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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:
November 19, 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 Independence Square

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 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Excellent overall property. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Manning Hammock Cottage. The location was perfect, as it was right In town and a quick walk to the beach. The cottage was clean and quaint and the property was beautiful. We spent a very enjoyable week with our grandchildren and would definitely return if we are in the area again. Thank you Hal for being so accommodating and making us feel so welcome.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so much enjoyed having you and your wonderful family! Thanks for your patience with the Irma aftermath. Please come back. Best, Hal
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Sebago Maine

Perfect location. Great accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Home is very cosy and well equipped. Met the owners who are absolutely great people. Yard was perfect for our dogs. Lots of great eating and entertainment very close and the beach is right across the street.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We love loved Having you. Best H
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Perfect getaway spot.

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed here many times, and are always happy to come back to this charming little house nestled among the live oaks.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisburg, PA

Good for the Soul!

  • 5 of 5

Husband and I had a delightful 1 week stay at Manning Hammock. Wonderful location in a laid back, beachy town. Only a few minutes easy walk to a great beach. The cottage was wonderfully comfortable, clean, and well maintained - both inside and out. Overall, nothing short of a 5-star rating! Met owners who were accommodating and available if needed. Hope to make a return visit! Mary & Art Foreman, Harrisburg, PA

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We look forward to your return. Best, H
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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: July 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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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