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Beach Front Home**Easy Walk to Seaside**Private Patio and Beach Access

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 13--Gulf View from Living Area and Master Bedroom--3 Baths

STEP BACK IN TIME COTTAGE provides the perfect location for spending time together with family or friends. We have a maximum occupancy of 13. Because you will be staying in a private beachfront neighborhood zoned for single family homes we do not rent our home as a wedding, party or 'event' destination. Neither do we rent to groups of young adults under the age of 25 years.

Our home offers private beach viewing and beach access directly from our front patio, yet you will be within a 5 to 10 minute easy walk to the popular Seaside beach community. Seaside is home to many quaint and unique shops for men, ladies and children; excellent restaurants; quick places to pick up fast meals, ice cream, or cupcakes (their food "trucks" are shiny airstream trailers); and regular community concerts and plays(offered in an open-air grassy arena). Be sure to check on times and dates of weekly farmer's markets also held at Seaside. You will save time by walking or biking in order to avoid the traffic and parking challenges at Seaside.

First time visitors to Walton County will especially appreciate the bike paths and walking trails that stretch many, many miles from Rosemary Beach through Seagrove Beach and on past Seaside, Watercolor and Grayton Beach.

STEP BACK IN TIME is a spacious, comfortable, well-kept older home. Our home is one level, perfect for toddlers to grandparents. As soon as you enter our home, the ocean beckons you to “come and see”. Then as you explore the house and view the fantastic local shell collection you will begin making your own special memories of glorious, lazy days at the beach. You will find nothing but the soft white sands and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico outside your front door. Private steps down to the beach make it fun to come and go from the beach as often as you wish. A hose spigot halfway up the steps, and private showers with hot water outside each bathroom keep most sand where it belongs—outside your home. The breathtaking beauty of the beach from early morning to spectacular sunset is yours to enjoy from your private patio, sitting 30 feet above sea level.

The unusually large great room includes a seating area with a large flat screen TV and blu ray player, a game table for 4 to 6, a dining room table that seats 10, and a large, open kitchen with 4 barstools. It also has a queen sleeper sofa for our guests. The sun porch and large master bedroom both have spectacular Gulf view picture windows, but you can see the ocean from all common living areas in the home.

The king size master bedroom has a flat screen TV and blu ray player, along with plenty of drawer space, a walk-in closet and a private bathroom. Bedroom 2 sleeps 5. It has a Twin Bunk Bed w/Trundle in the same room with a Queen - the perfect room for a family. Bedroom 3 has 2 queen beds. All bedrooms have attached full baths with tub and shower, that can also be directly accessed from enclosed outside showers.

Our friendly Concierge Service (dwell) provides upgraded amenities along with high quality linens. They offer multiple services to our guests, including purchasing and delivering groceries and free pick up and delivery of rental bikes, paddle boards, backpack chairs, and baby gear. We also recommend a reliable local service for delivery of wooden beach chairs and umbrellas.

Energy efficient windows and doors throughout keep the home better insulated and quiet. Both sides of our home offer you privacy from the guests in our only two neighboring beachfront homes. Separate laundry room has a large new washer and drier set. Parking is provided for 5 vehicles, with 3 in the garage.

We do not allow pets.

Keywords: Private Beachfront Home,

Private Home,


Gulf Front,

Old Seagrove Beach,

Seagrove Beach,

Seagrove Beach West,



More Details

Betsy Lindley
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Betsy Lindley

Our family has been vacationing at Seagrove Beach since 1952. The extensive local shell collection in our entryway is evidence of many, many years of beach walks at Seagrove.

Betsy Lindley purchased this house in 1970

Why Betsy Lindley chose Seagrove Beach

Our family designed this house and it was built in 1970 when there were only 7 other beachfront homes between ours and Grayton Beach State Park. (No Seaside! No Watercolor!) Several generations of family have enjoyed wonderful vacation getaways in Seagrove Beach over the years. We hope you learn to love Seagrove Beach like we do.

What makes this house unique

We think you will find the large spacious living area and the large bedrooms at Step Back in Time Cottage refreshing in this day of building beach properties to hold the largest numbers of people per square foot. In addition, from the moment you walk in you will have a gorgeous view of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Whether you are inside or out, the Gulf is always there for you to enjoy.


Seagrove Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Max. adults: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We do not allow beach bonfires.
  • Our home is to be left in a tidy and neat condition, inside and out, with no damage to the house or its contents.
  • Please leave home furnishings inside. There is patio furniture in the garage for you use.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Outside shower has hot and cold water and is enclosed.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Outdoor shower has hot and cold water and is enclosed.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower , Outdoor shower has hot and cold water and is enclosed.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Sleeps 4 in 2 Queen Beds; Full Bath Attached
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 2 bunk bed , Bunk bed sleeps 3 with trundle. Full bath attached.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with attached full bath
  • 1 King size bed (Sleeps 2); 2 Queen size Beds (Sleep 4); 1 Queen (Sleeps 2) plus 1 Twin Bunk Bed w/ Twin Trundle (Sleeps 3); Queen sleeper sofa (Sleeps 2). Maximum number of 13 guests.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Each Bathroom has a private outside shower with Hot and Cold running water. Private Beach Access


