Mad Lar is a great home with a partial view of the ocean. Beautiful views of the ocean from the deck and dock. This big house was made for family gatherings, beach weddings and any occasion requiring space for twelve - and room in the fridge. <br/><br/>No matter the reason for your next vacation season, Mad Lar Beach House has four very spacious bedrooms available, three full bathrooms and loads of living space as well. <br/><br/>Will any parents in your group be traveling with small children? If so, this house has two bedrooms with both queen beds and children's beds - a very unique feature. Split between levels for added privacy in a big group, two bedrooms are upstairs, while another two are downstairs. <br/><br/>A fantastic living area is perfect for gathering all together, whether for a communal meal or just hanging out. Cathedral ceilings are fitted with a ceiling fan, to make the best use of lovely ocean breezes. In the wintertime, light the fireplace and enjoy your cozy cottage by the sea. <br/><br/>Furniture and decoration is of a very high quality and is perfectly suited to this historic seaside location. Knickknacks and little touches make every corner special, no matter where you happen to land with a good book and a cool drink. <br/><br/>Partial ocean views are yours to enjoy while you spend relaxing hours in this lovely home, though the deck offers an even better vantage point. Two routes get you to the nearby beach in no time at all; choose to walk there or paddle by boat. <br/><br/>Located in lovely Summer Haven, soft sand dunes and the Matanzas River are yours to explore. Large groups, weddings or reunions can very easily rent Mad Lar Beach House in combination with next door Villa Villekula (sleeps 10) or, nearby, The Lodge (sleeps 10) and The Hut (sleeps 6). These homes all share the same management, ensuring the same high standard and an easy booking process. <br/><br/>Invite everyone round for a sunrise breakfast and, later, end the day with sunset cocktails. Both can be uniquely enjoyed at Mar Lar Beach House.<br/><br/>Note: Summer Haven is constantly changing with nature. The SummerHaven river behind the house is largely a sand dune and can provide direct beach access. Due to Tropical Storm Faye erosion, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the old beach access points. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals (email: hidden) 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.
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Left on 06/26/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Emmalie L.Reviewed Jun 26, 2012Stayed Jun 2012
the carpets were filthy. I called the property management company to let them know and thought I could handle the stains but the morning after check in we rented a carpet cleaner and spent the second morning of our vacation cleaning carpets. They still had stains but at least I could walk barefoot in the bedroom. Otherwise we had a great stay and loved the short walk to the beach.
Left on 06/04/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jun 4, 2012Stayed May 2012
We were an extended family of eight and enjoyed our stay at the Mad Lar very much. The location was perfect. It was secluded, but not so far that the teenagers couldn't walk to the store. The mix of nature and beach was amazing. When we arrived, the grill was out of propane, and the main tv didn't function, however, the property manager was very on top of things and we able to grill on schedule, and watch the race on Sunday evening. If we find ourselves back in St. Augustine, we will surely rent this property again.
Left on 12/20/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 20, 2011Stayed Nov 2011
We rented this house to have a house close to the the beach for a family reunion. We absolutely loved the location but we had several issues with the overall maintenance condition of the house and customer servce. It started with the key not being where they said it would be and having to have someone come over at 10pm after a day of travel to give us the key. The fridge wouldn't close properly & the freezer did not keep things cold enough so our ice cream was soupy. We rented over Thanksgiving and the oven stopped working. Then the maintenance company did come and fix it but we continued to have issues. Also, the sliding doors were hard to close and open. Finally, we accidentally left a dvd disc in the dvd player and I called the next day to check on it and the person from vacationrentalpros said they would get right back to me. After several days I called again and they said the same. It has now been a month and no one has called even just to say they couldn;t find it. So while overall I give this property a thumbs up I feel with some basic maintenance and some better customer service it could have been much better.
Left on 09/27/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Tracey H.Reviewed Sep 27, 2011Stayed Sep 2011
My ladies golf group travels twice a year. We like to rent homes so that we are all together. This house served its purpose but it could use some updating to its appliances. The management company did bring a new grill after a call to maintenance. The 2 bedrooms on the first floor are accessed through the garage and not connected to the main floor. The house is not located in St augustine, approximately 15 miles south near Crescent Beach, not much in the area for entertainment.
Left on 08/16/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 16, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
Plenty of room for family and friends to gather on large deck. Beach was sparsely populated - perfect for kids and dogs to play in the surf. House had everything we needed. Possums at night going through garbage were only negative. Perhaps keep bagged
Left on 07/05/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 5, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
My only complaint is that there was spiders & crabs in the bottom of the house (the 2 bedrooms. The naster bedroom & the bedroom with bunkbeds are upstairs. There is a bathroom down stairs between the 2 bedrooms.
Left on 06/08/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Bonnie K.Reviewed Jun 8, 2011Stayed May 2011
We came Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday evening, I found out the oven wasn't working. I called and someone came right out on Monday morning to fix it. We could get right out to the beach from the dock. The furniture was comfortable. The whole area is beautiful, and we could get into St augustine by just a short hop up a1a.
Left on 06/22/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Alison J.Reviewed Jun 22, 2010Stayed Jun 2010
The pics posted of this place really doesn't do it justice because we had no idea about the huge upper and lower decks, which is where we spent most of our time. The only suggestions I would make is to add a patio dining set to the top deck and put a TV in the pink room downstairs. Other than that we had a great time and look forwarding to renting a beach house again in the future from the same company next time!
Left on 04/12/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Tim V.Reviewed Apr 12, 2010Stayed Apr 2010
Everything was great. The house was very clean and the inside in terrifice condition. A very good house with lots of room. We had 10 people stay and the room for kids (bunk beds and double) was a huge help. Only suggesttion would be new beds the existing are extremely firm in the downstairs rooms.
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