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El Matador 168 Updated and FREE Beach Service

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Vacation rental condominium. Sleeps 6, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. No pets allowed.

909 Santa Rosa Blvd Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 United States

Looking for Paradise? Here it is at the El Matador! Has to be the most sought of family vacation resort on the Emerald Coast. A secluded condominium nestled between the beautiful white sand dunes and the sparkling Emerald Waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

El Matador is truly a beach resort. Just two miles down Santa Rosa Blvd at the end of the Island you will find us – secluded but still just a few minutes to all the amenities that Destin and Fort Walton Beach have to offer. Just six miles down Hwy. 98 you can enjoy Destin – “ The Worlds Luckiest Fishing Village” – charter a private trip or take the kids out on a group boat and catch dinner. While in Destin enjoy fine restaurants, shopping, and golfing on some of the best golf courses in the Panhandle of Florida. Hard to believe that you might need a day off from the beach but if you do take the family to Big Kahunas Water Park in the center of old Destin. Much more than just a water park… it’s a day of fun!

Back at the El Matador enjoy the large grass areas between our buildings just right for family fun and games. With two pools, his and her whirlpool, and saunas just right for your tired muscles after a game of tennis on one of our courts, or in our fitness center. We are located at the end of Okaloosa Island a small barrier Island between Fort Walton Beach and Destin. This gated community with thirteen miles of undeveloped beaches to the west is sure to have you longing to return.

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type Condominium, 1 story
Unit Code EM168
Beds 1 king bed, 2 twin beds, 1 sleeper sofa
Bathrooms 2 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 6, 6 dining seats
Pets No pets allowed.
Kitchen Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, Ice Maker, Microwave, Toaster, Cookware, Stove, Pots and Pans
Living Central Air, Linens, Ironing Board, High Speed Internet, Washer/Dryer On Site, 2 TV's
Business Nearby ATM, Nearby Post Office, Nearby Internet Cafe, Nearby FedEx, Nearby Bank
Convenience Area FitnessCenter, Nearby Medical Services, Nearby Grocery, On Site Fitness Center, Nearby Golf Courses, Nearby Movie Theatres, Nearby Outlet Shopping
Culture Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, Museums, Theater
Outdoor Balcony, Shared Pool, Tennis, Beach, BBQ Grills On Site, Fishing, Boating, Parasailing, Jet-Ski-ing, Kite-Boarding, Snorkelling, Disc Golf, Diving, Sailing, Golfing
Geographic On Beach
Entertainment Cable TV
Free Seasonal Beach Service Free Seasonal Beach Service
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94 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Best location on Okaloosa Island

    Stayed 23 days ending in October, 2018

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    Harold N from Florence, KY does not recommend this vacation rental.

    We have been staying at a friend's condo at El Matador for nearly 20 years. She was a "neatnick" and everything was always clean and in good order. They sold the condo in 2017, so we have had to stay at a condo in a different building now. This is our second year in this particular unit. It's best feature is that it is at El Matador. These buildings and grounds are maintained to the max; excellent. Unfortunately, this particular condo is in need of some attention. Last year; towel rack hanging from wall in master bath, and closet door off track and on backwards (still that way this year, but repaired while we were there; and towel rack had been repaired. Vertical blinds on patio had missing slats and no way to open. Found rod in drawer that enabled me to change blind angles, but had to use broomstick to slide blinds open and closed. Bulky credenza in living room for TV. Couldn't view from dining area. Couches old and uncomfortable. Table on patio is too tall. Heavy cast iron chairs and table with glass top in eating area, What's with these cold, glass table tops? We bring table cloths with us to protect dishes. Front door is also in need of repair. It is splitting near the lock. Almost looks as though someone tried to force their way in. Bottom line is "we will stay elsewhere next year".

    • Manager Responded on 11/5/2018

      Sounds like some of this issues were just personal preferences. A simple phone call would have taken care of any and all your issues, and happy to hear that they were repaired while you were here. The couches are new, patio table is high as most guest would rather look over the balcony railing instead of through it, don't think that anyone tried to break into the unit, but that guest leave the front door open and when they open the sliding glass door to the balcony it causes the front door to slam and thus cracking the wood. All issues that we can take care of have - thank you for pointing them out!

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  • This unit, second time, last time.

    Stayed 7 days ending in October, 2018

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    Harold N from Florence, KY does not recommend this vacation rental.

