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Private paradise w/ all the toys & golf cart! Better after Irma!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,410 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom Open Floor Plan Home With Lagoon Like Pool, Hot Tub & Golf Cart

Anna Maria Island offers a family oriented vacation destination with a laid back feel ...very relaxing. The island's beautiful, world famous white beaches and friendly atmosphere will make you want to come back again and again.

Our 5 Bedroom/ 7 Bed Home. We installed a new A/C in Sept. 2017. Our home is furnished with a Sterns & Foster King bed in the master suite, the master bath is equipped with two shower heads and penny tiled flooring. Also easy access to the outdoor bamboo shower. Bedroom two is just upstairs off the kitchen and has a queen bed that easily glides out from the wall. This also has a sleeping nook, with fun lighting and a cozy double bed, partitioned from the rest of the room by collapsable doors. This bedroom also comes with a ensuite two person deluxe shower wall mounted shower jets, Bluetooth connectivity shower music system and optional blue led lighting. Bedrooms three & four both have queen beds. Bedroom five is a kids sanctuary with a queen and a double on the loft/ bunk bed. This room also has a two person old school style table top multicade with 60 arcade classics from the 80's. Wii gaming system with a few games and controllers. Please feel free to bring your favorite games to play. The kitchen has granite counter tops, and plenty of space for a large group with an open air feel, stainless steel appliances, and all the necessary utensils you may need.

The kitchen eating area accommodates six, and the rest of the gang can hang around the granite island which seats 2-4, or the foyer cocktail table that seats 4 more.

Watch television on the large 60 inch flat screen cable/DVR. Pop in a DVD in to enjoy a movie, or compete with your guests with the Wii gaming system in the kids room.

ALL BEDROOMS HAVE FLAT SCREEN TVs & CABLE. Three TV's are Smart TVs, Netflix or HULU ready


Finally, relax in your 'private' lagoon like pool with tanning ledge, swim up tiki table, infinity edge hot tub/spa, waterfall, deck jets and a volcano bubbler jet on the sun ledge. Led pool and spa lighting with variable color settings with the touch of a button. Landscape lighting provides a resort like feel, and is located throughout the property. Forget your worries, 'You're on island time' and yes, you'll be back again.' The pool is heated year round to 85 degrees or better at no additional charge.

Just three blocks to white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a 5 min walk or a 90 second golf cart ride. Also nearby are wonderful shops, and restaurants that Holmes Beach has to offer. PUBLIX shopping center 1.2 miles away.

This home has it all!! It is at ground level with no stairs to climb, besides bedroom #2.

WIFI internet access provided. Top of the line front loader washer and dryer included. Two collapsable baby cribs (or pack-n-play's) are there for your use as well. Large Weber grill on the patio. Three lounge chairs. Cooler for the beach.

There are many beach toys and supplies available for you to you use. Feel free to use our toys including a soft top learning surf board. We only ask that you please treat all the gear well and wash off the salt water after use. Thanks in advance.

GOLF CART is available with signed liability waiver and proof of insurance. We do ask for a signed hold harmless waiver and proof of driver(s) insurance card. Most provide for something referred to as SEV coverage (Slow Electric Vehicle coverage), which is typical on most Ins. policies, Auto or Home Owners.

Use it throughout your stay and for fun/ easy access around the island side streets and to the beach. Trust me, it's the best way to get your gear to the nearby white sandy beaches!!

More Details

Joseph & Erica Darby
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 January, 2018

About Joseph & Erica Darby

We moved to Anna Maria in 2011 beacause we fell in love with the beautiful island. My sister and her family of 6 moved here in 2008, and we vacationed here so often to visit with them that we just decided to make the move. Unfortunately for us we had to move back to Ohio for the next two years for my wife to finish her degree and for my business (for now).

Joseph & Erica Darby purchased this house in 2012

Why Joseph & Erica Darby chose Holmes Beach

The pool is truly one of the best on the island! New synchronized LED color changing lights (3 in all). Color options of your choice. The electric golf cart is great, stops on a dime, and tops out at 19 MPH. The house is a fun & unique mix of modern and original. There is a real island feel to the place, and it is very welcoming. We love our home and hope you will as well... the place is better in person. I need to take better HD photos.my daughter has told me this on several occasions.

