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Classic 'Florida Beach House', Secluded Bayside Lot, Private Path To Gulf Beach

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 - 28 nights


Manasota Key House Rental Photos and Description

Fully Renovated, Beautifully Furnished, 3 Bed, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6 Easily (8 Max)

Originally built in the 1950's, our simple beach house has just been completely renovated - new kitchen, bathrooms, furnishings - and everything to a very high standard. With three bedrooms, it can easily sleep 6, plus there is a queen-sized sofa bed, if needed, for a maximum of 8 guests. Its ideal for a single family, or for two/three couples vacationing together.

Two of the the three bedrooms - a queen, and two twins - are in the original single story house. Back in the 80’s, a third spacious en-suite bedroom - a queen - was added above the garage. Access to this bedroom is via external stairs.

We’ve added whisper quiet A/C units, and new fans. Needless to say, there is wireless internet, and two TV’s, a full laundry and new appliances.

From magnificent sunrise to awesome sunset, vacation days here will pass all too quickly.

Relax in our comfortable sun-room, overlooking the large waterfront lot, with palm trees and live oaks with spanish moss. Out in Lemon Bay there’s a regular stream of boat traffic on the Intra Coastal Waterway...

... or take a two minute stroll on our private path to the Gulf of Mexico, and miles of near-deserted sandy beaches - swim, walk, fish or collect shells to your hearts content.

Enjoy a private viewing of local wildlife - osprey and pelican patrolling the waterfront; dolphin and manatee, turtles, heron and sea-waders... or visit Manasota Key’s Stump Pass, a well preserved state park.

A short drive away, and you’re in Olde Englewood, with interesting local shops, good cafes and restaurants, a weekly Farmers Mart, and a varied program of activities throughout the year. Dearborn Street is also home to a good library, and the Lemon Bay Playhouse, Florida’s only community theatre.

We’re close to a wide array of activities - golf, deep-sea and game fishing, boat rental - including jet-skiing and sunset cruises. Plus, there’s a tennis and beach club just a few hundred yards from the house.

Further afield, the city of Sarasota is half an hour away, and well worth exploring. There is an excellent aquarium, and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a 13 acre horticultural paradise, with a stunning conservatory. There’s a wide range of artistic and cultural activities - including the world-class Sarasota Opera House. And plenty of specialist shops - antiques, bookstores, galleries...

For a whole day excursion, we can recommend an Eco-tour at Babcock Ranch - a glimpse of primitive Florida, with Cypress swamps and alligators. Or a trip to the Ten Thousand Islands on the edge of the Everglades National Park.

Back at home - if you aren’t dining out at one of the many local restaurants - a cool drink under the spectacular banyan tree and supper on the grill ends a perfect day.


“The house is beautiful and accommodated us perfectly. This area of Florida is wonderfully calm and peaceful.”

“Love the Bay to Gulf location. The home is perfect, with the upper condo that gave our 22 year old daughter privacy.”

“We had a great stay here, I liked that we could walk to the beach. Best place ever. I never want to leave.”

“This house is a special place…and terrific for entertaining. Two operas, a play, a tour of the Ringling Museum. But mostly we loved staying here, reading, and walking the beach. Already looking forward to coming back.”

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Chris Potter
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016

About Chris Potter

The owners are John Ritchie, his sister Lynn and her husband Chris Potter.

John is a high school principal in Boston, MA, while Chris & Lynn - both retired - live in Hexham, England.

Chris Potter purchased this house in 1956

Why Chris Potter chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

The property has been in the wider Ritchie family for close on 60 years - and was one of the first lots developed in the days when Manasota Key Road was a single dirt track lane, and each house had to collect its own drinking water in private cisterns!

John and Lynn have known the Key since their schooldays, and Chris, who has been heavily involved in the renovations, first visited in the mid 80's.

We think the house was built by famous Sarasota architect Paul Rudolf - its certainly in the style of his beach houses - and is one of the few remaining examples of its type.

We'd like to think Paul Rudolf would approve the renovations - and he'd certainly enjoy the modern-day comforts!

What makes this house unique

Every house on the Key is different - but this is unique. There is a wonderful sense of space about the whole lot, and the magnificent Banyan tree frames the house perfectly.

