About this rental
Stay at the home of a NY Times best-selling food writer! Big 5 bedroom house, pet friendly, lots of space and charm, great location (5-min walk to beach) with private lagoon-style heated pool amid lush landscaping and beautiful rock waterfall. Chef-outfitted kitchen with new appliances, 60-inch Sony HDTV, Italian leather reclining sofas, BBQ, beach gear, comfy beds, lots of infant and kid stuff. Plenty of space for friends or families sharing. Updated bathrooms with great showers. Three bedrooms have king beds. Ground floor, so no stairs!
We have more than 150 reviews on Airbnb and VRBO and a combined star rating average of 4.96. We are longtime Superhosts on Airbnb and a Premier Partner on VRBO. You can see our Airbnb listing and read more than 110 reviews at twinpalmsflorida dot com
ABOUT TWIN PALMS
We know you will love it here! Twin Palms is the comfy island home of a New York Times best-selling author and her tech husband. This is ground-level old-school Florida rambler is just two short blocks to epic white sandy beaches. Our private heated pool is kept at 88F plus year-round.
We want you to feel like you're staying at a friend's beach house, not just a vacation rental, so we supply a lot of extra amenities and many small touches, like a welcome basket on arrival and more towels than you'll ever need. Layout is great for two/extended families sharing, or a friends retreat.
Cook big meals in our fully equipped kitchen remodeled in 2019 with all new appliances. Plenty of dishes, loads of cookware and even big serving platters provided. Eat inside or out under palms and fairy lights on the deck; both tables can seat a big group. Help yourself to anything in the cupboards, which we keep stocked with spices, oils, vinegar, condiments, etc. for cooking great meals. Two kitchen islands means lots of space to hang out and cook, eat or just drink wine together.
We provide beach stuff, including chairs, umbrellas, a large canopy, boogie boards and enough sandcastle gear to build a fortress. Help yourself to dozens of books, DVDs or more than 20 board games. I've even hand-picked a half dozen Florida- and seafood-focused cookbooks for your use (plus a couple of beach cocktail titles... should you be interested).
Our bathrooms have been renovated in the past couple of years and feature great custom tile showers with European fixtures and cool pebble floors. We updated the "Beach Bathroom" in 2021 with amazing wall jets and a rainfall shower that just has to be experienced. The "River Rock" bathroom has a Toto bidet toilet. There's also a high-quality outdoor shower as you enter the property so you can wash off sand from the beach.
We provide all guests with a 25-page guide to the house, island and local restaurants. I grew up on the island and I'm a Paris-trained chef, so I can give you insights on the best places to eat, buy local seafood and even where to find the local farmer's markets.
We have been renting our home before Airbnb was even a business, so we have hosted thousands of guests. We love the island and pride ourselves on providing a great experience for all our guests. You won't find a better value anywhere on the island.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How big is your pool?
Our custom lagoon-style kidney-shaped pool was installed in 2014. At it's widest, it measures 12 feet, at its narrowest, about 9 feet. It's about 23 feet long. It features a real rock waterfall, lush landscaping. Seating is spread out over three deck areas. Our outdoor deck table can seat ten at once, while the entire deck can seat up to 18. We keep our pool at 88 degrees+ all year and have it professionally serviced twice a week for optimal cleanliness.
Q. How close are you to the beach?
We're located about 250 meters from the beach, about two blocks, a five-ish minute stroll, a 90-second drive in a golf cart or two minutes by bike. We lobbied our local city council and have the only official crosswalk with lights on this part of the island so you never have to wait for traffic. We have a small trolley to carry all your beach gear. We provide plenty of towels for both indoor use and beach/pool use, a new front-loading washer/dryer combo with 20-minute wash setting.
Q. Are you kid-friendly?
You bet! We're completely set up for kids, with a high chair, two folding cribs, a folding toddler cot, inflatable toddler mattresses, baby monitor, sound indoor toys, beach toys, kids books, kids plates/bowls/cups, family friendly DVDs, etc. We also have high locks installed on the doors near the pool, plus a special portable pool alarm available for guests. We are better set up for infants than probably any other home on the island.
Q. Are you pet friendly?
A. Yes, we have a small terrier we love and adore. We can accommodate one dog up to 35 pounds per guest party, and guests must tell us about their dog in advance. We regret that our house isn't the right fit for guests with large dogs. We supply information on the local off-leash park, pet-friendly restaurants, plus other important info and provide food/water bowls. We charge a modest pet cleaning fee.
Q. What is the bedroom situation like?
The house has four bedrooms plus the Lido room which can be used as an optional fifth bedroom. The setup is good for two families sharing.
