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Sweet Mango Manor, Sarasota's Finest Historic Vacation Home

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, Sleeps 5 comfortably

This lovely, well maintained historically designated 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths home is located in the Central Coconut National Historic District, one of the oldest and to date the largest Historic district in Sarasota County and in the pulse of the city , Central/Cocoanut is an eclectic mix of architectural styles , new comers and 3rd generation Sarasota residents .It is not a gated community. 2 blocks from the intercoastal waterway and a short stroll to Historic downtown Sarasota . This 1925 airplane bungalow retains all of its historical character without sacrificing modern everyday amenities. Maintaining its original heart pine floors, double hung '4 over 1' windows and stamped tin shingle roof, this single family home has been accommodating visitors, owners, and family for 90 years. This 2,200 square foot home will invite you to explore, relax and appreciate a bit of old Florida.

The Manor's 8,000 sq. ft. of gardens are an extraordinary and delightful mix of native and exotic flora and fauna with walkways to explore every corner.

We are proud to announce our membership into the GREEN BUSINESS BUREAU and are dedicated to making the Manor and gardens environmentally friendly.

Please take our Virtual Tour of the entire Manor at the bottom of the page.

Other Attractions: : Distance measured in miles one way from Sweet Mango Manor to the following locations: Sarasota Kennel Club Dog Racing (3.0), Sarasota Jungle Gardens (1.5), Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (1.5),

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (4.5), Circus Sarasota (4.5),

Sarasota Classic Car Museum (2.5), Myakka State Park (21.5), Hard Rock Casino - Tampa (69),

Busch Gardens - Tampa (68), Walt Disney World - Orlando (118), Universal Studios - Orlando (125). Airports - Sarasota/Bradenton Int'l Airport (3.0), Tampa Int'l Airport (55),

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int'l Airport (47), Southwest Florida Int'l Airport - Ft. Myers (90), Orlando Int'l Airport

(132). Charter fishing, kayak and Segway rentals as well as numerous restaurant locations can be found by referencing the Sarasota Visitors Bureau web site for more details.

Don't forget to take the Virtual tour of Sweet Mango Manor!!and please visit our newest addition the Bird House Bungalow..located on the Manor property'll love it!!

Please visit our newest historic property #3735738 ,The Bird House Bungalow.

More Details

Katherine Kelly
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

About Katherine Kelly

A preservationist in all ways ,I spent 1 and a half years rehabbing the Manor , bringing it back to its original glory.The house then was listed on the Historic register in Sarasota County..Being an artist ,the Manor was a perfect canvas for my passion..I lived in the home for 8 years,and am now enjoying my guests in the Manor and gardens.

Katherine Kelly purchased this house in 1999

What makes this house unique

If your looking for a beach front condo with white tile and white walls , this home is not for you ! Appointed with antiques , vintage Florida items and art it is warm and comfortable. Unique in every way,with mural walls and exotic applications, you will want to stay 2 weeks to take it all in .(not to mention the garden) The Bamboo Room is an extension of the Manor newly completed for more family members and guests.And now there is The Bird House Bungalow next door., making a great 'mini' hamlet for family reunions and gatherings!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We feel so fortunate to have found your place.To be able to take our 4 legged son truly made the difference.The garden is beautiful and your home was absolutely comfortable.This get away was exactly what we needed;relaxation ,and having us feel at home at Sweet Mango Manor.We look forward to sharing your place with others and again , thank you.
Jun 2014
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Central Cocoanut House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Half Bathroom -
  • bath 1(downstairs) has separate shower and tub , Bath 3 (upstairs) has shower only and half bath is downstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedrooms: Queen, full and trundle day bed), Remote control color televisions, Ceiling fans in every room, Hardwood floors, Ample closet space.Because of the Manor's Green Business status , thermostats are set at the recommended FPL 78 degrees in summer and 68 in winter.IF YOU WISH TO CHANGE THIS , IT WILL BE ADJUSTED IN THE RATE. Please take our Virtual Tour through the Manor below!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoying the great Florida weather is heightened with 8,000 square feet of garden area just outside the double French doors of the dining room. Kitchen: Stainless steel kitchen appliances (refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, oven), , All kitchenware and utensils. Living Areas: Remote control color televisions, Ceiling fans in every room for your comfort, Hardwood floors. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access - washer , dryer - cable TV - linens, towels and beach towels -complimentary paper products for minimum stay(4 nights). all Fully air conditioned /heat :note :because of our Green Business Bureau membership the thermostat is set at FPL guidelines of 68 winter and 77 summer .. Fans in every room are there for your comfort - Off street parking - Your home away from home with all modern amenities. :we accept children 10 and over.. DBL occupancy....over 4 guests will be a 10.00 PP per night charge Please take our Virtual Tour of the entire Manor below

