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Secret Paradise, luxury 5 bedroom, 3 story home with 4 porches!
Secret Paradise, luxury 5 bedroom, 3 story home with 4 porches!
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Secret Paradise, luxury 5 bedroom, 3 story home with 4 porches!

About this rental

House (Sleeps 14)
3000 sq. ft.  ·   5 bedrooms   ·  3 bathrooms
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Property Type: House
  • Minimum Stay: 7 nights
  • Living Area: 3000 sq. ft.

“Secret Paradise” is a three story luxury newly remodeled beautifully decorated 5 bedroom, 3 full and one half bath home, boasting 3000+ square feet of living space. The home is located in the upscale gated community of Emerald Shores. This beach home is located only 500 yards from the spectacular white sand and clear breathtaking water of Destin. Spend a week with us and you will know why we named our home “Secret Paradise” We pride ourselves on great customer service as I am a homeowner that manages my own home. I will personally call you after I confirm your booking to discuss your vacation needs:)**We are a family rental property only and do not rent to singles under the age of 25 and/or chaperoned groups, no exceptions. We are a NO pet and NO smoking home as to keep cleanliness our top priority!

Our home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac between the two private neighborhood pools; a short two minute walk takes you to either pool (one is heated seasonally), tennis court, basketball or shuffle board. Emerald Shores is the only neighborhood in the Destin area with its own private pavilion on the beach with bathrooms, shower, picnic tables, sun deck, with a beverage bar, plus private deeded beach owned by the subdivision. During summer months Emerald Shores offers a FREE shuttle service to take you to the beach or you can enjoy the short 5 minute walk through the tropical neighborhood to get to the beach using our wagon to bring all your toys and chairs. We offer a rolling cooler to bring all your refreshments. We also have a closet full of beach toys, rafts and a couple beach chairs to share with our guests! Beach service (umbrella and chair rental for an extra fee) is available as well or you may bring your own.

“Secret Paradise” is newly upgraded and the interior living room has been freshly painted and professionally decorated with luxury vinyl plank flooring added on stairwell, hallway and all 2nd floor bedrooms! Are home is detailed and well appointed each year to keep our vacation home rental fresh and up to date! All second floor and third floor bedrooms got new 3 blade ceiling fans installed in 2024!

After entering through the leaded glass front doorway you will be welcomed with a large open floor plan to enjoy. The spacious living room has plenty of comfortable seating including 2 sofas and a love seat, a 55 INCH SMART TV, dining area with over sized wood table for 10 and fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with french door stainless steel refrigerator and full size appliances, stone back splash, upgraded maple cabinetry and Corian counters with 4 bar stools for counter top dining. added in 2022 a beverage frig with a 150 can capacity. We also have a booster highchair for the babies visiting. Kitchen also has a large pantry as well as a door to the back covered patio with propane grill to extend outside dining. First floor has NO steps and has three entries for added convenience. We offer a propane grill and we will reimburse our guests if they tank needs a refill while you are vacationing.

The spacious KING first floor bedroom has fresh decor that boasts a KING size solid wood carved poster bed, 50 inch TV with roku, and DVD player. Attached is a Renovated full bath with over sized shower with maple vanity, granite counters, sink, shower doors and wood look porcelain tile flooring. The first floor also has a full laundry room (complimentary laundry detergent) high efficiency top loader washer and super capacity dryer, with a stainless deep sink, iron, ironing board, drying rack, and door to front porch. An upgraded half bath that has a designer styled vessel bowl sink with granite and maple vanity is an added convenience located on the first floor!

Extra wide stairwell with vinyl plank flooring leads to the second floor with three addition bedrooms also appointed with upgraded vinyl plank flooring, porch access, local artisan custom made desk, large Renovated full bath with new double sinks, granite counters, new vanities, makeup vanity with stool, tile flooring, shower doors to tub with shower combination.

The first second floor bedroom features KING size bedroom suit, flat screen 45 inch smart TV, DVD player, French doors to large covered porch, and large closet. Additional bedroom has been freshly painted with 2 TWIN beds and a QUEEN sleeper sofa, 32" flat screen TV and hosts 4 people. Also a third bedroom on the second floor has a QUEEN bed and deluxe FULL futon, large closet, and 32" flat screen TV and DVD player finishes this floor. All second floor bedrooms have new 3 blade ceiling fans installed in 2024.

