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Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays

Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays


Property Details

Updated: May 24, 2015
Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2, close to downtown, waterfront & Trail

CASITA de BAHIA is a charming 1924 Spanish Revival, dog-friendly one-bedroom cottage that is situated close to downtown Dunedin and all its amenities. The 575 sf of well organized space that this little house contains is supplemented by nearly 300 sf of relaxing, screened porch. The cottage is set well back from the main road (Douglas Ave.), and a majestic, moss-draped Live Oak greets visitors on their approach.

The Casita was once one of a dozen or more secluded homes, with now only four remaining. Located on a private shell road (just a handful are left in the county), this quiet, petite home-away backs up to the Pinellas Trail and is perfect for the true cottage lover!

A quaint, vintage retreat, the Casita ('little house' in Spanish) was originally constructed as a tourist/honeymoon cottage by the builders of the locally famous Fenway Hotel - once Trinity College. The old hotel sits 2 blocks to the west overlooking Edgewater Drive and St. Joseph's Sound. (The hotel is now in the process of total restoration!) Across palm-lined Edgewater Drive are benches at the water's edge for sea- and island-gazing and a walkway that extends north to the Marina and south to the Clearwater border. This linear park is perfect for spotting dolphins, walking the dog, and enjoying our spectacular sunsets. In this area are some of the prettiest and most desirable residential streets in all of Dunedin.

While relaxing at the cottage, enjoy the front and back yards: Bougainvillaea, oleander, flame vine, bromeliads, palms and macho fern are some of the plant species that abound.

The Casita has a cozy, picket-fenced back yard with a stone patio and wood walkway leading directly to the Trail. After exiting through the back gate, take a 4-block stroll to the heart of downtown (less than 1/2 a mile and approx. 8 minutes by foot, 3 minutes by bicycle). The weekend outdoor Downtown Market is a straight 4-block walk, also, where fresh produce, plants, clothing, homemade food items and a myriad of other products are offered for sale by local vendors. If baseball's your game, it's just 1 block to Dunedin Stadium (Spring Training facility of the Toronto BlueJays). The Hale Activity Center, restaurants, and the Dunedin Library are also around the corner -give or take a block - from your front door (or take the Trail - locals do!).


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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Patricia is a 5th-generation Florida native. Born in Clearwater and raised in Dunedin, she attended Dunedin schools, grades K-12 and went on to teach in area schools for 13 years. After relocating to Atlanta, she returned to Dunedin and has been happily reliving some her best childhood memories here in her old hometown.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

In light of the rain and temperatures dipping into the 40's again (back here in Maine), we are missing your little piece of heaven in Dunedin. We enjoyed breakfasts on the back porch and evenings there as well, along with our walks to and from the ice cream parlor via the Pinellas Trail. We also enjoyed hearing the cicadas in the evening and the birds in the morning. What a great location for this sweet little cottage...
Apr 2015
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Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area

Charming and relaxing Cottage

  • 5 of 5
WOW! From the very first communication we knew we were in good hands with this owner. We arrived to some beach wine, cheese and crackers along with personalized gifts and treats for our puppies, and other supplies. Pat was exceptional and caring. Her place was not originally open for the first nights we needed a place, but when it did open, she remembered us and worked out the arrangements.

As for the house itself, it was very large in comfort in every aspect. no bumping into each other, with everything laid out just right for your convenience. We use VRBO once to twice a year now, and this was the most organized house we have stayed at ever. Sitting on the back porch was very relaxing. We used the trail to walk downtown twice a day. Walked to rent bikes and enjoyed Tarpon Springs and Clearwater beach easily. $4 Trolley runs on the weekends. The only noise was our sighs of relaxation.

Pat, keep up the good work and God Bless. Porter and Murphy are hoping to return next year.
  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: "WOW!", indeed. What a wonderful review. I am always so thankful when excellent guests, as these two were, not only take magnificent care of the cottage, but are so considerate that they put their thoughts about La Casita into words that can be shared with future renters. Not only did this lovely couple leave the cottage spic'n'span, but they also were pleasant and appreciative from our first contact 'til the morning of their departure. (They had told me beforehand that they were very particular about cleanliness, and I was so gratified when the husband told me that his wife didn't have to re-clean anything.) They and their two pups were every owner's dream!
Although the cottage is small, I do try to stock everything that a full-time resident could need, even though sometimes guests stay only a week. The back porch seems to be popular with guests, and the daybed has had its share of day-nappers and overnight snoozers. The porch and back yard offer an ever-changing view of the Pinellas Trail with its bicyclists, well behaved dogs walking their owners, walkers, and moms with strollers. (It has just enough traffic to be interesting without being intrusive and is seldom used past evening.) The Trail leads to almost anything a vacationer might need (restaurants, bike shops, library, stadium, ice cream parlor, marina, parks, more restaurants...) within a half- mile radius. As the reviewer stated, the "Jolley Trolley" will pick you up Downtown (4 blks. from the cottage) and take you to Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs and several other towns for a very low fare. Except for having to drive to the nearest grocery store (thank goodness, the old part of Dunedin doesn't have chain stores - not even a Starbucks!), a guest could find enough to do without the use of a car, if he or she were so inclined.
Thanks again, Jeanne and Jeff - you made my day. I hope your next trip to Dunedin with your adorable pooches includes La Casita!
Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area
Lexington, KY

What a great little house in a great town!

