Idyll-by-the-Sea® One in Seaside, Florida
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Modica Market Grocery Stocking Service
Want Idyll-by-the-Sea stocked with grocery items so that
you don't have to shop the moment you arrive?
Seaside's own Modica Market offers a
great grocery stocking service. Just fill out and submit the
online shopping list
in advance of your arrival. When you arrive, you will find
Idyll-by-the-Sea stocked with the items you have selected!
When we designed and planned this house, details played a big role. We
wanted to make this vacation house as comfortable and as complete as
we could. So, we started an on-going process of refining the design
to make this house a wonderful retreat. We hope it is this attention
to detail that has inspired guests to write comments in our guest book
- Thank you for making this home so comfortable-we do not want to leave!
- It's like drowning in a sea of bliss.
- This is the most beautiful, unique, well-appointed and fun house we
have ever stayed in.
Wonderfully! Each bedroom and private bath features a fluffy featherbed,
two down and two foam pillows, a down comforter, a luggage rack, a
telephone clock/radio, a ceiling fan/ light, a hair dryer, two soft
white terry robes, piles of thick white towels, and special tropical
soaps and other potions.
Included with your stay in Idyll-by-the-Sea is use of the
Seaside Swim & Tennis Club.
Or visit the
Seaside Repertory Theatre
for theatre events in Seaside.
The great room has a 31" TV and DVD/VCR, the master bedroom has a 27"
TV, the first bedroom has a 13" TV, and the second bedroom has
a 13" TV + DVD/VCR.
There is a Harmon-Karden stereo
system with CD changer and integral, built-in speakers. We've
stocked the house with all sorts of board games, puzzles, and a
selection of videotapes and CDs. There is a gorgeous antique pine
table that has been custom painted to be a backgammon table, with
real shells and starfish for playing pieces. There is a selection
of beach novels, magazines, and books. Take a relaxing soak in one
of the two Jacuzzi tubs. Stroll through town, admire the architecture,
and discover the charming nooks that abound in Seaside. Enjoy a meal
at some of our fabulous restaurants or go shopping in the charming
shops in town.
select the ingredients for a
fabulous meal, or bring home something already prepared from their
tremendous selection of ready ready-to-eat goodies.
Play golf at one of the beautiful nearby
courses. Hike a trail in one of the state parks. Ride your bike or
rollerblade down the broad, new trails that stretch along 30-A. Book
a charter boat and go fishing for the special catch that Destin is
famous for. Take a walk on the incredible sugar white sand beach
besides the gorgeous clear water. Read that book you've been dying
to get into in the sun on the porch in one of the very comfortable
wicker chaise longues. Take a nap in the shade in the hammock.
Sit on the porch and watch the pelican's dive for supper and the
dolphins play close to shore -- we regularly get to watch them right
from the house! Sit and watch the waves roll in from the comfort of
the porch. Welcome the day with a glorious sunrise. Celebrate the
evening with the most spectacular sunsets over the gulf, without
ever leaving the house. Revel in the clear, sparkling stars and
moonlight on the water. Or rejuvenate by doing nothing at all.
Like a gourmet or not at all! (There are oodles
of fabulous restaurants around and even chefs that can come in
and cook for you -- we have details of all that below!) But if
you like to cook in, you are in luck, too! For starters, we keep
culinary herb beds, full of fresh herbs with which to season your
treats. Although the selection changes, right now, you'll find:
The kitchen is furnished as completely as we can keep it (we live
and cook here a portion of the year, too). There is a Sub-Zero
refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, a separate ice machine, a microwave,
a convection Thermador oven/range, a stainless dishwasher, and
a wonderfully large deep sink with a garbage disposal. The
countertops in the kitchen are natural cherry with a Delft
tile backsplash. The wet bar sits in an adjacent antique
cypress cabinet. There is a large 1930's stand mixer, a hand
mixer, can opener, crock pot, a Krups coffee maker, a Krups
coffee grinder, iced tea maker, fondue pot, a large Dualit
toaster, and a blender. The cutting knives are Twinstar by
Henkel and the cookware is white enamel by Chantal. There is
a full complement of Pyrex, bakeware, gadgets, tools, crab
mallets, grilling tools -- even escargot dishes if you are so
motivated! The dishes are hand painted blue and white shell
dishes; the flatware matches with pearlized blue and white
handles. The glassware is hand blown clear and cobalt
Mexican -- substantial and comfortable in the hand and pretty
to look at! There is even a glass cake dome -- a kitchen necessity
in our family! There are several different sets of place mats and
napkins and napkin rings to vary the look. And because you are
on vacation, almost everything can go in the dishwasher!
- Pineapple Mint
- African Blue Basil
- Italian Basil
- Garlic chives
- Regular chives
The house is furnished in comfortable
yet beautiful antiques and custom down-filled upholstery pieces.
