374 Defuniak Street, Grayton Beach Florida 32459

(615) 500-5923

Come stay in your own slice of Heaven!

Three Bedroom Two Bath Artist's Cottage rental; sleeps up to 8, 

and pet friendly!

Meet the Owners


When I bought Jake's in 2000, I was expecting to greet into this world my son, Tucker, who has grown up to love Grayton. I had property in Seagrove Beach, just down the road, for about 10 years before that. But I knew my heart was in Grayton, so when I had the chance to buy a cottage, painted bright green (inside and out!), and sorely in need of TLC, I jumped at the chance. A LOT of hard work, elbow grease (big thanks to my Dad), and 18 years, two hurricanes and an oil spill later, we know that we're less a part of Grayton than Grayton is a part of us. So, when you walk through the pine and live oak covered, oyster-shelled streets of Old Grayton Beach, you get the feeling that things don't change very fast here. Which is exactly the way I wanted to raise my son. When you're on the beach here at sunset, well, it's simply timeless.

By the way, Jake was my Aussie blue heeler, who was here before Tuck.  Hence Jake's Place.  Jake has been chasing heavenly cattle for several years now.

We live in Nashville, Tennessee but I am moving towards making it towards the Gulf, full-time.

We look forward to having you at Jake's Place.



In the heart of Old Grayton


Jake's Place is a three bedroom, 2 bath artist's cottage deep in the heart of Grayton Beach, Florida. This charming beach cottage, completely renovated in 2015, sleeps up to 8 comfortably (depending on combination of adults and children, and whether you have a pooch with you!). Jake's Place has three bedrooms, with two queen beds, 2 twin beds (bunks), and a queen sofa sleeper. This cozy and bright beach cottage, filled with local and folk art, sits under 130 year old live oak trees, offering a fenced in back yard, a private swimming pool and outdoor shower. Beginning March 1 each year, until mid-May, and again in early fall (until mid to late October) the pool is heated for you.

The screened-in porch and back yard off the kitchen is a great place for outdoor cookouts and after the beach dinners (grill out on the park-style charcoal grill out back) or night-time games. Relax by the tropically landscaped, private swimming pool while watching some rays, or after dark, with the pool softly lit, it's just magical by the palms and under the live oaks. The pool is perfect after a full day at the beach -- cool off the sunburn before heading back to the beach for sunset; at Grayton, you don't miss sunset. Really, don't miss it.

There's a great covered porch on the front for people watching; watch everyone headed to the beach and the Red Bar; extra points for counting Harley riders! Wireless internet service, lots of great cable channels, and three TVs; in the living room and two of the bedrooms. Parking -- can accommodate 3 cars, or a car and boat and trailer. Umbrellas and chairs are provided, and assorted beach stuff too. We can also recommend beach chair/umbrella and bike rental companies. There are miles and miles of easy (asphalt) bike trails out of Grayton for you to enjoy.

The beach distance is about 200 yards from the front door, with public boardwalk access right there on the east and west sides of The Red Bar. There's places to put in kayaks and canoes, which can be rented close by. There are at least a couple of beach umbrella/chair rental places in Grayton that you walk right by; check them out your first day and don't worry about carrying anything but your towel and cooler to the beach! YOLO boarding is abundant here. Jake's is a 2-3 minute walk to the beach, or shopping at the shops of Grayton Beach, or Grayton Beach General Store and several restaurants. Mapquest 374 Defuniak Street, Santa Rosa Beach. Thanks and if this isn't the place for you, we know you know someone who will love Jakes, so please pass the word along, and, in the meantime, be young, be foolish, and be happy!

Come to Grayton Beach Jake's. Come once, and you'll come back year after year. Lots of friends do.

Find out more

The Pool

 The pool is heated after March 1 until mid-May, and after October 1, til mid to late Oct (sometimes later, depending on weather). Pool heaters really don't do much November through February, when it's just too cold in the Panhandle. but the nice privacy fence around the pool shelters the pool area from the wind and on sunny days, you can easily enjoy the pool in shorts and t shirt, even in late Dec, Jan and Feb. 

Close to the Beach

A two minute walk to the Red Bar and sand

 Two to three minute walk to Grayton Beach 'downtown' Grayton and the Red Bar, and the beach; huge pool area to lounge; pool heated during certain periods; large screened porch off kitchen; park style charcoal grill; outdoor shower, covered front porch for people watching in Grayton; umbrella, umbrella sandscrew, and pool floats for your use. Please note: although we list a max of 8 people for the house, because of the size of the house, it is just not suitable for 8 full size adults. Six adults max, with two children is fine. Or 2 adults with 6 kids (depends on age), is also ok (assuming you can handle 6 kids). We reserve the right to determine suitability of the house for any particular group; hope you understand! please note that while Jakes is pet friendly, dogs are not permitted on the beaches of South Walton without a permit, and only residents can get them, but there are wonderful trails and sandy roads in Grayton and along 30A for you to enjoy walks with your pooch! 

