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Steps to Beach. Beautiful 4 bdrm+. Private Heated Pool. Kid Ready. No stairs!



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
4+ Bedrooms. Ground Level, Local Manager "mom" attends to every need

This isn't a typical cookie cutter rental, but the actual second home of a best-selling author and chef and her architectural designer husband. "It's like staying at a good friend's beach house," is the phrase we hear again and again.

Our large yet comfy single-level home is situated ideally close to the beach in a quiet neighborhood in Holmes Beach. Four bedrooms with optional fifth offers plenty of space for extended families, two families sharing or friends retreat. We're set up for infants & kids, well equipped kitchen, big deck with brand new gas BBQ, plus a gorgeous 12 feet x 24 feet heated pool with a real rock grotto waterfall surrounded by lush palms and exotic flowers. The house has been tastefully decorated and carefully updated for a comfortable, yet casual beach feel. On beds, we've got two kings, a queen, a full and a daybed with pop-up trundle that can be two twins or a king plus a folding crib and toddler cot.

This is really our home, so you'll find spices and herbs in the cupboards, quality linens and lots of small personal touches.

Please note: Because this is our home and not just a rental, we're a bit particular who we rent to. As a result, we require a minimum age for rental (25) and the individual booking our home must be on site. No exceptions, sorry.


Q. How close is the beach?

A. We are at 71st Street and Palm Drive, about a four-minute stroll to the beach. We have a beach buggy to roll stuff back and forth, plus umbrellas, beach chairs and loads o' beach toys.

Q. How many does it sleep? How many beds?

A. The house comfortably sleeps four couples and a single adult, or up to 10 total with children under age 12. Infants and toddlers under three and younger are not included in occupancy.

There are five beds: 2 kings, 1 queen, 1 double, plus a daybed twin with twin trundle which can be made into a king or used as two twins. The full/double is in the smallest room (Hemingway) and is best suited to a single adult/teen or two children. We also have a folding crib and a toddler's cot plus kids linens. We also have a baby monitoring system.

Q. How big is the pool?

A. Our pool was installed in 2014 and it's included in the portfolio as a showcase pool by our designer. It is a custom 12x24 feet (4x6 meters) lagoon kidney shape with real rock coping and custom rock grotto waterfall. We keep it at 86 degrees or warmer year-round. We have it serviced twice a week for optimal cleanliness. We have seating for ten adults around the pool, plus a kids table and four kid chairs.

Q. Is it in a quiet neighborhood?

A. Yes! We are in a sought-after residential neighborhood just minutes directly between businesses of Holmes Beach and Anna Maria. There is only one other rental home near us. For this reason, we do ask that you sign a "Quiet Hours" agreement to observe quiet hours and be respectful to the neighbors. (We are not the right property for a group of college-age spring breakers. Sorry.)

Q. How do we get the keys?

A. No keys! to pick up or misplace! We use high-tech coded locks with a unique code for each guest. You will be sent a code for your week.

Q. Is it near the free trolley?

A. Yes, a Northbound stop is right at the corner of our street!

Q. Are linens included?

A. Yes, lots of beach towels, indoor towels and hotel-quality sheets. Each bed has an option of new summer-weight quilts or heavier down/down alternative duvets for each bed. All of our sheets are 400+ thread count. We replace our towels and sheets annually.


*The Captain's Quarters (King bed) is the largest bedroom

* Waterfall (California King) is located next to the waterfall grotto

* Starfish (Queen bed) is the quietest room

* Hemingway (Full bed) is located in its own corner of the house.

* Lido can be used as an optional fifth bedroom. It has doors that open directly onto the pool and a new set of custom set of sliding doors that convert it into a small bedroom for privacy. Located off the kitchen/living area, we use this as an additional hangout area if not needed for a bedroom at night. It features a carved palm wood daybed with pop-up trundle that converts into a king-sized bed or two twins at night.

It's a nice setup for two or three couples or two families sharing as you'll each have your own defined space as the rooms are quite separate from one another.

Q. What infant/kid gear do you have available?

A. We have a full-size high chair, two (2) deluxe Grayco folding cribs, a toddler cot, baby blankets, a toddler-sized pillow, a baby monitor system and a set of kids dining stuff (plates, bowls, cups and utensils). The doors in the Lido Room and the Waterfall bedroom have alarms that can be switched on to emit a piercing sound when opened.

