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Exclusive NW Bradenton; Exotic Birds, Dolp- Waterfront

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

Enjoy Exquisite Florida Natural Wildlife Right In Front Of The Dock.

Beautiful Bayou is an ideal vacation destination that features a swimming pool, outdoor grill area, boathouse and dock with a 270 degree waterfront view, all in an exclusive neighborhood within easy distance to all major services.

Beautiful Bayou has 3 bedrooms/2 baths and sleeps 6. The Master bedroom has a brand new top of the line pillow top King size bed with gorgeous expansive views from bed over the water with no sign of civilization. The house is a split plan with master bedroom and master bath with its own air conditioning system on one side of the house. The 2nd bedroom has a Queen bed and the 3rd bedroom has a daybed with a pullout twin trundle, thus making into a king if wanted. The 3rd bedroom overlooks the swimming pool and also has a beautiful waterfront view through wide plantation shutters over 2 sliding glass doors. There is a renovated bath off the pool to be shared by the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. As soon as you walk through the front door the beautiful bayou will “WOW” you with its amazing water views and its ideal setup for entertaining. The open great room concept allows you to feel as if you are virtually living outdoors. Two sides of the home are all reflective glass which allows you to get up close and personal with nature (without the birds, etc., ever knowing you are observing). The dining area is exquisite with new Pottery Barn table seating 8 (it will comfortably accommodate 10 as it is an oversized table). The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel GE Monogram appliances and Caphalon cookware. Cleanups are a breeze with dishwasher, garbage disposal and sink overlooking the water!!!

The living room is large and expansive with 8 sliding glass doors opening onto a 270 degree panoramic view from a pool/deck area that takes in both sunrise as well as sunset. The deck leads down to the boat house dock for escape to excellent fishing, playing with the manatees, as well as dolphin and bird watching. The manatee love drinking fresh water from the garden hose and will even eat crunchy Romaine lettuce from your hand. The Beautiful Bayou house has two central A/C and heat units and there are numerous ceiling fan units throughout. The utilities are included. There is also free high speed Internet service for TV, Movies and WIFI. When you are ready to venture out from the lush tropical landscaping of the property, you will find you’re centrally located. The beautiful Anna Maria beaches are just minutes away; Busch Gardens is less than one hour and Disney/Universal Studios/Sea World are less than two hours. Within a 10 minute drive you’ll find prestigious golf courses, major grocery stores, liquor stores, gourmet markets, restaurants, movie theaters, and also local attractions such as Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, Robinson Preserve Nature Park, and DeSoto National Memorial Park. 30 minutes to the south are sister cities of Sarasota and Long Boat Key which showcase a vibrant arts and cultural scene including world class dining, luxury shopping, the Ringling Museum of Art and concerts/live events at the Asolo Repertory Theater and Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. We are so excited to share the Beautiful Bayou house with you and know that it will be the perfect home base for your Florida visit. We know that you want your family vacation experience to be priceless and we look forward to making your stay incredible.

More Details

Lisa Driscoll
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 2, 2017

About Lisa Driscoll

I was born, raised and educated in Florida but I've traveled the world extensively.

Lisa Driscoll purchased this house in 1984

Why Lisa Driscoll chose Bradenton

It's easily one of the most charming places I've ever been and I want to share this with others by renting it to likeminded people. I have traveled the world extensively but I find Beautiful Bayou in the wonderful Bradenton-Sarasota hub to be one of the best places I've ever been to. I continue to cherish it as I would an old friend. My seasonal renters thus far seem to agree.

What makes this house unique

The location is incredible and for real estate that is what it is usually all about. The property is on a bayou that protects manatees for safety yet only a mile from all the unique barrier islands via the Manatee River and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Fantastic fishing abounds here as does the beautiful white Gulf sands.


Harbor Hills House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , jetted tub , Has a Jacuzzi Jet Tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Full Master Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Exclusive NW Bradenton; Exotic Birds, Dolp- Waterfront
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Superb Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We are from the UK and had the perfect vacation in this beautiful house on the water. It was quiet and peaceful in a beautiful setting which is what we wanted and yet close to the beach, shops, restaurants and night life which we frequented. The house was perfectly clean and well equipped with everything we could have possibly needed. We can't wait to return next year for another wonderful experience. Vicki and James

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York


  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this incredible house over Christmas 2015. My girlfriend and I had the most amazing experience.

We live in New York and to get away from the cold winter and to stay at such an amazing property was a pure dream. The weather was perfect as was the home.

The host was friendly, attentive and met us at exactly the time we agreed upon. "Beautiful Bayou" was BEAUTIFUL.

Thank you for such an amazing vacation.

We would have no problems in highly recommending this vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Stressful Stay and Look out for the Camera she may have watching you

  • 1 of 5

After staying at another home in Bradenton for the month of January, we looked for another home to stay in for 2 wks. The owner here said her place was available. We met her and looked at the location, it met our needs. She assured us she would be there on our arrival to give us the key and go over some things. The day we were to arrive she emailed to say the key was under the mat and she had gone away for the weekend. There were no instructions on how to use the tv or remote , as all are different, no wifi password was left for us, she knew it was critical that we had internet. There were ants all over the counter and a ceiling fan left on in the bedroom that we could not find any switch for to turn off. Turns out it was behind the headboard of the bed! When we tried to call her cell phone for 2 days, there was never an answer and no messages were answered. Apparently she had left the phone in her car at the airport.

The first place we stayed was very organized with instructions for everything and a managers phone number that could be contacted any time if there was any problem at all.

