About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 14 nights
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!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, spanish, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Kat Cosentino
I am passionate about nature, gardening, fitness, nutrition, traveling, languages, food, living off my land, mountains, hiking, writing, music...to 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 South Gate Ridge
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? :)
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Unique location and highly recommended.
We stayed at the Homestead in February and March. The weather was great and the Homestead was perfect. The private house was clean and contained everything we needed. Great screened porch to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. We saw a red fox in the morning and an owl in the early evening. The owner, Kat, is the best! She was the host of an outdoor party which we attended, music, dancing, food and meeting some of her friends. Who would have thought? Location is perfect, close to all that Sarasota has to offer but quiet enough to relax and enjoy. As a side note, we really like Sarasota; great restaurants, activities, beaches, shopping and golf courses.
The property was like a rainforest
Quaint, quiet, and yet still close to downtown and the beach which were just minutes away
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
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!
Tropical paradise! We didn't want to leave!
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!!!
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!
Oasis Within Stone's Throw of the City
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.
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!
Just the right place....
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.
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!
Award winning beaches with the whitest sands you'll ever see
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Myakka River State Park
St. Armands Circle
A huge variety of fantastic restaurants
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