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True Beachfront Beach House on Private Beach

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Manasota Key House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Are you looking for the perfect beach house hide-a-way on a tropical island with your own deserted beach; a beach house and beach so private and secluded that you are likely to see more dolphins than people? Do you dream of a beach that is littered with shells and fossilized sharks teeth, where you can watch one magnificent sunset after another? Then we have your dream come true.

Our beach house is on a secluded beach that makes up the barrier island of Manasota Key. Our beach is a very quiet beach. The entire island is a conservation area. You can often sit for hours and not see even another person. The sand is covered with gorgeous shells and numerous sharks’ teeth. About 20 feet off shore is one of the few Florida West Coast Reefs in just a few feet of water; perfect for snorkeling and fishing. There are abundant tropical and game fish. Our beach is know to be one of the best shore fishing spots in entire county. Yet you are just a 10 minute drive back to the main land for restaurants and stores.

Known as the 'Gem of the Sun Coast', Manasota Key is home to majestic dolphins, gentle manatees, million year old shark teeth, and thousands upon thousands of gorgeous shells...and of course, FISHING! catch your fair share of grouper, snook, redfish, tarpon, snapper, and list goes on and on! If you're looking for privacy and seclusion with the ability to be at restaurants and shopping within minutes then you have found your place in the world! Don't miss out on your chance to vacation in PARADISE, feast on SEAFOOD, and RELAX in the crystal clear waters of Manasota Key!

We have two screened porches; one right on the beach, perfect for watching enchanting sunsets while dolphins play in the waves. The other screened porch is attached to our house, about 100 feet back from the beach, for barbecue and relaxing. Between the sand and our beach house is our private backyard filled with hundreds of towering palm trees. The house has new appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, three TVs, and cable TV with HBO, ShowTime and extra sports channels as well as dependable high speed cable internet, with Wi-Fi. Each bedroom and the living room have speakers to plug your smart phone in to for listening to all your favorite music. Golf, tennis, restaurants, and shopping are only minutes away on the mainland.

Board games, puzzles and games provided for the kids to play.

Keywords: Beach Home, Beach House

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Michele Lipman
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2016
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About Michele Lipman

My family and I are water and beach lovers. We enjoy SCUBA diving, boating, wake boarding and jet skiing. When we get tired we just sit back and enjoy the sunset.

Michele Lipman purchased this house in 2002

Why Michele Lipman chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

We bought this cottage because of its quiet and secluded location away from all of the hustle and bustle. We were looking for a beach that we could just sit back and read a book and feel like the whole world is ours. No body to disturb us.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy our cute cottage. It has everything we need to enjoy our selves and relax. When we arrive at our cottage we can take off our watches and set our internal clocks to island time. We collect shark's teeth. We go out on the boat. We bar-b-que with friends. It is a total paradise.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's difficult to say something not already mentioned but here goes. The weather did not drop below 98F during the day-Phew!!(not like this in England!) The sea geve us a different view every day. The beach changed each day-sometimes lots of shells, sometimes sand only. We saw dolphins, all sorts of sea birds-the pelicans made us smile. Their formation flying would be the envy of any country's air force! Although we only met the "gound turtle" it was facinating seeing the turtle tracks and meeting the "turtle nest spotters." They were upset with the number of "high" tides that are washing the nests away. The fish visited us on a couple of days. Eating was very simple-either "at home" or at the Gulf View restaurant; an excellant steak!! oh-and duckling and pork and fish dish ect. etc.

In conclusion, Brenda and I haved had a lovely stay here. We take back lots of very happy memories and hope everybody following us has an equally outstanding time.

A massive thanks to Mark and Michele.
Jul 2005
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True Beachfront Beach House on Private Beach
average rating of 4.918919 based on 50 reviews
Orlando, Florida

WOW Property! Charming Private Beach House! Secluded Beach!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property location was amazing!!! The house is a perfect size and charming! It was like going back in time when the Florida coastline was untouched, I grew up in Florida...this is true Florida...a real special setting like no other! When we arrived at this amazing place...all I could say was WOW, no way!!! The property is really beautiful it brought tears to my eyes and brought back so many memories when I was a young man growing up on the East Coast of Florida! TRUE FLORIDA IS STILL HERE! I can't say enough...met all of our requirements!!! There is one amazing surprise at this property right on the beach...a covered, enclosed Gazebo that is just a few feet from the waters edge and a few steps onto the beach, no other property has this...that was the the perfect spot at night to watch the sunsets!!! We will back year after year now!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private enclave by the beach, literally

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is cute, but the location is priceless. We took our Italian Greyhound and it was perfect to lounge on the garden or at the beach with him. The only reason I give it a 4 stars is because cleaning inside the house should have been much more thorough.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you and your pup enjoyed your stay at the Cuddlefish. The privacy and peacefulness that the Cuddlefish has to offer is what is valued so much by all of our guests. Our usual cleaning crew was away on their own vacation just prior to your stay. We had a substitute crew and unfortunately they did not perform up to our usual excellent standards. Needless to say, we will not be using them again. Thank you for letting us know.
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My stay at the Cuddlefish Beach Cottage during Hurricane Hermine.

