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

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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 upgraded the kitchen and added granite counters, a full sized refrigerator and a new range, a wrap around Trex deck, 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

Cathleen and Tim Shears
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

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 Indian Rocks Beach

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 deck, new sofas, 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

Thank you for helping make our vacation wonderful.

Your cottage was perfect and the access to the beach was a blessing as we spent most of our time there!

Once again, thank you.
Nov 2017
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Indian Rocks Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk-in shower, No tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • 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


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Blue Heron Cottage - Beachside, heated pool, a gem!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 56 reviews
Chanute, Kansas

❤ Blue Heron Cottage # 6

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a fabulous week long trip to Blue Heron Cottage #6. We couldn't have asked for more. The cottage was clean, and perfect size for our party of four. Just a short walk, and you are on the beach . Restaurants and entertainment are within walking distance also! We are anxious to return to this charming place!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, thanks for the nice review. Hope to see you again soon and glad we helped you have a great vacation. Tim and Cathleen
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Chanute, Kansas

Perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

Blue Herron 6 was perfect for our weeks stay in Indian Rocks Beach. Close proximity to the beach was wonderful. The cottage was modern and all we needed. Cathleen and Tim were very easy to work with. We highly recommend this cottage!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Pristine! Comfortable, we'll equipped. The crushed shell drive was reminiscent of some streets while I was growing up in Largo. Freshly redone. Owners very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda, see you soon we hope!
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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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, so glad you had a nice time. Cathleen and Tim
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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: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tina, See you next year we hope!
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  • 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: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are welcome back anytime, thank you for the lovely sentiments.
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.0%

We do require a Reservation Form to be reviewed, 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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