St Augustine Lodge Historic Beach House, 5 BR cottage, Oc...

5 br St. Augustine Ocean Front Home


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Property Type:  Home

Bed/Bath:  5 / 2

Sleeps:  10

Pets:  Yes

Smoking:  No

Rental Rates:

$175 - $450 per night

$875 - $1,895 per week

$1,935 - $6,995 per month

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St Augustine Lodge Historic Beach House, 5 BR cottage, Ocean Front, Wifi

This is it, Folks! See the stories in the Coastal Living, Jacksonville magazine & Gainesville magazines here! Come vacation in a treasure of Summer Haven history. This 110 year old cottage is located 50 steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Five bedrooms, a great room with fireplace, two bathrooms - one with an original claw-footed tub - large family kitchen, pantry, laundry, dining porch, and wrap-around porch.

Send your thanks back in time. Your stay at The Lodge, a 19th century beach cottage near gorgeous St. Augustine, promises a historic and redefining simplicity. A few days here means renewed sense of ?the important things in life?, chock-full of familial magic. Tucked on a sleepy cul de saq next to the Atlantic Ocean, The Lodge and its older sister The Hut are elegant and understated reminders of a far-away time.

An area known as Summer Haven was recommended to stressed Pennsylvania banking baron, Thomas Mellon, for its restorative powers. Construction on first The Hut and then The Lodge began in the 1880s, at a time when Chester Arthur was president and Mark Twain was busy finishing his Adventures of Huck Finn. This is seriously good quality time, where simple, beautiful touches - candle light and ocean breezes - complete the setting.

A house with this much history begs for a multi-generational vacation where the stories come out - as family folklore enjoys another airing. Take the time on this holiday to hear the stories you?d never otherwise have chance to hear. Reconnect with grown cousins or childhood friends - covering more ground than you ever would in a hasty holiday card.

Whip up beloved family meals - packing your grandmother?s handwritten recipes for a birthday cake made from scratch. Snap dozens of photos as Grandpa teaches the next generation to fish. Try this more genuine of magic kingdoms for real family bonding, in surrounds so idyllic they look like a movie set. Adirondack chairs wait on the wrap-around porch, where palm trees dot the view of stone breakers just beyond. Liberal touches of antiquity, such as the front porch?s restored pew bench, leave room to wonder what the walls would say - if they could talk. A private dock is charming and ramshackle, perhaps Huck-Finn-comes-to-Florida (Dock is to shallow water due to sand bars.)

Up to ten guests can comfortably stretch out over 1,200 square feet. Five double occupancy bedrooms, four queen beds and two bunks, share two bathrooms. An equipped kitchen, dining porch and a living area each honor the old with family heirloom accessories and new, comfy furniture appropriate to the period.

The house boasts recent refurbishment across every inch - yet maintains all original features. Solid pine floors and old glass windows. A claw-footed porcelain bathtub and a pyramid roof for extra air circulation. Instead of closets, enjoy simple wall hooks to keep your clothing organized - and relish in a vacation that requires only a parade of shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit and towel (repeat).

For modern conveniences, enjoy phones and cable TV. If you?d rather do without, they can stay easily tucked out of sight.

Past guests love the inclusive aspect their vacations can take, thanks to the home?s single-story plan. Older relatives who struggle with mobility will enjoy a property that has everything to hand. The ocean, just 100 feet away, can be seen, heard - and tasted- from within The Lodge itself.

Note: Summer Haven is constantly changing with nature. The Summer Haven river behind the house is largely a sand dune and can many times provide beach access. Due to Tropical Storm Faye erosion at the front, there is now an area of large boulders blocking the beach access points. Although you can walk in between these boulders to access the beach like the locals that live nearby, the nearest easy beach access is approximately 1 mile north at Fort Matanzas National Park. It has (free) paved parking and provides beach access via a meandering boardwalk.

Bedding Configuration: 4 Queen, 2 Twin

Room Description: *** Plus one time end of stay cleaning fee is $295, pet fee $100(each), security damage fee is $195, amenity fee is 5.95% & tax is 10%.

