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Cottage by the Sea, Beach Front, Private H Pool, Pet, Great Location

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


About the property

3 brm 2 1/2 bth sleeps 8 max

'Cottage by the Sea' Sun to Sun Rental -- Pool heat included Spring & Fall thru Thanksgiving week

**Convenient location close to town but feels like the middle of nowhere! Fantastic Views and Quiet**

Beach/water Front 3 BR, 2 full baths and 1 half bath home. Cottage by the Sea is located at the mouth of the bay in the Beaches area making it just minutes from shopping and dining in both Port St Joe and Mexico Beach. This home is located next to Windmark Beach in a very quiet area where there are very few homes and almost no traffic.

Being located next to Windmark allows for miles of paved trails and boardwalks for bike riding and walking with no vehicle traffic. The views will take your breath away.

Cottage by the Sea has a great layout. The first level up from the entry has 3 brms - 1 gulf front king with private full bath and 1 gulf front queen room, both of these rooms have sliding glass doors that lead out to a water front deck. The 3rd bedroom has 2 Bunks, the queen and bunk room share a full bath in the hallway. The Laundry area is also located on this level.

The next level is your open living, dining and kitchen which leads out to a large covered deck overlooking the water from the Gulf of Mexico and the front of the home has lots of glass so the water and sunset views can be enjoyed inside as well as on the decks. There is also a 1/2 bath on this floor.

Keywords: Beach rental home, vacation rental, pet friendly, beaches, fishing, snowbirds, weekly rental, beach vacation, panhandle, private beach vacation rental, Gulf, bay, beach Front vacation rental home, vacation rental, beach house, cottage, pet friendly rental home, scalloping, paddle boarding, pristine bay, fishing, dolphins

More Details

Property Manager
Teresa's Beach Homes- Terri
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Panama City
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Port St Joe
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St Joe Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 98
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Port St Joe or Mexico Beach
Car: necessary

Located halfway between Port St Joe and Mexico Beach in a small out of the way street on the mouth of the bay.


Port St. Joe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , 2 sets of twin/twin bunks to sleep 4
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Cottage by the Sea, Beach Front, Private H Pool, Pet, Great Location
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 11 reviews

Awesome, secluded, as non-touristy as it gets!

  • 5 of 5

It's our second year going to this area and using one of "the terri's" properties. Great people!!

You won't find better properties, at better rates, at a better location than you will rt here. We arrived Sunday evening to a quiet, peaceful setting. There are only two houses to the left and two to the rt, and if you're looking for a nice private property on the water - you just found it! The house sits at the end of a street that becomes a nature walk/cart/bike path!.. the other end is a dead end. It's literally a hidden gem!! Yet, it's also just a 4 minute drive to downtown Port St. Joe. So you can get to the grocery store or a nice eatery in 5 minutes - yet still feel completely secluded from the rest of the world. DId I mention heated pool?!? Yep, and it was in good shape when we arrived. A little skimming/cleaning each morning by yourself, and a weekly visit from the pool maintanance guy keep you from any "property/pool" nightmares here. We loved the pool! The water in the bay/ocean was warm.. in mid-October! It sits with a straight out view of the tip of Cape San Blas - with basically what amounts to a half ocean, half bay view and setting. Amazing sunsets!! the first and last nights were the best sunsets I've ever seen, and that's not cliche' - I've been to Florida a lot.. all over.. this is a secret little hiding place of escape. Calm water at the beach. It's also the hot fishing spot for charter boats because of the fishing dock. OUr neighbor was out there every morning and evening for hours having a lot of success catching redfish, catfish, flounder, etc.

Nature lovers will be treated to dolphins, skates/rays and a slew of water fowl.. it wasn't unusual to sit on the beach and have a peaceful, huge Great Blue Heron standing 5 feet from you. It also wasn't unusual to find some bear skat laying around. I wouldn't slip-off too far late at night or let little pups wander(leash law anyway), as this area definitely has a lot of bear activity. Nothing to be scared about. They aren't Grizzlies, and if you don't wander out at 3-4 AM waling the property you won't likely see one.

There's a lot of stair climbing so you'll have to be efficient! Don't forget stuff if going down to the pool or up to the kitchen, or you'll be in for a pretty good workout.

