|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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!
LITTLE GASPARILLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...PLEASE READ!
• 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
• This house has wi-fi but this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi is NOT for entertainment. No Netflix, no skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. Many people find the mobile hotspots on their smartphones are better alternatives.
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!
A relaxing and comfortable cottage right on the beach; easy to cook our meals in the well appointed kitchen and wonderful to be able to keep up with laundry. Enjoyed all the various colors and sounds of the sea 50 feet from the deck. Water taxi made getting to/ from the island a pleasant adventure. Walks on the beach and exploring the island made for a memorable vacation.
This is our 7th visit to Little Gasparilla and our 2nd time staying in RoseMary's BeachHouse and we are booked again for April. We love this beach and the house is great. It has pretty much everything you need. Great location, very clean. Love the tile floors so can just sweep up the sand!!! We look forward to our visit again in a few months!
If you are looking for an island that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of life and your typical beach resort establishments, then Little Gasparilla Island is for you. This was the first time my wife and I had visited Little Gasparilla Island and we had a wonderful 10 day stay at Rosemary's Beach House. The island itself is easily accessible, a 5 minute trip from Eldreds Marina, which itself is just a few minutes drive from the various Malls and shops/restaurants nearby in Boca Grande.
Rosemary's beach house itself is very special. Tastefully laid out with all the furnishings and amenities you need, its been very well maintained and had new bedding, towels and felt like a home someone takes in pride in rather than a letting from an absentee landlord, which we've experienced before. The house is directly on the beach, we spent many evenings on the balcony watching the wonderful sunsets (and a few spectacular thunderstorms). Although there are properties either side, there is still a sense of privacy and detachment. At times it felt like our own private beach as the island is not overdeveloped and therefore never felt crowded. Tracy made the booking an absolute pleasure, helping us out with advice on where to shop, local attractions and things to do. We've rented villas and beach-houses before and I can say that without exception, Tracy was by far the most professional and friendly person we've had the pleasure of dealing with. Her best recommendation was Heather and Nicole from GroceryGetters, who helped us out with provisions and transport. They were an absolute joy and when we ran out of bug spray, they shared there own rather than have us wait for a delivery. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and they could teach the big resort hotels a thing or two about great customer service.
A couple of tips if you're staying:
1./ Bug Spray - You'll definately need some. We didn't have trouble with Mosquitos as we were directly on the beach and the breeze takes care of that. However, the no-see-ums were out in force, especially around sunset. Deet doesn't work on them, there is a local spray called 'no-see-ums' bug spray which you should get.
2/ Boat - We didn't get one, however we wish we did, even for a few days. The local water taxi is expensive (especially after 5pm when it's $20pp).
In short, if you're looking to get away from it all in a beautiful location and home, Rosemary's beach house is a must. We can't wait to go back.
This was our second time staying at this house. It was a great week. Words can not express how great this place is!
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!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
Holiday surcharge of $500; reservation/security deposit required upon booking to hold date. 30-day cancellation notice required for stays of 1 week; 60-day cancellation for 2 weeks or more. 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).