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Coastal Charm Meets Cottage Chic! Sparkling Pool/Spa *4 Doors To The Beach*

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property




Need to get away from the frenzy of everyday life??? Come visit us at *Ashore Thing* Beach Cottage on Beautiful Anna Maria Island. Once you arrive you'll see why Coastal Living magazine hails us as a 'Dream Town' with no high rise condos and 35 mph and under speed limit; it is perfect for families. As you cross the bridge your view of the shimmering waters surrounding our island will wash all your worries away and you'll know that you are truly in Paradise.

*Ashore Thing* Beach Cottage is a 4Bed/3Bath home which has been meticulously and lovingly renovated. It is furnished 'Beachy Chic' and stocked with all the amenities you could want. The interior is a reflection of the beautiful Island with hues of azure blue to sunshine yellow, all to bring the tropical outdoors in. This is our 2nd home so unlike other vacation properties with just the basics, it is equipped with everything to make your vacation stress free and memorable with all the comforts of home. The first thing that will take your breath away is the brand new Pool/Spa (one of the largest on the Island) with large pavered deck area and lots of spacious seating. As you enter Ashore Thing, you will find the first of two spacious living areas with lots of comfortable seating and a flatscreen. The second open family room has plenty of space for everyone to gather and relax on new comfy furnishings. Dining in? The kitchen with new granite and stainless appliances featuring premiere cookware with all the accoutrements will make the chef in you happy. For grilling we have you covered with both gas and charcoal grills. Now you must make the tough decision of dining indoors on the new reclaimed wood table or alfresco poolside. Take a quick stroll to see the sunset before dinner. The beach is less than one minute away. Of course you will want to visit one of the numerous restaurants on the Island to experience some sumptuous local fare. Before the day is over enjoy a luxurious soak in the spa. Let the gentle swirl of the spa prepare you for the nights slumber, an ending to a perfect day before you slip into your cozy bed!

The downstairs master features a new king bed and ensuite bathroom. Additionally the queen guest with flat screen is off the family room. Upstairs you will find a king guest room with flatscreen, a fourth guest is outfitted with two twin beds perfect for the kids or the kid in you! Upstairs guest rooms share the third guest bath.

Wake up and take an early morning stroll on the beach, as the sun rises you will see the island come to life.

Spend the day on the white powder sands looking out at the gulf as you listen to the waves lapping at the shore; you might just catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the waves. If you are visiting during the months' of May -October you might get to witness the Turtle Hatchlings going back to sea. This is truly a spectacular sight! Beach cart, chairs, umbrellas, toys and towels supplied. All you need is your bathing suit. Keep your frozen daiquiris on ice at the cottage, you are so close that it is less than a one minute walk to get a fresh one.

Our cottage is so ideally located. You are just four doors to the Turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and two blocks from the Bay. Within walking distance to shopping, dining and the free island trolley. Anna Maria Island truly is a 'Hidden Gem' there is so much to do and see here. Go fishing at the Rod & Reel Pier or visit Ginny and Jane E's at the old IGA for coffee, pastries and dine amongst the eclectic furnishings which are also available for sale. Rent a bike or just stroll to explore the Island, it is very pedestrian friendly. Take in Main Street on the North End or Bridge Street by Bradenton Beach, it is all so close on our 7-by 2-mile Island. Kayak, fish, golf or just relax and do nothing, it is up to you. Ponce de Leon supposedly named the Island Anna Maria after the queen of Charles II of Spain Marie Anna. We like to think it is the hidden Fountain of Youth as you will leave here Refreshed and Rejuvenated! You will know that it is *Ashore Thing* when you stay at this lovely beach cottage on AMI.

*Guests do not have access to garage.*

**Maximum Property Occupancy limited to 9 Persons.**

** Maximum Overnight Guests Limited to 9 Persons.**

OCCUPANCY: Our rental rates are based upon two persons per bedroom. Children are counted in total occupancy unless they are under the age of two. OVER OCCUPANCY IS CONSIDERED A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF YOUR LEASE, and we will deny access or have the premises vacated with NO refund of monies.

More Details

Maggie & Clay
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Maggie & Clay

We are a family from Tampa who have been coming to the Island for over twenty years. Having traveled to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world from Aruba to Hawaii we realize that one of the most coveted is right here in our own backyard. So on Memorial Day of 2013 *Ashore Thing* Beach Cottage became our 2nd home. My family has fond memories of AMI and we hope to make more in the future. We are opening up our home so you can some make Great Memories of your own.

Maggie & Clay purchased this house in 2013

Why Maggie & Clay chose Holmes Beach

The Location!!! We wanted a place that would reflect all the charm of *Old Florida* and found it in *Ashore Thing* Beach Cottage. This lovingly renovated cottage has all the charm of a true beachside cottage plus all of the modern amenities one could want. Anna Maria boasts some of the best Sugary white powder sand beaches along its 7 mile stretch. A 'Hidden Gem' tucked away but convenient to everything if you must leave our Paradise.

