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'Almost Heaven' ...... it Really is!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

'ALMOST HEAVEN'...According to our guests, it REALLY is!!!!! This lovely triplex is absolutely GULF FRONT on a lay back stretch of beautiful Manasota Key, between Englewood Public Beach and famous Stump Pass. This 2 bedroom unit is on the second floor and offers a million dollar view!!!

French doors open from the living room onto a private deck with a panoramic, unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether its breakfast overlooking the beach or a romantic sunset dinner, your table offers the BEST view in the house! Lounge on the deck or on the private beach out front, collect seashells or fossilized sharks teeth on the 6 miles of beach that can be accessed from this property, or fish from the surf right outside your door. If you enjoy a beachside barbecue, this property comes equipped with a propane grill and picnic area downstairs.

The unit itself has a lovely 'BEACH COTTAGE' atmosphere. Recently renovated , it offers SPOTLESS, bright accommodation on 1 level, with open concept living area that features a fully equipped kitchen with dining area and spacious living room with comfortable seating for up to 6 persons. The master bedroom features a king size bed with seating area and ensuite bathroom. The guest bedroom has 2 twin beds together as a king, but that can be separated if needed for younger guests. The second bathroom with adjoining tub and shower is conveniently located right across from the guestroom . Laundry facilities and High Speed internet service are provided free of charge.

Keywords: Triplex

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks Marg..Cleanliness was above average....we will be going back soon!!
Sep 2016
  • 1 of 5


Car: recommended



Manasota Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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'Almost Heaven' ...... it Really is!
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 18 reviews
Stephens City, VA

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I stayed at Almost Heaven for a few days while visiting our daughter in the Tampa area. The location is just breathtaking! Marg has done a wonderful job with the apartments. My main concern is always cleanliness whenever we rent and I can assure you there was no problem here! We had unit B (downstairs), steps to the beach. Everything one could possibly need was in the apartment and outside Marg had provided beach chairs, tables etc. We met the people in the other unit, which had a 2nd bathroom, & that was lovely too.

Marg is very accommodating & will honor almost any request. We look forward to going back when we visit our daughter again. So peaceful!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owen Sound


  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Almost Heaven and we too stayed in the downstairs unit that someone described as “shoddy” ? Not true! We were already in the area, and jumped at the chance to move from the hotel where we were staying into the unit which these people left. Our experiences at Almost Heaven have always been positive. The units are all super clean and nicely furnished in Florida decor. Especially appreciated the new recliner, sofa and flat screen in the living room. The beach as always, was issues as a result of the recent storm. In fact, if anything ,the beach was even wider than our last visit. All in all, we had another perfect stay! So peaceful, so pretty ! Thanks Marge for getting us into our favorite place on Manasota Key.

Ken Hunter


  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Ken. Your comments are so indicative of those we get on the Sunshine Questionnaire that guests send back to us with their key. We really do try hard to make all of our guests feel welcome , with the hopes that we will have the pleasure of accommodating them over and over again, as we have with you and your family. Sorry that the unit was not available when you first called, but fortunately all worked out in the end. Thanks again for your patronage...we look forward to your next visit!
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Great location but very poor standard of accommodation.

  • 1 of 5

We booked for 3 nights for a last minute getaway. There were 4 of us. The look of disappointment on our friends faces said it all. It was clean, but the place was so worn out and shoddy, no amount of cleaning would improve it. Fantastic location unfortunately ruined by a poorly appointed and run down shack. The noise from the air conditioning units made it impossible to sleep and one bedroom had to have the door left open in order for the air conditioner in the lounge area to be felt in the room. Massive shame as we then had to move out and book into a hotel instead. We would not recommend this downstairs apartment under any conditions whatsoever.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: FORTUNATELY, the views of this "doctor" are not shared by our thousands of satisfied guests.After several emails demanding discounts and deals, it became obvious that this renter's priority was budget ! To prevent ANY confusion or misrepresentation, I personally described the property in great detail , noting that although it was not the "upscale" accommodation he seemed to be searching for, the unit offered A VERY comfortable, beach cottage atmosphere on a GORGEOUS Gulf beach! I added that the unit had recently had some refurbishment of upholstered furniture as well as a new flat screen TV. He assured me that it would be more than suitable for the 3 nights that the roof was being repaired at their own property. As a courtesy, I extended their stay with an early check-in at no extra charge, so they could spend more time enjoying the beautiful beach at ALMOST HEAVEN. Their check-in instructions CLEARLY stated that in the unlikely event of any issues, they should be reported to our office immediately for resolution. NO call or comments until the following day, when he advised via email that they were moving on and demanded a refund, citing a "noisy a/c(which incidentally was just serviced and working perfectly) and primarily ,disappointment in the decor. Hard to understand why they actually checked into a 'SHACK" as he so rudely described it , incurred a cleaning fee for US, and then complaining after the fact?Our staff were disappointed as was apparent from the empty wine bottles and excessive sand throughout the unit, that this group did not treat the unit with the respect that most of our guests do. I did share with him the fact that more than 70% of Almost Heaven guests return each year and that this property enjoys one of the highest repeat rates on Manasota Key, an honor that is not achieved by offering shoddy accommodation.Our guest list represents every walk of life, from hard working families to professionals and executives and the vast majority regard this property as a true GEM on the Gulf coast. The accommodation is anything but a "SHACK", In reality, the owners do their utmost to insure that the property lives up to its name and Sunshine Vacation Rentals has gone above and beyond for 25 years, to provide its guests with a truly special and memorable vacation. Unfortunately, one cannot please everyone and in this case, much as we tried, we were unable to satisfy this guest's "champagne" taste on a "wine" budget!
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic location. Very clean and had everything we needed. Can't wait to go back. Thanks again Marg for all of your help.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have been to "Almost Heaven", and it is! Beautiful view, could just stay there forever! My sister and I took a little summer vacation, and were so excited as at that time the turtles were hatching from thier nests. Marge is wonderful to work with, and the cleaning staff very helpful and the place is spotless. Can't wait to go back to paradise!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Almost Heaven"--really it is!!!

  • 5 of 5

My sister asked me to come visit her for a week. I could set on the deck, walked the beach, and go shelling within feet of "Almost Heaven". The entire family could stay, they supplied excellent bedding so everyone was accommodated. The kitchen was just like home! Truly hope to return in 2015!!!! From Iowa and one hundred degrees with windchill figured in difference week I was at Englewood! Oh the warmth!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

All rates are approximate and may vary depending on time of year, length of stay and number of occupants. Please contact us for firm rates, including applicable damage deposit. Seasonal Rates are also available upon request.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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