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1 / 20 Waterfall pool & jacuzzi in your absolutely private island garden paradise.

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 2 / Sleeps 6 / House
Bedrooms: 3  Bathrooms: 2   Sleeps: 6  Type: House

1 Full bath, 1 Shower

Anna Maria Island Private Tropical Garden Home

PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE - This unique custom home is hidden on a huge garden lot surrounded by palms, birds of paradise, tropical plants and a 6 ft fence. Few island homes offer this degree of privacy. SPACIOUS ELEGANCE - The home has 2,600 sq ft (240 sq m.) of ground level indoor living space with sunny, private garden views from every room. CONVENIENT SPLIT FLOORPLAN: The queen bed master suite is at the west end. The east end has 2 guest bedrooms with shared bath (queen + twins). PRIVATE GARDEN POOL - The screened pool and front lanai add 1,800+ sq ft of outdoor living space. The waterfall pool features a jacuzzi spa (heated in the cool season). HUGE KITCHEN FOR SOCIALIZING - The kitchen has two separate areas: a cooking area with large wet-bar island with swivel seats, and a serving/clean up area with pass-through window to dining room and a view of the pool waterfall. The kitchen also has a greenhouse for a tropical touch. DIGITAL FEATURES - Rental includes wireless broadband Internet, digital phone with unlimited long distance in the US and Canada, premium cable TV with a digital TV recorder and XM satellite radio (100+ channels) with indoor and pool speakers. ONE WEEK MINIMUM RENTAL -- DUE TO OPEN POOL ACCESS HOME MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN.

TripAdvisor property ID 4312167

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Book this 3 bedroom house in Holmes Beach today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 101 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $2059 to as high as $3090, depending on travel dates.

The owner responds to 95% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Jan 14, 2019.

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About the owner

About the owner

Kent D.

Tourist License: DWE5105175

Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 Jan 2019
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English



Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Holmes-beach Attractions




  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central heating
  • Clothes dryer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Pool / Spa

  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)

Property Features

  • High chair
  • Secure parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Satellite TV
  • TV


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking not allowed


  • 1 Full bath
  • 1 Shower


Reviews (101)

Excellent – based on 101 reviews Excellent
101 reviews

Very Good


Reviewed 9 Apr 2018

Wow, what a fun stay! Pa and Kent were very proactive in our communication and that made everything easy. Every time I thought”gee, it’s time to send an email. “ There was always one waiting for me. The house was everything we wanted. Plenty of room, a huge tv in the family room and so many fun little spaces to gather and eat or read or just relax. The pool area is outstanding. It felt so private with all the plants and fence and decorations that you totally forget that you are on a busy little island. Kent and Pa went out of their way to make sure we had bikes for all and we thougholy enjoyed them. The beach is truly just a short walk and an even shorter bikeride. Super awesome beaches. We visited many, both gulf side and bayside. A really fun island with lots to do and see, most of it within walking or biking distance. Thanks so much Pa and Kent for sharing your home with us. We highly recommend staying here Hope to see you again The Huisman’s Kent,Mary, Abraham, Peter, Maeve and Rex P.S. Kent, please don’t judge my writing skills. At lease II have spell check!!

Response from the owner You were such terrific guests we felt guilty sending you back to the Great White North (actually south of the border, but arriving to snow and 5 degree temps in April counts!). Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Please come back to your island in the sun again! Kent & Pa

“Best rental, best hosts -- hands down!”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2017

I booked this rental with the intention of relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun and hanging out with family for just over a week. Hurricane Irma had other plans, and we had to cut our vacation short. But I cannot overemphasize how gracious Kent and Pa were as hosts. Because of them--and because of how great their property is--we had such a great time before we had to evacuate. And Kent went above and beyond to make sure we had the most up-to-date weather forecasts, so that instead of watching sometimes sensationalized TV reporting we could maximize our shortened vacation with peace of mind and still safely make it off the island and eventually out of Florida with my disabled father and baby daughter. Even after the evacuation, Kent and Pa continued to check up on us and processed a refund without hesitation for the days we were evacuated. Those particular circumstances hopefully will never be applicable to anyone else, so let me say a few things about the property itself. It is AWESOME! The pool area is the best I've ever experienced, and the house is so spacious you never feel on top of one another. It's also walking distance from just about everything you could want on AMI (with immediate vicinity to the trolley stop), but landscaped so beautifully that you feel like you're on your own private island. I echo other reviews that there is a temptation not to rave about it, because you really want it all to yourself. I mean, where else could you actually deal with fleeing from a hurricane and still want to go back the first chance you get?! We can't wait to return to this little slice of paradise. We'd been to Anna Maria Island before at a bed and breakfast, and had a great time then too, but nothing can beat this rental. Wishing Kent and Pa all the best with the cleanup and repairs in the wake of Irma. I have no doubt they will restore it to the same pristine condition it existed when I checked in, because it is so obvious how much they truly care for this fantastic property.

