Description

This cheerfully updated four-bedroom vacation home known as "Down By The Sea" is actually right near the gulf in the charming village of Grayton Beach. The first-floor columned corner front porch and open balcony above have exceptional views of the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake found in very few places around the globe. They have a magical composition, created when dunes periodically open and close their freshwater estuary connection to the saltwater. The natural beauty of such lakes is a treasure since it supports a vast abundance of native wildlife, flora, and fauna. A pathway runs beside this home to the inlet on the way to the beach. Besides splashing around in the jeweled waters of the sensational surf, you might want to try your luck catching some fish. Here you can go paddleboarding or take a kayak out on the serene lake to enjoy the wildlife all around you. This rental home is in the exclusive residential enclave of Grayton Beach Cottages, featuring a community pool where you may also take a dip before or after going to the white sand beach.

The first floor of Down By the Sea has an open Great Room encompassing the living, dining, and kitchen portions of this vacation destination. Light hardwood flooring flows throughout the room with a rustic beamed ceiling above. A cream-colored wraparound couch and a white sleeper sofa provide a comfortable seating ensemble. They face the gorgeous gulf views framed by glass doors leading out to a deck, as well as a flatscreen TV perched upon a unique easel. Twin accent chairs beside it in a sunny window alcove are tropically inspired with the use of slipcovers and provide additional seating. A custom-built white cabinet nearby serves as a great bar for entertainment. Nearby a hardwood table includes eight criss-cross backed chairs that sit beneath an Edison Bulb chandelier to inspire the enjoyment of a coastally inspired feast. The updated gourmet kitchen features a large Sub-Zero side-by-side refrigerator with a cabinet freezer below, a stand-alone ice maker, and a unique marble-topped bar with four seats.

The downstairs Guest Bedroom boasts both a cozy queen and full-size bed, accompanied by a Smart TV for optimal entertainment. Ideal for guests spanning multiple generations, this bedroom on the main floor eliminates the need for stairs and offers access to a nearby hall bath featuring a glass-walled walk-in shower. All three bedrooms upstairs are comfortably appointed with Smart TVs, Netflix, DVR, king-sized beds, and en-suite baths. The king primary suite is adorned with a twin daybed and twin trundle, accompanied by an ensuite bath boasting a walk-in shower. French doors lead out to the balcony with stunning Gulf views. This balcony is also accessible from the upstairs hallway adjacent to the guest bedrooms, offering additional space for leisure and enjoyment.

This South Walton location is an easy stroll away from galleries, restaurants, and friendly popular beach bars with live entertainment in the heart of Grayton Beach. Shopping, dining and drinking establishments, as well as outdoor musical concerts and seasonal festivals, are found all along Scenic 30A in numerous picturesque coastal villages.

First Floor: Living Room with Queen Sleeper Sofa, Dining, Kitchen, Bedroom with Queen and Full Bed, Hall Bath with Walk-In Shower.

Second Floor: King Primary Bedroom with Daybed + Twin Trundle and Walk-In Shower + Balcony Access, King Bedroom with Tub/Shower Combo, King Bedroom with Tub/Shower Combo, Laundry.

The community pool is typically heated during fall, holiday weeks, and spring break, but is based on the daily temperature and HOA discretion.

Amenities
  • Amenity Icon Community Pool
  • Amenity Icon Grill/BBQ
  • Amenity Icon Gulf View
  • Amenity Icon Heated Community Pool
  • Amenity Icon Internet
  • Amenity Icon Laundry
  • Amenity Icon No Pets Allowed
  • Amenity Icon Parking Spaces: 3
  • Amenity Icon Walk to Beach: 0-1 Minute
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Bedding
First Floor:
Full
Full
Queen
Queen
Queen Sleeper Sofa
Queen Sleeper Sofa
Second Floor:
King
King
King
King
King
King
Twin Daybed
Twin Daybed
Twin Trundle
Twin Trundle
Total: Queen, 3 King, Twin Trundle, Queen Sleeper Sofa, Full, Twin Daybed
Reviews
Rating 5
Very clean and beautifully decorated home!
The home is in a great location which is easy walking distance to beach and local restaurants/shops in Grayton Beach! Loved the beautiful ocean view and being able to walk straight out to the flat boardwalk! The home was very clean, well stocked, and had nice comfortable furniture.
Melinda D from Cookeville TN - Stayed December 2022
FAQs

We welcome all of your questions! Most property-specific details can be answered in the AMENITIES tab, for example, "Is beach service included?", "Is there a community pool?" and "How far is the beach?". Additional answers may be found in our Rental Policies.

Still have unanswered questions? We invite you to ask below. Our vacation specialists look forward to providing you with a detailed response to help you find the best place by the beach!

Just wondering about towels and what is available in the kitchen. Any beach towels to use?
Karen D - Posted: 03/11/2022

Answer:

We provide linens and sheets for the beds, bath towels, and washcloths.  You will want to bring your own beach towels, as we do not provide them. Our kitchens feature the basic necessities, such as pots, pans, a coffee maker, toaster, blender, silverware, dishes, and glassware.

Here is a helpful video to ensure that you are fully equipped for the beach!

Is Western Lake accessible from the home if we bring our own SUP boards and kayaks?
Sara S - Posted: 02/17/2023

Answer:

Western Lake is easily accessible from the public beach access located beside Down By The Sea. Kayaks and paddleboards are a great way to explore these rare natural treasures!

How many homes share the community pool? What are the hours of the pool?
Marisa D - Posted: 03/20/2023

Answer:

Grayton Beach Cottages includes approximately 10 homes with access to the community pool. The pool is open from 9am to 10pm. Enjoy!

Are there bikes available or for rent nearby?
Nina D - Posted: 05/09/2023

Answer:

Down By The Sea does not include complimentary bikes, but you can most certainly rent them! As an Ocean Reef guest, you have exclusive access to discounted bike rentals through our Reef Rewards program. You can also take advantage of the complimentary tram when heading to the beach. Enjoy!

Can your place accommodate an RV?
Billie J - Posted: 07/12/2023

Answer:

Down by the Sea has sufficient parking for three vehicles only. Unfortunately, the Cottage Street community does not have adequate space to accommodate an RV. There are, however, storage locations nearby! Here are a few options to park your RV overnight.

Does Down By The Sea use a public or private beach?
Donna J - Posted: 02/09/2024

Answer:

Down By The Sea is located in historic Grayton Beach on 30A! Visitors may utilize the vast portion of public beach less than a one-minute walk from the home. Don't forget the sunscreen!

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