What makes this house unique

Our spacious two story cottage is ground level with only one step on the 1st floor for easier accessibility. We are only 4 doors to the Turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and a block away from shopping/restaurants/trolley stop.


Holmes Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , EnSuite to Master with a huge Walk-In Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest Bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 3rd Guest Bath
  • Three full bathrooms plus outside shower and private cabana.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master with new mattress and 500 TC sheets.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King Guest Room with new mattress and 500 TC sheets.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Queen Guest Room with pillow top mattress and new linens.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Two Twin Beds. For boys, girls or the kid in you!
  • All bedrooms feature their own flatscreen TV with new Luxe linens. King (2) Queen (1) Twin (2) Qn. Sleeper (1) in Living Rm. Upstairs King is private and adjoined with Twin Rm. - perfect for families with children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Coastal Charm Meets Cottage Chic! Sparkling Pool/Spa *4 Doors To The Beach*
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews
Brandon, Florida

Property was perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect for several couples, and small baby. Well equipped and comfortable ans close to beach . Would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacaton

  • 5 of 5

We loved this vacation home! It had plenty of space for our family of 6! The layout was open and plenty of places to relax, inside and outside. The pool was refreshing and the highlight of our trip. I never want to do a beach vacation again without a pool! Besides the easy and convenient access to the beach and shopping, the biggest plus for me was to walk into a clean, fresh updated place. Maggy has an awesome decorating style! They also claim this is "their home away from home", well that is exactly how this house will make you feel with the stocked kitchen essentials, novels to read and games to play. Enjoy! You will never want to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cross Lanes, WV

Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time and the house was very nice and comfortable. Enjoyed the pool everyday and the kids loved the lights at night. The owners had absolutely everything you needed and more!!! We have rented a lot of houses but this was stocked better than any other! When we arrived the house was clean and ready and the owners left a note with a nice bottle of wine for a welcome. Not far to walk to beach at all! The only negative I could say was our stay wasn't long enough! Would definitely stay here again! Thank you for sharing your beach home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A week at the beach...

  • 4 of 5

My parents, my sister, her husband and two kids, along with myself, my husband and our 1 year old stayed at "It's Ashore Thing" for a week and it was wonderful. We loved the location and the fact that it had a pool, it was perfect for the kids and close enough to walk to the beach whenever we wanted or run back to the house if we forgot something. They were stocked with pretty much everything you needed and Publix, Walgreens, and other restaurants/shops were literally around the corner. There were a couple things that could have made it a little better though, the floors were not clean, our feet were pretty dirty (almost black) after just walking around for a short time and there was a lot of dog (or cat) hair on the floors, furniture, etc. Not sure if the cleaning service didn't vacuum or what. A couple of the bathrooms were a bit dated but fully functional so not really a complaint there. I think we would go back but would definitely recommend them cleaning better especially since that's part of what you pay for. Thanks for a great trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Katie S, We appreciate all Guest feedback as we rely on your input to help us address any issues which might get overlooked. We strive to give our Guests’ the best vacation experience possible and will definitely address this with the owner of Housekeeping services in regards to their quality standards as this is not acceptable to us. The cottage is slated for remodel beginning this summer from late August through September and all the bathrooms and flooring will finally get the chance to be updated. We hope you do get a chance to return as we would love to host your stay again! Sincerely, Maggie & Clay
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Perfect for our family of 8!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely home! Vacationing with our adult children... Loved the pool and spa! Lived by the pool and the beach which is just steps away from your front door! Great sunsets! Made great family memories thanks for renting us your lovely home!!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Millington, NJ

Beautiful and Family Friendy

  • 5 of 5

This was our third vacation at "A Shore Thing". We have returned each year to enjoy all that the house and AMI have to offer. The amenities of the house and its desirable location make it the perfect place for a family get away. We hope to come back to "A Shore Thing" soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Train
50 Miles
Tampa Union Station
Car: not necessary

Being on the Island is like being in Paradise, you can do as much or as little as you'd like. Rent a bike and explore the island or hop on our free trolley and sit back and enjoy the ride. You can hop off anytime to shop and dine and just get back on when you're ready to go. Our cottage is located west of Gulf Dr. so no busy streets to cross. Feel the need for a thrill ride? Disney, Universal and Busch Gardens are all approx. 1-2 hours away. If you're looking to take in some culture, we have some of the best Museums around. The Dali Museum is a must see.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $500

Note: Until confirmed rates are subject to change without notice.
Minimum 7 night rental ~ Saturday to Saturday. Limited 4 night rentals, please inquire for availability.
Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Month long rentals will have a mid stay cleaning.
Holidays ~ Christmas, New Years, Easter, 4th of July ~ Please inquire for pricing ~
Guests acknowledge that by booking this property - Listing ID#506287- they have read and agree to all conditions and policies as stated in Rental Agreement and this acceptance is valid in lieu of actual signature.
Service Fee and Property Damage Protection are non refundable in event of cancellation for any reason.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.