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Canal-Side Luxury with Private Boat Lift & More!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,417 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Waterfront, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with all the amenities for a perfect vacation

All of our hurricane repairs are done and we are ready for guests!


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Canal & Boating: The Cast-Away Villa is a canal front property connected directly to the Gulf of Mexico. This area is known for its incredible fishing opportunities and with Cast-Away Villa's private boat lift, you have the ability to bring your own boat or rent one during your stay, making this home the ultimate fishing accommodations. A fish cleaning station and nighttime underwater light are provided as well as well as a 13-foot 2-person kayak and 2 paddleboards, along with applicable paddles. Life jackets must be supplied by renter.

Outdoor Living: Defined by the prominent palm trees, which frame this beautiful outdoor space, the two levels of both sun-drenched decking and shaded patio provide seating and entertaining space to please everyone you are traveling with. A charcoal grill is provided. Plus, the Tiki Bar space, on the semi-covered patio, will transport you to French Polynesia. This outside bar is fully equipped, minus drink ingredients.

Great Room: Wide open spaces with mixed touches of the tropics and Texas coast lend to the laid-back atmosphere of this large and inviting space. From the river rock fireplace (available November - February) and leather furniture to delightful decorations at every turn, this room is 360 degrees of enjoyably useful space. Cast-Away Villa's Great Room boasts the following amenities: Open concept design; Flat screen television (cable and DVD player with limited assortment of DVD movies); Leather couch and loveseat; Huge desk with room for two workstations; River rock fireplace (switch activated during winter months only); 2 ceiling fans; Reading material for various ages and interests; Games - card and board games.

Kitchen & Dining: Granite countertops and crisp white cupboards are the backdrops for this kitchen that was created to include the cook(s) in the festivities happening in the Great Room. The kitchen is equipped for even the most serious home chef. Plus, there is indoor dining seating for 9 with additional dining chairs for added seating that will accommodate 15.

Birds of Paradise Master: This room will sweep you off to a tropical destination where colorful birds fill the trees and bright colors draw you into the surroundings. Located on the second floor, this room has a see-through fireplace, queen size bed, ceiling fan, walk-in closet, private bath, and all cotton sheets and bedding. (Sleeps 2)

Coral Room: Welcome to the coast where visions of ships, fish, lighthouses, and shells abound outside as well as inside this quaintly decorated room. This second-floor room is furnished with a full-size bed, all cotton sheets and bedding, ceiling fan, a view out the front of the house, and quick access to the second-floor bath and main living area. (Sleeps 1 to 2)

Seaside Bunk Room: Welcome to the room that celebrates the fun side of being close to the water, where kids make life-long memories building sandcastles on the beach or just daydreaming about being a sailor or mermaid. This second-floor room is located close to the second-floor bathroom and is furnished with two very sturdy bunk beds which will accommodate four people. Each bed has cotton bedding and mix blended sheets. (Sleeps 4)

Fish'n Room: Enjoy the atmosphere of this room which draws upon the reason so many people come to this coastal area of Texas - the fishing! This main floor bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, all cotton sheets and bedding, a ceiling fan and private access to the back of the house by a double french door. (Sleeps 2)

Beach Room: Welcome to the Texas Caribbean! From the vibrant colors on the walls to the island-style furnishings, this room will transport you to the other side of the Gulf of Mexico. This main floor bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, a twin daybed, and a twin trundle. The room also has a ceiling fan, flat screen television with PlayStation that plays both DVDs and games (limited selection provided), and has its own private access to the back of the house. All the beds have cotton sheets and bedding. (Sleeps 4)

Sitting Room: Rich, lush decor surrounds this quiet space on the first floor of the Cast-Away Villa. This inviting space beckons you to either grab your favorite book and nestle in on the couch or pull out your laptop and catch up with emails at the desk. The couch is a convertible hide-a-bed. (Sleeps 1 or 2)

Bathrooms: Cast-Away Villa has 3 bathrooms.

Bora Bora Master Bath (Second Floor) - Pictures of palm trees, secluded ocean vistas, and the white sandy beaches give this bath the feel of French Polynesia. Bath is furnished with two pedestal sinks, 2 vanities, toilet, shower, and 100% luxury cotton towels.

Seashell Main Bath (Second Floor) - Shells and seagulls showcased in relaxing muted colors draw you into the tranquility of this space. Bath is furnished with 2 pedestal sinks, a bathtub with shower, toilet, and 100% luxury cotton towels.

Ocean Bath (First Floor) Nautical and fish inspired, this room is decorated with reminders of the ocean. Bath is furnished with 1 pedestal sink, 1 vanity, toilet, shower, and 100% luxury cotton towels.

All bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer as well as all natural liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and bar soap.

Laundry & Cleaning: Cast-Away Villa is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer as well as an ironing board and iron. This home is cleaned with all natural cleaning products and our linens are professionally laundered with unscented soaps. For your convenience, we also make available, for use during your stay, all natural dish soap, and laundry soap. Cleaning fee is $200 per stay (plus tax) and covers up to 6 hours of cleaning time. Any additional cleaning over and above 6 hours will be billed to the renter at $50/hour.

