FRIENDS & FAMILY RETREAT

Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
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Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.

About this rental

Cottage (Sleeps 2)
350 sq. ft.  ·   Studio   ·  1 bathroom
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: Studio
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Property Type: Cottage
  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights
  • Living Area: 350 sq. ft.

F & F represents "Friends & Family" and we work hard in these times to make a retreat to go to which we all need that. Somethings like privacy you won't find anywhere else. And We are open and ahead of the curve for COVID-19. No problem with distancing or the fact for many years have been using Cleaning Product Mixtures to kill germs and viruses. We now run an Ultraviolet HEPA Air Filter for 24 hours after each visiting guest. Hope all will go back to normal in this New Year for everyone.

Settings that give you a wonderful sense of Joy and Privacy. We are the best kept secret in town being near enough to walk to the Beach and close enough to all of what Florida has to offer. Florida has many areas of everyday needs. DOUBLE CLICK on all the photos to get a fuller view of what you will see.

Still able to walk to the beach, fishing and a swim. Three Outdoor spaces and you Share nothing except the Parking area. We handle all bookings directly with special offer available. How great is it to take the time and making wonderful friendships as well!

We do offer A Very Special arrangement if you enjoy saving money.
We are excited to make new friends. We enjoy providing all comforts of home. For more information just contact us by phone.

Self-contained detached guest Cottage. Updated with Elegance ~ Simplicity with the flair of French Chic that is very inviting. Great functional design with everything you need. No one comes to Florida to stay indoors but it is a great thing when it is so nice.

Tropical setting on a private dead-end street just a 10-minute stroll to the Gulf of Mexico & close to Siesta KEY Beach .. Voted #1 beach again in the US many times and will always be at the top of the list. We want you to know we will treat you like family. You will save money on this unit since you do not have to Eat Out.

Travel light to this vacation destination; need nothing more than clothes and toothbrush. Whole house filtered water. Fully equipped kitchen Renovation ~ Updated GE Profile product lines: Cooktop & Advantium Oven ~ cooking with the speed of Light makes getting in & out of Kitchen fast and out having fun (Halogen & Microwave cooking). Ice maker in Freezer. Drip Coffee ( New available is a Keurig coffee) maker with filters and paper goods provided and plastic garbage bags.

Large, updated bath w/ Spa shower & with 8 massage body jets ~ handheld ~ Rain shower Head (our human car wash :) all with temperature gauge and an ironing center; A hair dryer in unit and a lighted Makeup Mirror to use on the flip up extra counter space.

Efficiency tastefully furnished with KING size bed; ...cozy with memory foam topper. There is a Safe for valuables should you have the need. Super quiet Remote-Control AC & Heating unit. (2) New 32-inch LED HD Smart Roku TV with Streaming svc 500/500 internet speed. Free Wi-Fi.
You have your own private Mineral Based Sanitation Spa/Hot tub that is all part of your three private outdoor spaces and an outdoor shower too, see photos. Retractable Screen doors front and back.

This is our home not a hotel/ motel and the guest cottage would be on the same lot. Flexible rental timetable to allow our family and friends to use our guest cottage. It is very peaceful, NO high traffic noise. I do go offline between 7- 8 PM which can explain a delay in nighttime requests. Texting is encouraged to aid in contacting us if you have any questions. We are NO LONGER accepting Pets due to high costs of damage and to think we did not charge for Pets.

There is a final cleaning fee of $70.00 . A $200.00 REFUNDABLE SECURITY DEPOSIT PAID AT THE TIME OF CHECKING IN WITH EITHER CASH OR TRAVELERS' CHECKS. MUST SET TIME ASIDE FOR CHECKING OUT. We do not accept credit cards so we can keep costs as low as we do.

Unique Benefits

Three Outdoor living areas; Close to restaurants and 5 to 15 minute walk to all major water sports and boat, bike, Kayaking rentals or excursions etc. Free Trolley services that take you up and down Siesta Key. Also Free car services they just look to be tipped. Hot Tub ~ private, Washer & Dryer etc. Ironing Center, hair Dryer, FREE Wi-Fi and (2) 32 Inch HD TV with unlimited internet 500/500 services. Beach Chairs/ umbrella and towels and covers for the lounging chairs. Solar lighting around and umbrella is solar as well. Beautiful garden setting which we are located in a Registered Bird Sanctuary. Screened in garden area with lighting and ceiling fan and a gas grill near seating area.

