River Villa By Golf Courses
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom air conditioned villa located on a double plot so you are not overlooked on either side. Sleeps six people. Situated in Rotonda West, one of the best kept secrets in this region, the villa is within a few minutes drive of several Gulf Coast beaches, shops and restaurants.
The sleeping accommodation in 3 bedrooms includes one queen-size bed, one double bed and one room with twin single beds. There is a master suite with walk-in shower and large bath and twin basins, a guest bathroom and a separate poolside toilet. Hardwood floors are in all living areas with carpet in the bedrooms, marble window sills and comfortable high quality sofas. As you enter the villa the wow factor is good.
Large living area or lounge leading to an open plan kitchen - both have sliding glass doors to the lanai (patio). The master bedroom has its own glass doors to the pool. Eco-friendly solar heated pool with spa that overlook the river in a beautiful setting. The kitchen breakfasting nook also opens to pool area which has 4 cushioned sun loungers. 6 poolside chairs and large oval table help you enjoy outside dining.
The pool can be safety screened if you have small children.
If you eat outside and we generally do so, you are likely to notice many wild birds - both large and small, turtles, and jumping fish ( a sign of happiness so they say). In the early morning or late at night you might catch sight of or hear a raccoon, or a bobcat.
The pool and solar heating system are south facing so even in the cooler months you can enjoy a refreshing swim at any time. In the cooler months the pool has a night cover which if used in conjunction with the daytime solar heat should keep the temp at 80F to 86F . A standard BBQ is supplied, 2 bikes, 3 beach chairs, 2 beach sun umbrellas, 4 fishing rods plus a keep-net and some toys for young children complete the picture.
A laptop computer with broadband and wi-fi / wireless connectivity is available for guest use and makes it easy to stay in touch by email, and to surf the net for what's-on etc.
The Villa is individually owned and managed locally, so if you need anything, just ask. It is set on a double plot of land in the midst of trees and this adds to the feeling of space. Irrigation is on an automatic timer and uses river water so the lawns and shrubs around this property are generally lush the year round. The property is cleaned and checked on Guests departure and again before arrival.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mannesota Key, Englewood & Stumps Pass beaches 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ft Myers & Sarasota 1 hr., Tampa 1.5 hrs, Miami/O|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Amenities: Air Conditioning, Phone with free local calls, Satellite TV in main room and master bedroom, Stereo, CD and DVD Players, laptop computer with broadband, full Kitchen with all cutlery/flatware you need including teapot, grapefruit knife, egg cups - of particular interest to GB guests, and numerous utensils, coffee maker & cafetaire, toaster, juicer, large Cooker with Microwave above, Dishwasher, & large Fridge Freezer with Ice Maker. Laundry room with washing machine and dryer - both are large.
Jetted Tub in master Bathroom, Jetted Hot Tub / Spa by Private Solar Heated Pool, Double Garage with electric up & over door, 2 Adult Bikes, BBQ, various Games including Monopoly & Scrabble, 4 Fishing Rods and a keep-net, plus a small but growing Book collection (there is a terrific bookshop in Port Charlotte).
There is excellent river & sea fishing as well as golf in this locality.
Public access tennis court are available on Rotonda and at the Tingali Centre off McCall Road by the Englewood public library. Great community theatre in north Englewood off Dearborn Road - cinema in Port Charlotte.
|Further details outdoors|
Rotonda is a great base from which to see what this area has to offer. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Summer Houses in Fort Myers, the Ringling Museum and Arts Centre in Sarasota, The Bocca Grand village on Gaspirilla Island with its lovely boutique shops and gourmet eating places plus the museum in the lighthouse on Gaspirilla where the history of the area and early settlers is shown in pictures. Bocca Grande can also be seen usinf small electric carts that cn be hired when you arrive, or pre-booked. You can see rodeo at Arcadia a little inland, or visit the Myakka State Park with its escorted boat and open bus rides. Babcock Ranch is worth a visit.
