HOLMES BEACH - They may have friends in low places, but they now have a high-priced place where those friends can stay.

Someone recently bought the Layby Hotel Resort on Holmes Beach for $8.825 million, making it one of the largest property sales on Anna Maria Island. According to the Bradenton Herald, the buyer and seller were corporations, but the rumor is that the purchase was for country music superstars Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood.

Judie Berger, with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in Sarasota, said the buyer and the seller were both corporate entities and that she could not confirm whether the transaction was for the country music stars. 

Brooks visited Bradenton and the Pirates during spring training earlier this year and told that the Pirates are first in his heart.

The Laybe Hotel Resort sits on nearly two acres of beachfront and has 9,770 square feet of space under roof, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser website.