    Still here. Rent spanned part of two months. Entrance door hard to open, close. End of door is split. Could not open vertical blinds on patio. Found louver rod in tv credenza. Broken, but able to jury--rig it to change blind angle. Had to use broom stick ti slide blind open and close. Door would not open. Track gritty and wheels worn. Had to spray track every few days to get it to slide. Door off track in bedroom (maintaince came and got it back on track). It wasoff track last year.Still akward, opens on wrong side. Like last year, light out in kitchen. Dirt under bulky tv credenza. DVD player so high, had to climb on chair to use it. Stick-vacuum picked up nothing. Big vacuum very heavy and had no bag. Heavy steel coffee table and akward heavy steel dining table and chairs with glass top. Makes no sense. Had to cover table tops. Slats missing on vertical blind. Found in patio closet, but ends torn.

    • Manager Responded on 10/23/2018

      Mr. Nalley - thank you for taking the time to list your issues. These things are certainly easy to fix and we will address them, EM 168 is one of our guest favorite places to stay.

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  • El Matador Unit 168

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2018

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    a guest from Aledo, TX recommends this vacation rental

    Our unit was clean and nicely appointed with a nice relaxing balcony view of the ocean. The beach front is beautiful with white sand & clean beaches. It is also less crowded as it is next to the military base & no other condos to the west of property. It is in Bld.#1 which is looking out over a parking lot, then the main swimming pool & boardwalk to beach.The Matador landscaping was well maintained & there is another pool nearby with a workout room & hot tub(must have code to enter). Staff was friendly & helpful and the 2 chairs & umbrella service was great. The only issue with the unit is the towel bar in master bath falls out of the wall first time you take towel off or bump it (minor problem). We also were told the property is no smoking yet there were lots of smokers outside on the grounds but the condo complex interior did not smell of smoke. I would have to give this property a thumbs up. P.S You need to bring extra paper towels,trash bags, baggies etc for kithen if planning on cooking much. Reccomendations while there: The Indian Mound Musem is interesting & good for a rainey day, Stewby's Restaurant is about 2-3 miles inland but great local food for the price (casual order at counter place), the Ft. Walton- Okaloosa Boardwalk is close (nice restaurants & has a nice public beach area), Destin Boardwalk is much larger with more restaurant options but is a few miles farther & lots traffic congestion on weekends & holidays.

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  • Gorgeous beach

    Stayed 7 days ending in May, 2018

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    Marguerite B from Athens, GA recommends this vacation rental

    Very nice facilities and staff. The unit had some issues - loose towel bars and oven that wouldn't heat up, but it was clean and roomy.

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  • Love El Matador. Been staying here for 20+ years.

    Stayed 31 days ending in November, 2017

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    Harold N from Florence, KY recommends this vacation rental

    For many years we rented a condo from a friend at El Matador. Since they were in the process of selling their condo, we contacted Alicia Hollis to rent a different condo. Went from 2nd floor in Bldg 2 to 6th floor in Bldg 1. Was unsure of being up that high and needing elevator, but due to inactivity in October, elevator always available. Loved the 6th floor view. The buildings and property are constantly being cleaned, painted, and maintained. Sturdy buildings that always look new. This particular condo had a great shower, but towel racks, although new, were loose in both bathrooms and I had to re-attach one. The closet door in master bedroom was off track and I temporarily repaired it. Dining area furniture is big glass table(UGH! had to put cloth on it!) and bulky, heavy metal chairs. TV armoire was huge and bulky. Doors on armoire stuck out and made viewing from dining area impossible. We will stay at El Matador again and again, but not in 168.

    • Manager Responded on 11/25/2017

      Thanks you for letting us know about the issues in your condo, and we will address those with the owner, and he will immediately take care of them. That condo had some new furnishings just bought this year, and i am going to talk to them about the other issues. We are so glad that you enjoyed that awesome view from that balcony, it is phenomenal and no obstruction either. Please don't let that disappoint you, but, we are on it, and we hope to see you again next year, with that same property.

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  • Loved it

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    a guest from carencro, louisiana recommends this vacation rental

    Very clean, spacious

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  • Great place

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    a guest from Spring Grove, PA recommends this vacation rental

    Condo is very roomy with all the amenities you'll need. Only thing I couldn't find was a pizza cutter. Beach service was a nice touch and AJ with Sunset Rentals is a great guy who took care of us all week.

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  • Loved it!

    Stayed 5 days ending in June, 2017

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    Debbie C recommends this vacation rental

    Condo was perfect! Just remodeled. El Maddator is old but they have kept it beautifully! Loved how it is all the way at end and doesn't have all the traffic.

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  • Awesome Vacation!!!

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2017

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    Sharrie M from Lebanon, OH recommends this vacation rental

    Our family totally enjoyed our stay at El Matador. The resort itself is very charming. The unit, however; was absolutely beautiful! The renovations were well done and the view was amazing. In all my years of vacationing on Okaloosa Island I have never had beach service. AJ, the beach attendant was tremendous. Very friendly, energetic and always willing to go the extra mile to make our experience a great one. I will never not have beach service again. We plan to come back next year!! Amazing time.

