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Comfortable family vacation home in Downtown Historic Apalachicola

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bath single family home with fenced yard - DOG FRIENDLY

As a builder from Kentucky and life-long Apalachicola fan I looked long and hard at finding the right location for the perfect family vacation spot. I wish to extend my personal invitation to you and your family to share my new vacation home.

Downtown Apalachicola has so much to offer and being able to provide the creature comforts to hard working families like mine was foremost in planning and building this get-away.

My family enjoys a little pampering with their time off that is what we wish to share with you. There is plenty of parking on the property. There is room for the boat to be hitched to the truck while parked in front of the house with a handy water hose accessible with additional private parking spot in the back of the cottage.

Inside we designed everything with family in mind. New comfortable beds in every bedroom and a twin size sleeper sofa. A full size washer and dryer, an ironing board and iron, a completely stocked kitchen and a relaxing great room are part of the package.

Beyond that are two full bath rooms three private bedrooms. The kitchen & great room were designed to allow an open cooking area with room to do so. The tiled floors are for active, easy care, vacationing. Ground Floor home with wide hallways and door ways are wheelchair friendly.

Everyone deserves a little pampering while taking a break for relaxation. That is why we decided to take everything up a notch. The new bedding is matched with quality linens and we carry that over to the bathrooms. The shower heads are spa type.

This location, across the street from the scenic river and restaurants, is as much about outdoors as inside. There is a relaxing patio and back yard as well as a covered back porch which is perfect for watching the occasional storms pass through.

Bring the boat, kayak, bikes, books and games. There is Wi-Fi and cable for after dinner because there is so much to do during the day. Just about anything you can do in, on, above, below or under the water is offered somewhere nearby. Grab a guide at the Visitors Center a quick stroll away.

Apalachicola is one of the most historic towns in the country. Its history is rich, eventful and inspiring. You will want to read up about it on line or in the nearby bookstore. Today it is haven for bird watching, all sorts of fishing, photography, environmental site and studies and artists. Not to mention the seasonal variations - such as the massive butterfly, marine and bird migrations.

You can easily rent a golf cart and spend all day simply touring the beautiful homes in the historic district, of which you will be a part of. Spanish moss laden giant oaks, hundreds of varieties of palms, delightful gardens are truly inspiring and relaxing.

We picked this downtown location because we wanted to be where could park the car and leave it parked. Apalachicola daytime offers countless boutiques , art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. It is a safe haven where you need not worry about the family strolling the town. The pace is different and infectious.

Fishing and festivals round out the calendar in Apalachicola. Fishing is easy to hook up - Just call Robison Brothers Guide Service. The festivals, parades and fireworks are a block away in almost any direction from this property with the added advantage being your parking spots are secured.

Head out your front door to the left and you will be on the grounds for the annual Seafood Festival. Head out your front door to the right and you will be in the middle of arts festivals. Head out the back door to the river for street parades, boat parades and fireworks.

Kathy Robinson is the property manager, located just a couple blocks away. We look forward to being your host for your next stay in Apalachicola and for years to come.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Kathy

As a builder from Kentucky and life-long Apalachicola fan I wanted to build a vacation home my entire family could enjoy for years to come.

Kathy purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Kathy chose Apalachicola

This property is the perfect retreat because you can park the car and leave parked until it is time to head home. Everything is walking distance. The property is secluded yet the river is across the street. There is a sense home with an established lot, plenty of shade, plenty of privacy, plenty of quiet. Walk one direction to the festivals in the park, another to the festivals downtown, and yet another to the fireworks on the river. There is abundant shade and enough parking to keep the boat hitched to the truck while paring three more vehicles. This is a complete home on a residential lot with refreshing shade and creature comforts.

What makes this cottage unique

Designed with families in mind yet delightful for couples. The full size washer and dryer, two full baths, Wi-Fi, expanded cable, ironing board and iron and attention to detail are unique to downtown actual home. It is not a loft but a residence. Downtown locations are idea and this particular location beats them all because it is private and spacious as well as closest to all possible events. Events downtown, or in the park, or in the marina or by the river are all easily accessible by foot. The cars stay parked.

