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Tropical Oasis - 3 Minutes to Beach, Heated Pool, 4 Season Living at its Best!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,717 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private Home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, heated pool, 3 minutes from Gulf beaches

Minshall’s Garden is a loving “nod” to honor the memory of our Mother, Christine Koblegard Minshall Haynes, who was a great lover of all things “Florida” and something of a walking encyclopedia on the subject. During her 92 years, from 1919 to 2012, she witnessed a great many things, from her childhood years in Fort Pierce, on the east coast, to her final years in Boca Grande, on the west coast, which she generously shared with her family.

Minshall's Garden is located in Englewood, Florida, which is on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's southwest coast between Sarasota and Fort Myers. This classic Florida home is located in the older section of Englewood, echoing the Florida of an earlier era. Only 450 feet from Lemon Bay (named for the vast lemon groves which lined its shores), Minshall's Garden is conveniently close to all the amenities (1-15 minutes away from multiple Gulf beaches, fine-dining restaurants, multiple state parks, nature preserves, walking & biking trails, boat tours, fishing trips, etc.), while preserving within its fenced bounds a very private and intimate space.

Minshall's Garden is truly a 4-season destination, with its lush tropical plantings, heated pool and multiple outside gathering spaces, including the: large covered cabaña with overhead fan, dining table and seating area; lattice shade house with tropical plantings, pond and waterfall; outside shower/changing room with seating; large screened/covered lanai with 2 overhead fans and dining table; screened pool deck circled by Brown Jordan loungers and seating; raised deck adjacent to the home's Sun Room; and, front alcove porch. The almost constant, gentle Gulf breeze adds the finishing touch.

The causeway to beautiful Manasota Key is 1 minute from the property. Once on Manasota Key, there are three major county park beaches at the north, middle and south end of the Key, as well as Stump Pass State Park (5 minutes away), which, at the very south end of the Key, offers absolutely stunning views and access to the bay, the pass and the Gulf. Our closest beach, Englewood Beach, 3 minutes away, is adjacent to several interesting shops and good restaurants.

To the south, it is only 15 minutes by car to the Boca Grande Causeway, which crosses the Intracoastal Waterway to Gasparilla Island and the village of Boca Grande. Once on the island, from 19th St. south there is beach access on every street all the way to the south end of the island, which is another 3 1/2 miles. So there are literally dozens of (uncrowded) Gulf beaches.

To the north, it is only 15 minutes to the town of Venice, with extensive shopping/dining, and only 40 minutes to Sarasota, with all of this and its additional cultural attractions.

For guests trailering boats, in addition to the driveway, which can accommodate two vehicles with trailers, there is an uninterrupted stone covered strip between the front fence and the road, which is 11' wide by 110' long, which can accommodate multiple cars and even multiple vehicles towing boat trailers. In regard to boat trailers, this is very convenient as there is pull-in/pull-out parking, requiring no backing or turning. There are multiple public boat ramp facilities 4 minutes north and south of the property, for launching your boat or our tandem kayak.

Each guest is provided with a personalized code for keyless entry valid for the length of their stay. Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.

Rental fees for reservations made more than 60 days in advance of your arrival date can be made in 2 or 3 installment payments.

Also check out our beautiful, waterfront Cape Haze, FL property, “El Palmeral” (VRBO property #455963) & our Grove City, FL property, "Oyster Creek Bayou" (VRBO property #1239095)..

More Details

Richard Haynes
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Richard Haynes

My name is Richard Haynes. I was raised in Virginia, Florida, Maryland and DC during the 50s and 60s. When we were not living in Florida, we still visited annually for vacation and to see family in Sarasota and Fort Pierce (Sarasota's Marie Selby was my great-aunt). Trips to Florida were always the highlight of the year. For me, moving back to Florida on a full-time basis has been a dream come true, being a time of renewal and an opportunity to rediscover all of those things I loved about the Gulf coast as a child.

Richard Haynes purchased this house in 2012

Why Richard Haynes chose Englewood

Having lived in and visited different parts of Florida, the southwest Gulf coast is my favorite by far. Within that region, the Englewood/Lemon Bay/Cape Haze area is the 'sweet spot' for me. Only 45 minutes from all of the resources and activities offered by Sarasota, it is still a small community with much of the charm of 'Old Florida' that I recall from my youth. Old Englewood still has that small town feel and is generally slow paced. Access to beautiful, natural areas and Gulf beaches is exceptional. Minshall's Garden reminds me of the house in Fort Walton Beach/Destin where I lived as a child in the 1950s. When I first saw it, with its large double lot and roomy backyard, I knew it had incredible potential for creating a special intimate, outdoor space for relaxation and the enjoyment of nature - a tropical oasis. We are in the tropical zone of far South Florida, which means that not only all the citrus family are grown here, but also coconuts, mangos, papaya, bananas, etc., giving the area a truly tropical feeling.

