|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Beautiful location! Couldn't have dreamed of a better set-up!
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
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.
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.
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!!
Great little cottage. . Decorated and maintained well, and had tons of extras that you typically don't find in rentals such as paper products, tin foil, baggies, beach chairs, umbrella, etc. Quick drive to several beaches nearby. Couldn't ask for anything more! Thanks for sharing your home!
|Cleaning fee||£74 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.