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average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Atlanta, GA

Perfect Beachfront Oasis

  • 5 of 5

This was perfection. There was five of us (adult sibs and spouses). No matter the weather, this beach-front home offers a front row to the beautiful Gulf. We watched spectacular storms from the sun room, and we also enjoyed warm evenings outside on the patio, watching the sunsets. We even had our own private beach access. The house is very quiet, clean, well-equipped. Having an outdoor shower with each bedroom was luxury! We were a three minute walk to Seaside. We rented bikes, and basically toured the whole area. The best beach vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time there and will definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tyler, Tx

Everything was great!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and especially the backyard! Whenever you can walk out the door and onto the beach, what more could you ask for. We enjoyed the throwback style and felt that the house itself was extremely functional for our 2 families and kids. We look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect family house on the beach and in town

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully maintained house in a perfect location - on the beach and a 5-min walk from downtown Seaside. We preferred the character of the 70s style versus the generic beach home that Seaside is known for. The beachfront is not crowded and literally on your doorstep (and out your window in the master bedroom). The proximity to town is awesome - there's no need for a car (or even bikes) during the visit, as everything in Seaside is walkable. The weather was chilly during our stay, so we also enjoyed the cabinet full of books, puzzles, and games. As a family of 5 with three younger children, we loved this house and would stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memphis TN

Amazing Beach front property

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay at Step Back in Time for a family getaway. Don't let the pictures fool you into thinking the interior is old, it clearly has been redone in a 70's retro style which really fits the property. The bedding and pillows were very comfortable. No allergy issues in an allergy prone family. We loved the large open family space on one level that fostered togetherness yet each bedroom was very private. Hearing the waves from the master bedroom allowed for much needed good night sleeping. The sunporch was amazing to be in out of the wind at a comfortable temperature and still listen to the waves and watch the sunsets. The private beach access is incredible with a wash station and benches for changing shoes. Also, I loved the outdoor showers outside of every bathroom (there are 3) which made clean-up after a great day at the beach so easy. I also think it's location can't be beat. The walk to downtown Seaside is easy, but it is far enough away to not be in the heart of the hustle and bustle. If you are on the fence about this property, do yourself a favor and just book it.

As a side note, beach chairs 4 u was not open in the off season (Jan/Feb), we used Bonfires and were really pleased with their service.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Murfreesboro, TN

Fantastic Fall Break Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home!! So much room to spread out; the family room was great with the extra game table and wonderful view of the water. Beds were super comfy and bedrooms big enough for 4 teen girls and their gear! Open kitchen was very well appointed, we did not want for any gadget or cooking utensil. No kidding about the short trip in to Seaside...easy walk via the beach or the sidewalk...the our teens walked over most days for lunch or ice cream. We will definitely be back!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surfing Deer
Fine Dining Restaurant
Seagrove Village Market
Seafood Restaurant
Amavida Coffee and Tea - Seaside
Coffee Shop
Pickle's Snack Station
Hamburger Restaurant
Raw & Juicy
Juice Shop
Wild Bill's Beach Dogs
Hot Dog Restaurant
Meltdown On 30A
Sandwich Shop
Shrimp Shack
Seafood Restaurant
Barefoot Barbeque
Barbecue Restaurant
Taco Bar Seaside
Mexican Restaurant
Cowgirl Kitchen
Breakfast Restaurant
Pizza Bar Seaside
Pizza Restaurant
723 Whiskey Bravo
American Restaurant
Pizza by the Sea at WaterColor Crossings
Pizza Restaurant
Fish Out of Water Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
The Gathering Spot at WaterColor Inn
Sushi Restaurant
Cafe Thirty-A
American Restaurant
Angelina's Pizzeria & Pasta
Italian Restaurant
Brozinni Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Mi Casita Mexican Grill
Mexican Restaurant
The Perfect Pig Gourmet Market
Seaside Food Trucks
Fast Food Restaurant
The Red Bar
Steamboat Grill
Bar & Grill
Spanish Restaurant
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Breakfast Restaurant
Grayton Seafood Co.
Seafood Restaurant
Bad Ass Coffee
Coffee Shop
The Craft Bar
Bar & Grill
Grayton Beach State Park
Latin American Restaurant
AJ's Grayton Beach
Old Florida Fish House
Seafood Restaurant
Hibiscus Vegetarian Cafe
Grayton Corner Cafe
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Twin Oaks Farmstand
Organic Restaurant
Chanticleer Eatery
American Restaurant
Black Bear Bread Co.
Pickle Factory
Pizza Restaurant
Roux 30A
Eden Gardens State Park
Bruno’s Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
The Rolling Dog
Hot Dog Stand
Mile Marker Fifteen
Southern Restaurant (US)
Red's Chicken Shack
Chicken Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Marie's Bistro
Mediterranean Restaurant
Johnny McTighe's Irish Pub
Redds Fueling Station
Nearest Airport
27 Miles
(VPS)Destin-Ft.Walton;(ECP)NW FL Beaches Interntl.
Nearest Beach
Seagrove Beach; Seaside; Watercolor; Grayton
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.