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Paradise Shores- Beautiful, Luxurious Bay Front Cottage with Pool and Spa

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Last updated: 03/06/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps up to 6

Saraphina`s Cottage is located in Paradise Shores, right on Sarasota Bay, just south of Harbor Acres, in one of the most sought after and beautiful neighborhoods in Sarasota.
Saraphinas Cottage is a historic home, designed by architect William Magill Thompson in the 1950s, having been completely, lovingly renovated over the past few years. It is unlike any other, retaining the romantic cottage appeal, evoking the irresistible charm of Old Florida with it`s beautiful cedar plank ceilings, 1950 style beach blue fridge, gas stove and dish washer, wainscoting, gorgeous hardwood floors, built- in book shelves and entertainment center, new kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms and beautiful details throughout.

The house was taken down to the studs, expanded in some areas and completely remodeled between 2010 and 2013. A garage was added, the pool and spa were re-surfaced and a gas heater was installed; the yard was re-designed and beautifully landscaped and fenced in.
The furnishings are new, tasteful and complement the style of the cottage perfectly. You will have all the comforts of home and more.
Everyone who enters the cottage is in awe of its beauty and captured by its unique charm. Enjoy the privacy of a fully fenced yard, your own dock to watch the stunning sunsets, a heated pool and spa, screened patio, the breeze and the beautiful view.

Live the good life, relax, find peace and serenity, enjoy the therapeutic effects of just sitting and gazing over the water. See dolphins jump, watch the sea birds and the tide go in and out. Whether you stay for a week or stay all winter- you will never tire of this.

You`ll love being close to everything that this fabulous town has to offer- the world famous beaches ( Siesta Key was voted # 1 Beach in the USA), the top restaurants, spas, galleries and shops.
Many of the wonderful things Sarasota is known and loved for are within walking or biking distance! The neighborhood itself is terrific for walking and biking, with beautiful tree lined streets, friendly neighbors, and gorgeous homes to admire. Stroll to Southside Village for dinner at one of the many nice restaurants, shop the little boutiques or go to Morton`s Market for groceries, gourmet treats and bakery items. There is also the new E`lan Skin Spa, to pamper you.
If you love coffee, you will not want to miss Perq, the new coffee shop in Southside Village where the coffee is out- of -this -world!

Take a walk to beautiful Selby Botanical Gardens, famous for it`s Orchid display and the scenic bay front location. It is also a great place for kids to enjoy nature and the new rainforest gardens kids area.

Walk or drive to downtown with its many beautiful shops, galleries and restaurants. Catch a movie at Historic Burns Court Cinema or see the latest Hollywood Releases at the Hollywood 21 Movie Theater.
Enjoy the Saturday morning Farmers Market and stock up on local produce and crafts while watching local artists perform.
Visit St. Armands Circle and enjoy a great meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants. Stroll around the circle and shop the beautiful and unique boutiques and galleries. Then top off your evening with a home-made ice cream cone at Kilwins.
Once you stay, you will want to come back again and again.
For families traveling with an infant or toddler- I have baby gear available- just ask.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/06/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    TV/DVD,alarm clock with iPod/iPhone dock...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    garden views, recliner,alarm clock...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    desk and desk chair,bay views,TV/DVD,alarm clock...moreless

  • light and bright, bay and garden views, brand new furnishings, comfortable and romantic...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    large shower,claw foot tub,bay views...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


Other Amenities

  • Private Dock for enjoying the view and the breeze. Fishing off the dock okay with license....moreless


  • Books:

    a variety of books on the bookshelves for your enjoyment...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD players in the living room and in 2 of the bedrooms ...moreless

  • Games:

    some board games ...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Comcast Cable Wifi throughout the cottage...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen TV...moreless

  • Toys:

    I will provide toys/ books for smaller children...moreless

  • Video Library:

    various DVDs/ kids DVDs will be provided as needed...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Water View:

    gorgeous views over the Bay and the North Siesta Bridge, stunning sunset views...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    located on beautiful Sarasota Bay...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    large rectangular dining table with 8 matching chairs, pull out leaf and heavy duty table pad...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer:

    full size front loading dryer...moreless

  • Garage:

    1 car can be parked inside the garage, any additional cars can be parked in driveway...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Comcast high speed wireless internet WIFI...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    living room with sofa, 2 armchairs and chaise a lounge, built in entertainment center...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Telephone with answering machine and additional cordless station...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    towels and beach towels provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    laundry room with full size front load washer and dryer...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    drip style and Keurig coffee maker ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    plenty of dishes, pots, pans, serve ware and utensils ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    retro style beach blue dishwasher ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    spacious, open, fully equipped ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    basic pantry items provided ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    retro style beach blue fridge/freezer with ice maker from the Big Chill...moreless

  • Stove:

    retro style beach blue gas stove /oven from the Big Chill...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Golf:

    plenty of golf courses in the area...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    screened in porch with lights and ceiling fan, overlooking the bay...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    beautiful fenced in yard with lawn, various shrubs and trees...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool


Write a review 5
from 14 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2017
14 night min stay

Spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
7 night min stay

Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Fall 2017
Oct 1 - Nov 17, 2017
7 night min stay

Holiday Season 2017
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017
7 night min stay

Winter 2018
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2018
7 night min stay

Spring 2018
Apr 1 - May 31, 2018
7 night min stay

Summer 2018
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2018
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $250 + tax
  • refundableDamageDeposit $500
  • Tax Rate 12%


Utilities are included in the rental amount. Gas usage ( for heating the pool and Spa) included in the rental amount is limited to a weekly amount as stated in the rental contract. Additional usage will be charged to guest.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 03/06/2017
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5.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
0.6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sam Sneads
5.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Siesta Key Beach

Car: Recommended

Saraphina`s Cottage is close to everything; minutes to downtown Sarasota with movie theater, restaurants, shops, galleries, Whole Foods Market, Saturday Morning Farmers Market and Selby Public Library.