What makes this house unique

Outdoor and Interior updates with construction completed late August 2013!

The fifth bedroom is being added in the Fall of 2015 we are all booked up until then anyways...

Pool with Spa, including fun water features and spectacular lighting.

Golf Cart is included, and is allowed on certain streets of the island, and provides easy access to the beach. Our home is only three short blocks to the beach, but you may never want to leave the private pool. There is a great design and flow to the home. Very nice linens (450+ thread count) are provided. Each week 14 clean white towels and washcloths are provided. 4-6 Beach towels, 4 beach chairs, and a beach umbrella are there for your group as well. All the amenities are there for you to feel right at home. The spacious patio has plenty of outdoor seating and includes a gas grill. Three sun loungers sit about the pool and a there is a hammock chair for fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were the first to enjoy Casa Laguna! I was a bit hesitant but Joe put my nerves at ease. The homeowner went above and beyond to make sure all was set for our arrival. The house was better then the pics on line - large enough for several families to enjoy their stay. We had a three year old with us and he absolutely loved the skeeball game in the kids room. The Pool and patio is beautiful!! It was finished the day we arrived so I'm sure it's even writer now with proper landscaping and touch ups. I can't wait to spend another week/weekend at this home. Location on the island is centrally located in Holmes Beach - we rode our bikes and the golf cart everywhere. I have rented several houses through VRBO and this is definetly one of my favorites! Thank you Joe, it was exceptional!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Holmes Beach in Manatee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2410 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Treat our house as a courteous guest would. Relax, enjoy, have fun and be comfortable but please treat our home respectfully. Thank You!
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , EnSuite to ground floor master suite with access to outdoors
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , EnSuite two person shower with jetted wall, bluetooth ready
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Shared bathroom off of living room
    Outdoor Shower - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Bamboo shower (hot/ cold), follow the path!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Murphy Bed , Queen bed slides out of wall for ahhh! Kids sleeping nook
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , w/ Smart TV
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , TV, Wii, Skiball & Kids toys. Two pack-n-plays (available)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Private paradise w/ all the toys & golf cart! Better after Irma!
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 44 reviews

perfect for a family

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house! We have 5 children, ages 17, 13, 12 and 2 year old twins. The house was perfect for us. Our 12 and 13 year old daughters thought the upstairs "attic" room was the best thing ever. The rooms are "spread out" in the house so everyone had plenty of space. They are much larger than they appear on line. The pool was wonderful and the golf cart was a lifesaver! The island was absolutely packed, but the house is very private so we felt like we had our own oasis. We were very sad to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahhh that is AWESOME! Thanks guys, we are happy that you and the kids had so much fun. That's honestly what we strive for. Well, yeah the money to pay the bills and the stuff to make sure it's fun,.. a great holiday! - Joe & Erica
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Perfect home for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Laguna in December and absolutely loved it. The home is beautiful, we had more than enough space for 8 adults and 4 children and we had everything we needed for our stay and more. The kids room was fantastic - toys, games, playpens for babies - even a bouncy chair and video games. The backyard is stunning - it made it hard to leave and go to the beach (which is also beautiful and a very short walk away - even shorter on the included golf cart). There were plenty of pool toys and at night the adults all enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub.

We also enjoyed the area and loved the great restaurants and markets and the kids loved the aquarium. There’s plenty of stores and grocery shopping a short car ride away.

Joe & Erica were lovely and a pleasure to deal with. They answered any questions we had quickly and accommodated our request for an early check in.

We are already talking about going back next year - we hope to book this house again!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for us! Its obvious the owners know what is needed for a great vacation and they dont disappoint. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we expected and more

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience and vacation. The home was wonderful and the owners were very accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. The island was a fantastic place to vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The Darby’s house was truly amazing. We all were sad to go. The house was immaculate and I honesty felt like we were in our own home. There were 8 of us and we felt there was more than enough room. We spent a lot of time in their awesome pool. You will not regret renting this house!


The folks from Colorado

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Needs a little work

  • 3 of 5

This is a nice property. It just needs a little attention. The outdoor grill was rusty and dirty. The extra room upstairs was not cooled very well. The kitchen pots and pans should be replaced. The living room lights could be brighter and easier to access.

