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2mins to Beach, Like 2 Beach Houses in One, Pvt Heated Pool! in Destin

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Very close to the beach (2mins)! - Public Beach Access leads you onto stunning soft white sands and emerald green waters of the Panhandle. Our luxurious, large and comfortable home suits everyones needs from family and friends to groups for Weddings, birthday celebrations, reunions, etc. 
Many who stay at our home enjoy the short walk down to the beach in the evening and say it is an absolute must to enjoy the evening sounds of beach waves, cooling sands and watch the sun set – serenity to end your perfect day.

There is so much to do in Destin, if you can tear yourself away from our welcoming home and private pool couryard!   Anyone interested in recreational activities, will be pleased to know there are golf courses, waterparks, go-karting, various restaurants, fire work displays, dolphin cruises, some fabulous outlet malls (Silver Sands), science museum (great fun for the family!) etc. within an approx. 3 mile drive and we would be only too happy to provide further information on these activities if you so wish (some activities are limited over the low season months).  There is also the huge convenience of a supermarket (Publix) less than a mile from Peace Place, for you to stock up on your vacational supplies (there are two bbq's for your use - gas and grill coal).  The private pool has optional heating and, therefore, available for use all year round!  The pool is also surrounded by a wall and foilage so you will have the privacy to enjoy with your group without the worries of pedestrians trying to have a nose at what you're up to. 

All our guests enjoy free WiFi and cable television.

Peace Place has the uniqueness of the apartment being attached to the main house, so it can be used either separately by closing it off (it is self-contained) or alternatively by opening it up into the main house, it becomes one home.  The choice is purely yours and your groups.  You can alternate its use to meet your individual needs, e.g. if someone in the group (e.g. grandparents) might be looking for a little quieter time during the day or evening, this is easily accommodated by yourselves.  As the apartment is self-contained, some families/groups love the fact that there are two kitchens, two washing machines and two dryers for use – a great perk when trying to cook and clothes wash in large groups.

For up to 20 guests.

Main House sleeps 14.  Double French doors invite you into this charming home which is highlighted by ten foot ceilings, crown molding, treyed ceilings and a fireplace.

Downstairs Master  The French Room  King  
Bonus Bunk Room off the master bath ... Twin over twin bunks
Living Room Queen Sleeper Sofa
Upstairs The Cottage Room King
Upstairs  The East Indies Room King
Upstairs Loft The Crews Bunk RoomTwo twin over twin

Apartment sleeps 6.  It's a self contained 2br/2ba apartment with its own living area, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private entrance, and a private deck with chairs, table and sun umbrella.  The pool, BBQ grill and parking are easily accessible from the apartment.

Apartment The Nautical Room King
Apartment  The Boat Room Two twin beds
Apartment  The TV Room  Queen Sleeper Sofa

Known as Peace Place in Destin’s Crystal Beach community, this beautiful home truly showcases the Florida beach-house lifestyle. 

Charming old iron gates lead you into your own personal paradise in the peaceful courtyard filled with tropical foliage as well as scented Magnolias and ancient Live Oaks. Relax in the courtyard and enjoy the privacy of your own pool which can be heated in the cooler months.

Reunions, weddings, anniversaries or receptions.  They all become easy here, with generous space for family gatherings in the spacious living and dining areas as well as the outdoor areas. You will enjoy the well appointed large gourmet kitchen where families can cook fine meals together while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.  You can seat 18 for dinner.  Professionally decorated and completely furnished, with a total of 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, Peace Place sleeps 20 comfortably.

Parking is for 6+ cars.  RV, BUS or BOAT is OK. Very easy in and out.

Within one mile you will find a major regional shopping center, a 14 screen movie complex, Publix, WalMart, the Big Kahuna Water Park and more.
Within three miles you will find 50 steak/chops/seafood restaurants, nine golf courses, two major resorts, Destin Harbor, Destin Commons Regional Mall and the largest discount shopping complex in the US.

Your hosts;  David & Katherine are actually English and came over to the Destin area having fallen in love with it so much; with its white sand and emerald clear water, friendly locals and fabulous weather they have decided to invest in what they see to be the perfect vacation home. They have also bought another house within a 10 minute drive so they can be on hand to help out and offer an outstanding service.

David & Katherine"

Small Groups   We have some of the nicest weather of the year in northwest Florida In the “Off Season”.  That’s August 15 to March 15, and the Month of May. Peace Place is available then as 6Br/5Bath, 4Br/3Bath, or 2Br/2Bath.
We invite you to call for special rates.

