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'Let your soul and spirit fly' ... Into the Mystic: Adorable 3BR/2 Bath Cottage

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Private 3BR/2 Bath Overlooking The Bay With Open Floor Plan And Tropical Decor

Into the Mystic, our adorable cottage style home is not only affordable but filled with many charming touches. The house is in a private location with no neighboring houses in sight. Into the Mystic has a screened in, as well as an open porch with plenty of seating, overlooking the bay. Both areas are perfect for enjoying morning coffee, afternoon dining (electric and charcoal grills), or evening cocktails. During the day, birds including eagles soar high above the bay. At night you can sometimes make out the band playing at the oyster shack down the road.

The tropical colors and beach themed decor make the cottage bright and cheerful. There is a spacious master bedroom with a king bed, walk in closet, and en suite bath. Complimentary WiFi, Direct TV, and Netflix are included in the rate. The remaining bedrooms are on the opposite side of the living space with a full bath in between. All bedrooms have ample closet space and their own flat screen TV.

The large open living and kitchen area is comfortable and well equipped for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. A small laundry room off the kitchen has a full size washer and dryer. There are shelves of books, games, and beach themed DVD's for the kids. The kitchen has all new stainless appliances, including a dishwasher and wine fridge. A reverse osmosis water system provides high quality drinking water. Except for the tiled bathrooms, the entire house is covered with wood flooring. There is AC of course, but there are also 6 ceiling fans and even a portable electric fireplace for those occasional chilly nights.

It is about a 99 second ride or 5 minute walk to the beautiful wide beach. Bikes are included in the rental rate, and the 'surf shack' has beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, sand toys and more available for your use. There is an outdoor foot shower, as well as a full sized outdoor shower with hot water.

Into the Mystic..... a peaceful beach get away that will ' rock your gypsy soul! '

More Details

Owner
Joseph Harmon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Joseph Harmon

We are retired baby boomers w/ no children except our sweet black lab. Born + raised in the Buffalo area we've traveled to FL in search of sun + warmth for much of our lives. We've dragged nieces + nephews up and down the east and west coasts + have visited all the usual beach towns. About 5 years before my wife retired from teaching we stumbled upon this unusual place called Saint George Island. After doing some research + finding it was dog friendly, we decided to give it a try. We fell in love with SGI , renting led to a desire to buy + then the perfect property for us came along.

Into the Mystic has fulfilled our dream of owning a modest but comfortable beach cottage to enjoy with our dog, family, and friends. The former owners of this sweet house were unusual year round + lifetime residents of the Island. It was lovingly taken care of but was in dire need of an updated beachy makeover ; now almost complete.

The secluded location is what lured us to buy the property + we consider it to be 1 of the 'Mystic's' best features.

We enjoy morning coffee on the screened porch as eagles and seabirds soar over the bay. Next we walk Posey on the bike path or beach for a little exercise. After breakfast we're off in the golf cart back to the beach where we often relax with a good book. Afternoons we frequently head over the bridges to historic Apalachicola to enjoy an early dinner on the deck of our favorite restaurant. While slurping oysters + sipping a frosty one we watch the shrimp boats head through the marsh + down the creek. Once back home we plan to watch the evening news but just as often we're apt to flip on Oyster radio to listen to some funky beach tunes. Early evening finds us back down at the beach w/ the night sky filled w/ stars so brilliant + close you feel you can reach out + grab them. Finally it's time to sleep while the tree frogs sing their lullaby. Next morning (God willing) we get to do it all over again. Life IS good at the beach !

Joseph Harmon purchased this house in 2012

Why Joseph Harmon chose St. George Island

Location , location, location !

What makes this house unique

SGI feels like a beach town stuck in the fifties; we call it 'Mayberry at the Beach'. Like a Van Morrison song SGI and Into the Mystic just makes you feel good !

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved the beautiful house and island. We fished, watched sunsets and sunrises, relaxed on the beach, and went on bike rides. This was our favorite vacation home so far in all of our 16 years of marriage! We enjoyed the Beach Pit for breakfast and pizza at BJ's. We loved the baked oysters at Lynn's in Easpoint. Thank you for the most beautiful vacation ever. We definitely want to come back!
Sep 2015
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Amenities

Gulf Beaches House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 1. Maximum occupancy of 6 AT ALL TIMES/Strictly enforced
  • 2. Pet on flea treatments/up to date on shots/kept off furniture/crated if left alone on property for short durations. Clean up/dispose of all waste.
  • 3. $250.00 REFUNDABLE security deposit REQUIRED. If property is left in good condition and NO damage is evident it is gladly and promptly refunded.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 hairdryer in each bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King bed, en suite bathroom, and walk in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
Notes:
Into the Mystic is conveniently located in the East Gulf Beach area, just across the street from the bay on a quiet paved road. The beautiful uncrowded beach is less than a 5 minute walk away. The State Park is a few miles away and can be easily accessed on bikes on the paved bike path. Enjoy a few restaurants with food, drinks, and music right on the island. The new Paddy's Raw Bar as well as The Black Marlin are easily walkable from the property/no need to drive. Also, Apalachicola is a short drive across the bridges and has many outstanding restaurants from oyster bars to fine dining and some in between. There are many historical buildings, neat architecture, and quirky little shops to explore. There are so many fun and relaxing things to do in the area but the best thing about SGI is just enjoying the beauty of the natural surroundings with family and friends!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

'Let your soul and spirit fly' ... Into the Mystic: Adorable 3BR/2 Bath Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews
5

