NEW LANDSCAPING AND DECORATING! AMAZING GULF-FRONT COTTAGE-100' PRIVATE BEACH!

Becky Seiler

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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NEW LANDSCAPING AND DECORATING! AMAZING GULF-FRONT COTTAGE-100' PRIVATE BEACH!

Weeki Wachee Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 3 bath gulf front cottage, private beach and unforgettable views.

New sod, landscaping, outdoor furniture, and interior decorating done in April, 2014. Relish a relaxing stay at Sandcastle in the Sun. The single-family cottage lies directly on the gulf front with a private beach. A few feet walk puts you in the water.

When making that final turn down the street to the cottage, watching the gulf drawing closer, you know your dream is now a reality. Passing the couple of homes along the private road, brings you closer to the realization, as you arrive at the Sandcastle in the Sun, that everything you have seen, read and heard about this vacation rental, was everything your family and you expected and so much more. Right then, your family and you begin to fall in love with the gulf front cottage. Even after over 20 years, we still love that feeling we get as we pull up to the cottage; knowing the comfort and views awaiting us from the inside, as well as, all the places outside in which to relax in the afternoon gulf breezes, the wildlife trying to hide from us, and the breathtaking sunsets which leave lasting imprints on our memories.

When we check that our guests have arrived safely and are finding everything they need, we hear how amazed they are with all the extras we have provided in the cottage to make them feel like it is their home.

Nestled on a private, secluded island, that is reachable by car, the Sandcastle in the Sun on Pine Island is your perfect spot to relax on the beach or take off for a day of adventure. Activities of all kinds await you. Kayaks are for rent at the Kayak Shack or at Weeki Wachee Springs, where you may also want to spend the day with the mermaids. Charter a fishing tour or a scuba diving adventure for a day you will not forget. Cafes, local seafood/steak restaurants, or the well-known restaurants are only a short drive from the cottage. Grocery stores and shopping centers are also only a few minute's drive off the island.

Sandcastle in the Sun is part of the environmentally-protected Nature Coast. The variety of wildlife you may be able to see is limitless. They like to hide and will scurry, crawl, swim, or fly away if spooked. Use one of the several pairs of binoculars we have to find them. Hopefully, you will have the chance to get a close look at our families of dolphins swimming south in the morning and back north in the evening. Many times we have had dolphins only a few feet from our main deck looking for food. Search for yourself, get pictures of, and count how many of nature's creatures try their best to sneak past you.

What else makes the Sandcastle in the Sun so uniquely special?

Staying in a 2 Bedroom/ 3 Bath cottage directly on the gulf with its own 100 foot private beach. It is only a hundred feet from the Pine Island Public Beach, which has a playground, cafe, volleyball court, and lots of sandy beach.

To fully enjoy your private beach, we have two kayaks, coolers, lounge chairs, beach towels, sunscreen lotion, and a beach umbrella available to you; as well as, swimmies, children's beach chairs, and beach toys for the little ones with you.

The cottage sleeps six. The queen bed in the master bedroom has a new cooling bead gel foam topper; it is like sleeping on a cloud. There is an attached bathroom with shower off the master bedroom. A cable flatscreen HDTV is available in the bedroom.

The second bedroom has a daybed with a trundle bed underneath. When the trundle is pulled out and opened, it can be slid next to the daybed to create a king-size bed. Both beds have new cooling bead gel foam toppers. There is a sliding door leading from the second bedroom to the deck walkway.

Both bedrooms and, even the queen-size sofa bed has a new cooling bead gel foam topper and heavenly views of the gulf. Waking to the sounds of the tide coming in or going out, the gulf calling to you, or the birds chirping a good morning will have you ready to fill another day with moments to add to your scrapbook of memories.

The kitchen is fully equipped with:

Serving for 8 dishes, utensils, glasses, and cups

Complete set of cookware

Complete set of bakeware

Refrigerator/freezer

Dishwasher

Microwave

Ceramic top range/oven

Automatic coffeemaker

Toaster

Blender

Quesadilla maker

Crepe maker

Hand blender

George Foreman Grill

Panini maker

Electric Can Opener

Slice-o-matic

7 cu.ft. Deep Freezer Chest in laundry center

Electronics Available:

Cable TV

3 TVs - (2 flatscreen HDTVs - one large screen, one smaller screen in master bedroom)

DVD with an adult DVD library and a children's DVD library

Stereo CD and CD library

Fax machine/copier/scanner with ink replacement and paper provided.

