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About this rental
The Rustic Retreat has an amazing, luxury pool with an attached Splash Pad measuring 12ft x 6ft! Perfect for your little ones, or you can use it as your own personal tanning shelf! It has heating capabilities and you can choose to heat the pool with a heating fee.
Paradise Retreat is a Private, Gated, Quiet Neighborhood, only 400 yards from the fabulous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green water. You’ll have a 5-7 minute walk to get to the beach. Or arrive in 60 seconds by taking the Complimentary 6 Passenger Golf Cart!
*Our gated neighborhood has a South Gate that takes you right to the beach! It’s known as the “scenic route” or “the beach road”. Our included golf cart can navigate you to anywhere you want to go on this road! The speed limit is 25mph. This puts you around the corner from more than one beach access, beach stores and restaurants.
FEATURES TO NOTE
Centrally located to everything in Destin area: Harborwalk Village, Destin Commons Mall, Whole Food, Silver Sands Premium Outlet Malls, Baytowne Wharf, Grand Boulevard, Publix, Starbucks Coffee
Brand New Upscale Furniture
BBQ Propane Grill on the back patio
Flat screen 1080P TV and DVD player in all bedrooms!!!
A 65” 4K HDR Smart TV in Living Room
Stream or watch Netflix films with your account on Smart TV
180 Cable Channels included.
Free Wi-Fi Internet connection
We provide linens and bath towels
Large 6 person dining set w/ 9’ umbrella with 6 dining chairs
Wagon to carry beach gear if you need extra beach chairs, kids toys or pull the kids
Short walk to the beach about 400 yards, 2 blocks to Private Beach Access
Front door has Keyless Entry, no worries to lose key, no key to carry
2 car garage with keypad entry so everyone can come and go without keys
Guest Book located in the home has Destin activities, restaurants, church information
Home layout: Sleeps 11, max.
King Master Suite with 12” Memory Foam Mattress & Newly Renovated Bathroom (sleeps 2)
Bunk Room with 1 set of Twin over Twin Bunk Beds with 12” Memory Foam Mattresses (sleeps 2)
King Suite with 12” Memory Foam Mattress (sleeps 2)
Queen Suite with 12” Memory Foam Mattress (sleeps 2)
Full Bathroom separates King and Queen Suites
Bunk Space with Full over Full Bunk Beds with 12" Memory Foam Mattresses (sleeps 4)
Living Room with Queen Raised Air Mattress (sleeps 2- Available upon request with large group bookings)
Kitchen and Dining areas
Patio outback with table and chairs 9’ Umbrella (Seats 6)
Lounge Chairs - backyard (8 Chairs)
We are centrally located to everything in the Destin area: Harborwalk Village, Destin Commons Mall, Whole Foods, Silver Sands Premium Outlet Mall, Baytowne Wharf, Grand Boulevard, Publix, and Starbucks Coffee. We are positioned in Paradise Retreat. Paradise Retreat is a Private, Gated, Quiet Neighborhood, only 400 yards from the fabulous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green water. You'll have a 5-7 minute walk to get to the beach. Or arrive in 60 seconds by taking the complimentary 6 passenger golf cart!
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Hosted by Ryan Martin
Member since 2017
Year Purchased: 2019
About the owner: Hello!
We can't wait to meet you!
Our names are Eric and Jessica Massingill. We are locals in the Destin area and we manage our vacation rental ourselves!
We are a great pair of young professionals, and we are connected with other great groups of young professionals in the area as well. Eric carries a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. Jessica was military raised as her father is a retired veteran out of Eglin Air Force Base. We choose to home school our four children, which currently range in ages from 2 to 13 years old.
It is our vision to expand our Vacation Rental business in this area! Our older children are very excited about being raised in our entrepreneurship. We are looking forward to watching them experience growth and pride for something they can accomplish themselves!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help you experience the best side of Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida!
Why this property? The Rustic Retreat stands out from other small houses in its class. It is newly updated! It has all tile floor, no carpet, no allergy problems!
The Rustic Retreat features a very large pool for a house of its size. The pool is 24 ft long and 12 ft wide. Attached to the pool is a splash pad which is 12 ft long and 6 ft wide.
This home also offers a wine cooler in the dinette area! Something very unique to most three and four bedroom houses!
We also offer a complimentary golf cart! While other houses of this size usually offer a golf cart as well, they usually only offer 4 passenger carts. We offer a six passenger, street legal golf cart! Bigger is better!
