Beachfront Rental Home, Gulf Coast, Dog Island, FL
From $225 / night
|Per night:||$225 - $350|
|Per week:||$1,550 - $1,850|
Pets allowed: No
(Sorry-NO exceptions for pets. Allergy free house.)
deluxe hot tub overlooking the beach
gulf or bay view from every room
large open and covered decks
3rd story panoramic star gazing roost
great vhs/dvd collection (but very poor TV reception)
stereo, tape and c.d. player
ipod/ipad/mp3 Sony speaker system
large screened porch w/hammock
ceiling fans in every room
water chlorination and filtration system (crystal clear drinking water!)
outdoor hot shower
phone & weather radio
fully air conditioned and heated
fully equipped kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, blender, toaster oven,coffee bean grinder,coffee pot,electric ice cream maker, etc.)
master bedroom/bath with king bed
2 twins beds and 1 queen futon in upstairs bedrooms
1 double futon in upstairs TV room
NEW- 2 HARD PLASTIC sit on-top-kayaks with paddles and life vests,
lots of fishing poles (bring your own reel), sand flea rake for catching live bait
a pickup truck is provided to get to and from the ferry dock
good cell phone reception but NO INTERNET OR WIFI
Pet and smoke free house
Since no bridge connects Dog Island to Carrabelle, you leave your vehicle just outside of the Dog Island ferry parking lot and charter a boat to and from the island. The charter service costs $75-85 each way for a group of 6 people or less. Upon arrival at the island, our truck is available to you for transportation to the house and back to the dock.
We generally rent the house for one week minimum stays; occasionally we rent for a shorter amount of time of at least 5 days. You are expected to thoroughly clean the house upon leaving as there is no maid service on Dog Island.
Renting is generally discouraged on the island so it is extremely important that all guests abide by all island and house rules which include:obeying the 20 mph speed limit in our truck and driving only to and from the house, lights-out for turtles May-September,recycle glass and plastic, no fires, no fireworks, no trespassing on Dog Island Yacht Club docks or parking area. Absolutely NO pets or smoking at the house.
Do you like to eat really fresh seafood? The fishing is great! Frequently there are also clams, blue crabs and coquinas in abundance. For star gazers, the night sky is magnificent, especially from the roost. If you're a beach comber, you can walk all around the 6 mile island; if you're a bird lover, expect to see eagles, osprey, brown pelicans & terns among the 300 identified species.
About the owner
School:MS Degree from FSU
About:My husband and I are retired education administrators. I was the principal of an innovative magnet school called SAIL, School for Arts and Innovation, for 32 years. We built our Dog Island house in 1996 as our dream home away from home.
We have been glad to share it with people from all over...
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|Mar 01 2014||Dec 31 2015||$250||$350||$1,850||-||4 Nights|
|Oct 01 2015||Feb 28 2016||$225||$300||$1,550||-||4 Nights|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Lodging tax: 9%|
|Deposits: $500, Full payment due 30 days before arrival. Deposit will not be returned if any DOG ISLAND or Homeowner's rules are violated. (speeding, fires, etc.) Full refund in the event that a hurricane or other natural disaster makes a vacation to Dog Island impossible or unpleasant.|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Money Order, Personal Check|
|Other Fees: Water Taxi costs $75-85 each way for up to 6 people Discount for returning guests and Dog Island property owners|
- 1 King Bed
- 1 Queen Bed
- 2 Twin Beds
- 1 Sofa Bed
- Air Conditioning
- Dock/Boat Slip
- Full Kitchen
- Linens Provided
- Screened Porch
- Beach Chairs
- Hardwood Floors
- View (Ocean)
- Beach Towels
- Outdoor Shower
- View (Water)
- Hot Tub
- Parking Included
- Alarm Clock
- DVD Player
- TV (Antenna)
- CD Player
- Gas Grill
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Ceiling Fan
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Grocery Store
- Shopping Area
- Deep Sea Fishing
All of these sites are within an hour's drive of Carrabelle, FL. where you park your car before catching the charter boat over to Dog Island.
Reviews for this vacation home rental in Dog Island, Florida
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Total Relaxation and Rejuvenation
May 18, 2015
This was our second time visiting Dog Island and staying at Rosanne and Pete's house. Our first stay was incredible, but this time was beyond our wildest dreams. This house, weather and transportation to and from the island were amazing. We have never come back from a vacation so relaxed and rejuvenated. Can't think of a better place to spend time with your family and loved ones. We will definitely be returning again next year and for many years to come. Bruce and Carol Brady
Leslie Akins Harroff
March 17, 2015
When I found this island on google I thought it was too good to be true. I was wrong. Our family loved this amazing getaway! The whole week we were there, we only saw 3 other couples briefly. I have never been on a beautiful beach in the sun alone before. It was heaven! The house had everything we could need. Thanks for opening your home up to others!
Thanksgiving in Paradise
December 5, 2014
We has the pleasure of being Rosanne's guest's the week of Thanksgiving. It was the most amazing vacation I have ever had. From beginning to end Rosanne was amazing. Always answering our silly questions in a timely and patient way as this was our first trip to the island, but not our last. we have already rebooked the house for next year. It is beautiful and cared for with love. Words can not even describe the stunning beauty of the Island. From sunrise to sunset and the stars after that, it never ends. it is truly something you have to experience yourself. To be able to walk an hour down the beach and an our back and not see another human being or hear a car or a plane, just you, the ocean, the sunshine and the wildlife around you is truly a life changing experience. What a thankful Thanksgiving we had this year.
Lake of the Ozarks , Missouri
our seaside dream.
