The Seahorse Retreat is a lovely home in a tropical setting that is perfect for family reunions or get-togethers with friends. We are in a great location with easy access to Destin, Navarre Beach, and Pensacola.
The signature landscape on 1/2 acre features a palm court, infinity edge swimming pool, large in-ground spa with colored lights, and beautiful flowering plants that overlooks a private beach, dock, and the Santa Rosa Sound. (Pool, spa, dock, and beach are shared with the Palm Breeze Beach House next door which we also rent.) You'll have multiple porches outfitted with comfortable furniture to relax and marvel at the brilliant sunrises and sunsets. Most every room has access to a porch and incredible views of the Sound.
As beautiful as the home is on the outside, on the inside every room has been designed in an eclectic West Indies decor that will have you wondering if you've landed on the doorstep of Hemingway's home. The naturalist feel is intentional to connect our guests with the local wildlife and eco-tourist offerings in the area including kayaking, fishing, bird watching, beach combing, biking, or boating. And the seahorses? You'll find them inconspicuously in the decor throughout the house.
We are located on the Santa Rosa Sound 4.5 miles east of Navarre Beach - an easy, quick drive to the Gulf Beaches. We have the best of both worlds, and here's why:
-- Private white-sand beach that is perfect for kids and adults because the Sound is shallow and clear for a long ways.
-- No red flag days! The emerald water of the Gulf that you see in brochures is for real - on calm days, but if you come during a week of rough surf, you'll be stuck sitting on the sand. At our beach: No rip-tides, drop-offs, rough surf, or jellyfish. Kids can build sandcastles, look for little fish, or crab and fish from our dock. Explore the Sound on a two-person kayak. You can also bring a boat or jet-skis and dock them at our boatslip.
-- Yet ... easy access to Gulf for an afternoon of wave action, deep-sea fishing, biking on the Gulf Islands National Seashore, or other Gulf-based activities. Groceries and restaurants are nearby. So are Destin and Fort Walton Beach.
-- Gorgeous 18x40 infinity-edge pool overlooking Sound (pool is not heated). There is no other pool like this on Navarre Beach! Let your stress melt away in our spa (hint: it's especially relaxing under a sky full of stars!)
-- Beautiful yard with palm trees, flowering bushes, and green grass. Plenty of room to play, explore, or run around.
Our 3,300-sq.ft. home sleeps 16:
- Two spacious masters with king beds and private baths
- Seahorse room with queen bed and shared hall bath
- Kids room (sleeps 5 - one twin over twin and one twin over double bunk) and shared hall bath
- Third floor cupola (via spiral staircase) sleeps 5 (two hanging twin beds and one twin mattress) has full bath at bottom of staircase
- Terrace-level room with queen bed, private bath, access to ground-level patio and hammocks
Other amenities we offer:
- 5 1/2 gorgeous baths with upscale vanities and tile treatments
- Gourmet kitchen with new appliances and lovely granite
- Additional refrigerator on ground level if needed
- Flat screen TVs
- Extensive DVD library
- Wireless Internet
- Pack and play; booster seat; Exersaucer
- Game area with foosball table, board games, puzzles, books, and train table
(including trains!) for the little guys (and girls!)
- 1000 sq. feet of porches and balconies with prime water views
- Ample parking for 4-5 cars
We're sure you'll agree after viewing the property photos that the home is an ideal spot for a family retreat, a reunion, or even a small wedding (up to 50 guests total; see other requirements below). This home and the one next to it, which sleeps 16, may be available for rental together and are enclosed by a fence for privacy. Both share pool, spa, and dock. Please email us for more details on other home.
But while we know this is a special place, don't take our word for it. Click on our online guestbook to see what vacationers have to say (provided through email on this website). To find out if this home is available for the dates you desire, see link for calendar: We update it daily.
Booking requirements: $800 refundable security/damage deposit; 25 yr age requirement to rent; No pets, no smoking. Half of rental due at booking; remainder & deposit due 30 days prior to check-in. Weddings require both homes to be rented; additional fee per home is charged. Weekly only rentals from Saturday to Saturday apply from mid-March through mid October 2014....Read more
Unique Sound-Front Home With Great Amenities Navarre, Florida
Additional Location Information
The Seahorse Retreat is located on the Santa Rosa Sound on the mainland. We love our location because .... if for some reason you want to venture away from all there is to do at our tropical paradise ... it's a quick drive to Navarre Beach (about 5 miles), where you can visit Gulf beaches, rent bikes and bike or walk along the Gulf Island National Seashore (beautiful beach and no homes) for quite a ways. Easy access to Destin and Fort Walton Beach, (where there are tons of activities) but without the traffic and crowds. There are numerous restaurants and groceries in the area; however, a car is necessary.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Pensacola , 35 miles Car is essential
Left on 09/14/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | OnTheBr1nkReviewed Sep 14, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
This house is terrific! We had 4 couples and 5 kids ages 2 months to 6 years old... we all stayed for an entire week and had a great time. There are enough bathrooms and bedrooms for everyone to have their own space and be comfortable. The bunk room was perfect for the older kids. The pool is AWESOME. All of the extra toys in the garage were a huge bonus. The dock provided entertainment at night for the fisherman of the group. We caught a stingray, blue fish, and crabs.
We cooked breakfast and dinner for our group every day. The kitchen worked out well. The extra fridge in the basement adds extra convenience. The dining table sat up to 8... this is the only thing I would have liked to have changed... a larger table to accommodate 12 but that is hard to find in a vacation rental.
The location of the house is great. Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre Beach, and Destin were close enough for day trips and entertainment. Absolutely gorgeous beaches!
Left on 01/21/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Gary SharmanReviewed Jan 21, 2014Stayed Dec 2013
We brought the family down from Nebraska on Dec. 28, 2013, to celebrate the holidays with our son who is in the us air Force and stationed there. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon in the rain, and when we pulled in our four grown children (and families) could not believe where we were going to be staying. The pictures that we had seen on-line looked nice, but did not do the place justice. It was just beyond our expectations. We will diffently want to stay there again when the whole family comes back to Florida for future celebrations. Elizabeth and Tim were wonderful people to deal with, and we thank them for letting us enjoy the week at their home.
Wow - thank you so much, Gary, for your glowing review! We're thrilled that it more than met your expectations and hope to see you again sometime.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Fantastic Family Vaca”
Left on 09/02/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 2, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
We loved the house, the pool, the spa, and the bay. The spa is super-sized and was a bonus! The house is spacious and well decorated. The beach is a few miles away, everything was perfect. We rented Wave Runners for a day in the bay, went to the beach, played at the pool. We had a very relaxing time.
The owners are really nice people and were easy to work with.
The only draw back is that the house shares a pool with the house next door. We would have preferred a private pool. The plus is that if you have a really large group or multiple families, you can rent both and be together.
Left on 05/30/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 30, 2013Stayed May 2013
This vacation home had everything thing u need for a
Family vacation. There were 9 of us for one week,
And we had a wonderful time. Great dinners
From the wonderful gas grill. Great seafood
Places right in Destin. Great resturants close by
The home is decorated perfect for an ocean home!!
The weather was sunny, but a little chilly for
Swimming in the beautiful pool. The jacuzzi was very
Relaxing. I would rent this beautiful vacation home
again in a heart beat!!
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