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Super private tropical garden home with waterfall pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

Kent and Pa Davis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, Thai
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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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Super private tropical garden home with waterfall pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 107 reviews

the house exceeded our expectations. it is exactly like the beautiful pictures.

  • 5 of 5

A luxurious well appointed house with gorgeous pool area, comfortable beds and living room furniture. State of the arts lightning, fans and utilities. Beautifully decorated. A place one wants to return to again and again. Everything is on one floor, it’s setting is peaceful and safe. Close to the trolley, the beach and the restaurants. The house is clean and the kitchen is amazing.

Electronics, books, TVs and games available. Fridge had sodas, there was coffee and tea. A very inviting and lovely house. Shangri La !

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We loved hosting you and your family and especially meeting you in person! We hope we have a chance to welcome you back to your Florida home in the future! With warm regards, Kent & Pa
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The home is well kept. Very clean and comfortable. Reasonably priced for what you get.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was in place and clean when we arrived. Looked exactly like the pictures. The home had everything we needed including bikes, beach chairs, and beach umbrella. The pool and spa were very nice. Very close to the gulf, about a 5-10 minute walk. Actually everything is really close. We did not have to contact the property manager the whole time we were there for any issues or problems. Anna Maria Island (AMI) is a great place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It really is a tropical paradise!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful property! Went over the New Year holiday with our 2 teens. They loved the rooms and the private access they each had to outdoor space! Pool and hot tub are stunning. As the weather was unusually cool for the week, we spent our time in the hot tub, at least once or twice a day! We cannot stress enough the convenience of already having the staples in the home when we arrived. Do not underestimate the value of not having to buy all the base condiments and paper products! Kent and Pa were fabulous hosts, very available and communicative! The home was incredibly clean and well kept, Pa is super meticulous! What a wonderful week we had! We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about our stay in this house! The house was large enough for our family, was well- stocked for all of our needs, including kitchen items, food and beverages, beach items and more. The pool and hot tub were a big hit with everyone and we spent many hours enjoying this amazing outdoor space. Kent and Pa were welcoming, checked on us to make sure that everything was fine and were quick to respond when I reached out to them. I would highly recommend this vacation home to anyone, families, couples, adult only vacationers. We will definitely be back to enjoy another vacation on AMI at this amazing home. Thank you, Kent and Pa for helping make this vacation memorable and fun for all of us.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking such great care of the tropical garden home. It was a terrific experience for us to host your family on the island and we look forward to welcoming you back again! (-: Kent & Pa
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Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

First instinct is to keep quiet about this wonderful garden home in hopes that it remains our little secret, but it was truly too great not to share. The details of this home make it unique & reminds one of a long gone era of simple relaxation. The furniture, flora, and open layout brought comfort & beauty together in perfect symmetry with nature and convenience. There is nothing that was left out...well stocked kitchen, luxury bath linens, games for indoors as well as outdoors, a closet full of books, maps, and suggestions for eating out. All of this in a peaceful location that is convenient to anything & everything.

As wonderful as we found the home to be, it pales in comparison to the owners, Kent & Pa. From the beginning they did everything possible to make sure our comfort & needs were met. A personalized note greeted us upon our arrival, a phonecall to insure we had all information concerning the house, and the opportunity to meet them both during the week left us with the feeling that we would be returning to visit friends on our next visit to Anna Maria. This would be a phenomenal place for a romantic getaway or with the whole family.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you so much for your kind review! We've been providing island hospitality for sixteen years and while we always try to deliver more than our guests expect it is *great* to hear that we succeeded. We would love to welcome you and your family back to Anna Maria Island again anytime! Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Kent & Pa
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Wonderful home! Owners are lovely, the house is beautiful and the pool is fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

This house has a true indoor/outdoor feel with an amazing pool in the backyard, open living areas, and a great screened porch. The pool and spa are heated which was very nice, and they are screened in so it was shady. Kent and Pa were great owners who truly wanted to make sure we enjoyed our trip. The house was clean and is obviously very well kept! We walked to the beach every day at least once, and most days multiple times. For us it was an easy walk. Our girls enjoyed the bikes as well! We took a day trip to the Mote Aquarium with lunch at the Salty Dog - yum! We also had dinner one night at the Sand Bar and walked home - a long walk but worth it to see the stars on the beach. And of course the trolley to Two Scoops! The trolley stop is only a block away. This house is fun, beautiful and in a great location! We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved hosting your family and are so glad you enjoyed our home this much, especially since you're experts on your third island visit. Thank you and please come back!
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Skinny's Place Incorporated
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Slim's Place
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Domino's Pizza
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Resupply $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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