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Adorable Starfish Inn steps to beach (0.2mi) private, huge lanai/yard (LOWER)

Englewood, FL, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 31 nights

Charming duplex house with old Florida charm a short walk beach. 2/2, sleeps 4


2 bedroom/2 bath- sleeps 4

Top unit can be found under VRBO listing # 1246364- https://www.vrbo.com/1246364?unitId=1797308

Come share in our dream! We want to show you the Starfish Inn, the cutest house in friendly Englewood just steps from a breathtaking beach. A few years ago we came to visit a family friend and fell in love...we think you will too!

This adorable, recently remodeled house is in Englewood, Florida, which is on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's southwest coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers. It's a true old Florida charmer, built in 1962 and remodeled in 2014, located on Lemon Avenue, just one house from the corner of Manasota Beach Rd. Only 0.2 miles down the road is Manasota Beach, the best of Manasota Key's 3 beaches! Our house is also conveniently close to all the amenities- 1-15 minutes from multiple Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, beach bars and restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trip, etc.

The oversized, fenced lot (pets welcome) is full of mature tropical landscaping providing an inviting yard complete with multiple outdoor gathering spaces. The huge screened 2 story lanai off the side of the house is perfect for early morning coffee and includes eating & lounging areas. The large raised backyard deck provides the perfect place for rinsing off in the outdoor shower after a day on the nearby beach. It’s also a great spot for grilling fresh seafood complete with grill, loungers for sunbathing, dining table and seating areas. Or spend quality time in the evening with your family around the beautifully landscaped fire pit under the stars. Last but not least is the adorable front porch built around palm trees with easy access to the quaint circle driveway off the shell road. And don’t forget the constant Gulf breeze that completes every Florida beach vacation!

Manasota Key is less than 1 minute away- on foot!! The road to the beach is a few feet away as our house is only 1 from the corner of Manasota Beach Rd. There are three major county park beaches at the north (Manasota Beach), middle (Blind Pass Beach) and south end (Englewood Beach) of the Key, as well as Stump Pass State Park which, at the very south end of the Key, offers absolutely stunning views and access to the bay, the pass and the Gulf. Englewood Beach, just down from Stump Pass, is adjacent to several interesting shops and good restaurants.

To the north, it is only 10 minutes to the town of Venice, with extensive shopping/dining, and only 40 minutes to Sarasota, with all of this and its additional cultural attractions.

Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 11:00 am.

Only full month periods when booking December – March.


This listing is for the bottom unit of our two story duplex house. To rent both top and bottom units, please send me a message from the right side of the screen that reads "Ask the owner a question". Please see listing # 1246364 for upper unit--- https://www.vrbo.com/1246364?unitId=1797308


Ashley Cosby

Member Since 2018
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Ashley Cosby

After visiting friends in Englewood we fell in love with the area. We decided to leave the cold Kentucky winters for sunny Florida and still feel like we're on vacation!

Ashley Cosby purchased this House in 2018

Why Ashley Cosby chose Englewood

Englewood has so much to offer. The free, daily beach yoga, sea turtles that come year after year (including one under our porch!), local farmer's market from Oct-May, art classes on Dearborn St, Lemon Bay, great fishing and diving/snorkeling, proximity to so much (Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Tampa, Ft Myers, Orlando), the list never ends! Historic Dearborn Street is a must see. So many locally owned shops, bars and restaurants on Dearborn. And the street dead ends into Lemon Bay! Full of historic, old Florida charm and only 6 mi away.

What makes this House unique

So much charm and LOCATION!! This 1962 duplex beach house has original cabinets and hardwood floors that have been brought back to life. The 4 huge porches and giant, private lot so close to the ocean were all reasons we fell in love with this property. Being 0.15 miles to the beach is unbeatable, so close you can smell the salt and feel the beach breeze. The Starfish Inn offers something for everyone.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 1
        2 twin/ single
      • Very comfortable mattresses


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Master bath has shower only, no tub
      • Bathroom 3
        outdoor shower, Great for rinsing off after beach days!

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
            Less than 0.2 miles to Manasota Beach! An easy walk over the quaint bridge to the sandy beach. Blind Pass Beach is 4 miles and away. Englewood Beach is 7 miles away. Many beaches to choose from!
          • Village
            Historic Dearborn Street is a must see! So many locally owned shops, bars and restaurants on Dearborn. And the street dead ends into Lemon Bay! Full of historic, old Florida charm and only 6 mi away!


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                          • Dining Area


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Television


                                  • Balcony
                                  • Bicycles
                                    Available on-site to rent $20/day or $95/week
                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    Two- a big front porch with plenty of seating and a raised back deck with dining and seating and lounging options.
                                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • wheelchair inaccessible


                                          • churches
                                          • cinemas
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • live theater
                                          • marina
                                          • recreation center
                                          • restaurants
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • scenic drives
                                              • beachcombing
                                              • boating
                                              • outlet shopping
                                              • photography
                                              • bird watching
                                              • shelling
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • massage therapist
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • parasailing
                                                      • basketball court
                                                      • deepsea fishing
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hiking
                                                      • jet skiing
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • cycling
                                                      • sailing
                                                      • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                      • skiing
                                                      • snorkeling
                                                      • snorkeling/diving
                                                      • sound/bay fishing
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • water skiing

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                        7 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        Adorable beach house

                                                        TODD AND MARYANN H.

