Zen Cottage - Quiet & Modern with All the Amenities! Beach 2 Min Walk
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Redington Shores house description
A completely remodeled and updated Beach Cottage with a calm Zen theme. Just a 2 minute walk to the public beach (across Gulf Blvd so small kids will need to be supervised crossing the road) and surrounded by the bay with access to benches for watching the sunrise or fishing. A Zen-like atmosphere with Bamboo Floors, new stainless appliances, travertine and glass master bath with walk-in shower. Granite countertops, Bamboo shades, Original art work by a local artist and Asian antiques throughout.
Outside covered Patio with BBQ and room to set up a volleyball net in the side yard. New Leather furniture with a 42' flat screen TV and DVD player. Wireless Broadband Internet and cable provided. There is a 20' Flat screen TV with DVD player in main Bedroom. Eco Smart washer and Dryer in Laundry room with 2nd bath.
For The Beach! - Beach towels and mats, cooler, and fold-up canvas camping chairs supplied also.
Only 25 minutes from Tampa International airport. Public transportation up and down the beaches.
Sleeps up to 6 with airbeds but maximum of 4 adults.
Check the Availability Calendar - we keep it up to date.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Iron & Board
- Owners live very nearby to address any issues. Surrounded by water and only a 2 minute walk to the beach across Gulf Blvd. Also available are easements to intracoastal with benches to enjoy sunrises and fishing. Free city Tennis Court available within easy walking distance. Pet friendly but only small dogs that are house trained. (New high end furnishings and bamboo flooring) Please feel free to call and discuss!...moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Jet Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Theme Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Miniature Golf
- The (free) Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is a 5 minute walk. Trolley that runs up and down beaches from Clearwater to Pass-A-Grille so no car needed. Skydiving only 1 hour away with specials from owners (who live nearby) on Tandem Skydives. Beautiful Downtown St Petersburg is only 20 minutes away with shopping, movies, deli's to fine dining, Theatre in the Park, antique stores, great music venues and several Day spa's. We are only 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport and an easy 1.5 hours from Disney World, SeaWorld, Pleasure Island and Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins. Only 45 minutes from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. There is a great coffee shop right across the Blvd to the beach and a great selection of restaurants (from fine to fast) Thai, seafood etc. and pubs all within easy walking distance....moreless
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The Zen Cottage was all and more than we expected. Nigel and Greta are wonderful and respond immediately to any questions or concerns. We enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with them. The cottage is beautifully appointed, fully equipped kitchen and very clean. A wonderful basket of goodies and snacks was waiting for us when we opened the door. We will be making this a frequent rental. Only 1 block over from a private beach (which you have access to with the cottage rental via passes). There is a small area on the beach that is rocky. It is roped between shore pile foundations and a numerous varieties of birds hang out there. The pelicans are quite comical as they try to balance on the ropes. Breathtaking beach. Thank you Nigel & Greta for a wonderful getaway. We hope we left a better impression of Christians than your previous experiences. Blessings to you. Ramona and Mark
- Guest Ramona M. (Central Pennsylvania)
- Date of stay 09/25/13
- Review Submitted 10/02/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, age 55+, sightseeing.
Great Redington Shores Cottage
Great Redington Shores Cottage
Our family enjoyed every moment at the Zen Cottage over the Labor Day holiday. It was very well appointed throughout, almost giving the feeling that we were staying at a resort hotel. From kitchen conveniences such as condiments and K-cup coffee to bath convenience of soaps and plush towels, it was quite clear that Nigel and Greta seek to provide all the comforts of home to renters. They provided detailed information about the cottage, the neighborhood, and all aspects of life at the beach. The cottage was in walking distance to a lovely stretch of Redington Shores, as well as to the famed Candy Kitchen and Friendly Tavern (2 blocks away). The cottage was well decorated with Eastern and African type art, and the furniture was quite comfortable. We would strongly recommend the Zen Cottage for the mature and young, as well as families. And there certainly is the plus in that pets are allowed. It truly was like a home away from home.
- Guest Chris (Tampa, Florida)
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/03/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Excellent! Glad the weekend went well!
Wonderful July Getaway
Wonderful July Getaway
My family of four adults found the Zen Cottage a perfect location in Redington Shores. We were so comfortable and had everything we needed. I typically pack all kinds of things when renting houses but I needed none of them (like extra towels, cleaning supplies, etc). What I loved the most was the comfortable elegance of this beach cottage. The exquisite tile work and grantite gave it an upscale feel that is lacking in so many beach rentals. The appliances and furniture were all new too. The location is wonderful, so close to Friendly's and the Candy Kitchen and the beach closer than we thought. We didn't want to leave and enjoyed just spending some quiet family time in the cottage. We hope to be back next year! Many thanks to Nigel and Greta who were friendly and checked in to see if we needed anything.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 07/03/13
- Review Submitted 07/08/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
Awesome family beach get away!!!!!