Response from the owner We are humbled by your words... especially after the "adventure" you had down here! In 11 years of hosting folks at the garden home we've had wind, rain, 3ft of water in the street out front, lions, tigers and bears (oh my) but we've *never* had an honest to goodness hurricane evacuation. You and your family where the BEST throughout with your great communications, good spirits and having a ball up until it was time to get out of Dodge. Your daughter is going to enjoy hearing this family legend for a long time to come! We sure look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for being extraordinary guests in extraordinary circumstances! Kent & Pa


Reviewed 17 Jun 2017

The home, location and amenities were wonderful. The pool and hot tub were great. We were a party of six and there was something for everyone to do of all ages. The one thing that really turned us all off was the three visit from the owner of the home and all were not scheduled. We thought that was not necessary and we don't known why she kept coming over. The one time we thought they should have come over was when the pool flooded into the house. One member of our party knew how to pump the pool down and out into to the street. This saved the home from flooding. We put towels down where the water was coming into home and swept the water back outside. The home owner only asked "how many towels did you use". Thought that was strange. They also made calls to use that were not necessary about check out time. Wanted to know what time we would be out. I told them 10:00 a.m. which was check out. Then they wanted to come by before we left. Not necessary and it put a damper on the vacation. We were at dinner when they called, which was poor timing. If they have issues with people staying at their home they should not have a vacation rental. This could have been eliminated by going through a rental agency, which we thought we were.

Response from the owner Dear "Different", We're sorry you weren't pleased with our hosting and hope you can find accommodations more to your style in the future. In 15 years of offering hospitality on the island our #1 priority has been great communications in serving our guests. We always want to know how to make your stay as comfortable as possible., before and after arrival. We make an effort to meet all our guests in person and to communicate, well, not to intrude, but to see if we can do or provide anything else to make their stay better. In your case there were severe weather problems beyond our control so we worked to be especially vigilant. Three days of tropical storms caused the pool to overflow to the point water actually began coming into the house. This has happened three times in 10 years. We live 45 mins away and had to rely on the local pool company to address this problem, and to your use of towels when water started to come into the house. Pa asked about the number of towels used to see if you needed more, or needed us to do laundry for you. We are sorry to have intruded on your privacy in trying to help. We manage, clean, maintain and use this home personally, and love to share it with guests that don't want an impersonal "bare bones" rental from real estate agencies that rent hundreds of homes. Regarding the 10AM check-out we always arrive at about 9:50AM to meet departing guests and learn about any problems with the home. Most guests don't stay until the very last minute so we want to know if they are leaving early. If so, we arrive earlier so we can meet them, and also that helps us get the home ready before 4PM for the next guests (as we did for you). We hope other potential guests read your review and our reply. We won't be changing anything about our procedures, especially in emergency weather situations such as you experienced. We do hope you can continue to enjoy the island at other properties. Sincerely, Kent & Pa Davis


Reviewed 12 Apr 2017

This home was perfect for our family of five! We loved the multitude of living spaces (screened-in front porch, two living rooms inside, the screened-in back yard with pool and hot tub, beautiful yard) and the spacious bedrooms. It was spotless when we arrived and had oh-so-many extras. My husband misses the 70" tv and I miss the super large sliding glass doors that we left open throughout the day (because of the screened in pool, there are no bugs!). Kent and Pa brought their brand new crockpot over for us to use and bought a new air pump to inflate water toys. They could not have been more helpful and friendly. We were amazed at the amount of kitchen items provided for ease of preparing foods and the thoughtful items provided throughout the home. Friends visited us on the island, and they wanted to move out of their rental homes and move into ours. We truly loved every moment of our stay and hope to go back some day. I can't say enough about how wonderful the entire process was. The only reason I would discourage someone from renting this house, is if they want to rent it the same week we do!

