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Mabel Haardt Cottage in the Heart of Seaside Florida!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Mable Haardt Cottage, former home of ROBERT DAVIS. When Seaside was first created by Robert Davis, there were only five original houses in all of Seaside. This cottage on 34 Tupelo Street was the home of Seaside founder Robert Davis and now is called THE MABEL HAARDT COTTAGE. Now, the city is fully developed, but back in the early 1980's the city of Seaside was but a fertile seed of Mr. Davis' unique and expansive imagination.

"The Yellow House is one of the first two Seaside Cottages. It served both as the initial residence of Robert and Daryl Davis and as a model home for prospective buyers.

The house is based on prototypes from northwest Florida of which the architect, Robert Davis, had sketches and photographs. The design highlights the pitch and form of the roof which is gabled in the center with a surrounding hip roof covering the porch. The porch faces south to capture the prevailing south-southeast breezes and contributes to the passive solar design of the house by shading it in the summer when the sun is high and allowing the window glass to collect heat in the winter when the sun is low.

The initial concept promoted a large interior living space wrapped by a porch, and over time the porch was filled in as small spaces were enclosed. As gas stoves gained popularity over wood stoves, the kitchen was moved inside, and the same was true of plumbing to accommodate a flush toilet and septic tank. A small bedroom was partitioned off, and the porch is still used to accommodate guests. When originally built, a return air grill at the top of the ceiling allowed for fans to carry the warm air from the central space to the periphery to heat the partitioned spaces."

When you stay in the Mabel Haardt cottage you will be experiencing some of Seaside, Florida's earliest history. This house, only a minute to the beach and a 5 minute walk into the center of town. This two bedroom, two bath cottage is all on one level except for the loft. There is a king bedroom and private bath (tub only) and a double bedroom with a hall bath with shower and side exit. There is also a loft, with a twin bed, overlooking the living room, dining, and kitchen areas. There is a screened, wrap around porch complete with porch swing and rockers.

Living Room: extra long couch and 2rockers, 65” Flatscreen TV/DVD, ceiling fan

/dining table with seating for four

Breakfast bar seats four

Kitchen: (first floor) fully equipped kitchen, wood floors, two ceiling fans, gas Wolf Duel Fuel 6 burner range

Master Bedroom: king-size bed, ceiling fan, adjoins to large connecting bath with tub (no shower) and double vanity sink, bedroom and bath adjoining to back deck

Guest Bedroom: queen bed, wood floors, ceiling fan, hall bath with shower only (dual shower head), adjoins to the front of the wraparound porch, Flatscreen TV with cable

Loft: twin-size bed

Day Bed: twin-size built-in between kitchen areas

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2018

About The Owner

My grandmother, Mabel Haardt, purchased this house for me in 1992, when I was only 3 years old. She maintained until her death in 2003. Now I manage it with my mother Anton Haardt. I live in Charleston, South Carolina and visit my cottage often with a hands-on personal interest.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1992

Guestbook comments from the owner

We both had the best New Year's weekend ever. We love your house. We will return to Birmingham relaxed, rested and ready for a healthy and happy 2004.
Jan 2004
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Seaside, Florida

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Queen (1), Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveler reviews)

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Mabel Haardt Cottage in the Heart of Seaside Florida!
average rating of 3.5 based on 17 reviews

Great location, sad cottage!

  • 2 of 5

We were thrilled to book this cottage for 10 days a couple weeks ago. It was our second time to Seaside and we were especially excited to stay in a new cottage thinking it would be just as great as the first cottage we stayed in. Our mistake was thinking all cottage were equal. The cottage has a lot of potential, but all the unfinished projects and the owner's negligence made our stay less than expected. When we got to the property we found boards on the back deck with nails sticking up from a repair that were not discarded. Many of the electrical does not work in the house. Some switches worked others didn't. The thermostat which the owner tells how to use in the welcome packet is also able to be controlled remotely by him. Even though I would set the control to a setting it would somehow reset itself to a higher temperature. After a long day at the beach we came home to find the temperature had somehow changed to heat and it was 85 degrees in the house. We never were left parking passes and we received a traffic ticket. Which was quickly resolved. The property overall needed some improvement and is not what you expect when staying in Seaside.

