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Direct Beachfront Cottage On Gulf Of Mexico

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home On Wide Sandy Beach

This two story gulf front private home has 3 bedroom/2 baths with fun Carribean decor. This ground level home allows you to walk right out into the sand. There is a screened patio for dining and enjoying the sunsets, plus an outside patio with another dining table and outdoor seating. Nothing between you and the beach. Enjoy the white sand, warm water and gentle surf of the Gulf, or retreat to the shady yard or deck to watch the dolphins and birds. Enjoy a good book or a nap in the hammock. Upstairs are three bedrooms (2 with king beds, 1 with twin beds) and 1 bath. All bedrooms have access to upstairs deck. Living, kitchen and dining area and 1 bath are downstairs. Central heat and air conditioning, washer, dryer, dish washer, HDTV with cable, and WIFI. Fully equipped kitchen, paper products and basic pantry staples are provided. View of the water from the living and dining room as well as 2 of the bedrooms.The shady yard is big enough for yard games like cornhole or bocce ball. An assortment of beach mats, floats, toys and beach towels are provided. Use the outdoor fireplace/grill for BBQ's or enjoying a fire on a cool evening. Smoking outside only please. Occupancy limit of 6 people overnight. Sorry, absolutely no pets.

Steve or Debbie Tapp
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

Why Steve or Debbie Tapp chose Ilexhurst

We purchased this beach property as our second home when our kids were small. We live closeby so its a convenient get-away. We usually live in it for several months of the year, as well as use it to accommodate family and friends. We love the small town feel of Anna Maria island.

What makes this house unique

We love the "old Florida" feel of the ground level home (not on stilts) which allows us to walk right out the door onto the beach. Our yard is one of the few shady yards in the area which allows us to lounge or play games in the shade while still enjoying the views and cool breezes.


Ilexhurst House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 2 - downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , double sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1-Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All three bedrooms are upstairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(12 traveler reviews)

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Direct Beachfront Cottage On Gulf Of Mexico
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 12 reviews

Stunning beach house in beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts were waiting for us as we arrived. Pleasant, helpful, great communicators and flexible. The house was spotlessly cleaned. Master bedroom is huge, with two large additional bedrooms that connect to fantastic upper deck with unobstructed ocean view. Screen porch, backyard connected directly to beach. Privacy, quiet, great kitchen, well appointed. Plenty of patio and beach chairs. Washer / dryer and private parking. Everything promised and more! Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Old School Cool - Classic Beach House Vacation - Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property in late March-Early April and found it was even better than the pictures from the website.

The house is charming, roomy, well decorated and well appointed. It has a prime location on Holmes Beach, literally steps from powder sugar sand and emerald water. The house has beautiful views of the gulf from either the patio or upstairs balcony. You can sleep with the bedroom doors open to the west and the breeze blowing through the house at night...wonderful! You hear nothing but the roar of the ocean and the scent of salt air; it feels as if you have traveled back to a much simpler time when gigantic condos and hotels didn't mar the charm of a beach vacation.

The house tucked in a very quiet area which is walking distance from Walgreens, Publix, Stores and restaurants and is well appointed with chairs, umbrellas and water toys. It has two lower patios (one screened and one open) a hammock to die for and an upstairs patio which is perfect for sunset watching.

The Tapps were wonderful hosts and provided helpful information about the area, attractions and restaurants. Everything was clean, fresh and comfortable for our group of 4. We had several cookouts and found the kitchen to be well stocked.

We loved our time here and will be returning next year. This is an heirloom house and a treasure to stay in. Many thanks to the Tapp family for sharing their home and the joy of beach living.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This was exactly what we were looking for as a vacation! We loved the outdoor space and the access to gulf was amazing.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach house!

  • 5 of 5

We love everything about this property, starting with the location. It's convenient to so much and it's right on the beach. We couldn't believe how close we were to the water! The views are amazing from either floor--open the slider and you hear the gulf. The home is incredibly well stocked and we wanted for nothing. There's too much to list, but there are water toys, games, puzzles, a hammock, beach towels, beach chairs, even bocce ball! The kitchen is very well appointed. The owners are lovely people who are very well organized and they were wonderful to deal with. They provide a binder that is loaded with all kind of information about the island and the surrounding area--nearby restaurants, adventures, museums, etc. We hope to stay there again!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments. We are so glad you had a pleasant stay. We enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again.
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Loved our stay.

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my Husband and his Mother stayed here for a week, April 9-16th. Our stay was awesome, the beach house and weather were perfect. The owners were very nice and very responsive. The house is located on the beach, and is just a short walk or bike ride to stores. There is a free trolley stop just up the road, the trolley comes by about every 20 minutes. We took the trolley to Bridge St. for shopping and dinning and also took the trolley to the Anna Maria Island Pier where we enjoyed live music and watched for dolphins. We enjoyed being able to just walk out the door and be right on the beach. The beach is very clean and the sand is so soft. The house has everything that you need and is very well maintained. We loved the outdoor fireplace and even cooked dinner on it a few times. I would recommend this property to anyone that is looking for a place on the beach without all the hustle and bustle of a resort. The area is great for all ages, couples or families. My favorite part of the trip was the sunsets, there are no words to describe how beautiful the sunsets are and they are just outside the front door of the house.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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No Commplaints Here - Planning same trip next year

  • 5 of 5

The pictures are exactly what you get, which is great. The owners are super friendly and answer all your questions quickly, (they even meet us at the house the first day and gave us a tour of the house). You can not beat the rate for the location, backdoor to beach is 10 yards away. My family and I (6 adults) are already planning a return trip for next year. We found nothing wrong with the house, everything was perfect. The trees around the property block the sun and keep the heat off the house. Rent this house if you want a nice relaxing week in Florida.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed our little piece of paradise and had a relaxing week on the beach. Looking forward to seeing you again next year.
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Car: recommended

Home is located on Anna Maria Island, a barrier island with a small town feel, friendly neighbors and a child friendly beach. Restaurants and shopping are within walking distance, or you can ride the free Island trolley for more options. There are many golf courses in the area. Other adventures are available close by such as parasailing, boat or jet ski rentals, deep sea fishing. Several nature parks nearby with canoes, or walking trails to see 'old Florida' wildlife. Within 1 hour drive are many museums, cultural events and theme parks in Bradenton, Sarasota or Tampa. Orlando theme parks are about a 2 hour drive away. We live close by so will be happy to help with suggestions to make your holiday perfect. Fill your days with activities or just relax on the quiet beach outside your door.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Price includes final cleaning and damage protection. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.