October 6, 2014
This was the most amazing vacation of our lives. Roseanne was fabulous. Returned calls while out of town. Called to be sure all was well. Asked if anything was needed. This home was immaculate. Everything was organized and labeled. The bedding was perfect and so comfortable. The kitchen has everything and is so beautiful. The screened in porch faces the west with the most spectacular sunsets. The gulf side deck is amazing. The hot tub at night has unbelievable views of the stars, the milky way is so bright it lights the whole island. A few steps and you are walking on the pristine beach and into the gulf. So beautiful that words can't describe it. Roseanne's home provides the most comfortable beach chairs, lovely umbrellas, kayaks and beach toys to numerous to name them all. My husband had so much fun fishing. I walked the beaches and found amazing seashells and sand dollars. We saw a wide variety of wildlife, dolphins, horseshoe crabs, stingrays and one bald Eagle to name a few. There was one bird that walked with me every day. We saw nine people during our stay. This home is cared for with love that shows throughout. We have never experienced such an intament and relaxing vacation. Thank you for sharing your home and this private piece of heaven on earth.
Jeanie Haley Bittle
Knoxville, TN USA
A taste of Heaven!!
September 23, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing your house with us Rosanne! The weather was great and we were able to share this time with part of our family and time with just the two of us. This was our third time to the island and it just gets better and better! We saw dolphin, sting ray, shark, and crabs near the house and actually saw an alligator near the dock! There were beautiful sunrises and sunsets! Heaven on earth!
BEST VACATION EVER!!!
September 9, 2014
I can not begin to explain how amazing this home and place is. Both my wife and I live very busy lives and wanted someplace nice and private just to relax and reconnect. We found it in Rossies Roost and Dog Island. There were days where we did not see another person. Just she and I and long walks down the beach. The views are amazing from every room and the sun rise from the deck and sun sets from the cat walk are out of this world! Down at the beach we loved all the wild life. As we sat under the umberlla in our chairs in the surf we got to watch turtles swim by, sting rays and even a 3 foot shark that would come by each day as if to say hello. We stopped on our way in at My Place Sea Food and purchased WAY to much food for the grill. Our trip to and from the Island were amazing. The picture Roseann has of the dolphin jumping behind the boat...It really happens!! When we told people where we were going they thought we were crazy and that we would go stir crazy (honestly, I had that fear a little as well). The honest truth is that it was the best thing in the world! We rented the home because we thought it looked great and that we would use the hot tub at night. We never even took the lid off. We were enjoying the beach and the sand in between our toes way too much. There was one day when the power went off and I called Roseann to see if I needed to call the power company. I left a message and within an hour got a return call from her letting me know exactly what we needed to do. We had star treatment from start to finish. I could go on for hours but will leave it at this....If you are even remotely thinking of renting this home then my honest recomendation to you is to do so immediately! We are already counting down the days to next year with the anticipation and hopes of a return visit. Roseann, Thank You for opening your beautiful and amazing home to us. It was the perfect private and relaxing retreat we were hoping for! Take Care
Perfect beach house!
August 24, 2014
If you want the sand and surf at your feet with all the comforts of home and what seems like an entire island to yourself this is The perfect beach house!
Knoxville, TN USA
Awesome Island Paradise
August 8, 2014
This was just a perfect vacation. The view from the master bedroom was spectacular! We saw lots of sea stars in the tidal pools. The fishing was great. We even caught (and released) a small bonnet shark! We had a turtle sighting everyday! With the first class accommodations, the abundance of wildlife, and the beautiful sunsets, it was very hard to leave. The house was excellent. Exceptionally clean, with everything you could need in the kitchen. Grilling your fresh catch every evening is just beyond decadent!
June 12, 2014
Let me begin by saying that Rosanne is wonderful! This was our first overnight adventure to Dog Island and we were so excited. Because we were so excited, we arrived in Carrabelle a night early so we could get to the island early the next day. On the way to dinner in Carrabelle, we got word from Rosanne that the water and air at the house weren't working. Panic, right? Wrong. Rosanne was very calm calm and kept us in the loop. The next morning we ate breakfast and got the okay to head to the house with word the air and water should be working by the afternoon. That was fine with us because we were beach bound! The charter to the island was great...such beautiful water! We had finally arrived! We unloaded everything (we definitely overpacked) and found the truck easily. Loaded the truck and headed to the house...very easy to find. The house is beautiful!!! It was everything we had imagined. The air was on and working when we arrived and Dick (neighbor) was working hard on the water. Not too long after arriving, we received a phone from Rosanne. The water issue wasn't looking good. :( Panic again, right? Wrong. Rosanne was already looking for just in case options for house. She had even began looking at St. George Island in the event she couldn't find a home for us on the island. I was very impressed! In our last effort, we were able to secure a home about 5 doors down. Whew! Through it all Rosanne was so kind and thoughtful...this is what helped keep me calm. We moved homes and the magic began. We LOVED every inch of the beach and the water and views were absolutely amazing. We soaked up the sun and surf fished the whole time...not a care in the world. You know how you go on vacations and by day four you're starting to feel the urge to go home, we'll, not here! Our days could've continued forever and it still wouldn't have been enough. I can't thank Rosanne enough for helping us fullfill our dream vacation!! We can't wait to come back :)
May 28, 2014
Our family vacationed for a week at Rosie's Roost and absolutely adored it. From the ferry ride to the island to the return trip back to mainland, we loved every minute of our trip. The island was wonderful, great for walking and exploring, and the beaches were gorgeous. Rosie's house itself was great, we especially loved the huge porch right above the ocean and all the windows so that no matter where we were inside the house, we could see the ocean! We would definitely recommend both Dog Island and Rosie's Roost to anyone looking for a peaceful, quiet, and beautiful vacation spot!