Pets: Cats Allowed, Dogs allowed

Additional Features:
* Bedrooms: No Smoking Rental, Bedroom #1 (1 Queen), Bedroom #2 (Queen), Bedroom #3 (Queen), Bedroom #4 (Queen), Bedroom #5 (2 twins)
* Convenience: Outlet Shopping, Area Fitness Center, Craft Shopping, Medical Services Nearby, Nearby Grocery, Shopping
* Culture: 97 miles to Disney World, 50 miles - Daytona Airport (DAB), 55 miles to Jacksonville Airport, Jacksonville Stadium (Jaguars), Kennedy Space Center, Lighthouse, Marine Land, Museums, St Augustine Historic Town, Theatre, Summer Haven Beach, St Augustine, Florida, St Augustine, FL, St Augustine Beach Florida, St Augustine Beach FL
* Entertainment: Cable Television, DVD Player, Television, Wireless Internet
* FAQ: Beach (no cars), Boat Dock (on site), BBQ Grill (on site), Internet/Wifi in Unit, No Smoking Unit
* Family: Beach, Library, Miniature Golf, Movie Theatre
* Geographic: Exceptional Sunrises, Exceptional Sunsets, Exceptional Views, Near River, On Bay or Sound, On Beach
* Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Cookware, Dishwasher, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster, Utensils
* Living: Ceiling Fans, Central Air, Ironing Board, Linens, Washer & Dryer
* Outdoor: Balcony, BBQ Grill, Beach Walking, Beachcombing, Biking, Boating, Deck, Fishing, Gas Grill, Golf Courses, Grill, Hiking Trails, Jet Ski Rental, Ocean Kayaking, Patio, Sight-Seeing, Sound/Bay Fishing, Surf Fishing, Surfing, Swimming, Walkway to Water, Wildlife Viewing, Wind Surfing
* PMS: Lock Instructions: Good News
* Ratings: Bronze
* Sleeps: Sleeps 2 or more, Sleeps 4 or more, Sleeps 5 or more, Sleeps 6 or more, Sleeps 7 or more, Sleeps 8 or more, Sleeps 9 or more, Sleeps 10 or more
* Trash Day: Monday

Owner/Manager last updated on 10/18/2014

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Amenities
  • ·High-Speed Internet
  • ·Full Kitchen
  • ·Balcony
  • ·Deck
  • ·Gas Grill
  • ·Patio
Appliances
  • ·Coffee Maker
  • ·Dishwasher
  • ·DVD Player
  • ·Microwave
  • ·Oven
  • ·Phone
  • ·Refrigerator
  • ·Toaster
Activites
  • ·Biking
  • ·Boating
  • ·Fishing
  • ·Golf
  • ·Hiking
  • ·River
  • ·Surfing
  • ·Swimming
  • ·Walking
 
Property Reviews 
Summer Family Reunion at the Lodge
Michael R. from Jacksonville, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2014
Overall we were pleased with this rustic, comfortable lodge. Access to the beach is easy... either a short walk and then down a path through the rocks or at the peak of high tide walking in the sand behind two other residences to get to the beach. The Summer Haven River is gone but at high tide the tidal pools under and beyond the Route A1A bridge fill with water and we caught some flounder and crabs. This old building may not be for everyone but it fit our needs well. There were a couple of broken chairs and a screen door needed repair.

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Hi Michael - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook50 and enjoy a $50 off on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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Horrible!!!
Steve S. from Spring Hill, FL does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2014
From the date we arrived we had to coordinate the repair of several items. The house was filthy and in disrepair. We complained several times to the management company and directly to the rental office and were told each time a customer service rep. would contact us. This never happened. Molded bedding, grime, fitlyhy, filthy,filthy. DO NOT RENT FROM THIS COMPANY!!!

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Hi Steve - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Perfect Bachelor Pad
A guest from Tampa, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 3 days in April, 2014
We rented The Lodge for a bachelor party. It was a perfect place to stay with lots of history and cool quirks. The sheets and comforters are really old and should probably be replaced, but they were clean as was the whole property. Only problem is it's relatively far from grocery stores but that's not the fault of the property.

