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"OLD FLORIDA" RIVERSIDE POOL COTTAGE THAT TIME FORGOT

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

If you’re looking for a standardized, franchised, typical vacation setting, this is not for you. But if you’d like to rediscover the best of Old-Florida living, our cottage facing the beautiful St. Sebastian River is just the kind of place you’re looking for.

Remember when Florida was known as a semitropical paradise, a place to relish indoor-outdoor living, where your comfortable, casual vacation bungalow was designed to catch the breezes and stay cool? Remember when palm trees swaying in the breeze at the water's edge were more of an attraction than mini-golf and T-shirt huts? Remember when beaches were peaceful and secluded, and you didn’t have to spend time searching for a private spot to lay down your beach towels?

Just a mile upstream from the Indian River lagoon and a short drive from the unspoiled beaches of the barrier islands, follow the sandy lanes along the banks of the Saint Sebastian River into the heart of Sebastian’s historic Roseland community. This is one of those little Florida enclaves that haven’t changed very much over the decades-- because the residents have fought to maintain the character of the place that drew them there in the first place.

Our non-smoking home features two comfortable bedrooms and clear views of the river from the living room and glassed-in Florida room. Casual and colorful, our stylish midcentury furnishings lend a peaceful air to this quiet getaway. Newly installed Italian glass terrazzo floors reflect the Florida sunshine through the new awning windows. The charming nostalgic kitchen boasts the original custom-built Dade County pine cabinets and vintage Formica countertops, still in fine condition. We’ve also updated this fully stocked kitchen with modern appliances for the best of old and new. A separate utility room includes a washer and dryer, and there is even an enclosed rear porch where you can drop your things on returning from the beaches or the new Sebastian water park...

Or, step out onto the pool deck in the fenced backyard! The new pool is solar heated and features a swanky tanning shelf. Soak up Florida's famous rays in the lounge chairs or at the outdoor dining table.

In the front yard, relax and enjoy the comfortable, natural Florida setting. While lounging on the patio shaded by coconut trees and Sabal palms, enjoy an unobstructed view of the pristine and wildlife-friendly Sebastian River. Have your breakfast at the patio table while watching the seagulls and pelicans fish for theirs. There is a smaller covered patio outside the Florida room/sleeping porch, so you can decide just how “outdoorsy” you want to be.

Directly across the sandy drive is the Roseland Community Park. Here you can stroll along the banks of the St. Sebastian, or take advantage of the public dock to fish, read, or just catch the sunset. Sit quietly for a while, and you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees as they play and forage. There’s no question that you’ll soon be visited by some of Sebastian’s famous pelicans.

If you’re not familiar with the Sebastian River area, you’re in for a delightful surprise. This is where manatees come to over-winter. Dolphins, birds, fish, and nature-loving humans love the Sebastian River. You will, too! Pelican Island, the country's first National Wildlife Refuge, was established here over a century ago. Ever since, Sebastian has remained a place that cherishes its natural beauty and makes a special effort to preserve it.

With the Sebastian River right across the way, and with the Indian River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean only minutes away, you'll never run out of things to do here.

The beaches on the barrier island, across the Indian River lagoon, are practically deserted. Take a ride on the "Sebastian River Queen Jungle tour," a pontoon boat tour of the Sebastian River that passes in front of your vacation cottage, on a photo safari quest for dolphins, herons, and alligators. Like surfing? The Sebastian Inlet is one of the top spots on Florida's coast to surf. Feeling really daring? Skydive Sebastian, billing itself as "Florida's most scenic drop zone," is only a mile away.

If you should tire of the peace and quiet, the attractions of Orlando are just an hour and a half away. Or tour the facilities of NASA's Cape Canaveral, an hour to the north. If you’re lucky enough to be here at the time of a space launch, watch the northeastern skies at launch time for a special treat.

Need more room than this cottage offers? Only a few doors away is our Sebastian Riverfront cabana guesthouse with pool and boat dock (see “All My Rental Listings,” below).

If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, prepackaged predictability, or a gated resort that could be anywhere in the world… keep looking. But if you’re like us and love the Florida that has enchanted out-of-town visitors for decades, spend a little time here. You’ll be glad you did.

