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Pass-a-Grille's Waterfront Charmer, Whimsical Florida Bungalow

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Delightful renovated cottage 3 bedroom /2 bath + large cozy open loft

Key West style waterfront bungalow, situated in the heart of Pass-a-grille's historic district. Across from the Merry Pier and next to the Seahorse Restaurant.

The comfortable cottage and cozy loft has everything you could possibly need for your vacation. Just bring a toothbrush!

Pass-a-grille is a charming Florida Community of days past. Located on the southernmost tip of St Pete Beach. Near Tampa, St Petersburg, Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key. The Waterfront Charmer is perfectly located in the heart of Pass-a-grille, right next to 8th Ave. which is the 'hub' of this quiet spot.

We take great care to make sure you have all the comforts needed to make a vacation a memorable experience. We're fortunate enough to have acquired many repeat guests, we're starting to feel like a huge extended family!

A red aluminum roof makes the cottage quickly identifiable! The cabana striped awnings, bright tropical artwork and furnishings complete the charm of old Florida living with contemporary amenities. Cottage has 2 decks - one that looks at Boca Ciega Bay and a second intimate, secluded, covered porch between home and the garage (loft). A privacy fence on both sides of the home. Old oak wood floors, a totally remodeled and updated kitchen, romantic fireplace, ceiling fans, central air, This is our personal guest house for our friends and family when they come visit, so we make sure it never starts looking 'tired'.

Late 2017 we completed a large remodel of both bathrooms, they still have the old cottage look but are totally new! The laundry area is now located in the bottom floor of loft with full sized stacked front load washer and dryer. Installed a new AC for the loft area, and in June 2018 we installed a new AC in the cottage.

Since we are one of the original Pass-a-grille Cottages, we have a bit of a rambling, add-on, footprint. The cottage sleeps 6, 1 queen, 1 full, 2 twins. It is 2 bdroom/2 bath and a small Florida room, with 1 twin bed & 1 twin trundle, which can be closed off from the rest of the cottage. Additionally, the loft sleeps 4. The loft is a upstairs/downstairs with a remodeled laundry center on bottom floor and 2 twins on top level, 1 full bed on bottom floor.

More Details

Patricia Black (Pat)
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
8 August, 2018

About Patricia Black (Pat)

Tom and I love to travel, our preferred way to lodge is at VRBO properties.

Tom just retired and we are working out the details!

We are empty nesters with 4 adult children living from Tampa to JAX to the FL Keys and LA. We have 4 grandchildren who we can't see often enough.

We love animals and have 2 labs (a silver lab and a charcoal lab) which we adore.

In May 2018, we sold our 2 other rental properties in Pass-a-grille - The Sunset Charmer and Treehouse Charmer.

Patricia Black (Pat) purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Patricia Black (Pat) chose Pass-a-grille

Living in Tampa with a hectic life and a melded family, we

purchased the cottage in 2001 as a weekend getaway. Our weekends got longer and longer so we decided to take the leap and move from Tampa to St Pete Beach. We purchased from the owners of the Seahorse Restaurant which is where they raised their family.

We started renting when a friend's nephew, from New Orleans, was scrambling to find a place to relocate right after Hurricane Katrina. We reached out and offered the cottage until they could get back on their feet. They arrived with their pup and their possessions.

The Waterfront Charmer is located in the perfect spot, next to the two block long 8th Ave.- our Historical Shopping District. Boutiques and restaurants on the same square block. Immediately across the street, the Merry Pier, is fascinating at any hour of the day - there is always something going on. Pass-a-grille is a step back in time, one of Florida's best kept secrets. The beaches are pristine.

What makes this cottage unique

The WaterfrontCharmer is so incredibly close to the beach! The Gulf of Mexico is a short 2 blocks from our back door. Or you can sit on the front deck in the lifeguard chairs overlooking Boca Ciega Bay and watch the action. The Merry Pier across the stree is always hopping., You can watch the pelicans groom themselves on the old pilings, or watch dolphin, birds and fishermen. This southern end of Pass-a-grille is the best place to take a stroll and is the best place EVER to walk you dog.

After the beach gets boring, the sights along the sidewalk are entertaining; old homes, renovated homes and new ones. We are located right next to 8th Ave, the historic street, with fun beachy shopping, not the typical tourist stuff. Action, but not too much. Nice place to relax and slow the pace. When you want action, go north of the Don CeSar Hotel and the action begins!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our tenth summer visit to the charmer was ever better than each of the others. How can you possibly make this place more charming and comfortable?! We'll find out next year!
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Pass-a-grille in Saint Pete Beach

