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Almarito Gulf View Hot Tub, Huge Heated Screened Pool. in Seagrove Beach

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Brand New 3 story Sky Deck with BIG Gulf View and Hot Tub.  BIG Heated Pool!

Enjoy our brand new, Gulf view hot tub, designed for maximum viewing effect on a high second floor deck, with another deck above that for star gazing and sunset watches!

With three queen beds, this five bedroom three and a half bath home can host as many as 14 at this GULF VIEW home, featuring one of the least expensive rates in this exclusive resort area.

Every water lover delights in this inground, screened pool, heated to 90 F in the cool months at no extra charge.  With a 40 foot lap lane, access ramp and hand railing for those who hate steps and like to pull themselves up and out of the water, & special 15 x 16 area for tiny tots, separated by barriers for kids into one foot deep and two foot deep areas,  to make them feel more secure, then graduated into three foot and adult depths, this home caters to  large familes or multi family gatherings. 

For safety, there is no deep end and no diving area to endanger the little ones.

Two pool decks are provided, one screened for the baby sitters next to the tots. Another, 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-um insects.

Two grills, one charcoal, one gas, are available on the deck between the pool and the covered recreation deck with the ping pong table and kid-height basketball net.

With 3 full baths and extra wash basins in two of the bedrooms, this home is perfect for your family vacations.  Nobody has to wait to shave or wash the babies after diaper changes.

There are 3 decks looking across at the Gulf of Mexico and the house is right at the pedestrian crossing to the beach access, a few hundred feet east or west, no worries about kids crossing and carrying all your beach equipment long distances.  

The great covered ground level recreation area has a brand new ping pong table, low
basketball net for pre-teens and 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 dryer on site for your use.

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View the Sunrise to the East and Sunset over Gulf or to the West from Deck

Almarito's entire living area is on the second floor, looking down on the Gulf of Mexico from the long southern facing front porch and, above that, the hot tub on its own gulf view deck. Atop it all, straddling the roof, you get a 360 degree view of summer as well as winter sunrises and sunsets, the pole star and the dippers as well as the moon over the gulf, and, when they come shooting across the heavens, the perseid meteor showers which appear from the northwest. Mature landscaping surrounds the deck. Live oaks and magnolias frame the house and allow for more privacy.  

Washer, dryer and dishwasher serve practical needs. Wireless internet, big-screen TV, DVDs and VCR, plus stereo, stand ready for workaholics and those seeking pure entertainment.

Use off street parking in driveway for 4 vehicles plus park 2 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, has access to two bathrooms. one on each side.

The fifth bedroom, with twin beds, has another wash basin for baby care or men to use for shaving when the other bathrooms are tied up.

activities and attractions in Seagrove Beach Gulf Coast North

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.

vacation rental rates

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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Tree House Beach House

Review submitted: August 4, 2013   Date of arrival: July 27, 2013

We loved our stay in what we came to call our "Tree house beach home"! You are up IN giant Magnolia trees- hidden from busy 30-A. We stayed with 4 adults and 6 kids. There were beds aplenty- and two giant tubs for bathing all those sandy beach bodies. My favorite was the one straight up the back steps- we would shower them off by the driveway- and run them up the back steps straight into the bathroom. The pool area is HUGE and super fun! Heated and shaded- so no matter what time of day-- even in the rain- the kids could swim. There is a tent for the parents to sit under if it is raining ;) Pool is fenced and can be secured so the kids could not enter without an adult. I think a shady pool is so wonderful on 30- A for a UV break. But if you needed more sun- the roof top terrace over looking the ocean was spectacular. The steps are right off the kitchen and we took multiple meals up! The hot tub was also a huge hit. We turned the temp down and had late night dance parties (bring your ipod speakers) and gave the kids glow sticks to play with in the water. The stairs are also gated to keep young ones from going up without supervision. When we sipped morning coffee the kids would pop downstairs for ping pong and play in the fenced bottom floor. Is Almarito shiny and new? No! But it has above and beyond the amenities for a full and happy stay. It is unique and special! One of the nicest things was also the location. The beach (short walk) was almost private because it is surrounded by small homes- not a hotel, or condo in sight. But it is a fast walk or bike ride to amazing restaurants. We rented cruisers for our entire stay and just loved never driving. Almarito is also very close to the Publix for emergency Cheerios and milk runs. The home was cool throughout- very efficient AC. Upstairs and downstairs washer dryers made it easy to keep the sand out of the towels! We would absolutely rent it again. My husband and I both thought it would be a crazy fun Spring Break stay for ten or so college kids. We found the home owner to be very responsive to our questions- we never had concerns. Don't pass this one over just because it's not shiny and brightly colored :) The beach is for having fun- and this home has it!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers

Owners response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We have had a whole series of young and enthusiastic families here this summer, which are the kind we are happiest to see come to Almarito, whose stairs present difficulties for some of our older guests, whom we advise to consider all factors and to remember that we advertise bargain price accommodations for young families looking for a relaxed and easy-going totally informal and worry free vacation time at the beach and most definitely not seeking extremely new luxury homes with expensive paintings on the wall and/or brand new fine furniture replaced every single year and/or expensive antiques, like some that one can find in our more expensive neighboring resort villages where the summer high season price of a five bedroom house with a gulf view, especially any with a heated screened private pool, especially one as large as ours, if any exist, can run up to two to five thousand dollars more per week than the cost of renting our safe and clean, but modest beach house, which I had built when my own kids, now grown, were young like the children of this young couple who so enjoyed Almarito. Every year we continue to add more special features for these young families who like to have a good time and allow their children to play in a wood-floored roofed area sheltered from our occasional rain storms. During the past three years, routine annual upgrades have included rerouting much of our fresh a/c cooled air and return air duct work and routine age-based replacement of our a/c-heat pump compressor, and improvement steps have included the installation of the gulf view hot tub & sky deck, upgrading all 3 bathrooms & replacing the conventional tub in the full bath adjacent to one of the queen bed master bedrooms with a jetted whirlpool tub. These steps further our efforts to make Almarito into a warm water soaker's delight with the combination, in one property, of one conventional bath tub and one jetted whirlpool type tub in 2 of the 3 inside baths, plus a gulf view jetted hot tub outside on its own 3rd floor level front deck, plus the largest swimming pool in old Seagrove, 40x31 ft. shaped like the letter "T," with a square tiered 1-ft. & 2-ft shallow area for toddlers in the stem & a 40-ft lap lane across the top, the pool screened and heated summer as well as winter, with THREE MORE WARM JETS (!) over a pool ledge, with an outside sunning deck and both coal-fired & gas-fired barbecue grills for cook-out swimming parties.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


wonderful time at the "almarito"

Review submitted: June 15, 2012   Date of arrival: June 9, 2012

We are having a wonderful time at the “Almarito”!. We have a group of 4 adults and 9 children (ages 6 – 17) who have vacationed together here on the coast for many years albeit in separate small units. This year we chose to all stay in one large home. “Almarito” was a great choice as we prefer casual / rustic environments where we don’t have to either pay a lot or worry about the kids wrecking something.
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.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers

Owners response: Thanks for your note, Brad. Yours is the type of group Almarito was intended for, people with the same approach as I had when I had it built way back in 1978 for my then young family as a simple beach cottage with enough bedrooms for us to sleep in while we spent most of our time at the beach, before I added the biggest swimming private swimming pool in old
Seagrove, the gulf view hot tub, the 360 degree star gazing sky deck, the 5th bedroom and the extra two tons of central air conditioning capacity plus four extra extremely silent units (you only hear rushing air, with no engine noise at all) whch only have to be turned on when temperatures go into the high 90s such as this record breaking week. 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 and demand a refund because they dislike all the stairs on this high stilt house and then decide to make up a list of complaints in order to try to get a full refund of their advance payment, particularly unappreciated since they showed up without making the mandatory second half of their initial advance payment in the first place. We prefer you to others like that group trying to their stair refund by saying the house is dirty after arriving three hours early and (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 is not completed or inspected yet, or who testify that the a/c techs were wrong when I and the techs saw the temperature was dropping after their pre-rental service call, and the 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 one story houses in more chic resorts -- of which there are plenty nearby with prices, in our size range, of up to $2,00 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 and 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, and 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.

