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Kent and Pa Davis

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english, Thai

Super private tropical garden home with waterfall pool

97 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Anna Maria Island House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, garden waterfall pool & jacuzzi, sleeps 6

PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE - This unique home is hidden on a quarter acre garden lot (1,020 sq m.) surrounded by palms, birds of paradise, tropical plants and a 6 ft fence. Few island homes offer this degree of privacy. SPACIOUS ELEGANCE - This custom home has 2,600 sq ft (240 sq m.) of ground level indoor living space . Every room enjoys sunny, private garden views. CONVENIENT SPLIT FLOORPLAN: The queen bed master suite with private bath is at the west end. The east end has 2 guest bedrooms (queen bed + twin beds) with a bath with tub in between. PRIVATE GARDEN POOL - The fully screened pool and front lanai add 1,800+ sq ft of outdoor living space. The waterfall pool features a jacuzzi spa (heated in the cool season). DIGITAL FEATURES - Rental includes wireless broadband Internet, digital phone with unlimited long distance in the US and Canada, premium cable TV with digital TV recorder, and XM satellite radio with indoor and pool speakers.

Your home away from home: We've maintained a home on Anna Maria Island since 1983. From 2001-2005 we built and operated a resort on the island. After selling the resort we missed welcoming new people to paradise! We renovated this custom home and began offering it for rental in 2007.

We love the island and will do anything we can to make your visit as pleasant and relaxing as possible. Show up with food, drink, bathing suits and some sandals and we'll provide the rest. (-:

Personal tips to enjoy the island like a native: When you arrive we provide personal orientation for our guests, sharing the best restaurant, shopping and beach tips that we've picked up over the last 25 years(!). Local maps, guide books and newspapers will be waiting for you on arrival and we'll help you find the special activities you're looking for.

Ask before you should all be here!: We've done our best to make sure your home has everything. You'll arrive to find first class linens, bedding, cooking equipment, toys, hairdryers, etc. We also provide a starter set of paper goods (paper towels, coffee filters, napkins, toilet paper, tissues), trash bags, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, etc. Your kitchen has a selection of spices and condiments. There are DVD movies, loads of books and a few select games (Monopoly, Scattergories, playing cards, etc.). It's also helpful to know that the public library is less than a mile south of us with books, videos, periodicals and public computers. Finally, the garage has every beach toy and accessory invented. (-: Floats, rafts, buckets, shovels, mats, chairs, umbrellas, coolers. Really if you bring some casual beach wear and flip flops you'll be in good shape!

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Kent and Pa Davis (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english, Thai


based on 97 traveler reviews

Super private tropical garden home with waterfall pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 97 reviews
Michigan, USA

You really can't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful. Peaceful. Private. Spacious. Relaxing. FUN!!!!

Our family of 4 had an incredible vacation here. This home has something for everyone--Our 5 and 3 year olds LOVED the swimming (The big one went down the slide over 100 times!) and PBS sprout channel on the HUGE tv! I ADORED the kitchen with assorted spices, plenty of pots and pans, baggies and foil, as well as the laundry in the garage. My husband enjoyed the extremely comfortable bed and exploring the island on his daily runs. We all loved the hot tub and the shower outside to get all the sand off as we went to the beautiful beaches nearly everyday. We had a fantastic week of balanced play, rest, exploration, t.v time, and game time. Kent and Pa were as wonderful as they sound in the other reviews--helpful, kind, there when needed but not overpowering, so friendly. The Island was great too--beautiful beaches, sunsets, the pier, and we even found a playground for the girls. We went to a gorgeous nature preserve with walking paths and tide pools. Amazing.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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What an amazing vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from a wonderful week here. The pictures don't do the house justice. We lived in the pool & hot tub. Very short walk or bike ride to the beach (72nd St.), and what a nice beach it was. Such a laid back island. Kent & Pa are fantastic people to rent from - very accommodating, and do everything possible to make sure you have a wonderful time. We will definitely be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful home and home owners! My group of boys(3 boys under 10 and my husband) and myself had a fantastic vacation! Kent and Pa thank you for making things easygoing ;)! The house was beautiful as well as comfortable and clean. Kitchen had everything I needed to cook just like I do at home. The pool and lush tropical surroundings were the icing and cherry on top! We are already planning for an autumn adults only vacation and family vacation for next summer! Thank again guys for letting us stay at your home!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Glad you had a great stay on the island. You and your boys (even that tall bearded one!) are welcome here any time! (-: Kent & Pa
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Love this quiet island home!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this beautiful home on Anna Maria Island. Kent and Pa are very gracious hosts and truly treat us as though we are the most important people who have ever stayed in their "island home". The house is spotless and everything you need is there! We love love love the pool. We eat around the pool and grill most days.