Apple Laptop Computer

Phone System with answering machine Your own private line and unlimited long distance

High speed wi-fi Internet

Linens

Complete bedding, blankets, and comforters for all beds, including the queen sofa sleeper.

Full sets of towels for each bath

Hair dryer in all baths

Full-size shampoo, body wash, toothbrushes, and paste are in the bathrooms for your use. (Less you have to pack)

Extra sets of towels and linens for guests

Beach towels

Central Air/Heat

Individual air conditioners in each room

Ceiling fans in each room

Full-size ironing board and steamer iron.

Bonus Amenities

Set of notebooks with complete instructions for the electronic equipment, kitchen appliances, things to do in the area, restaurants available, where things are located, fitness center

2 PlayStation Portable Electronic units with several games to choose from for your pre-teens and teens or, even you

3 sets of binoculars

Flashlights

Casual reading material

Puzzle books

Board Games

Card Games

Two kayaks with all required safety equipment

Washer and dryer in the building

Home Fitness Center downstairs

3 deck levels including a swim deck

Large furnished, covered patio

New gas grill

Tabletop Electric BBQ grill and equipment

Indoor/Outdoor Free-standing BBQ grill and equipment

Barbecue conversation table set

Outside shower to rinse off

Two hammocks which hold 2 adults each

Beach furniture

Beach Umbrella

Amenities for the Children

Child-size deck chairs

Child-size sand chairs

Smaller beach towels

Beach toys

Playground in the park about 100 feet away

Children's DVD Library

Children's books

Toys

Amenities for your Little One

High Chair

Playard with padded mattress for naps and sleeping

Linens and blankets

Hooded towels

Baby wipes, shampoo, and wash

Folding stroller

Changing Pad and Covers

Diaper Pail and bags

Bibs

3 Booster Chairs

Safety Gates

Swimmie boat for 6 month - 2 year

Arm Swimmies

Toddler Bedrail

Hooded Bath Towels

We have first aid kits and other necessities for unexpected accidents.

Boat dock for smaller boats (like fishing boats, etc) only a couple of blocks away. Owner will provide you with required parking tag to use the private island dock.

Boat dock and large fishing pier at Bayport Park (within 5 minutes). Many locals like to wade out into the gulf to do some fly fishing or walk to one of the bridges (about .5 miles walk) and fish off the bridge.

Discounts available for 1-month stays or longer. The longer the stay, the greater the discount.

Electricity and utilities are included in the rate.

No deposit required.

If any questions or concerns come up after arriving, we have a local assistant who is more than happy to answer any questions or come out to help. You are also given the owner's private numbers should you need to ask anything.

We make every effort not to set up back to back bookings. We have found that leaving a minimum of 1-2 days between guests allows our cleaning service time enough to prepare the cottage to the high standards we expect regarding the outward appearance and inside cleanliness of the Sandcastle in the Sun. Each of our guests is special and deserves to arrive to well-groomed grounds and a freshly cleaned cottage with everything they may want or need available to them. We like to add little touches to make our guests feel at home upon arrival. These little touches leave our guests wanting to stay even longer.

Within the past few months that the Sandcastle has been open, we have been privileged to host many different kinds of getaways. Anniversary celebrations, women's retreats, family vacations, intimate beach weddings and honeymoons, last chance get-togethers before the children go their separate ways with work or marriage, families from different parts of the country gathering for reunions, international guests, and grandparents wanting to spend some special time with their grandchildren.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
When we arrived, my friend told me that this cottage had a "good feeling" and it embraced all week. We soon realized that good feeling was the love the owners put into making the cottage feel like your own home. We came down to relax and de-stress. There is not a better place that we have ever been to that is better for that than here. The sheets felt like silk. We highly recommend BeckyJack's Food Shack (the best fresh fish ever!). We enjoyed watching the families play at the next cottage down. The sunsets were awesome. Thank you for sharing the love you put into the cottage and the cottage with us.
Apr 2014
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Becky Seiler

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Gary and Becky both lived most of their early years in the north and knew upon graduation, Florida was calling their names. Little knowing, thanks to some mutual friends who knew we were meant for each, one fateful evening we would mysteriously be at an open house for an exercise group, become good friends, and, eventually, marry. We have lived all our married life in this beautiful gulf front home - spending many nights snuggled in one of the hammocks watching the moon or shooting stars move so quickly across the sky, or in the swing watching the sun paint us a new picture every night, or catching the first stars of the night to wish upon.

