Historic Gulf Coast Cottage - Taste of Old Florida

The William Guthrie House
The William Guthrie HouseOpen Plan Living-Dining RoomCook's KitchenBreakfast Bar in Sunny KitchenSuper Size wash and DrySpacious Shower Enclosure in Large Family BathBeautiful Traditional Wash Basin in Family BathMaster BedroomCosy Guest BedroomTraditional Florida Sleeping PorchToday's Catch!The ShackThe Shack Dining/Working Area
“ Excellent ”
3 Reviews

From $135 / night



Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per night: $135 - $235
Per week: $625 - $1,425
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Cortez vacation cottage rental
Historic Cortez Fishing Village, home to THE WILLIAM GUTHRIE HOUSE, hugs the coast of Sarasota Bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is only minutes to Anna Maria Island. The traditional “cracker house” was built in 1915 and was lovingly restored to a superior standard in 2006. It is a charming 1200 sq. ft. self-catering holiday cottage, 100 yards from Sarasota Bay, 0.3 mile from Bradenton Beach and minutes from Anna Maria Island. This lovingly restored self-catering rental cottage with sun deck, screened porch and BBQ sleeps 1-4 persons, has 2 bedrooms, 1 traditional sleeping porch, 1 large family shower room, open plan living/dining area and cook’s kitchen all with central heat and air conditioning. The hardwood floors, bead board walls and fireplace are just a few of the original features. In addition, The Shack, a studio cottage is an additional 280 sq. ft. with air conditioning, sleeps 1-2 persons, on 1 sleeper sofa and has 1 complete shower room.
Area Information
About the Village of Cortez: Historic Cortez Village hugs the coast of Sarasota Bay and is one of the few surviving fishing villages on Florida’s west coast. The waters offshore are know as “The Kitchen” because of the bounty of fish harvested from these waters in the early days. Today Cortez has become a haven for artists, writers and fisherman who enjoy the unspoiled environment and slow pace of life.

Cortez is really a world all its own. In many ways, it is like taking a step back in time. You will be charmed by the old bungalows and cottages, many dating back to the 1920s, situated along short, narrow roads dotted with palm trees.

There are neighboring commercial fish houses on Sarasota Bay, where anglers dock their fishing boats and unload their fresh catches each and every day.

Bradenton: Bradenton is a friendly town offering historical attractions and outdoor activities for the young, and young at heart. It is located on the southern most part of Tampa Bay between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. From the dazzling white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the banks of the Manatee River, Bradenton offers swimming, fishing, boating, parasailing, canoeing or kayaking. A half dozen beautiful golf courses are located in Bradenton, where the weather is not an issue and you can play sun up to sun down.

The Orlando attractions such as Disney World, MGM Studio and Sea World are just an hour and a half away from Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island: Anna Maria Island is located off the west coast of Florida between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. It’s accessed by two bridges from the mainland and is the northernmost of a string of barrier islands that stretch south to the Florida Keys. Anna Maria Island supports three cities, Anna Maria at the northern end, Holmes Beach in the center and Bradenton Beach at the southern tip. The island boasts a seven-mile long beach rimmed with tall and graceful Australian pines, some as high as 60 feet. There are three fishing piers, charter and sailboat rentals, as well as any number of beach activities to enjoy. Parasailing is a fun way to get a unique look at the island, and there are public tennis courts in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. If golf is your game, Anna Maria Island is just a short drive to more than 45 championship courses.

There are many beachside restaurants, just a bridge walk away, with wonderful views where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.

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Availability Calendar



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
May 01 2016 Aug 31 2016 $160 $160 $735 $2,100 3 Nights
Sep 01 2016 Dec 31 2016 $135 $135 $625 $1,800 3 Nights
Jan 01 2017 Apr 30 2017 $235 $235 $1,425 $3,875 3 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 11.5%
Deposits: Payment Terms: A 50% deposit of the entire rental fee is required upon reservation. All payments must be made by personal check, cashier’s check, money order or credit card or PayPal account via PayPal Email Invoicing, in the exact amount, to Pineapple Property Group, LLC. Checks must be payable in US funds; otherwise any bank fees to convert to US funds will be the guest’s responsibility. No post-dated checks will be accepted. Returned checks will be charged according to Florida law.
Payment Options: Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Final payments: 50% balance, taxes plus a $50.00 non-refundable maintenance fee are due 30 days prior to arrival. Payments not received by the due date may result in cancellation of the reservation and forfeited deposit. Security Deposit: A security deposit is not required. Instead a maintenance fee is charged to ensure coverage of any possible loss/damage that may occur during the rental period. A thorough inventory with walk through will be done on the day of departure.



  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bikes
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Porch
  • Beach Towels
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Gas Grill
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Ocean
    (<1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (1 mile)
  • Golf
    (5 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Beach
    (1 mile)
  • Parasailing
    (1 mile)
  • Grocery Store
    (5 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (1 mile)
  • Movie Theater
    (5 miles)

Reviews (3)

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“ Excellent ”
3 reviews
Tom Ryon

Tom Ryon

Warrenton, VA

Great, comfortable, and well maintained

July 14, 2015

This was our second stay at the Guthrie House and had a great experience both times. Very well maintained and updated house with all of the amenities you would need to be comfortable. Great location close to the beach and 2 minute walk to wonderful local seafood restaurant.

Gigi Ortwein

Owner's reply:

Thank you Tom! I'm very glad that you and your family enjoyed your return visit.

Shannon Coykendall

Shannon Coykendall


Slice of old Florida

April 19, 2015

Charming cottage in a quiet area of Cortez. Walk to beaches, docks, shopping. All you need is a bike for longer jaunts. Beautifully decorated, comfortable and spacious.

Gigi Ortwein

Owner's reply:

Thank you Shannon. We're really glad that you enjoyed your stay. Come again!

Melodie Burkett

Melodie Burkett

Creemore, Ontario, Canada

Hemingway would have been inspired!

January 17, 2015

Unique, old Florida. Friendly locals and walking distance to 3 quaint old fish joints with fresh & the best seafood anywhere in the world! The William Guthrie House is sparkling clean, with cozy charm. Everything you need is supplied to make your dream vacation a dream come true. The owners are nearby to ensure everything meets your expectations. My husband and I had a wonderful time. We met nice locals and tourist alike. The beaches are just " the bridge" away from the magic of Anna Maria Island but the best part for me was returning to the quieter "fishin" village of Cortez. and all their generational fishermen and fisher ladies, polite children and doggies. I even met a local mascot ,tame and docile rooster who I named "Doodle Do!"

Gigi Ortwein

Owner's reply:

Hi Melodie-- such a pleasure getting to know you. We're so glad you love our little village as much as we do. It is truly old Florida at its very best.

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