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Spectacular Pool Home in Historic Fishing Village

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 12, private pool

The Captain Billy Fulford House is a one-of-a-kind home with 20' x 40' private, heated pool, located in the Historic Village of Cortez just steps from Sarasota Bay and a mile from spectacular Gulf beaches. Built in 1907, this home has been beautifully renovated. Very large home features a spacious eat-in kitchen, expansive great room and dining area, Handicap accessibility and private, fenced yard with lush, tropical landscaping surrounding the pool area. Deep sea and inland fishing practically at your doorstep. Enjoy the charm of Cortez Village from the large covered front porch. Sleeps twelve with two queen size beds, two double beds, three twin beds, and two pullout couch. This house is ideal for family reunions and longer stays.

More Details

Paul Dryfoos
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018


Cortez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master suite - toilet , shower
    Upstairs - toilet , shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower , Handicapped-accessible shower
    Downstairs bedroom - toilet
    Poolside shower - outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Downstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs front - 2 twin/ single
    Master - 1 king , Private bathroom
    Pool view 1 - 1 double
    Pool view 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • Five bedrooms, plus a family room with a double pullout sofa bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In addition to the five bedrooms, there are pull-out sofa-beds in the living room and the Florida room.


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Spectacular Pool Home in Historic Fishing Village
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our Florida trip. The home had plenty of room. We will definitely be making a trip back to this area and will use the rental company again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Reunion!!

  • 5 of 5

There was plenty of room for all 10 of us, the pool was a hit for the young kids. Only 1 mile from the beach we walked there for the July 4th parade. AC worked well, and lot's of pans, plates, blenders, towels, etc. to use. The only negative thing was the bathrooms are on the small side.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your vacation at the Captain Billy Fulford House. We're aware that the upstairs bathrooms are on the small side. It's an historic house, so we have to work with what the structure allows. I hope you enjoyed the downstairs master bath, which is quite spacious, newly renovated, and has a large handicap accessible shower. Best wishes-Paul and Cindy, owners
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Nice home and close to many activities

  • 4 of 5

The house was large with plenty of room

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fortville, Indiana

Perfect place for our family!

  • 4 of 5

This was a perfect place for our family - we had 12 people staying in the house and had plenty of room. Only complaint about the house was the bathrooms were pretty small. Loved walking 1/2 block to fishing pier each morning to see the sun come up over the bay and watch pelicans "dive" for food. The food at The very popular Star Fish Company at the pier was very good. Also enjoyed The Sea Hag a few blocks away - very unique. Ana Maria Island and all its beaches, shops, Restaurants were a short drive across the bridge.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laurie- Thanks for your review, and we're glad you enjoyed your stay. We love Cortez and we're happy when our guests appreciate its unique fishing village atmosphere. Sorry you found the bathrooms small. Yes - the upstairs bathrooms are on the small side, but the downstairs master bath is quite large with a big handicap accessible shower. We hope you will stay with us in the future. Best-Paul and Cindy
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Houston, TX

Very Accomodating

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 11 people stayed in this house. The house is huge and easily accommodated all of us and also allowed some of us to escape for a little peace and quiet. The pool is huge and the water was warm so we had a great time in the pool. One of the features we really noted about the property is that it is well stocked. The kitchen has an abundance of appliances, dishes, silverware, & pots & pans. This is probably one of the best stocked kitchens in any rental in the area. Additionally, there are plenty of pool and beach toys and equipment. The house is located in the Fishing Village which is an interesting place to visit and tour. The area is quiet at night and there was very little traffic on the road in front of the house. We did experience an electrical problem with a light switch, and to the credit of Island Vacation Properties, they had someone over immediately to repair the light switch. We are considering renting the property for next year because it accommodated our need; we liked working with the owner; and Island Vacation Properties was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Edward- Thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will stay with us in the future. Best wishes- Paul And Cindy
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Great Barrington, MA

Nice spot for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Unique house in a historic fishing village. Very comfortable for a large group, beautiful pool, great living space, nice screened porch, very private yard. Quiet neighborhood, except some hubub around the excellent Star Fish restaurant at the end of the street. Worth it though, because it's a a fantastic restaurant, featured on Emeril's Florida Hidden Gems. Fresh seafood right off the boats served on picnic tables overlooking the beautiful Cortez harbor. Only downside is it's a mile to the beach, but it's a beautiful walk, and there's plenty of parking if you want to drive.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Located in the Historic Village of Cortez, a designated National Historic District that is the last remaining traditional working fishing village on the Florida Gulf Coast. Site of the Florida Maritime Museum, and the Florida Institute of Salt Water Heritage, which offers wooden boat building workshops and sponsors community events such as the Cortez Fishing Festival. A short drive or bike ride over the bridge to the spectacular Gulf beaches, restaurants and shopping of Anna Maria Island. Nearby boating, fishing, golf, tennis. World-class shopping and cultural amenities available in nearby Sarasota, Saint Armand's Key and Longboat Key.

Other Activities: boat-building classes at Florida Maritime Museum; boating, fishing and kayaking.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $185
Pet Fee $150
Damage Insurance $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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