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Luxurious Island Home - quiet, private with tropical garden, oak hardwood floors

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom, 2 full baths w/ large screened porch close to beach and bay

Little Gasparilla Island Vacation Rental, Casa Contenta, is a relaxing key west style island home ideally situated 500 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and 300 feet from Lemon Bay. Its garden overflows with tropical foliage including palms, hibiscus, bird of paradise, sea grapes, and bougainvillea.

The main floor is perfect for relaxing. The open floor plan connects the kitchen, dining area, living room, and large screened in porch. The wall of sliding glass doors easily glide open to provide seamless access between indoors and the private porch situated in tropical splendor. New oak hardwoods, tile, HVAC, ceiling fans in every room and 2 ceiling fans on the porch and a fully equipped kitchen are provided for your comfort.

The living room is furnished with comfortable leather sofas and recliner. A new 40' Samsung TV, dvd player, small and growing dvd collection, in house library, board games and puzzles provide beach vacation entertainment.

The main-level master suite (with comfortable queen bed and 400 count linens) also opens to the porch with sliding glass doors to let the outdoors in. Lay in bed and listen to the wind rustle the palms, with sounds from the Gulf. A full bath is on the main floor.

Upstairs the master suite enjoys double decks with expansive island wide views east to the bay and west to the gulf. You can open the doors for a cross breeze; watch the sun rise over the bay; sunbathe through the day in privacy and star gaze at night. This bedroom features a comfortable queen bed and full bath nestled under a cathedral ceiling, with beautiful wooden beams.

KITCHEN

Fully equipped kitchen with stove, refrigerator, new Bosch dishwasher and indoor new LG washer and dryer. As cooks ourselves, we have stocked the kitchen with everything you need for meal preparation and entertaining: good knives, coffee maker, Capresso burr coffee grinder, stovetop espresso maker, blender, crock pot, tea kettle, cuisinart ice cream maker, new super-quiet bosch dishwasher, plenty of dishes, utensils, glasses, pots and pans. We also supply basic pantry items such as salt/pepper, olive oil, etc.

OUTDOOR AMENITIES

Downstairs is a new gas grill, table and chairs for easy outdoors meal preparation. Our private outdoor shower with hot and cold water makes after-beach cleanup convenient and comfortable. For outdoor fun we offer a sea eagle 330 2-person inflatable kayak and 2 single inflatable kayaks (with paddles and life vests), 4 comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers.

COMMUNITY DOCK

Shared community dock access means you can dock your own or rental boat for your fishing and boating pleasures.

CARTS AVAILABLE

A large cart is available for transporting your things to and from the dock (300' away). For our renters we can make our 4-person golf cart available for your island touring (running condition is not guaranteed). If having a golf cart is critical to your vacation, please rent one in advacne from LGI Carts.

PET POLICY: Pets must be approved in advance. $125 per pet. Pets up to 40 pounds will be considered.

UNIQUE ISLAND BENEFITS

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach without seeing more than a handful of others. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

TRANSPORTATION DETAILS

There is water taxi service to and from the island available by appointment between 8:30 to 5 PM (other hours available for an extra fee). You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

SELF-CATERING

You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There are no stores or restaurants on the Island. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande. Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicapped accessible. Small children will require supervision on the stairs.

Please note there is no smoking in the island house.

Come Ready to Relax.

Ready. Set. Slow.

Book today.

More Details

Property Manager
Paris Cousins - Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Paris Cousins - Property Manager

I currently divide my time between Atlanta, GA and Little Gasparilla Island, Fl. As a professor of engineering i am blessed to enjoy time off between semesters so I head to Casa Contenta for peace, privacy and total relaxation! As soon as i arrive at the marina to catch the water taxi i can feel my cares and stress melt away!

Paris Cousins - Property Manager purchased this house in 2014

Why Paris Cousins - Property Manager chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

This is a GREAT island home! The double-sized lot is private behind its garden of tropical splendor foliage and perfectly situated between the gulf and the bay.

The house is comfortably furnished with its open floor plan and connection to the outdoors for al fresco dining. And the ocean breezes are a true tonic. It is amazing how doing little to nothing except walking on the beach, reading, enjoying nature and napping can revive and invigorate me. This fall I plan on installing a garden for herbs and veggies so me and my guests can enjoy the bounty!

I vacationed on LGI for many years with my family. When this unique house became available I jumped at the opportunity to purchase.

I look forward to hosting you in my favorite Casa Contenta soon! I know you will fall in the love with the island and the house!

