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Reviews Say it All/Canal/Dock/Heated Pool/Best Location near Gulf & Bean Point

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5+ Baths, Canal, Dock, Discounts Offered to small groups.

C-view Florida is ONE of ONLY TWO 5-bedroom homes on Lake LaVista, the canals north of Pine Avenue. Come and enjoy the dock!

Do not run the risk of being disappointed by your vacation rental. Read our reviews.

New: Discounted Rates April 13 to May 5, 2018

We are pleased to be the ONLY home in Anna Maria to host the VRBO Bear. Read the Bear's review and all our reviews.

C-view Florida is our Vacation Home and we want you to love it as much as we do. Our personally selected management team will ensure your stay is top notch. See our reviews which will help you decide why this is the Vacation Home for you.

We are located on the north end of Anna Maria, near Bean Point AND we are one of the FEW canal houses close to the beach. You can enjoy the dock and all that allows AND the white sand of the Gulf of Mexico.

Why not get together with friends and take advantage of low airfares to Tampa, St Pete/Clearwater, or Sarasota and come enjoy the warm Florida sun and beaches.

Golfers will appreciate the nearby access to four top-flight public courses. Florida's weather allows for golfing all year long!

From the family rooms, you will be able to enjoy the Canal View! The properties private 30-foot dock is perfect for kayaking or boarding a boat for a day out on the water. The large (30 foot) heated family-size pool is ideal for swimming laps or just splashing in the water in its splash deck.

C-view Florida is less than 200 yards from Anna Maria’s famous beaches. You will appreciate the outdoor shower for freshening up after your day at the beach or your day out boating.

The house is within easy walking distance of the local restaurants (Rod and Reel, Sandbar, Waterfront) and shops, as well as the two local piers. No need for a car!

The house is single-story and has large doors to accommodate wheelchairs. But we do not have disability aids like grab bars in the bathrooms.

Inside you will enjoy all the contemporary furnishings and audio-visual treats. The kitchen is modern and easy to maintain. C-View Florida is a perfect place for a perfect holiday.

Additional items you may wish (baby crib, high chairs) can be provided. You let us know how YOU would like to have the house prepared for your stay.

When you arrive you will be greeted by a personalised welcome basket.



Additional Services which can be provided for a fee are:

Daily Cleanings

Fresh sets of bedding and linens for the house

Meal Preparation, Serving, and Clearing


Lifeguard/Swimming Instruction/Kayaking Guide

Weekly Bike Rental/Weekly Kayak Rental

A day on a boat for Sightseeing or Fishing (You can be collected from the house!)

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More Details

Ann Chappell
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Ann Chappell

Originally from Louisiana now Living in England, I spent my summers on Crescent Beach, Siesta Key. Anna Maria reminds me of Siesta Key when there were only private homes on Crescent Beach before any high rise buildings.

Ann Chappell purchased this house in 2008

Why Ann Chappell chose Anna Maria

The Gulf Coast's white sand beaches are highly-regarded and known worldwide for their beauty. Anna Maria is unique because it is not built-up like many other areas of Florida. It is old Florida, not some new area trying to be old Florida! It is relaxed and friendly. We chose the house because it is on the canal allowing access to various water activities and yet is 200 yards to the beach.

What makes this house unique

If you want a relaxing vacation, you can choose to never leave the house and have a wonderful time swimming, fishing and enjoying the view. You can walk to most restaurants in the area or take the free trolley.

If you want an active vacation, you can jet ski, water ski, sail, parasail, kayak, deep sea fish, bike, golf, swim, horseback ride, tennis, shuffleboard, paddle surf all within 5 miles of the house. You can go further a field for theatre (Sarasota)or theme parks (Busch Gardens in Tampa).

If you have to work while on vacation, the house is fully equipped with a computer, fax/scanner/printer, and high speed wireless broadband. The post office is within walking distance if you need to send items. Free phone service is provided and includes low cost international service as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your pictures don't do it justice. The house was just perfect for our family. The kitchen was stocked with the best of appliances, pots, dishes, etc. even a grill outside. The little ones really enjoyed the shelf in the pool. It made supervising them so much easier, and not having to lug beach towels, sand toys, even beach chairs was a huge help. The beach was beautiful and we rented kayaks and it was great having the canal right in our backyard. Thanks for a wonderful week of sun and fun.
Apr 2010
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Anna Maria House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Party/Events for up 16 (including those staying at the house) is permitted.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Between Bedroom 2 and Bedroom 3
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Between Bedroom 4 and Bedroom 5
    Bathroom 1 - outdoor shower , Outside Bedroom 5
  • 3.5+
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bedroom with bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bathroom shared with Bedroom 3
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Bathroom shared with Bedroom 2
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Bathroom shared with Bedroom 5
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bathroom shared with Bedroom 4 -- Daybed with Pop up Trundle
  • Total: 7 beds, maximum guests 10, by Law. 1 Cal King 2 Queens 4 Singles
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Built-in Safe for keeping Valuables


Relaxing at the pool.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Sep 6, 2015

Great vacation! We were welcomed with a gift basket full of treats for the whole bear family and a refrigerator with refreshments! The VRBO Bear was in need of a little downtime at the end of the summer. This was the most beautiful and relaxing visit vacation ever. The house is straight out of a designer magazine, updated, bright and airy, soothing and relaxing colors, hardwood floors throughout and super spacious. Large sliders open the whole house up to the gorgeous back yard pool and canal dock. It's located in the quiet residential end of Anna Maria Island away from the day trippers. This bear enjoyed spending mornings at the beach a short 2 blocks away, afternoons relaxing on the large outdoor patio enjoying the beautiful landscaping surrounding our large 30 ft saltwater pool, and evenings eating on the patio and picnic table followed by quiet time on the private dock watching the sunset and waiting for the resident manatee to appear. The bear family found everything they needed was provided for - hotel quality towels, linens and bath amenities, the most organized and efficient kitchen ever, beach towels, beach cart, beach toys and floats. For rainy days, there were plenty of supplies - books, crayons and puzzles. There was even a canoe! Two separate wings and a separate master gave all of us privacy. The older cubs had their own wing with 2 bedrooms and a shared bath. A pocket door allowed Mama and Papa bear to close out noise. It would be perfect for a holiday visit with our whole family. The Bear family loved this house. I think Mama Bear cried as we drove away.

