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Peace Place
Peace PlaceAs seen from the road this is a very private houseBackyard   Parking for 4 or more..RV or Boat is OKSide Yard Easy park for RV or Bus or 2 carsLow hangin' fruit ...and in your own backyard !John Street [South Side]Dolphin Street [East Side]Front GateFront Entrance by an Old Iron GateCourtyardCourtyardSit awhile and relax on the    Front PorchDining,  Sit and eat with a view of the courtyardDining AreaLiving Room     TV/DVD/VCRThe French Room [King]Master En-Suite.  Spa bath and ShowerTwin Bunks next to master bathroomDownstairs Floor Plan (Not to Scale)Upstairs Plan(Not to Scale)The Cottage Room [King]The West Indies Room [King]Upstairs BathCrews Quarters [Two twin over twin bunks]The Nautical Room  [King]The Nautical Room BathThe Beach Room [2 Twins]The Beach Room BathDining 2    Best place in town for breakfast!Downstairs WC and ShowerApartment Lounge Flat Screen TV [Queen sofa bed]Apmt sitting room to Apmt KitchenThe Apartment KitchenDolphin Beach one blockPompano Beach three blocksCrab Trap Pavilions - viewed from the beachCrab Trap Beach  5 blocksCrab Trap    Pavilions, Showers, Restrooms, TablesHibiscus - This one will look great in your hair!Fruit a plenty!We're Chillin'!   Deck outside  Apartment EntranceBBQ just outside Kitchen and AptAs seen from the road this is a very private houseChairs, trolleys and Beach/Pool Toys!
“ Excellent ”
29 Reviews

From $240 / night

76 Dolphin St, Destin, FL 32541



Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Sleeps: 20
Type: Home
Per night: $240 - $528
Per week: $1,595 - $5,595
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Destin vacation home rental

PARKING is for 6+ cars. RV, BUS or BOAT is OK -

Private Pool; the pool has optional heating and, therefore, available for use all year round!. The pool has a wall around it with foliage and prevents passing pedestrians or cars from seeing you all.

Recreational activities; you will be pleased to know there are golf courses, waterparks, go-karting, various restaurants, fire work displays, dolphin cruises, science museum (great fun for the whole family) some fabulous outlet malls (Silver Sands), etc. within an approx. 3 mile drive and I would be only too happy to provide further information on these activities if you so wish (some activities are limited over the low season months).

at your convenience, there is a supermarket (Publix) less than a mile from Peace Place, for you to stock up on your supplies, as and when the need arises (there are both gas and coal bbq grills for your enjoyment near to the private pool).

All our guests enjoy free WiFi and cable television.

Apartment & Main House;
Peace Place has the uniqueness of the apartment being attached to the main house, so it can be used either separately by closing it off (it is self-contained) or alternatively by opening it up into the main house, it becomes one home. The choice is purely yours and your groups. You can alternate its use to meet your individual needs, e.g. if someone in the group (e.g. grandparents) might be looking for a little quieter time during the day or evening, this is easily accommodated by yourselves. As the apartment is self-contained, some families/groups love the fact that there are two kitchens, two washing machines and two dryers for use – a great perk when trying to cook and clothes wash with big groups.

For up to 20 guests.

THE MAIN HOUSE sleeps 14. Double French doors invite you into this charming home which is highlighted by ten foot ceilings, crown molding, treyed ceilings and a fireplace.

Downstairs Master The French Room King
Bonus Bunk Room off the master bath ... Twin over twin bunks
Living Room Queen Sleeper Sofa
Upstairs The Cottage Room King
Upstairs The East Indies Room King
Upstairs Loft The Crews Bunk RoomTwo twin over twin

THE APARTMENT sleeps 6. It's a self contained 2br/2ba apartment with its own living area, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private entrance, and a private deck with chairs, table and sun umbrella. The pool, BBQ grill and parking are easily accessible from the apartment.

Apartment The Nautical Room King
Apartment The Boat Room Two twin beds
Apartment The TV Room Queen Sleeper Sofa

KNOWN AS PEACE PLACE in Destin’s Crystal Beach community, this beautiful home truly showcases the Florida beach-house lifestyle.

CHARMING OLD IRON GATES lead you into your own personal paradise in the peaceful courtyard filled with tropical foliage as well as scented Magnolias and ancient Live Oaks. Relax in the courtyard and enjoy the privacy of your own pool which can be heated in the cooler months.

