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Kathleen Murtagh-Galea
Fabulous stay on Anna Maria

It was a joy to stay in this beautiful house. The two levels and two kitchens worked great for our large family. The kitchens were well equipped with new appliances, extra large blenders and plenty of dinnerware. It was a nice treat to be provided with soaps and moisturizers in each bath. The large pool sits overlooking the canal and tiki hut. A fun place to spend the week! Highly recommended!

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Sara B.
Beautiful place - great for large groups

I recently got to stay here and - WOW! - this is a beautiful property that has recently been lovingly restored to what was likely better than its former glory. The property has amazing views from the front and back with ample outdoor living space and comfortable seating. There is a lot to do here, with HDTVs both inside and out, a heated outdoor pool with LED lights and did I mention a tiki bar?! This was a lot of fun to use while we enjoyed watching a game, grilling and drinks poolside. Our young ones enjoyed spying for wildlife from the dock where we got to see a manatee and her calf munching on the mandrakes. The property is conveniently close to Pine Street and I could easily walk over to the Sandbar and the Gulf side where I prefer the beaches. The owners even had two golf carts to rent, which helped in getting our group around. The inside is wonderful, especially for large groups. The furniture is comfy and you can tell everything is brand new, from the kitchens to the bathrooms and the high-end beds. Because it's a duplex, our party could split up and enjoy some downtime as we got kids to bed or up for breakfast - the two kitchens were a convenience I never thought I needed but SO nice to have. The rooms were beautifully decorated and the beds were very comfortable. I also appreciated the little touches, like high-end travel size toiletries and fluffy towels and ample closet space. Carolyn the owner was an absolute sweetheart who responded immediately to any of our questions and requests. By far, this is the best VRBO experience we've ever had with a property. We look forward to going back!

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Kari W.
After Christmas Stay

Our family recently stayed here and had a lovely time. The backyard is unique with a Tiki bar, great lighting, large heated pool and direct access to canal with a great view. We used the Bluetooth speaker to listen to music and made slushies with the drink mixer. Our children used the kayaks to paddle up and down the canal and fish from the dock. We used the gas fire pit one night when the wind picked up and made it chilly. Otherwise, we were blessed with unseasonably warm days.

The location was very convenient and we found ourselves walking the majority of the time when we went to lunch/dinner. There are two separate levels with only outdoor staircases to access the upper level. There is a kitchen on both levels, which was convenient. Having over 10 family members, neither level had enough seating for us to all sit down at a table/bar at the same time, so we ate outside for most of our meals. Luckily the weather cooperated and it was the preferable place to be anyway with a TV and large outdoor modular as well as tables/bar for seating.

The furnishings are brand new, from the kitchen appliances, countertops, washer/dryer, tiled showers, flooring to the memory foam gel beds. The beach décor was well done. Not having to bring beach towels or buy beach chairs was a huge plus.

We used Stray Dog Charters in Cortez, FL for a 4-hour trip for 2 adults, 4 children. The kids were so proud of all the grouper and snapper they caught, which fed 12 at the Tide Tables restaurant, 14 for a cookout at the house and even more to take home.

 

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Ann w.
STOP LOOKING!!!!!!

This is the house to book! The photos do not do it justice and the owner thought of everything! She was wonderful at communication and answering my questions. It is a perfect place for a large group. When we arrived and saw the "backyard", we knew we hit the jackpot! With a pool, tiki bar, and a beautiful view of the canal, what else could we ask for? We honestly spent most of our days sitting around the deck enjoying the comfortable lounge chairs (I believe there was 10?), paddling in the canal with the kayaks, playing in the pool, and making up drinks with the drink mixer. We grilled most nights with a high end gas grill and warmed ourselves by the gas fire place. Like I said, everything was thought of to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. When traveling so far, it was nice not to worry about hauling beach chairs towels, etc. The location is perfect as we could walk to the bay side and a few restaurants. We could even walk to the gulf side beach. If you are into working out, there is a gym within walking distance as well. The owner does offer to rent golf carts. The inside newly updated and the appliances and furnishings are high end. It was nice to have two kitchens to work from and they are well stocked for any type of cooking. The furniture and beds were comfortable and it was nice to have so many smart TV's for use. If you are looking for a place that has it all and provides all, this is it! Thanks Carolyn!

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Anonymous
FANTASTIC PROPERTY!!!

