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Anna Maria Island: Rare Historic Beachfront Cottage (Duplex)- perfect for 2-4

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage (Duplex) 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Welcome to our Cottage! If you are looking for a simple, quiet, stress-free place to enjoy the beach, this is it. It's not a fancy condo-- no long hallways, distant parking, elevators, or crowds-- and there are no streets to cross to reach the beach. The Cottage is a duplex, and this listing is for the larger side. VRBO #327896 will show you the smaller side. The two sides share a screened porch facing the beach.

The cottage was constructed in 1912 or so, as a caretaker's home for a larger house which is now gone. It has been carefully maintained and updated, but has retained the charm of a bygone era.

The interior walls are heart pine, and so are the floors, refinished by hand. Furnishings have been chosen for comfort-- a rattan recliner and matching sleeper sofa in the living room, dining table with leaf (in case you would like to have a guest or two for supper), and king size bed in the bedroom.

The cottage is shaded by ancient Australian pine trees and has a comfortable shared screened porch for a front-row view of the sunsets and stars. With the windows open at night, you can hear the surf!

Walk directly out the screen porch door, and down to the beach--no streets to cross. Or, sit out on the patio and enjoy your coffee and newspaper, or cocktails. Our guests tell us that the best part of the patio area, (besides the view) is it's size-- plenty of room for spreading out.

We are located a block away from the Cafe on the Beach, convenient for all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, quick lunches, and relaxing dinners. The beach-front playground is a block and a half away. Take the free trolley and see the rest of the island.

The other side of this duplex, which is a little smaller, VRBO 327896 is also available. See our other units available on the same property, VRBO 82848 and 738184.

Keywords: Cottage/Duplex

More Details

Property Manager
Alice Torres Sutton
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2018

About Alice Torres Sutton

Hi! Our family has owned this property since 1971. My grandparents built it as their retirement home, and now it belongs to us. My mom, Gladys, is on the left in this photo, and that's me, Alice, on the right. Mom passed away in 2014, but her spirit of hospitality continues. I live up in Tampa, and visit the beach every weekend with my husband and family.

Alice Torres Sutton purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Alice Torres Sutton chose Holmes Beach

Our family chose to purchase the Cottage because there was no way we could resist! The property is huge, and has the most magnificent view of the beach, especially at sunset, and of course, we loved the neighbors (my grandparents). We live in Tampa, but visit the Island every weekend, and it is a quick trip, about an hour. The Island has an unspoiled small-town charm--like Mayberry but with sand and sun! No matter how short your stay on the Island, it will refresh your spirit.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage offers simple peace and quiet, with sunny or shady spots on the patio facing the beach. The patios are nestled in a native Florida meadow, complete with blanket flowers, railroad vine, and sea oats-- it's a trip to the past, when life was much simpler. When families visit, the patio area is a favorite of the older crowd, since it is shielded from the wind and sun, and it has a horseshoe court.

The screened porch is a great place for morning coffee and the newspaper, afternoon snacks, or evening refreshments.


Holmes Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest must execute full rental agreement prior to Owner's final acceptance of reservation.
  • Wkly/nightly: $250 due at reserv.; bal due 21 dys in adv. Monthly: $500 at reserv., 25% at 90 days in advance, bal due 21 dys in adv. No refunds.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Vintage pine bathroom, with shower (no tub), toilet and of course sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sleeper sofa with pillow top mattress in living room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Our vintage duplex cottage was constructed in 1912 and has been lovingly maintained. It has an old Florida feel, with knotty pine paneled walls, floors, and ceilngs. French doors from the living area open onto the screened porch and face the beach. Enjoy morning coffee on the porch and watch the nesting green herons, white egrets, osprey and stately grey heron have their breakfasts of fresh-caught fish. In the evenings, see all the stars in the sky, away from city lights.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Lovely return to Old Florida!

