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"Old Florida" Cottage, Private, Quiet, All the Modern Conveniences.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3, Two adults and one child)

The Longbeach Cottage was built in 1920 and lovingly restored to preserve its historic qualities, while providing the modern conveniences the savvy traveler demands.

We made sure you stay connected and entertained by providing high speed, wireless internet access, flat screen TV's and custom cable channels. The Cottage has a large fenced in backyard and a quiet, comfortable and private deck where you can read, enjoy a cup of coffee, grill out and browse the internet with your lap top or tablet.

What you'll find most compelling is the location and the wealth of amenities you can access without ever getting in your car.. Walk or bike around the perimeter of the Village to bay views, a restaurant with bay front dinning, two public docks, a boat ramp, a bay front beach and a oak canopied dirt road. Walk to the gulf and some of Florida's best beaches. The vistas, sunrises and sunsets will enchant you.

The beach and the bay are pristine and if you have a kayak or paddle board you're just minutes from the Sister Keys a restored and protected group of islands in Sarasota Bay.

The location is prime for serious fishermen and provides a great diversity of opportunities. The owner can provide you with local knowledge and information on top local guides. A public boat ramp is three blocks away.

Keywords: Historic cottage, fishing, longboat key, Longbeach, village, boat ramp, beach, dock, vacation rental, kayaking, biking, deck, pet friendly, fenced, boating, museum, stand up paddle board, photography, birding, tennis.

More Details

Rusty Chinnis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Rusty Chinnis

I'm a retired builder, a Coast Guard Licensed Guide, an outdoor writer and photographer. I was President of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, write a local fishing column for the Anna Maria Island Sun ( I'm a founding member and Chairman Emeritus of Sarasota Bay Watch ( a non-profit committed to the health of the bay. I am also an International Fly Fishers Certified Casting instructor. Fishing is a passion which I've been pursuing in local waters for over 30 years. I'm happy to advise on local waters and/or information on the area's best guides.The same goes for special bike hikes and where to find the best photo opts .

Rusty Chinnis purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Rusty Chinnis chose Longbeach Village

I love the Village and consider it one of the world's special places. That's why I've lived here for over thirty years!

What makes this cottage unique

Great fishing, Peaceful and Quiet, Beaches, nature preserves (6 within 10 miles), bays, sunsets, sunrises, boating, great restaurants and so much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Rusty & Christine,

Words cannot describe the fabulous time that we had on Longboat Key and the wonderful "Longbeach Cottage".

Thank you so very much for everything. The house was everything we dreamed of for our much needed "11" Day minication. We will be back!
Sep 2012
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Longbeach Village Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed (1) quality mattresses for a great night's sleep. We travel, so we understand!, Twin or Single Beds (1) quality mattresses for a great night's sleep. We travel, so we understand!,
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Located in the quaint and historic Village, a water front restaurant, public dock and boat ramp three blocks away. Five minute walk to the beach or Longboat Pass. Just a short distance to the historic and scenic Cortez fishing village. Bike to Joan Durante Park. Walking trails and biking in a restored wetland bordering Sarasota Bay. Ten miles to St. Armand's Circle, one of Florida's most stylish shopping districts. All the cultural amenities of Sarasota are thirty minutes or less away. The Ringling Museum, Selby Gardens, Oslo Theater. Launch you boat at the public ramp three blocks away and you have access to some of Florida's finest fishing in minutes. The area is one of Florida's top tarpon destinations from May through July and offers some of Florida's best fishing for trout, redfish, snook, king mackerel and a host of other species. Owner can provide renters with access to some of Florida's most accomplished guides. We allow one small pet.


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"Old Florida" Cottage, Private, Quiet, All the Modern Conveniences.
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St. Johns, Michigan

Relaxing Cottage

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a relaxing break in a charming cottage in a quiet neighborhood, then consider this place for your destination. The cottage is very clean and well kept. Just the right space for three people. We especially liked the back patio shaded by palms and the back porch which was my favorite reading room each evening. Very close to the beach. Rusty and Christine very hospitable. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Longboat Key, Florida

