House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 10 Sleeps
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This is truly the good life! Live like a king in our luxurious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home located on Ochlockonee Bay, 40 miles south of Tallahassee off Hwy. 98. The house has gorgeous top-of-the-line features (such as hardwood floors and granite kitchen counters) and is lavishly furnished. But that's not the best part! The best part is our million dollar view of Ochlockonee Bay from almost every room in the house, along with our convenient location to great fishing, remarkable golfing, out-of-this-world seafood, and some gorgeous beaches!
We offer approximately 2,500 sq. ft. of spacious living area. Skip the steps, and take a ride on our elevator to enter each level of the house. On our first floor, take your pick from 3 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, double bunk (double on bottom / twin on top) & 1 double sleeper sofa) and 2 bathrooms, which adjoin a large open porch running the entire length of the house and shaded by the upstairs porch. The second floor contains the kitchen, dining room, living room, king-size master bedroom and master bathroom. This area is adjacent to a large screened-in porch that also runs the length of the house. Kick back and relax on either porch and watch the boats come and go ... or, step right down to the dock and try your luck at fishing. You will be so comfortable and relaxed here, that you will never want to go home! Our accommodations will sleep 9 to 11 people comfortably. Perfect for any size family or group of friends!
The fishing is as good as it gets in this area. You can fish in the bay, head out for deep-sea fishing, or go down the river for fresh water fishing. We have it all!!! If you bring your boat, you can launch it nearby and then tie it to the pilings of the dock for the rest of your stay. Since the dock is stationary, the owner will leave his jet ski lift remote for you to get down to your boat. If you don't have a boat, you can book a fishing charter with your choice of licensed captains, who are ready to take you for an experience that you won't soon forget!
For the golfer, St. James Bay is about 15 miles away on Hwy. 98 in Carrabelle. This 18-hole championship course, with its perfectly manicured fairways and scenic golf paths, blends seamlessly and in complete harmony with acres of wetland preserve, abundant wildlife and unspoiled forest. The course creates a challenge for even the most skillful golfer, yet it's still a course golfers of all abilities seem to love.
And, of course, there are the beaches. The closest beach is Mashes Sands (about 2 miles). It offers a beautiful, small beach and a fishing pier. The beach is located on the bay and it's calm shallow waters offer safety for small children and a great opportunity for shelling. Next are the gorgeous beaches at Alligator Point and Bald Point State Park (about 7 mi.), where you can enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and nature study. Within a few minutes drive are two of the nation's TOP TEN RATED BEACHES, St. George Island State Park, near Apalachicola, and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, near Port St. Joe. Both parks contain miles of undeveloped beaches, emerald waters and white sugar sand.
Other nearby attractions include St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, an unspoiled barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is a haven for endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, wood storks, sea turtles, indigo snakes, gopher tortoises and red wolves. It is accessible only by boat. A favorite is Wakulla Springs State Park, one of the world's deepest freshwater springs, with swimming, nature boat rides and glass bottom boats. Wakulla Springs is known as the shooting location for several Tarzan movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Airport '77. From the river boat and glass bottom boat tours, you can see alligators, many species of wading birds, water fowl, fish, turtles, and snakes, in and among the crystal clear waters emerging from the depth of the springs. Kids love diving from the diving platform into the refreshing spring waters, which remain a constant 68-70 degrees year round. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge features the St. Marks lighthouse, and offers a habitat for all kinds of Florida wildlife. (Bald eagles are often spotted here - so keep your eyes peeled!)
So the guys want to go fishing or golfing and you ladies don't ...NO ROBLEM! You can visit historic Apalachicola. Once a bustling sea port, this quaint village of about 5,000 still boasts a large shrimp fleet, a downtown shopping area with antiques, boutiques and local art, and beautiful restored houses from a bygone era. Once the third largest cotton port along the Gulf Coast, the Apalachicola/East Point area still harvests and processes 90% of the oysters consumed in Florida.
Locally caught seafood is prepared in the many fine restaurants located in Panacea, Carrabelle, and Apalachicola. If you prefer to cook it yourself, fresh shrimp, oysters, and the catch of the day are available in the seafood houses dotted along the coast from Panacea to Port St. Joe.
Driving Directions: Take US 319 south from Tallahassee. At the intersection with US 98 take a right. Follow US 98 until you come to the Ochlockonee Bay Bridge. Turn right before the bridge. We are about a mile down the road on the left.
