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Classic 'Florida Beach House', Secluded Bayside Lot, Private Path to Gulf Beach

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Classic beach house with three bedrooms on bayside of Manasota Key

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Last updated: 08/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-28 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Originally built in the 1950's, our simple beach house has just been completely renovated - new kitchen, bathrooms, furnishings - and everything to a very high standard. With three bedrooms, it can easily sleep 6, plus there is a queen-sized sofa bed, if needed, for a maximum of 8 guests. Its ideal for a single family, or for two/three couples vacationing together.

Two of the the three bedrooms - a queen, and two twins - are in the original single story house. Back in the 80’s, a third spacious en-suite bedroom - a queen - was added above the garage. Access to this bedroom is via external stairs.

We’ve added whisper quiet A/C units, and new fans. Needless to say, there is wireless internet, and two TV’s, a full laundry and new appliances.

From magnificent sunrise to awesome sunset, vacation days here will pass all too quickly.

Relax in our comfortable sun-room, overlooking the large waterfront lot, with palm trees and live oaks with spanish moss. Out in Lemon Bay there’s a regular stream of boat traffic on the Intra Coastal Waterway...

... or take a two minute stroll on our private path to the Gulf of Mexico, and miles of near-deserted sandy beaches - swim, walk, fish or collect shells to your hearts content.

Enjoy a private viewing of local wildlife - osprey and pelican patrolling the waterfront; dolphin and manatee, turtles, heron and sea-waders... or visit Manasota Key’s Stump Pass, a well preserved state park.

A short drive away, and you’re in Olde Englewood, with interesting local shops, good cafes and restaurants, a weekly Farmers Mart, and a varied program of activities throughout the year. Dearborn Street is also home to a good library, and the Lemon Bay Playhouse, Florida’s only community theatre.

We’re close to a wide array of activities - golf, deep-sea and game fishing, boat rental - including jet-skiing and sunset cruises. Plus, there’s a tennis and beach club just a few hundred yards from the house.

Further afield, the city of Sarasota is half an hour away, and well worth exploring. There is an excellent aquarium, and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a 13 acre horticultural paradise, with a stunning conservatory. There’s a wide range of artistic and cultural activities - including the world-class Sarasota Opera House. And plenty of specialist shops - antiques, bookstores, galleries...

For a whole day excursion, we can recommend an Eco-tour at Babcock Ranch - a glimpse of primitive Florida, with Cypress swamps and alligators. Or a trip to the Ten Thousand Islands on the edge of the Everglades National Park.

Back at home - if you aren’t dining out at one of the many local restaurants - a cool drink under the spectacular banyan tree and supper on the grill ends a perfect day.

COMMENTS FROM THE GUEST BOOK

“The house is beautiful and accommodated us perfectly. This area of Florida is wonderfully calm and peaceful.”

“Love the Bay to Gulf location. The home is perfect, with the upper condo that gave our 22 year old daughter privacy.”

“We had a great stay here, I liked that we could walk to the beach. Best place ever. I never want to leave.”

“This house is a special place…and terrific for entertaining. Two operas, a play, a tour of the Ringling Museum. But mostly we loved staying here, reading, and walking the beach. Already looking forward to coming back.”

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a non-smoking house...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Wheelchair accessible but with difficulty...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Main: toilet, shower

    Heritage vanity basin...moreless

  • Upstairs en-suite: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Tiled shower with frameless glass surround

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    Two minute walk on private path to miles of beautiful, almost deserted Gulf of Mexico beaches,...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Large secluded lot on Lemon Bay...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    For storage only...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full service for 8 guests...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2015
May 1 - Sep 30, 2015
28 night min stay

$3,000

Discounts: 28 nights or more: $100 Nightly

Fall 2015
Oct 1 - Dec 18, 2015
14 night min stay

$1,600 $5,250

Discounts: 14 nights or more: $229 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $175 Nightly

Holiday 2015/16
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,000

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $286 Nightly

January 2016
Jan 2 - Jan 29, 2016
28 night min stay

$5,250

Discounts: 28 nights or more: $175 Nightly

Feb/Mar/Apr 2016
Jan 30 - Apr 30, 2016
28 night min stay

$6,250

Discounts: 28 nights or more: $208 Nightly

Summer 2016
May 1 - Sep 30, 2016
28 night min stay

$800 $3,200

Discounts: 28 nights or more: $114 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $107 Nightly

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

Rates include full cleaning service before and after vacation.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 08/24/2015
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Location

38 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Golf
Boca Royale, Englewood
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I 75
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Gulf View
150 Metres
Nearest Beach
Gulf of Mexico

Car: Necessary

Our home is on a large secluded waterfront lot on the bayside of Manasota Key - and we have a private path to miles of near deserted beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Our stretch of the Key is in a conservation area - a mixture of classic beach houses and modern mansions, many with beautiful gardens, palm trees and a wonderful canopy of live oaks and spanish moss.

There is an abundance of wildlife - pelicans, osprey, grey heron, dolphin and manatee have all been seen from our property.

And yet we're only a few minutes from downtown Olde Englewood, with a wide choice of restaurants, shops, a weekly farmers market plus a good library and live theater.

The city of Sarasota is half an hour's drive away, and there's always plenty happening there. With a world class aquarium, superb botanical gardens, and its very own Opera House, there's never a shortage of outings.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1956

About: The owners are John Ritchie, his sister Lynn and her husband Chris Potter. John is a high school principal in Boston, MA, while Chris & Lynn - both retired - live in Hexham, England.

Why Manasota Key:
The property has been in the wider Ritchie family for close on 60 years - and was one of the first lots developed in the days when Manasota Key Road was a single dirt track lane, and each house had to collect its own drinking water in private cisterns! John and Lynn have known the Key since their schooldays, and Chris, who has been heavily involved in the renovations, first visited in the mid 80's. We think the house was built by famous Sarasota architect Paul Rudolf - its certainly in the style of his beach houses - and is one of the few remaining examples of its type. We'd like to think Paul Rudolf would approve the renovations - and he'd certainly enjoy the modern-day comforts!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Every house on the Key is different - but this is unique. There is a wonderful sense of space about the whole lot, and the magnificent Banyan tree frames the house perfectly. Its set a way back off the road, and is well secluded. The views over the Bay are glorious, and the private path to the Gulf beach is enchanting.


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Speaks: english
 

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  • Classic beach house with three bedrooms on bayside of Manasota Key

    Classic beach house with three bedrooms on bayside of Manasota Key

  • Miles of near deserted beaches

    Miles of near deserted beaches

  • Located in a beautiful Conservation Area

    Located in a beautiful Conservation Area

  • Florida room with dining facilities for up to 8 guests

    Florida room with dining facilities for up to 8 guests

  • Comfortable sitting room with TV and wi-fi

    Comfortable sitting room with TV and wi-fi

  • A queen in the master bedroom

    A queen in the master bedroom

  • Antique sea-farers chest of drawers in master bedroom

    Antique sea-farers chest of drawers in master bedroom

  • Twin beds in the guest room

    Twin beds in the guest room

  • Queen in upstairs bedroom

    Queen in upstairs bedroom

  • TV and wi-fi

    TV and wi-fi

  • Modern en-suite bathroom upstairs

    Modern en-suite bathroom upstairs

  • Spectacular banyan tree in the yard

    Spectacular banyan tree in the yard

  • Private path and steps to the beach

    Private path and steps to the beach

  • World class sunsets

    World class sunsets

  • The original beach cottage - high windows help keep the house cool

    The original beach cottage - high windows help keep the house cool

  • Relax with views of the large lot stretching down to Lemon Bay

    Relax with views of the large lot stretching down to Lemon Bay

  • Compact but well-equipped kitchen

    Compact but well-equipped kitchen

  • Master bedroom opens on to the sun-room

    Master bedroom opens on to the sun-room

  • Beautifully tiled walk-in shower in family bathroom

    Beautifully tiled walk-in shower in family bathroom

  • Garage with large studio bedroom above

    Garage with large studio bedroom above

  • Sleeper Sofa in upstairs bedroom

    Sleeper Sofa in upstairs bedroom

  • Upstairs studio

    Upstairs studio

  • Relax on the balcony

    Relax on the balcony

  • Lemon Bay - and the Intra Coastal Waterway

    Lemon Bay - and the Intra Coastal Waterway

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  • Bathrooms
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