We also love the basic set up of the house. My husband, daughter and I travel with my parents so it is great that there is a master suite for my parents on one side of the house with a kitchen and living room in between the other two bedrooms and bath my family stays. We are all together...but still have some privacy.

If you go- be sure to book and eco tour with Captain Kim!!!

Thanks Kent and Pa for ALWAYS going above and beyond and making our trip to the island so special!!! Hope to be back soon!!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to host you and your family on your second AMI visit! Whenever you want to swaps your beautiful Rocky Mountains for our sandy beaches you are always welcome to stay in *your* tropical island home. (-: Kent & Pa
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  • 5 of 5

Our family truly loved our stay on Holmes Beach! The home had everything we could ask for in a vacation property and definitely surpassed many that we've stayed in previously. It was in a great position to be quiet, yet a short walk to the beach, downtown area or complimentary trolley stops. There was a lot of information in the home about the area and recommendations by the owners and previous renters that was helpful too. The pool was beautiful!!! Everything was very clean and the owners were very attentive.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure hosting your family for your first extended stay on Anna Maria Island! As experienced Florida travelers your comments really feel great to read. We hope your folks can join you on your next stay. Kent & Pa
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Great place and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic, relaxing stay at this house. The house was very comfortable and exceptionally clean upon arrival. It was also stocked with basic condiments and paper goods which we replaced during the week. Kent''s policy is, take one/leave one which is very nice. The pool/spa area was perfect to hang our during the day and we ate most of our meals outside under the pool enclosure. The space is unusually quiet considering being located in a residential neighborhood. Coming from a rural quiet setting at home his was an unexpected treat. The whole pool area is surrounded by beautiful plants and trees making it an oasis. The location is also perfect as you can ride bikes or walk to the beach.

All in all, great place and great people.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you enjoyed your first trip to AMI so much... especially since Pa experienced her first trip to *your* state and had so much fun last October! Our policy is even more lenient than "take one/leave one". We maintain the house as a home and just ask guests to "take what they like... and leave what they like" and it works out great due to terrific guests like you and your family. (-: You're welcome here anytime and we are so glad that you enjoyed the peaceful family atmosphere of this (almost) secret Florida tropical island. Thank you for your kind review! Kent & Pa
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Skinny's Place Incorporated
"Best "cheeseburger in paradise" on the island since 1954! Don't forget to order curly fries ..."
Slim's Place
"Local pub with great food...try the skewered chicken wings!"
Domino's Pizza
"Fast, close, cheap...and the Artisan Pizzas are great. Don't forget to use your discount cou..."
Island Gourmet Grill
"Great Italian on the island. Hey, you can walk to this one from our place!"
Rod & Reel Pier
"Panoramic views of Tampa Bay since the 1940s. A fun, super casual place to enjoy local seafo..."
Sandbar Restaurant
"The best casual beach bar and restaurant on the Gulf of Mexico. This is THE place for drink..."
Waterfront Restaurant
"Upscale dining with a view of the Tampa Bay. Great wine and draft beer selection. Keep an ey..."
Ocean Star
"If you're craving fresh sushi, sashimi and Japanese food this is the place. Sushi chef/co-ow..."
Publix Super Market - Holmes Beach
"With our terrific Publix you *never* have to leave the island. Great steaks, bakery, seafood..."
Publix Super Market - Holmes Beach
"With our terrific Publix you *never* have to leave the island. Great steaks, bakery, seafood..."
Hurricane Hank's
"Where the locals hang out...full bar with great food and service. Try the ribs!"
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
"Wolfgang mans the bar while Birgitte makes delicious German fare in the kitchen. Get a 1l. m..."
Mr. Bones
"An island institution with great BBQ for dine in or carry out."
The Feast Restaurant
"Creative fare, great pizzas and a nice selection of bottled beers. Eat in, carry out or have..."
City Pier Restaurant
"Like the Rod & Reel Pier, this is a must visit destination for panoramic views of the Tampa ..."
Ginny's and Jane E's Cafe and Coastal Store
"Take a funky island antique mall, add a great bakery, coffee shop and sandwich shop and pump..."
Ginny's and Jane E's Cafe and Coastal Store
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Ginny's and Jane E's Cafe and Coastal Store
"Take a funky island antique mall, add a great bakery, coffee shop and sandwich shop and pump..."
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
SRQ - Sarasota Bradenton
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Duffy's Tavern
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Island Gourmet Grill & Italian Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
100 72nd St
Car: recommended

