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'Snead Island Tree House' Waterfront Apartment on 2 Acre Lot

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This is a unique piece of old Florida on Snead Island. We remodeled the apartment in 1997 with hickory floors in the living/dining room. The kitchen has hickory cabinets with granite countertops and a slate floor which flows into the bathroom. The bedroom is carpeted and has a select comfort queen size bed with cherry furniture, including a desk, TV and VCR. Living room and bedroom have cathedral ceilings and cleaestory windows. Living room has plenty of seating to enjoy the 46' HD TV, DVD, VCR or CD players, along with a gorgeous view. New Laz-Z-Boy queen air hide-a-bed with matching love seat.

The apartment 'tree house' is nestled amongst hundred year old oaks on two acres which include a citrus grove and pond. When in season, you can enjoy tree ripened mangoes and citrus. While having breakfast on the porch, you'll have a beautiful view of the Manatee River. In the evening, watching the sunset while having cocktails by the fire will provide a chance to see the manatees swim past the boat dock, or you may choose to watch the sunset from the Jacuzzi.

We are 1 1/2 hours from Disney World, and hour from Busch Gardens and Mote Marine, a world class aquamarine research facility which gives tours.

Keywords: Above Garage Apartment

More Details

Capt. Bob Willard
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Capt. Bob Willard

Cathy's grandparents settled on Snead Island in 1957, she's called it home ever since. We've been married since 1980, at which time we moved aboard our 32' sailboat. For the next 20 years we lived and worked on private, corporate and charter boats, Bob as Captain/Engineer, Cathy as 1st Mate/Cook. We now enjoy racing our 22' Morgan sailboat and riding our Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Capt. Bob Willard purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Capt. Bob Willard chose Palmetto

It's been in the family since 1974. We lived in the apartment, now we live in the main house.

What makes this apartment unique

The water, view, wildlife, weather, gardening, working the property. Nature peserve within walking distance and good fihing all around. Easy drive to the Orlando and Tampa theme parks.


Palmetto Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Lazyboy with Queen air mattress.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Private dock on the property with easy access to the Manatee River ,Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Citrus grove with free fruit in seaaon.


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'Snead Island Tree House' Waterfront Apartment on 2 Acre Lot
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

Share a slice of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

The Tree House is a roomy beautifully appointed suite nestled in the trees, above a garage on a two acre estate at the mouth of the Manatee river.

Our hosts, Cathy and Capt. Bob live in the main house and are pleased to share their version of paradise with their guests.

The suite is furnished exquisitely, as if the owners lived there, which the did for many years. The views are marvelous, sunset every night, birds, wildlife....paradise.

Next door...Emerson wildlife preserve, with walking trails, wildlife, and...more paradise.

Oh, and make sure you visit The Clam House for dinner. A special treat!

Thanks Cathy and Bob. You were most gracious hosts.

Mark and Melody

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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  • 5 of 5

The space, quiet, nearby nature trails, and pelicans diving for fish helped make this a perfect escape from the city and theme parks. The kitchen is well appointed and our teenagers greatly appreciated the internet and boundless tv channels (we even picked up world juniors games - somewhat obscure hockey - as a pleasant treat).

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful bayside rental

  • 4 of 5

Pictures and description are accurate. The owners have a very peaceful retreat home and make you feel like a guest in their home. They are very gracious hosts and always present. They were very easy to work with, everything was beautiful and in working order. You couldn't have asked for more from the space.

We really enjoyed the beautiful cleastory windows and the view of the bay.

The area is very secluded and safe. There are no exterior locks on the treehouse and we had no issues whatsoever.

Our dogs loved walking in Emerson Point Preserve which is literally right out the front door!

Beautiful beaches were only about 15-20 miles away on Anna Marie Island.

Snead Island treehouse is a little slice of heaven!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful old Florida charm

  • 5 of 5

Cathy and Bob are warm and friendly and welcomed us to their very cozy and updated treehouse apartment. The surrounding big oak trees make for a very peaceful and relaxing stay. And watching the wildlife from the balcony or near the water is a plus as well. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the treehouse was one of the best experiences we have had in Florida. The grounds were beautiful old Florida. The treehouse had everything you would want. Capt Bob and Kathy were a pleasure to and hear their stories. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We would rate it 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at the Tree House. Bob and Kathy communicated well and everything went smoothly. This is a tropical paradise with years and years of love and care evident everywhere you look! Pictures don't do the area justice. The tree house had everything we needed. We'll definitely be back!!!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Emerson Point Park is a short walk from our property and takes up the entire NW tip of Snead Island rather than the small area shown on Google map.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $10
Tax Rate 12.0%

Winter stays over the seven day minimum will be at $130.00 per night. Shorter stays will be accepted if no reservation has been received. January through April are month only rentals.

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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