    • Manager Responded on 6/13/2017

      Thank you so much for writing up this review, it will be very helpful for everyone booking this condo to know what a wonderful and comfortable condo it is, and most of all the FREE BEACH SERVICE that you get with it. AJ on the beach is an awesome guy, to provide you with this wonderful service for your enjoyment. We hope to see you again to experience another vacation in this great Fort Walton Beach and unit 168.

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  • Definitely would recommend except.........

    Stayed 5 days ending in May, 2017

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    Angela R from Fort Walton Beach, Fl recommends this vacation rental

    Fantastic stay-cation.
    Very pleased with the unit, except a few things need to be repaired. Overall very clean, except artificial plants etc. needed a good dusting. The only reason I'm giving it only 3 stars for cleanliness. Towel holders had been repaired in bathroom and drywall dust was left on floor. (Very minor). The grounds are well maintained and the view was amazing.
    Would definitely recommend!!

    • Manager Responded on 6/6/2017

      We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the most popular property on Okaloosa Island and the El Matador condos. This unit has had a lot of updates, and it is a very comfortable unit to stay and enjoy and the most wonderful views of the balconies, and you are steps to the second pool also. and also to the whirlpool and sauna room and tennis courts. Thanks for letting us know about the drywall on the floor i apologize for that, but, i am glad that we are going to see you again in the future. Don't forget this is one of the best areas for your vacation.

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  • Destin Softball World Series 2016

    Stayed 6 days ending in July, 2016

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    Eric L from Peachtree City, GA recommends this vacation rental

    The Rental property was very accomidating, clean, and functional. The location was very nice. The pool, beach access, and security of the property was excellent. We enjoyed every moment spent at El Matador and will look forward to another stay there in the future.

    • Manager Responded on 7/23/2016

      Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at the El Matador. We look forward to you coming back for another visit with us.

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  • Great Rental

    Stayed 5 days ending in June, 2016

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    a guest from Jeffersonville, IN recommends this vacation rental

    My family really enjoyed our time at the El Matador!

    • Manager Responded on 7/4/2016

      Elizabeth, we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay at the El Matador. We look forward to you visiting us again soon.

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  • Beautiful Condo and Awesome Views

    Stayed 7 days ending in September, 2015

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    Rachel W from BOGART, GA recommends this vacation rental

    The condo was huge, clean, and beautifully decorated. I had an amazing week and will definitely rent the condo again!!

    • Manager Responded on 9/23/2015

      We are very thankful that you enjoyed your stay at the el matador unit 168, a wonderful newly remodeled condo on the 6th floor in building one. This unit has a wonderful view of the gulf, from 50 yds out and walking distance to 2 pools, gulf side and the back pool. This property has a lot of amenities, and 24 hr security and is such a wonderful place to vacation, and very kid friendly too. I hope to see you all again, and call us for your accommodation

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  • Wonderful vacations

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2015

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    Augustine G from Lawrenceville, GA recommends this vacation rental

    The unit was great nice and clean we always come back

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  • Great condo..must stay

    Stayed 3 days ending in July, 2015

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    a guest from Jacksonville, TX recommends this vacation rental

    Condo 168 was a great room.Clean and comfortable.Had everything I needed to cook with and had an handy dishwasher.Honestly all i had to buy was laundry detergent and paper towels.The grounds were well kept and not noisy.only negative was the beach had seaweed we drove to destin and water was clear.

    • Manager Responded on 7/30/2015

      Thanks so much for taking the time to answer your review for the el matador unit 168 and also we appreciate you booking with Alicia Hollis Realtor, and we are always here to help you with our wonderful condos on Okaloosa Island. I am so glad that you enjoyed the condo, and yes, almost all of our condos are very well equipped with your supplies for your stay. We would love to see you again, next year for your next vacation.

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  • Wonderful experience

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2015

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    a guest from Lake Worth, FL recommends this vacation rental

    The property location was great, with wonderful views from the terrace.
    It was very clean and well supplied. The beach was a little walk from the condo, but it was worth the walk. We would highly recommend El Matador
    and condo 168.

    • Manager Responded on 7/28/2015

      We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at the el matador, and thanks for taking the time to review your unit. We were told from the person in April that it was so enjoyable to sit on the balcony and enjoy the sunsets and the view of the ocean, and we are sure that you too, would have enjoyed that too, from the 6th floor. We hope that we will have the pleasure of providing your accommodations the next time you visit beautiful Okaloosa Island with Alicia Hollis Realtor.

