|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Our Condo is 3 stories high. The ground floor is a garage for the golf cart, charcoal grill and beach chairs & umbrella and has a storage closet for your use. The second floor (main living area) is comprised of the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom and screened in porch. The Living Room is equipped with a 52' LED HD Television which has a DVR Dish Network Satellite along with a DVD player & DVD's. The kitchen is complete with microwave, dish washer, coffee maker, blender, and of course everything needed for cooking & serving except your food. The master bedroom has a king sized bed and a 42' LED HD Television. The screen in porch has a round table and 4 chairs along with a full-sized washer & dryer, Iron & Ironing board located behind folding doors. The second floor is a loft which as 2 queen sized beds, television, and it's own bath.
My husband, Brad & I are true Florida Crackers, both born in Central Florida. We were High School Sweethearts, dating for 7 years, and now have been married for 36 years. We grew up in Bradenton, Fl and once married moved around Central Florida ending up in Winter Haven.
Kim Rutherford purchased this condo in 1997
Some good friends of ours invited my husband to stay with them at their HBBC Condo during a fishing weekend back in 1997. He instantly fell in love with the Island and came home and was excitedly insistent that I go the next weekend with him to see about buying a place for our own. It didn't take much convincing on his part...I was hooked the minute a saw it.
My husband & I love the condo for different reasons. He is an avid fisherman.. and a legend in his own mind:) No, he really is a good fisherman... you know they say practice makes perfect...well he get's plenty of that...This area, along with being the Tarpon Capital of the World, is also beeming with Snook, Redfish, Snapper, Flounder, Permit, Grouper, just to name a few of my husband quest. What made me fall in love with the island was that it was a secluded island only assessable by boat. There a virtually no vehicles on the island except golf carts. This makes it safe for your kids to have fun and explore without you having to worry. You can go down to the beach at almost any time of year and almost have the whole beach to yourselves. This place makes you forget all the hustle & bustle of your every day life...it is a true oasis of relaxation.
Having always stayed at our family home on the LGI I was a little nervous to rent. Our family home was overbooked for the holiday weekend so we needed extra space. The Rutherford's condo was just as described and then some. Plenty of room with the comforts of home--clean, tastefully decorated, overall a great place to relax. I didn't realize how convenient the included secure parking (on the mainland), ferry ride to/from the island, golf cart, and heated pool would be --but they really did make the trip that much better! Kim was easy to work with, helpful and responsive. My favorite part was morning coffee on the screened in porch overlooking the "pond"; It was my private time before starting each day with family. Having the golf cart made traveling to our family home, the beach and around the island to explore-- lots of fun. Hoping to make this place part of our regular visits to LGI --our own private paradise. Thanks for everything :)
We have had the privilege to stay and Kim and Brad's place for the second time now, and once again it was perfect. The island lets you forget about everything and unwind totally. The condo was perfect for my husband and I and we enjoyed the long walks on the beach every morning and catching the sunset at night. We always pack light and only had to make one trip back to the mainland to restock. The ferry is such a bonus and runs on time both coming and going back to LGI. I really like the fact our car is in a secured lot on the mainland and I never have to worry about that while staying here. The condo is very clean and well appointed with linens for both the condo and the beach. We love the golf cart that comes with the condo. We got to explore and see the islands beautiful homes and wildlife everyday. Thank you so much for working with our crazy schedule and I look forward to returning next Summer!
If you are interested in a super quiet and peaceful vacation, this is the place. Our condo was just as described and worked very well for us. A big bonus was having the golf cart included in the rental price.
This is the third time we come to Little Gasparilla Island and stay in the same condo. The first two times were great. However this time, there was red tide really bad, had we known that it was there we would have cancelled our trip. It was so bad we could not even breath on the beach and therefore had to hang out by the pool, which was nice but not what we wanted to do. The condo was not very clean, I had to clean it when we got there, the refrigerator was not cleaned it seemed since the last tenants. Furniture is very worn, the drawers on the dresser in the master bedroom were broken. The electricity on the doc was out so there was no where to charge the boat battery. So we were disappointed this time. Otherwise if these things are taken care of, it would not be bad at all.
We just returned from a week at Rutherford condo. We had a totally relaxing weekend. The condo was clean and fully furnished with everything we needed. The water at the beach was crystal clear and calm. We did a lot of snorkeling and found a lot of beautiful shells. The beach was very quiet with only about ten families as far as you could see at one time. The captains of the ferry were very friendly and punctual. Everyone we met was very nice, creating a close community feeling and safe environment. There was a grocery store a few blocks from the ferry dock, which made getting groceries very convenient. Having the golf card provided was a nice perk, we used it to lug all our beach toys to the beach and explored the unique island. Our kids, 6 and 8, did not want to leave and are already asking when we can go back. We were disappointed we were not able to meet Brad and Kim, but Kim was very responsive and replied to any questions we had right away. We will definitely return in the future!
Little Gasparilla Island is located in Charlotte County, Fl. It is only assessable by boat. You can either bring your own boat and use one of the slips at our private community dock or you can use the free Hideaway Bay Beach Club's private ferry. It runs every 2 or 3 hours depending on the day of the week (see picture for ferry schedule).
Whether you are interested in fishing...We ARE the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.....or just wanting to relax like you never have before either laying by the pool or reading a book sitting on a very quiet 7 mile stretch of beach (remember it's only assessable by boat) or strolling down the beach collecting amazing shells and sharks teeth. This serene place is like few others....made for total relaxing.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Cleaning Fee||$85 + Tax|
$75 for cleaning fee
NO additional charge for Golf Cart
Weeks Run from Saturday to Saturday
1/2 Rental Fee due when reservation is made
remaining balance due 1 month prior to arrival
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