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Reviews Say it All/Canal/Dock/Heated Pool/Best Location near Gulf & Bean Point
average rating of 4.9864864 based on 77 reviews
Ridge Farm, IL

Weather perfect

  • 5 of 5

Loved sitting outside watching the grandchildren in the pool. The house was a perfect fit for my family. Loved having 3 bathrooms. Everyone felt comfortable yet could have privacy.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. So glad the property worked for your extended family.
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Absolutely stunning villa.

  • 5 of 5

We had such a fabulous time in this wonderful villa. It is by far the nicest villa we have stayed in. The décor is beautiful and it was spotlessly clean. We all loved the pool and the large seating area and often sat on the dock looking at the wildlife. The welcome basket was a lovely touch and Erin’s home-made cookies were delicious.

The villa was close enough to walk to the beautiful white sandy beach and also to the Sand Bar restaurant where we dined at sunset. It was a shame we had to leave a day early because of Hurricane Irma and we hope that the villa and AMI were not damaged by the storm. A big thank you to Erin for her support and advice and to Anne for letting us share her amazing home. We will definitely be returning again to C-view in the future.

The Woodward family

Hampshire, UK

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to find C-View several years ago and still find it to the one vacation we cannot wait for each year. Close to the beach and to all of the Anna Maria attractions, a walk to Rod N Reel Pier, Pine Avenue and the Sandbar, it offers one of the best locations for the north end. The pool is perfect private escape that is hard to leave and the home is well appointed. Thank you Ann and Erin. One recommendation if you are looking for fresh fish or stone crabs, when in season, make sure to visit Capt. Anthony and Joanne on Spring Street across from The Sandbar.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home with a lot of perks!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with all the amenities of home plus luxurious upgrades. The backyard and pool are amazing and will entertain kids and adults of all ages.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for what we were looking for! Better than the pictures appear

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautiful. The open layout and the way the rooms were arranged worked out perfect for 3 families. I feel the pictures posted so not do this house justice. The kitchen had everything we needed included a few left over spices. The pool was great for the kids including the small splash area for the baby and new mom. There were plenty of beach toys,rafts, beach chairs and umbrellas as well as a beach wagon to help get everything there. It was hard to find the beach access but after we found our way it was a quick 5-7 minute walk. We rented a boat and took full advantage of the dock. This house is located far back in the canal but it was still a lot of fun and a great option to add onto the rental. We really enjoyed a small island just off of bean point that had pretty much untouched beaches. Lots and lots of great seashells and we had many dolphin sightings.

The island itself is very quiet. Not a ton of restaurants to choose from. But the drive to Holmes or Bradenton is not very long (20-25 mins) if you are looking for something low key and quiet, this is your place. I felt like the town had a lot of little coffee shops or quick breakfast shops and then closed down throughout the evening. Except for the few ice cream shops and up near Bean point.

Overall the house and area were great and we would more than likely visit again. The house would be on the top of our list!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow thanks for the thorough review of the property and the area. This is extremely helpful to 'first timers' to the Island. We were so pleased you did stay with us and look forward to hosting you and friends on future visits to Anna Maria. Hope to see you soon. Ann
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The Perfect Place To Stay In Perfect Anna Maria Island

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house (large, spacious, well equipped, cool in every sense), the garden and pool (great for sunbathing and BBQing), the dock (delightfully shady, restful place to read and contemplate as well as launch canoes, moor your motor boat, see fish jumping and manatees hanging around), the easy (200 yards) access to beaches (the wild and wonderful white sand Bay of Mexico beach - many more birds than people - and the more Mediterranean Tampa Bay side), the bike-friendly distance to The Donut Experiment and Rod and Reel for brunch, and to interesting shops, bars and restaurants, the range of restaurants along the keys (of which the Blue Marlin at Bradenton Beach stands out), the excellent South Florida Museum in Bradenton (with dinosaurs - skeletons - and manatees - very much alive), and the so-easy-to-shop Ellenton outlet shopping mall (120 top quality stores).

NB: this northern end of Anna Maria Island is the place to be. It is a world apart from the more popular areas further south. This is an area where privilege comes as standard.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, I think you have covered it all. We were delighted to host your family for your vacation and are pleased you found just a few things to do. We look forward to your return to continue your exploration of this little vacation gem. Ann
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Sarasota Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Rod and Reel Pier
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Four courses within 30 minutes of the property
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
The Waterfront
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Gulf of Mexico
Nearest Point of Interest
C-view Florida
Nearest Point of Interest
City Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Rod and Reel Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Sandbar Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Waterfront Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Bayview Park and Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Bean Point for Sunsets
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: not necessary

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Tampa Bay Baseball at Tropicana Field (45 minutes) in Clearwater, Opera/Performing Arts in Sarasota, Museums in Sarasota, Shopping on St Armands Key.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 11.8%

Rental Fee is for 8 guests. Weekly discount for groups of 6 or less and for extended stays.

Payment Terms: 50% of rental fee at booking, remaining rental fee and security deposit ($400.00 for stays of less than 3 weeks, $800.00 for stays greater than 3 weeks) due 1 month prior to arrival.


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.