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Beachy, Clean, fresh, gated, fenced, Pets OK! Newly renovated! Short walk to bch

Bedrooms 3
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bed/2 BA, 2nd floor deck, screen porch, park grill, outdoor shower, fish sink

INCLUDES CLEANING, CLEAN LINENS & BATH TOWELS for FREE! Plus, NO extra "Damage Deposits", NO pet fee, and NO St. George Island Plantation H.O.A. fee.

Truly an 'Island Secret'! Very 'BEACHY' & fun coastal cottage with beautiful upgrades throughout! Only 4 rows of homes between you and the beach! A short walk to the beach boardwalk located only a football field and a half away, (150 yards), at the end of 8th Street! Enjoy the lush & knarled coastal oaks on our 2nd floor covered porch or screened porch! When we have 10-15 knot winds from the south you'll enjoy listening to the ocean waves. Complete privacy from neighbors!

Our new & fully stocked kitchen offers stylish quartz solid-surface counters, under mount sink, white bead board cabinets, and new appliances!

The kitchen, dining, and comfortable living areas are all open to each other and overlook the deck & island vegetation.

Each room in the house is a fun coastal color! You're at the beach on an island and on vacation! Two bedrooms and one bath are upstairs along with one bedroom and one bath conveniently located downstairs on the ground floor with a separate entrance. Perfect for multiple couples wanting a bit of privacy or adult children! There is a laundry room with a washer and dryer located downstairs too!

You have a extra large private hot/cold outdoor shower, park style charcoal grill, and a new fish cleaning sink & table located downstairs. Plenty of parking for your boat and cars, all within the privacy and security of a 16' wide gate and a fully fenced yard! Yes, we love your 4-legged children and are pet friendly! You'll love the securely fenced & gated property for your dogs!

A short walk away is Regatta Park! This is a bay front park that offers parking, covered picnic tables, park style grills, a white sandy beach nestled on a cove, and a kayak launch site!

Follow our island and area on FACEBOOK! Type in Our Little Secret on St. George Island

Glenn & Lawson Smith would be honored to have you as guests at our 'Island Secret'! Please email Glenn through VRBO for further questions or to arrange your wonderful vacation on an island paradise!

Sorry no group gatherings allowed, even for day use, beyond the maximum occupancy of 6 people.

More Details

Glenn and Lawson Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Glenn and Lawson Smith

Island Greetings, Friends! We both grew up around Tallahassee where we still live today and started enjoying nearby St. George Island as kids since the '60's. My wife has fond memories of the island while visiting her family's beach house on East Gorrie. Oh my, have things changed! Fortunately, with 16 of the island's 27 miles preserved along with low density zoning & height restrictions, our island will remain pristine.

I have fond memories during Middle School in the mid-70's of a buddy & I camping for a week at a time on the beach at the end of the island, without a tent, miles from the nearest house, long before the state park existed.

Our first experience of building on the island was in 2004 when we custom built our dream home, a large 4 story beachy home with all the resort amenities imaginable. We later sold the home and desired to create a cozy island vacation experience that is perfect for a small family or couples that want an affordable get-a-way. The 2nd time around is the best, 'Island Secret'!

Lawson is a 4th generation FSU graduate and lifelong teacher while Glenn enjoyed hospitality in a 25 year airline & travel agency career. Both careers allowed us to serve others & to understand peoples needs.

Our family of 7 enjoys boating around the area, shelling, and spending time together on an island that they also grew up on!

We'd love for you to create memories too & experience St. George Island in a laid back setting and a relaxed island atmosphere.

Thank You for viewing our page! We hope that you'll be our guest at Island Secret!

Glenn & Lawson Smith

Glenn and Lawson Smith purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Glenn and Lawson Smith chose Gulf Beaches

We purchased this property as we love beach cottages! Not everyone wants to spend a small fortune for a short vacation. Why pay more?! Whether you're a couple, several couples, or a small family, you'll find everything you need at Island Secret in a fun and beachy surrounding!

What makes this cottage unique

Our family fell in love with this property because of it's privacy among native island vegetation and still being so close to the beach where you can enjoy the sounds of the waves. You can have family-or-friends time on the deck without seeing a neighboring house.


Gulf Beaches Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Upstairs bath with large window, new handicap toilet & sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ground level bath with shower & new handicap toilet & sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Corner bedroom with 2 windows, closet, flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 'Tame Teal' bedroom with closet & flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Ground floor with bath, flat screen TV & screen porch access
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Beachy, Clean, fresh, gated, fenced, Pets OK! Newly renovated! Short walk to bch
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Cute beach home. Owners are very nice.

