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'Castle-in-the-Sky' Near Beach and Tennis

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 10 nights


About the property

Condo, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8)


1) Bike to the beach, pool, Durante Park, nearby wonderful restaurants and convenience stores.

2) One of the largest homes in the resort with room for up to 8 guests. TWICE the size of the other rentals in resort.

3) No resort fees or pet fees.

4) Highly rated mostly 5 star by prior guests.

5) Beachgear and stroller to carry items already provided, just remember your flip-flops and sunscreen! *****************************************

RARE WINTER VACANCY: we had planned on selling this wonderful home at years’ end but have postponed it until next year and just opened winter dates that had been blocked off until now. In December 2017 we did $70,000 of upgrades with new exterior painting and siding, both lanais have been completely redone, bathrooms regrouted and many rooms repainted.

MARCH 14-25 only dates remaining during winter/spring season. Inquire with owner if interested.

Likely the most spacious rental you can find on Longboat Key at a reasonable price. Rare double sized unit, 3000 sq foot freestanding condo home in Cedars Tennis Resort. A tropical paradise in a vacation destination with fishing pier, jr olympic pool and pair of aluminum bikes in garage to bike the trails in nearby Durante Park and alongside Gulf of Mexico Drive. Barbecue grillers in garage for your use as well.

Three levels to spread out so two families can rent together without feeling cramped in. Ideal rental for young and old, with beachgear in garage for the kids, puzzles and games in family room .At less than the cost for two hotel rooms, we have so much more to offer. If you have rented at Cedars before, this unit is twice the size, twice as spacious for a nominal amount more.

Kitchen walls and 4th bedroom/ study updated in soft yellow, newer carpeting in sky blue color, new beach pictures, outdoor lanai furniture, some new appliances in full gourmet-like kitchen fully stocked with utensils, dishware and cooking items.

KID FRIENDLY with high chair, port-a-crib, sheets at no additional costs. Kids toys in unit. BEACH GEAR including umbrella, chairs, boogie boards, plastic playgear for kids in the unit's 2 garages. Huge hammock on upper deck balcony just added to lounge in.

Huge kitchen/family room with 42' LCD TV. Cable TV in most bedrooms. Hi-speed /WiFI Internet included Peek-a-boo views of the Gulf of Mexico from two of the bedrooms. Jacuzzi in master bath with his and her changing rooms/powder area. King size bed in master with lanai porch overlooking pond. Two other bedrooms on top level with queen bed in one and twin beds in other. Fourth bedroom on second floor (daybed and trundle open up to two beds) serves as a study as well, ideal for the teenagers or for those who wish to stay up late and watch movies on the bigscreen LCD TV in adjacent living room/family room. If there are 9 or 10 guests, a high quality inflatable queen air matress with pillow top can be placed in master bedroom or in living room.

No additional fees for small pets but must notify owner before renting. Notify owner if one needs to use the elevator otherwise it is not in use for others. (NO PET FEES,NO RESORT FEES)

Discover for yourself why many guests return to Castle-in-the-sky: more living space, bright and

clean, beachlike feeling and room to relax. Whether you stay at the resort by the pool all day or the nearby beach or attend the cultural activities in Sarasota, you'll be delighted to stay in the beautiful surroundings that the Castle has to offer.

Inquire directly with owner for more information regarding tennis availability offsite in Longboat Key.

Keywords: Condominium/Freestanding home

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2018

About The Owner

My wife and kids love Longboat Key for the beaches, the sea life and the wonderful restaurants. When you are on the island your stress level drops and relaxation just seems to occur naturally.

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

Why The Owner chose Longboat Key

There are peek a boo views of the beautiful gulf; you may walk to the pier as well as places to eat, as well as the pool and nature car needed.

What makes this house unique

We like to spend a day at the beach, followed by a swim in the pool, fresh tuna or mahi mahi on the grill and then catch the fiery red sunset over the gulf.

Guestbook comments from the owner

initially we were a bit surprised to learn of this review since the guests had related to us by e-mail while there that they were having a "wonderful" time. They were a large party with 7 children between ages 3-11 and unfortunately after checkout there was a large lanai screen that was torn and had to be replaced. The home needed a tremendous amount of cleaning, 8 hours of cleaning staff being needed to clean and scrub throughout the house so the home would be ready later that afternoon for others. Part of the damage deposit was applied to these additional costs and the guests were upset about this.