The furnishings were selected to be attractive, restful, and
above all, comfortable. The floor is reclaimed heart pine
(actually recovered by divers from the bay close by where the
logs fell off of barges 100 years ago). The wood floor is
meant to be easy to keep clean -- you are on vacation! -- But there
are antique worn Oriental rugs thrown about to soften, but easy
enough to pick up and shake out, if you want to! The walls are
filled with light, refreshing, and soothing antique prints and
plates, and there's even old china, a quilt and some antique
shutters mounted here and about! Most of the interior is done
in painted wood, and the outside is shingled, with an
oyster-shell-tabby chimney. The windows, doors, and even screen
doors were custom-made for the house out of mahogany. The wooden
cutwork you'll see was designed just for this cottage to promote
playfulness, provide attractiveness, and has utilitarian functions,
too! (For instance, the upstairs porch rail was designed to render
the widest view of the sunsets, whilst reclining on a chaise, and
the large cut-work in the Great Room helps to disguise the structural
steel beam.) Here's a breakdown of the furniture:
Upstairs Porch (facing Gulf) -- All weather wicker furniture with
Sunbrella padded cushions including a two-person chaise longue, a
single chaise longue, two tall bar stools to look over the porch
rail, an old-fashioned two-person glider, a dining table and six
arms chairs, and a cocktail table. (Connected to downstairs porch
by a spiral staircase)
Downstairs Porch (facing Gulf) -- A teak table and six teak armchairs,
two white wooden painted armed rockers, a cocktail table, a great
rope hammock, a ceiling fan, a cupboard with beach chairs,
and a two-person Jacuzzi tub with
curtains (This porch is connected the upstairs porch via a spiral
Outside -- Outside you'll find several culinary herb beds, beautifully
maintained flower beds and planters, a fountain, two chaise loungues,
a charcoal grill, a two-car
carport, two covered entry porches, and an outside curtained shower
with warm refreshing -- cleansing water and direct hidden entry into
Sunrise Porch (facing path) -- This porch has a cupboard with
beach toys. Or linger watching the sunrise and quietly watch the
world go by.
Master Bedroom/Bath -- The master bedroom houses a handcarved four
poster mahogany pineapple queen-sized plantation bed, mahogany
nightstand, scattered lamps, a walk-in closet, Victorian bamboo
armoire, antique cypress and hand-made tile fireplace, a
down-filled lounging chair and ottoman, stacks of antique leather
and rattan suitcases, a Victorian bamboo bookcase filled with
books, and a 27-inch color stereo cable television with remote
control. The master bathroom has a physically challenged-accessible,
extra depth Jacuzzi tub/shower with custom
handmade tile surround, an oversized vanity with matching
handmade sink, toilet, and ample storage. Hidden below in a
cupboard is a brass tub tray, so you can read in the tub,
and two terry-cloth tub pillows to help you relax even more!
First Bedroom/Bath -- This bedroom contains a double antique walnut
four-poster bed and two antique night tables/ chest of drawers,
13-inch color TV, a
large closet with shelving, and appropriate vintage lamps.
The bathroom has a large-oversized shower,
a fanciful MacKenzie-Childs fish sink and tiles, and of course,
Second Bedroom/Bath -- The second bedroom features a queen-sized
bed with a headboard made from old architectural pieces and
parts, 13-inch LCD color TV with DVD/VCR,
two Victorian bamboo night tables with reading lamps,
and a Victorian bamboo chest of drawers, and a closet with
The bathroom is a twin to the one above.
Downstairs Hall/Foyer -- In addition to the spacious stairs to the
upstairs, you'll find the laundry room and the coffee nook/ wet bar.
The laundry room contains an Asko washer and dryer, a drained
drying rack, and a pile of tennis rackets and beach towels for
your use. The coffee nook/ wet bar contains a small
refrigerator/freezer, toaster, coffee maker and grinder,
and wet sink, all set off by a solid wooden counter and custom
Great Room/Upstairs -- Upstairs you'll find the Great Room, a
light-filled open area with stunning vistas overlooking the
Gulf of Mexico. There is a half bath on this level, along
with the kitchen, already described under the cooking section
above. The dining area features Carol's great-Grandmother's
herb drying table (which can seat up to 14), a family pie
safe, and custom antique cypress cabinetry. The living area
centers on the Delft-tiled fireplace and the Gulf view. There is
a huge down-filled chaise longue, a ceiling fan, two down-filled
swivel rockers and an ottoman, a leather campaign desk, a sea
captain's chest, a small writing chest, two upholstered antique
white wicker lounge chairs, a backgammon table and antique wicker
chairs, a wonderful down-filled denim sofa, and appropriate side
tables and lamps. The 31-inch cable television, VCR, and stereo
system are also here.
Well, if you must, we've tried to address
that, too. We know how hard it is for us to get away without
staying in touch, so we've installed a few extras:
- FAX: In the master bedroom, you'll find a fax machine
- Internet: A cable modem connected to a whole
house Ethernet network for fast Internet connectivity
- Services: Seaside also has Seacoast Business Services
located in town, just a few minutes walk from the house
- Packages: there is a wonderful MailBoxes, Etc.
just up the road a couple of miles from Seaside