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Five minutes walk to beach. Heated swimming pool. Overlooks nature reserve.



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 verandas . Close to beach. Heated swimming pool.

Brilliant location! As seen on 'A Place in the Sun' Channel 4 UK TV programme!


Brilliantly designed for sharing with family and friends!

Bright, clean and spacious 'New England' style property, well designed over 2 floors. End unit so quietly located with stunning surrounding views.

ADDITIONAL BENEFIT is that we use a local property management company. This gives you additional peace of mind should you encounter any problems or need advice whilst in our holiday home. Jomarie, our property manager will ensure that your holiday runs smoothly for you.

Air conditioning throughout and ceiling fans, smoke alarms and sprinklers.

On the first floor there is a large living/dining area with outdoor veranda for wining and dining with wonderful views of the nature reserve. Lots of windows with lots of light and lots of views. Surrounded by nature you will experience the serenity, beauty and birdlife of the Grassy Point nature reserve. Don't forget your binoculars! The living area has a large 40 inch flat screen TV with integral DVD. Sofa and armchairs.

Connected to the living area is the kitchen with large American style fridge, microwave and dishwasher and fully equipped with everything you could need for self catering!

On the same floor is a twin room with 2 single beds. Bright linen, pillows and bed covers. This bedroom has its own veranda overlooking the nature reserve and swimming pool.

Upstairs is the beautiful master suite. It is a large room with a screen door that you can open to enjoy the inter coastal breezes and the birds! Ensuite bathroom and large 'walk - in' wardrobe. 40" flat screen TV. Bright linen, pillows and bedcovers on the bed. Along the landing is the washing machine and dryer. Finally you reach the double bedroom also with a veranda overlooking the nature reserve and swimming pool. There is a 32" flat screen TV in this room.

The heated swimming pool is a secure ( passcode locked) pool for residents and guests only. There are tables and chairs and a changing room by the poolside. Large secure garage with beach toys and useful equipment for your days on the beach including a beach trolley and cool box on wheels, for those fun days on the beach. This means it is very easy to transport all your beach stuff down to the beach! You can also walk to the beach via the Publix supermarket for picnic supplies and everything else you might need!

Steps away is the free trolley bus stop which is truly brilliant. It is a free and friendly service that takes you to all the beautiful beaches and places of interest on the island. The trolley bus also allows you to transport your bikes for free!

As you enter Sandy Pointe you will cross a little wooden bridge. From here you can fish and possibly you will see the odd canoe and kayak as they make their way through the bayou!

Our quoted price includes cleaning costs and all local taxes!

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My background is in nursing and my husband has recently retired from a career in medicine. We adore being with our family, outdoor life, nature, walking, cycling, birdwatching and swimming in the sea! My husband and I visited Anna Maria Island for the first time in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the sugar white sands, tranquil waters and the wild life. We decided this was where we would love to purchase a second home if it were possible. In 2015 we were approached by the Channel 4 programme 'A Place in the Sun' and they wonderfully assisted us in making our dream a reality! If you want to watch our journey the programme was shown on January 25th at 4pm!

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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful Anna Maria

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday recently in this lovely place. The house was really comfortable, clean and well maintained and exceeded our expectations. I loved sitting on the various balconies watching the sun rise or the wild birds flying over the mangroves. The owners were really helpful and gave us plenty of information about where to eat or shop. There was a real choice of lively or quieter bars and restaurants, a free bus around the island and good shops nearby if you wanted to eat in. Beaches were all beautiful too. I would thoroughly recommend this property for couples or families.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lagrange Kentucky

Can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely property far exceeded my expectations. I was quite impressed with how spacious the condo was and the floor plan worked wonderfully for my family. Beautifully decorated and had all of the conveniences we needed. Loved the outdoor patio and balconies. We saw many species of birds from there. The ac kept the condo very comfortable. I loved the master en suite, gorgeous sunrise views every morning.The garage was a bit tricky to maneuver my oversized suv, but my son-in-law managed. There are parking spots available by the pool, although they prefer you park in the garage. Susan, the owner was in touch and very accessible throughout booking process and followed up right before our stay. The management company they use delivered exceptional service.The trolley stop is located by entrance to condo, which we took full advantage of every night. There are so many breathtaking beaches here. We visited a different one every day. Again, I can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angie, we are delighted with your review-thank you so much for your kind comments. We are really happy that you and your family had such an enjoyable time and why not come again?! We appreciate the time you have taken to write the review. Best wishes to you and your family and we hope perhaps to see you again in the near future! Susan
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Beautiful property in an amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent a week in this lovely holiday home with my partner and three elderly relatives. We had absolutely everything we could possibly want for a relaxing vacation. The apartment itself is beautifully furnished with lots of space and light and room to spread out. The master bedroom is a tranquil aerie "away from it all" with ensuite bathroom and lots of closet space. We also appreciated the balconies at either end of the apartment as there was always shade and sun to suit your preference. We saw many beautiful birds as we sat overlooking the forest. Truly a lovely spot. The area is very quiet and restful but with plenty of things to do should one want to explore. The large grocery across the street came in very handy, as well as the other shops nearby. The local, free trolley bus that circuits the island was so convenient as the stop is practically right outside the front door. The gorgeous beach is a short walk away and one of the nicest I've ever been on. The pool is also a lovely, quiet and relaxing spot.

