|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Spend your vacation at a spacious, beautiful, pet friendly home on 200 ft. of tropically landscaped open waterfront. Choose the Boater's Package for exclusive, unlimited use of Slow Dancer, Casa Encantada's 21ft Bennington Pontoon boat. Slow Dancer comfortably accomodates 10 and is great for trips to local waterfront bars and restaurants, nearby beaches, fishing spots and uninhabited coves. Casa Encantada is gated and fenced, with the exception of the waterfront, for your privacy. There is a totally fenced and tropically landscaped area near the herb garden just for your precious dog child, complete with a warm water shower...also with a waterfront view.
Coconut palms, orchids, frangipani surround you. This is not a canal home or a condo. Mangroves and an intimate, private sandy beach on the Manatee River are rare if not impossible to find and make a perfect retreat that your friends, family and water loving dogs will fall in love with. This spacious, beautiful home on the Manatee River has never been offered as a vacation home before. In the town of Palmetto, a virtually undiscovered 'old Florida' historic town just across the 'Green' bridge from Bradenton, you will drive down 6th Street under huge oak trees with hanging Spanish moss. Enter the private gate and begin your one of a kind vacation. Relax at your private tropical lagoon pool with a beach entry, waterfall, baja ledge and swim up cocktail table with relaxing jets. You'll enjoy sunbathing on the spacious pool deck, relaxing in a hammock or sitting under the fan in the shade of your own private tiki hut. The tiki's bar is made from an old ships rudder. There is a 42' TV in the tiki.
Facing due West on secluded Hooker Bay, just 5 minutes by boat to Tampa Bay, the sunsets are unsurpassed and are a daily main event. As you sit on the deck under the huge banyan tree, enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail as the show begins. Every evening, thousands of birds fly by at the first hint of dusk, heading home to Emerson Point, a bird sanctuary just 2 miles north. Great blue herons, spoonbill rosettes, sea gulls, cormorants, night herons, skimmers, ospreys, egrets, pelicans often stop by for a snack of baitfish right on your beach, just feet away from you. The thought of all of this wearing you out? Just lay in the hammock where even in a good rain, the banyan will keep the rain drops away.
Right about now is the beginning of the perfect fishing time, usually signaled by a pair of dolphins, Mary Kay and Lola, who routinely cruise through, running fish out of the water, a true spectacle to watch. Hookers Bay is known as the best fishing spot between the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. Snook, redfish, trout, flounder mangrove snapper, even tarpon are plentiful.. The Manatee River is named that for a reason. Your 'front yard' is a legally protected manatee feeding area. Want a closer look? Wade out in water as shallow as waist deep and watch from as close as a foot away. Or you can see them from shore as they come up for air. And don't forget to keep the tradition of ringing the bell at the last glimpse of the setting sun.
Fish, kayak, swim, bike to the marina for lunch. Take a 20 minute ride to Anna Maria Island. Visit the historic fishing village of Cortez. But first you will have to drag yourself away from Hookers Bay, a tough thing to do!
The home itself is large with an amazing cook's kitchen. Two refrigerators, granite countertops, two sinks -- even someone who doesn't cook will want to! The family room, kitchen and wet bar are all in one open room with views of the water and sunsets. The dining room seats 12 overlooking Hooker Bay outside the oversized sliding glass doors. Open the doors for true waterfront dining. The screened porch offers shelter if an afternoon shower happens or casual dining with family and friends. Lounge in the living room beside the fireplace or entertain friends in the open kitchen/living area. In the den you will find the 52' flat screen tv that is easily viewed by everyone in the kitchen and bar that seats 6.
There are three large, comfortable bedrooms, all with water views. The first master is large with a king size bed to die for. The view of Hooker Bay is hypnotic. The bath has a walk in shower. All linens are top quality. It has a large dresser, dressing table and a flat screen tv.
The second master also has a king bed and a view of Hooker Bay and the lagoon. It also has a flat screen tv. It shares a bath with the third bedroom with over sized twin beds and a view of the lagoon. The twin room has a tv and dvd player. Both of these room's guests fall asleep to the relaxing sound of the waterfall. The entire end of the house can be closed with a pocket door creating a suite. This feature makes Casa Encantada the perfect home for 2 couples. All bedrooms have walk in closets and tvs.
The sofa in the living room, also with a water view, opens into a queen size bed.
There are no stairs - one story only. This home is easy to reach with reasonably priced flights from just about anywhere to Sarasota or Tampa. As cliché as it sounds, this is truly paradise in your own private waterfront home! Discover the 'real' Florida!