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Hi Chris - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook50 and enjoy a $50 off on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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Spring Break 2014 at The Lodge
Jack W. from Decatur, GA recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in April, 2014
Our Spring Break was a family gathering, and The Lodge worked perfectly for us. Location was great (near many natural areas as well as "touristy" places), so everyone had opportunity to do activities they wished; The Lodge accommodated our group easily (the porch is fabulous!) and the kitchen was well equipped; we were looking for an interesting property and The Lodge is certainly that...historic, intersesting story and fairly rustic (couldn't rate the facilities as "spotless", as that is probably impossible, but The Lodge was as clean as it could be).During our five night stay, a couple of issues arose that required calls to Vacation Rental Pros. VRP was responsive and handled our requests professionally, but it was difficult and, at times, frustrating to work through an answering service.If you are expecting to be waited on in a hotel-like environment, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for an experience like you remember as a kid at your uncle's lake "camp", then you will think The Lodge is the greatest!

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Hi Jack - I just read your comments, and I want to thank you for the great input. At VRP we take our customers' feedback very seriously, and to show our thanks, I'd like to give you a coupon code good for $50 off your next rental. When you reserve your property, just enter rebook50. Hope to see you and your family again soon! --Steve Milo, 888 618 8658, Vacation Rental Pros, 6279 A1a South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
 
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Older than expected
Deborah M. from Raleigh, NC does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in March, 2014
We realize the property is about 120 years old but it needs some updating and needs to be thoroughly cleaned. There are many floorboards in the house and on the porch that nearly give way when stepped on. The kitchen needs new pans and additional utensils. Sleeping 10 and only forks for 6 is ridiculous. It also needs new towels. The beach was nice but the rock wall between the house and the ocean should be disclosed. Old accommodations should be quaint and charming but still should be comfortable and clean.

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Hi Deborah - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Was it a Mouse or a Rat that lived in the kitchen?
A guest from Kissimmee, FL does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in October, 2013
Very sad to say this property is dirty, there was evidence of mice or possibly a rat due to the size of the droppings found in the kitchen every morning. The pictures on the website are very misleading. The beds are very uncomfortable and the TV didnt work.However the location is spectacular. We will be back to this area but we will choose another property.

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Hi Lorri - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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The Lodge
Tracy M. from Winter Park, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in August, 2013
Good. Bedrooms were a little small.

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Hi Tracy - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook50 and enjoy a $50 off on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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Great vacation but...
A guest from Evans, GA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in August, 2013
House is in a great location but wasn't very clean and had a problem w rodents.

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Hi Rob - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for cleaning issues. This is not up to standards. I will contact my house keeper. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Summerhaven the Lodge
Sue T. from Lantana, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2013
My only negative comments were dishwasher and dryer had to emptied of their loads before they could be used. I did not appreciate folding laundry my first day of vacation. Folks before us left huge amounts of trash and empty beer bottles with pickup not being until Monday the smell was overpowering. Having made sure we left the place very clean, laundry and dishwasher running the clean up crew took our trash we had left. Someone missed finishing the cleaning job for our arrival. Call was made Saturday upon arrival as requested in our information forms for maintance: of the 3 TV sets in the house only 1 could be gotten to work. Some serious repair issues need to be addressed for location ie: unsafe porch floorboad either missing or broken, nails not level which resulted in my son tearing up the bottom of his foot our first night . On the positive having stayed with Vacation Rental Pros on Summerhaven, we love the island and this will be our third year returning to one of your properties on Summerhaven. It is wonderful to have a pet friendly enviornment both in the units and on the beaches. We will be booking for 2014!

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Hi Sue - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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The Lodge
A guest from Huntsville, AL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2013
I loved staying at the lodge!However, I believe there is a mouse in the house, it ate through a bag of sugar and a bag of flour. I would also like to see the porch floor repaired. We will stay again.

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Hi Keith - I just read your comments, and I want to thank you for the great input. At VRP we take our customers' feedback very seriously, and to show our thanks, I'd like to give you a coupon code good for $50 off your next rental. When you reserve your property, just enter rebook50. Hope to see you and your family again soon! --Steve Milo, 888 618 8658, Vacation Rental Pros, 6279 A1a South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
 
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Wonderful piece of history, broken floorboards
A guest from Jacksonville, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2013
I love these houses, their history, their story, everything about them. I was a little concerned about the maintenance of the property. A guest actually stepped through a floorboard and hurt his leg. There were lights that didn't work. I wouldn't take back having stayed there for anything, but I hope the buildings are renovated and secured soon.

