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Authentic Old Florida Beach Cottage- The Smaller Side

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Welcome to our Cottage! If you are looking for a simple, quiet, stress-free place to enjoy the beach, this is it. It's not a fancy condo-- no long hallways, distant parking, elevators, or crowds. Best of all, the cottage is beachfront, so there are no streets to cross. The Cottage is a duplex, and this listing is for the smaller side. VRBO #77482 will show you the larger side. The two sides share a screened porch facing the beach.

The cottage was constructed in 1912 or so, as a caretaker's home for a larger house which is now gone. It has been carefully maintained and updated, but has retained the charm of a bygone era.

The interior walls are heart pine, and so are the floors, refinished by hand. Furnishings have been chosen for comfort-- a rattan recliner and matching pillow top queen size sleeper sofa in the living room, dining table for two, and king size bed in the bedroom.

It's shaded by ancient Australian pine trees and has a comfortable shared screened porch for a front-row view of the sunsets and stars. With the windows open at night, you can hear the surf!

Walk directly out the screen porch door, and down to the beach--no streets to cross. Or, sit out on the patio and enjoy your coffee and newspaper, or cocktails. Our guests tell us that the best part of the patio area, (besides the view) is it's size-- plenty of room for spreading out.

We are located a block away from the Cafe on the Beach, convenient for all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts, quick lunches, and relaxing dinners. The beach-front playground is a block and a half away. Take the free trolley and see the rest of the island.

If you need more room, the other side of the duplex, VRBO 77482 is available. Also see our other VRBO listings on the same property, VRBO 82848 and VRBO 738184.

Keywords: Cottage, Duplex, Bungalow, Apartment, Flat

More Details

Owner
Alice Torres Sutton
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Alice Torres Sutton

Hi! Our family has owned this property since 1971. My grandparents built it as their retirement home, and now it belongs to us. My mom, Gladys, is on the left in this photo, and that's me, Alice, on the right. Mom passed away in 2014, but her spirit of hospitality continues. I live up in Tampa, and visit the beach every weekend with my husband and family.

Alice Torres Sutton purchased this cottage in 1983

Why Alice Torres Sutton chose Holmes Beach

Our family chose to purchase the Cottage because there was no way we could resist! The property is huge, and has the most magnificent view of the beach, especially at sunset, and of course, we loved the neighbors (my grandparents). We live in Tampa, but visit the Island every weekend, and it is a quick trip, about an hour. The Island has an unspoiled small-town charm--like Mayberry but with sand and sun! No matter how short your stay on the Island, it will refresh your spirit.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage offers simple peace and quiet, with sunny or shady spots on the patio facing the beach. The patios are nestled in a native Florida meadow, complete with blanket flowers, railroad vine, and sea oats-- it's a trip to the past, when life was much simpler. When families visit, the patio area is a favorite of the older crowd, since it is shielded from the wind and sun, and it has a horseshoe court. The screened porch is a great place for morning coffee and the newspaper, afternoon snacks, or evening refreshments.

Amenities

Holmes Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guest must execute full rental agreement prior to Owner's final acceptance of reservation.
  • Wkly/nightly: $250 due at reserv.; bal due 21 dys in adv. Monthly: $500 at reserv., 25% at 90 days in advance, bal due 21 dys in adv. No refunds.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • All linens provided; stall shower, hair dryer is in the vanity.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Screened porch facing the beach, shaded gulf front patios with extensive native landscaping. A vanishing piece of historic old Florida.

Reviews

4.7/5 -
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Authentic Old Florida Beach Cottage- The Smaller Side
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
5

Perfect location, Awesome service, Loved it!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

First it was very easy to communicate with Alice about the property and booking was easy

Check in was very easy. I don't know if I've just had bad luck on other stays I've had in anna maria both on vrbo and through rental companies, but I usually always have a problem. No problems this time. Went exactly as I was told it would go.

Location of the cottage was great. Right on the beach, no streets to cross, just put on your flip flops and head on down. The property sits a little low so you are hidden from people at the beach while sitting on the porch or patio. View of the water through the sea oats was outstanding. It's just over the bridge from the mainland so it was super easy to get to.

The cottage was clean. It had a fully stocked kitchen. Everything you needed at the beach was right there and in good shape. Chairs, umbrella, towels. Bath towels were like brand new not cheap and scratchy. AC worked great and even in late October I was happy about that. There was a big flat screen tv that probably worked just fine but we were very happy to not find time to turn it on :-) I can tell you the blender worked just fine!

It was a pleasure to meet the owner Alice. She stopped by to welcome us and made it feel like we were staying at a friends place.

Well definetly be coming back. I like to think I'm a value hunter and I feel like we got a whole lot for our money.

Thanks Alice we love your place and appreciate you having us!

P.s. We even recieved a post card when we got back thanking us for our stay! Very awesome she took the time to do that.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi! Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic and detailed review. I am so happy that you enjoyed our cottage! We love to share it, and think of all of our guests as our friends. We shopped for quite a while trying to find the right towels-- I am over the moon that you noticed-- it means that our hard work paid off! Glad you enjoyed the blender too-- we pictured our guests enjoying those frosty frozen drinks out on the beachfront patios at sunset. Please come stay with us again- you were terrific guests! Happy Thanksgiving! Alice
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4

Charming cottage

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a quiet laid back week at that beach and the cottage was a great place for it.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rosemary-- So happy you were able to relax at our cottage! Thank you for being our guests, and hope to see you again. Alice
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5

Old Florida

  • 5 of 5

I loved this place, it is classic old florida style. Gladys made us feel like we were visiting family.

Not for those that want turn down service or hotel amenities, but this was exactly what I was looking for.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Skinny's-- catty-corner across the way
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Beach Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
right outside your door!

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Deposits or rental payments are non-refundable unless owner is able to re-book entire stay. See rental agreement for complete terms and conditions. During Winter Season, on occasion there are stays of less than one week available between longer bookings. The nightly rate will apply during those circumstances. Special rates apply Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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