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MAY, JULY, and AUGUST dates available! Close to the Beach - Private Heated Pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8

ISLAND DAWN - Ground level 3 bed/3 bath home (with 2 master suites) just right for the perfect beach getaway. Take a dip in the lush, tropical (heated) pool, take a short stroll (just 2 blocks) to the best beach on the island, connect to our wi-fi, or relax in our screened lanai with a good book from our collection.

Ideally suited for fun and relaxation, with comfortable furnishings and plenty of amenities for a laid-back holiday. The 1st master features a king bed overlooking the pool, a comfortable sitting area, large walk-in closet, and bath with shower. The 2nd master features a queen bed and private bath with spacious shower. Both masters have televisions and DVD players. The 3rd bedroom has two twin beds and is located across the hall from the 3rd bathroom, which features a tub/shower combo.

The living area has a queen sleeper sofa, oversized chair, recliner, a large television, DVD player, DVD collection, books, games, and Playstation.

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More Details

Dan and Dawn Howard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed for our daughter's wedding and found Island Dawn to be the perfect retreat. The house is very well equipped for cooking and even had a margarita maker! The pool and lanai were beautiful and we spent all of our free time relaxing poolside. The location is great - no busy streets to cross and the beaches are perfect. Can't wait to stay again.
May 2012
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Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • This beach house has a bathroom for every bedroom. Each is beachy in its own way, and all are equipped with removable showerheads. The second master has a walk in shower, and a couple of bar grips to assist guess who may need some extra balance.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The First Master Bedroom has a King bed and a great view, overlooking the tropical pool area outside. It has an individual air conditioning system, separate from the rest of the house, so that you can choose your personal level of comfort. There is a television, DVD player, CD player, and a private sitting area just inside the French doors. There is a very large walk-through closet for your clothes and belongings, and a private bath/shower. The Second Master Bedroom has a Queen bed with a canopy. There's a flat-screen TV, a CD player, and a private bath with a large walk-in shower. The shower is equipped with a couple of support bars for guests who could use some extra balance. The third bedroom is a bright, beach-themed room with twin bed. The room has it's own television, and assorted board games in the closet. The third bathroom across the hall has a bath/shower combo. There is also a queen sofa sleeper in the living room that sleeps 2.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Yard
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Island Dawn is ready for your beach vacation! We have a beach cart and plenty of beach gear available, including chairs, noodles, a cooler, and boogie boards - and it's a straight two block walk to the Gulf beach. At the house, the screened lanai is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, with a table and four chairs for diners, and a sitting area with two chairs and a small couch. On the other side of the screen, the heated pool is surrounded by a combination of tropical foliage and places to recline. We have plenty of books, magazines, and DVDs, a PlayStation 2, puzzles and games for people of all ages.


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MAY, JULY, and AUGUST dates available! Close to the Beach - Private Heated Pool
average rating of 4.793103 based on 31 reviews

Fantastic House!

  • 5 of 5

Island Dawn was a wonderful vacation house. The house was equipped with everything you need for a great beach vacation with the added bonus of your own pool. We really enjoyed our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed your stay!
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Great Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Island Dawn is a very roomy, comfortable vacation home. It is well equipped and a close walk to the beach. We especially loved the pool because it had a shallow end that even our 2 year old grandson could play in.

The bikes and sand toys that were provided also helped make our vacation fun for all. I would highly recommend this home to anyone lucky enough to vacation on Anna Maria Island.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Classic Florida Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

Island Dawn is a wonderful property. Roomy inside with all the amenities and beach style. The yard is tropical beauty around a nice pool. Property is nicely kept and oh so close to the beach. My only complaint is that I did not have more time to stay there.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

The house was really nice. Pool area needs a bit of love but the kids (and us grown-ups too) loved it. The king bed was super comfy, but the queen a bit to woobly. Also the sofa-bed in the living room needs to be changed. It was tilted and really uncomfy to sleep in.