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Save yourself the grief-- not clean, not updated, not worthy of Seaside.

  • 1 of 5

Our family has stayed in Seaside for the last 8 years. We've rented a different house each time (it's part of the fun in our eyes). This year we finally ran into a buzzsaw. Complete and total disappointment.

Where do we start?

1) the fact isn't wasn't cleaned very well (and our made was "offended" when my wife called to inquire. Then, instead of coming to clean it, the maid dropped off a mop and cleaning fluid. Nice touch.

2) the lack of updating-- this is an original home to Seaside. And, unfortunately, it looks every part of it.

3) the broken furniture: rocking chair arm was broken and the outdoor rocking bench was torn off the studs and just laying there. Oh, I shouldn't forget to mention the rusted porch table.

4) the rugs-- double layered, dirty Saisal rugs in living room. One with a gross and disgusting stain.

I could continue to go on, but it would just become piling on. Also, both of the couples who stayed in the 1-BR back house said it was infested with fleas. In fact, the exterminator came the day we were leaving to fix the back house. Par for the course with this rental.

My suggestion: enjoy your trip to Seaside by not renting this until it has a legitimate renovation. I feel bad to have to be this blunt because I appreciate this is the Seaside founder's house and is still in the family-- but, it should not be in a rental pool until it's updated. Simple as that.

  • Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A historic cottage with so much potential needs TLC and rodent extermination.

  • 1 of 5

After looking at a number of properties in Seaside on Homeaway we rented the Mabel Haardt Cottage for Spring Break this year because of its proximity to the beach and the town of Seaside. The location of the cottage did not disappoint, but was overshadowed by our difficulties during our stay. We flew there from Philadelphia and had to contact the owner the day before our flight to learn how to check in. The cottage was charming with so much potential, but it needs a lot of maintenance work. The owner has made some upgrades, most notably a new couch, Wolf gas range and linens, but many aspects of the house need repaired/replaced. For example, the clawfoot bathtub in the master bathroom appeared to leak (it had a full pan of water under it when we arrived), one sink had only hot water and one had only cold water, many of the window shutters were broken and could not be closed for privacy, and exterior gates were hanging off their hinges. The concierge company seemed disorganized (they did not even call to give us check in information until the 4th day of our vacation.) However, none of these things would have prompted us to write a one star review. What did prompt us to write such a review was that one night we were awakened by a loud scraping sound of what we later learned was a rat trying to escape from the owner's storage closet in our master bathroom. The next day we called the owner and the concierge service and were assured that this problem had never happened before and that a pest company would be sent over. The exterminator came but had to come back at the end of the day because the owner didn't initially agree to authorize extermination services. When the exterminator opened the trap door to the attic to look around a significant amount of rat feces fell out. The exterminator baited traps and caught a rat. I texted the owner to let him know that the exterminator had caught a rat and was going to rebait the traps in case there were more. I never even heard back from the owner, nor did he offer in any way to reimburse us for any part of our stay given what had happened. As we had nowhere else to stay and did not have a flight back to Philadelphia for several more days we stayed at the cottage for the remainder of the week, but we would never return or recommend this property to others. A quaint cottage that, in our opinion, is poorly maintained and managed.

