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Property Details

Updated: Sep 9, 2014
House, 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, 10 Sleeps

Come visit the other side of Destin, the bay side. Lion Gate is a lovely, bayfront estate in downtown Destin. The house is 3600 square feet on two floors, most rooms have water views. It sits on over an acre of land, the front full of moss hung oaks. The back of the house has a screened in patio and pool, with water views. There are lounge chairs, two umbrellas, two tables, a gas grill and a Weber grill on the patio. Down by the waterside is a 100' x 25' deck with a huge picnic table on one side and chaise lounges and an umbrella on the other side. There is a 200 foot dock, a covered boat house, a sunning deck, and jet ski lifts. Bring your boat or your jet skis, the house is very near a municipal boat launch and you can put your boat in the water for $10 in and then $10 out. It would take minutes to get your boat in the water and to the house where it can be available right out back for your entire stay. (The water here is quite shallow at times so the boathouse would not work for a sailboat or deep draft boat, although guests have anchored out a little way and come in to the boathouse on a smaller boat.) There is crabbing and fishing from the dock.

The house has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a den, a formal living room, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen. There is a separate small house out by the pool that has a sofa that pulls out to a queen sized bed, it can be used as a fifth bedroom, perfect for older kids or teens. Two of the bedrooms are downstairs, both have ensuite baths and king sized beds. The other two bedrooms are upstairs with one bathroom between them and a small sitting area, one has a king sized bed and the other has a queen. All of the bedrooms have tv, as does the den, the kitchen and the little poolside house. The house is wireless so bring your laptop, the den and master bedroom have extended cable channels and music choice. The house was my primary residence until recently and I have left all of my beautiful things for you to enjoy, it is not a typical vacation rental, it is a lovely place to enjoy gracious living bay side.

This house is located in Destin about 3 minutes by car to all the harbor nightlife and fabulous restaurants, and about 4 minutes by car to the beach. There is a seasonal pass to Henderson Beach that stays at the house for your use. Lion Gate is the perfect house for 2 families, the parents downstairs and the kids up. It is also perfect for 3 or 4 couples (3 couples would have complete separate privacy, the third couple having the upstairs to themselves). When I stated that the house sleeps 8 people, that is 8 people in 4 bedrooms with large, comfortable beds, no pull outs or bunk beds or futons.

I think you will love this side of Destin, with it's beautiful views, quiet, and complete privacy. Lounging by the pool or down by the water, looking at the bay from your own backyard, no tourists walking by, just you and the people you are with.

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  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets welcome

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"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area
Broken Arrow, OK, USA

Amazing Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This is an absolutely lovely and peaceful vacation home to rent for a family vacation. It made for some wonderful memories. We had our two daughters, son-in-law, and two grandsons with us to show them Destin. This home was wonderful with its' layout. The grandsons had one room upstairs with their parents on the same level. We had the master bedroom downstairs and our daughter had the second master. Extremely comfortable beds, quiet area, access on the dock for fishing which my husband did every morning, and the pool was great. We had a family dinner with relatives in the dining area which was so nice. There is so much room in this home that you never felt like anyone was in your space. It is well kept, the pool crystal clear, and close to everything that we did. The owner is amazing to work with, and we look forward to staying here again.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5
We just got back from Destin and this was a great place to stay! We had 6 teenagers from 15-20 ages group and 4 adults. It had 2 master bdrms which were perfect for the adults and the pool house was great for the 20yr old. The house is plenty big that you never felt like there were 10 people in the house. We ate breakfast/lunch/dinner there many times and had plenty of room. The pool was so awesome and with the jet ski lifts and the bay it was great that we could let the teenagers go ride and never have to worry about them!. We will rent again and look forward to it. The owner is so easy to work with and the house is clean and well took care of! The closets are SO big! If you had small children you could put a crib or a air mattress in the master closet and still have privacy.
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area
Newnan, Ga