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Sweet Mango Manor, Sarasota's Finest Historic Vacation Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Charm, comfort, centrally located, a true gem

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this home. So ecclectically charming, everywhere you look is another fascinating detail. Great location in a 'real' neighborhood (enjoyed waking up to the sound of kids playing basketball in the park across the street). Every comfort, responsive owner who made an exception to accommodate our arrival on Thanksgiving Day. Had a slight plumbing issue and she somehow got a plumber in on a holiday weekend and it was taken care of before we returned from lunch! The garden is an absolute delight creating a totally private space that made it feel like you we were on our own tropical island, even though this home is perfectly located an easy distance to Sarasota airport, restaurants, beaches, St. Armands Circle, and on and on. If I could move to Florida and buy this house I would. It's that wonderful. Thank you, Katherine!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautifully designed and decorated home with a breath-taking yard. I felt as if I were in a secret garden; so peaceful in the mornings when I would sit on the patio and drink coffee. It is a haven.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We were in Sarasota for my son's graduation from New College. It was a busy several days and Sweet Mango Manor turned out to be the perfect place to stay. We didn't have much time for sightseeing - but we didn't feel deprived because staying at Sweet Mango is like being on vacation anyway. The manor is very spacious and exquisitely decorated with rooms for every mood. We loved sitting out on the covered veranda watching the birds at the feeder and eating our breakfast. That same veranda was a great spot to sip wine in the evening. The kitchen is extremely well appointed and the elegant dining room table is long enough so you can invite guests over for a pleasant dinner which is exactly what we did. You can't do that at a hotel! There are two and a half beautiful bathrooms including one soaking tub. Everything is clean and the owner is so pleasant. A friendly spa is within walking distance, Whole Foods is about a mile away and you are very close to the good restaurants downtown and to the bridge that takes you to St. Armand's Circle and the Gulf. Don't miss the farmer's market on Saturday morning -sipping fresh coconut juice is a must! Owen's Fish Camp in the historic district is a hoot! If the wait is too long just go out back, sit at a picnic table, listen to music, sip their craft beer, and eat their grilled oysters. I wish I had discovered Sweet Mango when our son was a freshman! But the good news is - he's staying around Sarasota for a while so we can come back. We still have a lot to do on our Sarasota bucket list - the Marie Selby gardens, biking to Venice and kayaking the Bay. We're from the mid-Atlantic. With the possible exception of Sanibel Island, Sarasota is our favorite place in Florida and Sweet Mango is it!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved living in old Sarasota.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Sarasota, which offers magnificent opportunities for theater and music events as well as walks and beaches, cafes and restaurants. We kept in the two star range or below, but we never had a bad meal in our four weeks--a big contrast with the Boston suburbs where we live.

We enjoyed Sweet Mango Manor. We loved the quirky, over-the-top decoration of the house, with its decades of fascinating collector items, especially old Florida mementoes. The garden with its hidden nooks, exotic ornaments, and luxuriant, well tended trees and plants, including a sweet pink grapefruit tree, was an unexpected plus. For us, the location of the house, just on the edge of the progressive Miamification of old Sarasota, was perfect as we loved the proximity of the Publix and the mile walk in to town for meals and theater and coffee. On the other hand our local friends who live in gated communities were a little aghast to find us so close to Martin Luther King Blvd and right next to a public park. We really liked that community feel but others might not.

One note. The web pictures of the house show a brilliant color décor with flamingo pink and lime green and turquoise. This color palette was almost a turn-off for our aging New Englanders' taste, and we were almost relieved to find that the house is in fact tree-shaded and dark. On the other hand, as a writer and researcher, I could have done with modern reading lamps in the main bedroom and in one of the rooms.

The owner of the house was attentive without effusiveness and the house was beautifully cleaned and well maintained.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for booking with us!We love reading reviews that bring another perspective into the mix.Over the years we have learned and adjusted when possible to accommodate our guests ,even down to adding an ice cream scoop !
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This vintage bungalow home surpassed expectations.