December 20, 2013
Our family had the privilege of spending a week at Rosie's Roost on Dog Island this August. We were seeking a place of relaxation and rejuvenation after a very difficult year. What we found was something far beyond what we ever could have asked for or imagined. From the breathtaking views to the solitude , we were able to just let all of our care and burdens slip away. With each passing day there were new adventures and discoveries about the beauty that God created on Dog Island. On our very first day we watched a whale rescue! We were hoping to be able to see many stars, we could literally see the milky way, and got to see a meteor shower during our stay there! We were hoping to catch a few fish, the fishing was fantastic! It was a highlight for my husband and boys to catch fish and crabs for dinner. We were hoping to see some wildlife, we saw an untold number of species of sea life and birds and took some of the most amazing pictures that still blow us away when we look back at them. Rosie's house had everything we needed and then some! There was plenty of room and plenty of everything we needed. The spacious lower deck and the stargazers roost were wonderful to take in the unbelievable views. Ms. Roseanne was very kind and full of information and also easy to get in touch with which was a big help. We will know NOT to pack as much as we did the last time. Just LOTS of sunscreen, and memory cards for the cameras! The roost is soooo wonderful. We look forward to returning soon! Thank you again Ms. Roseanne for sharing your home with us and letting us enjoy the paradise of Dog Island! Ms. Roseanne
Extreme peace and quiet
November 14, 2013
What a wonderful place Dog Island is! The house is beautiful, comfortable, has everything you could ever want in a vacation home including a view you only see in pictures in magazines. When you wake up and look out the windows in the morning, (they are along the whole side of the house that faces the ocean) you are very likely to see groups of dolphins swimming by just off shore. What a beautiful sight. One morning they were looking rather playful and leaping completely out of the water. We got there on a Sunday and didn't see anyone walk by on the beach until Wednesday. One day we went for a 3 hour walk on the beach around the eastern end of the island and never saw another person. That end of the island is great for shelling. The fishing was very good right from the start. What a treat to just walk out the door and fish! We bought frozen bait (squid and shrimp) in Carrabelle, which the fish seemed to like very much. We also caught sand fleas right at the waters edge. They worked well, too. I read about Dog Island in a magazine about 25 years ago as part of an article that featured 10 places you must go in your lifetime. I remember it said "if you go for a walk down the beach and return to where you started, the only footprints you will see are your own." Very true! The house, the hot tub under the stars, the view, the relaxing atmosphere, the peacefulness and the warm days and cool nights made this one of the best vacations ever. We want to come back, but for longer!
Dog Island is Peace on Earth!
September 21, 2013
Dog Island is the most wonderful place to go and seek the peace and quiet from everyday life. You can leave work, traffic and headaches behind you as soon as you step foot off the ferry and onto this oasis. Rosanne was very courteous and easy to work with and the house was clean and comfortable. We will be returning to Dog Island for many years to come.
were so fortunate
August 27, 2013
rosanne, thank you for letting us into your beatifull beach home. The week we spent went by way to fast. the only solution is to come back soon.also,we caught red fish,black drum,flounder,sheephead and others too.If you love beautifull beaches,solitude,star gazing,fishing this is it.!!!! I almost forgot my wife surfing the waves in the kyak. She had a ball.thanks again hope to see you soon.
Our Dog Island trip was an amazing family adventur
August 12, 2013
Rosanne, your house was fabulous and had everything we needed. There was a new adventure every day from the dolphins in front of the house, the birds feeding on the large schools of fish, crabs and the great shelling. We played on the beach for hours. We had a wonderful time and will never forget Dog Island. Thank you for sharing your home in paradise with our family.
Mahomet, IL, USA
August 11, 2013
We spent a week in July at Rosi's Roost, our first time at the beach house. We had brought our two daughters to the island many times as they were growing up, so for them Dog Island is synonymous with the beach. We wanted to share the quiet, beauty, and wonder of the island with our grandson, who is six. Our younger daughter was very excited to be returning to the island with her two children. We were touched by Rosanne's care and consideration that every detail of the beach house was in perfect order for our family. The house worked out really well for a family, with bedrooms, a bathroom, and a TV room upstairs, and a quiet master bedroom and bathroom for us downstairs. My favorite room is the kitchen, with views all around from the bay to the gulf. My husband had written many short beach poems with the letters on the refrigerator, and turning slowly from one view to the other, it seemed that only poetry could begin to describe the beauty and peacefulness that surrounded us. Our discovery walks yielded many adventures for our grandson, with the tide pools brimming with tiny fish, sea creatures, starfish , sand dollars, and shells. The ocean was perfectly calm a few days, and other days had gentle waves just right for a six year old learning to body surf. Early mornings and evenings, we were often on the deck, watching dolphins, skimmers and pelicans, feeling at one with the quiet beauty of the island. It was a wonderful vacation for us all and we hope we can return to Rosi's very special place.
Marietta, GA USA
July 29, 2013
Two of my sisters and I met up for a week long stay at "Rosie's Roost", which turned out to be everything we could have hoped for and more. What an adventure it was just getting to the island! Finding the dock, getting the boat loaded (we brought a LOT of stuff in our zealousness not to do without), and then... getting to the island, loading up the truck and taking off into the unknown. Driving through narrow, bumpy, very sandy paths through the wild terrain and finally discovering the house itself! Exploring the house and appreciating its well-loved décor (the lovely mermaids!) and amenities, especially the roost with its spectacular views. And the ocean! The sound of the ocean the only continuous sound. Gone the sounds of the city, and in its place, the sound of waves and birds. Gulls, pelicans, terns, so many birds making their appearance, their voices part of the background music of the trip. Exploring the different sides of the island with long walks along the beach (4+ hour walks). Discovering a plethora of creatures (we even saw and petted a baby octopus), and marveling at the ever-changing shore and sky. Sunscreen and lots of sun! You need to love sun to come here in the summer. And did I mention shells? The abundance of shells was stunning and shelling a pleasure. And the enjoyment of seeing many of these shells alive in their natural habitats with either the original inhabitants or hermit crabs occupying them was also a wonder. Sitting on the deck at morning and dusk, watching for dolphins. And that joy in finally seeing them, suddenly, out there leaping in the waves, a gift from the deep. Going out at night and seeing the stars so clearly in the blackness. Meals we prepared together in Rosie's kitchen. Time spent as sisters, free to have fun, relax, and reconnect. And the storm. Sunny weather every day until the last full day, when the Tropical Storm Andrea came through and shook us up a bit with the power of the ocean very real and ominous just yards from the house. But then the storm blowing over. And us going out walking that last evening and seeing the biggest, brightest rainbow that stretched from one side of the sky to the other, the last surprise gift of the trip. I won’t soon forget my time at Rosie’s and feel grateful for the opportunity my sisters and I had to be there. I hope to be fortunate enough to return again. Thank you, Rosie!
