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The Idyll-by-the-Sea guest book:

  • "Delightful. Refreshing. Exciting. Unique."

  • "26 of our family gathered here in six cottages -- all of us agreed that Idyll-by-the-Sea was the absolute best of the bunch and truly the pearl of this community. We enjoyed your hospitality and felt so at home. Thank you for allowing us into your home. You have helped us leave with memories that will last for four generations."

  • "What a marvelous time my husband and I have had with my parents celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This is the most beautiful, unique, well-appointed, and fun house we have every stayed in. My Mother and I (antique lovers) went through a roll of 32-exposure film one morning -- to show our friends and to use some ideas in our own homes. Thank you for making this special occasion so memorable by sharing Idyll-by-the-Sea with us."

  • "We have been coming for four years. This house is the best. Thank you for sharing your home. This has been two weeks of heaven."

  • "We had a wonderful time. The house is spectacular! Will come again!"

  • "Enjoyed being in your holiday house so very much -- it was a perfect week for our family -- this was our 15th stay in Seaside in the last ten years -- We'll be back!"

  • "Our family had a wonderful time this week. Idyll-by-the-Sea is the perfect house on this perfect ocean. We love Seaside and enjoying your home made our stay even more special. Hope to be back next year. Thanks for creating such a special place."

  • "Our family had the most wonderful time in years staying here! Idyll-by-the-Sea is one of the most charming houses and we are so glad you made it available to us."

  • "We've been coming to Seaside every summer since I was born and by far this is my favorite house! The decorating is attractive and useable. You've made this house so beautiful while also allowing for the simplicity and comfort that comes with a week long vacation at the beach. Thanks so much for opening your home to our family."

  • "Idyll-by-the-Sea is gorgeous. This is our second time to come. I don't want to leave. It's like you are drowning in a sea of bliss."

  • "Wow! Beautiful House! We had a wonderful week here celebrating the new year -- very romantic too. Our best friends became engaged here on December 30. Thank you for making this home so comfortable -- we do not want to leave! Thank you -- we will be back!"

  • "We can barely pack the car because we just don't want to leave! Such a wonderful spot that this is where my sweetie proposed -- thank you for helping to create the perfect mood and setting. We will always hold a special place in our hearts for this house and our great vacation week!"

  • "This trip to the beach has been the best our family has had! Your beautiful house made us feel like we were at our own house! We can't wait to come back again very soon! Thank you for sharing your home with us!"

  • "We truly loved this house. We can't wait to return with some of our friends... Again, many thanks."

  • "This has been the most perfect family honeymoon. The weather was perfect, the sunsets sublime, the food delicious, the Gulf clear and warm. I hate to see this magical time come to an end! We've loved this beautifully furnished and equipped house like our own, and will never forget our Idyll-by-the-Sea."

  • "Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful house with us. Our girls, along with their girl friends, have had the time of their lives. And thank you so much for allowing the pups to stay, a family vacation is just not the same without them. We are all leaving refreshed and relaxed!"

  • "Idyll-by-the-Sea is the grandest place we've ever stayed anywhere! Because of the wonderful decorating with antiques and your extreme thoughtfulness in the superb organization; your checking on us; and your attitude in general -- we truly felt as though we were visiting in a dear friends home! We certainly hope to come back many times! Thanks so much for sharing your personal dream place with us!"

  • "Idyll-by-the-Sea -- without a doubt the loveliest vacation home. Carol and Jerry feel like old friends. Indeed your are new ones. Thank you for sharing your house with us!"

  • "Our time in your home and Seaside was very special. Your home is beautifully and comfortably decorated, with a magnificent view of the Gulf. Thanks for the golf tip in Destin. You truly have a piece of paradise. Thanks again!"

  • "All week long we have been noticing the little things, the finishing touches that make this house an its decor so special. You have managed to combine elegance and comfort, with none of the intimidations. We all felt so at home here. Thank you so much for not only sharing your beautiful home, but also making us feel welcome staying here. Your efforts are most definitely appreciated."

