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Blue Heron Cottage - Beachside, heated pool, a gem!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4 only)

Blue Heron Cottages have been described as adorable, charming and nostalgic.

Winner of the 2017 Indian Rocks Beach Preservation Award.

Originally built in the 1940's we restored our cottage #6 to create an oasis for your vacation, nestled on the beach in the classic beach town of Indian Rocks, where you can walk to many restaurants and parks.

Just recently we have replaced the kitchen and added granite counters, a full sized refrigerator and a new range, painted the interior, added new furnishings and of course we renew all our linens regularly. We also have added an HD 40' TV with Premium channels and we have wifi, there is a 32" TV in the 2nd bedroom too.

Guests return year after year to enjoy the serenity, the sun and the sand and most love to be away from the surrounding more commercialized beach vacation destinations.

Our cottage has 2 bedrooms consisting of a queen bed and 2 single beds, sleeping up to 4 people and we maintain it lovingly.

The kitchen has all one needs to prepare a feast however; we have some of the finest award winning restaurants on the Gulf Coast, including Guppy's, Salt Rock Grill, Keegan's, Crabby Bill's, The Pub and Villa Gallace. From family dining to seafood dining to casual sand in your shoes dining, we have it all within walking distance.

We supply a "starter kit" consisting of soaps, paper goods, 2 towels each, a facecloth each, a dish towel and a hand towel. There is a convenience store 3 mins away and grocery store, Publix, 2 miles away.

The grounds of the Cottage are impeccable and just a few paces along the shell path takes you to the heated pool with endless views of the Gulf of Mexico. Listen to the waves, the call of the gulls and marvel at the site of Dolphins playing and Pelicans diving for fish.

Indian Rocks Beach is just south of Clearwater Beach for those who want more activities and we are only 40 mins to Tampa Airport and short hops to many golf courses. Theme parks are all within 45 mins to 1 1/2 hours drive.

Founded in the early 1800's Indian Rocks Beach and developed mainly since the 1940's, Indian Rocks Beach is a thriving community that has maintained most of its original character, and supports a lively mixture of recreational activities. There are many annual events such as the popular Arts and Crafts Festival every November and April. and the Holiday Boat Parade where lighted and festively decorated boats will cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Indian Rocks Beach has many parks and Kolb park is one of three Pinellas County parks to open a “skate park” which is located across the street from City Hall. Besides the skate park, there are other amenities such as tennis courts, a playground, and baseball field for others to enjoy. We also have a Nature Preserve Park with a winding boardwalk that will take you on a tour of some of the most beautiful natural settings along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Keywords: Gulf front, on the beach, Seaside, Florida, Beach, Cottage Rental, waterfront, pool

More Details

Owner
Cathleen and Tim Shears
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Cathleen and Tim Shears

Cathleen Shears is a Florida native and Tim Shears is from London, England. We have lived, owned and been involved in the community of Indian Rocks Beach for over 30 years. We live 5 minutes from the cottage.

Cathleen and Tim Shears purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Cathleen and Tim Shears chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

It is our home away from home and we take care and pride in our slice of paradise.

Winner of the 2017 Preservation Award, presented by Action 2000 and the Plein Aire Cottage Artists.

What makes this cottage unique

Cute, clean and WE look after our own cottage. NEW KITCHEN, new furniture, new fridge, new exterior paint, new range, new HD TV with HBO etc, WiFi, we pressure wash all the tile regularly to insure cleanliness and we change our linens regularly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cathleen,

I just wanted to let you know that we were delighted with the cottage. Frank loved it too. The saddest part was having to leave and the vacation-honeymoon was over. But I have a feeling we will be back. We had beautiful weather. It wasn't too hot and no rain. The sunsets were absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much.
May 2012
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Amenities

Indian Rocks Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk-in shower, No tub
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Blue Heron Cottage - Beachside, heated pool, a gem!
average rating of 4.9387755 based on 52 reviews
5

Awesome Experience

  • 5 of 5

Cottage #6 is a terrific place. It is clean, quiet, and has everything you need. My wife and I spent a week at the cottage and had a great time. The owners take very good care of the cottage. it is nicely decorated, and very comfortable. It is close to great restaurant and shopping. They also provide beach chairs, towels and an umbrella. It also comes with a outdoor grille, equipped kitchen if you want to cook, plates, glasses, etc. We had a really nice time at the cottage and would recommend it with no hesitation. If you are looking for a nice place, this one should definitely be considered.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, so glad you had a nice time. Cathleen and Tim
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5

Loved it!!! Exactly what we were expecting, no surprises and can not wait to visit again!

  • 5 of 5

I will recommend to friends and family for a stress-free beach vacation. It is the perfect size for my family. Clean, well maintained and cute as a button!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tina, See you next year we hope!
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5

Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Sad to be leaving this place! Love this hidden gem! Blue Heron Cottage #6 did not disappoint! There are two TV's here that didn't get turned on. All the amenities you need right here. Can't wait to come back! Everything you can imagine within walking/biking distance and just steps to the beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome back anytime, thank you for the lovely sentiments.
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Newark IL, USA
5

Beach getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Blue Heron Cottage number 6 for two years and we are already planning on going back next year. The cottage is super clean and charming! We love being so close to the beach. The cottage comes with everything you will need to have a great beach vacation. So close to restaurants and shopping! Great location. Love it!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: See you next year, thanks!
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5

Relaxing home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This may have been our best family vacation in years! Cottage 6 was the perfect place for us to unwind and relax for the week. We were able to meet several other families and enjoyed the quiet community. The Cottage was perfect and decorated perfectly! The ocean was beautiful but most of our time was spent bobbing in the pool. We tried several local restaurants and got to spend some quality time with family friends who live in the area. We hope that Cottage 6 will be available for our next trip to IRB. I would recommend this Cottage to anyone! Thank you for letting us stay!!!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear! Come back anytime!
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5

Very neat bright blue cottage. The inside was clean and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week! The cottage was just perfect for the two of us. Many great places to eat, several within walking distance. We enjoyed swimming in the pool which was very clean and well cared for. We had everything we needed for the week and we enjoyed meeting and talking to the other renters. The owners were very responsive to all of our questions. Cathleen and Tim made everything so easy and you could tell they wanted our experience to be special. Wonderful place to relax and unwind! We wound definitely consider going back!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Karen, we love IRB too! See you soon.
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Map

Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Indian Rocks Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2017
Jul 31 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$155
 
 
Nov '17 - Sep '18
Nov 18 2017 - Sep 14 2018
7 night minimum stay
$159
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$155
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $250

We do require a Reservation Form to be filled in and signed, it is here on the VRBO site.
High season rate applies to Thanksgiving.
Discounted fees for longer stays in low season: 3 weeks =7% discount, 4 weeks =10% discount.
NO PETS

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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