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Wow! "Last Minute" In Season Sale! Historic Downtown! Walk To Everything!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Voted #1 Location in Sarasota! Walk To Everything! Town, Marina, Shopping, etc.

Location, location, location!!!!!

The "Hideaway Cottage" is located in a very special residential community right downtown within easy walking distance to everything: restaurants, cafe's, shopping, theatre's, marina, etc.

7n/8 Day Minimum

Laurel Park was voted the #1 neighborhood in Sarasota by "The Best of Sarasota Magazine". Our Siesta Beach is consistently ranked the #1 beach in the United States, including Hawaii.

Sarasota has recently been rated "The #1 retirement mecca destination in the United States" and now you can come and stay right in the middle of it all! Sarasota remains high on the list of savvy travelers who know what a rare gem Sarasota is. By staying in the "Hideaway Cottage" you will be in the heart of the downtown area where you can leisurely stroll to outdoor cafe's, restaurants, 9 performing arts theaters, the historic Opera House, 2 Cinema's with 25 movie screens and so much more! Walk to the harbor and rent a boat, stroll to the farmer's market and shop for groceries! It's all right here at your finger tips!

This adorable cottage has been meticulously renovated preserving it's historic charm. Delightfully decorated with the owners collection of whimsical art work from local artists. You will be pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail. We offer soft, fresh linens, premium mattress's, full kitchens, free Wifi, HDTV cable with DVR, laundry, private patio, and off-street parking.

See all of our cottages on our website ww w. sarasota cottage .com (type with no spaces). On our website you can see virtual tours, floor plans, reviews, pictures and everything you need to know!

Location, location, location! That's why our neighborhood was voted #1 in Sarasota. It's right in town within easy walking distance to everything!!!!! Laurel Park is a small, quiet, historic neighborhood filled with fun Key West style conch houses, pastel colored cottages and restored bungalows. Come and enjoy what a special place Sarasota is by staying right in the middle of it all!!!!!!

This cottage has a brand new kitchen in it with granite counter tops, dishwasher, etc. Nice!

Jeff OKeefe

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Property Manager
Jeff OKeefe
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Jeff OKeefe

My wife Mikeal'an and I moved to Sarasota 5 years ago. Our plan was to retire here after working and raising a family in the Washington DC/Northern VA area.

Jeff OKeefe purchased this house in 2015

Why Jeff OKeefe chose Downtown

We loved Sarasota from the moment we saw it and knew this was the place we had been searching for. We opted to live in Laurel Park (where all 6 of our vacation cottage rentals are because we enjoy walking our dogs to restaurants, cafes and the waterfront Bay Park. We enjoy riding our bikes to the Opera! The style is quaint and charming. We are very proud to offer 6 charming vacation cottages in our neighborhood so our guests can experience the same lifestyle!

We believe we are doing a great job because many of our guests have decided to purchase homes in our area while they were here!

What makes this house unique

Our area is VERY unique. Our quests are looking for something more than just beach and golf. Although those things are just a few minutes away, our location gives you so much more! All 6 of our charming vacation cottages are located in Laurel Park (voted the #1 neighborhood in Sarasota). Our vacationers are within walking distance to all the action and the waterfront harbor, yet far enough away to sit our your patio and not here a thing!

We are just 2 blocks from everything downtown/harbor so your can walk to it all!

Guestbook comments from the manager

WE stayed 2 weeks and loved this property. We walked to the harbor, town and more. I give it an A+. We will certainly stay at any of Jeff's 4 cottages- they are all excellent. Downtown is the place to be. Quiet yet close to things.
Sep 2017
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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Sanitzed and Extra Clean. Premium Towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Premium Bedding
  • Pillow-Top Premium Mattress with luxury Linens.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Shed
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Weekly and monthly rentals only. Change over day is Saturday. Small dogs considered for weekly rentals- no pets for monthly rentals. Minimum age of Primary renter is 22 years old. Utilities paid for by owner for normal usage-cap on utility usage-see Short Term Rental agreement. Pool, hot tub, spa amenities are off-site for fee. Bikes, bicycles are available for rent at local bike shop. Sometimes we can offer you beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers free of charge. Many times these items are broken or missing. We cannot guarantee they will be available- however, they are available for rent on some beaches.


