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The Stewart Cottage/Panacea

Bedrooms 2
Space 132 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Located 40 miles south of Tallahassee off Hwy 98 on Mashes Sands Rd., our Cottage is one of the original Cottages on this road, built in the 1940's, recently remodeled and painted. The Cottage is on ground level (no stairs or steps to climb) approximately 1430 sq. ft., concrete block and vinyl flooring.

The Cottage is on an 80' X 270' lot which goes directly down to the shore of the

Ochlocknee River (about 70ft. from back screened porch). Aged, gnarled oaks and terpentined pines shade the yard.

Our Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large living room, kitchen/dining area, and a 11X22 screened porch which seats 5-6 people comfortably.

The porch is great for morning coffee or eating meals, reading, watching river traffic, and bird watching. The river runs east and west here and the sunrises and sunsets are breath taking.

More Details

Susan W. Stewart
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2017

About Susan W. Stewart

We are from Ochlocknee, GA., about 90 miles from The Cottage. We have a 143 acre pine tree farm here in Thomas County with 3 fish ponds. We have been living here since December 1988. Pete grew up in Grady Co. and I in Thomas Co.

We travel from here to the Coast (about 1 1/2 hrs.) and do all of our own cleaning and maintenance and yard work. This gives us a chance to spend a night or two or three or more and enjoy The Cottage between guests. And also, we can be sure everything is as it should be for our guests.

Pete and I actually got married at The Cottage in June, 1988. I had been living there for the 5 years prior to that time. We are both now retired, Pete was a heavy equipment operator and I was in insurance and then a secretary on one of the plantations here in Thomas County.

Susan W. Stewart purchased this cottage in 1982

Why Susan W. Stewart chose Florida

My father and I purchased this house in 1982 ($50,000.). It was one of the few houses we looked at that actually had closets built in when the house was built and it did not sweat and the location was right. The house was built in the 1940's by a man from Thomasville. He then sold it to a lady from Thomasville and then we bought it from her. So only 3 owners from 1940 till now.

My mother and father had owned a place on Alligator Point since 1970, the owner of the insurance agency that I worked for owned a house 4 doors west of The Cottage and the Agency owned a house 3 doors east of The Cottage so I was very familiar with the area and absolutely loved it. Lots of people from the Thomasville area had places down there and so it was like you were surrounded by people you knew and then you met others. We have lots of wonderful friends and great neighbors.


Panacea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 132 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 1-queen bed 2-double bed and twin bed twin bed in living room area
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Bedrooms 2: #1 queen bed, #2 double bed and twin bed Additional sleeping: day bed in living room. Baths: 2 full Washer and Dryer Kitchen: Electric stove, toaster oven, coffee maker, microwave, fridge w/ice maker Dining: Oval table, seats 6. Living Room: Sofa, 2 recliners, arm chair, day bed, puzzles, games and books Central Heat and Air Conditioning Screened Porch: 1 double seat chair, 3 anarondac type chairs. Outside: Charcoal Weber grill (bring your charcoal) Linens: Bed, bath and kitchen are provided Paper Products: tissue and towels, provided Comcast Cable TV and HSI Cell Phone reception good!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

The Stewart Cottage/Panacea
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Once again, we enjoyed our stay immensely. We love it here. Cottage comes equipped with all the necessities and comforts of home. Peaceful and relaxing. Great place to rejuvenate!


  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to have you all back and hope you will come again to enjoy our peace and quite. It is indeed a great place to rejuvenate yourself. Susan
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Quiet & cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Just had another great stay at the Stewart Cottage. I rent a lot via these types of sites and I must say that Susan is the easist ever to deal with! This home is so incredibly peaceful. It's certainly not "fancy", but has everything you need. The back porch and back yard are our favorite areas to hang out. The decorations/furniture are quaint and beds very comfy. There are plenty of books & many board games to play too.The yard surrounding the home is well kept & has many beautiful plants. If you're looking for some peace and quiet, this is the place to be!! We'll be back again, I'm sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Louisville, Kentucky

