COZY, QUAINT COTTAGE WITH PRIVATE BEACH, WI-FI, & FREE TROLLEY

Libby Smith

Speaks english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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COZY, QUAINT COTTAGE WITH PRIVATE BEACH, WI-FI, & FREE TROLLEY

Holmes Beach Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

As a small boy growing up in this area, I fell in love with its sunny, “sugar sand” beaches in the summer and the contented feeling that comes from floating in the warm, gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico. So when I could finally afford it, I bought this little cottage in the small, modest town of Holmes Beach on a barrier island called Anna Maria. With it came my very own beach on the Gulf with lots of that wonderful sugar sand – a very fine, powdery, brilliantly white sand that audibly “squishes” between your toes when you walk on it. To catch even more of it (one can never have too much sugar sand), I planted interwoven rows of sea oats that have now created dunes. Through these dunes and the swaying stalks of oats, you will take a winding little path to the beach and those balmy, caressing waves of the Gulf that are guaranteed to wash your stress away. Then ... when you come back in the winter, you will enjoy an invigorating walk along that same beach in cool, crisp sunshine.

The Cottage: Built in 1936, my wood-frame beach cottage was originally part of 6-8 cottages and a lodge house. It is the only surviving cottage, many having been taken by hurricanes. (Forward of the cottage’s beach, a street and an entire city block of the old subdivision are submerged beneath the Gulf of Mexico.) The cottage is a peach color on the outside with green awnings and is also decorated Key West – Caribbean style inside. The front faces the street where it dead-ends, so it is private from the public, and the rear faces the Gulf, but there is a home between the cottage & the Gulf. However, the cottage’s land wraps around this home to the right, where the sea oats are, connecting it to the beach. Also, there is a beach view from the cottage’s left end. From this view & the beach, if you are vigilant mornings & evenings, you will see 2 or more dolphins close in, patrolling the shallows. Then every evening, you will be treated to the sun setting into the Gulf’s sparkling blue waters.

Activities and Restaurants: As already indicated, there are many activities to enjoy at the beach, on the island, and in the surrounding cities. I have an Activity & Restaurant Guide that I will attempt to email or mail you before your arrival. The guide already has a list of 50 restaurants and 75 activities & locations to enjoy, and I am still adding! I inserted the address, telephone number, & travel distance for each restaurant & activity. I also added the website address where available for each activity, so you can obtain more information. For each restaurant, there is the food type and whether the cost is lower, moderate, or higher. Activity categories include: Boating Excursions for Sightseeing & Snorkeling, Botanical Gardens, Comedy Clubs, Gambling, Golf, Movie Theaters, Museums & Planetariums, Parasailing, Parks (national, state & private), Performing Arts Halls & Theaters, Saltwater Fishing Charters, Shopping, Sport Teams, Tennis Courts, Theme Parks, Winery, and Zoo & Aquariums.

What's Provided and Things to Bring: Sheets, comforters, towels, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, glasses, coffee filters, paper napkins, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, Lysol spray cleaner, laundry detergent, large Ivory soap bars, liquid hand soap, Kleenex, kitchen garbage bags, & toilet paper are provided. Bring your clothes, hair dryers, personal grooming items, swim suits, sun glasses, sun hats, sandals to protect your feet (if tender) from shells, light jacket in the summer (for any cool night beach breezes), and heavy jackets, robes & sweaters in the winter. Also remember good books & magazines. Reading on the beach while listening to the seagulls & the waves is so relaxing, or, if you tire, simply watching the water & the sunlight glinting off of it. Buy your sunscreen, food & drink at the Publix supermarket only a half-mile away. Finally, bring your binoculars to watch for dolphins, distant cruise ships, faraway freighters, and, if allowed by your significant other, wandering bikinis &, um, speedos.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Libby Smith

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2008
Speaks english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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5
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Cozy, Quaint Cottage with Private Beach, Wi-Fi, & Free Trolley
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
Saint Cloud, Florida
5

PERFECT! IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER...

