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Tom Chamblee

Member since: 2000
Speaks: english

Private Island Accessible Only by Boat! Free Ferry Service & Golf Cart

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Florida South Central Gulf Coast Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Confortable couch , 2 full Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Hideaway Bay Beach Club is a lovely complex of townhouses located on Little Gasparilla Island on the southwest coast of Florida. We are next to Boca Grande, which is known for the world famous tarpon fishing tournaments.

The island is accessible only be boat. However, our development provides free ferry service for guests. Beautiful, deserted beaches covered with shells... the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular sunsets! Nature trails cover the island. No cars allowed... only quiet golf carts and bicycles! Golf cart trails are cover the island. Golf Cart with front & rear seating included. If you like to go fishing, swimming, shelling, crabbing, snorkeling, diving, birdwatching or just relaxing on one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida this is the place. Hideaway Bay has it's own private boardwalk to the ocean. People gather every evening to watch the most magnificent sunsets in the world.

Hideaway Bay has for guests a nice community large BBQ pit plus 2 serious BBQ smokers for community (which happens often) or individual gatherings. Just check the board at the landing area. We also have a community heated pool with a book library.

Our unit has a king bed upstairs & 2 single beds in downstairs bedroom plus a leather very comfortable couch that one can sleep on. We have a full size washer & dryer. We include the golf cart & provide gas & charcoal grills.

You can bring your own boat and dock it free or rent one nearby. Take a boat trip to Cabbage Key where you can enjoy a 'cheese burger in paradise' and tour the island doesn't get much better.

This will be the closest you will ever come to feeling like you are on Gilligan's Island. It's a very unique place for a vacation and one that will give you memories forever! After discovering our island you will come back time after time.

Golf Cart is included at no extra charge.

Keywords: Townhouse Condominium

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tom Chamblee (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english


based on 11 traveler reviews

Private Island Accessible Only by Boat! Free Ferry Service & Golf Cart
average rating of 4.2727275 based on 11 reviews

Little Gasparilla is Paradise!

  • 4 of 5

We have been to LGI several times and will continue to come back. This condo is well equipped and the golf cart is a plus. Take a ride to the North end of the island to the Gone Fish Inn gift shop. We also rented a boat and kept it at the Hideaway docks. This condos location is nice as it is close to the ferry and pool. The only thing we weren't able to use was the pull out couch as it was broken. Other than that it was well stocked with linens, neccessities, and beach chairs!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciated this favorable post & happy they had a great time. To explain about the couch unfortunately our very nice & comfortable leather couch was damaged by a previous renter's kids using it as a trampoline & broke the frame that supports the pull out. There is no problem as a normal couch. My handyman tried to repair but couldn't get the right parts so it now sleeps only one but very comfortably. Since this is on an island it's difficult to have things repaired. I did send a note to them explaining this after I read this review. However, I didn't receive a reply why our guest needed a pull out couch since they said they stated they only had 2 adults & 2 children to sleep in the unit. I'm very sorry about this and if I had known they had more than 5 persons & needed the pull out I would have told them it was unusable at present & probably should have mentioned it anyway. We continue to do upgrades. In February we installed new wood floors in the downstairs bedroom & a new upgraded dishwasher that even has steam wash mode!
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Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our week on LGI. We hated to leave such a peaceful and beautiful place. The condo is well-equipped, very clean and quiet. You won't need a single thing except your food. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind. We loved having the golf cart to explore the island and the ferry was also fun. Everyone we met was very friendly and welcoming. LGI has a gorgeous beach with hundreds of beautiful shells, sand dollars and we even found a shark's tooth. We hope to come back next year. Thank you Tom for sharing your condo with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

