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Charming 2BR at Lido Beach with Private Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 29 nights


Minimum Stay
29 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Close to Beach, St. Armands, Walk, Bike!

THE RINGLING RETREAT AT LIDO BEACH is an historic cottage once part of the Ringling Estate. The cottage is located just 1/2 block to beautiful Lido Beach, and it is also just a short walk to the Lido swimming pool, Lido nature preserve, and to the famous shops and restaurants at St. Armands Circle.

THE RINGLING RETREAT AT LIDO BEACH is nestled in a tropical garden setting, in a beach community of quality single family homes, small vacation properties, and resort condominiums.

Offered is the 2-bedroom suite, a 700 sq ft living space with kitchen, bathroom, and private outdoor eating alcove. A queen-sized bed and a full bed.

Keywords: Lido Beach, Lido Key, St. Armands Circle, Historic Cottage, Ringling Retreat.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017


5/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Charming 2BR at Lido Beach with Private Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Paradise on Lido

  • 5 of 5

This past October I was fortunate enough to spend a month on Lido Key at the Ringling Retreat. Sarasota has always been my go-to vacation spot. I love the shops on St. Armand's and Lido Beach. Other activities such as the Ringling Art Museum are only a short drive away. I was especially pleased with this year's choice of places to stay. I researched online numerous hotels and motels, but decided on the Ringling Retreat. It's a house made up of several suites, and I was lucky enough to get a one bedroom. The Retreat was quiet and convenient to all the local action. Such a homey atmosphere to come back to every evening after running myself ragged, cramming all Sarasota had to offer in a month's time. I really lucked out at the Ringling! I could be as active as I wanted to be or just sit back and relax. The unit came with a small kitchen, full stove and refrigerator, table and chairs, living room with couch and chairs, TV and numerous books, maps, things to do in the area, so I could plan my day accordingly, also a comfortable queen-sized bed, and a bathroom with shower, plus a beach chair. There are two requests I have while traveling, a recliner for my bad back and a good bed with soft pillows, and I was lucky enough to get both! And an added bonus was that I never heard a peep out of the neighbors. In fact, I didn't know I had neighbors until I met them. Management was terrific. I met Mary Anne and her husband, lovely people and so accommodating. On my first night, I realized she'd left me a week's worth of fruit, a gallon jug of water, and a 6 pack of coke (an item I requested beforehand) with a nice note welcoming me. Did I mention there's a lap pool nearby for swimming at $5.00 per day. That's if you get tired of the beach! I could go on and on about my Sarasota. It's just a beautiful area and known for its pristine beaches, world class shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Being able to enjoy Sarasota was made even more wonderful by Mary Anne and my stay at the Ringling Retreat. I highly recommend the Retreat to all, young and retired. It's a beautiful escape in a beautiful city. Did I mention that the driveway was covered in shells! (One quick note, I was there during a hurricane. Sarasota fared well, and I wasn't afraid at all. Mary Anne checked on me and even planned an evacuation had the storm gotten worse.). Look into renting the Ringling Retreat for your next vacation. You won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review, Sue. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, as we also enjoyed getting to know you.
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Lovely Ringling Cottage very close (walk) to beach and St Armand's circle

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to stay at one of the few authentic Ringling Cottages on Lido Key. The location was great for walks on the beach (<150yds) and walks to the lively St Armands Circle where you can find shops and restaurants. The cottage is ideally located if you'd like to bike the key. We enjoyed a full day's outing to the Circus Museum and Ringling House (both must-see) and many of the restaurants scattered along the length of Lido/Longboat Keys. We felt very welcomed by the owner and would recommend this property / return to this property. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the weather, beach, and ambiance of the Sunshine State (we did leave cold weather to enjoy), then you'll enjoy this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was good to see you, Lance, especially coming from as far west as Colorado. Wisely you took advantage of Lido beach, the walking trails, downtown Sarasota, and just lounging in the private garden under the banyan tree. Yes, this is one of the handful of homes built by Mr. John Ringling, so much a part of Sarasota history. Thank you for your kind words.
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Comfortable apartment for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Had a very nice stay with our young son. Apartment was comfortable and quiet, perfect for our low-key vacation needs. Spent our days at Lido beach, just minutes away walking, and went out to eat in downtown Sarasota at night, easily accessible by car. Hope to visit again!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and the family enjoyed your stay with us, Ben. With a garden, trees, and the short walk to the beach, Ringling Retreat is a change from the Brooklyn metropolis. It is a pleasure to see you every year.
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Car: recommended

Just one-half block to the beautiful white sands of Lido Beach! A few blocks from nature preserve and a good walk to St. Armands Circle. 8 minutes drive to downtown Sarasota.


Rates & Availability

Lido Key Cottage Rental Rates

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29 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Lido Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Guest Bedroom - 1 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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