Coastal Living, Jacksonville magazine & Gainesville magazines here! Come vacation in a treasure of Summer Haven history. This 110-year-old cottage is located 50 steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Five bedrooms, a great room with fireplace, two bathrooms - one with an original claw-footed tub - large family kitchen, pantry, laundry, dining porch, and wrap-around porch.

Send your thanks back in time. Your stay at The Lodge, a 19th-century beach cottage near gorgeous St. Augustine, promises a historic and redefining simplicity. A few days here means renewed sense of ‘the important things in life’, chock-full of familial magic. Tucked on a sleepy cul de sac next to the Atlantic Ocean, The Lodge and its older sister The Hut are elegant and understated reminders of a far-away time.

An area known as Summer Haven was recommended to stressed Pennsylvania banking baron, Thomas Mellon, for its restorative powers. Construction on first The Hut and then The Lodge began in the 1880s, at a time when Chester Arthur was president and Mark Twain was busy finishing his Adventures of Huck Finn. This is seriously good quality time, where simple, beautiful touches - candle light and ocean breezes - complete the set.

A house with this much history begs for a multi-generational vacation where the stories come out - as family folklore enjoys another airing. Take the time on this holiday to hear the stories you’d never otherwise have a chance to hear. Reconnect with grown cousins or childhood friends - covering more ground than you ever would in a hasty holiday card.

Whip up beloved family meals - packing your grandmother’s handwritten recipes for a birthday cake made from scratch. Snap dozens of photos as Grandpa teaches the next generation to fish. Try this more genuine of magic kingdoms for real family bonding, in surrounds so idyllic they look like a movie set. Adirondack chairs wait on the wrap-around porch, where palm trees dot the view of stone breakers just beyond. Liberal touches of antiquity, such as the front porch’s restored pew bench, leave room to wonder what the walls would say - if they could talk. A private dock is charming and ramshackle, perhaps Huck-Finn-comes-to-Florida (Dock is to shallow water due to sand bars.)

Up to ten guests can comfortably stretch out over 1,200 square feet. Five double occupancy bedrooms, four queen beds, and two bunks share two bathrooms. An equipped kitchen, dining porch and a living area each honor the old with family heirloom accessories and new, comfy furniture appropriate to the period.

The house boasts recent refurbishment across every inch - yet maintains all original features. Solid pine floors and old glass windows. A claw-footed porcelain bathtub and a pyramid roof for extra air circulation. Instead of closets, enjoy simple wall hooks to keep your clothing organized - and relish in a vacation that requires only a parade of shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit and towel (repeat).

For modern conveniences, enjoy phones and cable TV. If you’d rather do without, they can stay easily tucked out of sight.

Past guests love the inclusive aspect their vacations can take, thanks to the home’s single-story plan. Older relatives who struggle with mobility will enjoy a property that has everything to hand. The ocean, just 100 feet away, can be seen, heard - and tasted- from within The Lodge itself.

Note: Summer Haven is constantly changing with nature. The Summer Haven river behind the house is largely a sand dune and can many times provide beach access. Due to Tropical Storm Faye erosion at the front, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the beach access points. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals that live nearby, the nearest easy beach access is approximately 1 mile north of Fort Matanzas National Park. It has (free) paved parking and provides beach access via a meandering boardwalk. Please Note: Due to local construction, you may have an obstructed view of the beach.

More Details

Property Manager
VTrips
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Member since: 1996
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 an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2018

About VTrips

Hi! My name is Steve Milo and I started Vacation Rental Pros in 2006. Our family stays in vacation rental homes whenever we travel, both domestically and abroad! I own several vacation homes and listen carefully to all our guests' feedback. Our greatest compliment is when folks refer Vacation Rental Pros to their friends and relatives. We now manage over 1,800 properties in Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina. We have homes in Ft. Myers Beach, Orlando, St. Augustine Beach, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Ponte Vedra Beach, Hilton Head and Gatlinburg. We booked over 15,000 rentals and received over 5,000 guest reviews in 2016. Please call if you need help booking your dream vacation!

