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Guest house
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Description from owner

Newly remodeled 'Old Florida' Guest Cottage is a charming vacation rental destination located half a block from Sarasota Bay on a one block street, west of the Trail. A well equipped, fully applianced eat-in kitchen, two full bathrooms, a bedroom with a queen bed, and living room, is ideal for a couple, but suitable for 3 persons. All linens, towels, and needed amenities provided. Digital cable TV, broadband Internet, and WiFi(Wireless Internet) available. A spacious screened porch and landscaped courtyard allow for relaxing in the shade or in the sun around the heated pool. BBQ grill on site for outdoor meal preparation and enjoyment. Separate laundry area includes a washer/dryer. Plenty of parking in the circular drive or parking pad.

Beds: 1 Queen Bed, 1 single rollaway.

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4821581

About the area

Located west of "The Trail" on a one block residential street, half a block from Sarasota Bay. Approximately 1 mile north of the Ringling Museum and Asolo Theatre, the Old Florida Guest Cottage is conveniently located about half way between downtown Sarasota and Bradenton. Plenty of shopping, beaches, dining, live theater, Major League Baseball Spring Training facilities [Pittsburgh Pirates & Baltimore Orioles], galleries, museums, cinemas, golf courses, botanical gardens, performing arts, opera, symphony performances, antiquing, higher education opportunities, public libraries are all within easy reach from here. If desired, public transportation [MCAT] is within easy walking distance. Fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, parasailing, horseback riding, nature perserves, and the Myakka River and Oscar Sherer State parks are all within easy access. Tampa is about 1 hour north and Orlando is 2 hours drive from Sarasota.

Getting around

The easiest way to move about is by automobile. There is a bus stop (MCAT) about a 5-10 minute walk away.

Getting here

The closest airport is Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ) - ONLY 2 miles from our location. Tampa International Airport (TPA) - approximately 50 miles away. We are located west of Tamiami Trail, half a block from Sarasota Bay on a one block residential street. There is a parking pad that is shared by 2 vehicles. Parking is also available in the circular drive. Public transportation (MCAT) bus stop is about a 5 - 10 minute walk away.

Owner profile

Tom L.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English



  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Twin bed


  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • DVD player
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Bikes
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (10)

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10 reviews

“Christmas in Sarasota!”

Reviewed 2 Jan 2016

My husband and I rented the month of December so that we could spend time with family who live in Sarasota. Our New York daughter spent a week at the cottage with us. We so enjoyed the privacy, comfortable cottage and pool. It was wonderful having a large fenced yard for our two small poodles off of the kitchen, the large Lanai, and a well stocked large laundry room. The neighborhood is quiet and everyone was friendly. Walks along the Bay provided gorgeous views of sunsets, seabirds, birds of prey, and fish leaping from the water.....it was heavenly. The restaurants are plentiful, and beaches fabulous. We spent the end of our stay enjoying Moscow's Nutcracker at the Van Wezel. If you love theater, fine dining, the arts,beaches, and first class shopping....this is the place for you.

Owner's reply: We are pleased that our Sarasota Guest Cottage met your every need for your December stay. The comfortable and quiet neighborhood affords you quality ttime with visiting family as well as scenic walks to Sarasota Bay in our dog friendly accommodation. As you discovered our location is close to so many cultural attractions as well as fine restaurants and shops. We look forward to hosting your Sarasota visit in the future.

“November is my new vacation favorite”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2015

Well I stayed at the lovely cottage and was in love at once . Having busy days in Sarasota, makes this private setting by the pool in the evening a treasure. Carefully appointed with every day items takes the burden of shopping away. . It's touching to read the guest book of prior guests and to read their stories. As requested I replaced the items I used and Was glad to do it. This civility is heartwarming . As a retired widow, the owner made a plan for me to visit my beloved city " off season". I Hope to return next year, I love that cottage. The fellows from Rosebay were lovely to me, when I needed a little help, they came to my rescue . There is a good feeling , a safe felling, at the cottage and walks on the Bay were beautiful. I feel lucky to experience the "homey" environment Sarasota is growing fast , visiting the museums , university and seeing my sister-in - laws new little store taking hold in Sarasota was heaven.

