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Amazing Sunsets Over Boca Ciega Bay, Cheerful Florida Waterfront Home, Location!

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,852 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Vacation Home with Heated Pool, Dock. Perfect for Family Fun!

This lovely home is set up for a great vacation, including outstanding views of Boca Ciega Bay, and across the Bay to St. Pete Beach. Close proximity to downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. Lots of outdoor seating, lounging, hammock. Grill. Washer/Dryer. Driveway parking. Enjoy fishing off the dock, and watching amazing sunsets each evening from the pool deck.

Master BR has King bed and TV. 3 guest rooms have queen beds. One BR has bunk beds. TV room with surround sound system.

Our home is close to the world class Fort Desoto Park. This is an 1,136 acre park made up of five interconnected islands, with beaches, piers, an old fort, biking and jogging paths. See http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm

Down the street from our home you can connect with the Pinnelis Trail System for biking, jogging, skating and walks. See http://www.pinellascounty.org/trailgd/.

Downtown St. Petersburg, just a 15 minute drive, offers museums, waterfront trails, outstanding restaurants and shops, and more.

Take a day to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa, or all the amusement venues in Orlando - all about 1.5 hours drive away.

Our home is a great base for so many outdoor activities, and many guests choose to spend most of their time right out the house, enjoying the bay, the pool, the views, and the relaxing feel of the place. Our home had been rented until recently through a rental agency, and we have just switched to VBRO. Guest comments in our guest book, over 13 years of sharing our home through rentals, are universally positive - in fact, glowing!

We welcome discussions by phone once you make the initial contact through VRBO.

More Details

Bill and Gwen Mann
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 June, 2017

About Bill and Gwen Mann

Gwen and Bill: We live in downtown St. Petersburg and love the area. Being nearby, we are available to assist when needed. We love boating (sorry boats not included in rental) and biking, and keep a couple of bikes in the garage for guests. We have had this second home for 14 years, and moved our primary residence recently from Gainesville, Florida, 160 miles North, to a condo in downtown St. Petersburg.

We have two adult daughters and families (total 5 grandchildren) and the Bayhouse is where we gather. Eleven of us, and we feel very comfortable in this home.

Bill and Gwen Mann purchased this house in 2002

Why Bill and Gwen Mann chose St Petersburg

We are on a beautiful bay in a quiet neighborhood. Downtown St. Petersburg is less than 15 minutes from the Bayhouse and is vibrant with restaurants, shops, museums and more. The beach (our favorite is Pass-a-grille) is just a 15 minute ride away. Rental fee includes taxes (we pay the county 13%) and cleaning ($200 is our cost). Only extra fee is $99 for damage insurance, and a VRBO fee which varies with price and we, as owners do not control.

What makes this house unique

Faces directly out on Boca Ciega Bay

Heated pool

Dock...and you can catch your dinner - trout, snook, redfish and more

Quiet relaxing location

Well equipped kitchen if you choose to cook

Very comfortable mattresses on all beds

Home has the feel of a waterfront vacation home

Owner has separate closets so you feel the home is your own - no owners items in the way in closets or chests

Short -15 minute - ride to beaches, park and downtown St. Petersburg

Comfortable, well appointed home, also serves as owners vacation home.

Excellent restaurants and unique waterfront in downtown St.Petersburg

Co-sleeper and pack and play for our very youngest guests

Incredible sunsets over the bay in backyard, and sunrises in the front yard

Green year round, with lots of flowers and plants, and citrus trees

We have never had a disappointed guest - in 14 years of renting!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Broadwater in St Petersburg

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2852 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 3.5 baths, the .5 bath is a pool bath.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Bunk Bed
  • 1 Master BR - King Bed, private bath 3 Guest BR with queen beds 1 bedroom with bunkbeds All rooms have private (not used by owner) closet and dresser
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Amazing Sunsets Over Boca Ciega Bay, Cheerful Florida Waterfront Home, Location!
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