REUNIONS, WEDDINGS, anniversaries or receptions. They all become easy here, with generous space for family gatherings in the spacious living and dining areas as well as the outdoor areas. You will enjoy the well appointed large gourmet kitchen where families can cook fine meals together whilst creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. You can seat 18 for dinner. Professionally decorated and completely furnished, with a total of 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, Peace Place sleeps 20 comfortably.

WITHIN ONE MILE you will find a major regional shopping center, a 14 screen movie complex, Publix, WalMart, the Big Kahuna Water Park and more.

WITHIN THREE MILES you will find 50 steak/chops/seafood restaurants, nine golf courses, two major resorts, Destin Harbor, Destin Commons Regional Mall and the largest discount shopping complex in the US.

YOUR HOSTS, David & Katherine are actually English and came over to the Destin area having fallen in love with it so much; with its white sand and emerald clear water, friendly locals and fabulous weather they decided to invest in what they see to be the perfect vacation home. They have also bought another house within a 10 minute drive so they can be on hand to help out and offer an outstanding service.


SMALLER GROUPS We have some of the nicest weather of the year in northwest Florida In the “Off Season”. That’s August 15 to March 15, and the Month of May. Peace Place is available then as 6Br/5Bath or 4Br/3Bath.
We invite you to call for special rates.
Area Information
We're in the quiet residential neighborhood of Crystal Beach, close and convenient to everything your group will find fun to do:

Walk two minutes to the sugar white sand of Crystal Beach

Pontoon, wave runners, paddle boards, kayak rentals to enjoy Crab Island, sunsets, fireworks, dolphins, etc.
(call Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin)

Five minute drive to:
Destin Commons Regional Mall
14 screen cinema
Dancing fountains water display & play area
Hard Rock Café
Stores and boutiques
Silver Sands Outlet Mall
Big Kahuna Water Park
The Track Recreation Park - Go Carts, Mini Golf
WalMart, Target, Publix, etc

Ten minute drive to:
Destin Harbor
San Destin Resort
Blue Water Bay Resort
Nine golf courses
50 seafood/steak/chops restaurants

About the owner

Owner Profile


Availability Calendar



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Aug 09 2015 Sep 05 2015 $456 $456 $3,195 $9,585 3 Nights
Sep 06 2015 Oct 31 2015 $328 $328 $2,295 $6,885 3 Nights
Nov 01 2015 Dec 19 2015 $240 $240 $1,595 $3,985 3 Nights
Dec 20 2015 Jan 09 2016 $242 $242 $1,695 $5,058 3 Nights
Jan 27 2016 Feb 28 2016 $240 $240 $1,595 $3,985 3 Nights
Mar 01 2016 Mar 07 2016 $242 $242 $1,695 $5,085 3 Nights
Mar 08 2016 Apr 11 2016 $528 $528 $3,695 $11,085 3 Nights
Apr 12 2016 May 16 2016 $385 $385 $2,695 $8,085 3 Nights
May 17 2016 May 23 2016 $499 $499 $3,495 $10,485 3 Nights
May 24 2016 Jun 06 2016 $485 $485 $3,395 $10,485 3 Nights
Jun 07 2016 Aug 08 2016 - - $5,595 $22,380 1 Week
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Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 11%
Deposits: 25% with reservation. MC Visa Discover Amex
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning $250 Damage Waiver $39 Please add $50 p/n for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year weeks



  • Beds

  • 4 King Beds
  • 8 Twin Beds
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Pet Friendly
  • Beach Chairs
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Porch
  • Cook
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Private Pool
  • Daily Maid Service
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Deck
  • Kitchenette
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • VCR
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Stereo
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Golf
    (<1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (3 miles)
  • Bicycling
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Amusement Park
    (2 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (3 miles)
  • Children's Pool
  • Jet Skiing
    (<1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (2 miles)
  • Sailing
    (3 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
    (<1 mile)
  • Park
    (2 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (3 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Miniature Golf
    (<1 mile)
  • Theme Park
    (2 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (6 miles)
  • Pool
  • Movie Theater
    (<1 mile)
  • Water Park
    (2 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (7 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Playground
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (3 miles)
  • Aquarium
    (8 miles)
  • Snorkeling
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (3 miles)
  • Hunting
    (20 miles)
  • Surfing
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Hiking
    (3 miles)
  • Zoo
    (25 miles)
  • Bowling
    (<1 mile)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Blue Crab Water Sports of Destin; pontoons, wave runners, paddle boards, kayaks, evening sunset pontoon hires.

