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Starfish Wishes

3 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

12 Guests



Gulf Access

3 Parking Spaces


This beautiful, one-of-a-kind home located in Grove By The Sea can sleep up to 12 guests. Starfish Wishes is a modern, renovated cottage that will be a wonderful, family-friendly vacation home. You'll love the front and back outdoor living spaces. Located just a short 4/10 of a mile from the gorgeous, white-sanded Seagrove Beach, you’re only just a short walk or bike ride from the Gulf!

The main living area is bright and wide open with a large sectional framing the entertainment area. There is a dining table with seats for 8 plus an additional 4 seats at the kitchen peninsula. Enjoy cooking in the modern kitchen while still being a part of all the action in the open concept space. The laundry room offers plenty of storage. Head out to the back yard where you'll find a large outdoor shower perfect for rinsing off sand from your beach day. Relax in front of the outdoor fireplace in the cooler evening hours. Have an outdoor movie night, BBQ feast, or roast some s'mores. Your options are endless.

Bedroom 1: King master suite with TV and walk-in closet. Private bathroom with dual sinks and large shower.
Bedroom 2: Queen bed and TV. Shares full hallway bathroom.
Bedroom 3: 2 sets of Queen-Over-Queen bunk beds and TV. Private bathroom.

Head back out of the neighborhood and down N. Andalusia Ave., follow this road across 30A and you’ll find your beach access.
Distance: .4 miles | Time: 8 minutes walking

As its name implies, The Grove by the Sea neighborhood is a peaceful, tree-lined community located directly across from the beautiful emerald beaches of South Walton. Beach access is an easy walk from the home, and there are 2 private neighborhood pools, plus a tennis court. Its proximity to nearby beach villages Seaside, Watercolor, Grayton Watersound, Alys and Rosemary make it an ideal location for all that 30A has to offer.

* Parking for 3 cars
* Sorry, no pets allowed.

A Benchmark welcome bag and initial starter kit of amenities are provided for all guests. For the kitchen this includes: 1 roll of paper towels, 1 dish sponge, 1 dish soap, 2 dishwasher pods, and 1 liner for each trashcan. For each bathroom it includes: 1 roll of toilet paper, 1 set of soap/body wash/shampoo/conditioner/lotion. For towels you will receive: 1 body towel/1 washcloth per guest and 2 hand towels per bathroom, plus 2 washing machine pods.


Gas Grill
Community Pool
Satellite / Cable
Washer & Dryer


  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Area: Seagrove
  • Deck / Patio
  • Television
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Cookware
  • High Speed Internet
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Tennis
  • Fire Pit


  • 1 King
  • 1 Queen
  • 2 Bunk

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House Rules

  • Check-In: After 4 PM | Checkout: 10 AM
  • No smoking or vaping
  • Renters must be 25 years of age or older
  • During busier times and due to limited infrastructure, internet connectivity may be affected.
  • You can read all of our rental policies here
  • All rentals require state and county tax plus additional required fees
  • The $89/$129/$169 non-refundable damage waiver covers up to $600/$1200/$1600 in any accidental rental damage to property 


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Guest Reviews

5 of 5 average


by Boerne TX

5 of 5

Very nice cottage

Submitted on Mar 7, 2023

Wonderful Fall Break

by Brentwood TN

5 of 5

We had a great time at Starfish Wishes. We rented bikes and used the car solely for grocery runs! The house is like new and the bunks in the bunk room are really queen size! The property was clean and a short bike ride to the beach and Seaside. The kitchen could use a few more spoons, but otherwise well stocked. We had a great time and would stay there again. The neighborhood is nice and private - a little off the beaten path, but still close to everything.

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your kind words. It was our pleasure to host you and your family. Thank you for allowing Benchmark Management to be a part of your family making memories that will last a lifetime. We are so happy to hear that this home and the location of this home worked out well for you and your family. We look forward to hosting your family again soon. Benchmark Management

Submitted on Oct 18, 2022

Happy Beach trip

by Rosedale LA

5 of 5

Starfish wishes

Response from Benchmark Management

Rebecca, Thank you for sharing your feedback for Starfish Wishes. We are so happy to hear you loved this property. It's always nice hear when people love where they stayed! We work hard each and every day to bring ours guests the best vacation experience. We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Benchmark Management

Submitted on Oct 4, 2022

Wonderful stay!

by Waxahachie TX

5 of 5

Our family of 8 had a wonderful stay! It is clean & spacious. The bunk room was perfect for the 4 kids. Being able to walk to the community pool, basketball/tennis court was a dream for our kids. The beach access was good, too. We will definitely stay here again, if we travel back to the area.

