USA Florida St. Augustine Crescent Beach Listing #78758

Historic Watermelon - St. Augustine, FL

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10 reviews
Max. occupancy: 16 2 King Bed, 4 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 6 bedrooms 7.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Incredible home with Hollywood history, private pool, hot tub, dock & kayaks

Experience a charming piece of Summer Haven history at this beautifully restored home that dates back to 1890. As the oldest home in the area, this property has hosted the likes of Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Originally built as a small inn, this property will let you experience what it was like to vacation in a more genteel era, yet you'll still have all the modern amenities you'd expect in a luxury home. You'll also be treated to beautiful ocean and river views from nearly every room in the house.

Your visit begins on the first floor, where you'll be greeted by a front porch with rocking chairs and a view of the stately fountain framed by swaying palms. Inside, find a gracious foyer and a fantastic kitchen with such bonuses as a gas cooktop, double ovens, a warming drawer, a pot filler, an ice maker, a large island with a prep sink, two refrigerators, and a separate pantry. The glass dining table seats 10, providing ample space for memorable meals and great conversation.

Also on the first floor are a TV room with a sectional sofa, an amazing family room with original floors and a massive stone fireplace, a library/office (with a Murphy bed hidden behind the bookcase), and a sun porch where you can take your morning coffee with a view of the ocean and river. Outside, enjoy a tropical bar and hut, a grill, and space to dine al fresco.

The six bedrooms include a primary suite with gorgeous water views, a covered porch, and a luxurious bathroom. The other five bedrooms are the Marjorie Kinnan-Rawlings Suite (with a cheerful tropical vibe and a pink flamingo bath), the Cary Grant bedroom (with sea-themed decor), the Gary Cooper Suite (with a private bath and direct access to a huge covered porch), the Sea Turtle Bunk Room, and the Lewis Suite (with a beautiful bath, a charming sitting area, ocean and river views, and access to a covered porch). Views of the ocean can be seen from the primary, Kinnan-Rawlings, Grant, Cooper, and Lewis Suites.

Additional amenities include a private swimming pool with a waterfall mermaid grotto, a private hot tub, beach chairs, beach towels, a cooler, four kayaks, and two paddleboards. You can fish in the river or off the private dock, or walk to the beach in a matter of minutes.

You'll feel miles away from the stresses of daily life, yet you'll also be close to so much. It's a quick, 16-mile drive to get into the heart of historic St. Augustine with its many restaurants, shops, museums, and pedestrian mall. Marineland is two miles south and the quaint town of Flagler Beach is only 15 miles beyond.


County permit number: 1087095

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.




Washer/dryer : Private

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Partial AC

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Hot tub : Private

Pool : Private


Gas grill : Private



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10 reviews

Ann P. May 2022
The location was perfect and the house was amazing! It was very clean and well organized and so much to do at the house between the tiki bar, pool, hot tub, games, paddle boarding, etc. We loved it so much we plan to go back next year!
Debbie B. Dec 2021
It was a delight to cater to a diversified group of people with little to no effort. We enjoyed this well thought out property with its attention to detail. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Nancy R. Oct 2021
The Historic Watermelon is an elegant and delightfully equipped large home, that in every way met all of our expectations and beyond. Also turned out to be very cozy and comfortable. Everyone enjoyed either being in the pool, sitting on the patio/bar area or finding an area in the house. It’s large enough to find an area to be alone. The inside front porch with amazing views was a favorite. We also gathered on the outside porch by the pool nightly. Everyone seemed to be comfortable in their bedrooms as well. My favorite was the kitchen. It was modern, up-to-date and fun to cook in. The ice machine in the pool bathroom area was one of the best adds ever. We walked on the beach daily. It was very quiet in the neighborhood as well. We hope to visit again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Richard B. Aug 2021
The Watermelon House, 30 minutes south of St. Augustine is a large, modernized, classic vacation home with a grand view of the Matanzas river and nearby beach. The pool and outside shaded eating and bar areas are ideal and provide excellent viewing of the resident osprey and other birds. Inside, the modern kitchen and two laundry rooms utilize upscale appliances. There are almost too many bedrooms, bathrooms, and TVs to count, making it great for large groups. There are also quiet living rooms, front and back porches on both levels, and even a dock on the river where one can seek some solitude. The pristine beach, less than a 10 minute walk away, was virtually deserted even on our August weekend, and was dotted with sea turtle nesting sites. Despite being out of the city, it is not isolated from local restaurants and full groceries which are only 5-10 minutes away. The special touches such as the Mermaids, the landscaping, the many kayaks, the numerous beach towels and chairs show that these hosts take a special interest in their property and in making their guests feel at home. We would have no reservations about a return visit. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Christine S. Mar 2021
We had a fantastic time at Watermelon. 2 families with teenagers for 8 total stayed and had plenty of room! The outdoor space here is amazing! Pool and hot tub were heated with fancy light schemes at night. We watched a really intense college basketball game at the tiki bar and it felt like our own sports bar! Took kayaks out to see a couple of dolphins in the inlet. Did many beach walks and 4 minute walk to the beach and very private. Teenagers took advantage of the boogie boards on the property and ocean with big waves with soft sand bottom. Ample towels and beach chairs and even a rolling cooler so we wanted for nothing! 30 minutes to saint Augustine beach and to downtown historic st Augustine. The property is so well thought out and beautifully designed and decorated. The pics don`t do it justice! We will definitely return to this incredible property! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Nikole D. Mar 2021
The house was beautiful. Any issues we had were responded to quickly without any hassles. I would recommend to any large group. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Lauren D. Feb 2021
Such a gorgeous property to spend some days at with friends. You can`t ask for a better house, or better qualities in a VRBO. We stayed at the house the entire time, and felt like it was everything we needed and more. 10/10 other than we didn`t know the neighborhood requires quiet outside after 10 pm! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Tricia C. Jan 2021
A beautiful vacation rental perfect for our family vacation. Once you`re at the house, you don`t want to leave. Highly recommend for families and family reunions. There`s plenty of areas and rooms where you can spend time together or break off and just do your own thing. The pool, hot tub and water views are awesome. The house is pretty special and feels like a mini resort. Our kids had a great time in the pool and also paddlboarding on the Matanzas Inlet. They even got the chance to see a dolphin from the house. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
D B. Jul 2020
Our stay at Whales Rest was everything we hoped for. The open kitchen/den area made family gatherings comfortable. Lots of windows for seeing the beautiful beach. Owners were amazing host and quick to respond to any questions as we prepared for our stay. Felt like we had our own private beach. When we wanted to venture out, it was and easy ride to St. Augustine. Hope to go back and stay again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.