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Heated Pool House Close To USA's Best Beach! WiFi! Grill! Baby Supplies!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 , Close To Beaches, Shops And Restaurants

The house has a comfortable layout for entertaining. Two master suites are on opposite ends of the house. A new gourmet kitchen is in the middle of the house. It is open with a pass through to see everything including the pool. In the Florida room a long table easily pulls out from the wall to seat 10 -12 guests for that special meal. The house contains all new contemporary furnishings for your vacation comfort. Gulf Gates and the Sarasota Pavilion is through a locked gate in the privacy fence, behind the home.

Property Manager
Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel

We have been married since 1967 and have one special daughter who lights up our lives. We looked for a great beach to spend leasure time and know we had found in when we stepped out on the white, fine sand of Siesta Key. Wow! The Sunsets on that beach are unbelieveable. Sarasota clenched the deal with all the culture and amenities it has to offer. Ernie would like to live there and play music at the local beachside restaurants. We have always loved the beach and were property owners on Emerald Isle, North Carolina and loved going there with family and friends for vacations and having renters enjoy the beach and our home as we had. We love to imagine other happy families enjoying the long table in the Florida Room and the warm pool making wonderful vacation memories.

Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel purchased this house in 2012

Why Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel chose Gulf Gate

Sarasota weather is so wonderful most of the year with the cool summer ocean breeze. In the winter it is a ray of sunshine to rejuvenate in after so much dark, cold ice and snow. You can load up you car with everything you need for comfort at the beach and be at the #1 beach in the USA in less than 5-10 min.

What makes this house unique

This home is unique in that it is located on a quiet dead end street with lush flowers always in bloom. It is private but its proximity to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment mean a car is not necessary. Go out the back gate in the privacy fence and you come out in the Gulf Gate Shopping and Dining District. This is a neighborhood of one-story stores, wonderful international restaurants, and clubs and gift shops for all ages. At night this area becomes a hot spot and fills up with eaters, drinkers and live music lovers, a fun spot to be near for six nights a week. The Sarasota Pavilion shopping complex is also right there with a Bealls, Ross, Old Navy, Marshalls, Michael’s Crafts, Books-a-Million, Steinmart, a Publix supermarket and many more including Big Chain Restaurants all near the intersection of Stickney Point and Tamiami Trail. Cross this intersection and go down the causeway to get to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is less than two miles to Siesta Key. Two bicycles are provided free for your use.


Gulf Gate House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Access from main hallway.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Access from bedroom 4
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Access from Bedroom 1
  • All bathroom are new with walk in showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bathroom with shower, dresser, HD TV with cable and HBO.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Brass bed, large chest with two nightstands and small TV.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Nice size Bathroom with shower and door to the outside.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds with two large drawers, a desk and a TV
  • All Bedrooms have new, excellent quality mattresses and closets. Three of the bedrooms have a TV with cable and HBO. We love the music stations on cable.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Close to miles and miles of beaches, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.75 based on 52 reviews

Great vacation home! Super clean and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here very much. The house was very clean and comfortable with lots of space to gather our whole family for a meal or a relaxing conversation. The heated pool was so nice and warm it was easy to enjoy a swim even when the evenings were a little cool. We loved the sliders in the dining room that opened up to the pool area on two sides. The location was great too - close to shopping, restaurants, and the beach.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the great review. Laurie keeps it sparkling clean. It is a pleasure to give other families a memorable vacation experience. One of our favorite things to do is make improvements to this little piece of paradise.
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Annapolis, MD

Wonderful house in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Ray of Sunshine is exceptionally well equipped for a rental house. Comfortable furnishings, spacious layout, generous kitchen essentials make this a great choice for a family. Laurie and Paul are most responsive for any issues that arise. The house is in a modest neighborhood minutes away from shopping and that fabulous beach. Quirky colorful restaurants nearby are another bonus.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bennington, NE

We LOVED this house and location!

  • 5 of 5

House was great.

Location - Close to shopping and food. Close to lots of beaches, we went to 4 while we were there. Siesta beach was our favorite.

House - yes it's older and not brand new, but it's great and updated nicely with modern deco. Neighborhood has character and so does the house. House had everything we needed, lots beach towels and bath towels (we had 8 ladies). Kitchen was stocked with everything we needed for cooking. Heated pool was nice and warm. 2 of the bedrooms have their own private bathrooms!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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As Advertised

  • 5 of 5

A Ray of Sunshine is everything you would expect. My wife and I spent 15 days and have no complaints. From the well stocked kitchen to the proximity of restaurants, groceries and of the course the fabulous beaches on Siesta key. The heated pool is wonderful to relax in at anytime of day. The dining area which opens up to the backyard pool was the perfect backdrop for our thanksgiving dinner which we easily hosted 8 people. We can't wait to come back. Thank you to the Ertl's for allowing us to use your wonderful vacation home.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Ray of Sunshine for 11 nights and had a great time. The house has everything you need for a family vacation. Nice and quiet location. Clean and cozy house and the kids just loved the heated pool. The beds are comfortable and the kitchen is fully equipped. Friendly and helpful owner. Great WiFi. We really enjoyed our stay and can highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!!

  • 4 of 5

House was great! Property owners were easy to work with! Very homey and comfortable!!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Siesta Key Beach
St. Armands Circle
Mote Marine Laboratory
Siesta Key Beach
Marina Jack
Daiquiri Deck Siesta Key
Nearest Airport
10.8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
THIRSTY TURTLE ( and many more)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
PALMER RANCH, (dozens of others)
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: not necessary

Miles and miles of beautiful beaches. The famous Siesta Key is one of the most beautiful in the world and voted #1 in USA. So many shops and wonderful restaurants, music and culture things to do and see. Sarasota has small town charm with big city attractions and Museums and entertainment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $350

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.