                                                        From the colors to the décor to the amenities this is the perfect beach house. All you need to bring is your swimsuit as the kitchen, baths and porch are stocked with necessities. We loved the short walk to the beach, the back patio and screened in porch. Clean and comfortable, we will definitely recommend to friends and be back!

                                                        Awesome space, comfy and cozy. Affordable and clean; all amenities of home.

                                                        Lee G.

                                                        Loved our stay, wish it went another week! Great for our family of 4. 2 bed/2 full baths. Great lanai , nice new gas grill , gas fire pit and great private back yard for games or hanging out . Guest care packages in the bath rooms means you only have to bring food and your clothes they have thought of everything. We would definitely stay here again !

                                                        A gem on Lemon Ave! Quaint, home away from home, full of hospitality!

                                                        Jennifer S.

                                                        Hi everyone! So we stayed at the Starfish Inn this past weekend. First time to Manasota Key, shark tooth capital of FL. We arrived early, did a quick drive by of the place and headed to the beach until checkin. Oh yeah and beach parking was free!! First let me say that the owners were so responsive and very helpful, offering help should the need arise. So like I said we went to the beach which was within walking distance from our rental. Location, location, location! Close, but tucked back in the palms making it peaceful. Key was easy to access. When we opened the door we loved it right from first sight. Clean, wonderfully decorated, but not in a way to make you feel like don’t touch! It was home for our get away. Walmart, Publix right up the road. Steaks on the grill and cocktails by the fire pit. Total beach setting. Owners have thought of everything! House is stocked with everything one needs, just bring your clothes and the people you love! Great beaches, boating, kayaking, fishing, sunsets, comfortable vacation home! Want to get back soon! A must for anyone thinking of visiting the area!

                                                        Great place to stay for a vacation at Manisota Key Beach!

                                                        Lisa C.

                                                        Loved being so close to the beach in this comfortable and clean cottage. Great place to stay and take day trips to Siesta Key and downtown Venice. Hope to get back some day!

                                                        The property is absolutely charming.

                                                        Sharon E.

                                                        We had a wonderful stay in this lovely beachy cottage. It has a very relaxing decor. . Very clean and has everything you would need from going to the beach to cooking dinner. Easy walk to the beach and the outdoor shower was wonderful.

                                                        Hidden Gem

                                                        Bob R.

                                                        We stayed at the Starfish Inn for the month of February 2018. It was a wonderful location, on a quiet street just a few minute walk to the beach. New owners of the property Ashley and Dave were great, and were improving the property with a brand new gas grill, new shark tooth sifters for the beach and more during our stay. Ashley had good tips for restaurants and activities. Great front porch and backyard patio!


                                                        Englewood, FL, USA

                                                        Activities on site- beach, sand dollars, sharks teeth, dolphin, manatee and sea turtle watching, redfish, & snook fishing, and relaxing & unwinding with a good book. Nearby- in addition to the many Gulf and Bay beaches and boating access points which are within striking distance, there are multiple state parks, wilderness preserves, a wild flower and bird sanctuary and an extensive biking trail system, world class tarpon fishing, nature walks, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, wave runners, & boats of all kinds available to rent at nearby marinas, sightseeing boat tours. Historical downtown area with great shopping, Art galleries, Englewood Art Center with classes available, all on Dearborn St! Unlimited restaurants nearby - from the common to world class dining. Championship golf courses within minutes of island. Less than 10 miles south on Manasota Key is Stump Pass Beach State Park located at the southwest corner of Charlotte County, which boasts a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up, and anglers fish the surf for prize catches. Visitors can enjoy an excellent view of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a stretch of undeveloped Florida coastline. Visitors come to this secluded beach to enjoy the year-round swimming and sunbathing; shelling is best during the winter months. A hiking trail passes through five distinct natural communities that provide homes for many species of wildlife; covered picnic tables are located along the trail. While at the park, visitors might see West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets, least terns, spoonbills and magnificent frigatebirds. Ranger-led nature hikes are available in the winter. Just minutes away are 2 great beach accessory stores, a convenience store and are some amazing restaurants - Gulf View Grill (slightly more upscale), Lock and Key Pub with amazing homemade dinners and desserts, Flounders and the White Elephant Pub which offers a more casual environment. The Wine Bar and Bistro offers waterfront dining, live music and an extensive wine bar and boutique. There is a large Publix and Super Walmart in Englewood less than 10 minutes away. The Englewood YMCA is less than 15 minutes away and offers single and family visitor passes in addition to child care on site. The nearest LA Fitness is 13 minutes away in Venice. A short drive north to Venice Beach- Venice is known worldwide as the Shark Tooth hunting capital. Shark teeth are easily found and collected along it's beautiful, numerous beaches. Venice also boasts casual and fine dining, a live theater and cinema and amazing boutiques as well. Punta Gorda is a 45 min drive south- 'Old Worlde Florida' where you will find the charming fisherman's village which includes waterfront dining, a military museum, boat tours and numerous local boutiques for a shopping adventure. We are confident that your vacation in Manasota Key will offer you and your family the rest and relaxation you need with beautiful sights to see and many activities if you are feeling more adventurous. A short drive into North Port is Warm Mineral Springs which has just reopened April 12 2014 for Swimming. This is Florida’s only naturally formed warm mineral springs with a constant temperature of 87 degrees. These waters provide soothing comfort that has been enjoyed for generations. Tampa an hour and twenty mintures north which offers amusement parks, a zoo, the Big Cat Rescue, and aquarium. Orlando is a two hour drive to the home of Micky Mouse; Disney World, Sea World, water parks, and Universal Studios.


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