House, 5 Bdrms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 17, House
Mounted on 13-ft pilings to give kitchen, living room and dining area Gulf of Mexico views over the low rooftops of its neighbors, this 5 bdrm 3 bath house offers a bargain package for young outdoorsy families not looking for luxury lodgings, providing an inexpensive alternative to the luxury homes to its east & west along County Road 30-A, Walton County's newly popular stretch of Florida's Emerald Coast.
A water lover's delight, Almarito's in-ground, screened pool is heated to 90 degrees F. all year round at no extra charge, it features a 40 ft lap lane, an access ramp with stainless hand railing for those who hate steps and like to pull themselves out of the water up its gradual slope to the pool deck, and a special 15 x 16 area for tiny tots, separated by barriers for kids into one ft deep and 2 ft deep areas, to make them feel more secure, and then slopes down into 3 ft & adult depths.
For safety, there is no deep end and no diving area to endanger the little ones.
Two pool decks are provided, one screened for adults, next to the tots, the other, designed for suntan fanatics, sits outside the area shaded from the sun's full rays for the children by the thick mesh screen, tightly woven to keep out the tiniest "no-see-ums." Between the pool and the covered recreation deck with the ping pong table and kid-height basketball net, a charcoal grill and picnic tables provided space for outdoor pool side dinners.,
With 3 full baths and extra wash basins in 2 of the bedrooms, this home is designedd for your family vacations and reunions. With all those baths and bedrm basins,, nobody has to wait to shave or wash the babies after diaper changes.
For Gulf of Mexico swimming,, the house is right at the pedestrian crossing to two beach accesses, a short stroll either east or west, making things easier for kids crossing 30_A carrying their beach gear less than a hundred yards overall.
The great covered ground level recreation area has a brand new ping pong table, low basketball net for pre-teens and a screened area with a dining table and comfy chairs for keeping track of the tots or enjoying a shaded cocktail hour after a relaxing a day at the pool or beach.
The dining area will seat thirteen and the kitchen has all amenities including dishes, pots and pans, toaster, blender and microwave for cooking, serving and entertaining a large group. Two large washers and one clothes dryer on site for your use.
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About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
This is to notify guests that Almarito, which today has a different "look" than under a different manager, now gone several years, with reducted air conditioing & new compressor, continues to offer the largest private rental house pool, 40 x 31 ft, in "Old Seagrove Beach," Fla., screened against insects, its deck rebleached white & thoroughly scrubbed each week & always between guests, heated all year round to up to 90 degrees, if so desired, at no extra charge to its renters, still provides its earlier excellent view from its dining room, living room, kitchen & front porch, of the beautiful blue Gulf of Mexico,sparkling at noon out to the horizon with diamond like flecks of light, and, later, reflections in the clouds above & on the surface of its waters, of the myriad colors cast on them by the rising & setting of the sun, weather permitting, & call the attention of prospective guests to the two 5-star and one 4-star favorable reviews headlined on earlier client "review" pages as, "Fun at Almarito," ""Good Times," and "Tree House Beach House" praisinig Almarito as being perfect then for young fun-loving outdoorsy families, posted both before (2 of them) and after (the other) an outdated 2011 blog by a guest guest then refused thousands of dollars in refunds he demanded not to criticize the house with photos taken 4 years ago under different management, these 4- & 5- star reviews testifying how well Almarito then continued to meet the needs of those not handicapped by their inability to climb stairs and/or their desire for luxury accomodations not to be expected at Almarito's bargain basement cost thousands of dollars below prices charged for the new 5 bedroom 3 bath gulf view houses (but many without even a gulf view or private or heated swimming pool) in neighboring luxury resort villages to our east and west.
We prefer that those seeking a citified luxury home with "fine furniture and fixins" not tie up with their reservations our house, leaving it for cost concious consumers preferring not to divert extra thousands of dollars from paying tuitions and other vital costs, people who won't gluily sit inside & upstairs, rather than going outside into the gulf, enjoying with their children the comfort of a heated pool on the coolest nights, or shooting baskets and playing ping pong on the wood-floored playdeck downstairs, sheltered from the weather by the house above it, or badmiinton over a net strung up in the backyard.