Being retired now, we look forward to each new addition (with each new guest's stay) to the new chapter in our Book of Sandcastle Memories. By sharing our cottage with you, we feel the joy of opening our cottage to others.

At the Sandcastle in the Sun, we have had so many chances to add to our scrapbook of lifelong memories, build our marriage, and watch our three little ones (well, not so little anymore) grow up in a safe, peaceful area.

We knew the time had come, now that our children have grown, to share our blessing with others. With their encouragement, knowing how many other children and adults will get to experience a relaxing, memorable vacation, like they grew up with; we spent most of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 completely remodeling everything inside and outside. It became our desire to offer everything possible to make this your piece of paradise for this vacation and the others to come as you return for more of that feeling you get while staying on the gulf front, enjoying your private piece of beach, and all the extras that are just there for your enjoyment.

With the vast amount of amenities we offer at our cottage, not only is your stay more enjoyable, even packing for the stay begins the excitement and relaxation of your stay. (We include full-size bottles of everything from shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste to toothbrushes, sunscreen, plenty of beach towels and beach accessories). We even supply baby wipes, playard with mattress, folding stroller, new pacifiers, toddler booster chairs, bibs, toys for all ages, and so much more to make a vacation with even the youngest of children a joy. You will even find kayaks and a new gas grill.

We feel the excitement, ourselves, as our guests begin their visit, knowing the special, lifelong memories created while staying at the 'Sandcastle in the Sun' they will add to their own scrapbook of life. Once again, quoting one of our guests, 'It is the perfect place to fall in love all over again.' Many family reunions, first vacations with little ones, last vacations with older ones (their children are reaching the ages where soon they will be venturing out to begin new lives), vow renewals, anniversary celebrations, and even small beach weddings and honeymoons have already been enjoyed at the cottage. Guests from all over the United States and so many other countries have enjoyed life at the Sandcastle.

The days bring the unforgettable chances to see families of dolphins (many times with 2 young ones) swimming by or even hearing the dolphin's blowhole a few feet from the deck. We always enjoy watching the great variety of feathered, crawling, and swimming friends who feel safe enough to drop in for a visit.

These are just a handful of moments which will leave lasting imprints in your own book of life's memorable moments. Hearing the squeals of laughter from your loved ones, watching them forget about the rest of the world for a short time while just enjoying being together, and making new discoveries leaves a feeling of complete peace and contentment.

How does a person begin to describe the unique benefits available to you when you can walk a few feet from your door and be on your own beach? Some of the most difficult decisions you will face will be where should you spend your day - in one of the three hammocks (two are hung to stretch out on right at the edge of the beach), in one of the sand chairs or loungers feeling the tide lapping at your toes, in the garden swing, in one of the many chairs with matching footrests and trays, on the covered extra large patio, the swim deck, or the third extra large hammock in the back part of the side yard (if you wanted more privacy), or snuggled up inside where there is a different view from every room. In fact, a different view of the gulf, island, and sunsets are always available no matter where you are on the Sandcastle in the Sun. Make sure to have a camera in hand for photos that will have friends envious of all the things you had the chance to do.

As much as you will love the privacy of your own beach, you have an added bonus. The Sandcastle in the Sun is only a few hundred feet from one of Hernando County's top attractions - Pine Island Beach Park. A short walk along the beach and you are in the park where you can enjoy some of the best food around at Willy's Tropical Breeze Cafe, (people come from miles to enjoy his dishes, especially at sunset, and people watch, play volleyball, or have fun on the playground - all free for you as our guests (except Willy's food, of course).

The islanders are like family and love to be able to expand their family by welcoming new friends. They will also completely respect your desire for some alone time.