In regards to the issues raised:

There is a new counter depth refrigerator with water and ice dispenser on the door and the garbage disposal works fine. Garbage cans are kept in the garage and if the garage door is kept closed it is impossible for animals to rummage thru the debris.

There is no direct beach access Fromm the resort, however, if you were to follow instructions in the information manual, there is an accessible beach pathway that is a 5 minute walk away. The renters chose a shortcut that is not allowed and never recommended.

Tupperware containers are constantly being "lost" but are replenished when found to be necessary. Seventeen different sized Tupperware-like containers are present in the kitchen cupboard.

We have never heard from anyone complaining of the sound of frogs from the nearby pond. After a thunderstorm, the sounds of nature are usually soothing for sleepers. The condo is ideally located near nature but within walking distance to Durante park, a convenience store as well as Zagat top rated restaurants I.e. Euphemia Haye.

In summary we are not a large, impersonal rental management company. As a family owned single condo home, if something is needed or broken,it is almost always addressed immediately. We only ask to know of the problem before departure so it can be remedied while still enjoying one's stay.
Jul 2011
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Longboat Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twins in one room, a daybed and trundle (2 twins) in another, Baby Cribs (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
fishing pier, Jr. Olympic pool, mangrove walkways, nearby Durante Park with jogging path/nature trail, bar and grill onsite


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'Castle-in-the-Sky' Near Beach and Tennis
average rating of 4.535714 based on 29 reviews
Valrico, Florida


  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, roomy and comfortable. I fell in love with the kitchen.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roomy house, but not quite what we expected

  • 3 of 5

While this house has more room for a larger family than most of the properties we looked at on Long Boat Key, it didn't have the access to beach and activities we had anticipated. When looking at the site, it appeared to have walking access to tennis and the beach and this was a prime reason for the booking. Both of these turned out to be a drive away, by over a mile. The house was stocked with the main amenities for the kitchen, linens, and beach toys so that was a benefit. It could use some updates since some of the plumbing and faucets didn't function very well. We also had WiFi intermittently and it went out for most of the stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Home in Longboat Key

  • 5 of 5

Nothing is better than getting out of winter weather and relaxing at upscale Longboat with family. Fortunately we stumbled upon this rental and were very glad we did. Let me first say that I was very appreciative that the owner, Phil was caring enough to inquire with his cleaning staff to see if they had found my mother's wedding ring and then mail it back to her at no cost in its original condition. He didn't have to do that and I don't think most rentals would even care to check.

The home was very accommodating for the 6 of us; my husband and I and our teenage boys and my parents. It's one of the few places we have vacationed that seems to have enough to do for multi-generational families. Nearby was the beach for my kids, the pool and fishing pier for my father (80 yrs old) and golf and tennis for my husband. St Armand's circle was 10 minutes away and is a favorite of my mother and me for shopping and restaurants. We loved the Columbia Restaurant and I especially enjoyed Wyland Gallery for marine life art.

The home is very relaxing and comfortable with open space to be together or four bedrooms if you need privacy. The bikes and beach gear came in handy for all of us.

I wouldn't hesitate to return again and stay for two weeks if school schedule would allow it.

Two thumbs up for castle-in-the-sky!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't Wait to Return to Castle in the Sky!!

  • 5 of 5

My family of four loved our trip to Longboat Key. What made it so special was our rental of Castle in the Sky. This home was more comfortable than my own! The kitchen was well stocked, the beds extremely comfortable and there was room for all of us to spread out!! We loved the pool and biking every evening!! The owner was a pleasure to work with, anything we needed was immediately taken care of. The location was excellent. We're already booking our trip for next season, we can't wait to return!!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review Sue, and very happy to hear that your family had a great stay. We look forward to your family returning this spring. Happy Holidays until then.
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Castle in the Sky is the best rental on Longboat Key

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to Castle in the Sky at Longboat Key. Even though there were several years between visits the property still looks as good as it did in our original visit.

The property is very large and has an open kitchen and large dining area and can easily accommodate 10 people comfortably.

The location near the beach and shops is excellent and the owner is very nice and responsive.

