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TripAdvisor Property ID: 4820903

About the area

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) Fishing Charters (call Blue Crab Fishing Charters) 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

Owner profile

David R.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English



  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Housekeeping Included
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair users


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (43)

Excellent – based on 43 reviews Excellent
43 reviews

“Wonderful time!!!”

Reviewed 5 Oct 2016

We would like to thank Mrs. Katherine and David Ruffel. We haven't had a vacation in a while and what better then to relax at the Peace Place. We had a lot of space not crowded at all. We love that we had our own pool. We walked to the beach and had wonderful time. Also, they have rentals for the water at Blue Crab Water Sports. We got the pontoon and headed to Crab Island, that was very exciting experience. Again, thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your home. We sure would like to come back.

“family beach vacation”

Reviewed 1 Sep 2016

We had 6 families in the house during our week long stay, and it was a perfect home for us. The number of bedrooms worked very well as each family except for the 2 single adults on the 3rd floor all had a private bathroom. The kitchen was well equipped and big enough that we had plenty of room when more than 1 person was in there working at the same time. The pool was amazing and we used it every day. A couple of days were very windy and we spent most of these days in the pool which was great for the kids (and parents). Access to the beach was a little challenging as we had to negotiate the steps with a loaded wagon, but we managed. The one concern we had was that all the beachfront condos seemed to have exclusive rights to the beach area, and it was a pretty long walk to get to the areas not marked as being reserved. Access to shopping, restaurants and other activities was as advertised and appreciated when a change of pace was desired. We were very pleased with our whole experience and plan to visit Destin again in the future.

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for your review, Diane. We are so pleased you enjoyed our home so much and the private pool was a huge success(this seems to be the case for most of our families :D). We hope to have you stay again in the future. Regards the beach; Tarpon St. (3 mins walk) is another beach access with public beach. Although condos have "exclusive rights" you are allowed to walk & sit along the mean high water mark.

“Perfect house for girls weekend!”

Reviewed 30 Aug 2016

We had a wonderful time celebrating my sisters bachelorette weekend staying at Peace Place. The spacious house was just what we needed for 14 girls. The pool, private courtyard area and walking distance to the beach could not have worked out better. David and Katherine were very accommodating hosts and we appreciate their help making this a trip we will never forget!!

Owner's reply: Hi Sammy, So pleased the weekend was a success! I am sure you all had a ball and much laughter. Thank you for choosing our home for this special occasion and we do hope to have you stay as our guests again one day in the future.

“Amazing place with amazing owners”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2016

Owners: Let me start off by saying that Katherine and David are absolutely perfect owners. We started planning our wedding at the end of last summer and they were helpful from the start with continuous communication with assistance in renting Peace Place. They worked with the rental company to try their best to get us in as early as possible because our wedding was on the evening of check-in. We wanted the 25th because it was the day that we had started dating and they helped us make it happen! Everything went off without a hitch! We held the reception in the courtyard... plenty of room for the Steel drums and dancing... GORGEOUS, AMAZING, PERFECT. We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate. And we added our own little touch by putting lights up throughout the trees around the pool. The home: With having a diverse mix of personalities with 20 people at the house, it was the PERFECT home!. The apartment side of the house, we were able to put the new parents and grandparents along with the newborn in there. The courtyard was where we spent most of our evenings after the days on the beach. Able to get into some shade and enjoy conversation sitting around the table was awesome. The house is only a hop, skip, and a jump to the beach. Being able to come back and rinse off with a hot shower outside and then dip into the pool was a huge plus. With the multiple showers inside, I honestly don't remember anyone having to wait to take a shower. Issues: The only "Problem" we had was a "bed taco" incident with one of the pull-out beds but Katherine and David brought a new bed THEMSELVES within an hour replacing the bed/couch! That speaks volume saying that we weren't only customers, but truly guest in their home. Extra pluses! We thought there would be an issue with WiFi... 4 X-boxes, all the phones and laptops connected and there wasn't any issue at all. Finally, DO NOT BUY any beach items until you see everything that past guest have left. There are plenty of chairs and floats! Thank you so much Katherine and David... You two ROCK!!! Thank you for the bottle of wine for the wedding as well!

Owner's reply: How lovely it was to meet you all! What a fun family. I loved the lighting you put up too. David and I are looking forward to seeing the photos when you have chance to email them to us. Look forward to having you stay again in year ahead. Congratulations to you both!

“Family vacation”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2016

We really enjoyed our vacation with the entire family. There were 13 of us all together. We checked in on May 28 and out on June 4. The house was nice, very clean. The private apartment is nice and very quiet from noise in the main house. We enjoyed a lot of the activities in the area, dolphin cruise was fantastic and some went deep sea fishing and very much enjoyed that and caught a lot of fish. The pool was very popular all day long by some. The beach is only about 3 blocks away. We did have to report that one of the bathroom commodes was not flushing correctly and that was called in on Memorial Day. The rental office was very cordial and we had someone out within a couple of hours to fix it. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Owner's reply: Thank you Linda for taking the time to leave David and I a review. It makes us so happy to hear you all enjoyed our vacation home and your stay in Destin. We hope to welcome you as our guests again in the future? Just a little mention that David and I do have a water sports & fishing charter business in Destin, so be sure to look us up. We discount our guests quite well :D to ensure they are well taken care of during their stay.

