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Manning Hammock, a Pet Friendly Original Historic Cottage, a block to the beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A Pet Friendly Original Restored Cottage In Indian Rocks Beach

Manning Hammock is one of the oldest private residences in Indian Rocks Beach. Built by Captain John Manning in 1926 and lovingly restored, the cottage is nestled in a hammock of live oaks and palm trees just a block from both the beach and the intercostal waterway. Our large, fully fenced yard offers a shaded retreat with a fountain, hanging orchids, and many birds: an island oasis and a safe play place for dogs and children alike. With two queen-sized bedrooms and a sofa , Manning Hammock can accommodate up to five guests. A garden room, screened porch, separate living/dining room, and outside seating area provide ample space for reading and games. Rinse off after the beach in the secluded outdoor hot-and-cold shower. Seagrass flooring, ample parking, original wood paneling. Owner has additional nearby properties to accommodate larger groups.

Harry Flowers
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Harry Flowers

Hal and Marian Flowers, Tampa residents spend as much time as possible at Indian Rocks Beach. They originally purchased Chicasi Cottage in 1998 for their family beach house. They acquired Manning Hammock, just a block away, to preserve the historic cottage and the beautiful property, and to accommodate their ever growing family with a fenced in yard for children and pets. Although across the street from the beach, Hal loves Manning Hammock because of the 12 majestic live oaks on the property which provide a cool shady retreat, the tranquil setting, and the access to the City boat docks on the Intercoastal across the street. Marian enjoys tending the many orchids which hang in the trees, and everyone enjoys the variety of birds who come to enjoy the feeders and the flowing fountain waters.

Harry Flowers purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Harry Flowers chose Indian Rocks Beach

The most beautiful landscaped garden in Indian Rocks Beach with real attention to tropical gardens and to the design of the cottage's interiors.

What makes this cottage unique

Privacy in a beautiful setting. At the beach, but not on the beach.


Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Indian Rocks Beach
Car: recommended

Swimming, shelling, boating, fishing, snorkeling, shopping, (antique

guides are available), relaxing in the hammock, or rocking on the

front porch with a good book. The Indian Rocks Area Historical

Society is a block away, housed in an old beach cottage. Tampa, just

25 miles away has International Plaza, Busch Gardens, and historic

Ybor City. The Seabird Sanctuary and Clearwater Marine Aquarium are

an easy drive. But better yet is the Beach Trolly (cost $1.25) which

runs up and down the beach, as far south as Pass-a-grille. Many

great places to eat, from casual for a grouper sandwich or stone

crabs, to the fancier. There are a number of places to eat

within walking distance, including the Lighthouse Donut shop for a

latte or espresso and fresh donuts, Crabby Bill's, Villa Gallace, Tapas Garden & Wine Bar & JDs.


Independence Square Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


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Manning Hammock, a Pet Friendly Original Historic Cottage, a block to the beach
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

A Gem of Old Florida Charm

  • 5 of 5

Spending a week a Manning Hammock is like stepping back in time. It has all the modern conveniences you would want in a vacation home; well stocked kitchen , super comfortable bed and linens, wifi, cable tv etc. but it offers so much more. Set truly in a 'hammock' the fenced yard is lush with tropical landscaping and is a great place for your dogs to spend an afternoon chasing lizards. The bird-feeders call to many different types of birds ( including green parrots) and the outdoor shower and patio is protected from the weather and very private. The inside is decorated in 'Old Florida' style with many interesting books, collections and local art. The home is close to great restaurants and cute shops and is about a 150 yard walk to the beautiful beaches of Indian Rocks. You can park your car when you arrive and never use it again until *poof* it's time to go back to reality! Harry is a great host - unobtrusive but attentive ( he even called to apologize for the rain) and he offers great recommendations on local restaurants etc. Indian Rocks is a laid-back beach town that's perfect for relaxing. After seven peaceful days we made our way back home with sand in our shoes and a new home away from home in our hearts - we loved it here! Thanks for a great week! See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you so much!!
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage and location. The beach, restaurants, and shops were very close. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much
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Great property

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay at the Hammock again this year. We'll be back again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Manning Hammock Vacation July 4th 2017

  • 5 of 5

My little family had a great vacation at Manning Hammock. The backyard was so much fun. Our dogs chased lizards although, never caught any. We want to go back in September or first of October.

The cottage was beautiful. The beds were so comfortable. I can't say enough about the cottage and beautiful folage around us.

I can't wait till we return.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved the cottage! The location was perfect (and not only because it's next to a coffee/donut shop and ice cream is a short walk away) the beach is across the street and it's close to a lot of things to do! The cottage is such a pleasant place to get away from it all while relaxing on the amply shaded patio or in the cozy family room or the front porch. We would definitely come back to the old Florida charm this cottage so tastefully oozes!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property - Relaxing!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing vacation at an absolutely wonderful home. The location could not be any better. Steps to the beach, restaurants, bars, and ICE CREAM. The home and furnishings were a really neat step back through history. BUT, the most spectacular part of this property has to be the outside. The property, the landscaping, and the wildlife made us want to sit outside for hours and just relax. It was fun to hear every person that walked by on the sidewalk talk about how much they loved the house and the property. This place is definitely pet friendly. We have never seen our dog have so much fun!!! She chased squirrels, woodpeckers, blue jays, and other birds for hours and hours. AND….to top it off, the owners are very nice and accommodating. Hal was always available for anything we needed, and responded immediately. Thank you Hal for allowing us the opportunity to stay at your beautiful home!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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