We fully recommend Castle in the Sky for a wonderful vacation on Longboat Key.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind review Kirk. Perhaps a bit "over the top" in your praise for the home but we are most appreciative of the time you took to send the review and are so happy to have had a chance to meet you and your family this past stay. We hope to see you again next year and show you some of the hidden treasures the area has to offer that only the locals as myself can reveal to wonderful guests like you.
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My parents rented this place for a month March 2016. They rented large place so that friends and family could visit while they were there. I visited for a week in early March. The first thing my Mom said to me when they picked me up at the airport was an apology for the condition of the condo. I assumed that she was exaggerating, but when I arrived, I was appalled. Th place was filthy. The floors appeared to have not been swept in ages. There was dirt, crumbs, pet hair etc... everywhere. My Dad had tried to sweep, but the vacuum that was in the unit did not function. My Dad contacted the owner via email and the owner responded with a link to a youtube video on how to clean the vacuum. Seriously? After a few more complaints, the owner dropped of a "new" vacuum while we were out. The next day, my folks went to the airport to pick up my sister and I spent the day cleaning. The wood floors had spots were obviously stuff had been spilled and never cleaned up, the dust on the wall hangings, baseboards, window sills was so thick, it looked like fur. There were dead flowers hanging on the wall in one of the guest bedrooms that had about an inch of dirt on them. The sofa in the living room had several large tears in it and the dining room chair also had tears. One (of the two) bar stools in the kitchen was broken and could not be used. The two bikes in the garage were in a similar state of disrepair. I was able to get one of them functional but was afraid to ride it. The description makes it seem that this unit has beach access. It does not the access across from the complex is specifically prohibited for use of the renters/owners in this complex due to some legal issue when the community was developed. The closest public access is over mile away. Not quite walking distance for most. The 4th "bedroom is technically not a bedroom but more of an office with glass doors that open into the kitchen and into the living room. Traffic noise is pretty bad in the two bedrooms that are on the Gulf side so don't expect to keep the windows open at night. Oh, and don't expect to use the AC to stay comfortable as the owner won't allow it to be set lower than 74 or so. I'm not typically one to leave bad reviews and I don't mind a place that is somewhat run down or needs a little work, but this place was disgusting. I wish that VRBO would allow me to upload photos (I have dozens) so that you can see that I am not exaggerating. DO NOT STAY HERE. Longboat Key is awesome tho.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In the nearly 10 years that we have been renting out Castle in the sky, I can clearly state that this was the most difficult rental that we have ever had. The prior two renters had each stayed for a month and within a week of their stay wanted to book for next year. The same cleaners have been cleaning for the past year and never were there complaints of a filthy home. During these renters' stay they complained they needed another light in the family room for reading. There are 12 recessed canister lights and two wall lights already, but to satisfy them we brought a new lamp to use for the recliner. They were upset that the vacuum cleaner was not working correctly so I took a picture of the same Shark vacuum that we have at our home residence to illustrate where there may be a clog. For some unknown reason this infuriated them, so to make them happy we purchased a new Shark Navigator Swivel Plus vacuum. It was tested beforehand to ensure that it worked properly and swapped out for the "broken" one. The canister of the new vacuum collected some dust inside showing that it worked properly. They saw this and figured it wasn't a new vacuum and were unhappy. The "broken" vacuum needed a filter cleaned; that's all, usually not a big deal for most guests. Another request was made for extra blankets; this was surprising since it's not very cold in Florida in March and there are a half dozen extra blankets already in the residence. Also there are comforters on each bed so it is seldom cold enough for any blankets at all. But as in the other circumstances, we took the high road and purchased two queen sized down-alternative blankets for their comfort. They complained that they were not king size. A pattern seemed to be occurring where requests were being made for things that were not necessary or didn't meet their satisfaction. Somehow they were able to survive living in an inch of filth and dust the entire three weeks; they wanted half of their money back at the end and threatened to send nasty reviews to any and all review sites if they didn't get their refund. The chat rooms of vacation websites for owners is full of stories similar to this where owners are barraged with complaints by renters in attempt to get refunds or else negative reviews will be posted. I'm not just an owner but I am a renter when I travel with my family as well so I have some perspective from both sides. Please look at the totality of all the reviews when you are considering this one.
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Longboat Key Club
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Harry's Continental
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Longboat Key
Car: necessary

Mote marine aquarium 10 minutes away

Durante Park 300 ft away..coastline park with walking trails

Whitney Beach 3 minutes away

Coquina beach 5 minutes away


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Departure Cleaning $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Deposit is refundable minus $50 up to 60 days prior to check in date.
Tennis not available onsite, but 2 miles away

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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