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Palmetto Riverside

Bed and Breakfast

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Elegant tranquil location on the North bank of the Manatee River, just minutes away from breathtaking white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Short drive to Sarasota, AnnaMaria Island, Bradenton, St-Petersburg and Tampa attractions.



ome and experience the romance and old Florida luxury at its finest. Plan your visit to this wonderfully restored circa 1913 Residence listed in the “National Register of Historic Places”. Imagine your vacation, wedding anniversary, family reunion or friends get-a-way, in this incredible two-story structure, representing Old Florida’s charm, creating warmth and coziness.

Creating a differentiated experience capitalizing on personal service, the historical nature and its unique location, we welcome our guests from all over the world. Visitors are delighted when our full gourmet breakfast greets them in the morning. This breakfast is served in our enclosed wrap around Florida Room offering gorgeous river views and overlooking the Regatta Point Marina.

Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast is proud to welcome boat-lovers boating in the Gulf of Mexico to our private easy access 200’ pier.


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Our 6 Rooms and Rates


Our luxurious waterfront accommodations include 6 guestrooms of which 2 downstairs and 4 upstairs. Each beautifully furnished and decorated with local and imported French period antiques. Incredibly comfortable four-poster canopy beds and mattresses, high quality linens, perfectly ironed French 20th century embroidered pillowcases and our finest Belgian 100% cotton bath towels. All of the original wood detail such as crown molding and heart pine wood flooring have been restored. Each of the Bed and Breakfast 6 spacious guestrooms have 10’ ceilings, ceiling fans, comfortable relaxing chairs, private bathrooms (walk-in showers or bathtub) with luxury toiletries, hair dryer and shaving point. Individual climate control, cable flat screen TV’s and high speed wireless internet access.

The property gracefully assures guests experience the ambiance of a by gone era, while still having all of the modern amenities a sophisticated traveler expects.


Riverview Suite


Dramatically positioned on the Southside downstairs floor of the Registered property, the Riverview Suite is the ultimate deluxe room to stay, offering magnificent views of the Manatee River.

This 500 sq ft "jewel-room", only recently completed, offers an octagonal shaped bedroom with teak floors and cathedral ceiling. A very comfortable King size bed, a lounge area with flatscreen TV and Wifi, a dressing area and large bathroom with walk-in rain shower are sensitively in style and tone with the classic interior throughout the house.

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Palmetto Suite


This extraordinary suite offers the romance of Europe and the charm of early America. Enjoy a spacious and impressive bedroom area and separate sitting room with decorative fireplace. Indulge in the luxury of our Old Florida-style high-poster king bed.

The Palmetto Suite has beautiful views of the Regatta Point Marina and is overlooking the spectacular landscaped front yard. The ensuite tiled bathroom has a two person walk-in shower and a cabinet sink with granite counter top.

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Royal Palm Suite(*)


The Royal Palm Suite is, without doubt, the finest downstairs room to enjoy the meticulously landscaped back garden and travertine paved outdoor patio.
Surrounded by plants and trees, this 400 sq ft Suite offers a relaxing ambiance to enjoy your stay. A four poster King size bed with local handmade quality mattress, original hardwood flooring and leaded glass windows, a decorative fire place, separate and comfortably furnished sitting room, work desk and very spacious bathroom with walk-in rain shower make part of this authentically restored butler's quarter.
(*) accessible for guests with reduced mobility
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Regatta Room


Our Regatta Room, decorated in shades of seafoam green wallpaper, is a Key West-style bedroom and has a decorative fireplace. This peaceful room with relaxing chairs offering comfort for reading, faces the old Oak trees in the garden.

This queen bedroom has a luxury ensuite walk-in shower, cabinet sink with granite counter top.

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Anna Maria Suite


This bright and peaceful suite has beautiful harbour views. The four-poster Ernest Hemmingway queen Canopy bed is the focal point of the room, decorated with French Antique linens. Two upholstered comfy chairs facing the window, are essential to enjoy late evening sunsets.

The adjoining ensuite bathroom has a large walk-in shower with translucent glass, nicely finished cabinet sink with granite counter top, high quality Belgian bath towels (by Santens), luxury toiletries, hair dryer and shaving point.

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Lillie’s Garden Room


This lovely room has an antique bed with a comfortable full size mattress and fine (100% cotton) original bed linens from the early 20th Century. The embroded linens are bought in exquisite French Antique shops and are yet impossible to find.

This garden view room has a beautiful ensuite ‘vintage-style’ clawed soaking tub and shower hose and cabinet sink.

