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Shoreside Retreat! Enjoy the Windwood House - a private, peaceful vacation home.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 28 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 Comfortably, Shoreside House With Water Views

FREE High Speed Internet with WiFi - FREE Netflix - FREE Onsite Laundry - FREE Use of Propane Grill

Maximum Occupancy is 6 total people

VISIT OUR WEBSITE for in depth details about the Windwood House. Beach description, list of items in the kitchen, info about local attractions and more! WindwoodHouse dot com

Is the Windwood House right for you? You can expect a peaceful, calm retreat in this private home. We have a few vacant, wooded lots to the left and right of the home so you don't often see a neighbor. Yet we're also located right on Highway 98 for easy access to everything you may want to explore. This is a single unit home - meaning you have the entire home to yourself. No upstairs or downstairs neighbors like in a condo. The shore is just steps away and we don't often have people walk by. Windwood is located in a small, quaint town. No hustle and bustle. No loud, touristy, commercialized attractions. Though there's a grocery store just 5 minutes away, the nearest Walmart is 40 minutes from the house. You can count on beautiful nature and friendly people. Our beach is small, quaint, and calm with gorgeous tall pines right to the shore. It is well protected by a sandbar, offering sea creatures a protected area. We often see horseshoe crabs, blue crabs, tons of fish, lots of birds like egrets and ospreys and an eagle if you're lucky, dolphins, and sharks. Thanks to our sandbar, we have calm water and a flat, narrow shoreline. Our guests enjoy kayaking, fishing, and swimming right behind the house. We love hearing how amazing the fishing is - guest after guest has told us how great it is right at the house. Though the water is clean, the nearby river gives it a "brackish" tint, and it isn't crystal clear like a swimming pool.

This home offers gorgeous views, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two balconies, a ground level deck with a picnic table, a nicely appointed kitchen, flat screen televisions in all bedrooms and beach access just steps from the house. Also, there are large beaches with big waves and big sand dunes within a 15 or 20 minute drive (Carrabelle Beach, St. George Island).

The living room and every bedroom has an amazing view of the water!

The first floor features a well-appointed kitchen with all the necessities for cooking. We’ve stocked all the basics you’ll need such as pots and pans, silverware, knife block, plates, glasses and more. There is a microwave, toaster oven, a range (stove/oven), refrigerator, dishwasher, two blenders (better safe than sorry, right?), a Keurig, and a regular coffee maker.

The living room directly adjoins the kitchen and has a pull out couch, love seat, flat screen smart TV (Netflix is included!), and has a wonderful balcony. There is also a small dining table here.

The third bedroom is also on the first floor and has a very comfortable queen size bed, flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player with Netflix and Pandora, and windows overlooking the water.

Also on the first floor is a full bathroom with a modern vanity and tub/shower.

On the second floor you’ll find the master bedroom is nicely appointed with a comfy queen bed, private balcony, flat screen TV, Blu-Ray player with Netflix and Pandora, spacious closet and a workstation. Plus, if you’re traveling with a baby, this room has enough space to easily fit a pack and play.

Also on the second floor is the second bedroom which has two twin beds (that can easily slide together if a couple would like to use this room), and a flat screen TV.

The second floor bathroom is nicely appointed with a modern vanity and tub/shower.

The ground level features a spacious deck with a picnic table, propane grill, and Adirondack chairs that are lightweight and can be carried to the shore.

There is covered parking underneath the house plus additional parking in the front drive.

The region is famous for outstanding fishing-from protected bays, to the open Gulf waters, to the winding rivers of Carrabelle, Apalachicola and Panacea. Just 35 minutes away is the town of Apalachicola which is famous for their oysters and Florida's Seafood Festival held every November.

Now a bit more about the house...


Master (2nd floor): Queen bed

Second Bedroom (2nd floor): Two twin beds

Third bedroom (1st floor): Queen bed

Living room (1st floor): Queen pull out couch


Two full bathrooms, both with tubs.

More Details

Kelly Gilbert & Linwood Gilbert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Kelly Gilbert & Linwood Gilbert

Linwood Gilbert of St. Petersburg, Florida owns and rents out this family vacation house.

Our family has been vacationing in the Florida panhandle since the 1970s and we love the area. Linwood built this house with his mother in the mid 1980s and we've recently renovated the property.

We love the area and are happy to share this wonderful home.

Kelly Gilbert & Linwood Gilbert purchased this house in 1985

Why Kelly Gilbert & Linwood Gilbert chose Carrabelle

Our family fell in love with Florida's Forgotten Coast in the 1970s. Our family started with a small place on Carrabelle Beach, but unfortunately the property burned down and the beach has all but disappeared. Next was a cute cottage in the same area, tucked into a wooded lot of of Highway 98. Next, the family was ready to build a house and just loved this location. Close to the grocery store but still feels out of the city. Plus the easy access of being right on Highway 98 and the beach right behind the house made it a perfect fit.

What makes this house unique

There's something about waking up to a sunrise across the Gulf. Getting a cup of coffee, walking on the beach and watching the birds hunt for fish. The serenity recharges you.


