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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,851 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Updated 3/2/2 Pool Home on intersecting canals in a boating, wildlife paradise.

This lovely, contemporary, pool home offers expansive views from an oversized tip lot (two intersecting canals) with 160 feet of concrete seawall, a Dock and only 1 bridge out to the Gulf of Mexico, the Myakka River and the Port Charlotte Harbor. Our Third Ray of Sun is located in the Waterfront Boating Community of SOUTH GULF COVE which offers parks, a boat ramp and marinas and is only minutes away from beautiful Southwest Florida Beaches in Boco Grande and Manasota Key . You will love this well cared for 3/2/2 pool home with it's many special features such as split floor plan, formal living and dining rooms, a kitchen with lot's of space, hardwood cabinets and Corian countertops, breakfast area and large pass through to the Lanai. The attached large Great room has a charming electric fireplace and big screened TV. The huge Lanai is at the heart of the home with big sliders leading from the Master, the formal dining, the great room and the third bedroom. The Lanai offers a large solor heated, very warm pool, breakfast bar, large area for dining and entertaining as well as views of the canal. You will feel like you are in a park in your large fenced in back yard that overlooks two intersecting canals. The master suite offers a large slider to the Lanai, a new king size bed, 2 walk in closets and bath with walk in shower and large soaking tub. The second bedroom is across the hall from the second bath and has two twin size beds, two dressers and a walk in closet. The third bedroom has a new king bed, matching dresser, large sliding door to the Lanai and a walk in closet. The home offers new, tasteful and comfortable furnishings for your vacation pleasure.

Property Manager
Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel
Member since: 2014
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel

We are high school sweethearts who are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. We have a wonderful daughter who we love to pieces and she now lives close by. Ernie has retired from social services and I plan to retire in a year or two. In Sarasota we have A Ray of Sunshine and in Port Charlotte we have Another Ray of Sunshine, so this one is the Third Ray of Sun. We enjoy creating vacation homes where families can enjoy their free time creating fun, happy memories.

Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel purchased this house in 2017

Why Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel chose South Gulf Cove

This is one of our future retirement homes. It is exactly what we were looking for to spend some of our golden years. This house offers a great view of the tip of two intersecting canals. It has a large Jacuzzi tub in the master suite and a large screen TV in the family room. We are in a quiet zone much like a park and have 160 ft. of concrete seawall for a panoramic view of the water. We enjoy renting a boat for 4 hours to explore the beautiful waterways and wildlife in the area.

What makes this house unique

The view of the canals is spectacular from the backyard. The house has a great layout and offers amazing comfort and a happy, peaceful feeling. There is almost two masters on opposite sides of the house with both having sliding glass doors to the pool. The house is almost totally renovated with high quality furnishings, art and kitchen utensils. The backyard bordering the large canal is completely fenced in for the safety of children. The dock has bench seating and allows for great fishing and crabbing. There is even an electric fireplace with hearth and mantle that will create ambience and festivities with or without heat.


South Gulf Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2851 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Door to the Lanai
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Slider and Walk-in Closet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Slider to Lanai, Shower, jet soaking tub & 2 walk in closet
  • All bedrooms have new beds, walk-in closets and TVs.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Great vacation rental!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Third Ray of Sun, the owners were very helpful in the rental process and answered all my numerous questions! The House was beautiful and super clean, the bed in the master bedroom is the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in! The location is quiet and relaxing, and grocery stores are nearby. Loved the pool and the pool lanai, great views of the canal! It had everything you needed, very well stocked for a vacation rental, beautiful furnishings, artwork, dishes, pans, just wonderful! Can’t say enough good things about this property! Thanks Linda and Ernie for sharing your home with us, we hope to enjoy your home again in the near future!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. It is very satisfying to be able to have other families enjoy our sunshine home. We furnished this home in anticipation of our living there after we retire. We are living in a cold northern state that has winters that are a little too long. While I am still working we can only enjoy it through other folks and our dreams. Linda and Ernie
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Enjoyed Our Stay in this Very Nice Home

  • 4 of 5

The home was very nice, with plenty of room for a family. Although it was some distance to the ocean, there were nearby restaurants and grocery stores. It had wonderful views of the canals in the backyard from the screened and partially covered pool/patio area. The kitchen was well appointed with most everything you need. The home was very clean and the beds and furniture were very comfortable. The owners were easy to work with and their local representative was prompt in returning my call regarding the pool temperature.

For a winter vacation this home is definitely 5-Stars. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that for a July vacation, the pool was so warm that it was unusable. The owners' representative said that the solar panel water heating was not designed to be turned off during the summer, so between the direct summer Florida sun and the solar heating, the pool was around 90 degrees.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! We talked to our pool service and found that the solor heater is keep on to circulate the water on the roof but we keep it set at 70 degrees in the summer and the electrical heater is also set low in the summer. You were there during a heat wave and the sun during the day is the reason the temp in the pool is so high. The night temp was still high so the only way to keep the pool cooler is to keep the pool blanket on during the day when the sun is out. Most people want the temp. in the upper 80ies. The management team.
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and comfortable!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Take me back!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic vacation! Will definitely come back! The location was perfect - the layout of the home was perfect - we enjoyed the pool every day- We had a minor repair that was needed and Laurie and Paul? took care of it immediately. Will be in touch to stay for a month soon! Thanks for sharing your home with us

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, nice pool, great area and very nice property managers. One of the nicest neighborhoods we've stayed in.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A comfortable home in a relaxing and unique setting. Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We have wonderful family, good time, memories! Loved the bike paths and boating canals! Our idea of the perfect vacation, in an ideal hangout pad that is also close to beaches, shopping, restaurants and entertainment! Hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Punta Gorda (Tampa, Sarasota & Ft.Meyer close by)
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Boca Grande and Manasota Key
Car: necessary

South Gulf Cove is a true waterfront community. Bring your boat or rent one near by for exploring the canals, Myakka River, Port Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The community has over 55 miles of navigable canals. All canals flow into the Interceptor Lagoon, which can be described as a large lake offering access to the Gulf. The canal and Lagoon systems offer pristine shorelines, many of which are designated as State preserve land. South Gulf Cove water depths range from 6-9 feet and bridge clearance is roughly 10 feet. All waterways in the community maintain consistent depts. because of lock system controlling water flow, to and from the Myakka River. The South Gulf Cove lock system has been recently updated to feature remote control operation and boats can pass through in as little as 7 minutes. There is a County owned boat ramp within the community that gives access to the waterways. RV and boat parking is allowed at the home. Our Third Ray of Sun is located in a Nature Preserve giving you a change to observe some of the old world Florida that you will not see close to the big cities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Refundable Damage Deposit $350

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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