Try out the island life on this gorgeous barrier island, home to Villa Villekula. As a happy and inviting vacation retreat, it welcomes guests with bright colors and tropical atmosphere. The owners call it their "Pippi Longstocking" House; "three stories of color and love". It's so named for its bright paintwork, charming nooks and crannies, lovely shutters and picket fencing. Any visitor here will gladly note its likeness to beloved Pippi movies of old. <br/><br/>So fun and lovely - no one ever wants to leave! Just 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, on a tiny barrier island. We have upgraded to Direct TV satellite service at Vill...a Villekula. There now is a 46" flat screen THD TV in the living area and a 32" flat screen TV in the Master bedroom.<br/><br/>The house sleeps ten guests in four spacious bedrooms, with three and a half baths available as well. It's a crayon box you get to live inside, right next to the beach. Three stories of color and love: The top floor great room has 16 windows for views all around. From the outer deck is a very partial view of the ocean. Cooks kitchen opens to the dining area, opens to the living area, opens to the dining deck. A roomy pantry and powder room completes this top level. The second floor holds three roomy bedrooms and two baths, plus a deck off the master bedroom suite. <br/><br/>The top floor is dedicated to the main family space. Here, a great room with sixteen windows provided wrap-around views. Glance to the water and back again, or come upstairs to enjoy the sunrise and later the sunset. <br/><br/>A small kitchen opens on to the dining area, making family meals a cinch. Beyond that is another living area, and beyond that the large outside dining deck. It gets better and better! Stock up on all your indulgent vacation essentials (and don't skimp on the brownies). A big pantry will keep it all at hand and is a great destination for midnight snacks. <br/><br/>Just downstairs is the main bedroom floor, where three bedrooms show off in cheery colors bathed in constant sunlight. Each room has a comfortable bed and lovely ambiance, distinguishing itself with its own linen and accent colors. Who will pick the blue room? What about the salmon twin bed room with artisan drapes? The green room looks even better when the morning sun brings it to life. The other bedrooms still have the same TV, but include Direct TV service as well.<br/><br/>Enjoy this vacation together yet keep your own schedule - choose to sleep in late in the room you choose for yourself. The master suite's occupants even enjoy their own private deck. What better place for a rewarding night cap? <br/><br/>On the first floor, find every convenience you'll need while enjoying home away from home. A carport provides shady parking and the fenced yard is ideal for your pets (yes, they're invited, too!). Laundry facilities are available - though the hammock might sound more tempting.<br/><br/>All bathed in sunlight and cheery colors - beautiful linens and every touch to give each guest an escape in their own room. The first floor is a large entrance foyer, laundry and utility room, carport, fenced yard, hammock, gardens, climbing trees - both sun and shade.<br/><br/>Note: Due to Summer Haven beach erosion concerns created by Tropical Storm Faye, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the beach access points closest to the property. This is a matter of much press (and legal battles) as a private home owner did to protect his beach home which in turn blocked the public access point. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals that live near by, the nearest easy beach access is approximately 1 mile north at Fort Mantanzas National Park. It has (free) paved parking and provides beach access via a meandering boardwalk through the park. It takes approximately 5 minutes to walk this boardwalk to get to the beach.Read more
Left on 08/13/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | Earl S.
the place was clean,looks like it had new appliances, wifi wasn't working however electric company was out in front working all week on the lines, the beach was doable from there, nice and quiet there, would stay there again
Left on 08/10/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Flora M.
Our only major complaint is that we did not have Wifi, which provided a great inconvenience in meeting some deadlines and to search for attraction information. We were told the owner had it disconnected and could not be contacted. We were not able to use one bathroom (for first three days)due to a jammed lock which caused a bit of inconvenience for little ones (a three yr old grandson) who had to run down the stairs to use the bathroom. The beach is close but navigating through the rocks can be dangerous. However, there is a safer access if willing to walk a little farther. Despite all these little niches we had a wonderful time and had so much room to enjoy our family time.
Although we got used to it, there are 28 steps from bottom to top-one way up (another 28 down),so if you have bad knees,avoid. Everything in the place appeared clean except the living room rug had white pet hair all over it and when we did yoga on it our first morning there, it transferred to our clothes. No biggie, we vacuumed it up. We loved the decor and amenities; books to read, games to play, kitchen stocked and spacious rooms to lounge in, we felt very at home here. You won't feel crowded here even if you have 10 people. We played hide & seek one night for 2 hours- that's how much space there is! There were even safety gates for children. The outside needs a good power washing and some paint is chipped, but perhaps it adds to the charm. There's a huge lovely magnolia tree in the yard with a child's swing. We noticed on the 3rd floor there seems to be an "historic presence" at night-3 of us felt it. The beach access isn't spectacular but do-able. It's a house you won't soon forget!
Left on 04/02/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | Rhonda R.
This house is old and in need of some updating. We had to wait over an hour past the check in time of 3pm to wait on cleaning staff. We all agreed that the beds are in need of new mattresses. Some were lumpy, the kids room has very thin ones on a wood board. We had two tv's that did not work at first. I had a kid who figured out the master suite one, but the 2nd bedroom one he could not. Paul was helpful and got it going for us. However, it lost its signal again before the end of the week, twice.. frustrating. We would suggest for the kitchen a rubber spatula would be nice. We did not have any laundry soap or dishwasher soap provided. We thought it would be. maybe we misunderstood. We used our own. We loved the area, but would not choose this house again.
Left on 10/10/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Betty L.
We enjoyed the house very much. The only criticisms, and they are minor, were that the center doors on the cabinet with the plates didn't seem to move, making if difficult to get the plates out from the center of the cabinet. Also, instructions on the satellite TV would be helpful, although we finally figured it out. Overall, a great experience and ideal way to spend a vacation in a place that has the "homey" feel to it, allows for freedom and alone-time if wanted.
Left on 05/17/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Lauren S.
Vacation Rental Pros were so great helping us. We checked into a different house that had a broken aC unit. No worries, they switched us to a better house immediately and our trip was great. Thanks VRP!
I was a little scared at first, no pool and seemed like the ocean was a ways away. But the location was great and we didn't need a pool. We had a lovely time. The many stairs gave me much needed exercise.Walking to the beach also added to that. But the beach was clean and some days we were the only ones there. I am very happy we found this house and the neighbours were also wonderful and friendly. I look forward to returning to Florida again and may just ask for this house again. Thanks..
Left on 03/09/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | James D.
We have a family group that we call 'hen and chicks'. Every Feb. we meet and spend a week-end was all girls and ladies,ranging in age from 4-73. The house was perfect for our occasion. We cooked,talked,and talked some more.The house is beautiful,well equipted, and clean.
Left on 09/14/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Lorraine B.
Moved into this property after staying just one night at The Historic Beach Hut which was infested with bugs. This property was beautifully maintained and it was like heaven compared to the last one. Very close to beach. A few bugs, but a nice property.
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