No Smoking inside the villa
The family room is a comfortable room to relax in and is equipped with a Samsung 40 inch TV, a separate DVD player, a radio and CD player. You will find a selection of DVDs and CDs in the entertainment centre together with some games and a variety of paperbacks. A large picture window provides plenty of natural light and gives views up the road and the canal We have Comcast cable television in the villa, it is a good idea to buy a local paper on a Sunday because they contain a TV guide for the week, there is also a channel guide on the TV itself. We now have a selection of numerous channels and the choice is good. Including NBC sports for Premership Football ( Channel 448). There are 3 TVs in the villa all of which are completely independent of each other. remote control.
The Kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary appliances you need. Oven, Dishwasher, Fridge / Freezer, Microwave Electric Toaster and Kettle. Instruction for these appliances can be in the closet alongside the utility room Appliances in the kitchen are pretty straightforward but it is always worthwhile to have a read of the instruction books if you’re not sure. There are a full range of kitchen utensils and more than enough crockery; there is also a melamine dinner service and plastic glasses to use around the pool area. There is a table and 4 chairs in the nook area with views onto the lanai plus 4 stools at the breakfast bar. Utility Room The Utility room contains a large washing machine and a separate dryer, a large sink an ironing board, an iron, clothes maidens are in the garage. Appliances in the kitchen are pretty straightforward but it is always worthwhile to have a read of the instruction books if you’re not sure. There are a full range of kitchen utensils and more than enough crockery; there is also a melamine dinner service and plastic glasses to use around the pool area. There is a table and 4 chairs in the nook area with views onto the lanai plus 4 stools at the breakfast bar. If using the Electric kettle please position it so it is not boilng and blowing hot steam under the Wall Cupboards. Utility Room The Utility room contains a large washing machine and a separate dryer, a large sink an ironing board, an iron, clothes maidens are in the garage.
Lounge / Dining Room The lounge area is also a comfortable room to relax in and we have deliberately not put a TV in this room in order that one can maybe read a book in quiet surroundings. The lounge offers a nice view facing outwards through the front windows of a lake to the left, which is visited by a variety of birds. The formal dining area, which is furnished with a large table and 6 chairs, (table extension to seat 8 is located under the bed in the Master bedroom) offers nice views onto the lanai, pool and canal beyond.
There are 4 Bedrooms in the villa 1. A master suite with a king size bed and a large en-suite bathroom, there is a large walk in closet. This room is equipped with a TV / DVD, alarm clock, hair dryer, the French doors open out to the lanai and overlooks the canal . 2. A master suite with Queen Size bed and an ensuite shower room, French doors opening out onto the lanai and a great view down the canal. A large walk in closet, alarm clock, hair dryer and TV / DVD. 3 and 4 ,2 twin bedded rooms, which are surprisingly spacious, both with walk in closets, alarm clocks and hair dryers. These bedrooms share the 3rd bathroom, which also doubles as the pool bath and gives access to the lanai.
The King Bedroom bathroom contains a Oval Tub, walk in shower, 2 separate wash basins The Queen Bedroom Bathroom contains a walk in shower and a wash basin The third bathroom which serves the 2 twin bedroom has bath and shower with a wash basin
The lanai is fully screened with a fine wire mesh, which is fitted to keep out bugs. There are 2 gates out of the lanai into the garden area, remember to keep them shut if you do go into the garden and down to the canal. The South West facing lanai gets the sun for most of the day and features an extended deck area that contains a large table with 6 chairs and further chairs in garage to provide seating for 8 if required. . There are 4 sun beds for use on the lanai. The swimming pool is maintained on a regular basis by our management company, and a baby barrier (Florida State Law) will be erected prior to your arrival around the pool. This is a safety measure to ensure that young children do not have unsupervised access to the pool
Our villa is South West facing and overlooks a canal and the Nature Preserve, we are the last villa on a pretty quiet road so no Immediate neighbours.The plot of land to the right of us will never be built on contains a Weir which connects the canal and the lake .