Why Kids Love It

Not a Child or Handicap facility and Does Not Accept Pets.

Area Information

Walk to all Water Sports and Activities. Free Trolley also goes by all of the 14 Beach Accesses. Only 2 have Facilities. Many things to see and do and usually not far. Siesta Key Village is 4 miles and Gulf Gate Shopping area also has many Shops and Restaurants. Just ask and we will help you find what you are looking for.

Attractions Within Walking Distance

Fishing, Boating, Jet Skiing, parasailing; Kayaking" rentals available for many things like mentioned or bikes, scooter etc.; snorkeling, parasailing and boat rentals and more. Restaurants of all kinds and one on the intercoastal and one 2nd story which you can even watch the Sunsetting while you relax and enjoy drinks and food.

Favorite Places To Eat

You name it and there is something here for everyone.

Inside Scoop

Just ask and we will help whenever we can.

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Amenities

  • Beds
  • 1 King Bed
Features
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach chairs
  • Bed linens provided
  • Free WiFi
  • Heating
  • Hot tub
  • Internet
  • Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Managed by owner
  • No pets allowed
  • Non-smoking
  • Not suitable for children
  • Outdoor shower
  • Parking available
  • Patio or deck
  • Screen porch
  • Towels provided
  • Wireless internet
Appliances
  • Cable / satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishes & utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washer & Dryer
Nearby Activities
  • Beach
    (< 1 mile)
  • Bicycling
    (< 1 mile)
  • Boating
    (< 1 mile)
  • Bowling
    (1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Golf
    (4 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (< 1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (1 mile)
  • Jet Skiing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (< 1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (< 1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (3 miles)
  • Ocean
    (< 1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Racquetball
    (3 miles)
  • Sailing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (< 1 mile)
  • Shopping Area
    (< 1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (< 1 mile)
  • Surfing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (3 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
    (2 miles)
  • Water Skiing
    (< 1 mile)
  • Windsurfing
    (< 1 mile)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

14 beach accesses
Free Trolley Service on Key
Private garden
Jacuzzi/ Hot tub is mineral based sanitation
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500/500 internet speed / WiFi

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Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in 
Rate PeriodNightlyWeekend NightWeeklyMonthlyMin Stay
Mar 30 2021 - Jan 01 2025
$110 $115 $770 3 nights

Fees:

Final Cleaning Free: $70
Refundable Security Fee: $200

Tax Rate: 12%

Notes:

We do handle reservations over the phone to offer a secure way of giving information vs. via internet/email. We do offer some special perks. All is offered to encourage repeat business and help many to save money. For more information just contact us.

Availability

Last updated on October 17, 2022

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Map

Nearest Airport: SQR - 12 miles
Nearest Bar: 5 -15 minuet walk - 0.5 miles
Nearest Beach: 10 minute walk - 0.5 miles
Nearest Golf: 4 miles - 4 miles
Nearest Restaurant: 5 - 15 minute walk - 0.5 miles

Hosted by Cynthia Harr

Cynthia Harr

Member since 2019

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We love making folks happy and assist whenever possible to enable our guest to have a wonderful stay with us. We love Florida and our home is still a work in progress.

Why this property? What we love most about our home/ property is who we share it with! :) Close to all of what Florida is all about.

Speaks: English

Guestbook comments from the host:

The little cottage was perfect. It was very clean and comfortable. The outdoor space was so lovely. The cottage was decorated so nice with beautiful touches. I will stay here every time I get back to the area.


Oct 2019

Cynthia , the owner has put a lot of thought to details in this charming cottage. It has everything for a romantic get away. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. We got so much more.


May 2019

Me and my fiancé book this cottage for 2 nights.They have reasonable prices which is awesome. The cottage has everything what you need ,king bed with very comfortable memory foam mattress. Cottage is upgraded with human car wash shower which we loved. The place has full privacy all around. Has a hut tab and small screen enclosure. Atmosphere is like a tropical forest, very cozy and romantic. Cottage is close to beaches ,restaurants and grocery. Cynthia is very amazing,lovely,down to earth person.We didn’t have a chance to meet Bruce, but he did great job with the cottage and all around. We definitely will be back .


