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Property Details

Updated: Dec 27, 2014
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Historic Pass-A-Grille

Located at the southernmost tip of the chain of Gulf beaches, the

historic village of Pass-A-Grille provides a quiet retreat from the

highrise beaches to the north. Settled in 1884, Pass-A-Grille is


oldest and most storied beach village on Florida's west coast.

Roughly 2 miles in length and 200 yards in width, Pass-A-Grille is

surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Boca

Ciega Bay. The famous jazz era hotel, the Don Cesar Resort and Spa,

provides the northern boundary of this quaint town. An authentic

turn of the century beach village, you will never need your car upon

arrival in Pass-A-Grille. Shaner's Corner Grocer and Delicatessen,

catering to all your needs, is one block away. Historic 8th Avenue

and pier, the 1920's heart of Pass-A-Grille is also just a stroll

away. On 8th Aveune you can relax and people watch, enjoy beach

taverns, restaurants, shops and art galleries. In Pass-A-Grille,

there is never a dull moment. You will fall in love with this town!

Banyan Tree Cottage

Abstracts of title show that this beautiful 1920 Pass-A-Grille

cottage originally belonged to Carrie Phillips, the confirmed

mistress of President Warren Harding. So, while it's true that

Washington never slept here, it's a sure bet that one of our

presidents did. Over the years, the cottage has been lovingly

restored and cared for. The latest round of additions and

renovations were completed in the Fall of 2003 by its architect


Settle in on the whimsical front porch and enjoy a view of the beach

275 feet to the west. On cool, breezier days retreat to the painted

wood sun room, the original front porch of the cottage now enlosed

with 12 fabulous wood windows. If privacy is what you prefer,


the cozy rear screened porch that opens to a wonderful wood terrace

surrounded by tropical plants and shaded by a 100 year old Banyan

tree. For a unique tropical experience shower in the private outdoor

shower cabana with hot and cold water-under the Banyan's


(Banyan Tree cottage is our families weekend retreat first and

foremost and therefore is furnished and cared for unlike other

rental properties! We offer an unparralled experience in terms of

tropical style,character and comfort for those with discerning


Note:If you would like to take a look at the house in person,it is

located at 102 18th ave.

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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms

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Banyan Tree Cottage
-813-273-0034 ex. 25
St Pete Beach St Petersburg Area

Wonderful Week

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from our wonderful stay at the Banyan cottage. We had a glorious week. The cottage feels like home with all the amenities and is wonderfully located. We could walk to just about everything that we wanted to do. Enjoyed grilling Shaner;s fresh grouper at the cottage and having pizza and Italian dishes at Gennaro's. Pass-A-Grille beach was just as lovely as we remembered. We will certainly want to return next fall and will be contacting you in the future. Again, may thanks for a wonderful week.
  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Banyan Tree Cottage
-813-273-0034 ex. 25
St Pete Beach St Petersburg Area
Dusseldorf, Germany

A gem in Pass-A-Grille

  • 5 of 5
We had an absolutely wonderful two week stay in the Banyan Tree Cottage. We have been going to Pass-A-Grille on and off for many years and this house is a hidden gem in this wonderful location. Steps from the beach we enjoyed having breakfast on the porch every morning with a clear view of the Gulf. The cottage has been lovingly restored, with lots of attention to detail and has the cozyness you want from a beach house. One can really tell that this is not just a rental property but the owner's personal beach house. We will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children
Banyan Tree Cottage
-813-273-0034 ex. 25
St Pete Beach St Petersburg Area
Flemington, NJ

Paradise in Pass a Grille

  • 5 of 5
From the moment we contacted the owner, Stephen, to the time we had to depart (which we didn't!), The Banyan Tree Cottage was wonderful. The cottage was fully equipped with everything one could want/need on a vacation. The front porch was our favorite spot for breakfast and dinner. Restaurants, the beach, 8th Avenue shopping, etc. was all within walking distance. We had dinner at The Wharf (our son loved the grouper sandwich), The Brass Monkey (the crabcakes were fabulous), Sea Critters Cafe (noisy, the order was incorrect, so it was not our favorite), and of course the ice cream shop on 8th Ave. We spent most of our time on the beach, but took a trip to Fort DeSoto, went kayaking, took a dolphin watching cruise from John's Pass (about 20 minutes from the cottage). Overall, the location was perfect, quiet, and relaxing. Thank you Stephen and Elizabeth for sharing your retreat.
  • Submitted: May 24, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Banyan Tree Cottage
-813-273-0034 ex. 25
St Pete Beach St Petersburg Area
Austin TX

