My partner and I found Little Gull Cottages online and took a chance, booking a week's stay in early September. The rate was unexpectedly inexpensive, so we were not expecting too much (other than a vacation close to the Gulf.) However, from the moment we drove on to the property we were AMAZED at the lovely setting of Little Gull. Pictures (and the video tour on their website) simply do not do justice to this resort. It is very small - only 16 units - and staffed by only a few people. There is not a restaurant onsite, but there were three within walking distance! There are no activities per se, but we found plenty to do on our own. There is a small get-together the resort holds on Monday morning with refreshments where management gives a talk about local atractions and activities.
What we found suprising was the friendliness and warmth of the staff and guests. We talked to several other guests at the pool and beach and many have been returning to the resort for 30 years! We had a couple of minor maintenance issues and they were given attention as soon as we reported them. The front desk clerk was extremely helpful and spent a good deal of time printing directions to various places for us (we forgot our GPS!) and made us feel taken care of.
We cannot say enough about the GORGEOUSNESS of the private beach here. It truly looks and feels like something from a movie (and I say this as a girl who grew up in Florida!) I felt like I was on holiday in the Caribbean. The pool was small but clean and had many chairs, loungers and tables set up.
My only (minor) drawbacks would be that our unit (Bay side) did not have a washer/dryer, but there is a free laundry provided for guests. I was taken aback at first by the furnishings of our cottage, which seemed more appropriate for a cottage on the Atlantic in Maine! By the end of the week, though, it had grown on me. Had it been a bit more chilly at night, we would have made use of the fireplace!
I would not hesitate to suggest staying here to anyone, and my partner and I plan to come back next year, if not sooner. We would prefer to stay on the Gulf side next time, but we had a very short walk to the beach and it wasn't too much of an inconvenience. Great value for your travel dollar, as well as being quite romantic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Cod style cottages elegantly border a red brick road that runs from the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay. Little Gull offers fully furnished, luxury one, two, three and four bedroom cottages with four poster beds and wood burning fireplaces. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, two cable televisions, linens, central heat and air, private phones, with laundry facilities either in your cottage or free on site. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Little Gull Cottages Hotel Longboat Key