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Seagate Cottage

Seagate Cottage,
Neptune Beach, Florida.

What a great find. The three bedroom, one bath, cape-cod style upper floor vacation rental is just a block from the beach.

The front stairway leads up to a sun porch that is ideal for coffee in the morning and wine by candle light in the evening.

It's air conditioned with a ceiling fan and plenty of screened windows to let in the sea breeze. There is plenty of light and space for the pursuit of drawing and painting. It reminds me of my great aunt's stately old house that overlooked Lake Michigan.

Or, can't you just see a group of lady's from a bygone era in their long dresses exchanging the latest gossip, while drinking afternoon tea from flowery cups, awaiting the return of their husbands who are at sea?


The combination living and dining room is comfortable, well decorated and features an electric fireplace and wood floor. I love all the little decorative touches. On the mantel there is a crab holding a sign with the reminder, "Don't be crabby, you're at the beach". The bookcase has video's and Cd's for various ages and books by some of my favorite authors.

The colors are off in this photo. The walls are white, cream and sand. The steamer trunk in the center of the room is used as a coffee table and has the initials, M.J.F. stamped on the ends. I wonder who that was and where they traveled?

The master bedroom has plenty of windows and a comfortable sofa to facilitate needle punch and reading. Can't you just imagine being served breakfast in bed?

I just finished reading Amy Tan's, "The Bonesetter's Daughter" while lounging on this sofa. And I have a needle punch project in progress.

The smallest bedroom has a built-in desk with room for the laptop computer and printer. It has a trundle bed. It's the perfect spot for work. The side window's look out onto the sun porch.

The front window overlooks Seagate Ave. on the Neptune Beach side of the road and 20th Ave N. on the Jacksonville Beach side of the road.

The line separating the two cities runs down the center of the street.


The second guest room has a double bed and window's facing the front and side of the house.

The bath is small but functional. I love the old fashioned style basin and large shower head.


The kitchen is small, compact and quaint with high ceilings. The door off the kitchen leads to the back staircase.

Located below the stairway is a patio area with a gas grill and laundry room. There is a three car garage for use by the residents.


Bikes are provided for riding on the hard sand beach and exploring the many shops, restaurants and businesses located nearby. On the whole it is a perfect place to work, read, paint, craft and dream. And did I mention it is only a short walk to the beach?

3 comments:

mrstj67 said...

Looks lovely...hope you have a wonderful stay!

mike said...

I agree, it looks more like what I imagine you guys staying in and the sun porch is gorgeous. I could only wish my porch was as nice and comfortable. Now, if only we could have more of those beach scenes from Bucket's.

Aunt Jane's News said...

What a find! You are living the "American Dream!" I love your blog, and the pictures. We're looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks when we go to St. Augustine. I'll call and we can work out the details. Have the "Sweet Tea" ready! Actually, margaritas will do fine, too!Perhaps I should bring you some "U.P. snow" in case you miss it???