The double garage can be entered from inside the villa by a door alongside Utility room where there is a switch on the wall to right as you enter. In the garage you will find some beach chairs and a beach umbrellas, feel free to use them on trips to the beach but please take them out of your car upon departure.
Wifi connection bring your devices
The Cape Haze Peninsula could be described as a time capsule waiting to be discovered. It offers the visitor a diverse culture and a chance to glimpse the Florida of days gone by and is often referred to as the secret coastline. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and decorated with colourful shells and sharks teeth.
The coastline is unspoiled with sandy beaches it is easily accessible but remote enough to attract abundant wildlife, birds, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, Bobcats, raccoons, foxes and plenty of alligators all native to the south west Florida Gulf coast. From sailing and boating, fishing, golf, fine and casual dining, shopping to the arts there is something for everyone, young and old alike.
Rotonda West is a designated nature reserve and is approximately 30 square miles of natural habitat interspersed with canals, homes and golf courses. It is a deed restricted community and a favoured location for many reasons and is ideally located to explore the peninsula. It has year round glorious weather it is an ideal spot to relax rest and restore, a chance to recover from today’s hectic place of life.
A variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets are all close by and for chain restaurants Port Charlotte is about 20 minutes away. Excellent supermarkets with an array of excellent fresh fish, meat and deli counters are very close and include Publix, Sweetbay and Winn Dixie. For the inevitable shopping, Port Charlotte Mall is approximately twenty minutes drive. Shops include Dillards, Macy's, Hollister, Bealls and J C Penny's.
Skirted by many barrier islands, such as Don Pedro or drive across the dridge to Gasparilla Island, with it's quaint town of Boca Grande, the haunt of the rich and famous, or take a boat to Cayo Costo, a Florida State Park.
South West Florida Gulf Coast Beaches
Stump Pass, a designated state park is a natural beach with no bars or high rise simply mangroves, sea oats, soft sand and sea.
Englewood Beach is the evening gathering point for watching the stunning sunsets the bars and restaurants are lively and offer a variety of dining options.
Blind Pass Beach to the north or Middle Beach as it is referred to locally is another natural beach; it is also a great walking beach great for sharks teeth and early morning dolphin spotting.
For the golfer Rotonda West boasts five golf courses each offering a challenging round of golf, you may even be fortunate to catch a glimpse of one of the resident Alligators.
Gulf Coast Boating
The barrier islands and warm waters of the Cape Haze peninsular offer a safe environment for even the novice boater and offer a magical half or full day of relaxation and an opportunity to see the barrier islands from the water. Discover hidden bays and deserted coves, meander slowly or bounce along at speed, it will not disappoint. It is truly magical to be able to gently boat through the the warm waters of the Gulf, teeming with shoals of small fish to schools of the mightier Dolphin.
Deep sea and freshwater fishing are second to none, fish for Snook, Tarpon, Bass Trout. It is the Tarpon capital and the annual tournament is held every year off Gasparilla Island.
There are many water sports, from power boats to sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, diving or parasailing.
Marinas are plentiful and offer an opportunity to experience these waters by yourselves or as part of a charter.
The Tampa Bay Rays play their home Spring Training games at the Charlotte Sports Park which is on State Road 776, about 10 minutes drive.
The spring training runs March thru February and then the local home team The Charlotte Stone Crabs play for the rest of the year.
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Security Deposit £150 / $250
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This was our third stay at the villa and as usual it doesn’t disappoint, inside or out, it simply has everything you could need including a Christmas tree for our December 17 stay. The communication with Derek was first rate as usual and there is more than enough information on restaurants and the surrounding area to form the basis of a fantastic holiday. It is without doubt the best located villa on the Rotonda if you are interested in wildlife and we had daily visits from Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Alligators, Turtles and a varying cast of other wild and wonderful creatures.
We can pay it no greater compliment than we would and will return in a heartbeat.
Date of stay: December 2017
Reviewer name: The Ryans, Gresford, North Wales
We have stayed in Florida villas many times but this was the best. It had everything that you could possibly want, in fact a home from home. Very comfortable excellent pool and the outlook was superb. Nothing overlooking the villa at all. The owner Derek was excellent, providing over and above information on facilities and the surrounding area. Our security deposit was returned immediately we returned home. Many thanks Derek for a great holiday
Date of stay: October 2017
Reviewer name: The Jones family , Somerset
Thank you Alan, pleased to help.
