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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
We stayed at the Riverside Cottage and absolutely loved it. Glenn could not have been more welcoming and thoughtful in anticipating our stay. He knew we were looking forward to swimming in the pool and had bright striped beautiful beach towels piled up waiting for us. Nice touch, Glen! The home was spotless, clean and very comfortable in terms of relaxing spaces, sleeping and reading. I can’t imagine staying in a hotel room when you can stay here and enjoy your own private space with gardens, pool, completely appointed kitchen and down to earth Florida experience. We went for long walks on the beautiful local beaches and had a fabulous unwind relaxing long weekend. I would recommend any of Glenn’s properties for rental as he is a wonderful host, he even made time to show us his other gardens and gave us an inside view of what it is like to garden in Florida. A very rich down to earth experience!
Words can't describe. Just returned home after spending eight nights here and it was awesome. Very tastefully decorated and so comfortable. The owner was awesome. We discovered we had no hot water and within minutes, the owner had a plumber on the the way. Without a doubt, this was one of my best rentals ever. Will definitely be returning.
My husband & I loved Glenn's cottage. The cottage was clean, and we could tell that much care had been given to finding the exact pieces for the retro theme décor, including a cook book from which I copied some recipes. The location was quiet & the pool was secluded. We would definitely stay there again.
We needed a place to stay before we returned to our home in Micco, FL and Glenn's place far exceeded every expectation. Glenn greeted us in the driveway and walked us through every detail set up to make our stay perfect. We found the bungalo to be impeccably clean and the kitchen supplied more than even my gourmand husband could have used. The privacy of the pool and backyard is sublime and we heartily recommend to any choosy renter. We can't wait to see his other properties!
Our family of three had an incredible time at Glenn's cottage. We were thrilled at the retro decor. He has taken much time in putting together a quaint home with so many things to see and enjoy. A lot of collecting went into making this all work, right down to colour scheme of dishes, lamps, floors were beautiful , etc etc. We were greated with fresh fruit, chocolate, local paper and some beautiful Bougainvilla flowers in vases, right from his yard. Nice added touch! Beds were also very comfy. So many places to sit and relax including a beautiful backyard pool which we thoroughly enjoyed and a brand new BBQ. The extended living space we enjoyed so much. Opening the windows and getting a cool breeze from the river across the street. We enjoyed walking to the community dock each day and chat with locals about the fish they were catching. Had a great time browsing quaint areas of Sebastian and found a great coffee shop. We also hung out at Golden Sands Beach. Glenn had recommended this spot, thanks Glenn. We would come back and extend our stay. So much more for us to explore in this area. Wonderful stay thanks to our host Glenn.
Our family reunited in the Sebastian area for the holidays and the 85th birthday celebration of the patriarch of the family and chose the Riverside Cottage that Time Forgot to be our home base. What a good choice that turned out to be. The cottage is retro-vibe charming and at the same time able to accommodate the modern demands of guests that wish to cook in and enjoy the lovely setting. The cottage is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood with views of the natural Florida habitat that borders the St Sebastian River...very peaceful and beautiful. The pool was a perfect size and the swim up shelf was perfect for our little grandson to play on. The weather cooperated and was warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. While we were there we made trips to the unspoiled beaches, about a 10-5 minute drive, enjoyed the Brevard County Zoo..another gem and rented a pontoon boat to explore the "Spoil Islands" of the Indian River and search for Manatees and alligators (yes! we did see them) along the Sebastian River. What a great time! Recommend highly. The owner, Glenn, was very available for any questions and promptly responded to communication. He even opened the cottage back up for me after we had left and I realized I was missing a very special Christmas present. He interrupted his day and even helped us search for it. Found it! Thank you, Glenn for a wonderful time.
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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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
|Cleaning fee||$90 + Tax|
A deposit of 50% of the rental rate confirms your reservation. The balance is due one week before your arrival. Deposit is 100% refundable, minus credit card fees, up until 2 months before your arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.