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Tropical Private Island Retreat with 300 ft Private Beach - Simply Unmatched

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Exclusive private-island home - Boat access only - sleeps 12 in 4 suites

Set on 2 acres of land on a private island, this home (completed in 2010) will provide an island vacation experience for you and your family like no other.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and an outdoor shower. All rooms view out over the azure waters of Longboat Pass, with 300 feet of beachfront, palm trees, shaded hammocks, and private dock.

House - The house opens on both the east and west side with 4 pocketing 12 foot sliding doors opening onto large screened decks for lounging and dining.

Sleeping - The main floor Master bedroom deck has an outdoor claw-foot tub with hot and cold water and private bath with large shower. One of the upstairs 2-room bedroom suites sleeps up to 5 each, and the other sleeps 3. Both have private baths. All bedrooms open onto decks. Bed totals = 4 queen custom made beds with one capable of being separated for two twins, plus 3 twin beds. All Linens and towels are provided.

Sunsets are spectacular. Great boating water and use of paddle boards, and kayaks.

Kitchen - Fully equipped kitchen with Sub-Zero, Wolf and Kitchen Aid Appliances, as well as a Kitchen Aid food processor and Vita-mix blender, coffee maker and Nespresso Machine and Foamer. Sound system with IPad/IPhone docking and High Speed Wifi. Surrounded by fine-dining, one of the prettiest beaches and amazing fishing, there is plenty to keep you busy – or swing in the hammocks and order Pizza to be delivered.

Wildlife. During a typical stay you will see dolphins playing off the beach, manatees often, tarpon, sea turtles and a. Adt array of gulf coast fish. You will see osprey, great horned owls, pileated woodpeckers, great blue herons, egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, screech owls, white and brown pelicans, frigates, cormorants, anhingas and many other sea birds. There are no poisonous snakes or other dangerous wildlife on island....

Fishing. Fly and cast fishing is epic as the waters surrounding the island are known by the locals as "The Kitchen".

Beach-coming is also wonderful on property and along the sandbar. Exploring our private island is fun for all. The kids will enjoy the 200' Zip line.

There is a massive number of family games, DVD's and High speed internet with Apple TV with access to Netflix and other movie options.

More Details

Stephen Ellis
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2017

About Stephen Ellis

Your hosts built this dreamy private island getaway within an easy boat ride from their principle home. 'We designed and built our dream home to share with our friends and family and celebrate what is most important in life!' Mr.Ellis is an award-winning luxury home builder in Sarasota, Florida (MyGreenBuildings) and Mrs. Ellis is an RN, active Mom, focused on health and wellness, and a local leader in advocating for animal welfare issues.

Stephen Ellis purchased this house in 2010

Why Stephen Ellis chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

As an avid yachting family, the home was designed like no other to capture views, breezes, and the materials and furnishings used in the home reflect their best memories of yachting throughout New England and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the San Juan Islands in the Pacific North West, the Caribbean and Bahamas.

What makes this house unique

The view, amenities and the private location is beyond compare. The home is highly sought after and praised for its design, and has been published in 8 different local, regional and national glossy magazines, as well as news-papers and television. The anonymity of our guest list is paramount. Perhaps the most common unique benefit for our guests -- who have included famous actors, athletes and public figures -- has been the absolute privacy of the location, completely disconnected to the rest of the world -- yet still very close to everything with a boat.


Longboat Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telescope
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , can be split into twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Built in Bunk
    Master 2 - 1 queen , 3 twin/ single , 2 room suite with private bath
  • All bedrooms have a private full baths - 3 in-suite. Master has private deck with an outdoor claw foot tub and hot and cold running water. There is a large outdoor shower on the ground level. Beds are all custom made from reclaimed hard wood cypress and historical beams, finished with non-toxic sealers. Mattresses are custom made eco-friendly memory foam with allergy materials and allergy free covers. Allergy free pillows for those with chemical sensitivity. Wonderful linens and covers. The home has wood heart of pine flooring throughout, with beautiful tongue and groove ceilings. The home opens up to the environment and on almost every day there are amazing cross breezes off of the gulf. All rooms open out to decks and view to the gulf and bay.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Wood Deck
  • 20 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house has kayaks (2 double) 2 paddle boards, canoe, and we can arrange for a private boat, limo service, maid service. The home meets the highest green building standards rated as a platinum green home by Florida Green Building Coalition. The views, private beach, grounds are amazing and native. Hammocks swing under the coconut trees, and chairs can be brought into the water under a shaded black mangrove tree. There are plenty of areas for napping on hammocks scattered around the property, lots of kid games and family games. There are two 10 foot dining tables for large gatherings. Kitchen is Sub Zero, Wolf and Kitchen-aide. Boche large capacity washer and dryer.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Tropical Private Island Retreat with 300 ft Private Beach - Simply Unmatched
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful location, very clean!