Everything else was great. Dan and Dawn responded within minutes on all inquires. Check-in and out was easy. It’s a 5 min walk to a lovely beach. 5 min car ride to the grocery store. All you need is in the house. Plenty beach/pool towels which was great. Would recommend this place any day and stay here again. Thank u for sharing yor Island Paradise with us!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pickens South Carolina

Wonderful Home, amazing vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us. The house was just what we needed. The house was very clean, and everything you could need for a perfect vacation was supplied. We loved the beach wagon! It was a big help getting all of our beach gear to the beach. We appreciate you letting us bring out dogs with us. They are getting older, and the single story home was just great. We loved the pool and the screened porch. Anna Maria Island is our favorite vacation spot. We have been here several times. Your home was perfect for us and we hope to stay here again in the coming years.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, no frills property - Beach up the street; great pool - improvement needed

  • 3 of 5

We stayed here for a week in late Aug/early Sept through Labor Day 2017.


Great location - three short blocks to beach

Home is stocked clean linens, towels - including beach towels

Home was clean

Pool - very inviting and relaxing; enjoyed our time in the pool.

Master Bedroom Bed - OMG we slept so soundly! Very comfortable master bed and I heard from my family the other beds were comfortable as well.

Great A/C - it's super hot in FL now and the A/C worked well through our stay.

Great grass area for dogs - we brought our two dogs with us, huge peace of mind to let them out to do their business and then we cleaned up after them.

2 bikes available - we brought our own bikes, but had a family member use one and that was nice.

Beach gear available


House is dated and needs a bit of TLC. There is an open cable box in the back side of the house, by the pool, against the wall with all cables exposed. There was a wooded grate like square for you to rinse off on with a hose- it was old, and had broken wood and rusty nails. I put it up against the wall to prevent anyone from stepping on that. The entrance of the home has three separated banisters and one is completely falling apart.

Master shower - the master shower is extremely tight and small. I am 5' tall and I could barley shower without banging into the walls.

The master shower and hall room bathroom shower heads were hand helds. That is fine, except for the fact, they either leaked or when turned on would swing widely with water pressure.

The Master sink - needs to be unclogged. If you run the water while washing your face with the faucet, the bowl fills and takes about 10 seconds to drain.

TV/technology- There are four TV's in the home. They are all are connected to the local cable company and have most basic channels. The two spare bedrooms, TV did not work. Tried numerous times to scan channels, reset box, nothing worked.

Access to keys- you are instructed to pick up the keys at the local realtor - a bit inconvenient.

When dropping off the key, the office was closed, so we left as instructed in dropbox. On chair by drop box we found bag with starter products - garbage bag, sponge, etc - all missing when I picked up the keys. We had to buy some of these essentials and were never told we should be getting a starter bag - why it's not left in the home for when renters come in, makes no sense.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you loved the pool, the beds, the a/c, the location, and how well the house was stocked. One thing to remember is that we are literally a phone call (or email) away, and really want to help. And not just us, but our property managers on the Island, too. So don't ever hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything taken care of.
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Sarasota Bradention International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Duffy's Tavern
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Key Royale Club
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Interstate 75 and Rt. 64 Manatee Ave.
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Beach Bistro
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Public Access at Beach Bistro
Car: not necessary

Anna Maria Island is a relaxing beach community on the Gulf of Mexico. The dining and entertainment options are many, and there are miles of beautiful white beaches to relax or play on. Recreation on the island includes sailing, fishing, parasailing, tennis, golfing, and kayaking. Getting around on the island is easy. You can drive, take the free trolley, walk, bike, or rent a segway scooter. Great shopping is available from the high-end shops at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota to the outlet mall in Bradenton, with plenty of great local arts and crafts located right here on the island. There are local festivals, local theater, the Mote Marine Aquarium and Ringling Museum of the Circus in Sarasota, Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, and Grapefruit League baseball in both Bradenton and Sarasota. Disney World and the assorted family parks of Orlando are just two hours away. And there is nothing like a sunset over the Gulf. Anna Maria Island welcomes you home!

Other Activities: kayaking




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rentals January through April and June through August are Saturday to Saturday only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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