“Great kitchen and perfect for a family reunion”

Reviewed 29 Dec 2011

Many vacation homes aren't equipped for cooking for a crowd but this one has an exceptional kitchen: a lovely layout with 2 sinks with disposals, big fridge/freezer, pantry shelves and lots of cookware and dishes. The Haneys are exceptionally generous in leaving out DVDs (and TVs in almost every room), books, toys, extra linen and blankets for use by their guests. The beach is terrific and the neighbors are quiet. Every room has a door to a deck and 2 of the bedrooms have their own bath (there are 2 additional bathrooms), so even with the 13 of us in our multigeneration family, we could have private times with our spouses. Be aware of Surfside water, however. It is yellow. Water bottles can be refilled free in town, so we did that for drinking water. The laundry came out fine.

“A lot to love”

Reviewed 9 Aug 2011

There is absolutely a lot to love about this house. It is very well designed, maintained, equipped, and has an incredible beach front location. Includes a remarkable kitchen, plenty of sleeping space, and a very roomy/open living area. Outstanding views of the gulf from inside the house and the decks. The boardwalk to the beach and the pergola complete what amounts to a dream vacation home. The owners and housekeeper are great to work with, no issues at all. Our visit included extended family members with a wide range of ages; all felt comfortable in the house and enjoyed Surfside and the surrounding area. There are likely less expensive rental options to choose from, but I believe that you will not find a better value...in this case you certainly get what you pay for. The house stands out as one of the very best in the area and allowed us to have a wonderful family vacation on the beach.

“Another Great Year!”

Reviewed 25 May 2011

We just returned from our 2nd visit to this beautiful home and it was, once again, amazing! We had an amazing time; from playing on the beach/ fishing during the day and watching the sunset from the beautiful deck in the evenings. Our 2 year old son had such an amazing time too and we made so many precious memories! Thank you again to the Haney's for sharing their wonderful home with us! :)

“spring break”

Reviewed 20 Mar 2011

Absolutely fabulous view of the ocean! Met my parents from Cleveland who are in their 70's with my husband and two children. My parents loved the boardwalk to the beach and the nice firm sand made the beach very accessible. My mother even made the comment that she never thought she would walk the beach after breaking her leg 3 years ago. The kitchen was fabulous, the bedrooms very roomy and house is one of the better looking on the beach. The police patrol the beach constantly and clean up crews keep the litter under control. The owners and the housekeeper, Tammy were awesome and very responsive to any of our needs. My girls are practically teenagers and enjoyed the long walks on the beach. Definitely would stay again when we visit surfside.

“EVEN BETTER IN THE WINTER!!!”

Reviewed 14 Dec 2010

This was our second visit to the Bluewater Star and the first during the winter months - and we love it EVEN MORE than in the summer! Long quiet walks on the beach where you hardly see another person were so invigorating - and the views and sounds of the beautiful ocean were music for our souls. The great fire place and the gorgeious kitchen kept us cozy when we were inside. No matter what the weather, this is the place to go if you like the beach.

“holiday in paradise”

Reviewed 20 Aug 2010

We had such an amazing week staying in the Bluewater Star - we travelled from Scotland UK and it was worth every mile of the journey. Every morning we would sit in the gazebo at the end of the walkway and watch the dolphins swim by. We barely left the house except to stock up because it had every amenity you could wish for - and the best views on the coast! The owners were a pleasure to book through - will most definitely return. Cannot recommend this property highly enough.

“Best House in the Area”

Reviewed 15 Jun 2010

This is a great house and we had an awesome time! The house is very well stocked and has a great layout. The gazebo on the beach was wonderful to have. You are close to the beach, but protected from the sun. The owners are a pleasure to deal with. I definantly plan on renting this house again.

“good times!! :)”

Reviewed 19 May 2010

back from our 3rd stay at this amazing beach house...were so sad to leave :( BUT, will most certainly be renting again!! Barbara, even though we have never met in person, you are such a lovey person & from all our phone convo's & emails, i truely feel like we've known eachother for years :) thanks for everything!!! ps...hope the mama kitty & her babies are doing well :)

“Heaven on Earth”

Reviewed 26 Feb 2010

We were blessed with the most beautiful sunrise you could ever see. The house was just wonderful. The kitchen was so well stocked. We had a wonderful time that we shared with our 18 year old grandaughter. Amazing time.

“Winter Family Holiday”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2010

The unique "Harry Potter" room under the stairs fascinated and occupied our 3 y.o. granddaughter for hours on end while the large gormet kitchen provided a wonderful gathering space for her adult aunts, uncles, parents, Nana and Pops! This beautiful home was a perfect spot for our family to gather for a fun, long weekend since we missed time together over the actual Christmas holidays. Despite the weather outside being windy, cold, and rainy, the fireplace kept us warm and the enjoyment of 8 adults preparing meals together kept us laughing for hours on end. And when the sun came out, we were able to really enjoy long walks on the beach where we rarely saw another soul. The 3-sided deck provided a great place for adults to gather and watch the huge red sun sink at sunset while a 3 y.o. tried to break speed limits while safely riding her tricycle around and around. It was a weekend to be long remembered by all and we will definitely be coming back!

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