Wonderful and Relaxing
July 28, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. We had everything we needed. The layout of the home indeed provided excellent views of the island and water. Sunrise and sunsets were lovely. The summer storms that came in from the Gulf were awesome to watch. We had a bonus of beautiful rainbows several times during our week on the island. We have vacationed on the island for several years and just keep coming back. We are addicted to the peace, solitude, and beauty the island has to offer. Our kids LOVE coming back each year and range in age from 11-17. It is their vacation destination when asked where they want to go each year. As soon as we walked in the door we could feel the stress undwind. We spent the week reading, hanging out, walking the beach, sitting on the porch, sitting on the beach, looking for shells, swimming, fishing and just enjoying nature and most importantly our family time together. Each night we enjoyed lively (and competitive!) board games of Life, Clue and Apples to Apples. We enjoyed listening to the music collection from the Phantom of the Opera, to Patsy Cline, to Whitney Houston to Beach Music. The hardest part of the entire week was leaving the island! And returning to work Monday was rough! We will return to Dog Island for many years to come. If you are looking for a relaxing retreat and time to reconnect with family, Dog Island can't be beat. I hope that it remains exactly as it is today for many, many years to come. PS I love all the artist renderings of various houses on the island that are throughout the house.
Tranquility / beauty / reflection
July 1, 2013
This was our fourth visit to Dog Island and to Rosanne's house, and we will most definitely be back! It is one of those places when the trivia of your life just kind of drifts away and the more important things take you attention. You can feel this as soon as you step on the ferry to head out there. For me, it is a place to enjoy true beauty and tranquility, and to consider the wonderment of nature. The house is different from so many other beach houses. Everything is lush and comfortable and just easy. I feel like I glide from the beach to the bedroom to the deck, not walk. I love sitting in the living room, reading and looking up to see nothing but deep blue sea and sky. We take walks (the bird sanctuary is less than a quarter of a mile down the house) and search for turtles tracks, then jump in for a swim in the warm Gulf of Mexico bathtub. The house also doesn't have that beachy kitsch decor that many beach houses have but is tastefully decorated. Upstairs is a good for the kids. They can romp, watch videos, and so on, but if you go without kids, upstairs is just one more place to get away from the world. We frequently eat dinner on the deck at sunset and watch the show of colors. In summer, it takes a long time for the sun to set, and it is almost like a personal pastel light show. If you haven't been to Dog Island, you will be struck by the remoteness of this place. You cannot drive there and there are only a few homes on the island (no stores, no commercialism). This last time, we went up to the widows walk at night to star gaze (no lights means that on a clear night, you can see a billion stars.) One more thing, this house is easy for lots of cooks to maneuver in. We eat well there (lots of seafood and salads) and a good kitchen is important for me. We hope to be back in fall. Each season has something different to offer.
Want a relaxing beach experience?
June 6, 2013
No traffic? No crowds? No hassle? This excellent beach home in a great natural setting may very well be the place for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a Myrtle Beach or Daytona Beach type of experience, Dog Island may not be the place for you. The home is clean and completely equipped. We can't think of anything that we needed. The deck and crow's nest offer excellent views of beach and island. If you want a quiet and relaxing 'get away', this is it.
Chassedy Saffel Wilson
Worden, Illinois USA
Absolute heaven! Exciting! An Adventure!
May 28, 2013
We didn't want to leave! Dolphins everyday, stingrays, fish, sea snails, crabs, sharks! SUNSETS! SUNRISE! photographers heaven! We were asked "worried the kids will get bored?" lol....never heard the words once! Didn't get to see markings of a sea turtle nest but saw turtles! a smaller kind! We already are planning a return trip! Considering a small one for the hubs and I later this summer also! I have so many wonderful memories with my family and pics! You must visit here at least once in your life! So relaxing and stress free! They need to sell t shirts (more variety) in town about Dog Island or offer them through here! I was disappointed about the t shirts. I have been telling everyone about Dog Island since I booked in January and I cant keep my mouth shut about it now! Rosie your place was so much more beautiful than the photos! You have a home away from home along with luxuries I don't have at home! I was amazed from the moment we walked in! the girls ran up to me and said "do u know Cienna's room is pink!" did you plan that mom?" lol I don't think we saw the front of the house at all until the day we left! Plenty of everything you need! pack less clothing! Freeze milk! Make ice cream! bing lots of sd cards along with batteries! We bought an underwater camera and took pics and video! I cannot wait to return! I hope Rosie lets us, youngest got so excited over dolphins that she ran through the screen door! Not funny but yet hilarious at the same time! should have seen her face, mine and my husbands. I apologize again Mrs. Rosie! Send me the bill! We want to come back again and again! The roost! what views! the patio doors the sound of the ocean! the cool breeze! All those windows to look out! I could go on! Im so glad to have stayed in your wonderful bit of heaven on earth!
November 29, 2012
My sister and I recently had the opportunity to stay at Rosanne's beautiful waterfront home. The weather was perfect and the views from the home are mesmerizing. We enjoyed listening to the surf in the evenings, walking the beaches and collecting shells and sand dollars, but mostly enjoyed the solitude. Rosanne's house has everything you could need to enjoy the magic of Dog Island. I look forward to my next visit!
November 26, 2012
What a great getaway! We have been so insanely busy with work and needed to regroup and regenerate menatally and physically. From the time we arrived at the house till the time we left ,it was a little slice of paradise. Peace and guiet and great accomodations. Will stay here again and again .
Breaux Bridge, LA
October 8, 2012
I hate to let the cat out of the bag, but October is the best month to visit the Florida Panhandle. This past weekend was truly better than paradise. The sky was magnificent, the water, clear and smooth, the air, warm and dry. Perfection. We joked all weekend about "what we should not do next," meaning Rosi's Roost is the perfect place to enjoy this pristine paradise, doing everything or nothing at all. The house is beautiful, comfortable and very well-equipped. (You won't need to bring nearly as much stuff as we did, but make sure to bring people you like because you will rarely see anyone else on the island.) I especially loved the collection of original beachy artwork, particularly the stained glass mermaid window! The only downside of Rosi's Roost is that you will never want to leave, so close your eyes, click your heels together, and repeat three times, "I want to be on Dog Island." Experience the magic.