Awesome family beach get away!!!!!
The Zen Cottage is absolutely beautiful! The cottage was perfect for our family get away. We enjoyed the comfort of home with a great private beach just moments away. Thank you, Nigel and Greta for your exceptional decorating taste and attention to detail in every way. Looking forward to returning to our favorite new beach home. Warmly, The O's
- Guest Mo (Tampa, FL)
- Date of stay 06/14/13
- Review Submitted 06/25/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! Perfect location and VERY accurate listing information. We came here to enjoy a week with family and cannot say enough about how wonderful this house is. We miss it already! There were no problems or issues whatsoever. Nigel and Greta are extremely nice hosts. Not intrusive, yet caring, gracious and there if you need them (which we never really did, but it was to know they were there). Wonderful communication. The house really is equip with everything you really need to enjoy cooking/grilling. All housewares are right at your fingertips. They have everything from beach towels to beach chairs and more if you need. We brought our own beach items and recreational items, but it was nice to know these items are there if you need them - no hassle. The house itself was just as described! All photos are accurate and the house was super clean. The landscaping is amazing and very tropical. Loved the private view of Birds of Paradise plant-life from shower! You can literally walk across the street to a great beach and more. This neighborhood is quaint and safe! Friendly neighbors and quiet. There are great restaurants near by that are very low-key. If you are unfamiliar with the area, no worries...the house has a binder with extremely detailed maps and information about beaches, local interests, updated tourist information and even local restaurant menus! Try the Thai restaurant right up the street called Thai Prajaam. It is delicious! We already can't wait to go back!
- Guest Amy and Family (Orlando)
- Date of stay 04/26/13
- Review Submitted 05/06/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks Amy! Glad all worked out and the cottage was to your satisfaction! We eat at the Thai as well and concur :) See you next time. (BTW, the Pinot Noir was great - thx! Dock available again if you so choose). Best wishes Nigel & Greta
Our first vacation to this area of Florida and first time to use VRBO. We are so grateful to have found the Zen Cottage and such an easy and friendly rental process with Nigel and Greta. Since we were arriving in the evening, they left the outside and inside lights on for us. What a lovely welcome to an enjoyable week spent at Zen Cottage with all the amenities provided by Nigel and Greta. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly. it was a short walk to the beach and so nice that the cottage is supplied with beach towels, chairs and beach umbrella. The area is so nice with the beach, bay, small parks, restaurants, fish market and bird sanctuary. It was great to meet Nigel. We had a great vacation and hope to return to the stay in the Zen Cottage in the future. It was truly a "Zen" experience: quiet, restful and convenient.
- Guest Kathryn&John (Albuquerque, NM)
- Date of stay 01/01/13
- Review Submitted 01/14/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+, people with disabilities, sightseeing.
Owner response: Hi Kathryn and John Thanks much and glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. See you again next time. Best wishes Nigel & Greta
This was our first experience with a VRBO and the Zen cottage exceeded all expectations! We used the cottage for extra room for our family and adult children while visiting family 1/2 mile away. The cottage was immaculate and very well equipped with every imaginable kitchen appliance, dishes and serving platters. An added bonus was that past guests left coffee, salt, pepper, dish soap, and other assorted staples. The decor was very upscale and tasteful and the furniture comfortable. There were plenty of bath and kitchen towels and the air mattresses and linens for them well labeled, organized and and easy to use. The internet was fast and a book with all of the cottage information was informative and helpful. The house was well maintained in a charming and quiet neighborhood very close to the beach and local restaurants. Nigel and Greta were close by and it was a pleasure to meet them and be guests in their cottage.
- Guest Kathy (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/06/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+.
Owner response: Hi Kathy, Glad all worked out well for your visit! We do supply many daily use items but do encourage guests to leave their 'leftovers' behind for the next visitors - sort of a pay-it-forward type of thing :) Have a great 2013 and see you next time! Nigel & Greta
This cottage was very nice, clean and comfortable. It is located in a wonderful neighborhood and we felt very safe. Loved the fact that we could walk to the beach! Many great restaurants in the area and lots to do. If you don't want to go out to eat, there is a grill on the patio. Also a nice little night spot around the corner, Friendly Tavern, with great food! We had a small problem with the air and it was taken care of promptly and without disturbing us at all. Nigel & Greta went the extra mile to make this a wonderful, relaxing "Zen Cottage". We would definitely rent from them again! Thank you both very much, we really enjoyed our stay! Ed & Ruth
- Guest Ruth (MS)
- Date of stay 06/02/12
- Review Submitted 06/19/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
Owner response: You are both very welcome! Thankyou for leaving the cottage so clean. See you soon!
