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Summer Haven Turtle Pen in St Augustine

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vacation rental description

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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Lola Jane Johnson 904-347-5170

house rental amenities

super entertainment center/surround sound
additional television/VCR/DVD in bedroom
charcoal grill
fire pit

activities and attractions in St Augustine Atlantic Coast North

Multiple golf courses nearby
East access to fishing, kayaking, motor boating
Marineland's dolphin encounter
Historical downtown St. Augustine & lighthouse

vacation rental rates

$ 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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Wonderful New Years Vacation

Review submitted: January 8, 2014   Date of arrival: December 28, 2013

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!

Recommended for: age 55+, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Great Location!

Review submitted: August 14, 2013   Date of arrival: July 19, 2013

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!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Relaxing days away from home

Review submitted: July 16, 2013   Date of arrival: July 8, 2013

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.

Recommended for: age 55+

Owners 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.

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