Amenities

Saint Augustine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom # 1 (1 Queen), Bedroom # 2 (1 Queen), Bedroom # 3 (1 Queen), Bedroom # 4 (1 Queen), Bedroom # 5 (1 Bunk Bed)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

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The Historic Lodge, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Ocean Front, Pet Friendly, WiFi
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 24 reviews
3

Historical Cottage

  • 3 of 5

At first when you enter you feel a bit skeptical , the house is older there were some little things out of order , the sink faucet did not have a proper ring on it, so it sprayed my clothes when I turned the faucet on. There was also a maintenance ladder left in the entrance way when you first enter the porch area, we just moved it to the side. There were normal insects- mosquitos and the winged bugs that love the lights on at night, but thats to be expected. The window shutters were a bit dirty and dusty , when I opened the shutters to let light it, the dirt fell onto the bed sheets . The bed linen in the same room had dog hair on the main comforter, and it was getting in the bed sheets so I removed it and slept without the blanket. In fact everyone re-washed the bed linens because for the concern it may not be clean . There were also places in the house that were unswept. I swept the first morning we were there and re-wiped the counters. We couldnt get the wifi password to work, but we did get the cable to work with minimal channels -which was Ok- we didnt come to watch TV. My only other negatives would be the large dumpster in front of the house blocking the only ocean views from the kitchen and one bedroom. The landscaping was let go with overgrown weeds and bushes , very different from the picture that was advertised. The outdoor couch cushion were molded , we had to flip them. Apart from these little cosmetic things.. the house felt very nostalgic. I felt like I was in a movie from the 1940's and I should be writing a novel. I loved the anitqueness of the home , the locks on the doors, all natural wood, and the history of the house won our hearts. The purpose for renting the house was the ocean view, which we lost with the big dumpster in the front of the house and the large rocks that protect the coast line. But the ocean was a few steps away and we found it very beautiful with all the natural shells you could want, peaceful, quiet, private. We saw a pair of dolphins riding the waves close to the shore. In the evening the house was very peaceful to overlook the river in the back of the house, while listening to the ocean waves crash against the rocks. All in all, it served its purpose, we enjoyed ourselves. If I were the owners I would take more pride in my historical home. I would love it to pieces.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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3

Loved location near beach. Days were filled with family.

  • 3 of 5

1. Garbage can was full when I arrived. Had to use recycle bins for garbage. Unacceptable.

2. No WiFi.

3. Called customer service 2 separate days with no return call. Unacceptable.

4. Shelf in kitchen fell while at event. Came home to burner “on”.

5. Roaches in kitchen.

6. Backyard full of trash from construction at The Lodge. Unacceptable.

7. Pathway to beach dangerous with raised nails and loose boards. Unacceptable.

8. Middle bedroom door with no handle to open or close securely. Unacceptable.

close securely. Unacceptable.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rosemary, We apologize for the upkeep of the house upon your arrival. We were unaware that the trash was not picked up, for the trash schedule is on Mondays and should've been cleared. We have made the necessary notes in our system regarding the WiFi and the missing door handle. In regards to the shelving, we have made the imperative repairs to avoid future complications. As far as the construction goes, we thouroughly apologize for the discomfort. We appreciate the feedback and hope that you continue to book with us.
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1

Not Satisfied

  • 1 of 5

This house is missing with some basic things. Rest room has glass window, from neighbors house it is very clear and visible. Bath shower handle is broken one.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Historic Gem of a House

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation at the Lodge. It is historic and great for family and our two small dogs. We loved the casual nature of the home. Like all old beach houses she can use some love in certain areas, but we completely enjoyed our stay and especially the short walk to what seemed like private beach. As a preservationist I love that family has left the original details in place. Everything we needed to relax. Suggest you fix the spigot in the tub, as it leaks water everywhere.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Historical Pet Friendly Cabin

  • 4 of 5

If you are interested in history, this is a place for you. Every corner of this property contains a bit of Florida's past. The Lodge is like staying at your Uncle Joe's cabin but instead of being by the lake, you are by the ocean. Great place if you like camping, nature, and want a rustic setting.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VTrips
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United States, FL, Jacksonville
4

Summer Family Reunion at the Lodge

  • 4 of 5

Overall we were pleased with this rustic, comfortable lodge. Access to the beach is easy... either a short walk and then down a path through the rocks or at the peak of high tide walking in the sand behind two other residences to get to the beach. The Summer Haven River is gone but at high tide the tidal pools under and beyond the Route A1A bridge fill with water and we caught some flounder and crabs. This old building may not be for everyone but it fit our needs well. There were a couple of broken chairs and a screen door needed repair.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VTrips
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Map

Car: necessary

97 miles to Disney World; 50 miles - Daytona Airport (DAB); 55 miles to Jacksonville Airport; Jacksonville Stadium (Jaguars); Kennedy Space Center; Lighthouse; Marine Land; Museums; St Augustine Historic Town; Theatre

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Notes

  • Rates shown above do not include taxes and fees

    Booking Fee: 8.5%
    Charge basis: AD
    For stays between 1 and 365 nights

    Clean Fee: $295
    Charge basis: STAY
    For stays between 1 and 365 nights

    Damage Protection: $195
    Charge basis: STAY
    For stays between 1 and 365 nights

    Pet Fee: $100
    Charge basis: PQ
    For stays between 1 and 365 nights

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