3 based on 17 traveler reviews
Frat House Vacation Home
247383,Almaretto, Seagrove Beach
This Georgia ranter/reviewer disregarded all basic rental tenant rules and customs. left the beds matted messes, personally phoned me using insulting language in speech recorded on my answering machine in barely intelligible phraseology and pronunciation, clearly getting his holiday celebration off to a roaring start, insulted with such contempt and demeaning language he almost provoked to violence our polite and calm demeanored handy man, trying to piece together our ping pong table shattered by the earlier spring breakers, who also used a knife or other sharp instrument to slice open every panel of our cocktail hour patio's screen before pulling the remnants out of their tracks, and only backed down on the advice of his mother, listening on an open phone line in a call she had just begun with her son.
This rental owner's witnessed nightmare of a tenant repeatedly left messages he indicated were made by him "from the dump next door," the expression he used to described the "tree house" so praised with multi-starred reviews by others capable of reading my web prose written to damp enthusiasm of greedy status seekers who disregarded my discouraging prose and went ahead & booked this bargain basement basic beach house I so clearly warned with my wording that this type should ignore and go pay the thousands of dollars more necessary to pay for the larger rooms, newer furniture and other features my pictures clearly showed he could never get at Almarito, which I carefully described as a "basic" beach house for "young" families and therefore should stay away from this house with 5 web pictures of stairways passing thru 5 levels of decks to our 3rd floor main living area and roof top deck, about which female members of his party, handicapped by age & weight, constantly complained to him.
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Contrary to previous negative comments, Almarito is accurately portrayed in the photos and descriptions. We would describe it as a “quirky, rambling old place”. It is rustic, but the important things that should be new and clean, certainly are. The bathroom fixtures and fridge are spotless. The linens are plentiful and clean. There are indeed LOTS of stairs –but those stairs serve a great purpose ----- to get you to the super high “sky deck” (awesome!!!) - No better place to sit and ocean/sunset watch in all of Old Seagrove. The views are even great from the main living area (2nd floor) as the homes on the Gulf side are one-story. What a location!
We have used the heck out of the large pool, as being situated under mature trees, has made for a comfortable place to swim in the heat of the day. Please note that even though the pool is good for “grandparents” as the owner’s description states – this place in general is not geared toward that demographic due to the stairs. Laid back families with lots of kids, though, should find this place well suited to their needs. There are lots of gates and attention paid to making this place small child-friendly.
Our week here has had quite a few stormy days, but there has been plenty to do and places to be on the property, thus avoiding cabin-fever.
The manager, Arlene, has been incredibly attentive. Please note that this is an OLDER home so….. sure, there are little things that either didn’t work right or we didn’t have, but she was immediately responsive, even providing convenience items like a plunger and some extra silverware. Of course it is nice to have a home where everything works perfectly, but you will pay double for it. We are a casual, laid back group that appreciates “vintage”, so this has been a perfect place for our vacation.
PS – the A/C works fine.
Seagrove, the gulf view hot tub, the 360 degree star gazing sky deck, the 5th bedroom & the extra 2 tons of central air conditioning capacity plus 4 extremely silent emergency units (you only hear rushing air, with no engine noise at all), retired 2 years ago, not needed after we replaced aging distribution and return air ducts & on permanent. We prefer no inquiries at all from people who book the house and block out for months other potential customers from enjoying Almarito, who then arrive & demand a refund because they dislike all the stairs on this high stilt house & then decide to make up a list of complaints in to try to justify demandin a refund of their advance payment, particularly unappreciated since some showed up without making the mandatory 2nd half of their initial advance payment in the first place. We prefer you to others like that group trying to get their stair refund by saying the house is dirty after arriving 3 hours early & (the second half of their group, who made the stair complaint despite all the stair pictures on our web site), insisting on moving in against our advice that the house cleaning was not completed or inspected yet, or who testify that the a/c techs were wrong when I & the techs saw the temperature was dropping after their pre-rental tech service call, & the a/c techs said the a/c was running great, as you reaffirm, as well, was the case when you enjoyed your stay.