Keywords: gulf coast, Florida ,pet friendly, pontoon, 21ft. boat,waterfront estate,beach, private boat,fishing,kayaking, heated pool
private home, single family rental
Disney World, Bush Gardens, Sea World, on the water, manatees, dolphins.private, fenced and gated, central gulf coast, Sarasota, Tampa international, Sarasota/ Bradenton Airport, Pittsburgh pirates,Mote aquarium, Bolleterri Academy,dogs
Captain Julie fell in love with the water growing up on the Gulf Coast. She came from a family of fishermen who settled in Florida in the 1800's. She can one hand a 30 ft. sloop and loves to fish, scuba and windsurf. One look at Casa Encantada and she was hooked on the old Florida feel of this amazing home. She loves to take guests out on Beach Music, her 21 ft. Cobia, to local haunts and fishing spots. Every guest who stays at Casa Encantada delights in experiencing everything Captain Julie has to offer at her tropical resort.
Captain Julie Ellis purchased this estate in 2008
Captain Julie did not buy Casa Encantada as a vacation rental. She bought a wonderful spot at the beach that is so special she enjoys spending time there and now shares it with her guests. She also loves the town of Palmetto with its marina restaurants, the neighborhood farmer's market and meat shop. The old Florida feel and smell is in Palmetto where the residents are friendly probably because they live by the beautiful water! Casa Encantada got its name because from the moss hanging in the old oak trees to the gorgeous sunsets each evening this home to Captain Julie is truly enchanting.
Your only problem when staying at Casa Encantada is dragging yourself outside of its gated grounds because there is so much to do and see within its gates. Captain Julie provides a kayak, bikes, fishing rods and reels, a hammock under the enormous banyan tree, and snorkel equipment. When staying at Casa Encantada, you have to be willing to share with her unique visitors...dolphins, manatee, herons, egrets, spoonbill rosettes, pelicans, sea gulls, and ospreys! Flounders, red fish, and snook also arrive via your fish hook! If you do leave Casa Encantada, visit all the area has to offer from beachside restaurants to parks and beach entertainment spots. Casa Encantada has everything you need to make this your most wonderful beach vacation ever!
My family and I had a wonderful week at Casa Encantada!! Captain Julie and Pam have managed to create an oasis that feels like your own private resort!! We loved the spacious house that was full of character and charm. The kitchen is fabulous...quite honestly outfitted better than my own at home!! Our family loved cooking wonderful meals, and enjoyed dining by candlelight on the screen porch!! The property is beautifully landscaped with wonderful views of the water!! Sunsets are to die for!!! The lagoon style pool and Tiki Bar/Hut make this wonderful property complete!! We hardly saw anything outside these walls, as we couldn't tear ourselves away. I don't know who loved it more, our dogs or us!! We all agreed that our time at Casa was a memory that won't be soon forgotten. Captain Julie and Pam are wonderful hosts, and we all hopefully look forward to seeing them again soon!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us!!
In searching for my Florida vacation Rental, I decided to let the home dictate the location. After looking at 100's of rentals, I kept coming back to Casa Encantada. The atmosphere of this property will give you a vacation you will never forget! The owners have filled the home with interesting antiques, books, artwork and whimsical beach accessories- there's something interesting to look at everywhere! You instantly feel they have opened their charming, well loved home up to you! They have provided everything- from snuggly robes in the closet, heavenly beds to sleep in- to every thing imaginable to cook with- to games, water toys, bikes, area information. You name it- it's there! The only way I can describe the feel of the property is this: Old school Florida Charm meets incredible Chef's Kitchen and had a baby named Mother Nature. No kidding- this place is that fantastic! What Mother Nature left off ( incredible sunsets, water views, lush landscaping) the owner has provided. Namely in the magnificent pool and Tiki Bar. You will fall in love with this area of the property and if you're like my group, you'll log a lot of hours in the pool! There is a covered table in the pool that was perfect for cocktails, retreating from the sun, lunch- even getting some work done as one of us had to do! At night, we gathered under the Banyan Tree ( which is spectacular) and toasted the most breath taking sunsets you have ever seen. Then every evening, we prepared incredible meals in the kitchen and dined by candle light on the screened porch. In a word- MAGIC. But the greatest amenity of all at Casa Encantada is the owners. Captain Julie and Pamela left no stone unturned in seeing that we had the perfect vacation. Having rented several times from VRBO, I have never experienced the care and hospitality provided by these owners! Every step of the way- from reserving, to questions prior to arrival- Captain Julie was assessable and more than happy to assist. She and Pam are absolutely great people and now considered to be lifelong friends! I cannot thank them enough for sharing Casa with me, my family and our precious dogs! Look no further- you've found the greatest vacation home in Florida!!
