About the property
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
2 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 6
Located in a secluded, but central, spot in the heart of Seaside, Pleasure Principal is a classic, old Florida cottage built around a large, inviting screened porch. The beach is just one block away down the lush sand path walkway between Pensacola and Odessa streets. Seaside’s westside pool is at the corner only steps away. The shops and restaurants of Seaside’s downtown are a five-minute walk or a one-minute bike ride. Pleasure Principal is a “dog-trot” house design, divided through the middle by a porch that opens the house up to salty gulf breezes and looks out to a sideyard overgrown with saw palmetto, muscadine vines, sand live oaks, gnarled sand pines, sago palms, beauty berry, and southern magnolias. The owner describes the sensibility and design of Pleasure Principal as “cracker Caribbean,” which was inspired by the clapboard, rural homesteads of north Florida melded with the exoticness of the island architecture of the West Indies. It’s not about fancy stuff, but the right stuff—dine on the porch, shower outdoors without being an exhibitionist, cool off under whirring ceiling fans, grill in the yard beneath a canopy of sand live oaks, gaze at constellations in the night sky from the tower high above Seaside. These are the kinds of beach experiences Pleasure Principal affords. The name is a twist on a psychology term popularized in the 60s—pleasure principle: the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force that reduces psychic tension. Principle is morphed to principal, so there’s a shift from idea or belief to leadership role or position of authority. You get the idea. And there is no better mantra for a perfect vacation than seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
Pleasure Principal has two bedroom suites on the second floor. Each has a full bath, flat panel TV, and lots of privacy because the bedrooms are on opposite sides of the screened porch. The front bedroom has a queen bed, and opens to a private screened porch. The rear bedroom has a queen bed and a side niche with a desk. The tower, with dramatic views of the gulf, Seaside, and Watercolor, is accessed via a spiral stair adjacent to the rear bedroom. The living room below has a sleeper sofa that folds out to make a full bed. There’s a full bath across the screened porch on the first floor. So, when needed, the living room can function as a makeshift third bedroom, allowing the house to sleep a maximum of six people. The kitchen/dining area is located across the screened porch opposite the living room. The fully-equipped kitchen has a gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher, and microwave, and features a vintage, Old Florida ambiance with vinyl tile flooring, a ceramic countertop, and open shelving embellished with an eccentric collection of 1920s to 70s cookware and bric-a-brac. There are two large dining tables each of which sits six people, one in the kitchen, and the other on the screened porch. In addition to flat panel TVs, DVD players, VHS tape players, wi-fi, a stereo system you can plug your iPod or MP3 player into, there’s an ample supply of old-fashioned board games, jigsaw puzzles, lots of trashy pulp fiction for leisurely beach reading, a large movie library of VHS tapes, and the walls are covered with original art.
**This home does allow one small, non-shedding dog for a $150 pet fee added after the initial on-line booking**
**This cottage requires Sat-Sat rentals during our peak season**
**All Sandpiper managed properties now come with 2 complimentary bikes** Amenity passes are available for a fee of $27/day for 4 passes (additional passes are $5/day).**
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Sandpiper Vacation Rentals
I'm an author and photographer. I've done many photographic books, including one on Seaside and another on Rosemary Beach.
Why Sandpiper Vacation Rentals chose Santa Rosa Beach
I grew up in southwest Georgia about 120 miles from Seaside. My extended family has owned property in Walton County, Florida, where Seaside is located, since 1954. I came to this area of the gulf coast every summer as a child. My mother has memories of Panama City from the 1920s when there were no paved streets, potable water was sold daily from mule carts, and you needed a rowboat to cross St. Andrew's Bay to get to the beach. I have two daughters, Adrianne and Claire, who have spent every summer of their lives in Seaside. In many ways, this is where we're all from. It's our home.
