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"Suits Us" Cozy 2 Br / 1.5 Bath Steps away from the Gulf of Mexico & Lemon Bay

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


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 had never been a rental property before our ownership. It was loved and cared for by a long-time owner-occupant. We completely redecorated and fully 'outfitted' the home in the summer of 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 and full size gas grill! 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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 2018

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 Englewood

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

Jenny- Jim and I had a great time. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We loved the private beach! You have thought to provide everything we could possibly want to make our vacation a wonderful and memorable time. This has been by far the best vacation! We hope to be back next year.
Mar 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Englewood in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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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"Suits Us" Cozy 2 Br / 1.5 Bath Steps away from the Gulf of Mexico & Lemon Bay
average rating of 4.821429 based on 41 reviews

Loved the privacy and shade at the beach, home was cozy and adorable.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay. Lots of amenities provided in the kitchen, beach toys, and towels. We enjoyed watching the fish jump at the dock, found lots of shark teeth at the beach, snorkeled and swam every morning. Enjoyed the waves and sunsets in the evening. Our only complaint was that after a long hot day of traveling the house was 88 degrees when we arrived and took several hours to cool down. We would definitely stay here again, thanks for a great vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and well-presented. Showed attention to detail. Even though we had cool (cold) weather, it did not limit our activities. Nature walks, guided nature tours, and visit to the "Cookie House" on Placida-not what you think!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent place to stay will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

Love the amenities and close to many awesome restaurants, beaches and still can be secluded plus the awesome weather is a bonus!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we always enjoy our time here!

  • 5 of 5

Another relaxing stay. Beach is gorgeous and private, house is clean and comfy with everything we needed including beach towels and chairs! We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We were extremely satisfied with our stay here.

  • 5 of 5

When we arived the house was spotless and in perfect order. Rick and Jules were exelent. We didnt even need anything from them due to the fact that the house was very well organized and over stocked with anything we needed. The book left to explain everything does exactly that. Jules and rick make it feel like its your own house by not bothering you at all if thats what you like. However if you need anything they are a text or a phone call away. The private access to the beach is amazing and just that, private. Only a handfull of houses have access to it. Could not have been a better experience and we will absolutely be staying there next time we come to florida!!!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing trip

  • 5 of 5

Excellent accomodations.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stump Pass Beach State Park
The Waverly Restaurant & Bar
Englewood Public Beach
Clean and not overcrowded at all. Lots of rentals available.
Rotonda Golf & Country Club 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
Sand Bar Tiki
Nearest Ferry
9.1 Miles
South Venice Beach Ferry
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 776
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Miles
Sand Bar Tiki
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Englewood Beach
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £93.99

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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