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Hi Tim - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook50 and enjoy a $50 off on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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summer fun
Monica and Chris J. from Gainesville, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 14 days in May, 2013
what can you say about a 110 year old house? you expect critters, there were some. :) expect dust, the place is old. some things didn't work, the management company dealt with them promptly and nicely. it needs new pots and pans, the teflon is horrendous. more forks, more wineglasses. more tupperware/food storage for leftovers. it was great being able to feel comfortable with friends, sand, dogs, and general hanging out. if you had to describe the experience in a word, it was homey. you feel like you are staying at your great uncle's place. we had a wonderful time, we loved watching sunsets out the back door on the sand flats. maybe one day the river will come back. we will be back. :)

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Hi Monica and Chris - I just read your comments, and I want to thank you for the great input. At VRP we take our customers' feedback very seriously, and to show our thanks, I'd like to give you a coupon code good for $50 off your next rental. When you reserve your property, just enter rebook50. Hope to see you and your family again soon! --Steve Milo, 888 618 8658, Vacation Rental Pros, 6279 A1a South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
 
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The Lodge is terrible! Dont stay here unless
Justin S. from Deerbourne, MI does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in April, 2013
The charm of the lodge has been tarnished by this management company- vacation rental pros . They are not maintaining this almost 120 year old beach house treasure. Infested with rodents, moldy tapestries, loose floorboards and exposed floor nails. Dont stay here. The beach and environment is beautiful but the lodge is very uncomfortable in its current state.

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Hi Justin - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the carpet cleaning maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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The Lodge - Summer Haven Florida
A guest from Savannah, GA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in April, 2013
The roaches and rat poop was not appreciated. I had a roach crawl on my pillow at night just as I was about to go to sleep. I heard a sound close to my ear, screamed, woke my husband, he turned on the light and chased and killed the huge roach. Rat poop was on the floor in the kitchen by the trash can. Maintenance called pest control and we had to be there for them to spray and bait for the rats. The bed linens were not clean on most of the beds. The bed linens on the bed we slept in appeared to have been washed. There was no laundry detergent. We had to buy some so we could wash the sheets and spread on our bed. It was so creepy to think about the roaches every night we slept. The pots and pans in the kitchen were probably as old as the house and were ready for the trash. We bought pans to cook breakfast in ... did not leave them. For what we had to pay ($295) for cleaning, we really expected the place to be much cleaner and the lines to be freshly washed. Most of the towels were stinky.The best part was the location. We loved the beach and where the river once was. The cottage could be spectacular with a little paint and repairs. I felt like the interior walls were much too dark. Not nautical at all. More like a place in the mountains, but still too dark for the mountains. My opinion of course. Also, loved reading the history of the property. Hope to not insult anyone with my remarks. Maybe the owners don't know how their property is being taken care of by the management group. Would expect better quality control to avoid the problems we encountered. By the way, the TV in the bedroom we slept in was broken so we had to be there for the repair man to come.

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Hi Patsi - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Wonderful Location and Views
A guest from Lakemont, GA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in March, 2013
This old home was absolutly charming. The location was awesome & we enjoyed it and the privacy. We would love to be able to buy this home & fix it up. The house itself needs a slight overhaul in the upkeep department. When we got there there we noticed a mouse sticky pad in the kitchen. The first night mice got into our breead. We then moved everything to the refrdg. Everytime we would leave & come back we swept up mouse droppings. We washed dishes before each use. We removed sticky pad it did it's job-once but not before being noticed by another fellow critter-gross. There are several boards loose throughout the house. Lg bathrm feels like you are going to fall thru floor the same of the laundry rm. The porch on The Hut side is the same. Didn't allow kids to go on that side. It was early in the season and I'm sure with the house being closed up that was the reason for the mustiness. Got a can of Fabreeze & all was well. Needs new pillows. I know this sounds like alot of complaining but the place is so awesome it's ashame it's not better maintained. Like I said we would love to own it. We do plan on coming back in April of 2014 to this same location.

