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Large Old Florida Family Home Near Manatee River & Lewis Park

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Spacious old Florida house, one level, long ranch-style, with cypress wood walls. Large living room with cathedral ceiling and wood burning fireplace. Adjoining porch surrounded by jalousie windows with view of shady, private, fenced back yard. Porch door opens onto concrete terrace for barbecuing and relaxing.

Compact but complete kitchen opens into living room through a bar pass-through so the cook can be part of the party. Large, private master bedroom with king size bed and bath at end of hall. Two additional bedrooms and one bath along hall - 1 large bedroom sleeps four (dorm style with two twin beds and one double bed) and 1 smaller bedroom with a comfy king size bed.

Perfect central location for exploring the Bradenton/Sarasota area and central Florida, then retreating back to this quiet neighborhood near the Manatee river that's great for walking and biking. You can send the kids to the park a block away to play ball. Fifteen minutes to Gulf Beaches, less than five minutes to grocery shopping and downtown Bradenton with the Village of the Arts.

Kitchen is fully furnished with huge cookbook collection and plenty of dishes; flat screen TV in living room, TV in master bedroom, cable and WiFi internet. A well behaved dog is welcome and safe in the fenced back yard, but please leave your cats at home.

This home is cozy and casual. It's not too big for two people but can accommodate eight comfortably. From the porch or master bedroom you can see the tropical fenced backyard, or pull the curtains for complete privacy. This location is quiet & peaceful and 2 blocks from the Manatee river. It's very convenient for access to shopping, local beaches, and area attractions.

This is a non-smoking home, thank you.

Keywords: Family friendly, convenient location, quiet neighborhood, shady, private fenced-in back yard. In the River District, with good biking and walking.

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About The Owner

Peggy is a Bradenton native who grew up in this house from the time it was built in 1952. After college she moved to a northern Vermont farmhouse where she and her husband, Dennis, raised their family and still live. Peggy is the director of the county historical museum and the family operates a mail order Christmas wreath business. Dennis is a blacksmith, ski patroller and town lister. Peggy inherited this house when her mother died in 2006. Her mother collected cookbooks and enjoyed entertaining her friends with good food and good company. We hope our guests will carry on this fine tradition!

The Owner purchased this house in 1952

Why The Owner chose River District

Our family wants to keep this second home as a welcome retreat from winters in Vermont; it's our base in Florida to sail, kayak and swim, and to connect with old friends and family. It's a great house with wonderful memories and good energy. This is also our piece of Florida where we've planted avocado and orange trees to enjoy for years to come.

What makes this house unique

This house is cozy and casual; not too big for two people, but can comfortably accommodate eight. From the porch or the master bedroom you can see the tropical, fenced backyard or pull the curtains for complete privacy. This location is quiet and peaceful, with good walking and biking along the river. It's also very convenient to shopping, the beach, and area attractions.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We love it here in the “Day House.” Everything is so cozy, child friendly and quiet in this neighborhood and Bradenton is beautiful. We fell in love with the Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach farther towards Cortez. We loved watching the sunsets and swimming in the 80 degree heat. We ate dinner at the Star Fish Company in Cortez and the Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Cortez. Yum. We also visited DeSoto Park near St. Petersburg. Very beautiful beaches, with lots of walking and biking. We enjoyed bike rides from this house to the Robinson Nature Preserve and back (about 16 miles round trip.) Thank you for the accommodations. We hope to be back next February.
Feb 2010
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River District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Fenced in back yard; AC wall and window units (no central AC), old Florida attic fans (2), wood burning fireplace, board games and an extensive collection of cook books. All linens provided.


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Large Old Florida Family Home Near Manatee River & Lewis Park
average rating of 3.0 based on 6 reviews

Bradenton house

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House is very dark lots of trees so no sun light can get it. The house was dirty, master bedroom bed smelt musty so bad we couldn't use the bed.. only positive was its large for a bigger group

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Location, House Needs Updating

  • 1 of 5

The house has a lot of room and a very nice patio and backyard. However, it is an old house and needs updating and cleaning. I stayed in the house for 3 days and discovered rats were in the kitchen and attic. The owner was very good about it and refunded the money for the days I was not in the house. She provided a prompt refund. I would not recommend this house unless the rats are exterminated and some updating and maintenance is done to the interior.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were surprised that the renter caught a rodent. I flew right down, and hired an exterminator. We set traps out every night. I left food on the counter which was untouched. I think this renter got the one rodent in the house, and the exterminator got the one in the attic. Hurricane Irma roared through the neighborhood in the fall, disturbing wildlife habitat, and blowing some protective coverings from roofs. I did climb on the roof and adjust a screen over an opening that could have allowed something in. I also had all the little items she complained about fixed. Before this renter came, the house was cleaned, but apparently the kitchen sink was not. This is a 1952 house, where I grew up, and is in a nice location because it is in the older part of town, near the river. It is well built, with old Florida character. We plan to install central AC/heat this spring, and that is all the "updating" we intend to do. If you want modern condominium Florida,. look somewhere else, and pay the price.
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This is a keeper!

