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RoseMary's BeachHouse: Elegant Oceanfront Vacation Cottage Right on the Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 BD Little Gasparilla cottage sitting directly on the sandy beach!

Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!

RoseMary's BeachHouse is truly a gem. This delightful beach cottage has been totally renovated and redecorated with an eye for detail. From the granite countertops to the elegant, upscale tropical furnishings, this home has been meticulously and lavishly appointed. The open plan living and dining area offers views of the Gulf from EVERY window and the kitchen is a dream! The home is fully equipped with everything you need for your beach vacation including wi-fi, a washer and dryer, dishwasher, trash compactor, brand new Weber electric grill (no lugging charcoal to the island!) and state-of-the art GE Advantium Microwave-Convection oven. (please note there is not a conventional oven.) You need only bring your bathing suit and groceries! The master bedroom offers views of the Gulf, and stained glass doors for added privacy. The second bedroom is tucked away in the back of the house for peace and serenity. This home has not been rented in the past....the owners designed it for their own personal taste and comfort. For that reason, it does not represent the typical beach rental property....it is truly an elegant beachfront home, not a 'rental unit'. it provides the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, for a small family or two couples. Maximum occupancy is 4 guests.

Downstairs, lush tropical foliage surrounds the house and a ground-level deck allows you to sit in the shade, watch your children on the beach and still be just steps from the house.

The beach, however, is everyone's main focus and it is superb...clean and pristine, rarely crowded, teeming with dolphins, shore birds, sea turtles and the occasional manatee. You can fish off the dock -- or off the beach right in front of the house. Beach chairs are provided for your comfort and your rental also includes use of a dock slip if you choose to rent a boat. Ask us about kayak rentals, golf cart rentals and stand up paddle boards...we can help you arrange the most active vacation -- or you can simply relax on the beach and do nothing. Your rental also includes the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you.

RoseMary's Beach House combines both elegance and luxury with the rustic charm of a tropical beach vacation...sure to be a spot you will want to return to again and again!


• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.

• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.

• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock

• All homes come with a grill. This home has an electric grill so no charcoal is needed.

• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.

• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.

• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.

• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.

• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.

• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee

INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we provide a free Verizon jetpack BUT you have to purchase data AND YOU MUST REQUEST IT IN ADVANCE. You can either bring a Verizon card with you OR we can sell you one when we bring over the jetpack. You can buy as much data as you need, but it IS expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. and most people use about 2G of data per week which is $35. 5G is $60 and 10G is $100. (It is sort of like a cruise where you have to pay for the minutes you are on-line.) You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. If you bring a Verizon card with you, we can show you how to add the data. Or, we can pre-add data prior to your arrival but you have to let us know how much you think you will need. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland, and anything that uses up a lot of data will increase your costs. (It is especially helpful to remind kids and teenagers who are used to unlimited data!) We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE coming to the island.

More Details

Property Manager
Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2018

About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

We have lived on the island for 30 years and we started renting our own home many years ago when we traveled. Then our neighbors asked us to handle rentals for them also -- and now we offer vacation rentals through our small family business Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals. We offer cottages in a variety of price ranges and locations on the island...from striking beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our homes are painstakingly cared for, we try to keep them well-stocked, and we try to give each of our homes a very personal touch...we want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". We love the island and want you to have the best experience possible so you will love it as much as we do. So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!

What makes this cottage unique

Unique benefits of this property include its proximity to both the beach and the bay and it lushly landscaped tropical garden...every day reveals more blooming plants and flowers. It overlooks the bay which means there are always cooling bay breezes.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Placida in the Charlotte County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has shower, glass block wall and vessel sink. There is also a downstairs outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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RoseMary's BeachHouse: Elegant Oceanfront Vacation Cottage Right on the Beach!
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews

LOVED this house!!!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough wonderful things about this house and the management.

The house is decorated so tastefully.....it's bright but not cheesy or tacky. Its open concept is so airy and welcoming. This home is not cluttered in any way. The owners really knew how to do it up right. We had 2 sets of friends visit us during the weekend on separate days and they took note of the information for this particular house because they were in love with it!

The house is literally on the beach.....no walking through marsh or anything to get to the ocean. We loved the porch and the furniture on it as well. It was wonderful to lay out on the porch and read a book while listening to the ocean waves.