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Wow! "Last Minute" In Season Sale! Historic Downtown! Walk To Everything!
average rating of 4.263158 based on 26 reviews

great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

A plus location and lovely property. Owner's very helpful. I liked how close to town and the marina. Parks and tennis close enough to walk to everything we needed. Hardly used the car. Rental was clean and everything worked fine. Perfect for a qucik restful vacation yet in the hub of all activities.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Buffalo, N.Y. is our hometown

Very convenient location, accommodations lacking

  • 2 of 5

We found this location in walking distance to many of the Sarasota attractions. The accommodation itself needed work, starting with trimming branches from & lighting the driveway. The bed was comfortable, but the shower was barely 2' x 2' (doubt if a large person would fit) with a floor that was mildewed. The most disconcerting feature was the half curtain covering the clear glass window with a 2nd floor apartment overlooking it.Although the decorations were eclectic beachy, it could have been cleaned better. The outdoor washer and dryer were nice to have, but they are located uncomfortably close to the back door of another unit. Also, whenever we went outside, it seemed to be accompanied by a 'beep'. We don't know if it was some sort of security or what.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good Morning Jim I am sorry you were not completely happy with your stay and we will certainly look into your suggestions. We really want our guests to have a wonderful experience and I only live a block away and am always available to help our guests. I wish you would have contacted me while you were here? The cottage is called "The Hideaway" because it is tucked in between a number of other downtown cottages and most people that live here like to leave the foliage lush and very tropical. That is why we don't trim the palm trees, etc. that much? We find there is plenty of light for the driveway from the street lights and City Regulations do not allow us to light it anymore so surrounding neighbors are not offended by night time lighting. I know the shower is small but it is a lot larger then 2 feet by 2 feet and nobody has ever complained about it's size? Our listing has lots of pictures, including the bathroom, so people know what they are expecting. As far as the curtain in the bathroom window I was asked repeatedly by previous guests to install a standard 1/2 curtain for more light and the property outside of it is the rear of a garage? Although the washer/dryer is not inside the cottage, and you do share it with another cottage, it is only about 10 steps from the front door and it is covered and free. Very convenient! I have inspected the cottage and found it super clean with no mildew anywhere but will talk to my cleaning service who normally do an amazing job. I am lucky to have them. The beeping was a smoke detector that needed a new battery. Jeff/Owner Operator
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Dallas, TX USA

Very comfortable and well-located cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding for a couple, easy walk to downtown and very close to beaches.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent! Highly recommend.

  • 5 of 5

Best location for the price. I walked everywhere and biked to the beach. Very clean and comfortable. Everything in working condition. Owner was friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for your kind review.
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New Providence, New Jersey

Smaller than expected for the price.

  • 1 of 5

The cottage was very small. Some windows did not open. Bedroom had one window but it was blocked with an air conditioner. Driveway was overgrown. Stall shower was tiny. On cold days electric heaters did not provide much heat. Kitchen is new.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage!!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week in Sarasota, so much to do and see. We checked out all the surrounding beaches and towns, loved the area. Our cottage was perfect, great downtown location. We could walk to shops, restaurants, Whole Foods and the marina.Jeff and Mikeal'an both called us back when we had a question, very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We enjoyed having you!
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Sarasota International SRQ
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
100's of Bars Within Walking Distance
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Many Private & Semi-Private to Choose From
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Too Many To List
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Water Skiing
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Lido Beach
Car: not necessary

Location, location, location. Located right downtown within easy walking distance to everything: restaurants, cafe's, movies, shopping, theaters, the farmers market, the marina. Siesta Key Beach was just voted #1 beach in USA (including Hawaii). Our Caribbean blue water and (litterly) baby powder soft, white sand found on our beaches is like no other in the continential USA! Dubbed the 'Cultural Coast', you can enjoy a vast mixture of live entertainment, from the refined Ballet, Opera and Symphony, to the more funky Comedy Clubs or Drag Queen Bingo! The Downtown area is the hub of the action and our cottages are located just a few, quiet blocks away from everything!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Pet Fee $140
Damage Deposit $100

See Short Term Rental Agreement

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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