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Awards and Reviews



WeddingWirePALMETTO RIVERSIDE BED AND BREAKFAST Reviews, Best Wedding Venues in Tampa - 2015 Couples' Choice Award Winner




Arrival and Departure

• Check-in time: between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. • Check-out time: 11:00 am. • Late Arrivals: Please call (Tel USA: 941 981 5331) • Late Check Out: Additional fee of $50.00

Reservations and Deposit

Advance payment in full at the time of booking your reservation Rates are based per room, per night, for single or double occupancy. We accept Visa, Master Card Prices and terms are subject to change without notice. Rates do not include applicable state and city tax. No refunds for earlier departure.

Cancellations and Refunds

• Advanced payments are refundable less a $50.00 processing fee for each room if you cancel at least 7 days prior to your scheduled arrival date or 14 days for special events. • 30 day cancellation for multiple bookings and holidays. • Group reservations are non-changeable and non-refundable.


• Non-smoking facility. There are designated areas outside with ashtrays provided. Guests choosing to disregard our policy will be asked to leave and will be responsible for an additional cleaning fee of $300. Fire codes do not allow the burning of candles.


Well behaved children 8 years and above are more than welcome. They will be pampered as little princes and princesses. Children amenities can be inquired from the innkeepers if necessary.


We are unable to accommodate our guests pets.


• Special dietary restrictions or food allergies: Please let us know if you have special diet restrictions when making your reservation. • We can communicate in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch.





Our story


Dear visitor, Welcome to the West Coast of Florida, close to Sarasota, Bradenton, AnnaMaria Island, Longboat Key, St-Petersburg and Tampa!

Thank you for visiting our website. We are Wim and Mieke Lippens (your Belgian innkeepers/owners) and would like to take this opportunity to tell a litte about ourselves and why we started our Bed and Breakfast.

Mieke (°1974) and myself (°1973) grew up in 2 small neighbouring towns in the heart of Flanders (Belgium) about 30 miles south of Bruges called the Venice of Northern Europe.

After having attended college in Belgium and being on an exchange program in Bradenton, Florida in 1990, we got married and our 2 daughters were born. We started both a career in our family owned textile recycling business. We imported and exported high quality second-hand and vintage designer clothing. Inviting customers from all over the world to our home for after business hors d’oeuvres, our passion for hospitality and personal service intrigued us greatly.

After being on the look-out for the right property on Florida’s West Coast for several years, we knew as soon as we saw the Palmetto Riverside Residence, we had found what we had been looking for.

This historic property which we decorated with several collectable designer’s accessories, embellishes all of today’s modern finishings. This created an exquisite atmosphere and makes the Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast the best of both worlds.

Since the time we started the B&B in 2009, we have expanded from 4 bedrooms to 6 guest rooms. Also, we have been focusing on hosting waterfront wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as family reunions, baby showers, bridal showers, ... Our latest expansion, which dates from 2011, included a Ballroom/Reception Hall and outdoor marble patio that can host up to 150 guests.

The cosiness of our bedrooms, our delicious continental breakfast in the morning, the river breeze on your face and late afternoon hors d’oeuvres in the garden will make your stay unforgettable !

See you soon !

Mieke and Wim Lippens
Manon and Maxence

Palmetto Riverside - The History

Our house is listed on the ‘Nation’s Registry of Historical Homes’

Palmetto was founded by Samuel Sparks Lamb in 1866. He platted the village and named it after his native state of South Carolina, the ‘Palmetto State’. J.A. Lamb eldest son of the township’s founding father built 1102 Riverside Drive as their new family home. This house was a SEARS & ROEBUCK HOUSE ordered from a catalogue and came complete and ready to put together. The family then occupied this home for a long time as they had outgrown their original home next door. This local landmark is listed on the ‘Nation’s Registry of Historical Homes’. The Historic Lamb Estate adjoins our property on the lots western perimeter. The city became officially established in 1893. When the railroad came to Palmetto in 1902, this allowed contractors to have a steady supply of bricks to build many new brick buildings. The Manatee River played an important part in the history of Palmetto. To the pioneers, the river was like our innerstate highways of today. J.A. Lamb served as one of the first aldermen and continued to be active in Palmetto until his death in 1910.

While Manatee County has experienced steady growth through the years it has managed to hold on its rich history. Not long ago, Money Magazine ranked Manatee County the 21st Best Place to Live in America.

Our house was originally built in 1913 by J.A. Lamb (founder of Palmetto) eldest son and occupied as their home. This magnificent home on a corner lot blends a classic charm and grandeur with sophisticated modern finishes. Our completely restored two-story guesthouse featuring all its original wood detail, heart pine wood floorings, all other period details and yet embellishing all of today’s electrical systems and professionally equipped kitchen, will appeal every visitor and is a must see.




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