  • Submitted: 21-Apr-2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mobile Alabama

Excellent Cottage Fabulous Location Awesome Owner

  • 5 of 5

I will be bringing the Family to Seaside for our fourth stay at Mabel Haardt Cottage in as many years. For My Family, there is no other place to stay. It has become our "Home Away From Home" in Seaside. What you will find at Mabel Haardt is a beautiful and spacious, cottage that has the old world feel reflective of its history yet with all the modern conveniences where it counts. If you are one who likes to cook while on vacation, this kitchen with its Viking Range will not disappoint. The spaciousness and layout of this cottage are perfect for a family with children or couples that are traveling together. I cannot say enough good things about his cottage and its owner. If we have ever had an issue and the concierge was not immediately available, the owner was just a text message away. Any request that we have ever made has always been fulfilled in what I consider a very timely fashion. It has been a delightful experience every time. There have even been suggestions that I have made to the owner of things that could possibly be improved upon, and trust me there are not many. However, whatever reasonable suggestion I have made, the owner has always promptly fulfilled my request and has even gone as far as to update me after I have left. In fact the owner has even updated me in the middle of the year of improvements that have been made in anticipation of our return. What other accommodation do you receive that kind of personal service. This owner is not just about collecting the rent. He is about pleasing the guests and ensuring repeat business. He aims to please. As I have mentioned before, he has been successful in guaranteeing that we will not stay elsewhere when we visit. I think one of the highlights of this property is the prime location. It sits on Tupelo Street, which is one of the first streets as you enter Seaside, just steps away from 30A and what I consider to be the best Beach Pavilion in the area. Of course the convenience to the center of town and everything else imaginable are huge selling points for my family. Whether you are traveling with small children, teenagers etc, it just works. Travelers will not regret the experience they have when staying at this property in Seaside. This trip is a standing agenda item on my family's yearly calendar. Consistency and knowing what you are getting are big deals to me when I travel. I never have an issue with those two concerns when I travel to Mabel Haardt Cottage.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint cottage in the convenient heart of seaside

  • 2 of 5

The description is perfect. This cottage was built by the developer of Seaside, and was one of the original model homes. The convenience to the beach and to Town Center is hard to beat. However, the house could use some updating. There is very little overhead lighting and few lamps -- so night time makes the cottage dark, and it is even worse if the weather turns cloudy/stormy.

There is only one indoor shower (which was disclosed), but the outdoor shower is not really usable as a "shower" -- it would work fine to rinse off from the beach.

The bikes provided all had flat tires.

I think the real complaint lies with the company that the owners use to rent the house -- Swan Tree 30A. I would go out of my way to make sure I NEVER rent a house that is managed by this company. we were NEVER provided our wrist bands that allowed us access to the beach by this company (which in Seaside is how the beach access is managed). Repeated calls to the management company went unreturned; when I finally reached a live person, he told me to contact the owner. I did that, and to their credit, the owner replied that she would check on the status -- and then never got back in touch to see if anything had been done.

Having rented in the area many times, this was the worst experience we have ever had -- but I blame the management company more than the property. in the future, I will call more reputable management companies directly (Vacation Owners, Cottage Rental 30A) rather than run the risk of doing business with Swan Tree again.

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Fantastic Beach Cottage in Charming Seaside

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing weekend we have just had at the Mabel Haardt Cottage in Seaside. I have to say I was a little wary to book this cottage, as there had been some mixed reviews. However, the cottage and its owner exceeded our expectations. I am curious if the outraged reviewer even stayed in the same cottage, or perhaps was fishing for a discounted rate? Regardless, we did not encounter ANY of the problems that were mentioned. Before our arrival, we were contacted by the owner to arrange arrival meeting times with the concierge service, he was very helpful and even gave his personal cell incase we encountered any problems checking in and suggested a great lunch spot nearby. We arrived to a charming, clean beach cottage with modern amenities and furnishings. Even better, the cottage is a stones throw from the beach. We prefer to cook on our family vaca’s and were able to with pleasure, in what seemed like a true chef’s kitchen. The screened in porch offered the perfect dining experience, we could even hear the ocean as we ate! The owner provided bikes, and we spent countless each afternoon cruising around this historic neighborhood. We really did feel at home in this beach house and have already booked to come back at the end of the summer!

  • Submitted: 21-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Seaside, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Nightly Rate
Jul 2 2018 - Jul 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
Jul 6 2018 - Jul 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee C$255.22 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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