Apr 2019

Sunrise Holiday Retreat is conveniently located near the Stickney Point Bridge to Siesta Key. Walkable, bikable, or a really quick car ride to Siesta Key Beach. Originally a mother-in-law quarters, the space is small but completely outfitted with everything you need. The very private outdoor areas also greatly expand the usable space. Charmingly decorated yet completely outfitted with all your day to day needs, it is like living in adult-sized, functional doll house. Cynthia is a great hostess and truly concerned that your stay is enjoyable. What a great value!


Apr 2019

This small cottage has so much to offer. Our stay was fantastic! The king bed is so sleep ever away from home. Amenities from great shower, comfortable bed, great kitchen, hot tub & private deck, private screened porch area, outside grill, washer/drier & VERY private for renters. My biggest pet piev is a property that is not clean....it was very clean!! Made me very happy. Plus very comfortable beach chairs & umbrella. Cynthia was great to work with and very friendly!! She lives onsite so anything that pops up, shes there in a minute! Seriously!!But respects your privacy.
We will definitely be back!!


Mar 2019

Pretty tropical bungalow with a French Quarter feel. Ample studio inside and 3 private relaxing areas outside. Bed was very comfortable, slept great! Red door entering garden is very welcoming. Lanais and garden are lit with little lights at night giving it a magical appearance. Very clean all over and the well-appointed kitchen has everything you need. Central to beach, restaurants, and all coastal activities. Can walk or ride bikes to most places and we did. Close to the “nicest beach in the US” (Siesta Key) as well as Turtle Beach, a naturally beautiful untouched “Old Florida” beach. No Red Tide issues all week, water was clear, sand like pure powder and beach was packed! Less than an hour to Tampa Airport, and a lovely ride. Would definitely book this place again.


Jan 2019

This place is very,very nice. I have stayed here twice while in town, And would not hesitate to stay again. You can not beat the price for the location you have. Literally a five minute walk to the beach. You also have every kind of amenities you would need.
A very nice courtyard,screened in gazebo, private patio with hot tub along with washer and dryer and the host Cynthia is one of the nicest and honest person you could ever meet. So remember, After you stay here, Do like I do, And give her a great referral as I know she greatly appreciates it.


Sep 2018

Everything was perfect from the time we arrived until we left! The cottage was cute as can be and had absolutely everything one could want. I love that we had beach chairs, shelling net, buckets, cooler and towels to take with us to the beach.....what more do you need!? We enjoyed a lovely stroll to the beach the first day we were there. We could have walked everyday, but decided to drive and explore other close-by beaches. Can we talk about sunsets.....Wow! They are amazing here! The sand is amazing. The water is crystal blue/aqua.....amazing!

Cynthia and her husband we at our disposal pretty much 24/7. Two of the nicest people you will ever met. I can honestly call them friends!

As for the cottage.....B E A U T I F U L!
Completely updated throughout. Everything you need to prepare a meal with and a wonderful patio to eat it on. We spent every night in the hot tub and between that and the big comfy bed; we slept amazing and woke up refreshed and ready for another day in Paradise!

Thank you, Cynthia & Bruce
You Will see us again!


Apr 2018

We had a great stay. Very private studio apartment in a neighborhood setting. As others have said, it has everything you need for a great time. Since we flew down, we were happy to have all the beach supplies at our disposal. Cynthia and Bruce are great.


Apr 2018

This sweet cottage was so lovely and comfortable. I took my mom on a little vacation. and she has some issues with walking. Everything was handicap friendly and Cynthia and her husband Bruce were so nice and friendly. They work hard to make the cottage beautiful and comfortable. The Siesta Key beaches were only 5 mins away and shopping and grocery stores were 5 mins away in the opposite direction so everything is conveniently located.


