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Real Gulf-Front Beach House: Out the Backdoor and Onto the Beach

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Private Beach Front House, 2 Bed, 2 Bath (1 indoor/1 outdoor) Sleeps 4-6

It’s a cozy beach cottage right on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Walk out the back door to a large secluded backyard only one step to the white, sugar-sand beach and the gulf waters of Anna Maria Island. You'll find Shady Palms located in a most perfect spot so that you’ll never have to choose - you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds - sun and shade.

Sit in the backyard and enjoy the cool breeze under the pine trees and Coconut Palms while the sun and the beach are just a step away. A large dining table and picnic table are provided for enjoying your meals beachside or relax in the oversized hammock as the sun sets - And the best part - you can enjoy it all right from the backyard.

The moment you walk through the front door you will notice the beautiful views of the beach and the gulf waters from all three living areas, the kitchen, both dining areas, and the master bedroom. Wake up to the sound of the surf outside your bedroom window.

You will feel right at home with a fully-equipped kitchen that boasts brand new stainless appliances, a center island workstation, and every fun gadget imaginable for island cooking and entertaining! Two refrigerators - and two icemakers - means never running out of space or ice!

The Living Room has two comfortable lounge chairs and a sofa, as well as a 50" flat screen TV with cable (HBO, MAX, and SHOW,) a DVD player, an FM stereo with CD player, and Chromecast is installed on the TV that is WiFi ready with Netflix provided.

The Game Room has a game table with cards, games, and puzzles provided for old-fashioned fun. You'll want to explore the beautiful indigenous shell collection of treasures found in and around the island spanning the past 80 years including authentic Anna Maria artifacts from bygone days.

The Gulf-Side Sitting Room has a second dining table overlooking the beach and the striped sofa is a sleeper for additional guests which also looks out to the beach.

Both bedrooms are extra spacious with King-sized beds, dressing areas, and two closets. Each bedroom has top of the line, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses to ensure the most peaceful and comfortable sleep every night of your vacation. Comfort is our priority, so no expense has been spared to provide the very best night's sleep possible.

Wireless high-speed internet is provided free of charge.

Keywords: Gulf-Front House, large, secluded backyard, comfortable vacation home, Direct beach access

More Details

Cindy Griffin
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , A beach accessible bathroom and dressing area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (2), Sleep Sofas (2) One sleeper sofa is located in bedroom # 2. Another sleeper sofa is located in the gulf-side sitting room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Real Gulf-Front Beach House: Out the Backdoor and Onto the Beach
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews
Orlando, FL

The nicest home we've ever rented

  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good things about this home. Staying here for a week was the best week of relaxation and healing we've had in ages. I kept trying to figure out exactly what it was that we loved so much... maybe it was the combination of all of these things:

-You are both right on the beach, can see and hear the turquoise water but also have your own private shady garden between you and beach.

- There are plenty of tables and desks that my husband and I could both set up our computers and get lots of work done... and the view from each desk or table was beautiful.

- The kitchen was well stocked with everything to make cooking and preparing meals easy.

- Both big beds were comfortable! How often we've stayed somewhere with one big, uncomfortable mattress that means that one of us goes to sleep in a twin bed and I look forward to returning home.

- This house doesn't feel like a rental home with the bare minimum in the house. Instead it feels like a home where a family has been living for many years, has wonderful collections, and has put a lot of thought into the easy functioning of the house.

We have rented at least 20 homes over the years and this one was by far our favorite. In fact, while we were there we looked into coming back again two months later but unfortunately it's booked. It's a great place.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Looking forward to next year. Perfect situation; especially nice for children. Could use brighter lighting throughout though.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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As always, we had a very relaxing visit. Very quaint and peaceful!😎�🌴�

  • 5 of 5

My husband says it was wonderful. The house itself has that authentic beach atmosphere, that leaves you with memories of the beach that will last a lifetime Looking forward to our next visit and the ones after that.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise on the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We visited in February and really enjoyed the place. Cindy was easy to work with and recommendations for places to eat. The house was very neat and clean when we got there. The location is centrally located yet has lots of privacy. Great back yard with shade and easy access to the beach. Beds and furniture were comfy. Kitchen was well equipped and recently upgraded and had everything we needed, except food of course. Easy walk to places to eat and shopping. Sleeping while listening to the waves was the best part! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Warren, N.J.

What more could you want?

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Shady Palms and it was like coming home. Cindy and I are friends now and she is always a pleasure and super easy to deal with. Security deposit returned immediately. If you are looking for a comfortable house right on the gulf at a very reasonable price (do you know how RARE this is?) Shady Palms is the place for you. We are definitely coming back.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

In short: 4 adults and 3 kids fitted in nicely. House was larger than expected, very clean and well-functioning. Ample sitting-room space and nice, large kitchen, all with views of the Gulf. All amenities in place, nothing needed. House sits on a very large lot, completely undisturbed. Very nice and quiet neighborhood.

Grandparents enjoyed the backyard with palms, cypresses and perfect, shady views of the Gulf. Directly on a not-crowded part of the beach, the water being not too shallow, nor right away too deep for the kids - also perfect. Walk to the tip of the island early in the morning, round trip 1½ hrs.

We have tried a number of places "up-and-down" the Gulf coastline - some cheaper, some more expensive (everything is expensive with 7 in your party!) - and Shady Palms, in my opinion, is highly recommendable and offers good value for money. We would not hesitate to stay again, and will certainly recommend. Contact with owner very easy, friendly, humorous and swift. No problems whatsoever.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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