  • 5 of 5
This is a great little house with so many extra's. We loved the two-sided screen porch overlooking the pennalus trail, the out-side shower, the landscapped patio, the shed to store our bikes. The house was clean and well-stocked with all the ammenities we needed. The landlady, Patricia, was very eager to make our stay enjoyable and it was! We'll be back.

We already knew that Dunedin was a great place to visit; bike trails, nature walks, and centrally located to so many great towns and beaches. But this little town keeps providing new experiences every time we visit!
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Having such thoughtful guests is always a pleasure and this wonderful couple hit all the high notes for making an owner happy during their stay. Not only did they leave the cottage spotless (which gave my cleaner and me time to tackle those extra projects that sometimes are put on the back burner), but also the husband fixed a loose screen on the porch door (he had brought a full tool kit with him)! Although home repair certainly is not expected of my guests, it was such a nice little surprise...
As stated in their review, they are both return visitors to Dunedin, and although I'm a born-and-raised-here native, they had new things to add to my knowledge of the area. Owners really do learn so much from their guests.
Thanks again, Carol and Michael, for leaving me with happy memories and taking time to write the review - that was another nice surprise - and I'm looking forward to your return!
Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area
charlottetown, PEI, Canada

Everything We'd Hoped and More

Everything We'd Hoped and More
  • 5 of 5
We rented the Casita for the month of December 2013 but our actual vacation experience began months before, when we received detailed instructions for the most scenic route from Tampa airport to the cottage, noting opportunities to see dolphins, pelicans and charming shady downtown neighborhoods along the way. This set the tone for our actual stay, when the owner spoiled us with so much thoughtful attention, while always taking care not to be intrusive.

Charm and thoughtful attention to detail also abound in the Casita itself, from the decor to the supplies and household equipment. We had everything we needed at our fingertips.

Some of our favorite times in the cottage were quiet meals on the screen porch, watching the world go by in the shade of the giant trees on the Pinellas Trail, just beyond our picket fence. The Trail was also our preferred route, on foot or by bike, to the Dunedin weekend farmers' market, the nearby ice cream shop or the restaurants and gift shops in the small downtown. The marina and linear park along the bay are also just blocks away along quiet streets lined with beautiful moss-draped live oaks.

It was a treat to spend a month at the Casita de Bahia and we would certainly recommend it!
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car
Owner's Response: This review could have been written by Rick Steves (if only he had visited Dunedin instead of Europe)! I was so flattered by the feedback this marvelous couple wrote - partly, because they own a fantastic little vacation rental themselves in the far north. As I've said in response to other reviews, the Casita isn't for everyone: it's old, the floors slope (not enough to need your sea legs, though), and only a cold water line runs out to the washer in the shed. Most guests seem to overlook its quirkiness, however, because the location is great and my housekeeper and I work very hard to keep the Casita clean and well stocked with the necessities you might find in a "regular" home. Many thanks go to Sandra and John for being perfect guests - and, to Sandra for taking time to write such a beautifully composed review!
Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area
San Antonio, TX

Wonderful in every way.

  • 5 of 5
If you have never visited Dunedin, do yourself a favor and book the next flight available and when you come make sure to book the Casita de Bahia. The Casita is within walking distance to the wonderful boutique downtown of Dunedin with its generous selection of restaurants, shops, a marina, local breweries, etc. The space is thoughtfully decorated, quaint, comfortable, and offers visitors the ability to cook at home if they so chose. The bathroom is well stocked and clean. Patricia (the owner) will be more than happy to make recommendations based on your interests and needs. In-spite of being near downtown, the Casita is nestled in the back of a property that affords convenience and a sense of privacy. Located directly behind the Casita is the Pinellas Trail (a 47 mile long linear park that connects St. Petersburg with Tarpon Springs), which allows for a leisurely morning of people watching from the large screened in patio or walking through your private gate and directly onto the trail. If you can bring your bikes, you can't beat being able to ride your bikes directly from the Casita. Another plus is the close proximity to the Baseball close??...0.21 miles to be exact. Once again, you can walk from the Casita and reach your destination in a couple of minutes. One of our favorite things to do was to make the two block walk to the bay and watch the fabulous sunsets that seem to occur almost nightly. We would and have recommended the Casita to family and friends; we hope you get the pleasure of staying here as well.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Dunedin was made for this wonderful couple - in fact, they are now permanent residents of "Delightful Dunedin"! They're the perfect example of what has made this little city by the gulf live up to its name: the people. Whether wishing to be as active as this couple or just wanting to lie back and enjoy the quiet breezes, there is something for everyone in which to participate - even if its just a quiet nap on the porch. Thank you, Kelly and Kurt, for choosing la Casita and Dunedin!
Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area
Enterprise, AL

Fantastic from Day 1 - Day 7!

  • 5 of 5
Thank you for making this our best anniversary ever! The place was charming, just like the pictures. Property was well maintained and all of the extras provided were a delightful surprise! Things we would recommend are, the trolley which you can travel all day for $4.50. We went to Tarpon Springs and saw the free sponge museum/movie and shops. Charming town! That night we headed the other direction on the trolley to Clear Water Beach Pier 61 and enjoyed the free entertainment of amazing acrobats and music and many other things. We also drove on separate days to St. Petersburg Beach, Treasure Island and the boardwalk at Madeira Beach ... wonderful time! In Dunedin, we enjoyed our walks down main street and along the Pinellas Trail that was right out the back door! We highly recommend visiting Hammock Park and Walls Springs if you enjoy nature and walks - admission is free! We had two small dogs and they had a great time as well. Wonderful dog park in Dunedin with lots of shade and benches. Honeymoon Island has a dog friendly beach which we also visited and enjoyed thoroughly. Several restaurants and pubs are dog friendly though we did not check them out. I could go on forever, but suffice it to say that if there was a 6 star option, I would have marked that. We were on a budget and choose to cook and eat in, but there were plenty of restaurants in the area. If you are looking for quiet place and old Florida charm, this is the place for you!
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to meet such happy people, and to help make their special occasion more enjoyable! It was fun reminiscing with the husband about "old Pinellas", when orange groves abounded and the pace of life was a bit more relaxed. Dunedin still retains much of that laid-back vibe, but is close to many of the activities that make the Gulf Coast appealing to so many visitors. I hope this lovely couple and their adorable pups can return for the next anniversary - or for any reason, for that matter!
Cottage on the Trail: Walk to Stadium & Downtown $58 - $77 night extended stays
Dunedin Clearwater Area
Colorado Springs, CO USA

our stay at Casita de Bahia

  • 5 of 5
Over the past 25 years my husband and I have rented homes, cottages and cabins, basically all over the world, for our vacations. We prefer to get to feel at home and cook our own meals. Never have we found a place as reasonably priced, plus thoughtfully decorated, well stocked with all imaginable supplies, clean, and conveniently located (RIGHT on Pinellas Trail for biking and running, virtually two blocks from the baseball stadium (we took in 4 minor league games and I was not up to that point an avid baseball fan), and walking distance to downtown Dunedin with its funky shops and restaurants, etc.) as the Casita! The owner was so careful with every detail and available if there was anything we needed, but respectful of our privacy. It was a wonderful and memorable vacation which we intend to repeat. I highly recommend this darling cottage to all!
  • Submitted: May 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The Old Florida charm of this unique, historic little casita isn't for everyone, of course, but it's so gratifying to receive feedback when guests have enjoyed their stay and know that they made the right vacation choice. I'm thrilled to hear that these absolutely top-notch guests found the cottage comfortable and clean and its location convenient. I can't wait until they return: Visitors like this are truly what helps make Dunedin "delightful".


From the Owner

Ever since I was a small child (in a decade far, far away), I've been fascinated by the "doll-house" cottages along one of my favorite routes through town. When I saw that one of these little 1920's houses was up for sale, I bought it, polished it up a bit and then decided to share my little piece of old Dunedin with guests from all over the world.

Activity and Interests

* Gorgeous, free sunsets over the water just 2 blocks away!

* Marina, the marina park & boat rentals 6-7 blocks

* Unique bars, nightclubs, shops, and restaurants nearby.

* Golfing and country club fewer than 10 minutes away by car

* Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island only 15 minutes away (ride the ferry to Caladesi and look for dolphins or take a lazy sashay along the shell-strewn shore). Take the pup to Dog Beach!

* Tarpon Springs 20 minutes to the north

* Clearwater Beach 25 minutes to the south

* Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor is only a short drive away

* Picnic on the water's edge at Weaver Park, just north of Main St.

* The natural, 'real Florida' beauty of Hammock Park awaits you just a couple of miles away.

* Hunt for the painted oranges by local artists which adorn various businesses and homes.