  • 5 of 5

This property was wonderful for anyone who appreciates a vintage Florida home decorated with every kind of Floridiana. As I was sitting in the garden enjoying my morning coffee (with Baileys) and eating my fresh grapefruit (off of the tree in the garden, picked with a grapefruit picker), and enjoying the whimsical artifacts, fountains, birds and gekkos, I decided that this place is magical. The interior was like an art installation with architectural details, lighting, old photos and brochures, and even View-Masters with reels of old Florida. Every corner was filled with clever discoveries: the fireplace mantle was made up of salvaged parts from an old piano whose legs had been damaged by a flood! The carpets were uniquely classic Chinese Deco. The owner is a real artist, and this whole house is one of her art works. Further, the entire house was clean, well maintained, stocked with kitchen stuff, a radio station set on classical music when we arrived (our favorite which came on each time we returned from an outing), and located only 7 blocks down the main drag to a great place for breakfast called the Toasted Mango (not related to Mango Manor), and only a few more blocks to the great restaurants and theaters and marinas and Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota. Lido Beach and St. Armand's shopping and upscale restaurant circle is only a ten minute drive, and Siesta Beach is only about 20 minutes. Also, the Manor is only about 2 miles south of the Asolo Theater and Circus Museum. Finally, the owner, Kitty, was delightful, and very proud to show us how to enjoy her artistic home, and help us find the sites of Sarasota. I would recommend this gem to anyone seeking a truly unique lodging.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased when our guests are entertained and satisfied with there stay at the Manor.This was over the top so thank you!
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great place!

  • 5 of 5

We went to Sarasota for a dragonboat race at Nathan Benderson Park, which is < 6 miles from Sweet Mango Manor. The house is in a great location-across from a park; a block from a grocery store; walking distance to the waterfront boardwalk; 15 minute walk downtown; restaurants nearby as well. It was a wonderful place to come "home" to after spending all day competing. Katherine has done a fabulous job renovating the house and the gardens are a wonderful place for a morning cup of coffee and just relaxing. I can't wait to come back....and bring friends. The house is well-designed for 2 couples to enjoy without being in each other's space!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always love love the fact that guests are pleased with the location of the Manor! Having them "come home" after a seminar or event is the ultimate compliment..... thank you
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Sarasota/Bradenton Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Broadway Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Bobby Jones Golf Complex, Rolling Green
Nearest Motorway
6.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sarasota Main Street shops, cafes and restaurants
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Lido Key
Car: recommended

Local activities and attractions are abundant in Sarasota from boating and golf to art galleries and museums. Here are a few to wet your appetite for a vacation in Sarasota. Distance measured in miles one way from Sweet Mango Manor to the following locations: Art - Van Wezel Performing Arts Center (0.5), John and Mable Ringling Museum (2.5), Sarasota Ballet (2.5), West Coast Symphony (0.5), Sarasota Opera House (0.9), Florida Studio Theatre (0.9), Golden Apple Dinner Theatre (0.9), Players Theatre (0.5). Beaches - Siesta Key (8.5), Lido Key (3.5), Longboat Key (4.0), Casperson Beach, Venice (21.0). Shopping - St. Armands Circle shops, cafes and restaurants (3.0), Westfield Shopping town Southgate (4.0), Sarasota Main Street shops, cafes and restaurants (1.0), Publix Super Market (0.3), Whole Foods Market (1.0), Westfield Sarasota Square Mall (9.5).

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking,jet ski ,wind surfing, bird watching

Golf: Distance measured in miles one way from Sweet Mango Manor to the following locations: Golf - University Park (7.5), Bobby Jones Golf Complex (4.0), Rolling Green (4.0), Sarasota Golf Club (8.0), Oak Ford Golf Club (15.0).


Rates & Availability

Central Cocoanut House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

Cleaning fee is charged only if you stay two weeks or more. No children under 10 please. The manor is set up for adult enjoyment and has NOT been 'child proofed'. We also welcome small intimate weddings and receptions with fees based on under 30 guests and under.Please contact us for details. our pet agreement can be viewed at Please contact Owner for additional information.DBL occupancy..more than 4 quests will be charged 10.00 per person per night.the central air and heat are preset to FPL's recommended temps. please use the fans located in every room for your comfort.BEGINNING 2018 RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

$200 Security Deposit is due at booking; remainder of balance due two weeks prior to check-in. Rates are in USD. Rental rates include all utilities, wireless Internet access (with your laptop), and local phone. Payment Method: Money order, travelers checks, cashiers check, cash, PayPal or PayPal credit card option. Cancellation Policy: Cancel 25 days or more of arrival date,Full Refund on deposit

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