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Secluded Cottage on 6.2-Acres IN TOWN 10-15 min to Beach/Downtown

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Sarasota - Cosentino Homestead Cottage

Charming 1948 newly remodeled cottage on small homestead. 2 BR, 1 Bath, Futon

Welcome to the Cosentino homestead! Settle into this serene, natural paradise in the middle of a bustling city. Nowhere else will you find 6.2-acres of tranquility hidden away in suburban Sarasota, just minutes from the city's beaches, attractions, restaurants and stores. The property is 10 minutes from Siesta Key beach and downtown, and just a few blocks from the nearest stores.

The newly remodeled guesthouse was built on Siesta Key in 1948 and moved by my father to its present location in the early 70s. Its permanent resting place is this beautiful homestead, nestled among age-old oaks, pine trees and lush Florida vegetation. This ecologically sound, nature-lover's paradise is also host to an organic garden and orchard, 12 hens (farm-fresh eggs, anyone?), a lake and a small creek. The property, which is mostly wooded, is fenced in and gated for maximum privacy and security. Guests are given a gate remote on arrival. The main house is the only other house on the property. Guests are free to roam, meditate and enjoy this unofficial natural reserve!

The most substantial part of the guesthouse remodel (completed May 2014), entailed gutting the kitchen. Everything - from the floor to the cabinets to the appliances - is brand new.

The house is cozy yet spacious and is a wonderful mix of antiques and all the modern conveniences. There is a sunroom, a fireplace and a huge screened-in porch with hammock. The bedroom and living room floors are the original hardwood. Behind the house, there is a deck with an outdoor grill and a pond with a waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. Guests fall in love with this warm, charming cottage and its magical setting and are pleased with the well stocked, modern kitchen and other amenities.

There is a queen-size bed in one bedroom (mattress bought April 2015), a full in the other and a futon in the living room. The bathroom is comfortable, adequate and newly updated, but not large. Washer and dryer are full size. TV has built-in DVD. There is a carport (one car). There are two bicycles available upon request (one beach cruiser and one hybrid), two beach chairs and five beach towels.

I own a private personal training studio about 5 minutes from the homestead. If I have room in my schedule, training sessions are possible. Other nearby gyms (3-10 minutes) include Crunch, You Fit, Bath & Racquet (also has a pool, tennis and racquetball) and the YMCA (also has a pool and racquetball). The nearest grocery store (Publix) is about a mile away, and various shopping centers, restaurants and stores are right around the corner.

IMPORTANT SALES TAX INFORMATION: You are required to pay the Hotel and Resort Tax, which is 12% (7% for Florida and 5% for Sarasota County). Florida law states that this must be clearly stated and not included in the rental price. P

IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFORMATION: Preferred method of payment is by personal check or eCheck. Guests paying by credit card must reimburse me for credit card fees on the full amount (EXCEPT the $500 damage deposit) in cash at check-in time. Fees are as follows:

• 2.9% for Visa, MasterCard, Discover cards issued in the United States.

• 4.9% for Visa, MasterCard, Discover issued outside of the United States.

• eChecks (electronic checks) with free processing are available for domestic U.S.

banks only. Chargeback fee is $25 USD per chargeback. Guests cannot pay via

eChecks within 10 days of their arrival date.

Guests are free to roam the property, but please respect the privacy of the main house. The property is fenced in, but the lake, creek and pond are NOT enclosed, and there is an electric wire around the hen house.

Unless I'm with clients at my studio, I am usually available for questions. You will often find me tending to my gardens and property and are welcome to come chat!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Kat Cosentino
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Kat Cosentino

I am passionate about nature, gardening, fitness, nutrition, traveling, languages, food, living off my land, mountains, hiking, writing, music...to name just a few of my “hobbies!”

My family has been in Sarasota since the 40s. I was born in Sarasota but lived over a decade of my adult life in Italy (Siena and the Alps). I own a private fitness studio where I offer one-on-one training sessions and nutritional coaching. I am certified in personal training, corrective exercise (including pain management), sports nutrition and peri- and post-menopausal fitness.

I moved from Italy to Sarasota a few years ago to take care of my parents. This magical property has been in my family since the 60s, when this area was mostly undeveloped. It is my oasis, my connection to my roots. I have an organic garden and orchard and 12 hens. I am an acknowledged “plant geek” and somewhat of an environmental, food and nutrition activist. I thrive on helping people make positive changes in their lives. I realize how lucky I am to live on this slice of paradise and am very excited about sharing it with others who appreciate it.

Kat Cosentino purchased this house in 1968

Why Kat Cosentino chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

My father brought this property in 1968. My earliest memory is being on the guesthouse porch when I was a kid and my grandmother lived there. I have many memories here, from childhood to more recent. It is my connection to my roots and my passion!