Historic Charm in Pass a Grille

  • 5 of 5
Our family of four has looked for years for a place to stay in Pass a Grille and we've finally found our place! Accurately described, the cottage exceeded our expectations and it's much better than pictured. Very clean, well maintained and beautifully decorated in a sophisticated charm, the Banyan Tree is a restored cottage is a very quiet and safe area. The owner is an architect and lovingly restored and decorated this place with great charm, comfort and all the modern amenities you could want. A full size washer and dryer, fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, plenty of linens and beach towels, every thing you could possible need. Although not on the beach it's a very quick and easy walk to the beach on a sleepy street. The landscaping is beautiful and we loved the back deck with the large banyan tree, grill, and outdoor shower as well as the front porch from which you can see the water.
We have stayed here twice and the owner is a pleasure to deal with and is very accomodating. You begin to feel like family after the first stay. It is with reluctance that I write this because I want to keep it a secret and think everyone that stays there feels the same way too!
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

-World famous Pass-A-Grille Beach

-Two community parks including tennis, basketball and shuffleboard


-Parasailing, waterskiing, jet ski and boat rentals

-3 fishing piers and famous promenade along Boca Ciega Bay

-shelling and dolfin watching excursions

-Some of the Florida's finest offshore and back country fishing


-Located adjacent to Historic Fort Desoto Beach and Park(rated the

most beautiful public acess beach in America,2005)

-Historic Egmont Key and Fortifications

-Wet and high-and-dry marina within one block of your cottage

--Historic 8th Avenue shops, restaurants and galleries within



-Historic five-star Don Cesar Resort and Spa

-Seasonal concerts by the sea

-Annual tour of homes

-15 minutes to downtown St. Pete

-30 minutes to Tampa and Tampa International Airport

-120 minutes to Disney World


Rental rates


  • Weekly Rates:
    -December and January : $1,550 per week, $1,350 per week, two weeks
    or more
    -February through April: $1,650 per
    -May: $1550 per week,$1350 per week,two weeks or more -
    -June and July: $1,350 per week, $1,250 per week ,two weeks or more
    -August through November: $1250 per week,$1150 per week two weeks or

    -Exceptions:week including 4th of
    -Weeks including December 25th,31st or January 1st: $1,750
    *Additional discounts for monthly and multiple month stays during
    the months of August through November.

    Additional Fees
    -$95 Cleaning Fee

    -4% Pinellas County Tourist Tax + 8% Florida Sales Tax
    -$350 Refundable Security Deposit
    -$500 Non-refundable Reservation Deposit
    (Please see "Availability Calendar" at the top of this
    listing ,below the title "Vacation Rental Owner/Manager"for open
    Terms and Conditions:
    Rentals are 7 night minimum with additional days less than one
    week prorated at the single week rate. Check-in after
    4p.m., and check-out by 10a.m. In consideration for other guests,
    smoking is permitted outdoors only.Sorry, no pets please.Guests will
    need calling cards
    for long distance calls.
    Reservation and payment information:Please check our website
    availability calendar as dates reserve quickly. Dates are held upon
    receipt of
    the $500 reservation deposit.The balance of payment is to be
    received three weeks prior to arrival. An invoice and payment
    statement will be sent to you upon receipt of the reservation
    deposit.Send payment to Stephen Smith, 102 South 12th Street
    Tampa,Florida 33602.Cashier's checks and personal checks only.
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Property Type

  • house


  • pets not allowed


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • -Original wood paneled and plaster walls with heart pine wood flooring throughout -Modern, fully equipped kitchen -New master bath with large frameless glass shower and two premium Grohe shower heads and shower seat -Renovated second bath with tub, pedestal sink and Kohler fixtures -Completely new air-conditioning system including new ductwork -Drinking water filtration system -Three cable televisions,DVD player and CD player -Stylish new furnishings including a new premium quality queen sleeper sofa -Gas grill and teak outdoor furniture -Enclosed outdoor beach shower with hot and cold water -Beach chairs, beach toys,beach floats,and umbrellas -Linens provided -Parking for three cars on site, street parking for two additional cars -New washer and dryer -Owners will customize amenities for long term and returning guests -Beach bikes available for rent at Merry Pier (8 min. walk) -Wireless highspeed Internet

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