Boat-Shaped Home Built by Master Shipbuilder

425 N. Osprey Ave, Sarasota, 34236, United States
  based on 12 reviews
  •   5
  •   2
  •   2
  • SQF 1,626
  •  wifi
  •  A/C


Designed to accurately emulate ocean living, this historic home was built for John Ringling's (Ringling Bros. Circus Founder) skipper, Arthur Rowe and has affectionately been named The Rowe Boat. Part of local Sarasota lore and legend, the structure was designed and built in 1933 by famous shipbuilder Oliver Blackburn.

The newly updated and landscaped boat-shaped home comfortably sleeps 5 and features 2 bedrooms with 2 queen beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper. Entrance to the 2nd story master bedroom through the beautiful spiral staircase or via a separate exterior entrance. 2 full bathrooms, one on the first floor and one located on the 2nd floor master suite. Master suite also includes a walk-in closet and desk area.  Modern kitchen with brand new appliances and hardwood floors throughout. Seated dining for 4 at the counter-height bar.  50" LED Smart TV in the living area. Washer and dryer are located in the home.

Two separate 2nd story porches at opposite ends of the home (the bow and the stern if you will). The bow, located off the master bedroom, is a screened porch with a hammock - the perfect place to drop anchor and take an afternoon nap. In addition to the attached porches, this home includes a secluded ground-level outdoor sitting area with table and chairs and lighted pathways. To complete the seafaring ambiance, a lighthouse home is also located within the property. 

Follow The Rowe Boat on Instagram at roweboat_sarasota.


2 Bathroom, 2 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room

  • Sleeping
    Bed linen, 2 Queen bed, 1 Studio couch
  • Cooking
    Coffee machine, Cooking utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen stove, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Toaster
  • Heating/Cooling
    Air conditioning, Central heating
  • Outside
    Private Balcony, Private Terrace
  • Entertainment
    Wireless Broadband Internet, TV (Cable)
  • Sanitary
    Hair dryer, Essentials, Shower, Towel-set
  • Laundry
    Clothes dryer, Bathroom & Laundry, Iron & Board, Washing machine
  • Miscellaneous
    Fire Extinguisher, First aid kit, Smoke Detector, Vacuum cleaner
  • Outside
    Deck chairs, Private Garden
Children welcome, Smoking not allowed, Suitable for events,Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
11:00 AM

425 N. Osprey Ave , Sarasota, 34236, United States

based on 12 reviews
Sarkis (Maryland)
Airbnb Review

We really enjoyed our stay at the Cottage. Everything we needed was provided, clean and new. We will definitely consider staying at the cottage again!

Young couple  |  stayed in 7/2018

Libby (Missouri)
Airbnb Review

The house was amazing! Everything was very clean, the beach was a short drive, and the area was great and right next to downtown! My friends and I had a great time and we will be back for sure!

Group  |  stayed in 7/2018

Leslie (USA) review

Fun times at the boathouse. Love the overall look and feel of the boathouse.

Other  |  stayed in 4/2018

Wendy (Maine)
Airbnb Review

We felt like we boarded a small ship as we walked into the Rowe Boat. A wonderful place to stay. It is near many attractions, restaurants and shopping and is located in a peaceful little area of Historic Sarasota. Beds were very comfortable and the updated renovations were beautiful. We would recommend the "boat" to anyone looking for a relaxing time when going to Sarasota.

Group  |  stayed in 3/2018

Eleena (Maine)
Airbnb Review

This is a very cozy place it is nice because each bedroom has its own bathroom which makes staying with another couple very easy.

Mature couple  |  stayed in 3/2018

Anne (Sarasota)

Would go back any time. Spacious, quiet, comfortable, convenient location. Responsive host.

Not specified  |  stayed in 2/2018

Bridget (Florida)
Airbnb Review

The Rowe Boat is an amazing find! This historic Sarasota residence is an ideal choice–beautifully maintained, quiet, and centrally located. Longboat was wonderful to work with and the house was charming and comfortable. We will most definitely book this property again, as it was a perfect fit!

Group  |  stayed in 1/2018

Gary (Indiana)
Airbnb Review

The Rowe boat is a great place to rent close to town. Plenty of room and all the amenities you need. The host was very helpful and responded quickly to the few questions I had.

Family with no Children  |  stayed in 1/2018

Richard (Rhode Island)
Airbnb Review

Interesting setting, inside and out. A great place to chill.

Mature couple  |  stayed in 12/2017

Julie (Delray Beach)
Perfect way to experience Sarasota life

Our boathouse stay was amazing! It was such a perfect way to experience Sarasota life. The beds are so comfortable and the kitchen was so spacious. was walking distance to Whole Foods, the Rosemary, Station 400, downtown, etc. Thanks for a great experience! We'll be back next year!

Young couple  |  stayed in 11/2017

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