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

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,717 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Richard Haynes
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2017

About Richard Haynes

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 (Sarasota's Marie Selby was my great-aunt). 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.

Richard Haynes purchased this house in 2012

Why Richard Haynes chose Florida South West

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

01/03/2017



I hope that everyone who stays here enjoyed it as much as we did. The only negative to the whole trip is having to go back home. Thank you for having us.
Jan 2017
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Stump Pass Beach State Park
"This is an EXCELLENT place to see unspoiled Florida. If you are kayaking from the launch at ..."
Zydeco Grille
"Excellent Cajun/Creole/Southern food! Restaurant/Bar with nice ambience and exceptional serv..."
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Lock 'n Key Pub Restaurant
Blind Pass Beach
Mango Bistro
Stump Pass Grill
Beach Road Watersports
Olde Village Publix
The Faull Inn
"Good pizza (and broad menu of American Bar food) delivered!"
Compadre's
Placida Grill
"I love this place! Great food and fantastic owners and servers!"
Amberjack Environmental Park
Don Pedro Island State Park
Manasota Beach
"Beautiful beach at the north end of Manasota Key with extensive facilities, including a boat..."
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Don Pedro Island State Park Kayak Launch
"Less than a mile from the house, offers great access to the local marine environment and a s..."
Boca Grande Causeway Boat Launch (Placida Park)
Temptation Restaurant, Bar & Package
Englewood Public Beach
Boca Grande Fishing Pier Park
The Outlet at the Innlet Restaurant
Pink Elephant
Palm Island Transit Inc
South Beach Bar & Grille
The Gasparilla Inn Main Dining Room
19th Street Beach
Waterside Grill
PJ's Seagrille
Farlow's On The Water
Howard's Restaurant
Cayo Costa State Park
Gasparilla Island State Park
Englewood Farmers Market
"Every Thursday on Dearborn Street from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, this is a fun market with hot foo..."
Pirate's Dream
"This is a great place for tourist kitsch and such. Pirate paraphernalia, pink flamings, shel..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Sarasota (SRQ) - 40 mi & Fort Myers (RSW) - 68 mi
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sportsman's Pub
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Amtrak (Tampa)
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Stefano's
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
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.

Amenities

Englewood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1717 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bath - toilet , shower , Main bath is in short hall between Master & Corner bedrooms.
    Guest/Pool Bath - toilet , shower
    Outdoor pool/beach shower - outdoor shower , Privacy curtain w/ shower, wand, 6 body jets & foot rinser.
  • There is a portable bassinet/playard/crib on-site for infants/small children.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Overlooks pool & gardens, equipped with flat screen TV.
    Corner Bedroom - 1 queen , Overlooks pool & deck, equipped w/ flat screen TV/DVD combo.
    Sunroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Slider to deck, privacy curtains separate from living room.
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sleep sofa provides overflow sleeping for 2 people.
    Bungalow - 1 queen , Bungalow has its own separate heating and cooling system.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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

Reviews

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average rating of 4.946429 based on 82 reviews
5

Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We love this house. It truly is a tropical oasis. We love the night jasmine and make sure to go out every night between 9-11pm to smell it. The back yard is so private and very relaxing. Thank you again for letting us share this wonderful home...until next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

I kove it thank you

  • 5 of 5

Love it thank you for everything my family had a great time

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

beautiful!!! Felt like home as soon as we walked in the door.

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this property. We will be coming back in the future. thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful oasis.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Complete solitude!

  • 5 of 5

The gardens are beautiful and the privacy allows a person to completely unwind and relax. The house is very well equipped with all the amenities needed to make for a comfortable vacation, no need to pack beach toys or chairs. The number of beaches that are just a short drive allows for a number of choices.

Richard has worked hard to ensure his quest will have a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Great house, amazing back yard!

  • 5 of 5

Great place, well stocked with towels, cooking supplies and all the amenities you could ask for. We spent most of our time in the back yard though. The heated screened in pool and dinning area along with the beautiful landscaping was definitely our favorite part! Would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation haven!

  • 5 of 5

Went down to Englewood for a friends wedding and booked this place for my friends and I to stay. We loved it. Richard stopped by to see if had everything we needed and give us some info about places to eat and things to do. This quaint house had plenty of space for us to gather together and enough space for us to spread out and have quiet time. The garden is so lovely and peaceful and we didn't eat a single meal inside. We loved having a grill and the pool was great. Bonus: I have sensitive skin and it doesn't like the chlorinated pools. This pool is salt water and I had no skin issues. Loved every minute of it and would go there again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review! Actually, it is not a saltwater pool, but my pool service is very good about maintaining proper ph, etc. so that they use very little chlorine, so the chlorine is generally not noticeable.
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $75
Damage Insurance $59

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 if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.