The Gilhoolys' information package proved invaluable for suggesting restaurants and things to do. We loved the Sandbar restaurant, where we had my mum's 85th birthday lunch. We went back again for our final dinner of the week. There's a gift shop nearby, Libby's I believe it's called, where we bought some lovely locally-made jewellery as a birthday gift. The Gulf Drive Grill was a great spot for sunset watching, as is the tiki bar at Manatee beach, a short walk from the apartment. We also enjoyed the Anna Maria City Pier, a very old and rustic looking spot with lots of pelicans and anglers and a restaurant overlooking the water. The island has a very "Old Florida" feel, tranquil and laid back, with beautiful landscaping and architecture. Again, the trolley bus is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the colours and sights of the island.

I would highly recommend this property to anyone. It is lovely, spacious, extremely comfortable and relaxing and located in one of the most unique beach spots in Florida. Also a great spot from which to explore other towns if you have the time. St. Petersburg has wonderful museums and galleries, as does Sarasota. Very easy to get around. I would love to return for two weeks next time!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing house on an amazing island !!

  • 5 of 5

From booking the house to arriving on Anna Maria island Susan was in constant contact with us via email to make sure our holiday went to plan, she even let us know when the house was on "a place in the sun" so we could watch it on TV.

We arrived on a Sunday which meant the management company office was closed but the procedure for collecting keys was well organised and contained everything we needed.

The house did not disappoint it was very clean, well equipped, spacious and very close to the beach and publix. We liked sitting on a balcony and watching the wildlife be it raccoons, birds, lizards or crabs !!!

The shared pool was brilliant too, very clean and well maintained. Our children loved going to the pool after we had been out for the day.

The information folder in the house was very helpful and we visited a number of places that were suggested including restaurants, beaches and the aquarium.

We really enjoyed our stay and would go back tomorrow if we could, we would recommend your house to family and friends.

Thanks again for making our holiday memorable X

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Claire, we are delighted that you and your family had such a wonderful time at our holiday home on Anna Maria. Thank you so much for your kind comments - we really appreciated all the lovely things you said about it! We are always happy when guests have a wonderful time. We really hope that you will be able to visit again in the not too distant future. Warm regards to you and your family Susan
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Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday on AMI and in this townhouse. We had all we needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay and the information provided in both the property and prior to us leaving the UK was excellent and a great help since this was our first time on the Island. It certainly wont be our last. We spent a great deal of time both on the beach and by the pool and were pleased that the pool was both beautifully clean and warm. We were joined at the pool on a number of occasions by a pair of herons and regularly saw a family of racoons on the way back in the evenings. Although we didn't make use of the cooking facilities (it was mums holiday too!), I noted that all you would need was available. Its was a real home away from home.

The trolley bus was an excellent service and very easy to use. We tried a number of local restaurant and would heartily recommend Island Time Bar and Grill (if you dont mind things a bit lively), or EAT HERE (which despite its strange name was excellent and next to one of the Trolley stops)

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Louise, thank you so much for your kind review- we are so glad that you enjoyed yourselves on Anna Maria Island. We are pleased that you were able to relax and that you enjoyed the lovely pool and the local wildlife! The racoon family are very cute! We appreciate you taking the time to write an evaluation and we would like to thank you again for choosing our holiday home and hope that you will visit again. Warm regards Susan
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Great location,lovely condition & well equipped holiday home.we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly magnificent holiday.Anna Marie island is a beautiful place. With all the beaches just a few minutes walk we were able to watch the kids swim safely in the sea whilst we enjoyed cocktails in many of the beachside bars.

There was a great range of superb restuarants to choose from. If we wanted to venture to other parts of the island the free trolley bus was always available to take us on our journey.

The home was perfect for our family, plenty of room & we particularly enjoyed being able to sit on the balconies watching the sun go down!

Thank you so much, a wonderful place & looking forward to rebooking very soon!

