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Tropical Oasis - 3 Minutes to Beach, Heated Pool, 4 Season Living at its Best!

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Minshall Garden's screened and heated pool with therapy bench & jets.

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Last updated: 03/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Private Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, heated pool, 3 minutes from Gulf beaches

Minshall’s Garden is a loving “nod” to honor the memory of our Mother, Christine Koblegard Minshall Haynes, who was a great lover of all things “Florida” and something of a walking encyclopedia on the subject. During her 92 years, from 1919 to 2012, she witnessed a great many things, from her childhood years in Fort Pierce, on the east coast, to her final years in Boca Grande, on the west coast, which she generously shared with her family.

Minshall's Garden is located in Englewood, Florida, which is on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's southwest coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers. This classic Florida home is located in the older section of Englewood, echoing the Florida of an earlier era. Only 450 feet from Lemon Bay (named for the vast lemon groves which lined its shores), Minshall's Garden is conveniently close to all the amenities (1-15 minutes away from multiple Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trips, etc.), while preserving within its fenced bounds a very private and intimate space.

Minshall's Garden is truly a 4-season destination, with its lush tropical plantings, heated pool and multiple outside gathering spaces, including the: large covered cabaña with overhead fan, dining table and seating area; lattice shade house with tropical plantings, pond and waterfall; outside shower/changing room with seating; large screened/covered lanai with 2 overhead fans and dining table; screened pool deck circled by Brown Jordan loungers and seating; raised deck adjacent to the home's Sun Room; and, front alcove porch. The almost constant, gentle Gulf breeze adds the finishing touch.

The causeway to beautiful Manasota Key is 1 minute from the property. Once on Manasota Key, there are three major county park beaches at the north, middle and south end of the Key, as well as Stump Pass State Park (5 minutes away), which, at the very south end of the Key, offers absolutely stunning views and access to the bay, the pass and the Gulf. Our closest beach, Englewood Beach, 3 minutes away, is adjacent to several interesting shops and good restaurants.

To the south, it is only 15 minutes by car to the Boca Grande Causeway, which crosses the Intracoastal Waterway to Gasparilla Island and the village of Boca Grande. Once on the island, from 19th St. south there is beach access on every street all the way to the south end of the island, which is another 3 1/2 miles. So there are literally dozens of (uncrowded) Gulf beaches.

To the north, it is only 15 minutes to the town of Venice, with extensive shopping/dining, and only 40 minutes to Sarasota, with all of this and its additional cultural attractions.

For guests trailering boats, in addition to the driveway, which can accommodate two vehicles with trailers, there is an uninterrupted stone covered strip between the front fence and the road, which is 11' wide by 110' long, which can accommodate multiple cars and even multiple vehicles towing boat trailers. In regard to boat trailers, this is very convenient as there is pull-in/pull-out parking, requiring no backing or turning. There are multiple public boat ramp facilities 4 minutes north and south of the property, for launching your boat or our tandem kayak.

Each guest is provided with a personalized code for keyless entry valid for the length of their stay. Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.

Rental fees for reservations made more than 60 days in advance of your arrival date can be made in 2 or 3 installment payments.

Also check out our beautiful, waterfront Cape Haze, FL property, “El Palmeral” (VRBO property #455963) - Or, under the "Owner Info" tab (above), click the "All My Rental Listings" link.
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Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1717 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside and there are multiple screened and/or covered areas....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    1 or 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome, with prior approval. Please email or call to discuss....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Overlooks pool & gardens, equipped with flat screen TV....moreless

  • Corner Bedroom: 1 queen

    Overlooks pool & deck, equipped w/ flat screen TV/DVD combo....moreless

  • Sunroom: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Slider to deck, privacy curtains separate from living room....moreless

  • Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Queen sleep sofa provides overflow sleeping for 2 people....moreless

  • Bungalow: 1 queen

    Bungalow has its own separate heating and cooling system....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Main Bath: toilet, shower

    Main bath is in short hall between Master & Corner bedrooms....moreless

  • Guest/Pool Bath: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Outdoor pool/beach shower: outdoor shower

    Privacy curtain w/ shower, wand, 6 body jets & foot rinser....moreless

  • There is a portable bassinet/playard/crib on-site for infants/small children....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    Bluray/DVD player with audio CD functionality....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Verizon fiber optic cable with premium channels in Family Room and bedrooms. Chromecast for Netflix, etc. streaming....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Large flatscreen HD TV in Family Room and small flatscreen TVs in 2 bedrooms....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining:

    There is round glass-top table in the kitchen which seats 4, a large round glass-top table in the screened lanai which seats 6-8 and a rectangular wood table in the cabana which seats 4-6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air-conditioning....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating....moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed fiber optic internet with wireless router....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    In addition to the large double drive, there are 120' of off street parking along the front fence which is perfect for multiple boat trailers and allows for pull-in/pull out parking with no backing....moreless

  • Telephone:

    3 wireless telephones w/ nationwide long distance....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and beach/pool towels are provided...moreless

  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Both drip & Keurig coffee machines....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Elevated deck accessible from Sunroom....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have a tandem sit-on-top kayak with an additional center seat for solo kayaking or a small child. We also provide a universal car-top rack, in the event that you do not have a roof-rack....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber 310 Genesis 3-burner Propane Grill and Weber 22" Premium Charcoal Grill adjacent to Cabaña....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Spring/Tarpon Rates
Apr 1 - Jul 9, 2017
3 night min stay
$160 $180
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,090 $3,600

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

2017 Summer/Fall Rates
Jul 10 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$140 $160
Fri, Sat, Sun
$970 $3,200

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$180 $200
Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,210 $4,000

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $125 + tax
  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

There is an additional, one-time $75 fee for pets, subject to owner approval (please call).

