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"LION GATE" a Bayfront Estate w/ Pool and Waterside Deck in Destin

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  • bedrooms 4
  • baths
  • sleeps 10
  • pool yes
  • hot tub no
  • pets allowed yes
  • type House
  • community Bayside in Destin
  • rates (USD) $ 1,600 - $ 2,800 / week

vacation rental description

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.

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Kathleen King 850-420-3942

house rental amenities

Screened pool (not heated) with chaise lounges and umbrellas
Pool floats
100' waterside deck with huge picnic table, chaise lounges and umbrella
Crab pots and nets
Two fishing poles
Two jet ski lifts
200 foot dock with covered boathouse and boat lift
Sunning platform at end of dock
Seperate poolside house set up as a fifth bedroom
2 car garage, plenty of other parking
Long winding drive
3600 square foot house
Washer and dryer
Linens and towels
TV's in all four bedrooms, the den, the kitchen and the pool house
Various DVD's and VCR's
2 gas fireplaces
Grills (gas and charcoal)
Cooler, beach chairs and towels along with the use of a seasonal pass to Henderson Beach
Three minutes from all harbor front bars and restaurants
Five minutes to Henderson Beach
Ten minutes to Destin Commons
Fifteen minutes to Outlet Malls

activities and attractions in Destin Gulf Coast North

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.

vacation rental rates

2013-2014 Rates:

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 November 29-December 20 $1600/week
Winter Holiday December 20-January 3 $1800/week

Winter Discount January 4- early March $1400/week

Half down when you reserve the date, the other half due 30 days prior to your arrival.  Cleaning fees included in the price. 

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Awesome Vacation

Review submitted: July 6, 2014   Date of arrival: June 28, 2014

We just got back from Destin and this was a great place to stay! We had 6 teenagers from 15-20 ages group and 4 adults. It had 2 master bdrms which were perfect for the adults and the pool house was great for the 20yr old. The house is plenty big that you never felt like there were 10 people in the house. We ate breakfast/lunch/dinner there many times and had plenty of room. The pool was so awesome and with the jet ski lifts and the bay it was great that we could let the teenagers go ride and never have to worry about them!. We will rent again and look forward to it. The owner is so easy to work with and the house is clean and well took care of! The closets are SO big! If you had small children you could put a crib or a air mattress in the master closet and still have privacy.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 0



Review submitted: June 8, 2014   Date of arrival: May 31, 2014

The only word for this rental is PERFECT!! We just came back from our vacation and everyone in our group fell in love with this rental. I will never look for another rental property again as long as this one is available. The house is beautiful, the furniture is gorgeous, the pool is wonderful and the views are amazing! Kathleen was such a wonderful person to deal with. We had a TV out the first night, and I emailed her the next morning, she had a replacement TV over at the house within a few hours. She had everything you could possibly need already supplied at the house. There were floats for the pool, beach chairs and beach toys, an extra cooler, fishing poles for fishing off the dock. She had a stack of beach towels for our use. All of the bathrooms had bottles of bath soaps and hand soaps for the sinks. Plenty of towels and wash rags. A gas grill and charcoal grill, which we used twice for grilling steak, fish and shrimp. The bedrooms are HUGE and the beds and linens were so comfy. We had a total of 11 people and we had no problems with sleeping arrangements or bathroom use. The pool house was very quaint and the two "young adults" we had in our group loved the privacy of it. You had complete privacy in the pool, the houses on both sides are almost completely blocked by beautiful trees and bushes. We also had two small dogs with us and they were in heaven being able to run around freely in the pool area. It was like a little oasis of pretty flowers, trees, and shrubbery. Every room had a TV, including a small rotating one in the kitchen, which my kids thought was the most amazing thing ever. We enjoyed fishing off the dock several evenings. The place was just so nice that the first 3 days of our vacation, we didn't even bother going to the beach, which is only about a 10 minute drive to either the Hendersen Beach State Park, or to the public beach. Kathleen did provide a beach pass for Hendersen Beach so you didn't have to pay, but we much preferred the public beach anyway just for all the activities going on there. I don't think I've left anything out, but if you're looking for the perfect vacation rental, this is it. I can't express enough how happy and satisfied we were. Thanks, Kathleen!! I look forward to coming back next year!!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, pet-friendly, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 0 / 1


Spring Break in Style

Review submitted: April 6, 2013   Date of arrival: March 23, 2013

A beautiful place to stay and an overall wonderful experience. We had a great week at the house. The house was equipped with everything we could possibly need as well as lots of little extras that the owner left for our use. She went out of her way to make sure that we had a wonderful stay and would want to come back. We stayed here with our two teenagers and another family who had three teenage girls. There was plenty of room for everyone. The only boy in the group loved the pool house and slept there all week. The kids enjoyed playing all the games and working puzzles that was there for our use. There are many great books to enjoy and lots of cozy places to sit and read. We asked about golf courses and the owner had a list waiting for us about all the area courses. The driveway was a great place for the kids to ride scooters. This house was equipped with many more amenities than we usually find when we rent. Henderson Beach State park is very convenient and the park passes saved us $6. per car every time we went to the beach. I cannot say enough about how nice a rental this is. We plan to come back next year.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing

Helpful votes: 2 / 6


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