Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Tropical Private Island Retreat with 300 ft Private Beach - Simply Unmatched

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Exclusive private-island home - Boat access only - sleeps 12 in 4 suites

Set on 2 acres of land on a 38 acre private island, this home (completed in 2010) will provide an island vacation experience for you and your family like no other.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and an outdoor shower. All rooms view out over the azure waters of Longboat Pass, with 300 feet of beachfront, palm trees, shaded hammocks, and private dock.

Boat Access - Reasonably priced discounted local boat rentals are available for our guests from Cannons Marina on Longboat Key or Bradenton Beach Marina - both a short distance away from the Island in protected well marked Inter-coastal waters. Or bring your own boat.

House - The house opens on both the east and west side with 4 pocketing 12 foot sliding doors opening onto large screened decks for lounging and dining.

Sleeping - The main floor Master bedroom deck has an outdoor claw-foot tub with hot and cold water and private bath with large shower. One of the upstairs 2-room bedroom suites sleeps up to 5 each, and the other sleeps 3. Both have private baths. All bedrooms open onto decks. Bed totals = 4 queen custom made beds with one capable of being separated for two twins, plus 3 twin beds. All Linens and towels are provided.

Kitchen - Fully equipped kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Kitchen Aid Appliances, as well as a Kitchen Aid food processor and Vita-mix blender, coffee maker and Nespresso Machine and Foamer. Sound system with IPad/IPhone docking and High Speed Wifi. Surrounded by fine-dining, one of the prettiest beaches and amazing fishing, there is plenty to keep you busy – or swing in the hammocks and order Pizza to be delivered.

The house faces west for spectacular sunsets. You are surrounded by pristine boating and swimming water the best gulf and bay fishing on the west coast of Florida. You will have use of 2 stand up paddle boards, 2 double person kayaks, 2 children's kayaks and a canoe. We also have a variety of fishing poles but for serious fisherman you should bring your own salt water fly or cast rods.Wildlife. During a typical stay you will see dolphins playing off the beach, manatees often, tarpon, sea turtles and a. Adt array of gulf coast fish. You will see osprey, great horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, screech owls, white and brown pelicans, frigates, cormorants, anhingas and many other sea birds. There are no poisonous snakes or other dangerous wildlife on island....

Fishing. Fly and cast fishing is epic as the waters surrounding the island are known by the locals as "The Kitchen".

Beach-coming is also wonderful on property and along the sandbar. Exploring our private island is fun for all. The kids will enjoy the 200' Zip line.

There is a massive number of family games, DVD's and High speed internet with Apple TV with access to Netflix and other movie options.

More Details

Stephen Ellis
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Stephen Ellis

Your hosts built this dreamy private island getaway within an easy boat ride from their principle home. 'We designed and built our dream home to share with our friends and family and celebrate what is most important in life!' Mr.Ellis is an award-winning luxury home builder in Sarasota, Florida (MyGreenBuildings) and Mrs. Ellis is an RN, active Mom, focused on health and wellness, and a local leader in advocating for animal welfare issues.

Stephen Ellis purchased this house in 2010

Why Stephen Ellis chose Longboat Key

As an avid yachting family, the home was designed like no other to capture views, breezes, and the materials and furnishings used in the home reflect their best memories of yachting throughout New England and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the San Juan Islands in the Pacific North West, the Caribbean and Bahamas.

What makes this house unique

The view, amenities and the private location is beyond compare. The home is highly sought after and praised for its design, and has been published in 8 different local, regional and national glossy magazines, as well as news-papers and television. The anonymity of our guest list is paramount. Perhaps the most common unique benefit for our guests -- who have included famous actors, athletes and public figures -- has been the absolute privacy of the location, completely disconnected to the rest of the world -- yet still very close to everything with a boat.


