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Beachfront Cottages at Beautiful Sandy Shores

101 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


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
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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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.


based on 101 traveler reviews

Beachfront Cottages at Beautiful Sandy Shores
average rating of 4.960396 based on 101 reviews

Exceptional Property

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Gulf Cottage for six nights, and Myrtle had equipped it with everything we could have desired. The beach towels were thick and oversized. (I mention the towels in particular, because we used them ALOT)!! The landscaping is amazing, and provides privacy in the various seating areas. The sandy path that leads to the beach, goes through dunes, then opens up to the wide expanse of beach and ocean. Truly beautiful! We have stayed at beach-front facilities in the past, but Sandy Shores is our new vacation get-a-way!! Terri and Rodger

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Terri for your wonderful review. I'm looking forward to your next stay. It's great to have so lovely guests. Myrtle
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Exceeded any expectation I had.

  • 5 of 5

I was looking forward to staying somewhere that was going to be "on the beach", but was not expecting this property to be like a micro tropical paradise. I stayed in the cottage house which was spacious, very clean and equipped with everything you might need for a beach vacation. The property landscaping is gorgeous!!! Everywhere you look there is a place to kick your feet up and relax among beautiful plants and foliage. There were times it felt like we had the whole beach to ourselves as it isn't crowded like so many other tourist beach locations. Each day we were surprised with visits from dolphins. The property is conveniently located within walking distance of exceptional eating choices, shopping and home made ice cream so our tummies weren't denied a weeks worth of delight either. It was nice to have the property owner nearby that was available for anything we might have needed. Myrtle and her sidekick Abby were always available should we need anything and were such gracious hosts. I will be back for certain as my get away experience was more than any I've ever had.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vanessa for the beautiful review! It's so nice to hear that all my hard work is paying off when I get these lovely compliments for Sandy Shores. It's always a pleasure to meet such nice guests such as yourself and I look forward to seeing you once again at Sandy Shores.
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The Gulf Cottage September 2016

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location - tucked in nice and quiet with great gulf view yet walk across the street to coffee, bakery, pizza or seafood. CVS right there also. Hostess Myrtle makes sure you have everything you need. Very clean and well equipped. Keith and Susan

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. It's always nice to have positive feedback.
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Love This Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had been to Sandy Shores 3 years ago and were so happy to return! We stayed in the Gulf House which is closest to the beach. We also rented the Patio Cottage as I have family in the area and wanted them to spend time at the beach with us and have their own space. Both cottages have all the amenities you could want for a relaxing, stress-free beach vacation--kitchen stocked with all you need for preparing meals "at home." A gas grill is right outside and BBQ utensils are provided. There are plenty of towels, both bath and beach, and extra linens and pillows. Laundry room is onsite and there is a room with beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys. I think the only time we had a meal out was the night we went to Tropicana Field for a baseball game. We enjoyed being "home" so much that we ate in for most meals! However, there are plenty of restaurants close by, some within walking distance right across the street but some within short driving distance if you have a car. A CVS is across the street and Publix and Walmart a short drive away. The best part for me was the beach--sunrise, long walks, dolphins, birds, shells, lightning shows, sunsets and water warm enough to swim in! Myrtle, the owner, lives onsite and keeps everything in great shape, both inside and out. The grounds are beautiful, lush and tropical. I enjoyed meeting up with Myrtle and her little dog, Abbey, early in the morning. Now, if only we could afford to retire and make Sandy Shores our home away from home!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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August beach

  • 5 of 5

Second time at the Patio apartment, and so enjoyed our stay. From the shining cleanliness to the thoughtful provision of everything we could want from cooking utensils to beach towels to a small private library, the sense of being pampered is lovely. The quiet of the garden outside our door, and a table for sitting with morning coffee or an outdoor lunch is peaceful and beautiful. Myrtle and her charming companion, Abby, are always available for directions or recommendations, and yet, quietly in the background to allow us the solitude we looked for on our trip. Steps to the beach, where we photographed birds and sunsets, and had hardly any competition for space in August. We'll hopefully come again to enjoy this beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Guppy's on the Beach
Keegan's Seafood Grille
Salt Rock Grill
Crabby Bill's
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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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