Venture up to the third floor for a private luxury suite! KING size bed tropical carved poster bed awaits with French doors to a private balcony that is great for relaxing and watching the sunset. This room features upgraded full bath with vanity with granite counter, shower, closet, flat screen 32 inch flat screen TV, DVD player and a chair for comfort or for reading a good book. Added in 2024 a new 3 blade ceiling fan and a separate A/C unit.

We offer FREE Wi-Fi, multiple TVs all bedrooms have a 32" flat screen TV, DVD players, and cable. The home has 4 large covered porches for relaxing and enjoying your stay each porch featuring new patio furnishings. A propane grill is offered and we will reimburse by providing free propane, if you need to exchange the tank while vacationing text or call me and I will reimburse you for the tank. Also a wagon and rolling cooler are supplied for your use to bring your things to the beach or pools. The home features two hot water tanks and dual ac units as UVC air purifiers added to the air handlers on each unit. Every bedroom and also the living room has ceiling fans. All linens and towels(excluding beach towels)are provided. TWO Pack n Play cribs and 2 booster highchairs, plus baby utensils are offered for babies visiting. Private driveway for parking 3 cars.

Destin has so much to offer everyone. If you are looking for more to do than enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald waters there is plenty more to do. Destin is a shoppers dream with Destin Commons (upscale outdoor shopping plaza) now including Fish bowl bowing alley, Silver Sands Outlet mall (largest designer outlet mall in nation, over 100+ outlet stores), and The Village of Baytowne Wharf (outdoor boutique shopping with restaurants). All located within 2-3 miles of “Secret Paradise”. Destin is also known as the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. The Harborwalk Village is located in the fishing harbor of Destin. Home to the Fishing Rodeo (enitre month of October) this harbor has charter boats and multiple activities for the whole family. Dining out in any of the area restaurants is a great way to spend an afternoon. Walking distance are a few beachside dining options. Sitting beachfront overlooking the beautiful views is a great way to enjoy the moment.

Come see for yourself why Destin has become our “Secret Paradise”!

We have personally meet with our cleaning staff to come up with our cleaning regiment in between guests to keep them safe as well as each of our guests. As we move forward we are confident we will maintain our 5 star rating and gain your trust that we are going above and beyond for the safety of everyone. We hope for your cooperation and support to follow the guidelines we have set in place to keep our homes to the highest standard.

We have installed UVC lights to our A/C duct to help purify the air circulating our home.

Our husband and wife cleaning team uses bleach and disinfect all bedding and towels as their normal protocol. This couple has been working for us for 9 years and maintain the highest of standards for their service.

We have owned our properties in Destin for nearly 13 years and have grown to love the area and what it has to offer. We feel blessed to be able to share with families like yours to make lasting memories. We appreciate all our guests!

Safe travels and enjoy your stay,
Linda and John

Located in Emerald Shores, Destin Florida. Search to find our more about our gated community and Emerald Shores By Owner.

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Unique Benefits

This neighborhood of Emerald Shores has our own private beach pavilion! The access to the beach is owned by our gated community and has bathrooms, drink bar, rinse showers, picnic tables and place to park the wagon we provide to bring your things to the beach!

Why Kids Love It

We have a closet filled with beach toys to share with our guests! There is everything you would need to play in the sand:) Also we have a closet with games and books for all ages to share too!

Area Information

Secret Paradise is located right off the beach road, Old highway 98. The location is great because we are so close to the beach as well as the walking/bike path located along the beach. There is a 7 mile stretch of path that is only steps away from our door! Another great activity for our guests.
Destin is known as the luckiest fishing village so plenty of fishing options ! The sugary white sand and crystal clear water is what makes Destin truly spectacular! Come see it for yourself:).

Attractions Within Walking Distance

Easy walk to the beach, walking path and a few restaurants! Kenny D's and Captain Dave's are a stones throw to our door. Also for an added convenience there is a Dollar General right next to our neighborhood that carries anything you may possibly have forgotten at home. Such an easy walk to grab staple items for cooking or toiletries that you may need!.