Never knowing what wildlife you will be treated to witness - heron, egrets, bald eagles, osprey, a playful otter at the first turn onto the island, crabs of all varieties, birds of all kinds, sandhill cranes, peacocks, dolphin, or baby sea turtles just having hatched making their way towards the gulf.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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New Landscaping and Decorating! Amazing Gulf-Front Cottage-100' Private Beach!
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New Landscaping and Decorating! Amazing Gulf-Front Cottage-100' Private Beach!
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Weeki Wachee Florida Central Gulf Coast
5

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY WITH ACCESS TO ATTRACTIOINS

  • 5 of 5
We spent a week in this cottage which gets as close to paradise on earth as I think it is possible to get. Becky and Gary have tried to think of everything one could possibly need to make the perfect holiday whilst also making one feel utterly at home. The weather could not have been kinder, the wildlife performed as if trained with daily visits from dolphin, heron and other large birds, sea otter etc and the sunsets were magnificent. Becky made planning the holiday as easy as possible with prompt email answers to questions and a library of information when we arrived covering everything from instructions on the use of all appliances to a folder on restaurants and their menus. As well as "down days" when we relaxed and enjoyed the blissful surroundings, paddled the canoes so thoughtfully provided and bar b q'd dinner watching the sun go down, we had busy days visiting relatively local attractions such as Busch Gardens and a River Safari about 30 mins up the road. Our thanks to Captain Bob who made our air boat trip so memorable . We also had a trip down memory lane with a vist to the Clearwater/St Petersburg area where we had stayed on holiday 20 years previously. We had breakfast a few times at The Breakfast Station about 7 or 8 miles away - highly recommended for a good start to the day (Angie, a waitress, was most helpful), and also used Willy's Tropical Breeze on the adjoining public beach for lunch on a couple of ocassions. In the evening we tried the Bayport Inn which gave such large portions that one meal fed all of us for lunch the following day. However the best restaurant we tried was Brian's Place, about 5 or 6 miles away. This offers good quality food a la carte and also a very reasonably priced early bird menu between 4.30 and 6.30. On leaving the cottage we spent a few days in Orlando visiting the attractions there, which is a different experience altogether with the crowds and the hustle and bustle. These could be visited on a daily basis from the cottage - probably about a 90 minute drive away with the added benefit that one would return in the evening to the peace and tranquility afforded by Sandcastle in the Sun. Our thanks once again for helping to provide a truly memorable vacation
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are besides ourselves with the joy of knowing that your holiday was a memorable one. It has been my dream from the beginning to make the Sandcastle in the Sun feel like home and fully supply with everything I would want when traveling. I am glad that I was able to assist you with any questions or information. I always try to return emails or phone calls within a few hours, if possible. Seldom, if ever, has it ever taken more than 24 hours to get an answer to a question (unless it is a necessity for us to be out of town).

Thank you for sharing with us, and future guests, the many attractions, restaurants, and activities in the area. You are right about using the Sandcastle in the Sun as a base for taking trips that may be longer, even over to Orlando. Many of our guests have let us know how refreshing it is for them to know that after a long, busy day, they have the peace and quiet, the views and sunsets, and the great variety of wildlife waiting for them. A chance to get out of the traffic and, as you put it, the hustle and bustle one will naturally find when going to the larger attractions.

I am happy that supplying the notebooks with all the instructions for all the electronics or appliances was helpful. I know from my own experience how useful it can be. I also like to keep a container full of menus, attractions, and adventures available very close all the way over to Orlando.

Your choice of restaurants was a delight to see. Many of our other guests have found them to offer some of the best and freshest food around.

We look forward to having you back if your travels ever bring back over here to the United States and the Sandcastle in the Sun, Florida area. You have been delightful and kind guests from the beginning of our first correspondence. Thank you for your time sending in a review of your stay at our cottage.
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Weeki Wachee Florida Central Gulf Coast
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PERFECT FOR FAMILY

  • 5 of 5
Our family totaly enjoyed our week at your cottage. Wildlife, beautiful beach (shallow and sandy), and all of the amenities kept us occupied all week. After our kids used your swim masks the first day, we decided to go to town and by snorkles for everybody. They loved chasing fish, rays, and crabs. Flying with 6 from Iowa, we really liked your FULLY stocked kitchen and bathrooms. What a beutifull change week long change from cows and cornfields! We are recommending this to everyone and would love to come back.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased when we read your comments about how much you enjoyed your stay in the guest book. We try our best to make the cottage a vacation place that will have things to do for everyone of every age to thoroughly enjoy and leave them eager to return. We love being able to add to your scrapbook of memories of special times spent together. The snorkels were a great idea for all to be able to see up close the wildlife under the water for longer times. We were so pleased with the idea that we have added additional snorkels to the large amount of water and beach things we have. Thank you for your recommendations to all and we will be thrilled to have you back to enjoy yourselves. We are always adding new amenities for all ages. In fact, we just added a new laptop, additional binoculars, a new hammock chair, and additional adirondack chairs. Many families and couples love having the privacy of the single-family home (that we fully stock and more) and then only a few minutes away one can find stores, restaurants, and more in town. The local restaurants are such a delightful change. Thank you for sharing your experience with us; we loved having you as guests and being able to have you take memories with you
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GREAT FAMILY VACATION

