The Shack is an adorable cottage that will be hard to forget! It is close to restaurants and dining, the beach, family-friendly activities, and nightlife. You’ll love The Shack because of It's history, decor, location and resort-like backyard, the coziness, the location. The Shack is good for couples, solo adventurers, and furry friends (pets).
Starting in May 2017, The Flunky is now part of The Shack! That means another bedroom, another bathroom and washer and dryer.
Beach cottage charm and the flavor of Old Florida. A stellar location 1,000 feet from a stroll-worthy Gulf beach. A bright, vintage-inspired escape for 6 guests. Our unassuming property names—“The Shack” and “The Flunky”—are code for one truly special place on Treasure Island.
This standalone, single-family cottage and separate guest cottage welcome your group with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and one spectacular outdoor area: Our backyard is a vibrantly painted, palm-shaded paradise complete with outdoor sofas, a grilling station with a sink, and a big table (handmade by the owner, Andy) that’s perfect for digging into a seafood feast together.
A DAY AT THE SHACK AND THE FLUNKY
Wake up in one of two bright, thoughtfully designed bedrooms. The first, in the main house (The Shack), features a queen-size bed and plenty of closet space for your luggage. An elevated aerobed sleeps two more, and a full bath in The Shack features a tub/shower combo.
The second bedroom is its own cottage (The Flunky) with another queen bed, as well as its own bath with a walk-in shower.
Make your way to the open, sun-drenched kitchen for coffee at the vintage breakfast bar. The adjacent living area features sofas and chairs, a TV with cable, free WiFi throughout, and kick-off-your-flip-flops comfort.
When you’re ready to explore Treasure Island, make use of the provided cruiser bicycles. Or walk just 1,000 feet (about 3 minutes) to the Gulf and Treasure Island Beach. Cross the street to the intracoastal waterway (about 5 blocks) and the fishing pier.
In our location, you get easy beach access without beach congestion. Get around easily by car: you have access to on-street parking, plus room in the private driveway for one larger vehicle or two smaller cars. Or forget the car: the beach, restaurants, and ice cream are just a stroll away.
If you have luck on the water, bring your day’s catch back to the backyard grilling and cleaning station. Prepping dinner can be a family affair out here, with plush outdoor furniture and several bar/seating areas for gathering before the meal.
When the sun sinks, shake up a cocktail at the Surfboard Bar or the Boat Bar and light a fire in the double firepit. Then illuminate your private paradise with a string of Christmas lights and a chandelier over the dining table. The indoor-outdoor living is easy here!
HISTORY OF THE SHACK
The Shack is a former pilot’s cottage—in fact, it’s one of the last original cottages from a time before Treasure Island was accessible by bridge. (And it’s had the same name, ”The Shack,” since the 1940s.)
Your hosts, Andy and Carol, fell in love with The Shack at first sight—first online, and then in person after flying out right away to see it. They have spent the last 8 years creating a truly original hideaway here. Vintage finds, colorful design schemes, handmade items and and reclaimed goodies give The Shack and The Flunky their one-of-a-kind personalities.
Entire house and yard. Everything except the boat in the driveway!
The yard is your private space and not shared with others.
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We're flexible, and here if you need us, but otherwise we'll respect your privacy.
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Pets are permitted with advance permission and payment of an additional fee. Please do not bring undeclared pets of any kind.
Parking is available - one space in the driveway and one space on the street in front of the house. If you need to bring more than two vehicles please message me in advance with the details. It is possible to have more than two vehicles, but we will need to discuss!
I'm from Michigan, but I’ve lived in Texas and Arizona most of my adult life.
My interests are photography, travel, food, historical fiction.
What do I do in my spare time? I don't understand the question!?
Fun fact about me. We foster kittens until they’re ready for adoption. Our first family was 7 kittens with ringworm. This required twice-weekly visits to the shelter for lime-sulfur dips and complete cleaning of the room twice weekly. And we utterly failed as fosters! We adopted 2 of the 7!
Some of my favorite things are: Bright colors (not to be confused with shiny, pretty things), chocolate, humor, great lines, magic moments, a beautiful beach, wide-open spaces, aerial views, Flat Whites, Meet Joe Black, Outlander series, U2, Yanni, Enigma, A Tuna Christmas, Houzz, New Zealand, Florida Gulf Coast, old European cities, photography, fields of bluebonnets, Pinterest.
My full-time job is overseeing the investments and financial operations at a 48-year old family foundation based in Austin. The foundation seeks innovative projects in the area of health, education, human services and community affairs.
What is it like to have me as a host? We are prepared and want our guests to be prepared as well. Once we send arrival details guests rarely have questions, but we’re here if you need us. We have a message tree set up so that requests go to 3 phone numbers to make sure we can respond as quickly as possible to a guest’s need. We also use an app that guests can access from their phone or computer to get info about the area and the home during their stay. We try to think of everything and have our homes set up for travelers. What am I like as a traveler? I like to be on my own and don’t require much interaction although I’d be happy to meet our hosts.
Do I have a life motto? I’m a big fan of big-picture dreams but not being married to them. Things change, people change and sometimes you just need to go in a different direction. I plan when necessary but I don’t plan everything. I’m fairly prepared most of the time – I’m always looking for another way if the first way doesn’t work out. I almost always have a “plan B” in my back pocket.
We take a team approach to managing and caring for our homes. We’ve had relationships with many of our service providers/team members for YEARS. They know we don’t want our guests going without air-conditioning on the 4th of July. They know we want yards mowed on schedule. They know we want our homes clean. We know you want more than a couple of forks and some plastic glasses in the kitchen! We know you want clean, fresh linens and household equipment that works.