An excellent choice for families or couples. Secluded, south-facing and backing onto waterways. Large pool and sun trap decks. Comes with FREE beautiful sunrises and stunning sunsets!
An excellent choice for a fun family holiday or a romantic break for couples who want to get away from it all. South-facing and backing onto the internal waterways of Rotonda, where you can watch local widlife including alligators, turtles,otters and birds of every variety. The villa is open-plan with a bright and spacious feel throughout. Well-equipped with everyday, modern conveniences.It has everything and more a family could need! Heron Rest is the perfect place to return to after a day at the beach, playing golf, exploring the beauty of the Gulf Coast or just to enjoy the sun and relax at home! With three comfortable bedrooms and sleeping six (plus) people, this delightful, sunny villa boasts a large patio area with a 23ft x 13ft swimming pool. Outside is a second sundeck, with views of the inland waterway, with its own fishing/boating dock. Here you can watch the sun rise and the stunning sunsets. Ample sun beds and chairs are available to relax and unwind.
Inside you will find an extensively equipped kitchen, plenty to keep the kids amused, and a homely feel.
Herons Rest is situated in the charming White marsh area. A peaceful community of with homes and recreation carefully placed amid nature preserves spanning thousands of acres. Rotonda is an area that caters for many interests and pursuits. With its relaxed atmosphere and abundant wildlife, there is something for everyone, from the renowned golf courses on your doorstep to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. There are local, free tennis courts and cycling trails and the villa is equipped with two sets of Calloway golf clubs, four bicycles and tennis racquets.Fishing rods are provided for use off your own dock!
The south-facing pool and deck provide a constant sun-trap from sunrise to sunset. With modern, spacious living, this villa has been built to the highest standards and has been beautifully furnished as a home. The accommodation is open-plan and fully air conditioned. It has a large living room with a separate dining area. The kitchen has a breakfast bar and every modern convenience you could need. Living room boasts a wide screen TV with HD cable for when you want to just relax indoors!
The wall-to-wall patio doors in the living room and dining area overlook the screened patio and pool, where you can breakfast as the sun rises or enjoy evening dining as it sets. A further sundeck leads to the waterway docking, where you can fish or just relax in the sun. Sun loungers are provided, as well as beach chairs and such for days at the coast. The villa has fencing around the perimeter, which creates a private garden that incorporates a separate sun-bathing area. The Master bedroom has a king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom complete with "his and hers" wash basins, a separate toilet and large walk-in rain shower. A patio door opens up onto the pool area. Bedroom Two, with a queen-sized bed, and the third bedroom with its two single beds share a second bathroom with a bath and shower. All three bedrooms have their own televisions. The Master and second bedrooms have patio door-access to the pool area.
The double garage has been carpeted and curtained in a "den" style, with a sofa that pulls out into a double bed, allowing more living space for additional friends or members of the family, who may dro p by. It even has its own TV.
The villa also contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board and hair dryers.
A small alcove from the kitchen houses an "office", complete with a desk, and wireless broadband internet access, fax and telephone with free local calls.
The villa is child friendly with a high chair and cot provided.
This is the most delightful elegant beautiful villa we have ever stayed at. It is as well equipped as a normal home and has a really cozy homely feel. The neighbours and locals are really friendly and the villa is in a great location with great golf courses tennis courts(though very busy)bike ride trails and paths for jogging or lovely evening strolls. Great pool and outside space with beautiful views where you can sit out and relax and watch the sun go down. The fishing deck at the bottom of the garden is a really nice finishing touch. The perfect place for spotting wildlife. We saw gators stalks eagles herons armadillo racoons bobcats and loads of turtles and more. Amazing. If you are going out make sure you remember the insect repellant!!! This has been our most amazing holiday in the most beautiful villa we have ever stayed at. Constructive criticism is always useful for these reviews but for the first time ever I really dont have anything that isnt positive to say about this place. If this villa is on your shortlist then it really should be the one to choose. It will totally exceed your expectations just like it did ours. Thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful home.