“Great family vaca!”

Reviewed 17 May 2016

We just arrived home from a huge birthday celebration for my husband. Peace Place was perfect for our large family. Room for all of our kids and grandkids. Meals were a snap in a nicely stocked kitchen. Having our own pool was fantastic! Easy, short walk to the beach. Polite office staff. Easiest check in and out - ever! We will definitely stay there again.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your kind review. David and I are thrilled you had a great celebration and that Peace Place lived up to your expectations. I do hope you see you again in the future?

“Comfortable place to stay”

Reviewed 4 May 2016

Rented Peace Place originally just for a reunion with friends then me and my now husband were inspired by beach wedding photos we saw on line.. We ended up having our reception in this place. Large house, lots of room, with private courtyard and pool. Accommodated our wedding party with ease. The beach is 2mins walk away.. So after over indulging ourselves we walked to the beach:) I recommend getting new Sleeper sofas in the living room for more comfort and hopefully make the check out time a little later .. 9am is just too early for most people on vacation.. Katherine and David were very accommodating. Overall this is a perfect accommodation rental for large groups and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in Destin Florida Reviews (18) 4.9Write a review Best group house, even in the rain! A guest from Oakland, CA Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your review and we will definitely look into the sofas. The home is currently occupied but we will certainly see what we can do to bring about further comfort to our guests. Congratulations on your wedding! Yes, the beaches are gorgeous and we're pleased our home served as a perfect reception for your special day! We hope to see you all back again, celebrating your anniversary perhaps?

“Peace Place”

Reviewed 13 Mar 2016

We were a group of 20 boys and were extremely happy with the size and comfort of the house. The house is very close to the beach. The trip was a great success for us and we would recommend renting this house to large groups or families.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your review and thank you to you and your friends for taking good care of our home, Peace Place. You instill faith in the students who come to Destin for their spring break. David and I would welcome you back anytime.

“Family Fun”

Reviewed 23 Jan 2016

Our first FAMILY vacation and we could not have found a better house to fit our needs. The short walk to the beach was perfect. The private pool gave us a perfect opportunity to return from the morning beach, lunch, relax at the pool while the young kids napped. Each family was responsible for preparing one of the evening meals in the spacious kitchen/ dining areas. MA and PA enjoyed the private apartment so we could retire ahead of the late night activity. Plenty of room, great facility and responsive landlord, great neighborhood for walking and running. It has set a high standard in our mind as we seek other venues for similar travels in the coming years. You won't be disappointed!!

Owner's reply: Judy, thank you so much for such a helpful and pleasing review. David and I are grateful that you took the time to post your experience of our home and the location. I know guests appreciate reading these. We do hope to welcome you all again at Peace Place one day (discount for returning guests). All the very best and thank you, once again. Katherine

“At peace with Peace Place”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2015

Beautiful, big house with a gorgeous outside pool and very close to the beach. Weather was rainy for the first two days, but that didn't deter us from having a great time. When the sun peeked out, we swam in the pool and the ocean (still warm). Loved this entire week with the girls (much smaller than expected group, but we all had our own rooms and it was much better that way). Will definitely love to return to this house in the future and sometime in October/November. Weather is still good, albeit a little rainy, but no crowds.

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your lovely review Lori. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and had more room than you needed! We do hope to welcome you again, as our guests so please keep us in mind next time.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

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.

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.

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.

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!

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


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


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


Tyler & Keturah

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.


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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!"

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

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

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.

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!!

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

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

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

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!!!


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,


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

House 1 block from beach for Family Wedding ... PERFECT 5*****

Loved our stay here... 5 BR, 5 Bath, plenty of room to eat, sleep and socialize... Loved/Loved/Loved our stay at Peace Place...We will definately stay here again in the future... Our own mini-Paradise, one block from the Beach
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers

Thank you...Happy New Year to you as well! I would be thrilled to leave a review. We had such a wonderful time there for our daughters wedding & found Peace Place to be absolutely perfect for our guests needs. The pool area was amazing & provided a beautiful setting for relaxing & entertaining. We would love to stay here again!
Thank you for a great experience & lovely home!

Wonderful Place!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We were a group of 19 college seniors looking for a place to relax before we all head into the real world. We had a wonderful time at peace place! David & Katherine were so patient and kind even when doing all the paperwork/payment last minute. The house fit all of us perfectly, it was beautifully decorated and everyone had a bed to sleep in.

The location was only a two minute walk to the beach, which was ideal if you needed to go to the restroom or back to the house to eat. Even for 19 people, the house did not feel crowded and we never had a problem with the bathrooms. We went to panama city - which was not too far. We also went shopping in the outlets, as well as go-karting/putt putt.