Mar 2018

Photos

  • Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
    Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
  • Lights off and the Glow of Sunlight with quite close cabinet doors/ more stuff
    Lights off and the Glow of Sunlight with quite close cabinet doors/ more stuff
  • More Up-Close view of Kitchen Amenities!
    More Up-Close view of Kitchen Amenities!
  • Happy Times Happy Guests!
    Happy Times Happy Guests!
  • Welcoming view to the front door from parking New updating gardens happening!
    Welcoming view to the front door from parking New updating gardens happening!
  • Changes w/ new plantings under a 35 yr old canopy. Garden view to fountain!
    Changes w/ new plantings under a 35 yr old canopy. Garden view to fountain!
  • Look at how it has grown in a few months.
    Look at how it has grown in a few months.
  • Seating area in Front Entry Way.
    Seating area in Front Entry Way.
  • Main Entry from Courtyard and Parking
    Main Entry from Courtyard and Parking
  • Tired after your trip? Rest, King Size w/ Memory foam topper & 4 King pillows
    Tired after your trip? Rest, King Size w/ Memory foam topper & 4 King pillows
  • Overlook the Bed, Bath Entry and Smart TV etc.
    Overlook the Bed, Bath Entry and Smart TV etc.
  • Here is what we call "The Human Car Wash" w/ teak corner bench. Linens Included.
    Here is what we call "The Human Car Wash" w/ teak corner bench. Linens Included.
  • Lg Bath w/ Storage/ fliptop counter/ make up mirror and Hair Dryer ready.
    Lg Bath w/ Storage/ fliptop counter/ make up mirror and Hair Dryer ready.
  • Ironing Center, Mirrored medicine cabinet, luggage table and more towels.
    Ironing Center, Mirrored medicine cabinet, luggage table and more towels.
  • Opened Ironing Center
    Opened Ironing Center
  • Washer/Dryer and aluminum area Drying racks
    Washer/Dryer and aluminum area Drying racks
  • Priviate Sun Bathing Area and more...
    Priviate Sun Bathing Area and more...
  • Cozy Solar Umbrella corner & Outdoor Shower & Beach Chest Storage etc+
    Cozy Solar Umbrella corner & Outdoor Shower & Beach Chest Storage etc+
  • What a Treat! Our Mineral Based Sanitization system hot tub/ jacuzzi.
    What a Treat! Our Mineral Based Sanitization system hot tub/ jacuzzi.
  • Ready for the Beach. Coolers, Boggie Boards, Chairs, Towels, picnic basket, etc.
    Ready for the Beach. Coolers, Boggie Boards, Chairs, Towels, picnic basket, etc.
  • Entry to private side garden to private deck
    Entry to private side garden to private deck
  • Night lights don't have to be boring but these offer a safety feature odd deck
    Night lights don't have to be boring but these offer a safety feature odd deck
  • Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
    Brand New Three Burner propane Grill. More Burners the faster it happens.
  • Sun setting Lanai Retreat with Garden Setting w/ Gas Grill
    Sun setting Lanai Retreat with Garden Setting w/ Gas Grill
  • Interior Bamboo Ceiling/ fan and Smart TV and WIFI service outside.
    Interior Bamboo Ceiling/ fan and Smart TV and WIFI service outside.
  • New Smart TV 32 Inch Streaming ~ For Outdoor Viewing pleasure!
    New Smart TV 32 Inch Streaming ~ For Outdoor Viewing pleasure!
  • Night time fairy lights maybe... my photo is too bright> :)
    Night time fairy lights maybe... my photo is too bright> :)
  • A Glorious Luminating Site" See how many different types of Lighting you see???
    A Glorious Luminating Site" See how many different types of Lighting you see???
  • Garden with Peace Lilies Blooming and Dew Drop just starting to blossom.
    Garden with Peace Lilies Blooming and Dew Drop just starting to blossom.
  • More Night time photos of the fountain in the Courtyard. I can not do it justice
    More Night time photos of the fountain in the Courtyard. I can not do it justice
  • Here is what's above the fountain. Travelers' palm.
    Here is what's above the fountain. Travelers' palm.
  • Light Show of main entry from parking area
    Light Show of main entry from parking area

Reviews

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Sweet retreat

Everything about this stay was stellar. Cynthia made our late arrival seamless, and we found this the perfect location for everything we wanted to do. We decided to walk rather than drive, which meant the short walks to bus stops or grocery stores or the beaches were the perfect length.I would highly recommend the hospitality here.