BEACHES - Anna Maria Island has 7 miles of unique beaches. Wherever you stay, you'll want to visit a few to discover your favorite beach for swimming, walking, dining, bird-watching, playgrounds, shelling or privacy. Parking everywhere is easy and free. The beach is a 3 minute bike ride from our home (we've timed it), or less than a 10 minute walk. The island's free trolley service stops at every beach. CAR? - A car is *desirable* but not essential. It depends on you. A family of 6 really needs a car for food, shopping and taking kids to the different beaches. But a couple looking to read, swim, relax and hide out for a romantic week might consider using the free bikes and island trolley to get around. FOOD & SHOPPING? Anna Maria Island has plenty of restaurants, unique local shopping with a Publix supermarket, CVS and Walgreen pharmacies just 2 miles south (accessible by Trolley too). Once you come over the island drawbridge you won't want to leave...and you won't have to!

Other Activities: dolphin watching, fine dining

Golf: There are no public golf courses on Anna Maria Island but the Bradenton Country Club is only 8 miles east and gets good reviews from players. There are a number of other courses in the Bradenton-Sarasota area within about a 45 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Holmes Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Island Peak Summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Island Summer
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Value Rate
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 7 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Autumn
Oct 8 2016 - Nov 25 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Value Rate
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Winter Value
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 10 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Island Spring
Feb 11 2017 - Mar 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Resupply $200
Tax Rate 11.5%

Peak season (Spring) is available for full week Saturday to Saturday rentals *only*.
Rent includes premium digital cable TV, digital TV recorder, XM Satellite radio and digital telephone with unlimited calls in US and Canada.
In winter pool heat is charged by meter reading.
The $200 cleaning/resupply fee gives you an immaculate home with high-quality linens and a wide variety of household items.

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Anna Maria Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bath has a low threshold shower, built in shower seat and grab bar making it especially convenient and safe for older guests. Note that both baths include hairdryers. One less thing to pack! There is also a scale, but we assure you its only for luggage to meet those strict airline regulations. (-:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The split floor plan is ideal for families with children and it's also private for two couples. All three bedrooms received new, high quality mattresses in 2009. We are fastidious housekeepers who keep the home and linens in immaculate condition. The two queen bedrooms, both with TV, open directly to the pool area. The twin bedroom opens onto a large screened lanai patio.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We maintain our smoke-free and pet-free home to the highest standards of cleanliness. POOL HEAT SURCHARGE - Pool heat is generally only used December-February. Cost is calculated precisely by meter reading. We cover your first $100 in electric and provide a high quality pool blanket to minimize additional heating costs. Your cost can range from $0-100 additional per week, depending on how hot you like it. NOTE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: Due to unrestricted pool access from inside the house, our home is not suitable for toddlers and young children who cannot swim.

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