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Unique beach house in the sought after North end, just 2 min stroll to beach.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Villa with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths (sleep 6), with private heated pool

Beautiful elevated detached Beach House with a heated pool situated in the sought after residential north end of Anna Maria Island. Superbly located, only 2 minutes walk to the best beaches, only in the north end do you have access to the Gulf and Bay beaches, watch the dolphins, see the huge variety of birds and watch the glorious sunsets. The location is just what is needed for a relaxing holiday. Two outdoor areas, the pool area has a patio and sheltered deck with ceiling fan or sit on the front deck overlooking the tropical neighbourhood, in this very quiet area. Large choice of recommended restaurants nearby. Stroll to the famous Sandbar Restaurant, have supper and watch the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing, boat trips/hire, golf, shopping all with in easy reach, information pack provided. Note we visit 3 times a year to make sure that the property offers a very high standard to our guests.

Gillian Parker
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

What makes this villa unique

We visit the house for at least 2 months (April and October), we can then ensure that we offer a high standard of accommodation for all of our guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house is in a lovely quiet location, just a few minutes' walk from one of Anna Maria's gorgeous beaches. The house it very well-equipped with everything you need to ensure a comfortable stay. The pool was lovely and my two children spent hours playing in it and we enjoyed the terrace where we could get much needed shade from the Florida sun. Anna Maria is a beautiful place, we saw manatees, dolphins and rays from the Rod & Reel pier just a couple of minutes stroll from the house. We would highly recommend a stay at this property.
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Anna Maria in Manatee County

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to Master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , TV
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveller reviews)

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Unique beach house in the sought after North end, just 2 min stroll to beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Fern Cottage was perfect and just as described. It was extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. The upstairs deck was perfect for breakfast, overlooking a very quiet street. The pool area was outstanding, lots of seating, lots of shade when you needed a break from the hot AMI sun. The fridge was a welcome addition when we wanted a cold drink. The pool was amazing, lots of room to swim and play. Gill was very easy to communicate with and our security deposit was quickly returned on our return. Key pick up and return was very straightroward. Fern Cottage is ideally suited for both beach and bay and we hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We love AMI and are glad you did too. We visit regularly constantly adding new things for our guests. Look forward to helping you again one day. Gill
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The house is wonderful and we had a fantastic time

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderful and we had a fantastic time there. I have rented many properties in different locations across Europe and the States and I can honestly say that this is the best.

The house is beautifully decorated, well equipped and felt more like a home than a rental property. We had everything we needed down to beach cart and bicycles.

I do hope to return again in the not too distant future

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We visit the house island for at least two months each year and have tried to create a house that feels like a home, buying the things that we want to be around. I am pleased that we have hit the mark.
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Great comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Fern Cottage is a great comfortable and well appointed property situated in a nice quiet location on the island within easy reach of the beach. Everything we needed was provided and Gill the owner and the management company she uses were all extremely helpful and accommodating. The pool was great, being large enough for a nice swim with shade afforded at all times of the day by the covered area and the surrounding trees. Little touches like the fridge down in the pool and BBQ area make a holiday so much more enjoyable. As for AMI - our fourth trip and without doubt we will go back for a fifth as we love it. Lovely and peaceful, great restaurants and bars and within striking distance of shopping malls and theme parks if you want them. And on this trip, a manatee swimming past us on day one in the sea within touching distance. Thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you , I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We visit often, to make sure that we provide a high standard to our guests and add things that we like to enjoy - a cool drink by the pool!
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  • 5 of 5

