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Spectacular Pool Home in Historic Fishing Village

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


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.

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Paul Dryfoos
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2017


Cortez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Spectacular Pool Home in Historic Fishing Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

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: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Vacation Home For All.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in the Billy Fulford House over the 4th of July weekend thru the 10th. We found the house very well supplied and clean through out, the pool area is very nice and clean as well. The only thing we found a problem, was the maintenance crew. There were a couple of jobs to be finished, but we were not notified on their arrival. If we would have been notified, there wouldn't have been a problem, the gentlemen did not Identify themselves as employees, and just jumped over the pool fence, not stating who they were. All in all, had a great time and looking forwart to visiting the home again next year.......very pleasent. The Marina is just a stone throw away and has very good food, as well as a fresh seafood market there as well. We couldn't wait to tell everyone how great the house was. A wonderful stay for us all. Plenty of room for everyone, without getting in everyone's way. The area looks a little run down, but the people are very nice in the area. Glad we chose this home. Thank you so much for a great vacation and visit to the village.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the wonderful Captain Billy Fulford House for two weeks in March and it was perfect.The home is very large, more than enough room for everybody to spread out, and also very cozy and charming. There are big enough tables for large group dinners inside and out and plenty of dishes, silverware etc. to go around. The amount of towels in the house is unbelievable, you will never run out! The large yard behind the house is beautiful and lush, the pool very private and there are always both sunny and shady spots to pick from.One of the best parts is the location in a quiet neighborhood in Cortez, still close enough to walk or bike to the beach on Anna Maria. Originally we were looking for a rental on Anna Maria Island but were grateful not to be stuck amongst all the traffic and bustle of the island.The one issue we had (connecting to the web, and it turned out not to be an issue at all!) was solved with a phone call to the very polite and efficient people at the rental agency. The house was very clean upon our arrival but it would have been nice to have a few more cleaning supplies to use during our stay.We are already talking about our next trip and hope to have a chance to stay at the Fulford Home again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dayton, OH, USA

Great spot for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is delightful and very comfortable for a large group. Beautifully situated in a historic fishing village on Sarasota Bay and one mile from glorious Gulf beaches. The house is nicely furnished with comfortable furniture and nice art work. Very private heated pool, large enough for lap swimming. Nice landscaping. Property manager was very responsive and helpful. This is a great place for a family reunion or for several families to vacation together.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2008
  • Stayed: Feb 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great for family get-togethers

  • 5 of 5

Great house for a large family get together. Very spacious and comfortable.Enough room for everyone to sit and eat together or play games and to have some privacy when needed. A short drive to our favorite beach (Coquina). The pool was nice and clean.Shaded on the deep end. Plenty of chairsaround the pool. Was great for my in-laws who were too unsteady to get in the water at the beach. The water was unusually rough this year and the beach was closed to swimmers for the first part of our week. We always have one meal at the Beach House Restaurant on Bradenton Beach and cook the rest of our meals. Plenty of dishes and pots but no bread pans and only one large casserole dish. The house was perfect for our family and it had 2 coffee pots.My Mother-in-law was happy! One for her regular coffee and one for our flavored coffee.The tap water is also great to drink, so we didn't have to buy bottled water. Short drive to buy groceries. Winn Dixie, Publix and Super Walmart. We enjoyed Smugglers Cove Putt Putt Golf, but a little pricey and too many steps for the disabled. A 30 minute drive to the Skyway Fishing Pier.Two Movie Theaters nearby. This was our third time at Anna Maria Island but our first time in Cortez at the Cptain Billy Fulford Home. Eveyone loved this house. When my in-laws lived in Virginia we stayed at the same house on Emerald Isle NC for 14 years. We plan to make this house the one for our yearly family vacation get- together.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Cortez House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Winter/Early Spring
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
July 4th week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jul 9 2017 - Oct 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

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.
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Florida Maritime Museum
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.


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