The kitchen

Totally renovated and ready for the chef in your family, we take pride in outfitting the kitchen.  Everything you need to make that memorable meal after a long wonderful day on the beach.


Screened porch around back for late night enjoyment. Front porch for coffee in the mornings and daytime people watching.

More about us.

Grayton Beach. Nice Dogs. Strange People.

Well, not exactly.  We have nice dogs and great people in Grayton, but that hasn't stopped this slogan from becoming one of those things that stick with you about Grayton's quirky reputation.  Yes! We are pet friendly!  We just need to know the number, size and breed of your pooches (sorry no kitty cats allowed, and we love cats, but.... allergies, you know).   

The house

Please see the photos section. If you have any questions about your group and how you might fit at Jake's please call me.  We can usually fit about 4-8 people comfortably, depending on the ages, sizes and disposition of folks.  If you tend to get cranky without a lot of space, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you love hanging with your family, inside and out, and enjoy late night conversations and time by the pool, or on the porch, Jake's is probably just about perfect for you.

The bedrooms

We have three.  Two bedrooms with queen beds and one with twin bunk beds. We also have a sleeper sofa in the living room. One of the bedrooms has its own full bath, and there is a full bath in the hall that services the other two bedrooms.

The fine print



Minimum age of primary renter:22

Max occupancy:8

All guests must sign/mail rental agreement to us within 14 days of booking, otherwise, we reserve the right to cancel the booking.

Once payment is received it's nonrefundable; please consider trip insurance.We are reasonable and will work with you if an emergency arises; e.g move reservation to a later date

NOTE: Pls see 2018 rental agreement agmt for full cancellation /refund policy, including our "You will be able to use your deposit guarantee."


Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 (may be less if we agree)

PAYMENT TERMS/CANCELLATION POLICY: NEW: To Book: You pay $500 nonrefundable deposit on booking. The balance is due no less than 35 days prior to arrival; once paid, the balance is also non-refundable. Please consider trip insurance. We accept checks only. If you book directly through us you save money (if you book though VRBO you will pay their extra guest service charge, but you can pay by credit card); to save you money we encourage you to consider booking directly.   You can see more information on Jakes , including over sixty (60) five star reviews, if you check VRBO 303415.

DAMAGE DEPOSIT: A $300 refundable deposit will be included in your final payment 35 days prior to arrival; if no damage is reported by our local manager, then you receive this $300 Deposit back approximately 7 days after you leave.  

NOTE: ALL RATES INCLUDE ALL TAXES. WEEKLY RATES ALSO INCLUDE REGULAR CLEANING UPON DEPARTURE; IF YOU ARE BOOKING 6 NIGHTS OR LESS, YOU WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL $175 CLEANING CHARGE.  PET CHARGE: Jakes is pet friendly if we agree in writing prior to arrival (for insurance purposes, we must approve breed of dog). This is NOT a deposit; this is an extra charge for extra cleaning, HOWEVER YOU agree to pick up after your dog; if you do not, an additional $100 charge may be assessed on departure, taken out of your $300 damage deposit, to pay our "poop patrol"!) . 

Jakes is Weekly only spring through late fall (turnover days are Saturdays; arrival 4 PM or later, departure by 10 AM); NOTE: Spring Break, Spring and Late Fall rates INCLUDE HEATING of the pool. NOTE: HOLIDAY WEEK RATES ARE SLIGHTLY MORE THAN RATES LISTED; PLEASE ASK FOR QUOTE PRIOR TO BOOKING A HOLIDAY WEEK (INCLUDES ALL NORMAL HOLIDAYS YOU WOULD THINK WOULD BE INCLUDED). 

We would love to host your family

Contact gail directly if you would like more information. We book months in advance and an email will get you an answer quickly on availability.


If you don't know this area, we encourage you to research everything you can do along 30A.  We provide lots of beach toys for you, including umbrellas and chairs. You can easily rent bikes, SUP boards, kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas (nice ones) and have them delivered to the house.  There are miles and miles of bike paths, and you are a short 15 min bike ride to the middle of Seaside.  Charter fish off the beach at Grayton. So many fantastic restaurants we can't mention them all, but many are within walking distance of the house, including the Red Bar, of course.

Reviews, Amenities and Rental Agreement

Jakes Place reviews from the past few years (doc)




Jakes Place rental agreement 2019 REVISED 7.2018 (doc)


Rates and Availability; Depends on when you're coming.....