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Hi Susan - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for cleaning issues. This is not up to standards. I will contact my house keeper. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Very Charming
A guest from Eaton, OH recommends this property.
Stayed for 30 days in January, 2013
This was a very charming home steeped in history. If you are looking for a new modern home this isn't for you, but it was perfect for us. Plenty of space, comfortable and just steps to the ocean. Rented in January and never saw more than a handful of people on the beach.

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Hi Tina - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook50 and enjoy a $50 off on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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The Lodge
Eileen B. from Gainsville, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2012
The Lodge is a wonderfully historic and comfortable home, and the location is fantastic. The beach is very close, though inaccessible to older guests who could not navigate walking down rocks or walking through the soft sand to go through the back yard to the beach. The kitchen is large, bright and cheery and well furnished with everything we needed. We were very disappointed with the maintenace of the breezeway where the screens were ripped, with one screen door off it's hinges and the other door did not stay shut with the breeze. We reported this maintenance issue on our arrival, but never heard back from them. This was disappointing when we gathered in the breezeway to get away from insects from other areas of the porch at certain times of the day. The living room was quite dusty and a large picture was off the wall and simply stashed behind a table. It seemed that the property could use a deep cleaning more often. Both bathrooms are lovely with a generous supply of towels. We plan on renting at this location again.

Property Manager Response:
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Hi Eileen - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues and carpet issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Wonderful vacation retreat
Maria B. from Kennesaw, GA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2012
We had a wonderful time at this historic house. The location was great. We would have liked the river to be in the back of the house, but nature will eventually return it. The house had quirky charm and understandable wear, but was comfortable.

Property Manager Response:
Response from Vacation Rental Pros
Hi Maria - I just read your comments, and I want to thank you for the great input. At VRP we take our customers' feedback very seriously, and to show our thanks, I'd like to give you a coupon code good for 10% off your next rental. When you reserve your property, just enter rebook10. Hope to see you and your family again soon! --Steve Milo, 904 385 3888, Vacation Rental Pros, 6233 A1a South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
 
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I don't think we'll stay again
A guest from Hobe Sound, FL does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2012
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Hi Cynthia - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook10 and enjoy a 10% discount on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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Best vacation with vrp 2 years in a row
Nancy H. from Lake City, TN recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in May, 2012
We came this year to celebrate my twin girls high school graduation , loved the house old with lots of history , beach was great , had one storm the whole week lasted about 30 minutes with high winds it was very exciting

Property Manager Response:
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Hi Nancy - On behalf of all of us here at VRP, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to give us feedback about your rental experience. Our property owners really appreciate hearing what you liked and what needed improvement. To show our thanks, I'd like to offer you a discount on your next rental from VRP. When you book, use the coupon code rebook10 and enjoy a 10% discount on the rental! See you at the beach,
 
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Christmas stay
Nancy H. from Jacksonville, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 3 days in December, 2011
I was disappointed that this was not actually a beach front property. We had to go out the door, around thru the sand river and then to the ocean. The river behind the house is completely gone, leaving only sand and the ocean in front is blocked with enormous stones that cannot be climbed. That said, you can get to the ocean around the bend. The bedroom are small and the twin bedded room is bunk beds and the room is minute. We enjoyed the fireplace and the kitchen was well furnished. Place was not very well dusted, but we did enjoy our stay regardless, although we will look for a different property for next year.

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Hi Nancy - Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us. As we discuss on the web site, the beach and river at Summer Haven are constantly changing. The river is now a huge sand bar with access to the beach. We appreciate the feedback, and we hope that you will consider renting from us again next time. I'd like to offer you a coupon good for 10% off your next stay. Just enter the coupon code rebook10 when you reserve your rental! Thank you again for your comments.
 