Thanks Gill for an amazing stay at your beautiful home. The house had every conceivable mod con. The stroll to the beach only 5 mins away. We are a well travelled family of 5 and I have to admit that the beaches on AMI are easily the best I've ever visited. We had tickets to Busch Gardens and planned to drive to Tampa on one of the days - but everyone (incl kids 18, 15 and 11) didn't want to leave the island. The north end is very quite (and so relaxing) everything closes by 10.30pm - so won't suit some people, but for us it was perfect. Lazy mornings by the pool - bike rides to Pine avenue (4 bikes) for lunch and the to beach for the afternoon to watch the amazing sunsets, drinking cold glasses of wine from the cooler and raising a toast as the sun set. Some very good restaurants nearby for dinner. Absolutely wonderful. We walked to the beach some mornings too to watch the sun rise. At this location it's easy to see sunrise and sunset. We also did a turtle watch walk one morning and discovered a turtle nest at bean point which was verified (saw the eggs) and we adopted the nest. The wildlife was amazing - so many birds, Dolphins, tarpons and manatees. Such a wonderful holiday. 705 felt like a home and I will definitely be going back again. Communication with the owner (Gill) was so easy and any questions we had were answered immediately - Gill thanks again - you're home and Anna Maria Island are wonderful - R

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly Amazing

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this enough, it exceeded my expectations. The villa was as described and had everything you could possibly need. I loved the fact you did not need to go out and buy beach brolly's etc., The location was perfect. All the restaurants were great. To sit on the beach and watch Dolphins & Manatees swim by was just something else. This island is a hidden gem and the villa was the perfect place to stay I have already told too many people! I would love to return for longer in the future. I thought I would come home talking about out 2 weeks in Orlando but no all I have talked about is how wonderful AMI is. You WILL not be disappointed. Gill and Kathy are very helpful there is also a guest book in the villa with loads of tips in unfortunately we did not get time to write in it. We did do a boat trip with Captain Sandra with Mystic Boat Tours and she had a wealth of knowledge which was priceless. We even nipped back to Busch Gardens for 1 more park day (only as it rained) stopped off at Ellenton Outlet on the way back for more retail therapy. I could live at Fern Cottage, thanks for sharing Gill. x

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The perfect destination

  • 5 of 5

We spent a perfect 10 days here over Easter 2013. This was the first holiday abroad, and the first two week holiday for over 10 years, so expectations were high. We wanted a quiet location within easy reach of the Orlando and this property was perfect and ticked all the boxes. In fact although the photographs were accurate I felt they didn't do the property or the location justice. The house was immaculately clean and had every facility required to make our holiday fun and stress-free - more towels than a family of five could ever use, a garage filled with beach equipment (trolleys for transporting everything to the beach, sun beds, umberellas) and fishing rods - we spent a lot of time fishing off the Rod & Reel pier and on the beautiful beach so this was extremely useful. The children spent hours playing in the pool when it was too hot for the beach and they even tried to teach me how to swim properly! We drove to Orlando one day and Busch Gardens another day but as we had two nights in Orlando at the end of our holiday we really didn't want to leave the island for any longer than necessary.

Highlights of the holiday were our proximity to the Rod & Reel pier where we had fantastic breakfasts whilst spotting dolphins, manatees and rays swimming by, the vast expanse of white sandy beach, ice cream at Two Scoops, a boat tour with Captain Kim, and then coming back to a property that felt like home.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sandbar Restaurant
Great place to walk to from the house along the beach. Eat dinner and watch the sun go down...
The Waterfront Restaurant
Great food and bar, easy to walk to from the house or ride a bike.
Beach Bistro
Place to go for a celebration meal, right on the beach.
Rod & Reel Pier
Great for breakfast and for an easy lunch or supper when you don't feel like cooking. Just ...
Beach Bums Island Attitude
Hire bikes, kayaks, body board etc will deliver to the house.
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
Lovely setting under trees, right by the inland waterway.
Robinson Preserve
Great for walks or cycle rides, lots of bird life among the mangroves.
Blue Marlin
Great food for a special night out.
Acqua Aveda Salon, Spa, and Store
For all you hair and beauty needs
Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Bean Point
Car: recommended

Hire a boat for the day, see dolphins, rays and manatee, great for the whole family. Take a fishing rod and see what you can catch, or take a trip out with one of the deep sea fishing boats. Last trip we caught a 30lb Tuna


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Anna Maria, 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 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning and admin £151.84
Refundable Damage Deposit £379.6
Stay tax 12.0% per night. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival.

Resort tax 12%, final clean $150. All of our bed linen is professionally laundered.
Pool heating is included and a $50 administration charge is payable on all bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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