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The Round House: A Charming Island Original Right ON the Beach, Newly Renovated!

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Right ON the Beach

Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!

This classic island house has been an architecturally unique home on Little Gasparilla Island for over 40 years. The new owners have lovingly redecorated and renovated the interior while keeping the quaint charm of the original "round" design. Everything has been updated, with city water, a new outdoor shower, all new furnishings, new floors, new queen size beds, new French doors, new stainless refrigerator and new window treatments. UPDATE: New high impact windows have recently been added as have new stairs and new interior trim has been added to the interior! The fresh, clean interior, coupled with the with the fabulous views of the Gulf of Mexico and location directly ON the beach, make this a premiere spot for your next beach vacation!

When you sit at the breakfast bar, you can gaze out at the Gulf....when you eat dinner at the dining table, you view the Gulf....the living room opens to the Gulf through brand new French doors. You are literally sitting as close to the beach as you can without being in the water! The views from the deck are like being on the deck of a boat....and the south portion of the porch is a warm respite from chilly winds in the winter months. Open the BRAND NEW WINDOWS and feel the Gulf breezes and let the sound of the waves lull you to sleep. This fabulous beach cottage literally lets you live at the water's edge and have your breakfast while watching the dolphins cavort in the waves!

Your vacation at "The Round House" will combine the best of both worlds....the convenience and comfort of new furnishings, the quaint charm and funky chic of one of the island's most enduring landmarks, and the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico -- literally right outside your front door -- that makes a beach vacation so special!

NEW: Now there are queen beds in BOTH bedrooms, a new firepit in the back yard! (perfect for S'mores!) and brand new windows throughout the entire cottage.

• Satellite TV in living room and one bedroom

• Breakfast bar overlooking the Gulf

• AC in the living/kitchen area and both bedrooms (NOT central air)

• Stackable washer-dryer included

• Wi-fi via a mobile hotspot (pay-as-you-go data plan)

• Access to a dock slip at dock 21 (Peacock Lane)

• Pet friendly

• Outdoor dining on the oceanfront porch

• All linens, including beach towels, included

• Our concierge service will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you but you must make a reservation in advance and call him as you are leaving the marina so he can time his arrival at the dock.


• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.

• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.

• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock

• All homes come with a grill. This home has a charcoal grill so please bring charcoal and lighter fluid with you.

• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.

• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.

• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.

• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.

• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.

• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. (But they are fun to go exploring!)

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control and non-aggressive. We do charge a $100 pet fee and request that you keep pets off the beds and furniture. Pets must be housebroken and current on vaccinations.

• If you plan to use the mobile hotspot, keep in mind this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi should NOT be used for entertainment. No Netflix, no Skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. We also suggest that you NOT use the house wi-fi for your smartphones because that will exhaust your data very quickly. (Many people find the mobile hotspots on their smartphones are better, less expensive alternatives.)

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

We have lived on the island for 30 years and we started renting our own home many years ago when we traveled. Then our neighbors asked us to handle rentals for them also -- and now we offer vacation rentals in a variety of price ranges and locations on the island...from dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our homes are painstakingly cared for...we want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Florida South West

We stayed in this cottage before it was renovated and fell in love with the location....and when the owners fixed it up, we loved it even more....we love the front porch and the balmy breezes and the fact that you don't have tons of stairs to climb. The fire pit is a wonderful touch the owners have added recently and we love to sit at the breakfast bar and look out at the waves. This is a quirky cottage that still retains lots of its original charm and we love to sit on the front porch and watch everyone walk by on the beach...and watch the dolphins and manatees swim right by!


Placida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • THere is also a queen sofabed in the living area for additional guests.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
There is a private chef available on the island and also a masseuse. Information on these services will be provided by our Guest Services Manager upon booking. Our concierge is also available for tours of the island and you can rent golf carts on the island from LGI Carts. We also provide information on local boat rentals, kayak rentals, fishing charters and stand up paddle board rentals.


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The Round House: A Charming Island Original Right ON the Beach, Newly Renovated!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews

A special place to build memories with your family...

  • 4 of 5

We loved the place. Nothing fancy, but homey. The place was well equipped. The best part was that it is located right on the beach, you could not be any closer! It has the best sunsets! It was relaxing and safe!! The only thing is that it would be great if the bathroom was upgraded a bit and you must bring everything you are going to need for the time of your stay, otherwise you have to pay $100 to go back to the mainland. There was seaweed on the sand, but we got used to it, however the beach had white powdery sand. We truly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Little Gasparilla and this home was perfect for us and our dog. Just steps outside the door and you were on the beach and into the water, wonderful. Everything was in working order and the house had anything and everything you needed. We spent time inside and out and what a relaxing time we had. So stress free. The place was very clean and loved the décor. For 2 of us and the dog it was a big enough space with the 2 sofas and we only used one bedroom, shower/tub combo was perfect. There is no dishwasher and no ice maker but there are plenty of ice cube trays and really can you not wash dishes by hand ? If The washer and dryer are small but did the job efficiently. The best part if you want to see dolphins, pelicans, waves breaking the shore right outside your window then book the Round House. We sat out on the deck at night counting stars and collected shells and shark teeth in the early morning. Our dog felt welcome too and loved the beach. The concierge and water taxi were great and easy to coordinate. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indianapolis, IN

Great house and wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time staying on Little Gasparilla Island and we were completely charmed by the island and the house. My wife and our 9 and 11 year old kids and 12 year old terrier stayed for the week. The house is not big, but with the large deck and the ocean 50' away, we spent very little time inside. The kids loved playing in the water and we fished some off the dock on the back side of the island, about 400' away. The most relaxing vacation that we have ever had. Just keep in mind that as the description says, the house is old and small, so you don't have necessarily all of the modern conveniences of home as some things don't work quite as well as they do at home, but the bottom line is the incredible location.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love the view!

  • 5 of 5

Love the house, beach views, and area. We had a few questions and were able to have everything taken care of quickly and professionally. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a magical island!

  • 4 of 5

This was our second trip to Little Gasprilla but our first time staying at the Round House. Awesome location! Can't beat being steps away from the gulf. Memories for a lifetime!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This house is ON the beach. Everything was clean and the hosts provided a lot of things you need for your stay since getting groceries, etc. can be tricky. We will definitely be back-perfect for our family of 4! Prettiest sunsets and the water is absolutely gorgeous-I could have stayed a month!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Placida Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Labor Day
Aug 31 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday 2016
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
Winter, spring 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 12.0%

Holiday surcharge of $500 may be assessed;30-day cancellation notice required for stays of 1 week; 60-day cancellation for 2 weeks or more. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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