PERFECT! It doesn't get any better...
  • 5 of 5
The property was exactly as described and so much more! Absolutely perfect! Besides the location, location, location....Very comfortable & cozy home, nicely decorated & well equipped. To the beach in just a few steps; stores, restaurants & free trolly in just a few more steps. Beach chairs & umbrella came with the house... we didn't miss one sunset!

The weather & water were awesome, couldn't have asked for a better trip. Can't wait to go back again! A short trip on the trolly down to Bradenton Beach to the Island Time Bar & Grill is a must, they have the best grouper sandwich & lobster bisque. You can't say no... the trolly lets you off right in front of the place & then afterwards you can take a lovely stroll down to the pier, visiting all the little shops along the way.
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
5

WONDERFUL AND THE LOCATION CAN'T BE BEATEN

Wonderful and the location can't be beaten
  • 5 of 5
This cottage is just a few steps from the beach, you don't even need shoes. There is a little shower just outside the patio so you can rinse the sand off. Or you can use the hose if just your feet are sandy. The cottage is small, but it had plenty of room for the four of us, 2 adults and two kids (10 and 15). There are 2 bathrooms and plenty of towels. If you want big beach towels you need to get them at a nearby store. Publix is walking distance (or about a minute by car) and also a little strip mall with Peach's (good for brunch), a beach supply store and more.
There were plenty of supplies for laundry, dishwashing, bathroom needs, etc. You don't need to buy your own paper products unless you prefer a certain brand.
Mr. Bones BBQ is a quaint restaurant less than 5 minutes by foot and we really enjoyed it.
Every day is a beach day when you stay at this place and of course a lovely beach sunset. The patio is also great for sitting, listening to the waves and watching the sun go down.
I don't think the pictures do this place justice, it was really nice and Libby was super helpful and quick to respond to any emails.
Will come again!
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
Maine
5

FABULOUS SPOT TO CELEBRATE 50TH BIRTHDAY!

  • 5 of 5
This sweet spot on Holmes Beach was the most perfect getaway to enjoy that big 50! It was actually a pain free transition....How could it not be? The first impression was that of glee, when we pulled into the white sandy drive that wraps around the cottage to park in a very protected spot and could see the breathtaking view from the back porch of sparkling turquoise waters and a winding path leading from the tips of our toes to the oceans edge. The week we spent there was so unforgettable we are going to go back next year. The cottage is even more charming in person. The owner has provided virtually all that you might need and there is shopping and dining within walking or biking distance! The beach and all of its treasures surprised us continually. We had our parents join us for an evening as they live closeby and they were equally enchanted! We enjoyed the experience of visiting Anna Maria's city pier, dined at Mr.Bones, bought takeout from Island Spice and enjoyed a birthday lunch at The Sandbar Restaurant. Most meals were either picnics or light meals created in the cozy kitchen where we could keep an ever vigilant eye out for the manatees, dolphins, and other sealife. Highly recommend and we will return!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Cozy, Quaint Cottage with Private Beach, Wi-Fi, & Free Trolley
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
5

HEAVEN ON EARTH

  • 5 of 5
die woche in dem haus war einfach himmlisch.....
es ist liebevoll, gemütlich eingerichtet und man fühlt sich ab der ersten stunde wohl.
die schlafzimmerfenster sind zum meer ausgerichtet,so das man morgen´s mit meerblick die augen öffnet.
die kommunikation ist herzlich und die mietabwicklung läuft reibungslos.
ich würde jederzeit sofort wieder einziehen.
J.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
Gas City Indiana
5

WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS VACATION

  • 5 of 5
My family and I stayed here for Christmas 2010 and absolutely fell in love with this place. Would highly recommend. The owner was very easy to communicate with. The property was just like the pictures. I am looking forward to returning as soon as I can fit it in my schedule. Once you are here you don't even need a car. We rented bicycles and barely moved the car once we got here.
  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island
Atlanta, Georgia
5

SIMPLY A GREAT PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

  • 5 of 5
We traveled to Bradenton to attend a family wedding, and we wanted a place to stay that was away from the wedding hoopla and close to the beach. Put simply, we hit the jackpot with this cottage. It truly is a wonderful place to get away from it all and relax.

The cottage offers all the amenties you expect from a rental property and plenty of essentials you don't expect. It's tucked away from the main beach road, and only a 30-second walk to the beach. We loved being able to walk a short distance up the shore to the public beach so our 2-year-old son could enjoy the playground. And if we felt like it, we could easily have walked to the grocery store nearby.

Libby was great to work with, as well; he replied promptly to my initial request and answered all questions I had. I'm sure he would have also replied promptly to any needs we had during our stay, but we didn't have any; everything was already provided, and all we had to worry about after the wedding was which way to walk down the beach, and where to enjoy great seafood (the area guide provided in the cottage provided lots of good information about the area).

If I had to offer a complaint, it might be that the Gulf water was too cold; but given that we stayed in December and colder-than-normal weather hit the entire Southern U.S. during that time, what can you expect? We still had an incredibly wonderful time, and we left wishing we could have stayed longer.

Of course, we would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a tranquil setting on Anna Maria Island. We hope to return very soon, and we hope those who stay in the future have as terrific an experience as we had, if not more so.
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Dec 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport
Car: recommended

After you swim, sun, surf, fish, & shell at the cottage & rent nearby sailboats, paragliders, jet skis, & kayaks, there are 2 sets of tennis courts in 2 mi., 8 good golf courses in 24 mi.(min.8 mi.), including the Arnold Palmer Golf Digest 4½ Star Legacy Golf Club, Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 52 mi., Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 34 mi., Pittsburgh Pirates spring training in 10 mi., Busch Gardens in 61 mi., 5 chic shopping areas & 1 outlet & 7 reg. malls in 60 mi., 4 movie theaters with 54 total screens in 19 mi., 3 comedy clubs in 57 mi.(min.13 mi.), a casino in 53 mi., a dog track in 16 mi., a horse track in 62 mi., 4 museums & a planetarium in 58 mi., including the state art museum in 12 mi., 2 botanical gardens in 15 mi., 2 state parks in 40 mi., a sugar plantation historical park in 14 mi., a mineral spring in 52 mi., 8 performing arts theaters in 55 mi.(min.3.4 mi.), a zoo & 2 aquariums in 60 mi.(min.14 mi.), a winery in 27 mi., & Disney World, Universal Studios, & Sea World in 2 hrs.

Other Activities: Sunbathing, kayaking

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Holmes Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 1 2014 - Jul 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$825
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 1 2014 - Aug 29 2014
3 night minimum stay
$700
 
 
Labor Day
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 6 2014
3 night minimum stay
$825
 
 
Fall
Sep 7 2014 - Oct 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$675
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%
Notes Rental rates are subject to change at any time without advance notice.
Pets are welcome, but must weigh 30 pounds or less. (This weight restriction may be waived if I can be convinced that a larger pet is exceptionally calm indoors) All pets must be pest-free, housebroken, & otherwise well-mannered. A refundable $100 deposit per pet is charged.
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Amenities

Holmes Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 826 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Small Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Games
  • VCR
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Chairs
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • synagogues
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • paddle boating
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
Notes:
FREE long-distance telephone service for all of the US & Canada is provided. A 32” LCD TV is connected to digital cable & a DVD/VCR player. Two small TVs are also present. High speed, digital wireless & plug-in Internet and a JBL Radial i-Pod dock are ready. Bring a laptop & an i-Pod. Besides central air conditioning & heating, the cottage has 3 ceiling fans, 1 rotating fan, & a box fan. The cottage is at the end of a dead-end street, so traffic is minimal, but a Publix supermarket, Walgreens & CVS drug stores, gift shops, beach stores, UPS store, 2 cafes, and BBQ, German, Japanese, & Chinese restaurants are all within 1/2 mile. The FREE island trolley has 2 stops within 200 yards of the cottage. With the trolley, a car is not needed on the island, only for the mainland. The cottage’s Activities & Restaurant Guide has a list of 50 restaurants and 75 activities & locations to enjoy, including 18 shopping areas!
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