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Bayfront Cottage Along Dona Bay, Great Views and Private Dock

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Beautiful views from this bayfront cottage. New paint, furniture, and 47' LCD hi def tv are just a part of the amenities. This modest and clean cottage lies along the northern shore line of Dona Bay, enjoying the same views and setting as the neighborhood of multi million dollar homes. The views and atmosphere are spectacular.

The recently remodeled cottage has two bedrooms. One with a pillowtop queen bed and the other with two single beds that could be put together as one big bed. Each bedroom has cable tv. There is also a separate dining room, an eat in kitchen, living room, laundry, and two baths. It has Verizon FIOS 47' hi def tv and high speed wireless internet. The home sits about 50 feet off the shore line providing up close waterfront views from most rooms of the cottage. The home has it's own private boat dock with a boat lift. Rental boats nearby.

Enjoy boating, fishing or crabbing on your private dock with boat lift. Canoe or kayak from Oscar Scherer State Park. Boat rentals nearby. Beaches within 1.5 miles. Bicycle to the beach or public tennis courts, which are both about one and a half mile away.

Many fine restaurants in the area. Many beautiful golf courses to choose from. Rent a boat, windsurf, parasail or charter fishing nearby. Shell and shark's tooth hunt on the famous Casperson Beach. A ten minute drive to Sarasota and 50 minutes to Tampa (Busch Gardens and Adventure Island), and 1 hour 45 minutes to all of the Orlando attractions. Yes, I mean Disney and much more.

There is no smoking permitted on the property, inside or outside. Pets may be accepted with additional fee and deposit OR credit card on file.

The cottage is the downstairs unit of a duplex. The upstairs unit is rented from the first week of January through the end of March to a couple in their 70 s with a standard poodle. They have been renting the upstairs unit for fifteen consecutive years. I live next door and can assure you they are a quiet couple and the dog rarely barks. Otherwise, I would not have had them as my neighbor and tenant for the last fifteen years. The upstairs is not occupied during any of the remaining months. It is then like a single family house from April through early January.

Keywords: Bayfront cottage, house, villa, casita

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2017

About Bryan

We live next door and have since 1994. We bought the cottage as a rental and have enjoyed meeting different people over the years. You can rest assured that the cottage guests will be well taken care of without ever me being an intrusion. We take pride in the cottage being next to our family home and we go above and beyond to keep every guest happy. If there is a problem, let me know so we can do our best to remedy it.

Bryan purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Bryan chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Did you see the views?

What makes this cottage unique

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Nokomis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new 47' hi def television with verizon fios in living room and each of the two bedrooms. High speed wireless internet service included.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Bayfront Cottage Along Dona Bay, Great Views and Private Dock
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
Sarasota, FL

Wow, what a view!

  • 5 of 5

This "Cottage" is understated. It is a roomy 2/2 with living room and large dining room. The views are the best part. We saw dolphins, got to fish off the dock, and so many birds to see. Just beautiful. We will be returning again next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't beat the location

  • 5 of 5

March was a lovely time to be on the bay in Venice. The location is wonderful -- relaxing, filled with birds and an occasional dolphin siting, and plenty of outdoor space for our dog to run. The house itself, although older than other places we've stayed, is very clean and comfortable. The rooms are good-sized, closets are large, and the kitchen is well-stocked. With only two bedrooms we wondered how we would manage a 3 day stay with our son and his family, including two big teenage boys. We brought an air mattress from home that one slept on in the living room along with his younger brother who loved the fold out chair. Space was not a problem. They really enjoyed fishing from the dock. Since our return, Bryan has followed up with an email identifying minor fixes that will make future renters more comfortable. We enjoyed getting to know Bryan and his family and although he lives next door, we saw them only occasionally, providing a wonderful sense of privacy. I would heartily recommend the cottage and we are looking forward to returning next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you back next March as well. As noted, the views and atmosphere can't be beat. Always let me know when there is any repair or maintenance needed. A new window blind, replaced smoke detectors, and ac refrigerant charge, were quick and easy fixes to maximize your comfort, safety, and privacy. I take pride in keeping the cottage in the best possible condition. We hope you continue your stays for years to come.
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Portage, Michigan

Cottage on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

We have just completed a two-month's stay on Dona Bay and have enjoyed the accommodations very much. The cottage is conveniently located close to downtown Venice, Nokomis Beach and Sarasota.

