About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
3 short blocks to the sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and 5 blocks to Tampa Bay. This traditional Florida home is on a canal, with bikes, fishing gear & a kayak for your recreational use. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and traditional Florida room overlooking a large patio and pool and our dock on the canal. We also have a screened porch for relaxing on warm sunny afternoons, or you could grab your morning cup of coffee and sit out on the dock and watch the fish jump. The perfect place to relax; lots of wildlife, beautiful beaches and a quiet neighborhood with friendly, helpful neighbors.
There are a local corner store, Post Office, bar, restaurants & shops within walking distance. You can take the free trolley around the island, to the supermarket, library and more shops and restaurants. Para-sailing, motor scooter rentals, kayaking, biking, and above all swimming in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, make this an ideal location. Attractions off the island include the Asolo Florida State Theater, Mote Marine Laboratory, Selby Botanical Gardens and upscale shopping at Saint Armand's Key. There are also several natural preserves nearby for walking and observing nature. Please note: ours is a "green" house where we use unscented products including soap and laundry detergent. We try to provide this for all guests, however, should we run out, please buy only unscented products usually called "free and clear" or unscented for use in the house. Thank you.
Keywords: bungalo, cottage, casita, water front
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 21, 2018
About Margaret Hudgings
Jim is a Florida native who vacationed on Anna Maria Island as a child. His grandparents built a cottage here in 1941, having originally come over to the island in the early 1920's by steam ship! Margaret and Jim met in the 3rd grade, married after college and have 3 grown children--Graham, Ian and Meg--and 5 grandchildren. All of us love this island. Our main residence is in West Chester, PA, in an 1876 Victorian town house. Jim is a mechanical engineer who taught in a community college, and Margaret worked as a school psychologist in an independent school. We have hosted many international students in our home and been involved in exchange programs around the world and especially in Japan and the UK. We just retired and are enjoying time with family and lots of travel. This year we visited Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Margaret Hudgings purchased this House in 1981
Why Margaret Hudgings chose Anna Maria
We bought this property in 1981 because of Jim's family connection here and because it is simply the most beautiful beach spot in the world. We knew we wanted to spend time here in retirement and felt we needed to buy early. In December 2011 we completed a renovation of the property, adding a large salt water pool, a screened porch and extra half bath near the pool--and created a totally new 'old' look with a peaked metal roof and 1930s look furnishings. We also added lots of insulation for summer and winter comfort and Florida native landscaping with palms and wild flowers. The location is ideal --a couple blocks from beach and bay, on a wide canal which is like a lake. Iris Street is a cul de sac --so not much traffic and wonderful neighbors.
What makes this House unique
We chose this property for location, location and location. The proximity of the gulf beach, the canal with dock and jumping fish, the lack of traffic--and all on the quiet north end of the island and yet close to unique shops and good restaurants--especially the Sand Bar where you can eat--on the beach. (See one of our photos.)
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Didn't want to write a review as we loved everything about Simplicity Cottage and selfishly wanted to keep a secret!
We stayed for almost three weeks in October - fifth time to the Island. Simplicity Cottage is in the perfect location for us - quiet and not a lot going on. We walked the beach once if not twice a day, sat on the dock loads just watching the wildlife. Got to meet Sherlock and his friends. Just relaxed; we could definitely have stayed longer and hope to return to the Island again. Would rent Simplicity Cottage again without doubt as it was so comfortable. Pool was by far the best we have ever had in a rental and sunrise from the dock was not to be missed.
Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Sue. So glad you enjoyed the house, beach, dock and pool. We would love to have you return.
Everything about this cottage is as advertised... simple, beautiful, quiet, the perfect place for rest & relaxation. Can't wait to visit again!
So glad that you enjoyed Simplicity Cottage, Robin. Come back and visit soon.
Lovely Cottage Home
Such a beautiful cottage right on a canal with kayak and close to the gorgeous beach. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our two week vacation on Anna Maria Island. The weather could not have been more perfect. Such quaint unique shops and restaurants. Can't wait to return to this piece of paradise! Highly recommend Simplicity Cottage!
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Susan. So glad you enjoyed your stay at Simplicity Cottage. Anna Maria Island is really a gem, a piece of old Florida in the best sense--no high rises, no chain stores--just beautiful beaches and unique mom and pop stores and great restaurants. Yes, close to a perfect spot. Glad you love it as we do.
This was our first time staying on Anna Maria and we loved it. This house has a the best location: on the canal, short walk to the beach, north of Pine where it is quieter and a pool. There are not many properties out there in this price range that have all of these variables. The view outside from in the house is incredible and we had lots of fun kayaking with the included kayak. The living space/seating areas are ok, the kitchen had a lot of equipment and the view and location are fantastic. The owner was very responsive to questions.
Thanks, Kate, for the great review. So glad you enjoyed Simplicity Cottage. Hope you will come back to visit us again. You are most welcome. Best regards, Margaret and Jim
Nice house at perfect location
Nice house at a perfect location. The house is well equipped and nicely maintained. The garden is really a relaxing area and the size of the pool is perfect for a family. Unfortunately the pool was bad maintained and dirty when we arrived and there was no cleaning during our stay even if it was supposed to be. We would definitely recommend this house to a family for a relaxing and nice stay at AMI.
Thanks for your review. So sorry that the pool was in poor condition during your stay. It is supposed to be cleaned every Friday so might have had leaves, etc. blow in from a storm over Friday night and look bad for your arrival. According to our instruction book at the house, if you have any such issue with the house, you should be in touch with Sato Real Estate, the place where you picked up the keys and checked in. They take care of the house for us. You could also have contacted me. Both my email and phone number are provided to our guests. Again, my apologies for the problem. Next time be in touch and we can sort out any issue for you.
Perfect size and it was nice to use the kayak
Loved it. The location was perfect. We lounged at the beach in the morning, kayaked to the bay in the afternoon and enjoyed the pool after dinner.
Glad you had a good time. Come back soon, Margaret and Jim
Additional information about rental rates
Call owner at 610-692-3849 or Sato Real Estate at 941-778-7200 for rates.