A tough 2 weeks fishing while fighting the wind

  • 5 of 5

My goal was to have 2 weeks of hard core fishing at Ms. Stewart's wonderful home on the bay. It is so peaceful there that at times you can not hear a single noise made by human activity. -Hard core was the correct word, I've only been to these parts one time when a Hurricane came through in 30 + years (that was at Carrabelle), other than that time this was the windiest I've ever seen this area be on a continuous basis, blowing hard the whole time here, sometimes with Gale force winds. Had a couple bad storms to add to it. A couple nights I thought parts of trees were going to start coming down. Also had the highest tides I've ever seen here on the bay. Several wind blown high tides had water crashing into the yard by the cement table. The house being built like the Rock of Gibraltar took it all in stride. I persevered and finally starting catching fish after I figured out all the science and mechanics of doing so. I love challenges like this, it adds to my knowledge base and lifts the spirits, to overcome adverse conditions and prevail. -ONE hint to future renters that might be helpful, not saying this happened to me or anything, but if you are napping on the back porch lounger be sure a rain storm doesn't sneak up on you while doing so, just saying. Had a wonderful time at your home on the bay, finally saw 2 white squirrels here, first time I've seen them south of the Park. I kept the feeders full and enjoyed all the wildlife stopping by to snack. The only real problem I had was keeping the sand out of the house, it's been many years renting a home where you go from a sandy shore directly to the house (I don't rent beach homes, I come here to fish, not lay on a beach, there's usually a dock, walkway, etc. as a barrier to the sand). Every home I rent I leave a gift that hopefully adds something needed, aside from the 2 folding chairs people might find easier to use than the large wooden ones you have, you'll find it parked by the refrigerator/ washing machines. Thank you again for a wonderful stay, I tried my best to leave the house the way I found it. I picked up some of the larger tree limbs that fell out during all the wind and rain but I couldn't get them all.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Titus Thank you so much for the glowing review. I really hate that the weather did not cooperate but am glad you were able to enjoy the peace and tranquility and the critters and the porch at times. Thank you for leaving everything so clean and neat. We love having guests like you. Susan
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Perfect family trip

  • 4 of 5

We just wanted to say we had a great stay at your cottage. It was perfect for our family (me, my husband, my parents and my 2 year old son). We have always heard rumors of the white squirrels, and this was the first chance we have ever seen them in person. We been to the coast many times and this was our best stay yet. We went scalloping from St. Marks, spent the day at St. George State Park and had dinner at Angelo's. The cottage is the perfect central location for all of the things we like to do. We got to put the kayak in right behind the house a couple of times when the water was calm. We will definitely be back for another visit. I hope the cottage survived the hurricane, but I would think that it has been there long enough it has seen worse.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. Yes, we are very fortunate to be in such close proximity to so many wonderful activities in the area. Glad you were able to enjoy scalloping, kayaking, St George Island and one of our greatest restaurants, Angelo's. We were very fortunate regarding Hermine. No damage to the cottage just tons of debris in the yard. Lots of manual labor, ugg! Unfortunately we did not see any of the white squirrels the 4 days we were there cleaning up after the storm. Sure hope they show back up as everyone enjoys them so. Thanks again. Owners
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Hurricane Hermine Had Other Plans

