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Sapphire Cottage ~ Historic Downtown Laurel Park Sarasota FL

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,040 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 10 nights


About the property

Four separate Cottages, 1, 2 & 3 BR, All Updated and Ideal For Families

January, February & March are available by full months only. HomeAway's booking system doesn't allow us to customize our rates accordingly. Please contact us for an accurate quotation.

SARASOTA COTTAGES MEETS KEY WEST COOL ~ MEETS SHABBY CHIC. Please check with us regarding availability for the dates you require. We have many different housing options and are able to accommodate couples as well as groups up to twenty people.


Nestled away among the palms, bamboo and jacaranda trees in the Historic District, our Cottages are surprisingly accessible to the attractions awaiting in beautiful Downtown Sarasota, all within easy walking distance. Fine and casual dining options abound; art galleries, boutiques, salons, the botanical gardens, consignment / thrift stores and the bay are all just an easy stroll away, as are bike trails and kayaking.

The traditional layout of the Cottages gives our guests an authentic Florida experience in this unique, friendly and laid back authentic neighborhood. Throughout all of the Cottages, are beautiful examples of local artists pieces, with wall colors to highlight their work.

The 'Sapphire' Cottage, the quintessential FL bungalow, has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and can sleep six adults. Front entry is by way of a bright enclosed Florida room with sitting area and a surprisingly comfortable hide a bed, if your group exceeds four. You're drawn into the large living room with an original nine foot painting in the tradition of the famed Sarasota School. The designer sofa allows watching the 50" 4K TV very comfy. Sharing the room is the dining area which easily accommodates six+ people.

The substantial second bedroom with queen bed and convenient bathroom, are well situated away from the Master Suite. Beautifully finished pine floors throughout. Central air conditioning and heat, and of course FAST WiFi.

The eat-in kitchen with vaulted ceilings and over-sized farm style sink, has all the modern stainless appliances you expect; brand new fridge, gas stove, dishwasher. A custom stained glass window and handcrafted open shelves enhance the bungalow / cottage feeling. There's a pub height counter with three stools and an ice cream style table with chairs. The backdoor leads to your own tropical paradise with a large deck, complete with an outdoor table and chairs for six, perfect for al fresco dining. Along side the decking you'll find an outdoor grill stocked with propane.

The gorgeous Master Bedroom Suite includes an enormous king size bed, huge lockable closet and blends into the master bath replete with vintage claw-foot tub and glass block walls which separates the large shower.

Surrounded by lush bamboo trees, the yard sweeps you into your own mini jungle, with outdoor shower, includes fruit trees, creating privacy and separation from the City's buzz, yet you're only a few minutes' walk to Main Street.

The 'Sapphire' Cottage was originally built in 1926 and thoughtfully updated in 2000 and makes a wonderful base to host friends and family during your vacation getaway. Several magazine pictorials have been published about its character and appeal. The Cottage is very open and light filled.

A rare opportunity awaits the discerning snowbird, who desires to be downtown, all the while enjoying peace within Sarasota.

Please inquire with your preferred dates and we'll do our best to accommodate your group. Due to the City of Sarasota Zoning Code, we are NOT able to rent to more than four (4) unrelated persons.

We take NO-SMOKING very seriously. Smoking in the Cottages or anywhere on the premises will result in loss of damage deposit. If you or any of your group smoke or vape and cannot abide by our policy, please find another place to stay.

Thank you.

More Details

Property Manager
Lesley & Joseph Hartman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018


Downtown Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , En suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Huge King, 42" TV, en suite w /claw foot tub and dbl shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Big queen bed. Closet has built in drawers and shelves
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Sapphire Cottage ~ Historic Downtown Laurel Park Sarasota FL
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

We felt 'at home' the moment we walked thru the door.

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed at MANY vacation rentals, one gets used to a certain sterility. This cottage is uniquely comfortable. The thoughtfulness that Lesley & Joseph have in furnishings, decor and eye for detail, really add up to an exquisite experience. We were a family of 4 and the cottage fit us like a glove. It was too hot to fully enjoy the outdoor dining table on the back deck, but in Sarasota's wintertime the garden setting would be perfect. The house was so clean on arrival, we were inspired to keep it that way the entire stay. We're coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely experience of "Old Florida" in walking distance to everything!

  • 5 of 5

Over the holidays, my family had a wonderful time in Joseph and Lesley's Blues Cottage and one of our sons had a wonderful stay in The Treehouse over the garage. Beautiful - clean - fully stocked - wonderful neighbors (J and L) - and walking distance to literally everywhere. There is a spacious patio/entertainment area off the back of the house. There is a wonderful glassed in porch in the front of the house. Personality/Personality and Location/Location!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolutely delightful stay !

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have made a better choice from the many places to stay in Sarasota. The Blues Cottage was very clean , well maintained and had that "Old Florida " charm. It is very close to many delightful destinations in and around Sarasota.

Joseph was a wonderful host and helped make the stay quite enjoyable with his suggestions of eating establishments , music venues and general local knowledge. Many interesting destinations were so close and within comfortable walking distance. The beautiful beaches were just a few minutes drive away.

We would certainly recommend the Blues Cottage, to anyone wanting that "Old Florida" experience in historic Laurel Park.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Patrick. You and Meg are welcomed back anytime.
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Wow! Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Cherry Cottage is a perfect little cottage and in the best neighborhood(Laurel Park) in Sarasota. I can't say enough about the cozy cottage besides it was perfect. Easy 5-10 minute walk to downtown and to Burns Court, a fun neighborhood with restaurants, eclectic shops and a small movie theater.

We walked to the water everyday around Bay Front Park and Marina Jack's.

Joseph was the perfect host, right next door and always helpful with our questions. We've come to Sarasota the last 3 years for at least 6 weeks and out of 5 rentals, this is hands down the best. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our best Homeaway experience yet. Perfect lodging, ideal family location.

  • 5 of 5

Paradise! We stayed here over the holidays. My husband and I took the efficiency over the garage with a lovely view of the garden. No wonder they call it the tree house. It's a great escape and very quiet. The main room has French doors we kept open most of the time onto the deck. Big shower and glass block wall with cathedral ceilings. Very light and airy. Huge walk in closet. Comfy bed; adjustable mattress for each side.

My son's family stayed in the blue house where we cooked most of the meals. We ate at the big table outside because the weather was great but there is a living/dining room and big TV area but we never used them. They had a romantic king bed and room that opened into the bathroom with a claw foot tub and glass block shower. The little ones had their own bedroom and bathroom. Cool kitchen with concrete counters, a farm sink and lots of art glass. Many thoughtful touches made the spaces really comfy.

Lesley and Joseph were accessible and got us settled in. Thank goodness they were helpful with the kids and advice for places to go on the one day of rain we had during our stay.

We've already booked for next year and hope to bring more family since there are 2 additional houses next door. All and all, a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Florida Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It is in a great location to access Sarasota's many options. The cottage was clean and Sam, the property manager, was very welcoming and helpful. My only comment would be that the second bedroom downstairs would benefit from a window air conditioning unit.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Car: recommended

Sarasota is rapidly evolving into a year round destination.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Cleaning $185 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates subject to change until reservations are confirmed and paid.
No refunds.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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