Favorite Places To Eat

Destin has so many great restaurants with fresh seafood or even great burgers! Some of our favorites are:
Louisiana Lagniappe
Marina Cafe
Kenny D's
McGuire's Irish Pub
Cafe 30A

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Amenities

  • Beds
  • 3 King Beds
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • 2 Cribs
Features
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Beach chairs
  • Bed linens provided
  • Bicycles
  • Communal pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Heated pool
  • Heating
  • High chair
  • Internet
  • Kayak / canoe
  • Kid friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Lawn / garden
  • Managed by owner
  • No pets allowed
  • Non-smoking
  • Parking available
  • Patio or deck
  • Porch
  • Towels provided
  • Wireless internet
Appliances
  • Blender
  • Cable / satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Dishes & utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washer & Dryer
Nearby Activities
  • Aquarium
    (7 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (onsite)
  • Beach
    (onsite)
  • Bicycling
    (< 1 mile)
  • Boating
    (5 miles)
  • Bowling
    (1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (< 1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)
  • Miniature Golf
    (2 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (1 mile)
  • Ocean
    (< 1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (onsite)
  • Water Park
    (5 miles)
  • Winery
    (1 mile)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

2 HVAC systems, 2 neighborhood Swimming pools (one seasonally heated), Keyless entry, gated community, Fire extinguisher, Exterior lighting, Deadbolt lock, Smoke detector, Resort, Washing Machine, Clothes Dryer, full kitchen, stainless refrigerator, dishwasher, electric stove, microwave, Paper Towels, Basic Soaps, Toilet Paper, Living Room, Ice Maker, Beverage frig, Lobster Pot, Pantry Items, multiple coffee makers, Dining Area, Dining, Child's Highchair, Stereo, Books, Games, Games for Kids, Toys, Porch / Veranda, Outdoor Furniture, Water Sports Gear.

Notes
Beach PAVILION located beachfront for guests of Emerald Shores (gated with code) with private bathrooms, rinse showers, picnic tables, cabana Cafe dining; TWO pools (heated seasonally), FREE shuttle service from home to beach (during peak season), BEACH SERVICE rental available (chairs & umbrellas), NO STEPS on first floor living area (wheelchair accessible with some limitations), 3 entries to home, WAGON, ROLLING COOLER, CARD TABLE WITH 4 CHAIRS, fully-equipped KITCHEN with extra large PANTRY with new stainless refrigerator/ice maker with water dispenser, stove, dishwasher, microwave; toaster, griddle, crock pot, coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, all utensils, all bake ware and cookware, Added BONUS beverage frig 150 can capacity, full size laundry WASHER & DRIER, iron, ironing board, drying rack, stainless deep sink, 2 vacuums, a PACK N PLAY CRIB and HIGHCHAIR, 55' Smart TV PLUS multiple TV'S - 5, DVD players -5, VCR - 1, alarm clock radios - 5(each bedrm), All bdrms have ceiling FANS, FREE Wi-Fi, TWO hot water tanks & dual A/C units(new 2021)NEW UVC lights installed in duct work on both HVAC systems to help purify the air in home.

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Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in 
Rate PeriodNightlyWeekend NightWeeklyMonthlyMin Stay
Jan 06 - May 04 2024
$2,495 7 nights
May 04 - May 24 2024
$3,195 7 nights
May 25 - Jun 28 2024
$4,295 7 nights
Jun 29 - Jul 05 2024
$4,595 7 nights
Jul 06 - Aug 02 2024
$4,395 7 nights

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Fees:

Admin and cleaning fee: $350
damage insurance: $79

Tax Rate: 12%

Notes:

House Rules
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM

Cancellation Policy
Cancelled bookings before 60 days of arrival will have a $200 fee
Cancelled bookings within 60 days of arrival there is no refund unless you have trip insurance.
We do offer optional trip insurance for 7% of total booking that is offered on our online booking site, Please contact me for specifics
Administrative fee includes cleaning, credit card fees and booking fees
Snowbird special rate $2800 (4 weeks) January and February months

To insure the highest cleaning standards we are an allergy free home
NO PET
NO SMOKING

Availability

Last updated April 15, 2024

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Map

Nearest Airport: VPS Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport - 20 miles
Nearest Bar: Kenny D's, walking distance - 0.4 miles
Nearest Beach: Gulf, walking distance - 0.4 miles
Nearest Golf: Regatta Bay - 3 miles
Nearest Restaurant: Kenny D's and Captain Daves, walking distance - 0.4 miles

