Vista del Lago
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our home on Rotonda West, near Englewood boasts an envied tropical location and offers all you need for an utterly relaxing holiday. We often have special deals available so just contact us for details.
The villa is light and spacious, beautifully furnished and equipped, air-conditioned (even the walk-in cupboard!), with cathedral ceilings, spacious well-equipped kitchen, utility room and ceramic-tiled bathrooms, the larger of which has a Jacuzzi-style bath. It sleeps 6 in luxurious comfort. We have recently upgraded bed linen and the Master Bed following feedback from guests to ensure it is totally comfortable for guests. We want our guests to have a lovely vacation.
Poolside bedrooms overlook the sparkling heated pool and hot tub, set in a peaceful tropical position in an area famous for tranquil and unspoiled beaches.
We have bikes, fishing equipment, cable TV and Free Wi Fi at the villa so you can always stay busy if you get tired of splashing the pool. Rotonda West is a wonderful place for cycling and enjoying the peace and tranquility. Unspoilt white sand beaches are minutes away and Boca Beach are Englewood are two of our favourites. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants from Italian to Caribbean and Mexican to Burgers there is dining to suit everyone's taste. Rotonda West is a golfers paradise with well kept golf courses surrounded by tropical landscape so you can play while you enjoy the view
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Orlando International 256 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Florida region
TripAdvisor recently ranked the Englewood area the number 2 emerging vacation destination in America. The Englewood area alone boasts five public beaches, pristine waters for unbelievable fishing and numerous public parks for hiking or enjoying nature. The people in this area lack pretension and go out of their way to help one another.
Our home is about 10 minutes from Englewood, this being close to shore. Take the Beach Road in Englewood, turn right at Englewood Beach and you come to Middle Beach on Manasota Key – our personal favourite. This area is still largely undiscovered consequently it is much less commercialised, less developed and less frantic.
We know you will love this unspoiled area of Florida's Gulf Coast as we do. Clearwater and St.Petes Beach are the more famous holiday destinations, as is expensive Naples and Fort Myers, but in between these is a less well known stretch of glorious coastline, with long beaches, turquoise seas, lush green landscapes and vivid sunsets. The South West Gulf Coast has miles and miles of natural pristine beaches and clear water, with an average temperature of about 75 degrees year round and an ocean temperature of around 80.
There are many lovely shells to collect, and looking carefully you will find sharks teeth as well. Lots of beaches are shallow for quite a long way out, making them ideal for small children. Most will have car parks and may also have picnic tables and Barbecue facilities for your use.
The coastline comprises a series of keys or islands. In effect, giant sandbars, which have matured into a chain of islands running along the entire length of the coast. High- rise hotels are few in number and instead there is a mixture of small motels, small apartments and private residences set in lush vegetation
When you tire of sitting by our private screened-in pool, there are boundless places of interest to visit including attractions, museums and cultural opportunities. Apart from the beaches, the boat-trips to islands and the wonderful shopping, the region abounds with State Parks where this wonderful sub-tropical Eco-system is being preserved. These parks usually incorporate nature trails, boat tours, canoe rentals, and those on island have, of course, mile upon mile of sandy beaches with great shelling. The wildlife to be enjoyed includes pelicans, egrets, pretty scarlet cardinals, red-cockaded woodpeckers, raccoons, bobcats, alligators, manatees, bald eagles, and the now sadly rare Florida black bears and panthers (though we don't see many of these last two in our back yard!).
There is excellent shopping in Englewood, and you are sure to find everything you need locally. For food, the Publix supermarket is only minutes away and open until very late at night and 24 hours at certain periods of the year. They have a vast range of food and wine and a deliciously inviting delicatessen. There is a superb fish counter..........and you can have your lobster steamed, ready to eat! They also have a Pharmacy and Bank facilities.
Port Charlotte has a new shopping mall, the Port Charlotte Town Centre. Many a satisfying afternoon can be whiled away in here should your Bank balance allow it! The most renowned of Sarasota's shopping areas is St. Armands Circle, an island of exquisite boutiques, restaurants and galleries.
This park-like circle is home to over 100 shops and restaurants, which, it has to be said, are generally pricey (observe Sarasota's seriously wealthy pull up in their chauffeur driven limos!) however, it is wonderfully atmospheric in the early evening to wander around and can be combined with a trip to Siesta Key's white talcum-powder sand beach
If, like us, you love dining out, you will have come to the right place. Renowned for fresh local caught seafood, there is a vast choice of places to eat. Every kind of cuisine is catered for from Continental to Japanese. Many restaurants are at the water's edge, portions are huge and, importantly, inexpensive, so that eating out really is a pleasure!
Make sure you take the short boat trip to Palm Island Resort Restaurant one evening. Palm Island is a private community with a lovely beach – which us ordinary mortals are not allowed to use!
For golfers we are right next to the Long Marsh Golf Club.
Long Marsh's gently rolling fairways meander through 450 acres of natural Florida scrub. Its fairways and greens invitingly framed by native pines, oaks and palms and is Rotonda's newest golf courses. This Ted McAnlis-designed course opened in February of 1999, and it's newest 9 Hole addition in 2007 and is enjoyable for golfers of all levels. At Long Marsh Golf Club in Rotonda West, each hole has its own distinctive character, set amid natural bunkers, lakes and marshes that are haven for wildlife. Four sets of tee boxes provide course distances ranging from 5257 yards to 7120 yards.
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31 Dec 2013
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this villa having stayed in Rotonda previously - the villa itself was in a great location overlooking the canal and the golf course and we were able to make good use of the pool even though it was mid to late December as it is solar heated.
Overall we liked and enjoyed the villa as it is well laid out, comfortable and very spacious.
Our only negative comment is that on our arrival we were somewhat disappointed with the master bedroom - particularly having stayed in villas previously on Rotonda and hence had certain expectations and experience of quality and standards provided. Our initial thoughts were that the bed had not been changed as the bedding was very crumpled and creased. We concluded that whilst the bedding was clean, the quality was poor and it had clearly not been ironed and/or little care had been taken to make the room inviting.It did not help that a plastic under cover was fitted (badly) and the bed squeaked with every movement !!
It was not a particularly good start or welcoming after a long trip.
Nonetheless we did enjoy all other aspects and we are sure this matter will be addressed in the future.
Thank you for the review David. Wishing you all the very best for 2014.
30 Dec 2013
"So good, we are going back next year!"
Great villa in a great location with everything you could ever want on holiday. Very peaceful and relaxing. Good golf courses which can be viewed from the villa looking across the lake to the 5th green of Pine Valley. Short drive to the beautiful beaches at Englewood, Stump Pass and Blind Pass where you can see spectacular sunsets nearly every night. Close to shops and restaurants.
Thank you for your review Jackie much appreciated. We are here at the villa and it is lovely.
6 Jul 2013
"Outstanding Location, hope to stay again..."
Idyllic and private location overlooking waterway and golf course. Close enough to wonderful beaches, food, and shopping and far enough away for peace and quiet. Owners great to deal with and you can tell they use it themselves as it is a home from home with all that you will need. Early mornings watching the gators, herons, egrets, tortoises and evening sunsets by the pool...sheer bliss. If staying in this region in future, this would be my choice. ..need I say more.
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