As soon as we walked in I said “Man we are going to have to come here next year. The house was bigger and better than we expected. The only bad thing was the gnats ate us alive. Fishing was awesome.
Submitted via TripAdvisor/Flipkey by Herbie D from Kentucky for his stay in 6/2016
The pictures are exact. Wonderful warm pool and the view is simply amazing. Lots of wildlife! Everything was just as described. Being so close to AMI was perfect but honestly you didn’t even need to leave this spot. Very quiet neighborhood and the kitchen is fabulous!
Submitted via TripAdvisor/Flipkey by Guests from Weedsport, New York for their stay in 4/2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bayview Retreat. The only things that we thought could have been improved was: 1. The broken tile should not have been left for us to find without warning and, 2. The instruction cards in the unit do not always agree with the booklet (garbage and recycling collection days) and the dryer is vented outside so no need to open door to the small room in the garage. All that aside, we would recommend this rental to our friends and colleagues.
Submitted via Glad to Have You by Dennis Blades from Bradenton, Florida, for their stay in 11/2015
We picked from the internet for the wonderful view over Palma Sola Bay and it was everthing we hoped for. Spent a lot of time emulating Otis Redding, yes you got it Sittin on the dock. While there we saw mullet jumping, Ospreys fishing and dolphins swimming all just outside the back door. Or you could view them from the pool just as easily. Now to be honest I have stayed in better equipped properties in the area over the years but the property contains all the basics for a great holiday. It’s well equipped with games a jigsaws and the like but you would do well to find them, part of the lounge suite is an otterman and they are inside there. Which brings me nicely onto my next point information about the area, this is the only place I have stayed in in the area that was not awash with brochures for everything that is going on in the area, I know the letting agents have a portal but we found it conflicted with the owners information in the property and was focuses on AMI when there is so much more in the area. I would have been happier if the place was equipped with a safe and as an ex policeman I think the general security of the property could do with a second look. I will be very specific to the agents about this. No reading materials in the property so for those who follow me I have left a pile of the books my wife and I got through while Sittin on the dock. None of this is bad though just little pointers to help those that follow. We have realy enjoyed our stay and I am sure those that follow will love the place. We never use the same place twice, life’s too short but I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by thomsclan2015 from Marsascala, Malta, for their stay in 11/2015
Enjoyed relaxing by the pool and watching dolphins. Very convenient location to Bradenton, Sarasota, and beaches.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Gary T. for his stay in 6/2015
We had a wonderful time in this house, the view was breathtaking, every minute it changed. I loved to see the sun come up every day, I think I have over 1000 pictures! The fish were jumping out of the water, and the dolphins game close to the dock, Wauw, that was such a amazing experience. Beaches are a 5 minute drive away and there is so much to do in Bradenton. The house has everything you need. We hope to come back soon!
Submitted via HomeAway by Marja Luneburge from Almere, Netherlands, for a stay in 10/2014
We had a wonderful stay at this bayview-retreat. It’s located centrally so we have made several trips from here e.g. Cristal River and Ocala Nat. Forest (Juniper Springs). Of course, also the Orlando parks are possible from out here. The retreat is very well, modernly furnished with attention to detail. AMI is one of the left ‘pearls’ of Florida. Snow-white beaches, wonderful for a day of (pier) fishing, a boat-rental or simply sit on the beach. All amenities can be found in the immediate surroundings of the retreat.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by E.A. Souverijn from Katwijk, Netherlands, for his stay in 8/2014
Great house, loved the pool and the view of the bay. Fishing off the dock was a bonus, hooked a few big sheepshead. Very comfortable sleeping and layout of house was perfect for the family. Kitchen and bathrooms were updated and very modern.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Scott Frakes from Lakeland, Florida, for his stay in 8/2014
This was our second year at Bayview Retreat, and it was as wonderful as last year’s stay. The house was immaculate when we arrived and all the amenities one could need were there. We loved the “show” the exotic birds put on every afternoon and watching the fishermen casting their nets in Palma Sola Bay. Handy location with a Publix just a 8/10th of a mile down Manatee Avenue, and Anna Marie Island very accessible. We loved the pool and the views from our beach chairs. Going thru Palma Sola withdrawal now. Cannot wait to return.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Chickapoo of Yonkers, New York, for their stay in 4/2014
This is the third time I have stayed in this property and the view, the pool and privacy are what keep me coming back. The home is in a quiet residential area just a couple of miles from the beaches, restaurants and shopping on the island. The home has everything you need to relax and entertain guests. A couple of minor issues were taken care of happily and immediately.
