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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 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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 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
  • Hair 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

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Spectacular Pool Home in Historic Fishing Village
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Wonderful for a large group. Very spacious

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time. Loved the pool as an alternate to the beach. Great location

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Robin- Thanks for staying with us and for the positive review. We're glad you enjoyed the pool. The guy who maintains our pool says it's the nicest pool at a private home that he's seen in the area. It's almost 40 feet long, and great for swimming laps. Very private and surrounded by lovely landscaping. Please come back and stay with us again! Best-Cindy and Paul
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Very roomy, clean and well stocked with everything we could need.

  • 5 of 5

We had a 3-generation family vacation with children ranging from 21 to 2 years old. ALL of the grandchildren had a great time and enjoyed the pool, local restaurants, beaches and playing Gameboy on the big screen tv. Adults also enjoyed the pool and sitting on the lanai enjoying the Florida weather. The house was just what we were looking for to enjoy spending time together. The dining room was large enough for us all to eat meals together at the same table and play games at night. We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the property and would book it again. No one wanted to leave. Thank you for a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Charles- Thanks for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed the house, pool and our beautiful village of Cortez. Please come back and stay with us again! Best wishes-Paul and Cindy
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We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

There were 15 of us including a 2 year old and several kids, and we had plenty of room. It was clean and had plenty of linens and household supplies. The pool was amazing and was a blessing as the beach and any shops were too far to walk. It really kept the children occupied.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alonda- Thanks for staying with us. We're glad you enjoyed the beautiful village of Cortez and found the house comfortable for your party of 15. We love family reunions! That's what the house is set up for. Best wishes-Paul and Cindy
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Enjoy the house had the best time ever definitely think about going back again we have a large crown

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the house big enough for everyone the pool was absolutely great everyone enjoyed their self Perfect place for large crowd family reunion will definitely go back one day

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maureen- We're glad you and your party enjoyed the house. Please do come back and stay with us again. Mention that you are a repeat guest and we can offer you a 5% discount over any published rate. Best wishes- Paul and Cindy
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Huge! Great pool! Mediocre management team.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Cortez for a week for a family vacation. We had plenty of room in the house with lots of silverware and plates to use. Beds were pretty comfortable, and I cannot even begin to explain how much we loved the pool and the AMAZING location! Everything is within ten minutes. We had very few problems with the house but one big one was the smell. It's an old house and its something that I should have been expecting, but it has a old wet carpet smell and very musty. As long as candles were lit it wasn't a problem, and I used a couple bottle of Febreeze which helped a ton too. I called the management property to ask them to come check it out the first morning there and they told me that they would have someone out by the end of the next day however I never heard back nor did anyone come. I also wish it was a little cleaner, however I am known for my excessively clean nature. There were quite a few dirty dishes in the cabinets, and debris in the pool. All of that in mind, we would still return. The huge pool was amazing, and it was great to have all of the space to spread out. I just wish the management team was a little more on top of things.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ariana- Thanks for staying with us, and glad you enjoyed the house. I'm sorry about the poor response from our management team. They are dedicated and competent, but on rare occasion they mess up. I have had a long talk with the managers, and they acknowledge that they did not provide you with an acceptable level of service during your stay. For that they and we apologize. I believe they have contacted you directly to offer their apologies. We would love to have you back in Cortez to show you the best of our hospitality, and we will provide you with a 15% discount off our published rate for up to a one week stay any time in the future. Best wishes - Paul and Cindy, owners
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I loved the character and history of the home. An old home place full of memories. Home..

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Everything you could ever need. The pool was excellent! Accommodations for anyone with a physical disability we're excellent. Ramp, huge shower and one downstairs bedroom, plus sofa sleepers for anyone not able to walk upstairs, were huge advantages. Being right next to our favorite Star Fish Restaurant and Market was also great! Best food around and our favorite Captain Kathe boat tours also leave from the same dock. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is also a great place to eat and is inside dining with AC. Children get to choose a new book each visit... awesome! Also children are charged a penny per inch Monday through Thursday. Wonderful place to stay! Old house full of love and history....not a tourist attraction, just home.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Star Fish
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 $200
Pet Fee $150
Property 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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