Guestbook comments from the host:
From the time of first contact, responses were always prompt and very informative. Lots of info given beforehand about the property which I appreciate. The photos of the property are pretty accurate. The home is decorated very elegantly and is also fully stocked with everything you could need and more. The neighborhood is quite and cozy. The location was absolutely perfect for everything near by from shopping, restaurants, and of course the beaches. Property itself is updated and well maintained. Although the backyard was under construction of a new swimming pool there was no excessive noise and we barely noticed the construction crew at the house. I loved that this home had pretty much everything from a cart to drive to nearby beaches and complete beach gear for you to use (beach umbrella, beach chairs and coolers). They provided the code for the lockbox key ahead of time. Someone was also available to text or take calls if u had any questions or concerns. They were very good about keeping in touch. Overall, will definitely use this home again. Thank you Jessica and Eric for a wonderful stay!!
I would recommend this rental property to anyone wanting a clean, spacious home to stay in. It was well equipped with everything you would ever need. It had a beautiful kitchen, very comfortable beds, and large TV’s in every room. This home is very private in a gated neighborhood and very quite. We travel with a small dog and we were able to walk him at night and feel very safe. The owners are very available with just a quick text and asked us if there was anything else we would need or want. Oh yes, and the golf cart was wonderful to have and use for quick trips to the beach and to the grocery store. We will definitely rent this property again.
Everything was great from beginning to end and also affordable. Thank you for the opportunity to stay in this home. Highly recommended!
07/21/2019 at 4:39 AM
The house was conveniently located to the beach, to the store, and to activities. (Boat rentals are about 15 minutes away) The golf cart was a great asset to the home. This home has everything you could ask for and anything you may have forgotten from home. There was even coffee and laundry pods to get us started for the week. The renovations in this house are beautiful and it is very modern. It is also extremely clean. The pool was perfect to sit by in the morning for coffee and also to jump in after a long day at the beach. We stayed here with four adults and four children. It definitely had room for more people, but was perfect for two families because of the two bathrooms. Each family had their own “wing” of the house.
Stayed: June 2021Submitted: June 30, 2021
Best Place Ever
This trip by far was one of our favorite to the beach, and I feel the house was a big contribution to it. The house was close to all the great destinations and the beach was super close too! The beach was a short walk or golf cart ride away. The house was very homey and had everything we needed and more! The pool, our entire family loved. Especially the kids and grandparents. The owners of the home were very helpful from the very first email, and they made sure everything was just perfect. Next time we come to the beach in that area, we will definitely book with them again!
Stayed: June 2021Submitted: June 14, 2021
Hey Amy!!! Thank you so much for all the praise in this wonderful review! I'm very happy we were able to answer all of your questions and help you prepare for your trip! I love that you enjoyed the location and amenities! We are very thrilled to hear that you'd like to book with us again in the future. You have my cell phone number, text me any time! Talk to you soon! Jessica Massingill
We absolutely loved this home! The owner, Jessica, was always responsive and on top of everything. The house was very well equipped with anything you may need in the kitchen, beach, pool, etc. I would highly recommend this home to anyone!
Stayed: April 2021Submitted: May 03, 2021
Thank you Sylvia for this wonderful feedback! I'm so happy you guys had a great time in the home and that you had everything you needed! You guys also had some GREAT weather!
The perfect getaway
When our state shutdown (again) and our son would have to do the rest of the year e-learning, we knew we had to make the most out of our situation. The rustic retreat was the perfect getaway. The internet connection was fantastic- with three people on the internet all day long, we never had connection issues. The house was impeccably maintained and very clean. It seemed like the house was new. The beds and sheets were super comfy- we slept peaceful from the first night on. The kitchen had everything you could think of and then some. I even found a rolling pin :). It was so nice that there were family friendly games- one less thing for us to bring. And don’t bother bringing any toys for the pool or beach- they had a ton to choose from! You really don’t have to bring anything but food and clothes! The pool was the perfect temperature (even for December). The beach was so close- a quick ten minute walk or a two minute drive with the provided golf cart. The area had everything we needed- the location is just perfect! If you’re thinking about getting away and “quarantining” anywhere, the Rustic Retreat is the perfect spot!
Stayed: December 2020Submitted: December 19, 2020
Beautiful home and pool, close to beach!
