Lake Tarpon Villas
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Your own home away from home with plenty of space and privacy ideally located on Florida's Gulf Coast just minutes from many of America's best beaches and situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Tarpon, just north of Clearwater.
Shared pool and Jacuzzi.
Computer with free high-speed Internet access.
On the shores of beautiful Lake Tarpon in the small and quaint town of Palm Harbor, just north of the famous beach resort of Clearwater with mile after mile of white sandy beaches all the way down to St Petersburg.
Many of the local beaches regularly make the top ten beaches in America beating off competition from California and Hawaii!!
We are also just south of the well-known tourist town of Tarpon Springs with it's famous sponge docks.
The big and exciting city of Tampa together with it's International Airport is just 30 minutes away, with the major theme parks in Orlando only 90 minutes drive away.
Come stay with us and you will find you can relax and recharge your batteries in a peaceful and comfortable setting yet just minutes away you have all the activities and amenities that you could ever wish for!
Relax by the heated pool (which has solar panels) and in the Jacuzzi and enjoy the waterfront environment.
On your doorstep are an abundance of malls, restaurants, parks, beaches, golf courses, cinemas and endless activities for everyone - regardless of age.
Lake Tarpon Villas is a modern, stylish, low-level apartment complex with direct access to seven-mile long Lake Tarpon (Florida's second largest lake) which is great for fishing and water skiing.
Apartments look out onto water, boardwalks and boat docks. A gas-grill-BBQ is on the decking right by the water.
We have our own boat dock and next door is a boatyard which hires boats. Also next door is a great restaurant and bar which you can walk to.
We have welcomed countless happy guests since 2001 and on our own website you will find extensive guest feedback and recommendations, over 140 extra pictures and detailed local information. Each year about 3 months are booked out to repeat visitors who love coming back here.
We bought in this area because we wanted a home in a relaxing and homely part of Florida where you can enjoy the peace and serenity of watching the sun go down on some of the best white sandy beaches in the whole of America.
Our unique advantage over most normal properties is the superb location on the waters of Lake Tarpon. The boats, decking and palms make this a lovely setting for your vacation.
You can fish off the decking and see eagles and many other beautiful birds yet you are in an area with many malls, shops and excellent restaurants - and just minutes from beaches that have been voted the very best in the whole of America (and don't forget that includes Hawaii).
Inside the apartments we have made sure they are comfortable, clean and well-equipped with everything you need to be able to sit back and relax.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sunset Beach 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tampa International 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|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, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is designed to make your stay a comfortable and relaxing one.
It comes complete with all vital appliances and utensils together with free Cable TV with over 80 channels, DVD player, telephone with free local calls and computer with free high-speed Internet access.
Our large two-bedroom apartment has views of the lake from the balcony. It has two bedrooms, one with queen-size bed and one with twin beds; also there is a large sofa bed to sleep two more.
There are two bathrooms, one en-suite. Both have bath and shower.
The apartment is accessed by a small flight of stairs, it is on the 1st floor (the complex is no higher).
Downstairs on the decking is the gas-grill-BBQ right by the water.
Note that we also have a 1-bed apartment also for rent.
|Further details outdoors|
There is an open-air heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sun loungers and picnic tables where you can relax alongside the boat docks and waterside.
Next-door is a boatyard from which pontoon boats can be hired and docked adjacent to the apartments at our own private mooring.
Opposite is a multiplex cinema.
You will need a car to stay here. The Clearwater area is a popular tourist area with many restaurants, bars, shopping malls and although they are just minutes away the road layout in this area means they are spread along the main roads that cover this area and are not suitable for walking to.
The Florida region
Tampa International Airport is just 30 minutes away, with the major theme parks in Orlando only 90 minutes away.
We are just 8 miles north of famous Clearwater beach. Other fabulous beaches much closer i.e. Caladesi Island which in 2008 was voted best beach in the whole of America!
You are within easy reach of Disney World, Epcot Centre, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Sea Life, and all the other attractions in Orlando.
On your doorstep in Tampa, you have a theme park, Busch Gardens, famous for having some of the best roller coasters in Florida.
There are major sporting teams such as the SuperBowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Devil Rays baseball team. You can also watch spring training for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Nearby is the Pinellas Trail which is 47 miles long where you can walk, run, bike, jog, or rollerblade and the fabulous Anderson Park is less than a mile away.