Won't ever go anywhere else anymore!
So after a stay in July 2010 with our (then) 15-year old twins and just the 2 of us in April 2016, we were back again this September 2017 for 9 nights. Unfortunately that was the longest period still available to us, or we would have stayed longer (very happy to say we were able to get 17 nights in April 2018!). So after 9 nights in heaven, we had to move elsewhere. Well, that made us appreciate this villa, Derek and his Management Company all over again and even more! There just is no other place that is so well placed, so tranquil, so private, so surrounded by nature (but not overtaken by it like another place we stayed, which was very dark with neglected garden). What can we say? Everything and more provided, well maintained, all information about the villa and area on hand with Derek supplying the latest news and tips about restaurants, beaches, places to go. Home from home and the place to totally relax.... Maybe we shouldn't be sharing all this, as we wouldn't want the villa to get too popular with other guests ;-) Thanks Derek and Wendy, until next Spring!
Date of stay: September 2017
Reviewer name: Malou Volkers, The Netherlands
Thank you so much, only to pleased to help
A little piece of heaven
We have just come back from staying at this beautiful villa - "a little piece of heaven".
The Villa is immaculate and very well presented, all home comforts are provided and it is one of the best villas that I have had the pleasure in staying in.
The bedrooms are large and well furnished with plenty of storage space for clothes etc.
A lovely large kitchen with everything supplied that you would possibly need, the family area was lovely for us to sit and talk about our plans etc as well as relaxing and watching a bit of tv.
The villa also supplies beach equipment, towels etc which were fabulous to have and make use of on our numerous trips to the beach.
The jewel to this villa is its location - overlooking a nature reserve. It was so peaceful and quiet and we took great delight in being able to be in the pool while having such a wonderful outlook. The children loved watching the many diffferent birds that came by the villa. The pool was lovely and warm and benefitted from getting the sun for the vast majority of the day.
Finally I would like to say what a pleasure the owners were, Derek was wonderful in supplying lots of tips regarding the beaches, restaurants, places to see, he clearly takes great pride in his villa and it is evident that he knows so much about the area.
It has been fantastic to stay in such a wonderful villa and I hope that we will be able to return one day.
Thank you Derek and Wendy
Samantha from Essex, United Kingdom August 2017
Date of stay: August 2017
Reviewer name: Coulson Family, Essex UK
Beautiful Home in a Quiet Neighborhood! LOVE!
Beautiful Home in a Quiet Neighborhood! LOVE!
The house is very clean and we could have slept up to 8 in the house! We only had 5 of us, so we had plenty of room! The lanai and pool were where we spent our mornings and evenings, enjoying the quiet and visits with all of our siblings from different parts of the world. (We came from Texas, South Africa, and Indiana). Nice place to have a mini-reunion. Easy to find, too. Will hopefully stay there again sometime! Thanks, Derek!
Date of stay: April 2017
Reviewer name: Nancy, Texas
Wish our stay didn't have to end
2 weeks in this villa was not long enough. Wendy and Derek have thought of everything to make your stay as easy and stress free as possible. Villa was immaculately prepared for our arrival and we found the local management company to act promptly to any enquiries.
This was our second stay in the villa, we found the peace and tranquillity of the location perfect for us.
Derek and Wendy are a pleasure to deal with and answer all communications promptly - even from around the pool when they were at the villa themselves!
Will definitely re-book
Date of stay: September 2016
Reviewer name: The Tilley family, Berkshire, UK
We have just returned after 2 wonderful weeks.. After a hectic week in Orlando it was wonderful to spend 2 relaxing weeks at this beautiful villa. This was our second visit, the first being in 2010. We never even considered looking anywhere else. If anything the villa is even better equipped than it was back then. We doubt there is better equipped and maintained villa in Florida.
Dealing with Derek is just like having your best friend holding your hand. He is the font of wisdom about Florida, in particular about Rotonda West and its surrounding area.