5 Stars all round!! The house and pool were just at the photos show, VERY clean with modern decor. Quiet and safe neighborhood. Kitchen is fully stocked with new cooking and dinnerware for any needs. Beds were amazingly comfortable! Plenty of space, both sleeping and relaxing, for our party of (4) adults and (3) children. Showers had good water pressure. Everything you could possibly needed for the beach and pool is provided. Golf cart is a big plus and was a fun, quick way to get around. Overall, our stay was amazing! Jessica was great about communicating before, during and after our stay. And the starter care package of essentials she provided (TP, dish/laundry soap, bath/hand soap, trash bags and more), was so welcoming after a long day of traveling. Thank you for making our family vacation absolutely perfect in every way!
Stayed: November 2020Submitted: December 02, 2020
Hey Carey! Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful review! I'm very happy to hear that you guys loved the house and all the details! We definitely try and leave good starter items to help people settle in. I'm glad you noticed how clean the house was! It's something we strive for,now more than ever! And it always feels good when hard work is appreciated.
We had our first family vacation at Rustic Retreat......We had the best time ever despite hurricane Sally! The house is absolutely beautiful the owners are FABULOUS as they were being evacuated from their home they still took the time to make sure we were safe, happy and having fun on our vacation! Rustic Retreat is an amazing place and the owners are TOP NOTCH!Thank you from the Wade family!!!!
Stayed: September 2020Submitted: September 26, 2020
Hey Samantha! Thank you so very much for the time you took out of your day to write this review. It really means a lot to us! It's very nice to meet you guys! I love that you had such a great time! We look forward to you next vacation. You have my number, text me anytime.
“Amazing location and beautiful pool”
What a great house, everything you could want and pet-friendly! Super fun golf cart to take to the beach, or a great after dinner ice cream trip! Location was great with access to the beach in an instant! Fun in the sun at the beach or walk out the door to a gorgeous pool and hours of private family time. Can’t say enough...definitely a wonderful trip!
Stayed: August 2020Submitted: September 06, 2020
Hello Debbi! Thank you so much for this great review! I'm glad that you guys got so much use out of the golf cart, and that the close proximity to the beach worked so well for you guys! I love that you had so much family time. We loved being able to host y'all! We look forward to being able to host you again soon!
Wow, It was a fantastic get away!
Miramar nestled between Destin and the beach scenic route is a great location for a family vacation. The Rustic Retreat was in quiet gated community (neighborhood) with a wonderful personal pool. The pool was great for my grandson who is only 2, and yet entertained older siblings and adults. The grill and patio area was clean and gave us some good family time. The large home was extremely clean and in a convenient location for beach, dinning out, and shopping. The golf cart was an added bonus for those fun trips down the scenic routes. Jessica and Eric were wonderful and easily available for assistance. Thanks Jessica and Eric for a wonderful time in your lovely vacation home. Can't wait to return!!
Stayed: August 2020Submitted: September 04, 2020
Amazing house, amazing pool and amazing beach access
This house was perfect. Jessica did a great job communicating with us before we booked and after we booked. The house has everything you could ever need. Out of all the houses we rented in Florida, this house has been the best. The kitchen is well stocked to include an instapot! The decor is updated. The pool was amazing. House comes with a golf cart which was so fantastic. The house is in a gated community but is literally a minute from the beach. The location was great! Will be back to this house again! Thank you for making our COVID vacation perfect!!
Stayed: August 2020Submitted: August 23, 2020
Heather! Thank you so much for this generous review! I absolutely love hearing things like this! It feels so good to know that all the attention to detail doesn't go unnoticed. Eric and I have worked so hard to create a perfect vacation environment. It's so exciting to know that it was all worth it! We are very thankful that you decided to do business with us and bless our family business. We're looking forward to having you back, your family took GREAT care of the house! Thank you!
We were so pleased with the cleanliness, the pool set up for our little ones, and the golf cart! You’re in the middle of everything! Jessica was so helpful with any of our needs even finding local areas! We will be back!
Stayed: August 2020Submitted: August 09, 2020
We had a wonderful vacation at Rustic Retreat, it had everything we needed. Jessica supplies you with everything you need to get your vacation started. There was even adult beverages left in the wine refrig. The pool was amazing and we really enjoyed the golf cart to get to the beach. Looks like we found our family vacation spot.
Stayed: July 2020Submitted: July 19, 2020
We couldn't have asked for a better vacation! The owner was very helpful with everything from answering my questions to providing us with an absolutely fabulous home fully equipped with everything we needed. When we walked in the house smelled fresh and was spotless. The pool was top notch and the golf cart topped it off. I can't wait to vacation at the Rustic Retreat again! This house and all the its amenities spoiled us. To anyone that is thinking about staying here, you won't be disappointed.
