Cozy, Quaint Cottage with Private Beach, Wi-Fi, & Free Trolley

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

As a small boy growing up in this area, I fell in love with its sunny, “sugar sand” beaches in the summer and the contented feeling that comes from floating in the warm, gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico. So when I could finally afford it, I bought this little cottage in the small, modest town of Holmes Beach on a barrier island called Anna Maria. With it came my very own beach on the Gulf with lots of that wonderful sugar sand – a very fine, powdery, brilliantly white sand that audibly “squishes” between your toes when you walk on it. To catch even more of it (one can never have too much sugar sand), I planted interwoven rows of sea oats that have now created dunes. Through these dunes and the swaying stalks of oats, you will take a winding little path to the beach and those balmy, caressing waves of the Gulf that are guaranteed to wash your stress away. Then ... when you come back in the winter, you will enjoy an invigorating walk along that same beach in cool, crisp sunshine.

The Cottage: Built in 1936, my wood-frame beach cottage was originally part of 6-8 cottages and a lodge house. It is the only surviving cottage, many having been taken by hurricanes. (Forward of the cottage’s beach, a street and an entire city block of the old subdivision are submerged beneath the Gulf of Mexico.) The cottage is a peach color on the outside with green awnings and is also decorated Key West – Caribbean style inside. The front faces the street where it dead-ends, so it is private from the public, and the rear faces the Gulf, but there is a home between the cottage & the Gulf. However, the cottage’s land wraps around this home to the right, where the sea oats are, connecting it to the beach. Also, there is a beach view from the cottage’s left end. From this view & the beach, if you are vigilant mornings & evenings, you will see 2 or more dolphins close in, patrolling the shallows. Then every evening, you will be treated to the sun setting into the Gulf’s sparkling blue waters.

Activities and Restaurants: As already indicated, there are many activities to enjoy at the beach, on the island, and in the surrounding cities. I have an Activity & Restaurant Guide that I will attempt to email or mail you before your arrival. The guide already has a list of 50 restaurants and 75 activities & locations to enjoy, and I am still adding! I inserted the address, telephone number, & travel distance for each restaurant & activity. I also added the website address where available for each activity, so you can obtain more information. For each restaurant, there is the food type and whether the cost is lower, moderate, or higher. Activity categories include: Boating Excursions for Sightseeing & Snorkeling, Botanical Gardens, Comedy Clubs, Gambling, Golf, Movie Theaters, Museums & Planetariums, Parasailing, Parks (national, state & private), Performing Arts Halls & Theaters, Saltwater Fishing Charters, Shopping, Sport Teams, Tennis Courts, Theme Parks, Winery, and Zoo & Aquariums.

What's Provided and Things to Bring: Sheets, comforters, towels, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glasses, coffee filters, paper napkins, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, Lysol spray cleaner, laundry detergent, large Ivory soap bars, liquid hand soap, Kleenex, kitchen garbage bags, & toilet paper are provided. Bring your clothes, hair dryers, personal grooming items, swim suits, sun glasses, sun hats, sandals to protect your feet (if tender) from shells, light jacket in the summer (for any cool night beach breezes), and heavy jackets, robes & sweaters in the winter. Also remember good books & magazines. Reading on the beach while listening to the seagulls & the waves is so relaxing, or, if you tire, simply watching the water & the sunlight glinting off of it. Buy your sunscreen, food & drink at the Publix supermarket only a half-mile away. Finally, bring your binoculars to watch for dolphins, distant cruise ships, faraway freighters, and, if allowed by your significant other, wandering bikinis &, um, speedos.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 826 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • FREE long-distance telephone service for all of the US & Canada is provided. A 32” LCD TV is connected to digital cable & a DVD/VCR player. Two small TVs are also present. High speed, digital wireless & plug-in Internet and a JBL Radial i-Pod dock are ready. Bring a laptop & an i-Pod. Besides central air conditioning & heating, the cottage has 3 ceiling fans, 1 rotating fan, & a box fan. The cottage is at the end of a dead-end street, so traffic is minimal, but a Publix supermarket, Walgreens & CVS drug stores, gift shops, beach stores, UPS store, 2 cafes, and BBQ, German, Japanese, & Chinese restaurants are all within 1/2 mile. The FREE island trolley has 2 stops within 200 yards of the cottage. With the trolley, a car is not needed on the island, only for the mainland. The cottage’s Activities & Restaurant Guide has a list of 50 restaurants and 75 activities & locations to enjoy, including 18 shopping areas!...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking beach side of cottage for two cars....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental rates are subject to change at any time without advance notice.
Pets are welcome, but must weigh 30 pounds or less.  (This weight restriction may be waived if I can be convinced that a larger pet is exceptionally calm indoors) All pets must be pest-free, housebroken, & otherwise well-mannered.  A refundable $100 deposit per pet is charged.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Last updated: 10/10/2016
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16 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport

Car: Recommended

After you swim, sun, surf, fish, & shell at the cottage & rent nearby sailboats, paragliders, jet skis, & kayaks, there are 2 sets of tennis courts in 2 mi., 8 good golf courses in 24 mi.(min.8 mi.), including the Arnold Palmer Golf Digest 4½ Star Legacy Golf Club, Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 52 mi., Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 34 mi., Pittsburgh Pirates spring training in 10 mi., Busch Gardens in 61 mi., 5 chic shopping areas & 1 outlet & 7 reg. malls in 60 mi., 4 movie theaters with 54 total screens in 19 mi., 3 comedy clubs in 57 mi.(min.13 mi.), a casino in 53 mi., a dog track in 16 mi., a horse track in 62 mi., 4 museums & a planetarium in 58 mi., including the state art museum in 12 mi., 2 botanical gardens in 15 mi., 2 state parks in 40 mi., a sugar plantation historical park in 14 mi., a mineral spring in 52 mi., 8 performing arts theaters in 55 mi.(min.3.4 mi.), a zoo & 2 aquariums in 60 mi.(min.14 mi.), a winery in 27 mi., & Disney World, Universal Studios, & Sea World in 2 hrs.

Other Activities: Sunbathing, kayaking


Owner info

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Speaks: english


  • Street side.

    Street side.

  • Kitchen.


  • Guest bedroom with twin beds.

    Guest bedroom with twin beds.

  • Sunset through the cotttage's sea oats.

    Sunset through the cotttage's sea oats.

  • Hammock for 2 shaded by sea grapes & Buddha bamboo

    Hammock for 2 shaded by sea grapes & Buddha bamboo

  • Coconut palm I planted for pies of the same name.

    Coconut palm I planted for pies of the same name.

  • Kitchen, bar stools, glass dining table & chairs.

    Kitchen, bar stools, glass dining table & chairs.

  • Master bedroom & king-sized bed.

    Master bedroom & king-sized bed.

  • Sunset, sand, & sea at the winding path's end.

    Sunset, sand, & sea at the winding path's end.

  • Enjoy a meal or drinks outside on the wood deck.

    Enjoy a meal or drinks outside on the wood deck.

  • Sea grapes fruit - old-timers used them for jams.

    Sea grapes fruit - old-timers used them for jams.

  • Master PD, our rare 'Sand Yorkie,' sunbathing.

    Master PD, our rare 'Sand Yorkie,' sunbathing.

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