  • 5 of 5

Nice 3 BR, 2 bath rental that is dog friendly. I love that the property has a fence around it. Great place for 4-5 people, though I think 6 can stay according to limit. Not too far from public beach access, though you could drive also. Awesome owners. Very cute inside and out. Also, there is a nice outdoor shower. I certainly would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your review and description of our beach cottage and fenced/gated yard! We're so glad that your furry child included you on her beach vacation, which includes a beautiful pet-friendly beach! The spacious & private outdoor shower is a favorite of ours too!! Looking forward to your return! Glenn and Lawson
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Well appointed cottage close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this rental were a pleasure to work with, very generous and kind. The cottage was a short walk to the beach and had most of what we needed (paper towels, coffee etc.). It is affordable and pet friendly and we can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your wonderful compliments about us and our beach cottage! We are thrilled at the opportunity to host you back at Island Secret! Glenn and Lawson
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Perry, GA

Super cute, few minutes walk to beach.

  • 5 of 5

This is an adorable cottage just two streets from the public access beach. Quiet and feels secluded. Decorated in a wonderful beach theme and so colorful. Kitchen is awesome with anything you need. Outdoor shower was amazing. Screened porch perfect for morning coffee/quiet time. Owner is so kind and helpful. We will plan another trip here. This would be a great place for 2-3 couples to have a weekend getaway. We went with our 3 sons (18, 15, & 11) and two doggies. The downstairs was great for my 18yo son who likes a little privacy. Thank you, Mr. And Mrs. Smith, for allowing us to stay in your little piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your generous & kind description, along with usage options! We are thrilled to host your family and also that you're considering coming back one day! Glenn and Lawson
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Athens, Georgia

Wonderful Place!

  • 5 of 5

Island Secret is the perfect home away from home for couples. The house itself is very clean; not just "professional" clean but well loved and maintained by the owners and visitors alike. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware, utensils, etc. for making meals at home, plus spices and seasonings to boot. The house rules are very easy to follow: pick up after yourself, be respectful, use good sense. The location is very private with very little road noise. Water pressure is good. Internet was reliable. Sitting on the porch was relaxing and great for tanning in private.

Lots of safe space to walk your furry friend and the walk to the beach or the bay is even easier than the owners state--just a block or so either way and perfect for sunrise or sunset viewing. One morning we actually got to watch a pod of dolphins playing in the surf and jumping completely out of the water--beautiful!

This home is also about 15 minutes from Apalachicola. Check out the Maritime Museum for inexpensive kayaking and boat tours and get roasted oysters at Boss Oyster there! On SGI itself we enjoyed Aunt Ebby's for ice cream and Weber's Donut Shop for donuts (cash only) to cure our sweet tooth. We also enjoyed visiting St. George Island State Park and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve just off the bridge.

Booking was easy, the owners are VERY responsive to emails, and the price cannot be beaten. Overall, this is a wonderful place and we look forward to staying here again. Thank you for providing such a beautiful, welcoming home for our vacation. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, you're review is awesome! We're speechless and very very grateful! Thank You for your wonderful feedback and for being our guest at Island Secret!! Glenn and Lawson
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Blue Ridge

A Cozy Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely charming cottage, very beachy! Fully stocked-not only with cookware, etc... but beach chairs and toys.

Complete privacy on a nicely treed lot. Check-in was easy. It had all the amenities of home. For the price, you can't beat Island Secret.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your generous review! We appreciate that very much along with your stay at our beach cottage, "Island Secret!" Glenn and Lawson
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Perfect little cottage. Beautifully decorated well maintained, and very clean.

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful stay at the Island Secret. Loved the seclusion and yet still so close to the beach. The house exceeded our expectations. You can tell the pride that the owners take in their property. Looking forward to coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your fantastic review! We appreciate it very much, along with your stay and plans to come back one day! Glenn and Lawson
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Tallahassee or Panama City
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Club


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

3 night minimum stay requirement except during Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Years holidays, and Spring Break when we have a 5 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENT. Summer season: 7 night minimum stay with Saturday to Saturday rentals. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY allowed is 6 people.

Cleaning, clean linens, & bath towels included FOR FREE! Plus, NO extra "Damage Deposit" fees and NO St. George Island Plantation H.O.A. fee!

If you bring your dog, unlike most vacation rental homes, we DO NOT charge you extra for your 4-legged children, nor do we charge you a pet security deposit. In exchange, we simply ask that they'd be well behaved & trained, current on flea/tick meds, non-scratchers on doors/windows/furniture, to keep them off the furniture & beds, and that you'd pick up after them in the yard, beach, and island. Due to the fact that your pet is not familiar with his/her surroundings at the house, please bring a kennel in case you plan to leave him/her alone.

In the event that you need to cancel, we provide a refund, (minus the 9pct tax which is not pursued and acts as our administrative fee), only if we're able to re-rent the dates that you had blocked out, which had prevented anyone else from reserving those dates . Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended because you never know what unexpected life event can occur.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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