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Secluded Cottage on 6.2-Acre Homestead IN TOWN 10-15 min to Beach/Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights


About the property

Charming 1948 newly remodeled cottage on 6.2-acre homestead. 2 BR, 1 Bath, Futon

Welcome to Cosentino Homestead! Settle into this serene, natural paradise in the middle of a bustling city. Nowhere else will you find this level of tranquility hidden away in suburban Sarasota, just minutes from the city's beaches, attractions, restaurants and stores. The property is 10 minutes from Siesta Key beach and downtown, and just a few blocks from the nearest stores.

The newly remodeled guesthouse was built on Siesta Key in 1948 and moved by my father to its present location in the early 70s. Its permanent resting place is this beautiful homestead, nestled among age-old oaks, pine trees and lush Florida vegetation. This ecologically sound, nature-lover's paradise is also host to an organic garden and orchard, hens (farm-fresh eggs, anyone?), a lake and a small creek. The property, which is mostly wooded, is fenced in and gated for maximum privacy and security. Guests are free to roam, meditate and enjoy this unofficial natural reserve!

The house is cozy yet spacious and boasts a wonderful mix of antiques and all the modern conveniences. There is a sunroom, a fireplace and a huge screened-in porch with a comfy Colombian hammock. The bedroom and living room floors are the original hardwood. Behind the house, there is a deck with an outdoor grill and a pond with a waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. Guests fall in love with this warm, charming cottage and its magical setting and are pleased with the well stocked, modern kitchen and other amenities.

There is a queen-size bed in one bedroom (mattress bought April 2015), a full in the other and a futon in the living room. The bathroom is comfortable, adequate and newly updated, but not large. Washer and dryer are full size. TV has built-in DVD. There is a carport (one car). There are two bicycles available upon request (one beach cruiser and one hybrid), two beach chairs and five beach towels.

IMPORTANT SALES TAX INFORMATION: You are required to pay the Hotel and Resort Tax, which is 12% (7% for Florida and 5% for Sarasota County). Florida law states that this must be clearly stated and not included in the rental price.

IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFORMATION: Preferred method of payment is by personal check or eCheck. Guests paying by credit card must reimburse me for credit card fees on the full amount (EXCEPT the $500 damage deposit) in cash at check-in time. Fees are as follows:

• 2.9% for Visa, MasterCard, Discover cards issued in the United States.

• 4.9% for Visa, MasterCard, Discover issued outside of the United States.

• eChecks (electronic checks) with free processing are available for domestic U.S.

banks only. Chargeback fee is $25 USD per chargeback. Guests cannot pay via

eChecks within 10 days of their arrival date.

Guests are free to roam the property, but please respect the privacy of the main house. The property is fenced in, but the lake, creek and pond are NOT enclosed.

Unless I'm with clients at my studio, I am usually available for questions. You will often find me tending to my gardens and property and are welcome to come chat!

More Details

Kat Cosentino
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Kat Cosentino

I am passionate about nature, gardening, fitness, nutrition, traveling, languages, food, living off my land, mountains, hiking, writing, name just a few of my “hobbies!”

My family has been in Sarasota since the 40s. I was born in Sarasota but lived over a decade of my adult life in Italy (Siena and the Alps). I own a private fitness studio where I offer one-on-one training sessions and nutritional coaching. I am certified in personal training, corrective exercise (including pain management), sports nutrition and peri- and post-menopausal fitness.

I moved from Italy to Sarasota a few years ago to take care of my parents. This magical property has been in my family since the 60s, when this area was mostly undeveloped. It is my oasis, my connection to my roots. I have an organic garden and orchard and 12 hens. I am an acknowledged “plant geek” and somewhat of an environmental, food and nutrition activist. I thrive on helping people make positive changes in their lives. I realize how lucky I am to live on this slice of paradise and am very excited about sharing it with others who appreciate it.

Kat Cosentino purchased this house in 1968

Why Kat Cosentino chose Sarasota

My father brought this property in 1968. My earliest memory is being on the guesthouse porch when I was a kid and my grandmother lived there. I have many memories here, from childhood to more recent. It is my connection to my roots and my passion!

What makes this house unique

My property is my oasis. I am in the middle of nature, in the middle of the city. Could it get any better? :)


Sarasota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Spacious, original hardwood floors. Queen-size mattress is new (April 2015)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

The property was like a rainforest

  • 4 of 5

Quaint, quiet, and yet still close to downtown and the beach which were just minutes away

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia

My standard.

  • 5 of 5

When i saw this property on line, I thought i understood the possibilities. I did and I did'nt; it was far more than I thought. A real jewel, the definition of cottage and a timeless garden. Thoughtful decor, nice things scattered around. On my next stay, I will be there to write a chapter in my next book; it is that incredible. Samuel Zamarripa, Author

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So proud of and grateful for this review. It is a tribute to my parents and my roots. The most wonderful thing about renting my cottage is sharing this magical space with people who "get it." It was a pleasure to meet and host the Zamarripas, and I look forward to their return. Five-star, delightful guests! Thank you, Sam. I look forward to reading your book!
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Tropical paradise! We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Great guest house surrounded by lush vegetation & trees on several acres. Secluded & quite. Perfectly located close to everything - downtown, shopping, fishing, parks. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What wonderful guests! They were easy to communicate with from the time they booked and all through their stay, and they left the house spotless. It was a pleasure to share my space with them, and I do hope they come back!
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Oasis Within Stone's Throw of the City

  • 5 of 5

I needed a place to get away from everything and everyone, but I didn't want to drive for hours. This cabin was perfect. Quaint and cute, it's only a few minutes from downtown Sarasota, but you feel like you're in the everglades (without the swamp). I spent three days on the screened in porch, alternating between the hammock and the rocker. I read and gazed at the woodland and felt my stress ooze away. The owner, Kat, was sweet and accommodating. I'll definitely be back.

PS: Just so you know, you can see houses from two sides of the cabin, but they are behind fences and/or far enough away. From the porch and backyard you can't see them so it feels completely private.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was honored to offer a reprieve for Terri. From our first communication to the way she left the cottage, she was easy, kind and considerate. It was a pleasure to host her, and I would love for her to come back any time she desires!
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Just the right place....

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a great place to stay for relaxation and seclusion. The grounds are intriguing and reminiscent of old Florida. Everything you need is provided in the house and the porches are great places for gathering, reading or relaxing. My only regret is I did not have longer to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host Lee and his family. They were kind, considerate and left the house in good shape. I couldn't have asked for better guests. I just wish they could've stayed longer!
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Great long weekend in Sarasota

  • 5 of 5

We went to Sarasota to explore for possible retirement relocation. Kat's guest house was the perfect location. We were so relaxed in the mini paradise had trouble leaving to venture out. The house was so clean and full of personality. I wished we could have stayed longer. Kat was very welcoming and brought us fresh eggs from the resident hens. Highly recommend this cute little guest house.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved hosting Lisa and her sister on the homestead! Lisa was so easy to communicate with from the beginning; I had a feeling it was going to be a great fit. It certainly was, and I was glad we got to have a nice conversation before they left. They left the cottage spotless. I hope they'll be back soon :)
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5.5 Miles
Siesta Key
Car: recommended

Award winning beaches with the whitest sands you'll ever see

Ringling Museum

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Mote Marine

Myakka River State Park

St. Armands Circle

A huge variety of fantastic restaurants




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Important: Allowing the "Book it Now" button to appear on a listing does not allow the Homeowner to fully customize the cancellation policy and payment schedule. I will detail these items in the Rental Agreement and Rental Rules, which must be signed to confirm your reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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