His attention to detail is second to none and you just know that he really cares. Every detail is covered with nothing left to chance.
The location of the villa is brilliant. Very private overlooking the canal. Birds of all description visit along with the odd alligator and if your lucky you may see the bobcat.
Don't look any further book it now. You won't be disappointed.
Date of stay: August 2016
Reviewer name: John & Rachael Paine and Family, Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK
WOW, this what what we said when we walked in to this perfect villa, we are still saying wow now! The villa is in the most perfect position, plenty of space between the houses and not overlooked at all with no one to the right of the property at all. The villa is large, spread out nicely so you are not on top of each other (perfect for 2 families) but with a lovely living space in the middle where the family room and tv are and the kitchen together. The rooms are large with 2 ensuites, the master is massive with a to die for bathroom (my favourite room!) this includes double sinks, (on different sides of the room) a bath tub and separate shower cubicle. The other ensuite has a large shower in the bathroom. The other 2 bedrooms are twins and share the 3rd bathroom. Everywhere is decorated nicely and there must be everything you could want in this villa it is very well equipped from towels, both bath and beach, coffee makers, slow cookers a BBQ to toys, books, games...I could go on. There was not one thing we thought "oh we could do with that"
The pool deck is the best I have ever seen it is absolutely vast, plenty of room for tables, chairs and loungers, the photos do not do it justice, there is really a lot of space out there. The views are amazing, up and down the canal and over the nature reserve. The sunsets are beautiful from here too and the ceiling fan makes lovely evenings sitting out on the deck, watching the sun go down and seeing and hearing the extensive wildlife wandering around. The most noise you will hear is the old golf cart trundling over the bridge.The villa has a well equipped garage too, with 4 adult bikes which we did use to cycle around Rotunda West, beach equipment including chairs and umbrellas and cool boxes. I really cannot recommend the villa enough. The area itself has an abundance of beaches that are all empty, white sand and plenty of shells, quiet roads and really really friendly locals. This is a holiday away from the hustle and bustle and a way of seeing the real Florida, very different from Orlando and all I can say is very much for the better, you have to really experience it to appreciate it. Derek and his wife do everything possible to make sure your stay in their amazing home is as enjoyable as possible it has been a pleasure and we cannot wait to visit again.
Date of stay: August 2016
Reviewer name: The Flood Family, Southend on Sea UK
Thank-you Derek and Wendy for the use of your villa, we had a brilliant time in your lovely home. The pool was great and our kids spent most of our time in it calling it the Disney pool, we visited lots of beaches and had great fun exploring parts of Florida that we have never visited before and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere.
The villa was excellent with everything we could have needed, it was nice to have a few basic items of food although most things I had brought from home there was bits and pieces that others might not have thought of and of course all the beach items we used daily.
Overall we highly recommend this villa if you want to get out of the "Disney" bubble and explore the Gulf coast, there are lots of lovely beaches and the villa is a gorgeous location to come back to everyday. You gave us great information and were very helpful with your emails, thanks again, The Dougal's from Northern Ireland.
Date of stay: August 2016
Reviewer name: The Dougal Family, Northern ireland
6 years later
See review Malou Volkers The Netherlands July 2010:
My husband and I were lucky enough to indeed be back for 8 nights last April and it was as if we had never left! Nothing had changed and the villa was still as well-maintained as it was 6 years ago. This time there were only the two of us so we didn't really need all that space but we enjoyed feeling at home and the tranquility very much. We saw all kinds of birds, wild boar, a big Gover tortoise crossed the street one time, a manatee swam by at 2 meter distance at Gasparilla Island when we stood knee-deep in the water and one evening we even spotted a coyote near Rotonda North Blvd! We have seen a big part of Florida by now, having traveled around 2 times 3-4 weeks, and have decided there is no better place to stay and no better placed villa in the best part of Florida, so next time we'll just stay at the villa for 3 weeks and visit places like Siesta Key, Tropicana Field St. Petersburg (1,5 hours by car), Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island etc. by car from this lovely villa with all its comforts. Why bother finding another place if there is nowhere better than there?! We definitely hope to be back again soon! Thanks Derek and Wendy, we had a fantastic time again!!!
Date of stay: April 2016
Reviewer name: Malou Volkers, The Netherlands
UNFORTUNATELY (Hope that got your attention) there is nothing else we can add to the fabulous reviews already given here. Derek is a truly top bloke, who goes out of his way to ensure you are at ease from the moment you place your booking. If you have never gone DIY before then Derek really is the font of all knowledge to ensure you feel comfortable with every aspect of your holiday. Communication was absolutely first class. We were anxious to ensure that we got our first Christmas and New Year out of the UK off to a good start- and we did. The Villa is in a fantastic location on Rotonda, not overlooked and in a very quiet spot. Blue Heron and Egret pass by daily, and birds of prey wheel lazily overhead. We felt very much at home from the moment we arrived, and of course the kids loved the large pool. It's often the little things that make a big difference - the four beach chairs and insulated wheeled picnic box in the garage got lots of use at the local beaches which really are white sand heaven into shallow warm Gulf waters. Derek had even put up a Christmas tree and door garland in preparation for our arrival! For those wishing to travel further afield then St Pete's, Tampa, Sarasota, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers are all easily reached by car. We have stayed many times in Florida Villa accommodation and this is by far the best. If you are looking for a truly relaxing beach holiday then you will not be disappointed. Everything from Waffle House to five star restaurant dining can be had within 30 minutes drive. Boca Grande is a gastronomic delight - be sure to visit Loose Caboose (lunchtime) and Pink Elephant (Casual but top class evening dining).
Finally, a very personal thanks to Derek and Wendy for allowing us to share their Florida dream, even if it was for only two weeks. The memories will be with us for life and we hope to return. Many thanks.
Date of stay: December 2015
Reviewer name: Tony, Rachel, Lotte and Jack, Sheffield
Massive thanks to you, Derek and Wendy, for allowing us to share your 'home from home' villa. This was our second visit to Englewood but first to this villa. Derek ensured excellent communication prior to and during the booking process and provided lots of excellent information relating to the area/places to visit/eat prior to our arrival. We definitely felt confident with our booking of a 'dibb villa' but also very quickly picked up on Derek's passion for his villa, his love of wildlife and the fabulous area we would be re visiting. The villa was extremely clean on our arrival (shame it didn't stay that way long once we moved in!) and was very well equipped for our stay. Kitchen was well equipped, especially for longer hires when maybe you would cook more than we did. Garage had lots of beach chairs etc for a day chilling. The villa layout lends itself to a fabulous family home and one that two families sharing would not feel over crowded. The pool area and outlook is most definitely the highlight of renting this villa and the main reason we selected this villa for hire. The pool deck is the biggest we have ever rented in Florida but with the outlook over the canals and no properties to the west of the villa as its a nature reserve, gives the villa a real peaceful feel and without a doubt is the best feature of the Villa. There was an abundance of wildlife to look at whilst relaxing on the very comfortable pool furniture. It was so relaxing after the busy days we had had in Orlando. The villa has a folder with local information in it which can assist you plan your holiday. The beaches are so clean with white sand and blue sky. Gasparilla Island was fabulous especially when swimming in the sea, 3 manatees swam by fairly close to shore which was unexpected but an absolute bonus especially for the kids to witness. Local restaurants were great and lots to choose from although a couple of restaurants that we wanted to go to had closed for refurb as late sept/early oct is their quieter time prior to the 'snow birds' arriving for winter in the sun, there was still lots of choice for us though. Derek was also in contact with us throughout our stay to ensure everything was okay, which was a lovely gesture, we had no need to contact the management company for anything but we were encouraged to if we had any issues.
We would not hesitate to re book Derek's villa if we are fortunate to return to Florida again and could guarantee if you enjoy peace and quiet and wildlife you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Derek and Wendy for allowing to share your gorgeous home in paradise.