March 2017

  • 5 of 5

This home is the best ever, View, comfort, location, pool, quiet, extremely clean, owners. Every one of the above should get 15 stars. Would love to rent it again for a month next year. Our family had a wonderful month here. Highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a great vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful family....do hope they return next year.
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Amazing family vacation! Wildlife and pool fun!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvelous stay at the house. It was my family and my brothers family. The boys couldn't get enough of swimming in the beautiful pool. The house has anything you would ever need for cooking as we cooked most of our meals at the house. They have 2 fridges which also came in quite handy because we didn't want to make too many grocery store trips! The beach equipment was excellent as well. It was great to not have to waste money on equipment we were just using that week. The towels and blankets were plentiful, which was really nice as well as I run cold as my husband is always hot! Two of the BEST things about this property--- #1-Bill was an AMAZING home owner and communicator. He is so quick to respond and helpful in your trip planning! He is the best home owner we have ever dealt with and we have done VRBO 8 times now. He went above and beyond to make us comfortable in our stay and we are truly grateful! #2- The wildlife we got to see was incredible. If you rent this home, spend time out on the dock. First of all, it's beautiful and relaxing. Second, we got to see the wildlife. We saw 3 manatee, several schools of sting ray, fish (of course), dolphins almost daily and numerous different types of birds we had to Google! The kids LOVED it and so did the adults. We took our morning coffee out there every morning while the kids all "gamed" on their devices. It was a great house with amazing owners and an incredible vacation! Thanks so much!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roeland Park, KS

Property exceeded our expectations. Our large family immediately felt at home.

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful, spacious and spotless home away from home. Our large family had plenty of space to spread out with the multiple living and dining areas. Views of the bay from the house, poolside or dock were breathtaking. We saw lots of birds, stingrays and dolphins plus incredible sunsets. The home had all the necessary accessories and then some. We did our shopping down the street at the new Publix grocery store. Spent lots of time swimming and grilling out back. Our family did not miss out on beach time either as they are only a short distance away. A huge asset was how accessible the owner was. We certainly did not experience any issues but did appreciate knowing they would be reachable. Would give 10 stars if possible - we highly recommend this property. Will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house the week before our daughters wedding.We absolutely loved the property. It was even prettier than the photos. There is plenty of room and can comfortably sleep 10. It had all kinds of extra amenities that you don't usually find in a rental. The pool area was beautiful, we had amazing sunsets. We also watched the dolphins right off the pier. My son and friends really enjoyed the fishing and managed to catch a few. We have no complaints about the property. We would definitely stay here again should we get the opportunity. Bill was very welcoming and available should we need him. Very convenient that Publix is just a short distance away. We just want to say THANKS for making the pre-wedding week so much fun. lynn, mike and family

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a wonderful week at this awesome vacation rental home. The house was a perfect fit for our family of 11. Lots of room and all sorts of things you could possibly need to make your stay here perfect. The sunsets every evening were spectacular and definitely a bonus! Pool was great and the kids had a blast. Lots of patio furniture to fit all of us too. We weren't able to meet Bill and Gwen as they were out of town, but had the pleasure of meeting their daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Jeff and their adorable twin girls. Very nice family!! All in all our stay was one of the best vacations we've had. Would definitely rent this home again without a doubt. The Greenes, Galbraiths and Butlers

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lois and Jim: Thank you for providing a review of your stay at the bayhouse. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your vacation here! We look forward to meeting you when you return. Bill and Gwen
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New Hampshire

A wonderful place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

We could sit here for hours telling about the wonderful time we had, but I won’t…you’ll just have to trust us when we say the house is magic!!! Of all the places we’ve stayed in Florida we found our “Florida vacation dream house” in this house. Thank you Bill and Gwen.

Bruce and Denise,

Londonderry, NH

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Bruce and Denise. Hope to see you again! Bill
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Nearest Airport
24.2 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Beef O'Brady's
Nearest Ferry
6.5 Miles
Island Ferry
Nearest Motorway
0.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
6.5 Miles
Pass A Grille Beach
Car: recommended

This waterfront home is located in a residential area on the Boca Ciega Bay. While the St. Petersburg airport is nearby, Tampa International Airport offers many convenient options.

Beautiful beaches are a short drive with Pass A Grille Beach located 6.5 miles away and Fort De Soto Park located 9.6 miles away.