Here's how they break down:
- Captains Quarters (king bed)
- Shell bedroom (king bed)
These two share a newly remodeled shower with body jets and a waterfall shower. There is a door from the living that transforms those rooms into its own little two-bedroom area. Shell has a super cool Vant upholstered headboard wall. Super comfy.
- Waterfall (California King)
- Lido Room
These two rooms have French doors opening directly to the pool area, and they share a bathroom with a waterfall shower with river rock floor (soothing on sore feet). The doors have "high locks" to prevent kids from getting to the pool undetected.
Lido has two twin beds made into daybeds. Both have super cool stuffed triangular headboard pillows that can be moved around, super comfy. It also has a brand new 55'' Samsung Frame TV. This is a great room for kids and teens.
Lido is stocked with board games, Texas hold-em sets, puzzles, kids coloring stuff, etc.
This small bedroom on its own off the dining room. It has a cool custom-made barn door and a desk. This room has a queen bed made into an oversized daybed surrounded with headboard pillows. So comfortable, it's hard to describe. Teens love this room but honestly, everyone will love hanging out here. There's a blackout blind for sleeping. This is private, but barn doors let in sound.
Q. How do we get keys?
A. No keys! We use coded locks so you can arrive at any time after check-in using a secure code unique to you, generally the last four digits of your mobile phone number so you can remember it easily.
Q. Is there a dedicated work area?
A. Yes, there is a desk just inside the entrance in the house in a small bedroom we call the Hemingway Room. It has a barn door and is private but not sound proof.
Registration Number: VRC20-000330
Since this home is owned by a best-selling food writer, the recently renovated kitchen is particularly well stocked.
You will get a 25-page guide to the home and island upon booking, which includes our insider restaurant suggestions.
We have earned 100% five-star reviews for the past seven years. We know that selecting a place to stay isn't just about money, but time. Important time to make memories with your family. We make every effort to assure you have an extraordinary experience. Just read our reviews.
We manage our home ourselves and it is our only rental on the island. We have guests who return year-after-year who have become part of our Twin Palms Family. Maybe that will be you?
Why Kids Love It
Our goddaughters grew up coming to this house, so families, we've got you covered with plenty of gear so you can pack less: kid dinnerware, a high chair, two folding cribs, a toddler cot, inflatable toddler cot, bed rails, kid books, family-friendly DVDs, a toyxbox, separate soft infant toys, baby linens, indoor toys, pool toys, a baby monitor, sound machine, baby bath and a big wheel stroller we call the Baby Dune Buggy (so you don't ruin your own).
We also have "high locks" on all the pool-facing doors for safety plus a pool alarm you can put into the pool. We also have a big wagon that you can use to transport stuff and kids to the beach.
We have the only marked and lit-on-demand street crossing on our part of the island, in part because we lobbied the local government for it. So you never have to wait to cross Palm Avenue to get to the beach.
People often say that Anna Maria Island is like 1950s Florida. It's just a slower pace, with no high rises or chain restaurants. It's just a lovely little beach community on a beautiful tropical island. We are in a residential neighborhood that's generally peaceful yet easy to get to everything. There is another vacation near us, and it just happens to be next door.
There's a free trolley that runs every 20 minutes. We have a stop on the northbound route just steps outside our door. You can take an Uber from SRQ and just use bikes or rent a golf cart to get around. (We can give you the name of the place we like best for rentals). A golf cart can go virtually everywhere on the island, so you can rent one of those instead of a car. We have an electric charger in front of the house. We have three parking spaces.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
The white sand beaches of AMI are just two blocks away, easily within walking distance.
Favorite Places To Eat
When you book, we will give you our very detailed restaurant guide which also has the top 10 things for cooks and food lovers to do on the island. I'm a French trained chef and used to be a restaurant critic, so we take this seriously :)
When you book, we will also provide a detailed guide to the island, with inside tips on the best places to rent a golf cart or bike, where you can and can't take your dog, playgrounds for kids and much more.
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Infant / kid gear:
Two pack n plays, folding high chair, folding toddler cot, inflatable toddler cot, inflatable guardrails for bed, baby monitor, baby bath, soft toys, kids books, rocking chair, baby shampoo, sound machine, soft blankets, sheets, kids dinnerware, sippy cups, indoor toys (girls and boys), family friend DVDs, lots of cable channels (Netflix, YouTube, and you can sign into your Disney account), crayons, kid-friendly games, kids table outside.
