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Historic Poolside Riverfront Cabana with Boat Dock

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Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)





As you drive up to this hacienda-style estate and park your car on the sandy drive under the ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, you'll know that you have arrived at a genuinely special place. The mission-style bell tower atop this 'cabana' guest house and the Spanish-style courtyard tucked away behind wrought-iron gates offer the first clues that this was formerly the site of an early 20th-century railroad and streetcar tycoon's Florida get-away. Originally the carriage house for the estate, the guest house just underwent a top-to-bottom renovation making it a luxurious place to stay during the 21st century. Tucked between the Indian River Lagoon and the Sebastian River in the quaint and historic Roseland community, this is a magical spot.

Perched close to the edge of the original art deco swimming pool, from certain angles the cabana appears to be floating on water. At 26 feet by 52 feet, the pool is much larger than typical private pools, and great for serious lap swimming as well as casual wading or floating. Lion fountains at each corner of the pool serve as a reminder of the unique history of this estate. Keep refreshments handy at the attached poolside cabana bar, and you’ll never want to leave the pool!

Inside, the large, open living/dining area features glass doors and windows on all four sides, lending the interior a bright and open feeling even when Florida's famous sunshine is temporarily hidden behind the clouds. Bamboo floors, colorful and casual furnishings, arched windows, and muted pastel-colored walls create a relaxing resort-style space. Two steps down from the living area, a separate, fully-equipped kitchen features ultramodern and vintage appliances, including a dishwasher, microwave hood, and water filtration system. Freshly refurbished with classic Florida materials such as turquoise glass tile, pink enamel appliances, terrazzo floor tiles, and casual white cabinetry, the kitchen boasts large windows overlooking the swimming pool, with a door for easy access to the poolside cabana bar.

A small passageway connects the living area with the bedroom, bathroom, and laundry area with washer and dryer. Built largely of glass block, turquoise tile, terrazzo, and sea glass tile accents, the bathroom glows like a jewel, shimmering and subtly changing color as the sun moves through the sky. The oversized shower is lined with turquoise glass tiles, with a frosted glass door leading to an outdoor shower under the trees.

The separate bedroom with queen-sized bed comfortably sleeps two. A pull-out sleeper sofa in the living room can accommodate two more. A unique arrangement of doors allows occupants of both the living and sleeping areas to retain their privacy while preserving access to the bathroom from either location.

This estate boasts a uniquely beautiful, natural old-Florida setting directly on the pristine and wildlife-friendly Sebastian River, just a mile upstream from the Indian River Lagoon. While lounging at the pool deck, enjoy a sweeping view of the expansive lawn, native and tropical landscaping, small private lagoon, and the river. In addition to the majestic live oaks, the mature landscaping features numerous palm trees and a wide variety of tropical plants.

The nature preserve on the opposite bank of the river ensures that you'll watch the sun set over the palms and flatlands of Florida herself, rather than over someone's condominium complex or a chain hotel. It won't be long before you see fish jumping, dolphins playing, and egrets grazing close to the riverbank.

We designed the interior of this guest house as our vacation home, and it is extraordinarily comfortable for two to four people. The attention to detail with a focus on stylishly casual comfort will set you at ease as soon as you arrive. If you should need more space than the pool house provides, for an additional fee we also offer the estate's original 1924 guest house, directly across a sandy courtyard (see #225943 at 'All My Rental Listings'). Combined, the houses offer plenty of room for family and friends.

If you’re not familiar with the Sebastian River area, you’re in for a delightful surprise. This is where manatees come to over-winter. Dolphins, birds, fish, and nature-loving humans love the Sebastian River. Pelican Island, the country's first National Wildlife Refuge, was established here over a century ago. Ever since, Sebastian has remained a place that cherishes its natural beauty and makes a special effort to preserve it.

With the Sebastian River and an inviting turquoise pool right outside your door, and with the Indian River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Atlantic Ocean only minutes away, you'll never run out of things to do here. The beaches on the barrier island, across the Indian River lagoon, are practically deserted. Take a ride on the 'Sebastian River Queen Jungle tour,' a pontoon boat tour of the Sebastian River that passes right by your boat dock, on a photo safari quest for dolphins, herons, and alligators. Like surfing? The Sebastian Inlet is one of the top spots on Florida's coast to surf. Feeling really daring? Skydive Sebastian, billing itself as 'Florida's most scenic dropzone,' is only a mile away.

If you tire of the peace and quiet, the attractions of Orlando are just an hour and a half away. Or tour the facilities of NASA's Cape Canaveral, an hour to the north. If you’re lucky enough to be here at the time of a space launch, watch the northeastern skies at launch time for a special treat.

We wish we could be here all the time! But since we can't, we hope you’ll be able to stay a while and experience what a special place this is.

Keywords: Newly-Renovated Guest House

More Details

call Glenn at (772) 532 8386
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

License IRC-STVR-16-11-14, max vehicles 3, max nightly occupancy 4, no special events/parties, must obey county's "good neighbor" noise regulations


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sebastian in Indian River County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • License IRC-STVR-16-11-14, max vehicles 3, max nightly occupancy 4, no special events/parties, must obey county's "good neighbor" noise regulations
  • NO MUSIC OUTDOORS, out of respect for our neighbors
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Huge Swimming Pool, Poolside Cabana Bar, Central Air Conditioning & Heat, VCR-DVD Player, small DVD collection, Stereo CD player/Radio, Water Filtration System, High speed wireless Internet access, Cooking Utensils & Linens provided. Top-quality air mattresses available for extra guests. No Smoking inside our home, please!