What makes this house unique

Ideally situated 500' to the gulf and 300' to the bay. Casa Contenta is a landmark on the island and most folks know it as 'Abbey Road' its unofficial street sign name. Aside from its awesome stilt home architecture and amenity filled furnishing I think you will enjoy the huge, screened and shade protected back porch. My guests find reading, eating and napping out there to be habit forming. The setting is truly beautiful and relaxing. I look forward to sharing my home with guests from around the world.

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a nice place. We really enjoyed our stay. Relaxing house is the perfect name for this home. All the conveniences of home but on a beautiful island setting. Just a sort walk to the beach where I spent many mornings walking and relaxing. Everything you need is already there no need to bring anything but food. Kitchen was set up very well. The beds were very comfortable with plenty of linens and pillows. We travel to this area every year to Tarpon fish and we will be staying here from now on. Its just a short boat ride to the main land and to the marina most guides fish from.
May 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Placida in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Master Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , Hot and Cold Outdoor Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Suite on Main with doors opening to screened porch
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master loft Suite with 2 lounging decks facing east and west
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
4 person golf cart generally available but not guaranteed to be working. If having a golf cart is critical to your vacation, pleaase rent one from LGI Carts. 2-person Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak , and 2 inflatable individual kayaks available with paddles and PFDs. Beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, boogie boards, and coolers. Large cart for transporting your things to and from the dock.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

Luxurious Island Home - quiet, private with tropical garden, oak hardwood floors
average rating of 4.869565 based on 25 reviews
Winter Haven
5

Great vacation at a great value!!!

  • 5 of 5

First, I would like to say, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to stay at a 5 star upper class vacation home at a middle class price. This immaculate, well maintained home has everything a family could need or want on a vacation. We had plenty of room to spread out, beds including sheets were very comfortable, bathrooms were fully stocked, the kitchen has everything you could need to cook for a family, if you run into a rainy day or at nightime this home is well stocked with many, many different games and dvd's, the screened-in back porch is wonderful. You are close enough to the beach that at night you can fall asleep to the waves crashing. The beach is absolutely beautiful, clear, blue water with plenty of shells, sand dollars, and sharks teeth. The yard is big and full of coconuts, my son had a field day finding his first coconut, drinking the coconut water and eating the coconut meat. The kids enjoyed fishing off the dock when not hanging out at the beach. This was our first trip to the island and definitely not the last! Thank you so much!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit at the Casa and on the island. Thank you for your lovely review. You were such a great guest and we look forward to your return visit whenever your schedule permits!
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Fennville
4

unplug and relax

  • 4 of 5

stayed here for the last 2 weeks. this house has fantastic location on LGI. Nice dock, wonderful kitchen and grill. Perfect for 2 couples. the only thing i would add is a stereo and maybe satelite dish for TV ( its a march madness thing ) We rented a boat for the 2 weeks which is a must to explore all this area has to offer. We will be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you all enjoyed your stay in our house and on the island. You were wonderful guests and we look forward to welcoming you back when you are ready to return! I will investigate the addition of a stereo and the satellite. :-)
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4

We'd all go back...

  • 4 of 5

Well appointed home near either the Gulf or the Bay side,maybe 100 yards either way, max. Great beaching. Sleeping. Fishing, and swimming. Great to rent a boat and explore the beauty. Dolphins, turtles, fabulous fishing and cocktail sunsets.....

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear that you all enjoyed your stay at the Casa on LGI. Please come back again when your schedule permits. You were great guests!
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5

A Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We arrived for a short 4 day excursion and were fortunate enough to book this house for our time frame on Little Gasparilla Island. From the moment we stepped foot on the island, it was clear this was going to be a very relaxing vacation. We arrived on dock 21, and it was only a 2 minute walk from the dock to the house. If you have a lot of baggage, a golf cart is made available for your convenience should you rent this house. You can simply go back for your bags or heavier items. From the house, it is also a short 2 minute walk to the beach side, which had the most beautiful sunset we had seen in years. The amenities in the house were great, very nice dishwasher and laundry setup, the entire back porch is screened in and we did not eat one meal inside because of that. It is even screened in underneath the floor joists, so no bugs at all! The spiral staircase to the master suite and corresponding views of the bay/beach was also a highlight. If you are into mystery novels or are a history buff, don't bother packing your books! There were plenty of books and DVDs to occupy our time when we weren't at the beach or on a golf cart ride around the island. We had an excellent time here, and would recommend this house to anyone and everyone who wanted to get away for a relaxing vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us! You were wonderful guests and I look forward to hosting you at the Casa on LGI soon!
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4

Island getaway

  • 4 of 5

The house and island were awesome. Very quiet and especially relaxing. Met several very nice people doing the same as us; just chillin'.