Very few complaints - all minor. Some of the nails on the walkway to the beach need tapped, and some of the dvd players were a little problematic, but overall..AWESOME PROPERTY, AWESOME LOCATION>!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here multiple times now and love it every time! We love that it is succluded on a dead in street so we never have to fight for a good spot on the beach, in fact the whole week we were there we were the only ones on the beach! Our dog absolutely loves the beach so it's so nice to be able to bring her along and not have to worry about disturbing people on the beach while she plays. Can't beat the views, every morning we saw dolphins right in front of the house. I don't have one negative thing to say about this house and we will be making it a point to come back every year. This is definitely not a "touristy" place but if you love to relax in a secluded environment you will love it here!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage by the Sea

  • 1 of 5

I would not choose this house again there were just too many problems that we had to use our vacation time to wait on repair people to show up for 2 days to check it out. There was either a dead animal or a problem with the sewer gas leaking back into the house. The stinch was gut wrenching. There was something in the second bedroom between the floors trying to chew on something at night. The small pool had yellow mustard algie and the water was not clear. The furniture is very old and used up. Beds have lumps and might be explained away by the home is for sale. The house is just dirty and full of bugs! We rent a water front vacation home every year in Port St Joe, one of our favorite trips. This was not exceptable.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are a speechless about this review and have tried contacting the guest since departure, but have had no luck. While occupying the home the guest did indeed contact us about a fowl smell, but nothing else. Within an hour we had the city out to check the septic system with no problem. We then called a plumber who didn't think it was a pipe problem followed by a third person the same day. By the third service person the smell had vanished. After the initial call I only communicated with the husband who said that he thought it was a one time occurrence and possible vent clogged which fixed itself. I personally encouraged the husband to call me back if the smell or any other problems arose. No other problems were brought to our attention. We resolved, or thought we resolved, all issues within 12 hours. Our pools are serviced twice a week. When problems arise between services our pool guys are very prompt, usually before the end of business day of call. The sofas in the living room do indeed need to be replaced and will be as soon as we can find a lift and remove railings to get it to the third floor. The king mattresses were replaced by high end mattresses less than three months ago. We are a small company and are in frequent contact with our guests and cleaners and are personally in our homes every week. Had we known about any additional issues we would have gladly attended to them as we wish all of our guests pleasurable vacations and definitely want all issues resolved as soon as possible. We encourage people to look at reviews on all of our homes.
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Senoia, GA

Perfect place for family time!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage by the Sea was the perfect place to reconnect with family! The house is perfect for big family meals and games around the table. The beach is very private and the pool is a great place to wind down in the afternoons. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need for cooking for a crowd.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Favorite place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely love coming to St Joe Beach, Florida and our favorite place to stay is Cottage by the Sea. We've stayed here severs times and we just love it.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you all had another great year! Glad you find Cottage by the Sea to be your home away from home. Look forward to hearing from you for next year! -Terri
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Concord, GA

The place to unwind!

  • 4 of 5

Cottage by the Sea is the place to unwind! I picked this spot because I wanted to take my new fishing kayak out in the bay for some exercise and adventure. I rented another ocean kayak from 'No Worries' at Wind Mark Beach for my daughter to tag along with me. We saw so many creatures like rays, horseshoe crabs, starfish and even a couple of small sharks. We paddled a couple of miles each direction in the mornings before the wind picked up. The heated pool was perfect for the kids and me after seeing the sharks :O After a couple of days, we got the hang of the kitchen being on the top floor, and better utilized our trips up and down the steps. I wouldn't change the layout because the view from the top floor was awesome and it was convenient to watch the sunset each night on the covered deck. The small beach area out front was very pretty and wonderfully secluded. It was a short peaceful walk to Wind Mark bike/walking trail and we had fun exploring their unique resort. It was only an hours drive over to Panama City for an afternoon of Coconut Creek putt-putt and grand maze. Plus, we wanted to visit Pier Park too. There are some gift and antique shops in Pt. Saint Joe and Mexico Beach and a variety of places to eat. The internet worked well for our high schoolers, who were somewhat bored, but that is really what we unwind.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed reading your review and glad you all had a wonderful vacation! There are so many unique things to do on this side of the county and plenty to explore. -Terri
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Quoted Rates include pool heat for Spring & Fall thru Thanksgiving.

****We will run Specials last minute or non peak weeks, please inquire for these specials****

$500 down with the remaining balance due 45 days prior to arrival.
We accept personal checks or any cards except American Express

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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