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Dilapidated and dusty
A guest from Palm Harbor, Florida does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 8 days in October, 2011
This is my 5th time in a Beach Cottages/VPRO property, and I was really disappointed. The house is charming, the beds comfortable, the kitchen sunny and pleasant, but in a world where "presentation is everything," your property manager needs to get his act together. A smashed gate, broken mailbox, ripped screen door and two dead trees lying in the yard greeted me upon arrival. Broken fencing lying in yard, random wood pieces, plastic forks, red drink cups, tattered welcome mat, etc. Inside, the house was clean at a glance, but cobwebs and dustballs coated all textile wall hangings, elk head, fireplace screen, floor vents and corners. Dead lovebugs in many corners. BBQ grill didn't work. No ice in the freezer upon arrival. Not worth the outrageous cleaning and "amenity" fees. I love older properties with character, but the need occasional deep cleaning and to be in better repair. I left The Lodge much cleaner than I found it, despite the terrible vacuum cleaner that sprays more dust than it takes in. I didn't call the property manager because I was so insulted that I would have to point out so many - and such obvious - deficiencies. It would have made my vacation even less pleasant to have to deal with all of that! The location has a view of road construction behind the property and a dried up river. The view down the road has an ugly "road closed" sign. You can't see the ocean from the house at all except from the kitchen window, which had random wood posts leaning in front of it. Last year, The Hut property next door had many similar deficiences inside and out, though it was cleaner.

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Hi Ann - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the cleaning and maintenance issues. This is not up to standards at all. I will email you directly on this. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Judy M. from Belleair, FL does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 3 days in September, 2011
The property is represented as something it is is very tattered, tiny bedrooms, awful location due to silted river. As our guest commented, there is old an charming and then there is just old and dilapidated. I spent a lot of time and effort to plan this special week-end. It was a disaster. Three of our 9 family members just left altogether (allergies) and all of us left a day early. I really feel ripped off/ Sorry

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Hi Judy - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. The Lodge is advertised as a 100 year old cottage. It is not a large house, but it is a great location and has been updated. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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The lodge
christiaan v. from Houston, Texas does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 6 days in August, 2011
Property was found to be smelling of rot, the yard was full of garbage, the bbq pit wasn't cleaned, the trash cans had no lids, the ac wasn't working properly, the mosquito nets were torn, etc. etc. We have been overcharged for this property and will not recommend it to friends. Nor will we recommend the VacPros company recommend to anyone.

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Hi Christiann - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the trash and maintenance issues. This is not up to standards. I will contact my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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The Lodge was Great
Sharon L. from Brevard, NC recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2011
We had a wonderful time, the location is perfect. We will stay again, it could be a little cleaner and a few repairs. I would highly reccomend it. Thank you

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Hi Sharon - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the cleaning and maintenance issues. I have already contacted my property manager to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Susan S. from Okanawa, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2011

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Hi Susan - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Another great week at the Lodge
Judy B. from Fort Pierce, Florida recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2011
This was our second time staying at the Lodge. Love the location. Some days you have the whole beach to yourselves. Love the charm of the Lodge, however it is not for everyone. The house is very old so you have to expect some quirks. Found it to be cleaner this year than last, however there was a problem with mice this year. The property manager was excellent. Any complaints we had he was right there to correct them. The furnishings in the Lodge are nearing their end and are a little shabby. I think if they would just freshen up the interior furnishings it would be an awesome place to stay. Definitely would go back.

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Hi Judy - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I am glad Jim and the cleaning crew were responsive and improved. I apologize for the mouse issue. We have taken appropriate steps to catch the critter. We are in communication with the owner of the property and upgrades will occur in the Fall. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Very nice place to stay
A guest from Fitzgerald, Georgia recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in May, 2011
This home made a wonderful vacation. The beach was a private beach so there was us and maybe 3-5 other families on the beach. It was very easy to get to town to eat or to get some more groceries. The only negative thing about this house is that the beach is imediatly across the street, but you cant get to it because of the massive rocks that seperate you. But it is a very short walk (less than 50 steps) to get to the beach. This wasnt a big deal except for that my mother had a hurt knee and the path down to the beach is a bit steep for someone with a hurt knee so she had to spend most of the vacatin at the house. But really the beach itself was worth the short walk. Beautiful beach, nice home, and a wonderful vacation all together.

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Hi Joseph - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Charming Piece of Old Florida
Mark S. from Jekyll Island, GA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in May, 2011
The old Lodge was the character we were looking for. Steeped in history and reminiscent of old Florida living. We can see that the Lodge would not be for everyone, but we found it charming.Sorry to see the river is no longer flowing in the back yard. This must break the owners hearts. The over all location is great for spending time at the beach with friends and family.

