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Home on a canal just off the Gulf, pool/w large deck - pets welcome, fenced yard

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

2 1/2 BR, Den w/deluxe queen sofa bed, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Beautiful home on deep water canal with large pool and sun deck. Florida Room upgraded to tile in October 2016. Upgraded to tile throughout most of the house in November 2016.

Two full size bedrooms with queen beds, dressers and full closets. A den with queen size pull out sofa or can be used as extra getaway space. Two bathrooms complement the living space. Open living, dining and kitchen area make for a great gathering place. Cable TV and 5G WiFi are provided as well as a DVD player. Washer and dryer in the utility room along with room for the ironing board and iron. All the major appliances in the kitchen are less than 4 years old. Also provided are micro wave, 12-cup coffee maker, toaster, can opener, and full dishes, glasses and utensils to complement your stay. There is a good sized Florida room attached that is also air conditioned.

The pool and deck are both large and have plenty of room for outdoor activity. The back yard is entirely fenced.

There is a floating dock available for an extra charge (ask owner). It has a 30 amp electricity supply and water available. You can be in the Gulf in minutes for either flats or deep water fishing.

More Details

Don Himes
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Don Himes

I am a retired insurance executive with a passion for sailing and won't turn down a game of golf. We originally bought the house for Terri's parents to retire, use as a second home (had our own room) and place to keep our boat.

Once both were gone we decided to renovate and enter the VRBO world as this has been such a joy for Terri's folks and us through the years and we felt it needed to be shared.

I have been active with the Hudson Beach Yacht Club for over 10 years and was the Commodore in 2007 and 2014.

Terri and I are looking forward to having one of the best property's around.

Don Himes purchased this house in 1987

Why Don Himes chose Hudson Beach Estates

If you like the water and a nice retreat from the rat race this house and Hudson is right up your alley. We have owned the home for over 25 years and it was home to Terri's folks until both were gone. We have sailed and weekended there the whole time we owned it and absolutely love how comfortable the house is. It's been a great Escape for us throughout the years - thus the genesis of the name of the property. We know you will love all aspects of staying in our 2nd home.

The layout of the house makes for very comfortable living conditions. The 3rd bedroom/den can be an ideal place for older kids and is close to the 2nd bathroom.

The Florida room is a great extra getaway especially now that we've added air conditioning.

The large deck and spacious pool will give you hours of enjoyment.

The deep water canal gives direct access to the Gulf and is ideal for boaters. The floating dock has electric service and water and can accommodate most boats.

As a guest at Escape you are considered a welcome guest at the Sea Ranch Civic Association which has a lot of great events, classes, and dances. Great chance to meet some mighty friendly folks.

What makes this house unique

Hudson is a gem on the Gulf. It is a friendly small town near virtually all the major Florida attractions. Home to the Bonati Institute which is Internationally known for laser back surgery. We are 1.5 miles from the facility and have a number of guests from there.

As a guest of 'Escape' you will have full guest privileges at the Sea Ranch Civic Association which is only two blocks away. They have lots of events every month including exercise classes, dances, cards and an all you can eat pancake breakfast the 2nd Saturday of every month for only $4.00.

Disney and all the 'Orlando Stuff' is only 2 -2.5 hrs depending on where you're going. Tarpon Springs and the famous Sponge Docks area is only 15 minutes. Tampa - including the International Airport - sports venues and cruise docks are a 40 -60 minute ride via a nearby expressway. Close by is the historic Tarpon Springs and it's Sponge Docks. Also nearby are some of the top ranked beaches in America at Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island, Howard Beach, and Clearwater Beach.


Hudson Beach Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Dock - All dock rules in Rental Agreement are to be strictly followed. Owner assumes no liability for loss due to non compliance.
  • Kayak - All rules pertaining to use of kayak as specified in Rental Agreement must be followed. Owner assumes no liability for loss.
  • See Sample Rental Agreement Attached for Cancellation policy. Item 9 in the Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Main - toilet , combination tub/shower , Makeup area with stool.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower is a roomy walk in shower with assist bar.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Dresser, bedside tables, rocking chair, & large closet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 27' Toshiba TV
    Den 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Deluxe queen sized sofa sleeper - close to 2nd bathroom
  • All bedrooms have 3 speed ceiling fans and ceiling lights. BR 1 & 2 have full closets. BR 3 is a spare room w/a deluxe queen size sofa sleeper and can be used as an extra den, etc.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
If you'd like to take a sail on the resident sailboat pictured - tides, schedules and weather permitting and a contribution to the captain's fuel fund could provide a very memorable experience. Owner will be glad to discuss options.


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Home on a canal just off the Gulf, pool/w large deck - pets welcome, fenced yard
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 51 reviews

Very Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The home is very comfortable! We loved the pool and the many great restaurants! The sunsets on the Gulf were so beautiful! The home is very well supplied and we werE grateful to be able to go on a few afternoon sails with Don. We would definitely recommend Escape on the Gulf!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

don: we appreciated the great space, the fenced back area (for Bela),and the well-equipped kitchen. A great escape for us.

trish, tony miller and Bela, the dog

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a wonderful experience! The home was so comfortable it really felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

Don and his wife took time to explain questions. The house was spotless. We loved the pool and being on the canal. Not to mention the the wonderful restaurants So close. The sunset on Hudson Beach was another highlight of our stay. In all. A+

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this place. We considered an extended stay hotel but are glad we went this route. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Don always has Escape looking good.

  • 5 of 5

It has been such a pleasure staying at Escape for two times in 1 year. It is sad that we will not be staying here again, since we purchased a home in Florida not too far away. I am sure we will stay in touch with Don and several of the neighbors on the canal as we have made good friends and stay in touch by face book. Will certainly tell anyone looking for someplace to stay to Escape on the Gulf. We do love it here.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation Ever! This was the most relaxing experience We've ever had on a vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time here but hopefully not our last. The house was probably one of the cleanest places we've been to, including hotels! It was so pet friendly, I'm not sure who hated leaving the most us or our two little doggies. Our hosts had all of the information we needed to have a good relaxing time ready for us upon arrival with lots of suggestions for activities and places to eat. I will definately give this a 5 star recommendation!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Sam's on the Beach
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Links Golf Club
Nearest Train
46 Miles
AMTRAC Station in Tampa
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Sam's and Inn on the Gulf
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Hudson Beach
Car: necessary

You will never forget a sunset at Sam's on the Gulf nor an ice cream treat from the Hudson Ice Cream Shop.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $85 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Terms (see Rental Agreement) -
1.) Cancel outside 90 days of rental - 100% refund of money paid to date.
2.) Cancel within 61-90 days of rental - 50% refund of money paid to date.
3.) Cancel inside 60 days - No Refund

Access to the dock is not allowed unless you have negotiated use for an extra fee. Fee will be based on desired use of the dock.

Based on that and size & type boat an agreed fee will be negotiated. Fee is $5/day, maximum fee is $100/month. Separate agreement is required. Discuss with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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