About the property
- House1020 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Pool. Private retreat in lush garden setting. Quiet street
Old Florida charm in a completely remodeled house with gourmet kitchen. Only 1 1/2 short blocks to an uncrowded beach. Ours is a 2 bedroom/2 bath home which sleeps 5. It is the larger 1/2 of a duplex with its' own solar heated saltwater pool, 2 waterfalls and a lush tropical landscape... all in a very private backyard. The house also has a garage which divides the duplex and is exclusively for use by our guests.
Anna Maria Island is known for its beautiful sugar white sand beaches. A short walk from the house, down a shaded lane brings you to a wide and uncrowded beach. Beach chairs, towels, a cooler, umbrella and beach cart all are provided for use by our guests.
After a day at the beach, fishing off the local piers or visiting the quaint shops on the island, return home to our tropical backyard oasis to relax around the pool. No need to eat out all the time, you can prepare meals at home in our well equipped kitchen and dine alfresco in our private and shaded yard. Anna Maria Island and neighboring areas also have many fine restaurants and dining is always casual.
****Special discount - when you book an open week less than one month away****
Some of the other special features of the house are:
- Solar heated saltwater pool
- Beautiful landscaping front and back
- Stone pavers in the side and backyard for expanded outdoor living space
- Fully equipped and remodeled kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances
- Tile floors throughout
- Remodeled bathrooms with tiled shower/bath areas & granite counter tops
- One and a half short blocks to the beach
- Walking distance to the quaint shops of Anna Maria
- WiFi Internet
- Washer and Dryer
- 2 bicycles for guest use
Anna Maria Island is only 1 hour south of the Tampa Int’l Airport and Busch Gardens Theme Park. It is an easy 2 hour drive to from Disney & Epcot and 20 minutes north of Sarasota. With beautiful white sandy beaches and no crowds, this is the perfect place for families to unwind and relax.
Note: Local ordinances prohibit the parking of mobile homes, campers or RVs at the house overnight.
Keywords: duplex, house, pool, Anna Maria
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About David Moutner
Your hosts, Kathy and David. For over 20 years we have rented beach houses on the Atlantic coast, in the Caribbean, the Keys and Gulf coast of Florida with our two daughters. When we visited Anna Maria a few years ago, we decided here was the place to have a retreat of our own. We know what a family needs to be comfortable in a vacation home and we make every effort to ensure that you will enjoy your stay with us, as much as we enjoy staying here ourselves. We look forward to sharing our home with you!
David Moutner purchased this House in 2010
Why David Moutner chose Holmes Beach
We are located on a quiet street, a short drive to the town center of Holmes Beach and a 10 minute walk to the quaint shops and restaurants in the town of Anna Maria. Approximately half the houses on our street are occupied by year round residents and about half are vacation rentals. In addition to being a quiet area, our yard is completely enclosed and surrounded by lush landscaping making for a very private setting. The best reason to stay with us is that we equip the house to be our second home, not a bare bones vacation rental. Bring a few bathing suits and a toothbrush... that's all you'll need when you stay with us.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Beautiful island, great house and lovely beaches!
We chose this house because of the inviting picture of the back yard and pool and reviews and we were very happy with our selection. Everything was as described.
The house was clean, comfortable, bright and tastefully decorated. The beds were comfy. We loved the luxuriously soft sheets.
We had lunch out at the local restaurants every day but the house included all the pots, pans and other utensils needed to prepare our own food. The only thing that was missing was a tea pot.
We went to Anna Maria Isl. to relax and spent a lot of time at the house enjoying the yard and porch.
We always look for restaurants with outdoor seating and our favorites were the Sandbar, Waterfront, Rod'n Reel, Seafood Shack, Gulf Drive Cafe, AMI Oyster Bar and Star Fish. Some of them were overpriced and the portions a little skimpy but the quality did not disappoint.
The white sand beaches offer miles of peaceful strolling up, down and around the island while admiring the wild birds and the ocean. One of our favorite activities was kayaking around the Robinson Preserve in nearby Bradenton. We found the water calm in most areas and never got tired of birdwatching (google Surferbus.com for kayaking rental). We spent another day at the Marie Shelby botanical gardens and highly recommend them.
We were hoping for more bike paths and did not feel comfortable riding the bikes but AMI is a very walkable town and we also took advantage of the free shuttle bus.
The found the owners David and Kathy easy to do business with and accommodating. We actually had the pleasure of meeting David as he was on AMI for business when we arrived.
We had 2 fabulous weeks on AMI, recommend this property to anyone and will certainly return. The only problem that we ran into was that time flew by and we had to return to the cold too soon!
Island Oasis - highly, highly recommended!
Another wonderful stay at The Front Porch. This is our second year coming here, and we didn't regret it for a second.