Technology & Upgraded Comforts: The Cast-Away Villa has the following upgrades available for our guests: Whole house WiFi (code provided at check-in); Keyless entry with unique guest code for your security; Dual zone heating and air conditioning (each floor has separate forced air heating and cooling); Solar and pre-programmed outdoor lighting

Directions: Cast-Away Villa is located in City by the Sea, TX, a quiet canal community located directly between Rockport, TX and Port Aransas, TX. If you are driving, the driving distance from Austin - 3.25 hours; Houston - 3 hours; San Antonio - 2.25 hours. If flying in, the house is a 40-minute drive from the Corpus Christi International Airport.

Parking: Driveway has room to accommodate 6 vehicles in off-street parking. Boat trailers are allowed.

Pet Policy: Dogs will be considered on an individual basis and there is a 2 dog maximum. A pet fee of $60 per animals is charged per stay. To inquire further about renting this home with a pet, please contact owners as additional pet care policies are part of our rental contract agreement.

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY of 15 people is firm. We cannot accommodate more than 15 due to the house being on a septic system. Only 12 of these guests can be adults per our neighborhood rules. No exceptions will be made.

Taxes: A tax rate of 15% is the required occupancy tax and is added to our rates, cleaning, and pet fees per state and local laws.

More Details

Peggy Ployhar
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2018

About Peggy Ployhar

Our family loves to travel and we have been vacation home renters for many years, ranging from rentals as far north as Duluth, MN, as far south as St. John, USVI and as far east as Rome, Italy. We have built into this home everything we have loved about our favorite rental homes over the years. We hope that our dedication to detail will make your stay as enjoyable and full of wonderful family memories our past trips to vacation rental destinations.

Peggy Ployhar purchased this house in 2016

Why Peggy Ployhar chose City-by-the Sea

It has always been our dream to own a home close to the ocean. Growing up land-locked in North Dakota and Minnesota it seemed like a distant dream for many years, but now we are so excited to be on the ocean, which means being just a step away from a kayak or paddle board adventure.

Cast-Away Villa itself is decorated with room themes that remind our family of some of our favorite travel destinations. So, whether you have visited the Caribbean or Bora Bora yourself, we hope these rooms add the feel of those destinations to the already wonderful spaces you experience in touring around the Rockport and Port Aransas area.

What makes this house unique

If you are looking to get away from it all, this home's location in a small and quiet canal community will be a perfect fit. Proximity to Rockport, Port Aransas, and Corpus Christi allows renters the ability to take advantage of all the tourist attractions they desire, while at the same time have the ability to relax get away from it all.


City-by-the Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2417 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Septic system requires special water usage and flushing guidelines for large groups. Trash must be removed & can't exceed the 2 provided cans.
  • Furnishings & outdoor equipment should only be used for their intended purposes. Upon leaving, guest must return all items to their original location.
  • Neighborhood quiet hours are from 10pm until 8am. Fireworks are not allowed. Parking is only allowed in driveway.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Guest Bath - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are equipped with a hair dryer, 100% luxury cotton towels as well as all natural liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and bar soap.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Coral Room - 1 double
    Seaside Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed
    Fish'n Room - 1 queen
    Beach Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Five bedrooms accommodate 12 comfortably. Additional sleeping space is available in the sitting room on a hide-a-bed as well as in a portable crib. Bedding for both these additional beds are provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews

Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. Owner has thought of you everything.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had such a great stay and enjoyed all the special touches we have added for our guests. Thanks for being awesome renters!
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this beautiful home. We had 10 adults and 7 kids (2 babies)...and were able to accommodate everyone. My only feedback would be that all of the doors in the house are louvered doors, so not a lot of privacy or noise control if you have babies/kids trying to sleep. Other than that we loved it!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you, too, for the feedback regarding the doors. We fully understand that in certain situations it's not everyone's cup of tea, but we do love the beach charm the louvered doors add to the space. We hope to host you again sometime!
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Just pack a swim suit!

  • 5 of 5

We loved all the conveniences of a home away from home. All of the provided little conveniences of Home from shampoo and conditioner to laundry detergent and plenty towels! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and loved being right on the canal with our boat! Our only suggestion would be to add a ladder to easily get in and out of the canal. Thanks again for a great weekend getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review, Sherrie. We loved having your group stay and would welcome you back anytime!
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Alto Texas

Very nice well kept home. Really enjoyed our stay! In fact already made reservations to stay again!

  • 5 of 5

Love staying there.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoy having you, Ron. We would love to have you again anytime.
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  • 5 of 5

Great property for large groups. The management company was fantastic and really made our stay awesome!

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Daniel! We really enjoyed having y’all stay. Come again anytime! - Peggy
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Beautiful house and furnishings

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house, 5 bedrooms makes it a pleasure for adults. Beautifully decorated.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Corpus Christie Intl Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Trails End Saloon
Nearest Golf
5.7 Miles
Live Oak Country Club
Nearest Beach
7.7 Miles
Rockport Beach

Cast-Away Villa is located in City by the Sea, TX, a quiet canal community located directly between Rockport, TX and Port Aransas, TX.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $75
Property Damage Insurance $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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