Its set a way back off the road, and is well secluded. The views over the Bay are glorious, and the private path to the Gulf beach is enchanting.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Classic 'Florida Beach House', Secluded Bayside Lot, Private Path To Gulf Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
Hartford, CT

Florida as it used to be but wonderfully updated

  • 5 of 5

My family loves this property. The house has been updated in a casual style that allows one to feel totally comfortable. The plus is that it is totally private with a sloping lawn to Lemon Bay and a very short walk on a deeded path to a beach that is almost empty a good part of the time. The winding road that leads to the house feels like Florida must have felt in the sixties and fifties. The house itself, a mid-century modern home, has the advantage of the studio accommodation over the garage. This is a real plus for us since our relatives opted to use that space and we had our privacy except during meal times and times when we really wanted to get together.

Fun for kids with the resident iguana (IGY), lots of wonderful birds to see and a beach to explore. We were thrilled to see a Key Deer ( a tiny animal that is quite rare) stroll across the lawn one night. This is a place for quieter times although it is a short drive to Sarasota and its many sights. We always get library cards at the Englewood Library and we found a place that rents child supplies (highchair, toys, books, cabana) right nearby.

We all highly recommend the Ritchie Home.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hartford, CT

Wonderful "old style" Florida with all the updates -- peaceful and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This is an unusual find for Florida these days. A wonderful mid-century modern house on a large private waterfront lot on Lemon Bay just a short walk to the Gulf beach. The road meanders under cypress and oak trees to the driveway and the house. The house is so private you can't see another property from it. All the amenities -- and an updated look -- make this a relaxing home to stay in. We were there a month and made sure to take advantage of the proximity to Sarasota for plays and the opera. I also went swimming in the Gulf on a very private stretch of beach nearly every day. The separate studio over the garage was a great set up when our daughter and her family arrived with a six week old baby. We never heard a peep in our part of the complex. We loved this place and have rented it for March 2016! The owner is thoughtful and responsive although we really didn't need anything.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laval, Quebec

Absolutely stunning! Paradise!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house, perfect for a family getaway. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Spotlessly clean. Attentive owner. The beach is a pleasant stroll away. It is a bit rocky, but we didn't mind. Loved looking for shark teeth! Some very nice public beaches nearby. Would definitely rent again, and would recommend this rental without hesitation. Looking forward to renting again some day!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Josee, so glad you loved our house, and you're always welcome to return. Very, very rarely, after a big storm, the sand on this stretch of the Gulf coast seems to retreat for a few days. And then it all comes back! I guarantee on your next visit there will be hardly a rock on the beach for miles in either direction!
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Toronto, Canada

Paradise unlimited

  • 5 of 5

This property suited our two couples well. Having the separate apartment over the garage enabled each couple to have some privacy as needed. The furnishings are certainly unique and the location couldn't be better. To be able to walk a few steps to an almost secluded beach is a rare opportunity . I did enjoy searching for shark's teeth. There are numerous restaurants in the area but a month isn't long enough to try them all -especially if you want to cook at home with the good kitchen and BBQ . If you want to have a peaceful vacation, this is certainly the place.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stump Pass Beach State Park
Gulfview Grill
Lock 'n Key Pub Restaurant
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro
Gulfview Grill
Elsie Quirk Library
Farmers market
Farlow's On The Water
Englewood Farmers Market
Mango Bistro
Lock 'n Key Pub Restaurant
Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Boca Royale, Englewood
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I 75
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Gulf View
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Gulf of Mexico
Car: necessary

Our home is on a large secluded waterfront lot on the bayside of Manasota Key - and we have a private path to miles of near deserted beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Our stretch of the Key is in a conservation area - a mixture of classic beach houses and modern mansions, many with beautiful gardens, palm trees and a wonderful canopy of live oaks and spanish moss.

There is an abundance of wildlife - pelicans, osprey, grey heron, dolphin and manatee have all been seen from our property.

And yet we're only a few minutes from downtown Olde Englewood, with a wide choice of restaurants, shops, a weekly farmers market plus a good library and live theater.

The city of Sarasota is half an hour's drive away, and there's always plenty happening there. With a world class aquarium, superb botanical gardens, and its very own Opera House, there's never a shortage of outings.


Rates & Availability

Manasota Key House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
14 night minimum stay
Holiday 2016/17
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
January 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Jan 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
Feb/Mar/Apr 2017
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
28 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 22 2017
14 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb/Mar/April 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates include full cleaning service before and after vacation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Manasota Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main - toilet , shower , Heritage vanity basin
    Upstairs en-suite - toilet , shower
  • Tiled shower with frameless glass surround
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Ensuite bathroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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