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Historic Fisherman's Cottage Vacation Rental near Anna Maria Island

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cortez Cottage 2B, 1B sleeps 1-4 with 1 B 1B studio sleeps an additional 1-2

Historic Cortez Fishing Village, home to THE WILLIAM GUTHRIE HOUSE, hugs the coast of Sarasota Bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is only minutes to Anna Maria Island. The traditional “cracker house” was built in 1915 and has been lovingly restored. It is a charming 1200 sq. ft. self-catering holiday cottage, 100 yards from Sarasota Bay, 0.3 mile from Bradenton Beach and minutes from Anna Maria Island. This self-catering rental cottage with sun deck, screened porch with new outdoor furniture in 2013 and BBQ sleeps 1-4 persons, has 2 bedrooms, 1 traditional sleeping porch, 1 large family shower room, open plan living/dining area with new sofa in 2013 and cook’s kitchen all with central heat and air conditioning. The hardwood floors, bead board walls and fireplace are just a few of the original features. In addition, The Shack, a studio cottage is an additional 280 sq. ft. with air conditioning, sleeps 1-2 persons, on 1 sleeper sofa and has 1 complete shower room.

About the Village of Cortez: Historic Cortez Village hugs the coast of Sarasota Bay and is one of the few surviving fishing villages on Florida’s west coast. The waters offshore are known as “The Kitchen” because of the bounty of fish harvested from these waters in the early days. Today Cortez has become a haven for artists, writers and fisherman who enjoy the unspoiled environment and slow pace of life.

Cortez is really a world all its own. In many ways, it is like taking a step back in time. You will be charmed by the old bungalows and cottages, many dating back to the 1920s, situated along short, narrow roads dotted with palm trees.

There are neighboring commercial fish houses on Sarasota Bay, where anglers dock their fishing boats and unload their fresh catches each and every day.

Bradenton: Bradenton is a friendly town offering historical attractions and outdoor activities for the young, and young at heart. It is located on the southern most part of Tampa Bay between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. From the dazzling white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the banks of the Manatee River, Bradenton offers swimming, fishing, boating, parasailing, canoeing or kayaking. A half dozen beautiful golf courses are located in Bradenton, where the weather is not an issue and you can play sun up to sun down.

The Orlando attractions such as Disney World, MGM Studio and Sea World are just an hour and a half away from Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island: Anna Maria Island is located off the west coast of Florida between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. It’s accessed by two bridges from the mainland and is the northernmost of a string of barrier islands that stretch south to the Florida Keys. Anna Maria Island supports three cities, Anna Maria at the northern end, Holmes Beach in the center and Bradenton Beach at the southern tip. The island boasts a seven-mile long beach rimmed with tall and graceful Australian pines, some as high as 60 feet. There are three fishing piers, charter and sailboat rentals, as well as any number of beach activities to enjoy. Parasailing is a fun way to get a unique look at the island, and there are public tennis courts in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. If golf is your game, Anna Maria Island is just a short drive to more than 45 championship courses.

There are many beachside restaurants, just a bridge walk away, with wonderful views where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.

More Details

Property Manager
Pineapple Property Group LLC
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

Cortez is one of the last working fishing villages in the state of Florida. It is a piece of history that has not been allowed to die. The locals are proud of there homes and and the unique place it has in Florida's fishing history.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Cortez in the Manatee County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Cottage Family Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    The Shack Studio Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Cottage Family Shower Room includes large shower enclosure measuring 4’ x 2’6”, full size clothes washer and dryer, toilet, large washbasin. The Shack Studio shower room includes walk in shower, toilet and wash basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Traditional Sleeping Porch - 2 Single Bed , Trundle Bed
    The Shack - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Detached studio with showerroom
  • The cottage is 1200 sq. ft. with central heat and air conditioning and sleeps 1-4 persons and has two charming cottage bedrooms decorated in an island style and a traditional sleeping porch with trundle bed housing two single mattresses. The cottage was completely restored in 2006; Sun deck; Screened Dining Porch; Parking space for 1 boat with trailer; WIFI; Cortez cottage is a a quiet historic, tropical island fisherman’s cottage 100 yards from Sarasota Bay and 0.3 miles to the Bradenton Beach and minutes from Anna Maria Island. The Shack, completely restored in 2007, is an additional studio cottage which provides a further 280 sq. ft. of private space with air conditioning. It sleeps 1-2 persons with full-size sleeper sofa, bathroom with shower and has it own private entrance along with outside access to the deck. NOTE: The Shack is not available for rent on its own.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

