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Susan Mansfield

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

FLORIDA'S BEST KEPT SECRET WITH HEATED POOL

65 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Florida South Central Gulf Coast House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

No sprawling resorts or snowbird traffic jams -- just privacy, gorgeous beaches, outstanding shops and excellent restaurants. Boca Grande, an exclusive island on the west coast of Florida, close to both the Sarasota and Fort Myers' airports, and two hours from Tampa's airport. Boca Grande is a barrier island just north of Captiva and Sanibel Islands -- like Key West without the crowds. Charming house in historic district, near town and beach. Artists' community, walking, bike paths, amazing shelling on white sand beaches, seaplane, tennis and workout room close by, as are boat rentals, fresh shrimp right off the boat at Whidden's Marina, tarpon fishing and shallow water fishing. Golf courses 15 minutes from Boca Grande. Boat dock and trailer parking available upon request. Excellent cook's kitchen. Wifi, 42-inch flat screen and Weber grill. People have come from 7 countries, 32 U.S. states and 30 Florida cities/towns to stay in my home -- many of them are repeat renters or have told their friends and famiy.

My house is in a lovely neighborhood and has a lot of privacy with all the landscaping I have done (front yard landscaping not reflected in the photos). If you would like to see more photos of the house please go to Homeaway property #103237. I do my best to help each of my renters have a wonderful, stress free holiday. I have a great kitchen for cooking – gas stove, all clad pots and pans, Wustof knives, a Weber grill and a charcoal one as well for those who prefer that. I have wireless and a large flat screen television (with lots of great dvds). I can also arrange to have a friend who is a third generation fisherman in Boca Grande give you a boat tour for lunch to Useppa Island Club, http://www.useppa.com/indexb.html or Cabbage Key, http://www.cabbagekey.com. He will tell you all about the history in that part of the world and has many fascinating stories about the people he has met flying and fishing, both famous and infamous. In addition he has a seaplane which is great fun even if just to see Boca Grande from the air. For back water fishing or lighter tackle fishing, I know another terrific guide. I can also steer you to the best massage therapists on the island. I will steer you to the best restaurants, shops and places to rent sports equipment. I really take great care to make sure that you will have the best, stress free vacation of your life! Susan Mansfield 203.866.9500

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Susan Mansfield (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Susan Mansfield

I live in Rowayton CT and bought my house in Boca Grande in 1989. I own and run a communications firm and try to get to Boca Grande three times a year.

Susan Mansfield purchased this house in 1989

Why Susan Mansfield chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Boca Grande is a very special place. When you cross the bridge it's as though you've gone back to an earlier time when life was simpler. It's one of the most beautiful and relaxing places in the world. People come from all over the world to stay in my home, but they also come from as close by as Sarasota -- a one hour drive. I've found that many Floridians think of Boca Grande as a vacation destination -- about 1/3 of my renters are from in-state.

What makes this house unique

I work very hard to make sure my renters have a wonderful, relaxing vacation. I can arrange fishing (backwater and Tarpon), boat tours to nearby islands for swimming and lunch, book massages and let you know where to rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, dock and boat and trailer, get fresh catch shrimp and stone crabs at the docks and provide a list of the best restaurants.

Reviews

5
based on 65 traveler reviews

FLORIDA'S BEST KEPT SECRET WITH HEATED POOL
average rating of 4.9846153 based on 65 reviews
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Canadians come to Boca Grande

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with friends (we're all from Vancouver) recently took a cruise through the Panama Canal out of Ft. Lauderdale. We decided that after our cruise we would like to visit the west coast of Florida and swim in the Gulf of Mexico so we traveled to Boca Grande and found that it was a perfect relaxing way to end our vacation. Susan's home is in a quiet neighbourhood close to the center of town and the beach. It is very comfortable; rather than a typical rental, it's a home with all the amenities that make a home special. We especially enjoyed cooking in the kitchen which opens out to backyard dining and a terrific pool. We also loved touring the island on the golf cart and my husband caught a bunch of fish. Can't wait to return to this idyllic island! Vicky E.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Wonderful island home