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately we were unable to spend Labor Day weekend at the cottage, Hurricane Hermine had other plans; but I wanted to leave a review anyway. Susan was very easy to deal with and very understanding that we had to cancel our plans. Most people probably would have kept our payment (or part of it) since we didn't cancel early enough. Susan refunded us 100%; so I wanted to let everyone know that she is awesome to work with. We do plan to reschedule when our busy schedules allow, and look forward to enjoying the cottage then! Thank you Susan!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and how very sweet of you to write such a wonderful review. I would never keep anyone's money for having to cancel due to weather, family emergency, illness or any other legitimate excuse. I try to treat others as I would like to be treated. Susan
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Cozy and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home to relax and getaway from everyday stresses. The perfect place to unwind. We enjoyed just sitting on the porch and back yard with a beautiful view. Got to see the white squirrel and enjoyed waking up to the squirrels and birds playing in the mornings with beautiful sunset view in the evening. We took our kayaks and enjoyed a little paddling. My son and his girlfriend visited us for the day and they caught a nice size catfish on the kayaks. We also enjoyed an evening of scrabble. Love family game time and this was perfect spot to breakaway from all the technology to do it. The whole weekend was very relaxing. The cottage has a cozy and welcoming feel. The cottage was clean and equipped with everything we needed. We walked the trail out front of the cottage and saw a red fox, but next time will bring our bikes. Ms. Stewart is very sweet and accommodating. Love this place and will return often and stay longer. Not a negative but just a heads up for the area, The gnats, or noseeums were abundant in the evenings. Bring the bug spray. We forgot and had a several bites mostly after walking the trail.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Gulf Coast Specimen Lab, open all year.

* Blue Crab Festival, 1st weekend in May....

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Just Fruits & Exotics, Nursery, great.

* Kyacking.

* Cycling.

* Walking/hiking.

* Beaching.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* FSU Football in Tallahassee, only 30 miles away.

* Cycling.

* Hiking/cycling.

* Beach..

This is the perfect mini vacation get-away for couples or families, avid fishermen and hunters, girls get-away, guys weekend off, or FSU Football games in Tallahassee!

New, right in front of 'The Stewart Cottage' paved walking/cycling path, begins at the end of Mashes Sands Rd. and continues across Hwy 98 and on to Sopchoppy.

There are several excellent restaurants which serve locally fresh seafood or you can purchase and cook your own local, fresh seafood from the seafood houses in the Panacea area.

You can relax quietly in the Cottage or if you prefer more activity you are only 1.3 miles from Angelo's Restaurant, Tropical Trader, Big Daddy's Pizza, 1 mile from the public boat landing and public pier, and 1.25 miles from Mashes Sands Beach.

*If you have your own boat, you can put in at the public landing, go off shore salt

water fishing or up the Ochlocknee for fresh water fishing and then pull your boat up on the sandy river shore back of the Cottage (you will need to keep check on the tides). Don't have your own boat? There are charters available for off shore fishing or fresh water fishing up the Ochlocknee River.

*There is also seasonal cast netting for shrimp and mullet; scalloping, and floundering.

*For the hunter, you are only 30 to 45 minutes away from Tate's Hell or Samatra to the south and you are practically in the middle of the Apalachicola National Forest and the St. Marks Wild Life Refuge.

For the golfer there is St. James Bay Golf Course about 30 minutes south on Hwy 98.

Other sites and activities include Wakulla Springs (about 30 minutes away), Gulf Coast Specimen Lab in Panacea (kids love this) or take scenic Hwy 98 over Walker Bridge over the Ochlocknee River (which the Cottage is on) to Alligator Point, and on to St. Teresea, St. James Bay, Lanark Village, Carrabelle, East Point, St. George Island and Apalachicola. Along this scenic route are several places to dine and lots to see. Apalachicola is great for antiquing/junking/eating and sight seeing.

*Of course all Florida boating, fishing, netting and hunting regulations must be followed.


Rates & Availability

Panacea Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 26 2017 - Oct 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Payments may be made by personal check, bank money order or cashiers check. State and county taxes of 11% are included in rates.

**$90 per night plus 11% FL State and Wakulla Co. sales tax
Plus $75 cleaning fee and $100 security deposit (security dep. will be returned, after the cottage is checked for damage and within 10 days of your departure date)
For simplification: (2 nights = $375) (3 = $475) (4 = $575) (5 = $675) (6 = $775)
(7 = $775) 7th n

One half of the total is required to confirm a reservation and the balance is due 10 days prior to arrival date. If contact is less than 20 days prior to check in date total rental fee is required.

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.