Kind regards Brendan & Zoe, Farnham Surrey UK

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brendan and Zoe, thank you so much for your comments- we really appreciate your time and your kind review. Its important to us that our guests have a happy and enjoyable time at our holiday home. The beaches are beautiful and the trolley bus is a brilliant way of getting around the main island beaches and attractions for free! We hope you do come back very soon. Thank you again Susan.
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From the Owner

My husband and I visited Anna Maria Island for the first time in2014 and instantly fell in love with the sugar white sands, tranquil waters and the wild life. We decided this was where we would love to purchase a second home if it were possible. In 2015 we were approached by the Channel 4 programme 'A Place in the Sun' and they wonderfully assisted us in making our dream a reality! If you want to watch our journey we expect the programme to be aired in the winter months of 2016.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tampa at 45 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Bamboo Beach Bar at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Manatee Golf, Manatee County Course at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : Highway 275 at 14 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Peaches at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Holmes Beach at 0.35 Miles Car: necessary

There is so much to see and do on Anna Maria Island! Apart from the stunning white beaches , the island is surrounded by nature parks and beautiful naturally landscaped paths. It is the perfect destination for families, nature lovers, walking, water sports, boating,horse riding, birdwatching, fishing, paddle boarding and lots more.

The island is only 7 miles long so you may not be surprised to learn that there is only one golf course, however there are 10 wonderful golf courses within a 30 minute drive.

The island is brilliantly situated, within convenient driving distance of several international airports. Flying in to Tampa, Orlando or Sarasota- Bradenton airports seems to be the favourite way to begin a trip to Anna Maria Island. Flights are plentiful and affordable. The same goes for car hire.

Nearby Attractions:

Disney World, Universal Studios - 2 hours

Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Ybor City- 1 hour

Ringling Museum, Sarasota, St Armands Circle, Outlet Mall- 30 mins

However when you step onto the island it feels like you are walking back in time with that quaint feeling of Old Florida! Flip flops are a way of life! High rise condos and fast food are pleasantly absent! The island has a slow easy gentle vibe to it!

The free trolley bus is a great way to get to all your favourite beaches on Anna Maria Island. It runs every twenty minutes and there is a trolley bus stop ideally situated just outside our property. So if you want to forget about driving your car, you can! You can either walk to the local beach in 5 mins and/or use the trolley bus to get around all the other lovely beaches and places of interest on the island! Its just brilliant!

If you like picnicking we have provided a beach trolley and a cool box on wheels in the property for your use! Across the road is a fabulous Publix supermarket and here you can pick up everything you need for a fun day on the beach! There are some fantastic places to eat! For breakfast our favourite is the Gulf Drive Cafe! Its about 20 minutes walk along a beautiful stretch of beach. The food and views are great and each time we have been there we have seen dolphins! For a beautiful sunset beach location, with the white powdery sand between your toes, the Sandbar restaurant is fantastic for seafood and wonderful cocktails! Another big favourite of ours is the Waterfront Restaurant near the historic Anna Maria City Pier- wonderful views, food and staff!

Swimming in the tranquil aquamarine waters by the historic Anna Maria City Pier is a favourite of ours! There as you swim you can enjoy all the wonderful sea and bird life around you and if you are lucky you may end up swimming beside one of the wild dolphins native to the area! You can spend hours sitting on the pier sipping a cold beer, enjoying all the bird and sea life whilst listening to the folk singers and their guitars! It just doesn't get any better than this!!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season 2016/17
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season 2017/18
1 Dec 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees


At the point of booking you will be offered the option of purchasing a $45 property damage insurance or you can pay a security deposit of $300 which is refundable if there is no damage to the property.

A 25% rental deposit is required at time of booking.

Payments are not refundable in the event of cancellation.

Dollars accepted.

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From the Owner

We think the location is quite unique! You simply have everything you need on your doorstep - superb beach, heated pool, nature park, supermarket, restaurants and bars all within a short walk! Whats brilliant about it is you don't have to drive anywhere on the island if you choose not to! The property is situated in a quiet residential complex which backs onto a 30 acre nature reserve. So wonderful for enjoying nature! You are also a few minutes walk from the free trolley bus stop so very easy to nip around the island. Magical! If you have spent a fun but tiring week at Disney, why not treat yourself to the most relaxing and unwinding nature experience for a second week! So visit and recharge your batteries!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Master Ensuite Bathroom
  • Master Suite with spacious bathroom and shower. Good storage space.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, With bathroom and veranda.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Spacious second bedroom with bathroom, veranda and 32" TV
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Master Suite with ensuite facilities, twin sofa bed, 40" TV
  • Master Suite with ensuite bath, toilet and shower. 40" Flat screen TV. Wonderful views of the Grassy Pointe Nature Reserve filled with wildlife. Lanai screen which enables fresh inter-coastal breezes to enter room! Small study area with desk and chair. Good storage space. Also includes a bed settee ideal for a young guest!


  • Balcony ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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