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Luxury Waterfront Home for 1 - 2 Families + Pool and Dock

Brian McGonagill

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Luxury Waterfront Home for 1 - 2 Families + Pool and Dock

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Palm Harbor House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

SUTHERLAND MANOR is a tropical paradise, conveniently located on a quiet street in Old Palm Harbor, a charming coastal community of Clearwater, Florida. Waterfront views and sunsets sparkle from almost every room. Enjoying nearly 365 days of sunshine, this home is a FAMILY GETAWAY with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a large bonus room. Large rooms with vaulted ceilings spill onto 2 decks that look over the tropical landscape, heated pool and out onto the bay. The home is NEWLY REMODELED, BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED and ALLERGY FRIENDLY with fresh paint and new tile throughout. This is our “second home” and we furnished it with the same attention to quality and detail that we appreciate for ourselves. We hope you do too!


We provide kayaks for enjoying the bay, but be sure to wear water shoes to protect your feet from the sharp oyster beds! Boats are also available for rent locally. This is the best way to get to the more secluded beaches and the Gulf,

Sunset Cruises on the pontoon boat may be chartered with the property manager.

The fully equipped QUARTZ KITCHEN has everything you will need to prepare and serve meals. Choose between casual, bistro style dining or a formal dining room that opens up to seat 12 comfortably. A barbeque and comfortable patio furniture offer more dining choices on both levels.

The GREAT ROOM has comfortable furniture, a 50' HDTV with a BluRay DVD-CD player, digital cable package with over 200 channels.

The romantic MASTER RETREAT occupies the entire third floor and has its own private balcony overlooking the grounds and the bay beyond. Its plush, deep purple carpet feels great on tired feet! It has a king sized bed, a chaise lounge and club chairs with a 50” HDTV and BluRay DVD player. The large master bathroom enjoys two walk-in closets, a two person shower and a garden tub for relaxation.

The playfully decorated CHILDREN’S ROOM has two sets of bunk beds and its own flat screen TV with cable and DVD player.

The MANATEE ROOM (west bedroom) has a water views and sliding doors to the deck on the main level. It has a queen bed. The PARROT ROOM (east bedroom) looks over the grounds and has a king bed and a flat screen HDTV with BluRay DVD player.

Note: The beds and linens, throughout the house, are brand-new, top of the line and sooooooo comfortable! We want everyone to wake up thinking they just had the best sleep of their lives!

The huge BONUS ROOM is on the first level and has sliding glass doors that open to the pool. It has its own bathroom/shower, dining area with a “mini-kitchen” (microwave, sink and refrigerator) so people don’t have to go upstairs for popcorn or cold drinks, etc. The sofa opens up to a comfortable queen bed. There is an HDTV with satellite, BluRay and a Wii console with several childrens and sports games.

The Washer and Dryer are near the kitchen. Ironing boards, hair dryers, shampoo, beach towels and pool toys are provided.

A child protection safety fence for the swimming pool is available upon request.



Old Palm Harbor, itself, is a small, charming coastal community with delicious restaurants, boutiques and shopping nearby. Check it out online!

In addition, you are conveniently located near many famous attractions on the Gulf Coast of Florida, including no less than eight world-class beaches only minutes away!

Truly a wonderful place to stay, play, and simply relax!


Honeymoon Island Beach *FREE DAY PASSES WITH YOUR RESERVATION!!- 5 minutes (#1 beach in America. Voted better than Hawaii's Hanalei Beach)

Caladesi Island State Park Beach - Rated one of the top 10 beaches in America. 5 minutes + short ferryboat ride from Honeymoon Island

Clearwater Beach - 15 minutes

Sand Key Beach - 25 minutes

St. Petersburg Beaches - 40 minutes


This beautiful home is located close to some of the best golfing in Florida, including Copperhead, Lost Oaks and N. Highlands at Innisbrook (home of the PGA Tour), Cove Cay, Belleair Country Club, Bardmoor, Largo Golf Course, Lansbrook, Bayhead/Lake at Countryside, Wentworth and Tarpons Springs Golf Course.

DEEP SEA FISHING in the Gulf of Mexico- WORLD CLASS TARPON FISHING! World class fun fishing right off the dock!