Umbrellas, cabana, beach chairs, rolling cooling, handheld cooler, beach toys, reuseable water bottles, paddle balls, inflatable toys, beach balls,
plus, an embarrassment of riches in sandcastle gear. Note: We do not have a pop-up tent as they are not allowed in our area. Addituibal pool toys at house.
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Apr 02 2022 - Mar 31 2023
Mar 05 - Apr 07 2023
Apr 08 - Apr 22 2023
Apr 23 - May 26 2023
May 27 - Aug 11 2023
Cleaning fee: $199
Tax Rate: 12.5%
We accept only Saturday to Saturday bookings. Please note that in order to book our home you'll need to provide proof of ID (e.g. a driver's license) plus at least one matching social media account or an additional identifier. If you have accounts with other booking platforms, we will look at that, too. We charge a booking fee to offset the time invested in verifying your identity.
We charge a 3.5% booking fee to cover payment processing costs. `
We use Square for bookings, so you'll be sent a separate invoice. Your reservation will be complete when we receive the first payment. Your final payment will be due 60 days prior to your arrival; if booking within 60 days, the full amount will be due upon booking. We charge a $500 deposit that will be set to automatically return to you within 10 days of your departure unless there's an issue. In 15 years, we have never kept anyone's entire deposit and only kept modest amounts in about 3% of all rentals, so it is rare.
We accept one dog up to 35 pounds. We do not charge a pet fee, but instead ask that you leave a generous cash tip for the cleaners as dogs invariably shed and this takes additional time on their behalf. Guests *must* tell us about their dog in advance; if you show up with a dog that we don't know about, that is a violation of our house rules and we reserve the right to cancel your booking without a refund.
Last updated March 28, 2023
Hosted by Kathleen Klozar
Member since 2022
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: I'm a New York Times-bestselling author. I grew up on the island and bought the house 20 years ago to be close to my mother. I married a great guy 18 years ago who also had a beautiful home in Seattle, so we decided to keep both and split our time between the edges of America. I am the author of several books and a food writer, so you'll find my work and lots of interesting books and cookbooks throughout the house. My husband, Mike, worked in tech and studied architecture, so he has added all kinds of fun "smart home" additions, not to mention the fastest internet you can get on the island. He's also overseen our slow-but steady enduring "remodel with love" that we have taken on over the past decade. Our goal was to update everything, but keep the charm of this classic 1960s island rambler. The house has a definite "feel" to it, calming and comfy and decidedly beach-y.
I have planted virtually every tree on this property, which includes at least 68 palms. (I know, because I have to fertilize them all three times a year...)
When we are on the island, we stay in the small one-bedroom cottage attached to the house. It is never rented, just kept for our use only, and is entirely separate. It has no access to the pool and its own HVAC.
Why this property? We want you to feel like a dear friend lent you their beach house for the week.
Unlike so many rentals, we actually live here part of the year, so we have everything you need, right down to sunblock, Q-tips and aluminum foil. We supply everything you might need for the beach. Since our goddaughters grew up coming here, we are totally set up for infants, toddlers and kids of all ages. Who wants to drag a pack and play with you on vacation?
We love that this house is all on one one floor. All homes built after the late 1970s had to be built on stilts, which means lots and lots of stairs. We worked with an award-winning pool designer when we installed our lagoon-style pool in 2014 and making the pool completely private from the homes nearby was a priority. Now it's a little oasis with a beautiful real rock waterfall. We keep it at 88F year-round so it's always nice and warm. It is also serviced 2x a week for optimal cleanliness.
This was our second trip to this lovely home. This time we were traveling with my sister's 14-month-old granddaughter and it was so nice to have all the extra gear supplied for infants -- even a baby bath and stroller for the beach! They have thought of everything you could possibly need for a beach getaway. And omg - so many towels!!We were two families with a single adult and three kids plus an infant and we had plenty of space. The house is laid out in two "wings" so you can have your "own" side of the house if you're splitting with family.Loved the kitchen with the two islands. Also, it's stocked with everything you need to cook, including plenty of pans, serving platters, even a KitchenAid mixer. The beach is a very close - we rented a golf cart and you can get there in under 90 seconds in one. The kids lived in the beautiful pool. it is even more lush and tropical in person than in the photos. The owners are great, very responsive and supplied a ton of information both about the house and the island, including detailed restaurant suggestions. We have stayed in many rentals, but this is by far our favorite. We will definitely be back.
Stayed: July 2022 Submitted: July 25, 2022
Hi Anna, We were delighted to host your family and look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for being such great guests. Kathleen
Hosted by Kathleen Klozar