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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 - 4 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! Plus a brand new AC system has also recently been added. 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 both bedrooms

• Breakfast bar overlooking the Gulf

• AC in the living/kitchen area and both bedrooms (NOT central air; brand new mini-split system)

• 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 per pet 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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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 Placida

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
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 4.861111 based on 36 reviews

Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited LGI for the first time for our 15 year anniversary. We absolutely loved the island and the Round House was perfect! The views from the deck are incredible and being able to walk right out your door to the beach was the best. We loved watching the sunsets, swimming out to the sandbar, floating in the the calm clear water, exploring the island by golf cart, and the fishing off the dock is great! The house came stocked with everything we needed and was clean and comfortable. We loved it so much that we booked our return visit for spring break before we even traveled back home! We can't wait to return with our kids to share this little slice of paradise with them!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect place to get away!

  • 5 of 5

The round house is not only superbly quaint, but it is filled with every thing you could possibly need. The owners strive to make your stay as easy as possible... they even provide concierge service and help you with your bags!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another wonderful mini vacation

  • 5 of 5

Just as relaxing as last visit. Amazing views and location .

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family and I really enjoyed our stay in the round house. The house was charming. The beach and the ocean were beautiful. Lots of shells. Great fishing at the pier. The island is a great place to relax and unwind.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had an amazing week at The Round House. We saw dolphins, amazing sunsets and stargazed every night. Amazing little house in a perfect spot.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: June 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Holiday surcharges are applied for reservations for Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Christmas/New Years timeframes. Guests responsible for mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. 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. Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

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