Frequently Asked Questions - Florida Bed and Breakfast

Q.  What type of accommodations does Harrington House offer?

A.  We offer B&B rooms and one and two bedroom bungalows and a three bedroom direct Gulf Front Villa for all types of getaways, family vacations, or holidays.

For adults and children over 12, our B&B rooms (each with private bath) are in the Main House.  The Dodt House – located next to the Main House is a 1930’s beach house with three units – one, two and three bedrooms suites with kitchen and outdoor area to enjoy a full view of the Gulf.  We have six Island Bungalows located a short block or two away from the Main House that feature one and two bedrooms with full kitchens and washer/dryer.  Our complimentary full breakfast prepared by our chef is available from 7:30 to 10am for guests staying in the B&B rooms or Bungalows.

Perfect for families with children of all ages or one, two or three couples, we offer the Vista Grande Villa 1 (and Vista Grande Villa #3 beginning Sept 2016)  – our luxury three bedroom, three bathroom Gulf Front condo.  Vista Grande Villa #1 or #3 is located next to the Main House and has a direct Gulf Front view with indoor parking, elevator, outdoor common area with flat screen TV, heated pool, Jacuzzi which is shared with a total of four units.  This unit is fully self-contained and has a gourmet kitchen with a direct view of the Gulf.  Breakfast at Harrington House is available at additional cost and with advance reservations (for guests over 12 years of age).  Bikes and beach umbrellas may be rented from a local company who will deliver upon request.  These units are complete with all the kitchen ware and linens, complimentary Wi-Fi, hair dryer, beach towels and chairs.  We get you started with paper goods and detergent and additional supplies can be purchased from the local Publix grocery store.  Maximum number of guests is 6 persons (adults and children).

Q.  Is breakfast included with my stay at the Harrington House?

A.  A Chef prepared breakfast is included at no additional charge for guests staying in the Main House, Dodt House, and Bungalows.  We serve breakfast in the Main House dining room and outside by the pool overlooking the Gulf from 7:30 to 10am.

Q.  If I am staying in the Vista Grande Villas or not a current guest, may I come for breakfast?

A.  We offer breakfast for persons over the age of 12 based on availability, so please call us at 941-778-5444 a day or two in advance for reservations.  The cost for breakfast is $12.95 per person.  This is a perfect way to start your day with a wonderful breakfast overlooking the pool or Gulf of Mexico.  We serve breakfast from 7:30 to 10am.

Q.  What amenities will be available with my B&B room or Bungalow?

A.  We offer complimentary Wi-Fi; a private bathroom with soap, shampoo and hair dryer; a mini-fridge; a TV; and a DVD player.  Coffee makers are in every room except Main House rooms, where we will provide a coffee maker upon request. In the Main House, we offer complimentary coffee, tea & water and a microwave is available for use.  Stop by the Main House around 3pm when we put out our popular house-made Chocolate Chip Cookies.  The Main House has a heated pool, beach chairs, beach towels, including complimentary use of the kayaks and bicycles (use at your own risk).  Dodt House and Bungalows have fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers (except for Dodt Suite 1).

Q.  Does the Harrington House have a minimum night stay requirement?

A.  We offer nightly stays for the B&B rooms except on weekends and holidays when there is a 2 night minimum.  For the Bungalows and  Vista Grande Villas there is a 7 night minimum.  Some units have a 2 or 3 night minimum when arrival is less than two months out.  Check our availability calendar for specific dates and rates or give us a call.

Q.  When is Check-in and Check-out?

A.  Check-in is from 3pm until 7pm.  If you are going to arrive after 6:00pm please call the office at 941-778-5444 so we can give you instructions for late arrival.

Check-out is 10am for Vista Grande Villa #1 or #3.  Check-out for the Main House, Dodt House and Bungalows is 11am.

Q.  Does Harrington House offer discounts?

A.  We offer discounted rates Sunday through Thursday in the “Off Season” from May 1st through January 31st. We post other specials from time to time on our Harrington House FaceBook page at  – be sure to check back regularly.

Q. Can the Harrington House accommodate my children and pets?

A.  Children 12 years and over may stay anywhere in the Harrington House when accompanied by their parents.  Families with children under 12 may stay in the Vista Grande Villas.  As much as we love our furry cat and dog friends, we cannot accommodate pets in any of the properties of the Harrington House.

Q.  Is housekeeping included in my stay?

A.  Housekeeping is included in the Main House and Dodt House.  Bungalows and Vista Grande Villas are “self-catering” as they contain dishwashers, washers and dryers, and basic starter supplies in the units.  For the Bungalows, daily housekeeping is available for $40 per cleaning for one bedroom and $80 for two bedroom units, and Vista Grande Villa #1 is $125 per cleaning — all upon advance notice.

Q.  Do you provide beach umbrellas?

A.  At Harrington House B&B rooms and Bungalows, we provide complimentary beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas.  For Vista Grande Villas — if you are looking for shade, your best bet is to rent a beach umbrella from several different companies on the island, many of whom offer free delivery.  Rental costs are usually around $10 per week.  One local company is “Fun And More Rentals” at 941-462-2719 and

Q.  When is sea turtle nesting season?

A.  Sea turtles are an endangered and protected species.  Sea turtle nesting season is May through November every year.  Some ways we ask you to help us protect these delicate creatures: please close your drapes and turn off all lights visible to the beach at night.  Please take all beach chairs up to the dunes when you are finished with them.  Keep the beach clear of obstacles at night; please take all beach furniture with you off the beach.  For more information about sea turtles, where to see them and how to help, please visit the AMI turtle watch website at