|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Enjoy the privacy and beauty of a waterfront property on the Gulf of Mexico.
Enter a long (400’) private driveway through beautiful native Florida vegetation.
You will reach our home, built in 1946. It was the third home built on Manasota Key.
Welcome to our very private beach getaway.
Beautiful Manasota Key is a quaint barrier island. Our home is located about halfway down the length of the key. It is not far from 4 major airports: Tampa (TPA), Sarasota (SRQ), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) to the north and Ft. Myers (RSW) to the south.
Our home is cozy and pleasantly rustic. It is perfect for a couple or a family. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The kitchen is large and contains just about every tool or appliance you could want. For outdoor cooking, there is also a gas grill. Adjacent to the kitchen is the living room, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico through a double set of sliding glass doors. Outside the glass doors is a large deck.
More property description : Just a few steps from the deck is beautiful Manasota Key Beach. The private beach extends 1-1/2 miles south and 1/2 mile north…which means no crowds. The total beach extends about 2 miles to the south, ending at Stump Pass, and about 7 miles to the north. You will find the warm and usually clear blue waters of the Gulf a perfect place for your vacation! For those who prefer smooth, glassy waters, you should walk the beach in the early morning. Shark teeth and shells are abundant!
Amenities : * Activities (on site and nearby)
o Jet Skiing
o Wildlife Viewing
o Fitness Center/Gym
o Health/Beauty Spa
o Cinemas/Movie Theaters
o Miniature golf
Vacation Rental Features : # Outdoor Features
* Gas/Electric BBQ Grill
* WiFi (Wireless Internet)
# Other Amenities
* Private dock on property on Lemon Bay,
* Pet Friendly: With limitations, $50 pet fee and additional deposit required.
* Kid Friendly
* Smoking Not Allowed
Although deceptively advertised and poorly managed, this rental is on a nice Gulf of Mexico beach. We spent 3 weeks in the 68 year-old home. The interior has been upgraded and nicely decorated. Beds are comfortable. The kitchen has upscale appliances and Rachel Ray cookware. Cutlery and dishes are of good quality.
It retains some funky "old Florida" features. A vintage electric cooktop has a 16" x 24" griddle, but only 3 of 4 working burners. The advertised “50 inch flat screen TV” actually measures 42 inches. The home’s exterior needs repairs.
The wrecked deck was a great disappointment. Although prominently featured in VRBO photos, it was destroyed by a hurricane over two years ago. Broken remnants, a severely cracked cement patio and a deep ditch remain unrepaired.
We had some initial arrival issues, mainly with cleanliness, towels and sheets. Owner did not respond to phone calls or E-mails. His brother, visiting nearby, replaced deficient sheets, towels and shower liners. We spent hours doing the needed cleaning.
The quarter mile distant private dock is virtually unusable. With no parking by it, you must walk down the driveway, across the main highway, through a condo community to an opening in overgrown mangrove trees. A 100-foot walk on boards laid across soggy mangrove undergrowth, gets you to the isolated and unlit dock.
The home just needs more attention. There is a charge for turnover cleaning, but it was poorly done. Our arrival deficiencies wouldn’t have occurred if someone paid attention to the home’s interior.
When we arrived, dishes, cups and glasses in the kitchen cabinets had accumulated water on them. Oddest thing was the bathroom towels and washcloths. They were neatly hung on both bathrooms’ towel racks, but were soaking wet. Obviously the cleaning crew didn’t let the dishwasher finish its cycle or put towels through the dryer.
My wife sent the owner a long list of what needed to be vacuumed, cleaned or washed at arrival. There was no response.
Once the owner has your money, expect to be ignored! Owner was unreachable during our stay. Didn’t answer our phone calls, E-mails or VRBO website E-mail link. We also had to wait excessively for our damage deposit refund.
Love this place. Great view, away from the hustle and bustle. Quiet beach where you hardly see anyone. Been staying here for a few years and hope we get to stay for many more. If someone had a bad stay you must be spoiled. You could stay somewhere nicer but so is the guy on the other side of the wall in the next room. Picked up shark teeth and shells everyday and watched one of the prettiest sunset you could ask for. Thanks Jim for a great vacation.
This property is misrepresented! There is no deck as pictured. There is a large ditch full of debris where one used to be. The steps down to the beach have exposed and rusty screws. Property had greasy counters and dated bathrooms. There were numerous other code violations. I could not recommend this property.
For me, this was a wonderful week in paradise. The home is perfectly rustic, directly on the beach with a kitchen that is equipped as well as my home. It is so close to Stump Pass National Park with a great 2.6 mile, round-trip hike with a destination at the junction between Lemon Bay and the Gulf. At this junction, I sat on the sand and watched dolphins 5 feet in front of me. There was a small storm in the gulf that washed up enormous piles of shells on the beach right in front of the house. I spent mornings collecting shark teeth, that I discovered are not white. There are all the amenities close by, including restaurants, a Walmart, and grocery stores. The only criticism I have is that the beach is encroaching on the property and if you have children or are older, assessing the beach from the steps adjoining the seawall is not possible. The small beach has large boulders and I would not recommend it for children. My mom stayed with me and we had to drive down to the public beach in order for her to gain access to the beach. There are exposed rusting nails on the seawall steps and additionally the deck has been severely compromised and is considerably smaller than the picture on this web site. If however, you are agile and are physically able to climb down the seawall, then this location is just fine. I guess it is all about needs and expectations. If you are a young couple or a physically-fit single person, this is the place for you. I personally loved the experience and would rather stay in a rustic home than in a 4th floor condo. Oh, and let’s not forget the incredible sunsets!
When we arrived we were so excited about staying here and knowing all we had to do was go down some steps and we were on the beach! I got up early every morning to go look for shark teeth and to see if there were new turtle tracks. We spent our time on the beach every day and we enjoyed sitting out back watching beautiful sunsets. We will come back again in the near future!!
This spring was the tenth time my family has been to this property, and the third time we have stayed in this particular house. We all agree that this is the best place in Florida. Very relaxing and private: the first day we were there we saw only two people the whole day. The view from the living room and porch of the Gulf is beautiful. One day we saw dolphins from the porch. When you're there you never want to leave because it's so beautiful. The house is comfortable and the kitchen is well-equipped; it's a very homey sort of place. This place is our favorite vacation spot, and all summer we've been saying "I'd rather be in Florida"!
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$250 - $500 reservation deposit per stay
1/2 payment due 60 days before stay,
final 1/2 payment due 15 days before stay,
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.