October 5, 2012
From loading ALL of our stuff onto the ferry and boating to the island to watching the last sunset from the roost after a day of finding incredible seashells and viewing the wildlife, we really had an amazing time! Very relaxing, and it was quite a thrill borrowing a truck and finding our way to the house on this beautiful island. The house itself was very inviting and comforting, showing a little age of course, but we felt right a home, even more amenities available than I expected! We certainly plan a return visit very soon with our children so they can experience nature, and the beach, in a whole new way.
Vonore, Tennessee USA
October 1, 2012
We stayed the 3rd week of September and had an amazing time. It was the most peaceful vacation that I had ever taken. It was nice to forget about everything except the present moment . The house was beautiful and had everything that we needed. We did not see anyone else until Friday and that was a couple walking by on the beach. We spent a quite week reading books, walking the shores, collecting shells (some very large), and fishing. My two older son's 22 and 17 enjoyed the kayaks. My 8 yr old son enjoyed it all. The stars at night are amazing. We were disapointed that the sea turtle eggs did not hatch on our watch. The only thing I have suggest to future guests is take more junkfood. Everyone seemed to be hungrier at the beach. My three boys went through the snacks and chips pretty fast. You do not have to take drinking water, the water tastes great. We did not want to leave this new found paradise. We will definitely be back in the near future. Thank you Rosi for allowing us to stay at your wonderful home on Dog Island.
Signal Mountain, TN USA
September 19, 2012
If you want to get away from it all...Dog Island is the place. This is the third year that we have stayed at "The Roast". The house is one of the nicest places to stay. You can climb to the roof and see all over the island, lie on the beach only moments from the house, walk the beach in peace and quiet, and listen to waves at night from the master bedroom. The house has everything that you might need including a wonderful hot tub for the evening stars. Wow what a place...relaxing, peaceful, and one of few secluded places left in Florida without the craziness!!!!
August 28, 2012
If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle then this is the vacation home for you. Secluded is the best word to describe it, but with a house stocked with everything you will need for your stay. It rained a little the first couple of days on our trip, but soon after the sun came out and stayed out the rest of our time there. The boys loved paddling around in the kayaks, catching crabs, exploring and fishing. My daughter and I enjoyed walking the beach and searching the surf for those large perfect shells which are abundant on the island. The wild life is amazing. Bring your camera. We saw numerous species of birds, sting rays, various types of fish, hermit crabs, a large horseshoe crab and conch shell snail creatures. A group of dolphins even swam by one day. We watched them jump and play for awhile. The house is beautiful. The kids had there own area upstairs and I had my own space downstairs. The water filtration system saved us from having to carry a lot of water to the island. It made plenty of taste free drinkable water for the time were were there. The stereo and speaker system are really nice. Don't forget to bring your favorite cds or you can just listen to the radio like we did. There is a fantastic view of the ocean from just about every room and deck space galore. You will never see the stars as brightly anywhere as you will from the roost. Be sure to spray down before going out at night because the mosquitoes like the night air too. The white crabs that like to scurry around the beach at night can be caught and steamed or boiled, if you like crab. Be sure to wade out to the sandbars and check out the shells or just hang out and fish. The water is fairly clear and the sand is soft and white unlike that of the eastern coast beaches I have visited. We enjoyed our time at Rosi's Roost and will definitely go back. Next time we hope to stay longer. A week just wasn't long enough.
Betsy Smith Williamson
Owensville, IN USA
June 27, 2012
This was our second trip to Rosi's Roost...one we will never forget! The first seven days were relaxing, peaceful, and carefree. The house has every amenity you could ask for; everything but your food and clothes are provided. You can see that the owners take care of this home. It is very well maintained and the care is evident in all of the new items. The new truck was great and holds more in the bed. The house had new chairs, new umbrellas, new screen doors, wifi access, and many other updated items. We couldn't have asked for a nicer, more relaxing week. However, our week was extended due to Tropical Storm Debbie. Not part of the plan! Our charter out on Sunday morning was canceled due to high winds. The storm really caught us off gaurd! A mandatory evacuation order was issued, but no boats could reach us. The house shook and rattled. The wind whistled through the windows and water was starting to make its way through the troughs in the sliding doors. The waves at high tide made it to the steps that lead to the beach. We watched a large dune in front of a neighboring house crumble and erode. Several large sections of decks, stairs, and other structures floated by in the screaming rip current. The house itself lost some siding, soffits, and shingles. Throughout the storm, Rosanne kept in close contact with us. She was quite concerned about our safety. On Monday morning, Vicki Vose came to the house (phones were not working) to let us know boats were coming to take us back to Carrabelle. Several island residents were at the docks to help us to the boats quickly. We arrived safely back at the dock, a little wet, but unharmed. It was a memorable vacation, one my kids will never forget! Can't wait to visit next year!
