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Perfect Art-filled Beach Cottage - 2BR, 1BA - Great Location!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,080 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Welcome to Ruthie’s Retreat, a fabulous freshly updated cottage, conveniently located in the heart of Anna Maria's historic district. It's positioned within an easy stroll (2.5 blocks) to the gulf beach, Ginny and Jane E's and The Sandbar Restaurant. This enchanting mid-century 2 bedroom, 1 bath coastal cottage has undergone an extensive restoration resulting in a truly captivating island retreat.

The master BR has a king size bed with dually-controlled comfort settings and the second BR sleeps 2 with two twin beds. Comfortable, relaxed furnishings throughout include wicker, whimsical upholstered chairs and island flair accessories. This delightful cottage will surely capture your heart!

Some of the many amenities of this cottage include: sparkling terrazzo floors; numerous ceiling fans; 2 lg flat screen TVs w/cable and DVD with a large library of DVD films; secure WiFi Internet service; comfortable family room seating; an eat-in screened porch; a granite top kitchen island and all kinds of beach items to make your stay even more special. Towels, two adult bikes, beach chairs, sun umbrella, wagon, noodles, floats and beach toys are also included.

Enclosing the side yard, framed by a white picket fence, is a robust herb garden, a table and landscaping that offers color and tropical privacy. You can't ask for a better location! This is a great place to call your home away from home.

The free island trolley/bus runs every 20 min both north and southbound and takes you the length of the island and beyond.

Keywords: Fresh, clean, updated, beach cottage, comfortable, family and pet friendly, north end of AMI

More Details

Property Manager
Ruth Lyerly
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Ruth Lyerly

We have four absolutely amazing sons and two precious grandchildren. Their favorite place to be is on the island with Mimi and Geepa. Cooking and spending time with friends and family are our passions...and maybe a little Tampa Bay Rays baseball and NFL games.

Ruth Lyerly purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Ruth Lyerly chose Anna Maria

My husband's work takes him all over the world and nothing is more relaxing for him than to drive 20 minutes from home and feel as though he's on vacation. Our middle son is a charter captain on the island, Captain Josh, which comes in quite handy for a fishing outing or supplies for a Friday night fish fry. We will retire on this island.

What makes this cottage unique

All of our out of town friends and family who have vacationed on AMI enjoy the quaint feel of the island and the ability to walk almost anywhere.....we couldn't agree more.


Anna Maria Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Full with tub/shower combo
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master BR with ing (comfort controls for each side)
  • 1 King bed in master BR w/dual firmness controls for maximum comfort. Second BR has 2 twin beds. Cottage sleeps 4 max.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Two adult bikes, beach chairs, wagon, floating noodles, beach towels, beach mats, a cooler and assorted beach toys are available in the shed for your enjoyment.


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Perfect Art-filled Beach Cottage - 2BR, 1BA - Great Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful comfy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Ruth for sharing your cottage with us. The short walk to the beach (and the ice cream shop :) ) was amazing. I love your artistic flair throughout the cottage. We spent every morning having our coffee on the screened in porch. It was better than I could have envisioned. We had stayed on Anna Marie Island before in one of the condos - this was an entirely different experience and we loved it. Thanks again - I couldn't recommend any higher!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. I hope you will keep us in mind when you visit AMI again.
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Safety Harbor

Very cute cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean and well appointed. Only 2 blocks from the beach. And a short walk to Pine ave for restaurants. Bed was very comfortable. And my dogs loved the fenced in side yard. Would stay here again. Ruth the owner was very nice and pleasant even after I broke something. She was very understanding. Would recommend for anyone with dogs..

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington Ky

Ky couple

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the cottage. Clean, comfortable, a real old Fl feel.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hoffman Estates, IL

Ruthie's Retreat is the best!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on June 9th and were delighted to see such a cute, well decorated cottage. The proximity to the beach, just 2 short blocks was wonderful, and we could walk to the Sandbar restaurant and Ginny and Janes. The small fenced in area outside was the favorite spot for our two small dogs! The cottage is very charming and very, very comfortable. We will be back as soon as we can arrange the time! Thanks for such a wonderfully relaxing place to spend our vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisville, Kentucky

Cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect. The location was right in the heart of things. We walked almost everywhere we went. We loved the art work. Everything was just great.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sackville, NB CANADA

Ruthie's Retreat has it all.

  • 5 of 5

Ruthie’s Retreat was the key factor in our wonderful stay on AMI. Its location is perfect.The Gulf, the shops on Pine Avenue, City Pier and lots of great restaurants are all just a short walk away. In addition to being as cute as the photos suggest, the cottage is amazingly well-equipped and offered plenty of space when our family grew to five during one week of our stay. I can’t think of a single thing we needed that was not provided. The owner even found us a ‘pack n play’ when she learned our granddaughter would be visiting. We really appreciated having the use of the bicycles and a full complement of beach accessories. The weather was perfect and we used them every day. The property manager and owner could not have been more helpful in making sure we enjoyed our stay. It was hard to leave. Ruthie’s is truly a gem.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $275

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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