Submitted via FlipKey by Scott from Longville, Minnesota, for his stay in 2/2014
Coastal Cottages is a great company to deal with. I have rented through them 3 times now for mini vacations. We rented this house and I am so happy we did. My husband and I had a amazing time here. It really is a little piece of heaven. I have rented other pool homes from Coastal Cottages, but this one is my favorite. It feels like your own private place. The food is amazing in town on Anna Maria , and not far from the house. In the evening you can walk your own private dock and watch the crabs blow up bubbles through the sand. You see oysters, etc. when the tide goes down. One of my favorites was the Osprey that would fly up in the tree and dive down in the water to grab fish all day long. The front room is so comfortable and would easily seat a big family. This place is decorated very nice. The pool is wonderful and faces the water. It has a nice patio that is screened in with a door to access the dock. It is very private and you can lay out and enjoy your day. Feels like you are on your own little Island when you are at the pool with that view. I rented this place because I really wanted to just enjoy my own private pool and relax so on this trip I did just that. If you like the Ocean then you are not far from it at all. We have rented this place twice because it is just that good. If you are considering renting this I promise it will be a vacation you will always remember. I know we do. Have fun.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Diana Dickey from Lutz, Florida, for her stay in 8/2013
We stayed here August. The weather was perfect, the fishing was good and the Bay itself was our entertainment. There were so many Dolphins and Manatees going by every day. We caught a Shark off the dock, which was very exciting. The home was beautifully decorated and comfortable. Few minor problems that were taken care of while we were there except the hot water. My husband wanted it hotter which they were unable to do. The location was close to anything you need. Didn’t have a hand mixer so I bought one and left it there. Would be nice to have a sink on the dock for us fishermen. The no see ums were biting, but overall a top notch rental. Thank you for sharing your home.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Kathy from Rochester, New York, for their stay in 8/2013
The house is in a quiet and idyllic location. We spent hours sitting on the dock watching the fantastic wildlife. The house had everything you could possibly need for a family holiday and it was immaculately clean on arrival. I can’t think of anything that could have improved our stay and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.
Guest Book entry by the Horst family of Fareham, Hampshire, England, for their stay in 7/2013
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Bayview Retreat was everything its photos promised. With master bedroom/bath and guest bdrm/bath on opposing ends of the house and living space in the center, it would be fine for two couples (or for one who may have a visitor or two). Light and airy, tastefully furnished and designed, it is a home that allows the outside to be inside. Sliders in the master and living room provide a view to the pool and bay beyond. Simply perfect! And, convenient to Anna Maria Island and all it has to offer. We are returning!
Guest Book entry by Maggie and John of New York, New York, for their stay in 4/2013
Bayview Retreat is a quiet comfortable home to relax and enjoy all the local amenities. It’s just minutes to Anna Maria and the restaurants and beaches. The home is located in a quiet residential area and the view of the bay could not be more private. The pools is warm and the home has everything you need to relax by yourself or entertain quests. I enjoy the privacy and views of the water from every room. The private dock gives you access to fish or watch the dolphins as they swim right next to the seawall.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor by Scott of Longville, Minnesota, for his stay in 2/2013
We loved the property. Pictures do not do it justice. We will definitely be back!
Guest Book entry by David Durrant of Warwickshire, England, for his stay in 10/2012
The view was fabulous. We had a bird as a daily visitor, we loved the dock and Blake loved the pool!
Guest Book entry by Stacey and Greg Heaton of Columbus, Ohio, for their stay in 6/2012