The Master Bedroom bed is dangerous in that we bumped our heads on the shelves on the "Headboard" several times. There is no place to hang clothes as the closet is locked.

The Master Bath floor may be pretty to look at but was painful to walk on (we wore flip flops in the shower). Finally there is no place to hang towels in this bathroom other than hooks which do not allow the towels to dry. There should also be a place to hang beach towels. The towels supplied were old and dingy. It would have been nice to have clean sheets after our first week.

On a positive note the pool area was very nice and the addition of a golf cart to use made the fact that the beach was a few blocks away and difficult to walk to in very hot, humid weather much more tolerable. The Fourth of July parade was right outside our front door which was nice. The area is quiet and peaceful. We used the bikes there and they were in good shape but the toys and beach stuff could be cleaned up and the broken stuff discarded.

The place was plenty big for our family of ten.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Soon after your arrival we received a phone call about the pots and pans, hand towels etc. We first sort of scratched our heads in bewilderment. This is ultimately our second home and we go there often. It is not a chef's kitchen but is MORE THEN FULLY supplied. Many guests actually remark that there was more then enough available. For the past coupe of years groups have easily prepared a Thanksgiving dinner in our home with large groups. Interestingly enough, from your call, we immediately ordered a dozen hand towels and had them shipped (to your attention) for the home. These were not intended as a parting gift, but upon change over day our cleaning lady was unable to locate them. If you wanted cleaning service during the middle of your stay, that was available to you upon request for additional fee, but this is the first mention of it. Why now? I am not aware of hooks that "do not allow towels to dry". In fact hooks are strategically placed thoughtfully throughout the home in all sleeping areas & outside, through-out the property just for this reason. There is also a dryer available for your use if need be. Towels, high quality white bath towels, are provided to all guests. A good lot of beach towels are also provided as a courtesy and not to be necessarily expected. All inclusive resorts are available in Cancun and in Cabo if that was your wish but a private home and an island get-away was what you signed up for. We routinely throw out old pool toys, clean and re-stock them. We haven't been there for three months and the Summer crews are typically always the hardest on the home. It is hard to say exactly what shape toys, towels and pans are in. I am sorry that they did not meet your expectations. We will buy a new Weber grill for the home this Sept. The last grill was new 16 months ago. Yes, Florida was hot! in late June/ early July. We will be looking at getting a more powerful floor A/C unit for the attic area but with days sweltering over 100 during your stay and a filter that needed cleaned, it wasn't cooling as well as we wish it would have. Two HVAC guys have told us you can only expect a 20 degree difference from the outside ambient temp. As for focusing on the small trivial items other then the truly beautiful and wonderful things it is quite hard to take your 3 of 5 star review on the cheek. We work hard to maintain an impeccable property and routinely invest thousands, if not tens of thousands annually in upkeep, maintenance & renewal.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
D'Coy Ducks, Slims or Bortells with in
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Dr Holmes Beach,
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
To many to list all with in
Nearest Beach
450 Metres
Holmes Beach at 72nd Street
Car: not necessary

The free trolley that circles the island and comes by every 15 minutes is on our corner. The home is located three 3 short blocks from the Beach or a 1.5 minute golf cart ride away. Take all the gear the crew and kids may need. Located centrally in city of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Holmes Beach, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Early Spring 2018
3 Feb 2018 - 16 Feb 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Early Spring Break 2018
17 Feb 2018 - 2 Mar 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2018
3 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
2018 Late Spring
15 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2018
27 May 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2018
19 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2018
26 Aug 2018 - 24 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Golf Cart (Included Free) £0
Cleaning Fee £108.29
Property Damage Protection £42.59
Tax Rate 12.0%

Call for special pricing for monthly stays. Conversations are better then emails.
We truly prefer to rent Saturday to Saturday.
All rental fees are refundable if the property is re-rented, less any applicable price difference.
The pool is heated to 84-85 degrees at all times for no additional fee.
The golf cart is yours to use. We do need a signed release of liability, copy of drivers license and auto insurance card prior to check in if you plan on using the cart during your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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