April and May 2013 still available! Eagle's Nest is a charming vintage cottage in the Nokomis Historic District, one mile from scenic downtown Venice, 1.2 miles to Nokomis Beach, steps from Pocono Trail Nature Preserve and Nokomis Center Park, Legacy Bicycle Trail, and much more. This adorable bungalow has all the creature comforts, including decks front and back, and a private garden for relaxing. Decorated in Old Florida cottage style, with warm pine floors, colorful beadboard walls and ceilings, Hunter ceiling fans, rattan and cottage furnishings, new queen sized pillowtop bed, shell-covered clawfoot tub. The country farm-style kitchen has a new 10 cu ft. LG refrigerator/freezer, two induction cooktops, a butcher block countertop and a farmhouse sink. Turn-key, furnushed with quality appliances, linens, utensils, etc. Electric heaters and window a/c units. Responsive on-site management—no impersonal agents or absentee landlords.
An Ecoturism Paradise: We are in an ideal spot for enjoying an unspoiled part of Florida. Just 1.2 miles to the clean white sands of Nokomis beach, so load the car up with our snorkels, beach chairs and cooler and make a day of it, walking the sands and sea oats of Casey Key, or stroll to the Venice Jetty to people-watch and check out the fishing. We have numerous other great beaches nearby, as well.
Use our bikes or yours to cruise the Legacy Bike Trail, just 1/10 mile from our property and extending all the way to Venice Beach. Enjoy a picnic under the spreading oaks at Nokomis Community Center. Walk a block to Pocono Trail Preserve where you can bird watch and see Florida wildflowers, or take a guided nature tour. You're just four and half miles from Oscar Scherer State Park, great for bicycling, canoeing or kayaking, plus we're a short drive to the scenic Myakka River.
We have all kinds of information to share on ecotourism activities, which we provide in our cottages and online on our website.
Personal Attention to Guests: We offer three vintage vacation properties along a spacious block in the Nokomis Historic District, which we call 'Floridaloha.' Each of our cottages is recognized by Sarasota County as a historic property. The owner lives on-site, so you don't need to worry about dealing with absentee landlords or an impersonal rental agent should you ever need assistance. We go out of our way to make sure your vacation is enjoyable and that you find local attractions that suit your needs and desires. We are constantly adding new services and special packages for our guests who wish to take full advantage of our unique environment and want to enhance their Florida vacation experience.
I am a former marketing executive, freelance writer, published author, avid local historian and amateur musician who spent time growing up in Florida in the 1950s. My grandfather had rental property in Sarasota and I am carrying on the tradition. I am in love with the natural beauty of Florida, which is why I selected Nokomis as my home and have worked to restore several vintage buildings as vacation rentals. My goal is to show my guests the best that 'Old Florida' has to offer by giving them an immersive experience in the design and culture.
Eagle's Nest was originally the caretaker's house at Eagle Point, Bertha Palmer's hunting and fishing resort in Venice established in 1916. The resort was sold in the early 1990s to a real estate developer who used this home as his office. In 2004, this cottage was on the last buildable lot in Eagle Point, which was sold to someone who wanted to put a larger home on the site. I was offered the home and two small out buildings if I would relocate them, which I did. I moved them to a lot in Nokomis where I had two other historic homes, and in 2009, after Nokomis improved Colonia Lane and brought county water lines into the area, I restored the cottage and created a wonderful little 'Old Florida' oasis, adding it to Floridaloha, my enclave of historic vacation rental cottages.
This is a home in near original condition but with all modern infrastructure, new wiring, plumbing, appliances. So you get to enjoy the ambience of Old Florida with the convenience of modern comforts. The house has original heart pine floors, an antique rug in the living room. I have selected all furnishings and planned the decor to provide you the coziest and most charming experience possible.