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  • Great view, quiet building

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2015

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    Stacy F from Pocola, OK recommends this vacation rental

    The condo that we booked EM168 was wonderful! The rooms were spacious and the view was amazing! The only thing that was lacking was beach service ( chair and umbrella). It took up a lot of space to bring chairs and cumbersome to carry them to the beach. We plan to book with Alicia Hollis as we love the customer service we received.

    • Manager Responded on 6/29/2015

      Stacy, thanks a lot for your wonderful comment about El Matador unit 168 and also our office staff with Alicia Hollis Realtor, and maybe things will change next year with the beach service and we may have it, I really am sure on that so please don't quote me on that, but, we are trying to do things a little different because of the beach service. I hope to see you again next year. Chris.

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  • Easter Break 2015

    Stayed 9 days ending in April, 2015

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    a guest from Auburn Hills, MI recommends this vacation rental

    As always, a wonderful experience. The El Matador is a wonderful place for a family vacation. A lovely condo, spectacular weather, who could ask for more.

    • Manager Responded on 4/13/2015

      I am glad that you enjoyed yourself, and we hope to se you again next year. Thanks Chris.

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  • Perfection

    Stayed 31 days ending in April, 2015

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    Gerard C from Grand Blanc, MI recommends this vacation rental

    GREAT Condop

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  • Great vacation

    Stayed 7 days ending in August, 2014

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    Marian N from Valley Park, MO recommends this vacation rental

    Clean, safe, beautiful view, nice apartment for a family to live in it. The TV in master bedroom doesn't have sound on many channels. No HD on TVs. In balcony have only two chairs, I was hopping for 4.

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  • Great Condo!

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2014

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    a guest from Brownbro, AL recommends this vacation rental

    This was a great place to stay, and we would definitely come back again.

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  • Good deal for the $$

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2014

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    Jason W from Waxahachie, Texas recommends this vacation rental

    Overall were satisfied with the property. Few noisy neighbors, but if you expect peace and quiet don't go to a beach resort! Nothing out of the ordinary, and would book same room again. Typical wear and tear on vacation property noted, but nothing that affected our stay.

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  • nice and clean

    Stayed 4 days ending in July, 2014

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    Tracy H from Phenix City, al recommends this vacation rental

    everything went well and we enjoyed our stay with you.

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  • Great unit at a great complex

    Stayed 6 days ending in June, 2014

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    James F from Arlington, Tennessee recommends this vacation rental

    I have been coming to the El Matador since my youth and it never fails to provide fond memories. This time I brought extended family members who have never been to Florida. We all had a blast and the unit was perfect. I can't forget to mention Alicia and her office. We always use her when making a trip down.

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  • Family vacation 2014

    Stayed 4 days ending in June, 2014

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    Lateka F from Hampton, GA recommends this vacation rental

    The room was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay. I thought it was on the first floor. But this was my first time there. Definitely coming back next year but I will be sure to get a first floor unit because it was a lot walking around the building and taking the elevator. The elevator was hot.

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  • Great Vacation

    Stayed 10 days ending in April, 2014

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    Mary E from Southfield, MO recommends this vacation rental

    excellent

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  • Fall Break

    Stayed 7 days ending in September, 2013

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    Dana Q recommends this vacation rental

    Great time as always.

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  • lack of correct telephone number

    Stayed 5 days ending in July, 2013

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    Cathey C from Tulsa, ok recommends this vacation rental

    I had no experience with the management company personally. Everything was great except the number on the e-mail was not a working number and I had to go online and find the number. Everything else was great!

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  • Excellent property!

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2013

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    Della S from Hiouston, TX recommends this vacation rental

    We loved the condo. Would like to make it a regular vacation destination for our family.

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  • Love Fort Walton!

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2013

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    Carol U from Wichita, Kansas recommends this vacation rental

    Excellent condo, excellent view, close to everything.

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  • El Matador Stay

    Stayed 6 days ending in June, 2013

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    Leann S from Nashville, TN recommends this vacation rental

    My family owned a condo at El Matador for approximately 30 years and Alicia Hollis was engaged as the management company for that duration; we wouldn't think of going through any one else when visiting FWB

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  • Happy Memorial Day

    Stayed 3 days ending in May, 2013

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    a guest from New Orleans, LA recommends this vacation rental

    I can't imagine why El Matador was so deserted over Memorial Day weekend - it was beautiful, perfect location, great beach. In fact, I'm hesitant to give it a good review because I don't want other people to find out about it.

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  • Disappointed sauna was not finished, you had all year!

    Stayed 10 days ending in April, 2013

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    Mary E from Southfield, MO recommends this vacation rental

    Family fun!!!! Mary Ellen Southfield, MI

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  • Spring Vacation

    Stayed 10 days ending in April, 2012

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    Mary E from Southfield, MO recommends this vacation rental

    I would give the review all fives. Loved the view! We are from Michigan. MI not MO

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