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Gulf Front Home! 3+ ACRES!! Property from Gulf to Bay!!!

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights


Manasota Key House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 4)

Enjoy the privacy and beauty of a waterfront property on the Gulf of Mexico.

Enter a long (400’) private driveway through beautiful native Florida vegetation.

You will reach our home, built in 1946. It was the third home built on Manasota Key.

Welcome to our very private beach getaway.

Beautiful Manasota Key is a quaint barrier island. Our home is located about halfway down the length of the key. It is not far from 4 major airports: Tampa (TPA), Sarasota (SRQ), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) to the north and Ft. Myers (RSW) to the south.

Our home is cozy and pleasantly rustic. It is perfect for a couple or a family. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The kitchen is large and contains just about every tool or appliance you could want. For outdoor cooking, there is also a gas grill. Adjacent to the kitchen is the living room, which overlooks the Gulf of Mexico through a double set of sliding glass doors. Outside the glass doors is a large deck.

More property description : Just a few steps from the deck is beautiful Manasota Key Beach. The private beach extends 1-1/2 miles south and 1/2 mile north…which means no crowds. The total beach extends about 2 miles to the south, ending at Stump Pass, and about 7 miles to the north. You will find the warm and usually clear blue waters of the Gulf a perfect place for your vacation! For those who prefer smooth, glassy waters, you should walk the beach in the early morning. Shark teeth and shells are abundant!

Amenities : * Activities (on site and nearby)

o Golf

o Tennis

o Shopping

o Sightseeing

o Restaurants

o Kayaking

o Sailing

o Boating

o Waterskiing

o Jet Skiing

o Shelling

o Swimming

o Snorkeling/Diving

o Windsurfing

o Biking

o Wildlife Viewing

o Fishing

o Fitness Center/Gym

o Health/Beauty Spa

o Cinemas/Movie Theaters

o Miniature golf

Vacation Rental Features : # Outdoor Features

* Gas/Electric BBQ Grill

* Deck/Patio

# View/Location

* Beachfront

# Communications

* WiFi (Wireless Internet)

# Other Amenities

* Private dock on property on Lemon Bay,

# Suitability

* Pet Friendly: With limitations, $50 pet fee and additional deposit required.

* Kid Friendly

* Smoking Not Allowed

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jim Denison
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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October 20, 2016
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based on 23 traveler reviews

Gulf Front Home! 3+ ACRES!! Property from Gulf to Bay!!!
average rating of 4.521739 based on 23 reviews

Home and Owner are Excellent

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this wonderful old home in 2011. It looks exactly the same now as it did back then. We often dream of going back. The year we stayed there my health was in decline. Now 6 years later I only can wish I could travel back and enjoy the beauty and wonder of this great place.

I am posting this for any future prospective renters. I was just thinking of the good times we shared there so I decided to look the place up. I found my email correspondence with James (the owner) and found the address. My opinions are these.

This is a fun place to stay. Wonderful and amazing wildlife and beach beauty surrounds you. The beach is practically deserted and secluded. This isn't a new build so naturally its going to show its age but that far exceeds the privacy and beauty it offers. It was clean and tidy. Old yes, but well maintained. If you want a great little bungalow that offers unmatched gulf coast beauty at an affordable price....this is the place to stay.

Now as far as the owner. He was ALWAYS there for us. He helped us in every way whenever we needed anything. He met us in person on request. Answered emails quickly and i talked to him several times on the phone. I pray his health is improving and he is able to continue renting this place for many years to come. I want to be able to call him up again one day and return. If I wasn't sick we would have returned multiple times already.

James thank you for sharing your home with us in 2011. Thank you for being attentive to our needs. Thank you for offering such a wonderfully beautiful and private place at such an affordable cost. I pray you are healing and feeling much better.

John - July 30th-Aug 6th 2011

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Beach Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our week at this property. It was everything that my family of 3 (myself, wife, and our 10 yr old son) could ask for! The beach was amazing, and very private. We enjoyed sitting on the back porch with a cocktail, watching and listening to the surf. Walks on the beach were great with lots of shells and sharks teeth. I brought a boat to keep on the dock and had some great fishing in Lemon Bay and Stump Pass. The highlight of the week was watching Sea Turtles come onto the beach almost every night to lay their eggs.

The house was cool and comfortable, however we spent most of our time outside on the beach or enjoying the cool breeze under the shade of the Australian Pines on the back porch. It is an older home, but that is what is so amazing about it. It is literally right on top of the beach! You couldn't ask to be any closer.

Great place for a relaxing stay at the beach. We will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most relaxing family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved staying at this house, and we plan on returning!

The house is a gem! An older rustic home under a canopy of tropical plants! It was a perfect place to hang the kids enu's and relax while watching the sunsets, dolphins and listening to the waves... And of course hunting shells and sharks teeth!

The house is supplied with everything you could possibly need! We stayed for a week, only leaving the property once to hike stump pass park.

The property owner was accessible to contact during our stay and great to work with during both the stay and in the planning stages.

It was the perfect getaway! We hope to make this an annual tradition!

