Able to sleep up to 14 people, Conch Castle is ideal for your next multifamily vacation, wedding-party weekend, or reunion of old friends. The 5-bedroom home is just a short walk from historic downtown St. Augustine as well as only a couple of miles to the beach. And the house itself is gorgeous—and packed with amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a detached apartment!
Let’s start our tour of Conch Castle on the 2nd floor, home to the main living/dining/kitchen area. The lustrous hardwood floors, the relaxed yet refined furnishings, and the plantation shutters all speak to the attention lavished on the home. With enough comfortable seating to accommodate a small crowd, the living area is ideal for watching movies on the large flat-screen TV, playing Scrabble at the coffee table, or catching up with friends and family over drinks. And if you have extra guests for the night, one of the sofas opens into a bed for 2.
The adjacent dining area also has plenty of room, both at the table and at the breakfast bar. And though you might have planned to eat most of your meals out, once you see the beautiful kitchen you might change your mind. Stainless-steel appliances, gleaming granite counter tops, cookware and tableware galore, and loads of space to store groceries: Conch Castle’s kitchen will please even the fussiest chef. The open layout makes meal prep a group activity: As well as an island where friends can help with slicing and dicing, there’s a window seat so that others can keep the cook company.
On the 3rd floor you’ll find 3 of the 5 bedrooms. Each includes a queen-size bed, a TV, and windows that let in the sunshine. The landing area of this floor has been transformed into a game room, complete with Foosball table and dartboard. And if no one’s playing a game, it’s a lovely spot to nestle in the armchair with your tablet and take advantage of the house’s free WiFi.
The master suite, on the 1st floor, is a true haven. Even with a king-size bed, a TV, and a reading nook with 2 armchairs, it’s spacious enough to feel airy. As well as double sinks and a walk-in shower, the private bathroom has a deep soaking tub. You’ll love luxuriating here after a day of swimming, biking, or chasing after the kids!
The master bedroom opens directly onto the veranda. With a ceiling fan to keep you cool even in the midday heat and well-cushioned wicker seating, it’s a perfect space for enjoying a quiet morning cup of coffee or lunch with friends.
The pool is just beyond. Start your day with a wake-me-up swim, and end the evening with a relaxing float under the stars. You can enjoy a swim even in the cooler months, as the pool is heated. And the poolside patio includes a dining table with chairs, so you can savor a meal in the sunshine.
Conch Castle also has a separate apartment, above the detached 2-car garage. The apartment can sleep 2 people in the bedroom’s queen-size bed and another 2 in the living area’s sofa bed. It has its own bathroom, TV, and kitchen and is a great option if a couple or family among your group wants to be more independent. At the same time, having access to a 2nd kitchen really comes in handy if you’re preparing a holiday feast for the whole gang.
Perhaps Conch Castle’s greatest amenity is its location. You can walk to the historic center of St. Augustine, with its restaurants, nightspots, landmarks, museums, and shops, in minutes. Slightly farther are the white-sand beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Swim or surf, paddle board or para-sail, collect shells and sea glass or simply stretch out on a blanket and watch dolphins cavort in the waves—you’re on vacation, so enjoy the sun, sand, and surf however you want!
But before you start planning how you’ll make the most of your Florida getaway, you need to book your stay. Hurry, before someone else beats you to it!+ More