  • "We have always dreamed of staying at a house on the beach and now our dreams have come true. You have a beautiful place, and we were so comfortable. Thanks for a really wonderful vacation."

  • "Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place and your lovely home with us. We had a wonderful time and truly enjoyed our stay. I don't know who enjoyed it more, us or the pup. Our mini-reunion worked out wonderfully. The house was absolutely the perfect setting. Thank you again for allowing us to have a wonderful vacation."

  • "I didn't think our second trip to Idyll could possibly live up to the first... Boy, was I wrong! Knowing the house made it even more relaxing and wonderful. We had incredible weather and the Gulf was gorgeous. The monarch butterflies were here, migrating to Mexico; and we saw the prettiest sunset of our lives! The food was incredible -- a perfect stay for our whole family. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home."

  • "We can't tell you how much we enjoyed your wonderful home. All the little details made the trip much more special. We were all in the need of calm and respite and your home offered this in such a wonderful way. Again, thank you for letting us share in your Idyll-by-the-Sea."

  • "We enjoyed the relaxing time spent in Seaside in your beautiful home. Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity. We hope to come back next fall."

  • "Thank you, Carol and Jerry, for your generous hospitality and for sharing your home with us. Most of all, we appreciate the concept of Idyll -- and exquisitely beautiful environment, totally organized in the most thoughtful ways, created to be relaxed-in, enjoyed, and shared! We will forever remember our Idyll-by-the-Sea."

  • "We've had a great week in your wonderful home! You've given us inspiration for the new home we are building. Thanks so much and we look forward to being here again!"

  • "Thank you so much for sharing your home with us this week -- the only thing better than the house are the views! The pup has had an especially great time and thanks your puppy for his hospitality. All of us hate to leave, but we look forward to our return and seeing you soon."

  • "We all have a very wonderful vacation in your beautiful home. The view to the ocean was spectacular and the porch we surely enjoyed and used daily. Thanks so much."

  • "Very exceptional and very special. So grateful for being here. Everything was perfect. Our eleven year old son wanted to know when we would be coming back. We will have great memories of a wonderful vacation in paradise. Thank you Carol and Jerry for sharing your haven with us."

  • "This week was my Mother's day gift from my daughter. We had a terrific week -- fantastic weather -- the home you have conceived is hard to describe except by perfect. We came especially to bring the dogs, but it turned out to be so much more! Thank you both for this week -- needless to say we hate to leave."

  • "Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. I have enjoyed recuperating here so much! I can not get over your organizational skills -- it really helped! I know that my family and I will be back again soon!"

  • "Seven perfect days in this perfect beach house. Its getting harder to leave each time we return to Idyll-by-the-Sea. Thank you, as always for sharing paradise."

  • "What an incredible two weeks. Your home and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico is exactly what we needed. Idyll-by-the-Sea is just like being at home... You had everything that we needed to continue everyday life... You really met our family's needs. Thank you for going above and beyond our expectations for a perfect vacation. We hope you had a wonderful summer and we look forward to visiting Idyll-by-the-Sea next year."

  • "Thank you for sharing your special beach home. Idyll-by-the-Sea is a perfect spot for vacating every day life. We all agreed that your home is our favorite. You have thought of everything to say welcome."

  • "What a glorious, fun, and incredibly beach home you've created! We're building a farm cottage on a family farm and we're so inspired by your impeccable attention to detail and your delightful furnishings. Many thanks! PS: The double chaise longue in the living area is a terrific nap spot!"

  • "Eight days of soft sand and beautiful ocean water. Eight nights of sunsets and dining under the stars... What a great vacation! Carol and Jerry, your Idyll-by-the-Sea is fabulous. We've loved being here again. You've created a very special place. Thanks for sharing it with us."

  • "We've had a really great time. Your house is so well set up. Each day was great. We look forward to a return trip."

  • "Thank you for sharing your wonderful home on the beach with us. Your attention to detail makes the home warm and inviting. It's probably the only home on the beach that we have felt comfortable in. Thanks again."

