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.
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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My Standard Rate
Feb 1 2014 - Feb 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Please note, rentals run from Saturday to Saturday.
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
Winter between holidays N