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Old Florida, Private, Quiet, All the Modern Conveniences.

Rusty Chinnis

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Old Florida, Private, Quiet, All the Modern Conveniences.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Longboat Key Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3 Two adults and one child)

The Longbeach Cottage was built in 1920 and lovingly restored to preserve its historic qualities, while providing the modern conveniences the savvy traveler demands.

We made sure you stay connected and entertained by providing high speed, wireless internet access and custom cable (view on large flat screen) TV channels. The Cottage has a fenced in backyard and a quiet, comfortable and private deck where you can read, enjoy a cup of coffee, grill out and browse the internet with your lap top or tablet.

What you'll find most compelling is the location and the wealth of amenities you can access without ever getting in your car.. Walk or bike around the perimeter of the Village to bay views, two restaurants with bay front dinning, public docks, a boat ramp, bay front beach, the Longboat Key Art Center and a oak canopied road. Walk to the gulf and some of Florida's best beaches. The vistas, sunrises and sunsets will enchant you.

The beach and the bay are pristine and if you have a kayak or paddle board you're just minutes from the Sister Keys a restored and protected group of islands in Sarasota Bay.

The location is prime for serious fishermen and provides a great diversity of opportunities. The owner (a fisherman on local waters for over 30 years) can provide you with local knowledge and information on top local guides. A public boat ramp is three blocks away.

Keywords: Historic cottage, fishing, longboat key, Longbeach, village, boat ramp, beach, dock, vacation rental, kayaking, biking, deck, pet friendly, fenced, boating, museum

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rusty Chinnis (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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About Rusty Chinnis

I'm a contractor and have an avocation as an outdoor writer and photographer. I was President of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, write a local fishing column for the Anna Maria Island Sun. I'm currently Chairman of Sarasota Bay Watch a non-profit committed to the health of the bay. I am also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor. Fishing is a passion which I've been pursuing in local waters for over 30 years. Just ask for an orientation to local waters and/or information on the area's best guides.The same goes for special bike hikes and where to find the best photo opts .

Rusty Chinnis purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Rusty Chinnis chose Longboat Key

I love the Village and consider it one of the world's most special places. That's why I've lived here for thirty years!

What makes this cottage unique

Great fishing, Peace and Quiet, Beaches, bays, sunsets, sunrises, boating, eating and drinking and so much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rusty & Christine,

Words cannot describe the fabulous time that we had on Longboat Key and the wonderful "Longbeach Cottage".

Thank you so very much for everything. The house was everything we dreamed of for our much needed "11" Day minication. We will be back!
Sep 2012
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Old Florida, Private, Quiet, All the Modern Conveniences.
average rating of 4.785714 based on 20 reviews
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Peaceful Home away from Home.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was clean,comfortable and inviting. The bathroom was clean and maintained, the bed was clean, queen sized and comfortable. The air conditioning was welcomed for us Alberta foothills dwellers. Everything promised in the description was provided, and more. We spent many hours enjoying meals cooked in the small well appointed kitchen, and eaten on the clean, landscaped, private back patio with our friends, who stay close by.We photographed each sunrise and many sunsets during our stay at the dock, which is a pleasant 3 minute walk. The birds were plentiful, varieties were unique to the area, and listening to their calls was peaceful and part of our vacation experience. The walk to Whitney beach was part of each morning, and is a quick 5 mins across the Gulf of Mexico Dr. We enjoyed an hour or 2 daily walking the beach. In spite of our rest and relaxation at the cottage, we enjoying daily trips around the area. Cortez fish market, Phillipina restaurant with the Mantees outside, a Tampa Rays game, Siesta Key art market, St. Armand Circle, Columbia Restaurant, Anna Maria Island, a Buegrass festival, dog races, flea markets, Ellerton, outlets, fishing, and I'm sure I forgot a few places, like the Ringling Museum and Dali museum!!! Yes we enjoyed ourselves immensely and came home each night to the perfect place to get ready to face the next day. Thank you so much Christine and Rusty, and we hope to return. Until we meet again.....

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Free Home, Georgia, USA

Charming cottage. Everything and more it was listed as being.

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage was charming, set in a lovely landscaped yard tucked into a quiet neighborhood, handsomely appointed and fully equipped. The owners, Rusty and Christine, were very accommodating and helpful in directing me around the area. The beach is nice and quiet, and I enjoyed the short walk to the two restaurants at the dock. Other restaurants, Harry's, and especially Euphemia Haye, were fine dining. The close by Arts Center is a nice visit. I only wish I could have stayed longer. I have already recommended this property to friends and my family, and I am looking forward to staying at the Cottage again in the spring.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Lovely Cottage in Longboat Village

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for almost a week for a family wedding on nearby Anna Maria Island. Just as most other reviewers have said, the owners are especially friendly and helpful, the home is clean and exactly as shown in pictures, and the location is perfect if you want to stay on the more relaxed side of Longboat yet be near restaurants and beaches. We loved our mornings outside on the patio surrounded by tropical Florida plants. as well as our neighborhood walk to see the peacocks. It's an easy walk to Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant which we enjoyed. Even when traffic is everywhere, it won't take you five minutes to drive to either the Longboat beaches or Coquina on Anna Maria. It was just a great place for a getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mount Carmel, Pa

Felt Like Home

  • 5 of 5

Rusty and Christine offered a charming cottage with all modern amenities. The house was immaculate.

We had no problems. The few times we ran into them they were very friendly and gracious. You can see that they put a lot of TLC into their property. We were so pleased with our stay that we presented them with the check for next years visit. We were here a month and now wish it would have been two.

This cottage is the epitome of the Village and old time Florida. Thank-you for providing a great home away from home. P.S. Our two dogs also loved it.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
United States

Bugs, rusty nails, etc.

