The Clay Cottage Guest Suite

House - Private room · 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, FL 33707, United States

The Guest Suite accommodates 2+ guests. Private entrance and parking, within the historic district of charming Gulfport. Grill your dinner while sipping drinks in the screened gazebo or drink your morning brew amongst the flora on the brick patio.

Your host, Susan
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The Guest Suite accommodates 2+ guests. Private entrance and parking, within the historic district of charming Gulfport. Grill your dinner while sipping drinks in the screened gazebo or drink your morning brew amongst the flora on the brick patio.

The Space

The space accommodates 2 very nicely, but has a double and single bed, plus a queen size air mattress. There is an additional charge of $25.00 for each guest over two.
*** Special rates can be negotiated for summer months starting in May until the first of Oct.
If you are coming with a pet there is an additional $200 fee that will be returned to you four weeks after your stay. I will require you to sign a contract stating that your pet has been treated for fleas,( see #2 under house rules). This will be used against any pet damage.

We are very close to downtown Gulfport. Even though there are many restaurants within an easy driving distance from here, there is nothing nicer than walking or biking to town for a meal, and then walking home again on the historic brick lined streets of Gulfport.
If you want to relax and have a comfortable place to return to, this is the place.

Guest Access

Fresh towels when needed and twice a week access to laundry facilities.
Bikes are available for your use.
Use of gas grill, the screened gazebo (lovely for eating in the spring, summer and fall months.
It is lovely to sit on the brick patio all winter long, and soak up the sun.

Interaction with Guests

I live on the premises. You will hear me calling my cats to come in at night. I was a teacher, and tend to have a friendly helpful nature, and will do my best to help you have an enjoyable stay while in Gulfport. If you are without a car I will help you shop for any food necessities you will need. I usually bake something once or twice a week to share with my guest. It is just a laidback easy existence here.

The Neighborhood

*** Special Attraction Spring Baseball training Camps
The St. Pete/Clearwater area has a 90-plus-year history of Spring Training. The area features the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the New York Yankees in nearby Tampa. There are also 9 other teams within a two-hour drive. Here in St. Pete/Clearwater, well, there are no worries when it comes to the weather, no matter the season. But Spring Training still provides a rare treat for the area's three big-league teams to practice in the beautiful and warm outdoors. The cozy stadiums and relaxed atmosphere help deliver the game in all its casual elegance.
Phillies, call (phone number hidden) or (website hidden)
Blue Jays, call (phone number hidden) or (website hidden)
New York Yankees, call (phone number hidden) or (website hidden)
Rays, call 727-898-RAYS or (website hidden)
Pittsburg Pirates, call (phone number hidden) or (email hidden)

*** Special Attraction coming Nov. 8th until Feb. 16th.....Picasso at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will feature rarely-loaned works of art by Picasso and Dalí, and will appear exclusively in only two museums worldwide- St. Petersburg's Dalí Museum and Barcelona's Museum Picasso.
It gives visitors a chance to view masterpieces created by "arguably the two most influential 20th century Spanish artists," This mixture of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture will be on display next year, before the exhibition makes it's way to Barcelona for the second and final event in March.

I have only lived in Gulfport a little over a year, and I love it. There are wonderful things of interest to do here, besides relaxing on the beaches, good food and enjoying the sun. Everyone says good morning, or just gives a "hello." This place is like stepping back into Mayberry USA. Get this, the little ( full service,) post office is in an antique collective right next to "Stellas" my favorite place to eat breakfast outside. This is a pet friendly place, so you will see people walking their dogs all over the place.
Gulfport is in close proximity to other areas of interest up and down the cost. Explore towns and beaches with great places to eat and experience the history of Florida. Besides the big name museums, there are many smaller ones, showing the works of particular artists or are the showing place to what had been private collections.
But Gulfport is unique in it's flavor. It is a very laid back and easy place to relax and yet enjoy and array of our restaurant and night life culture.
In the morning, or any time of day, take a walk on the pier, sometimes the fishermen will talk to you, but you can just sit and look out over the water towards distant Treasure Island. I prefer watching the morning mist rise, but the evening sunset is just as lovely; afterwards you can stroll over to one of the many outdoor restaurants, there is always a festive atmosphere at night but the mornings are fresh air clean and calm. If you walk towards the Marina and the Clam Bayou, you will find yourself on nature trails where you can experience the wonderful birds that migrate here.
If you are a biker, come ride the Pinellas Bike Trail, which takes you on established bike trails through preserved nature parks and neighborhoods of Pinellas County. There are bikes for your use on the premises.

Getting around

The bus stop is not even a 1/4 block away, either coming or going, on 28th ave., which the main house faces, not the guest suite. There are buses that will take you through the town, and another that takes you out to the mall or into St. Petersburg.
I can take you food shopping if you do not have a car.