Longboat Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bedroom 4 bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master 2 Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate toilet closet
    Bedroom 3 bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Separate toilet closet
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Baths are generous with white marble, tops, subway tile wet walls, white hexagon tile floors.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , can be split into twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Built in Bunk
    Master 2 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 2 room suite with private bath
  • All bedrooms have a private full baths - 3 in-suite. Master has private deck with an outdoor claw foot tub and hot and cold running water. There is a large outdoor shower on the ground level. Beds are all custom made from reclaimed hard wood cypress and historical beams, finished with non-toxic sealers. Mattresses are custom made eco-friendly memory foam with allergy materials and allergy free covers. Allergy free pillows for those with chemical sensitivity. Wonderful linens and covers. The home has wood heart of pine flooring throughout, with beautiful tongue and groove ceilings. The home opens up to the environment and on almost every day there are amazing cross breezes off of the gulf. All rooms open out to decks and view to the gulf and bay.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house has kayaks (2 double) 2 paddle boards, canoe, and we can arrange for a private boat, limo service, maid service. The home meets the highest green building standards rated as a platinum green home by Florida Green Building Coalition. The views, private beach, grounds are amazing and native. Hammocks swing under the coconut trees, and chairs can be brought into the water under a shaded black mangrove tree. There are plenty of areas for napping on hammocks scattered around the property, lots of kid games and family games. There are two 10 foot dining tables for large gatherings. Kitchen is Sub Zero, Wolf and Kitchen-aide. Boche large capacity washer and dryer.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

92% Complete
3% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
3% Complete
Tropical Private Island Retreat with 300 ft Private Beach - Simply Unmatched
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews

Very nice and very private property

  • 5 of 5

This is a great property and is as advertised. Extremely private, well maintained, and has a very nice and accommodating owner. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So great to have you enjoy our Island and hope to see you again! Thank you for taking such good care of the place. All our best - Catherine and Stephen Ellis
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Simply quintessential!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (including 6 children ages 6 weeks, 1 yr., 2 at 2 yrs. , 4 & 6 yrs. and up to 58 yrs with 3 generations!) spent a very relaxing, fun and safe week over Christmas and our experience was truly quintessential- we do not know how it could be improved upon! The home is absolutely beautiful inside and out, very welcoming, comfortable and well laid out and well equipped for our growing family. The spacious kitchen and family room (truly a great gathering space!) as well as the large dining tables & plenty of teak chairs made for great family mealtime together. The large covered & screened in porches off the gathering room were great for relaxing conversations & play areas for the little ones and watching the sunsets and boats on the water. And the beds & linens were the most comfortable we’ve experienced outside of our own!

We rented our boat from Cannons Marine and they were very helpful with everything from boating suggestions to fishing tips and helped us load and unload. From our own private white sand beach (perfect for sand castle building) & clear, clean waters we saw beautiful shells and dolphin every day while swimming and paddle boarding around the island. We also saw two manatees. The birds and wildlife around the island were fun to watch and the sunsets were spectacular. We fished everyday from the dock, out on the sand spit, and from the boat and caught fish every day. The paddleboards, kayaks, and canoe were used everyday and lots of fun making trips around the island. Steve and Catherine have truly created a little glimpse of Heaven here on earth! We look forward to the privilege of returning again in the future.

Larry and Maureen B

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maureen, we loved having you as our guests and being able to live vicariously through your description of your time on the island over this Christmas holiday. Looking forward to seeing your driftwood Christmas tree! Thanks for your kind remarks and we hope to have you all back someday soon! Happy New Year. Stephen and Catherine
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Nice property, overpriced and very inconvenient

  • 1 of 5

Its a romantic idea, house on an island. Then the reality sets in. If you have a large party, the house has room but everything has to be boated over. Frig is nice but regular size, so with a large party you're making a trip a day for ice. The 70' beach is really about 10' of usable beach. The lease requires that you remove all of your trash when you leave or the owner will keep your security deposit. Master bedrooms are very small and very basic, if you're looking for great amenities or frills then this is definitely not your place. Oh, did I mention the mosquitoes, take along a lot of insect repellent. Overall impression, nice place, but I can get a lot more at the resort in Longboat Key for a lot less money.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As reported by 100% of all other guests, our special Island getaway has consistently met or exceeded expectations. So I would suggest future guests take into consideration the following: In all the years of sharing our island home, we have never had to withhold any money from a security deposit, until this group trashed our home. Their lack of adhesrance to the both the house rules and the specific terms agreed to in the lease agreement and the general lack of respect for our home and distant neighbors was quite upsetting - but their deposit was indeed withheld to cover incurred extra costs, extra manpower and fuel, to manage the mess, alterations and damages we had to deal with. This home is on an island and as such mobilization, transportation and related work to get things done is expensive and time consuming. Two separate days were taken up to get the home back to the way we carefully prepare it for our guests. - We required a crew of 4 people on two separate days to deal with what was left behind for us. - Food waste, half full cups and drink bottles left under and around all of the beds. - The kitchen and living room and kitchen was trashed with waste. We filled up 30 bags of trash and consolidated all waste in large trash bags and loaded the back of the boat and had to haul them to a nearby marina to dispose of all waste left behind for us. - The House was left open and unlocked, lights on and air conditioning was down into the 60's with all windows sweating and wood floors were saturated in several rooms. We dried out the floors and cannot adequately assess the charging damage. - Large pieces of furniture were moved - dragged and scratched the floors - Our tech company spent two hours trouble shooting the sound system and found the speakers had been unplugged. - The oriental rug in the kitchen had sticky substance on it along with a spill of sticky red/purple stuff on deck and nearby furniture. - Additionally - Sunday during their stay at 9:52 PM I received a text from one of my neighbors complaining of noise and blasting music coming from our home; and another from another neighbor Monday morning at 1:25 AM from another neighbor complaining of the same thing...
Did you find this review helpful?
5 0