What makes this house unique

This property has an intimate warmth, which is hard to find at any price. The comforts of the back yard with its screened lanai and pool enclosure, multiple seating areas, luxuriant tropical foliage, cabaña and pergola with pond and cascading waterfall are absolutely seductive. You may come here with the idea of having it be your base-camp and find that it is your destination.

Guestbook comments from the owner


I hope that everyone who stays here enjoyed it as much as we did. The only negative to the whole trip is having to go back home. Thank you for having us.
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Englewood in the Sarasota County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1717 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cancellation Policy - In the event of cancellation Lessor is not required to return any deposits or rental payments unless:
  • 1) written demand is received FOUR WEEKS prior to arrival date, and
  • 2) the property can be re-rented for the same amount of money.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Main bath is in short hall between Master & Corner bedrooms.
    Guest/Pool Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Outdoor pool/beach shower - Outdoor Shower , Privacy curtain w/ shower, wand, 6 body jets & foot rinser.
  • There is a portable bassinet/playard/crib on-site for infants/small children.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Overlooks pool & gardens, equipped with flat screen TV.
    Corner Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Overlooks pool & deck, equipped w/ flat screen TV/DVD combo.
    Sunroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Slider to deck, privacy curtains separate from living room.
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen sleep sofa provides overflow sleeping for 2 people.
    Bungalow - 1 Large Double Bed , Bungalow has its own separate heating and cooling system.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Tropical Oasis - 3 Minutes to Beach, Heated Pool, 4 Season Living at its Best!
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 96 reviews

Is amazing that house and place for me is everything any person need for vacation

  • 5 of 5

My experience was expectacular my family enjoy each second in the House because this place is very good .I loved

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really nice and kozy felt like we were at home the entire time.

  • 5 of 5

Nice ,clean, comfortable place pool area and outdoor patio areas were great.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here and had the best time. There were 6 adults and 4 children under the age of 3. We all had plenty of room. Everything was there we needed. I packed a lot of stuff thinking we would need it and it was all there. The pool was great for the kids and adults. Minutes away from beaches and across the road is the bay and a park for the kids. The back yard was great. The only thing we did not like was the misquotes. But it had rained a lot during the week -so they were just a fact of life. We will be back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this!!! Will be back again! Definitely an Oasis ❣️

  • 5 of 5

Richard has the best vacation rentals!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Your Own Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed how this property was a world upon itself. I was comfortable just staying at the property and enjoying the weather and the pool with out wanting to go anywhere else. Great property.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for opening your home to my family Richard! We had such a great time, and actually didn't the leave the house nearly as much as we planned! Why? We had everything we wanted! There were so many birds chirping away, and all those little sitting spots, gardens.. wow! The den area was perfect for the kids! The beds were super comfy, fans in all the rooms! The grill was used a few times as well (nice Weber!).. the grill utensils are under the stove in the kitchen, fyi! We found those after using the grill a few times! We had planned to pick up extra floats after getting there, but didn't need to, there were plenty! Lots of light outside (saw a post that there wasn't but we didn't find that to be true!). The neighbors were all quite friendly and just fine! We also found this fantastic BBQ place that just opened barely a walk across the street - check it out for sure! And a fun locals bar next door with a couple of pool tables. The beach was soooooo close! We watched sunset there quite a few times and ate at the local restaurants as well. Plenty of parking around there but we were also there right after the height of season. Lots of shells on the beach for the kids to find and shark teeth! Pretty cool! Stump Pass state park is right there as well and was a great spot to go kayaking.

We really can not say enough great things about this gem. The pool could have been a bit warmer! My FL friends that stopped by said it was too cold for them, but we're New Englanders so we did just fine! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Sarasota (SRQ) - 40 mi & Fort Myers (RSW) - 68 mi
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sportsman's Pub
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Oyster Creek Golf Club
Nearest Train
85 Miles
Amtrak (Tampa)
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Englewood Beach
Car: recommended

In addition to the many Gulf and Bay beaches and boating access points which are within striking distance, there are multiple state parks, wilderness preserves, a wild flower and bird sanctuary and an extensive biking trail system - all within a short drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Englewood, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2018 Summer/Fall Rates
9 Jul 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
2019 Spring/Tarpon Rates
1 Apr 2019 - 7 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
2019 Summer/Fall Rates
8 Jul 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £98.05 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £46.28
Pet Fee £58.83 + Tax

There is an additional, one-time $75 fee for pets, subject to owner approval (please call).

We automatically include damage insurance through CSA at a cost of $59 for your entire stay, which covers you against up to $1,500 in property damages. If you wish to pay a refundable security deposit instead, please call.

Check-in is 4:00 pm and check-out is 10:00 am.

Cancellation refunds subject to 4 weeks prior notice & re-letting of property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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