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Dolphin House: Split Floor Plan Charmer with Shaded Yard, Near Waterfront

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

We can’t explain why guests say they relax the minute they enter Dolphin House.

Maybe it’s because the cheerful coastal vibe reminds them that they’ve finally made their escape to the beach. Or because comfortable furnishings and sun-filled spaces make this rental truly feel like home. Or because arriving in Gulfport means entering a vibrant community with a be-who-you-are attitude.

No matter the reason, we love knowing guests can find peace at our 2BR/2BA rental in the heart of the Waterfront District. From its shaded yard to its beach chic entertaining areas, Dolphin House is the ideal landing pad for you, your closest friends or family, and even your pup. Come discover Gulfport's beaches, dining, and jam-packed lineup of events—from farmer’s markets to full-fledged celebrations.

A DAY AT DOLPHIN HOUSE

In all three bedrooms, bright color schemes and tropical décor will fill you with Floridian spirit before your feet even hit the floor. Wake up lazily in the master’s king-size bed or either of the guest room’s queens.

Refresh in either of the two full bathrooms—one designated for the master, the other shared between the two guest rooms. If you need to check in with the real world, there’s a spot for that in the office off the master.

Get the day started by whipping up something fresh. Our fully equipped galley kitchen has plenty of counter space for chopping and prepping, plus a large fridge for all your farmer’s market finds.

Take your breakfast out to the shaded back patio and have a moment to yourself beneath the yard’s tall oak tree, or settle in around the six-person dining table for coffee and conversation.

The kitchen and dining space serve as the heart of this split floor plan home—here, you’ll find the perfect balance between privacy and time together.

Two living areas, one near the two guest bedrooms and another near the master, are chockfull of breezy charm. Opt for board games in the bamboo stalk green front living area or sink into cozy sofas for movie night in the back living area. Both have their own flat-screen TVs.

WHY WE LOVE DOLPHIN HOUSE

Fun, a little bit funky, and totally inviting, Dolphin House takes a cue from Gulfport itself. And it’s no wonder: this rental is tucked in the heart of town, just a 5-minute walk from the Waterfront District.

“Bored” isn’t in Gulfport’s vocabulary. No matter when you make your way here, you’ll find some way to immerse yourself in this unique community. Like GeckoFest, an annual end-of-summer celebration full of groovy jams, quirky street performers, and costume-clad revelers. Or bi-weekly art walks, weekly farmer’s markets, and summer sock hops.

When you’re ready to take a break from downtown’s lively spirit for something a little quieter, pedal one of our complimentary bikes a half-mile to the Pinellas Bike Trail or walk a block to the dog park with your four-legged pal.

Free Wifi.

Now with Netflix!

More Details

Property Manager
Beth Sexworth
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Beth Sexworth

Traveler, photographer, host

Why Beth Sexworth chose St Petersburg Area

Dolphin House has a wonderfully open and comfortable feel. Each room has lots of windows, the floor plan and fantastic and the location in was everything we were looking for. I had been traveling to the area for several years and purchased Palm Cottage in 2002 while kicking around at open houses after a business trip. Dolphin House came on the market the next year, and we had the opportunity to purchase it and The Sand Dollar at the same time. While separate by a fence and gate, the two properties can be rented together to accommodate groups of 8-10.

Gulfport is a lovely community, without strip malls and high-rises, so that it actually feels like home every time we arrive. There are tons of local events throughout the year - a little something for everyone. You can walk most anywhere you need to in the Gulfport area - to the beach, to the Art Village, to the dog park, to the library, to the Casino, to many restaurants and live music venues and to the pier and Veteran's memorial park. Easy access to the Pinellas Trail and you can travel for miles up the Florida west coast.

What makes this house unique

We really love the design of the home. There are two separate living areas, so there's more than one place to relax and gather outside of the bedrooms. The split floor plan - with two bedrooms, one bath and one living area in the front and one bedroom, one bath and the second living area in the back - make it perfect for families or couples. You can stay under one room yet have a little separation and privacy. The front of the house can actually be closed off from the kitchen via a pocket door, and there are double French doors between the other side of the kitchen and the back living area & dining that may be closed as well. There are several large windows along the side of the house along the kitchen and dining area that look into the tropically landscaped sideyard and path. I love to open the blinds and feel that I have brought the outdoors in, no matter the weather. The entire house has tile floors which feel fantastic on bare feet in the summer, and each of the bedrooms is generously sized. There's a nice covered porch in the back with patio seating, plus a patio table off the porch on the pavers, for outside dining. We just love it!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Very nice - perfect for our family. The rooms are cheerful and tastefully decorated.



Thank you for providing the things needed to create a meal and coffee! So nice.



Lovely place easy to walk to all nice boutiques and restaurants.



Thank you so much.



P.S. Beautiful landscaping!
May 2013
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Amenities

Gulfport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1 King bed, 2 Queen beds, 1 Other bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Extended stays are available. Please check calendar for availability!

Reviews

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Dolphin House: Split Floor Plan Charmer with Shaded Yard, Near Waterfront
average rating of 4.746835 based on 90 reviews
WINSTON SALEM, NC
5

It was a great experience for me and my family.

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Fantastic

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Dolphin House Stay

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The house was even better than expected. Very close to water and shops/restaurants. Very clean and maintained. Ample parking and great landscaping. They thought of everything when it comes to the comforts of home. Nicely loaded kitchen, comfy beds/couches, lots of dinning seating and outside sitting. Great property

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Splashy Ventures/Gulfport Florida Vacation Rentals
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Hilliard, FL
5

Like Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Everything was perfect for our 3 day stay. The home was fully furnished and equipped with everything we would need. The decor was tasteful and charming and the location for dining was superb. Check in was a breeze as well as check out. Responsive to any questions or concerns. Will definitely consider again!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Richmond, VA
5

Everything was just right!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The house is adorable and in a PRIME location. Gulfport is charming and the people so nice. All of the beaches are just minutes away, so we went to St. Pete, Madeira, and Pass-a-Grille--each different, but still awesome. Day trip to Sarasota and a Rays game at night. Finally, St. Petersburg is really fun and hip and urban! Lots of good food and breweries! It was a pleasant surprise.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, Georgia
5

Return Visit Just as Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

This is our 2nd visit to this great property. It's roomy, neat, has everything we needed and more. We pulled the shades during the day and boy, when we got home the temperature was PERFECT and just dark enough for a good afternoon nap! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: She also had a brand new central heat and AC this time around! Woo hoo!
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Christiansted, XX
5

Great rental

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Dolphin cottage was a perfect rental for my boyfriend, my daughter, her husband and myself while we were in the area for my son's wedding last weekend.The cottage was clean, comfortable, and roomy. We were only one block from the fun waterfront area of Gulfport with its wonderful restaurants and artsy shops. I definitely recommend Dolphin Cottage and would love to stay here again on my next trip. I also recommend dining at Isabellas and Pia's Trattoria.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love Pia's too. Too much!!!
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