Response from the owner Thank you so much for your detailed comments. You were GREAT guests and we'd love to welcome you back to your island home! (-: Kent & Pa

“Peace, Tranquility, Fun, 5 Stars is Not Enough”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2015

From the moment we inquired about the availability of our week, I knew we were in for something special. Kent and Pa were incredibly fast in replying to any questions, and went way out of their way to make sure that anything we needed would be in place for our arrival. We even got a phone call welcoming us to Florida as we were leaving the Tampa airport! We arrived to a spotless, flawless, fantastically decorated house with a lovely note welcoming us to our 'home', along with a weather report reminding us how miserable it was back in Ohio! Over the phone, Kent gave me the lay of the land, and several helpful, tips, tricks and recommendations of things to see and do in the area. The house has a nicely stocked kitchen, spacious seating areas, beautiful dining room, a monster tv, 3 nicely sized bedrooms, and the greatest pool ever. We spent 85% of our time in AMI lounging in the pool area. The kids LOVED the in-ground spa, and the waterslide was such a treat. The outdoor shower was a nice bonus for cleaning up after going to the beach, which is a short walk away. Kent and Pa provided everything we could possibly need to enjoy our stay. Bikes, beach toys, tons of towels, maps, and points of interest. Any questions we had via email or text were answered almost immediately (I could have called, but prefer to communicate electronically). We didn't physically meet Kent and Pa until the morning of our departure, but they made us so welcomed, we felt like we've been friends with them for years. The charm of this house, and the island was not lost on us; we truly have found our 'home'. Can't wait to return. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“Great family vacation home!”

Reviewed 7 Apr 2015

My wife, daughter & friend, and my parents stayed in this home in March of this year. It was laid out perfect for what we needed. The home has a very large comfortable center living space which includes a large living room, a separate sitting place, large dining area, and a very nice kitchen space. The home is very well stocked with whatever you may need, from kitchen ware to beach chairs. Even though it does not sit right on the beach it is a very short walk or drive to beach access. The pool and hot tub with a nice sitting area was very relaxing and private. I would recommend this home to a family or group of friends looking for a great vacation spot. You are within a short driving distance to great food and shopping as well.

“A little piece of paradise.”

Reviewed 18 Mar 2015

419 Clark has been our vacation destination for six years. This spacious ranch is uniquely decorated, spotless and offers a fully equipped large kitchen, great dining room table that comfortably seats 8-10 guests and dreamy pillow top mattresses on all the beds. The house features an abundance of ceiling fans and slicing doors to porches and the beautifully landscaped lanai that keep the house cool and comfortable. The lanai offers a perfect blend of sun and shade for a lazy day at the pool, grilling out then enjoying the evening sipping cool beverages while sitting in the hot tub listening to Sirius radio..Kent and Pa are wonderful, welcoming owners, who are immediately responsive to requests and concerns. We are thrilled to have found an island paradise that is a great value and a home away from home.

“Wonderful, welcoming home”

Reviewed 6 Mar 2015

6 gal friends ventured south for a mini high school reunion. They all said over and over - This place is amazing. The pool and hot tub was thoroughly enjoyed along with the well stocked kitchen where we prepared a couple of evening meals and daily breakfasts. There was plenty of room for us all to gather around the large (huge) screen TV. We enjoyed sitting by the pool with our morning coffee. We had a hard time leaving. Kent & Pa were such welcoming hosts . They were very responsive to any questions and truly made us feel very welcome. I have rented many vacation homes and I can say, without a doubt, this is the very best one and Kent and Pa Davis are the best. Would love to return.

“Great house for vacation!”

Reviewed 2 Jul 2014

The house is very nicely decorated and has many extras like beach toys, chairs, etc. The pool is very nice and makes the vacation so much better than just going to the beach. Kent is wonderful host and he made sure our stay was pleasant and relaxing!

“Amazing family stay, great pool, spotless clean!”

Reviewed 20 Mar 2014

My husband, mother-in law, and I stayed here on anna Maria island in May of 2013...I know.. This review is late but this place leaves a lasting memory! The entire house pool and hot tub were spotless and I mean spotless! Great layout, lots if space. The location is perfect it was not even half a block from a great fishing spot and a short bike ride to the beach. Any questions concerns or problems you have are guaranteed to be answered or solved promptly by Kent! Absolutely loved everything about this place and miss it soo!

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