Classic 'Florida Beach House', Secluded Bayside Lot, Private Path to Gulf Beach(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-28 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Fully Renovated, Beautifully Furnished, 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6 Easily (8 Max)
Two of the the three bedrooms - a queen, and two twins - are in the original single story house. Back in the 80’s, a third spacious en-suite bedroom - a queen - was added above the garage. Access to this bedroom is via external stairs.
We’ve added whisper quiet A/C units, and new fans. Needless to say, there is wireless internet, and two TV’s, a full laundry and new appliances.
From magnificent sunrise to awesome sunset, vacation days here will pass all too quickly.
Relax in our comfortable sun-room, overlooking the large waterfront lot, with palm trees and live oaks with spanish moss. Out in Lemon Bay there’s a regular stream of boat traffic on the Intra Coastal Waterway...
... or take a two minute stroll on our private path to the Gulf of Mexico, and miles of near-deserted sandy beaches - swim, walk, fish or collect shells to your hearts content.
Enjoy a private viewing of local wildlife - osprey and pelican patrolling the waterfront; dolphin and manatee, turtles, heron and sea-waders... or visit Manasota Key’s Stump Pass, a well preserved state park.
A short drive away, and you’re in Olde Englewood, with interesting local shops, good cafes and restaurants, a weekly Farmers Mart, and a varied program of activities throughout the year. Dearborn Street is also home to a good library, and the Lemon Bay Playhouse, Florida’s only community theatre.
We’re close to a wide array of activities - golf, deep-sea and game fishing, boat rental - including jet-skiing and sunset cruises. Plus, there’s a tennis and beach club just a few hundred yards from the house.
Further afield, the city of Sarasota is half an hour away, and well worth exploring. There is an excellent aquarium, and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a 13 acre horticultural paradise, with a stunning conservatory. There’s a wide range of artistic and cultural activities - including the world-class Sarasota Opera House. And plenty of specialist shops - antiques, bookstores, galleries...
For a whole day excursion, we can recommend an Eco-tour at Babcock Ranch - a glimpse of primitive Florida, with Cypress swamps and alligators. Or a trip to the Ten Thousand Islands on the edge of the Everglades National Park.
Back at home - if you aren’t dining out at one of the many local restaurants - a cool drink under the spectacular banyan tree and supper on the grill ends a perfect day.
COMMENTS FROM THE GUEST BOOK
“The house is beautiful and accommodated us perfectly. This area of Florida is wonderfully calm and peaceful.”
“Love the Bay to Gulf location. The home is perfect, with the upper condo that gave our 22 year old daughter privacy.”
“We had a great stay here, I liked that we could walk to the beach. Best place ever. I never want to leave.”
“This house is a special place…and terrific for entertaining. Two operas, a play, a tour of the Ringling Museum. But mostly we loved staying here, reading, and walking the beach. Already looking forward to coming back.”
Member since: 2014
- 1500 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 8
- Children Welcome
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Tiled shower with frameless glass surround
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 1 - Dec 22, 2017
14 night min stay
Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2018
14 night min stay
Feb 1 - Apr 30, 2018
28 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $150 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Tax Rate 12%
Rates include full cleaning service before and after vacation.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Our home is on a large secluded waterfront lot on the bayside of Manasota Key - and we have a private path to miles of near deserted beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.
Our stretch of the Key is in a conservation area - a mixture of classic beach houses and modern mansions, many with beautiful gardens, palm trees and a wonderful canopy of live oaks and spanish moss.
There is an abundance of wildlife - pelicans, osprey, grey heron, dolphin and manatee have all been seen from our property.
And yet we're only a few minutes from downtown Olde Englewood, with a wide choice of restaurants, shops, a weekly farmers market plus a good library and live theater.
The city of Sarasota is half an hour's drive away, and there's always plenty happening there. With a world class aquarium, superb botanical gardens, and its very own Opera House, there's never a shortage of outings.
Year Purchased: 1956
About: The owners are John Ritchie, his sister Lynn and her husband Chris Potter. John is a high school principal in Boston, MA, while Chris & Lynn - both retired - live in Hexham, England.
Why Manasota Key, FL, USA:
The property has been in the wider Ritchie family for close on 60 years - and was one of the first lots developed in the days when Manasota Key Road was a single dirt track lane, and each house had to collect its own drinking water in private cisterns! John and Lynn have known the Key since their schooldays, and Chris, who has been heavily involved in the renovations, first visited in the mid 80's. We think the house was built by famous Sarasota architect Paul Rudolf - its certainly in the style of his beach houses - and is one of the few remaining examples of its type. We'd like to think Paul Rudolf would approve the renovations - and he'd certainly enjoy the modern-day comforts!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Every house on the Key is different - but this is unique. There is a wonderful sense of space about the whole lot, and the magnificent Banyan tree frames the house perfectly. Its set a way back off the road, and is well secluded. The views over the Bay are glorious, and the private path to the Gulf beach is enchanting.
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Classic beach house with three bedrooms on bayside of Manasota Key
Miles of near deserted beaches
Located in a beautiful Conservation Area
Florida room with dining facilities for up to 8 guests
Comfortable sitting room with TV and wi-fi
A queen in the master bedroom
Antique sea-farers chest of drawers in master bedroom
Twin beds in the guest room
Sleeper Sofa in upstairs bedroom
King bed in the upstairs bedroom
Modern en-suite bathroom upstairs
Spectacular banyan tree in the yard
Private path and steps to the beach
World class sunsets
The original beach cottage - high windows help keep the house cool
Relax with views of the large lot stretching down to Lemon Bay
Compact but well-equipped kitchen
Master bedroom opens on to the sun-room
Beautifully tiled walk-in shower in family bathroom
Garage with large studio bedroom above
TV and wi-fi
Relax on the balcony
Lemon Bay - and the Intra Coastal Waterway
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Monday, April 17, 2017
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