This is a great house! We loved it so much - the Tiki bar is so fun! Carolyn was the best - always available immediately if we had questions or needed anything. Highly recommend! We plan on going back.

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Amber W.
Unbelievable

This rental was unbelievable. And the outdoor space couldn't be beat. We never once sat inside the house. We started our mornings on the deck in front of the house drinking coffee and friending an egret who came within inches of us. The pool is huge, the tiki bar was the best. We felt like we were sitting at our own private bar. The pizza oven and hotdog bar for the kids was awesome as we didn't have to feed them between meals as they just made their own. We used the fireplace at night when it was a little colder. We used the kayaks and came very close to manatees and dolphins. There are numerous places to sit outside on upper level and lower level. We loved having all the pool toys, beach equipment, great beach chairs and a bicycle. Probably the best part was having 10 really nice pool chairs. We have never had that before and we have been to AMI several years. Everything was quality. We had so many great memories this week and some of that had to with the terrific space. There are 3 fridges and a deep freezer in the tiki bar. Carolyn was the best. I felt like we became friends and she went out of her way to make our week great. This rental will not disappoint. We LOVED it!

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Eric D.
Quality Place!

Poolside furniture was awesome! It accommodated all of our family. Tiki hut was fun to use and convenient. Outdoor lighting was great! Location was super and close to many restaurants. Our family loved how spacious the home was! The owner even accommodated our 9 month old with awesome kid friendly items for him to play safely. Manatees in the canal were awesome to watch.

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Amy D.
Excellent home for families/groups

Beautiful property, interior decor beautiful and fit the island vibe! Tiki bar, pool, 2 outdoor tvs were a must have, and made our vaca that much more enjoyable! Wouldnt want to rent another home without one now!! The dock was used immensely, as we had a lot of fisherman/women/kids!!! Rented some kayaks, and was able to go right off the dock and see many manatees's!! Really cool experience by all from 4 years old to 60's that were in our group!! LOTS of entertainment just at the house!! It was awesome! My whole group of 16 couldnt think of anything more we needed than what we had and provided! Thank you! Beautiful & fun home! You wont be disappointed if renting this home on the beautiful Anna Maria Island!!

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Robyn P.
The Perfect House

We absolutely loved this house. It’s the perfect vacation spot. Carolyn has thought of every detail. You literally only need to bring your swimsuit. The tiki hut is so fun, the swinging chair was a favorite, there is enough seating for everyone to be comfortable. The house decor is not only charming but also so cozy. Carolyn was so quick to answer any question we had and so easy to talk too. We absolutely LOVED the location and the house. We can’t wait to come back. Thank you for a wonderful time with family!!

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Jess K.
Little Piece of Paradise

This home was perfect for us! Our group included my mother and father in-law, my husband and me, our adult daughter and her spouse, and our teenage daughter and her friend. My in-laws, husband, and I took the upstairs unit and our adult daughter and her spouse, and our teenage daughter and her friend took the downstairs unit. We spent a lot of time together outside (the pool, tiki bar, and dock were wonderful), but were able to spread out and have our own space inside when we wanted to. When we ate in, there was enough room for all of us to eat together in the upstairs unit. Everything was clean and in good condition. And the mattresses were VERY comfortable!

We spent the vast majority of our time out back. We saw manatees off the dock almost daily - sometimes several times during the day! They came VERY close to the dock - it was amazing to see them so close! There were always lots of birds, fish, crabs, and lizards to watch from the dock as well. Sitting on the dock in the adirondack chair, drinking my coffee, and taking it all in each morning was my favorite time of the day!

Using the kayaks that Carolyn provided and kayaking through the canals was fun for the girls! Our teenager daughter and her friend rode the bikes we rented to the beach several days. And my husband and I rode the bikes around the northern end of the island several mornings and evenings. I really enjoyed riding around and looking at the houses and scenery. It was a fun way to get some exercise in each day!

Someone else had mentioned in their review about ordering groceries online and having them delivered. I'm so glad I saw that - what a GREAT idea! We ordered groceries ahead of time using Instacart and had them delivered shortly after our arrival time. And to note - there are several store options on Instacart that will deliver to this location.

Communicating with Carolyn was easy - she answered all of my questions quickly. Her home is in a great location to get to the beaches, shops, and restaurants (many within walking distance) and the setting on the canal is perfect! The home is well appointed with everything you'd need to thoroughly enjoy this little piece of paradise that is AMI! Don't hesitate to book this one - it won't disappoint!