Response from Benchmark Management

We are so thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed your time here in 30A. Starfish Wishes is a beautiful home, perfect for family vacations. We are glad to hear that beach access was easy and worked for you as well. We look forward to hosting your family again soon. Thank you for your kind words. Sincerely. Benchmark Management

Submitted on Jun 6, 2022

Beautiful Home

by Plano TX

5 of 5

I was very impressed with Starfis Wish. I did not know it had recently been renovated and when arrived the interior was impeccable. The space was perfect for my group and everyone was very comfortable. The outdoor patio with fireplace is lovely to have for after beach evening cocktails. The location is great as well easy to get to beach access and restaurants. I definitely will book again. Only drawback, don’t bother trying to wash your clothes the washing machine is terrible, it works it’s just a terrible machine. The small toilet by the front door should only be used lightly as it is slow to flush/ clog.

Response from Benchmark Management

Rebecca, Thank you for sharing your feedback for Starfish Wishes. We are so happy to hear you loved this property. It's always nice hear when people love where they stayed! Thank you for telling us about the washing machine and the slow toilet. We will pass that along to get fixed. We work hard each and every day to bring ours guests the best vacation experience. We can’t wait to see you again. Sincerely, Benchmark Management

Submitted on Aug 18, 2021

Family Vacation

by Joplin MO

5 of 5

Great location and short walk to two pools and the beach. We liked the layout of the house, very clean, with a well stocked kitchen. Had a great time!

Response from Benchmark Management

Elizabeth, Thank you for your positive review. We are happy the location was perfect for your stay with us and there were 2 pool options for you to choose from. It is our pleasure to provide quality service to our guests as your satisfaction is our #1 priority. e are glad to have exceeded your expectations and We can’t wait to see you again. Sincerely, Benchmark Management

Submitted on Aug 5, 2021

Loved it, will stay again

by Jasper AL

5 of 5

We stayed for a week and it was great! We would definitely stay here again. The walk to the beach was about a quarter of a mile so you need a wagon to carry everything. Overall the house and neighborhood were great!

Response from Benchmark Management

Meghan, thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Starfish Wishes! It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time! We love the proximity to the beach as well! We hope you will come back and stay with us again soon!

Submitted on Aug 11, 2019

Great house

by Lenoir City TN

5 of 5

Love the neighborhood and the house was what was promised and expected. The one thing that was disappointing and cost us more - was the grill was rotted out and not useable. We like to cook in and grill and had to go out most every night.

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for submitting your review! We are sorry to have disappointed you regarding the grill! For future guests that may be considering a stay at Starfish Wishes (or if you would like to come back and join us Mark) we have replaced the old grill with a brand new one! We do listen when you send your reviews and the homeowners are very responsive - we all want to work together to help you have an amazing stay when you visit us on 30A. Starfish Wishes is a great home in a wonderfully quaint neighborhood known as Grove By the Sea. Call Benchmark today and let us help you create the perfect vacation - one that will promise great family memories that will last a lifetime!

Submitted on Jul 27, 2018

A great vacation rental

by Chattanooga TN

5 of 5

We enjoyed this house and neighborhood. It is in a great location (between the two pools) on a quiet street. We were very glad to have the two screened in porch areas. The outdoor shower was very helpful to have with young children. The kitchen had all the cookware and storage containers we needed and was of good quality. We would gladly stay here again!

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for submitting your review - it is much appreciated! This is such a fun and comfy home! As you mentioned - so convenient to both of the community pools and just a short walk through the beautiful Grove By The Sea neighborhood. We have several properties we rent in this neighborhood and we love it! Please call today - let us help make all of your Starfish Wishes come true!

