Which beach are your properties on in Destin?
Destin, East to West, is only 8 miles long. The beach is the same beach the entire length of Destin. People have begun to label them according to a certain housing community in the vicinity or name of an area nearby.
How far away is the beach?
Our home is a literal 250 footsteps from the beach. This means about a 1 or 2 minute max, easy walk. We provide a wagon to pull a couple kids or your beach items.
Are sheets and towels provided?
Yes, but we do not provide beach towels.
Are soaps, toilet paper and trash liners provided?
Yes, but upon arrival only. 1 soap per shower and sink, 2 rolls of TP per bathroom and liners per trash can.
Where is the closest grocery store?
Destin is only 8 miles east to west, so anything you need, as far as groceries, shopping, restaurants, churches, and fun is within a mile or a few minutes max. Super WalMart is 3 miles west of us. Publix is less than a mile north. WinnDixie is a few miles or so east.
Is the Gulf of Mexico water really as clear as they say and sand as white?
Yes, fill your tub up, step in, look down…. see your toes?…that’s how clear it is, unless its a windy day and the water is a bit stirred up. Be sure to bring your snorkels or buy them when you get here.
Where is the nearest airport?
Okaloosa Airport is 17 miles away, Pensacola is about 60 miles and Panama City is about 55 miles. May be a bit more in time, depending on traffic.
Do we allow early check-ins?
Sometimes, but not often. The large homes take all of the 6 hours to prepare a nice home for you to come into. We have maintenance, cleaners, yard and pool people trying to get everything perfect. So please don’t call and ask if you may check in 5 hours early, inconveniencing the employees due to poor planning.
How are the beds configured in each home?
See the home page on our site, it has the configuration there.
Why do we charge a damage deposit and when do you get it back?
We figure we trust you with a million dollar home so you can trust us with a few hundred bucks…..just a bit of insurance that you will take care of the home. You’d be surprised how many people tell us how CLEAN and neat they are and how they’ll take care of the home……aaaand…..they leave the place a pig-sty and many times damage the property….so we have to protect ourselves. 99.9% of the time all is well and we mail your deposit to you a couple days after you check-out.
Do you rent to school/college groups, or groups with chaperones?
Last year alone they did millions of dollars worth of damage to homes and our beautiful town during “spring break”…..so the answer is no.
Do you allow weddings or receptions?
Why can't I bring my pet?
Everyone thinks their pet is THE best……you know the old cliche “love is blind”?……..pets do cause many problems…not just in the home, but to neighboring homes as well. Sorry.
How old are your homes.
Most are brand new.
Can I see the water?
Yes! And rather than pay for a beach front home for $18,000. or more a week, yikes!… stay with us, save thousands of dollars and just walk a few paces to the beach!
Is the pool heated?
All our homes have beautiful, brand new pools and may be heated whenever you like for an additional fee of $250ish. for Nov-Mar. Pool temperature is set at 87*. If you would like it higher(90* max.) it is $10. more per degree after 87. Rates may be more Dec. – Feb. depending on weather.
How deep is your pool and does it have child safety gates?
All our lovely, new pools are 3 feet at the shallow end and 5 to 6 feet at the deep end. By Florida law we must have a child safety lock on all fences and all required windows and doors have safety alarms as well.
Are we handicap accessible?
None of our private homes are, technically, however we do rent to many folks that are handicapped. It depends what the handicap is.
Do we have to clean before we check-out?
Cleaning is not necessary but there is a courtesy list on the fridge with about ten things we ask…..things like: take out the garbage before leaving, if furniture is re-arranged, please put it back in order, bundle sheets and towels by washing machine, etc, etc…..just simple courtesy’s.
What about refunds if the weather gets bad?
We do not give refunds. Bad weather doesn’t happen as often as the news tries to make out, but people seem a bit more fearful these days and some panic at the sign of a mild wind. We personally, have never left during one hurricane yet….and we live on the water. We suggest you go to one of the Travel Protection sites on the web. Insurance runs about $200.-ish.
Do you provide high chairs, baby gates and pac-n-plays?
Yes and at no extra charge.
Do you provide beach chairs and umbrellas?
No, but many times if you are coming after May, previous guests have left them behind for others use. But you can purchase new ones that are very reasonably priced at WalMart or the souvenir shops here.
Do we need to take care of the pool?
No. We live here in town and come a couple mornings a week, veeeeeery early, most likely just at daybreak so as not to disturb you, and take care of it.
How do we reserve if we decide we like the home?
Half of rent is due up front to secure home. 47 days before check-in we expect the balance. Once we work out all the particulars and you have put a check in the mail, or paid with credit card, and we receive it, we will E-mail you confirmation. We don’t have a formal 10 page contract like a lot of these big companies. Our family has been in the business for over 20 years and we really try to keep things simple in this complicated world.
Do we charge a cleaning fee?
Yes, only $150. – $500. But this doesn’t mean the home may be left a mess. The 10 things on the “courtesy check-out list” left hanging on the refrigerator, must be done before leaving in order to get the damage deposit(separate from the cleaning fee) back.
How do I know I can trust you with my deposit?
Our family has been in the business for over 29 years now. We are members of the Chamber of Commerce. If we were “scheisters”, they certainly wouldn’t have let us remain a member…in good standing…for over 15 years. And also, Destin is a small town….and the Chamber certainly would have caught on by now.
Can we pay by credit card?
Yes. Refer to my site here and click onto the PayNow button. It’s very simple….and you’ll need to add an extra 3% on top of whatever you send(their fee, not ours)
Do you have a 'pet peeve'?
Yes, people NOT reading the details of our website! We spend HOURS & HOURS building these websites with all this information and it would save all of us hours of time if folks would take 3 minutes to read it. AND please keep in mind…. nobody satisfies everyone all the time. At times things do come up that are unexpected…..from both our sides. We try to be as flexible and accommodating as we can……if you do the same we will all have great vacation memories!