May 28, 2012
If you're into condos, pools, lazy rivers, crowded beaches, restaurant lines and traffic, Dog Island isn't for you. If you're hunting a pristine sugar white sandy beach with seashells galore, shore birds, dolphins and few people, come to Rosi's Roost! When I unlocked the front door and entered, I knew I was in someone's beloved beach HOME. It wasn't fussy and pretentious but comfortably furnished, clean and neat. Consider how much potable water you would need to haul if the place you rent doesn't have a water purification system like Rosi's does! (Don't forget the water you would need to make clean ICE too!) Great library of books, music, and movies. Had covered deck areas where I could "hide" when the sun was just too hot but I still wanted to be outside. Capt Russell Cahoon accommodated us with ferry transport exactly when we wanted it. Having lived on the island, he was a wealth of info. Do stop in Panacea or Carrabelle and buy fresh seafood. You may be able to catch your own but just in case, you'll enjoy wonderful seafood dinners. Rosi, I'm so happy you share this place! S. Snead
Tuscaloosa, AL and Gainesville, FL
Tranquil, Serene, Peaceful, and Spiritual
March 15, 2012
The Dog Islands of the Florida panhandle are slowly disappearing. As the "Lost Shore" is found, it steps into demand for fine housing, shopping, urban restaurants, imported foods, and a lot of paving and lights. Dog Island is what is first saw as a child around Panama City and what Sunnyside many years ago. Nothing fancy but just sand and serf and good neighbors. During our week in early March, fishing was poor, the water was cold, there was a strong wind (we could not take out our fishing boat) that was often cold, and when the wind relented, the mosquitos and noseeums attacked-----all just like I remembered. It was wonderful and different from but better than we expected. What happened was that we evolved into a state of splendid peace. A migrating monarch was an exciting event (even more than the twice a day nude bather) and the height of the day was a visit to the hot tup to watch the fiery sunset and massive harvest moon rise. It was not so much what we did or even what there was to do but what happened to our mood, our living, our spirit, perhaps even our soul. Rosanne's instructions and furnishings are wonderfully complete. We brought food and such stuff, planning to make a trip back to Carrabelle later but we never left for the entire week. The "new" four wheel drive truck is great and will be better after a little fine tuning of the battery cables. If you don't know how to use a four wheel gear, ask Rosanne, although I expect she will have a paragraph in it for latter. By the way, cell phones work very well (we had AT&T and Vorizen). We really enjoyed the old movies and great old CDs----we watched one old movie after dinner almost every night. Sleeping is no problem, although you may have to get used to the rattling and bumping in the main floor king room (I said we had some strong winds). By the way, we came down a day early to spend some time in Carrabelle. That was fun and very rewarding----we covered every inch and met a bunch of wonderful people. By the way, Dick is a great guy and a lot of fun and Russell is too. Because of scheduling times, we rode over and back with Russell, He wouldn't let us help with bags or anything and is full of information and stories. Thanks Rosanne for sharing your place with us.
I love that you "evolved into a splendid state of peace" while at Rosi's Roost. I was just there for St. Patrick's Day; we must have kissed the Blarney stone just right. The temperatures were in the 80's, we swam and frolicked and our neighbor caught a 25 pound red fish right before our eyes! So glad you enjoyed yourselves and got to watch that beautiful full moon from the hot tub. Our highlight was being able to see the whole night sky with Mars, Jupiter and Venus shining brightly.
Bowling Green, KY USA
October 20, 2011
I took my shoes off at the door on Sunday and did not put them back on until we left the island on Saturday! A great week at Rosi's Roost! This is one vacation that will leave a lifetime of memories for my family. The house is great! We played several of the many games that are at the house and read several books from the library. Getting from the dock to the house in the pickup truck was quite an adventure too :) We saw dolphins, eagles and butterfly's galore. The beach was great and the sunsets over the bay were incredible to watch. We hope to return soon!
Words Can Not Explain
October 19, 2011
Words can not explain exactly what a wonderful spot this is for a vacation. When we were attempting to find an area to vacation at that was quiet and out of the way we stumbled upon Rosanne's site and immediately knew this was where we had to go. Our family had been through a very stressful two years to say the least and we just wanted to be able to get away from the world for a little while and take some time for each other, little did we know that would be exactly what we were going to do. We requested to be guests in Rosanne's home approximately six months in advance and there were a few occasions when I allowed myself to think that maybe it wasn't a good idea to be quite so secluded. I am so glad I ignored those thoughts. The three of us including my 5 year old son experienced the time of our lives. We saw dolphins on a daily basis along with various other types of sea life. The home is absolutely beautiful with every little extra you could possibly hope for and the surroundings are indescribable. We began talking of our return to Dog Island before our vacation time even ended. We were able to spend a week on Dog Island and when it was time to take leave we felt a little heart sick over having to go back to the routine of hectic. It is very true that you will often be the only people on the beach, which is an amazing experience all in its own. I was concerned that my 5 year old may grow board being away from home for so long, but I can honestly say he had a blast. We chartered Russell for our boat ride over and back and he made the beginning and the end of the trip a very pleasant experience. My son is affected by autism and Russell was the perfect person to choose. My son absolutely loved him and turned out to have a very enjoyable time on the boat trip. We had feared that we may have some difficulty in that area, but Russell's demeanor soothed everyone's nerves. I can't imagine starting our vacation off when anyone else. Thank you Rosanne for allowing us to be guests in your home. The memories of our seven days we spent on Dog Island will be a point of conversation for years to come and I am certain that the only way to top our vacation in your home is to come back and relive it again. Sincerely, Darrell, Teressa, Bo
Shawna Metzger Jennings
Pea Ridge, AR
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
September 20, 2011
My husband and I stayed at Rosie's Roost and had a wonderful time. It wasn't a house on the beach, it was a home on the beach. We felt so comfortable and relaxed, with no stress. Rosie made us feel like we were part of her family. The view of the ocean from every window is breath taking along with the sound of the waves only steps away. If you want to get away from your everyday life, this is the only place to be. We want to thank you Rosie for sharing your home with us. We look forward to staying at your place again.
August 4, 2011
My husband and I stayed at Rosie's Roost for a week with our two children, a ten year old and a three year old. We had a hassle free, easy going vacation. Relaxation was the word for the week. Rosie's Roost is clean and well equipped. There was not a single thing we needed in the house or for the beach that was not available. Dick Vose was fantastic as well- he met us in Carabelle and on Dog Island for both of our ferry trips. We are already talking about going back. We loved it.
Cincinnati, OH USA
July 3, 2011
We understood and expected the adventure part, but the whole experience was first rate. We have rented over 20 beachfront houses, but this was by far the best. We expected heat, but not the great breezes that blew constantly like North Carolina. It not only made it tolerable, but enjoyable to be outside. The water was clear and warm and complemented the white, powdery sand. We can only reiterate the reviews of others concerning the privacy, the quiet, the sunrises, sunsets, and billions of stars! Rosi's Roost is truly a one of a kind experience that our whole family will never forget.