Stayed: Submitted: August 17, 2022

Owner response

So Happy and very surprised that everything you did was above most would do. Very glad you enjoy your stay with us. Blessings to you and yours. Take care both of you. Cynthia

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A real gem

The property is conveniently located off Stickney Point Rd near the bridge to Siesta Key. It is a truly lovely space, essentially a complete studio apartment which lacks for nothing. It is a separate building so completely private. The space is well-equipped and very comfortable (the bed was extremely comfortable and the A/C worked very efficiently — important in Florida!). The shower was extraordinarily delightful. The rental also includes private outdoor space including a hot tub, but unfortunately due to bad weather I did not take advantage of that. Also a washer and dryer is available, but I did not need them. The owner, Cynthia, is very friendly, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I can recommend this rental without hesitancy.

Stayed: Submitted: June 09, 2022

Owner response

Dearest Nancy! So happy you enjoyed your time with us even though you were so busy and the very much needed rain here did interrupt your getting this done. Be a work visit is so different then those on Holiday. I am happy that what I did do worked out for you and being the first visitor in many years from out of the Country, I was glad you were not disappointed. Many blessings to you and yours and stay safe. Cynthia

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Perfect location and super thoughtful host

Cynthia has put much thought and care into her property. Everything you need is ready and waiting for you. The location is ideal, an easy walk to beautiful Siesta Key beach. The hot tub was so relaxing after a busy day. The shower was the BEST! Hope you have a chance to enjoy this little gem. Thanks again Cynthia!

Stayed: Submitted: April 11, 2022

Owner response

I am very pleased you enjoyed everything we had to offer, and some stood out for you. I enjoy seeing the smiling faces and making new friends. Glad you made it home safely after driving straight through. Take care and Stay Safe. Cynthia

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Absolutely beautiful

CYNTHIA and her husband are wonderful folks and very pleasant. We really enjoyed our stay and the location is perfect. The cottage was very clean and so cozy. I absolutely loved the shower and the bed slept great. You can not beat this cottage for location, cleanliness, price, and owners hospitality. We would definitely stay again and recommend to others. Thank you Cynthia for your warm welcome and the tour before our stay. We had a wonderful stay.Thanks again, Tracy and Rob

Stayed: Submitted: April 01, 2022

Owner response

So glad to have met you both and it was a joy for Us to meet our new friends. Glad to offer ways to beat the cold or just plain enjoy yourselves. Life is tough enough these days and joyful to know we can help. Hugs all around till we see you again.

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Better than expected!

Everything about this place was excellent including the owners. Photos don’t do it any justice. Very clean and enjoyable. Would stay here again if ever in the Sarasota area.

Stayed: Submitted: March 02, 2022

Owner response

Wonderful to see you both and may our N.Y. Friendship grow so you All Stay Safe. Glad you were comfortable and pleased with the comforts of home presented. Blessings and "Thank you"

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Absolute Paradise!

My husband and I were thrilled to have our own slice of heaven for 5 weeks at this cottage. It’s very private, quiet and has all the amenities you can think of. Cynthia thought through every detail and was genuinely interested in making sure we were pleased. Bruce did a great job on the craftsmanship. Very clean. Fabulous mineral-based hot tub. We walked to the beach and local restaurants and shops as often as we could. We’re already booked for next year! Thank you Cynthia and Bruce.

Stayed: Submitted: February 24, 2022

Owner response

I also enjoy making new friends like yourselves and the joy of making your stay with us work well and meet your needs the best we can. Take care and see ya next year! Blessings always. Cynthia and Bruce

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very quiet and the water fountain in the front is so zen.

The mineral hot tub is so relaxing under the stars in the back. Very comfortable with all the amenities of home with a great little kitchen, comfortable bed and car wash shower. Would definitely come again. Thank you Cynthia

Stayed: Submitted: December 29, 2021

Owner response

Well Cynthia I am glad that even though you stay was a short one that we were able to give a wonderful Nurse like yours self a retreat. There is so much more that you did not get to experience. Many Blessings to you and yours and Stay Safe. You are so welcome and thank you for all that you and Rex do. Yes, we have the same first name. :) Cynthia

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Outstanding!!