Keywords: Breezy Florida Bungalow

More Details

Owner
call Glenn at (772) 532 8386
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

Amenities

Sebastian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Maximum 4 vehicles at property. No loud noise or music poolside. Smoking is allowed OUTSIDE of house only.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Heywood-Wakefield queen bed in master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) two Heywood-Wakefield twin beds in guest room, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) double sleeper-sofa in Florida room
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Private fenced backyard with new pool! Large palm-shaded patio facing the St.Sebastian River in the front, Ceiling fans, Washer and Dryer, Cooking utensils, stylish mid-century casual tableware, and linens provided. Classic vintage-retro furniture including Heywood Wakefield beds. No smoking inside our home, please! License IRC-STVR-16-11-11, max vehicles 4, max nightly occupancy 6, no special events/parties, must obey county's "good neighbor" noise regulations

Reviews

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(13 traveler reviews)

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"OLD FLORIDA" RIVERSIDE POOL COTTAGE THAT TIME FORGOT
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews
1

Worst home I ever rented from VRBO

  • 1 of 5

One couch for everyone to sit in the living room, had to pull and push to open the door from the kitchen to the outside, water smells terrible and tub does not drain properly, no dishwasher, no music allowed outside even during the day, neighbor is weird.

Overpriced, old home that needs major work.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Worst guest I ever rented to on VRBO Didn't follow simple arrival and departure info. House was filthy when guest left. Dog hair everywhere...furniture, walls, ceiling fans...everywhere! Dog "presents" left in back yard. This is a two-bedroom cottage, NOT a party house. I'm sorry this guest thinks we didn't provide enough seating, since there's seating for 6 in the living room, 8 in the family room, and three on the sunporch, not to mention all the patio chairs, chaises, and dining set outside. County regulations limit outside noise and music, and rightly so, out of respect for our residential neighborhood, as this is NOT a party house. And as a hands-on, attentive landlord who lives 4 doors away from this cottage, I respond with lightning speed to any maintenance issues like slow drains or adjustments to water filtration. Complaining after the fact does a guest no good.
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4

Quiet and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Very cozy and clean inside. Outside needs TLC and exterior lighting. Very dark at night.Owner is excellent and attentive. Very quiet relaxing spot.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fleming Island, FL
5

Adorable pet friendly cottage

  • 5 of 5

cute decorated cottage, conveniently located to everything. Owner attentive to your needs. Super plus is that it is pet friendly with the fenced yard and the home interior. Thanks Glenn for a wonderful visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Greenville, SC
5

Awesome place ~ I would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • 5 of 5

We come to the Sebastian area at least once a year to visit family in Mico. This is the first time we've opted to rent a house instead of to crash with the fam. Glenn's accomodations were better than I had imagined in so many ways. The home was super clean and comfortable. The kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms were stocked with everything we might have needed. Everything from bottled water to bug spray was available. The house is well decorated and overall I would describe as a happy place to relax in. With bright colors and terrazzo floors it didn't feel dingy, or like a museum. In fact we showed up with our 3 little boys and two giant German shepherds and we lived there comfortably. Glenn, the owner made himself available if we had any problems or concerns, which we didn't, and he didn't panic because we are a scary bunch:)

If you have dogs, or kids, or both or neither I can't recommend this house enough! The private pool was icing on the cake, and we enjoyed it at least twice/day even if only for a few minutes. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Cloud, FL
5

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and relaxing property. Love the pool and the location! Thank you Glenn for everything, it was an amazing weekend!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tamarac, FL
4

Charming cottage on the water that time forgot. Private pool & secluded backyard.

  • 4 of 5

Glen was very nice & explained everything in detail. Lots of nice touches everywhere. Nice thick towels in bath & pool room. Had floats as well to enjoy. Lots of room in the backyard for our 2 small dogs to enjoy. There is a small park across the dirt road that fronts the St. Sebastian River. Close to beaches & shopping/dining.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canoeing, Birdwatching, Skydiving, The restaurants and shops of Sebastian are nearby, or find a wider variety of stores, and cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne (25 minutes away), We will send you a detailed Sebastian River Area visitor's guide after you book your reservation

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $90 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Maximum sleeping occupancy 6 people. Maximum 4 cars at property. No special events on-site. No smoking inside house (outside is fine).

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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