  • 5 of 5

I needed a place to de-stress from a job that I retired from and this home did it! I cannot say enough good things about this home - it has a very large living room and dining/enclosed porch area, and for me, a nice small kitchen with everything in easy reach, the house is spacious and clean - more than enough room. If I had a question, the owner (Peggy) responded very quickly. I really enjoyed talking with her and hearing of the history of the house when I first arrived. I planned to stay 3 weeks and was very excited to be there. The description of the rental was right on, no surprises.

Peaches is a nice, homey restaurant with numerous locations throughout the county and island.

The backyard is fenced which I needed for my small dogs (they enjoyed their vacation, too).

The house is in the perfect location - a couple blocks from the River that made for a nice walk each morning; a short driving distance to Anna Maria Island and beautiful beaches and attractions,in close proximity to the airport and to Sarasota, lots of shopping (especially antiques and thrift stores) - what more could anybody ask for?

I could go on and on, I highly recommend this vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation, and felt comfortable in the house. It is good place, and I can't wait to get back there myself.
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Good and Bad

  • 3 of 5

While there are several things to recommend this property there are also several things that recommend against it.

What it has going for it:

In a wonderful historic neighborhood on the Manatee River

Close to beaches, Sarasota, St. Pete, Ana Maria Island, Historic Palmetto

Owners who are easy to deal with, very helpful and knowledgable of area

Reasonably priced

Convenient ot excellent restaurants and grocery stores if want to eat in

Greeted with Gelveta coffee

A.C. units get nice and cold

While not a big kitchen, a well stocked one for cooking

What the problems are:

Unfortunately "old Florida" meant old everything

One bicycle with huge holes in seat and one bicycle with only one working brake

Furniture that is worn and uncomfortable

Mattresses that are hard

Pillows that are thin and sheets that are thinner (thread count felt like 100, maybe)

Toilet paper thinner than the sheets

One bathroom shower had more water spray from the faucets than the showerhead

Bathrooms are very, very tiny

Bedrooms and beds smelled musty

Three different kinds of roaches and large spiders found in one bath and one bedroom (and I'm from Florida and am used to a few bugs)

Some restaurants we enjoyed:

Peaches for breakfast

Rod and Reel on pier on Ana Maria Island

Sandollar for sunset on Ana Maria beach

Columbia on St. Armand's Circle for lunch

Hickory Hollow for the best bar-b-que ever!

Ringling complex - home, circus and art museums and grounds are a must see

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

Ana Maria beach one of the most beautiful we've ever seen

Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete

Gamble Antebellum Mansion

Stroll through historic neighborhood in Bradenton and Palmetto, across the river

Bicycle along Riverview Drive

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2012
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house was built in 1952, when bathrooms were small. It has not been "updated". It is clean, comfortable, and family friendly. If you are looking for the modern house in a new development, this is not the place for you. The above reviewer, when she contacted us, had said she was attracted by the old house with an attic fan, so she should have known that if you open the windows and turn on the fan you can change all the air in the house in an hour. She also asked to use our bikes. One has a woman's seat, which has a well placed hole in the middle, and does have one tear, and it will be replaced. The house is regularly sprayed for bugs. Our family prefers firm mattresses, Scott toilet paper, and cotton sheets. There are so many pillows in the house, with a variety of thicknesses and shapes, you can find the one to your liking. The furniture is not new, but comfortable, and not worn. Our house has old Florida character, good energy, great location, and plenty of space. If you are looking for "new Florida", please look elsewhere.
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently stayed @ this wonderful home. The home is so cozy. Our group consisted of 6 adults and 2 children. We had ample room and were very comfortable. There was plenty of sleeping space and seating so we never felt crowded. There was something for everyone to do. My children played board games, my mother, grandmother, and I read from the collection of books (local history, novels, and cookbooks), my brother used the wifi, my husband relaxed in a recliner and watched TV, my dad walked around the yard. The yard is beautiful...we loved sitting outback at the patio while enjoying the tropical plants and trees. We used the grill and ate together in the large screened dinner area. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes and utensils; there wasnt anything I needed to prepare a meal that wasnt provided. Peggy was extremely helpful and provided me with lots of information and suggestions for the local area. The home is very close to the beach, Publix, and many other stores and restaurants but is set back away from the hustle and bustle. We would love to stay here again next year. Thank you Peggy!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Spring Training at McKechnie Field in Bradenton; Baltimore Orioles Baseball Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The Village of the Arts; South Florida Museum and Art Center Manatee are all right here, a couple minutes away in the City of Bradenton.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.5%

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