About this listing
Welcome to Gulfport and to our cozy Blue Arbor Guest Cottage. Gulfport is a neighborly little town of 13,000 nestled on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay in the Tampa Bay/central Gulf Coast area of Florida. Blue Arbor is a quiet little spot just around the corner from everything that’s happening in Gulfport. And believe us, a LOT is happening in Gulfport.
Your host is Roger Turner, and the guest cottage is an intimate, private, 350-square-foot one-room structure built five years ago specifically as guest quarters for friends and family. Its main room features hardwood floors, oriental rugs, a king size bed, ceiling fan, some of our extensive art collection, and three windows overlooking our large, bountiful yard. You’ll also find a comfortable upholstered chair in the corner for reading/relaxing and a desk/work table under a big window for writing and/or working on your computer (if you must). There is also a roomy closet, full bath with large, walk-in tile shower, and a food area that features a coffee maker, a toaster, a microwave and a small refrigerator. And yes, we have wi-fi and cable TV.
Outside your front door is a private, protected little front porch—a great place to drink your morning coffee, sit and watch the world go by, talk on your phone or even smoke. And you can watch the squirrels, the birds, the lizards and all the other creatures inhabiting a yard that sometimes more resembles a habitat.
Then, when you’re ready, you’ll find Beach Boulevard right around the corner. That would be our four-block-long-plus main street featuring all the shops, restaurants, music venues and watering holes you could ever want. They’re too numerous to mention, but come on down and we’ll tell you our favorites. Then there’s the First Friday Art Walk, the Third Saturday Art Walk, the Tuesday Fresh Market and bazaar, Spring Festival (April), GeckoFest (September) and, well, more—lots more. And, oh yes, our beach.
Okay, if you MUST leave Gulfport, the Gulf beaches are just minutes away, or try St. Petersburg next door: top notch live theater at American Stage and freeFall Theater, or the world famous Salvador Dali Museum, housed in its stunning new building, and old favorite Sunken Gardens, to name just a few. Or cross the bay to Tampa for the Straz Performing Arts Center, or Ybor City, the historic Cuban community that is now club central, or Busch Gardens. And Disney World is just an hour and a half away.
But when you’re finished, be sure to come back to Gulfport and to your cozy accommodations at Blue Arbor. There’s no place like home.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the house adjoining the cottage and are always available to answer your questions, help you with your needs, etc., but still give you all the privacy you want.
Other Things to Note
While the kitchen facilities are limited, we do have an outdoor charcoal cooker and a supply of charcoal that you can access at any time.
Our hosts, Roger and Michael, were wonderful and we really enjoyed what occasion we had to visit with them. They are very kind and very helpful and made us feel right at home. The cottage was lovely and in walking distance to some great restaurants, as well as, a short drive to the beach and other great restaurants. We really loved staying here and have already been talking about coming back for another visit to St. Pete soon!
Blue Arbor Guest Cottage was everything we were looking for and more. There were so many little things added that were not expected, but very much appreciated. The cottage was clean and very cozy- great bed. Hosts were very welcoming and accomodating. It was my husband, 22 month old son and I staying in the cottage for a long weekend and we were very comfortable. Location was awesome, walking distance to restaurants and shops.
Perfectly clean, cozy and quiet, everything one needs to recharge at the end of busy days during a business trip. I especially liked the treats left behind for my enjoyement, it was the epitome of this experience, simple, gracious and on point.
Das Haus von Roger ist absolut toll und empfehlendswert !! Die Gasgeber sind super nett und hilfsbereit, das Haus ist schön eingerichtet, sehr sauber, die Küche mit allem ausgestattet was man benötigt, Dusche und Bett sind riesig. Gulfport ist eine wunderbare Stadt, wir werden in jedem Fall wieder dort Urlaub machen, am liebsten wieder bei diesen Vermietern !
Blue Arbor Guest Cottage is a little piece of paradise tucked away in an exceptional community of wonderful people. The cottage is exactly as it's pictured, quaint, immaculate, simply lovely. Roger and Michael are the perfect hosts, warm, engaging, and anxious to make our stay perfect in every way. The other reviews are absolutely accurate, so rather than echoing what's been said, I'll just add it's a place you come back to again and again.
This was an adorable detached cottage with a beautiful large bedroom/sitting area, granite counter tops in the kitchen area and a bathroom with a huge tiled shower. Nicely decorated. There was also a big closet. The cottage was private and had a cute front porch for sitting with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoying the garden setting. Roger and Michael could not have been nicer and upon arrival we found a lovely bottle of wine, cookies and everything needed for brewed morning coffee. Gulfport is an funky town with lots of shops and eateries. We loved it. It's also convenient to St. Petersburg and Sarasota. My husband and I would stay here again for sure. Thanks Roger and Michael we had a great time!
Blue Arbor Guest Cottage is exactly how it is described by the owners and the positive reviews already posted. It is located a few blocks from Gulfport nightlife or breakfast (a perfect walk) and is centrally located and convenient to the rest of greater St. Pete and Tampa Bay. The cottage is relatively new construction, immaculately clean and well cared for with every possible amenity and thoughtful touches like ground coffee, wine and cookies for your enjoyment. The neighborhood is safe and very quiet. Our hosts couldn't have been more accommodating with helpful tips and ideas and there is a binder in the room with menus and suggestions for restaurants and sightseeing. Ask for some history in the immediate area if you are interested in Sears - Roebuck manufactured home kits from the 1930's. There are several great examples within very close walking distance that we found fascinating. You won't be disappointed if you want cleanliness, peacefulness and a central location. We would recommend Blue Arbor to anyone.
About the Host, Roger
A journalist, a stained glass artist, a licensed massage therapist: I am all these and, at one time or another, have practiced all three professions. I have also lived in 9 or 10 states, the last one being Florida since 1977, but when we moved to Gulfport 25 years ago, we knew we were home.