|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Serenity Cottage is an oasis of peace and privacy located on one of Florida's most beautiful barrier islands. This lovely cottage is a respite from the hustle and bustle and is just a short walk to the beach or the bay....for the best of both worlds when it comes to island living.
QUIET AND SECLUDED. Serenity is tucked away behind a large fig tree, off the main road, for added peace and quiet. Easy walking distance to both the beach and bay. In the early morning, sunrise floods the porch with light. During the day, the south facing porch is always bathed in sunshine.
GOLF CART OPTION. Serenity Cottage offers you the use of their golf cart with your rental if you wish, for an additional $250 fee. (You may rent the home with or without the golf cart.) No children are allowed to drive the golf cart under any circumstances. We also request you sign a liability waiver and agree to pay for all damages.
CONCIERGE SERVICE. We include the services of our island concierge who will meet you at the dock and help transport luggage and groceries to the house for you. This is a FREE service so we encourage you to take advantage of it.
LOTS OF OUTDOOR LIVING AREA. Serenity Cottage offers both a spacious screened-in porch facing east for enjoying morning coffee...and an open-air outdoor porch facing south for warm sunshine all day long, even during chilly winter months.
BRAND NEW ELECTRIC GRILL. The owners have provided a new electric grill so you don't have to haul charcoal and lighter fluid to the island with you.
KAYAKS. We also offer the option to rent kayaks during your stay. You may rent one tandem kayak, two single kayaks or both for the duration of your stay. Please indicate on your response if you are interested in kayak rental. We include life jackets and paddles with your rental and require that you sign a liability waiver.
The home is well-equipped with everything you need for a beach vacation...all linens and towels are provided, including beach towels, beach chairs, all pots and pans, toys and games, videos -- even fishing gear you may use. We provide a beach cart for taking chairs and beach gear down to the beach. The home has a large flatscreen TV and DVD player and even has an open air outdoor shower for rinsing off after the beach. There is no wi-fi in the home at the present time but you have the option to purchase access and data on our mobile hot-spot. (Or, you may use the mobile hotspot on your smartphone if you prefer.) If you would like to purchase wi-fi access, just let us know.
This home is perfect for a family who wants to enjoy fishing off the dock one day, and playing on the beach the next...or for the avid fisherman who wants to be close to his boat or the dock. It is also perfect for a couple who wants to relax in a serene environment, in very comfortable surroundings and just get away from the outside world. Nature lovers, photo enthusiasts and bird watchers will appreciate the peace and quiet of the island's sandy pathways, the lush tropical environment and uncrowded beaches.
Little Gasparilla Island affords a perfect spot to escape from the traffic and stress of everyday life. Here, traffic jams consist of two golf carts stopped in the road for a friendly chat! The evening's nightlife is heading to the beach to watch the sunset with a group of neighbors...or watching the stars twinkle overhead. You can catch your dinner off the dock, have your morning coffee on the deck in the tropical breezes and feel incredibly lucky to have discovered such a perfect little oasis on the island!
Come discover the true meaning of relaxation...at Serenity Cottage!
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. Serenity has an electric grill so no charcoal is necessary.
• 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.
• If you have requested the mobile hotspot, keep in mind 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 in a variety of price ranges and locations on the island...from dramatic beachfront homes to cozy interior homes with lots of privacy. Our vacation rental homes are painstakingly cared for...we want you to feel like you are vacationing in a friend's home rather than a sterile "rental unit". So relax, kick off your flip flops, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the island lifestyle!
This cottage is nestled in the palm trees, off the main road and has a lot more privacy than some of the other cottages we represent. It has both a screened porch and a sunny porch facing south that is wonderfully warm during chillier winter months. We love the big ficus tree in the yard and the gopher tortoises that burrow beneath its roots.
We loved it there, the two weeks we spent on the island were very relaxing, and calming. It is an island, with no cars, shops, restaurants. Ideal island living.
Having own boat was very helpful, and renting the golf cart is also very much fun.
There are some imperfections in the house, but this is an island, and I'm sure it is hard to keep up with every little detail.
We would definitely come back again, and the only thing we could wish for is nicer weather, but there is nothing anyone can do about it. We stayed in the house first two weeks of February 2016.
If you're looking for a true escape from crowded beaches and bars, look no farther. Serenity Cottage on Gasparilla Island provides everything you need for a romantic or family getaway. The property is literally a 3 minute walk from the beach and the bay and it's tree-top level second-floor deck provides a sheltered vantage point to enjoy the sunset or a lazy lunch.
Property managers Laurie and Buddy Gaines are a fantastic source of information and assistance if you should need anything. They live on the island, just minutes away, and are full of suggestions on how to enjoy your visit to the full.
Be aware there are no restaurants, bars, nightlife or grocery stores on Gasparilla. If nightlife is your thing, than this island is not for you. As far as I was concerned, the lack of commerce was one of the main reasons I chose to stay here. Being just a little off the grid suits me fine.
Absolutely amazing vacation home! Perfectly located between beach and dock. Not a far walk to either. House had everything that you would need. Would highly recommend!!!
We found the cottage very peaceful and quiet....even on a busy Saturday, when the beach was full of people, the neighborhood was very quiet and tranquil. The house was very close to the dock -- just a one minute walk -- and it was also just a minute to the beach. Perfect location! We found everything we needed....even a crock pot, blender and waffle iron! We loved the fact that our dog was welcome on the island....having a pet-friendly rental is very important to us and the owners even provided dog towels for us! Beds were comfortable, the house was clean and we loved sitting on the outdoor porch late at night watching the full moon duck behind the clouds. Truly a lovely, peaceful spot on a magic island!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£324|
Holiday surcharge of $500; $300 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 mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.