The Longbeach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A great place to vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned from our Spring getaway. We live in Central FL, but, need to visit the beach several times a year. We found the perfect cottage to enjoy the beach, restaurants and nearby attractions. The cottage is like your home away from home. We found the cottage to be very clean, it has every appliance you would need, a wonderful private patio, and it is located on a very quiet street in The Village of Longboat Key. This was our second visit to the "cottage" and we are looking forward to returning in the fall. Thank you Rusty and Christine for being wonderful hosts and providing us with a home away from home.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

I woke up this morning in my log cabin in the middle of a forest in northern wisconsin, looked out the window and saw that even though I had overslept , it was still February, still cold, still dreary. I realized that I had made a severe mistake last year in not booking a way out of here for myself and the 2 hounds this year. I will try not to make that mistake again - I was hee in November a couple of years ago and the house still stays as a dream. Big backyard, the dogs loved chasing each other around the huge bush, and spending time just laying in the sun. (One suggestion - you misht wnt to put up a little fencing bewteen the ground and the house in the back - the dogs only took a day to figure out that they could escape by going underneath the house to bypass the fence - ,eamt to mention it at the time, luckily the street is very quiet nd no cocker spaniel/chevy exchanges occured.)

The house is great, the neighborhood is worth the price of admission. The only thing I would do differently would be to plan onhiring a maid to come in once a week so I leave the house neater. (I have lived alone for years and have been told I am mildly oblivious to my surroundings.) Mr Landlord was very nice even though I showed up a bit early - never met Mrs. Landlord but she was very nice to deal with over the phone.

If you are going to stay on Longboat Key, stay in the village. So much more relaxing. Wish the dogs could have joined me walking on the beach but they really liked the Joan Durante Park, the dog beach in Venice and riding around out by the everglades.

I hope to get back here again, I think the dogs are welcome - I hope they get to bring me.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Home in an Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

We felt so fortunate to have discovered this gem in Longboat Village! The cottage is charming and equipped with everything needed for a relaxing and cozy week. Lots of historic details and all the modern touches needed for comfort. Kitchen had enough room for two people to fix a meal together, always a nice feature. I appreciated that the property has several different areas to spend time--a porch, an outdoor table and chairs in the private backyard in addition to the well-furnished living room. Location can't be beat, just a short walk to an amazing, almost private beach! Highly recommend this wonderful home. Thank you, Christine and Rusty!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Peaceful Home away from Home.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was clean,comfortable and inviting. The bathroom was clean and maintained, the bed was clean, queen sized and comfortable. The air conditioning was welcomed for us Alberta foothills dwellers. Everything promised in the description was provided, and more. We spent many hours enjoying meals cooked in the small well appointed kitchen, and eaten on the clean, landscaped, private back patio with our friends, who stay close by.We photographed each sunrise and many sunsets during our stay at the dock, which is a pleasant 3 minute walk. The birds were plentiful, varieties were unique to the area, and listening to their calls was peaceful and part of our vacation experience. The walk to Whitney beach was part of each morning, and is a quick 5 mins across the Gulf of Mexico Dr. We enjoyed an hour or 2 daily walking the beach. In spite of our rest and relaxation at the cottage, we enjoying daily trips around the area. Cortez fish market, Phillipina restaurant with the Mantees outside, a Tampa Rays game, Siesta Key art market, St. Armand Circle, Columbia Restaurant, Anna Maria Island, a Buegrass festival, dog races, flea markets, Ellerton, outlets, fishing, and I'm sure I forgot a few places, like the Ringling Museum and Dali museum!!! Yes we enjoyed ourselves immensely and came home each night to the perfect place to get ready to face the next day. Thank you so much Christine and Rusty, and we hope to return. Until we meet again.....

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Sarasota international Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Mar Vista
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
The Longboat Key Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Whitney Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Mar Vista
Nearest Point of Interest
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Ramp and Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Sister Keys
Nearest Point of Interest
Coquina Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Greer Island
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach access
Nearest Point of Interest
Robinson Preserve
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
The Cottage
Nearest Point of Interest
Joan Durante Park
Nearest Point of Interest
The Garden District
Nearest Point of Interest
Coquina Beach Boat Ramp
Nearest Point of Interest
Village Ancorage
Nearest Point of Interest
Leffis Key
Car: recommended

The owner has extensive local experience and will share information with fishermen, paddlers, bikers, photographers and birding enthusiasts.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax

The rates changed and were not recorded. The year-round rate is $850.00 per week.

All rates subject to applicable Fees and Taxes.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.