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Big ground-level house steps to beach. Private Heated Pool. Super kid friendly!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

5 Bedrooms, no stairs, owner managed, all beach gear, toys and towels provided

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. We want it to feel like you're staying at a good friend's beach house, not a rental.

Our large, comfy 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 completely set up for infants & kids, with a 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.

This is really our home, so you'll find spices and herbs in the cupboards 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 nine adults and 10 when accommodating children. Children under age three do not count toward 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 and 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 rock grotto waterfall. We keep it at 87 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 with two 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 rental home next to 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 summer-weight quilts or heavier down/down alternative duvets for each bed. All of our sheets are ultra-soft microfiber or 400+ thread count cotton. 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, a big stroller to take to the beach and a set of kids dining stuff (plates, bowls, cups and utensils). The doors in the Lido Room and the Waterfall bedroom have "high locks" and alarms that can be switched on to emit a piercing sound when opened for safety.

Don't bother to bring toys or books -- we have plenty, including sandcastle gear, indoor toys and pool toys including an inflatable baby float and usually have "swimmies" armband inflatables for younger children. All bedrooms have a teddy bear.

**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 25-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

Mike and Kathleen
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, A little French understood
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Mike and Kathleen

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.

Mike and Kathleen purchased this house in 2002

Why Mike and Kathleen chose Holmes Beach

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • 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 ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • River Rock Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Has reflexology rocks on floor of large shower, double basin
    Beach Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Serves Captain's Quarters, Starfish and Hemingway in front
  • 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.
  • 5 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
    Lido - 2 Single Bed , Daybed with trundle can be converted into a king room
  • All king and queen beds are newer Sealy Postpedics. Please note guests in the Waterfall Room access the kitchen and main living area through the Lido 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • 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
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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Big ground-level house steps to beach. Private Heated Pool. Super kid friendly!
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Lovely property/holiday

  • 5 of 5

A perfect house for our family holiday, the pool was a total success, clean and warm. The house itself was full of character, obviously a 'second home' which made it so much more warm and personal. An easy walk to the beach with everything you needed. The owners were so helpful with all our questions, we would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane and her family were perfect guests. Just a delight from our first conversation. Thanks for taking such great care of the house. We definitely hope that you'll be back now that you're part of the "Twin Palms" family.
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Kent, UK

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We came over from London with our two teens to spend two weeks at Twin Palms and arrived home today.

Kathleen could not have been more accommodating with the run up to our stay and throughout our stay. There is nothing that she has not thought of to make any guests stay perfect from tots to us older people!

The house is very comfortable and the island is absolute paradise.

The house does exactly what is advertised.

We especially loved the waterfall at night time!!

Twin Palms is in a very affluent area of the island and we felt very safe there. We would have asked Kathleen for another weeks booking but sadly the kids have to go back to school and we had to go back to work !!!!! Thanks Kathleen from us.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love Anna Maria Island!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for large families! Love the pool and short distance to the beach! Will definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Paradiso

  • 5 of 5

My family had a wonderful time at this beautiful home. Everything was well thought out and all possible needs were provided for. I highly recommend this home!!!

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring Break 2017

  • 5 of 5

We brought the Grandteens (because they don't like to be called kids anymore) on vacation without the parents for their HS Spring Break. We ended up having a friend of theirs join us at the last minute but that didn't matter because the house was plenty big for all 6 of us ! We had the best time and the house had all the comforts of home. It is a 2 minute bike ride or 5 min walk to the beach. The owners are very accessible which made our vacation even more enjoyable. I would recommend bringing movies with you because RedBox never had good movies available and the Grandteens had seen just about everything on Netflix.

I would highly recommend this home to anyone planning a vacation to Anna Maria Island. The welcome packet is a wealth of information and all of their food suggestions were amazing (the ones we tried). Also I should have called ahead to reserve bikes so they were there the day we arrived so plan ahead for a golf cart or bikes. I give them a 10 out of 10 and one of the best places we have stayed via HomeAway or VRBO.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lauren, her husband and the grandteens were awesome guests. We had to have the AC unit in a room serviced one day, and the HVAC company called just to tell us just how nice they all were and that they even got some hugs! They were super friendly and left the house super clean! I would highly recommend Lauren and company to any potential hosts! We certainly hope they return soon. :)
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Other than weather-Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Although the weather was cold, we were greeted with warmth in this cozy home. The warm pool was beautiful. The kitchen and bathrooms were clean and well equipped. The beds and bedding were great. Everything you need to play at the beach, which was a 1o/2 mile away was provided. Thank you Michael and Kathleen.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (SRQ)
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
Island Tiki or Duffy's
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Key Royale Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US 41
Nearest Restaurant
0.6 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Pure white sand AMI beach
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.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer season 2018
27 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4th July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
8 Jul 2018 - 4 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2018
5 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
5 Sep 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
January 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2019
2 Mar 2019 - 4 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £74.75
Cleaning £120.05
Refundable Damage Deposit £188.75

We are happy to offer 100% refund for cancellations with a minimum of 30 days' notice, minus the Homeaway booking fee and a 2% credit card charge. 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 please enquire!

When booking, here are a few clauses that you're agreeing to in addition to those laid out in the general Homeaway/VRBO rental agreement:

- Minimum renter age is 25. The individual who makes the reservation must be with the party on site.

- We accept one (1) well-behaved house-trained dog up to 25 pounds with a non-refundable pet fee of $85. Due to a serious owner allergy, we regret that we cannot accommodate cats.

- Local laws require guest making the reservation will need to sign a Quiet Hours Agreement to show they know that the local noise ordinance prohibits loud noise, music and pool horseplay between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

- We can accept groups of (8) eight adults or less; the house can accommodate up to 10 with children aged three and younger. We know other holiday homes nearby, so if you have a large group, please inquire.

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. This includes any "just a night or two" guests who join your group during the week which exceeds the eight adult limit.

- Our sleepy little island has an extremely low crime rate. If you feel compelled to bring a firearm on your vacation, it must be left locked in your vehicle as we do not allow any firearms to be brought into our home at any time. This applies even if you have a concealed weapons permit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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