Historic Fisherman's Cottage Vacation Rental near Anna Maria Island
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Roomier than it might appear

  • 5 of 5

Delightful month-long stay in your lovely home. So much character. Loved the sleeping porch and all the space the house provided. Comfortable mattresses. Your thoughtful provisions eased our stay.

Very grateful for this Cortez adventure

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christina! We're so glad that your stay was comfortable and relaxing.
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We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures online did not do this delightful cottage justice. It had a bright and airy feel with an eclectic mix of old and new. Every wall and corner had something interesting to see. I absolutely loved it!

Gigi came by to make sure everything was to our liking, with bottle of wine in hand. The cottage, the quaint location, and the personal customer service ensured that we will most definitely be returning.

We were only there for 4 days, so there is so much more to see. Cant wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed your brief stay and found the cottage to be comfortable and welcoming. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!
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Awesome - can't speak highly enough of this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with William Guthrie Cottage the moment we walked in and did not fall out of love in the five weeks we stayed there. The cottage was perfect for our needs with a nice airy feel from the vaulted ceilings, great a/c plus ceiling fans, comfortable seating, plenty of table space for us both to work (we do a lot of our business online), and lovely areas to relax either on the front porch (great for morning coffee, slide the windows open) or the lanai at the back. It's on a quiet street, with friendly locals around. And what can we say about Cortez itself but this is our kind of place! It has a small village feel and it's very easy to walk around. We bought fresh fish or seafood at Starfish most days (only 1 min walk away) which also has a restaurant (best sunsets, but make sure to get there early) and there are other great restaurants within 10 mins walk. Great, cheap breakfasts at Cortez Cafe which became our weekend haunt. And the cottage is well-situated for sightseeing - we saw so much during our time there, like the Ringling Museum and the stunning Ca' d'Zan, Myakka Park, Ana Maria Island, and more. What more can you want? I also want to say that the hosts are amazing too: friendly, helpful and there when/if you need them. We will definitely be back next time we are in that area of Florida.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We LOVE that you love Cortez and The William Guthrie House. Thank you so much for your kind words about the house, and our neighborhood. We fell in love with Cortez Village when we bought our home here 25 years ago, and it makes us so happy when folks like yourselves still find it to be special. We hope you'll make a return visit. You'll always be welcome here.
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Washago, 2 hrs North of Toronto

Hemmingway would have been so happy here!

  • 5 of 5

My winter get-a-way at The William Guthrie House was wonderful in every respect. The quaint little historic fishing village of Cortez is like stepping back in time to when children play on the street and little dogs come over just to welcome you. You can walk to three incredible "fish joints" and enjoy the freshest seafood , live entertainment and where the tourist are treated right by the friendly locals.

Just minutes from the sandy beaches or shop til you drop. Enjoy the best of Anna Maria Island or sit in your back porch and be amazed at the moon and stars. No light pollution here!

The William Guthrie House feels like home. The owners make sure your needs are met so that your holiday will be the best. I wish I could keep this little Gem a secret just for my family to revel in but ...the word is out. I have stayed here two years in a row and will always come back. Cortez and The little yellow house is the place to be.

Thanks Gigi...see you soon.

Melodie Burkett ( Creemore, Ontario Canada

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melodie -- we'll miss you next winter and always look forward to your return.
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Historically charming!

