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Bay Front, 1 BR/ 1 BA, Directly on Tampa Bay with Dock

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Property is located directly on Tampa Bay!!! 80 foot boat dock, Brilliant sunsets with views of St. Pete skyline in the distance!!! Enjoy dolphins, manatees, sting rays, seagulls, pelicans, osprey and many other fish and birds in the back yard. South shore Tampa Bay is known for some of the best fishing around. Launch a kayak right outside your door, or play Bocce Ball on the court and eat in the picnic area.

This bayside retreat has two units. One upstairs ('Pelican Side'), which has two bedrooms, see listing #1270319; and one at ground level ('Dolphin Side'), which is the one bedroom listed here. Special events are permitted when booking both units for the same dates.

Dolphin Side is a one bedroom bayside unit with no steps to climb. The large bedroom has a queen-size bed. The living room has a soft leather couch, love seat, rattan chairs, and terrific bay front views, a flat 42 inch LED TV, Dish Network programming with over 235 channels (America's Top 200) and a DVD player with a small library of fun movies. And the living room has a nook/den with two twin beds for extra comfort. The dining room has a terrific table with seating for six. The full kitchen has a range, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, dishes, and all cookware. The bathroom has an extra large shower (handicap accessible), hair dryer, iron and ironing board. There is also a washer and dryer in the utility room. This one bedroom unit can accommodate four people on comfortable beds.

This bayside retreat is centrally located being between Tampa and Bradenton/Sarasota areas. The property is only a few miles from E.G. Simmons Park which has a boat launch, a beach and walking paths with views of Tampa Bay. Little Harbor Resort is just down the street offering a Tiki bar, live entertainment, and waterfront dining. There are many golf courses nearby. We are dog friendly. Off street parking with 1-2 spaces to park your boat trailer and vehicle. And, walking distance to Shell Point Marina.

25% discount for booking 28 nights (approximately one week free)!

100% refund if cancelled 90 days prior to stay.

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, house

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Darryl

Hi, my name is Darryl. I divide my time between this place and Atlanta. I like the property because of the terrific sunsets nearly every evening, and it's located directly on the bay. I also like quiet Ruskin (home of the famous Ruskin tomato) with it's old school Florida charm. And if you like more activity, it's a 20 minute drive (via Port of Tampa) to Ybor City in Tampa, or a marina at St. Pete, or about an hour and a half to Orlando. I hope you enjoy the place as much as I do!!!

Darryl purchased this cottage in 2011


Ruskin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tampa Bay Frontage with 80 foot dock, Dining room seats six, Bocce Ball court on property, Picnic area, Fire pit


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(33 traveler reviews)

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Bay Front, 1 BR/ 1 BA, Directly on Tampa Bay with Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view of Tampa Bay; you can see St. Petersburg. Cottage is lovely. Very clean, kitchen well-stocked and the bedding is wonderful in the master bedroom. It's a large Master and it has nice closets so you don't have to live out of a suitcase. Dresser was clean inside and provided us the room we needed. Big walk in shower with a rain shower head. Extremely quiet neighborhood. The owner was very quick to respond to all my inquiries.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The "little house" on the Bay was great, as it has been in the past. The added bonus this year was the perfect November weather. We look forward to another visit next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Views - Great Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th or 5th time staying here - so that should tell you something. As I have said in my previous reviews - the view from this house that sits on the bay is stunning - the sunsets can't be beat - especially in the summer! We have cocktails on the dock, fish and just hang out. We see dolphins, manatees, jumping fish and great bird watching!

The house is centrally located to Tampa, St. Petes. However, we love to travel around and go to St. John's Pass, Tarpon Springs, Ybor City - all well within an hours drive.

The owner has thought of everything for your stay! You can't go wrong!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Anniversary Stay

  • 5 of 5

This was a very quiet, peaceful, relaxing place. It's location was perfect and not far at all from lots of places to go.

The view was gorgeous, nice sitting on dock in the mornings drinking coffee. All the amenities you need down to spare umbrellas..

If we ever get back to this area, we will definitely be checking this hidden spot again.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property was great and set up nicely for vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. With 3 days of amusement parks and 3 days at Fort De Soto, this was the perfect place to come to and just relax afterwards. Loved fishing off the peer and watching the sunset over Tampa from across the bay.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Right on the bay and all you need for a great stay! Darryl is wonderful! Quick response to all messages and even left us a bottle of wine to enjoy. Thank you, Darryl! We highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Car: recommended

80 foot dock, Bocce Ball court on property, Picnic area, Fire pit


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90

All national holidays are "In Season" rates for nightly and weekly stays....... Please inquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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