We automatically include damage insurance through CSA at a cost of $59 for your entire stay, which covers you against up to $1,500 in property damages. If you wish to pay a refundable security deposit instead, please call.

Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.

Cancellation refunds subject to 4 weeks prior notice & re-letting of property.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Sarasota (SRQ) - 40 mi & Fort Myers (RSW) - 68 mi
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sportsman's Pub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Palm Island Ferry
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Oyster Creek Golf Club
85 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak (Tampa)
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 75
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Stefano's
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Englewood Beach

Car: Recommended

In addition to the many Gulf and Bay beaches and boating access points which are within striking distance, there are multiple state parks, wilderness preserves, a wild flower and bird sanctuary and an extensive biking trail system - all within a short drive.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: My name is Richard Haynes. I was raised in Virginia, Florida, Maryland and DC during the 50s and 60s. When we were not living in Florida, we still visited annually for vacation and to see family in Sarasota and Fort Pierce. Trips to Florida were always the highlight of the year. For me, moving back to Florida on a full-time basis has been a dream come true, being a time of renewal and an opportunity to rediscover all of those things I loved about the Gulf coast as a child.

Why the Owner Chose Englewood, FL, USA:
Having lived in and visited different parts of Florida, the southwest Gulf coast is my favorite by far. Within that region, the Englewood/Lemon Bay/Cape Haze area is the 'sweet spot' for me. Only 45 minutes from all of the resources and activities offered by Sarasota, it is still a small community with much of the charm of 'Old Florida' that I recall from my youth. Old Englewood still has that small town feel and is generally slow paced. Access to beautiful, natural areas and Gulf beaches is exceptional. Minshall's Garden reminds me of the house in Fort Walton Beach/Destin where I lived as a child in the 1950s. When I first saw it, with its large double lot and roomy backyard, I knew it had incredible potential for creating a special intimate, outdoor space for relaxation and the enjoyment of nature - a tropical oasis. We are in the tropical zone of far South Florida, which means that not only all the citrus family are grown here, but also coconuts, mangos, papaya, bananas, etc., giving the area a truly tropical feeling.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This property has an intimate warmth, which is hard to find at any price. The comforts of the back yard with its screened lanai and pool enclosure, multiple seating areas, luxuriant tropical foliage, cabaña and pergola with pond and cascading waterfall are absolutely seductive. You may come here with the idea of having it be your base-camp and find that it is your destination.


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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/29/2017

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Photos

  • Minshall Garden's screened and heated pool with therapy bench & jets.

    Minshall Garden's screened and heated pool with therapy bench & jets.

  • Cabaña & Shade House with pond & waterfall.

    Cabaña & Shade House with pond & waterfall.

  • 1 of the Cabaña/Shade House's several Vanda Orchids in bloom (w/ a frog visitor)

    1 of the Cabaña/Shade House's several Vanda Orchids in bloom (w/ a frog visitor)

  • Master Bedroom adjacent to pool.

    Master Bedroom adjacent to pool.

  • Bathroom #1.

    Bathroom #1.

  • Sunroom looking toward side & front yard.

    Sunroom looking toward side & front yard.

  • Kitchen.

    Kitchen.

  • Bathroom #2.

    Bathroom #2.

  • Private Bungalow adjacent to Cabaña & Shade House.

    Private Bungalow adjacent to Cabaña & Shade House.

  • South Side Yard.

    South Side Yard.

  • Front Yard.

    Front Yard.

  • Kayaking in the clear, turquoise waters of Gasparilla Pass.

    Kayaking in the clear, turquoise waters of Gasparilla Pass.

  • View from Lanai to pool.

    View from Lanai to pool.

  • Looking from inside Shade House past Cabaña to swimming pool.

    Looking from inside Shade House past Cabaña to swimming pool.

  • Hammock under Tropical Bengal Almond tree.

    Hammock under Tropical Bengal Almond tree.

  • Guest Bedroom adjacent to pool and deck.

    Guest Bedroom adjacent to pool and deck.

  • Sunroom leading to deck has Queen Sofa-bed.

    Sunroom leading to deck has Queen Sofa-bed.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Family Room adjacent to Lanai has large flat screen TV.

    Family Room adjacent to Lanai has large flat screen TV.

  • Pool Shower.

    Pool Shower.

  • View from the Bungalow toward the pool.

    View from the Bungalow toward the pool.

  • Senegal Date Palm grouping - One of our many beautiful, mature specimens.

    Senegal Date Palm grouping - One of our many beautiful, mature specimens.

  • Garage w/ bathroom & laundry facilities has direct access to Lanai.

    Garage w/ bathroom & laundry facilities has direct access to Lanai.

  • Property Location

    Property Location

VRBO #610815

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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