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Songbird Cottage B

Bedrooms 2
Space 756 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

Staying here amplifies the feeling of Anna Maria Island with that old Florida feel. Instant relaxation in a quiet neighborhood yet near most everything. There are several [ok so I like bikes and actually there are 9] that you can lazily bike through the neighborhood in the AM or evenings to take in all the local flavor. There are things in the unit that could be more high-end or updated or there are units closer to the beach. But everything is clean and functional. And I'm pretty sure you can''t beat it at this price range.

1. The Gulf beach access is 3 blocks and no busy street to cross.

2. Located in the middle of the block on a quiet street with very little traffic.

3. Free fast wifi and Washer and Dryer at no charge. Ironing board and iron. Hair dryer also.

4. Provided bikes are a ladies step through style because they are easier to pedal and easier on and off. Almost all have baskets. There are 8 bikes and they are looked after by Rick's bike repair located 2 blocks away.

5. There is central air and installed in 2012. In January 2016 new ducts and new attic insulation.

6. New refrigerator 2016 with automatic ice maker in the freezer.

7. The BBQ is a charcoal type and I do not supply coals.

8. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets in early 2000's and is fully stocked with cooking utensils and almost always salt, pepper, sugar, flour, and many other spices. Also all linens, towels and so on. Bring your own toothbrush.

9. A beach wagon to haul your stuff is provided. Umbrella, beach chairs, and beach toys too.

10. House landline phone provided for local calls and free long distance to North America and Territories. Canadians like this idea a lot.

11. King mattress was replaced in January 2013 and is rotated faithfully. Never heard a complaint about this one. The twin mattresses are extra long pillow type. No complaints from guests. They are not firm enough for me personally. The sleeper sofa is a Crate and Barrel and in excellent condition and seldom used. Maximum 5 people.

12. The closest restaurant, Beach Bistro, is 4 blocks and fine dining it is.

13. 7 blocks to Island Shopping Center [think 1960] with restaurants, clothing stores, hardware store, art gallery and more.

14. Holmes Beach public library is 5 blocks away. Sweet library!

15. In the place there is a 3 ring binder of things to do and places to go.

16. No stairs here as an easy living ground level place.

17. TV is a 42" flat thin screen hooked up to cable with 100's of channels, extra channels: Discovery, Disney, Life, some NFL to name a few.

18. 2 bedrooms and 1 Bath with tub with shower with 2 grab bars.

19. No pets and no smoking. A number of people verify no pets as they have allergies and, yes, no pets.

20. The cleaner has been cleaning for over 2 years and does nice work. Lives off island just a bit.

21.The patio is covered and has a table with chairs.

22. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.

23. I supply the soaps, paper goods, dish sponges and garbage bags.

24. A free trolley has a stop 1 block away to go north and a stop to go south is 3 blocks at the beach access. 6am-10pm and runs at 20 minute intervals.

25. Parking space for two cars.

26. Backyard is a nice size.

We take a personal interest in the day-to-day care of the place and am available by phone/text/email to ensure that everything is as it should be for the guests, and I deal with local contractors who are aware of my standards and with whom I have a longstanding relationship. The home has all the comforts of home due to the fact my wife and I stay here frequently. Our goal has been repeat guests coming back again and again.. we really want you to have a pleasant stay so you want to come back. Is it perfect? No way! But it is clean, tidy, well groomed and it just works. This year the winter guest is coming back for the 8th year in a row in 2018. For 2017 Germans are coming back for the 6th time in August. Returning stateside guests in 2017 for April, May, June, July, August, October and November and 2017. My goal has been to never advertise again because all guests are repeats. Making progress but not there yet. So, please, ask me questions as you decide on a place to vacation. Thanks for your time!

If you go to the Amenities button [see the buttons beneath the photos] and scroll down to 'Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website' and click on the Slide Show link for more photos. This only works on the vacationrentals site to my knowledge.


I have found that people arrive and unload luggage and head to the beach. The busiest street on the island in this spot is Marina Drive and you do NOT cross it on the way to the beach. The access is a three block stroll or easy bike ride (I held the video camera as I rode a bike to the beach and it is a 2 minute 14 second ride to the beach) - part sidewalk and street as in a neighborhood of homes and you will be as amazed as my wife and I are at how few people live here. Take a walk at night and it is perfectly quiet! And the property is located in the middle of the street not on a busy corner or street.

And 62nd street does not go through directly to the beach and I have come to value that big time as it cuts down on the car traffic and foot traffic making for a quieter street!

Thank you for your time.

More Details

Joel Songstad
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Joel Songstad

I currently live in Minneapolis Minnesota and work as a residential real estate agent.

Joel Songstad purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Joel Songstad chose Holmes Beach

We read about the island in our local newspaper and found everything they wrote was true once we got here.

What makes this cottage unique

The original owner from 1971 sold us this place and it was clean and well cared for. We have continued that tradition of care and cleanliness. Also improved mechanicals, decor and landscaping. The backyard has a banyan tree, orange tree and a remarkable mango tree. Privacy is afforded by an Oleander hedge and the concrete wall along the back lot line. We visit in December and have enjoyed Christmas dinner on the patio with guests for 3 years running.