“Well appointed 1 bedroom cottage”

Reviewed 16 Feb 2015

This one bedroom cottage, in a very quiet neighborhood, has all the amenities including a beautiful pool literally ten steps out your doorway. Well located near SRQ and such must see attractions as the Ringling Museum and the Crosley Estate. Short ride to downtown Sarasota, University Pkwy shopping, and St. Armand Circle. AND beautiful sunsets overlooking Longboat Key a very short walk away.

Owner's reply: A perfect getaway experience for a week or a longer stay to enjoy walks to Sarasota Bay and short drives to the many attractions and restaurants nearby. Come to your 'home away from home' to relax and enjoy the many amenities offered to you. Thank you for your return visits, Steve and Joanne. We look forward to your next Sarasota visit and your stay with us.

“Wonderful time”

Reviewed 29 Nov 2014

We totally enjoyed our month long stay in Sarasota fl and in our cottage on Hernando Ave. The pool was warm and inviting. Very clean. The location was convent to most everything . Our neighbors in the main house for one week were friendly too. We are glad we chose to visit Sarasota and to stay at the cottage. Thank you Tom and Bill too. Sincerely, Greg and Mary Hobbs.

Owner's reply: Thank you Greg and Mary for your kind review. We hope that when you return to Sarasota, you will continue to enjoy not only our guest cottage, but all that Sarasota has to offer. We look forward to your next stay with us. Tom Lyon, Owner

“Perfect in every way!!!”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2014

Don't ever want to leave here. What a beautiful street walking by the bay every day. The pool is amazing. Thank you, Tom, for renting this to us. We had the best time.

Owner's reply: I am pleased that your month's stay in our Guest Cottage met your every expectation and you discovered thequiet and beauty of our neighborhood with its access to Sarasota Bay. Hopefully, you can visit and stay with us again!

“Old Florida Guest Cottage”

Reviewed 15 Jun 2012

I felt really at home in the cottage. It was close to everything and the Sarasota bay was at the end of the street. The pool was fantastic. I took a six mile walk around the neighborhood and it was just beautiful.

Owner's reply: Thank you Juliane. We strive to make "our" home "your" home with comfort, cleanliness, relaxation, convenience, and everyday amenities key considerations for guests. We look forward to your return to our "Old Florida Neighborhood". Tom and Jean Lyon

“Just Like Paradise”

Reviewed 16 May 2012

We felt right at home in the guest cottage. There was plenty of room for the two of us. It was far better than staying in a hotel. The cottage is light and airy and very comfortable. We absolutely loved the pool area. It was wonderful to get up in the morning walk out the door just a few steps and have the pool right there. We swam every day, usually morning and evening. It was so relaxing to enjoy the warm water while looking at the beautiful tropical landscaping. Thank you for sharing you wonderful home. We will be back.

Owner's reply: We truly appreciate your complimentary observations about your stay in our Sarasota Guest Cottage.We look forward to your return. Thank you. Tom and Jean Lyon

“Enjoyable Place”

Reviewed 2 Mar 2012

Nice home for two people. Convenient for almost everything. Some airport noise and it needs a decent chair or new cushions in the living room. Disposal in sink would have been nice; haven't had to paw scraps in a while. But, the place is nice and the pool is right out he door. I would stay again.

“Felt Like Home From the Minute I Walked In!”

Reviewed 25 May 2011

I stayed at this wonderful cottage for three months and always felt at right at home in my little piece of paradise at the cottage by the Bay! The water views are right down the street displaying breathtaking sunsets; it is a peaceful, quiet, safe neighborhood with a spectacular mix of older and newer houses. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening walks, the landscaping, pool and patio areas.... everything I needed was there... and it is close to everything... including Downtown and the beaches. I needed to come back to Sarasota this month and was pleased to be able to stay at the cottage again... I immediately felt comfortable, relaxed and at home once more. Poolside is great for entertaining friends too! The cottage easily accommodates 2/3 comfortably. Anytime I am in town, I will come back again and again to the cottage. Highly recommended for wonderful, accommodating stay and delightful memories in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

“Small Cottage”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2010

Wonderful cottage- just right for two/three. Plenty of room, enclosed lanai, and heated pool. Just a block form bay. Close to lots of sights and great eating places. Will return again!!!

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

"...just wanted to let you that we had a great stay at the cottage. It was so clean and cute and fitted our needs. We really enjoyed it and appreciate all you ... did for us on such short notice."

Thanks again,


PS..loved the pool and our neighbors!

April 22, 2015 email