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Bay Front, 1 BR/ 1 BA, Directly on Tampa Bay with Dock

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Ruskin Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Located directly on Tampa Bay!!! 80 foot boat dock, Brilliant sunsets with views of St. Pete skyline in the distance!!! Enjoy dolphins, manatees, sting rays, seagulls, pelicans, osprey and many other fish and birds in the back yard. South shore Tampa Bay is known for some of the best fishing around. Launch a kayak right outside your door, or play Bocce Ball on the court and eat in the picnic area.

This bayside retreat has two units. One upstairs ('Pelican Side'), which has two bedrooms; and one at ground level ('Dolphin Side'), which is the one bedroom listed here.

Dolphin Side is a one bedroom bayside unit with no steps to climb. The large bedroom has a queen-size bed. The living room has a soft leather couch, love seat, rattan chairs, and terrific bay front views, a flat 42 inch LED TV, Dish Network programming with over 235 channels (America's Top 200) and a DVD player with a small library of fun movies. And the living room has a nook/den with two twin beds for extra comfort. The dining room has a terrific table with seating for six. The full kitchen has a range, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, dishes, and all cookware. The bathroom has an extra large shower (handicap accessible), hair dryer, iron and ironing board. There is also a washer and dryer in the utility room. This one bedroom unit can accommodate four people on comfortable beds.

Pelican Side is a two bedroom upstairs unit and leased to an annual resident. It is currently unavailable.

This bayside retreat is centrally located being between Tampa and Bradenton/Sarasota areas. The property is only a few miles from E.G. Simmons Park which has a boat launch, a beach and walking paths with views of Tampa Bay. Little Harbor Resort is just down the street offering a Tiki bar, live entertainment, and waterfront dining. There are many golf courses nearby. We are dog friendly. Off street parking with 1-2 spaces to park your boat trailer and vehicle. And, walking distance to Shell Point Marina.

UPDATE: 3/1/16 Sorry, V R B O now arbitrarily collects an additional "service fee" TBD when booking and owner has no control over that amount.

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, house

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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About The Owner

Hi, my name is Darryl. I divide my time between this place and Atlanta. I like the property because of the terrific sunsets nearly every evening, and it's located directly on the bay. I also like quiet Ruskin (home of the famous Ruskin tomato) with it's old school Florida charm. And if you like more activity, it's a 20 minute drive (via Port of Tampa) to Ybor City in Tampa, or a 20 minute boat ride to a marina at St. Pete. I hope you enjoy the place as much as I do!!!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2011


based on 20 traveler reviews

Bay Front, 1 BR/ 1 BA, Directly on Tampa Bay with Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Wonderful stay !

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay here! For two persons it's really georgious. It is a very nice beach house (although there is no beach... ;-)), fully equipped with everything you need. Thanks for the bottle of wine and the tea and coffee supply.

Darryl is a great owner who answers very fast. (Had a little trouble to get in when we arrived two hours early. Darryl fixed this within seconds! Thanks again!)

If we should come to the Tampa Bay area during a next vacation, we would love to stay here again!

Greetings from Germany!

Anne and Michael

And here are the main facts for your German customers:

Tolle Strandwohnung für 2 Personen, mit allem ausgestattet, was man braucht! Es gibt zwar keinen Strand, aber vom Dock aus gehts ins warme Wasser zum Schwimmen. Eine Flasche Wein zur Begrüßung auf dem Tisch, ebenso Kaffee und Tee. Der Vermieter Darryl ist großartig, immer ansprechbereit, antwortet auf Mails innerhalb weniger Minuten.

Sollten wir noch einmal in die Gegend um Tampa Bay kommen, werden wir garantiert wieder hier Station machen.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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just perfect

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month here from June 20th to July 16th we are from Dublin in Ireland. This place is so quiet and tranquil its amazing. The house has everything you could possibly need and the beds are so comfortable. The view and the outdoor living is perfect. Sitting on the end of the dock with a little light breeze and watching dolphins fishing or manatees basking in the sun is just like a dream experience. Everything is just a short drive away food, supermarkets, Girlie shopping, Boys shopping. I recommend this house to anyone who enjoys relaxing on their vacation. The owner is lovely to deal with and even left a bottle of wine and some bottled water for us on our arrival. The house is spotless and I felt at home from the minute I arrived. The photos don't do this house or view justice. Tampa is a 30 minute drive where everything you could possibly want is at your finger tips try the "can you escape day out its well worth the trip". As a city girl I can tell you its not too remote its perfect and I envy anyone who is going to be staying here. I cannot recommend this house enough its really that great.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Too good to tell you about

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was the perfect spot for a month of relaxation. Greeted with a bottle of wine, I immediately felt at home. There was a million dollar view that kept me mesmerized. A sign in the bedroom said, "Paradise Found". No need to say more.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was everything promised and more...

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here--the layout was perfect for us and the view of Tampa Bay is outstanding. At night the lights from St. Petersburg are visible even from the twin beds. It was clean, decorated attractively, and surprisingly had many extras, like games, puzzles, books, lots of travel and fishing guides, and local menus. We lacked nothing in the kitchen or bathroom--it was great to feel like we were at home. Every morning we sat at the table outside with our coffee and magazines, looking over the Bay with a gentle breeze blowing. It was a perfect place and we hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven on the Bay!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second trip back in less than a year. Staying in October was wonderful - crowds and kids were gone... weather was perfect!!! We love this little cottage. Fort De Soto is still our favorite place to beach - and it was like we had a private island to ourselves! We also grilled out every night, which we love! Tried more fishing and didn't get any bites, but loved seeing the dolphins swimming by the dock!!!

The pictures on the site don't do the place and the view justice!! You can't go wrong choosing this cottage by the bay!! Looking forward to next year already!

(See previous review below)

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding cottage by the Bay!!

  • 5 of 5

What an outstanding find!! The accommodations were perfect! The owner has thought of everything you would ever need. The view is not to be missed every night and the sunsets are more spectacular than in pictures! In the morning you can see St Pete clearly and watch the tanker ships head out to sea. The location was so convenient to everything we wanted to do! There is a great old drive in theater, 5 mins away where we saw Jurassic World, traveled past St Pete to Fort De Soto Park/Beach, visited Ybor City, ate dinner at the Regatta Marina - Riverhouse Reef & Grill in Palmetto. We fished off the dock located behind the house and even tried our hand at crabbing... all with no luck... but still had a fantastic time! Loved the fact that it wasn't in all the hustle and bustle of most resorts... felt very comfortable and at home here!

We will certainly be back and already looking at future dates! This cottage is perfect and you will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Car: recommended

80 foot dock, Bocce Ball court on property, Picnic area, Fire pit


Rates & Availability

Ruskin Cottage Rental Rates

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In Season
Nov 20 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $90
Tax Rate 12.0%

All national holidays are "In Season" rates for nightly and weekly stays....... Please inquire.

Sorry, V R B O now arbitrarily collects an additional "service fee" TBD when booking and owner has no control over that amount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Ruskin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Tampa Bay Frontage with 80 foot dock, Dining room seats six, Bocce Ball court on property, Picnic area, Fire pit

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