Crystal Beach - snow white sand, emerald water
The Big Kahuna Water Park - Fun! Fun! Fun!
The Track - Go Carts, Mini Golf, Rides, Bumper Boats
Destin Commons - 14 Theatres, Fountains, Shops, Restaurants
San Destin Resort - Golf, Tennis, Shopping
The Village at Baytown Wharf - restaurants and shopping
Destin Harbor - fishing docks, restaurants and shopping
Blue Water Bay Resort - Golf, Tennis
Science Museum (great for the kids... loads to do!)

Reviews (29)

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“ Excellent ”
29 reviews


Fort Worth, TX

Peace Place is THE Place

August 4, 2015

Peace Place was the perfect place for our family reunion of 20. Katherine and David were incredibly helpful and responsive from our initial inquiry and through-out our stay. We all felt like this home was much larger to live in than the pictures portrayed which was an unexpected surprise. The house was very clean and well furnished. It was easy to unpack and set-up house. We held a wedding on the beach and a reception at Peace Place. The peaceful sanctuary of the pristine pool area was green and lush with plants and plenty of SHADE. There was also plenty of poolside seating as well as seating inside the house. The apartment was perfect for grandma and great grandbaby to get away from the noise and hustle and bustle in the main house. We made good use of both kitchens and the outdoor grill! Getting to the beach was a breeze with rolling ice-chest and beach cart for boogie boards, goggles, net, balls, etc. We rented umbrellas and chairs that were set out everyday for us close to the public beach access. With the ocean breeze and the shade of the umbrellas we never felt overly "hot". The AC in the house was GREAT!, No hot spots and no-one was ever uncomfortable! We all felt like the location of the house couldn't be better since there was plenty of space inside and privacy, shade and access to the beach outside. We had the best family reunion ever! We felt like we hit the Jack-Pot with booking Peace Place - it doesn't get any better than that!

Donald Wilson

Donald Wilson

Middle Ga

Great week at Peace Place in Destin

August 2, 2015

We have rented several houses in the Destin area in the last 5 years for our group of 18 (includes children and grandchildren) and Peace place is the best one yet. Plenty of room and private pool were definite pluses. Short walk to the beach was very good. Near a large shopping area was something else we liked. It has 2 kitchens which was great with that many people. We booked again for next year.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review, a HUGE thank you for rebooking our home next year, we are so excited to be having you stay again... AND another MASSIVE thank you for choosing to fish out in the Gulf with our fishing charter Blue Crab Fishing Charters LLC. We are blessed to have had you all in our home.

Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett

Blue Grass, Ia USA

Better Than the Website Says it is!

July 23, 2015

My wife and I recently spent 7 days at Peace Place with our entire family, all 15 of us. Our familly ranges in ages from 2 to 61. The location was an easy 2 minute walk from the beach and the beach was absolutely perfect! The home was very family friendly and so spacious that at no time were we running into each other. The kids loved the pool and were in it lterally every minute that they weren't at the beach. The home itself was very well laid out. Plenty of kitchen space (very handy having two kitchens), the rooms were isolated from each other and very quiet. and the open floor plan was extremely well done. In spite of 15 people, the home never felt crowded. As far as the renting, arrival, and departure process goes, everything was like clockwork. We had an issue with the pool (filter just needed backwashed) and maintenance was there literally in minutes. So impressive. Clearly everyone knows what they are doing. We are grateful to David and Catherine for allowing us to experience Destin. The ability to communicate directly with them only made us feel more comfortable and welcome. No question that we will do it again and that we will stay at Peace Place. First class folks, you really know what you're doing. Sincerest regards - The Benett's

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

What a wonderful review and thank you for taking so much time to explain what worked for you all, David and I are sure our potential guests will appreciate your in depth feedback. We so look forward to welcoming you all to our home again in the future... perhaps we might even meet next time.

Mona Savko

Mona Savko

Columbus, OH

Perfect in every way

July 14, 2015

What a delightful 'family'. Everything was perfect, comfortable and easy to love. Yes, we would stay here again without question! Having the apartment was great for my daughter, husband and their baby. My other daughter and her family enjoyed their privacy upstairs...the kidlets love the bunkbeds. It was a great treat for them! Thank you so much!

