Historic Charmer-Walk to Downtown Sarasota!

Property ID: 430622SarasotaFLUS
Sleeps 63 BR1.5 BA


Make the most of your beach getaway at ‘Driftwood House!’ Nestled in the Gillespie Park District, this 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom vacation rental offers a prime location within walking distance of downtown Sarasota and just a short drive from Siesta Key’s best beaches. From shopping at St. Armand’s Circle and taking the kids on a dolphin tour at Lido Key, to grilling out with your furry friend in your private backyard or unwinding on the spacious front porch—you can do it all at this lovely home!


  • Kitchen
  • Essentials
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
  • Wireless Internet (WIFI)
  • Central Heating
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Washer
  • Near Ocean
  • Pets Allowed


Location Details

BEACHES & BAYS: Sarasota Bay (0.9 miles), Lido Key (3.8 miles), Siesta Beach (7.7 miles), Crescent Beach (7.7 miles), Turtle Beach (9.7 miles)

PARKS: Gillespie Park (0.2 miles), Centennial Park & Boat Ramp (1.0 miles), Payne Park (1.2 miles)

ATTRACTIONS: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (1.2 miles), Sarasota Jungle Gardens (2.7 miles), Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (4.7 miles)

SHOPPING: Downtown Sarasota (0.7 miles), Siesta Key Village (6.6 miles), St. Armand’s Circle (3.3 miles)

ART: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (1.2 miles), The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (3.7 miles)

GOLF COURSES: Bobby Jones Golf Club (3.6 miles), The Palms Golf Club (4.1 miles), Rolling Green Golf Club (4.0 miles)

RESTAURANTS: Owens Fish Camp (0.9 miles), Marina Jack (1.1 miles), Crab & Fin (3.5 miles),

AIRPORT: Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (3.8 miles)


23 reviews
  • Charming House in a Lovely Neighborhood


    If you like historic homes with plenty of charm you will enjoy Driftwood House. Located in the center of the Gillespie Park neighborhood, it is a quintessential, quiet place with plenty of character. There is a great front porch and plenty of yard space for dining outdoors. There is also a small grass yard. The bedrooms are generous in space. Beds were comfortable. We brought our own pillows but I'm sure the ones provided were just fine. As an older home there is only one thermostat for upstairs and downstairs. As such it can sometimes be too cool downstairs yet a bit warm upstairs. Not a big deal and it just took a bit to find our right temperature. The kitchen has all the appliances and utensils you will need. The living room/ dining room is plenty big with lots of seating areas. There is one TV and it is connected to Roku so everything is streaming. This is a bit clunky but if you are used to streaming then probably not an issue. The one downside to the home is that there is only one full bath. There were just the two of us so it was not a problem but would be difficult to have another couple visit with just one full bath. Location of the home is a big plus. We were able to walk into the center of Sarasota virtually every day. There are a couple of very nice restaurants a five minute walk away that makes it easy to eat out or walk to the Whole Foods for groceries. We stayed at Driftwood House for 2 months so got a very good sense of the house, the neighborhood and the greater Sarasota area. Overall, we were pleased with the property and would recommend it to a couple or small family. The owners were very accessible. We did not have any issues but there is a handyman in the neighborhood that looks after the house. The neighbors were all very friendly. It really felt like home while we were there.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    ann r.
    Published April 25, 2023
  • Home away from home!


    What a great location! So walkable.. Whole Foods, restaurants, shops, park all within walking distance! A comfy porch and backyard for plenty of outside lounging. Comfy beds and very well stocked amenities. Great stay!

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Gretchen A.
    Published April 25, 2023
  • Florida Getaway


    This was our second time staying at this property. The house has everything you need with a well stocked kitchen, beach supplies, and a great location. The beds are SO comfy. The owners are great about communicating and could not be nicer. We hope to stay again next summer!

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Akisha L.
    Published August 4, 2022
  • Great spot


    We had a wonderful time at this beautiful house. The property owner checked in and was available for any questions we had. This is a great place to host a dinner or bbq. The front porch is fun to relax on. The beds were all very comfortable. They had plenty of beach chairs, towels and beach umbrellas- and beach recommendations! It was really lovely. I hope to come back and stay with my 3 kids on my next trip to the Gulf Coast.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Kelsey C.
    Published June 24, 2022
  • Perfect location! Close to everything! Walk to downtown!


    We came down to move my college-age daughter down for a summer internship at Mote Aquarium. Everything was perfect for our stay while we got her settled. Jessica is a great host! Warm and welcoming, and reaching out to us to make sure we arrived okay and had everything we needed. We played pickleball at a nearby park, walked to restaurants and bars downtown, and were close enough for an easy drive to Lido Key, Mote Aquarium, and Siesta Key. The beds are comfortable, we had everything we needed, and my favorite thing was sipping my morning coffee on the big front porch, enjoying the warm breezes and listening to the birds. Thank you for everything Jessica! Your place is perfect! Marcy, John and Katerina

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Marcy H.
    Published June 8, 2022
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