Other Things to Note

If you are coming in late, and would like me to stock any food or sundries for you, please let me know. Orange juice, coffee and tea, sugar, honey and milk (let me know what you like to drink) are on the premises.
Guest soap, shampoo, cream rinse and toothpaste, even an emergency tooth brush packet are in the room for your use.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $1961 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Susan was a great host and the apt is fabulous! Super clean and bright in a nice quiet neighborhood. Walking distance to downtown Gulfport and all the shops & restaurants. Would recommend kayaking in the bay and Ft DeSoto Park.
    Beautiful beaches. Close enough to hop over to St Pete to visit the art museums & nightlife. Excellent stay.

    May 2014
    Response from Susan:

    Judy, I am glad that now know about the water kettle, as it is new.....and my brother who is now visiting said he had problems with the wifi also, so I will call my server, as they were out in Jan. and they said all is working fine...hmmm....
    I think I mentioned the TV which has to do with the analog system, or something like that I do not understand...but again, I guess I need to call my server and say "What's up!" I could have fixed the tea kettle situation while you were here, so next time...speak up please. All in all, it sounds like you had a good experience on your visit to Gulfport and my space. Hopefully you received your phone charger, I sent it out on Wed. ....well than, maybe tomorrow. best regards, susan

    May 2014
  • I spent the weekend in the Clay Cottage with my boyfriend and best friend who flew in from the wintery north. It was a the perfect amount of space for us and probably could comfortably fit a couple more. It is a very serene environment. My boyfriend spent most of his time studying in the peacefulness of the cottage while my friend and I walked to the beach, bars and restaurants that are just a couple blocks away. We also went to the Grand Prix in downtown St. Pete which is only 10 minutes away. Gulfport is such a cozy little beach community nestled in a larger culturally active area.
    Susan was a wonderful host. She keeps a lovely home that smells of fresh linens. She's also a great resource for info on the art community and local restaurants. I'll definitely be back soon for a mother-daughter weekend.

    April 2014
  • We have spent four nights at Susan's place and it was great. The place is private-entrance room with private bathroom and kitchen. It was quite large, very comfortable and clean. Susan has been a great host, she has provided all the essentials, and gave some suggestions on restaurants, museums, etc. The place is located in Gulfport, which is very near to St Petersburg downtown and beaches (St Pete beach, Treasure island, etc) by car. Gulfport is nice, relaxing and pleasant, we spent some of our time in Gulfport. We were really pleased with Susan's hospitality and location of the house.

    March 2014
  • I can't say enough good about my two week stay at Susan's place in Gulfport, it was truly a perfect experience. Her description of her accommodations are 100% accurate. Her place is absolutely lovely and spacious with all the necessities one would require. I felt as if I was staying in a European villa! Beautiful linens, plants, and art objects adorn this one room light-filled apartment.
    Susan is a gracious host who knows a lot about the town of Gulfport. She's also a wonderfully kind person and a talented artist! As an artist myself I was looking for a place to work that would accommodate both the privacy I needed and some extra support re: access to a more industrial sink and a place to draw. Upon finding out I was an artist Susan immediately offered me a drawing table to use in the apartment and allowed me to use her yard to develop sun prints! I also appreciated how quiet the neighborhood was. Walking to downtown Gulfport from her place was enjoyable and she was quick to lend her bike when she wasn't using it. I highly recommend Susan's Gulfport accommodations, it's a five-star treasure!

    February 2014
  • The artistic Clay Cottage guest suite was a perfect way to enjoy our recent dance weekend at the Gulfport Casino! Everything in the suite was clean, fresh and appealing! Plenty of sunlight fills the space and the "treehouse" feeling was terrific. The street is quiet but convenient and easy walking to the downtown area.

    The Clay Cottage bed was comfortable and well-appointed with lovely sheets and down comforters, the towels were lovely and plentiful. The added inflatable bed was high quality and our host was savvy enough to put a blanket on the sleeping surface so it was cozy and warm with no loss of heat from below - a nice touch! Susan made sure we were well taken care of in all ways, including adding space heaters for the unexpected cold and a welcome perk of fresh yogurt and juice in the frig.

    Susan was a perfect host, seeing to our needs and offering us help. Wish we could have had more time just to visit her.... possibly on another trip.

    Overall excellent experience and we can highly recommend the Clay Cottage.

    January 2014
  • Susan is a terrific host- very accommodating and generous. She really went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and that we enjoyed our visit in St Petersburg. We would definitely rent from Susan again. Kevin and Claude

    January 2014
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Haddonfield Memorial High School, Moore College of Art & Design Alums, Tyler School of Art, Moore College of Art and Design
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A lovely, friendly lady with diverse interest in many art forms. I am a clay artist/teacher, and I enjoy gardening and baking, and love sharing what I make. The guest suite contains many books that I can highly recommend. Gulfport supports the type of laidback lifestyle that suits me.
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