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

What a lovely review Mona, thank you so much. You are such a wonderful guest and we have enjoyed our shared emails. We are so excited to be having you stay again with us next year and hope to meet you all in January 2016.

Norma Robinson Grosswald

Norma Robinson Grosswald

Atlanta, Baltimore, Portland,Or and Houston

Family vacation

June 11, 2015

Charming house with lots of space. Bedrooms for all and plenty of separate smaller area for group play. We were 12 adults, 1, 9 yr old and 2 infants. Having the back apt. With the extra kitchen and washer dryer was a big plus. Loved loved loved the pool area as well. We look forward to coming back again

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for your review Norma. We are excited to have you as our returning guests next year. David and I were over the moon to hear how much you enjoyed taking our pontoon out to Crab Island too so I guess this is on the cards again next year?

Charlean Ransom Williams

Charlean Ransom Williams

Clinton, MS

Loved-Plan to return next uear

June 10, 2015

We stayed at Peace Place with a group of about 20 people and we had a great time. The entire process from rental to check out was simple and well organized. The owners are nice and very helpful- they even checked on us to ensure that we were enjoying our stay and that we made it home safely after our stay. The house was very comfortable for our group, there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and enough table space for the group to enjoy meals together. The home is located walking distance to the beach and a short drive to shopping-the best of both worlds. I would definitely recommend this home for large groups to enjoy in Destin.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you very much Charlean for your kind review. David and I are so pleased you had a wonderful time and enjoyed our home. We are over the moon to read that you will be returning to Peace Place next year and hopefully I will get to meet you all in 2016

Terez Wilson

Terez Wilson

Memphis, TN

Peace Place is AWESOME!

May 14, 2015

What can I say...Peace Place, Harmony, David, Katherine were all awesome! My wife and I had a destination wedding in Destin, FL on May 2nd. We rented the beach home for our bridal party (16 ppl) as a gift to them for traveling from TN for the wedding. We had the home for 4 days and it was amazing! So great in fact that we decided to move our wedding rehearsal dinner to the home. Little did we know that almost 70 people would attend just to check out the gorgeous landscape, pool patio, and the many rooms inside the home. Everyone loved the home and so did we! Katherine and David would often call or text to make sure that our stay was everything we hoped it would be. Another great selling point for Peace Place is that it is in the middle of everything in Destin. You are less than a mile from Destin Commons Shopping Center, 1 block from the beach, and a few miles west from Miramar Beach, and East from Downtown Destin. If you are ever in the Destin area and you need a home to accomdate a large crowd, this is it!

Darlene Busby

Darlene Busby

Dora, AL USA

Peace Place Lives up to its name

October 14, 2014

Peace Place was really great. It was clean, quiet, felt like a home and not a plain old house. The only thing that I would change would be the heating of the pool. I had small children and it needed to be heated for this time of year but it was very costly for the amount of time that we stayed so we could not have it heated. A discount would have made it easier to afford for an extended stay. But other than that it was a great place and I would very much like to go back next year.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for your kind and most valued review. I'm so sorry about the heating, I wish you had called me so that we could maybe have discussed the price and come up with something that worked for you. As you know, David and I try so hard to make all our guests very comfortable and I am sad to read you could not use the pool due to heating costs. We charge $35 p/d, however, we discount depending on how many days you require. My apologies this was not made clear at the time.

Jut Sted

Jut Sted


Great Owners with a Wonderful House

August 19, 2014

Being from PA, i had no previous knowledge about Destin, FL. Owners David and Kathrine were really great to work with from day one. The house is really great for large groups of all ages. The house is in a perfect location and has everything you may need to feel at home. David set us up with a great day on " Crab island" by renting one of his boats. Ive rented from prior good home-owners in the past, but by far David and Kathrine really made you feel at home. Lots of little touches went a long way. Only downside to the weekend was the rental company never told us not to "dead-bolt" the doors and the house key provided didn't work. All around i would deff refer other renters to David and Kathrine. Enjoy the upcoming vacations

Ebony Gaines

Ebony Gaines

north little rock, ar usa

peaceful place

August 18, 2014

This place was so much more than we expected. Great pool, size, kitchen, patio, landscaping, outside lighting and showers. The beach is only 2 blocks away and a beautiful walk. Plenty of pool toys for the kids so no need to bring any beach chairs as well. We had a couple mishaps and the maintenance people were on it. I would stay again and I hated to leave. The staff at harmony beach are awesome as well.

Berry and Linda Tolle

Berry and Linda Tolle

Dallas, TX.