What makes this Cottage unique
I enjoy the smell of salt in the air; the gulf breeze as it wafts through the open windows and doorways; grilling in the yard and taking the evening meal on the big dining table on the screened porch; going up to the tower at night, gazing up at the stars while listening to the pounding of the surf in the distance; playing scrabble on rainy afternoons; spending time with family and friends that's somehow better at the beach than anywhere else.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
June 2017 Stay
Our family enjoyed our stay at Pleasure Principal. Location was perfect to access everything. We would recommend
June 2017 Stay
We had a fun, relaxing week in Seaside at Pleasure Principal! I loved the porch and all of the vintage decor! It was the perfect house for couples to stay in...probably not a great choice for kids. We are empty nesters and it suited as well! The beach was crowded and I do recommend calling the cabana man ahead of your stay or you will be on the 2nd row all week long. Also, if you don't like to wait 1 1/2 hours or more at the restaurants then I would suggest cooking in. Overall, we would love to stay here again just not in the summer months.
My family of 5 stayed here over Labor Day Weekend. It was not at all what we expected. There really is only enough space for 3 people. One queen size bed and one full that is smaller than normal. The pull out coach was in terrible shape and could not be used. The two bedrooms were very small with not enough space to put your stuff. The bathrooms did not even have shelves to keep your toiletries on, the showers were also small and one did not drain well. The kitchen is small and old, the equipment they have is outdated. There was not any common inside area where the family can sit down together and watch tv or hang out. You can stay outside in the heat. No extra chairs or beach equipment that rental houses usually have. No beach towels either. The house is strange and not at all family friendly, especially for small children. The steps are very steep.
One positive is, it is in a great location, walking distance to everything.
Thank you for your feedback. We strive to accurately portray our cottage with pictures and a detailed description and feel we have done both here. It is our understanding that you booked last minute and this may not have been the best fit for you and your family. This is important when understanding the unique attributes of Pleasure Principal. As you can see in several other reviews, many people do liken it to a tree house – most likely for those who enjoy indoor/outdoor living and don’t plan to spend much time in their bedrooms. Pleasure Principal’s rooms, while on the smaller side, offer normal size beds, private bathrooms, and one has its own private balcony with lounger. The downstairs family room is really not meant to be a third bedroom, but the sleeper sofa is there for younger people to enjoy. We were terribly sorry to hear the mattress wasn’t in good shape. We immediately purchased a BRAND NEW memory foam mattress upon your departure to ensure any future guests would not have these same troubles. With regards to the bathrooms, we have never had this complaint as there is counter top space, but we will look into putting additional shelving in if space permits. The kitchen has all necessary equipment, and pots and pans are replaced as needed annually. As mentioned above, the living room with flat screen TV in the cabinet above the fireplace is really more for the “hang out” space you desired and less for a bedroom – as we believe you were using it for. The sofa and 4 additional chairs have always provided enough sitting space for families to enjoy time with each other indoors. To that end, beach equipment is usually provided by guests and then left behind through out the season, we can never guarantee certain chairs, tubes, etc. are available but there are several companies you can rent these things from. Again, we’re terribly sorry that Pleasure Principal wasn’t a good fit for you, but feel that the cottage is properly represented and a good fit for many Seasiders who enjoy an “Old Florida Gem”!
A Pure Pleasure
My husband and I stayed in August...the house was so relaxing and charming and just a short walk to the gorgeous beach!! We love the large open porch and cozy bedrooms ..also the small reading porch perched in the treetops just off one of the bedrooms.. Even though there are many great restaurants and fun food trucks a walk away our favorite thing was to buy fresh fish and a great bottle of wine at the nearby markets and grill in the lovely side yard at sunset....Just a perfect way to end a day at the beach!!
We had such a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle to this lovely seaside cottage. We loved exploring the beauty of the area, but found ourselves not wanting to leave the house! It was super cozy and the view from the upstairs observation point was fantastic. This place has a delightful atmosphere, with plenty of room - esp. the upper level being all bedroom. If you want to be close to everything including town center, beach club, and pool – this house is perfect. It was very well kept and so dreamy to observe the surroundings from the deck and top balcony. We loved every minute and are so thankful to have found this rental. We certainly hope to return!!
Ideal Vacation Spot
I stayed here recently with my partner and we had the best break in recent memory. To stay in a beautiful beach house just moments from the beach was an absolute dream. The beach house itself is set out to be a very sociable and interactive experience with its large porch area situated in the middle of the property. With two comfy bedrooms, it offers its home comforts within an idyllic setting. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun, quirky stay in Seaside.
One renter must be 26 years of age or older.
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