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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
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


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) - Or, under the "Owner Info" tab (above), click the "All My Rental Listings" link.

More Details

Richard Haynes
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

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. 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 Florida South Central Gulf Coast

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


This was a truly relaxing place to get away from it all. Loved the homey atmosphere with all the amenities and the pool - all screened in - a real treat. So blessed to have this vacation experience, with the weather cooperating to make it all so very enjoyable. Thank you, Richard, for all the attention to details.

P.S. The hot pool shower was top on my list of favorite things.
Nov 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Englewood in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1717 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(49 traveller reviews)

Tropical Oasis - 3 Minutes to Beach, Heated Pool, 4 Season Living at its Best!
average rating of 4.9387755 based on 71 reviews

Beautiful and Spacious

  • 5 of 5

We went to this house during last year's summer, but I've forgotten to write a review. Anyway, I still remember how beautiful and spacious it was. The garden is gorgeous and the pool very enjoyable. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great yard

  • 5 of 5

Nice home. Easy to find. Richard was very helpful. The yard and pool were fantastic

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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A true Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Spent a month here and enjoyed every minute of it. Quiet, comfortable, and close to the beach and many enjoyable restaurants. Richard is a kind and accommodating host and I thank him for telling me about the Farmers' Market on Thursdays. Believe me, it's much more than a Farmers' Market.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful space in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying here! The place was very clean, well cared for, close to everything! We stayed over Christmas. The kitchen had everything you could ask for to create the perfect holiday dinner. The outside space is amazing. Our dogs also loved the outdoor space and we were so happy that we found a place that worked for our whole family.

Richard made everything so easy as well!

Thank you and we will be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful escape for great family memories!

  • 5 of 5

Our expectations were exceeded with this property. Richard is a gracious host and has taken the time and energy to create a lovely home with lots of ammeneties. We loved grilling out (2 grill options - gas and charcoal), lounging by the pool while the kids went for a swim, exploring the gardens and all of the beautiful foliage. The pool was wonderful and very warm - even on one of the cold days we all went for a swim! The house was comfortable and well appointed. There was plenty of room for the 6 of us and we would NOT have been crowded if more were in our group. The photos on VRBO do not do the property justice - it's absolutely lovely! It's close to several beaches (we checked out 4) where we found lots of shark teeth and shells. The property is within minutes of anything that you could want/need! Minshall's Garden will be a place that we will revisit - thank you so much Richard for providing your home for our family to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AWESOME Experience

  • 5 of 5

Home, pool, and gardens were awesome (magnificent, great, wonderful). Every amenity we might imagine had been thought of before hand and provided. Initially put off by the surrounding neighborhood, we soon found Minshall's Garden to be a small patch of heaven, secluded from the outer world.

We enjoyed staying in so much that we were not disappointed at the Red Tide at the beach, but considered it a blessing in disguise - it made the decision to stay in, swim, cook and lounge a no-brainer!

My personal favorite of our stay was the pool shower. Although heated, the pool temperature still felt chilly the first minute or two. After a long soak and float, I invariably sought the comfort of a warming pool shower.

The owner's obviously spent a lot of time ensuring our stay would be perfect. Now that I am back in my routine, I really appreciate the environment Minshall's Garden is for real relaxation. I highly recommend staying as long as your schedule allows. Our stay was a treasure we will recall and cherish ... until we can sneak in another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Englewood, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2017 Spring/Tarpon Rates
1 Apr 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
2017 Summer/Fall Rates
10 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £101 + Tax
Pet Fee £60 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

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

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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"Excellent Cajun/Creole/Southern food! Restaurant/Bar with nice ambience and exceptional serv..."
Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar
Lock 'n Key Pub Restaurant
Blind Pass Beach
Mango Bistro
Stump Pass Grill
Beach Road Watersports
Olde Village Publix
The Faull Inn
"Good pizza (and broad menu of American Bar food) delivered!"
Placida Grill
"I love this place! Great food and fantastic owners and servers!"
Amberjack Environmental Park
Don Pedro Island State Park
Manasota Beach
"Beautiful beach at the north end of Manasota Key with extensive facilities, including a boat..."
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"Less than a mile from the house, offers great access to the local marine environment and a s..."
Boca Grande Causeway Boat Launch (Placida Park)
Temptation Restaurant, Bar & Package
Englewood Public Beach
Boca Grande Fishing Pier Park
The Outlet at the Innlet Restaurant
Pink Elephant
Palm Island Transit Inc
South Beach Bar & Grille
The Gasparilla Inn Main Dining Room
19th Street Beach
Waterside Grill
PJ's Seagrille
Farlow's On The Water
Howard's Restaurant
Cayo Costa State Park
Gasparilla Island State Park
Englewood Farmers Market
"Every Thursday on Dearborn Street from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, this is a fun market with hot foo..."
Pirate's Dream
"This is a great place for tourist kitsch and such. Pirate paraphernalia, pink flamings, shel..."
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.


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