Booked this property for 2/13/16-2/20/16. Unfortunately, found morning and evening that ants were invading the kitchen area of the condo. The first day of visit went to store and stocked fridge for week. Put dry goods on counter in kitchen area and went out on our boat for the day. When we came back in the afternoon a new package of Entemann Donuts were full of small ants. They were crawling on the wall and across the counters of the kitchen. We cleaned the area and set ant traps and disposed of the donuts. The next morning the ants had returned again. We put dry goods inside a cooler and set on tile floor in kitchen area. The ants found dry goods inside cooler also. Even after putting ant traps out. You could visibly see the ants come out of wall behind pantry next to entry door to condo. Also, there was a small hole on the opposite wall at the end of the kitchen counter near dishwasher that they continually appeared from. I contacted owner and explained this problem as well as others with the property. The owner said he contacted the association who treats for extermination issues for the condo properties. They couldn't go treat the ant infestation while we were there and I was told that other properties had the same problem with "sugar ants" and that they are very hard to control. Other deficiencies included a gas grill that was missing a hinge for the hood and did not work well. A cluttered storage area that was substandard. Batteries in remote control inoperative for TV in living room. The sink drain in master bathroom that did not work. The sink drain in kitchen that stopper didn't hold water. The main floor toilet had handle that stuck. Sliding glass door difficult to open and close. The laundry room sliding door difficult to open and close. Wallpaper in master bath coming off wall. Refrigerator made noise when running. Stains on carpet in living room, stairwell and master bedroom. At the bottom of stairs going outside to wooden patio area the plaster ceiling was bowing down. The baseline is that there were many deficiencies to this property and I would not recommend this property. Very disappointing.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We sincerely regret that they did not enjoy their stay at our island home. Seems the ants were the main problem. Leave food with sugar out & the sugar ants will come here in Florida. As soon as he told me about it I reported it to the association. They scheduled the pest control company and it has been sprayed so I believe these extremely small sugar ants have been eliminated. The other items he had complaints about have been given to my handy man. He adjusted the sliding glass door, ordered a part for the laundry door, and adjusted the toilet handle . I immediately called our appliance warranty company and they replaced the refrigerator fan motor. The stairwell leak was already reported to association, who is responsible and they had already ordered the roofer to check out. My handyman is handling the tub sink drain. In the past month we installed a new wooden floor in the downstairs bedroom, and installed a new upgraded dishwasher. We replaced the golf cart rear seat. The gas grill is almost new. Our handyman will see about putting a pin in the hood. We made sure our maid cleaned the spots on the carpet. We have many renters that come back ever year. Please read our other reviews. The renters that were there the week before Kurt sent us a note saying how much they enjoyed our place and their stay. The one there now told someone we are great landlords. Kurt asked for money back on the 3rd day. I gave him a figure and he said he was going to write a bad review. I asked how much more he wanted and he never replied but just posted this bad review.
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Incredible Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

LGI is a little slice of paradise and Tom's condo was the perfect home base to share in all the area had to offer. The condo was well stocked with basic essentials including towels, sheets, kitchen spices, etc. The association also has an ice machine for coolers we found extremely helpful. Tom was fantastic to work with, promptly replied and answered all of our questions and provided recommendations. We brought our own boat and felt like having the condo area "Captain" gave us an extra level of security to make sure everything was secure at the dock.

As for the island itself we very much enjoyed the golf cart, exploring the paths daily. The beach was incredible for shells, sand dollars, fishing and watching gorgeous sunsets. The location was a perfect spot to explore other islands nearby on the boat, anchor into shallow waters and enjoy the perfect beach weather. We loved the laid back atmosphere of LGI and will certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was simply the best vacation we have ever had. The condo is well stocked, clean and comfortable. Tom was a joy to work with and extremely helpful.The location is perfect, close to both the bay and the beach. We were able to see a sea turtle lay it's eggs and return to the ocean, armadillos, eagles, giant manta rays, save a baby sea turtle stuck in sea weed, collect amazing shells and a bag full of shark teeth. This island is so beautiful. If you want peace and quiet this is the place to be. We loved the condo and the island and plan on returning every year.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came to LGI on a getaway with another couple. The condo was very clean, organized, and fully equipped with the necessities. We loved having breakfast on the porch overlooking the lake. It is walking distance to the pool, ferry dock, boat dock, and beach entry. We truly enjoyed our golf cart rides exploring the island- golf cart is included. Additionally, the beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were clean. There were extra blankets to use for getting cozy on the couch as well. Overall, we loved our stay and the beachy feel the condo had to offer. - The Greenes

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boat docks available (free) for boats under 22 feet, FREE Ferry Service every 2 hours weekends & Friday & Mon., every 3 hours during the week, community large BBQ grill and smokers for community cookouts or Individual


Rates & Availability

Little Gasparilla Island Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 15 2015 - Jul 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Maid Fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

To reserve the unit mail a $400 check for the deposit. I will take a check for the deposit & rent. The deposit check must be separate & will be held until after checkout. Make the rent check out for the full amount (do not subtract the deposit amount). Golf Cart is included.

Full payment must reach us a min. of 3 weeks before your check in date. However, you can cancel 30 days out if you have to and receive a full deposit refund. From 30 days until 2 weeks before check in you will receive 1/2 back and if you have to cancel within the 2 weeks prior to check in we must keep the $400 deposit. Golf Cart is included.

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Florida South Central Gulf Coast Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , By front porch for removing sand from the beach
  • Shower baths
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper sofa downstairs
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
VHS Movie Library (kids and adults), Board Games, Pool, Beach chairs, beach toys, and towels provided, King bed, two single beds, pull-out sofa (double), Gas Grill, Golf cart rentals available on the island as well as by owner at reduced rates, Ice Machine 'key' free to renters, Sorry, Smoking allowed only on outside porch

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