Submitted on Jun 10, 2018

Loved Starfish Wishes!

by Louisville KY

5 of 5

This was our first time renting a house, while visiting Florida, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Starfish Wishes was such a great place. We had more than enough room for 7 people and I loved the location. I would highly recommend this house and area.

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for staying with Benchmark when choosing your first rental home and thank you for submitting your review! It is easy to feel right at home in Starfish Wishes - all the comforts of your own home and just a short walk to the beautiful beaches of South Walton! This home is located in a quaint neighborhood known as Grove By The Sea - beautifully landscaped and safe for your children. There are 2 community pools for your enjoyment and this area is centrally located with the shops and restaurants of Seaside just a quick mile away! We are booking fast so don't delay - call Benchmark today!

Submitted on Apr 25, 2018

Great experience

by Austin TX

5 of 5

We loved this darling cottage. The porches and open living areas were such a draw. We spent many an hour on the back porch with friends and grilling. Loved this little gem!

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you so much for coming to visit and for taking the time to submit your review. Starfish Wishes has such a great outdoor living area does it not?!! So glad you came and stayed in this adorable community known as Grove by the Sea - with 2 community pools and close proximity to the beach this is a one of a kind experience! Please come stay again - we would love to have you! Call us today - you don't want to miss an opportunity to experience the comfort of Starfish Wishes!

Submitted on Mar 20, 2018

Wedding weekend

5 of 5

My husband and I came to Seaside for a wedding--couldn't have picked a better place to stay! It was perfect and the fireplace outside was the icing on the cake for our November stay!

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review! So glad you enjoyed your stay in Grove by the Sea - this is such a quaint neighborhood! And we do agree - the screened in back porch is a treasure! We do wish that you would have contacted us if there were cleanliness issues noted - since you were not able to give us a 5 star review we would have appreciated the opportunity to improve any issue you might have had so please communicate these things to us so we can help ensure you have a great experience! We do hope that you will come stay again soon.

Submitted on Nov 14, 2017

Perfect Family Getaway

by Windham NY

5 of 5

I am from Birmingham, AL and grew up coming to the beaches of Walton County and now live in New York City. I wanted a home setting in this lovely part of the world for a family reunion with my sons, my mom and step-dad, aunt and close family friends to meet my sweetie from NYC (who had never been to these beaches) and Starfish Wishes was absolutely perfect! No we all did not stay in the house it was just five us us the rest of the crew had their own accomodations close by, but the open kitchen, screened porch and deck with fire place and grill offered the perfect setting for a cookout with the family and it meant so much to me to have a place to host this large group and feel like a family again. We loved it and hope to book it again next year!

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for submitting your review! This is what it is all about - making family memories that will last a lifetime. We are so glad you chose to let us be a small part of this! We also have several other properties in this same area - Grove By the Sea - so if you have a larger group we can work with you to get everyone in the same neighborhood! With the pool and the beach just down the road this is truly a fantastic location. If you haven't experienced the beaches of 30A in Walton Co then you are missing out! Get this on your bucket list now and give us a call - we can help make this dream a beautiful reality!

Submitted on Nov 7, 2017

BEST location!

5 of 5

Starfish Wishes is indeed a "cozy" cottage - a little bit small, but the layout is perfect. It's nice to have the back porch for dropping off things when coming in from the beach. The interior was clean as could be, but the exterior could do with some power washing / clearing of leaves & pine needles. The Queen bed was mushy and the King hard as a rock, but the linens were nice and felt new. We LOVED having the bikes. We had a few minor issues come up during the week for which we had to contact the property service and they responded very quickly and courteously. This neighborhood is so lovely and truly relaxing.

Response from Benchmark Management

Thank you for submitting your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We are absolutely looking in to the various beautification projects we need to do for all of our properties. This is a great neighborhood - definitely has that "Old Seagrove" feel which is exactly as you said - "truly relaxing". We do hope that you join us again soon!

Submitted on Jul 25, 2017

Wonderful Vacation

by Austin AR

5 of 5

We can't wait to come back! The house and bikes were exactly what was shown online. Easy access to Seaside and beach - wonderful vacation!

Submitted on Jun 27, 2017

Great Vacation

5 of 5

The house and location could not have been better!

Submitted on Jun 12, 2017