  • 2 of 5

We were really looking forward to staying in this "charming" house in LBK village. The reviews made the house and its owners seem like wonderful folks. Upon arrival, the house appeared to be clean. The bottle of wine in the fridge was a nice touch.

On day one, loads and loads of ants came marching out all around the kitchen sink and front window. The plastic ant bait in place was worthless. The cleaning products in the house were all organic, so out of respect, I bought some "natural" ant spray. I sprayed every day. It was disgusting to have a layer of dead ants and other crawlers all around the sink and counter. We had to keep all of our food in the fridge. There were ants in other parts of the house, too. As a former Floridian, I know how buggy it can get. But in the hospitality business, by-owner or commercial, ants are no-no. Pest control service is a necessity.

My husband and I both stepped on rusty roofer nails right by the front porch as we cleaned beach sand off our bare feet. Fortunately, neither of us were hurt, and our son didn't step on any. I did a walkaround where I found more rusty nails on the patio and the walkway leading to it.

The master bedroom is a decent size; however, there is a broken recliner shoved into the corner -- tacky, to say the least. The second bedroom is very small, but it was good enough for our son. An adult might feel cramped.

We couldn't address any of this with the owner. We paid for week 1 several months in advance. We made the simple mistake of forgetting our check book to pay for week 2 upon arrival. We realized immediately, apologized profusely and made arrangements to pay within days. She treated us like criminals. In every conversation, she was sooooo nasty and rude. I suppose some previous guest may have bilked her, but that is no reason for her to treat us as rudely as she did.

IMO, this woman seems to think that she is doing people a favor by renting out her "charming" cottage. She needs to realize that she is in the hospitality business and should provide stellar customer service to every guest. After chatting with her husband, we found him to be a very nice fellow. I would have liked to spend more time talking to him.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very sorry to hear these comments. We are very clear and lenient about our payment policy, but repeated attempts to collect the amount due were unsuccessful. It seemed unfortunate but necessary to pursue payment. The ants can be a problem especially in the rainy season in Florida, but we were never advised of the problem. Had we been, we would have addressed it immediately. This problem is being resolved as we are now contracting an outside pest control service to spray quarterly. We had the roof replaced recently and there may have been a few stray nails from that job, I walked the property several times picking up nails and may have missed a few. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Wonderful Anniversary Week.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary at "The Cottage" on beautiful Longboat Key. It was GREAT...It is your home away from home with all the comforts. Located near the white sand beach with a great restaurant only two blocks away that has the best oysters on the half shell a person has ever tried...along with THE best mussels.St.Armands Circle is only a short distance ( about 15 minute drive with traffic) that has many many unique shops and great places to eat lunch or dinner. We are planning to return soon since we are only 2 1/2 hours away..Thanks Rusty and Christine for letting us share your Cottage..

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Rod & Reel Pier Restaurant
"One of my favorite "Old Florida" places. Awesome views from restaurant overlooking Tampa Bay,"
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
"Just a three block walk from the Cottage. Waterfront dinning at the most scenic restaurant i..."
Star Fish Company Restaurant & Seafood Market
"Dine on the docks overlooking the fishing fleet. Without a doubt the freshest seafood in town."
Coquina Beach
"Terrific walking and biking path, beautiful white sand beaches."
Robinson Preserve
"Close to 500 acres of restored wetlands, great birding, biking, kayaking, walking and much m..."
Ocean Star
"Japanese food at its finest. Sushi Bar."
The Sandbar Restaurant
"Innovative cuisine with dining right on the beach."
The Waterfront Restaurant
"A great view of Tampa Bay and the Anna Maria City Pier."
Beach Bistro
"Right on the beach, intimate and definitely one of the area's premier fine dining experiences."
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant
"The place for stone crabs. Waterfront in the Village. Just three blocks from the Cottage."
Sandbar Seafood & Spirits
"Situated on the north end of Anna Maria Island. Right on the beach. Innovative cuisine, kill..."
City Pier Restaurant
"Way out on the end of the pier in Tampa Bay. Seeing is believing!"
AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear & Apparel
"The most awesome "Old Florida" shop anywhere. Clothes, kayaks, flies, fishing tackle and muc..."
Leffis Key
"Leffis Key was one of the first wetland restoration projects in Manatee County. The site fea..."
Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Sarasota international Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Mar Vista
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Longboat Key Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Whitney Beach
Car: recommended

The owner will provide a personal orientation for fishermen, paddlers, bikers, photographers and birding enthusiasts.


Rates & Availability

From $850 Per week

Longboat Key Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100.00
Pet Fee $100.00
Tax Rate 11.5%
Notes Rates apply all year $2,900.00 per month
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Longboat Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • Queen size Beds (1) Quality mattresses for a great night's sleep. We travel, so we understand!, Twin or Single Beds (1) Quality mattresses for a great night's sleep. We travel, so we understand!,
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Located in the quaint and historic Village, water front restaurants, public dock and boat ramp three blocks away. Five minute walk to the beach or Longboat Pass. Just a short distance to the historic and scenic Cortez fishing village. Bike to Joan Durante Park. Walking trails and biking in a restored wetland bordering Sarasota Bay. Ten miles to St. Armand's Circle, one of Florida's most stylish shopping districts. All the cultural amenities of Sarasota are thirty minutes or less away. The Ringling Museum, Selby Gardens, Oslo Theater. Launch you boat at the public ramp three blocks away and you have access to some of Florida's finest fishing in minutes. The area is one of Florida's top tarpon destinations from May through July and offers some of Florida's best fishing for trout, redfish, snook, king mackerel and a host of other species. Owner is an outdoor writer and provides renters to some of Florida's most accomplished guides. If you decide to go it on your own we have you covered.

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