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Howells Retreat

Villa with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and swimming pool in Pine Valley, Florida

From £470 per week

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Villa to rent in Pine Valley, Florida

  • Villa
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Private pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking
  • Private garden
  • BBQ

Villa overview - owner's description

Luxury Canalside 3bed/2bath villa with private pool, located in tranquil area of unspoilt natural beauty with glorious beaches & excellent golf nearby

Guests are invited to experience a dream holiday in our stunning 3 bed roomed home located in the deed restricted community of Rotonda West on Florida's Gulf Coast. Our home offers all you need for an utterly relaxing holiday. The villa is light and spacious, beautifully furnished and equipped, air-conditioned, with cathedral ceilings, poolside bedrooms, spacious well-equipped kitchen and ceramic-tiled bathrooms, overlooks a secluded canal. Swim in the electrically heated pool, relax on the fully furnished lanai, stroll on one of the many beaches, dine in one of the many local restaurants, shop in Port Charlotte, Englewood or Sarasota, sail along a quiet creek or fish as the sun sets.

Fully air-conditioned, our house boasts a king-size double master bedroom, en-suite bathroom with a huge walk-in shower with his-and-hers wash basins. Patio doors lead onto the poolside, for your morning coffee, whilst you watch the local wildlife. Bedroom two has a queen-size double and Patio doors onto the poolside, and bedroom three is a twin room. Both rooms have large walk-in wardrobes, and there is a further quest bathroom and shower.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a quality hob, microwave, large refrigerator with icemaker, and dishwasher. A separate utility area houses a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Golf package covers the green fees for 2 guests to play at the Rotonda Golf & Country Club.

Rotonda is one of the small, delightful communities located on the Cape Haze Peninsula in Charlotte County in the south Gulf Coast of Florida.
This is a tranquil area of unspoiled natural beauty and a rich history. Cape Haze Peninsula is approximately 100 miles south of Tampa, between the cities of Sarasota and Punta Gorda. It rests on the waters of the Myakka River and Lemon Bay.
Known for its diversity, the peninsula is not incorporated, and includes the other unique communities of El JoBean, Cape Haze and Englewood. Together these communities make up one of the fastest growing areas of the state, each with its own distinct flavor. Beautiful white sand beaches provide sunbathing, swimming and beachcombing. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing and other watersports are available in Rotonda, and golf and tennis are nearby.
You can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, searching for seashells or do nothing except enjoy the exotic sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
When you visit Rotonda, you discover a part of Florida that is off the beaten path - unhurried, unspoiled and uncrowded. This region is often called the gem of the Suncoast and when you visit Rotonda on Cape Haze Peninsula, you will discover the reason


There is excellent shopping in Englewood, and you are sure to find everything you need locally. For food, the Winn Dixie 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.

At nearby Punta Gorda, the unique Fisherman's Village is built over the Peace River and may be reached by water as well as road. From here boat trips to various barrier islands can be arranged or evening sunset cruises.


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's which us ordinary mortals are not allowed to use!


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!)

For the more active holidaymaker, Englewood is just 80 miles south of Tampa where you can visit Bush Gardens and water parks, or you could go further a field to Orlando - home of the great family fun parks including Disney, Epcot, MGM studios, Universal Studios, Sea World and much more.


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7 out of 7 people recommend staying here

Family from Maldon, United Kingdom May 2017

We had a great stay at Howell's Retreat. The villa had everything we needed and in fact exceeded our expectations. The pool is lovely and a perfect temperature. The area is quiet with lots of nature around and felt very safe.

We would have happily stayed another week!

Family from Colchester, United Kingdom Apr 2017

clean, well presented, ideal base to explore area. could do with a hd tv in lounge. overall enjoyable stay with no issues.

Couple from Jenison, USA Oct 2016

Our stay at the Howell's retreat was very nice. The house was great, and the pool was wonderful. The only negative was, we had no idea how far from things we would be! The property is pretty remote, which if you want privacy, this would be ideal for you. We had to meet our daughter and family at Disney for a breakfast on two different days, and this required an early and l-o-n-g drive to Orlando. Not anyone's fault, I just didn't realize the distances involved! We did get in some golf, and the course we played was very nice (the Hills). We liked the beach, and the several options we had for beaches while there. The only other comment I had was to the house guide, which was available to us as a Kindle download. I did find it annoying to have to power on my device every time we needed to look up a number or location. I think a binder with all the info and some maps to local stores, restaurants and beaches would be a great addition to the property, at least for me.

