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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 2 - 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

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:
August 15, 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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.
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Perfect place, right off the water.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, super convenient and the owners are incredibly accommodating. Laundry room was a great bonus feature that came in handy. The view is just right - we'll be back, for sure!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location of this house! It only took a few minutes to get to Carrabelle Beach (which was our kids’ favorite because of the smaller waves). St. George Island was about 45 minutes away but well worth the drive. We parked at the state park both times. We never played in the water in front of the house, but it provided a beautiful backdrop during morning coffee and during the kids’ naps. My husband fished off the shore but didn’t have any luck. Overall this has been our favorite family vacation and we can’t wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Windwood house. We rented kayaks and paddle boards to use at the house! In the early morning the water is calm and the sun is shining to make for a breath taking view! We also rented a pontoon boat and went out to Dog island which was beautiful! We also were able to explore St. George and Cape San Blas. If you are looking to really get a way from the hustle and bustle, this house is a good choice!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Great view with peaceful setting including breeze blowing through palm trees and lapping water sounds. Away from the hustle but not too far from St George Island.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely beach house wonderful beach!

  • 5 of 5

Charming decor quiet setting very enjoyable for us and our dogs

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Wonderful location!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible sunrises and sunsets over the bay. Dolphin swimming just off the beach in the morning, Tarpon tailing in the evening. Home was well equipped and very comfortable for our family of five. Enjoyed waterfront lunches everyday at local restaurants in Apalachicola, Carrabelle and on St. George Island. Evenings grilling on the deck. Rented a pontoon for the day from Gunner Pontoon in Carrabelle and explored the local waterways (several dolphin sightings throughout the day). Troy J. and family.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Refundable 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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