  • "The sunsets have been breathtaking; the bird formations interesting; the early mornings (rather actually late mid mornings) soothing... Idyll-by-the-Sea, where interesting decor, outstanding woodwork, and careful attention to guests needs are ever present."

  • "What a great place to share Thanksgiving with family and friends! We couldn't ask for anything better. Every time that we come here we find more reasons that we don't want to leave! Thanks for your hospitality and friendship; They are something that we gave thanks for this Thanksgiving. This was a wonderful way to start the Christmas holidays! I haven't felt so relaxed and happy in a long time. The house is just perfect, and the feather beds and comforters made it extra cozy. Thanks for a lovely oasis."

  • "This has been a wonderful Christmas by the sea for our family. Your home is absolutely fabulous. We appreciated your hospitality from afar. There was nothing that was missed. We all felt so comfortable, even our German Shephard."

  • "This has been one of the most relaxing spring breaks ever... We loved your house. Luckily, we had great weather to go with it. I loved your house. I wish I could stay forever. We had a really great time. Thank you for letting us come! PS: Everyone loved the feather bed in the living room!"

  • "We are now packing up the car and really not looking forward to leaving. You home is so comfortable and so lovely! Our grandson has his first beach experience and he loved it! We just finished building a home on the water after two years! -- We understand your pride and your pain. Thank you for everything."

  • "What a lovely, charming and warm home you have. We have perhaps had our best family vacation ever! Thank you for all the nice touches and sharing your slice of paradise with us. My children would like to stay forever!"

  • "Each time gets better! We had a ball. Thank you, as always for this magical home by the sea."

  • "Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Everything about it is incredible. We do not want to leave and do hope to be able to come back again in the future. We all had a wonderful time!"

  • "We've had a great time so far, and I wish we could stay forever. Carol is so organized. It is great to know where everything is. The weather was perfect. I love having a TV in my bedroom. The Koher bath tub is great. We hope to be able to return again."

  • "We have had a lovely time in your beautiful home. The weather was perfect. This is our second time in Idyll-by-the-Sea, and we are looking forward to our next visit."

  • "We love your house! Great decorating and organization! The weather has been great, and we are having a wonderful time. We will be here next year for sure and the next and the next. We feel so at home."

  • "Not our first week, but another wonderful, restful week."

  • "We have had such a fabulous time! Thank you so much for letting us stay in your awesome home! We have had so much fun just relaxing. It's such a great house, and we love the Jacuzzi! It rocks seriously."

  • "With all the unrest around us -- we felt we were in an oasis! Though our European jaunt was cancelled, Idyll-by-the-Sea made our second honeymoon better than our first! Thank you for the concept that a rental home can feel like home!"

  • "Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here, and it couldn't have been more idyllic!"

  • "We are still in awe of Idyll-by-the-Sea, and its magical powers. We had a very relaxing and romantic six year anniversary. As always, we are truly thankful to you for allowing us this special time in your beautiful home. Again, thank you!"

  • "Based on your advance publications, our family came to Idyll-by-the-Sea with high expectations. Upon our arrival, we were impressed by the elegance of your home, which showed ample evidence of the planning and care taken to provide a home where every facet of the design of the home and its furnishings was devoted to satisfy the needs of its occupants. We thank you for the foresight and talent you invested to make our little family Christmas reunion a rousing success."

  • "Having peeked in a few times, what a joy to live here. Every detail is lovely, first class, and most importantly, livable; A real treat for the entire body. What a view of the Gulf! This is truly a quality home, and as good or better than many five star hotels -- you have a talent."

  • "What a great week -- the kids needed the break so much! Everything was so comfy and there wasn't a thing we needed that wasn't here -- beautiful blue skies, family, friends, and all the wonders of God's creation from the view of the porch -- thank you for all you did working with us and the wonderful home away from home you created and provided for our family."

  • "Five days was just not enough! The kids had a ball, and so did our yellow lab. We hope to be back again soon. Thank you for a wonderful, much needed vacation!"

  • "Perfection = one week at Idyll-by-the-Sea!"
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