About this listing
BEACHFRONT - BLUEWATER ADDITION - 8 BEDROOM - 8 BATH - SLEEPS 48 - LINENS INCLUDED ALL YEAR
This beachfront house was built to host family/friend gatherings, business/church retreats, and corporate/fundraising events. The lodge has beds for 48 people. The commercial kitchen has everything from a Viking 6 burner range with a grill, to dual dishwashers, dual sinks and dual refrigerators. The guests of Sandy Orchid Lodge will be happy to learn that each bedroom has a private bath. Also, to add to the convenience of guests of all ages, the house is a single story. Each of the two wings has 4 bedrooms and a laundry room. The four bedrooms include one with a king, one with two queens, one with two fulls, and a room with 6 full size bunks and 2 twin bunks that sleep 14+. The open concept great room is furnished with a dining table for 16 and two separate tables seating 10 each. There is also a central bar with seating and is complete with an ice machine that offers a great place for entertaining. There are two living areas that face the beach and have a great view of Galveston. Then there's the huge deck with plenty of space for sunbathers and shade lovers alike to take in a sunrise with morning coffee or a sunset with a favorite iced beverage. Downstairs has a large bar and grill area and built-in picnic tables that can seat 30+ guests. The downstairs slab is perfect for dancing the night away, and the beach is a hop, skip and a jump away! This beautiful oasis has everything you need for the perfect event or celebration and is sure to leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
The short walk to the beach is a convenient asset for all ages of guests and visitors.
There are only a few locked cabinets for storage so that the house essentials can be replenished before each group arrives.
Interaction with guests
A local management company, Cobb Real Estate, will be your point of contact. (800-880-COBB) However, at any time, you can message us, the owners.
Other things to note
It is only 9 miles to the ferry that will bring you to Galveston. The ferry ride is about 15 minutes, and there are restrooms on the boat. If you plan to walk on for a ride, you can follow the signs to the parking lot, and skip the line.
Events, reunions, weddings, etc. may incur an event fee. Please let us know when requesting to book what you may be celebrating and how many people may attend. Reservations can be canceled if we are not notified of events planned at our beach house.
UPON ARRIVAL…..please notify the office immediately of any issues with the home. If you do experience a problem or need to contact us for any reason, call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
(URL HIDDEN) consideration of our delicate septic/ sewer systems, please inform all of your guests to adhere to the following:
•TOILET PAPER ONLY! (NO paper towels, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes or trash.)
•DO NOT PUT coffee grounds, egg shells, or grease down the garbage disposal or sink.
•DO NOT USE powdered laundry or dishwasher detergents, they contain clay and fillers.
•DO NOT DRIVE or park on the grass, as you may damage the system. (damage to the septic system can result in loss of your deposit, and potentially more)
REFRIGERATORS….should remain at medium setting and not overly stuffed with food. Once you have stocked the fridge, please allow ample time for temperature adjustment.
AIR CONDITIONERS….upon arrival do not set below 75. Please allow the unit time to cool before lowering the temperature. During peak temperatures in the summer, please do not lower the thermostat more than 2-3 degrees at a time, and no lower than 70 (this will prevent the unit from freezing up).
PILLOWS, BEDSPREADS, DISHES, COOKWARE, ETC….these items are furnished for your convenience. Please do not take any of these items out of the house, to the beach, or home with you!
PESTS….we do our best to keep pests away, all of our properties receive routine pest control. An occasional roach or line of ants does not mean the property is infested or has been poorly maintained. Some tips: All food should be stored in the refrigerator, sealed packages or containers; all areas should be free of spills, food and crumbs. Please understand we are on a peninsula and you may occasionally have “uninvited guests”, mosquitos included. We cannot relocate guests or issue refunds/discounts due to bug sightings.
OUTDOORS….all outdoor grilling/cooking should be done downstairs (ground level). Enjoy yourselves, but please be mindful of your volume levels, especially after 10 pm. Smoking is prohibited inside our homes. If any guests smoke, please do so away from the entrances. We recommend not leaving personal belongings outside overnight, especially downstairs. This includes: coolers, chairs, kids toys, fishing gear, etc.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
About The Owners
Aaron and Gina Plaunty were born, raised and reside in southeast Texas. They met at Lamar University in 1997. Aaron was the teaching assistant in her first Geology lab class, and that was where it all started. They were married in 1998 at Lamar University and both earned Geology degrees. Being more of a “work smart, not hard” kind of guy, Aaron passed on working in the oil industry and both of them started teaching science, which gave Aaron the time needed to pursue other business ventures. After earning his Master’s, Aaron became a middle school principal. He contracted his first home, having no knowledge or skill prior, and realized he had a knack for it. Soon after, he was building homes for others full-time and also started a secondary business helping other homeowners be their own contractors, like he had once been. Aaron and Gina had two children during the next 9 years. While she stayed home with the kids and did his bookkeeping, he built hundreds of homes in the area. With the dooming economy outlook of 2008, Aaron decided to act quickly and look for another career direction that would be less economy driven. Together, they opened the first urgent care medical facility in Beaumont, TX. For four years, they managed a very successful, medical business. During the end of those years, Aaron built two beach houses near Galveston, TX, which became his first rental properties. In 2013, Aaron sold the medical business, and has since devoted his time to purchasing properties in all the places that they love. Gina and Aaron have been frequenting New Orleans for almost twenty years, and have never missed an opportunity to enjoy all that the Crescent City has to offer. Mardi Gras has been a family tradition since the kids were in strollers. They now have a rental home on Lake Sam Rayburn, and recently purchased property in New Braunfels, TX to build yet another great vacation destination and rental on the Guadelupe River. They enjoy their vacation homes with friends and family when they can, but let guests enjoy them the rest of the time. Be sure and check out all his great rentals!