The management team was so attentive and kind. We noticed the blender was broken so we let the management know and they had a blender to us by the next day. Everyone that works with/for this management company was always kind and friendly. It was always a pleasure speaking with Tracy from the management team whether by phone or e-mail. We cannot see ourselves renting another house because we would always hold every other house to this house as the standard! We came with our 2 kids and we all want to come back to this same house.

We tried to write a quick summary but in all seriousness.....this review does it no justice! We truly felt relaxed here and couldn't have picked a better place!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Vacation House!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved Rosemary's Beach House from the views to the lovely lay out of the house. The house was everything and more!! We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay to make lasting family memories! We will for sure be back again!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, nice beach.

  • 4 of 5

Despite what this site says, there is no wifi at all (the website just warns you it will be slow.) when we called we were told they just hadn't updated the website or the notebook in the cottage. Phone hotspot worked well, though. Clean, nicely decorated. Could use a beach umbrella, working ice machine (or at least ice trays that aren't broken), hammock, and binoculars. We saw dolphins right outside the cabin multiple times. Also saw stingray and plenty of crabs!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was our 3rd time in this house and it will bring us back for time #4!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to a lot of beaches but LGI is a true vacation!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Get-away to Re--energize

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed so many things about RoseMary's BeachHouse. The location and view were fabulous, enhanced by the high-boy table and chairs on the deck. The beach and the water couldn't have been better. The furnishings were very comfortable and we had everything we needed. We will long remember the sound of the surf during the night and waking up to the most beautiful view of the Gulf. LGI is a wonderful departure from the commercial aspects of the other islands and everyone we met, whether visitors or residents, were very warm and friendly. We are already talking about when we can return for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Its great place

  • 3 of 5

Be certain to have the Verizon jet pack charged and to pay on your own. Note, Verizon doesn't guarantee a connection because it's not a contract so bring your own connection and don't get mislead by advertisement it's available. Also, they have a huge list of things you have to do while there along with the fees. Plus, the a/c can't go below 75 degrees. It's a dirt road of heavy sand. The place and surrounding houses are not manicured.

Be prepared to rough it!!! Be prepared the beach is tiny and full of shells that require shoes all the time.

People are super super super NICE and Giving.

It's safe, low key and remote.

Have fun. It's great place

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: At present, there are no wired internet options available on Little Gasparilla Island. We provide a Verizon jetpack with data available on a pay-as-you-go data plan. This is self managing so that guests are completely in control of their usage and there are no “surprise charges” at the end of the stay. We understand that unfamiliarity with such devices can make them feel cumbersome. To clarify, internet IS available but requires the guest to purchase their own data. The cart paths on Little Gasparilla are indeed heavy sand. In fact, in 2008, the island community voted to have cart paths remain sand indefinitely to prevent the island from becoming a blacktop nation. The intention is to preserve the raw nature and old charm. While this might seem primitive to some, it is exactly what attracts others. Concerning our “list of things to do". This is known as our departure checklist and it includes the following: Turn off lights, ceiling fans, appliances. Pick up their pet’s waste in the yard, close windows, avoid leaving dirty dishes and check under beds for their personal belongings before they leave. I believe one would expect this checklist in any condo setting on the mainland. The air conditioning of course goes below 75. We recommend setting it at 75 or above to avoid having the system running continuously, especially when guests often leave sliding glass doors open for the breezes. It’s possible our guest had expected a resort atmosphere on Little Gasparilla Island. We acknowledge that the island is not for everyone. Our detailed account of the property and amenities are precise and do not mislead. We appreciate that the guest highlighted that she felt the people (management team on the ground) were super nice. They made several visits to the home throughout her stay to help resolve her concerns. We are confused that she felt the home only rated a three star review as it is one of the most popular on the beach. We are also confused that at the end of her review, she stated “it’s a great place”. We are never satisfied when someone has a less than perfect experience on the island, but disagree that this lovely gulf front home would be considered “roughing it”.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Placida, Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day
25 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Independence Day
29 Jun 2018 - 8 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Labor Day
31 Aug 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £357.2
Pet Fee £71.44 + Tax
Cleaning £89.3 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Holiday surcharges are applied for Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day reservations. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed. 3 night stays are allowed only on specified dates (Memorial Day/Labor Day). Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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