Helpful votes: 2 / 8


Consumer Beware (Mississippi and Tennessee)

Review submitted: June 3, 2012   Date of arrival: May 26, 2012

Viewing this house on the internet, it looked rustic, but met our needs. I called prior to rental and asked about the poor reviews dealing with the air conditioning units and was told the units had been replaced. When we arrived the owner informed us the A/C just went out and assured us the unit would be fixed immediately. We said that we could not stay in a house without A/C and he said "Of course not". We unloaded and left to visit family and eat while the A/C was being worked on. Upon returning 3 hours later, we were told it had been fixed and give it a few hours to cool off. After 2 hours of no significant change in the temperature, we immediately began looking for other accomodations, but were there during Memorial Day weekend, so everything within an hour drive was booked. We spent our first several hours at the house having face-to-face and phone conversations with Arlene, the manager, and Scott, the owner. Arlene was very helpful and trying to accomodate us as much as she could. Scott was a completely different story. We were offered the old window units and told we would have to install them. He showed me where they were and told me how to do it. They were in a storage unit, with a lot of stuff piled on them, looked very heavy, and we would have to bring them up at least one flight of stairs to get them into the house. After still no luck finding a hotel room, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we would have to stay the night and leave the following day. We called the family members driving from Tennessee and told them to get a hotel since they have 3 small children. As we prepared for bed, we discovered there was no hot water in the home. Once people decided to get into bed, we found the sheets and pillows were dirty, (stains and gritty at the foot of the sheets). My aunt had been in her bed reading and moved one of the pillows and found men's pajamas under the pillow. About 4 a.m. the temperature finally reached 72 degrees. About 7:45 a.m.,Arlene was able to find the problem with the hot water heater, and we did get hot water. We thought everything would be okay until mid-morning when the inside temp began climbing. Scott was not accepting of the fact that the home was uninhabitable, refusing to give us a refund. There is not enough space here to tell the rest of the story dealing with that. Unsanitary, uncomfortable, disappointing! Furnishing in the house is not what was in pics. DO NOT RENT THIS HOUSE-updates needed!

Owners response: VRBO should reject as violation of posting guidelines this review because reviewer threatened to post "terrible" Almarito review if we didn't refund the full rent (which she'd never completely paid) for the house. She told the owner and the mgr she would "go away quietly" if she got the money. Feb. 28 reviewer made advance payment of half rent, cleaning fee & taxes to pay us to hold reservation, then forfeited that payment April 29 by abrogating agreement by withholding payment of the 2nd half due 30 days before occupancy to maintain her contract and be able to enter the house after we carried out our obligation to set our calendar to block her dates to any other candidates for 2 months. The reviewer arrived 3 hours before check-in time & owner, unaware she hadn't paid her full rent, said the house-wasn't completely cleaned or inspected & he was expecting techs shortly to service the a/c. She demanded access to leave bags inside before lunching. Arriving in a different car after reviewer left, an older aunt complained "nobody told" her the house had "so many steps." Reviewer had booked the multi-story stilt house on a web site with text & pictures of its tree top livng spaces, 4th floor sky deck 3rd story hot tub, one shot of staircase above staircase above staircase, hence full knowledge 3 months earlier of all stairs. After reviewer returned & techs serviced a/c and found it "running great" (we have their service report) reviewer complained aunts had found house she & aunts entered early without fully paying for & before cleaning & inspection were complete was dirty & said then she would move out then (says so in review) except could find no other lodgings because of Memorial Day. When the tenants said the house they entered early & uninspected had no hot water we turned it on and it worked fine. The a/c company supervisor later told me the techs told him they observed the a/c lowered temp. at normal rate & I checked thermostat & saw after a couple of hours it had already lowered temp. 8 degrees.(Despite tech's & boss's statesments review lies, says temp didn't drop significantly ) Next day tenants packed early, having decided the previous night, according to the review, to leave. In my absence to see if a/c on, temp. rose, but then held steady when I stayed in house w/a/c on. It continued to operate fine. Current tenants fuly satisfied w/house & a/c.Pls charge reviewer's card both halves of rent unjustly denied us because of stairs.

Helpful votes: 7 / 7


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