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“All We Could Have Hoped Far, and More”
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Winchester Cottage, 1933
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Winchester Cottage, 1933
Carrabelle from the NW - mostly water! The Cottage is just 5 blocks from this harbor. Carrabelle beach - peaceful, unpopulated, just sea, sand, sun and sky
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Winchester Cottage, 1933
Carrabelle from the NW - mostly water! The Cottage is just 5 blocks from this harbor.
Carrabelle beach - peaceful, unpopulated, just sea, sand, sun and sky
The operatonal, and climbable, Crooked River lighthouse
View across the harbor from Fathoms restaurant, an easy weekend walk from the Cottage
Our coast is ringed with salt marshes - great skinny-water fishing!
Leaving the harbor, into the Gulf in the early AM hours
Get up early to catch the sunrise, looking from the bridge across the harbor
The recurring theme- the old and the new- this is photographer Miami Carl's donation to the Hotel
Antique sailing workboat Governor Stone occasionally visits and offers free tours
Camp Gordon Johnston Museum - full of our proud WWII amphibious heritage
At the beach at dawn
Winchester screen porch, room for everybody
A Winchester bedroom
Winchester kitchen - open, airy and all new appliances
Winchester living room area - comfortable for reading or TV viewing
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Middle bedroom
Front bedroom
Bedroom 3
Remodeled bathroom
Looking from 2 thru bath to 1
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Carrabelle, Florida

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GeeDubya
New Hampshire
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“All We Could Have Hoped Far, and More”
Reviewed 6 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We were looking for a small comfortable cottage in the Apalachicola/Eastpoint/Carrabelle area and Winchester Cottage consistently got top marks. Our stay was most enjoyable from start to finish. The cottage was in a neighborhood, not some tourist enclave, which was exactly what we were looking for. Clean, imaginatively decorated, with a full well-equipped kitchen and comfortable dining space. The heating/cooling system (seldom needed) was happily supported by a quiet ceiling fan in each room, with 4-speed settings, perfect. Skip was nearby to answer any questions, but few arose. Carrabelle has lots of little restaurants (we especially enjoyed Carrabelle Junction and Fisherman's Wife), and a wonderful fish market, Millender & Sons, which provided fresh shrimp, oysters and fish whenever we wished to cook in. Paradise is never perfect, but the annoyances of early morning traffic were a very minor inconvenience. If you are a light sleeper, a pair of ear stops will be welcome. Thanks again for a wonderful 2-week stay, we hope to be back soon.

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Liked best: Comfortable furnishings, great kitchen, local neighborhood.
Liked least: Early morning traffic.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
17 Apr 2015
Maine is a good bit distant from Florida, but what a nice climate change! We are glad that the trip was worth it, and hope that our new friends will return.

Our Cottage was treated very well, as well!
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MedMile
Charlton, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“All the comforts of home”
Reviewed 10 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Extremely well stocked and clean cottage. We had a wonderful stay and Skip was lovely to work with on our accommodations. All the comforts of home while on the road.

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Wagnswim
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“wonderful time”
Reviewed 10 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

For our long weekend to take the dogs to the beach we decided to stay in Carrabelle for the easy access to St George. Surprise! Winchester Cottage was the most comfortable place we have been on the Panhandle. Furnished with a lots of taste, spacious, so pet friendly with an easy access to the back porch for our 12 yo Choc Lab with hip dysplasia during the night, close to everything, beach, shops, breakfast (the best veggie sandwich I had for longtime) we finally ended up to visit from St George to Mexico Beach, and decided to come back to the cottage in November again. Skip also was very helpful to ship back our gift we forgot behind.
Cottage or Old Carrabelle Hotel, you guys will see us again soon... and probably often after...Thank you... everything was just great.
ps the TV doesn't work in the green room but we did not mind...who can watch TV from the bed after a full day on the beach anyway?:-)))

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Liked best: the proximity of everything and the cosiness
Liked least: the neighborhood landscape:-)))
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
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PahaSapa5...
Chipley, Florida
1 review
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 19 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Great time at the cootage, very quiet and clean. Would have liked to see the bear. The only down side was that the beds were small and hard.

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Liked best: overall feel of the cottage
Liked least: Beds were to hard
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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yotbot
Miami
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable and restful”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Winchester Cottage has everything you need in a vacation rental. Comfortably appointed, well-equipped and thoughtfully arranged, it is a perfect home away from home (and it accommodates dogs!). Unable to work the DVD player (no sound) but that is probably because of this reviewer's technical incompetence...the TV has Netflix and there is wifi so there no need to feel cut-off from the world. If you want to curl up with a book and fail to bring your own, the owners have a good selection to choose from. If you are a light sleeper it might be an idea to avoid the front bedroom (the largest of the three) as the local traffic does tend to barrel down Tallahassee St and this might disturb.

By way of a minor criticism, it would have been useful to have one closet/wardrobe available for hanging clothes...this would be more of an issue if you were planning on a longer stay than a weekend.

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Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
25 Aug 2014
We appreciate thoughtful reviews, and this is one. Thanks.

The front bedroom is closest to the street, and that must be considered. Bear in mind that a town of 800 or so can only have a fairly small amount of traffic-- under the worst conditions.

There may be a wire loose to the DVD, we will check on that. And there is a sizeable closet in the dining room (we know, we know) that not everybody finds!
Kathy and Skip
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