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Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk

Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Welcome to Sandcastle!

Where your life will never be the same after time spent in our Gulf Front home. This very spacious home has recently been completely remodeled, with upgrades and fresh paint inside and out. We, the owners, have a goal to offer our guests the feel of being at home while at the beach. This goal is being accomplished by offering a clean spacious home with very classy upgraded decor, amenities and covered parking!

Enjoy the screened porch for just relaxing, reading a book or watching the world's most beautiful sunsets (See Listing Photos). These sunsets can be seen from the Grand room, the screened porch or from the two master suites. Free Broadband-Wireless and Cat 5 hook ups! Free cable TV, four TVs, DVD player with Netflix connection.

The two Gulf front Master Suites with private baths have spectacular ocean, beach and sunset views.

Your children will enjoy their private room with TV. This room sleeps three.

If that is not enough, just take a very short walk on our walkway to the sugar sand beach to soak up the sun, swim, hunt shells, or take a stroll on the prestigious Cape San Blas beach.

WARNING! Once you get here, you will not want to leave Sandcastle, but relax, you can make reservations for next year before you leave!

NOTE! Due to safety and insurance liability, the top deck of the house is not open.

Keywords: Detached Gulf Front Beach House

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We so enjoyed our family vacation at your home on Cape San Blas. Weather and water were absolutely perfect. We spent a wonderful week of relaxation on the Cape. Your home was everything we could have asked for. We fixed all of our meals so the kitchen served us well. We enjoyed fresh doughnuts in the morning from the Trading Post. Days were spent on the beach or the screened in porch....took walks and/or bike rides on the bike path.....and many long walks on the beach where we found some beautiful shells. The worst part was having to leave on Saturday morning. We cannot wait to make another visit to the Cape and your home.

Thank you so much for your hospitality.
Jun 2013
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Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle

Great Place!

  • 4 of 5
We found this place to be beautifully decorated, as well as very clean and comfortable inside. Beds and sofas were plenty comfortable. Beautiful views from the screened in porch - especially the sunsets. As other reviewers commented the exterior deck/stairs are you could expect. And there were a couple of unusual deck stair transitions, but nothing that we couldn't navigate safely. The screened in porch had indoor/outdoor carpet, so it was easy to be barefoot. Well appointed kitchen. Great wifi. Highly recommend!!!
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Sandcastle! FYI... We have been trying to get the deck rebuilt for seven months. But due to EPA restriction and permitting, the process took much longer than we anticipated. Hopefully it will be done this April. Thanks for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!
Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle
Nesbit, MS, USA

Return Satistfied Customer

  • 5 of 5
In the process of referring this home to others, I came across the 1-star disputed review for August 2014. We stayed in the home from 9/28 until 10/4/14. I can speak directly to the house and its condition. My comments are UNSOLICITED. I have no business relationship with the owners other than being a renter at this fabulous house.

Decking: I am by profession a Manager of Safety at a fortune 500 company. Is the back deck in need of some work? Yes. Is it a safety hazard? Absolutely not! It could use some sanding, a new coat of paint and a few nails on one or two loose (but not raised) planks. One step settled maybe 1/4" when my 220 pound frame stood on it. At no time was anyone in my family in fear of injury other than a minor splinter. I made a family rule to wear sandals on the deck; but they would have done that anyway, because it becomes hot from the sun. The comments from the August review are drastically overblown.

Furniture: If there was a problem with the sofa, it wasn't apparent to us. The sofa was brand new. If that was in response to the previous reviewer's complaint, then so be it. As responsible owners, I would expect to be notified of issues and then immediately remedy them. But I can positively say that as of our stay, the indoor furniture was in outstanding condition. Outdoor furniture is showing normal wear and tear for being outdoors and being exposed to a salt air environment.

Kitchen: We rent a lot. This was one of the best stocked kitchens we've experienced. However, I'm contemplating giving the home a 1 star rating because there was no cheese grater. LOL

Insects: Go down to the homes on Aruba Drive if you want bugs. We went cheap one year because of medical bills. Regretted it. But seriously, I grew up in Florida. Bugs reappeared within days of spraying. It is impossible to be bug-free in Florida, especially in a non-urban environment. If this bugs you (pun intended), go to the mountains for vacation. Linens: No issues. Cleanliness: Excellent

In all seriousness, we came back to the Sand Castle for a reason. In my opinion, it is the best home on the Cape. Is it going to be perfect? No home going out to renters ever is. But our two most memorable vacations as a family were at the Sand Castle. My children frequently talk about them and the house. Holly bent over backwards for my family. We had a reasonable, special request that she graciously accommodated. We will keep returning.
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words! We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Sandcastle and we look forward to having you back. We will assure you there will be a cheese grater next time you come. :-)
Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle


  • 5 of 5
This home lives up to all the pictures on the website, it's very spacious and very clean. Not only is it perfectly located for Gulf views from all angles in the house, but since it faces the western sky you also see the spectacular sunset each evening. It doesn't get old. Last night on the evening news we heard there will be a lunar eclipse in the western sky. Being from the city I've never experienced this phenomena, and to be able to view this by the sea shore was absolutely priceless. We've travelled to famous beaches in St. John USVI, Jamaica, and Hawaii, and I must say this location rivals them all. For a truly stress free vacation bring foodstuffs so you don't have to drive into town. There are lots of fresh seafood markets and with a charcoal grill on the property you can easily have a five star meal while watching the sunset. Did I mention this doesn't get old! Also the sunrise is just as spectacular even though the porch faces the western sky, and the dolphins make their appearance around 7:30am!!!
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle

A Totally Misrepresented, Unkempt, Unsafe Beach Rental....Beware

  • 1 of 5
Subject: Review of Sandcastle for 8/16-8/23/14 as advertised by VRBO
My husband and I rented the Sandcastle for a stress free week to enjoy the beach and have a respite from our busy schedules.
We were shocked at how poorly maintained this house is from the unsafe attached deck and pathway to the beach to the furniture, kitchen equipment and even the bed linens. Below is a list of what we found in this rental.
1. The deck was splintered, peeling and unsafe, the planks were uneven and raised some as much as 1.5 inches and those were in locations that caused us to trip and almost fall on several occasions. They could not be avoided as several were right outside the door and the deck was the only entry to the beach. THIS IS A MAJOR SAFETY HAZARD!
2. The furniture was so rundown both on the porch and in the living room. The living room furniture was dusty and had a very musty odor and the supports on the sofa were obviously broken or bent as evidenced by the droop in the center. The porch furniture has holes on seats. Even the lamps and lamp shades were torn and dented. The picnic table was unusable as the bench was broken and the table was the center
3. The kitchenware, pots and pans were both dented, old,greasy and dirty as were the kitchen counters and even the knife block. There were red ants in the left cabinet that got into the few items we had purchased.. We had to get bug spray ($9.99) from the Trading Post to spray the cupboards. I had planned to cook during our stay and after we found the ants (during lunch) and dirt we had to eat all of our meals out.
4. The bed sheet on the upstairs bed had a huge (at least 4") hole right under the pillow on the right side of the bed. That had to be seen by the housekeeper when the bed was made.
I am appalled at the misrepresentation of this rental and can't believe anyone would in all honesty charge the large nightly rate for this and not put some of the money back into the care of this home. We have stayed in some first class hotels right on the beach for less then what was charged per night. The owner claims to be insulted by this honest evaluation of their rental and even stated our unhappiness with their house was our fault! I have pictures confirming the truth in everything I have stated. I will send them in a follow-up. Anyone renting this place does so at their own risk!
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As the owners of Sandcastle, we want everyone reading this review to understand that this posting is from a guest whose expectations were impossible to meet. Given the fact that the guest’s unreasonable demand was not granted, the guest decided to post a review that was intended to damage our reputation.
The guest was determined to be negative and demeaning from the time of her arrival.
Starting with the smell of the cleaning solution used by our housekeeper. We were accused immediately of misrepresenting the house as being “allergen free”. In fact, we only state that our house is Smoke & Pet Free due to a family member with allergic reaction to pets, not “allergen free”. From that point, the guest continued to complain about every aspect of the home including overall cleanliness, furniture, pots/pans, boardwalk, deck furniture etc. When she complained about ants, we offered to have our pest control company (we have regular pest control service) come out immediately to remedy the situation but the offer was refused by the guest.
Shortly after checkout the guest informed us that she had left a cosmetic bag with expensive face creams in the house. We had our housekeeper and the next guests check for the bag but it was not found. The guest immediately accused our housekeeper of stealing the bag although our housekeeper has returned far more expensive items left by guests in the past.
After checkout, the guest threatened posting an extremely negative review unless we refunded half of the weekly rental. In the past, we have liberally given discounts to customers who have encountered issues that were beyond our control but in this case we decided we were not going to allow a refund. The issue in this case isn’t about money it’s the principal.
To all of our return and new guests, we want to assure you that we will continue to make Sandcastle an affordable, comfortable, clean, safe and enjoyable beach house.

Gordon & Holly
Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle
Franklin, Tn

Babs and family

  • 5 of 5
Our family had a wonderful week staying at Sandcastle. The home was comfortable and well equipped. We especially loved eating meals on the screened porch. The beach is beautiful, and just a few steps away on the pretty little boardwalk. We would love to come back next year.
  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had a wonderful time! Look forward to seeing you at Sandcastle next year!
Sandcastle- Beautiful Gulf Front Beach House with Private Board Walk
Cape San Blas Florida Panhandle
Yellow Springs, OH

Serenity on the Beach!

  • 5 of 5
If you would like a lovely location with wonderful views and tons of peace & quiet, Sandcastle is the place! Cape San Blas was a lovely destination. Keep in mind the closest town is about a 20 minute drive. We enjoyed spending some of the evenings in Port St Joe and other times in Apalachicola. Love that town! If you like craft beers, the Owl Café is the place to go.

The house was well appointed (except the sofa and loveseat have seen better days) but the rest of the facility was clean, up to expectations and a wonderful experience.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport at 75 Miles

Swimming, Fishing, Crabbing, and Shelling in the Ocean and Bay, very close the ST. Joseph Peninsula State Park at Cape San Blas, close to the best deep sea charter fishing docks anywhere, and much much more!!!


From $1,795 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 14 2015 - May 22 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 23 2015 - Aug 21 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Aug 22 2015 - Sep 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall
Sep 19 2015 - Oct 24 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • One Time Cleaning Fee $150.00
  • Refundable Damage Deposi $300.00
  • Tax Rate 12.0%
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Total estimated amount
Updated: May 22, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront


  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single, Day Bed with Trundle (sleeps 2)
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (2), Bunk Bed, Day bed with trundle (1)


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Free Broadband-wireless and cat 5 hookups, check your emails free from your laptop! Cable TV, 3D Blue-ray Disc Player/DVD player/Netflix enabled. This is a NON-SMOKING home. NO PETS allowed.

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