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Our SeaSide Suite, Gulfport, Fl - Key West & St.Augustine's Artsy Love Child !

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 30 nights


About the property

2-Bedroom plus 1 double slpr sofa with air bed, sleeps 6, 1 Bath, PET FRIENDLY

We still have December to January and a part of March available to get out of the snow! Please give us a call or email. 727-871-6160, Our number is also under Amenities, House Rules. We would love to welcome you to our lovely renovated Beach Cottage. Designed for you and your pets adventures and relaxation. Look down the block paved street at the sailboats on the Bay. Step up on our lovely front deck with an umbrella table and permanent gate to keep your human or furry children safe. The deck overlooks our new ground level patio with patio furnishings and covered swing to relax and enjoy the view or entertain. Open the front door into your sunny, spacious living room with a large comfy couch and a love seat that conceals an inflatable ( up to 10 inches! ) double bed. Sit at the little morning table and plot the day's strategy via supplied local publications or Private WIFI. We pride ourselves on our album filled with menus, maps, coupons and supplemented by our Guests as we love collaborating with fun notes and reviews! The sparkling kitchen with its warm granite countertops is fully stocked with everything you'll need to cook a nice meal or perhaps entertain. Just off the kitchen is the playful dining room with seating up to six and the door to your full indoor laundry as well as the exit door to the second new deck with grill and steps to your private backyard. You may stretch out on a king in either bedroom. The Guest rooms twin extra long tempurpedics can be kinged! Ample bedroom storage space hides your luggage yet provides easy access to your personal things. The hall closet has puzzles, games and a huge beach bag, binoculars, beach towels and of course the sunscreen you don't want to forget. The newly remodeled bath accommodates with plenty of soft towels, hairdryer, and toiletry goodies. All of your linen, towels as well as our cottage are laundered and cleaned using natural, green products and our floors are steam cleaned between all of our Guests! Ample parking. The block paved driveway in front easily holds two vehicles, or a rear alley access parking pad lies within the gates of your 6ft fully private yard fenced right to the ground. This spacious yard, with its mosquito-netted gazebo tent, is a nice place to just relax and listen to the natural sounds of our several species of bamboo in the breeze while your pets safely explore. Our newly built rear deck holds a nice Weber grill with a full tank of propane and all the tools you need to show off your grilling skills. Smoking is permitted in our outdoor areas but never in the cottage. Do you love to dance? Tango? Ballroom? Line Dance or your style. Take a walk past the beach to dance away in our nearby 100-year-old Dance Casino Hall. Not a gambling casino but if you hoped for one Tampa's Hard Rock is a gorgeous short drive across the water. Enjoy strolling to our many fabulous eateries and eclectic shops. Beach day? Grab the huge beach bag, open the outdoor beach shed and load up the beach cart with the chairs and toys to go the block to Gulfport's newly larger beach or toss these items in the car and be off to explore any of the best West Coast Beaches just short miles away. All your desires, then return to a peaceful retreat at Our SeaSide Suite.

Pat and Tom Bidwell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 4, 2017

About Pat and Tom Bidwell

A husband and wife team of 24 years, we grew up in the same small Pennsylvania mining town and met at the same manufacturing plant of our employment. When our plant closed its doors we may have lost a great employer but we were able to move to Paradise years sooner than expected and have never regretted a moment! We are owned by our three Dachshund kids. We love our town and love to share its bounty with our Guests. We enjoy bicycling, local venues and gardening to name a few. Life is Good :)

Pat and Tom Bidwell purchased this house in 2012

Why Pat and Tom Bidwell chose Gulfport

We like to call Our Suite the ' accidental rental '! We loved this inviting home from the moment we saw it. Pat, happened to find it on a bicycle ride! From the spacious front porch to the interesting ceilings on through to the enchanting backyard. The purchase was intended for our Daughter and Grandson when they were ready to make the leap. Until then we decided to rent it as a Vacation Getaway. We found ourselves enjoying the Vacation Rental experience so much we were happy to have found another Gulfport Home for the kids!