My stay at this lovely property couldn’t have been better. Anything a guest would want was anticipated by the owner. Her attention to detail was remarkable. Not only was the property beautiful ,it was comfortable and efficient for a short or long term stay The location was accessible to many points of interest I’m looking forward to returning again Thank you Cynthia for being a wonderful host!!

Stayed: Submitted: November 22, 2021

Owner response

Thank you so much. It was a Joy making a new and Talented Friend. I enjoy seeing the process of your Beautiful Artwork. So Glad you had your needs met. Many Blessings to you and Yours. Enjoy the holidays and stay safe. Cynthia

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A peaceful, tropical haven!

While doing some work in Sarasota, we thoroughly enjoyed quiet mornings reading or working in one of three outside areas surrounded by tropical plants - a front patio, a side screened-in porch and a back deck with a hot tub. Another wonderful perk is that you can take a quick 10 minute walk to one of the nicest beaches in America! The inside is tastefully decorated and very clean! Cynthia lives next door, so she is quick to respond to any needs and she’s full of helpful hints of where to shop or eat. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this private and lovely place to stay! We will certainly stay there whenever we visit Sarasota again!

Stayed: Submitted: October 26, 2021

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Sunrise Holiday Retreat was excellent!

Cynthia has done a great job with this retreat. It’s like a small, but we’ll designed, French cottage with an outdoor garden, gazebo, and private hot tub. It was very comfortable and made good use of all the interior space. Will return the next time we’re in the area. Thanks Cynthia!!

Stayed: Submitted: October 16, 2021

Owner response

Well you are so welcome! I so enjoy having you both and it is a pleasure to call you friends! I so look forward to your next visit. Blessings always! Cynthia

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Incredibly charming cottage

Stayed for four nights. Wish we could have stayed for more. The pictures are what made me decide to try it out in the first place. It's even nicer in person. It's also conveniently located to dining, entertainment, and shopping but feels as if you're in your own private oasis. the owners are really nice and have worked hard to continually improve the cottage and surrounding yard. It really is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Stayed: Submitted: July 16, 2021

Owner response

Thank you Dennis for your wonderful review. So Enjoyed meeting you and glad that " Elsa " being so close did not deter your visit. Glad the Katie enjoyed herself as well. Glad to be off help on the places to serve you as well as they did to make it totally work for you. Folks do not know that even the Locals love coming here. Take care you and Katie, Blessings, Cynthia

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Great, peaceful getaway!

My husband and I stayed in the cottage 2 nights, but whished we could've stayed longer! Cynthia was very friendly and super accommodating. The cottage was private, relaxing, and VERY clean. We felt quite comfy while staying there and the cottage had everything we needed and more. We didn't get much of a chance to enjoy the beautiful garden or hot-tub since we were out sight-seeing quite a bit, but the atmosphere of the cottage area was lovely. Bravo, Cynthia, for creating a fabulous getaway for anyone wanting to stay a night or two, or for a long stay! We highly recommend this cottage to anyone considering a stay here! ♥

Stayed: Submitted: July 07, 2021

Owner response

We are very happy to offer the best hospitality that we are able. Keeping up with the COVID CLEANING, we've been doing this for many years. Thanks so much for your very kind words, Many blessings! I so enjoyed meeting you both. Maybe the next time you come you will be using the other amenities available. Take care till we meet again. Cynthia

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A LOVELY short stay!!!

We stayed in this great cottage for two nights. (We wish we could have stayed longer!) Cynthia was SO very nice and accommodating in every way. Everything was immaculately clean and the space provided all that we needed and more! We didn't get to enjoy the beautiful garden or nice hot tub because we were out and about most of the time, but the cottage interior was soft, cozy, comfy, and VERY RELAXING. If we come back to the Sarasota area for any reason, we will check to see if the cottage is available again for rental. I highly recommend staying here, especially if you want quiet, privacy, and the space to feel inviting and CLEAN. :) Bravo, Cynthia, for creating a GREAT cottage getaway for those needing either a short or long stay. ♥

Stayed: Submitted: July 07, 2021

Owner response

Thank you for your sweet and kind review. I wish you were able to stay longer since in my short time to get to know you both I really love meeting you both. Many blessings to you and yours! I so look forward to seeing my new Friends again in the future. Big Hugs coming your way, stay safe and glad you made it home alright. We did just fine with Elsa and all is well! Cynthia

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Rejuvenation Station!

