Villa Near Tampa Bay, Florida Gulf of Mexico, USA - Quiet Setting Ideal For Relaxing, Yet Centrally Located On The Gulf Coast For Tampa & Sarasota
Location Location Location. Our home is ideal for families and couples alike given its fabulous location on the west side of Florida. Tampa and Sarasota are both very easily accessible, as is Orlando (just over an hours drive). Just as important, who really wants a 2 or 3 hour drive back to the airport on the last day? Not with this home as TPA is just 40 minutes away! Great shopping exists at both the Westfield Mall at Brandon and at the Prime Outlets Mall at Ellenton to the south where you can visit designer shops such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger & American Eagle to name just a few. Our villa has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms; that's some 2,500 sq foot of luxury. It is idyllically located in a quiet, upscale residential community between Tampa Bay and Sun City Center. As well as the HD TV there is a DVD film library and a pool table should you be stuck at home. High speed internet access is available via the WiFi router if you have a laptop, tablet or smart phone. During the winter months, our new heat pump will effectively warm up the swimming pool to a very nice 84F.
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful villa that met all our needs
About the Owner
My wife and I first visited Florida a few years before getting married. Like most people, we loved it there, and certainly vowed to go back at some stage. I work locally and try and relax as much as I can, including frequent trips to our home in Florida. In my spare time I enjoy walking our dogs, playing badminton and the occasional game of golf.
Why Stuart chose Florida
My wife and I love Florida, and when we were able to, didn't hesitate to buy a property there. We wanted somewhere slightly away from the crowds of Orlando, yet to still be able to enjoy the theme parks as well as the beaches and sunsets of the west coast all in one - we opted for our villa close to Tampa, yet just one hour away from downtown Disney. Its location, we truly believe, is perfect. The west central Florida location means it is an easy drive either north or south to find new places to visit and enjoy.
What makes this villa unique
One of the main reasons we ended up mid way between Tampa and Sarasota was purely because we felt a simple drive to either was important for exploring the area, plus the real advantage of being close to Tampa International airport. With direct flights to Europe and many U.S cities, it is perfect!
Both cities offer slightly different cultures, yet both are full of the big Floridian welcome. There are some fantastic restaurants in the area - you will find some details of them at the house should you stay there!
And if you do play golf, well it's right on your doorstep.
(20 traveller reviews)
Beautiful villa that met all our needs
Spent New Year in this fabulous villa. Enjoyed swimming in the heated pool and sitting under the lanai - much better than being in England!!! Loved the lounge/kitchen area and the space the villa offered us. Explored Tampa/St Petes area taking advantage of Tampa's City Pass which can be used to visit Busch Gardens, tampa aquarium and the zoo saving money. Must thank Stuart for his attention to detail - prior to, during and after making the booking. Nice extra touches made this a really enjoyable holiday.
Great property, great location
It was a pleasure to stay here, a real home from home. Stuart the owner could not have been more helpful in his attention to detail and his eagerness to ensure our stay was both comfortable and worthwhile.
This home is in a smart development and being just a few minutes drive away from the main interstate, it provides a great location for sightseeing in all there is to do in the Tampa-Sarasota area. I would definitely recommend it as a place to stay for at least 2 weeks or more.
We had 10 days here last month and absolutely loved it. The location is fantastic and we experienced a part of Florida that we would never have seen if we stayed in Orlando for our 2 week trip.
The area was peaceful and great for golf and places to go for a morning run but so close to major roads for traveling to Tampa/Sarasota/St Pete etc
The photos of this villa do no justice to it! It's got heaps of space which was great as we were 2 families with kids. The house was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. The pool was perfect for cooling down and letting the kids play about.
Stuart couldn't be of more help. From speaking to him at the time of booking through to the info he sent prior to us going was spot on - especially with us arriving in time for Hurricane Matthew!
I would highly recommend staying at this villa. We're already planning a return trip in the next couple of years so am hoping it will still be available.
Excellent home from home
just returned from a fabulous holiday in this villa. The villa is equipped to the highest standard with everything you need. The pool is one of the largest I have seen (7ft at deep end) which was great for cooling off after a day at beach. The villa is in an idea location within easy reach of many beaches , shopping outlets/malls and was only 30 mins from Busch gardens which makes it an ideal location for a family holiday. The pool table was also a welcome addition to relax and play in the evening. The owner Stuart was friendly, helpful and informative giving us lots of tips and information to make the stay more enjoyable! I would definitely recommend the villa for larger families as the 3 bathrooms and room layout was ideal for privacy, and little bit of rest bite! I look forward to staying again in the future.
Fab - just how we remembered it!
Our second stay at Stuart's villa (previously June 2015) and it really does do the job very well! Great location to get just about anywhere in Florida.... either heading north to Tampa and Orlando or south to the beaches of the Gulf coast or on to Sarasota or Naples. We even drove up to St Augustine (about 200 miles) and spent a couple of nights up there to see that area, which I can also recommend if you have the time/schedule.
Overall this home is very comfortable with good quality furniture and you feel very safe in the surroundings of the neighbourhood and development. The neighbours are all very friendly and always helped us out if we had any questions.
