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Waterfront Home/Private 3 Bdr/2 Bath/Heated Pool/22' Boat Op tion/Pets Welcome!

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Private 3 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8) Pet Friendly Home On 200' Of Open Water

Spend your vacation at a spacious, beautiful, pet friendly home on 200 ft. of tropically landscaped open waterfront


There is so much to do at Casa Encantada that some guests choose to never leave. Fishing, kayaking, biking, swimming, all of it or simply relax to music that can be heard via the speakers throughout the house. Choose the Boater's Package option for exclusive, unlimited daytime use of Slow Dancer, Casa Encantada's 22 ft pontoon boat. Slow Dancer is great for trips to local waterfront bars and restaurants, nearby beaches, islands, fishing spots and uninhabited coves. In the town of Palmetto, a virtually undiscovered "old Florida" historic town, the locals are warm and friendly. Casa Encantada is gated and fenced, with the exception of the waterfront, for your privacy. There is a totally fenced and tropically landscaped area near the herb garden just for your dogs, complete with a warm water shower...also with a waterfront view.The tropical lagoon pool has a beach entry, waterfall, baja ledge and swim up cocktail table with relaxing jets. You'll enjoy sunbathing on the spacious pool deck, relaxing in a hammock or sitting under the fan in the shade of your own private tiki hut. The tiki hut's bar is cleverly designed from an old ship's rudder.

Facing due West on secluded Hooker Bay, just 5 minutes by boat to Tampa Bay, the sunsets are unsurpassed and are a daily main event. The waterfront deck under the huge banyan tree is perfect for watching the sunset, dolphins and manatees. Every evening, thousands of birds fly by at the first hint of dusk, heading home to Emerson Point, a bird sanctuary just 2 miles north. Great blue herons, spoonbill rosettes, sea gulls, cormorants, night herons, skimmers, ospreys, egrets, pelicans often stop by for a snack of bait fish right on your beach, just feet away. Hookers Bay is known as the best fishing spot between the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. Snook, redfish, trout, flounder, mangrove snapper, even tarpon are plentiful. Your 'front yard' is a legally protected manatee feeding area. You can wade or kayak out and watch from as close as a few feet away. Or you can see them from shore as they come up for air. And don't forget to keep the tradition of ringing the bell at the last glimpse of the setting sun.

The home is large with an amazing cook's kitchen with two refrigerators, granite counter tops and three sinks. The family room, kitchen and wet bar are all in one open room with expansive views of the water, wildlife and sunsets. The dining room seats 12 overlooking Hooker Bay.. Open the doors for true waterfront dining. The adjacent living room has a working wood burning fireplace and water view.There are three large, comfortable bedrooms, all with water views and flat screen TV's. The first master is large with a king size bed and a view of Hooker Bay.. The bath has a walk in shower. All linens are top quality. It has a large dresser, dressing table and walk in closet. The second master also has a king bed, walk in closet and view of Hooker Bay and the lagoon pool. It shares a bath with a tub and shower with the third bedroom, which has over sized twin beds, large closet and a view of the lagoon pool. This entire end of the house can be closed off with a pocket door creating a private suite. This feature makes Casa Encantada the perfect home for 2 or 3 couples. There are no stairs - one story only.

Nearby Casa Encantada are numerous state parks, golf courses, beaches and fine dining.

This home is easy to reach with reasonably priced flights from just about anywhere to Sarasota or Tampa. As cliché as it sounds, this is truly paradise in your own private waterfront home! Discover the 'real' Florida!

More Details

Julie Ellis/Captain Julie at 404 277 4487 or
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Julie Ellis/Captain Julie at 404 277 4487 or

I grew up on the panhandle of Florida where I learned to love salt water and the lifestyle if offers. After moving to Atlanta, where I lived for 30 years, we bought a house in Panama City where we spent a lot of time. In 2008 we moved to the central gulf coast to get back to the old Florida lifestyle. We found Palmetto and Bradenton like going back in time... Florida the way it was in the 60's.

Julie Ellis/Captain Julie at 404 277 4487 or purchased this house in 2008

Why Julie Ellis/Captain Julie at 404 277 4487 or chose Palmetto

We are pet friendly. We offer a 22ft option. boat. We are in a small, friendly town that is not on the tourist map. This home is unique. There are not many vacation spots you can visit that are on 200 feet of open water, facing west, and home to manatees, dolphin and every kind of seabird you can name. Unlike most rentals in the area, you have total privacy surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. No neighbors in your space, just solitude in a relaxing environment. No sharing the pool or beach. If you want to be around others, just jump in the car and arrive at Anna Maria in minutes. The house is spacious with many choices of where to spend your time and never feels crowded with your other guests. Sunsets are a must!

What makes this house unique

22ft. San Pan pontoon boat optional. Pet friendly. Private, secluded on 200 feet of open water. There are a lot of local water front restaurants. Your only problem when staying at Casa Encantada is dragging yourself outside of its gated grounds because there is so much to do and see within its gates. Captain Julie provides a kayak, bikes, a hammock under the enormous banyan tree, and snorkel equipment. When staying at Casa Encantada, you share only with dolphins, manatee, herons, egrets, spoonbill rosettes, pelicans, sea gulls, and ospreys! Flounders, red fish, and snook also arrive via your fish hook! So be sure to bring your rod and reel! If you do leave Casa Encantada, visit all the area has to offer from beach side restaurants to parks and beach entertainment spots. Casa Encantada has everything you need to make this your most wonderful beach vacation ever!