Perfect! A cute, cozy, family and dog friendly escape!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation at Into the Mystic! The house had everything we needed and more. The kitchen had all the necessary tools and cooking gear we needed, and even a fantastic assortment of spices. We had chairs,coolers, umbrellas, and boogie boards for the beach. Bikes, books, games, and movies added even more entertainment. The home was pet friendly with food and water dishes and a nice yard for our dog who loved walking everywhere with us and spending the days on the beach under an umbrella. The location was great for us, within a short walk to the beach but secluded and surrounded by trees and plants. We could also easily walk to Paddy's and one night even walked to The Blue Parrot and took a night stroll on the beach on our way back. Sitting on the comfy patio furniture in the screened in porch was a perfect way to start our day and the patio table was great for meals. There were TV's for everyone, and a nice radio for music. The laundry room was so convenient and an easy way to keep up with laundry in the evening so there wasn't much to bring home. The owners were wonderful to work with and when the entry lock battery failed Joe answered my call within minutes and had a repair person to the house to fix it immediately. We could not have asked for a better response. The rental truly felt like a home, and in years of renting through VRBO, this was the nicest one yet. We loved our stay at Into the Mystic and hope we get the chance to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yet another very positive review from another very nice family; thank you. We do try to solve any issues and/or minor repairs as quickly as feasible. We have a competent and skilled housekeeper and a kind efficient handyman who both do a great job for us and our guests. After you left we completed a spring clean; power washing, rug cleaning and lawn/garden 'spruce up'. Also, just added new Trex Adirondack chairs to the outside deck and a Trex bar/dining set to the screen porch. It's such a beautiful but harsh environment on SGI. It can be challenging to keep up with outside maintenance but we try our best. Please feel welcome to vacation again at the 'Mystic' and thanks again for the 'goodies'!
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Milledgeville, Ga
5

Beautiful home. Wonderful owner. Even better experience on the Island.

  • 5 of 5

From renting, checkin, and departure, it was a truly wonderful experience. Joe is an outstanding host. No detail is too small for his attention.

St George is a beautiful island.

Appalachacola is a wonderful historic town. Beaches are not crowded and sugar white.

The home is perfect. 3 minute walk to beach. 3 minute walk to Raw Bar. 4 minutes to the grocery store. Never drove.

The house is perfectly equipped. Kitchen, main room, bedrooms, and baths. Online pictures do not do justice. I brought my golden retriever and the house is perfect for dogs. The porch with my dog watching the sunset was truly inspirational.

If you are goin to St George, stop looking and rent this.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just when we thought we couldn't get a better review we receive one like this! Thank you very much for so elequently describing your vacation experience at Into the Mystic. Worth noting how you can just park the car and not be bothered with driving. It's gratifying to get flattering reviews especially from frequent visitors to SGI such as yourself.You most certainly are welcome back and we hope you will return to the 'Mystic' soon.
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5

Great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! We loved staying in this very very charming house and it's a short walk to beach, bay or town. Very private and quiet. Also great for my dog. You can throw the frisbee off of the deck and really wear him out!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay . Quiet and private is why we choose the property in the first place. Charming is a good word to describe the 'Mystic' - we couldn't agree more!
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Detroit, MI
5

Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Just spent 2 great months at the Mystic. Can't think of a better spot to be on SGI. Very private & yet convenient to be able to walk for dining, beach, etc. Very comfortable clean home & the landlord was excellent to work with.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review. What WONDERFUL tenants/guests you were! We felt so comfortable having you 'snow birders' in our home because you so lovingly took care of the "Mystic' during your stay. We really do hope you can return in the future and wish you and your family all the best.
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5

Superb home

  • 5 of 5

'Into the mystic' is a superb home owned by terrific people. We've stayed at multiple VRBO houses over the years with none as well stocked, clean and ready to receive guests as this one. There honestly was not a single thing missing that we might have needed. The home is immaculate and comfortably slept my wife and I as well as our three children. The outdoor living space is excellent with both indoor screened in porch as well as outdoor porch areas. The views of the bay were terrific including the marsh. You can hear the ocean from the balcony. The inside is bright and airy and all of the electronics and appliances work very well including the TV, Internet and other packages. The griddle on the stovetop is a nice bonus for pancakes.

The owners are inviting and super kind and definitely make this a home away from home for their guests.

As you can tell we love this place. We will definitely be back-- and we also loved the island area.

Highly Recommended for all types of people.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A really nice review from a really nice family - thank you! When first time visitors to the island and "Mystic' indicate their desire to return again it is the ultimate compliment. You were wonderful guests, always welcome back, and we sure do hope you will come back again!
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Opelika, AL
5

Great house, great value!

  • 5 of 5

Into the Mystic is our favorite place we have rented over several trips to the area. The location is convenient to the beach and restaurants, yet very private with a great view of the bay. The house is very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with a good selection of spices and even had sharp knives! The extra refrigerator/freezer made enough ice that we didn't have to buy any for our coolers and the selection of beach gear was great. The price was very fair for the quality of the home and Joe was a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review and so quickly too. We agree the "Mystic' IS a great house at a great value - couldn't have said it better ourselves. Please do return!
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Map

Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Gulf Beaches House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer/High Season
May 27 2017 - Aug 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
Fall
Aug 5 2017 - Dec 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,300
 
 
Winter
Dec 2 2017 - Mar 2 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,200
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250

RATES VARY FOR HOLIDAYS- PLEASE INQUIRE.

RENTS SATURDAY TO SATURDAY ONLY.

ALL RATES FOR ALL SEASONS INCLUDE HOUSEKEEPING, LINENS, AND TAXES.

GOLF CART IS PRIVATE/FOR OWNER USE ONLY AND NOT INCULDED IN THE RENTAL.

WE ALWAYS CONSIDER MONTHLY 'SHOULDER' SEASON AND MONTHLY WINTER RENTALS/PLEASE INQUIRE.

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.

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