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Spring Training Facilities:

-Toronto Blue Jays- 10 minutes

-Philadelphia Phillies - 20 minutes

-New York Yankees - 30 minutes

-Tampa Bay Rays - 45 minutes

-Pittsburgh Pirates - 60 minutes

-Cincinnati Reds - 70 minutes

-Detroit Tigers - 1-1/2 hrs

-Cleveland Indians - 1-1/2 hrs

-Atlanta Braves - 2 hrs

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003 Super Bowl Champions)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning (2004 Stanley Cup Champions)


-Pinellas Trail - Biking, jogging and walking- just 1 minute away!!

-Florida Botanical Gardens - 30 minutes

-Busch Gardens Africa - 35 minutes

-Adventure Island Water Park - 35 minutes

-Living Sea Sponge Docks - 15 minutes

-Walt Disney World - 1-1/2 hrs

-Sea World - 1-3/4 hrs

-Swim with the Manatees at Crystal River - 2 hrs

(although they are often seen right in your back yard!!)

-Live Theater & Concerts Year Around

-Tennis - indoor and outdoor courts available

-Basketball courts - outdoor within walking distance

-Fabulous Restaurants and Nightlife Dancing with Caribbean Flair!!

-Cruise Ships embarking from Tampa Bay


-Two supermarkets and Super Wal-Mart – less than 10 minutes drive

-Countryside Mall - 10 minutes drive

-Tampa International Mall - 45 minutes

-Sponge Docks - 10 minutes

-Lots more!


Conveniently located near Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airports

Keywords: DOLPHINS & MANATEES play outside your back door in this 3 story Key West style manor with a heated pool. Fish, boat or play on your own private dock on the bay just minutes boat (or car) ride to the Gulf of Mexico! Plenty of room for one or two families, small weddings and business meetings. Perfect for MLB Spring Training vacations or as an alternate to a hotel while you are at a busy convention.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Brian McGonagill (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2015

About Brian McGonagill

My wife and I live in Kalispell, Montana where I work as a physician. Our passions are for family and friends, flying, gardening, good wine and food, music and art. We rehabilitate eagles in our back yard.

Brian McGonagill purchased this house in 2011

Why Brian McGonagill chose Palm Harbor

We have children and grandchildren nearby, so we bought and furnished this home with family in mind.

We love this area for the sunshine, warm weather and its closeness to the water. The cultural and recreational opportunities are endless with something for everyone nearby.

Big name sports and entertainment venues abound. Ten Major league Baseball teams hold spring training camps within minutes of the house.

World class golf and tennis are available year around.

Amazing deep-sea fishing, boating, shell hunting are easily accessible.

Luxury cruise boats leave from nearby Tampa. Also, there are plenty of private airports and fantastic recreational flying destinations.

There are miles of scenic bike/jogging trails at hand.

Wonderful restaurants, theatres, grocery stores and shopping are just down the street.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy that, while we are close to all the fun and recreational activities, our vacation home is in a very nice, quiet, private neighborhood that lets us feel the tranquility and relaxation of truly being 'at home.' It's so relaxing to sit on the lanai, or be taking a swim in the pool, while watching a tropical sunset...with no crowds or hustle. Our home has a large backyard that is ideal for badminton, croquet or horseshoes. I like to sit on the porch swing and look down the long open greenbelt behind the house.

We furnished the home for ourselves, with brand new, top of the line mattresses and linens. I love to cook and just bought a new infrared gas grill that takes barbeque to a new level.

Colorful art by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh and LeWitt lend fun and atmosphere.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had an amazing time at the house. We used it to get ready for our wedding and then it was our honeymoon. We can not wait to use the house in the future! Thanks for everything and for allowing us to relax. We really enjoyed the guided boat tour also. The Coleys, St Petersburg, FL.
May 2013
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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 5 nights
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Luxury Waterfront Home for 1 - 2 Families + Pool and Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
Libertyville Illinois


  • 5 of 5

My family had the absolute best time at this house. The kids enjoyed the pool, kayak, pool toys, bikes and loved the house. Everyone had their own room and each room was equipped just as the ad read. Completely furnished with all the amenities one could ask for. They fed the birds off the pier and loved watching the sunset. Even helmets for the bikes and life jackets. Brian was available at a simple call and so respectful and helpful. Thank you so much Brian

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barb, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed all the amenities and recreational activities this home affords guests. The bay is filled with wildlife and our resident birds and dolphins are always a special treat. We are especially grateful that you found the layout accommodating and expansive. Sutherland Manor is large enough to provide personal privacy yet has many gathering spaces where everyone can enjoy time together. We look forward to having you as repeat guests in the very near future. Thank you once again for choosing our home! Brian and Cadie