My husband and I are not people who enjoy crowds. This space was perfect. We had ample outdoor space, grill available, and kitchen area inside. My husband loved the outdoor shower. I enjoyed sitting outside in the screened area to eat or just relax. The ceiling fan kept it cool even in 90 degree heat. We were within walking distance of the beach and places to eat if we wanted. We took our bikes and had an area to store and clean before we left. Having the beach chairs and umbrella available was extremely helpful and nice. Every shopping need was within a 10 minute walk/drive. You can definitely pack light! She provided linens and there is a washer/dryer with a drying rack! The lizards made for great entertainment when enjoying the landscaping. Having all of this made our vacation relaxing and not stressful, well-rounded because we went to several different beaches, went kayaking, shopping, ate out for seafood a couple of times, and then had room at our rental to chill out and rest! Definitely would recommend! Cynthia is an amazing host!

Stayed: Submitted: June 29, 2021

Owner response

I am so glad to know our place helped you both to relax from all the stressors going on in life these days! It was a pleasure to meet you both and that I was able to meet your needs. I also liked your helpful information so others may also find refuge here at our place. Take care and Blessings; Cynthia

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Perfect Private Oasis!

I never wanted to leave! From the moment we stepped through the front gate, I was in love! There are not enough accolades in the English language to describe this cottage! From the romantically lit lanai to the private back deck with an awesome outdoor shower and soothing hot tub, Cynthia thought of everything. The inside is superbly decorated! Amenities -- from the in-the-wall ironing board to the high-speed oven (make baked potatoes!), to the most comfortable bed you will sleep in -- I challenge someone to find something they do not love about the Sunrise cottage. The birds singing in the morning added to the ambience! If you are looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of life -- look no further! Awesome location just over the bridge to Siesta Beach! Cynthia is super helpful and accommodating, but also respects your privacy. She steers you to the best restaurants and places to visit. Detewiller's Farm Market is a must stop for fresh fruit, veggies, meats, and baked items! We found that we ate in as much as out. My husband loved the outdoor grill and watching TV on the lanai at night was a new experience for us! We simply cannot wait to return! Thank you Cynthia for everything!

Stayed: Submitted: April 30, 2021

Owner response

I so enjoyed helping and your review was so wonderful. So wonderful I am short on words. Glad we did not disappoint. Look forward to seeing you again. Blessings to you and yours.

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The cutest place in siesta key

This was the very best rental we ever stayed in. Everything was so clean and had everything we could possibly need. We stayed for 2 Nights and wish we could have stayed for 2 weeks. Loved the hot tub and the back deck. We will definitely be back in July. The host goes above and beyond to make sure you have everything you would ever need.

Stayed: Submitted: April 11, 2021

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Dear Julia and Ryan; Thank you for the kind words and so look forward to seeing you both again. Take care and see you soon. Blessings, Cynthia

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Lovely Private Cottage

What a great get away place!! This cottage has all the comforts of home, plus some. Exquisitely decorated French influence throughout, cozy, relaxing, totally private outside deck with hot tub & more, gazebo area with TV, table & chairs, and another area at front entrance, all of which expand your living area exponentially. We visited during spring break and it was so nice to have a quiet relaxing place to stay away from the hustle & bustle . The owner is the ‘best’! She makes sure you have all amenities needed and is a great source of “anything Siesta area” information. A true personal touch very rarely found when traveling. Can’t say enough good about this space. We plan to return ! You feel like you are in Hawaii using the outdoor spaces ! Unique & beautiful .

Stayed: Submitted: April 01, 2021

Owner response

You all were lovely too! Wonderful to make new friends so easily. Glad you did not mind all the COVID 19 precautions taken and the peace of mind that all your needs were met. Blessings, Cynthia

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You’ll not find a better host than Cynthia,

Our stay at Sunrise Holiday Retreat was delightful. We loved the privacy of the cottage and outdoor living spaces. The screened lanai area with a tv and dining table was a daily favorite for us, and the hot tub was a treat following a day boating or at the beach. The cottage has all the amenities we needed and Cynthia provided a friendly welcome with many helpful tips for enjoying our stay.