Guestbook comments from the owner

2 week stay.

Places to visit: of course the beach, the pier and we liked downtown Bradenton.

Memories: very nice white sand beach, beautiful warm water, lots of fish and cute Pelicans catching fish, a very quiet street (62nd) is a great location for the house, a tranquil garden and everything in the cottage makes you feel comfortable.

Liked the WIFI and my mom loved the cable TV watching TCM channel every night.

Free long distance calls

Free trolley on the island

We enjoyed meeting people from other countries at the beach and at the cottage.

Improvements: we were happy with everything. This was our first stay in a cottage. We usually stay in a hotel. This vacation exceeded our expectations.

Joel, thank you for everything and for checking in with me for time to time. We would like to come back to Anna Maria Island.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Holmes Beach in Manatee County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 756 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathtub, shower in tub. Grab bars!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • King bed, 2 twin beds in guest bedroom. A Queen size sofa sleeper in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • 9 bicycles
  • bay
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
*Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico *8 bikes provided and a tandem too *Full sized kitchen with coffeemaker/ microwave/ toaster/dishes and all the stuff you will need *Full size washer/dryer on premises - no charge for use *HD flat wide screen tv with premium cable and dvd. *Beach chairs & beach towels, umbrellas, skim boards, beach toys *Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach *Nice collection of easy reading books *2 Twin beds guest BR *Linens and towels provided *Ironing board and iron *No Smoking and No Pets *Grab bars in the shower come in real handy *Central AC/heat new 2011 *Ceramic tile bathroom New Roof in 2010 January New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011


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Songbird Cottage B
average rating of 4.952381 based on 80 reviews

Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

It had everything we needed for a great week with the kids on a beautiful island!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Courtney! Glad you had a great week! Joel Songstad
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Very comfortable stay.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this property for 10 days & had the pleasure in meeting Joel & his wife who were staying next door for a few days. Had a wonderful stay, enhanced by using several of Joel's 9 bikes. The property was clean & well maintained. By Joel's honest description, the property is not luxurious, but is homely & welcoming. It is a 10 minute walk from Hurricane Hank's & the free island trolley stop is just at the end of the road. When I return to Anna Maria island I will not hesitate in renting this property again. Thank you Joel.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tony! It was our pleasure meeting you and your wife! Truth in advertising helps set expectations. We hope you do come back for another visit. PS I did buy another Jamis Earth ‭Cruiser just like the red one Warm regards, Joel and Marga
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Great home from home

  • 4 of 5

A great place to stay with all your home comforts and in a wonderful location.

You can walk to the beach and the nearest bar restaurant is a short stroll away. Quiet place and truly relaxing

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lisa, So happy the place was comfortable and you got to relax! Warm regards, Joel and Marga
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Fun time at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the week at the beach. Your cottage was a perfect fit for us. The cottage was well furnished and very comfortable. It was very handy having the washer and dryer on the property. My wife was impressed with the kitchen. We also made use of the bikes and beach items that were available. Hope to be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time! Thank you for the kind words and all the best to you.
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was nice and clean. The kitchen had everything we could ask for. There were beachumbrellas, chairs and toys. Our kids loved to play outside in the garden. Joel and edina were very helpful and really interrested in Our stay. Gave us lots of ideas of things to Do on the Island. We can warmly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very nice that you had a good time and we hope you have happy memories of your stay at Songbird and visit to the island. All the best! Joel and Marga
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A great place to stay on beautiful Anna Maria

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and comfortable and very well equipped, every thing you could possibly need seems to be available here from buckets and spades to picnic baskets, torches and food processors! It is also very well placed to get to the beach, local shops and restaurants and the free Anna Maria trolley.

There may well be some smarter homes for rental on the island but not at this sort of price and Joel is great to deal with, he makes sure that his guests are well informed and happy with all aspects of the rental.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and glad it worked ou! Joel and Marga
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Beach.

* Eat $3.99 breakfast at Sign of The Mermaid.

* Grouper sandwich at Rod and Reel Pier...

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Visit DeSoto Park just off the island.

* Get a ride from the airport and don't rent a car.

* Fish from the pier or shore.

* Take the trolley to Sarasota and people watch at St Armands.

* Use the cooler and bring stuff to the beach.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Go to the beach.

* Go to Mote Marine.

* Walk Robinson Preserve.

* Walk the River Walk in Bradenton.

* Visit Old Florida museum in Bradenton.

Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this home is located 3 blocks away from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance. The home's central location provides you convenient access to:

* Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - 22 miles away

* Tampa International Airport - 1 hour away

* Disney World - 2 1/2 hours away

* St. Armands Circle - 25 minutes away

* Downtown Sarasota - 30 minutes away

* Dowtown Tampa - 1 hour away

* Tropicana Dome (Tampa Bay Rays) - 45 minutes away

* Busch Gardens - 1 hour away

* Adventure Island - 1 hour away

* Siesta Key - 30 minutes away

* Approx. 15 golf courses - all within a 40 minute drive of the house!

There is no shortage for things to do in the area!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £83.75

Add $100.00 for the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years and Easter.

Owner'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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