  • 5 of 5

The collection of cottages at 'Bamboo' are treasures! We stayed in Cottage 1. Classic Florida...knotty pine interiors with all the modern updates...We were very comfortable and had nothing to ever notify the Management of...which I was only sorry about because Alice was so very welcoming and thoughtful and I would have enjoyed learning more of the family history of the place. There are open spaces and Australian pines..right outside the all makes you feel so peaceful! The growth on the island and the condos squished together are very far away in this special place. Very centrally located too...we were so lucky to experience this spot. We made our own contribution to the cottage...a little tub to wash the sand off your feet before you walk in the door!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Thanks for coming to stay and for such a great review! We loved having you as our guests, and appreciate the little tub-- everyone comments on what a great idea it is. I'm going to get a few more for the other units. When you come next time, I'll bring over our scrap book and show you the historical photos, including one from 1916 when the island was pretty empty. Hope to see you again soon- have a great spring! Alice
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Quaint and of another era but homely and cosy. Brilliant location right on the beach but shadey too

  • 5 of 5

This one of Anna Maria Island's gems absolutely ideal for a couple looking to do nothing to a strict timetable! The whole island gives off quiet vibes that slow you right down. There are a number of good restaurants and one or two coffee places but not too many if you see what I mean.

Alice knows the island intimately and this somehow embeds you as a visitor in what feels to be a very privileged position. Many of her guests are multiple returnees and we will be too.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More perfect than we thought.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Bamboo Cottage on the Beach was even more of what we were looking for than we even knew we were looking for.

The cottage is quiet, quaint, cozy, clean and comfortable. The pictures are an excellent representation of the property, unlike a lot of the properties we looked at. Nothing in front of your view of the water and it's about 150 feet from the door at most. The public beach just a short walk away is an extra bonus. There is a life guard there that would be handy for a family with children. Cafe is great and there is nightly live music. Close enough to enjoy but far enough to not bother you. Also a nice place across the road for burgers and brews, Skinny's place is a two minute walk. CVS and a Publix is a five minute walk. The free Trolley stops at the public beach. Cortez Village is a ten minute drive with some great seafood places to eat at. We loved The Swordfish restaurant, right on the water and so much fun.

Anna Maria Island is old school Florida at it's finest. No chains like McDonalds, Subway, etc, just good old local businesses. And one of the best things we found were the people! Everybody was as friendly as could be. Unusual for a tourist town in my experience. We will no longer need to look for a place to go for vacation every year. We found exactly what we want, need and enjoy at Bamboo cottage on Anna Maria. Getting there is so easy! Leaving there is so hard! About 45 minute drive from St. Pete or Tampa airports. Turn left on Gulf Drive and you're there!

You just won't find a cozier place than the Bamboo cottage and you won't find a finer owner than Alice. It may not be the right place for everybody but it's 'home' to us.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! Please come stay with us again-- we loved having you as our guests. Alice
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our week long stay in cottage 1. If your looking for a peaceful, beach-side vacation, look no further...this is it. The cottage is charming, equipped with everything you need for a perfect retreat! Thank you Gladys and Alice for providing a place such as this. We will certainly return next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! We're delighted that you enjoyed staying at our cottage, and look forward to your next visit. Thank you for being our guests! Warmly, Alice & Gladys.
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Collinsville, Mississippi

Stay by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for a week in July 2011. The cottage is a step back to the past, a charming beach cottage that we just fell in love with! Everything was clean and in working order, and Gladys was just steps away if we needed her. The cottage is supplied with all you may need, and the bed was very comfortable. The beach is the most beautiful around with white sand and clear blue waters. We will come back many times to relax by the beautiful waters of Anna Marie! Thank you Gladys for sharing your lovely cottage with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Thank you for your wonderful comments. We're so happy that you and your husband had a good time, and hope to see you again in 2012! Warmly, Gladys and Alice
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Safety Harbor

Enjoy Florida the way it should be!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have stayed at the Bamboo Apts. & Cottages a few times and have recommended it to family members too! What can I say, walk out onto the beach or stay in the shade while the sun filters through the branches. We could cook in the kitchen, but why, when the beach restaurant is just a short walk from the backyard. Eat there or outside under the trees, or on the beach. Everything was clean and comfortable and folks were friendly. Easy parking and restaurants and shopping was so close. Even WiFi for internet junkies! 90 minutes from our home, but like a world away! Perfect weekend getaway for us!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Skinny's-- catty -corner across the street
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Manatee County Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
Cafe on the Beach - 2 blocks north
Nearest Ski
732 Miles
A long way away! Beech Mountain, NC
Nearest Beach
Our Front yard- 85 steps to water's edge
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Renter must execute rental agreement within 24 hours to confirm reservation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund