Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2 ADULTS ONLY)
I am a Realtor and my husband is a 'rocket scientist'... Prior to heading to the beach I was a Realtor for years in Nashville and Franklin Tennessee. We love living here, it is like being on vacation all the time.
Why Bert chose Dune Allen Beach
I purchased this location when I first moved to the beach, and decided to build myself a cute private little cottage so that I will have something when I retire....but I might never retire because I also purchased a great spot in Seaside where I live and own a little gallery and toy store...So I decided to share this adorable house with others who also feel the magic of this special place within easy biking distance to the beach adjoining the wildlife preserve.
What makes this Cottage unique
When I found this quiet street and private lot, and began building the cottage, there were many green geckos sunning on the boards, so my kids said...why don't you call it the Green Gecko....We have kept it varying shades of green since it was built.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
NO SMOKING......NO SMOKING
Children not allowed
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
FILTHY & owner will not honor her word to refund
We have stayed at about 10 homes in SRB over the last sev yrs. They have always been immaculate. We were so disappointed upon even just walking up to this addy. What we hv hd to deal with is unconscionable. I have pics of proof of everything (nejearatgmail) email me. There was a blk hairs &old food on stove and edge of sink, encrusted food in the teflon pans that were unbelievably scratched. No 1 in their right mind would use them sans crusty food &the melted plastic utensils staring at u when u walked in with a layer of dust was just 4 starters. This was not a great impression after walking up 2 a deck with a hole in the weave of the table & a gauge taken out of the railing due to the door hitting it, I took pics knowing how we would be responsible for these things if we didnt report them as the owner stressed EMPHATICALLY. The 2 toilets were gross and there were bugs in the upstairs toilet, 1 bathroom sink stopped up, and 2 black short hairs on the bedding next 2 our pillow b4 turning in. I have blond hair, my husband is bald. Dealng with aged owner was interruptive and she wanted to send the same people that allegedly "cleaned" it prior. I provided her with pictures immediately as we arrived early eve. Not only did we not want the same people 2 clean it but we were going to be out for most of the evening and didnt want our belongings subject to unattended people so we opted to clean it ourslvs & went 2 getsupplies. This was my husbands 50th birthday and flew all the way from Cal 2 hv 2 deal with this. As a result, I have asked graciously for 1 night stay back out of 3, a 1/3 of the taxes & 1/3 of the xtra fee & didn't even asking for the exorbitant cleaning fee back even tho we CLEANED THE PLACE TWICE for aged owner! I hv hd 2 beg for this all along the way thru private VRBO text to her and through the VRBO complaint dept still she will not refund the remaining 1/3's I spoke of. VRBO said she reneged & hung up on them after spouting mean things about me. We are disheartened and the icing on the cake is she wrote me and in her "shocked" state that we asked for a night + fees back voiced grave concern about me giving a bad review and in jeopardy of losing her current rating! This is clearly a heart issue with this owner. It is our experience she doesn't care about the customer but her ratings. Bc we have voiced this, hopefully she will hire someone who truly cleans and replace and fix all that was mentioned, for YOU, if you rent this place.
Oh My ! Every once in a Blue Moon, as an owner, you get one of these guests. I have been renting my little Green Gecko for years, and have never had anyone be as strange and volatile as this guest. When any of my guests call me with an issue, I work my hardest to take care of it immediately, and that is what I tried to do with this guest. According to her, she felt as if the property had not been properly cleaned., so I told her I was sending my cleaning crew over there ASAP..... she then hemmed and hawed, and said she did not want them to come right away, she was heading to the store, and would let me know when she came back, so I alerted my crew , and they went to the house and waited for her to return, but when the guest drove up, she went wild and said, they had to leave, and she was not going to let them into the house to clean. ....This behavior sent up a RED FLAG .......When I called her and asked why she would not let my crew in, she said she did not want to be disturbed !!...... I honored her wishes , however, at the end of her stay she demanded that I give her back her money. I told her that I would refund one night.... which I did. All of this happened over two months ago and now TWO MONTHS later, she called VRBO and insisted they get me on the phone because she felt I did not refund her enough. I told her and the VRBO representative that I had refunded her the one night stay, which I had promised and that this request was completed, and case finished, and I then hung up the phone. The guest then started texting and harassing me with mean and disgusting messages which has made me feel unsafe. Example of those texts ....("you are a low life and must come from a very low class upbringing"... and "you are a disgusting person" ... and "do you not answer to God? You are a sad case Burt"...).....As a homeowner, I pride myself in making my guests feel safe, comfortable and happy. It was clear from the start that nothing was going to make this guest happy except money. As I started this response..... Once in a Blue Moon, you get a guest who's goal is to beat you down in price in anyway they can, and in my estimation, this was one of those guests.......... BEWARE, do not rent to this person.
Secluded enough for privacy, close enough to the beach
What a beautiful place! Cottage was clean and tidy and tucked away in a quiet location away from the hustle of the beachfront properties but close enough to access beaches easily by car.
Beaches were incredible!
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I hope you decide to come back...and let me know, for a return guest discount.
Anniversary get away
The Green Gecko was a perfect getaway for us. The location is away from the crowds and the cottage offered a quaint, beach feel that made it easy to unwind. Having a swimming pool and hot tub in your backyard is a real bonus!
Lovely cottage in the pines
What an amazing cottage in the pine forest, close to everything but so secluded it’s the perfect hide away.
It was very quiet and peaceful I didn’t want to leave. It is close enough to everything you could want but the place is so nice you may not want to leave.
Daniel. first I want to thank you for taking the time to review... and second, I know what you mean, My Little Green GEcko Cottage is magical.... I love it too.
Please return, and when you do, let me know and I will give you a returning guest discount...
Lovin’ the Gecko!
Great little spot for couple! Secluded and quiet with hot tub and pool. Location close to beach as well as restaurants on 30A and Sandestin. We will be back!!
Richard, we are so glad you enjoyed my little magical hideaway. Please contact me upon your return, and remind me you are a returning guest for a returning guest discount..
This quiet location is also only a few minutes from a wonderful outlet mall and many great restaurants