The cottage is quite comfortable, clean, with plenty of hot water. The appliances are in excellent working order and there is a lot of kitchen ware. The view is outstanding and we've had an opportunity to watch many birds from our backyard. Our grandchildren loved fishing on the dock!

Bryan has made every effort to ensure that our requests were met in a timely manner. We have had a wonderful vacation on Dona Bay and have signed up for next January and February. We would recommend this property without hesitation!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having you next January and February as well...perhaps for years to come.
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Beautiful location, house needs TLC

  • 3 of 5

This cottage is in a great location and has great potential. It was very bright, and a good compact size. You are steps away from the bay, and there was great fishing off of the dock. However, it is very 'tired' and could benefit from some updating and repairs, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen. Having owned a rental property before, I know that you don't want to put the very best into a rental for fear of damage or theft, but some updating of utensils, cleaning of the stove, basic updates to appliances and bathrooms, replacing the queen mattress that 'tilts' down from the middle, etc., would bring even better value to this house. If I was the first one in the shower, I had to run the shower for 3-4 minutes because the initial hot water would disappear after soaping up, and it took 2 full minutes (yes, I timed it) for the water to come back hot again. In the winter where the mornings were a little chilly, I didn't enjoy a cold shower. The owner was responsive and came and checked on the water heater, but wasn't able to correct the problem during our stay. If updates were made, I would recommend the home for short stays.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your stay and review. We acknowledge in our ad that our "Cottage" is modest and clean. I will take your suggestions to heart. I will be replacing the silverware, utensils, and some other items I see could use updating. All appliances are exactly as pictured on the website and are in good order. As for the queen pillowtop mattress, I will check into it as this is very important to me and all guests. You did inform me of trouble with our tankless propane water heater on your first day. I came over immediately to check it, as you stated. It stayed consistently hot for over 20 minutes and your husband acknowledged it seemed to be working fine. I said to please let me know if you have any more troubles and I would have a service professional check it out and make any repairs. You stayed another six days and never called...I assumed it was in working order. You saw how attentive I was to your one and only call. Upon receiving this review, I went to the cottage to test the shower. I used (literally) both showers for over twenty minutes each and did not experience any hot water issues. The water was hot within 30 seconds of first turning it on. Not sure what the trouble was, but if it happens again, it will be repaired immediately. As other reviews state, the Cottage is modest but clean with an unparalleled view and atmosphere offered at an extremely fair price. This is prime real estate in our area. It is definitely the view and location that separates this property from the rest. I also take pride in doing the best I can in making the Cottage and your stay as clean and comfortable as possible.
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United States, OH, Coloumdia

Great Location on Dona Bay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed are two weeks stay at this great location on the bay. The accommodations were excellent and we were well pleased with the cleanliness of the cottage. The owner was very friendly and informative about the area. "Pops" restaurant which is maybe a mile at the most was a great place to have a great waterside meal and too watch the boats go by.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland Ohio

Loved our Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Bayfront Cottage in November of 2014. For a “cottage”, it is quite spacious. We come often to the Venice area, and this may have been the cleanest house I have stayed in. The bath towels, sheets and all linens were new and of high quality. The kitchen appliances, bathrooms, etc. were all sparkling clean. The house smelled nice and fresh, unlike the musty smell you find in many Florida homes. Great large screen TV!! The owner lives next door, but he is so careful not to invade on your privacy at all. Yet if there is anything you need, he is quick to make sure you are happy. The location is great for fans of Nokomis Beach and Pop’s Sunset Grill; you don’t even need to go out onto 41. If you have kayaks or a boat, this would be an ideal place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Nokomis Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Peak Season
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Dec 16 2017 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Cleaning $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Pet fee applies per pet per accepted. If more than one month booked, fee applies per month.
If bringing a pet, please provide the breed and weight of each pet.
Owner reserves the right to refuse any pet for any reason.
Holiday weeks may be at peak rate.
If paid by credit card, 5% fee will be added.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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