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Cozy 2 Br / 1.5 Bath Home just Steps Away From Lemon Bay AND the Gulf of Mexico

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

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

About the property

Welcome to the beach!

This is our dream and we're excited to share it with you!

We just know you will instantly feel at home here, and hope you'll consider it YOUR second home. It's super clean, comfy and surprisingly spacious. It is stocked with everything you need for a carefree vacation getaway - including complimentary beach chairs, beach towels and floaties. We have a full kitchen, full laundry and even an outdoor shower for your sandy feet! The giant screen porch is a delight, especially in the cooler winter months. The master suite has a king bed and 3/4 bath (no tub). The 2nd bedroom has two single beds. There are are two single beds/cots for additional sleeping options on the screen porch (oops, 'lanai'), weather permitting. The central air conditioning works great - so feel free to book a summer trip too!

This home has never been a rental property before. It was loved and cared for by a long-time owner occupant. We completely redecorated and fully 'outfitted' the home THIS summer (August/September 2014), with all NEW blinds/curtains, bedding, towels, most furniture, new lighting and ceiling fans and entirely NEW contents of the kitchen cabinets. You'll find everything you need to cook here, including a Ninja blender! Or, you could take advantage of the many many great local restaurants, and only use your kitchen for making coffee and cocktails!

Guests must be 25 or older to rent.

More Details

Property Manager
Miranda Karasch
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About Miranda Karasch

We are the Swain Family. We live and work in Madison, WI. Both of us are UW Madison grads and love our lives here . . . until about December.

John is a highschool Earth Science teacher - actually a fairly 'new' teacher, having recently attended UW again as an adult, to follow his dream of teaching. He totally rocks at it and is guiding, parenting and influencing many many young people. It's a beautiful thing to experience through him. Note: being a teacher AND an avid fisherman equals awesome summers off, fishing in Florida!

I have been a Realtor in Madison for 23 years. You should trust that I can spot a good 'location' and good property better than most! I envision escaping to this peaceful place in the slower winter months.

We also hope to 'entice' our adult children and grandchildren to visit us often . . . this beach home should serve that purpose nicely.

We have 5 beautiful children (all boys) and 3 grandchildren. Though you could hardly call any of them 'children' anymore! Our youngest three just graduated high school, we have one at UW Madison and one who is already deep into his career as a Navy pilot, married with 3 babies of their own.

Miranda Karasch purchased this house in 2014

Why Miranda Karasch chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Since we live and work in Madison Wisconsin, it should be obvious why absolutely love our island getaway! John is an avid fisherman and I aspire to be a beach bum - so we love that our little home has deeded 'his and hers' sides of the island! His side is Lemon Bay, a world class sport-fishing destination (and free sunrise daily), my side is the Gulf of Mexico as far as you can see, endless flat beach with a view enhanced by the dophins, manatees, sea turtles and countless entertertaining birds and spectacular sunsets! I will never tire of staring at and listening to the ocean.

When we were house-hunting, our 'must haves' were: easy access from multiple airports (so we would and could come often and easily), laid-back lifestyle and residents (no worries about how you look in a bathing suit, no snooty folks), beautiful white sand beaches (duh) . . . and that's about it. Fortunately, this property and location offered even more. Originally we wanted to be 'on' the water, but quickly saw the benefits of having deeded access to BOTH sides of the island. We have a boat dock on the bay ('sittin' on the dock of the bay') AND a beach, both within a short walk from our front door!

What makes this house unique

Several shallow, expansive beaches ideal for every age! Many local restaurants, beautiful state parks right on Manasota Key and access to every activity imaginable that a visitor would consider 'beachy'. Try a sunset Dolphin cruise, fishing expedition or boat and kayak rentals, all on the island. There is also a nearby health club with daily and weekly rates.

Punta Gorda is the closest airport - a small airport offering inexpensive flights on Allegiant Air. Note that their flight schedule varies throughout the year, and they have limited airports/cities. We shopped specifically for a home with an airport served by Allegiant Air with a direct flight for us - who needs the hassle of layovers, lost luggage and cancellations, especially on vacation!

Sarasota and Ft Myers are other easy options, with more flights/days to choose from.

From any of these 3 airports, it's a short, easy drive (40-60 minutes) to our home. On the way 'home', you pass multiple grocery stores, Walgreens, etc for any necessities (suncreen, margaritas, coffee and groceries!)