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Remodeled in late 2017, new everything!
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Remodeled bath finished in December 2017. New everything!
  • Black and white bathroom is a full bath with tub, shower, sink and toilet. Renovation finished 12/2017. New everything! Shampoo & conditioner, bar and liquid soaps, nice towels, bug spray and some sunscreen. Bathroom (off Florida Room) has a shower, pedestal sink, euro style tankless toilet, tall cabinets. Brand new renovation finished 12/2017!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , TV and DVD, looks out on Boca Ciega Bay
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , french doors lead to interior, private deck
    Loft - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , New laundry center added to bottom floor Dec2017.Beautiful!
    Florida room - 2 Single Bed , this room is attached to 2nd bathroom and can be closed off
  • Queen sized bed in private bedroom at front of home overlooks Boca Ciega Bay. Full sized bed in private bedroom french doors off inner porch area. One twin daybed in the Florida room, which can be shut off from rest of home. The Loft consists of an upstairs and downstairs both with no privacy. Upper floor of loft has 2 twin mattresses and lower loft has a full sized bed. New high thread count bed linens, RL and/or fine linens, towels, beach towels and pillows. Pillows, euro pillows, some blankets and or comfortors are all down. The home has a sound machine, clocks, and a hotel safe for your valuables.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We provide you with a bottle of wine/or beer to drink upon your arrival. We also stock you up for your first breakfast. Coffee, a few K-Cups and a tea assortment, muffins or breakfast bread & butter. If that's not enough, you can go next door to the Seahorse Restaurant! (open for breakfast and lunch only) The property is priced for 7 overnight guests, add'l $25.00/night/pp up to the maximum of 10 overnight guests. Sunday arrivals must pay an additional cleaning cost of $70.00. (time and a half)


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Pass-a-Grille's Waterfront Charmer, Whimsical Florida Bungalow
average rating of 4.946429 based on 182 reviews

Super cute with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

This place was fantastic. Owner amazing.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful! Pat was very accommodating and the house had everything you need! Great location and very clean!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect

  • 5 of 5

If I could give this home and Pat Black 6 stars I would. Pat is a fantastic host and has literally thought of everything her guests might need. Everything we needed to cook during our stay was in the kitchen, the laundry room and bathrooms were well stocked, all of the noodles, floats, towels, and even a wagon to carry it all to the beach are provided. She told me to pack light- she was right, she even has beach hats and beach bags! The house was spotless, comfortable, and well maintained. Pat greeted us when we arrived with fresh Mango bread from the trees in her yard and had it waiting for us along with wine, water bottles, and orange juice. She even shared the recipe with me. My husband and I along with our 4 teenage children had plenty of space and never felt cramped in this home. The layout is just right for a family our size. I will never willingly stay at another home in Pass-a-Gille!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Des Moines, IA

Charming, convenient and very well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five plus grandma & grandpa had a wonderful time at the Waterfront Charmer! The proximity to the beach, Merry Pier and great restaurants made this a super convenient location. The house itself was really well stocked with beach gear, kitchen supplies and loads of info on things to do. The house had lots of sleeping options which was fun for our three kids to pick from. Beds were comfortable and the newly remodeled bathrooms were lovely. Pat is the ultimate hostess welcoming us with juice and muffins! Great home base for a fun family beach vacation-thanks Pat and Tom!!!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marietta GA

Perfect house, amazing location, everything you might need!

  • 5 of 5

My family, including our doggie Sheldon, just spent a fantastic week at Waterfront Charmer. We have rented lots of vacation homes and WCH was, by far, the best stocked home we have ever stayed at. The home is beautifully decorated and located close to everything. We arrived to a stocked fridge, bottle of wine, and muffins! Pat is wonderful and her passion for her home and Pass-A-Grille is evident. Seriously, just pack your swimsuit and come on down!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Favorite Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at the Waterfront Charmer. We are only a family of 3 but you can't beat the location and the house is adorable. It is across from the Merry Pier and close to the beach. Pat does a wonderful job making sure everything is going smooth during your stay. This is always the first place we check when we are planning a trip to Pass-A-Grille.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Tampa International and St Pete Clearwater airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Shadracks Harley Bar
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
to Shell Key now one to Downtown St Petersburg
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Isla Del Sol
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I 275
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Seahorse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
0.1 Miles
Waterski - Boca Ciega Bay
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Pass-a-grille close to Ft Desoto Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Pass-a-grille's 8th Street - Historic Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Hurricane Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
The Black Palm Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Seahorse Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
The Merry Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
St Pete Yacht Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Lowe's Don CeSar
Car: recommended

The loft consists of a top floor and bottom floor. We have renovated the laundry center and relocated it to the bottom floor of the loft. The bathroom for loft is 3 giant steps though back covered porch to cottage bath. The loft has 2 twin beds, 1 TV on top floor and 1 full bed on bottom floor. It is all open with no division between sleeping spaces.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Pass-a-grille, St Petersburg Area

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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

1 time cleaning £108.15
Pet Fee £154.5
Refundable Damage Deposit £154.5
Security Deposit £154.5

Preferred check in day is Saturday.
Additional $70.00 upcharge for cleaners when checking out on Sunday.
Max number of persons in home is 10 people. After 7 people you will be additionally charged 25.00/night per person.
Extended stays may have reduced rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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