Hosted by Linda Mlinarcik

Linda Mlinarcik

Member since 2019

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We are the owners of 'Secret Paradise' located in Emerald Shores, Destin Florida. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 2010 and purchased our beach home that same year. My husband and I were both born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Married for 37 years and have two children who are both married and have recently welcomed a new grandchild into our growing family! We are truly blessed. We plan on making many more family memories of our own at our homes Secret Paradise and Simply Paradise!
We love the change of seasons up north but always vacationed at the beach. Destin is the perfect beach destination and once we found it we had to spend more time in this place we call paradise! We spend as much time as we can at our beach homes in Destin and are happy to share it with others when we are not there.
​Come see why we call Destin our Secret Paradise!
The first time we visited Destin was in the summer of 2008 and found it to be a true Secret Paradise. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio we did not know a clear emerald water beach existed in the United States until we found Destin. The bright white sand and clear water is breathtaking! We now own a 'Secret Paradise' and would like to share it with others! We take pride in great customer service and enjoy helping each guest with their perfect vacation so please call us to discuss your travel needs!

Linda purchased this House in 2010

Why this property? Secret Paradise is located on a cul-de-sac in the family oriented Emerald Shores neighborhood. We like having a gated community and it's convenient location to the beach. Having two pools to enjoy and a private beach pavilion is a 'one of a kind' offered in the Destin area. Also the free tram service to the beach in peak season is a great feature!

What makes this House unique
A short five minute walk to the beach and also strategically placed between the two pools offered. We not only have three porches on the front of the home we also have a private porch on the back of the home. Our long driveway on the side of the home makes parking your vehicles easy and out of the way. We are so relaxed and comfortable in our beach home and hope the same for you and your family!.

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Guestbook comments from the host:

House is beautiful and very well maintained. Had everything we needed and more!! Walk to Beach wasn’t bad!! Definitely on the repeat


Aug 2019

Nice property with great amenities. Overall very quiet and feels secluded although it really isn't. Not too along of a walk to the beach and a quick drive to the shopping locations. Definitely will stay again.


Jun 2019

We had a great time staying in Secret Paradise. We had multiply families with kids but you would never know it. The house is spacious and filled with all the amenities. The kitchen is fully loaded! The beach closet had everything you could ever think of for the beach so pack light! Emerald Shores is a nice private community with beach access and restrooms. We saw dolphins about everyday! We will be visiting again!.


Mar 2019

Can't say enough about the property. First rate accommodations....has everything one would need to have an enjoyable vacation. Easy access to pool / beach, etc...would not hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a great place to stay. Thanks Linda!!!


Sep 2018

We had a great vacation and already have plans to return again!!

Thanks Linda for answering all my questions and helping to make this a wonderful family vacation spot.


Aug 2018

Tammy L.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are the homeowners accessible with any questions before and during your stay?

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Yes, we answer quickly any question you may have before and during your stay. We pride ourselves on great customer service! Guests find we are very helpful and quick to reply.

Q:

Is the home as welcoming as the photos indicate?

A:

Upon arrival we have had guests reply that our home is more than they expected when entering. We update our photos with current upgrades and keep our home clean and welcoming

Q:

Is the kitchen fully equipt?

A:

Yes we have everything you need to dine in! Added beverage cooler too! We have multiple griddles, crock pots, coffee makers, spices to share, extra items that most homes do not have. We vacation in the home so we are sure our guest have everything they need to enjoy the week!

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    Secret Paradise, luxury 5 bedroom, 3 story home with 4 porches!
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    New beverage frig added in 2022 with 150 can capacity!
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    First floor KING master and recently added 50 inch tv with roku
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    First floor master onsuite bath with walk in shower and upgraded amenities.
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    Freshly painted room with 2 TWIN beds and a QUEEN sleeper
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    Freshly painted room with 2 TWINS and a QUEEN sleeper
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    Third floor KING master suite with attached full bath and private balcony
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    Third Floor onsuite off King bedroom. Private suite with private balcony too!
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    First floor full laundry with stainless sink and complimentary laundry detergent
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Loved every part of staying at Secret Paradise

My family and another family of friends spent Easter 2024 and Spring Break in this lovely home. The details and thought that went in to making this home suitable for famiies made it evident Linda loves this home and it is so much more than a rental. It literally had everything we could have needed from cooking utensils to 2 crock pots, ample storage, hangers in the closets, extra bedding, and an entire closet full of games AND a closet full of outdoor beach and pool toys! This is our 3rd time spending Spring Break in Emerald Shores but our 1st time at this house and the upgrades, convenience, and space was just a better fit for our group. We will be back to stay at this home again!

