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Myrtle Hall

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, german

Beachfront Cottages at Beautiful Sandy Shores

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Independence Square Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)


has three beautiful cottages:


THE PATIO and THE GARDEN (see #508989)


has been in the Hall family for over 60 years, and is currently owned and operated by Myrtle Hall. Myrtle is German-born and moved to Indian Rocks Beach in 2000 when she married her late husband, Ned. Ned’s grandmother bought the Indian Rocks Beach property in 1946. Ned's father George Hall built the first, two-story building in 1952. The one-story Gulf Cottage followed in 1972. Ned's family lived here in the winter, and spent the summer in Ithaca, NY, where his father was the Golf Coach at Cornell University for over 40 years. Ned followed in his footsteps as a PGA Teaching Professional for over 25 years. He was teaching at the Clearwater Golf Club located in Clearwater, Florida when Myrtle, in Florida on holiday from Germany, met him in 1998. Myrtle and Ned, of course, had their wedding right in front of beautiful Sandy Shores!

Like Ned, Myrtle fell in love with this beautiful property and its rich family history. Ned and Myrtle started to rent out their cottages in 2005 after a complete beautification and enjoyed every minute of sharing this lovely property with their guests. Myrtle carries on the Hall family tradition of hospitality at Sandy Shores and adds her special brand of German warmth. Her attention to detail and cleanliness makes Sandy Shores a unique and charming retreat.

Surf, sand and sun, coupled with quiet solitude, magnificent sunsets, and the shade of the Australian Pines make this the perfect getaway spot. You will enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - perfect for a morning stroll or an afternoon shelling expedition, as well as beautiful-maintained accommodations. Sandy Shores is a slice of Old Florida at it's very finest.

Wireless/WIFI available

Visit our other properties at:

VRBO #508989 - Patio Cottage

VRBO #508994 - Garden Cottage

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Myrtle Hall (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About Myrtle Hall

Sandy Shores has been in my late husband, Ned's, family for over 60 years. Ned's Grandmother bought it in 1946 and his Father built the first two story building in 1952 and the Gulf Cottage followed in 1972.

I live onsite so I am available during your stay. I've also worked for 12 years in a local bank. One of the things my guests repeatedly tell me, is that they can see my love for Sandy Shores in the cleanliness and beauty of the property. I take pride in knowing my attention to detail ensures my guests have the most comfortable stay. And, for my German visitors, I enjoy speaking German to help you feel at home.

Myrtle Hall purchased this cottage in 1946

Why Myrtle Hall chose Indian Rocks Beach

We started to rent out our cottages in 2005 after a total beautification and enjoying ever since every minute of sharing this lovely property with all our guests.

What makes this cottage unique

Rest in our secluded gardens, enjoy the shade under our beautiful Australian Pine Trees and watch the Gulf of Mexico and the fantastic sunsets from your living room and dining area. You can't get any closer to the dunes and beach.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(96 traveler reviews)
Beachfront Cottages at Beautiful Sandy Shores
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 96 reviews
Bloomington, IL

Janet and Rachel

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful and beautiful vacation stay. Second time staying at the Gulf cottage. Still as beautiful and peaceful as the first time. Took my daughter to see the ocean for the very first time. I couldn't think of a better place to do so. The cottage was so very clean and homey. So very convenient to shopping , restaurants, etc. Myrtle is always so accommodating and helpful. Planning on returning again soon! I really appreciate her provision of towels, fully supplied kitchen , extra blankets. Would recommend this to everyone. Very important as well is feeling safe which I do when visiting/vacationing there.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. What an honor to be a part of someone's first moments experiencing our beautiful Gulf of Mexico! I thoroughly enjoyed having you and your family and am very happy you enjoyed your stay. Myrtle
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Pure Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our girl trip was a wonderful time due to our host Myrtle and the beautiful place she has here. Lots of areas to sit outside and enjoy the tropical surroundings. We had lots of beach chairs, umbrellas and floats from her beach room. We stayed in the Garden Cottage and loved it! We were so convenient to everything we rarely needed our car. I really want to go back with my husband for a romantic get away! Loved every minute!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pearland, Texas

Another wonderful week!!!

  • 5 of 5

Fourth time at Sandy Shores and it was perfect again! The Gulf Cottage is absolutely wonderful - spacious, clean, and "homey". The grounds around the cottage are a tropical paradise and provide several little areas for having a picnic, grilling or just lounging and enjoying the view of the Gulf. Myrtle is a gracious host and provides for everything one can think of. The grounds are just steps from both the beautiful beach and also several places to eat, shop, etc. Cannot wait until next year!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and cozy vacation

