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Anna Maria Island Waterfront house with private boat dock, walk to beach"

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 14 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated Seaside House. Situated Directly On A Natural Canal.

Stunning single level 3 bedroom/2 bath home with luxury finishes at every glance. Brand new to the market and recently renovated, this home is packed with designer finishes throughout from luxury linens in all three uniquely appointed bedrooms to furnishings that make this home feel like you are staying in a vacation resort. This light and airy open-concept floor plan is equipped with a large flat screen TV, wireless internet. Dine on your own private dock, relax poolside or sink your feet into the sand around the outdoor gas fire pit. You will be pleased to cook in the spacious, chef's kitchen with stainless steel appliances, stone counter tops while your family will have the luxury of choosing whether to dine inside or out! Each of the bedrooms is equipped with luxury linens for your sleeping enjoyment - there is a King bed in the large master with en-suite bath, Queen in the second bedroom and ultra comfortable day bed with two full-sized twin mattresses in the third bedroom. Enjoy great fishing from the dock, take out the tandem kayak for an up-close wildlife tour or just watch the manatees in one of the Island's only natural spring-fed canals. If you fancy a dip in the ocean, take one of our deluxe beach chairs, umbrella and beach wagon on a 2 minute stroll to Holmes Beach and when you return, rinse off in the hot and cold outdoor shower. Other amenities not mentioned include a gas grill, outdoor bar with sink, washer/dryer, A/C, ceiling fans, dishwasher and cable TV. There is a also a covered attached carport and two additional parking spaces in the driveway and space to park a boat trailer. This blissful island retreat comfortably sleeps 6!

Mathias Friess
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Mathias Friess

Our family has lived all over the world, from Germany to England to Argentina to Australia to New York (which almost qualifies a country on its own) and finally Tampa, FL. We have two girls 6 and 8 and we love to travel as a family.

We have seen many beautiful beaches on this planet and felt that Anna Maria is at least among top 5 of all beaches we have ever been to. My wife and I are working in the travel industry and we want to make sure that guests feel at home at our house on the water and have a great time.

Mathias Friess purchased this house in 2015

Why Mathias Friess chose Holmes Beach

Its beautifully renovated, very clean and tastefully decorated. It's a perfect home with all the amenities of being on the water, having a private pool, a private boat dock, 3 minutes from stunning beaches in a home that caters to smaller families or couples.

What makes this house unique

Watch manatees swim by right in front of your house, take the kayak out to the open water and get close to dolphins. Enjoy your stay and create beautiful memories!


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • 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 , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Mater Bedroom has a king bed and en suite bath with shower, the secondary bedroom a queen bed and the third bedroom has a trundle daybed with two twin mattresses (the second twin mattress easily slides out from under trundle).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Anna Maria Island Waterfront house with private boat dock, walk to beach
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great location on quiet canal, a short walk to the Gulf beach.

  • 5 of 5

This is a well-maintained one-story house in a quiet neighborhood with friendly neighbors. It has a great dock on the canal leading out to the Bay. We had fun relaxing on the dock, doing a little fishing and communing with the great blue heron and snowy egret who visited. There were kayaks available, though we didn't use them. It is a brief walk to the beach across Gulf Drive, and also walkable to the center of Holmes Beach. The owner Matthias was very helpful and followed through on all our requests. Hard to beat this place!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week on the island and enjoyed every minute. The house was perfect for our family. Our son, daughter in law and 3 grand children stayed with us. We had plenty of room for our crew. The house had everything that we needed/wanted. We enjoyed breakfast on the deck overlooking the water. The location was perfect! A short walk to the beach, a trolley ride to anywhere on the island, a pool and it was right on the canal. The view was spectacular!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfectly furnished home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The house has an a wonderful dock that we fished off of. Plenty of beach equipment was provided. They even had kayaks that you can use. The other is incredibly friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found at Blue Heron House!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Blue Heron House two weeks ago for eight nights where we were warmly welcomed by Carren and Mathias. Carren showed us around the house explaining where things were and how to operate the various appliances, pool heater, where to find the kayaks, beach wagon and other beach gear.

After getting settled in the first thing we did was to go out on the pier to look for the manatees. We were not disappointed! We saw them right away romping at the end of the canal. During our stay, we literally saw scores of manatees as they cruised by daily right past the pier. We saw several yearlings snuggling next to their moms. This was the highlight of our trip. We also kayaked in the canal and were able to experience these amazing animals up close. What a thrill!

The house itself is beautifully appointed and was very roomy for the two of us. The finishes everywhere are top notch. The kitchen has the best cookware, stainless and necessities of any rental we have vacationed in.

As other reviewers have stated, the bedding linens, towels and even the beach towels are all high end. The owners have gone to great lengths to make the vacationer very comfortable and provide everything you may need during your stay.

The pool was our favorite (beside the manatees). We have a heated pool at home that we keep at 88-90 degrees but when we go on vacation we are always disappointed at the rental's "heated" pool. This pool is truly heated! We loved our morning and afternoon swims.

The entire deck area and pier is wonderful. We ate all of our meals that we cooked at home out on the deck. Very private. We cooked on the grill and just sat and enjoyed the amazingly peaceful and quiet surrounds that this house provides. The neighbors on either side of the house are very friendly as well.

The beach is a short 3-5 minute walk away. The beach wagon is a huge plus for lugging all of the gear to the beach!

We walked to the public beach for breakfast in the morning and for the music in the afternoon.

We have traveled to many places and have vacationed on Anna Maria Island for twelve years and this is by far the nicest most well equipped rental we have stayed in.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan on vacationing at Blue Heron for two weeks next time. It was the peaceful vacation we have been needing.

Mathias and Carren are a pleasure to work with and were very responsive to any questions we came up with.

Can't wait to return to Blue Heron House!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The house & grounds were very nice, particularly the new deck. When we did experience a problem the owners took care of the situation immediately. The owners were great to work with.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great and beautifully designed house. I went with my two toddlers and the owner was super accommodating and nice. I did most of it over the phone. The house is located right on the bay in a beautiful spot. Luxury design and fully equipped and tidy clean. You can definitely tell that the owner chose the comfort over the cost effecting way on how to remodel/ equipped the house. Highly recommended we will come back for sure next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Tampa or Sarasota
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria
Car: not necessary

The newly renovated house is on the only natural spring fed canal connected to Anna Maria Sound. The house has a private boat dock so you can bring you own boat. There is a private boat slip at the same canal to launch your boat. You can see manatees swimming by the house almost every day. The house is an easy 3 minutes walk to sandy beaches. We provide a pull cart with beach chairs, sun umbrellas, life vests (for kayaks) and pool/beach toys.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.