There are endless other activities for everyone such as great shopping at the malls, water sports, scuba diving, snorkeling, museums (i.e. Salvador Dali), art galleries, gambling at the Hardrock casino in Tampa, bowling, zoos, cruises, concerts, nightlife, parks, fishing, cinemas, sailing, shelling, biking, tennis, racquetball, basketball, shuffleboard, horseriding, miniature golf, local library, live theater, sightseeing, waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing, rafting and swimming with Manatees or Dolphins.
Come have a great vacation that you will never forget!
Nearby are the well-known and lively beach resorts of Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
Just 10 minutes away we have the quieter beaches of Honeymoon Island, Sunset Beach, Caladesi Island and Fred Howard Park.
These hidden gems are often listed in the top 10 best beaches in America (beating competition in California and Hawaii!).
Tarpon Springs is a renowned port just up the road, famous for it's ethnic Greek community diving for sponges.
Plenty of good value courses nearby including the world famous Westin Innisbrook (hosts USA PGA tour event), Wentworth Golf club and the Lansbrook Golf course.
Florida is renowned for good value, delicious food, usually served in large portions! Menus include a wide selection from ethnic Italian or gourmet French to "down home" barbecue, juicy steaks or fresh fish caught daily. All of these are close by as well as lots of fast-food chains.
There are numerous supermarkets (including Wal-Mart and Publix) less than a mile away as well as other shops and malls.
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12 Jun 2014
"Lovely villa, home from home"
Just returned today fromTarpon Springs, The villa is a lovely size and has all the amenties required for a relaxing stay. The rooms are very big and the balcony has a very pleasant view of the marina. Head out in the sunshine and you are likely to be amazed at the local wildlife, darting lizards, terepins and the famous crocodile that comes in most nights who only has three legs. Be warned however he is big not the small caymen as some suggested. The nearby beaches are beautiful as decribed. Honeymoon island was our favourite and we had a dolphin swim past us on the first morning whilst collecting shells. Clearwater Beach itself is probably better suited for children due to the sand in the water and all amenities but get there early as parking becomes difficult as the day goes on. Tarpon Springs a couple of miles up the road has everything you need, Walmart etc for all food , towels etc etc and handy restuarants including the famous rustie bellies (we loved this) Panero bread and Cody's. Be warned however Cody's is so popular we could not even get into the car park one evening so do go early especially with kids. Whilst in Tarpon itself have a quick look at the sponge docks and take a boat trip out to the nearby islands where you are guaranteed to see dolphins , osprey and shells galore.
11 Sep 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay in your 2 bedroom apartment, it is well appointed and kept clean and tidy, everything we needed was on hand including beach chairs, beach umbrella and coolers to borrow. We found the new keyless entry system a real boon, no worrying about losing the key. The pool and hot tub at the complex were great and we had them to ourselves most of the time.
We travelled into Tampa to go to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island water park four times in the fortnight. Locally our favourite place to visit was Honeymoon Island.
Eating in the USA is always an experience, if only for the size of the portions, but we particularly enjoyed Billy's Tarpon Turtle, Cody's Roadhouse and Plum Tomatoes Pizzeria.
Referring back to a previous review, yes, the property is located just of a major highway, but do not let this put you off, we never noticed any traffic noise and driving was easy and relaxed.
I would highly recommend this apartment as a base for a holiday in this area.
25 Jun 2013
"Everything that makes a great vacation is on site or very close."
We stayed at Lake Tarpon Villas and everything from the ease of booking, the quality of the well equipped and clean condo and beautiful view outside the living room window were beyond expectations. Th… More
17 Jun 2013
"Fantastic apartment, would highly recommend"
Stayed in the one bedroom apartment for 2 weeks in May 2013. Booking was very easy and information pack provided with the keys and Mark's website were very useful.The apartment was a lot bigger t… More
15 Apr 2013
"Great base for a young family"
Having spent 7 nights in a small hotel in Orlando and another 4 nights in Clearwater beach in another cramped room (2 adults and 2 kids) this was a welcome apartment with lots of space. Area was lovely and peaceful and everyone around the site very friendly. We had almost sole use of the pool and sitting in the hot tub was something we all enjoyed.
We also made use of the fishing rods that Mark has and caught a few fish on some bread. The kids loved it and just another great memory of the holiday.
We had a great time exploring the local area as well as having our own space
Favourite places visited were....All the national state parks - Anderson (for small alligators), John Chesnut (bigger alligators), Honeymoon Island (great nature centre and we also saw a rattlesnake), Fred Howard park (tortoises).