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Hi Mark - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. Yes, the river is now one very large sand bar which makes it very easy to get to the beach! You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Morgan J. from Douglasville, Georgia recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in December, 2010
Hot water can be a problem with 7 people!! Disappointed no water behind residence as pictured! Great location

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Hi Morgan - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I am glad you did not have any issues!!! You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Charming Lodge
A guest from Newbern, NC recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in December, 2010
Had a good time with family in a charming old Lodge. But the house definitely needed maintenance and the river behind was no longer. We did feel we were misled by the advertising that said it was on the river???

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Hi Melissa - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the maintenance issues. I have already contracted my property manager to work with the owner to get these fixed. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Wonderful house and could not ask for a better location. Had a terrific time.
David & Vicky T. from Kannapolis, North Carolina recommends this property.
Stayed for 3 days in December, 2010
Well kept for a 100+ year old house. Due to allergies with family members, wish the vents and ceiling fans had less dust. Overall it was great and would love to return.

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Hi David - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Mark K. from Old Hickory, Tennessee recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in October, 2010
We loved the home and the location. I would like to say though, that contrary to the information provided, there is no grocery store within a mile or two. When you have been on the road for 10 hours, looking for a grocery store that is a mile or two away is somewhat frustrating. Also, a heads up on the water would have been great...we killed a load of whites, turning them a lovely shade of rust.

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Hi Mark - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the incorrect information on the grocery store. There is one that is 6 miles away. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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A Dream Come True!
Judy B. from Fort Pierce, Florida recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in September, 2010
The first thing out of my Gandsons' mouth when he saw the wide expanse of beach behind the Lodge was, "This is like a dream come true." It turned out that the whole week was a dream come true. We loved the casualness and homey feel of the Lodge. No worries if a little sand was tracked in. There were 10 of us and the Lodge accomodated us quite well. There is as much living space outside as in. The location could not be better. Beautiful beach that you have almost to yourself. Felt like we had our own private beach. We spent as much time in the river as we did in the ocean. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest had a great time.Can't wait to go back!!

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Hi Judy - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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History at the Beach
James W. from Charlotte, North Carolina recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in August, 2010
What a wonderful place for a family vacation. After hearing about our stay last year, everyone in the family wanted to come this year. A real feeling of old Florida history. After the nor'easter two years ago that formed the new inlet, the river is different every year, and every day during our stay. Can't wait to see what it looks like next year. We'll be back - the whole family.

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Hi James - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Greg D. from Atlantic Beach, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2010

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Hi Greg - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. It is our goal to provide a wonderful vacation experience. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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I was happy at first then to my horror I found a large rat by the front door ! I had to discard it myself ! then a day later I n
Fred T. from Orange Park, FL does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 7 days in June, 2010
The smell was spread through out the house eventually and two of the female guests had to leave because they felt sick. The manager never called back. And we felt abandoned in our rotting smell of the rats. I feel a need to be compensated for the nightmare it ruined out stay. Please contact me so this can be further addressed .I am a good customer who has stayed with you before. Sincerely, Fred e-mail

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Hi Fred - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I sincerely apologize for finding the dead rats and the flies around them. As you are aware this is not normal, and it has not happened before. I will email you directly as well. It is our goal to provide a wonderful vacation experience. You and your family are welcome back any time.
 
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Overall the Lodge was lovely. Few housekeeping things like the shower curtain having mold on the inside, the massive rat trap i
Missy H. from Ormond Beach, FL recommends this property.
Stayed for 2 days in April, 2010
AND the fact that ONE roll of toilet paper is provided for a house that is designed for NINE guests (when we called housekeeping they said that was all that was provided). We loved the location but where not aware that the beach was not accessible due to the large rocks (difficult for grandparents to get down!) and not accessible at all at high tide. This should be disclosed to guests as well. Also, way too much cleaning asked of the guests in the "handbook" left at the house when guests are paying $295 cleaning fee.

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Hi Missy - I just received your feedback and wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey. I apologize for the cleaning issues. This was not up to standards and I have already discussed this with the house keeping manager. I sincerely apologize and will email you a discount. It is our goal to provide a wonderful vacation experience. You and your family are welcome back any time. Thank you again.
 
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