Family Reunion

August 17, 2014

Tortuga was everything we were expecting it to be. The place was clean and comfortable for our group of seventeen had plenty of space for family games in the evening. The AC was more than adequate and the kitchen was up to date and all the appliances were top notch. The beach was an easy walk and the community pool was small but perfect for an "after beach" dip. The outside grill was convenient and large enough to cook food for a large group. We would be pleased to use it again when the opportunity comes up.

Scott Booker

Scott Booker

Columbia City, IN. USA

Family reunion success

July 9, 2014

I met with my extended family (16 of us) in Destin, FL. Lucky for us we stayed at a beautiful home called "Peace Place". We took daily walks down to the beach, just 2 blocks away. At night we enjoyed a relaxing soak in the private pool. There's tons of things you can do in Destin with your family. All within about 5 miles of town. Fishing, boating, swimming, parasail, go-carts, and the list goes on. Of course the main draw is the white sand and warm water of the Gulf. Our house even had chairs and an umbrella to take to the beach. There's plenty of restaurants to try in this town, famous for it's fishing as well. Having a huge Pro Bass store on the main drag of town was nice. My wife enjoyed all the other stores in the outdoor mall while I looked at fishing tackle. The traffic is a bit busy, but that's to be expected in the middle of summer in Florida. All in all, a great vacation.

Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin

Punta Gorda, FL

Amazing Reunion

May 10, 2014

Just checked out this morning. We stayed a Peace Place for a small reunion of Navy Air Traffic Controllers assigned to the USS America in 1986. Most of us haven't seen each other since 1989. This home and the owners were amazing to us. It offered plenty of room for late night dinners, time lounging around the pool, beach access and tons of new memories. A special thank you to the staff at Harmony and a heart felt thanks to the owners for a.beautiful home. Don't walk there, RUN and make it your place to stay in Destin.

Suzanne Paulson

Suzanne Paulson


Peace Place

January 19, 2014

We are a large family with 7 mostly grown children and PP was plenty of space for us to spread out. Having the pool heated really made a difference because it was unseasonably cold some of the days that we were here. The beds were very comfortable and the whole house was clean. The kitchen was stocked with everything that we need to have home cooked meals which is the highlight for the kids. The apartment is attached in a way that if some wanted to sleep late and stay up late, they didn't disturb the rest or were disturbed by the rest. Thanks so much for making it easy to rent and making it such an enjoyable family vacation.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

We appreciate the time you have taken to post this review and thrilled that you all enjoyed our home so much...It's wonderful when Peace Place fulfils the needs of everyone staying in our home. We both try hard to ensure, before our guests book, that our home is indeed right for them so that their experience is a positive one for their memories. Thank you so much for being such wonderful guests! We hope you will come back again!

Judy Klemm

Judy Klemm


Family Thanksgiving

December 11, 2013

The house was exactly as the owners told us it would be. It met our needs and if we had chosen a better time to go, we could have made use of the beautiful pool. I would recommend staying at this house especially for large families. The owners try to meet your every need and are a pleasure to deal with. When I explained that our youngest son would be coming home from Aftganistan for the 9th time they were just wonderful about everything.This home is conveniently located it is within walking distance of the ocean and a five minute drive to shopping and great restaurants. I would recommend people choose Destin as their vacation place to go, the views are breath taking and the sunsets are amazing. Had a wonderful time in spite of the weather and would love to go back again.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

What a wonderful family, all your feedback has been taken on board. We pray your son will share a lifetime of reunions and great family times all together. Perhaps we might have the honour of meeting your young man one day?



Toronto Canada


September 2, 2013

This home met our expectations and more! The house was clean with everything we needed. This house was a block from the beach. We did not go far because we had everything we needed on site for a great vacation. The kids loved the pool! Tons of room for bigger families, there is a separate apartment that my son enjoyed! The house is inviting and well taken care of. In a safe area, we went for walks every night to the beach! Close to grocery and shopping stores. We will definitely go back to peace place again!

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for your kind review Karen. We are both over the moon that you all enjoyed your stay at Peace Place and really do look forward to having you stay again in the future. Do stay in touch.

David & Katherine

Marilyn Prier

Marilyn Prier

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

great house for our crew!