  • 5 of 5
Such a wonderful experience!! My girls are still talking about it almost a year later. Very well stocked, much appreciated by this Mom of four!! Loved the beach & the sunsets were phenomenal!!! Also visited DisneyWorld that week. Only 1 - 2 hour drive to Orlando. Definitely the place to stay if you want to "get away from it all"!! Eat at Becky Jacks!!!!
  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What a delightful way to put it in our comment book - like being on a field trip! As we mention, if you are watching, you never know what you will see or find. We are so happy that your family and you were able to relax and enjoy all the amenities the Sandcastle has to offer. I like to make sure that all cooking necessities are available, as well as, full bottles of shampoo, body wash, bar soaps, toothpaste and brushes, all the necessary first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, and other goodies. It is all part of our goal of making your stay easy, relaxing, and memorable, which includes not having to load down luggage with toiletries. Your daughter's note was really sweet. We look forward to having you back soon.

Guests love being close enough to Orlando and Tampa for day trips knowing that a short ride will have them back at their own cottage to sit back, relax, and enjoy some down time. There are so many day trips close to the cottage that range from 10 minutes away to about an hour and a half.

We love having families and have so many amenities to offer children or teens of all ages. Yes, even for you, Dad and Mom.
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PERFECT, PRIVATE ISLAND GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
Thank You for a beautiful stay in your warm and welcoming home! Your kind attention to the details of our personal needs/likes gave it all such a personal touch. We enjoyed every unique sunset, strolling the beach, watching the countless crabs, swimming with manatees, enjoying starry nights, relaxing on the deck . . . we love how local, private, and tucked away this island home is - a true retreat! Here's my favorite memory - the way Everyone STOPS (even to the point of cars pulling off the road to get out) and watches the sunsets =) Such a beautiful life lesson - slow down, appreciate & take in the blessings God provides all around us! P.S. Check out Willies! What a fun beachy cafe =)
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to share with us some of your wonderful experiences while staying at the 'Sandcastle in the Sun'. Like you, we have found that as the sunset nears, people will stop their cars and even clap when it melts away as if they had just seen a show. In many ways, they have. They know that every night the sunset is different and so they are seeing a unique show.

What a thrill to have been able to capture a view of so many different wildlife species we have here on the Nature Coast! Even the Audubon Society, comes out yearly to find what new inhabitants have made their homes on the island; such as, the peacocks, the wide variety of seagull species, the family of ducks, bald eagle gliding by, osprey, and even the otter who loves to play at the beginning of the island.

Many of our guests make Willy's Tropical Breeze Cafe a must-eat-at place for snacks, lunch, or an early dinner. People come from miles away to enjoy the rich flavor of his fresh cooked choices, with a view that can't be beat. It is also nice that it is in the park right next to our cottage; so, it is only a few hundred feet away.

We look forward to the next time your family and you are able to visit. We are sure you will enjoy the new gas grill, landscaping, new outdoor furniture and beach chairs, inside redecorating for the Spring/Summer season, kayaks, portable PlayStations, and so much more. We try to add new amenities often.

We love knowing that as our guests walk in the door, a fully supplied home awaits them. We make sure toiletries you might need, kitchen supplies, food pantry items, snacks, cold sodas and water, and so much more are already provided for you. (Even cereal, milk, and coffee are there to get you started for the first couple of days.) Guests have appreciated not having to add all the extra supplies to their suitcases since we make sure they are already there, with extras. Celebrate everything until we see you again.
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Weeki Wachee Florida Central Gulf Coast
5

