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Cathleen and Tim Shears

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

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

35 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Florida Central Gulf Coast Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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

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

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. 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 a HD 32' TV and of course we have wifi for your pleasure

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 place is lovely, obviously the nicest cottage on the beach, thanks Tim & Cathleen', Jane & Aldo.

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.

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cathleen and Tim Shears (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Cathleen and Tim Shears

Cathleen is a Florida native and Tim 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.

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 this year, 2014, we pressure wash all the tile regularly to insure cleanliness and we change our linens regularly.

Guestbook comments from the owner


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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based on 35 traveler reviews

Blue Heron Cottage - Beachside, heated pool, a gem!
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 38 reviews
Philadelphia area

A beautiful way to begin July!

  • 5 of 5

We were once again fortunate to spend a fortnight in Blue Heron Cottage #6 and were completely satisfied by the the comfort, cleanliness and convenience of the this lovely cottage. We have been traveling to Indian Rocks Beach for many years because of the cordiality of the community and the marvelous beach. Having the comfort of #6 thrown into the mix simply makes the experience delightful. We will continue returning to #6 in the summer with occasional autumn visits contingent upon its availability. It is truly a highlight of our year!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galesburg, IL

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Blue Heron Cottage #6 is a cute, super clean, great little place on the beach! It was a quiet, very relaxing week for me and my husband. The weather and beach were great.. we even saw dolphins from the beach!! Cathleen was easy to work with which made it all stress free! We will definitely be back! Thanks for helping us have a wonderful week!! M&L

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Newark IL, USA

Best Trip

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time staying at Blue Heron Cottage #6. The week was perfect even though Tropical Storm Colin blew thru....didn't stop us...walking the beach in our ponchos! We drove so we brought beach chairs, umbrella, etc. We found all these things in the shed, so we didn't need to bring anything. The cottage was perfect. Super cute and clean. Very short walk to the beach and pool. We meet several nice people though out the week. The pool looked nice, but I never swam all week, spending all our time on the beach. Will be back for sure... Cottage #6 will always be very daughter and her boyfriend got engaged on the beach the first night of vacation!!! Cathleen and Tim are the best. Although I never met them, they sent text messages and emails before, during the bad storm and after our trip to check on things. We are already checking the calendar for staying at Cottage #6 next year. 😎🌴

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a good time and congrats to the soon to be married couple!
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Cottage #6

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome place to get away and relax! We totally kicked back for the week and soaked up the wonderful weather we had. Cottage #6 was absolutely perfect for us! We will be back!!

Thank you for such a cute place to stay.


  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear you had a good time. See you again soon!
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Good Time!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Cathleen and Tim for allowing me and my sister to stay at your cottage. It was extremely clean and comfortable in every way. We had a very good time on the beach, sitting at the pool, and enjoyed the convenience of the location. Thank you for the recommendations for the bikes and for eating. Look forward to coming back soon.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review Nona. We look froward to your return!
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your adorable cottage. We had a week of fabulous weather. The cottage was perfect location, steps to the beach and beautiful sunsets. Walking distance for some great restaurants (I recommend guppies) the grouper was superb! Great fishing spot also, my teenage son caught 2 small sharks off the beach at night!!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Indian Rocks Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Dec 13 2015 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 10 2016 - Dec 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 11 2016 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Florida Central Gulf Coast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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