We were never really able to connect to the WiFi - and when we did it was very slow. But i think they fixed the problem (OWNER RESPONSE: COX SERVICED AND BRAND NEW MODEM INSTALLED. WIFI WORKING GREAT). The heated pool also was a slight problem, but this was no ones fault. Once we contacted the agency they came and fixed it right away.

The house is well located, and its easy to get your way around. Overall the trip was amazing and my friends and I already miss it. Would definitely recommend peace place to a friend.

Date of arrival February 29, 2016

Great Family Gathering!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We were a family of 21, 14 adults and 7 children age ten and under. We were celebrating the safe return of our son from Afghanistan. There were four main things that made this a great place for our stay. Firstly, Katherine an David were the perfect owners. They were very kind in their responses, and genuinely interested in making this a great vacation for us. They checked with us before arrival and after to make sure we were satisfied. We new they would be there instantly if we had an issue, which we did not, but they did not mettle. Secondly, the large parking area was great to have as we at one point had 8 vehicles. Thirdly, the location of the property to the beach and the area on highway 98 were perfect. We had very little traffic, on a 4th of July week, because we were in the epicenter of destin. This put us less than 3 miles from outlet malls, movie theaters, walmart supercenter, restaurants. 1 mile from Publix and 1.5 miles to Dollar General. We ate at The Crab Trap and a Brusters Ice Cream that we walked to! We were a quick 2 block walk to the beach that the 2 year old didn't mind. Lastly, the back area was another complete living quarter in itself. We were a very noisy bunch and this allowed our older parents, 79 and 82, and small napping toddlers, to retreat to a calmer area and rest peacefully and quietly. The home was a little dated but very clean and nothing was in disrepair. I would suggest to Katherine an David that they replinish the kitchen items as in mid season I am sure a lot of stuff starts to disappear. In summary, we found Peace Place to accommodate our group perfectly and you absolutely could not be renting from any nicer and kinder owners.

Date of arrival 2 July 2016

Great Getaway!

Date of Stay
August 13, 2016

First of all, thank you Katherine and David for sharing your space. The house was perfect! Very spacious, walking minutes from the beach, outside showers a plus and the POOL was the most fun part for the kids. Never a boring moment. We arrive August 13th in the evening. Harmony was nice to leave documents in night drop box. We were extremely tired from a long drive. We took the long way around due to the bad flooding in Louisiana. When we got to the house, it was dark out, drizzling. The code to get in did not work.There were a couple of attempts to open with no success. I called the after-hours emergency line. Angie was most helpful and after her attempt to provide a new code, it was determined the bolt was not working. So she dispatch someone to deliver the key to us. Unfortunately, we had to wait almost an hour to get the key and to top that off, it started pouring. That was the only unfortunate set back. Next day, was a much better day, rain was gone and it was a beautiful sunny day. The rest of the vacation was just marvelous! We walked to the beach, no one wanted to get out of the water! Coming back and the outdoor showers really were nice to clean off and the kids jumped right in the pool. We also went out to Crab Island. David/Katherine, thank you for working with us on the pontoon rentals. Everyone enjoy the time out at Crab Island. We went out to The Crab Trap for dinner and the food was tasty! Another night we BBQ while the kids were in enjoying themselves in the pool. This was a wonderful family vacation and we hope to be back soon. Walmart, Souvenir shops, ice cream places, everything was really close by. Great location and just beautiful. We hope to return again soon!
Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Families with Young Children, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers

Best Christmas Ever

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This was our first time having a destination Christmas. This house really was the icing on the cake. The house is a GREAT size for a family reunion. There are plenty of rooms and beds! The place was very clean when we arrived, even with them having a fully booked month! On top of that, I didn't realize that Destin was in Central time, so we were going to arrive about two or three hours before our check in time at 4. I just called them to see if there would any way that we could check in early, and they did whatever it took to make sure the house was clean before we arrived! The beach is literally a short 4 minute walk. (WE TIMED IT!). The beach is a private beach so it's very clean, white sands, water is sparkling blue. Back to the house though. The backyard/pool area is amazing. When you're laying out on the pool chairs, you feel like you're in an oasis. They designed the backyard VERY WELL. They also have a box full of beach stuff that you can take to the beach! How convenient! Overall, this trip was amazing because of this house. The owners were also VERY communicative and on top of everything. They really wanted to ensure that we had an awesome vacation. I typically don't write reviews, unless I'm extremely upset about something. But I HAD to write a review for this house. I wanted future guests to know that this house as well as the owners are truly amazing. I will definitely be recommending this house to my friends and family as well. Thank you so much!!

Date of arrival

December 23, 2016

family reunion

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We very much enjoyed our vacation. The house was wonderful,especially all the room on the bottom floor for us old folks. The beach is a short walk away and is very accessible. We hope to stay again soon. Thank you for letting us share your home. The kids really enjoyed the heated pool !!

Date of arrival

December 16, 2016