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Beach House with Private Beachfront

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About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms , sleeps 6

Enjoy Old Florida charm with all the modern conveniences.

Step off the deck on to the cottage’s private sandy beach. Watch the spectacular sunset over the Gulf, and don’t be surprised when you see dolphins swimming close to shore.

Pine Island is part of The Nature Coast. Sit in the landscaped garden with its rare coral walls and observe the large variety of birds. Pine Island is a birdwatchers and photographers haven.

Pine Island offers easy access to Orlando and Tampa Bay, as well as many quality local restaurants.

Activities + Nature Coast: After relaxing on the beach enjoy a refreshing, yet private, outdoor shower all the while enjoying the gulf view! Pine Island is part of The Nature Coast. Sit in the landscaped garden with its rare coral walls and observe the large variety of birds. Pine Island is a birdwatchers and photographers haven. There are many activities which are available as rentals close by; fishing, boating, canoeing, power boating and sailing. Or if you prefer use the cottage’s two-person ocean kayak. Another local favorite is moonlight sailing.

Other outings that you may enjoy include visiting the nearby Manatee preserve (Brooksville), while passing the pristine salt marshes on the way. You can even swim with the beloved symbol of Gulf Coast Florida. In approximately 30 min. drive you can enjoy a day on the crystal clear waters of the Weeki Wachee, Chassahowitzka or Homosassa rivers.

The cottage: After your day out return to the Pine Island beach house. The master bedroom has a queen size bed overlooking the gulf. The master bath is complete with an air-bubble soaking tub. The guest bedroom has a twin bed with a trundle easily converted to a queen size bed. And if you should have an extra guest pull out the sofa bed. The cottage is complete with a state-of-the-art kitchen including designer appliances and Italian granite counters. The den features a flat screen TV with satellite access as well as Internet availability.

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Spring Hill Accommodation and Amenities

  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower with Body Jets
    Exterior - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Pull Out Queen Sofa Bed
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Sandcastle cottage also includes the use of two kayaks, a 2-person and a single. In addition we also have 4 new beach bicycles. The cottage is also WiFi friendly.


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Beach House with Private Beachfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 38 reviews

Best Beach House Ever - Will Return

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure where to start.

The house itself is very nicely furnished, has everything you need for cooking, pots and pans, etc. The house also came with bicycles to ride around the island, 2 kayaks (I'll get to that momentarily), life jackets, and plenty of beach toys for the kids.

The island itself is gorgeous, but having your own private beach on the island is something else entirely. Sitting on either deck was our favorite morning and night activity.

I read other reviews about the abundance of the wild life, but I was still blown away and couldn't believe it. We kayaked around the island multiple times which we loved and every single time we saw dolphins! The dolphins would swim with us and would come up RIGHT next to the shoreline.

I was also very surprised by how shallow the water is here. There were little to no waves here, which was great for us and any small children you may want to bring.

This place is a hidden gem and we will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hamlin, New York

Paradise absolute paradise!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived we were completely taken back in awe. It way more then we expected. It was so surreal. Everything from the location, view, and beach themed decoration inside. We instantly fell in absolute love with the home and property. Some of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen in my life! And the sunrises on the back were beautiful too. The public beach down from the house was nice we only went there once. Why when we had our own private beach. The neighbors were friendly and informative. But Scott the caretaker was very informative and a sweetheart. We experienced dolphins every day at least a few times a day. Twice they came right into shore in front of the house and we were able to get in with them and follow them. At one point I was 3 ft away from them and the one dolphin raised its head out of the water and looked right at me!! I swear it smiled at me. Every morning we saw baby hammerhead sharks, every evening we saw stingrays. Scott told us how to do the stingray shuffle. As this was our very first ocean/Gulf experience. Be seen all kinds of crabs on the beach and in the water. One really big blue crab. We had so much fun chasing the crabs and laughing as they ran so fast sideways. The large birds that would visit the shore to eat were beautiful. We also had pelicans fly by every morning. We seen turtles laying eggs. The water was so warm the most perfect bath water. We could walk out in the water for a long ways. We never got to take the kayaks out. But that's ok there was always something to see and kept us occupied. We never turned the TV on once while we were there. We did go kayaking down the weeki watchee river and encountered 4 manatees. The neighbors came and told us that there was a high tide and storm warning in effect. And told us what to expect and what to do and had us put our car in their yard that was on higher ground. I thank them for that. The house also has beautiful bikes to ride. And I put them up high so that the salt water wouldn't get to them and rust them. But the water never got that high to worry. But I didn't want to take a chance since this was all knew to us. The water did come up to the deck and it was another life experience for us. We are from NY and our vacations have always been Disney resorts. This is our new forever vacation spot. Thank you Valerie. Looking forward to coming back next yr for two weeks this time. Absolutely perfect maintained home. Perfect hidden gem!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Cute cottage, awesome view , very relaxing, kayaking around the island was fun ,as well as kayaking the nearby springs..we were a little bummed that the bikes were lost in the hurricane so they went and bought 2 new ones for us to use...awesome restaurants...the property mgr. that showed us around very helpful and informative...overall a perfect vacation...dolphins, and manatees everywhere

..even saw bald eagles....

Only thing that could be better was the water pressure esp. In the outside shower..and we wished there was a private road sign at end of street to keep the cars from coming down the road trying to park to avoid the fees at nearby beach...and turning around in the driveway........we will be back

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The PERFECT Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six (husband, adult son, teenage daughter, 10-year-old son, mother-in-law, and myself) loved, Loved, LOVED the Sandcastle Beach House! It was absolutely perfect and literally took our breath away! The view was spectacular, the grounds and landscaping oh, so pretty, and well-maintained, and the house was immaculately clean and simply charming! Our family enjoyed drinks and relaxing on the private beach, cooking and dining at the beach house each and every night, and watching the sunsets from the screened-in porch. All three kids had fun paddling around in the kayaks, and my husband and I even kayaked around the entire island! The water was crystal clear and VERY shallow which was quite a relief for this over-protective mother! The outdoor shower was AWESOME, and there were plenty of beach chairs/toys, so leave those at home! The house itself looked like a page straight out of Pottery Barn and had everything we needed, including plenty of bedding, towels, washcloths, and even a large supply of beach towels! The kitchen was a dream, and the only thing missing was a colander on "Spaghetti Night," but we managed! Valerie, the owner, was quick to respond to all of my queries, and Scott, the caretaker, was very kind and helpful on our drive to the beach house, even recommending dinner at the Bayport Inn on the evening of our arrival! We truly enjoyed our stay at this beach house and hope to return! It was simply lovely, it was perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to the Pine Island Beach stilt house. The property is completely well-maintained with upgraded renovations. The most exciting part of our weekend was seeing dolphins and having the kayaks readily available to paddle out and be close to them. Sunday evenings there is live music drumming at Pine Island Beach. Willy snack bar nearby makes the best coconut shrimp! We also enjoyed early Sunday morning bike riding before the beach crowds came. The property manager was available if we needed anything. Beautiful sunset right in the back of the house. We will definitely rent this property again in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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St Johnsbury, Vt

Lovely private oceanfront view

  • 5 of 5

The house if literally feet from the ocean. The beach was essentially private; boulders on each end of a group of homes keep the setting private. A large screened in porch provides a protected but lovely view of the ocean. The house itself is tastefully but subtlely decorated. It is absolutely lovely. The proprietor was friendly, responsive and helpful. Our vacation was lovely from start to end. Definitely plan to visit again.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Valerie Daniel
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018


Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Tampa Airport
Car: necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%


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