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**SPECIAL PRICE NOW** Steps To The Beach, Private & Heated Pool, Renovated

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom/Renovated/Private Pool/30 sec to Beach/Free wifi/4 Flat screens

3 bedroom, sleeps 6, private heated pool, steps to the beach

Please note that there is a 7 day minimum reservation February to April &June to August.


Blue Turtle Cottage is an Anna Maria Island vacation rental less than a minute walk to the sugar white beach that Anna Maria Island is famous for. Wow! a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see!


Inside you will find the cottage meets your every need. The kitchen has new granite counters, stainless steel appliances and has been newly outfitted with everything you need. The living room features a flat screen TV with expanded cable and an ipod dock for your complete entertainment. Each tropically decorated bedroom is a private oasis with it's own TV, new quality cushion top mattresses, and private closet.


Walk out the front door and you can hear and smell the ocean because it is only 2 houses to the beach! You will never need to miss a morning beach walk or a breath taking sunset. This also makes it infinitely easier to go back and forth from the beach all day long when you are this close.

In the private, tropically landscaped backyard you'll find the the sparkling blue pool with plenty of tropically colored chairs around to lounge in. You won't always have to go out to eat, BBQ on your on barbecue and eat al fresco at the tiki dining table. There is also a refreshing outdoor shower to wash away the sand from the beach. You may have a hard time leaving to go anywhere else!


Anna Maria Island is known for its laid back, old Florida vibe. A perfect place to come and unwind in an unhurried atmosphere that allows you to decide whether you want to adventure or just relax - whatever your mood.

IF you do decide to leave your private oasis, there are plenty of other activities on the island. Anything from a leisurely bike ride to a fun game of mini putt to a heart pounding para sailing ride.

If you want a night off of cooking there are also many good restaurants right on the island. Some are beachfront, what a treat!


We are always available to our guests for any query or local information and offer a superior personalized experience. We have tried to anticipate all your vacation needs so you can just focus on enjoying your time on Anna Maria Island. Don't worry about bringing beach towels/toys/chairs, we have provided them!

More Details

Michele Totino
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Michele Totino

We are a native Toronto, Canada family who fell in love with laid-back Anna Maria Island.

Whenever we can get there we love to enjoy the family oriented small beach town feel on the island. Here we get to connect and slow down from busy city life.

In our family we have an ocean/beach lover, and a swimming pool lover, and we all enjoy the sun and nature! And Blue Turtle Cottage has it all!

Michele Totino purchased this house in 2013

Why Michele Totino chose Ilexhurst

We loved this house because of it's proximity to the beach, the private pool and the quiet neighborhood. Everyone who stays at Blue Turtle Cottage agrees that there is something magical about it that is hard to put your finger on.

What makes this house unique

When you step outside the front door of the house you can smell and hear the ocean. Turn left then right as you come out the front door, wave at your friendly neighbors walking or biking by, and in 30 seconds you're at the beach.

If you have a few errands to run turn right and walk or bike a few short blocks and in a few minutes you're at the stores.

Want to go further? Turn left and left and you're at the free trolley stop in a minute. The trolley will take you all over the island.

There are few locations on the island that offer all these advantages and conveniences. All this in a quiet, friendly, safe neighborhood.


Ilexhurst House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Guest - 1 king
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single
  • There is a Queen pullout sofa in the livingroom
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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**SPECIAL PRICE NOW** Steps To The Beach, Private & Heated Pool, Renovated
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Perfect girl’s getaway

  • 5 of 5

Blue Turtle Cottage was amazing! Had everything we needed and was cute and clean. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you Michelle for sharing your cottage!!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay on AMI!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had the most wonderful, relaxing time at the Blue Turtle Cottage! So many memories! And Michele was responsive and very easy to communicate with. If only we could live here full time:)

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Caroline! I'm so glad you and your friends were able to come together and enjoy time at Blue Turtle Cottage.
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Amazing vacation home

  • 5 of 5

My sisters and I surprised my parents with this condo for their 40th Anniversary. The house fit 8 people comfortably. The beach was a very close walk and the pool was warm and very fun! The owner was very friendly and quick to respond to any questions I had. My family loved staying at the Blue Turtle and would like to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laura, what a nice surprise for your parents! Hopefully you can stay longer on your next visit :)
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perfect beach vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect! It was clean, big enough to be comfortable for 6 adults and 2 children, and had everything we needed. The walk to the beach was 2 minutes! We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathryn, thank you for your kind words! I'm happy you enjoyed your stay at Blue Turtle Cottage, and look forward to your next stay! Michele
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Everything was great including the location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the beach this year and loved this house. We will be coming back next year! The beach was just around the corner from the house. The pool was perfect for relaxing but still big enough to play volleyball in. The area around the pool was very private and we ate all of our meals outside by the pool. Having a washer/dryer was really convenient, the washer messed up a couple of days after we arrived, but we had a new one by the next day! Everything was clean and worked great including the outside grill which we used several times. The only thing that would have made it any better would have been if we could have brought our dogs, then the whole family would have been there! I would definitely recommend this property if you are looking for something close to the beach and a great pool!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kristin, Thank you for your thoughtful review! I always want our guests to have a wonderful time at Blue Turtle Cottage so I attend to any issues that crop up right away. The pool and proximity to the beach are definitely some of the best features of the cottage :) See you next year!
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The cottage was great and short walk to the beach.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying in this cottage. We would get up every morning and go walk on the beach. After being at the beach all day we would come back and make dinner. Then go for a swim in the wonderful pool.

One of the problems we had was ants. They were everywhere. There was any killer in the cabinet but it didn't seem to help. We had to keep everything in the refrigerator so the ants would not get to it. Also the wifi wouldn't work all the time.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Wayne, I'm glad you enjoyed your time at Blue Turtle Cottage! Yes, sometimes there are ants - unfortunately it's a fact of life being on ground level, and being Florida in the summer. As you mentioned we do leave ant spray for guests for such occasions as well as having regular pest control several times a year. We do suggest guests sweep up crumbs and keep food off the counters to avoid an infestation - which is exactly what you did :) We'd love to host you again anytime! Michele
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Beach
Holmes Beach
Car: not necessary

In Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island you will never run out of things to do, and there is something for everyone!

In the immediate area you can walk or sit on the beach and swim in the ocean. There is also always bike riding and swimming in your own pool. The island also has mini putt, restaurants, shopping, para sailing, jet skiing, horse surfing (standing on the back of a horse swimming in the ocean) and countless other activities. You may never leave the island!

If you venture further afield, but not too far, there is aquariums, many many golf courses, outlet shopping, museums, St. Armand's Circle (high end shopping and wonderful dining), and all of Sarasota and it's theaters, shopping, beaches etc..

Anna Maria Island is also within driving distance to many other attractions such as Busch Gardens.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $195

Holiday Weeks including, but not limited to, Easter week, Memorial day week, July 4th week and labor day will be charged at High Season rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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