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5* Luxury Villa Heron View with Large Heated Private Pool & Spa/Hot Tub



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Villa in South Gulf Cove, Cape Haze Peninsular, Port Charlotte, Florida - South Facing onto Deep Water Canal, Very Peaceful, Just 15-30 Mins from 8 Great Beaches

Vacation Rental Description:


South Gulf Cove is on the Cape Haze peninsular east of the Rotonda and south of a line between Port Charlotte and Englewood, and North of Boca Grande. It is within the boundaries of the South Gulf Cove Nature reserve.

The Villa rear faces south onto a Deep Water canal, with easy access to the South Gulf Cove Nature reserve, Port Charlotte Harbor and then the Gulf of Mexico.


This 4 to 5 Bedroom villa comes with two Master Suites, both with US Queen Size Beds; both have double French doors to Lanai and Pool area. Two Twin Bedded rooms and two Family rooms, one of which has a fold out US Queen Bed, so, with cot or crib it can sleep up to 12 people.

There are three Bathrooms, one each in the en-suites and one family bathroom.

The whole villa is fully Air-Conditioned with ceiling fans in every room for our wonderfully hot Florida weather and centrally heated for those odd cool nights that we sometimes get.

There is a large, fully equipped Kitchen with a table and 4 chairs, Breakfast Bar with 4 High. The Dining table also seats 8.

There is a large fully equipped Laundry room and double garage.

There is a 30ft x 13ft Heated Pool with a separately heated Spa/Jacuzzi that seats 8. The rear of this villa faces south and has the Sun all day. The covered Lanai is 30ft x 10ft and the Sun Deck is over 30ft. The whole rear of this villa is fully caged and is not over looked.

There is a 50ft x 6ft Private Dock. Great fishing can be had from this dock and the fun of then seeing how good Dad actually is in cooking it on the villa BBQ/Gas Grill?


This villa has a full Security Alarm System on all doors and windows that are linked to a central station, with panic buttons for Police, Fire and the Ambulance service.

All doors and windows that lead to the Pool area have an independent Alarm system, to warn you if the kids try and get to the pool without your knowledge?

We have a local Management Company who live locally, to assist you for any emergency 24/7, and whose office hours (M-F) are 9-5 for any other questions or requests?


It is superbly furnished throughout, as you would expect in any top of the range luxury villa. It is fully equipped, including HDLCDTV’s, HDDVR Satellite receivers, DVD/Video recorders, CD players in both Family rooms, HDLCDTV’s with Satellite receivers in both Master suites.

All linen, crockery and towels are included, even beach towels and toys. Just bring food, drink and yourselves.

Free Wireless High-speed Internet connection and all local telephone calls are also free!

We supply Free of Charge for your use, a full range of fresh and salt water fishing rods and equipment. You just need to buy bait.

Boat Hire: We have an arrangement with a local boat yard, which has a fleet of 10 boats of all sizes. We can sort out your hire before you arrive at a discounted rate.

Activities and Attractions:

The villa is very close to 8 wonderful 'sugar sand' beaches all within a 20 minute drive, with some of the best shelling and shark tooth collecting to be had on the whole South Gulf Coast.

From our dock, the beautiful South Gulf Cove Nature reserve is just 15 minutes sailing time away, from which you can then exit into Port Charlotte sound and then, out into the Gulf of Mexico. There is wonderful fresh and salt water fishing to be had in all areas.

There are 10 Golf courses within a 30 minutes’ drive, including a floodlit, 24 hour course just 6 miles away. There are over 70 courses within a radius of 25 miles of the villa. All courses welcome children over 8, and hire out all equipment needed.

Port Charlotte for all department stores is only 15 miles away, with a large Publix supermarket and two petrol stations just 3 miles away. We list in our villa manual over 20 great local restaurants; there are all sorts of 'take-outs' locally, but why not cook your own 'catch of the day' on the villa BBQ/Gas Grill?


More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello holiday seekers, thank you for viewing our villa. Linda and I are from Oxfordshire, England. We have been coming to Florida, with our children since the early 80's. It was then, when the kids were small, that we discovered and fell in love with Florida's Gulf Coast with it's beautifully clean 'sugar sand' beaches. The clear, clean, safe, warm gulf waters and all the wonderful wildlife that is all around you to marvel at and enjoy. All this and only a few hours from Disney of the Everglades.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Barry,

Thank you for the use of your lovely villa. We've stayed in quite a number of different villas over the past 10 years and would rate your villa as one of the best. We had a holiday. Best Regards, Gordon & Eleanor. 21/08/12

Hi Barry, The villa was everything and more, we had a wonderful time at the villa and in the surrounding area of Port Charlotte as it is so nice.

Finding the villa was very easy from Tampa. The Golf courses where fantastic, even in better conditions than those in Orlando, and that takes some doing.

The villa was very comfortable and clean and the guys loved the pool and the dock, they were fishing every night after golf. We left the villa early so as to have a day in Clearwater before our flight home.

Many thanks again Barry we all had a great time.

Best regards, Terry Russell. P.G.A. 08/05/12

Hi Barry, just wanted to let you know that we very much enjoyed our stay at you house in Port Charlotte. The house was lovely and very comfortable. Although we did not see your alligator, we did catch a nice dinner of redfish and sheep’s head from the dock, and enjoyed being able to bring our boat to the dock through the canal system.

Thanks again Pat Nevius & family 6/02/12

Hi Barry, We had a wonderful time, I cannot say enough wonderful things about your villa and the area, and it was magnificent. We had a fantastic holiday there.

The villa is beautiful, my husband and I had the main master suite and it was amazing.

The bathroom was the biggest I’ve ever been in and we had a steady stream of visitors for a dip in the tub!

Your resident gator made a visit most days, we were thrilled to bits and got some fantastic pictures of it, think he enjoyed his rather nervous audience.

And thank you so much for the discount off our next booking, we will be back next year to use it!

If you would like to use anything I’ve said as a testimonial for your websites, please feel free. Once again, thank you. Liegh UK. 2012

Dear Barry, We all had a wonderful two weeks at your beautiful house. We look forward to booking again with you next year. And thank you for returning our deposit so quickly. Mara Dils, Science, Teacher West Middle School

Jun 2007
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1 Reviews

based on 1 holidaymaker reviews

United Kingdom


  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this villa for 18 nights in November 2014. We are 2 couples in our late 50's. It was perfect for our requirements. The villa is well equiped with everything you good wish for,even fishing rods! to enjoy that area of the USA. The estate the villa is on is very quiet, but very friendly. It is about a 5 minute drive to the nearest large supermarket, and about 15 minutes to the centre of Port Charlotte, which has more supermarkets and many restaurants shops, and a large under cover shopping mall. Beaches near by are lovely and never seem to be busy. The deckchairs, parasol and cool boxes, that are supplied for use make trips to the beach even better, as not all beaches have sun beds for hire. The villa is large, well furnished and very comfortable. Having the management company on call to deal with any issues is great. Whilst we were there the ice maker on the fridge freezer stopped working (not really a disaster!) but we reported it to the company with just a free phone call) That same day and engineer arrived and fixed it.

This villa would be ideal to take children to, as the internal layout and pool area would suit families very well.

All in all a great villa and a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

When we retired, we wanted our holiday home to be in this unspoilt part of the South West Gulf Coast. Which, unlike most of the Florida coast line, it is not built up. It still retains that 'old world charm' that Florida had and is now mainly lost in places like Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples. Come and see for yourselves!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Fort Myers at 95 Miles Nearest Motorway : I-75 at 25 Miles Nearest Beach : Englewood at 15 Miles Car: necessary


You will be very close to our 9 wonderful local 'sugar sand' beaches which are all within a 20 minute drive. They are some of the best shelling and shark tooth collecting spots along the South Gulf Coast. The Gulf waters are very clean and safe for swimming. They are controlled/patrolled regularly by the state nature watch officers. All have Toilets, Changing rooms and BBQ/Picnic areas. Parking is just $2 per day on most beaches. We provide FOC a full range of Salt & Fresh water fishing gear!



Tampa 90 miles (1.5-2 hours)

Fort Myers 45 miles (.75-1.5 hours)

Bradenton 45 miles (.75-1.5 hours)

St. Petersburg 75 miles (1.25- 1.75)

Miami 120 miles (2.5-4hours)


Nearest Supermarket and Petrol/Gas stations is just 4 miles away.

Nearest restaurants and take-outs are all within a 15 minute drive.

Port Charlotte is the nearest city with all the shops, restaurants, cinemas, banks and other outlets you would expect in a good sized city.

We list in our Villa Manual over 20 local restaurants that we like and will recommend.

Further Details:

Hello Barry, (03/05/14) We had a great time, you have a lovely place. The pool and spa temperatures were perfect, thank you. We saw a baby alligator off the back and a water snake which the children thought was great. Regards Louise Barnett

Hello Barry, (25/01/14)

Just wanted to let you know we once again had an amazing time at your villa. We love your home and the area better than any other place or house we have rented in the past. We hope to be in touch soon to book again next year!

Thanks, Courtney Thornton

Barry, (18/01/14)

We had a great time. The house worked out well and we really enjoyed the pool and the hot tub.