June 14, 2011
Had a great time swimming, fishing, and family time. Wonderful house with everything that you need. This was our second time to rent this house. Enjoyed nature- birds, saw where sea turtles laid eggs, dolphins. Very quite and relaxing after a busy school year- great way for the family to reconnect.
May 21, 2011
Rosi's Roost rests on a Florida beach that is still wild ! It's an amazing place full of the sounds of the sea with people few and far between. You'll want to be outside as much as possible – walking the beach, swimming in the clear water, watching the birds from the deck, admiring the sunset from the roost atop the house, collecting shells on the beach and nearby bay, soaking in the moon and stars from the hot tub, grilling on the screened porch or watching a storm roll in under its protective roof. Inside the house, you'll enjoy the spacious, open and artistic atmosphere. You only have to lift your head to look through the many windows at the beauty that surrounds you. Rosi has thought of everything that could possibly make your stay comfortable and fun – incredible CD collection and sound system, all the DVDs you could ever watch, a jam-packed game closet, and the kitchen ! – The kitchen is stocked with all of the items and tools to make delicious meals to share with your vacation companions. You won't want to go home and you certainly will be looking for opportunities to come back !
Horn Lake, Ms.
My paradise, home away from home....
October 25, 2010
It has been a month since I've returned from this amazing paradise and I miss it so much! The island was very secluded. It was like we had our own little paradise. Roseanne, you have an amazing home. It felt as if it was my home away from home. Dog Island is the most relaxing vacation I have EVER had. The island is very peaceful, as if you become one with God. Breath taking views from the upper deck. Honestly, the view's from the house is all around breath taking. We walked to the sound, absolutely beautiful! We did see a shark and a hammer head. It was rather exciting to see. The stingray's were awesome to see as well. We caught our own bait for fishing and there were many blue crab's for good eating. My Boyfriend had an experience catching a rather large stingray. We never had a dull moment. The hot tub was so relaxing during the evening gazing at the star's and listening to the ocean. It was all most as if you could touch the star's. I am into photography and was excited to capture some memorable moment's, bird's, scenery, the tree's were even fascinating, and some of the most amazing sunset's I have ever seen. We are planning another trip and I can not wait to return. I have definately found my home away from home. Thank you Roseanne for sharing such a beautiful place with us! Hope you enjoyed the pic's I sent.
9 Days of Sanctuary!
September 14, 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our 9-day stay on Dog Island. From the moment we left the mainland, we could feel the stress and tension of the real world melting away from our bodies as we embarked on an island adventure that did not require us to wear shoes, watch or smart phone. We spent most of our waking hours on the beach, playing in the warm Gulf waters, fishing, building sand castles and just soaking up the beautiful sunshine while taking in the rare natural beauty that may only be found of lightly developed barrier island. In the evenings we would carry the bounty that we gathered from the sea (blue crabs & fish) and head up to the beach house to enjoy a cool drink and feast on the incredibly fresh seafood dinner we collected. After dinner we often headed to the balcony to watch the a gorgous sunset slip below the horizon in the west and wait in anticipation for the ultimate encore of a night star filled with twinkling stars and the occassional comet. The nine days we spent together as a family will always be cherished as time spent with God's fullest blessing. We highly recommend staying at this Dog Island beachfront home, just not the first week of September, because we plan to go back again next year!
North GA Three
North Georgia, USA
Grateful for Experience
September 7, 2010
We are so grateful to have had this experience, staying on Dog Island in your beautiful home. We have dreamed of staying on Dog Island for more than 10 years. No stores, no traffic, no noise. Freedom from cities and towns. Being embraced by nature, surrounded by Florida Rosemary and Calamint. We basked with sand dollars and Olies, a diversity of shore birds, stars and constellations, sunsets from an amazing perch, all manner of ocean life, long dinners, deep rest, gourmet dinners prepared in your kitchen with windows to island glory. The views to the Gulf and the estuary are a gift to behold. This felt more like being a guest in your home than staying at a standard vacation rental. We enjoyed glimpsing your personality through your collections of art, music, and books. Thank you for enabling us to stay here. We cherish the experience and hold the memories dear. - North Georgia Three
August 22, 2010
What a special place to return to every year, Rosanne! Thank you! And, what a relief that this slice of heaven has been UNTOUCHED by the Deep Water Horizon Spill. The water was as pure and the sand as white as it was in my boyhood 42 years ago, the crabs were in absolute abundance and the dolphins chased Dick's "ferry" just as they did the car ferry of yesteryear. Some things surely should never change!
June 18, 2010
This was truly paradise. We stayed 4 nights and saw only 4 other people while on the beach. We've been to Maui 3 times and Rosie's is where we will return. So secluded and quiet. Her home is so comfortable. I feel I know her after seeing all of the family pictures displayed around the house. We can't wait to return.
May 6, 2010
A beautiful island, (with an interesting history), a wonderful beach home with great views,nice art and comfortable. The fishing was great, caught 8 different types of fish! The perfect place for solitude, peace and restoration. I plan to return!
Lake City, FL
April 30, 2010
We stayed 9 days & 8 nights at Rosi’s Roost had a wonderful time. The house is comfortable and well equipped; you only need to bring your food, sunscreen & clothing. We caught 6 different types of fish and a sting ray. This island is a shell collectors DREAM! I also found several intact sand dollars. I photographed the wonderful landscape and sunsets. We fished, kayaked, walked, talked, & enjoyed one another’s company. This was our second time staying at Rosi’s and we were talking about our next trip as soon as we returned home. Our last stay was at the end of summer & we had the entire beach to ourselves. We did have people staying in the houses on each side of us this time & saw people walking each day, but we never did hear them. If peace & quiet is what you are seeking, Rosi’s Roost is the place for you; no bars, no stores, no street lights, no loud partying; just peace, quiet & those you bring with you. We can’t wait to return! Thank you Rosi for allowing us to stay in your wonderful home.
Osgood, Oh USA
Great family vacation
March 28, 2010
My husband and i stayed for a week with our four kids. It was very peaceful and pretty. The water was cold but the kids still played in it so they has fun. The house is very nice you can sit and drink your morning coffee and watch the dophins playing. Thank you rossane for the nice memories.