Stayed: Submitted: April 09, 2024

Owner response

Yes we do vacation in our home Secret Paradise as it is our "home away from home" When you texted as you arrived and mentioned your family said our home was "gorgeous and you thought of everything!" it truly made my day. I work hard to be sure our guests get premium customer service and have access to all the amenities a family could need to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Happy you enjoyed your stay and will return as we appreciate all our guests!

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Perfect Trip!

We love Miramar Beach and the Emerald Shores neighborhood. This is our second time staying at Secret Paradise and it is comfortable, updated, clean and a short walk to the beach. Close to Kenny D's and Pompano Joes. Love the beach bathroom access. Lots of sand toys and wagon included. Property easily fit our family of eleven and we had a great week! Home owner is a pleasure to work with.

Stayed: Submitted: April 02, 2024

Owner response

Enjoy welcoming repeat guests to Secret Paradise! Our location is so convenient to the beach and area restaurants which is one of the reasons we purchased this home 14 years ago. I pride myself on great customer service so happy you found me “a pleasure to work with “! Our pavilion beach access is the best convenience for our gated community with bathrooms right in the beach! Looking forward to hosting another family vacation!

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Thanksgiving reunion

We love this house. There is not room in laundry room, but an extra small refrigerator would be nice. The small "cooler" does not get cold enough to store drinks. This house is very nicely furnished with everything we need for the week. It is always clean and ready for us when we arrive. This will be our 3rd year staying in this house.

Stayed: Submitted: February 03, 2024

Owner response

We appreciate your being a repeat Thanksgiving guest at our home Secret Paradise! We added a beverage refrigerator that holds 150 cans or for wine storage! Hope this helps our guests enjoy their stay. Our cleaning staff does a wonderful job getting the home ready and their attention to detail is so appreciated. Looking forward to have you back this year to create more family memories at our beach home!

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A Home Away from Home - Perfect Family Getaway

Our family has had the pleasure of staying at this condo nestled in the Emerald Shores community in Destin, FL, every summer since 2021, and it has become our home away from home. From the spacious accommodations to the family-friendly amenities, this place has never failed to exceed our expectations.The condo is ideal for a large family like ours, providing ample room for everyone to relax and unwind. The beautifully decorated interior creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it easy to settle in and feel comfortable right from the start. The attention to detail in maintaining the condo is evident, as everything appears pristine and well-cared-for.One of the highlights for us is the convenient access to not just one, but two pools. This feature proved to be a lifesaver on days when we wanted a change from the beach. The pools are well-maintained and provide a refreshing break for both adults and children alike.Speaking of the beach, the condo's proximity to the shoreline is fantastic. A short and pleasant walk brings you to the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico, making it easy to enjoy the sun, surf, and sand whenever the mood strikes. This convenience truly enhances the overall vacation experience.The kitchen is a chef's dream, well-stocked with a variety of cooking utensils, pots, and pans. It's evident that the owner has taken great care to ensure that guests have everything they need to prepare delicious meals. The addition of a high-quality gas grill is a thoughtful touch, perfect for those family barbecue nights.The family-friendly vibe of this condo is evident in every detail. From the comfortable furnishings to the thoughtful amenities, it's clear that the owner understands the importance of creating a space that caters to families.In conclusion, our annual summer retreat to this Destin condo has become a cherished tradition for our family. We look forward to creating more unforgettable memories at this wonderful beachfront oasis in the years to come.

Stayed: Submitted: February 02, 2024

Owner response

We appreciate all your kind words about your vacation experiences at our home Secret Paradise! Calling Secret Paradise your "home away from home" makes us so happy. The tradition of staying year after year is why we share our home. Every year we do upgrades to our beach home and am happy our repeat guests are able to enjoy the extra details year after year. Since our family also vacations at our homes we make sure it is well stocked with everything our guests need for a stress free vacation!

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Great Trip

Great family house with many extra amenities. Spacious home, plenty of seating, bathrooms and bedrooms for my family trip. Thank you Linda!

Stayed: Submitted: January 18, 2023

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Happy you had a great family trip and found our home comfortable! Hope the extra amenities made your stay relaxing. We appreciate your business! We look forward to your return visit.

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Awesome

My sisters and I arrived Saturday August 29th @ , warm like bath water. Pool was Great! Neighbors were friendly. Had a wonderful vacation. Recommended for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation. Thank you Linda.

Stayed: Submitted: September 21, 2020

Owner response

So thankful you and your sisters had a great vacation! We appreciate all our guests and look forward to your return!

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