PERFECT FAMILY VACATION HOME

  • 5 of 5
This home was fantastic for a family. The Seiler's had everything one would need to make this a perfect vacation home for those looking to relax. The house is very clean, any information you need is immediately accessible and Becky responded to each and every question in a prompt manner. The sunsets are breathtaking, the house location is accessible to go and see local attractions and close proximity to major restaurants, stores, etc. A car is a must. Thank you Gary and Becky for sharing your home with us, it was a wonderful vacation!
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kerry, for your kindness in taking the time to leave a review. It is always a joy to hear, as we try our best to provide, that a memorable time was had by your family and you while enjoying your stay at the Sandcastle in the Sun. The neighbors told us how much the loved watching your children having splashing around and having fun in the gulf. We are always adding to our list of amenities to make all stays one that leave you with memories to bring home with you. We are on the look out every place we go for toys, games, DVDs, decor items, beach items, etc. Every outing becomes a scavanger hunt for just the right accessory to add to the fun or to the comfort of any guest's stay at the cottage. Each return visit will surprise you with what we could possibly add to all there is to offer. As we mention in our rental site, a car is a must since we are on a secluded island. You are given the best of both worlds; peace and quiet when you want to enjoy family-alone time and just a short drive will bring you to the variety of activities, events, stores, and restaurants we have to offer. We look forward to the next time your visit brings you to our part of Florida.
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Weeki Wachee Florida Central Gulf Coast
5

'THE BEST NEW YEAR!'

'The Best New Year!'
  • 5 of 5
Never have we felt so welcome at a holiday villa. From the moment I emailed to enquire about availability to the moment we arrived it felt like we were dealing with friends. The facilities are amazing, more supplies than we could have wished for and waking to the gorgeous view every morning was heavenly. The location is so quiet and relaxing, yet there is plenty to keep you occupied. Kayaking is so easy in the calm water and great fun for the family. We went with 2 teenage girls and all had a fantastic time. Thank you 'Sandcastle in the Sun' and Becky and Gary!!
  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We never feel like our guests are renters; they are part of the 'Sandcastle in the Sun' family. So, we treat all our guests or interested guests as if they were friends or family. All of our guests are amazed at all the extras we provide for their use and comfort. We want each to know they have been expected, are welcomed, will be making memorable moments while here, and to feel like this is their home while they are here. We supply full-sized amenities of everything from shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and brushes, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and have plenty of extra paper towels, soft toilet paper and tissues in the closet of the main bathroom and master bathroom. A welcome basket filled with bags of cookies, boxes of cereal, bags of popcorn, along with full-size bags of snacks, bowls of candy, packs of crackers and peanut butter packs for a quick snack, salt and pepper, and packets of sugar substitutes are waiting for your arrival on the table. Enough coffee filter packs for our 16-cup automatic coffee maker are there so you can make 2 pots of coffee every day of your stay. When you open the refrigerator, you will see full bowls of creamers (regular and flavored) and sugars, cans of soda (diet and regular), several bottles of cold water, 2 quarts of UV milk, and even, trays of condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise) for cooking at home. When opening the food pantry, you find more boxes of cereal, spices and other necessities for cooking at home. We have games, books, DVD, and toys for children and adults of all ages, including portable PlayStations and several games for them for those time you are resting inside. Along with having our own private sandy beach, the kayaks and hammocks are just some of the big hits outside. The younger children love all the beach toys and outdoor toys there. There are plenty of beach recliners, chairs with trays and footrests on the three levels of decking and large patio. We even have child-size chairs for their comfort. All love the quiet location and unforgettable views and sunsets at the cottage. Next to us, behind a palm garden, and vine-covered fence is a public beach park that is free to enter for our guests from the beach-side or the front gate. The park has a much larger sandy beach, playground, and delicious cafe for those days you don't want to cook or drive to a restaurant. We look forward to each of you getting to enjoy all the 'Sandcastle in the Sun' has to offer. See you soon.
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Beckyjack's Food Shack
"Rate!d as some of the best tasting food in the area. Don't let outside appearances keep you..."
Bayport Inn
"One of our guests favorite spots. Only a couple of miles from the cottage. It is located at..."
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
"Welcome to Weeki Wachee Springs! The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have delighted visito..."
weeki wachee kayak rentals @ THE KAYAK SHACK
"Most of our guests make sure they rent a kayak from The Kayak Shack. Rent one by the hour. ..."
Nature Coast Botanical Garden & Nursery
"Lovely way to spend a few hours. Nicely designed botanical garden. Maps available to guide..."
Willy's Tropical Breeze Cafe
"People come from miles to enjoy Willy's treats. Only a few hundred feet from our cottage."
Brian's Place
"A favorite of some of our guests. Just a few miles from the cottage."
Carrabba's Italian Grill
"Have you ever known a Carrabba's that isn't heavenly."
Bulldog Fishin Charters LLC
"Want a day of excitement on the gulf - take a fishing charter! You won't believe what a fis..."
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on Pine Island
"The Pine Island Beach Park is about 100 feet from the Sandcastle in the Sun. It has a playg..."
Sandcastle in the Sun
"Looking for a cottage directly on the gulf. Sandcastle in the Sun is an incredible gulf fro..."
Starbucks
"Craving one of those rich coffee drinks try the Starbucks located in the Target store or the..."
Weeki Wachee Springs
"Located at the corner of Hwy 50 and Hwy 19. It is part of the Weeki Wachee Springs Park; so..."
Weeki Wachee
"Welcome to Weeki Wachee Springs! The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have delighted visito..."
Beckyjack's Food Shack
"Rate!d as some of the best tasting food in the area. Don't let outside appearances keep you..."
Weeki Wachee State Park
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Tampa Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Intersection of Highway 50 and Highway 19
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pine Island Beach (your own private beach 0 miles)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Several public & private courses in Spring Hill
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Willy's Tropical Breeze Cafe /Bayport Inn .5 mi
Car: necessary

