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Pass-a-Grille's Waterfront Charmer, Whimsical Florida Bungalow

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Delightful renovated cottage 3 bedroom /2 bath + large cozy open loft

Key West style waterfront bungalow, situated in the heart of Pass-a-grille's historic district. Across from the Merry Pier and next to the Seahorse Restaurant.

The comfortable cottage and cozy loft has everything you could possibly need for your vacation. Just bring a toothbrush!

Pass-a-grille is a charming Florida Community of days past. Located on the southernmost tip of St Pete Beach. Near Tampa, St Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key. The Waterfront Charmer is perfectly located in the heart of Pass-a-grille, right next to 8th Ave. which is the 'hub' of this quiet spot.

We take great care to make sure you have all the comforts needed to make a vacation a memorable experience. We're fortunate enough to have acquired many repeat guests, we're starting to feel like a huge extended family!

A red aluminum roof makes the cottage quickly identifiable! The cabana striped awnings, bright tropical artwork and furnishings complete the charm of old Florida living with contemporary amenities. Cottage has 2 decks - one that looks at Boca Ciega Bay and a second intimate, secluded, covered porch between home and the garage (loft). A privacy fence surrounds the home. Old oak wood floors, a totally remodeled and updated kitchen, romantic fireplace, ceiling fans, central air, This is our personal guest house for our friends and family when they come visit, so we make sure it never starts looking 'tired'.

Late 2017 we completed a large remodel of both bathrooms, they still have the old cottage look but are totally new! The laundry area is now located in the bottom floor of loft with full sized stacked front load washer and dryer,

Since we are one of the original Pass-a-grille Cottages, we have a bit of a rambling, add-on, footprint. The cottage sleeps 5, 1 queen, 1 full, 1 twin. It is 2 bdroom/2 bath and a small Florida room, with 1 twin bed, which can be closed off from the rest of the cottage. Additionally, the loft sleeps 4. The loft is a upstairs/downstairs with a remodeled laundry center on bottom floor and 2 twins on top level, 1 full bed on bottom floor.

More Details

Patricia Black (Pat)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Patricia Black (Pat)

Tom and I love to travel, our preferred way to lodge is at VRBO properties.

We have 2 labs (a silver lab and a charcoal lab) that we adore.

Empty nesters with 4 adult children living from Tampa to JAX to the FL Keys and LA. We have 4 grandchildren who we can't see often enough.

Patricia Black (Pat) purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Patricia Black (Pat) chose Pass-a-grille

The Waterfront Charmer is located in the perfect spot, next to the two block long 8th Ave. Historical Shopping District. Boutiques and restaurants right on the same square block. Immediately across the street, the Merry Pier is fascinating at any hour of the day - there is always something going on. Pass-a-grille is a step back in time, one of Florida's best kept secrets. The beaches are pristine.

What makes this cottage unique

The WaterfrontCharmer is so incredibly close to the beach! The Gulf of Mexico is a short 2 blocks from our back door. Sit on the front deck in the lifeguard chairs and watch the happenings at the Merry Pier across the street, watch the pelicans groom themselves on the old pilings, watch dolphin, birds and fishermen. This southern end of Pass-a-grille is the best place to walk your dogs or just to take a walk. After the beach gets boring the sights along the sidewalk are entertaining; old homes, renovated homes and new ones. We are right next to 8th Ave, the historic street, with fun beachy shopping, not the typical tourist stuff. Action, but not too much. Nice place to relax and slow the pace. When you want action, go north of the Don CeSar Hotel and the action begins!! The best place EVER to walk you dog.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our tenth summer visit to the charmer was ever better than each of the others. How can you possibly make this place more charming and comfortable?! We'll find out next year!
May 2016
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Pass-a-grille Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Remodeled in late 2017, new everything!
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Remodeled bath finished in December 2017. New everything!
  • Black and white bathroom is a full bath with tub, shower, sink and toilet. Renovation finished 12/2017. New everything! Shampoo & conditioner, bar and liquid soaps, nice towels, bug spray and some sunscreen. Bathroom (off Florida Room) has a shower, pedestal sink, euro style tankless toilet, tall cabinets. Brand new renovation finished 12/2017!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , TV and DVD, looks out on Boca Ciega Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , french doors lead to interior, private deck
    Florida room - 1 twin/ single , this room is attached to 2nd bathroom and can be closed off
    Loft - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , New laundry center added to bottom floor Dec2017.Beautiful!
  • Queen sized bed in private bedroom at front of home overlooks Boca Ciega Bay. Full sized bed in private bedroom french doors off inner porch area. One twin daybed in the Florida room, which can be shut off from rest of home. The Loft consists of an upstairs and downstairs both with no privacy. Upper floor of loft has 2 twin mattresses and lower loft has a full sized bed. New high thread count bed linens, RL and/or fine linens, towels, beach towels and pillows. Pillows, euro pillows, some blankets and or comfortors are all down. The home has a sound machine, clocks, and a hotel safe for your valuables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We provide you with a bottle of wine/or beer to drink upon your arrival. We also stock you up for your first breakfast. Coffee, a few K-Cups and a tea assortment, orange juice, muffin or breakfast bread & butter. If that's not enough, you can go next door to the Seahorse Restaurant! (open for breakfast and lunch only) The property is priced for 7 overnight guests, add'l 25.00/night pp up to the maximum of 9 overnight guests. Sunday arrivals must pay an additional cleaning cost of $70.00. (time and a half)


A relaxing place to stay while enjoying St. Pete Beach!!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Dec 15, 2015