Palmetto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king , Beautiful water view. Bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Water view.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Pool view.
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull out sofa.
  • King size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds are in the 3rd bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) There is a pack n play that can be used for sleeping or for play pen., There is a queen sofa bed in the living room and an outdoor couch/futon on the screened in porch. All bedrooms have televisions. Two have water views and 1 has pool view.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private beach, wet bar, fenced, gated entry, huge dining room seats 12, large family area, dead end street means lots of privacy but near beaches, St. Pete, Sarasota, Tampa, Anna Maria and Bradenton. Boaters' package includes 22 ft luxurious pontoon. The home is 1.5 hours from Disney World and 45 minutes from Bush Gardens. We also can provision the kitchen before your arrival with your personalized food/drink list.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.928571 based on 56 reviews

Paradise in Palmetto

  • 5 of 5

There are more than 50 very positive reviews of Casa Encantada. They do not exaggerate. The “Casa” is a very special place, from the “Welcome to Paradise” sign by the front door to the picture post-card sunsets just out the back door. Our little dog was also very happy being outdoors, kayaking, and basking in nature—a far cry from the snow and ice of Boston. The morning walk in the neighborhood also provided much variety.

Rather than repeat all the highlights which are beautifully and accurately described in the other reviews, we will focus on just a few things not mentioned, or not adequately emphasized.

The end-of-street location, away from the bustle coupled with the natural beauty and the landscaping, created in us a sense of privacy and tranquility. We have never been so relaxed. Friends who would visit were similarly enchanted and, like us, felt no need to head off to a local restaurant or activity. We just enjoyed passing time at one the several on-site venues to talk, marvel at the lush vegetation, and watch the birds, the fish jumping out of the water, and the setting sun.

The Emerson Preserve, just 10 minutes away, is worth a visit to walk along the beach at the end of the road or one of the several trails along the way.

In addition to the excellent meat market recommended by Capt. Julie, a nearby fish market (Sea Grape) had a very good selection of fresh fish, to eat in or take out. We particularly enjoyed the skewered shrimp and the ahi tuna salad.

Captain Julie and Pamela were delightful and incredibly responsive to our requests. When we complained about a little chip in the cue ball, FedEx arrived two days later with a new cue ball. All our various questions were promptly answered. All in all, a perfect time in a magical oasis. We were so sorry to see our 4 week stay come to an end. Thank you Captain Julie and Pam!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you loved your visit and even more glad that you will be back next year! Cannnot wait to enjoy another drink on the patio at Pier 22 with you and your sweet boy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings about Casa Encantada! Capt. Julie and Pamela
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  • 5 of 5

Was totally "WOWed" - it was absolutely gorgeous and loved all the detail in the house, the comfort, it was a piece of paradise and all the amenities were awesome! We had a wonderful time and look forward to coming back! Captain Julie was awesome and available for anything we needed and helped to make our stay even more special :-)

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Captain Julie’s place for 5 nights and had a wonderful time. The tropical decor is very nice and the home has plenty of features for relaxing as well as entertaining. We particularly enjoyed the heated pool, the beautiful waterfront views from around the property, as well as grilling fresh fish and steaks and enjoying them on the patio or the enclosed dining/lounging area. Captain Julie was very welcoming throughout the process and provided excellent local information.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your visit! We loved having you at Casa Encantada. Come back real soon! We'll have everything ready for you!
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house was great! It had everything we needed! We cooked Thanksgiving Dinner and the kitchen is well equipped, just like home!

Hang out on the waterfront deck and enjoy the sunsets! They are to die for! Having access to the pontoon boat was fantastic and super convenient! The pool is beautiful. The home is decorated every whimsical and we enjoyed checking out everything. You'd notice something different each day just walking thru the home!

Thank you, Captain Julie, for all you did for our arrival. Thanks for making us feel right at home!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to stay with family, friends, and our 4 pups. Casa is roomy enough for everyone.

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back again! Our 5th vacation in Florida and this place is our favorite so far. Thank you Captain Julie and Pamela for sharing your bit of paradise. I think our 4 pups prefer your home over our 4 acres in the woods. We are so blessed to have found your home!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous location on the water with a warm, family feel.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our experience. Relaxing, fun and beautiful river setting in a quiet "old Florida" home and town. Close enough to the beach if you want, but why leave? Oh, I know, to boat! Rent the boat and learn from Captain Julie the great boating opportunities close by. The home is comfortable and the owner is attentive and nearly immediately responsive. We would have loved to stay longer and we will definitely plan to return. Again, if an authentic, "old Florida" experience is what you're looking for in a great personal "resort" this is it! Loved fishing and kayaking right off the property- and the pool/cabana is great fun!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Sarasota/Bradenton Tampa
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Riverhouse Reef and Grill
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
3 miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 275 Tamiami Trail I 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Riverside Reef and Grill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Anna Maria Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Encantada
Nearest Point of Interest
Regatta Point Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Publix Grocery
Nearest Point of Interest
Emerson Point Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Electra Fitness Center and Spa
Nearest Point of Interest
Keller Williams Realty/Greg Owens
Nearest Point of Interest
Jodi Rico's Glamorama
Nearest Point of Interest
Neighborhood butcher and meat market
Nearest Point of Interest
Local Farmer's Market
Nearest Point of Interest
Beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Cortez Historic fishing village
Nearest Point of Interest
Mckechnie Field
Car: necessary

Water sports from your own private beach, bike or kayak,restaurants. Marina nearby with boat launch, nearby fitness center offers short term options , Boater's Package includes unlimited use of our 22ft luxury San Pan pontoon boat with 90hpr 4stroke motor..


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

PRICING WILL VARY ON HOLIDAYS AND AT THE DISCRETION OF OWNERS. $100 per week charge for optional pool heating in winter. Boater's Package additional charge. Call Captain Julie for pricing and other services provided. House can be provisioned at guests' request. Cancellation policy: over 60 days, everything is returned except for a $300 processing fee; for less than 59 days, a refund is not available. Sunday check outs require an additional housekeeping charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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