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Manning Hammock, a Pet Friendly Original Historic Cottage, a block to the beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A Pet Friendly Original Restored Cottage In Indian Rocks Beach

Manning Hammock is one of the oldest private residences in Indian Rocks Beach. Built by Captain John Manning in 1926 and lovingly restored, the cottage is nestled in a hammock of live oaks and palm trees just a block from both the beach and the intercostal waterway. Our large, fully fenced yard offers a shaded retreat with a fountain, hanging orchids, and many birds: an island oasis and a safe play place for dogs and children alike. With two queen-sized bedrooms and a sofa , Manning Hammock can accommodate up to five guests. A garden room, screened porch, separate living/dining room, and outside seating area provide ample space for reading and games. Rinse off after the beach in the secluded outdoor hot-and-cold shower. Seagrass flooring, ample parking, original wood paneling. Owner has additional nearby properties to accommodate larger groups.

Harry Flowers
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About Harry Flowers

Hal and Marian Flowers, Tampa residents spend as much time as possible at Indian Rocks Beach. They originally purchased Chicasi Cottage in 1998 for their family beach house. They acquired Manning Hammock, just a block away, to preserve the historic cottage and the beautiful property, and to accommodate their ever growing family with a fenced in yard for children and pets. Although across the street from the beach, Hal loves Manning Hammock because of the 12 majestic live oaks on the property which provide a cool shady retreat, the tranquil setting, and the access to the City boat docks on the Intercoastal across the street. Marian enjoys tending the many orchids which hang in the trees, and everyone enjoys the variety of birds who come to enjoy the feeders and the flowing fountain waters.

Harry Flowers purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Harry Flowers chose Indian Rocks Beach

The most beautiful landscaped garden in Indian Rocks Beach with real attention to tropical gardens and to the design of the cottage's interiors.

What makes this cottage unique

Privacy in a beautiful setting. At the beach, but not on the beach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Independence Square in Indian Rocks Beach

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Manning Hammock, a Pet Friendly Original Historic Cottage, a block to the beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Toronto, Canada

Very unique & charming historic cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Manning Hammock. We really enjoyed the cottage with its unique charm, antiques and artwork. We loved the Old Florida historic feeling of this place - an old ship captain's cottage surrounded by a lush tropical garden- a perfect spot for our kids to play badminton and to just sit enjoying the beautiful palm trees and nature. It was really nice to have bicycles to use too...

We had our family Christmas there - we hosted an outdoor festive BBQ lunch and found a real Fraser Fir tree to decorate with citrus fruit and shells from the beach. A Christmas to remember! This lovely cottage had everything we needed for a very comfortable 2 week holiday and really felt like a home away from home. We loved the porches and different sitting areas to relax in.

The owners take great pride and care in the cottage. Very clean and well maintained. Hal came by and was very friendly and attentive to any needs we had. We appreciated the welcoming treats and kindness. The cottage is situated in a perfect location - 2 minutes to the beach, nearby cafes, restaurants and the new kids waterpark. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!
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Great place, quiet and well taken care of.

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend to everyone .

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, fenced yard like a tropical park

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was wonderful. The house was well equipped and decorated very nicely. We had a family dinner with 17 people, outside in the incredible yard. The owners had table & chairs in the garage to accommodate the event. We walked to many restaurants and the Gulf, right across the street. We had the pleasure of meeting Hal, the owner, he could not have been nicer. We hope to stay at this great place, again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing

  • 5 of 5

This property is cozy and quaint and convenient to the beach and great restaurants. The yard is truly an oasis! Hal and his family are very hospitable hosts. I am in fact returning to the property again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Manning Hammock is absolutely lovely! We truly enjoyed everything about this cozy cottage. It is inviting, comfortable & a beautiful place to relax. We loved the secluded backyard & patio area...gorgeous & peaceful. Perfectly charming!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington VA

Spectacular vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Hal for the most wonderful vacation stay ever! You could not have provided more ideal beach and weather conditions. The cottage surpassed all our expectations!

Its close proximity to the beach is perfect. Out the side gate and in five minutes we have our toes immersed in the Gulf sands. Gulf water conditions were spectacular for swimming. How wonderful to have chairs and beach umbrellas in the garage for guest use. The laundry was so convenient, not needing to even bring detergent. We made use of the bicycles to explore Gulf Blvd.

The wonderful old oaks shaded the screened front porch and backyard patio area. An outdoor table was a fabulous place to eat meals while listening to the fountain waters. All of this just a few steps away from the best kept secret: the marvelous outside shower...but we promise not to tell anyone.

The cottage was stocked with everything we could possibly need. The cleanliness of the cottage and ample supplies of daily needs made for a carefree stay. All of this is to say we have found our most favorite vacation destination. The Manning Hammock cottage at Indian Rocks Beach.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Indian Rocks Beach
Car: recommended

Swimming, shelling, boating, fishing, snorkeling, shopping, (antique

guides are available), relaxing in the hammock, or rocking on the

front porch with a good book. The Indian Rocks Area Historical

Society is a block away, housed in an old beach cottage. Tampa, just

25 miles away has International Plaza, Busch Gardens, and historic

Ybor City. The Seabird Sanctuary and Clearwater Marine Aquarium are

an easy drive. But better yet is the Beach Trolly (cost $1.25) which

runs up and down the beach, as far south as Pass-a-grille. Many

great places to eat, from casual for a grouper sandwich or stone

crabs, to the fancier. There are a number of places to eat

within walking distance, including the Lighthouse Donut shop for a

latte or espresso and fresh donuts, Crabby Bill's, Villa Gallace, Tapas Garden & Wine Bar & JDs.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Independence Square, Florida 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
High Season
31 Dec 2016 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
low season
27 Aug 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26
Cleaning Fee £77.3 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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