From Bessemer City, USA Jul 2006

The properties were very clean and the home was nicely appointed with all the amenities that were stated with nothing left but to enjoy the facilities. It was indeed a home away from home. The Rotonda community was very clean as well and felt safe. The area is laid back with everyone very friendly and helpful in locating area attractions. Although the Engelwood community is not commercialized with places like Disney, there were many events to keep you occupied within a short driving distance. I recommend taking a boat or reserving one in advance for anyone vacationing in that area. It would greatly add to your experience. Overall the vacation and area was excellent. Thanks to the Howells for a great stay.


From Gentofte

Real good home, I would recommend this to anyone, thanks


From Laindon

The salt water pool was very different and we enjoyed it. The only little thing is the pool area does not get much sun so if you want to sun bathe you have to go to the beach. Other than that it was a lovely villa in a very nice area

4 other reviews

Jennifer F Jul 2016

We had an amazing family vacation and loved staying in this wonderful home. The kids enjoyed the pool every day and loved looking for gators in the backyard. It was easy to book, the property management company was quick to resolve any issue we had during our stay and the location was perfect. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers

CMB May 2016

Everything about this holiday home is excellent. Good quality furnishings ,comfortable beds, plenty of kitchen equipment and a superb heated pool. A larger group of six people can enjoy the facilities without anyone feeling less well catered for.There are many extra thoughtful touches eg.2 bicycles ,beach accessories and a great barbecue.This truly is a "home from home" and anyone renting this property is sure to have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Recommended for: People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers

C&C, Essex, UK May 2016

This is the second time that we have stayed at this lovely holiday home. The property is well-situated for access to beautiful sandy beaches on the Gulf Coast and other well-known tourist attractions and coastal towns. Sarasota is just one hour away and the drive from Tampa International Airport takes approximately one hour and 40 minutes. There are a number of restaurants and diners, supermarkets and shopping malls within a short driving distance. The villa is immaculate, well-furnished and very comfortable. The kitchen has been well-equipped with a hob, oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and ample cups, plates, cutlery, cooking equipment etc. There are large walk-in wardrobes in each bedroom providing a vast amount of hanging space for clothes and plenty of storage for suitcases, and two of the bedrooms have direct access via patio doors to the poolside where there is a large BBQ and outside table and chairs. The pool was always warm, clean and well-maintained. The owners have clearly put a lot of thought into furnishing and equipping this amazing property and there is everything you could possibly need for a quiet, relaxing holiday. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Age 55+

Bill Bardswick Dec 2014

Great place to stay 221 Fairway Road, Rotonda West, Florida, FL 33947, United States (62046) Date of Stay December 22, 2014 Home was beautiful. Stayed for 2 weeks. Pool was clean and warm (mid 80s). Furnishings and beds were very good. Very clean. Neighbors were quiet. Golf green fees included for 2 people so u only need to pay for a cart ($20 per person - or walk for free after 3). Will stay again if we return to this area. Felt like home. Recommended for: Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

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This villa is:

15km from the nearest beach 10km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 157.7km from Tampa airport 160.9km from Busch Gardens (Tampa) 78.9km from Fort Myers 72.4km from Sarasota 244.6km from Walt Disney World Resort

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Cycling 45km Golf 15km Horse riding 45km Sailling 45km Sports center 15km Tennis 15km Water skiing 45km Wind surfing 45km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 45km Museum 45km Shopping 15km Theatre 45km Cinema 45km

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Outside this villa in Pine Valley, Florida
This villa is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the waterfront. It has a pool, a barbecue, a garage, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 1 October - 5 December 2017: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 January - 31 January 2018: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 May - 4 September 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 6 September - 5 December 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 January - 31 January 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 May - 20 July 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Early booking discounts

  • Receive 20% off if the booking is made 3 months before the arrival date.

Late booking discounts

  • Receive 20% off if the booking is made within 4 weeks of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 20% off if the booking is for 28 days or more.
  • Receive 10% off if the booking is for 21 days or more.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.



  • Golf Pacakge

    £50.00 per week, paid with booking



3 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed


2 bathrooms including 1 en suite, 2 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool with electric heating


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, Radio, Telephone, TV Languages in Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Air conditioning, Central heating, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Barbecue, Garage, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Extra information

The property backs onto a canal which is overlooked by the pool and lanai. Ceiling fans in all rooms and on lanai. Refrigerator with Icemaker, Waste Disposal Unit. Beach Mats/Chairs/Cool Box.


Average rating from 7 reviews

Private Owner From Colchester, United Kingdom Member since Jun 2005

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