We also have kids books for various ages. There's a child-size table on the deck outside; it can be brought inside. We have indoor toys (including a talking Mickey Mouse!), children's books and loads of pool and beach toys. We have an inflatable baby float and usually have "swimmies" armband inflatables for younger children. Two or three bedrooms come with teddy bears.

**We Want You To Feel Like You've Got Friends with a Beach House**

The house is managed by our 'mom.' She lives just five blocks away. A second manager lives next door, and you call either if you need anything. A state-certified babysitter neighbor and teacher can watch your kids and a professional masseuse lives across the street. Book her for poolside massages! We've also compiled a 20-page guide to the house and island that includes how stuff works, where to find things (e.g. what's the best place to buy wine or seafood?), restaurant recommendations and beyond.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mike and Kathleen have made this their second home for more than a decade while they lived in London and Paris. They now split our time between the island and their home in Seattle so they can spend plenty of time with Kathleen's mom who has lived in her home for 35 years just five blocks away.

We decided to try the house out as a weekly rental since it's such a large place and it's just us here most of the time.

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Speaks English, A little French

17 Reviews

based on 17 holidaymaker reviews


At Home on Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay. The house is a home that we didn't want to leave. The kids ages 3 and 6 could have stayed in the pool all day. Our trips to the beach were wonderful. Everything you need was included at the house. The short walk allowed us to go down in the morning and the evening when the temps were cooler. The sunsets alone were worth the trip. Although the home is listed as 4 bedroom, we used it as 5. The room with the trundle beds was perfect for the kids and their parents had the room that was joined. They had their own bathroom with shower. We had an issue with the dish washer and it was fixed promptly. A load of our laundry was left in the dryer and it was sent back to us! Nothing to worry about on this vacation. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This home was perfect for two families. There was plenty of space and it was very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

The walk to the beach was about 10 minutes away. There were chairs and an umbrella available which was very helpful. They had coolers too. There were plenty of beach towels too. When we did have an issue with the washer not working, the owner took care of it immediately. The trolley is at the end of the block which was really convenient. Overall, the island was beautiful and the house suited us perfectly. We would visit again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Matt! We appreciate the great care you showed our home. We look forward to seeing your lovely group again.
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Home away from home!

  • 4 of 5

We had a blast! This house was more than accommodating. 4-5 minutes from beach, beautiful pool and week with family, what more could you ask for? We felt so at home we grilled out twice! Owners were awesome to deal with. We will be back. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation! The house was very cozy and inviting. There was plenty of room for all of us - 8 adults and one child, with room to spare! Everyone felt right at home as the set up was perfect and the decor was awesome! Everything we needed was right at our fingertips. Lots of bathroom and beach towels, extra comfortable beds, amazing pool and outside space, short walk to a beautiful beach, and on and on.... We would highly recommend this property to anyone!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

This house had everything we needed to stay with our adult children and grandchildren. The accommodations were perfect for a family that loves to cook. As we celebrated Dad's 90th Birthday we found this home was a great place to find balance with family members from all over the country. We had terrific BBQ's in the yard while the kids enjoyed the beautiful swimming pool. We couldn't have asked for more.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect location for our family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I visited Mike and Kathleen's with my husband, our 3 young sons, my parents and my sister. We all agreed that the house was ideal. It was spacious and comfortable and stocked with everything we needed. My sons had coughs while we were there and, due to the layout of the house, their coughing did not wake my parents or sister whose rooms were on the opposite end of the house. This makes the house a great choice for 2 families who want to vacation together! My sons loved the pool.

We experienced a couple very minor issues while we were there (broken lamp, code didn't work) and these were addressed immediately.

The beach was a short walk away and it was so beautiful! We enjoyed many of the recommendations made by Mike and Kathleen such as The Donut Experiment, Rod and Reel and The Sandbar.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This is a home first, not a typical rental. You'll deal directly with us, our mom and Lida, our neighbor and manager. Even though we've only been renting for one year, we have many guests who are already returning to stay again and vow to make it an annual retreat. We want you to enjoy your stay so much that you'll come back again year after year and become a part of our extended family.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ) at 16 Miles Nearest Barpub : Island Tiki or Duffy's at 0.6 Miles Nearest Golf : Key Royale Golf Club at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : US 41 at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Duffy's at 0.6 Miles Nearest Beach : Pure white sand AMI beach at 200 Metres Car: recommended

Anna Maria Island is an undiscovered Florida favorite getaway of private homes, pure white sugar-sand beaches, sea turtles, and slow island life. Here you forget your problems, slow down, and enjoy the truly tropical Gulf shore climate of sun, sand, and sea. Busy shopping centers, outlet malls, fast food, and business districts are just a few miles across the causeway or down long boat key in Sarasota, but this island is an oasis of 'old Florida' local shops dotted sparingly through the residential homes, pure white beaches, and ample docks and water access.