  • 5 of 5

Two couples, one from Florida, and friends from Ohio, decided to vacation in this SW Florida area. After researching we discovered this home was a top pick for both couples, so we knew it would be right. It was great to relax by the pool or the screened porch after coming in from boating the Pine Island Sound or going to many of the local beaches. The kitchen was well appointed and we ate in a couple of nights. You'll love this comfortable, relaxed, beach house in a great location.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Get-Away After Our Wedding!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely stay in your home Susan. It was appointed with every convenience including all tools and appliances (and then some) needed in the kitchen and everywhere; outdoor shower, everything logically located. We felt as if we were truly "home away from home." We also really enjoyed the use of your bikes & golf cart. The cart is THE way to explore the island and see things we might otherwise have missed. We had such fun dining in different parts of the home: breakfast in the kitchen, lunch on the porch and dinner by the pool! It was a perfect get-away after our wedding!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Fabulous swimming in the gulf and pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing vacation in your lovely home Susan. It is cozy and conveniently located and the new pool is great! It was a quiet time on the island but between the pool and the beach we found plenty to do. Thanks for allowing Rosebud to come along too. She loved the long walks and chasing lizards! I wish we had seen the type of surface you put on your pool before we redid ours last summer!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Best vacation ever with extended family and friend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I drove down to Boca Grande with a friend from Connecticut, stopping in Tampa where our nephews and niece live, just two hours north of Boca Grande. We brought them with us to the idyllic island of Boca Grande. It is the most beautiful place we have ever vacationed. We awoke each morning early to see the gorgeous sunrises and then we would head to the beach. We had never experienced the soft white sand beaches or amazing blue shades of the Gulf of Mexico. We spent our mornings there and then would head back to Susan’s lovely cottage where the kids would cool off again in the pool. They loved the freedom of hopping on bikes and touring about the island while my husband took much needed naps on the comfy front porch couch. When not eating in one of the many terrific restaurants, I loved preparing dinner in a first-rate kitchen with a gas stove. We also had great fun driving the golf cart all over the island including to the south end to visit the Boca Grande Historic Lighthouse and the Boca Grande Pass which I hear has some of the best tarpon fishing in the world. Every afternoon we could count on watching the intricate formation of clouds and lightning shows which I’ve heard you only get in the heat of summer. We can’t wait to go back again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Old Florida Boca Grande Charm

  • 5 of 5

If you want a stay at a truly charming, roomy, very clean and convenient home on Boca Grande, this is the one for you. My family recently stayed and it was a perfect rental for a week at the beach. Shops and restaurants only steps away and the beach is right down the street as well. A great screened pool and screened front porch to relax. Kitchen is well equipped and bedding and linens of high quality. We can’t say enough about this place. You will not be disappointed. And by the way, the owner is a true pleasure to deal with. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Car: not necessary

No sprawling resorts of snowbird traffic jams, just privacy, gorgeous beaches, outstanding shops and excellent restaurants. Boca Grande, an exclusive island on the West Coast of Florida, is less than 75 minutes from the Sarasota and Fort Myers airports and two hours from the Tampa airport. It is north of Captiva and Sanibel Islands. Like Key West without the crowds. Not even one traffic signal. Charming house in historic district with beautiful new pool. Artists' community, walking, bike paths, shelling on white sand beaches, tennis and workout room close by, as are boat rentals, shrimp and stone crap boat docks and tarpon and snook fishing. Boat dockage and trailer space available.

Other Activities: Shopping, Pilates, yoga, fascinating historic lighthouse documenting the history of Boca Grande.

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Rates & Availability

Boca Grande House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Feb 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,950
 
 
May/June
May 1 2016 - Jul 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,650
 
 
Value Season
Aug 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$1,950
 
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$2,350
 
 
Pre-Thanksgiving
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$2,350
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,750
 
 
Pre-Holiday
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$2,350
 
 
Holiday Season
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Amenities

Florida South Central Gulf Coast House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs bathroom has a tiled tub/shower and upstairs has a tiled shower. There is also an outdoor shower (with privacy screen) by the pool.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Pak-n-play
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
  • All linens provided. Soft sheets and comfortable pillows. Downstairs bed is a Tempur-Pedic.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Boat dock and trailer parking available upon request. Jenn-Air gas stove in kitchen. 4 adult bikes, 1 child's bike. Heated pool with outdoor shower, central air/heat. Outdoor Weber gas grill and charcoal grill as well. Well-equipped kitchen with gas stove, Wustof knives, all clad pots and pans.

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