The perfect place
The perfect place
For a weather-perfect April, we enjoyed all the features of Zen Cottage, exceeding our expectations and accurately described in the VRBO listing. Nigel and Greta are great hosts, their taste in equipping the cottage "the way we'd like it ourselves" is impeccable, and it comes equipped with every imaginable amenity and gadget you could hope for. The community is quiet and peaceful, the private beach is only a short walk away, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink if you don't care to use the fully-equipped kitchen. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the place is immaculate. Redington Beach is centrally located along the Gulf Boulevard strip, so those who want some night life will find it only a short trolley ride away in Treasure Island or Clearwater Beach. Nigel's neighbor Steve is a charter boat captain and will happily take you cruising or fishing on the Inland Waterway or on the Gulf. We and our guests enjoyed the beach, walking, parasailing, and renting Segway's (two-wheeled electric scooters). And if you like, Nigel will take the adventuresome sky diving. All in all, the perfect place to relax, enjoy the great weather, and take in the surroundings. We're going back!
- Guest DennyW41 (Burlington, Ontario Canada)
- Date of stay 03/31/12
- Review Submitted 05/23/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car, age 55+, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks Denny. Glad all went well and was to your satisfaction! Your timing was perfect with the weather! Enjoy the Ontario summer! Nigel & Greta
Very satisfied renter
Very satisfied renter
We are repeat renters and we continue to enjoy the Zen cottage as much if not more than the first time we rented it. Nigel and Greta are very kind and responsive when contacted. They are eager to make sure the cottage is well equipped, and clean. It is so comfortable and not your typical vacation rental. We highly recommend this wonderful place. There are a few restaurants, convenience store, coffee shop, ice cream/candy shop within walking distance.
- Guest John (Washington, Pa)
- Date of stay 02/01/12
- Review Submitted 04/04/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thanks John and Debbie - always welcome and we always appreciate the fantastic care you take of our cottage when you stay! Have a good year! Nigel & Greta
Jan 1st - Sep 9th .. $2475/month .. $740/week .. $150/night .. Sep 10 - Oct 31 .. $2200/month .. $650/week .. $130/night .. Nov 1st - Dec 31st .. $2475/month .. $740/week .. $150/night .. PLUS 12% FL rentals tax, a $75 cleaning fee (and a $75 pet fee if applicable) An initial payment i.r.o $200.00 guarantees your dates and is deducted from total. Balance to be paid usually over 2 installments prior to arrival date. Sleeps up to 6 with airbeds but ONLY 4 Adults maximum. No minimum nights except over major holiday periods. Call or e-mail to discuss!
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About the owner: Greta has been on this beach since the mid-80's and Nigel since the late '90's. It's a great area - quiet and safe.
Why the Owner Chose Redington Shores:
The property was completely remodeled a few years ago to the standard seen in the photos - the way we would like it if we lived here!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
It's a short walk to the beach and a quiet and friendly neighborhood. The cottage is very nicely appointed and allows for a relaxing time.
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Welcome to the Zen Cottage. Relax in style. Bamboo floors throughout.
Living room. Magazines, books, games ...
Front entrance. A very quiet & friendly neighborhood with no through traffic.
Linai with tiki torches and candles
Bedroom 1 - TV and cable. (Also 2 x Twin Air beds available)
Granite countertop. Modern appliances - electric stove, microwave, dishwasher...
Front porch with relaxing chairs and side table
The beach at sunset. Enjoy from the private Surfside Club - seating and tables.
Granite dining and seating for six
2nd half bathroom
Abundance of plants and nestled in tropical foliage...
Open plan living space. Flat Screen TV, DVD player and cable. Wi-Fi internet.
Zen Cottage - Room for three cars on freshly installed pavers
Patio relaxing area with BBQ grill
Bedroom 1 - Queen Bed w/ TV/cable. Bamboo floor, closet, drawers, laundry basket
Bed 2 - Queen bed. Bamboo floor, oriental art. Closet, drawers, laundry basket.
Main 'spa-like' bathroom with travertine, stone and walk-in shower.
Redington Shores beach - 2 minute walk away from Zen Cottage
Rear garden area - soon to be completely enclosed to allow for pet run area
Utility room with Paykel & Fisher Washer and Dryer. Ironing board & iron
Condo in background sits on the beach - so it's close!
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