This is it, Folks! See the stories in the Coastal Living, Jacksonville magazine & Gainesville magazines here! Come vacation in a treasure of Summer Haven history. This 110 year old cottage is located 50 steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Five bedrooms, a great room with fireplace, two bathrooms - one with an original claw-footed tub - large family kitchen, pantry, laundry, dining porch, and wrap-around porch.<br/><br/>Send your thanks back in time. Your stay at The Lodge, a 19th century beach cottage near gorgeous St. Augustine, promises a historic and redefining simplicity. A few days here means renewed sense of 'the important things... in life', chock-full of familial magic. Tucked on a sleepy cul de saq next to the Atlantic Ocean, The Lodge and its older sister The Hut are elegant and understated reminders of a far-away time. <br/><br/>An area known as Summer Haven was recommended to stressed Pennsylvania banking baron, Thomas Mellon, for its restorative powers. Construction on first The Hut and then The Lodge began in the 1880s, at a time when Chester Arthur was president and Mark Twain was busy finishing his Adventures of Huck Finn. This is seriously good quality time, where simple, beautiful touches - candle light and ocean breezes - complete the setting. <br/><br/>A house with this much history begs for a multi-generational vacation where the stories come out - as family folklore enjoys another airing. Take the time on this holiday to hear the stories you'd never otherwise have chance to hear. Reconnect with grown cousins or childhood friends - covering more ground than you ever would in a hasty holiday card. <br/><br/>Whip up beloved family meals - packing your grandmother's handwritten recipes for a birthday cake made from scratch. Snap dozens of photos as Grandpa teaches the next generation to fish. Try this more genuine of magic kingdoms for real family bonding, in surrounds so idyllic they look like a movie set. Adirondack chairs wait on the wrap-around porch, where palm trees dot the view of stone breakers just beyond. Liberal touches of antiquity, such as the front porch's restored pew bench, leave room to wonder what the walls would say - if they could talk. A private dock is charming and ramshackle, perhaps Huck-Finn-comes-to-Florida (Dock is to shallow water due to sand bars.)<br/><br/>Up to ten guests can comfortably stretch out over 1,200 square feet. Five double occupancy bedrooms, four queen beds and two bunks, share two bathrooms. An equipped kitchen, dining porch and a living area each honor the old with family heirloom accessories and new, comfy furniture appropriate to the period. <br/><br/>The house boasts recent refurbishment across every inch - yet maintains all original features. Solid pine floors and old glass windows. A claw-footed porcelain bathtub and a pyramid roof for extra air circulation. Instead of closets, enjoy simple wall hooks to keep your clothing organized - and relish in a vacation that requires only a parade of shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit and towel (repeat). <br/><br/>For modern conveniences, enjoy phones and cable TV. If you'd rather do without, they can stay easily tucked out of sight.<br/><br/>Past guests love the inclusive aspect their vacations can take, thanks to the home's single-story plan. Older relatives who struggle with mobility will enjoy a property that has everything to hand. The ocean, just 100 feet away, can be seen, heard - and tasted- from within The Lodge itself. <br/><br/>Note: Summer Haven is constantly changing with nature. The Summer Haven river behind the house is largely a sand dune and can many times provide beach access. Due to Tropical Storm Faye erosion at the front, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the beach access points. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals that live nearby, the nearest easy beach access is approximately 1 mile north at Fort Matanzas National Park. It has (free) paved parking and provides beach access via a meandering boardwalk.
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The Lodge Historic Beach House, 5 bedrooms, Ocean Front Saint Augustine, Florida
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Left on 07/16/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Maria B.
We had a wonderful time at this historic house. The location was great. We would have liked the river to be in the back of the house, but nature will eventually return it. The house had quirky charm and understandable wear, but was comfortable.
Hobe Sound, FL
I don't think we'll stay again
Left on 07/09/2012 for a stay in June 2012 |
Lake City, TN
Best vacation with vrp 2 years in a row
Left on 06/04/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Nancy H.
We came this year to celebrate my twin girls high school graduation , loved the house old with lots of history , beach was great , had one storm the whole week lasted about 30 minutes with high winds it was very exciting
Left on 12/28/2011 for a stay in December 2011 | Nancy H.
I was disappointed that this was not actually a beach front property. We had to go out the door, around thru the sand river and then to the ocean. The river behind the house is completely gone, leaving only sand and the ocean in front is blocked with enormous stones that cannot be climbed. That said, you can get to the ocean around the bend. The bedroom are small and the twin bedded room is bunk beds and the room is minute. We enjoyed the fireplace and the kitchen was well furnished. Place was not very well dusted, but we did enjoy our stay regardless, although we will look for a different property for next year.
Fort Pierce, Florida
Another great week at the Lodge
Left on 06/20/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Judy B.
This was our second time staying at the Lodge. Love the location. Some days you have the whole beach to yourselves. Love the charm of the Lodge, however it is not for everyone. The house is very old so you have to expect some quirks. Found it to be cleaner this year than last, however there was a problem with mice this year. The property manager was excellent. Any complaints we had he was right there to correct them. The furnishings in the Lodge are nearing their end and are a little shabby. I think if they would just freshen up the interior furnishings it would be an awesome place to stay. Definitely would go back.
Very nice place to stay
Left on 06/20/2011 for a stay in May 2011 |
This home made a wonderful vacation. The beach was a private beach so there was us and maybe 3-5 other families on the beach. It was very easy to get to town to eat or to get some more groceries. The only negative thing about this house is that the beach is imediatly across the street, but you cant get to it because of the massive rocks that seperate you. But it is a very short walk (less than 50 steps) to get to the beach. This wasnt a big deal except for that my mother had a hurt knee and the path down to the beach is a bit steep for someone with a hurt knee so she had to spend most of the vacatin at the house. But really the beach itself was worth the short walk. Beautiful beach, nice home, and a wonderful vacation all together.
Jekyll Island, GA
Charming Piece of Old Florida
Left on 05/24/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Mark S.
The old Lodge was the character we were looking for. Steeped in history and reminiscent of old Florida living.
Wonderful house and could not ask for a better location. Had a
Left on 12/06/2010 for a stay in December 2010 | Vicky T.
Well kept for a 100+ year old house. Due to allergies with family members, wish the vents and ceiling fans had less dust. Overall it was great and would love to return.
Old Hickory, Tennessee
Left on 10/20/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Mark K.
We loved the home and the location. I would like to say though, that contrary to the information provided, there is no grocery store within a mile or two. When you have been on the road for 10 hours, looking for a grocery store that is a mile or two away is somewhat frustrating. Also, a heads up on the water would have been great...we killed a load of whites, turning them a lovely shade of rust.
Fort Pierce, Florida
A Dream Come True!
Left on 09/20/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Judy B.
The first thing out of my Gandsons' mouth when he saw the wide expanse of beach behind the Lodge was, "This is like a dream come true." It turned out that the whole week was a dream come true. We loved the casualness and homey feel of the Lodge. No worries if a little sand was tracked in. There were 10 of us and the Lodge accomodated us quite well. There is as much living space outside as in. The location could not be better. Beautiful beach that you have almost to yourself. Felt like we had our own private beach. We spent as much time in the river as we did in the ocean. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest had a great time.
History at the Beach
Left on 09/20/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | James W.
What a wonderful place for a family vacation. After hearing about our stay last year, everyone in the family wanted to come this year. A real feeling of old Florida history. After the nor'easter two years ago that formed the new inlet, the river is different every year, and every day during our stay. Can't wait to see what it looks like next year. We'll be back - the whole family.
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