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just a short walk (300 yards/meters) to the west while the watery playground of the inland waterway is just 100 yards/meters to the East. You're in the center of it all. We provide beach toys, towels, blankets and chairs. Just bring your bathing suit and come on down.

We're about about and hour from Tampa theme parks (Busch Gardens) and two hours from all the Orlando theme parks (Disney, Universal, Legoland, etc) -- close, but not too close.

Here you are surrounded by other homes, not condos or hotels, in a quiet residential part of paradise right in the center of lovely Anna Maria Island.

Twin Palms Grotto features five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a stunning private resort-style pool.

The large dining room features a rich solid wood dining table and chairs, double French doors open to a sun-drenched deck surrounded by tall coconut palms. The large 18' x 12' platform deck is complete with outdoor table, large umbrella, chairs, and a quality Weber kettle BBQ.

Slip into the island life - slow and sweet. Enjoy sunset walks on the beach, deep sea fishing offshore, sailing on a catamaran to Egmont key or a tropical drink on the sandy beach at one of the many local - no chains allowed - establishments.

Book rental bikes, poolside massages and even babysitting is something we can handle for you. We want you to feel like you're staying at your good friend's island house, never at a generic rental.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2016
6 Sep 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Thanksgiving 2017
20 Nov 2016 - 26 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late autumn 2016
27 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year's 2017
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
January 2017
9 Jan 2017 - 27 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
28 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Break 2017
18 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late spring 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 5 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Pet Fee £102
Cleaning £130
Tax Rate 11.5%

**Minimum renter age is 25.** We offer 100% refund for cancellations with a minimum of 30 days' notice. We accept one (1) dog up to 25 pounds. No exceptions. Due to a serious owner allergy, we regret that we cannot accommodate cats. Our manager will greet you shortly after you arrive to orient you to the house, answer questions, etc. We offer discounts for stays of two weeks or longer, so enquire! We also request all guests sign a Noise Agreement that states they will follow the local noise ordinance of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. We require a full description of the number of guests in your group (adults/children), and if the group who shows up is different or larger than the one described, or a noise violation requires police involvement, we reserve the right to ask your group to vacate the property without a refund. We do not accept groups larger with more than 9 adults; the house can accommodate up to 10 with children. Due to local zoning restrictions, we regret that we cannot accept reservations of less than seven days. In summer months, we may request a minimum two-week stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

An evening swim is often the cap of a great day, and sometimes after returning from walking the beach at sunset, there is nothing more perfect. Try floating up just under the waterfall of the new pool, beverage in hand, and lean back looking up at the night sky. The moon drifting over tall palms while warm water cascades over your shoulders from the rock waterfall will float you away from it all.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeping
  • Massage


  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.


  • Paris Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Serves Captain's Quarters, Starfish and Hemingway in front
  • River Rock Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Has reflexology rocks on floor of large shower, double basin
  • A luxurious River Rock bathroom is located with the poolside rooms, Cabana and Waterfall. The Paris-themed bathroom with tub serves the Captain's Quarters and Starfish. Guests in Hemingway can use either but tend to use the Paris bathroom.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Waterfall Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, California king bed, next to pool in rear of house
  • Captain's Quarters - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, US King-sized bed in Largest bedroom
  • Hemingway - 1 Double Bed, Euro-style full bed, custom barn door entry, writing desk
  • Beach/Starfish - 1 Large Double Bed, Queen bed, ceiling fan
  • All king and queen beds are newer Sealy Postpedics. A fifth room - the Cabana/Lido Room, has a daybed with trundle and new Sealy mattresses so it can be used as fifth bedroom as a king bed or two twins. Please note guests in the Waterfall Room access the kitchen and main living area through the Cabana Room but can also use the French doors directly off the pool to get into the main house. Hemingway is best suited for a single adult or teen, or two children.


  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard


  • Self-catering


  • Each guest receives a unique code for our keyless entry lock on the main door valid for the length of their stay. Our new central AC/heating is controlled automatically by a high-tech Nest thermostat. We can arrange for poolside massages during your stay (a serious treat!). We can also arrange babysitting by a neighbor who is a certified child-care worker; we have known her for a decade and can verify that she's great with kids. Our house is located near an Island Trolley stop.

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