Carrabelle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom, First Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom, Second Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Second floor, private balcony, flat screen TV, workstation
    Third Bedroom - 1 queen , First floor, flat screen TV, DVD, views of water
    Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Second floor, twin beds, flat screen TV, DVD, views of water
  • All bedrooms have flat screen TVs and views of the water.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Please contact us if you have any questions.


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Shoreside Retreat! Enjoy the Windwood House - a private, peaceful vacation home.
average rating of 4.840909 based on 44 reviews

This property is located right on the water, giving you views of beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

If you want a great place to get away and relax, this is the place to come. This property is right on the water and the view is spectacular! The house is clean, comfortable and quiet. The bed was very comfortable. Centrally located to great restaurants! St George's Island State Park is close by and worth the trip to see. All-in-all, a wonderful experience and relaxing vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Great getaway!

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely place to stay and enjoy a peaceful and beautiful part of North Florida. The house had many wonderful views of the water and was clean, well-appointed, and very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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perfect "home away from home" for a relaxing, quiet vacation

  • 5 of 5

This home is perfect for a quiet, relaxing stay. Everything you could possibly need is included: towels, dishes, pot and pans, etc. The beds were comfortable; plenty of pillows and additional blankets (which we did not need). The bathrooms were small but who's going to be spending much time in there when the view is as beautiful as it was here! TVs in every bedroom with Netflix. Lots of stairs which we expected. The owners have a detailed notebook with hints and "instructions" which was incredibly helpful. The outdoor garbage cans have locks on them, which we could not figure out, and one night something helped itself to our trash. Luckily it was our second night so we hadn't yet put much in the garbage can. :)

The location is wonderful. Steps away from the quiet little beach area. The lots on either side of the property are vacant, so the feeling is really one of quiet seclusion. Lots of wildlife around - the squirrels were entertaining to watch, as were the birds. The beach isn't one I would swim at, but we did enjoy walking along the water's edge. We found a few really large, pretty shells. The only thing that bothered me was the traffic! When the bigger trucks would drive by, they were noisy. But that would not stop me from renting this home again!

The owners are kind and quick to respond. At the last minute we decided to extend our vacation by a day, and the owners were kind enough to allow it.

If you are looking for a quiet spot to relax and enjoy an out-of-the-way spot, this house is perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Windwood was the perfect get away for my husband and me. The house was exactly as advertised. Completely serene!

Close to lots of fun activities, shopping and fabulous fresh seafood!

Best activity by far was a day trip to Dog Island!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Perfect location and nice home!

  • 5 of 5

This place was very clean and looked even better than the pictures. Great location with a wonderful view of the bay. Homeowner checked in with us to make sure we were comfortable and It was like staying at a family members home. Will definitely be back in the future!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Georgetown, KY

Perfect Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Windwood house was the perfect retreat for my family of 6. The house was clean and had all of the necessities and more for a home away from home. My Kids (All under the ages of 6) loved the home and had so much fun (we did have to hide the board games on day one because the kids had Jenga EVERYWHERE so heads up if you have youngsters, hide the games lol). The ocean view was perfect! The sunrise was absolutely beautiful, and the weather, though not beach and sun-bathing friendly for us, allowed us to see lightening over the ocean, which was a beauty of its own. Due to the storms, the beach was covered in seaweed and kind of icky, but that made for more wildlife for my little explorers to experience. There were crabs, fish, sting rays, frogs, and so much more right around the home. Before sunset one evening we even caught a glimpse of dolphins swimming in front of the sand bar in the distance. For beach time, when the weather permitted, we drove a few minutes into town and played at the Carrabelle Beach, or drove about 20 minutes to St George Island (which was great for waves and hunting for sea shells). We even took a day trip into Panama City one day (2hr drive from house) and spent the day being tourists at Pier Park.

IGA is just a few minutes from the house in Carrabelle, and we were able to get groceries there and cook most of our meals at the house. There is also a Walmart in Crawfordville, FL about 40min away if you need something IGA doesn't have.

We left behind a few floats and beach toys for other kids to enjoy. I would HIGHLY recommend the Windwood home for any family looking to get away. I plan on bringing my family back!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Pearle Restaurant
Quaint restaurant with delicious, local food.
Angelo & Sons Seafood
Great seafood (and more) at a beautiful waterfront restaurant.
Carrabelle Junction
Great coffee shop right in Carrabelle
St. James Bay Golf Club
A top rated area golf course
Fisherman's Wife
Great little place with local seafood
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Beautiful park complete with an amazing spring
Fathoms Steam Room and Raw Bar
Hog Wild BBQ
WatersEdge Pizza
Crooked River Lighthouse
El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant
St George Island Lighthouse
Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe
BJ's Pizza and Subs
Aunt Ebby's Ice Cream Shop
Paddy's Raw Bar
Black Marlin Bar
Dolores Sweet Shoppe
Up the Creek Raw Bar
The Tap Room at the Owl Cafe
Owl Cafe
Hole In The Wall Seafood
Apalachicola Seafood Grill & Steakhouse
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Carrabelle-Thompson Aiport
Nearest Barpub
4.6 Miles
Harry's Bar and Package
Nearest Golf
3.3 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
The Pearle
Nearest Beach
7.3 Miles
Carrabelle Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

Additional payment options may be available. Email for details.

Owner'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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