Everything is new. New beds, baths, kitchen, fenced in patio and expanded parking. Ground Floor home has wide hallways and door ways are wheelchair friendly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were invited to preview this lovely guest house by the owner. We are frequent visitors to Apalachicola and welcome this extraordinary property. Peyton has created the perfect family vacation home in heart of historic downtown Apalachicola. Being retirees we love the ability to park the car and simply walk to everything from the property. The Fourth of July fireworks and parade were a half block away. The riverfront restaurants are next door and downtown shopping starts a few feet away. Having a full size washer and dryer and fully stocked kitchen are bonus items hard to find in any Apalachicola rental. There was plenty of room for the boat trailer. What we enjoyed was the attention to detail. Everything is provided and the furnishings are both functional and comfortable. We liked the fact no one has to go anywhere to check in. By having our unique key code provided in advance we simply drove to the property and let ourselves in. The Owl Café is beginning to get some competition but remains a must visit a short block away. The oyster and seafood restaurants a half block away are exceptional as well. Caroline's daily grouper special and the ability to eat indoors, (table cloth), or outside on the river is special. The Grill remains our favorite fried shrimp spot. Being downtown in July means it is difficult to find parking but with five parking spots it was wonderful. We recommend you walk the two blocks to the Visitor's Center. There is so much more to Apalachicola than you imagine. This is the ideal vacation spot.
Jul 2014
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Apalachicola Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 2 full baths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen bed in master
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Comfortable family vacation home in Downtown Historic Apalachicola
average rating of 4.84375 based on 33 reviews

Compact, clean and wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

Our second February at the Apalachicola Guest House was as fun and satisfying as the first February we were here even if the weather wasn't quite as cooperative! It is very clean and easy to keep that way, cozy, and yet has room for guests comfortably. We like that it's all on one floor, has a lovely side yard patio for when it's warm enough to be outside. Our favorite part is that it is in Apalachicola, a friendly town, with funky shops, good restaurants, a brew pub, a scenic small riverfront park, multiple oyster raw bars (our favorite with the best entertaining staff is Hole in the Wall)....all within easy walking distance from the house. We look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to have you back again next year Miss Sally!
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Lovely, but dissappointing.

  • 2 of 5

The house itself is lovely. Great location, clean and well organized. To have everything that is so nice and then have a small, lumpy and extremely uncomfortable mattress for the guests to sleep on is hard to believe. There is plenty of room in the two larger bedrooms for nice queen or king mattresses and an upgrade of the present mattresses would bring the whole house up to a very good quality level.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestion! We appreciate your comments.
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immaculately clean, comfortable furniture, convenient location

  • 5 of 5

our family "overflow" stayed for Christmas. Four adults and 1 child. Plenty of linens. Very cold a couple of morning and heat was adequate and comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your kids & grands could stay with us Mr. Fred!
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Love the Apalach Guest House!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place to stay in Apalachicola. Why not 5 stars? My only complaint is that there is no dishwasher. We have stayed here a few times and didn't really cook, but this last time was over Thanksgiving, and I tried to limit dirty dishes, but alas, there were quite a few and I hate to wash dishes. The lay out is great, two roomy bedrooms with queen size beds, the smaller bedroom with 2 twins. Two good sized bathrooms. Nice courtyard and back porch. You can walk to everywhere you want to go. Love this place.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Would love to have room to put a dishwasher! So glad you enjoyed your stay.
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Apalach guest house. Very clean and guest friendly. We have a brother in a wheelchair and he was able to get around the property with ease. Walking distance to everything in downtown. We would rent with Kathy again!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that the Apalach Guest House worked to accommodate you and your brother and look forward to your return visit!
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Great little place - awesome location

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed every aspect of it. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review of our property. Looking forward to having you back soon. Kathy
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Apalachicola, limited flights and private planes
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
St. James Bay, Wildwood, St. Joe CC
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Port St. Joe and St Joe Island
Car: necessary

Everything to do in, on, above, below, and around the water, (fresh and salt) is nearby. Shopping is a breeze and within walking distance as are some of the best restaurants in the panhandle of Florida. Seafood and oysters make Apalachicola famous. This is a wonderful spot to rent a golf cart and spend a day or an evening slowly taking in some wonderful views.

It is one of the most relaxing areas you will experience. A great place to catch up on family and conversations that center cheerfulness. The visitors' center is a couple of blocks away and they can provide you with a plethora of 'must see' and do locations. Artists, photographers, fishermen, bird watchers, boaters, kayak enthusiasts flock to this location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $250

Maximum number of Guests 7 - no exceptions. Check in 4:00 pm, Check out 10:00 am. Minimum age for renting is 25. Exceptions made for military and newly weds. No hospitality or party house rentals. No parties or noise after 9 at night. Guests creating disturbances are subject to immediate eviction by police department. Forfeit $250 deposit if cancelled within 30 days of stay. Excess cleaning fees may apply and cleaning fee is doubled for monthly stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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