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Coconut Hideaway: Gulf-Front Dream House!

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3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
4 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on the island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar siding, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Comfortable hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area o...COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on the island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar siding, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Comfortable hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area, decorated with antique wicker, on the back porch. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family. Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a single daybed with an additional trundle and has its own private entrance. (This is quite a small bedroom, but teenagers love the privacy!) We feature 100% cotton linens which are included with your rental as are all kitchen utensils, beach towels, chairs, beach umbrella and a use of a free dock slip for your boat. The kitchen features granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries. From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland for a shopping trip. As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded. The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient. There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande. Please note that most all houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs. Please note there is no smoking in the beach house. Our personal website has many additional photos and more information about the house and the island. Please note that for your protection and ours, we do not always update the availability calendar but you may e-mail us to double-check availability. HOLIDAY RATES: Please note that all there will be holiday rates applied to quotes for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. More
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Ocean Views
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
Linens Provided
Internet Access
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Boat Available
Wi-Fi
Terrace
Deck
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Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

This place is truly paradise on Earth. My family and I stayed at Coconut Hideaway the first week of June (2017) and everything about our stay was perfect. This beach house was spacious enough to sleep all 6 of us and included a full kitchen,...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2016

What a wonderful property. The island itself is nothing but restful and a great place to decompress. Coconut Hideaway was everything it advertised. Roomy with several levels for people to sleep. Towels and sheets were clean and plentiful. There was a washer/dryer that was for...More

Thank Nancy S
budgaines, VR Owner at Coconut Hideaway: Gulf-Front Dream House!, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Thank you for your positive comments! We are so glad that you had an enjoyable experience and that you appreciate the efforts to provide a full pantry!

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Reviewed 17 September 2015

We spent two weeks in this lovely home over the summer. The spacious house was clean (which must be quite a task on a tropical island), well maintained, and stocked with anything you could need. All we had to do was enjoy the ocean breezes,...More

Thank EPM13
budgaines, VR Owner at Coconut Hideaway: Gulf-Front Dream House!, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Thank you so much for your positive comments. We love to share our home with guests who appreciate the island and all that it has to offer!

Reviewed 11 July 2015

There are some lovely things to say about this property. Unfortunately, the negatives outweighed the positives for my 3 week stay there. On the plus side, it is probably the best location on the beach, it is decorated beautifully (if aworn and you like antiques...More

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budgaines, VR Owner at Coconut Hideaway: Gulf-Front Dream House!, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2015

Wow...I am so sorry to hear how badly we disappointed you. I can't dispute that we did have an issue with tiny sugar ants during your stay and it seems to take weeks to eradicate them. As for the water pressure issue in the shower,...More

Reviewed 29 July 2014

Coconut Hideaway is a beautiful home! It is impeccably furnished. The house has every amenity you might desire when on vacation. It is well stocked and there is much attention to detail in everything about the property. I enjoyed that it is pet friendly and...More

Thank Kelly D
About the Owner
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Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2013
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About the neighbourhood
Little Gasparilla Island is one of the undiscovered charms of SW Florida. Nestled just off the coast of Englewood, Little Gasparilla island is situated just north of Boca Grande and south of Manasota Key. Unlike those islands, however, it has no bridge. Access is only via private boat or the island water taxi. This inaccessability means that the island is seldom crowded, there is no traffic and there are few tourists. You can meander the sandy pathways up and down the island, fish off the dock or the beach, watch osprey soar over the beach or observe gopher tortoises as they wander the island eating cactus blooms and hibiscus flowers. It is a very laid-back and relaxing holiday away from the stresses of traffic, tourists and the theme-park mayhem you encounter elsewhere in Florida! ...
How to get there
Once you arrive in our area, you need to park your vehicle at Eldred's Marina and catch the water taxi to the island. There is a minimum $20 trip charge each way. The water taxi will drop you right at our dock.
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