'Sandcastle in the Sun' can be found on a relaxing, secluded island that can be reached by car. Pine Island is your perfect spot to take off for a day of adventure. Activities of all kinds await you. Explore the island in the two kayaks at the cottage; or rent kayaks to go down the Weeki Wachee River at The Kayak Shack, where many guests have had the thrill of manatees swimming with them or Paddling Adventures in the Weeki Wachee Springs Park (10% discount brochures are available at the cottage). You may decide to spend the day there with the mermaids, taking a riverboat ride, or trying out the slides at Buccaneer Bay Swim Park. Chartering a fishing tour or a scuba diving adventure will provide a day's adventure you will not soon forget.

Less than 100 feet from your cottage is Pine Island Beach, the only beach in Hernando County. It has a playground, volleyball area, and Willy's Tropical Cafe, where the food tastes so good people come from miles away to enjoy watching the sun set as they eat.

Feel like 'swimming with' the manatees? Enjoy the day at Homossassa Springs about 45 minutes north. Many times on one of your kayak trips from Weeki Wachee Springs, you will find yourself coming up on a pod of manatees, the gentle giants, floating along waiting for a friendly kayaker to pass by.

Tampa, about an hour drive from the cottage, offers many choices: Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium, Ybor City (an area with a Cuban flavor), or even a Broadway show.

Want to sneak off a little further? You can be at Sea World, Disney World, or Universal Studios in about 2 hours. Watch in awe as Cirque du Soleil performs La Nouba at Disney World. Get caught up in the excitement of the Blue Man Group at Universal Studios. These are just a few of the attractions Orlando offers. At the end of the day, just a couple of hours later, you are back home snuggling up in your overstuffed, swivel, rocking recliners with your favorite beverage.

Take a day to go South on Highway 19 to Tarpon Springs. Watch how the Greek villagers live, pick up some homemade crafts, and be sure to stop in one of their restaurants or cafes and try some of the authentic food. If you are an art lover, drive a little further south to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It has the second largest gallery of Salvador Dali's art; the largest is in Europe.

As you can tell, there is never a lack of things to do here in the county or close by. The difficult part is deciding which to do first. Bowling, golfing, charter fishing, scuba diving, miniature golfing, exploring nature, or taking in a movie are all available to you within 15- 20 minutes. Basketball, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, and even the YMCA pool are just a short drive away from your Sandcastle.

We have several pair of binoculars in the cottage. Our protected Nature Coast will catch you by surprise so many times with beautiful egrets, cranes, a variety of other water birds coming to visit on the decks on the lawn, seagulls who will more than gladly snatch something tasty out of your hands, osprey or bald eagles gliding past, crabs of all kinds and sizes, little fish who will do their best to escape your snatching them up, and so many more creatures hiding. Many have asked about alligators and sharks; they are NOT the creatures you will see at the Sandcastle. Don't miss seeing the dolphins swimming by in the morning and back home in the evening. If you look around, you will be able to catch a peek at so many of nature's creatures trying to sneak past you. You'll be amazed!! We even have peacocks that wander the island and an otter that loves to play in the water as you turn onto the island.