March 19, 2010
We stayed for our 10th wedding anniversary. It was a short stay and a bit windy but otherwise perfect. We saw dolphins in the morning and several bald eagles. The sunrise and sunset were both stunning. The house was clean and comfortable. Very relaxing. We will be back!
Serenity, Solitude and Sharks...
October 14, 2009
Well, mostley just said sharks to get your attention. We had a lovely experience at this location. Very private area. Enjoyed surf fishing and digging for sand fleas (bait). Photographed sunrise every morning from the beach and one of three decks. Enjoyed our freshly caught red fish and other fish we caught. beautiful white sand. great place for the independant sort. Bring everything you need, no provisions on the island except what you catch, and I think the alligator are off base. Lots of beautiful pelican, seagulls, beach crab, butterflies, and dragonflies (mysquetoe hawks). Comfy bed in master suite. Cell reception was good. No internet except on cell phone good for checking weather radar. I plan to go back as soon as I can. Loved it. Recommend it? Absolutely. Leave only your footprints, we want to keep it pristine. The ferry is running again. Enjoy.
Lake City, Florida
Peace & Quiet!
August 30, 2009
We spent four nights and five days at Rosi’s Roost. Even though we had thunderstorms two of the days, we truly enjoyed our stay. Being Native Floridians we were aware of the chance of thunderstorms at this time of year, so we brought movies and books just in case. It was so peaceful and relaxing. The only other person we encountered was the Ferry boat captain. We had the entire beach to ourselves! We took long walks and I collected shells. I you like peace & quiet, no stores, no bars & no people; this is the place for you! We can’t wait to return!
Medina, OH use
August 16, 2009
We will not tell you what we really think- if we did we might not be able to reserve a week next year! Nearly deserted- walked for miles seeing 1 or 2 people. Swimming in the bay within 50 feet of 6 dolphins. House was nicer than described. Sand is very soft and fine. WOW! Well worth the 17 hour drive.
Austin, TX USA
Luxury Camping Beach Style
July 27, 2009
I titled the review Luxury Camping Beach Style because that is exactly how our experience was on Dog Island. We caught Bluefish and had it for dinner one night which was awesome! Lights completely out by 9 PM for the sea turtles, so you can really see all of the stars and beautiful night sky! A sea turtle actually built her nest right beside the house the first night. Fishing wasn't the best while we were there, but we did manage to catch a bunch of blue crabs as well that I made a really good dish with cheese, bell peppers and tomatoes and spices. The last morning, we watched dolphins play and swim right in front of our beach area. It was really cool! That went on for almost an hour. Privacy was great as we pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves the whole time. Maybe saw 4 people or so one or two days but they were a ways from us. We collected a ton of really cool shells. Great experience for the whole family and we will be going back!
June 21, 2009
My family of 5 stayed on Dog Island for 6 wonderful days and nights. We found the house to be exactly as advertised/described and very comfortable. Everything was in good working condition. We did have a slight problem with water pressure but Rosi told us who to call and it was fixed right away. The water was warm and the waves were just big enough for our kids (10, 8, and 6). The sand was incredible - soft and thick!! We took advantage of the inflatable kayak and fishing poles on site. While I didn't get to explore the entire island I did take several long walks and encountered less than a dozen other people!! We will definitely be returning to Dog Island in the future. Thank's, Rosi, for this opportunity!!!
Lynn and Sam Chapman
May 31, 2009
What a wonderful place. The island is beautiful and the house was great. The "Turtle Lights" in the Living/Dining areas were perfect. The wildlife was a photographers dream. There was a bear spotted a few houses down, we have pictures of dolphins jumping in the ocean, following our boat back to Carrabelle, an alligator in Tyson's Harbour, and more birds than I can identify. It has been along time since I have seen so many shells on a beach. The fishing was great. The weather did not stop us at all. We have plans in the future to return.
The Mantei Family
Just the way we like it.
April 14, 2009
We had a great time. The beach house is fantastic and we found it clean and in very good condition considering the environment and the remote location. We came for the environment and were not disappointed in the least way. The beaches are great. White sand, shells, sea-oats, dunes, and typical island scrub bush. Fishing was so good we never took time to explore the interior. While fishing in the surf, we caught bluefish, redfish, flounder, black drum, spotted trout, pompano, Stingray, catfish and kingfish. It was amazing. Best time was at high tide and sunset. This place is for the adventurous, the environmentalist, and the outdoorsperson. Not for the pampered or picky. The island is rustic and isolated. No shopping, no traffic, no bars, no restaurants, no crowds. Just the way we like it.
Great place to relax and unwind
March 30, 2009
If you want relaxation and solitude, this is the place for you. No busy beaches, people or highways. Great place to unwind and get away from it all. Beautiful home with all the amenities. Amazing views, beaches, and wildlife. Get up close to nature. Walk for miles and find real treasures.
Erin O'Meara Pettis
Gainesville, FL USA
Your own private island retreat
March 20, 2009
My family and I stayed at Rosi's Roost for 3 nights and found it to be positively captivating. During the height of Spring Break vacation in the Gulf coast region of Florida in March, we only passed 2 other people on the sugar sand beaches of remarkable Dog Island. This home is fully equipped, comfortable for both children and adults, and in excellent condition. All you need to bring is food, sunscreen, and a readiness to make indelible memories on a glorious island you will have virtually to yourself! Our children had a fantastic time as we kayaked with porpoises, walked along the shores of both the Gulf and the Apalachicola Bay, and enjoyed the jacuzzi overlooking a moonlit sea! We truly cannot wait to return! Solitude awaits.
Dog Island is the best way to experience the REAL, non commercialized Florida. Rosi's roost has all the ammenities for a relaxed,fun filled family vacation. The movie and game collections are incredible;the kitchen is fully equipped and my kids had a blast in the water and in the hot tub. We can't wait to return next year. Ron and Pat Dixon
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About:My husband and I are retired education administrators. I was the principal of an innovative magnet school called SAIL, School for Arts and Innovation, for 32 years. We built our Dog Island house in 1996 as our dream home away from home.
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