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house rental amenities

Two sinks in every bathroom
Two washer/dryers
Outdoor warm/cool shower for rinsing beach sand off
Natural gas grill  [never run out of gas]
Ample off-street parking [6 cars +]
Cable TV in every BR
High Speed Internet with wireless access
Seperate apartment with 2BR/2BA & 2nd Kitchen
Linens, towels, steam iron, ironing board, cooking utensils are
provided. [Please bring your own beach towels]
Cleaning is done before and after your stay. Pets considered so please ask. No smoking indoors please.

activities and attractions in Destin Gulf Coast North

Crab Island by hiring your own pontoon
(call Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin)

Evening Sunset and Fireworks (call Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin)

Snorkeling, fishing and parasailing
Sunset cruises
Firework displays
Dolphin cruises
Destin Helicopter rides
Gulf Breeze Zoo
Pelican adventures
Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park (over 40 rides and attractions, great pools!)
Emerald Coast Science Centre (be a scientist, make giant bubbles, fly an airplane, see like a dragonfly, explore the human body, play an invisible piano, see a snake, etc)

vacation rental rates

6 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom - sleeps 20

Season                                              Per Night             Per  Week           Per Month          Min. Stay

Winter                                     $240                $1595              $3985             3 nights
Jan 27, 2014 - Feb 28, 2014   

Late Winter                              $242                $1695              $5085             3 nights
Mar 1, 2014 - Mar 7, 2014        

Winter                                     $528               $3695              $11085            3 nights
Mar 8, 2014 - Apr 11, 2014   

Late Spring                              $385               $2695              $8085              3 nights
Apr 12, 2014 - May 16, 2014  

Early Summer                           $499               $3495              $10485            3 nights
May 17, 2014 - May 23, 2014    

Summer                                   $485               $3395              $10485           3 nights
May 24, 2014 - June 6, 2014   

Summer                                    n/a                $5595              $22380            7 nights
June 7, 2014 - Aug 8, 2014

Late Summer                             $456                $3195             $9585             3 nights
Aug 9, 2014 - Sep 5, 2014

Fall                                           $328                $2295              $6885            3 nights
Sep 6, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014  

Early Winter                                $240               $1595              $3985            3 nights
Nov 1, 2014 - Dec 19, 2014

Mid Winter                                  $242               $1695              $5085            3 nights
Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 9, 2015             

In Spring, Winter, Fall:  If you rent as a five bedroom, the rest of the house will not be rented. You will have complete privacy.  Please email for a quote (main house sleeps 14)

Add:   Taxes 11%   Cleaning  $250   Damage Waiver  $39   

                              [Add $50/night for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years weeks]

                               Optional pool heat upon request $30/night or $35/night in Winter


Deposit 25% with reservation.
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In Spring, Winter, Fall:  If you rent as a five bedroom, the rest of the house will not be rented. You will have complete privacy.

I ask that you please do not smoke inside.

Pets not allowed, unless specifically agreed with the owner.

Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Top things to do in Destin
  • The Beach ! Deep sea diving !
  • Shopping ! Moonlight dinner cruise !
  • Golf ! Four Champion ship courses !
  • Fishing ! Party boats or private charter. !
  • Enjoy your own private pool !
Top things to do on a budget
  • The Beach ! Snorkeling
  • Dolphin cruise !
  • Golf ! Four economy couses !
  • Fish from the pier ! Watch fishing boats at Destin Harbor !
  • Enjoy your own private pool !
Top things to do with a family
  • The Beach ! Snokeling
  • Dolphin cruise !
  • Two theme parks !
  • Watch fishing boats at Destin Harbor !
  • Enjoy your own private pool !

David Ruffel , owner

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Family reunion success

Review submitted: July 12, 2014   Date of arrival: June 21, 2014

I met with my extended family (16 of us) in Destin, FL. Lucky for us we stayed at a beautiful home called "Peace Place". We took daily walks down to the beach, just 2 blocks away. At night we enjoyed a relaxing soak in the private pool. There's tons of things you can do in Destin with your family. All within about 5 miles of town. Fishing, boating, swimming, parasail, go-carts, and the list goes on. Of course the main draw is the white sand and warm water of the Gulf. Our house even had chairs and an umbrella to take to the beach. There's plenty of restaurants to try in this town, famous for it's fishing as well. Having a huge Pro Bass store on the main drag of town was nice. My wife enjoyed all the other stores in the outdoor mall while I looked at fishing tackle. The traffic is a bit busy, but that's to be expected in the middle of summer in Florida. All in all, a great vacation.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


Awesome Vacation Home

Review submitted: June 22, 2014   Date of arrival: June 14, 2014

Our large family of 19 loved our vacation at Peace Place. There was plenty of room for everyone to be together yet there were many places in the house you could go if you needed some quite time. The description of the house and the amenities was perfect. The house and the outside areas were very well maintained and clean. The pool area was probably our favorite part of the house so we spent lots of time there. There were plenty of water toys supplied by the owner to use in the pool or at the beach which was great because we didn't have to take any with us. During our stay the fountain in the courtyard and a bathroom doorknob were broke. After contacting the office they had the problems fixed the next day. We truly loved having all our family under such a wonderful house and would definitely recommend this house to anyone planning a trip to Destin!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

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21 - 25 May 2014 Family Vacation

Review submitted: June 4, 2014   Date of arrival: May 21, 2014

Mr. David and Mrs. Katherine,

Thank you so much for letting us rent the Peace Place. We enjoyed it very much and you have a beautiful beach house. It was very roomie and we didn't have any problems with everyone getting a bed. Thank you so much again and we will look forward on our next visit. =) Have a great summer and day.

- Lea

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