Julie from Feltham
Stayed Apr 2012
This property was excellent, the owner obviously put a lot of thought into the floorplan. The pool and views were visible from the two main bedrooms, the living, dining rooms and the kitchen!
The nesting box was in use by the swallow type birds and we re filled the bird feeders to keep the other birds coming back. Saw a couple of gators in the canal, along with the various other herons, even a Wood Stork. My husband caught a large gar fish on a small piece of steak!
This was the best house we have EVER rented in Florida (or France & UK for that matter).
The area is very quiet and it forces you to relax, definately did not want to leave. Hope to be able to re- book some time in the future.
bobbie from wadhurst
Stayed Oct 2011
stunning! absolutely loved the house - I want it! The house is superbly fitted, the furnishings and fittings are first class and extremely tasteful. The owners have very good taste. I have to say we were envious when we arrived.
The fishing rods were a bonus and we certainly made use of them, my husband caught his first catfish. We havent been to Rotonda before despite visiting florida many times and i have to say that we were really quite taken with the area and would recommend it to anyone.
If theres a downside i couldnt find it - though i would say that the two ornamental dogs made my son and i jump when we opened the door, it was quite funny though.
excellent house, great area, wish i had booked longer.
Alison from Petts Wood
Stayed Oct 2010
We have stayed in many properties throughout our travels but this one certainly surpassed them all. It was an absolute pleasure to stay here. The dock where the guys went fishing was a big highlight for them. All the facilities were excellent and we would certainly recommend your lovely home to all our friends and family. We certainly hope to return in the near future.
Kevin from Hessle
Stayed Jul 2010
Our holiday at Herons Rest was superb. The accommodation was exceptional, offering the peace and quiet we were looking for. The variety of wildlife to be seen from the villa and surrounding area was far more than expected. The location offered easy access to all local amenities, shopping malls and tourist attractions - even a trip to Orlando to a couple of parks. Overall the best holiday my family has experienced.
Glynis from Bracknell
Stayed Jun 2010
Herons Nest is a homely well maintained villa, an ideal spot for watching wildlife from the deck. Accommodation is very nicely decorated and well equiped. (One negative-If needed, you couldnt really use garage as a room,as its very hot in there )
We had the water tank burst and have to say it was dealt with very quickly and efficiently by friendly staff.
Altogether a very good holiday destination.
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Stayed 17 Aug 2015
We had a great time in the villa. It was excellent, really well equipped with everything that we needed and we probably spent more time in the villa than any other we have rented in the past..
One of things that we noticed was the additional space around the pool allowed us to move the sunbeds into the sunny area without getting in the way of the pool and getting splashed. So many other villas are quite tight in that aspect and it is a real selling point.
We used the dock area a little bit, mainly just stood looking over the canal watching the turtles and fish jumping and towards the end of our second week finally spotting the alligator.
The bikes were really helpful and we used them a couple of times just to go around the nearby roads and onto the park area,also used the golf clubs a couple of times playing the Long Marsh Course.
Thank you for renting out your home to us, we really enjoyed it, loved the location and all the amenities. The added extras such as the bikes, tennis racquets and golf clubs just gave us more opportunities to do things to enhance the holidays and the time we spent together as a family. I would highly recommend to others and would certainly be in touch if we ever go back to Rotonda West.
Stayed 01 Aug 2015
Yes thanks, great time over there, you have a lovely property on a great plot as you said one of the few that is not overlooked.
The blue heron kept us company but let us know it was his jetty.
Only complaint was we didn't see an alligator but we saw turtles and all manner of other wildlife including a bald eagle on the opposite bank and in the tree opposite.
The villa had probably one of the best equipped kitchens and detailed things like the cool boxes and freezer packs were ideal. We normally end up buying cheap ones and leaving them when we have been to villas in Europe and elsewhere.
Having access to the bikes was also very much appreciated,
All in all a very good stay, thanks.