This owner seemed very unorganized and unprofessional in her renting. She had had her bedroom furniture painted 2 days prior to our arrival and when she returned from her weekend away, phoned and wanted to come in an inspect it prior to paying the labourer. We resentfully allowed her to, but felt she was intruding on what was to be a peaceful stay. When she decided she didnt like one of the pieces she asked if we would vacate the home for several hours so the painter could return and redo it. We paid good money to rent this house and should have been left alone, not asked to leave because she wasn't happy with work done prior to us arriving. We declined her request. A few days later she texted us again and informed us that she would be coming by to pick up some cloths out of her garage. We felt very uncomfortable in this house, never knowing when the owner would be returning for one thing or another. She tried to qualify all these intrusions on the fact that she let us rent her house at such short notice. Then dont rent it out!

We were told we could have use of the canoe and the kayak on the property but there was no kayak paddle only a canoe paddle and the canoe was locked up with a rusted lock that

couldnt be unlocked. We will never stay here again and would advise anyone not to either unless you don't mind continually being bothered by a unorganized owner

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I bent over backwards to accommodate you and your 2 large dogs on a moments notice as you were desperate to stay in FL longer. You seemed pleasant when we met to sign an agreement. You noticed then my prominently displayed camera which is never ever used when guests are there; used when I travel for security reasons only. I had the furniture painting scheduled long before meeting you folks. I simply asked as a favor if I could have a peek. I was in the house no longer than 1 minute and graciously received. The lovely well educated woman painter suggested fixing a piece in an hour or 2 if they would be in agreement (possibly when they went out to lunch or when they were home) as she was booked 10 weeks out.. I asked as a favor as I had moved mountains to vacate my home and accommodate your timing constraints ... ; you said no. No hard feelings on my part and none expressed on yours. I did leave a voicemail I would need to get in the garage for 1 minute. Fact is, I came and went without you even noticing. You called to say ok and i informed you I had gotten what I needed fortunately without disturbing you. Although you did not mention it in your complaint, I'm sure you weren't happy that I had to deduct from the deposit for the damage the dogs did to the carpeting and area rug when they were sick. You seemed very happy while you were visiting. I'm sorry you were disappointed as everyone else sure has been pleased . I'm realizing I can't please everybody all the time. In the future, I will reconsider my decision to rent without prior planning or notification. All the best, Lisa
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Montour Falls, NY, USA

Fabulous Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

I found treasure in Bradenton, Florida at "Beautiful Bayou." I admit it, I've been a California Snob for a long time and never thought I'd be impressed with any place in Florida. My tune has changed and I'm loving North West Bradenton, Florida. The home we rented called, "Beautiful Bayou," has be updated throughout and was immaculate inside and out when we arrived. The owner was very helpful telling us about the area in terms of restaurants, sites to see, places to go, and she clearly took pride in taking care of her property and in assuring we were properly taken care of.

We love the outdoors and so we found a place to rent paddle boards and used them in nearby Robinson Preserve on three different days. We also biked for miles each day and found treasures wherever we went. We even found a place to rent horses nearby and rode them on the causeway beach and on back road trails.

In retrospect, I only wish we had rented a boat to explore the islands nearby as well, and also to fish and to party cruise down the gorgeous coast line and the inner bays.

Our weather was fabulous the entire time and our short distance to the beaches allowed us to avoid long lines of traffic. (Due mostly to spring breakers.)

We highly recommend "Beautiful Bayou" for virtually anyone, and we definitely plan to come back. Overall, I'd say it was the best vacation we've ever had and at a great value!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westminster, CO, USA

SOOOOOO NIce! Private, classy and the complete experience...!

  • 5 of 5

I believe that most people only do a review when things are not so good with their rental, and I have to say that is how it has been with me over the years as well. But, this is the exception! I was very happy with my stay at, “Beautiful Bayou,” and that name fits it very well.

My first choice was to find a place on Anna Maria Island, but I found everything I wanted already booked and ridiculously priced! So, then I looked on Siesta Key, Long Boat Key and Lido Key, but the feel wasn’t right. After more searching, I finally found that special gem I was looking for, and it was a private and complete home in an upscale waterfront neighborhood on a protected bayou just off the Manatee River; which provides great boat access to Anna Maria Island and all of Tampa Bay. And, it was just across from the Bradenton Yacht Club where some our friends belong.

The home is classy in every way with a completely stocked kitchen, a wonderful formal dinette set, wrap around sliding glass windows viewing a water front of about approximately 500 feet, TV in every bedroom, an amazing deck and pool area, as well as a generous dock and boat house that has both electric and water available. (This is truly great if you have a boat of up to about 28-30 feet.)

The hammock between the two old oak trees on the spacious side lawn was my favorite spot for reading and chilling out, and also for watching the dolphins, manatees and other exotic sea life do their coming and going along the incredibly beautiful and natural bayou. You might want to bring your kayak or paddle board if you have one, since this bayou is a perfect place for it.

We did the easy 15 minute drive to the many beaches on Anna Maria Island during the day, and also did our best to try each and every one of world class restaurants there at night! (We missed a few but will get to them next year.)

A month is just not long enough at “Beautiful Bayou”! We promise to do at least 2 months upon our return. Thank you “Beautiful Bayou” for the memories and for sharing your rare beauty and delicate nature with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA

Debbie - taking some time away from the bitter cold in the Northeast

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful and serene view from this secluded waterfront home. Literally, open water view from every room throughout the house without looking at any neighbors. Woke up in the mornings and did not have to lift my head off the pillow to enjoy the birds singing and the tree leaves rustling in the gentle river breeze. Coffee out on the deck and watching dolphins frolicking in the water. A perfect place to relax and recharge.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
State road 64
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
5 Star
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Anna Maria
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $2,500

Terms and Conditions by Contractual Agreement with Owner Directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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