What makes this house unique

Two things happened that pleased us very much. The remarkable response our little house received and how much we enjoy playing concierge' to our Guests, wanting them to enjoy a truly memorable vacation while staying at a lovely retreat in our remarkable town and the surrounding communities. Essentially just what we would want for ourselves. We try to provide more information than our Guests could possibly use, we're always available by phone or if needed only one-half mile away but we also respect our Guest's privacy and don't appear unless requested. We have many more cherished, excellent reviews in our Guest Book and remained friends with many of our Guests and look forward to a future of more. We like to think of Gulfport as "The 'Portal" as you'll feel like you were ported to a very special place and located where you can be easily port to most of the best of the offerings of Florida's West or "Left" Coast or even visit the big parks such as Bush Gardens, Sea World or even Disney in just an easy 1.5 hour drive but we're inclined to say you'll find so much right here and in the very nearby communities the big parks or really anything commercial won't be very interesting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We love vacationing in Gulfport. It's a great little gem a lot of people don't know about. This cottage was a new rental as our usual wasn't available but Wow, were we pleased. The owner's description does a great job of covering the basics. Every room in the cottage was immaculate, we took them up on their kind offer to shop and it was so nice to come in road worn and find groceries at regular grocery prices. Thanks Pat & Tom. The owners and their manager will go the extra mile so we felt like we had a personal concierge. The bicycles were a great addition. They are easy, retro cruisers and one had a basket for our more adventerous dog. The cottage is so close to everthing and we never get tired of the bay view. There was even a beach bag and gorgeous chairs for the beach. This was nicer for us than 5 star hotels because of the comfort factor and how close it is to so much. Thanks to our concierges we learned more about the area than we knew. See you next year ~ Frank, Andrea & the pups.
Nov 2012
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Gulfport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We attach a virus cleared .pdf copy of our Agreement in our initial correspondence so you may look it over in advance. Call or email any questions.
  • Please call us at 1-727-871-6160 so we may book your vacation personally with your choice of payment method and answer any questions or concerns
  • Filling out the instant payment at our heading will not commit your payment unless it is what you desire.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Plentiful soft bath, hand towels and washcloths, hairdryer a collection of toiletry products, beach sunscreen and at least 4 rolls of bath tissue.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , We are told it's very comfy by all who have visited to date!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or twins? 2 xtra long, thick tempurpedic platform beds
    Sofa Bed - 1 double , Mattress is a Lazy Boy inflatable to 10" thick!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Proximity and Accessibility! By day, from Tuesday Morning's Fresh Market where you can purchase local bread, veggies, handmade soap as well as enjoy breakfast at Gulfport's award winning individually owned eateries and then on to golf, fishing and of course our lovely beach, there is so much to this eclectic, artful community you'll want to leave the car behind as you'll see so much more strolling the picturesque neighborhood to get there. Come evening the trees illuminate Beach Blvd, The Casino draws those who love to dance or just listen to the variety of venue. The bi-monthly, well known Art Walk features wares of local artisans additionally featured in the shops and Beach Bizarre. Your Pets are welcomed at our eateries and events and treated as the family that they are. All the trappings for the beach from beach chairs to umbrella, towels and a big beach cart to get it there. Beyond Gulfport's walkable beach the area is surrounded by the west coast's best beaches, all with their own personalities from natural to party time! Two funky fun bicycles are provided. One with a basket for a medium pet to ride along. Gulfport is a very bicycle friendly community. Our trolley runs on weekends with connectors to surrounding communities or take the bus


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Our SeaSide Suite, Gulfport, Fl - Key West & St.Augustine's Artsy Love Child !
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews

Don't miss this one!

  • 5 of 5

If you have fur babies you won't find a better home away from home! This two bedroom with a fenced yard has everything and more to make your stay awesome. Beach stuff, bikes, grill, outdoor eating, covered swing to enjoy the evening on a quite street a block and a half off the beach. The house has everything you could need with a fully equipped kitchen, movies, games, and a wii to keep the crowd entertained.

Pat and Tom top off this great find with their friendly and helpful manner. I truly believe the best stay possible is their goal for every guest.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our Guests are truly a gift. While we do try our utmost to help each unique Family and their Fuzzy Children enjoy a most memorable vacation, reading these kind and wonderful reviews will be something memorable for us to enjoy the rest of our lives. Beyond the words written here we remember everyone who has stayed with us regardless of how much interaction we shared and you have all been wonderful.
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  • 5 of 5

This was my family's first experience with VRBO and it was a WONDERFUL ONE! pat and tom are pros at this and leave nothing behind.. Coupons, laundry stuff, beach towels, beach chairs, beach anything! Spices, pans- the works! It was like like being at home. My 2 girls (12-7) slept like babies on the temper- pedicure twin beds. Seriously I was going cross eyed looking at all the options and homes and found this one and they deserve 6 stars! Very clean, organized home. I have family that live near by and I was able to cook for them and all hang out comfortably. Everything is close. We mostly went to st. Pete beach's and had a blast everyday that we were there. The beach that is close to this one is a beauty also we even saw dolphins from the pier!! THANK YOU so much Pat and Tom! My husband and I want to do this when we grow up! What a joy! 😍 We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beyond the immense pleasure to receive such a stellar review it helps us feel like we're on the right track working with our Guests to provide them with broad as well as personalized information that they might jump right into what they most expressed interest in during their stay. In conjunction with a home that we'd done our best to provide comfort along with a sense of fun to return to after explorations or possibly used to celebrate a significant Family event. All of our Guests teach us something new and we enjoy every moment. Thank you!
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The most amazing rental

