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Quiet Relaxing for Mature Adults

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, 5 Sleeps

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!

More Details

Jane Newman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for sharing your home with us. It is a beautiful house and the beaches surrounding it are lovely. It was very comfy and cozy. A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX
Aug 2010
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Saint Augustine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • 1 very large bedroom, with king-sized bed, couch, two chairs, 2 bedside tables, cedar "blanket" box, full length mirror, 2 chest of drawers, sliding glass door open onto deck
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
super entertainment center/surround sound additional television/VCR/DVD in bedroom charcoal grill fire pit FREE WiFi DOG FRIENDLY!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)


Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

Sunsets over the intercoastal, coffee on the deck with birdsong, walks on the beach...what's not to like? The Turtle Pen was a very spacious, casual one bedroom rental with a deck and garage --- conveniently located between St. Augustine and Palm Coast. It may seem odd to mention this but we were again impressed by the quietness of the heating and cooling system. A short drive of five to six miles took us to local restaurants such as Paula's, South Beach Grill, Captain Bings, 386. Driving for groceries took a bit longer, about eight miles away in either direction. A trip to St. Augustine took 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. Various hiking trails were nearby. The property was on a fairly busy road that quieted down at night. The Matanzas beach was a very short drive or longer walk across the bridge, plus the inlet beach was across the road and down some stairs. The beach reconstruction project impacted access to Summerhaven Beach at times during our stay (however you couldn't hear the noise from the house). It will be great when finished, and they seemed to be making great progress.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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suburban Rochester, New York

Great location for nature lovers

  • 4 of 5

This beach house at Matanzas Inlet was as described, and met our needs. This was a spacious one bedroom home, perfect for two adults, and we appreciated that it was pet friendly. The decor was unique, with beachy wood carvings. We loved the large deck where you could sit in the sun on the west side in the afternoon sheltered from the onshore breeze or warm up in the morning sun on the south side. We could take a short walk across the road to a beach accessible at low tide, or a long walk/short drive to the beach at Matanzas inlet. There you can choose from the intercoastal side on cooler days, or the ocean side. Both have white sand beaches, and were generally quite quiet. You can walk a loop across the bridge, around the inlet to the ocean, and back. Many shells! The location was halfway in between St. Augustine and Palm Coast, with one restaurant within walking distance, and the nearest other restaurants about six miles away. It took about twenty minutes to drive in to St. Augustine, and the nearest grocery stores were eight to nine miles away, so we spent some time driving. Many nature preserves were nearby, including the River to Sea preserve and Washington Oaks state park. There was walking trail along nearby route 206 as well. We went to the farmers' markets at Marineland on Sunday's and the Ampitheatre on Wednesdays on Anastasia Island. The owners were very helpful, informing us about Kennedy Space Center rocket launches visible from the upper deck, and sharing a catch of fish. We were very comfortable and would rent it again.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tampa, FL

Great Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a wonderful stay at the Turtle Pen. There are plenty of different beaches to explore in the area, the closest being a short walk across A1A. The house is very spacious and the massive deck is a nice feature. Everything is very clean and nicely decorated. The owners are very accommodating and will go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jewl of Matanzas

  • 5 of 5

my wife and I booked this trip for our 10 year anniversary for a long weekend staycation. We couldn't have been happier with everything. They property was hidden away and the home was very homie. We will definitely be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Over the years, we have had a number of lovebirds staying with us, and they have all seemed to thoroughly enjoy our "beach house on the moon" with it's quiet privacy and roomy comfort. Thanks, Kevin, for your reaffirmation of this.
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Columbia, SC

Wonderful New Years Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa, FL

Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

Weekly Rate: $800 - $800

Monthly Rate: $2300 - $2300

$ 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).

3-night MINIMUM, and additional $50 for HOLIDAYS

half rent and deposit due with signed rental agreement. Other half due 2 weeks prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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