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FALL rates starting at 900.00+ per week. Check the calendar for availability

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Manasota Key House Rental Photos and Description

1,200 sq/ft House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)

120 steps to the beach!!! Check the calendar for available dates. Beach cottage with deeded access across the quiet sandy street to the beach. One block south is Stump Pass State park for fishing, bird watching and a lucky dolphin sighting. Walk to the end of the Key collecting shells and shark teeth is never a bad way to start the day! Two bikes are available cruise the Key and kayaks or rent any equipment near by. Charter a boat for fishing and catch dinner or dine at our great restaurants or grab a fruity drink at the local Tiki Bar. The house is fully stocked and has undergone extensive updating to include new bathrooms and an outdoor shower, all new furniture. All new comfortable 'beach house' decor. Full kitchen with everything to create a memorable meal served outdoors. Or put your feet up while relaxing on the Lanai and read a book. Enjoy your stay at Shell's by the Beach.

Keywords: Beach House, beach cottage

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Shelly

We have had great fun renovating and redecorating the property. As an Interior Decorator I wanted the beach house to feel like a real vacation place. A place to put your feet up, relax and read a book after a day at the beach. The kitchen is fully stocked and ready for a quick meal or a memorable gathering.

Shelly purchased this house in 2010

Why Shelly chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

After vacationing on Shore View Drive for more than 10 years, we were offered the opportunity to own our own bit of paradise and jumped right in!! After a stay here you'll understand why we are now owners on Manasota Key! A true vacation awaits us every chance we get. Which with all of our bookings is never enough- Winters in Door County, Wisconsin are beautiful but they are winters none the less.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed for a week and loved the location. Great to have the beach across the quiet street -needed to be in the water to cool off and enjoy the sun. Everything we needed was there. Owners are making great changes and can't wait to see it all done! Love the new Florida Beach Bungalow colors and look.
Jul 2010
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FALL rates starting at 900.00+ per week. Check the calendar for availability
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews

Best cottage on the key!

  • 5 of 5

I believe this is the best cottage on the key. We loved it here so much we looked at properties and spoke to a realtor. Shells By The Beach is by far the nicest with a perfect location - and we got to stay there! The owner has EVERYTHING you might need. I cannot think of one suggestion, all I have is compliments. I'm home now wondering where I can install an outdoor shower and looking at paint swatches to add some pinks and blues to my décor. Our family of 4 included an 18 yr old male and 12 yr old female. The bikes were utilized constantly and we felt relaxed with the slow speed limit and relaxed setting. Both kids want to return and that says a lot. We beached in the state park and happily dropped in the $2/bike ($3/car) fee for the pristine beach and facilities. However, each evening we just walked across the street for a dip and the sunset. Thank you for a wonderful week. (An afternoon on rented jet skis was a fun splurge.)

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This house is the cutest I have ever stayed in. There is everything you could possibly need. Just pack your clothes and toothbrush. We always pack all of our beach stuff but it was a waste of my time because they have a whole shed of organized and new beach chairs, boogie boards, pales, umbrellas, etc... I was concerned about crossing a road to the beach because I have children, but it is nothing like I thought. It's like crossing a residential street, it was no bother at all. And getting to the beach was a piece of cake! I couldn't believe how close it was. The kitchen is fully stocked, but I don't cook on vacation! We ate at the White Elephant Pub which is covered outdoor seating on the bay side. It's loud with live music and fans. Perfect to take the kids during the day. Best pina coladas of the whole weekend. Ate at Gulf View restaurant. A little bit upscale with a wall of glass for your viewing pleasure. And we also ate at Lock n Key. Indoor and outdoor dining. Younger people outside, older inside. The house is so close to everything for convenience but the way it is situated makes it feel private. We loved the outdoor shower and my kids couldn't get enough of the sun room. Personally I adored the interior decorations of the house. This house is a great deal and we look forward to returning for a longer trip.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Clean Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My two sisters,and my niece, stayed here the first week in August of this year. We had a great time! This cottage is clean, cozy and had everything we could have possibly needed. What a wonderful location. The beach is beautiful and it was so nice having Stump Pass State Park within walking distance. We all walked to the end of Stump Pass. We saw a group of 6 Manatees there; so cool. We had two dogs with us and they enjoyed there swims in the cool Gulf waters. Will definitely keep this on the places to return to list. 😃

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great cottage in a wonderful area!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our July stay at the cottage. VERY comfortable for our four adults (one senior) and two older teenagers! Plenty of towels and other necessities, loads of information about Manasota Key and the Englewood area. If one daughter wasn't in the Lanai room reading or napping the other daughter was there talking to her boyfriend. When we weren't on the beach we spent a lot of time under the carport relaxing where Shelly has a table and numerous chairs and when she says "150 steps to the beach" she's not kidding. Wonderful shelling and shark tooth searching and we watched more than one storm roll in (very quickly)! Saw a dolphin swimming around in the intercoastal one day which was fun. Shelly is very helpful and communicative! We would highly recommend this clean, affordable cottage! We hope our future travels are this enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great winter cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed February and March 2015 and really enjoyed it. Plenty of room and everything you need for your stay. We loved the outside patio and having a gas grill. This was our second winter in the area and we love the area. It quiet, quaint and close to the beach. Also close enough to other places for sighting and my husband loves fishing in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darling Florida cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Shells on the Beach cottage had everything our family of 5 needed for the week. The kitchen was stocked with everything needed to prepare meals and we enjoyed eating most meals at the outside table. There were plenty of beach supplies for the kids which was wonderful. We had planned a few day trips around the area but we all ended up loving Manasota Key so much we really never left! We enjoyed shelling, finding tons of sharks teeth, kayaking with dolphins, and watching the sunset every night. The restaurants were fairly pricey in the area so we bought a lot of seafood from a guy at a stand right over the bridge to Manasota Key - it was better than the restaurants! Shelly was very easy to work with and responded to questions quickly. Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Beach Access
Nearest Point of Interest
4 great restaurants!
Nearest Point of Interest
Manasota Public Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Dec 18 2016 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 12.0%

There is a $150.00 security deposit per week/ $300.00 per month. The deposit is refunded upon a clean inspection.

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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Double Beds (1) There are TWO double beds in the guest room, Baby Cribs (1) There is a crib rental company in Englewood
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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