May 28, 2013

We loved the house and the location. Big and roomy! Pool was incredible (house even has pool toys available). The house is a couple of blocks away from the beach which is an easy walk (unless you have 10 chairs, a big ten and 10 children under 9). One of my boys was smart enough to bring his Ranger (kind of a big golf cart) so we could load it with all of our gear for the beach. We love the house and plan to stay there again on our next trip! Rental company was very responsive to a couple of suggestions we had. Grocery store just minutes away which is very important when you have a big goup. Loved the trip and house!

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for you review we always appreciate all feedback. Your suggestions have been duly noted and are being acted on as we speak. :-) thank you for those.

So happy you had a great trip and we look forward to making your next vacation even better!

David and Katherine

Tiffany Miller Ray

Tiffany Miller Ray

Birmingham, AL

Great vacation rental!!

October 15, 2012

Our family absolutely loves this house! We plan a family reunion each year in Destin in October and found this wonderful house about 3 years ago and everyone just loves it. It is very close to the beach and has a great pool for the kids to enjoy. There is courtyard area with a fountain for the adults to relax in while the kids swim and plenty of room for all to congregate inside as well. We enjoyed cooking in the spacious kitchen and just hanging out and playing games in the dining room. We will definitely be back again next year!

Mathias Rotter

Mathias Rotter

Little Rock, AR

Great Vacation Home

October 13, 2012

I stayed at Peace Place from Sept 27-Oct 1 with 8 of my friends and could not have asked for a better time. The house was awesome. It had everything we needed. Very spacious, modern, and comfortable. The only thing we had a problem with was the AC, but that was fixed promptly. I would definitely recommend this place for families, groups of friends, or any type of celebration. We all loved it. I really hope I get a chance to vacation again here soon. Thanks David. You made this a great vacation for me and my friends.

Kelly Sloan

Kelly Sloan

Albertville, AL

May Wedding Weekend

September 5, 2012

I can't say enough about this property, the owners, or the management company! They worked with us on our dates of stay (due to our planning around our son's wedding), made check-in and out very easy, and the house is perfect. We had several staying and the back apartment allowed for a couple of us who had to work part of the stay some quiet time and extra space. We loved the back yard and pool. It was so pleasant in the morning with our coffee and the late evenings to sit back with a glass of wine and reflect on our days events. The kitchen was more than adequate, as we prepared food for our son's rehearsal dinner and meals at least once a day for about 15 people. This place is just as wonderful as it looks in the listing. We were a little concerned with our walk to the beach, but that too was perfect. It is a very short walk. In fact, we were told that we could drive over and park in an area near the boardwalk, but it was close enough that driving a car over was pointless. I can't recommend this home enough! Thank you so much for helping make our week so wonderful.

David Ruffel

Owner's reply:

Hi Kelly,

Thank you so much for your kind review and for sharing with us your enjoyments. I am pleased that you too agree how close our home is to the beach and I hope others might read your review and not be concerned. I hope the wedding went superbly well and that we might get to meet you ourselves one day if you in Destin again. We will be refurbishing over the next couple of months and people vacationing or celebrating in our home in 2013 will also have beach chairs, an umbrella and toys for the pool.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to post a review, it is helpful to those considering our home.

Take care,

David & Katherine

Vickie Beagle

Vickie Beagle

Milton, FL

Beagle Summer Birthday Bash

September 11, 2011

Peace Place was a great house for our large family. Everyone had their space. Even though the weather did not cooperate, we still had our "princess party".

Bayne Tippins

Bayne Tippins


Wonderful stay

August 1, 2011

Kiwi Grove worked great for our stay of 15 right before Memorial Day....very convenient to beach and love this section of the beach....great location for large family or some sort of reunion for a arge group.....

Kay McGuire

Kay McGuire

Minden, Louisiana

Great Week for our Family

June 10, 2011

11 adults and 9 children (ages 2 mo. - 11 years) enjoyed the beauty, spaciousness, and convenience of the home. The owners were very gracious, but stayed in the background. The pool turned out to be a very popular gathering place for adults and kids especially when the shade took over. The kitchen and the outdoor cooking facilities were very convenient for several cooks at a time. Outdoor showers made beach clean-up easy. Plenty of parking for our 5 vehicles was an added plus.

Katie Franks

Katie Franks

Spring, TX USA

Perfect for large groups!

May 4, 2011

We rented this for our wedding so that all of our immediate family could stay at the same place. We also had our reception here. It's a beautiful house and there is plenty of room for everyone - we never felt cramped, even with 20 people staying there!

Linda Preston Haire

Linda Preston Haire

Owensborok KY USA

Great Place for a small Wedding!

April 26, 2011

The name says it all, I wish I could have picked up the pool area and took it home with me! The house was large and beautifully decorated. The owner Chuck worked hard to make the courtyard perfect for our son’s wedding. I even asked for perfect weather and they delivered! I would defiantly recommend this house.

Reed Knight

Reed Knight

Oxford, MS USA

Great house

March 21, 2011

The location was great, a short walk from the beach and owners were very easy to deal with. I'd definitely recommend to someone for a beach trip

Latasha Maddox

Latasha Maddox


Wedding home

February 24, 2011

My husband and i rented the home for our wedding guest Feb 17-20 and it was perfect. Everyone loved the home, my 9 year old son didn't want to leave. The home is perfectly located to the beach, outlets and resturants. the owners came by several times and were very friendly and polite. The home was well maintained and we really enjoyed our stay. Thanks for allowing us to utilize your home.



Montgomery, AL

Peaceful Place

October 13, 2010

Wonderful home! The photos do not do this place justice. This home exceeded my expectations. We stayed for two nights with a group of 13 adults. Everyone was able to get his/her own space. The gas grill was especially nice for our cookout. I had a wonderful time celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary with my original wedding party. We will definitely do it again. Thanks!



Marina del Rey, CA

birthday bash

September 7, 2009

Peace Place was a wonderful house and just what we needed. Kids and adults all had a fantastic trip. Thanks to the owners for being so gracious.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

We have stayed in several houses in the Destin area over the last 5 or 6 years and we think Peace Place is the best one for our group of 18 (including children and grandchildren). We like having a private pool and the adults enjoyed the private courtyard. There is plenty of parking and a short walk to the beach. We were near a lot of shopping so it was not time consuming to get to those places. We felt we had more room in this house than any of the others we have been in. There are 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms and 2 refrigerators which was great for a group of 18. The management company was very accommodating. My wife had a lot of correspondence with Katherine and I met David while there (owners of the house). They are a very nice couple and we enjoyed getting to know them. We took a fishing trip with Blue Crab and that was a good experience too. The fact we booked again for next year says it all.

Donny W

Swainsboro, Georgia

5 STARS !!!!!

We will keep your lovely home in mind for future trips.

Lastly, someday I have to meet you, whether we rent there or not. Your thoughtfulness AND thoroughness are unparalleled! We've rented in Florida and elsewhere for over 15 years, and I've researched a lot of places. This means I've had contact with DOZENS of owners/managers over the years. And without a doubt, your courtesy and professionalism are the best I've experienced. site listing, description, offers of special accommodations, communications: wonderful. And the caring attitude truly comes through in all that you do.

So, my heartfelt "thank you"!

Best regards,


Hi Katherine!! I have been meaning to email you back. Our stay was amazing! It was even better than I thought it would be. The house was wonderful. Very clean and well maintained. The apartment worked out great for my sister and her 3 small children. The walk to the beach was no problem at all. I can't wait to rent from you guys again. Thanks for making our stay even better than I expected!!!


Arrival: 14 June 2014 Departure: 21 June 2014

Our large family of 19 loved our vacation at Peace Place. There was plenty of room for everyone to be together yet there were many places in the house you could go if you needed some quite time. The description of the house and the amenities was perfect. The house and the outside areas were very well maintained and clean. The pool area was probably our favorite part of the house so we spent lots of time there. There were plenty of water toys supplied by the owner to use in the pool or at the beach which was great because we didn't have to take any with us. During our stay the fountain in the courtyard and a bathroom doorknob were broke. After contacting the office they had the problems fixed the next day. We truly loved having all our family under such a wonderful house and would definitely recommend this house to anyone planning a trip to Destin! Sally

Mr. David and Mrs. Katherine,

Thank you so much for letting us rent the Peace Place. We enjoyed it very much and you have a beautiful beach house. It was very roomie and we didn't have any problems with everyone getting a bed. Thank you so much again and we will look forward on our next visit. =) Have a great summer and day.

- Lea

Girls Week

Review submitted: March 30, 2014 Date of arrival: March 22, 2014

My friends and I had a great time staying at Peace Place. The house was quite spacious for so many girls in one house. The kitchen also had everything we needed to prepare meals. Loved that the beach was such a short walk from the house, the only thing that could have made the stay better was less rain!