  • 3 of 5

Was my luck to schedule our stay just when Tropical Storm Hermine was making its debut, great wave action Wednesday and Thursday. By Friday morning we were ready to pack it in. Then the sunshine came in and we had some good days after all.

Quaint location, beach basically all your own. Neighbors call this place the caddy shack by the way. Rough beach, great shelling if that is your thing. My thing is grilling, I love to grill! The grill here is a piece of junk, unusable! You would think for the price you are paying the darn grill would be serviceable. Cottage is small, one bath room, keep that in mind if you invite guests to stay overnight. And if you do have more than 5 guests you better buy some plastic ware as there are only 5 metal forks here. Oh, if you use the stove, beware, no smoke exhaust on it. Kind of debating if we would return or not, it is a great location. If only the grill was usuable!

Several restaurants nearby, we are familiar with all of them, the Gulf View Grill is okay. Circle K down the street for the news paper.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry to hear about this guest's experience with the grill. The salty air does take its toll on outdoor equipment. Had the vacationer made me aware of this, a new grill would have been provided immediately. My phone number and email, as well as my property manager's phone number and email are readily available for any questions or concerns that may come up. As a long time property owner I make it a priority to always make things right for the vacationer as soon as it is brought to my attention. I cannot do that if I am not notified. As far as the cottage being small, that should have been no surprise as this is clearly stated in the description. Also, it is clearly stated that the maximum number of occupancy is four, exactly for this reason. We do not allow, nor were we made aware that this guest had "more than 5 guests" spend the night. A new grill is now in place.
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Very Cute and Very Clean!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at Cuddle Fish on Manasota Key. The drive was long for us but worth every hour. It was so quiet, peaceful and relaxing. The views were Spectacular. Loved beach-combing and finding some of the prettiest shells we had ever seen. We loved it so much we have already booked a week for next summer. Lovely experience, Thank You Mark and Michele for letting us stay in your little bit of paradise.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this property! On top of this charming cottage's gem of a location, the owners were wonderful to work with when an unavoidable problem arose during our stay. I will share a couple of things. 1- we were pleasantly surprised at the very nice kitchen & bathroom in this unit

(The pictures do not do it justice). Great appliances and well appointed bathroom (no tub btw, but a beautiful walk in shower). 2- AC works well in the home which was necessary for us because I am very pregnant & we had a two year old in tow. 3- A quiet & secluded beach although we shared it closely during our stay with the house next door which was accommodating two large families for the week (with 6 plus kids between them). I can imagine how secluded it would feel to visit with no one staying on either side as previous reviewers have experienced...but despite this, the property & area are unusually peaceful for a summer family vacation in FL :). 4- We are Caribbean lovers & are so happy we chose this property. It has a certain charm & rustic feel that resembles our visits to different Caribbean destinations over the years. We stumbled upon this Florida unit because we were deliberately trying to avoid the zika virus this summer (being that I'm pregnant) we are so glad we did because we are already planning and anticipating another stay here next year :).

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Savannah, GA

Great Gulf Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our third trip to this wonderful vacation home. The Cuddlefish Beach Cottage is a lovely retreat for any couple. Added bonus is being able to bring along our precious Corgi. Great walks on beach, very private, yet shopping and golfing nearby. Already booked again for next year.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Activities On Site, beach, sand dollars, sharks teeth, dolphin, manatee and sea turtle watching, redfish, & snook fishing, and relaxing & unwinding with a good book, Activities Nearby, World class tarpon fishing, nature walks, kayaks, canoes, bicycles, wave runners, & boats of all kinds available to rent at nearby marinas, Sightseeing boat tours, Unlimited restaurants nearby - from the common to world class dining, Championship golf courses within minutes of island


Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
value season 2016
Aug 28 2016 - Dec 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Dec 4 2016 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring/summer 2017
Apr 30 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
value season 2017
Aug 27 2017 - Dec 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (2)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Stereo with ipod and MP3 connectors in each bedroom and the living room

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