2nd visit

  • 5 of 5

We love staying at this house. We bring all of the adult kids and have plenty of room for our brood. It's a great location for getting to the beach, a ball game, or even Disney. I have to admit it's tempting just to hang around and enjoy the pool. Thanks again Brian. We hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glen, We really enjoyed having your family stay with us again and appreciate the repeat business. The fact that we are getting more and more repeat visitors who come back year after year is very encouraging. We strive to make Sutherland Manor a special place and very accommodating for families like yours. We are so happy that you had a great time and enjoyed the sights and the wonderful heated pool! Thank You once again and look forward to seeing you next year! Brian and Cadie

Can't beat the view

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time at this house, and especially enjoyed watching the birds that liked resting and drying their wings on the dock. Brian was responsive, going as far as to come out to fix a bike chain for us because we are mechanically clueless. Plus, the house has a lot of amenities: bikes, kayaks, a safety fence around the pool. It was also well stocked--spices, for example--and even bike helmets and life jackets were provided.

As far as location goes, the street is really quiet, but traffic all around, especially at rush hour, was way more intense than we expected. Driving into Tampa for the aquarium, etc., took closer than an hour than to 30 minutes. This is a good base if you just want to go to the beach, though, and the passes Brian provides are awesome.

The appliances in the house have seen better days. They all worked, but some were very very loud / creaky. The house was clean, but the appliances (dryer, dishwasher) could have used wiping down, which my mother ended up doing because, you know, she couldn't help it. The other thing is that the three bedrooms on the main floor all share one bathroom, which consists of a bath and sink separated from the toilet by a sliding door that didn't shut all the way. We found ourselves going down to the ground floor if we wanted privacy. I think this setup would be awkward if you weren't all in the same family.

This is a tough place to be with a toddler in that we were afraid for him to be out in the yard because there was nothing keeping him from going out on the dock / falling into the bay--but that's the price you pay for the view, which again, was wonderful.

So would we come back? I think so, mainly for the amenities and Brian's responsiveness and... say it with me... the view. But if we had to do it again, we'd just stick around Palm Harbor and vicinity, and we might wait until our kids were a bit older / more obedient / less clumsy too.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you had a wonderful time at Sutherland Manor and enjoyed the many amenities and spectacular view. We really appreciate your feedback regarding the appliances. We agree the dryer has gotten a little loud and is being replaced with a brand new one. We strive to provide a first class experience for all our guests and are continually improving and updating the property. Sutherland Manor is a special place and many memories have been shared by our guests. We want to thank you for staying with us and posting a follow up review.
Richmond, Missouri

Member of a 4 generation family

  • 5 of 5

This was without a doubt the nicest home that I have ever stayed in while on vacation! I was there with my brother, sister-in-law, niece, great niece and great great nephew. We each had our own bedroom (mine was the Parrot Room) and it was wonderful. The home is not only gorgeous but well furnished and maintained. I enjoyed the view tremendously, the pool and all the area attractions. The owner was quick to meet us and give us a tour of the home and its features. I would strongly recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mount gretna, pa

What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

One of the best vacations ever. Three families, 9 people in total, and there was still plenty of room. All of the amenities were first rate. The house was comfortable and well cared for. Kayaking, biking, beach, fishing, lounging in pool, stones throw from baseball games... all add up to a great time. Thank you very much.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Art, Glad to hear you had such a great time and our home met all your needs. This is what it is all about. Having families and their friends in our home who can have a great vacation experience. We very much look forward to your next trip. Thank You for posting a review. Brian
Silver Spring MD

Paradise for every age.

  • 5 of 5

Seven family members from four generations (ages 1 to 85) gathered here for a winter getaway. The house was immaculate, the beds were comfy, and the kitchen had everything any cook could want. The pool was lovely and we were in it daily. We plan to come back so we can spend more time exploring in the kayaks and on the bikes. We got to know the egrets and the pelicans that "hung out" around the dock and when we had dolphins visit us, the 17 month old was ecstatic. The whole back of the house is glass so that even when you are inside, you feel like you are outside. I could go on and on about the TVs and wii and baby equipment but I will sum it up by saying that I cannot imagine a lovelier home than this one.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laurelyn, We really enjoyed having your group here. Sutherland Manor is a great place and we are glad we could share it with you. We try very hard to make this home a first class vacation rental experience. We look forward to having you back next February. Thank You so much. Brian



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From $425 Per night

Palm Harbor House Rental Rates

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Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes $500 deposit applied towards balance to secure the reservation and balance paid 60 days prior to stay.
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Palm Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Pack N Play(1) Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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