  • 5 of 5
The only word for this rental is PERFECT!! We just came back from our vacation and everyone in our group fell in love with this rental. I will never look for another rental property again as long as this one is available. The house is beautiful, the furniture is gorgeous, the pool is wonderful and the views are amazing! Kathleen was such a wonderful person to deal with. We had a TV out the first night, and I emailed her the next morning, she had a replacement TV over at the house within a few hours. She had everything you could possibly need already supplied at the house. There were floats for the pool, beach chairs and beach toys, an extra cooler, fishing poles for fishing off the dock. She had a stack of beach towels for our use. All of the bathrooms had bottles of bath soaps and hand soaps for the sinks. Plenty of towels and wash rags. A gas grill and charcoal grill, which we used twice for grilling steak, fish and shrimp. The bedrooms are HUGE and the beds and linens were so comfy. We had a total of 11 people and we had no problems with sleeping arrangements or bathroom use. The pool house was very quaint and the two "young adults" we had in our group loved the privacy of it. You had complete privacy in the pool, the houses on both sides are almost completely blocked by beautiful trees and bushes. We also had two small dogs with us and they were in heaven being able to run around freely in the pool area. It was like a little oasis of pretty flowers, trees, and shrubbery. Every room had a TV, including a small rotating one in the kitchen, which my kids thought was the most amazing thing ever. We enjoyed fishing off the dock several evenings. The place was just so nice that the first 3 days of our vacation, we didn't even bother going to the beach, which is only about a 10 minute drive to either the Hendersen Beach State Park, or to the public beach. Kathleen did provide a beach pass for Hendersen Beach so you didn't have to pay, but we much preferred the public beach anyway just for all the activities going on there. I don't think I've left anything out, but if you're looking for the perfect vacation rental, this is it. I can't express enough how happy and satisfied we were. Thanks, Kathleen!! I look forward to coming back next year!!
  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area
Candler, NC, US

Spring Break in Style

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful place to stay and an overall wonderful experience. We had a great week at the house. The house was equipped with everything we could possibly need as well as lots of little extras that the owner left for our use. She went out of her way to make sure that we had a wonderful stay and would want to come back. We stayed here with our two teenagers and another family who had three teenage girls. There was plenty of room for everyone. The only boy in the group loved the pool house and slept there all week. The kids enjoyed playing all the games and working puzzles that was there for our use. There are many great books to enjoy and lots of cozy places to sit and read. We asked about golf courses and the owner had a list waiting for us about all the area courses. The driveway was a great place for the kids to ride scooters. This house was equipped with many more amenities than we usually find when we rent. Henderson Beach State park is very convenient and the park passes saved us $6. per car every time we went to the beach. I cannot say enough about how nice a rental this is. We plan to come back next year.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area
Arlington TX

Vacationing at its Finest!!! Love, Love, Love!

  • 5 of 5
At first we were leary of renting a property for our one week vacation versus staying in a hotel. But, after searching high and low for a property, we sunk our claws into this place with no reservations. And we were more than pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The pictures online do not do this place justice... it is magnificent and so serene and peaceful! There were 10 of us (6 adults and 4 kids) and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lion gate is like a home away from home; it is large enough where you are not bumping into each other, yet cozy enough that you all can enjoy each other's company! I hated leaving to go out anywhere... my husband and I want the floor plans for this place! During our stay, we were either at the beach, at the harbor or in the pool! The guys were fishing on the dock for two days straight I think because it was so convenient for them. The owner has practically everything you need for your stay from beach towels to fishing equipment to all the kitchen utensils! I cannot say enough good things about this house and our stay! We are planning our trip next year and will definitely stay at Lion Gate! It was absolutely magnificent and we hated to leave! Thank you Kathy for allowing us to occupy your lovely home! We are looking forward to our next visit!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck
+1 -850-420-3942
Destin Emerald Coast-Destin Area
Jackson, MS

Perfect Spot for a Destin Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
Love, love, love Lion Gate! Our family of 11 needed a large home that could accommodate our 26' boat and jet ski, and this property was perfect.

Let me start with the location. Just outside of the hustle and congestion of Hwy 98, large lot with oak trees, right on the bay. What more could you need? Using the back roads was so much nicer than getting stuck in the awful Hwy 98 traffic. Sunsets and sunrises over the bay, cool breezes, and peaceful evenings.

The house itself is amazing. Tastefully decorated but still feels very comfortable. We were all at ease immediately. Very large bedrooms with tremendous closet space. Our son inflated his queen sized air mattress in one of the closets, that's how large they are. The kitchen and bathrooms are stocked with everything you could need. Extra towels, blankets, and sheets are available. We have never stayed in a condo that was as well stocked from top to bottom as this house is. The owner sincerely wants to make your stay enjoyable. My father likes his quiet space, so the pool house worked great for him. Cute and cozy. We had friends over for dinner one night and wanted for nothing to prepare our pasta meal. The beautiful candles on the tables made the evening extra nice. Cooking burgers and hotdogs was easy because there is even charcoal provided for the grill! The pool area has lounge chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, pool toys, and sunscreen. The kids were swimming day and night. The blender from the kitchen yielded some tasty pina coladas, too!

We were needlessly worried about the water depth for our boat. It draws about 2 feet of water but we could pull it up to the dock at low tide. Other bay side house rentals couldn't accommodate our boat, but Lion Gate could! Our brother-in-law's jet ski fit easily into the lift, making it convenient to use whenever the mood struck. If you love having a private dock for your vacation, this house is for you. The kids delighted catching crab off the dock, and my husband caught redfish and trout. Need to bring our kayaks next time. In our boat, it took about 10 minutes to get to crab island. Jones Bayou boat launch is a beautiful facility and easily accessible. There was plenty of parking space at the house for our 3 trucks, mini van, jet ski trailer, and boat trailer.

In short, our family of seniors, adults, teenage boys, and toddlers all loved this house. We'll never rent a condo in Destin again as long as Lion Gate is available.
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Destin has all sorts of attractions beyond the gorgeous beaches. Be sure to try some of our water sports including parasailing, jet skiing, boating, and deep sea fishing, to name a few. Then there is the favorite local pastime of spending a day hanging out on your boat at Crab Island. Shopping is great in Destin, don't miss Smith's Antiques, Destin Commons, and the outlet mall. There are fabulous restuarants all along the harbor and if you love a tiki bar don't miss AJ's on a Sunday for the shrimp boil and live music. Big Kahuna's, the local waterpark is three minutes away.

Down the road a little to the east is a new outdoor mall, Destin Commons, full of shops and restaurants and a great movie theatre. A little further east is Baytowne Wharf, a planned community patterned after the French Quarter in New Orleans, it has tons of picturesque shops and restaurants. Keep going down Highway 98 eastward and there is a new upscale shopping/restaurant complex called Grand Boulevard, it has shops and 5 or 6 high end restuarants including a Tommy Bahamas. You may want to plan a day to go even farther down and check out Grayton Beach and Seaside, two very charming beach front communities with shopping and art galleries and great restaurants. Try The Red Bar in Grayton Beach or Bud and Alleys in Seaside.

Best of all is just relaxing and enjoying the house, pool and beautiful view with your family and friends.


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Winter Discount January 4-March 8 $1400/week
Early Spring March 8-April 5 $1800/week
Spring April 5-May 17 $2200/week
Summer May 10-August 16 $2800/week
Summer Discount August 16-September 13 $2200/week
Fall September 13-November 22 $1600/week
Fall Holiday November 22-November 29 $1800/week
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Property Type

  • house

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool


  • pets considered


  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Half Bathroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Screened pool (not heated) with chaise lounges and umbrellas Pool floats 100' waterside deck with huge picnic table, chaise lounges and umbrella Crab pots and nets Two fishing poles Two jet ski lifts 200 foot dock with covered boathouse and boat lift Sunning platform at end of dock Seperate poolside house set up as a fifth bedroom 2 car garage, plenty of other parking Long winding drive 3600 square foot house Washer and dryer Linens and towels Wifi TV's in all four bedrooms, the den, the kitchen and the pool house Various DVD's and VCR's 2 gas fireplaces Stereo Grills (gas and charcoal) Cooler, beach chairs and towels along with the use of a seasonal pass to Henderson Beach Three minutes from all harbor front bars and restaurants Five minutes to Henderson Beach Ten minutes to Destin Commons Fifteen minutes to Outlet Malls

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