*** Sorry, but we do not rent to anyone under the age of 25. ***
About the Owner
My name is Deborah Word. My husband, Jerry, and I started visiting Shell Point in 1998. It didn't take long for us to fall in love with the Shell Point area. Since then, we purchased two canal front vacation rental homes in Paradise Village of Shell Point, with high hopes for future retirement there. We love fishing and photography, so Wakulla County is perfect for us. Several years later, I started handling vacation rental reservations for a few other property owners in the surrounding area. I currently manage rentals in Shell Point, Ochlockonee Bay (Panacea) and Alligator Point. Bayside Retreat is one of the homes that I manage and I highly recommend it.
Guestbook comments from the manager
We stayed at the Bayside Retreat in July for a graduation and family reunion. There where 12 adults and two children. The house was just a lovely as the photos and the location was beautiful. We had a wonderful time. Deb was fabulous and we truly appreciated all her help. We'd all love to come back and spend a longer time at this wonderful location. (Review shared from Guest Reviews on “Deb’s Forgotten Coast Rentals” Facebook page)
Activity and Interests
-Off shore fishing
-Fresh water fishing
-Golfing (St. James Bay Golf Course, Carrabelle 15 mi., Wildwood
County Club, Medart 7 mi.)
-Tennis (Several courts at Wakulla County High School, Medart 7 mi.)
-River boat tours (Wakulla Springs State Park)
-Mashes Sands Beach (3 mi.)
-Bald Point State Park (7 mi.)
-Carabelle Beach (20 mi.)
-Wakulla Springs State Park (21 mi.)
-St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (26 mi.)
-St. George Island State Park (46 mi.)
-Apalachicola (43 mi.)
-St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge (58 mi.)
-St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park (73 mi.)
-Airport ... Tallahasse Regional Airport, Tallahassee (40 mi.)
-Grocery Store ... Bayside IGA, US 98, Panacea (3 mi.)
-Super Wal-Mart ... Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville (15 mi.)
-Bait ... Bayside Marina, Ochlockonee Bay (1 mi.), BP Gas Station, Ochlockonee Bay (2 mi.)
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Off Season 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Mar 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
In Season 2017
Mar 16 2017 - Sep 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Season 2017 2018
Sep 11 2017 - Mar 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
---Mar. 16 - Sept. 10....Sept. 11 - Mar. 15:
11% sales tax, $150 cleaning and $1,000 refundable deposit required.
The $1,000 refundable deposit is due when you make your reservation. The rental fee and cleaning fee are due 2 weeks prior to arrival. The deposit will be returned after cleanup.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“Bayside Retreat is a large house that sits directly on Ochlockonee Bay. It has views from every room and large porches on both levels, along with a large boat dock.”
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed ...
- wheelchair accessible
- Water View
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- deepsea fishing
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- pier fishing
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- sound/bay fishing
- Master bath - toilet, combination tub/shower
- Guest Bath #2 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Hall bath on lower level, convenient to Guest bedrooms #2&3
- Guest Bath #1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, Adjoins guest bedroom #1 king (lower level)
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Guest Bedroom #1 - 1 king, One of 3 bedrooms on the first level, has private bath.
- Guest Bedroom #2 - 1 queen, One of 3 bedrooms on the lower level, shared full bath.
- Guest Room #3 - 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, One of 3 bedrooms on the lower level, shared full bath.
- Master Bedroom - 1 king, Master bedroom-only bedroom on the upper level, private bath
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Guests provide their own meals
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website
- -4 bedrooms ... 2 kings, 1 queen, double bunk (double on bottom/twin on top), 1 queen sleeper sofa ... Sleeps 8-10 -3 bathrooms -Full Kitchen ... dishes, cookware, utensils -Dishwasher -Microwave-toaster -Coffeemaker -Blender -Washer -Dryer -Linens -Towels -Beach towels -Air conditioning -Internet -Cable TV -DVD -New Dock (no photo yet) -Large open porch with bay view -Large screened-in porch with bay view -Propane BBQ grill -Covered parking -Elevator -Gated entry -Fenced-in yard -Nearby marina, with boat slips(1/2 mi. Bayside Marina, 2273 Surf Rd.) -Nearby boat ramp (3 mi. end of Mashes Sands Rd.) -Nearby beach (3 mi. Mashes Sands Beach) -NO Pets -NO Smoking