Fine restaurants such as Johnny Loverocks, Rum Bay both Placeda Rd, Farlows on McCall Rd in Englewood, plus the Gulf View Grill on Engleewood beach, the Olive Garden & Red Lobster in Port Charlotte, the Crows Nest in Venice all have great food. Local well stocked supermarkets such as Publix and SweetBay and the Sheckters fruit & veg stall mean that you can eat well. Great shopping Malls in Port Charlotte' Murdock Circle and in Venice make for a fine holiday experience. The massive discount shopping complex known as Prime Outlets at Ellenton is about an hours drive away - adult, teens, children's & toddler clothes, shoes, watches (Seiko's factory outlet is fantastic by the way), sports equipment, cosmetics and much more - this is the place that will cause you to take at least one extra suitecase home. There appears to be only high quality merchandise and top brands here at extremely low prices. Another competitors discount outlet complex is in Ft Myers but we prefer the one at Ellenton.
There is professional heatre and performing arts to be enjoyed in Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa and good community theatre in north Englewood. If you wish to experience a theme park try Busch Gardens abouts 2 hours drive northwards.
But if you want to just play golf, fish, or just relax on soft sandy beaches, you can do so locally.
Good discounts for stays of 4 plus weeks.
Private solar heated pool for year round swimming. Optional electric heating for jetted hot tub beside the pool can be arranged via local management company at £50/$80 per week if required. (The extra heating is rarely needed except in cooler months).
The Florida region
This is a nature lovers area, many birds large & small, great fishing, boating, tennis and golf -- and it is all nearby. Driving a little way and you can find horse riding, Nature reserves, State parks to explore and nature trails that offer wildlife viewing, historic houses & museums to visit.
Sarasota, Bradenton & Tampa have fine shopping and museums (eg Ringling house and arts centre), the Marine Centre in Sarasota is worth visiting, Ellendon has a great big outlets discount shoppers complex. The Edison and Henry Ford houses in Fort Myers are good to visit too . Locally Port Charlotte, Venice and Englewood have varied restaurants, cafes and nearby we have 3 excellent supermarkets. Kayak hire and bike hire is available locally (two bikes are supplied with the villa).
Some of our guests have been golf fanatics and say the courses are good. One couple played a different course on each day of their two week holiday and did not go near a beach! For children there is a good play centre at the Tingali complex off McCall Road, mini golf and child frienly restaurants and we have a few toys and games in the villa for them too.
Activities (on site or nearby): Shopping, Restaurants and Golf – 19 Golf courses are an easy drive away - there are 5 on Rotonda and the nearest you can walk to in minutes, Biking, Tennis, a Fitness Centre and Gym, Miniature Golf, Sea, Deep Sea & River Fishing, Nature Trails, Wildlife Viewing, State Parks, Environmental Centre, Horse Riding, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Boating, Sailing, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, Shell collecting. The Everglades & the Myakka Nature Reserve have good boat trips and the Babcock Ranch has open decked coach trips that are great outings.
Eating out - this place is glorious, from the Olive Garden to the Italian Kitchen, or try Johnny Loverocks restaurant where the restaurant collects you by their boat taxi.
The Edison, Henry Ford & Ringling historic houses are good to visit and the Lighthouse at Bocca Grande on Gaspirilla Island has a really interesting account of the beginings of this part of Florida up to the late 1970's.
Shops - Port Charlotte and Venice have good Malls with excellent departmental stores and specialist shops.
Ellenton has a massive Prime Outlets discount & designer label shopping complex about an hours drive away, just north of Sarasota.
Incidentally, there 3 main supermarkets (Publix, Sweetbay & Win Dixie) that are excellent and if you prefer to buy from a Farmers market there is a fresh fruit & veg stall called Schecters near WallMart on McCall Rd.
Fresh caught fish can be bought from beside the quay at Placida near the Fisheries Restaurant, and near the Mannesota Key bridge (from a white building with no shop sign)!
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23 Jan 2012
"Couldn't ask for more"
The website does not do the villa justice, it may not be as swanky as some but it is so private, not overlooked, and had every comfort and facility needed . It was easy to get to places of interest, or a joy to just relax by the (lovely warm) pool - with no pesky insects. There are great beaches, restaurants within easy reach - we are fussy with our holidays, but can honestly say this is one of the best places we have stayed.
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