  • 5 of 5

Private house, great for families.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

We spent a week with family in this gorgeous island retreat to celebrate our daughter's wedding. Everything was PERFECT! This place made amazing memories for all of us!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect home on a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation at this spectacular house on this beautiful Island. We were two Swiss Families and we had an amazing time (4 Adults, 4 Kids). Coming from Switzerland we are not used to drive boats and live on Islands. But thanks to the help and contacts of Steve it was easy to rent a boat and drive to the Island. Even if we have never driven a boat before it was quit easy and we learned to drive to boat quit fast. Though living on the Island was very easy even if you come from a Country without Ocean and without any idea of driving a boat.

The house itself is spectacular. This was our third Florida Trip and we always lived in nice houses directly on the beach. But this house is different. It is much better than everything we rented before. It is an amazing place. The balcony, kitchen, bedrooms are very well furnished and equipped with everything you desire. You can feel the love that was put into the house by the owner family. If you had a wish to get the perfect Island House, you want to have this one.

There are also many toys for young and old. Standup-Paddle-Boards, Kayaks, Kanus everything is there. During day times you enjoy the beaches and at the evening you watch the stunning sunset. Can't be any better.

For shopping you drive to the marina, where you can park your car and go to the next Publix. This was also very easy. Or you go with your boat to one of the many restaurants. There are lots of places that server excellent food. And going out for dinner with a boat is even cooler as going out with your car.

Living on an Island really slows you down. You have time for your books, good talks and all the good stuff you can do with your family. We saw dolphins every day, we explored the Island by land and by sea and we did boat trips. It was amazing.

We hope to come back one day to this dream location.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your families were terrific guests and we loved finding the notes you and the kids left for us. We hope to have you back to your US Island Home again!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
(SRQ) Sarasota - Bradenton International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Mar Vista
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Bring your boat or boat rentals or private ferry
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Longboat Key Resort Club and IMG, and others
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Marvista Restaurant and Moore's Stone Crab
Car: recommended

Set on 2 acres of land on a private island, this home has been widely published for its unique and beautiful private setting. Private beach and deep water boat dock at your front door and a forested private island preserve with a foot path down the middle length of the island. This home is all about the water and the wildlife that shares the property with you.

Things we all love to do:

Watching the amazing sunsets

Napping in hammocks under the Palms

Swimming and floating

Discovering the beaches and exploring the vast sandbar





Paddle boarding

Ordering in a private massage

Exploring the island

In the evening, the sunsets are amazing and there is plenty to keep you busy – or swing in the hammocks and order Pizza to be delivered to the dock and watch a movie.

There are wonderful Zagat Rated local restaurants serving fresh local catch within 2-10 minutes by easy boat ride in protected waters - including several that have tables on the beach!

If you want to venture out further, a 5 minute boat ride and simple 10 mile drive south to St. Armonds Key, Downtown Sarasota, known world wide for fine arts and culture,beaches, museums, botanical gardens, and wonderful restaurants.

Sarasota has a terrific jazz festival, film festival, wine festival, polo season, golf tournaments, and many other special annual events.

But we warn our guests that they may not want to schedule too many things as our guests all agree that the Island is the most captivating place to be while visiting Sarasota, Longboat Key or Anna Maria Island...It just doesn't get any better than here :-)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cleaning $600 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

4 Day Getaways are available for $6,000. There is a $200 per night charge for peak holiday weeks. Boat rental is available and a boat is required to stay on this private island.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

You might like these similar properties