Our home has a fully stocked kitchen (w/dish soap and dishwasher soap), full-size laundry (w/soap and dryer sheets), bedding, bath towels and all of the conveniences you'd expect. We even have beach chairs, beach towels and inflatable floatie rings. Just bring your clothes, swimsuit and toiletries!

In addition to our 1.5 bathrooms, we also have a refreshing outdoor shower - thanks for rinsing those sandy feet!

Enjoy cable TV and wireless internet at no extra charge. New large flat-screen TV.

Sorry, no pets, no smoking indoors or on the screen porch.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Well, what can I say? Our 2nd visit was just as great as the first! We stayed here in May 2015 and I neglected to leave a note in this book, so this is for both stays- May and Sept 2015!

We absolutely LOVE this cottage! We could live here! My husband (Howard) is an avid shark tooth hunter and this is his favorite place to come on vacation. We spent our time here on Blind Pass Beach, Manasota Beach, Stump Pass State Park Beach and also took a day trip over to Boca Grande. It was fun as we had been there 10 years ago but not since and although it was their off season and everything was pretty much closed as far as stores and restaurants, which we didn’t know prior to heading over there, we still had a very enjoyable day on the beaches there. Just an FYI for other guests, things open back up over there around 2nd week in October when their season begins.
Sep 2015
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Cozy 2 Br / 1.5 Bath Home just Steps Away From Lemon Bay AND the Gulf of Mexico
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 30 reviews

Englewood Beach Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The bungalow was ideally located in a uncrowded part of Manasota Key. Very little traffic and noise. Lovely on the inside with everything you would need for a delightful stay. Well-appointed kitchen; plenty of beach towels and accessories, and a couple down the lane to take care of anything the came up, although nothing did. Totally recommended as a place to get away from it all for awhile.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home and very comfortable! Everything you need in one spot!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location! Couldn't have dreamed of a better set-up!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fisherman's retreat

  • 5 of 5

Clean, spacious, comfortable. Steps away from beach. Everything works and was very well appointed and comfortable. Swam and waded in private beach area after long day of amazing fishing

available for 3 day period for very affordable price

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shelbyville, KY

Good location but hot

  • 3 of 5

The house is very well decorated and has a great location for the beach, fishing, and eating. All the basics were provided. Jules and Rick were awesome and checked in on us and provided lots of suggests for entertainment. I gave it a 3 star because the thermostat and/or AC unit just could not keep up with FL summer heat and needs replaced. Also there is no yard at all and the lanai is not cooled so it was very hot.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback. We are so lucky to have Jules and Rick on our team! We have taken care of the AC, thank you for bringing that to our attention and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Indeed it's hot in Florida in August!
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HEAVEN in Florida!

  • 5 of 5

Almost don't want to leave a review for fear the whole world will find this place. The cottage is delightful. Beautifully decorated, very clean, bed in master bedroom is so comfy. The kitchen is well stocked. The walk to the beach is short, and the beach is awesome. The little down is great too.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Back Again For Our Third Stay!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in May and September 2015 and came back again this month for another great stay! My previous review mentioned 2 1/2 baths; actually it's a full bath (with shower; no tub) and a half bath (washer and dryer are located behind the glass sliding doors in the half bath) and then an outdoor shower. We always enjoy our stays at this cottage! New hardwood flooring in the living room versus the carpet shown in photos; otherwise is exactly as shown. It is a perfect, private, comfortable beach cottage close to everything on Manasota Key! And, we love the screened porch!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stump Pass Beach State Park
Gulfview Grill
Englewood Public Beach
"Clean and not overcrowded at all. Lots of rentals available. "
The Links Golf Course
Catanias Winery
Allure Boat Rentals
"Also rents out Bicycles, Kayaks, SUP's, and Jet ski's"
Lemon Bay Tours
Beach Road Watersports
Man Overboard Charters LLC
Blind Pass Beach
Englewood Farmers Market
Loving Light Yoga & Healing Center
"Yoga on the beach!! "
Barrier Island Adventures
Nearest Airport
31.5 Miles
Charlotte County Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Gulf View Grill
Nearest Ferry
9.1 Miles
South Venice Beach Ferry
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 776
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Gulf View Grill
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Englewood Beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Manasota Key, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Dec 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 May 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Dec 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £71 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

We prefer to have check-in Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Please contact owner with special needs, questions, etc.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Manasota Key in the Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • 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 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Full size washer and dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • two additional twin beds/cots can be used on screen porch (weather permitting)
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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