  • 5 of 5

Our group including 2 adults and 4 college/high school aged young adults felt at home in this clean, quaint and roomy rental. Everyone had their own space when needed and yet there were larger group areas for eating and playing games. The location, within walking distance of restaurants and a market were convenient and the beach was within a quick 10 minute drive. We would stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really pleased that you found the house to your liking and that it suited your group so well. We'd love to have you back again!
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Great property, exactly as described

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the William Guthrie House for 4 days and found it to be a great place to come back to after a day at the beach. The home was much roomier than we expected. We had our two teenage daughters with us and everyone was able to find their own space. The décor and overall interior was very nicely done. Everything in the home worked great and was good condition. The home was very clean and up to date.

The "shack" is not really a shack. It had it's own bathroom, pull out couch and plenty of room for an extra guest or couple to spend an evening and still have privacy. The washer and dryer set (located in the shack) was great to wash and dry beach towels.

The location is walking distance to the local fish market (we cooked fresh shrimp and mahi mahi on the grill). Everything you need for cooking is provided at the home. The beaches on Anna Marie Island were just a short drive over the bridge.

After spending 3 nights in a hotel in Orlando, this home was exactly what we needed to relax and spend some quality family time.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review means a lot to us -- your experience is exactly what we hope the home will provide to our guests. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful comments.
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Car: recommended

Attractions: Anna Maria Island, Mote Marine Aquarium, Selby Botanical Gardens, Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum, Parker Aquarium, John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Nick Bolletieri Sports Academy, Desoto Speedway, Antebellum Gamble Mansion, Desoto National Memorial, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Crowley Museum and Nature Center, St. Armand’s Circle. Within 2 hours drive is Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, MGM or Universal Studios, Cypress Gardens, Sea World, designer and value outlet shopping. Beaches: Coquina, Bradenton, Siesta Key, Lido. Golf: 2 golf courses within 5 miles and many more in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Tampa Intl Airport Tampa Total drive approximately Drive: 53.6 miles, about 1 hour. Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport Total drive approximately 13.9 miles, about 26 minutes. Orlando Intl Airport Total drive approximately 127 miles, about 2 hours.

Other Activities: Bird Watching, Boat Rental/Charters, Eco-Tours, Jet Skiing, Historical Areas, Live Theater, Manatee Watching, Cinemas, Museums, Opera

Golf: Located on the west coast of Florida, Bradenton, a large residential and resort community in southwestern Florida, is known for it's nationally protected state parks and wildlife, as well as it's large tourism and vacation economy. It is home to at least 25 golf courses. There is a good mix of public and private links to choose from in Bradenton, and with the city's proximity to Tampa to the north and Sarasota to the south, there are at least another 50 golf courses for golfers to access.

Bradenton boasts several signature-designed courses by familiar names in the sport such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.

The Concession Golf Course features 7,470 yards designed by Nicklaus and Jacklin. The private course is complemented with natural surroundings such as oak and pine trees, and was named the 'Best New Private Course of 2006' by Golf Digest Magazine. Another signature-designed course in Bradenton is The Legacy Golf Club created by Arnold Palmer and kept open to the public. Each of the 18 holes along these links, which cover 7,067 yards, are accompanied by sand and water with 360-foot wide fairways.

Sarasota county (Sarasota), just south of Bradenton, boasts over 30 public, semi-private and private, plus several more sprinkled along the Sun Coast, you’re sure to find that at least one of these Sarasota Florida golf resorts has the right look and feel for your level of play.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Cortez, Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter 2017/2018
1 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £81 + Tax
Maintenance Fee £40 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Security Deposits: There is no security deposit required. Taxes: All Florida sales and hotel taxes apply in addition to your rate. Note: Prices are for guidance only. Please confirm rates when booking, until confirmed rates are subject to change without notice. Special Offers: please contact us for special pricing that may be available.

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