Weeki Wachee Cottage Rental Photos and Description
A 2 bedroom, 3 bath gulf front cottage, w/a private beach, & unforgettable views
Make your wish upon a star come true with a relaxing stay at Sandcastle in the Sun. This single-family cottage lies directly on the gulf front with a private beach. A few feet puts you in the water.
Watching the gulf drawing closer, you know your dreams are becoming a reality. Arriving at the Sandcastle in the Sun, you know that everything you have seen, read and been told about this vacation rental, was everything your family and you expected and so much more. Your family and you begin to fall in love with the gulf front cottage already. Once inside you are surrounded by such warmth, a feeling of being cared about, and a knowing that you are so welcomed here you feel like you are home. With all the amenities you discover after just minutes of exploring inside, grabbing a cold soda or water waiting for all of you in the refrigerator, along with all the snacks, candies, and other goodies, you are ready to take in all the places outside where you will relax in the afternoon gulf breezes, start seeing the wildlife trying to hide from you, and get ready to find the perfect spot for you to begin taking in the breathtaking sunsets which will leave lasting memories you will be taking back with you.
After checking that you have arrived safely and found everything without any problems, the day after you have arrived, (we want to give you a chance to just put your feet up and kick back after a day of travel) we leave you to treasure your stay. We are pleased to hear from our guests so often, how surprised and pleased they are with all the extras provided in the cottage to make them feel so much like it is their home. We encourage you to give the Sandcastle crew a call if anything is needed.
Snuggled 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, explore the island in one of the kayaks waiting for you, relax on the beach with everything provided for you, or take off right away for a day of adventure. It is such a good feeling knowing everything waiting for you to relax with at the cottage at the end of a busy day.
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, an air boat excursion, 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.
Much of the beauty of Sandcastle in the Sun is that it 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 dolphin 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
Ceramic top range/oven
George Foreman Grill
Electric Can Opener
7 cu.ft. Deep Freezer Chest in laundry center
New laptop computer
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.
Phone System with answering machine Your own private line, unlimited long distance, and 100 free minutes for international calls for our guests across the pond.
High speed wi-fi Internet
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
Individual air conditioners in each room
Ceiling fans in each room
Full-size ironing board and steamer iron.
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
4 PlayStation Portable Electronic units with several games to choose from for your pre-teens and teens or, even you
3 sets of binoculars
Casual reading material
Two kayaks with all required safety equipment
Washer and dryer in the building - no need to go home with laundry to wash after unpacking
Home Fitness Center downstairs
3 deck levels including a swim deck
Large furnished, covered patio
Large 6' outdoor table on the porch that unfolds to enjoy eating outdoors.
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
Amenities for the Children
Child-size deck chairs
Child-size sand chairs
Smaller beach towels
Playground in the park about 100 feet away
Children's DVD Library
Amenities for your Little One
Playard with padded mattress for naps and sleeping
Linens and blankets
Baby wipes, shampoo, and wash
Changing Pad and Covers
Diaper Pail and bags
3 Booster Chairs
Swimmie boat for 6 month - 2 year
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.
We offer many discounts - extended stays, military and first responders, honeymoons, special anniversary trips, even discounts on next visits for taking a few minutes after your visit to respond to the short review VRBO sends, even more should you wish to share a few of your photos, by email, for using on our personal site, http://www.sandcastleinthesun.com, or others (names are never used with the photos) - to name just a few of the discounts.
Other bonuses available for 1-month stays or longer. Of course, 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.
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
We have been here the last week celebrating our 25th anniversary. Our stay has been relaxing and wonderful. The view from the many decks, watching the sunsets, sitting under the umbrella on the beach, kayaking, crabbing (catch and release), and finding so many kinds of wildlife - just a few of our favorite things. Spotting the dolphins and kayaking down the Weeki Wachee River where we could spot the manatees were other highlights. Paddling Adventures is a recommended, as they pick you up after floating down the river. Your attention to detail was so appreciated and it seems you stocked everything and more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you for sharing your home and going so far to make it special for us.
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.