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'The Great Escape'...Private Pool...Beach cottage...Steps to Beach!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,450 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Our charming Destin Florida Vacation Home is a three-bedroom cottage located in Destin's Crystal Beach community. Conveniently located just one and one-half blocks from the pristine Emerald Coast beach. It is an easy walk and there are no busy streets to cross. With 20-foot high vaulted ceilings and a retractable wall of glass overlooking our private pool, our home allows the outside to become part of your everyday living environment. Every room contains a ceiling fan and a 6-foot privacy fence surrounds the pool. Children and large families are welcome, but you may just want this Destin cottage all to yourself. Named “The Great Escape”, you will find this vacation home to be a wonderful retreat for families and/or couples. The contemporary decor and open floor plan allow you to relax in the comfort of our vacation home. The location is convenient to Destin Commons, the Fort Walton Airport, Big Kahuna Water Theme Park, and various other local Destin attractions. This absolutely perfect vacation home comes with a King bed in the master, a king size bed in the second bedroom and 2 sets of twin bunk beds in the third bedroom, which is perfectly suited for children! You also have a comfy queen sleeper sofa in the living room, should you need it. You will find the kitchen to have everything you need with all the comforts of home. The floor plan is open and airy, with a spacious feeling. Don’t forget about your private pool and patio area complete with gas grill and patio table and chairs. It's a wonderful escape from the beach. But, the Destin Florida beaches are the BEST!!! Your wonderful Destin Florida vacation can start with a day with shopping or golf, hit the beach or sit by the pool, you can complete your day with a fabulous meal. Whether you are in the mood to dress up and go out, or grill out by the pool, it is your choice. Our home is centrally located to a wide-range of activities for all ages. We are confident you will enjoy your 'Great Escape' Destin vacation as much as we do!

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Owner
Owner
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About The Owner

Welcome to The Great Escape! This is our home away from home. We built this house in 1998 when we were living in Boston, MA and needed a place to 'escape' to. We found Destin. Most of our family and friends had not heard of Destin and thought we crazy to be building a vacation home so far away. They also thought it would be impossible to rent and manage from so far away. Well, 17 successful years later we're still at it and loving it. We get down to Destin a few times every year; although it is never enough and the visits are too short! Destin is like an addiction! We just want to go back for more. And, the more we talk to people, we learn we're not the only ones who feel this way. People have been going to Destin year after year - for 15-20 years or more! We love Destin, the people, the incredible beaches and the wonderful memories we build with each trip. We've had over 100 families stay at the Great Escape and many return each year. As a mother of 13 year old twins and a nine year old, our lives are extremely busy and I look forward to our weekly vacation each year. We strive to make The Great Escape a wonderful, relaxing experience for all of our guests and are sure you will enjoy it, and Destin, as much as we do. We look forward to having you visit!

The Owner purchased this house in 1998

Why The Owner chose Scenic Gulf Drive West

The Great Escape is a retreat from your everyday life. It is equipped with everything you need - you just have to show up and relax! We are within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and of course the beach! The private back yard allows you to entertain friends or enjoy the peace. You choose! Coffee in your jammies by your own private pool or cocktails at night - the choice is yours!

What makes this house unique

Our home is just that - a home. We have decorated as a home and it comes equipped with everything you will need to enjoy your vacation. We provide all linens, inlcuding beach towels! We also have pool toys and beach toys for you to use. If you're traveling with small kids, leave the pack 'n play and booster seat at home - we've got both at our place for you to use!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Please share with us and other guests your experience at our home, The Great Escape. We'd love to hear from you!
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Amenities

Crystal Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double vanity
    Second Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bunk Room - 4 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa in living room.
    Second Master - 1 king
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
TV's in every room; all amenities from home including blender, iron and hair dryer!

Reviews

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'The Great Escape'...Private Pool...Beach cottage...Steps to Beach!
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 53 reviews
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Great Escape or Little Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Great Escape! The house was the perfect size for us and very comfortable. We lucked out and didn't have neighbors on either side of us during our visit. I enjoyed the pool, just about every day and the water temp was perfect in the low 80's. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our home and look forward to having you return.
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

Nancy, thanks for allowing us to make such good memories at "The Great Escape". Your home was so lovely - I loved the arrangement where the family could enjoy the togetherness and yet do their own thing. The kids loved the pool while the adults enjoyed cooking out on the covered porch or relaxing on the front porch reading a book.

The location of the home is great, close enough to the beach that the children can walk there safely and also close to some great resturants and shopping.

With pictures of your lovely family sitting around, it made for such a friendly environment that you felt like you were visiting relatives.

We'll definitely return to the "Great Escape". Maybe next time, I can bring my great-great grandchildren along

with my 5 greats.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay enjoyed all seven days

  • 5 of 5

Always a great place to stay. Location is great for the beach,stores,and restaurants. You have the pool and just blocks from the beach. Walking to beach is easy. This is the third time we have rented this house and hope to do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice and close to beach! Loved the open concept to the rear yard!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the property and layout. Do wish the pool was a little bigger for the amount of people staying but the kids enjoyed tremendously! Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed the family room that opens to the pool and backyard. It's a favorite feature of ours as well. We hope to have you return soon!
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Very nice Great Escape.

  • 5 of 5

Well keep property with everything you needed to be comfortable. Think I picked the wrong week because everything was so crowded but the house was very peaceful. The owner has it very well decorated with lots of personal touches. The beach was close but the little one really liked the pool. I would definitely recommend the Great Escape and would be number one on my list when coming to Destin.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was very clean and everything we needed was available to us.

  • 4 of 5

We maybe wished the driveway was a little larger to accommodate more cars but we loved everything else about the property. Perfect for a family and easy walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at our home and that it was so clean. It is important to us that every guest have a great experience. We hope you'll return to The Great Escape in the future.
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Map

Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Ft. Walton Beach, Pensacola, Panama City
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Camille's
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Various
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Camille's
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Crystal Beach
Car: recommended

Our home is conveniently located in the popular community of Crystal Beach. It is centrally located 4 miles east of Destin Harbour, and just south of Destin Commons.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $300

The cleaning fee is included in weekly rentals. We only rent Sat-Sat during the peak summer months.
For nightly rentals the cleaning fee is $175.
Pet fee is $100 per pet per week.
The pool can be heated, upon request, for $100 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.