  • 5 of 5

Myrtle has a beautiful place. The place was immaculate! We had such a wonderful time. The sunsets were amazing! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect vacation. We will definitely be back to paradise!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!!! Best Vacation ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival me and my family were in Awe! We couldnt have asked for anything better. We were greated by Myrtle and her lovely little dog. She was sitting in a stunning garden patio area that was beautiful. It made you feel like you were in a tropical paradise. We then went to a nice little area behind the cottage that had a fantastic view of the Gulf of Mexico. This area had plenty of seating, lounges, picnic table,and lots of soft sand. It had plenty of spots in the immediate sun for sun bathing and some shade for those not wanting direct sun. From here you gain immediate access to the beach. A very very short walk leads you through some sand dunes to the beautiful white beach. It was way better than any of us expected. We visited in late June. The water was cyrstal clear and was super warm. My boys ages 6 and 9 had a great time. The water was shallow enough for them to enjoy the ocean and feel safe.Iam 6 foot and I could touch for a long ways out. I saw many children playing in the water safely. Just out past the Bouyees we saw Dolphins jumping and playing everynight while watching amazing sunsets. Some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. One day while swimming we had an unexpected guest come see us and he had no worry in the world, it was a great big huge manitee. He seemed to be enjoying himself as well as he just passed by enjoying the warm waters too! Everyone was super excited about this. We saw Clearwater Marine Aqarium staff checking on the Turtle eggs and nest daily. The cottage was just perfect! Great views with absolutely everything you need minus food. It literally had everything. We went to all the nearby resturants, that are right across the street. We ate a Crabby Bills (Great Grouper), Slice pizzeria (French Dip very good), and JD's Oyster bar (Alligator bites delicious!). A Publix and Walmart are very close by about 1.5 miles away. CVS store right across the street for smaller items,but they had alot too. adult beverages, souvenirs, snacks, beach supplies, etc. Feel free to wear your beach clothes anywhere. Also the resturants had lots of live entertainment in the evenings, but you cant hear it at the cottages even though its right across the street. We really enjoyed visiting the Clearwater Aquarium and seeing Hope and Winter from the movie Dolphin Tail. Well it appears Iam out off space, so I will leave you with this, on a scale of 1-10, We gave it a 15!!!! Best Vacation ever!!! Highly recommend!!! Thanks Myrtle!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented the Gulf cottage for a week. The cottage was very clean and well appointed. We had everything we needed to cook and many restaurants within walking distance when we didn't. The owner Myrtle was very helpful upon our arrival with showing us around and making us feel welcome. It felt like we had come to visit family instead of just being renters. While Myrtle lives on site, she was very respectful of our privacy and we only saw her at checkin and checkout.

Myrtle has thought of everything. She provided beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, and even had a boogie board and other flotation devices for fun in the waves.

The beach is just steps out the door and not crowded at all. When you feel like you want a break from the beach, there are lounge chairs and Adirondack chairs under the pine trees so you can relax in the shade and still enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.

As far as restaurants go, Crabby Bills across the street has good food and a fun atmosphere. Slyce has great pizza and good live music. The best part is you can walk across the street. There is also a CVS with beer, wine, sunscreen and more.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guppy's on the Beach
Keegan's Seafood Grille
Salt Rock Grill
Crabby Bill's
Villa Gallace
E&E Stakeout Grill
"Our favorite breakfast place!"
Johns Pass Boardwalk
"Drive 20 Min down south and visit all the nice stores and restaurants or go on a boat to wat..."
Clearwater Beach
"Just a short ride to see Pier 60 and the habour"
Busch Gardens - Tampa
"1/2 hours or 45 Min. from our home."
Salvador Dali Museum
"You got to see the new Museum!"
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
St. Petersburg International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Across the street
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Belleair Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
several great restaurants in walking distance
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
right in front of our property
Nearest Point of Interest
John's Pass
Nearest Point of Interest
Clearwater Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Tampa International and Bush Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Petersburg
Car: recommended

June 2012 Beach Renourishment with fine sand, additional Local Activities and Attractions, Disney, EPCOT, Cypress Gardens are just 2 hours away, Bush Gardens, Historic Ybor City with its nightlife, Pinellas Trail, Salvador Dali Museum, Dog Track, Casino Cruises, Bird Sanctuaries and Flea Markets, The Bohemian Town of Indian Rocks Beach offers great Restaurants and local shops, several in walking distance, there are large grocery stores within 3-5 minutes drive and a CVS just across the street, nearest Airport, Clearwater/St, Pete or Tampa, Distance 15/28 miles, nearest Town, Clearwater, distance 5 miles


Rates & Availability

Independence Square Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May - December
May 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec - January
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
May - December
Apr 29 2017 - Dec 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $85 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Check in after 3 pm on your check-in date and check-out at 10 am
on your departure date.

A sixty (60) day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more
than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $50
which ever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, or that are
made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and reservation
deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.
You may choose to purchase travel insurance separately.

I highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. If you wish to purchase travel
insurance, go to or for details and
to purchase.
No pets allowed under any circumstances.

I have 2 other cottages as well. Please visit listing numbers 508994 GULF Cottage and 508989 PATIO Cottage to view their availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Independence Square Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom with Shower and Bath tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Once you have the experience with us, you will surely come back.........

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