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Dolphin Cottage - Pet Friendly and Very Close to Beach!

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

It is always summer on Anna Maria Island!

We regret to report that this listing will not be renewed in May. Please look for us on Facebook: @AMIDolphinCottage and on Twitter: @AMISandyPaws. You can reach us by direct message through either application!

We have one of the most pristine, un-crowded beaches you will ever visit. Enjoy a champagne breakfast, Duffy's burgers for lunch, or cocktails at sunset! In addition, there are many other fabulous things to do here - Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and Disney are all within a two-hour drive. World-class restaurants and shopping in Sarasota & St. Armand’s circle are just a short drive south, down to Longboat Key and Lido Key. If you are outdoorsy, the swimming, boating and fishing are unbeatable year-round!

Dolphin Cottage, our 'little house' on Anna Maria Island, is a cozy, charming old-Florida home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom - perfect for a couple or family. It is very close to the beach, with only two other houses between it and our beautiful, un-crowded beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria is less than an hour away from 3 major airports: Tampa (TPA), Sarasota (SRQ) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE). Just a short trip across the Intracoastal Waterway, AMI is easy to get to, and difficult to leave!

The interior of the cottage is pleasantly rustic, with knotty cypress paneling on the walls and ceilings, and brand-new Italian ceramic floor tile throughout the house. It has a cute, galley-like kitchen where everything is within reach. There is also a gas grill outdoors. A central living & dining room makes up most of the house, with a dining table, sofas & recliners, HDTV, extended digital cable, and MP3/ipod music player. High-speed wireless internet is also available.

There are three bedrooms: one has a queen bed, one has two double beds, and the other has two twin beds. Dolphin Cottage can sleep 6 adults. The bathroom recently underwent a well-deserved makeover and now has new ceramic tile on the walls and floor. There is a second toilet and shower stall in the garage, and an outdoor shower also - great for rinsing off the sand and salt!

The beach is a very short walk away. We have many beach chairs, umbrellas & toys. You can also walk or bicycle to the grocery store, other shopping and many great restaurants. There is also a free trolley that runs from north Anna Maria to south Longboat Key (the next island south) and a trolley stop just a short stroll from the cottage.

Dolphin Cottage is pet-friendly. There is a large back yard (no fence.) Dogs are not allowed on the beach or at newly-opened Neal and Perico Preserves, but they can swim at the boat ramp or at the Palma Sola causeway, just a short drive away. Dogs are also welcome at Robinson Preserve, but they must be on leash.

Please note: This is the original Dolphin Cottage in the town of Holmes Beach (not the one in the city of Anna Maria.) The original Dolphin Cottage is personally owner-operated and not managed by a realtor or rental company. While the other one is very cute, ours is better!

More Details

Denise M. V. Kanzler
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Denise M. V. Kanzler

We are Denise & Carol, sisters who love all things Florida, especially our little house on Anna Maria Island. Though we both have real jobs, we would much prefer to be full-time beach bums and spend as much time near or in the water as we possibly can. There is no better place to enjoy this lifestyle than on Anna Maria Island, one of the few remaining barrier islands with little development and lots of old Florida appeal!

Denise M. V. Kanzler purchased this house in 1963

Why Denise M. V. Kanzler chose Holmes Beach

Our maternal grandmother bought this house and its neighbor in the early 1960’s and both houses have remained in our family ever since. Many, many happy events – parties, reunions, weddings, honeymoons and celebrations – have occurred here over the years. We enjoy sharing our little piece of paradise with those who appreciate Anna Maria Island for its slow pace, laid-back ambience and quirky charm. Very little has changed in our neighborhood over the last 50 years and best of all, the beach, the Gulf and those unforgettable sunsets are only a short stroll away!

What makes this house unique

Everyone who has stayed at Dolphin Cottage over the years appreciates the relaxed, cozy charm of this little house. It has lots of good vibes!


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Front Bedroom - 2 double
    Third Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 10 bicycles
Outdoor shower


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Dolphin Cottage - Pet Friendly and Very Close to Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Dolphin Cottage we like to call a little slice of paradise! Not far from where we live.. but once you are on AMI it feels as though you are worlds away!! The cottage is lovely and cozy. We were very comfortable having our two little ones running around in the large yard. Just steps from the beach our three and one year old walked to and from the beach everyday, with big smiles on their faces! All-in-all we had such a lovely time as Denise was more than accommodating to any needs or concerns during our stay! We have already made plans to return summer of 2012 and plan to stay longer this time!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tallahassee, FL

GREAT Rental!

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends stayed at this charming house that is just steps to the beach. It is a cute cottage with lots of Florida charm. The walks on the beach in the morning and watching sunsets in the evening were wonderful. We put up our umbrellas and tents on the beach in the morning and took them down in the evening and went back/forth to the house. Nobody bothered our stuff on the beach and the beach wasn't crowded at all! VERY nice area and lots of comfy furniture to relax on at night. We will be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockledge, FL

We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My family travels to AMI every summer for a week. We have stayed at various homes around the island and we all agreed that Dolphin Cottage is one of our favorites. The location is perfect and close to everything--walking distance to many shops and most especially that wonderful beach. The house is comfortable, clean, and very homey. Although the kitchen and bathrooms are pretty small, the bedrooms are a good size (great beds also) and the living room is comfy. The outdoor shower was a favorite and the garage made it easy to keep from tracking sand/water inside. The owners were great--helpful and accomodating, even making sure the a/c was on when we arrived so it was nice and cool. Dolphin cottage is a charming little happy house and we will most certainly stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family just returned ...

  • 5 of 5

Our family just returned from our stay at the Dolphin cottage. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and is a five minute walk to the beach, restaurants, shops and more. The owner was especially accomodating making sure we had enough beds and bicycles for our four teenage children. Thank you for sharing your island cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2009
  • Stayed: February 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Port Huron, Michigan

Had a great time at Dolph...

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at Dolphin cottage with my family. With lots of kids it was nice to have the three bedrooms.

It's just a short walk to the beach so there was no need to pack a lunch. Could be back at the cottage in minutes.

The cottage has all the amenities of home with LOTS of board games for the kids.

Would definitely recommend the cottage for an enjoyable quiet Florida vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2008
  • Stayed: April 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Western NY

My family just returned f...

  • 5 of 5

My family just returned from our vacation at the Dolphin Cottage. It was right into the "Old Florida" feeling you get from being on the island. The location was less than a block from the beach which is a big plus in my book. Very clean and had everything we needed including all sorts of stuff for the beach. Owner was very accomodating.

I definately would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2008
  • Stayed: March 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90
Tax Rate 12.0%

Due to recent issues, security deposit will be required for all new guests.
Pet deposit may also be required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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