What makes this house unique

My property is my oasis. I am in the middle of nature, in the middle of the city. Could it get any better? :)


based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

Secluded Cottage on 6.2-Acres IN TOWN 10-15 min to Beach/Downtown
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Great long weekend in Sarasota

  • 5 of 5

We went to Sarasota to explore for possible retirement relocation. Kat's guest house was the perfect location. We were so relaxed in the mini paradise had trouble leaving to venture out. The house was so clean and full of personality. I wished we could have stayed longer. Kat was very welcoming and brought us fresh eggs from the resident hens. Highly recommend this cute little guest house.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little slice of paradise hidden away in Sarasota

  • 5 of 5

The property was described perfectly in the listing. Kat is a very gracious host, offering friendly advice and recommendations about the homestead and the local area. it is conveniently located a short distance from the beaches and downtown Sarasota. The cottage is very homey, with plenty of room for a family. All in all, a very relaxing atmosphere. The fresh eggs were an added bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing but good to say about Wayne and his family. They were a pleasure to host! They left the house as they found it and were easy to communicate from start to finish. I sure hope they will come again!
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Hidden Paradise, beach and jungle together!

  • 5 of 5

It is a piece of paradise which include, a cabin sensation, a beach air, and a jungle trail in the backyard. The Kat's offer of fresh eggs is so real, that we had our breakfast with those delicious eggs, and her welcome with a hug is a part of her paradise. There is nothing better like be treated like a friend. The house was very cleaned, the first thing we did was walking trough the trail which is unbelievable. The near beach is Siesta Key, what an amazing beach!!! And also it is near restaurants, supermarket, pharmacies, everything you need to have in just few minutes! Thank you Kat!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to host Haley and her family. She was so friendly and easy to communicate with from our first contact; I just knew they were a perfect fit. And - it's true - it felt like we were already friends when they got here! They left the house in tip-top shape, and I would love to have them back again :) Oh, and Haley brought me warm Venezuelan arepas the morning they left. What a treat!! Muchas gracias, Haley! Ha sido un verdadero placer y ustedes son bienvenidos cuando quieran!! :)
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A Special Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This property is very special---an oasis of green near downtown Sarasota and the beautiful Siesta Beach. As birders, we loved the proximity to Myakka State Park and the Celery Fields, not to mention the good birding on the property itself. We also liked feeding Kat's chickens our fruit and vegetable scraps and enjoying the fresh eggs. There are 2 wonderful YMCA's a short drive from the property which offer racketball, pickleball, zumba, yoga and swimming indoors and out. Needless to say, we truly enjoyed our 6 weeks.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I feel very fortunate that Dorothy and Chris chose my cottage for their stay. I loved having them as temporary neighbors, in part because they share my love and great appreciation for nature. They were kind, courteous and treated my cottage like their own. My doors are always open to them, and I hope we will continue to stay in touch :)
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful property in the middle of town. Close to everything but surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mature trees and tropical plants. The house was well appointed, peaceful and secluded.

Kat is a perfect host. Helpful if you need her but happy to give you your own space. My daughter loved the chickens and we all loved the fresh eggs.

I highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All good things to say about Jeff, Sara and their adorable daughter. Ideal guests and wonderful people. I feel certain our paths will cross again! :)
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Garden of Eden!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from an entire month in this wonderfully quiet, peaceful cottage and truly wish we could have stayed on longer. Everything was exactly as described and more. Our favorite activity (?) was sitting on the screened in porch simply enjoying the jungle-like environment. It is the best of Old Florida.

Kat couldn't have possibly been more helpful with everything from restaurant recommendations to cable TV issues to sore shoulders and ham strings. The gardens and chickens added to our enjoyment. Kat even shared a corner of her garden with us so we could plant some lettuce. Would love to move right back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting Gail and Drew's first Sarasota vacation, and I am thrilled (and proud!) that they enjoyed their stay. I liked the fact that they "lived" the house and property. It was a first for guests using my garden, but I was happy to allow it and will certainly welcome it in the future. They left the house tidy and promised to come back. I will hold them to that. ;)
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5.5 Miles
Siesta Key
Car: recommended

Award winning beaches with the whitest sands you'll ever see

Ringling Museum

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Mote Marine

Myakka River State Park

St. Armands Circle

A huge variety of fantastic restaurants


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Sarasota, Siesta Key

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fall 2016 Oct 17-Dec 15
17 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Holiday season 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Jan-Feb 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
March-April 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April 2017
24 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Cleaning £123 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Sarasota in the Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Spacious, original hardwood floors. Queen-size mattress is new (April 2015)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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