Vibrant downtown St. Petersburg is 6.5 miles away, with too many attractions to name - a few of our favorites are the Dali Museum, Chihuly Musuem, Tropicana Field, Museum of Fine Arts and Mahaffey Theater. There are outstanding dining options in St. Pete including Bella Brava, 400 Beach, Parkshore Grille and the Birchwood.

There is an abundance of family activities including the Great Explorations Childrens Museum (8 mi.), Sunken Gardens, miniature golf, and of course theme parks in Tampa and Orlando. Busch Gardens is 35 miles and is truly fun for the whole family with botanical gardens, free roaming animal habitats, exciting rides and...Anheuser Busch beer.

There is a Publix grocery store just a few blocks away, as well as restaurants, pharmacies, etc.

We are new to VRBO (January 2016) but have rented the bayhouse for over 12 years through a property manager. Our guest book provides a way for vacationers to leave comments about their stay and about our home. Comments are universally positive. Here are comments from past guests:

October, 2015: David, Jill and Maret from UK (this is their 5th annual stay at our home: "We know we are repeating ourselves, but how else can we say thank you for the privilege of being able to stay in your beautiful home - for the fifth time. We are already looking forward to 2016. The serenity of the area is just magical. Many thanks again."

February 1015: The M....s from Alberta Canada and the D....s from Ontario Canada: "Had a wonderful time at your lovely home. Our daughter really enjoyed spending time in the pool. It was a wonderful place for a family get together."

October, 2014: David Jill and Margaret from UK (4th visit): "Another perfect holiday. We have enjoyed every minute, relaxing and being thoroughly lazy! We had a fantastic acrobatic display from the dolphins - part of the pleasure of being here. Many thanks."

March, 2014 Tom, Pam, TJ, Mackinder, Cheri & Gerry from Michigan: "Your home is beautiful and the sunsets are memories that will help us get through the rest of the winter in Michigan. We enjoyed the pool, the beaches in St. Pete and Clearwater, and 'Tigers" games in Tampa and Lakeland. Thank you for sharing your home with us, as we believe this was an enjoyable accommodation for our "family" vacation."

October 2013 our guests 3rd visit from UK: "A fantastic two weeks in your ever beautiful home, relaxing and "recharging our batteries." Hopefully we will be able to come again in 2014. Returning home fit and well - ready for the ice and snow in England."

July/August 2013 Scott and family, Derby England: This was our second stay at your beautiful home - our first was 4 years ago. the improvements you have made are fantastic - the extra bedroom and the garden landscaping near front entrance. When we are here we feel like we are home. Once again we have had the most wonderful holiday - we love this spot on Boca Ciega Bay and can't wait to come back!!"

September/October 2012 - Our guests from England, 2nd visit: "Another wonderful holiday in your home. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy dolphins, birds & the stunning sunsets. We all feel very relaxed and refreshed - ready to face an English Winter! Many, many thanks."

August, 2012, Donna and Family from Italy: "Thank you for everything. We really enjoyed your hospitality. We had a lot of fun. We hope we can see you soon in Italy."

December, 2011 Joe and family from West Virginia: "Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the sunsets and view once again. We used to live on this street years ago and were good friends with the neighbors across the street. This was like "coming home." We wanted to come back and look at the water and enjoy the sunsets. Your home is lovely and well-equipped."

October, 2011: Our UK guest first of 5 visits: "Thank you for your champagne welcome. We have had a very relaxing holiday in your lovely home. the stunning sunsets, the dolphins, and the wildlife have been thoroughly appreciated. We have been coming to this area for 20 years, and this is our best location yet - so good in fact we have made a reservation for 2012. Many thanks from all of us."

May 2011 Sue and family from near Bath England: "A great two weeks relaxing for all the family - all 7 of us. The manatee, dolphin, rays, and fishing were just breathtaking. Sunsets were just glorious - not enough words to describe our pleasure. Thank you...Thank you."

April, 2011 Toby and family, from Sweden: "The six of us are all so very thankful for the past 7 days of relaxing by the pool, cooking lovely family means and watching the sun set with a Margarita in hand. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Broadwater, St Petersburg Area

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Holidays 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring 2018
25 Feb 2018 - 5 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer-Fall 2018
6 May 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Holidays 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Spring 2019
6 Jan 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Fall 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Holidays 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £0
Property Damage Protection £76.53

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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