A two bed/ 2.5 bath cottage with a salt-water pool a block's walk to the beach
About Lysa Riggs
My husband, Don, and I are a semi-retired and split our time between two homes in Florida and Colorado. We enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, fishing, attending theater, opera, ballet, and museums. We own a small camper and love to travel to new places and meet new friends. We strive to ensure that our guests feel as much at home as possible, and try to provide all the info they need to feel like a local almost immediately. Please check out our brand new property only two blocks away: Bodacious Bahamian Bungalow #993825.
Lysa Riggs purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Lysa Riggs chose Gulfport
This sweet little cottage in a lovely quiet neighborhood is beautifully appointed, yet you can walk a block to the beach or 3 blocks to restaurants, pubs, and shops. Take a yoga class, get a massage, have your nails done, get your dog groomed, pick out a book at the library, have lunch on the beach, take a salsa lesson, ride your bike to the market, fish off the pier or just plain relax by our pool and read a book. You CAN have it all:)
What makes this Cottage unique
There are two good bikes on premises equipped with a lock, plus additional bike rentals are close by. Boat, kayak, and jet ski rentals are also close by. Bus transportation within 2 blocks to beaches and cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa & Sarasota.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises.
Yes, with prior approval. No aggressive breeds.
We love well-behaved kids.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
No pets on furniture or in the pool. No wet bathing suits on furniture. No smoking anywhere on the premises. No loud parties.
No pet should be left unattended on the property for more than three hours.
Any pet that barks incessantly will be cause for immediate termination of this lease.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Home Away From Home
We just enjoyed our second stay at Lysa and Don's beautiful home. It's a lovely, spotless place and has everything you could possibly want or need onhand for an easy, stress free vacation. We specially loved the swimming pool and the pet friendly accommodations. The house is centrally located in the lovely town of Gulfport and is a quick drive to St Petersburg and the local beaches. Lysa and Don are very warm and accommodating. We look forward to staying at their home again.
Thanks so much, Leora. It is always a blessing to have repeat guests who treat our home like it was theirs🥰
Home away from home
The Craftsman Cottage delivered absolutely everything that we had hoped for! We have travelled to the gulf area of Florida for several years and have typically stayed by the beach. This time we were looking for a restful, sun filled vacation with a private pool. We stayed here for two weeks and wish it could have been longer!
The cottage is charming with comfortable furnishings, and meticulously decorated! It was immaculately clean and the kitchen is very well stocked with upscale appliances and all the amenities and staples needed to cook great meals, which we love to do!
The pool is perfect to cool off in during the day and have a relaxing soak in the evening. The beach is a short drive away, and there are beach chairs, a cart, etc...to make your beach day more comfortable!
We loved Gulfport! It is a quaint self-contained community with great restaurants and shops within walking distance, and friendly people.
Lysa was also great to deal with and answered our questions in a timely manner!
We would highly recommend this vacation property and would definitely return!
Thanks so much for your lovely review. We hope we can host you again!
Gulfport Guest Cottage
This was our third time renting Don and Lysa's cottage and each time it gets better and better! We love renting this home, it has so much to offer for comfort, value and location! Thank you again!
And we love having guests who take care of our home like it's their own:)
Everything really was perfect - from communicating with the owner to the absolutely beautiful home. The location couldn't be better...dog park, restaurants and waterfront view within walking distance and the ocean about 10 minutes away. I wouldn't want to say anywhere else after staying here!
Thanks so much for being our guests! We hope to have you back soon☺️
This property is a little gem
The whole renting process was easy from the start. The property was clean and well maintained, and had all the necessary things required for our 11 night stay. DeaIng with Lysa was a pleasure, and I would have no problem in recommending this 'gem' to anyone staying in the St. Petersburg area. 5 stars all round.
Thanks so much, Paul. We loved having you as our guests:)
Fantastic homely property close to bars and restaurants
This was our second visit to this property and it was even better than we remembered. As the owners live in the property part of the year all the furniture is of a high quality and this place feels like home from home. The salt water pool is not huge but big enough to cool down and enjoy with children. The area is lovely. It is a short walk on side streets to the pier and a range of bars and restaurants so no driving needed at night. I’d you want a beautiful beach then Fort de Soto is only a 20 mins drive and $5 to park all day. If you want to see dolphins or manatees then stop off at the fishing pier as we have seen both there each time we stayed.
The property will comfortably accommodate a family of four.
Thanks so much, Paul, for your lovely, thorough review. It really helps people to imagine the house & town. All the best to you & your family ☺️
Gulfport is a quaint beach community only 2.5 sq. miles in area. We are bordered by St. Pete beach on the west and St. Pete downtown on our east. St. Peterburg has numerous museums, including the largest collection of Salvador Dali in the world. Our little town has a lovely beach on Boca Ceiga Bay with two fishing piers, a playground, volleyball & basketball courts. The historic Gulfport Casino offers numerous dance lessons, dances, and performances. There are many restaurants along our beach front offering live entertainment, plus boutiques, galleries, and restaurants all within 3 blocks of our home. There are two small groceries within walking distance, several churches, the library, and the Gulfport Historical Museum. Gulfport Marina and Boca Ciega Yacht Club, plus two waterfront nature parks are a 10 min. walk. There is bus service within 2 blocks to both downtown St. Pete and St. Pete beaches, plus any major shopping areas. You are staying in a small beach enclave, home to many artists, with quiet brick streets where everyone walks or rides a bike, yet minutes away by car or bus to cultural and entertainment venues. 35 mins. to either Tampa or Sarasota, which offer additional entertainment options.