During our stay we had several people pass by on the beach to ask about the house. We also had family and friends inquire about the property after seeing our vacation photos. If you are looking to get away to a remote tropical destination, we highly recommended this home!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great family trip

  • 5 of 5

I was a little worried to book this property having read a couple of the recent reviews. I decided to take the risk because I wanted to be right on the beach, not "steps away from the beach." The risk was well worth it! My family stayed for five days. The house was very comfortable and clean. My kids were able to go in and out and down to the beach whenever they wanted. It is a very private stretch of beach - not really accessible from the public beaches. We found tons of shark teeth, kayaked and paddle boarded. My boys fished from the beach and from the dock. The owner's brother who lives nearby event lent my kids his fishing net when they lost theirs the day before. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Donnie & Lindasue

  • 5 of 5

As you can see I have reviewed this property a few times. We always have a great time for the 2 weeks we go every year. We love the quiet get away.The house is in very good shape for the age and we never have a problem with anything. The place is clean and has a well equipped kitchen that I love. If someone says they had no cooking equipment they didn't look very hard. To be able to set and watch the sunsets every evening is priceless. Everything was clean and ready for a stay. I have lived in Florida for 50+ years and have stayed at many places on the beach, I even own a place on the water in North Florida but this rates at the top of them all. I will continue to stay here every year as long as it is available. Thanks to Billy for his help. Also thanks to Jim and get well soon. See ya next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful beach, horrible home

  • 1 of 5

It took me a year to calm down to write this review. After much thought and discussion, we just had to express our disappointment in the property. The caregiver that was responsible didn't look physically capable to care for anything. The owner met us and was nice, but never went in the property. He has spent all of his rental earnings on his new multimillion dollar home next door. The carpet, linens, and window coverings were just disgusting and hadn't been cleaned in years. My asthma inhaler came out immediately.We then had to call the owner the first 24 hrs. because there were birds nesting in the fireplace which constantly made noise when you would come into the house. The living room was the only place that was clean and inhabitable. The kitchen was poorly equipped, despite new appliances, really hard to cook without pans and things. All had to be washed before used. The entire dock was collapsed and felt like the house was about to go as well. The steps were almost impossible to use to get to the beach. Rats in the bathroom our children were using. The only reason we didn't leave immediately is that this guy had hosed us for over 1200. plus and we had our dog and kids that had traveled quite a distance for this trip. This house is not up to code by anyone;s standards. And, I had to call him to get my damage deposit back. Unbelievable. Never had a problem like this with VRBO and I have stayed in US and France, sight unseen. Please, VRBO, this listing should not be allowed to be posted anymore.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is so much wrong with this review I’m not sure where to start. Addressing the issues as they are stated in the review: The grounds-keeper is a great older gardener that worked for many, many years for my deceased parents. At their request he has stayed on the property to complete limited tasks such as sweeping and handling the weekly trash. I don’t have a multi-million dollar home next door. I am a contractor; our neighbor was gracious enough to allow me to stay overnight while I was checking on the swallows which were in the chimney of our rental. I live 1 ½ hours away in a 3 bedroom 2 bath house on a cull-d-sac. Linens are, of course, all washed after every renter. Bedspreads are washed after every two renters. The only carpeting in the home, which is in the master bedroom, had never been cleaned when this renter arrived because they were BRAND NEW!, as were the rugs in the dining room, living room and guest bedroom. I’m not sure when the window coverings were last cleaned but the only fabric window coverings are in the master bedroom, the other bedroom has shutters. There were swallows nesting in the fireplace that had been returning there for probably 30 years. They fly around each evening catching bugs and returning to their young in the chimney. There is chirping heard in the kitchen but most renters say they found the sound of the chirping birds pleasing. The evening of the first day I was called regarding the birds I was there. In the morning, after the birds left, I put a screen over the chimney. I felt bad doing this but the renter insisted the noise was a nuisance. This was the only mention of any dissatisfaction about this rental. 4 days after this renter left I was in the hospital for an extended stay diagnosed with a bone marrow cancer. I asked my brother to mail the deposit back to the renter which I admit was almost 2 weeks late. The cupboards are full of dishes and bowls and there is more than an adequate amount of pans for cooking and baking. The dock is not collapsing, it is in very good shape (the pictures on VRBO are accurate and timely). The house was not and is NOT “about to go as well”. This is a solid brick house built in the 1940’s and withstood many storms (and renters). True, the steps to the beach are narrow but so far all the owners and renters have used them. I had received no complaint about “rats in the bathroom” that statement is as difficult to believe then as it is now.
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Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer '16
Apr 24 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Winter '16
Dec 18 2016 - Apr 9 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $75
cleaning $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

$250 - $500 reservation deposit per stay
1/2 payment due 60 days before stay,
final 1/2 payment due 15 days before stay,

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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Beds * Queen Bed * Twin/Single Bed (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities * Air Conditioning: Central Air Conditioning * Washer: Attached Laundry room with Washer / Dryer and Double Laundry Tub. * Dryer: Attached Laundry room with Washer / Dryer and Double Laundry Tub. * Linens Provided * Off Street Parking * Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer: There is room for parking of your Boat trailer. Our property extends from the gulf to bay. A 1/4 mile stroll will take you to our private dock on Lemon Bay. This is a quiet, relaxing spot for fishing or mooring small watercraft. Our home is pet-friendly, with limitations, please email or call regarding your pet. Most pets are welcome on the beach as well. Our home is sparsely equipped with electronics. There is a 32” flat screen TV with cable, a DVD player and high speed wireless internet. We have 2 bedrooms, one furnished with a queen bed and the other with 2 twins. The groundskeeper lives on site in our guest cottage.

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