Hungry? There are a few local restaurants, within 1-3 miles, that serve great seafood, steaks, etc. Willy's Tropical Beach Café in Pine Island Beach Park, Bayport Inn on the corner turning down Pine Island Drive (offer specials and all-you-can-eats), and BeckyJack's Café open certain days with dishes you won't soon forget. We also have the restaurants you may be more familiar with like Applebees, Chili's, Outback Steakhouse, RubyTuesday, Olive Garden, and more. A collection of menus and other brochures are kept at the cottage for your chance to take a relaxing look at some of the restaurants and activities in the area.

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Weeki Wachee Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer - May 1 to Aug. 31
May 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
5 night minimum stay
$190
$4,050
 
 
Fall - Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
5 night minimum stay
$220
$4,200
 
 
Winter/Spring - 12/01 to 4/30
Dec 1 2014 - Apr 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
$238
$4,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$190
$4,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection 69
Cleaning Fee 100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes No arrival permitted 3 days before a U.S. holiday; Stay permitted extending over holiday.

All rates are subject to change without notice until reservation confirmed.

DISCOUNTED RATES AVAILABLE FOR STAYS OF 30 DAYS OR MORE DURING ALL SEASONS & INCLUDES FREE WEEKLY LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING. OTHER DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR MILITARY/1ST RESPONDERS. CONTACT HOME OWNER.

NO PETS, NO SMOKING, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Weeki Wachee Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Parking ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handheld massage showerhead, hair dryer, full set of towels
    Fitness Room Bathroom - toilet , shower , Handheld massage showerhead, hairdryer, full set of towels
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Handheld massage showerhead, hairdryer, full set of towels
  • Main bathroom has combination tub/shower with handheld massage shower, hair dryer, full set of towels, linen closet. Full bottles bath soap and shampoo to get you started. Full-size ironing board, steamer/iron, and dirt devil vacuum and broom are available. Extra set of towels for guests. Beach towels. Master Bathroom Attached to master bedroom, a full bath with shower with handheld massage showerhead, hair dryer, clock/radio/cd player. Full bottles of bath soap and shampoo to get you started. Full set of towels are provided. Fitness Center bathroom has shower with handheld massage showerhead, hair dryer, clock/radio/cd player. Full bottles of bath soap and shampoo to get you started. Full set of towels are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom with new cooling bead gel foam topper. - 1 queen , Attached bathroom with handheld massaging shower
    Second Bedroom with daybed & trundle - 1 baby crib , Daybed with pullout trundle bed put together makes king-size
  • Master Bedroom has new queen plush bed with cooling beads memory foam topper (like sleeping on a cloud), HDTV flat screen TV, room-darkening shades (lets you sleep late), unobstructed view of gulf, attached bathroom with shower and handheld massage showerhead, hairdryer, and more. Complete linens and 4 pillows. Second Bedroom has a daybed with pullout trundle bed. When pushed together, it makes a king-size bed. It has a sliding door leading out to the deck walkway and complete view of the gulf and beach. Complete set of linens and 4 pillows are provided. There is a pullout queen sofabed in the living room. A complete set of linens, pillows, and towels are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Music Library ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • water parks
  • theme parks
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • botanical garden
  • recreation center
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shuffleboard
  • horseback riding
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • equestrian events
  • water tubing
  • golf privileges optional
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • cycling
  • racquetball
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • fishing
Notes:
Fax machine/copier/scanner ADDITIONAL OUTDOOR AMENITIES: 2 NEW kayaks and all required safety equipment, outside shower, 2 adult hammocks that hold 2 adults each, boat launch within 4 miles. AMENITIES FOR LITTLE ONES: playard w/mattress for napping or sleeping, high chair, 3 booster chairs, toddler bed safety rail, steamguard microwave sterilizer for bottles, pacifiers & etc,bibs, changing pad and covers, baby wipes, toys, packaged teething rings and pacifiers, folding stroller to go into car trunk easily, diaper pail and bags, safety gates, swimmie boat for 6 mo - 2 yrs, arm swimmies. AMENITIES FOR THE CHILDREN: child-size deck chairs, child-size sand chairs, smaller beach towels, beach toys, playground in the park - 100 feet away, children's DVD library, children's books, toys. Charter Fishing Excursions, Kayaking, Health Spas, Scuba Diving, Parks, Volleyball, Shopping Centers, Golf. Restaurants of all kinds and so much more...less than 5 minutes to 25 minutes away!
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