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

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


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

Richard Haynes
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

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 Englewood

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


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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Englewood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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


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Tropical Oasis - 3 Minutes to Beach, Heated Pool, 4 Season Living at its Best!
average rating of 4.90625 based on 90 reviews
Elsberry, MO USA

Inviting home and accomodating owner.

  • 3 of 5

The owner was kind and accommodating. Lovely back yard, lanai and pool areas. Close to the wonderful downtown historic area on Dearborn, that was a major plus. Farmers Market, Classic Car Shows, Art Fairs, Seafood and Jazz fest to name a few fun things held there. Lots to do in nearby Venice and a lovely water front (on Lemon Bay) restaurant in Englewood called Farlow's. A few beach restaurants a pleasant drive away too.

Most of the indoor furnishings need updating as do the kitchen appliances. The casita has no restroom causing guests to have to walk in the dark to get to the facility in the garage at night. Surrounded by noisy businesses. A decent car ride to good beaches.

But...the immediate next door neighbors live in a shanty and were frightening: (they had an aggressive dog that came after my husband and our tiny toy schnoodle on two occasions). Thank God it wasn't our 6 year old grandson in the front yard when the dog barreled over! Literally dozens of people in and out all day and night. The man of the house started his diesel truck up at 7am and let it run for 1/2 hour every morning the fumes were so bad they filled the rental garage, family room and kitchen daily. We dead bolted all the doors when home and away. Richard is going to try to do something about it. We are renting in Sarasota for winter 2019.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property is near the main road but set up in such a way that it is extremely private.

  • 5 of 5

We cooked, biked, swam , and entertained family members during the holidays. This felt like our home. There was plenty of room for each of us to share space when we wanted to and to quietly get up at different times to eat, read, or check email without disturbing anyone else. My son brought his small dog. Because the yard is completely enclosed, we didn’t have to worry about him roaming elsewhere. Richard was available and helpful. We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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close to the beach, and relaxing pool

  • 5 of 5

Multiple visits to this location, and each is memorable. Home provides a sense of privacy with the pool and screened dining area. The owner is helpful and always available.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Loved it

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The property was very clean and well kept. Everything we needed was provided. Loved the privacy of the pool. Hope to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful visit to Placida ! The house was so comfortable and relaxing. All we needed was there . Had an awesome tour of the gardens and so much history with the fauna of our area . The beaches are amazing and dog friendly which allowed me to create awesome memories with my dogs and friends . Thank you Richard for accommodating us so superbly after hurricane Irma. Hope to visit again!

Laura schunk

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lenoir City

A week of relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at the Tropical Oasis. We were so relaxed the entire time, whether we were playing in the pool, relaxing on the hammock or just sitting by the water garden. IT WAS AWESOME!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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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
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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