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Bedrooms 3
Space 2,851 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Updated 3/2/2 Pool Home on intersecting canals in a boating, wildlife paradise.

This lovely, updated pool home offers expansive views from an oversized tip lot (two intersecting canals) with 160 feet of concrete seawall, a Dock and only 1 bridge out to the Gulf of Mexico, the Myakka River and the Port Charlotte Harbor. Our Third Ray of Sun is located in the Waterfront Boating Community of SOUTH GULF COVE which offers parks, a boat ramp and marinas and is only minutes away from beautiful Southwest Florida Beaches in Boco Grande and Manasota Key . You will love this well cared for 3/2/2 pool home with it's many special features such as split floor plan, formal living and dining rooms, a kitchen with lot's of space, hardwood cabinets and Corian countertops, breakfast area and large pass through to the Lanai. The attached large Great room has a charming electric fireplace and big screened TV. The huge Lanai is at the heart of the home with big sliders leading from the Master, the formal dining, the great room and the third bedroom. The Lanai offers a large solor heated, very warm pool, breakfast bar, large area for dining and entertaining as well as views of the canal. You will feel like you are in a park in your large fenced in back yard that overlooks two intersecting canals. The master suite offers a large slider to the Lanai, a new king size bed, 2 walk in closets and bath with walk in shower and large soaking tub. The second bedroom is across the hall from the second bath and has two twin size beds, two dressers and a walk in closet. The third bedroom has a new king bed, matching dresser, large sliding door to the Lanai and a walk in closet. The home offers new, tasteful and comfortable furnishings for your vacation pleasure.

Property Manager
Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel

We are high school sweethearts who are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary this year. We have a wonderful daughter who we love to pieces and she now lives close by. Ernie has retired from social services and I plan to retire in a year or two. In Sarasota we have A Ray of Sunshine and in Port Charlotte we have Another Ray of Sunshine, so this one is the Third Ray of Sun. We enjoy creating vacation homes where families can enjoy their free time creating fun, happy memories.

Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel purchased this house in 2017

Why Linda Ertel or Ernie Ertel chose South Gulf Cove

This is one of our future retirement homes. It is exactly what we were looking for to spend some of our golden years. This house offers a great view of the tip of two intersecting canals. It has a large Jacuzzi tub in the master suite and a large screen TV in the family room. We are in a quiet zone much like a park and have 160 ft. of concrete seawall for a panoramic view of the water. We enjoy renting a boat for 4 hours to explore the beautiful waterways and wildlife in the area.

What makes this house unique

The view of the canals is spectacular from the backyard. The house has a great layout and offers amazing comfort and a happy, peaceful feeling. There is almost two masters on opposite sides of the house with both having sliding glass doors to the pool. The house is almost totally renovated with high quality furnishings, art and kitchen utensils. The backyard bordering the large canal is completely fenced in for the safety of children. The dock has bench seating and allows for great fishing and crabbing. There is even an electric fireplace with hearth and mantle that will create ambience and festivities with or without heat.


South Gulf Cove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2851 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Door to the Lanai
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Slider and Walk-in Closet
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Slider to Lanai, Shower, jet soaking tub & 2 walk in closet
  • All bedrooms have new beds, walk-in closets and TVs.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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(7 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful house & area!

  • 5 of 5

All the amenities needed to be comfortable. The house is gorgeous, tastefully decorated. A quiet neighborhood great for walking, enjoying the sun, the pool is very

warm & yard is a great size also what a view!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you love it the way we do. We are jealous that we can't enjoy it now, this winter is brutal here in the north. Hope you got a chance to enjoy the newly built bike trails around the corner. All the best, Linda and Ernie
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Ontario Canada


  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation just what the doctor ordered.

The house and pool are beautiful.

The view and property so quiet and peaceful.

Can't wait to do it again.

Ernie and Linda great owners.

P.S. special thanks to Laurie & Paul managers over and above special people.

Thanks Anne & John McNeill

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John and Anne! We are at the house now working on making your next stay even better. Just put up more art and had a new pool heater installed! We also love it here! Just took a bike ride on new trails and are leaving a couple of bikes for your use! Have a great new year!
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Brecksville Ohio


  • 5 of 5

What a perfect location! We were here for our Honeymoon and it couldn't of been more perfect! The house is beautiful! We loved the canal, the pool and the incredible park like setting. Linda and Ernie thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home! We are hoping to celebrate our anniversary here next year. Five Stars all the way!!!

Zoe & Brett Z

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Zoe and Brett for the wonderful review. Congratulations on your wedding. We are happy that you appreciate what our family has put together for others to enjoy. After a couple of snow storms in Ohio, Florida is like a dream. We hope you can celebrate many anniversaries wherever you stay. The best of wishes to you always! Linda and Ernie
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Lovely comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely enjoyed our stay. This was a wonderful place to take a long weekend. The home had everything we needed. We were 15 min from shopping for the girls and 15 min from fishing for the boys. We enjoyed the pool and backyard dock. We will definitely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxed environment!

  • 5 of 5

Property was so awesome. Very relaxed and property owner was so amazing and accommodating. Will definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing such a kind review and we are happy you enjoyed your stay. We also love that home and are looking forward to the day we can spend more time there watching fish spawn, the little gator and the beautiful birds and other wild life. Regards, Ernie and Linda
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  • 5 of 5

I cannot express how much my family and I enjoyed our vacation. The house was perfect.!! My kids didn't want to leave the pool. We had one minor issue with the satellite tv and both the property manager and owner went above and beyond to help us. The canal was lovely. We spent hours watching fish and a few gators. It's in a wonderfully quiet area, but not far from stores, restaurants, and of course the beach. We definitely plan on coming back in the future

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Punta Gorda (Tampa, Sarasota & Ft.Meyer close by)
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Boca Grande and Manasota Key
Car: necessary

South Gulf Cove is a true waterfront community. Bring your boat or rent one near by for exploring the canals, Myakka River, Port Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. The community has over 55 miles of navigable canals. All canals flow into the Interceptor Lagoon, which can be described as a large lake offering access to the Gulf. The canal and Lagoon systems offer pristine shorelines, many of which are designated as State preserve land. South Gulf Cove water depths range from 6-9 feet and bridge clearance is roughly 10 feet. All waterways in the community maintain consistent depts. because of lock system controlling water flow, to and from the Myakka River. The South Gulf Cove lock system has been recently updated to feature remote control operation and boats can pass through in as little as 7 minutes. There is a County owned boat ramp within the community that gives access to the waterways. RV and boat parking is allowed at the home. Our Third Ray of Sun is located in a Nature Preserve giving you a change to observe some of the old world Florida that you will not see close to the big cities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $350

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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