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Property Details

Updated: May 21, 2015
House, 1 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 5 Sleeps

Come and stay at our custom-built marsh-front BEACH HOME -- located

just a block off the beach.

You will have all of the upper level (2nd story) & widow's peak

to yourself. We are located 15 minutes south of histrocial downtown

St. Augustine, 5 minutes north of Marineland, the world's first

underwater studio and 'oceanarium' and just 35 minutes north of the world-famous, fun-

filled Daytona Beach, all beautiful coastal drives.

The upper level consists of a huge Dining-Kitchen-Living area

with 1/2 bath, spacious bedroom with large full bath, wrap-around

deck and a widow's peak/tower. The petite dining nook rests in the

southeast corner and offers an ocean view. The modern, all-electric

kitchen is fully equipped and separated from the living area by a

full-length, old-Florida pecky cypress bar. The roomy living area

is covered by cherry/oak wood floors hand-made from trees cut right

here in Florida. The bedroom (with plush king-sized bed) and living

area open onto wrap-around deck. The west-facing deck is uncovered

for those sunbathers not wanting to leave the house, and the

southeast-facing deck is covered for a shaded repreive. Ascend the

spiral staircase to the tower for a panaramic view of the ocean,

marshland (top left pic), Matanzes Inlet, Summer Haven River & the Intracoastal


Downstairs you have an outdoor garden shower (hot/cold)and a

small deck looking out over the marsh. ALL VERY PRIVATE!

Our custom-built home was made-to-order for 2 self-indulgent

adults and is quite exquisite with its indigenous Florida wood

accents -- the cypress bar, cherry-wood cabinetry, baseboards, and

door framing/rosettes. Although built for 2, it sleeps 4

comfortably (sofa-bed) and up to 7 rather closely (blow-up mattress

available). We sometimes use the blow-up mattress just to sleep out

under the stars!

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  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet

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Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. It is a beautiful house and the beaches surrounding it are lovely. It was very comfy and cozy. A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX
Aug 2010
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9 Reviews

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Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area

Jewl of Matanzas

  • 5 of 5
my wife and I booked this trip for our 10 year anniversary for a long weekend staycation. We couldn't have been happier with everything. They property was hidden away and the home was very homie. We will definitely be back soon.
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Over the years, we have had a number of lovebirds staying with us, and they have all seemed to thoroughly enjoy our "beach house on the moon" with it's quiet privacy and roomy comfort. Thanks, Kevin, for your reaffirmation of this.
Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area
Columbia, SC

Wonderful New Years Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This was our 2nd visit to Summer Haven Turtle Pen. I neglected to write a review the 1st time in March and promised I would make up for the fault.
This is a great place for a couple and good dogs, or just a couple who likes a quiet beach. We brought our 3 dogs and spent a lot of time walking the beaches. It's a quick ride(or walk) over the Matanzas Inlet to the National Park beach, or just a few minutes down the road to Washington Oaks State Park and all of the trails. Of course, we walked over to Old A1A onto the beach right here and found plenty of shells and birds to chase (not me, the dogs).
The house is quiet and private behind a gate and the deck wraps around 2 sides of the house, so we could get winter sun without the breeze. Inside it is very comfortable and the owners took extra effort to make sure we were comfortable. They loaned us their bikes do we didn't have to bring our own and were flexible about arrival/departure times as the schedule allowed it.
Great restaurants, groceries, and tourist "stuff" are all with 30 minute drives or less yet you are away from the crowds with views of the ocean and ICW.
We will be back, maybe without dogs, or maybe with more!
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area
Tampa, FL

Great Location!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I decided to go to St. Augustine for our anniversary and were needing a one bedroom suite. We checked other condo's and some small beach houses, but they were very pricey and a bit dated. We stumbled across this house and gave it a try not only for its value, but also because we have never stayed at this location. We loved our stay! The master bedroom has a luxurious King-size bed and the home is filled with wood carvings, which I loved. The owner has also set up a nice entertainment system with surround sound, which we made use of due to the frequent rain on our visit. We took a short drive to the public beach down the road (maybe a half mile) and also visited the Fort Matanzas while there. I thought it was a little closer to downtown St. Augustine when we booked this house, but I was actually pleased to only have to deal with the traffic when we chose to venture downtown. We strongly suggest visiting Paula's Beachside Grill during your stay. You won't be disappointed with their burgers! Overall, this beach house is in a great spot and the perfect little hideaway. It is an upstairs apartment, but this was not an inconvenience to us. The widow's tower adds a nice touch, as well as all of the outdoor space. We were pleased with dealing with the owner, Lola Jane, as well because of her charm. The overall experience was great for us and we will definitely be visiting again (with the whole family next time!). True Florida Charm!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area
Lake City, Fl.

Relaxing days away from home

  • 5 of 5
We sat on the deck of this house & thoroughly enjoyed the cool breeze & comfortable furniture.
The bed was extremely comfortable too. The only thing we missed was a view of the ocean.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: While you do not have a direct view of the ocean from the deck, you need only ascend the spiral staircase to the widow's peak that gives you a panaramic view of the ocean, the Intercoastal Waterway, the salt-water marsh and the Matanzas Inlet and, on a clear day, Fort Matanzas National Monument.
Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area

Most relaxing stay....

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I have rented numerous homes via VRBO, this by far was the most relaxing place we have stayed. We are building a home in the area and wanted to stay the weekend to get familiar with our soon to be new hometown. We surprised ourselves and hardly left the property! We enjoyed the beaches during the morning but always came back to the home to relax. We bbq'd each night and enjoyed breakfast on the deck each morning. We were lucky enough to be there for the full moon. Watching the moon rise/set in coordiation with the sun set/rise from the widows walk was amazing.
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults
+1 -904-461-4479
St. Augustine St. Augustine Area
Omaha NE

Wonder house!!!!

  • 5 of 5
The second we saw this house on the internet, we knew we wanted to rent it.  We used all the great features of the house.  We watched stars from the deck, cuddled on the side porch, had fun in the outdoor shower and played with the kitties.  The different beaches, state parks and St Augustine itself have captured our hearts.  We know we will be coming back again and cannot imagine being here and not being at this wonderful house.  Thank you so much for letting us rent your home.
  • Submitted: May 25, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Daytona, Jacksonville, Sanford, Orlando at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Matanzas Inlet at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Matanzas Inlet at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : local at 1 Miles Car: necessary

Multiple golf courses nearby

East access to fishing, kayaking, motor boating

Marineland's dolphin encounter

Historical downtown St. Augustine & lighthouse


From $150 Per night

Rental rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

Weekly Rate: $800 - $800

Monthly Rate: $2300 - $2300

$ 150 nightly
400 3 nights
800 weekly
1000 10 days
2300 monthly

Rates based on 4 people and does NOT include cleaning fee (10% of
rental) and/or deposit ($150).


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Updated: May 21, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet


  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Half Bathroom


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1


  • Outdoor Grill


  • super entertainment center/surround sound additional television/VCR/DVD in bedroom charcoal grill fire pit FREE WiFi DOG FRIENDLY!

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