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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights

Overview


Details
Property
cottage
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
4 - 30 nights

About the property

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

Our lovely renovated Beach Cottage was designed for you and your pets adventures and relaxation. Look down the block paved street at the sailboats on the Bay. Step on our beautiful new front gated deck with an umbrella table that seats 4 then step down to enjoy the new ground level patio where you can relax on the covered swing or perhaps entertain friends. Open the front door into your sunny, spacious living room with a large comfy couch, a convertible loveseat double sleeper bed with an aero attached mattress that inflates to 10"! Sit at the little morning table and plot the day's strategy via local publications or Private WIFI or please browse our album chock full of menus, maps and coupons supplied by us and supplemented by our Guests as we collaborate complete with fun notes with reviews! The sparkling kitchen with it's 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. Within your dining area is another door to your full indoor laundry as well as the exit door to the second new deck with grill and steps to your private back yard. 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 provide easy access to your personal things. The newly remodeled bath accommodates with plenty of soft towels, hair dryer 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 pavered driveway in front easily holds two vehicles, or a rear alley access parking pad lies within the gates of your 6ft fully privacy fenced yard. 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. Do you love to dance? Tango? Ballroom? Line Dance or your style. Come dance away in our nearby 100 year old Dance Casino Hall. Not a gambling casino but if you hoped for one the Hard Rock is a gorgeous short drive across the water to Tampa. Enjoy strolling to our many fabulous eateries and eclectic shops. Beach day? You can grab the huge beach bag, towels and load up the beach cart with the chairs and toys to go the block to Gulfport's lovely 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. It truly is the sweetest spot.


Owner
Pat and Tom Bidwell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 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 it's 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, boating, local venues and gardening to name a few. Life is Good :)

Pat and Tom Bidwell purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Pat and Tom Bidwell chose St Petersburg Area

We like to call our Suit-ee 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 find another Gulfport Home for the kids!

What makes this cottage 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. We've 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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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

5

The BEST!

  • 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: Jul 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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5

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: Apr 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
5

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
5

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
5

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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Lexington, Ky, USA
5

Our Amazing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Pat and Tom went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was one to remember. From offering to get us groceries, to getting my Mom a birthday cake to die for, from a local bakery. I can't say thank you enough to her. The pictures and descriptions cannot do this sweet spot justice. Pat has obviously worked on end to make this house into a home. From the time you enter you feel like you have just stepped into your own home. The book she left cluing us into the "quirks" of the home, along with tips, menu's, tourist info and notes here and there, make you feel like you are just one of her friends. Sweet Spot was spotless, you can tell Pat maintains this home just like you or I would. She even had a few groceries stocked up just in case you needed something. We have already told family and friends about our amazing trip, and are already planning our next stay with Pat. We loved how close the home is to major beaches. St. Pete, Treasure Island, Madeira, Sunset and Clearwater Beaches are all within a 30 mins drive from Sweet Spot. I highly recommend Sunset Beach, it is well maintained, not too crowded, and the waves are very calm. The only thing that we wished were posted were handicap accessible areas at the beaches. My son is wheelchair bound and we had a heck of a time finding a good spot to take him down. Sea Critter's restaurant just a short drive over to St. Pete was amazing. Their sea scallop dish was great. If you like finding good deals, there are a ton of thrift shops very close by! I got 2 pampered chef stoneware dishes for $10.00! Pat asked me to be completely open and honest about our stay, to let her know if there was anything they could improve on or change. I ask that she not change anything. It was wonderful, she and her husband are wonderful. THEY made our trip! Thanks guys for sharing your "Sweet Spot" with us. We will most certainly be back. :)

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To receive a review like this is like a child waking up on Christmas Day! Our Guest's gracious words are all we could hope for and I surely do hope we will see you again. I'll make an effort to find out more accessible handicapped places and spaces and add it to the album. I really owe the lion's share of the effort to my husband Tom, the man behind the curtain who is physically capable and always extremely concerned about being sure all is spotless and in good working order at our Suite Heart. I will take credit for my Funky album but it's not even slightly difficult to fill an album with menus and tips of wonderful eateries, beach info and things of all kinds to do when you live in a community that's teeming with it. I can easily say we are " Loco for Local "
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$135
$900
$3,200
 
 
Summer
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$135
$900
$3,000
 
 
Fall
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
$3,200
 
 
Winter 2017-18
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

KINDLY NOTE WE ARE ANNUALLY BOOKED FROM DECEMBER 15TH THROUGH MARCH 31ST EACH YEAR. THANK YOU.
WE USE PAYPAL FOR CREDIT WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF 2.9% THAT IS CHARGED TO US.
IF YOU SEE A SERVICE FEE PLZ SUBTRACT. THAT IS FOR PAYMENTS MADE USING VAC. RENTALS CREDIT PAYMENT SYSTEM. TO SAVE YOU THIS FEE WE OFFER PAYPAL FOR CREDIT CARDS, PERSONAL CHECK, PHONE OR EMAIL DEPOSIT.
WE ACCEPT WIRED FUNDS. IF YOU NEED TO WIRE WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH INSTRUCTIONS WITH WIRING TO OUR BANK HOWEVER IF YOU ARE BOOKING WELL IN ADVANCE WE ARE HAPPY TO ACCEPT A CHECK AS THERE WOULD BE TIME FOR IT TO CASH PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT SAVING YOU THE COST OF WIRING.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK. WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP.
WE REQUIRE YOU PURCHASE TRAVELER'S INSURANCE. V.RENTALS/HOMEAWAY OFFERS AN EXCELLENT POLICY FOR $59.00 WHICH COVERS UP TO $1500.00 OF ANY KIND OF DAMAGE. WE WILL PROVIDE EASY INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PURCHASE THIS POLICY. WE LOVE PETS BUT DO ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL, FULLY REFUNDABLE $250.00 PET DEPOSIT WHICH COVERS UP TO 2 MEDIUM SIZE PETS AND RETURNED BY THE END OF THE WEEK AFTER YOUR VISIT. TO DATE LIKE OUR HUMAN GUESTS OUR PET GUESTS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL!
WE OFTEN HAD THE PLEASURE OF GUESTS BOOKING FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER AND REALLY ENJOY HELPING GUESTS WHO ARE RELOCATING TO OUR AREA. SINCE THAT IS CONSIDERED A LEASE. WE OFFER THIS BUT YOU MUST BOOK FROM MAY OR EARLY JUNE THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THE 13% TOURISM TAX HOWEVER KEEP IN MIND THIS IS A FURNISHED VACATION RENTAL WITH INCLUDED UTILITIES AND THE RENT WILL ALSO REFLECT THAT OF A FURNISHED HOME. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT US REGARDING A SUMMER LEASE AND WE CAN BETTER EXPLAIN AND DISCUSS THIS OPTION WITH YOU. THANK YOU!

* Guests are not required to launder linen at the end of their stay.
* We are happy to shop for arrival groceries at no extra fee, only actual cost of groceries of which you may pay for prior to departure

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Amenities

Gulfport Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Plentiful soft bath, hand towels and washcloths, hairdrye a collection of toiletry products and beach sunscreen. We supply 4 rolls of bath tissue.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , We are told it's very comfy by all who have visited to date!
    Sofa Bed - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Mattress with attached aero inflatable topper to 10" thick!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King or twins? 2 xtra long, thick tempurpedic platform beds
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Notes:
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 bag are in the cottage. Beyond Gulfports 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 outfitted with a basket for a 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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