Stayed: Submitted: January 07, 2021

Owner response

Thanks so much and I am pleased to hear you we very happy. Many Blessings to you and yours! Cynthia

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Home away from home!

Meeting the hosts and feeling right at home are the highlight of our trip! Everything was clean and sanitized and we had no concerns of safety at all during our stay. (Extra important due to the COVID issues) The cottage has plenty of space to be outside and had complete privacy, to use the screen cabana, hot tub and the front garden. Our dog felt welcomed and enjoyed her time with us as she sensed Cynthia’s love for dogs and all her special pet stations set up ahead of time! We went to three different dog parks and saved the dog beach in Venus for the last outing. My husband’s favorite part was the super comfy bed and the smart tv! Mine was the hospitality of the hostess and the deluxe shower they call the “human car wash”!!

Stayed: Submitted: July 18, 2020

Owner response

You folks are so sweet and I think you know how important to me I wish you a glorious stay! Your dog; Sugar was such a sweetie. Enjoyed the photo of your kid at the beach! Take Care New Friends! Cynthia & Bruce

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The perfect winter retreat

Location was perfect. We have visited Sarasota for many years and this location was exactly where we wanted to be. It is just across the Stickney Point bridge to Siesta Key and about a mile to Turtle Beach and good restaurants. Only about 3 or so miles to Siesta Key Village. The property is very well maintained with all the required amenities plus some bonus extras like a hot tub, outside shower, complete fenced in privacy, a gas grill and beautiful tropical jungle type plants and trees. Palm trees with lighted trunks, lanai with lighted canopy and a private deck with lighted umbrella, table and chairs and chairs for lying in the sun. The owners, Cynthia and Bruce were extremely nice and willing to do whatever it takes to make our stay pleasant and comfortable.

Stayed: Submitted: January 21, 2020

Owner response

Thank you Dan & Karen; We are so happy your first stay with us was a Happy One! Little Daisy sure looked happy too! We are close and covenant to all of what Florida has to offer. We are striving to always make it better. Blessings to you and yours!

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Perfect little cottage oasis

This small cottage has so much to offer. Our stay was fantastic! The king bed is so sleep ever away from home. Amenities from great shower, comfortable bed, great kitchen, hot tub & private deck, private screened porch area, outside grill, washer/drier & VERY private for renters. My biggest pet piev is a property that is not clean....it was very clean!! Made me very happy. Plus very comfortable beach chairs & umbrella. Cynthia was great to work with and very friendly!! She lives onsite so anything that pops up, shes there in a minute! Seriously!!But respects your privacy. We will definitely be back!! THANK YOU CYNTHIA FOR A GREAT VACATION!!! Angel's on your pillow!!!

Stayed: Submitted: October 07, 2019

Owner response

Your are so kind; Thank you. We so look forward to seeing you and Terry in March 2020. Gosh; I remember you talking about your pet peeve; no one has ever phrased it that way before but we are very happy your happy! We hope you both have even a better time with your up and coming visit. Many Blessings to you and yours; Cynthia

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A delightful vacation cottage

My husband and I spent five wonderful weeks at Sunrise Holiday Retreat in January of 2019.It is a pretty place, nicely landscaped with palm trees and flowers and outdoor seating to enjoy the vegetation and songbirds. The weather was warm and we were able to enjoy the very private deck with the spa and the lanai. The cottage is small but so well designed that we did not feel crowded. The kitchen is well equipped (microwave, dishwasher, full fridge) and functional. The GE microwave/convection oven was particularly helpful for making meals quickly. The king size bed is comfortable.The shower system with rain, handheld and jets options, temperature control with good pressure and plenty of warm water is delightful.Cynthia and Bruce were the most attentive, responsive and helpful hosts we have ever encountered (we have rented quite a few places). The location was perfect and we were able to easily access everything that Sarasota has to offer from the nearby Siesta Key beaches, to the parks and the downtown area. We are looking forward to our next visit!

Stayed: Submitted: October 06, 2019

Owner response

Thank you so much Michele & Reuben; for you kinds words. We are so looking forward to seeing you both in January and hope you continue to enjoy some of the new maybe small features we have done. But all with one goal to make your stay with us a little better than the last. Blessings to you both my new friends; Cynthia & Bruce

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