Spent nearly every day of our month-long stay relaxing on the beach.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! The house and the island are well suited for complete and total relaxation. Next time your travels and schedule permit, please come stay with us again! You were great guests! And, please, let us know if there is anything we can do to make your next visit even more awesome.
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5

Authentic Florida

  • 5 of 5

This is an wonderful vacation spot and a great house. Both bedrooms are excellent and the beds very good quality. The screened in porch on the main floor is spectacular because the entire floor opens out on to it...this means the downstairs bedroom opens on to it as well. I fell asleep to the sound of the ocean and crickets each night. The upstairs bedroom reminds me of a treehouse and has two sliding doors for excellent cross ventilation. The kitchen is VERY well equipped and can accommodate four adults cooking at once (this is rare in vacation homes). The beach is beautiful and allows for very long walks (it abuts a national park--so very large) and excellent swimming. We saw dolphins in the gulf and manatees feeding in the bay!! We loved the outdoor shower (we didn't use the ones inside). One of the best selling points of this spot for vacationing is the lack of cars and stores. Only quiet electric golf carts, walking and jogging are the modes of transportation. We LOVED this. We will return again to this spot year after year!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Placida, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
2017 Pricing
6 Feb 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,239
for 7 nights
£1,239
£3,586
 
 
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,148
for 7 nights
£1,148
£2,864
 
 
Late Summer
8 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,148
for 7 nights
£1,148
£2,864
 
 
Fall 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£968
for 7 nights
£968
£3,315
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,329
for 7 nights
£1,329
£3,766
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £161
Pet Fee £101
Cleaning £109
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Sarasota (53 miles) or Ft. Myers (68 miles)
Nearest Ferry
92 Metres
300 feet
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Several Golf Courses Nearby
Nearest Beach
153 Metres
500 feet
Car: necessary

Little Gasparilla Island is a tropical barrier island located just off the Southwest Coast of Florida. Situated halfway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, it benefits from cool tropical breezes in the summer and warm sunshine in the winter. It is just north of Gasparilla Island, separated by Gasparilla Pass. It lies west of the town of Placida, separated by Placida Harbor. It is connected with Don Pedro Island to the north by a thin strip of beach. It borders the Gulf of Mexico to the west.

The most unique attribute of Little Gasparilla is its lack of a bridge…All access is by private boat or water taxi. There are no roads and no cars, and traffic and tourists are just a mainland memory.

The island offers 7 miles of beautiful pristine beach unspoiled by either seawalls or high-rises. During the summer, the beach is a nesting spot for endangered sea turtles which lay their eggs in the warm sand near the dunes.

The shells on the island are among the most plentiful on the West Coast and the beaches are dotted with prehistoric shark's teeth free for the collecting. The best time to go shelling is just before and at low tide and after a storm. Be sure to check the high tide lines where the surf often tosses the largest shells. The sandbars are home to sand dollars, whelks, starfish and conchs.

Mostly, Little Gasparilla offers privacy and tranquility and a rare sense of peace not found at many Florida vacation spots. Many days you can walk the beach for hours without seeing another soul. Yet island neighbors are friendly and always willing to offer a helping hand. There is a quaint island chapel which offers non-denominational services from time to time and which has been the site of memorable island weddings. Golf cart rentals are available on the island for scenic tours but many people prefer to walk the sandy pathways.

A water taxi services the island regularly. You just phone them, tell them your dock number and they will pick you up at a local marina (where you also park) and drop you at your dock.

Boat rentals are available in Englewood, Placida and Boca Grande and there are also many fishing charters in Placida and Boca Grande.

You must bring all your groceries over with you on the water taxi. There is an excellent fish market in nearby Placida and several mainland restaurants are also reachable by boat.

There are no hotels, motels or restaurants on Little Gasparilla Island.

Bird watchers will spot egret and osprey, rare white pelicans, blue herons, and even the occasional bald eagle. The waters are rich with manatees and dolphins and the waves are gentle and calming and perfect for floating on a raft. The bottom is mostly white sand, so there is little to see while snorkeling...though you can often find sand dollars off the sand bar.

Fishing from either the dock or the beach can provide daily entertainment -- and a hearty meal depending on your luck…and at the end of a long day, a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico gently eases you into the evening.

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