  • 4 of 5

This home was so fun! Our kids loved the rope swing over the water, zipline, and all the water toys! Views were amazing! Theres a sandbar just a hundred yards from the house that our kids loved exploring. Steve, the homeowner, was super helpful when things came up and the best part of our trip was kayaking around jewfish key with the dolphins just a few feet away! We willbe back!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Family Island Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous week at this spectacular island home in Florida. Everything about this house felt like 'home' from the moment we set foot on the island. The accommodations were excellent, including all of the water toys - paddle boards, kayaks, canoe, beach toys, etc. The homeowners have thought of everything and were so easy to work with.

The sandbar is perfect for hanging out and enjoying a carefree beach day. We had grocery delivery to the local marina which was perfect and gave us more time to enjoy our vacation.

We accessed several other local beaches via boat and explored Anna Maria Island while staying at the home.

We highly recommend this wonderful island retreat.

The C & W Families

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely home, amazing location

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation ever at this house as a big family trip in celebration of my parents' 50th wedding anniversary . It was perfect. Our group ranged in age from 3- mid 70's. The house was lovely, thoughtfully designed and with every amenity (particularly for families with children), and the location was magical. It's a great place to sit back and relax, but there is so much to do there-- we enjoyed paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, and just exploring the island and sand bars. I just wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully Family Friendly Vacation Home.

  • 5 of 5

Fully equipped, well maintained, and wonderfully organized vacation get-a-way home. Safe beach ideal for younger children: and kayaks, paddleboards and canoes ideal for older "children". Fully retracting slider windows on both sides allows warm breezes to pass right through both family and dining room areas. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful house on a beautiful island!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house this past December 27 – January 3. The pictures posted on the web site DO NOT do this property justice. The house was fantastic. You are basically on a secluded island all by yourself! Every view from every room in the house was beautiful. There is something to do for all ages and plenty of room for everyone to have their own privacy. There are also many nice restaurants in the area, and on the waterfront. One of our favorites was Mar Vista Dockside! Our family thoroughly enjoyed the many water activities and scenic views. If you love sunsets, be prepared to be amazed. One of the best family vacations we have ever had!!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Incredible vacation! Amazing property and owners!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this home highly enough! It was stunning and in the most serene private location. We had everything we needed. The owners were very responsive and great to deal with. They truly wanted our stay to be great. We were right on the beach and saw dolphins and manatees every single day out front of the house! Clear and beautiful waters and a sandbar during low tide was like our own private beach in the middle of the ocean! Because you are on an island, you need to get groceries before you arrive. I highly recommend having them stock the kitchen for you ahead of time. We would do this next time. You need to rent a boat to get to this property, and please be aware that the boat rental business only allows for one car overnight. We had two and ran into some issues. Steve, the owner of the house, was responsive and helped us solve the issue quickly. We had everything we needed at the house. Kayak's, paddle boards, etc. We had a total of 8 in the home and had more than enough room for everyone! Nice private rooms for time away! Loved every minute of our trip and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
(SRQ) Sarasota - Bradenton International
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Mar Vista
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Bring your boat or boat rentals or private ferry
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Longboat Key Resort Club and IMG, and others
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Marvista Restaurant and Moore's Stone Crab
Car: recommended

Set on 2 acres of land on a private island, this home has been widely published for its unique and beautiful private setting. Private beach and deep water boat dock at your front door and a forested private island preserve with a foot path down the middle length of the island. This home is all about the water and the wildlife that shares the property with you.

Things we all love to do:

Watching the amazing sunsets

Napping in hammocks under the Palms

Swimming and floating

Discovering the beaches and exploring the vast sandbar





Paddle boarding

Ordering in a private massage

Exploring the island

In the evening, the sunsets are amazing and there is plenty to keep you busy – or swing in the hammocks and order Pizza to be delivered to the dock and watch a movie.

There are wonderful Zagat Rated local restaurants serving fresh local catch within 2-10 minutes by easy boat ride in protected waters - including several that have tables on the beach!

If you want to venture out further, a 5 minute boat ride and simple 10 mile drive south to St. Armonds Key, Downtown Sarasota, known world wide for fine arts and culture,beaches, museums, botanical gardens, and wonderful restaurants.

Sarasota has a terrific jazz festival, film festival, wine festival, polo season, golf tournaments, and many other special annual events.

But we warn our guests that they may not want to schedule too many things as our guests all agree that the Island is the most captivating place to be while visiting Sarasota, Longboat Key or Anna Maria Island...It just doesn't get any better than here :-)


Rates & Availability

Longboat Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $600 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 11.5%

4 Day Getaways are available for $6,000. There is a $200 per night charge for peak holiday weeks. Boat rental is available and a boat is required to stay on this private island.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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