Best wishes, Diana Dretvoist

Hi Barry, (30/03/13)

Just wanted to drop and line and tell you how much we enjoyed our stay in Port Charlotte. The home was beautiful and just as described! The week we were there was unseasonably cool, so we were very grateful to be able to heat the pool and hot tub!

Thank you so much for everything, Bonnie Van Epps

Hi Barry, (03/03/13)

I want to express our satisfaction during our stay in Florida, we were delighted by your home. The West coast of Florida is very beautiful and worth visiting.

Thank you. Astrid Reynouard

Hi Barry, (28/01/13)

Thank you for returning our deposit. I also wanted to share what a wonderful time we had at the Villa. Our party included multiple generations and the home offered space to share as well as privacy. We visited the area beaches shown in the villa manual. As the weather was little cool, thankfully, we had the pool and the hot tub and that's where we spent the majority of our time. We appreciated you arranging the pool heat at the last minute; it made a difference in our stay. We look forward to coming back another time.

Thanks again, Ana Asilis

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Snow Bird
2 Jan 2017 - 1 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
9 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
22 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
17 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
2 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
18 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter
25 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Christmas & New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee 1-8 people £143 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £397
Tax Rate 12.0%

Changeover Day:
We are very flexible with the length of rental days and of the change over dates, except at Easter and the Christmas/New Periods. We are normally happy to take any bookings over 2 nights.

Notes on prices:
Extra guests charged $20.00 each per night.

Groups up to 8 people $180 per stay, 9-12 $200 per stay (Maximum occupation 10 Adults plus 2 children under 12 years of age)

Plus Taxes of 12% (Florida Sales Tax at 7% and Tourist Bed Tax at 5%).

Groups of 4 or less get an extra 10% discount!
Staying 3 weeks you get 5% off.
4-7 weeks 10% discount.
8-11 weeks 15% discount and over 12 weeks get a 20% discount.
No discounts on any special rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

Being within the South Gulf Cove Nature Reserve, you are privileged to see Florida's wonderful wildlife all around you. I have sat on the lanai and seen a sea eagle fly down and pick a fish out of the water just 30 feet in front of me. We have a 5 foot 'gator, who regally visits our canal and will lay on the surface, he never comes close, just watching you fish from the dock. We have hired kayaks and spent hours sailing around the reserve, fishing, crabbing and bird spotting. This is the real Florida. There is not a lot left so we feel very lucky to own part of it!

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master en-suite has a Roman Tub, Walk-in Shower (OK for wheelchair), Twin sinks & Separate W/C. 2nd Master en-suite has Walk-in Shower, Sink & W/C. Family Bathroom has Bath with Shower over, Sink & W/C. All 4 Bedrooms have large Walk-in Wardrobes.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps a maximum of 10 adults and 2 children (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master suite 1 has a US size Queen Double. Master suite 2 has a US size Queen Double. Bedroom 3 has Two Twin beds. Bedroom 4 has Two Twin beds. Family room #2 has a Fold out US size Queen Double. Cot or Cribs hire at only $75 pw including Linen.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: All doors and windows that lead to the pool area have an independent alarm system, to warn you if the kids try and get to the outside or the pool/spa without your knowledge. We have a local management company who live locally, to assist you anytime you may need them, 24/7. Extras you may need: Hire of cots or cribs $75 per week. Inc all linen. BBQ/gas grill $75 per week. Inc cleaning and gas. Pool & spa heaters $200 per week + tax. Free use of our high speed wireless internet. All local telephone calls are also free, including internet connections. Any calls made other than local will be charged to the Security deposit. Outside: There is a 30x13ft heated pool with a separately heated spa/hot tub that seats 8. The rear of this villa faces south and has the sun all day. We provide 4 sun loungers with side tables, an outside table & chairs to seat 6. The covered lanai is 30x10ft and the sun deck is over 30ft. the whole rear of this villa is fully caged and is not over looked. There is a 50x6ft private boat dock. Great fishing can be had from this dock and then the fun of cooking the 'catch of the day' on the villa bbq/gas grill? so, how good is dad at this? Boat hire: We have an arrangement with a local boat yard, and can arrange your boat hire for you at very good discounted rates. Car hire: We are agents for Dollar Car Rentals. We can arrange any car, at any airport for you, at very good discounted rates. Utility Room: Utility/Laundry is also fully equipped with washer, dryer and all the required cleaning and laundry aids you may need. However, who wants to work when on Vacation? Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen is included, which includes 6 double sized beach towels. The villa is cleaned after you leave. The charge is $160 for 1-4 guests, 5-8 $180 and for 9-12 $200. Other: Inside the double garage are Beach chairs, Blow-up air beds/animal Pool Toys and lots of other Beach and Pool toys/games for your use. We also supply FOC up to 6 sets of Fresh and Salt water fishing gear and equipment. Use them to catch your dinner?

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