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'Elegance' 100 Steps From The Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

Elegant Unforgettable Beach-house With Outdoor Pool With Theatre

An elegant beach-house that redefines the idea of island comfort, built with love and an extreme attention to detail. Every room of the house has a unique ambiance combining color, textures and accent lighting. The outdoor area is one of the most spacious on the island with a large heated free form pool, plentiful seating, tropical greenery and a private outdoor movie theater with a 144” screen.

The house is located in a quiet neighborhood in the narrow part of Anna Maria Island. You can see the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Intercostal Water from the windows. Being just steps away from a wide and never crowded beach allows for plentiful beach trips throughout the day. The free island trolley is close-by.

This two-story 1980 sq. ft. house comfortably sleeps five. It has two bedrooms, each with a King size bed and a large closet, and a loft with a convertible sofa. All the furniture around the house is brand new as well as towels and bedding.

The dining area and the kitchen with a granite counter-top are elegant and welcoming incorporating colorful details as the main ingredient. All the appliances and dishware are new and plentiful. The kitchen is fully equipped with anything you might need.

In the laundry room you will find high-efficiency Samsung washer and dryer and a utility sink.

The living room area on the first floor of the house offers a 55” smart TV, while the living room on the second floor has a 70” smart LED TV. Both are connected to Netflix. A fast internet at 30Mb/s is available throughout the house.

A must-see feature of the house is a two-story castle with a spiral staircase that takes you to the upstairs loft.

Smart electronic technologies are implemented throughout the house such as motion activated lights, decorative night lights, electronic lock on the main door, four individually controlled climate zones and programmable color-changing LED light in the pool.

The outdoor area right next to the pool in furnished with a large patio table set, a brand new grill and lounge chairs. Bluetooth sound system plays music from your smart phone or tablet. A private outdoor movie theater right next to the pool makes the evenings at Happy Island Caste truly magical.

More Details

Shawna Gauger
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2017

About Shawna Gauger

We found Anna Maria Island during a RV trip to Bradenton, FL. Just one bike ride across the Cortez bridge and we knew we had found home. Such a friendly "old Florida" feel. There is nothing better than an island FULL of locally owned small businesses.

Shawna Gauger purchased this house in 2015

Why Shawna Gauger chose Anna Maria Island

We love this place. There is no place like home, but wait till you come here. It is tucked away, fantastically private, and full of entertaining perks. I mean, who wouldn't want to enjoy a favorite movie projected onto a 144" screen while floating in a pool. Relaxation at it's finest.


Car: not necessary


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bradenton Beach in Manatee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , In loft
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(31 traveller reviews)

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'Elegance' 100 Steps From The Beach
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful well kept place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week on our honeymoon. Loved the place and the town. Shawna was excellent . WE have nothing but great things to say about the entire trip. We would highly recommend Elegance to anyone!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am looking forward to celebrating your FIRST anniversary! We will see you then!
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Wow....just wow!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent communications with Shawna throughout and she met us on arrival. The house is even better than in the photos. Clean, spacious and perfect location.

We loved Anna Maria and the beach near the house was stunning. Free trolley at the end of the road was ideal. Shawna gave us lots of recommendations of places to eat. We didn't have a bad meal during our stay.

Just fabulous. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nina, Thanks so much for staying! I hope to see you all again soon!
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  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect. It was super clean and hand everything we needed. The location is great, very close to the beach. The girls loved the pool and the whole family had a great time at the house and at Anna Maria Island!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Castle" house

  • 4 of 5

This was our first time from Anna Maria Island, so we were very unsure of where to stay and really didn't know how the island was laid out. We never met Shauna or Jeff, but received a combination to the door shortly before our arrival, and received a call from one of their friends who was helping them out with an issue with the washer--which ended up working fine during our stay. I did find it a little odd that neither Shauna or Jeff called to check in with us, especially after reading previous reviewers glowing reviews of their personal attention and helpfulness. When I received the door combo, Shauna had also indicated that they like to meet the guests when the arrive and I responded with our estimated arrival time (but then never heard from her again). However, we didn't have any major issues arise while we were there. The house was clean, modern, and fit our needs nicely. We spent the majority of our time at the beach, and the access is a short walk past neighboring houses and across the main road. Everything we needed was available, including floaties, boogie boards, chairs, and a wagon to pull everything in. When not at the beach, we really enjoyed spending time at the pool, which is very private and relaxing. It rained quite a bit while we were there, so unfortunately we had to spend more time than we would have like to inside. I do wish the sectional on the second floor was a little more comfortable--it could use more pillows because it is quite firm. Beds are comfortable and the outdoor covered seating area is nice for dining outside. The kids enjoyed hanging out in the unique "castle" loft area too. One thing to note: There is a resident woodpecker who likes to peck at one of windows near the kitchen every day. I understand this is hard to control and I love nature....but if you have a teenager who sleeps in it might not be appreciated. We enjoyed reading the guest book and learned of new places to go and things to do from previous families who have stayed in the house. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this house while at AMI.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for bringing the situation to my attention. I appreciate your stay at our beach home and also for your patience. I do all I can to greet each guest yet occasionally have obligations or vacations of my own. When I do, I ask a friend step in to assist. Weather and late night arrivals can also prevent a personal greeting. Regardless of our location or ability to greet personally, our contact information is on the Welcome Check-in sheet and we are here for your questions, concerns and island recommendations. Thanks so much! Shawna
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The house is clean and modern it had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

I will stay again it was my 50th birthday I had a few guest come for a few hours and celebrate they were all extremely impressed.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip and a great house!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at this house, and it was just just as wonderful as the first time! It was spotless upon arrival, and the very minor issues that came up during our stay were resolved immediately. The outdoor pool area was perfect for our family and the proximity to the beach as well as the location of the house in general is super convenient for anywhere you may want to go on the island! Shawna is a fabulous host, and we look forward to coming back next year!

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bradenton Beach, Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
jan 1 - apr 30 19
1 Jan 2019 - 30 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Jun 30 - Jul 6
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £98.57 + Tax
Pet Fee £18.96 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £189.55
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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