* There are 3 area dog parks to delight your canine companion.

* Listen to the bagpipes played by our community and school pipe and drum corps.

* Bring your golf cart and ditch the car; carts are now allowed on a large number of city streets (small registration fee required).

* Go on a Segway scooter tour or watch them zip by on the Trail while enjoying your backyard oasis.

* Rent a bicycle, bring your own or buy a used one at the many area thrift stores or year-'round neighborhood yard sales.

* Kayak, fish, hunt for shells and enjoy the sun and Gulf breezes...


From $650 Per week

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jan 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $275.00
  • Tax Rate 12.0%


Nightly rentals May-Dec (5 nights min.) @ $100 per night

$275. personal check to secure booking - due upon agreement-to-rent, plus signed rental agreement. (The deposit will be returned within 7 days after departure, as long as no damage occurs.)

30 days prior to arrival at cottage, the full amount in the form of a personal check (including rent, taxes and fees) is due.

*******PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER DIRECTLY FOR A CORRECT QUOTE (one that includes taxes and fees, plus minimum nights required for your dates). THE AUTOMATED 'INSTANT QUOTE' FUNCTION IS NOT ACCURATE.*******

***The minimum stay is 5 NIGHTS May through November; the minimum for December through April is 7 NIGHTS.

***If the calendar is filled in for your dates, please feel free to contact the owner in case there is a cancellation.

.****JANUARY - APRIL $2,250 mo $800 wk (no nightly) *** 7 night min.***

****MAY/JUNE $1,800 mo $675 wk $100 per night *** 5 night min.***

****JULY/AUGUST $1,750 mo $650 wk $100 per night *** 5 night min.***

& NOVEMBER $1,850 mo $700 wk $100 per night *** 5 night min.***

****DECEMBER $1,950 mo $750 wk no nightly *** 7 night min.***

CLEANING SERVICE FEE: $75 week or less; $85 month; $150 two+ months

PET FEE: $50 per pet per week $125 per pet per month (2 Dogs Max.)


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Updated: May 24, 2015


From the Owner

La Casita is located close to some of the most popular destinations in Dunedin: Restaurants, the ball field, activities center, library, unique shops, the promenade along the bay, the Marina, etc.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
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  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Pedestal sink (with shelf over), tub with shower over, light and bright


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Comfortable Memory Foam mattress, large walk-in closet, en suite bathroom, plenty of linens for your stay


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • * The bedroom has a walk-in closet and Memory Foam queen-sized mattress; the bathroom adjoins the bedroom and includes a tub with shower. A small (30' x 72') roll-away bed is included for an occasional overnight guest. * The eat-in kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator and range, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and filters, foil, baggies, plastic wrap, spices, can opener, blender, citrus juicer, all dishes and utensils, extra chairs, etc. - but no dishwasher. * Items for bed, bath and kitchen are provided (soaps, tissues, dishes, pots & pans, linens, hair dryer, kleenex, toilet paper, shampoos, conditioners, bath soaps, cleaners & detergents, ironing board & iron, etc.). * Doggie poop bags provided for the more furry guests * Cable television in the living room with DVD player, wireless internet service (sorry, no phone), selection of DVD's, CD's, books, games, restaurant menus, attractions and shopping guides, etc. * Alarm clock. hair dryer * Washer & dryer (in backyard shed - cold water wash only) * Beach chairs, stadium seats, cooler, picnic basket with utensils * Gas BBQ & utensils * Window unit for heat and air in the living room, and an A/C unit in the bedroom (electric fireplace and space heaters provided for cold nights) * Off-street parking suitable for two cars is at the side of the house on a shell and concrete driveway. * In addition to the cottage's great location, the large screened back porch (accessible from the kitchen) spans the length of the house. At approx. 10' x 30', it becomes an extension of the living areas for dining, relaxing and napping. It offers a quiet, private retreat and a connection to the outdoors. On balmy nights, it can be used as a sleeping porch for that true Southern experience. (Life really is better on the porch!) * There are 2 iron lounge chairs with cushions, a bistro set, and an umbrella for the back yard, as well as a dining table with four chairs and two lounging chairs for the porch. A bamboo daybed is waiting for the earnest napper, reader or daydreamer. An outdoor ceiling fan is also on the porch for added light and comfort. * The yard is a combination of mulch and shell, with plenty of grassy areas just off the property next to the Trail for walking the dog. Although the back yard is not entirely fenced, one of the side yards is completely enclosed and gated to provide a convenient and secure area for your pet. * Local owner lives just 5 minutes away. * Last but not least, wash your cares (or beach sand) away with the outdoor shower which is discreetly tucked to the side of the cottage. Enjoy endless hot water with the propane-powered tankless heater!

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