Let the others go to newly built 1-story houses in more chic resorts -- of which there are plenty nearby with prices, in our size range, but only for up to $2,000 or $3,000 more per week --but few,if any, with pools of our size, probably none screened and shaded by trees as ours, with, in the same residence, both that gulf view from the interior & a higher deck with a hot tub gulf view, and a higher sky deck....up more stairs...with a 360 degree view of the entire night sky.
It's an oldie, but a goodie, & I am glad there are so many reviewers, like you, who appreciate these homes with "character" which are not budget busters, but truly beach cottages where you can be laid back and relaxed.
Consumer Beware (Mississippi and Tennessee)
Activity and Interests
Stride in the Steps of Jim Carey as U Enjoy Seaside's Spa, Bars, Boutiques, Hair Stylists.
Walk to nearby restaurants, bike a couple of minutes west on your separate protected bicycle trail to the prize-winning resort town of Seaside, famous as site of the movie "The Truman Show," with its art stores, beautiful parks and shops of every description. The grassy slopes of the circular outdoor arena in the center of town host evening and afternoon concerts, craft fairs, auto shows, a weekly farmers' market and many other activities. Visit the Panhandle's premier hair stylist at the entry to Seaside's Ruskin Place.
An excellent Repertory Theater, whose local company has a full a year-round season, ice cream shops and a gourmet grocery are only a few of the many convenient features only steps away from Seagrove.
People from near and far gather at Seagrove Beach's and Seaside's rooftop bars and eateries atop the Whiskey Bravo Resturant and Bud and Alley's restaurant to watch the gulf's glorious sunsets and hope Bud & Alley's bell tolling its disappearance rings at the moment they have chosen in the daily guessing game, plus. With Bud & Alley's, The Gret Suthern & Crush in Seaside, to the west, and Whiskey Bravo in the next block east of Almarito and old Seagrove's finest restaurant, "V", in between, you can find fine food and fun bar rooms and places to meet new friends no matter which way you turn.
For the nature minded, we have many state parks and and an 18 mile bicycle path that follows Scenic Hwy 30-A, running along the shore, designated the "Emerald Coast". There is kayaking at Grayton State Park, bicycling the Timpoochee Trail, and, for bargain-hunters, a 20 minute drive to the outlet stores of Sandestin, with shops featuring Saks, Brooks Brothers, and other shops for formal and casual wear.
Any direction on 30-A , east or west, will take you to charming towns with each offering shops, bars, restaurants and/or entertainment a little different from its neighbors.
- Nightly Rate: $175 - $325
Weekly Rate: $810 - $2150
Monthly Rate: $1500 - $4000
Winter (to March 3) $130 a Night; $875 a Week
Spring Break 2012 March 3-April 21 $1995.00/wk only
Late Spring April 21-May 25 $277.00/nite 3 nite min
Summer 2012 May 26 - Aug 11 $2250.00 weekly only
Late Summer Aug 11 $1800.00/wk $285/nite, 3 nite min
Early Fall Sept 5 - Nov 18 $200/nite, Thanksgiving 225/nite
Late Fall Nov 26-Dec 22 $175.00/nite, 3 nite min
Christmas Week, 195/nite
11.5% State and local taxes, as well as $225.00 cleaning fee will be added to all rates
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- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Ocean View
- Water View
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- outlet shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities
- basketball court
- deepsea fishing
- sound/bay fishing
- 3 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
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- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
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- Almarito's entire living area is on the second floor, on 13-foot stilts, looking down on the Gulf of Mexico from the long southern facing front porch. Mature landscaping surrounds the house, with live oaks and magnolias providing privacy. Washer, dryer and dishwasher serve practical needs. Wireless internet, big-screen TV and DVDs plus stereo, disc player standing ready for those seeking pure entertainment. Use off street parking in driveway for 4 vehicles plus park 3 more cars in private parking spaces off street. All three queen bedrooms, one with an extra double bed, feature adjoining bathrooms, and two bedrooms have in-room wash basins for extra convenience. One bedroom, with a double bed below and a single above, has access to two bathrooms. one on each side. The 5th bedroom, with two bunk beds, sleeps 4 kids, with little floor space, but has another wash basin for baby care or child care of for men to use for shaving when the other bathrooms are tied up.