Favourite restaurants were.....Tarpon turtle was lovely to sit outside with great food and a superb location. We were all transfixed with the alligators. We also enjoyed Cody's roadhouse which was great food (and plentiful)
Handy tips to future visitors and or recommendations of places to visit or see were....Try and find the Tarpon Turtle - it really is a lovely setting for a meal (as well as good food). Alt 19 is probably as quick as highway 19 when heading towards Clearwater. Clearwater aquarium can be very busy on a rainy day and to look out for buy one get one free vouchers on the internet (other it works out as $70 for a family of four which is a bit excessive)
18 Jan 2013
"Comfortable Condo in Convenient Location"
This condo is part of the 40 unit complex of “Tarpon Villas” which was completed in the mid 90s. Its residents, in almost equal numbers, are Permanent owners, Permanent renters, US Holiday Owners (Snowbirds), and as in our case, Holiday renters. There are four sizes of condo on the complex and this is one of the largest.
We have been renting in Tarpon Villas for nine years now and must have visited at least a dozen times, staying for up to 6 weeks on each occasion. Suffice to say we think it is a really great area to holiday in.
There are many lovely towns nearby (Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs), some really great beaches (Howard Park, Sunset, Honeymoon Island and, of course, Clearwater), attractive parks (John Chestnut, Anderson, Brooker Creek), the Pinellas Trail for bikers and walkers, shops and malls galore, and more golf courses that one could possibly list. If that does not fill your holiday diary then you can rent a boat from the yard next door and explore the waters of Lake Tarpon.
We stayed in this particular condo for six weeks in October/November 2012 for the first time as a result of our previous condo being withdrawn from the rental market. Although you might say the change was forced upon us, we have been very happy with the outcome. The condo is on the first floor (higher ceilings), it is light, airy and spacious with pleasant views from both front and rear balconies. It is clean, comfortable and well equipped.
We find the condo location convenient. It is about 120 yards off US19, the main artery in the area. This gives easy access to many of the best local restaurants: Olive Garden, Carrabbas, Outback, Long Horn, and for something a little different, Codys Roadhouse. It is also situated directly behind the Lake Tarpon Resort, which gives the dual benefit of providing easy walking access to a sports bar/restaurant whilst shielding the complex from the main road.
Overall the condo represents good value, particularly when you consider the extra space gained compared with a hotel of similar cost. The shrubbery, boardwalks, boat docks and swimming pool/Jacuzzi areas of the complex are kept in good condition by the locally run association. Our experience is that, for the most part, it is a quiet and peaceful environment which we would recommend to anyone considering booking. We ourselves rebooked for another 6 weeks in 2013 and our intention is to return every year for 6 weeks.
13 Jan 2013
"Had a brilliant stay. Clean accommodation & very spacious."
We recently stayed here. Had a brilliant stay. Lovely clean accommodation & very spacious. Everything we needed was in the apartment - even a hairdryer! A bonus was the use of the computer/internet access & of course the fishing rods !
Spent a lot of time fishing on Lake Tarpon from the Dockside bar (staff there were good & even brought us our takeaway lunches!).
Went on a 1/2 day fishing trip with Steve Preiss (Steve's Discount Lake Tarpon Bait & Tackle Shop), very knowledgeable man & everyone caught fish on the lake.
Would definitely return & recommend to others.
13 Jan 2013
"A Really Good North Tampa Location"
'We stayed in the two bed apartment in September 2012. The apartment is very well equipped, comfortable and welcoming. The pool is excellent and well maintained.
The location is perfect for exploring the local area, with a wide variety of attractions from beaches ,lakes, state parks and charming village communities. (Dunedin is certainly worth a visit or two!)
there is a large choice of places to eat and more shops than you could ever hope to visit. (so pack light on arrival, as you are likely to end up with many purchases, during your visit!)
Mark has created an excellent supporting 'facts' document on the accommodation and local(and greater Florida) area, which is particularly helpful. There is also the fabulous Florida people and weather.
Although we encountered an internet connection issue on arrival, Mark quickly resolved this matter by sending local expertise to fix the problems. - very impressive indeed. Mark takes great pride in his apartments and this shows from your first contact with him.
We have no hesitation in recommending these apartments, as an excellent base for a great, relaxing vacation.
27 Nov 2011
We rented the ground floor apt recently. Plenty of room & good to have PC with internet access. We enjoyed the on site swimming pool. A very good base for exploring this interesting area. Closest beach is Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, and Clearwater beach is an easy drive also. Plenty to do in the area, not just beaches. We will be back.
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