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Happy Days at The Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 70 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5

1. The Gulf beach access is 3 blocks and no busy street to cross.

2. Located in the middle of the block on a quiet street with very little traffic.

3. Free fast wifi and Washer and Dryer at no charge. Ironing board and iron. Hair dryer also.

4. Provided bikes are a ladies step through style because they are easier to pedal and easier on and off. Almost all have baskets. There are 8 bikes and they are looked after by Claude's mobile bike repair.

5. There is central air and installed in 2012. In January 2016 new ducts and new attic insulation.

6. New refrigerator 2016 with automatic ice maker in the freezer.

7. The BBQ is a charcoal type and I do not supply coals.

8. The kitchen has been updated with white cabinets in early 2000's and is fully stocked with cooking utensils and almost always salt, pepper, sugar, flour, and many other spices. Also all linens, towels and so on. Bring your own toothbrush.

9. A beach wagon to haul your stuff is provided. Umbrella, beach chairs, and beach toys too.

10. House landline phone provided for local calls and free long distance to North America and Territories. Canadians like this idea a lot.

11. King mattress was replaced in January 2013 and is rotated faithfully. Never heard a complaint about this one. The twin mattresses are extra long pillow type. No complaints from guests. They are not firm enough for me personally. The sleeper sofa is a Crate and Barrel and in excellent condition and seldom used. Maximum 5 people.

12. The closest restaurant, Beach Bistro, is 4 blocks and fine dining it is.

13. 7 blocks to Island Shopping Center [think 1960] with restaurants, clothing stores, hardware store, art gallery and more.

14. Holmes Beach public library is 5 blocks away. Sweet library!

15. In the place there is a 3 ring binder of things to do and places to go.

16. No stairs here as an easy living ground level place.

17. TV is a 42" flat thin screen hooked up to cable with 100's of channels, extra channels: Discovery, Disney, Life, some NFL to name a few.

18. 2 bedrooms and 1 Bath with tub with shower with 2 grab bars.

19. No pets and no smoking. A number of people verify no pets as they have allergies and, yes, no pets.

20. The cleaner has been cleaning for over 2 years and does nice work. Lives off island just a bit.

21.The patio is covered and has a table with chairs.

22. Outdoor shower when home from the beach.

23. I supply the soaps, paper goods, dish sponges and garbage bags.

24. A free trolley has a stop 1 block away to go north and a stop to go south is 3 blocks at the beach access. 6am-10pm and runs at 20 minute intervals.

25. Parking space for two cars.

26. Backyard is a nice size.

We 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. The home has 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 winter guest is coming back for the 7th year in a row in 2017. For 2016 Scots are coming back for the 4th time in September. And Brits for the 5th time. And Germans coming back for the 5th time. Returning stateside guests in 2016 for April, May, June, July, and October and 2017 is starting to book with returning guests. My goal has been to never advertise again because all guests are repeats. Making progress but not there yet. So, please, ask me questions as you decide on a place to vacation. Thanks for your time!

If you go to the Amenities button [see the buttons beneath the photos] and scroll down to 'Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website' and click on the Slide Show link for more photos. This only works on the vacationrentals site to my knowledge.


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.

And 62nd street does not go through directly to the beach and I have come to value that big time as it cuts down on the car traffic and foot traffic making for a quieter street!

Thank you for your time.

More Details

Joel Songstad
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2017

About Joel Songstad

I currently live in Minneapolis Minnesota and work as a residential real estate agent.

Joel Songstad purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Joel Songstad chose Anna Maria Island

We read about the island in our local newspaper and found everything they wrote was true once we got here.

What makes this cottage unique

The original owner from 1971 sold us this place and it was clean and well cared for. We have continued that tradition of care and cleanliness. Also improved mechanicals, decor and landscaping. The backyard has a banyan tree, orange tree and a remarkable mango tree. Privacy is afforded by an Oleander hedge and the concrete wall along the back lot line. We visit in December and have enjoyed Christmas dinner on the patio with guests for 3 years running.

Guestbook comments from the owner

2 week stay.

Places to visit: of course the beach, the pier and we liked downtown Bradenton.

Memories: very nice white sand beach, beautiful warm water, lots of fish and cute Pelicans catching fish, a very quiet street (62nd) is a great location for the house, a tranquil garden and everything in the cottage makes you feel comfortable.

Liked the WIFI and my mom loved the cable TV watching TCM channel every night.

Free long distance calls

Free trolley on the island

We enjoyed meeting people from other countries at the beach and at the cottage.

Improvements: we were happy with everything. This was our first stay in a cottage. We usually stay in a hotel. This vacation exceeded our expectations.

Joel, thank you for everything and for checking in with me for time to time. We would like to come back to Anna Maria Island.
Jul 2014
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Holmes Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathtub, shower in tub. Grab bars!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King bed, 2 twin beds in guest bedroom. A Queen size sofa sleeper in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 9 bicycles
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
*Free High Speed WIFI and free long distance phone in North America and Puerto Rico *8 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, umbrellas, skim boards, beach toys *Easy pull wagon to haul your stuff to the beach *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 *Ceramic tile bathroom New Roof in 2010 January New Whisper Quiet Panasonic bath fan December 2011

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)


Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was nice and clean. The kitchen had everything we could ask for. There were beachumbrellas, chairs and toys. Our kids loved to play outside in the garden. Joel and edina were very helpful and really interrested in Our stay. Gave us lots of ideas of things to Do on the Island. We can warmly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How very nice that you had a good time and we hope you have happy memories of your stay at Songbird and visit to the island. All the best! Joel and Marga
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A great place to stay on beautiful Anna Maria

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and comfortable and very well equipped, every thing you could possibly need seems to be available here from buckets and spades to picnic baskets, torches and food processors! It is also very well placed to get to the beach, local shops and restaurants and the free Anna Maria trolley.

There may well be some smarter homes for rental on the island but not at this sort of price and Joel is great to deal with, he makes sure that his guests are well informed and happy with all aspects of the rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and glad it worked ou! Joel and Marga
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Absolutely love !!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five absolutely loved staying at the songbird cottage! A short walk to the beach with beach toys, chairs and a wagon. We ate breakfast outside in the lovely back yard every day as our three kids searched for lizards ! The house has everything you need for a wonderful vacation. Loved the location on a quiet street with easy access. I can't express enough how much we loved the house and location. You can't beat the rate either ! Joel is very helpful and stayed in contact with us while we visited the island for 8 days. We are already planning our visit for next year !!!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time! And we look forward to your return visit. ps we enjoy the backyard too! Marga and Joel
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Back again to this beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have been here and it will definitely won't be the last. Once again we had a wonderful time staying at Songbird. We rode on the bikes that are provided there.No need to drive.Joel was very helpful again.Went to the beach every day.The beach cottage has everything for your needs on vacation. Thanks again Joel for such a great time at your vacation home.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time and I agree that the bikes make for happy days going to the beach, grocery store or just cruising with no particular place to go. Thank you for your kind words and for coming back a 2nd time! Joel and Marga
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Awesome Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Joel was amazing! He is very personable and made sure from day one that all was ok. The location of the property is perfect! Place was well kept and very comfortable. I highly recommend that if you're looking for a place to stay, give Joel a call! You won't be sorry. Thanks Joel for everything! See you again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Joel
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Great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to the Island and our family loved it! I can't say enough about the owners of the home, they were very helpful and accommodating. The home was very clean and plenty of room for our family of 4. Home was exactly as stated. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! And glad you had a good time on the island!
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
later Summer
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Add $100.00 for the 4th of July, Christmas, New Years and Easter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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