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Anna Maria Island Cottage deals

$30 /wk in savings

stays between: 5/31/14 & 6/7/14

deal expires in: 6 days

$555 for 1st week in June

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  • $585 $555/week ($30 off)

deal# DWP74A

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vacation rental description

Why this place?

First off, most of us are a little afraid of booking a place in Holmes Beach sight unseen from some guy that lives in Minneapolis MN.  You are thinking, what if this place is a dump and he has my money! And after reading some of the vacation rental website complaints from guests arriving to dumps you should be careful.  However, I am not the usual absentee owner/investor who leave the day-to-day maintenance to a firm that manages scores of other units, and rarely inspect the place themselves. I take a personal interest in the day-to-day care of the place and am available by phone/text/email to ensure that everything is as it should be for the guests, and I deal with local contractors who are aware of my standards and with whom I have a longstanding relationship. Both units have all the comforts of home due to the fact my wife and I stay here frequently. Our goal has been repeat guests coming back again and again..  we really want you to have a pleasant stay so you want to come back.  Is it perfect?  No way, but it is clean, tidy, well groomed and it just works.  This year the 2014 winter guests are coming back for the 6th and 7th year in a row. For 2014, 2 Brits are returning for the 3rd and 4th times in the off season. Germans returned last year for 3rd and 4th time.  And also some state side guests in the off season are repeats in 2014.

So my attitude has been to focus on some details.

 1. Have the place cleaned by a fussy cleaner

2. A clean place is so important and Sherry, an island resident, is a fussy cleaner who likes order and she is available for little issues too.

3. Putting in a good quality mattress is another detail that I am committed to providing: new high end Sealy medium firm Queen mattress November 2012 on one side and new high end Sealy medium firm King mattress January 2013 on the other side.  One guest from Germany said they would take the mattress home with them if not for the expense.

4. The furniture is in good condition and replaced right along and NO pets and NO smoking makes a big difference in cleanliness. 

5. I limit the place to 4 people not because of size [look at studios that say 4 people ok] but because it keeps the wear and tear down and I can keep the price more affordable.

6. The bikes are looked after by Claude's Mobile Bike Repair.

7. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.

8. In 2013 I had some tomato plants in the front yard and many a guest enjoyed fresh tomatoes. So this year I put in 7 plants and the guests are enjoying fresh tomatoes still April 15, 2014.  And the Mango tree has terrific fruit starting mid July. Lastly, the orange trees are going under Walt's care and I expect a small crop the end of 2014.

I have found that people arrive and unload luggage and head to the beach.  The busiest street on the island in this spot is Marina Drive and you do NOT cross it on the way to the beach. The access is a three block stroll or easy bike ride (I held the video camera as I rode a bike to the beach and it is a 2 minute 14 second ride to the beach) - part sidewalk and street as in a neighborhood of homes and you will be as amazed as my wife and I are at how few people live here. Take a walk at night and it is perfectly quiet! And the property is located in the middle of the street not on a busy corner or street.

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Joel Songstad 612-597-1646

cottage rental amenities

*Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico

*9 bikes provided and a tandem too

*Full sized kitchen with coffeemaker/ microwave/
toaster/dishes and all the stuff you will need 
*Full size washer/dryer on premises - no charge for use 
*HD flat wide screen tv with premium cable and dvd.
*Beach chairs & beach towels
*Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach [one new wagon July 2013]
*Nice collection of easy reading books 
*2 Twin beds guest BR
*Linens and towels provided
*Ironing board and iron
*No Smoking and No Pets
*Grab bars in the shower come in real handy
*Central AC/heat new 2011
*Terrazzo floor in LR/Kitchen
*Carpet in Master Bedroom and 2nd Bedroom
*Ceramic tile bathroom 
*Questions? Help? Emergencies? Our 24/7 guy Fred is available via cell phone and loves to provide a helping hand.                                                                                         

New Roof in 2010 January

New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011

activities and attractions in Anna Maria Island Gulf Coast Central

Located on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this home is located 3 blocks away from the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.   There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance.  The home's central location provides you convenient access to:

  • Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport - 22 miles away
  • Tampa International Airport - 1 hour away
  • Disney World - 2 1/2 hours away
  • St. Armands Circle - 25 minutes away
  • Downtown Sarasota - 30 minutes away
  • Dowtown Tampa - 1 hour away
  • Tropicana Dome (Tampa Bay Rays) - 45 minutes away
  • Busch Gardens - 1 hour away
  • Adventure Island - 1 hour away
  • Siesta Key - 30 minutes away
  • Approx. 15 golf courses - all within a 20 minute drive of the house!

There is no shortage for things to do in the area!  

vacation rental rates


$1000/ week March 30, 2014 till April 26, 2014 

$535/week May, $585/week June and July [Please add $75.00 for 4th of July], August - October $535/week

$585/week November - $2300 for 4 weeks

December $720/week - $2600/4weeks

$2270.00/4 weeks January 2015

$2700/4 weeks February and March 2015

$900/week 3/28/2015 til April 26.

Or $2450/4 weeks in April.



The best deal is 4 weeks from May to October for $1770.00.



Please add $90.00 cleaning fee and 11.5% sales tax.

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Top things to do on a budget
  • Ride the free trolley
  • Get a ride from the airport and don't rent a car
  • Fish from the pier or shore
  • Take the trolley to Sarasota and people watch at St Armands
  • Use the cooler and bring stuff to the beach
Top things to do with a family
  • Go to the beach
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Guest Comment entered by owner

Side A Gets A Lot of Natural Sunlight

Review submitted: April 4, 2014   Date of arrival: October 1, 2012

Review from Drs Arnott UK
We stayed at Joel's side A for about 6 weeks from October onwards.  It was our first trip to Anna Maria island and Joel's place was very comfortable.  It was very clean, had everything we needed including a teapot ( very important to us Brits and rare in Florida).  There was a good supply of condiments and cooking equipment so that you are totally self sufficient.  The unit also has bikes so it is possible to live here without a car something we decided to do.  Cycling is great on the island as there are loads of cycling opportunities and you can put your bike on a trolley bus any time you want.

You won't get bored on the island but when you do the TV has many many cable channels.  Fancy eating with friends there in a big back yard with big outdoor tables.  Great fun, we know as we ate a fantastic barbecued turkey with Joel last Christmas.  We were not disturbed by any neighbours and his house is away from shops and main roads so you won't get woken by traffic.
Side A gets a lot of natural sunlight and you end up just keeping the back door open all day.  Anna Mari Island is a great base for exploring nearby places and make sure you visit the fishing museum in Cortez if you get the chance - great boat models.

Joel speaking: The Arnotts stayed on side A in October 2012 and came back to the island in December 2013. I had no room and found them another place to stay. We had Christmas dinner 2013 in the backyard along with guests from Side A and the Arnotts and I did smoke a Turkey on the weber. Very enjoyable time!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 
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Third Visit To Joel's Place

Review submitted: January 6, 2014   Date of arrival: November 9, 2013

Always feels like we're coming home. We were able to add a couple of days this time, hoping next year to be able to stay 2 weeks. Whole family came this year - so we rented both sides. Daylight hours are short this time of the year. We ate many a dinner out back or just hung out - wish there was more lighting out back. Even solar powered lights would be nice. We love this place though. As long as we can vacation, we will keep coming back. Thanks Joel for keeping and renting out such a great place!!




Joel here: the lighting will be improved this year.

Helpful votes: 0 / 0

 
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Nice To Know That You Are Just A Phone Call Away

Review submitted: January 6, 2014   Date of arrival: September 5, 2013

Well Joel, another holiday finished but will not be forgotten. The island is just somewhere special and your house is just like home. We enjoyed the changes ie: TV, Bed and others. The bikes again were a joy to us; you see much more of the island. It is also nice to know that you are just a phone call away if anything is needed. Thanks again and see you next year!

Helpful votes: 1 / 1

 

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