Stayed 22 Jul 2015
We had a fantastic time. Loved the villa and loved the area. You're very lucky to have it!
Enjoyed fishing off the dock, although reeling in a turtle was somewhat harrowing!
We enjoyed Flounders on Manasota Key one evening; wish we'd found it earlier in the week though.
Would love to return in the future. Probably when our girls are a bit older. They are two (Imogen) and seven months (Nuria) so we were a bit restricted in what we could do. They still had a great time though. Imogen's swimming improved so much in the two weeks. I've been taking her swimming every Sunday morning since she was about 6 months but those two weeks did so much more for her.
My wife is family photographer. She's going to have a look through to see if any may be of interest.
Hopefully be in touch in the future.
All the best.
Jon, Tracey & Thomas Holland
Stayed 09 Jul 2015
Unfortunately we are back in the UK.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Herons Rest, the villa was very spacious and clean, it was lovely to have the swimming pool and the fishing jetty (I managed to catch 25 fish all on shrimp, I think I hooked a Tarpon at one point but it stayed on about 10 seconds before taking the
hook and all) Thanks for the loan of the fishing gear, it brought me back to my youth again !!
We enjoyed the surrounding area around Rotonda, and ate at local restaurants the Italian ones were superb, don’t think I will ever forget the pizza at Mammas or the Calzone at Nicolas !!
We would certainly stay at Herons Rest again and would highly recommend it to anyone else, and would certainly stay ourselves again
Thanks again we have some lovely memories of our time at Herons Rest
Jon, Tracey & Thomas Holland
We are now back from our stay, stayed couple of extra days up in Orlando, if ever you need to stay up there would recommend the Lighthouse Key Resort and Spa.
Villa was everything we could have asked for and more, it had everything anyone could ever need. Son in law did lots of fishing off the dock (caught catfish, Gar and numerous others), alligator came right passed while we were there along with lots of turtles.
It was worth every penny just to see our grandson (8 months) in the pool - I have enough film to bore everyone for life! Certainly worth having the heating.
Your agents were very good, Keith even came over to see us having just had his hip replaced
No complaints at all and despite the fact that we have never returned to the same villa/location in the last 18 years I am sure we will be back to Herons Rest, and it appears so may our children with their friends as they all enjoyed it so much
We are back home after spending two great weeks at your villa.
Just an email to say everything was great, the villa was very clean and well stocked and we saw no ants at all...except outside of course.
We lost a beach umbrella (wind whisked it away) so we purchased a replacement.
If you need a referral anywhere then please dont hesitate to ask.
Dawn, Ryan, Jack and Nate. Aug 2014
We have just returned to the UK and had a wonderful time in your beautiful villa. One of the the main highlights of our stay was several visits to Boca Grande.
You should be very proud of your villa, which was up to a high standard. We really appreciated all the equipment in the kitchen and garage. We also really appreciated the work that has gone into your ‘pack’ very useful!
All the best and thanks again for letting us use your US home.
Just wanted to let you know that your lovely family villa at Rotonda was fabulous!
As expected it was spacious, well equipped, luxurious and lovely and quiet! It was great to chill out at the end of our holiday, after theme parks in Orlando, touring around Florida taking in Miami, Keys – all the way down to Key West - and then travelling up the Tamiami trail through the Everglades.
Early morning we did see gators in the creek which was thrilling. We also saw turtles, fish and unusual birds on and around the dock. We visited local beaches and towns and had 1 day proper shopping at Ellenton Mall. I think what we enjoyed the most was the lovely pool, so private and quiet (the pool heating wasn’t on but we didn’t need it, too hot!), the wildlife and the fishing from the dock!
Lovely villa and thanks for letting it out to us. Hope to return one day!