Stayed: July 2020Submitted: July 04, 2020
The Rustic Retreat was awesome! Perfect for just adults or a family with young children like we had. It’s well stocked with anything you may need. We loved the home’s golf cart - a 2 minute cart drive to the beach. Only 5-10 minute walk. My family especially loved the new, private pool at the home. The owners are thorough, quick to reply, and easy to coordinate with. Truly a great place to stay!
Stayed: June 2020Submitted: June 07, 2020
Thank you James! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review! I'm glad you liked how close it was to the beach. Thank you for the compliments! Hopefully, you guys can visit Miramar Beach again next year!
Perfect family home in a great neighborhood and very close to beach!
The home was lovely and the brand new pool and fenced in yard was perfect for our family of 5. The home is in a great, quiet neighborhood and so conveniently close to the beach. The home is well cared for and updated and the pool and backyard is beautiful and private. The thing that set this home apart from any other we have rented in the past was that it is managed by the owner, and she went above and beyond to make us comfortable during our stay. The home was well stocked with everything we needed, including items we didn't even know we would need! The owners attention to detail, ability to make us feel right at home and her incredible quick response in addressing any questions or concerns we had will keep us coming back for years to come!
Stayed: March 2020Submitted: April 28, 2020
Thank you so very much Victoria!! We REALLY appreciate your review! You guys were awesome guests! We really appreciate how you took good care of the house and didn't leave a ton of trash behind. You treated furniture and bedding like is be was your own, thank you! We definitely look forward to doing business with you in the future!
AWESOME RENTERS WITH BEAUTIFUL HOME
We stayed at this home for our vacation this time around and it was by far the best place we have stayed so far. It had plenty of room inside for the amount of people we had with us. The house was beautiful and in a great clean quiet neighborhood. The decor in the home was just perfect for a beach setting as well. We had one minor little issue with something in the home when we arrived and the owners did not hesitate to come help resolve the issue. They were there in less than an hour which says alot for the renters. We have and will continue to recommend this vacation getaway to our family and friends. Thanks again guys
Stayed: August 2019Submitted: February 10, 2020
Tommy, thank you so much for this AMAZING review!
One of our favorite vacations!!!!
We absolutely LOVED our stay at the rustic retreat. Eric and Jessica (the owners) did an amazing job with the details of this vacation home. Everything was thought through so very well. We had everything we needed to make it the perfect “home away from home”. The 6 passenger golf cart was definitely an added bonus. Our children LOVED it and it made our beach trips so much easier and convenient. There’s so many nice features to this home, like the hammocks, the grill, the king sized beds, the big nice TVs. Several sleeping options and arrangements. It was very nice that this house sleeps up to 14. It’s conveniently located close to several shops and restaurants. The owners are so nice and great to work with as well. It’s super clean and a MUST STAY for us in the future.
Stayed: October 2019Submitted: October 16, 2019
Thank you Michelle! We get very happy and excited when guests tell us how much they love the home! It was a lot of hard work, we're happy to hear that it paid off! I'm happy you got to take the golf cart around and it was so convenient for you guys. Hopefully, we'll be able to get you guys back soon. The new pool is awesome!
Such a cute house! Neighborhood is straight across from the beach. Great location to Crab trap, Destin Commons and restaurants. Easy to drive the golf cart to attractions. We loved our stay, super clean and updated.
Stayed: October 2019Submitted: October 16, 2019
Hey Kelsi!! Thank you so much for your five-star review! I love that you noticed how super clean it is. That is a main priority for us every single time a new guest checks in! It makes us feel good that the guests can see the attention to detail and that they really appreciate it.Hopefully we'll be able to do business with you guys again soon!
Perfect Family Getaway
Close to the beach, near great restaurants and a 6 person golf-cart for your use. House is furnished with everything you need and even has things you didn't know you needed. Impeccably decorated! We will be returning!
Stayed: October 2019Submitted: October 14, 2019
Awesome Stay@, Jackson,MS
Our family of 4 enjoyed our stay@ & being the 2nd to stay. It is beautiful and well thought out for large families, housing 14 for sure. The gas stove is a plus for family breakfasts each morning for family gathering to discuss the plan for the day around a beautiful table that sit 6 & a bar that sit 5. Large TV’s & comfortable beds in each room. The golf cart was a major plus for commuting to the beach (which is 5 minutes walking distance) & the surrounding areas. We highly recommend this home & look forward to renting next year.Kudos, Eric & Jessica Massingill
Stayed: July 2019Submitted: July 27, 2019