Selby Botanical Gardens ,a tropical paradise also located on the bay is just a 20 minute walk or short drive away. Famous for it`s orchid displays and with the new Children`s Rainforest Garden, a cozy tea room and a small cafe it is sure to delight everyone.

Southside Village with Morton`s Market Gourmet Grocery store, Perq Coffee bar ( the place to get the best coffee ever!), cute shops and boutiques, hair salons, many great restaurants and several street festivals a year is also within walking distance.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital ( the best hospital in the area!)is a 3 minute drive away, 5 minute drive to Publix Grocery store, 7 minutes to Trader Joes, 5 Minutes to Post office and Westfield Southgate Mall.

It`s a 12 minute drive to Siesta Key Beach ( voted the #1 Beach in the USA) with its powdery white, soft sand that never gets too hot to walk on! Siesta Village with Bars, restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenir shops and boutiques for the Island lifestyle. Another 12 minute scenic drive past the Marina across the stunning Ringling Bridge brings you to St. Armands Circle and Lido Key Beach. St. Armands Circle is famous for it`s many restaurants ( The Columbia being a local favorite), upscale boutiques, shops and galleries, several ice cream parlors ( the most famous being Kilwin`s - where they make everything from scratch). Every year, several arts and crafts fairs are held on St. Armands Circle as well. From St. Armands Circle it`s just a short drive to Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.

You can also take a scenic drive up Longboat Key, continuing on to enchanting Anna Maria Island and stop at one of the many beautiful beaches or great restaurants.

Tampa International Airport is about 1,5 hours away, so is Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, or famous Ybor City.

For Disney Fans- all the Orlando Theme Parks can be reached in about 2 hours!

The Ellenton Outlet Mall is a paradise for bargain shoppers- just a 25 minute drive. Right next to it is a large Ice Scating Rink.

Other local attractions include the beautiful and historic Ringling Mansion and Museum, the Rose Gardens and The Circus Museum, a car museum, the historic Asolo Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, The Golden Apple Dinner Theater, The Sarasota Opera, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Jungle Gardens, the Big Cat Habitat, Historic Spanish Point as well as mini golf courses, fabulous Golf courses, Myakka State Park, (watch alligators in the wild!) boat and jet ski rentals and lots of water related activities!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: My husband bought the house in 1989 and lived in it until we got engaged in 2006. We then decided it was time for some major renovations and moved out to undertake this project. It ended up taking a lot longer than anticipated, with multiple changes in plans and having to follow the strict building laws on the water. We also were blessed with our beautiful daughter in 2011 and decided to stay in our current home for now, where we have a little more play room for her. We have been enjoying the cottage with family and friends and decided to make it available for vacation rental starting 1/1/2014. We live in the same neighborhood and love it here! I am originally from Germany and came to Sarasota in 1995. My husband grew up in Schenectady, NY, and has lived here since 1985.

Why the Owner Chose Paradise Shores, Sarasota, FL, USA:
My husband fell in love with it the first time he saw the view and it has been his little paradise for many years.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Saraphina`s Cottage ( we named it after a beautiful Mermaid Sculpture we bought as decoration for the cottage and named her Saraphina) has a unique charm about it that captures the heart of everyone who walks through the door. We put a lot of love and hard work into this place and it shows!

Contact us

Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/06/2017

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  • Front of the cottage with fenced yard.

    Front of the cottage with fenced yard.

  • Beautiful Sunset

    Beautiful Sunset

  • Screened Patio with Bay views

    Screened Patio with Bay views

  • Living room with built in entertainment center

    Living room with built in entertainment center

  • Large, open kitchen with breakfast counter

    Large, open kitchen with breakfast counter

  • retro style fridge, bay views through the picture window in living room

    retro style fridge, bay views through the picture window in living room

  • Master Bedroom with Bay views and 2 large built-in closets

    Master Bedroom with Bay views and 2 large built-in closets

  • Master Bathroom Vanity

    Master Bathroom Vanity

  • Master Bathroom Clawfoot Tub

    Master Bathroom Clawfoot Tub

  • 2nd Bedroom Queen size bed

    2nd Bedroom Queen size bed

  • 2nd bathroom Vanity

    2nd bathroom Vanity

  • 3rd Bedroom with Bay views,desk, TV/DVD combo

    3rd Bedroom with Bay views,desk, TV/DVD combo

  • Heated Pool and Spa and Garage in back

    Heated Pool and Spa and Garage in back

  • living room with dining room in the back

    living room with dining room in the back

  • Dining Room with views of pool and Bay

    Dining Room with views of pool and Bay

  • Gas stove, retro style beach blue appliances

    Gas stove, retro style beach blue appliances

  • Master Bedroom with King size Bed

    Master Bedroom with King size Bed

  • Master Bedroom with flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod/ iPhone dock alarm clock

    Master Bedroom with flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod/ iPhone dock alarm clock

  • Master Bathroom Shower

    Master Bathroom Shower

  • Master bathroom with Bay views

    Master bathroom with Bay views

  • 2nd Bedroom with Queen bed and recliner

    2nd Bedroom with Queen bed and recliner

  • 3rd Bedroom with Twin Size Daybed and Trundle. Memory foam mattresses.

    3rd Bedroom with Twin Size Daybed and Trundle. Memory foam mattresses.

  • Saraphina looking down from her ledge

    Saraphina looking down from her ledge

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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