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway

Amazing! Beautiful! 30 August 2013

Property was incredible! Owners David and Kathrine were wonderful to work with. We stayed there for a long weekend with our church and enjoyed every minute. Photos and description of property were accurate. Will definitely be staying here again!!

September 2013 - George and Family
What a wonderful vacation home. My entire family consisting of two grandparents (me), four fortish children/spouses, and ten grandchildren from four to 18 in age. What a perfect home for the 16 of us. A comfortable bed for every person. The home is much larger than the photos reveal and both of my daughters commented that the online photos didn't do the home justice. Very clean and up to date, you won't be dissappointed with this home. A very easy walk to the beach, and the beach area was great. We spent time at the beach every day, and then the rest of the day was in the pool. The grandkids loved the pool. The home is also very close to a lot of local attractions and great food places. We had our breakfast in the home, then lunch out at a nice restaurant, then in the evenings we used the crock pot, or the grill and had dinner in.
This home was more than we expected, so I can highly recommend "Peace Place" as a great vacation retreat.

We had an amazing time and enjoyed your home very much. It was perfect for our family. The pool was great and the babies had so much fun swimming. We will definetly keep your contact information and will be sure to hand out your name to anyone we know who may want to spend some time in Destin!
Melissa & Jackie

This guest posted their review off one of our other sites;

I would like to start off by saying thank you to David and Katherine. You kept in touch with me throughout the process. Thank you. The house was gorgeous and it was really close to the beach. It was oh so open and the inviting. My families included 10 adults and 10 children. The beach was so close that I felt comfortable letting the teenagers go and enjoy themselves. They sure took advantage of that. We enjoyed the beach and the pool. It was really great to be able to stay and have all the comforts of home and have beach and pool accessories that we could use and not have to take home with us. You really did think of everything guests would need. All in all we had a wonderful time and would love to return soon. Thanks again. Sheba


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"A group of 13 friends and myself recently spent a weekend at Peace Place and loved it! We all fit very comfortably, the pool area was even prettier than advertised, and the beach was absolutely perfect. The owner David and Harmony Beach Rentals made the process simple and painless. We all came away extremely pleased, and would highly recommend this rental. Thanks for a great weekend!"

NEW YEAR 2011/2012

The Thread landed in Destin for a memorable New Year.
Fun was had by all and the house provided an excellent resting place.
Things were learned; Angela got a rubbish go kart, Delia & Ben talk a lot more when together. Marc likes Jersey Shore, Meaghan rocks at scrabble and don't play Ben at Scaterrgories.


Wedding weekend! What a wonderful weekend! Thank you for a wonderful place to stay and lovely weather!


Tyler & Keturah


We have been so blessed by your Peace Place by the sea! It's been a week of renewal, bonding and friendship that we will never forget. Thankyou for your generosity and trust. We have truly appreciated our time here.
Your friends from Chisholm Trail Academy

Families from Kansas and California met for a wonderful week of sun, swimming, great food and fantastic memories - all with the back drop of the Dolphin Street - a fantastic, comfortable and functional home for 17 people for a week that went by much too fast. Destin was a great place to visit! How lucky we were to find such a lovely home to relax by the pool, play games and make family memories to last a lifetime. Thank you. Maryann

Thanks for the use of this awesome house. We loved the layout and enjoyed the pool! We are sure to have wonderful memories of our stay in Destin!

Family Reunion

What a wonderful time we had with our entire family of 18 people from ages 2 to 62. The weather was perfect and this wonderful house was perfect. Spent most of our time at the pool and beach. My husband and I enjoyed seeing all of our 9 grandchildren playing on the beach together and have many pictures of memories here.

Son's Wedding on the Beach

Spent the week for our sons wedding 'on the beach'. Peace Place was perfect for our entire family. We enjoyed the pool and patio area very much. The worst part of our week has been packing to go home! Thank you for the opportunity to stay at peace place.

Our family gathered at Peace Place for a fabulous week. The house was beautiful and accommodated all 17 of us very comfortably. We had plenty of parking for all of our cars. The kitchen was large enough for all the cooks and there was more than enough seating at tables for all to sit and eat. We had two babies and they had quiet bedrooms from all the noise to sleep easily. The courtyard and pool area was our favorite place. There was shade and sun to meet everyone's preference so all could still enjoy being together. The outside area was relaxing to say the least. David, the owner, was a quick email away to answer questions. The rental company was very pleasant and helpful. Our family will definately come back to this house hopefully next summer.

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