The house and pool are perfect for a small family - there are three of us, including our three year old daughter. The beach is a very short walk (about a quarter mile) from the house, so you have the difficult decision of a dip in the saltwater pool, surrounded by tropical plants and waterfalls, or a trip to the beach with its warm water and gentle surf. The neighborhood is quiet, so much of the time in the pool (especially with the white noise of the waterfalls), it is easy to forget that you aren't in the middle of the rainforest. It is wonderfully relaxing.
Our trip was in jeopardy due to Hurricane Irma, but the owner's frequent communication and quick response reassured us everything would be fine - and it was. He is extremely quick to respond with questions and very friendly.
I would not hesitate to recommend Anna Maria Island and this property. We wanted a quiet, family-focused vacation and this was perfect for us. We'd move in permanently if it were possible...
We selected this rental due to all of the fabulous reviews, however due to the hurricane we had to cancel our trip at the last minute. I want to say that although we did not get to enjoy this rental, you will not find a person who is fairer or more reasonable to deal with than David. He quickly responded to my texts. He was very understanding about our decision to cancel and provided us a full refund. Infact the money was back in my account two days after we canceled. Although I have never met him in person, can't say enough about how great David is to deal with. We will definitely contact David when planning our next trip Anna Maria.
Among our top five vacation spots
My family of three thoroughly enjoyed our stay at "Front Porch". The house contained everything we needed for a restful, relaxing week of Florida fun and was ready for our arrival. The location in Holmes Beach was ideal. The streets surrounding the home are residential and quiet- and the beach was much less crowded than areas further up or further down the beach.
The home was well appointed, with new appliances and comfy beds. The pool was a favorite feature, and the fact that it is saltwater was a welcome bonus. We are now spoiled and may not swim in chlorine pools again! We used the bikes the owners keep at the home to explore the island. All bikes were in ready to ride condition.
The area offers many options for activities, and we took advantage of the free air conditioned trolley service to travel to the several fishing piers in the area on the bay side and try our hand at saltwater fishing (rented gear). The fisherman of the area are super helpful and gave us great tips. We ate fresh caught red snapper one day for lunch as a result.
There are numerous restaurants on the island that are worth a try, although most days we cooked for ourselves taking advantage of the freshest seafood right off the boat. Island Fresh Market just down the road from the house is a great source for fresh fish. One breakfast/lunch spot not to miss is Ginny and Jane E's, which is North of the home a few blocks. Cream Brulee' French toast is a decadent treat not to be missed!
The Ugly Grouper is a fun bar/restaurant spot with outside dining, live music and family oriented bar games to pass the time. The Waterfront restaurant is lovely, also has outdoor dining and affords a view of the bayside including the Sunshine bridge.
Many dessert shops and ice cream bars throughout the island. Small Town creamery and Two Scoops are both quite good with inventive flavors made in house. Small Town is a delight for children, and the shopping center has pet parrots displayed outside (daytime) which are fun to interact with.
Already missing AMI and the lovely bungalow at Front Porch. We hope to return soon!
Fantastic house in great location
Perfect house for the 4 of us with everything you could possibly need including the use of bikes. It was a true home from home. We loved sitting out on the porch too as it was so peaceful. The pool was fantastic and we loved the tropical feel to the garden. Location was great just steps from the beach. Anna Maria island is our favourite location and we love everything about it. We wouldn't hesitate to book this place again when we return. Local cafes and restaurants are easily reached as is the pier and Pine avenue. Can recommend 2 scoops for ice cream! The owner was easy to contact and very responsive to messages.
Spacious, clean, and great pool space
Our family loved our stay at this home! Comfortable beds, clean, well-stocked, well-managed, and not enough great adjectives to describe the pool space - great pool with tropical plantings make you feel like you are in your own little paradise. David was prompt in responding to all emails and not having to deal with a management company for check-in and check-out was a plus! Highly recommend and definitely a place I would consider on my next trip to Anna Maria Island. If looking for activities on the island - you must take in a Bean Point sunset, contact Captain Kim's for a fun trip on the bay, have some coconut shrimp at the City Pier, have a grilled muffin for breakfast at My AMI, and take a ride to swim at Coquina Beach.
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida South West, Florida, USA -- Anna Maria Island is only 1 hour south of the Tampa Int’l Airport and Busch Gardens Theme Park. It is an easy 2 hour drive to from Disney & Epcot and 20 minutes north of Sarasota. With beautiful white sandy beaches and no crowds, this is the perfect place for families to unwind and relax. After a day at the beach, fishing off the local piers or visiting the quaint shops on the island, relax and prepare meals at home in our well equipped kitchen. Then dine alfresco in our private and shaded yard. Anna Maria Island and neighboring areas also have many restaurants and dining is always casual. Other Activities: shopping, boating, kayaking
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A refundable $250 damage deposit is required Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed