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1925 Cottage - Close To Sarasota Bay - Comfortable And Quiet - Lovingly Restored

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, w. Garden on Private Street. Near Ringling College & Museums

Be among the very first to enjoy this unique and private space dating from 1925 restored in 2017! Major landscaping completed for a beautiful Florida native species garden. Conveniently located adjacent to VRBO/HA Cottage #1047399.

The House:

Clean, comfortable and cozy with hard yellow pine floors dating from the 1920s. You'll enjoy a fantastic yard and all of the amenities you'd expect: kitchen with stainless steel range, microwave and refrigerator, whole house water filtration, Weber Grill, off-street parking, WiFi Internet, local over-the-air TV - plus, access your favorite services like Amazon TV, NetFlix and others... (with your personal subscription)

The Neighborhood:

Indian Beach is a hidden gem, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Sarasota that features multi-million dollar estates adjacent to modest cottages. In this quiet area you are less than 200 yards from a beautiful bend in the road that has dramatic sunset views of Sarasota Bay. This is a walking/biking neighborhood where two streets over there’s a marked route for pedestrians and cyclists guiding you North to our own Jungle Gardens, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Ca’ d’Zan Estate, Original Circus Museum, Historic Asolo Theater, New College of Florida and USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Just a couple of blocks East is the Ringling College of Art & Design. Walk 5 - 20 minutes South to the Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy (really!), Players Theater, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Florida Studio Theater.

Downtown Sarasota is a 5-minute drive or an easy 30-minute walk with restaurants, shopping, and entertainment all nearby. Lido Beach is a 15-minute drive and Siesta Beach (ranked “the World’s Best Beach”), is only 25 minutes away.

More Details

Herb & Darla
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Herb & Darla

We both chose Sarasota for the best of all worlds and together discovered the Indian Beach neighborhood - a very special place. Here we have both privacy and proximity to downtown Sarasota and everything it has to offer!

Herb & Darla purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Herb & Darla chose Indian Beach Sapphire Shores

We saw that the two cottages near our house had some real potential and were concerned that someone would just "scrape" and build something big and new -- something that could look out of place in this older neighborhood. We hoped to preserve the wonderful character of Indian Beach.


Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please, no high heels, cleats etc. to be worn in cottage. Restored wood floors from the 1920s can be damaged.
  • If you care to take off your shoes when in the cottage it would be very much appreciated -- whatever works for you!
  • Quiet hours are 10PM to 6AM. In consideration of our great neighbors we request that music/television be kept at a reasonable volume at all times.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Restored - beautiful subway tile walls & hex tile flooring
  • Fully Restored Subway Tile Bathroom with Bath/Shower Combination. Very appealing!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2
  • Cozy, yet spacious bedroom facing corner at rear of cottage. Wall-mounted HDTV with built-in support for streaming video (Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Whole house charcoal water filtration system with softener!


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(19 traveler reviews)

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1925 Cottage - Close To Sarasota Bay - Comfortable And Quiet - Lovingly Restored
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Sarasota Hide-Away!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent six nights at this amazing 1925 cottage in the Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores section of Sarasota. It is located in an old neighborhood with lots of live oaks, many different types of architecture, walk-able streets, and friendly people. A 10 minute walk brings you to some of the most amazing sunsets! It is less than a 10 minute drive from downtown, 15 minutes to St. Armand's Key and Lido Beach. Herb and Darla have created a beautiful old cottage with all the modern updates. The entire house has everything you could possible need to spend a few days or more. The outdoors is landscaped with all native plants, and features a private patio with grill. Once you spend time here, you will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ed, Barbara: You have been the consummate guests. We are humbled to receive such a beautiful review! Thank you so much for recognizing the hard work on the Florida native plants that CarolAnn at Bloomin Crazy! did. There have been many other locals who have put time in to the cottages -- and there still is much more to be done. We wish you the very best in the coming weeks and hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Darla and Herb.
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Great location... very clean... had everything we needed... friendly hosts.... would stay again

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the neighborhood.... Herb and Darla were very accommodating....

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Sweet Scruffy makes clear that Darla and Herb are thoughtful, loving, respectful, and imaginative. We so appreciated the comfort and beauty of the cottage - both inside and out. We loved the connection to the lot and the fact that each and every view was beautiful. Just beyond our quiet place and neighborhood we enjoyed the best beach and a sophisticated city.

Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this charming cottage. The owners were kind and very responsive. The cottage itself was adorable. It was fully furnished with all the amenities you could need. The location was terrific. It is nestled in a lovely old neighborhood. It was a nice quite retreat but close to St. Armonds and downtown Sarasota. We look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Excellent location and great hosts.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You won't want to leave this hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

Herb and Darla have really done an excellent job of creating a home away from home. The decor is fantastic and includes many beautiful pieces of furniture as well as interesting artwork. The kitchen is stocked with cookware, utensils, top-of-line appliances...everything you need to get cooking (although there are plenty of great restaurants close by if that is not your thing). The towels and linens are fresh and clean. The whole place is fresh and clean!

The yard lights up at night with dozens of solar candles and they have even labeled the plants. And best of all, the neighborhood is quiet, quiet, quiet.

We will definitely stay with Herb and Darla again on our next trip to Sarasota.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.4 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Growler's Pub - 3 min walk
Nearest Golf
3.7 Miles
Rolling Green Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
8.6 Miles
I -75
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Painter's Palate - 3 min walk
Nearest Beach
4.8 Miles
Lido Beach
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

Reservations are not final until first payment is made. First payment constitutes renter's acceptance of all terms and conditions of Rental Agreement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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