Frequently Asked Questions - Florida Bed and Breakfast

Q.  What past accommodations did Harrington House offer?

A.  Harrington House offered B&B rooms at the Main Inn and Dodt House.  While the Main Inn is closed, the Dodt house as well as our one and two bedroom bungalows and a three bedroom direct Gulf Front Villa are all offered by our sister company, Island Real Estate Vacations.

Perfect for families with children of all ages or one, two or three couples, we offer the Vista Grande Villa 1  – our luxury three bedroom, three bathroom Gulf Front condos.  Vista Grande Villa #1 or #3 is located next to the Dodt 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.  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 through a previous Harrington House property now offered by Island Real Estate Vacations?

A.  We are sorry.  The Main Inn located at 5626 Gulf Drive is no longer open to the public.  Breakfast is no longer included at any of the accommodations formerly offered by Harrington House now being managed by Island Real Estate Vacations.

Q.  What amenities will be available for properties formerly provided by Harrington House but now managed through Island Real Estate Vacations?

A.  All properties offer complimentary Wi-Fi and are self contained properties equipped with kitchens, bed and bath linens as well as television(s) for entertainment.  Except for Dodt 1 and Dodt 2 all properties have a washer and dryer available for guest use.  Please visit the property detail pages for a list of all amenities.  Unfortunately amenities offered in the past with the Main Inn are no longer available.

Q.  Does Island Real Estate Vacations offer less than weekly stays for properties formerly offered by Harrington House?  

A.  Some units have a 3 night minimum when arrival is less than two months out.  Check our availability calendar for specific dates and rates or give Island Real Estate Vacations a call.

Q.  When is Check-in and Check-out?

A.  Check-in is from 4pm and Check-out is 10 am.  All properties formerly offered by Harrington House now with Island Real Estate Vacations have remote entry available through a proprietary electronic lock program.  Your entry code will be texted to you day of arrival as well as in Island Real Estate’s guest portal three days in advance of your arrival.  The code is scheduled to operate at 4 PM on your arrival day.

Q.  Does Island Real Estate Vacations offer past Harrington House discounts?

A.  Much depends on seasonality however Island Real Estate Vacations understands our Harrington House customers are friends and do their best to provide the best price possible.  There are discounts available typically for last minute reservations.

Q. Can Island Real Estate Vacations accommodate my children and pets?

A.  Yes!  All properties formerly offered by Harrington House and currently on Island Real Estate’s Vacation rental program allow all ages.  Some properties allow for pets but best to review each property detail page for more details on pet allowances.

Q.  Is housekeeping included in my stay?

A.  Yes!  However cleaning will be performed after your departure and a separate cleaning charge can be found on your reservation confirmation with Island Real Estate Vacations.  If you prefer daily housekeeping inform Island Real Estate Vacations please and they can inform you of the daily cost to add your requested housekeeping.

Q.  Does Island Real Estate Vacations provide beach umbrellas and beach side chaise lounges?

A.  Island Real Estate Vacations does offer beach umbrellas however on a property by property basis.  The beach chaise lounges everyone staying at Harrington House has grown accustom to are no longer available for use.  Furthermore, if the vacation rental does not guarantee beach chairs and umbrellas 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.

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 Island Real Estate Vacations asks 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