5 star holiday villa in a fabulous location
Before we had even left home, villa owner Stuart had made sure we had all the house and location information we needed so we found our way from the airport via a supermarket easily. The house was even better than we imagined with everything we needed to have a fantastic fortnight in this idyllic location. The house's proximity to the I75 meant easy drives to some fabulous beaches. Of course we explored the St Pete's beach area with the lovely drive over the Skyway bridge but spent our days at Fort de Soto, where the birds and the dolphins viewed from the pier were spectacular. Anna Maria Island with the Sand Bar restaurant on the beach was another favourite as was Coquina Beach with a good lunch spot nearby in Cortez at the Star Fish Company Seafood Market and Bar. The sand and sea in this area could not be bettered with great shelling as well as fantastic wildlife. The Manatee Viewing Centre at the end of Big Bend Road didn't disappoint, well we saw a manatee and the walkways were really pleasant.
We found good shopping at the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall and the Westfield Mall at Brandon both a 20 minute drive away.
An easy drive of 1 hour 15 mins found us at Universal in Orlando where we had several days of theme park thrills with a couple of Orlando Magic basketball games in the evenings.
The Florida aquarium at Tampa was a good day and we booked on line in the morning prior to going which was much cheaper, I would recommend the combo ticket with the Dolphin harbour cruise which we really enjoyed, didn't see a dolphin but it was a nice trip through Tampa Bay.
Stuart's home guide gave excellent directions to local shops, activities and restaurants which really helped us plan our days and evenings.
The house was a real pull to go home to where we BBQed and enjoyed the pool. We even had Premiership football to watch on our only wet morning.
We can't wait to return, this house and area has been a great find.
From the Owner
“My wife and I love Florida, and when we were able to, didn't hesitate to buy a property there. We wanted somewhere slightly away from the crowds of Orlando, yet to still be able to enjoy the theme parks as well as the beaches and sunsets of the west coast all in one - we opted for our villa close to Tampa, yet just one hour away from downtown Disney. Its location, we truly believe, is perfect. The west central Florida location means it is an easy drive either north or south to find new places to visit and enjoy.”
Activity and Interests
The Gulf coast beaches are well renowned. They are about a 35 minute drive away. Tampa Bay is some 10 minutes drive away and has a small beach. Here you can see pelicans diving for fish and the locals out on their boats. EG Simmonds public park is also close by. Fort de Soto Park & Beach is also highly recommended and worth a visit.
The nearest main airports are Tampa (TPA, 40 mins) and Orlando (MCO, 90 mins). Smaller airports are located at St. Pete and Sarasota-Bradenton. Car hire is essential to fully appreciate the Gulf Coast region.
Downtown Tampa is 25 minutes drive away, Sarasota 40 minutes and the Orlando theme parks just over an hour. TPA is a 40 minute drive from the villa. The best shopping areas are both approx a 15 minutes drive away, one in Brandon and the other to the south at Ellenton, both just off of Interstate 75. Busch Gardens is approx 35 minutes away.
The nearest bars and restaurants are a 1 minute drive away (or 10 mins walk). Banks, Pharmacies, Supermarkets and a 24 hr Walmart Superstore are all within a 5-7 minute drive of the villa. If you prefer to shop at a Target Superstore, this is some 15 minutes away.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Booking by email to the owner direct. 25% deposit to confirm booking. The balance is due 7 weeks before along with 300 pounds security/damage deposit refundable after your stay. I am more than happy to accept US Dollars - please enquire.
Normally a Saturday or Sunday but please enquire as other days may be possible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are in Sterling and are fully inclusive except for the clean/service of the property and pool heating (normally required from November through to end March). Additional cleaning can also be arranged for during your stay. Discounts for longer lets available. US Dollars also accepted. Please note we are not able to cater for children under 3.
A 25% deposit is due at the time of booking, followed by the balance plus security deposit 7 weeks before departure. Payment can be made in Sterling or Dollars. A clean/service fee is additional to the rental cost.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“One of the main reasons we ended up mid way between Tampa and Sarasota was purely because we felt a simple drive to either was important for exploring the area, plus the real advantage of being close to Tampa International airport. With direct flights to Europe and many U.S cities, it is perfect! Both cities offer slightly different cultures, yet both are full of the big Floridian welcome. There are some fantastic restaurants in the area - you will find some details of them at the house should you stay there! And if you do play golf, well it's right on your doorstep.”
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome ...
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- outlet shopping
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- jet skiing
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Master ensuite has 2 sinks, wc, large bath and separate shower. Ensuite to bedroom two. The family bathroom is just off the hallway and would normally serve the two twin bedded rooms.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: King size master bedroom with ensuite bathroom & shower and walk-in wardrobe. Queen size second bedroom with ensuite shower room and large wardrobe. Two other bedrooms have two single beds in each with large wardrobes. All rooms have chest of drawers in.
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: All living areas are carpeted. The bathrooms and kitchen are tiled. All bedrooms and the main family living area have ceiling fans in addition to the air conditioning. We prefer guests not to smoke inside, thank you. Outside: The villa is surrounded by lawns and flower beds, with several palm trees to add to the tropical feel. Our private pool is enclosed and there are several patio chairs, table and separate sun loungers. The pool area faces approximately south so is sunny from early morning to about 5.30pm during the summer months. The pool is approx 32' by 15' Utility Room: Large washing machine, large tumble dryer and large utility sink. A door from here leads to the garage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linen are provided; beach towels are not. The property is cleaned and serviced before each rental. Additional cleaning during your stay can be arranged if required and paid for locally. Other: There is a large formal dining area, with table and chairs for eight. Next to here is another carpeted area which currently has the pool table.