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Affordable beach cottage, clean, renovated/updated, fenced/gated, pet friendly!

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


About the property

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


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 deck 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 large 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!

Glenn & Lawson Smith would be honored to have you as guests at our 'Island Secret'! Please email Glenn 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:
August 25, 2017

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 St. George Island

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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Affordable beach cottage, clean, renovated/updated, fenced/gated, pet friendly!
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
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: Aug 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: Aug 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: Jul 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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Perfect little cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We loved island secret! Our kids felt

Like Sponge Bob would love this charming little cottage. Clean, adorable, close to the beach!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much! Your children are adorable! We appreciate your business at our cottage, "Island Secret"! Glenn and Lawson
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Our Home Away From Home.....

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Island Secret 4 times now and we love it. Even though we live only about 50 miles away, this is a great getaway from our fast paced businesses. We can even travel back and forth if need to. Island Secret is always spotless, has everything you can think of in the kitchen. My sister comes and can stay in the bottom part that has a bedroom and bath and separate from the upper level. We sit on the porch in the mornings with our coffee and most days can hear the ocean. Nestled in for privacy and a large fenced in yard for our pet to roam and play. The owners Glenn and Lawson Smith are always just a phone call away, and if you are lucky enough you might get the pleasure of meeting them, as we did Glenn. Just a couple blocks from the beach or bay and you can rent or bring your golf cart so you can just scoot most places on the island. We have stayed many places on the island, and spent many dollars, but you won't find any nicer place for the price and that keeps bringing us back as many times as we can.....You Won't Be Disappointed. Sam, Starr, and Sandi Dunlap....

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You very much for your continued patronage of our little beach cottage, along with your gracious & kind words! We are so blessed to host you and that you have continued to return to Island Secret! Renting our our beach house is rewarding when we get to know such great folks as you! Glenn and Lawson
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Adorable and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My family has been vacationing on SGI since the late 90's. My twin sister and I typically go at least 2 times a year, usually for a week. But this time we stayed for a month. I recently retired from corporate America. The job took me to every continent except Antarctica, and I can honestly say that SGI is my favorite place to be in the world. Calm, chilled out, uncrowded, and away from all the hustle.

We found Glenn and Lawson's home during one of our December stays and thought it would be a perfect place for our annual Cinco de Mayo trip to celebrate our 44th birthdays. Great location (a 5 minute leisurely walk to the beach), a comfortable space inside, and a perfect setting nestled in the woods. We had never stayed on the interior of the island so this was going to be a new experience.

Island Secret was awesome! Glenn and Lawson were gracious hosts responding promptly to any questions! Island Secret was perfect for our family of 4 people plus 4 dogs. We have stayed in over 30 homes on the island ranging from very large, beachfront homes to large bayside homes. But we had never stayed in a smaller home on the interior of the island. We were not sure what to expect. We will definitely be returning to Island Secret!

Island Secret is so cute and adorable with one of the best stocked kitchens we have ever stayed in. Glenn and Lawson have all of the nice touches from spices in the kitchen to a bin full of beach equipment. I have never stayed in a home where the owners were so very thoughtful. Everything we needed was literally there which sometimes isn't always the case.

Thank you Glenn and Lawson for allowing us to stay in your home and being such courteous hosts. You will make history by being the only home we lease more than once! We loved it! If we could give 10 stars we would!

Mendy and Michelle

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: All we can say is Wow! What an honor & tremendous compliment to be complimented so highly! We very much appreciate your kind and gracious review and the fact that you are considering coming back! We love guests such as you and would absolutely love hosting you back! Thank You for being our guest at Island Secret! 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

*During Thanksgiving week, Christmas/New Years holidays, and Spring Break we have a 5 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENT. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY allowed is 6 people. Cleaning, clean linens, & bath towels included!

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