Date of stay: September 2015
Reviewer name: The Brady Family, Scotland
Home from Home but with better weather
Derek could not have been more helpful or pleasant to deal with. We know the area well and are regular Florida renters. This home is one of the best equipped properties we have stayed in and the owners do everything they can to ensure guests have a good holiday. We stayed as a couple but the property is very flexible and with two master suites the house is suitable for families, friends sharing or have the whole place to yourself! As the owners stay for extended periods there is more than the usual basic kitchen equipment and plenty of games, books etc to keep all ages occupied. The house is comfortably furnished and well maintained. Having beach chairs, sun umbrellas and cool boxes makes a day on the beach so much more comfortable and the beaches round Englewood are some of the best and least crowded in Florida. This was a last minute trip for us and we were more than happy with our choice of holiday rental. Derek and Wendy love their home and the area and it shows. Throw a steak on the huge BBQ and sip a glass of wine on the lanai and you will never want to go home.
Date of stay: September 2015
Reviewer name: Jo and David, Scotland
Idylic, Peaceful, stunning location ? ? ? ? ?
The Villa was as described, it was very clean and well maintained. It is in the perfect spot in a quiet residential community you are not over looked and the only sound you hear is from the local wildlife. The pool was SW so we got the glorious Floridian sunshine for the majority of the day. The Owner was incredibly helpful and forthcoming with any information we asked for prior to the trip. He also contacted us whilst we were there to see if everything was Ok and our security was refunded with days of returning home. The Villa is more of a home from home rather than a rental property with lots of little extras. If you like wildlife there is plenty to see as its situated on the edge of a nature reserve. There are many supermarkets located nearby. We had no need to contact the management company whilst we were there. I would highly recommend the Villa and would definitely go back there. Thank you for making our holiday perfect.
Helen and Terry, August 2015
Date of stay: August 2015
Reviewer name: Helen and Terry, Burton on Trent UK
A lovely relaxing place ? ? ? ? ?
We have just returned from a short stay at Derek & Wendy's villa in Rotonda. The Villa was very clean on our arrival, the pool and lani were both spotless and we instantly felt at home. the villa was well equiped, and the location and views were amazing, if you like to spot wildlife its perfect.
Derek was very professional and answered all our questions promptly and all transactions went smoothly, a pleaseure to deal with. We would have no issue recomending this villa and would hapily return in the future.
Mark, Hampshire, United Kingdom August 2015
Date of stay: August 2015
Reviewer name: Mark, Hampshire UK
A place to relax post theme park mania
A place to relax post theme park mania
This is beautifully maintained; it is probably the cleanest holiday home we've stayed in and we're quite particular! The villa is so spacious, our 3 children felt like they had their own wing. Derek the owner could not have been more helpful right down to providing us with an extra bike for our son. Something to note, you do need a car here as there are no ameneties within walking distance. However, the roads are excellent and everyone drives everywhere. We would really recommend driving the distance to Sanibel Island, an airboat tour in the Everglades, and a trip to Busch Gardens. All in all a fantastic second week to our holiday and this was very much down to staying in such a lovely villa.
Rosie, Newbury Berkshire United Kingdom May 2015
Date of stay: April 2015
Reviewer name: Rosie , Newbury Berkshire United Kingdom May 2015
Beautiful villa in a beautiful location
Beautiful villa in a lovely location with easy access to the beaches and shopping, it had everything that you could possibly need. Derek and Wendy was extremely helpful in sending out the literature on local restaurants and places to visit etc. having visited Florida for the last 25 years we would definitely recommend this villa and we will be returning soon.
Date of stay: November 2014
Reviewer name: John, Leicestershire United Kingdom
Relaxation at it's best
Relaxation at it's best
This is not a rental house, it's home from home, it makes you kick off your shoes and exhale. This was our 24th rental house and never have I felt so relaxed. Larger than average pool, with all the amenities you will ever need. Rotonda is ideally placed to visit between Tampa & Naples so day trips are easy. Although the many beaches with free parking & free facilities within 15 minutes drive may tempt you not to stray far. For wildlife lovers manatees can be seen at Gasparilla Island and from Venice pier dolphins (especially at sunset) & Rays. Derek the owner makes the transaction as simple as possible. Will definitely be returning.
Date of stay: October 2014
Reviewer name: Debra and Richard, Wales