Casa Encantada is a beautiful property located right on the Big Manatee River. Your host Captain Julie will make you feel extremely welcomed. A beautiful home decorated comfortably with lots of room for everyone. Great home with an extremely cool vibe. Awesome pool and tiki bar area, outdoor patios, grill area and screened lanai!!! Fully fenced and walled, quite private and feels quite secluded and is quiet. Great sunsets!!! Awesome beach area which you can wade out quite far.. Fishing, kayaking all available right their on site. Close to Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.. Make sure to check out Captain Julies handbook of things to see and do. Lots of awesome information on everything!!! Home is fully equipped right down to the spices in the cabinets. Plenty of cookware etc.... We were a group of 6. My Mom lives there and came to visit also. So plenty of room for everyone. We had 3 teenagers with us. And they had plenty to do with the pool, kayak, fishing, etc...
Book early as this property seems to book up quickly.. I know we looked into other dates and they are already taken... Can't wait to visit Casa Encantada again!!!
Casa Encantada is such a beautiful home right on the Manatee River. The lush vegetation and the way the cove indents right at this property allows for so much privacy that sometimes we felt we were on a deserted island! And yet, any form of entertainment you could want is within minutes of this fantastic location! However, except for exploring the river in the provided kayaks and a couple of rides around the lovely neighborhood on the provided bicycles, we found little reason to leave the grounds of this gorgeous home! Captain Julie and Pamela's attention to detail in making us feel right at home and immediate response to any question or need have had us longing to return since the day our stay ended! We look forward to our next opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Casa Encantada!
After staying at Casa 3 years ago, I knew I'd be back. All I wanted for my 50th birthday was to celebrate with my dearest friends at Casa. I got my wish this past week. Some fantastic additions have been made since we were here in 2011 and we were more than pleased. The outdoor grilling area & new furnishings on the screened in porch made cook out time a whole group affair!! The pool & Tiki Bar are still my favorite places - other than the most spacious kitchen where I wasn't allowed to cook or clean this time around. Taking the pontoon out to Passage Key is a memory none of us will soon forget. You can't take a step in the shallow waters without stepping on sand dollars or other shells. We saw 3 different kinds of bait fish swim literally right by us. So close the Pelicans making their dive to feed were less than 10 ft. away. We were in awe!! Seeing the manatees feed right off our private beach was like seeing old friends. We had a little rain each day - the norm here - but it didn't last long. At least 3 mornings in a row we were graced with rainbows to go along with our morning coffee. I wanted to share my "happy place" with my longtime friends & they treated me very special. They are all now as in love with Casa Encantada as I am. It won't be 3 years until I come back again...see you soon Capt. Julie!!!
We had a wonderful stay at Casa!! We had guests that ranged from 8 to 70 and all age groups enjoyed tremendously!! It is the absolute perfect house for dog owners as the whole area is fenced in (except the water front but the water itself is a fence for my small dog). This is the first vacation my 11 y/o Westie went on and he had just as much fun as the people!! We had awesome adventures kayaking with manatees and dolphins. The dolphins would maintain some distance and we enjoyed chasing after them but the manatees would literally swim back and forth right under our kayaks!! They would come up for air and snort loud in front of us and then you could see their massive bodies swim beside or go under the kayak. Very unique experience to say the least!! We also went to the beach daily and enjoyed the clear waters on Anna Maria. My boys enjoyed the outdoor extras such as the ping pong table and basketball goal as well. The pool is also an outdoor oasis and beautifully decorated. I was disappointed the pedal boat was advertised but not there anymore as I had counted on that as a means for all of us to be able to go out on the water at the same time as I did not rent the boat package. Overall though I HIGHLY recommend!!
Water sports from your own private beach, bike or kayak,restaurants. Marina nearby with boat launch;nearby fitness center offers short term options , Boater's Package includes unlimited use of our 22ft luxury San Pan pontoon boat with 90hpr 4stroke motor..
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan. - May 2014
Nov 3 2014 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Boater's Package $975 per week
Captain's Package $1275 per week.
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$100 per week if pool is heated
Balance due 1st of the month 60 days before check in
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