  • 5 of 5

We have rented in Gulfport for the past six years, and when we found the Seaside Sweetspot, we were thrilled with its location close to downtown and the beach. As we made our plans with the owners Pat and Tom, we could tell from the get go that they were very in tune with and really cared about their customers. The place was the cleanest rental we have ever stayed at, and everything was in fine working order...there were even bikes to use around town, which was great. They made our stay so comfortable, and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was the best ever. This even included offering to take one of us the the local emergency room when we had a medical emergency. Wow, that was so amazing. We will always be grateful for our time at their lovely home away from home, and for getting a chance to get to know them. We look forward to getting back to Gulfport!

Sue and Sue

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The most amazing Guests! When we originally rented our little cottage for vacationers until family would be ready to use it we found we couldn't give up doing this for the wonderful interactions we've enjoyed with our Guests such as yourselves. We tried to imagine what we'd like should we travel via a Vacation Rental home and styled our's with that in mind. Cleanliness, owners or management nearby who care enough to help you find your desires and needs would be things we would hope for yet only there if requested. We're so glad we accomplished this and look forward to future years of interaction :)
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Titusville, NJ

Charming Gulfport cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this charming cottage while visiting for our daughter's graduation at Eckerd College. House is super clean, well maintained, and well equipped - had everything we needed for our stay, including beach chairs and towels, bikes, and kitchen tools. Pat and Tom the owners are super accommodating, and even had breakfast coffee and milk waiting for us because we arrived late in the evening, which we enjoyed in the morning on the front porch.

Gulfport is a funky artsy neighborhood in St Pete, easy, safe walk to restaurants, music bars, coffee shops, galleries and shops along brick lined, Spanish moss covered streets. Only a 10 min drive to beaches of St Pete Beach or Treasure Island, but away from the crowds and traffic on that strip. Lot's of things to do in downtown St Pete as well, museums, breweries, Devil Rays baseball, good restaurants, and only 10 min drive the other direction. Ft DeSoto and Passe Grille beach great spots to visit.

Glad with our choice, a real bargain in a nice location! Thanks for sharing!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such an honor to host a Grad and family from one of our excellent learning institutions. Gulfport is our hometown. We're local proud and loco for local but it's not very difficult when we live in a place like this. We love your description. We couldn't have said it better and we're so glad we added some comfort to your hectic stay that you were able to take in some of the riches surrounding us. Thank you so much for taking time to review us. Very deeply appreciated.
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St Petersbug FL

Wow! What a wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how wonderful our stay was while waiting on our new home to be completed. You can't find a better location for beach, restaurants and entertainment. Gulfport is truly a gem. Pat and Tom are wonderful hosts. There when you need them without being a bother. They will be friends for life. We were worried about not having all the comforts of home for our extended stay. But what fun we had utilizing all the quirky finds. Gotta try the butter bell. One last comment...this home and neighborhood is the most pet friendly place we have ever encountered. all pets are welcome....everywhere. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure it is to read the reviews of our pleased Guests. We so enjoy our Guests, love playing the role of Concierge' as well as friend however we also respect Guests who appreciate the information we provide but would like to only see us when they need a question answered, etc.. Reviews of anything disappointing are equally important or we'd never know how to further improve what we provide so we've added a little questionnaire to our crazy album asking for help with improvements. Most of our Guests have remained wonderful friends and we see that as such a gift.
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Tampa, fl

Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Great vacation rental! Pat was great to work with

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We deeply appreciate our guests reviews and always strive to help them have the most memorable vacation possible.
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Nearest Airport
16.5 Miles
St. Pete Clearwater Int. OR Tampa Int. same miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Excellent 5 star restaurants/ bars walking dist.
Nearest Train
9.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I 275 N - S
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
7- 5 star within walking distance
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Jet Ski, Water boarding, kayaking everywhere
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Gulfport, St.Pete, Treasure Island, Ft. DeSoto
Car: not necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Restaurants.

* Art Walks, Fresh Market.

* Art Center with glass blowing classes.

* Dancing to many music venues.

* Theater.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Bicycling with or without your dogs.

* Golf courses - many within close proximity.

* Local low cost Recreation Center for Children and Adults.

* Dancing.

* Kayaking.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Visit Nearby Fort DeSoto Park.

* Bike Riding.

* Kayaking.

* Fishing.

* Movies on the nearby Beaches and pools.

* Fresh Market every Tuesday 8-3 & Art Walk Evenings bi monthly on the 1st Friday & 3rd Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. on Beach Blvd, a couple of blocks away.