What a delightful stay at St. Pete Beach! I can’t think of a better way to describe this house than “charming.” The owner was extremely responsive, quick, and accommodating throughout the entire process and we had a wonderful vacation. When we arrived, she was there to meet us personally and show us around. There was a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge plus some muffins for breakfast, and other goodies to help us enjoy our stay. The house itself is very warm and cute, with more than enough space to live and sleep, and some DVDs to watch when we needed a break. Both of my kids were able to have their own beds which was great! There is an entirely separate garage loft that has 3 beds and a kitchen sink that my friends used as their “guest cottage.” It was the perfect amount of communion and privacy if you have multiple couples/families staying. There are two porches, a more private back porch where we ate and were able to enjoy the sunny December weather. There is also a front porch with chairs and a lovely hammock where we watched the meteor shower at night. Extremely relaxing! We felt very secluded with foliage blocking the street and sidewalk out front. The neighborhood has a lovely beach vibe, with beach shops, ice cream parlors, and a beachfront cafe (for breakfast) with live music on Sunday mornings. Perfect for enjoying some food, coffee, music, and letting the kids run on the beach. There are plenty of lunch places to eat, and even, surprisingly, a delicious raw food cafe if you’re wanting to balance your fish and shrimp consumption. The beach is exquisite, we enjoyed walking on the soft white sand. Swimming in December was a little chilly but we did it anyway and had a blast. We were rewarded by finding many sea creatures. The calm sea was perfect for the kids to play in. When we were done swimming, we used the many beach balls, Frisbees, sand buckets, and comfortable beach chairs included in the garage of the rental. There are even a few bikes to use as well. I couldn’t have asked for more or a more beautiful and welcoming place to spend our long weekend. Thanks Pass-a-grille!

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Pass-a-Grille's Waterfront Charmer, Whimsical Florida Bungalow
average rating of 4.9375 based on 174 reviews

Cutest Beach House Ever

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at the Waterfront Charmer. The house is darling and comfortable with

everything you need and more. The front porch is so relaxing with a nice breeze and the view of the water and boats and birds. The Merry Pier is just across the street with boat rentals and fishing and fresh fish to buy.

The walk to the best beach in the area is easy and quick.

We love riding the bikes provided all over wonderful Pass a Grille

Loved eating at Grace down the street.


  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walla Walla, Washington

Ideal location, great owner, house updated and thoughfully stocked

  • 5 of 5

My kids and I had a beautiful Spring break experience here. We loved being so centrally located in the Pass-a-Grille community and it was very convenient to have a dedicated parking space behind the house. We walked easily to the beach, restaurants, fishing, ice cream, sunsets and shopping. The house was well stocked with floats, buckets and beach towels. The owner was very friendly, helpful and responsive.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterfront Charmer- A Perfect Name

  • 5 of 5

The Waterfront Charmer is just what the name implies! From the great central location to every need being met, we couldn't have been happier with our trip. Pat has done an outstanding job turning this beach cottage into a relaxing (and charming of course!) destination.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous vacation in Pass A Grille!

Pat was an amazing host- she thought of everything we might possibly need.

Such a lovely home, and the weather was a welcome respite from home.

We have already rebooked for next year!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Sunset Charmer and Treehouse Charmer

  • 5 of 5

Just completed our Girls’ Beach Trip to St. Pete Beach and Pass-A-Grille. The house and extra mother-in-Law suite were the perfect accommodations for our group of 5. Plenty of bedrooms and baths for us. Having a private dipping pool and large partially covered patio made this the best ever place ever!! The owner provided every thing you could possibly need during our stay. The properties were beautifully furnished and squeaky clean. Just a half block walk to the pristine beach. Restaurants, stores and grocery close by. You can’t go wrong making this your destination.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Waterfront Charmer was the perfect get-a-way!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 people in our group and the house was perfect!!!! It has everything you would need and is in the perfect location!! Pat Black is awesome and so accommodating! We would definitely rent from her again!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Tampa International and St Pete Clearwater airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Shadracks Harley Bar
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
to Shell Key now one to Downtown St Petersburg
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Isla Del Sol
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 275
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Seahorse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Waterski - Boca Ciega Bay
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pass-a-grille close to Ft Desoto Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pass-a-grille's 8th Street - Historic Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Hurricane Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
The Black Palm Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Seahorse Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
The Merry Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
St Pete Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Lowe's Don CeSar
Car: recommended

The loft consists of a top floor and bottom floor. We have renovated the laundry center and relocated it to the bottom floor of the loft. The bathroom for loft is 3 giant steps though back covered porch to cottage bath. The loft has 2 twin beds, 1 TV on top floor and 1 full bed on bottom floor. It is all open with no division between sleeping spaces.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Security Deposit $200
1 time cleaning $140
Tax Rate 14.0%

Animals are welcome if they are well behaved and on flea and tick medications. 2 animals max. Prior owner approval. Non refundable deposit for each animal is 150.00.

Preferred check in day is Saturday.
Additional $70.00 upcharge for cleaners when checking out on Sunday.
Any reservation for one month or longer will require a 175.00 cleaning charge instead of 140.00

Max number of persons in home is 9 people. After 7 people you will be additionally charged 25.00/night per person.

If cancellations are made after you have used the "Book it now" feature and paid through Homeaway /VRBO, I will deduct the processing fee (charged to me from Homeaway/VRBO) for that payment from your returned monies. (2.5%)
You will also be charged 2.5% credit card processing fee from VRBO/Homeaway at your end.

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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