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Historic Poolside Riverfront Cabana with Boat Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Secret hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Secret hideaway! If you I looking for privacy and seclusion, I highly recommend this place. It was just as described on the website and even better in person. I can’t even begin to tell you what a great place it was. The little cottage was perfect in every way. The privacy and the ease of location was just as great. Glenn the caretaker was the most hospitable person. Even when we invaded his pool for most of the trip he didn’t seem to mind. I would highly recommend this little cottage. The history behind it was even more amazing! We had some friends over for dinner one evening and they were just as impressed as we were. I can’t wait to get back! Of course we didn’t want to leave either. Thank you Glenn for everything.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Solitude

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Riverside Cottage for a long weekend. If peace and solitude are important then this is the place for you. The cottage is quaint and comfortable. The pool and backyard are private and serene. The cottage is like taking a step back in time and reminded me of staying at my grandparents' house with all of the vintage touches.

The cottage is also well located: close to grocery stores, a short drive to the beaches, and located close to Route 1 for zipping up to Melbourne or down to Vero.

Glenn is a great host, very personable and responds to reservation requests quickly.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prairieville, La

The Perfect rental cottage by the sea

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have found a better place to relax by the sea for the 4th of July. Wonderful secluded location one block from the ocean and one block from the Intracoastal. Immaculately maintained, had everything we wanted and all beach accessories, chairs, umbrella, fishing rods,etc. The kitchen came fully stocked with all appliances, bakeware, and lots of room.

They had plenty of movies for the young kids, toys, and a kids room. If you have a boat it's perfect since the dock is one street right behind the house. Perfect fishing spots nearby and plenty of good restaurants to choose from.

We will definitely stay here again. A true gem!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely homes and awesome owners!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place for 3 months while transitioning to the area and Glenn came to our rescue. We felt right at home from the moment we walked in the front door. The home is exactly as pictured and Glenn was always available if we had any questions or needed anything. Btw, we didn't need a thing, because he has everything in his homes. He has more kitchen supplies than a restaurant and the sheets he has are super soft, plush towels, comfy furniture, a washer and dryer, and so on. Consider it your home away from home! All you need to bring is yourself and clothes and you are set. He also recommended a few restaurants and we frequented two of them quite often. (Aunt Louise's and Wasabi Thai Sushi) I literally gained 10lbs from all the great food. Thanks Glenn! LOL!

I would highly recommend Glenn's homes if you are spending time in the area. It was totally relaxing and a great memorable time that I will treasure. Just a note.... we stayed at 3 of Glenn's homes during our stay and I have left this review for all of them, because each is equally fantastic!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Retreat for a Couple

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful relaxing week on the river. The place is as great as the photos. Very quiet and peaceful setting in an old Florida way but it still has all the amenities you need. The pool was great and clean. My wife especially liked the indoor/outdoor shower connection. We used to come to Sebastian often and after staying at Glenn's cabana, we will certainly return. Several of the other reviews describe the cabana much better than I can and everything that was said is true. We hope to return in the near future to what my wife describes as the "perfect vacation house".

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Maine

Hidden Gem in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

When I think of of this beautiful home I use the words relaxing, amazing, clean, comfortable, home and magical. This property in one word is "perfect"

Glenn was there to meet us when we arrived. He gave us the lay of the land and where we could find things in the rental. The house is beautiful and well cared for. It's decorated in a warm and somewhat old Florida way. That's not to say it wasn't loaded with modern amenities because it is but it is filled with a warm, funky, kitschy, bright and welcoming vibe. You instantly want to kick your shoes off and soak in all the home has to offer.

A full and well stocked kitchen with both vintage and modern appliances awaits down a step from the main living area. Two large windows overlook the amazing pool. To the left is an outdoor bar area with sink, counter tops and a grill. The kitchen has all the appliances you'll need and has all the kitchen accessories you have at home.

On the main living level (one step up from the kitchen) you'll find a nice dining area with very comfortable chairs and a living room with comfortable furniture and a television. Want to play a game? Open the old cabinet and you'll find it stocked.

The bedroom is just off the living room and has doors on both side so if you're traveling with a child you can have privacy but still be close by. We traveled with a teenager and she felt like she had her own space. She slept on the pullout sofa and said it was reasonably comfortable. The bedroom was comfortable and had plenty of places to put clothing both folded and hung. It also boasts a TV and great lighting to read by before bed. The bed while kind of bouncy was surprisingly comfortable and we slept well. Most nights we were lucky enough to be able to keep the windows open

The bathroom boasts a 1950's meets modern style with a large walk in shower and a very large, just outside the in shower door - an very nice outside shower! What a great way to start or end the day!

The pool was divine with lions on all four corners. Crystal clear water. The river is also easily accessible and we used the kayaks. Seeing dolphins while out was the highlight of our trip.

We can't wait to return. I'm already suffering withdrawals from not having coffee on the patio this morning! If you're looking for comfort and privacy you shouldn't past by this property. It's very centrally located. Close to grocery and pharmacy, restaurants and both Melbourne and Vero.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Canoeing, Birdwatching, Deep Sea Fishing, The Restaurants & Shops of Sebastian are nearby, or find a Wider Variety of Stores, & Cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne (each 25 minutes away).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £67.95
Pet Fee £37.75

A deposit of 50% of the rental rate confirms your reservation. The balance is due one week before your arrival. Deposit is 100% refundable, minus credit card fees, up until 2 months before your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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