* Our Historic 100 y.o. Casino Dance Hall on the water with every imaginable type of dancing and music venues throughout the week

* Volley Ball on the Beach for competitors and visitors

* A Huge Beach Playground as well as 3 smaller ones next to our Recreational Center offering quite a selection of activities for children and inner children.

* Beach Pavillions. One with a daily music schedule and Ladies Drum Circle the last Friday night of each month.

* Clam Bayou Nature Preserve for Nature Walking / Kayaking

* Dolphin Boat Tours, nearby Deep Water Fishing Cruises, Dinner Cruises

* Tennis Court nearby as well as another large Playground, 2 Dog Parks, Our Library and our lovely, growing Sculpture Park.

* Golf: All you like at a large number of nearby Golf Courses. The nearest at 2 miles was completely redone during 2016! Using on your computer or download the YELP app to your phone to find everything you are searching for. To expedite your search use Gulfport's zip code - 33707.

* Local Art Galleries: Incredible Mosaic work taught by our brilliant local Artists.

* Shopping, Consigns, Local Art Galleries, Massage Services, Local Spa, Meditation, Yoga

* Hickman Theater, Enjoy a play or also at nearby Ruth Eckerd Hall

* A Senior Center filled with an exercise room and great young and older senior activities

* 4 miles from Florida's finest West Coast Beaches. To name a few: St. Pete, Treasure Island, Pass A Grille, Madeira, Indian Rocks and incredible Historic Fort DeSoto Park.

* Walking distance from at least 7 fine, privately owned 5 star Restaurants complete with entertainment or hail a ride on our Gulfport GetGO 7 days a week or weekends our Gulfport trolley with beach connectors. Ride our excellent bus service, Bat's Taxi and of course.. UBER!.. or perhaps you would just like to sit still and have your lunch delivered to your towel or pavilion at the beach!

* Be delighted shopping our many outdoor Markets nearby, our own every Tuesday Morning Fresh Market on Beach Blvd, blocks from the cottage, the Saturday morning downtown St. Petersburg market with over 200 vendors! The Saturday Tangerine Greenbelt Market and SO 49th St. Market as well as the long-established Sunday Corey Ave. Market at St.Pete Beach. All within less than 10 miles! Look for it all on Face Book including us, SeaSide Suite Spot's FBook page.

* Just a short drive to the Tropicana Stadium or over one of our beautiful Tampa Bay bridges will take you to Raymond James Stadium or watch Tampa Lightning Hockey play and don't forget Spring Training!

* Don't miss the venues at the St. Pete Coliseum, Ruth Eckerd Hall, search for anything on using our zip of 33707 adding within 15 miles for even more!

* Another exit south and an easy, beautiful ride over our Sunshine Skyway Bridge ( Florida's Golden Gate ) and in this gorgeous, water viewed 45-minute drive you are in Bradenton and Sarasota for the Ringling Museum, St. Armands incredible shopping and of course Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key... So much it can't all be listed. Along with the water, views enjoy the brightly colored sky kite riders!

* For the Outlet Shopper another short hop over the Skyway will take you to the Ellenton Outlets but first you'll want to visit our many, many local consignment shops of all variety and be thrilled with your finds. We'd be happy to send it home for you via shipping handlers.

* Be sure to get in a visit to our beautiful Downtown St. Pete with its 3 waterfront parks, amazing eateries, museums, handsome cab rides, markets, music venues. Constantly adding more such as the large collection of stunning murals decorating the buildings.

* The Blue Berry Patch!! If you'd like to revisit your hippy days this is the place. Look at their Gulfport FB page * ( our page "likes" all of these ) or just Google it. Wikipedia will provide the history! A truly remarkable, special experience that received an award for it's contribution to our area.

* Please do check our own SeaSide Suite Spot, FB Page. We really need to work harder on posting but we do our best to "like" as many useful pages as possible and you know each of these pages will lead you to another. Again, please don't forget to utilize YELP. Our zip code is 33707. YELP will help you find any nearby type of anything you could imagine and if you have a smartphone adding their app will help you where ever you are.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

If you do not wish to use instant payment online we will work with you on your desired payment method. If we have not responded within 24 hours please prompt us with a call. 727-871-6160
We are happy to shop for arrival groceries including food for your pet at no extra charge and settle up at the time of your departure. If you are coming in on a late flight or after a long drive it's nice to enjoy this little pleasure.
RELOCATING? We have had the pleasure of helping four families to date relocate to Gulfport. We all had a great time in the process. To make this as inexpensive as possible we put you in on a six-month 10-day lease so you do not have to pay the 13% vacation tax. As you are also not booking this as a vacation you would book directly through us. Most who are relocating do this during the summer months when rates are lowest and we continue to offer our home as an all-inclusive package.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.