Edinburgh july 2014
HI MIKE, BEEN ABSOLUTLEY HECTIC SINCE WE GOT BACK, BUT HAD A BRILLIANT TIME AT YOUR VILLA, BEEN BEFORE LOVED IT THEN AND THE SECOND TIME EVEN BETTER, ITS SO PEACEFUL, BLISS!. DID QUITE A LOT OF FISHING FROM THE DOCK AND ON ONE OCCASION CAUGHT YOUR LOCAL GATOR, TRIED TO GET A PHOTO, BUT HE SNAPPED THE LINE BEFORE WE COULD GET THE CAMERA, WHAT A SHOCK THAT WAS ALTHOUGH WE KNEW HE WAS ABOUT. LOVELY PEACEFUL VILLA WILL BE STAYING THERE AGAIN SOON, BUT WE ARE OFF TO VEGAS 2015, BUT NOT BOOKED YET. ONCE AGAIN MIKE THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I WILL DEF RECOMMEND YOUR FAB VILLA. DAVE AND LINDA
Dear Mike and Julia
It is our last complete day at your lovely house and we will be very sad to leave tomorrow. Your house is so peaceful and we have seen lots of wildlife including a few gators which thrilled us. Your house is truly a home and we loved all the little touches, especially the hair straighteners, thank you!
Thank you both very much for renting us your house and we dont know how you can keep away from it.
Alan and Val Mayor
This house is a real home, filled with all the little extras which make a holiday special. The location is perfect, peaceful and backing onto the waterway means an abundance of wildlife....including alligators! The garage is filled with bikes and beach items for guests to use. We loved the pool, sunshine, beaches and shopping. A perfect place for a special holiday
Alan and Val Mayor
Just returned from our holiday at Herons rest (a little jet lagged but we can cope with that).
We want to say thank you for sharing your home with us, everything was perfect and we had a fabulous vacation.
Looking forward to our next visit in August.
Anthony & Pat Pearson. Aug 2014
Had a brilliant time thanks.
We found the villa very comfortable, well equipped and well suited to two couples.
The men particularly enjoyed the fishing pier and caught numerous catfish.
We would have no hesitation recommending your villa and in fact are seriously considering returning to the area in 2015 so you may well be hearing from me very soon.
Judy and David Ashwin
PS on arrival at the villa the log alligator by the pool had us all fooled, we actually poked it with the pool net to make sure it wasnt real!
We are in our second week here at Herons rest and have totally enjoyed the peaceful surroundings and facilities provided. We have enjoyed the fishing and have caught at least 3 every day, mainly catfish, but also the gar fishes. The boys have loved it. I will post pictures when I return to the uk.
The wildlife is fantastic. We have had a visitor most mornings and evenings who the boys have named Scooby. He/she is a huge Great Blue Heron who comes up to the lanai and stares at us and follows us down to the dock so that it can watch us fish and eat at the same time.
If we come back again we will certainly stay here again. And just as I am about to send this mail we see loads of fireflies dancing.
The villas was great. Can not think of anything to improve it. It was spotless, very clean and tidy.
Anything you could need was there. Hope to return again and spreading the word about how nice it was.
Lesley Bell 31 08 13
The property backs onto a waterway with private dock for boating / fishing(free of charge).Fishing gear provided! Ample sun beds and chairs provided to relax and unwind.
High chair and cot for children provided FOC.
Pool alarm available.
Plasma 42" wide-screen cable HD TV!
Free wireless broadband internet. Local free tennis courts, bike trails (racquets and bikes provided)
Prices: Do email me for longer bookings discounts.
EASTER BOOKINGS minimum of 2 weeks.
For rates in $s please contact owner
About the owner
Hi, I am English, my wife American. We live in the UK, married for over 30 years we have two grown up daughters. One is training to be a doctor the other a lawyer. So they should both be able to take care of all our needs as we grow older! We visit family in Florida regularly and now own our own piece of it in Rotonda. I jog to keep fit, my wife shops! We just love it here, not just the sun, but the whole area is unique, unspoilt and special. You will have the most relaxing, "get away from it all", fun time here! We have a local management company, run by an English family who look after the villa and will look after you while you stay here.
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