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.
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!
3 bedrooms, sleeps 6
Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
1 double sofa bed located in Garage, 1 cot
Room for 6 in the dining area Room for 7 in the living area
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21 out of 21 people recommend staying here
lee from peterborough
Stayed Sunday 01 July 2012
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 Saturday 21 April 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 Tuesday 18 October 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 Saturday 23 October 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 Saturday 24 July 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 Saturday 12 June 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.
Martin from Alvington
Stayed Wednesday 02 June 2010
This villa was outstanding in every way. From the minute that we walked through the front door we were delighted.
Richard from Wells
Stayed Wednesday 23 September 2009
We have stayed in many villas in Florida and this is without doubt the best! Beautiful and clean with all the appliances (including a good quality TV) you could wish for. The bed in the master bedroom is amongst the most comfortable we have ever slept in.
The wildlife is spectacular, with alligators, herons, turtles and best of all the Anhinga. Not to be missed.
Situation wise, this villa is probably in the most ideal spot in Rotonda - very quiet, yet very accessible to beaches, restaurants and (for the wife), shops.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Herons Rest to anyone.
Lisa from Rochester
Stayed Saturday 04 October 2008
We enjoyed our stay at Herons rest it had everything you need, home from home, plus the extras of a pool and a dock at the bottom of the garden. Everything was so comfortable and clean, the beds, sofas, garden furniture etc. There were even extras to take to the beach in the garage which was great, and bikes to use though we ran out of time to take advantage of these. Rotonda is a central point to start exploring other parts of the gulf coast and nice restaurants nearby to enjoy some healthy meals.
Thanks for a lovely stay, would highly recommend the villa.
Gillian from Folkestone
Stayed Tuesday 26 August 2008
A very beautiful Florida villa. Exceptionally well appointed with first class furniture and fittings, this far exceeded our expectations and rates as one of the nicest homes we have rented in our travels around the world. Spacious, light & airy accommodation catering for a small or large group in comfort. Great pool and outside furniture. Wonderful to the dock and to be able to sit back and fish from the bottom of the garden - my husband was in his element! Also, to have bicycles at our disposal was an added bonus and I am sure that if we were interesed in golf, the clubs would have been equally appreciated. Lots of lovely restaurants and things to do in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Loved it.
Conrad from High Wycombe
Stayed Sunday 10 August 2008
Simply outstanding. This property has everything you could want and more. It is a "home" rather than a "holiday rental property" which is why you can relax without a folder full of rules and regulations.
We found the computer and internet access to be essential for planning days out and also keeping track of tropical storms! All the extras made for a relaxing time - bikes, pool toys, beach gear, well equiped kitchen, etc.
This property is highly recommended.
Liz from Clydebank
Stayed Tuesday 29 July 2008
Of the many villas we have rented, this one has to be the best. The villa is well appointed, very comfortable and at the end of the holiday, everyone wanted to take their bed home. The kitchen was excellent and had everything we needed. The pool was good and there were plenty of comfortable loungers and seats. The extras - internet, bikes, fishing equipment, pool toys, dvds, board games, hairdryers etc., made it truely feel like a home from home. The only complaint was from my daughter - no Disney channel which for us parents was another bonus.
The area was really quiet and provided for a great restful break. I would highly recommend this villa. For touring, just over an hour in each direction takes you to Fort Myers or Sarasota with plenty of beaches in between.
Michael from Perth
Stayed Wednesday 19 September 2007
fantantic villa more like a home have sayed in lots of villas in many places this one is the best the little things around just makes it feel so welcoming everthing there for you and more thank you for a wonderful holiday
Spacious and well equipped, an idilic location, as described and no doubt somewhere we would reconsider for a future holiday.
Lots of wildlife around, definitely a place to chill out in, and a credit to the owners.
This is a lovely villa and has a very homely feel to it, the three of us were all sad to be leaving. The fishing dock was a particular attraction to both myself and my grandson as we are very keen anglers and we both caught plenty of fish, even one that nobody, including the local fishermen could identify. The villa is very well equipped and had everything we could possibly need, we loved the two dogs that greeted our arrival!
The area is beautiful, lots of wildlife and very quiet, and everyone we met were very friendly. Thanks for a great holiday I can highly recommend this property.
Takes your breath away, as soon as you open the front door.
This villa is without doubt,the best we have stayed in, since we started to visit Florida 10 yrs ago.
There is not a single bad comment I could make.
It is 11 out of 10
Hope to be booking again for either 2011 or 12, without any worries.
When youve been to the best, you dont have to look any further - and we certainly wont be
We had a fantastic stay at Herons Rest & it is the best equipped villa we have ever stayed in! There is absolutely everything you need.
The villa is beautifully decorated & has lots of personal & homely touches. The area is very quiet & peaceful with lots of wildlife!
What more can I say - FABULOUS!
The property is perfect for a quiet relaxing time. You can spend hours chilling out watching the wildlife from the boat dock or just a short drive away are beautiful white sandy beaches. the house itself is immaculate inside and the best property we have stayed at in florida.
The villa was lovely, everything you need, couldn`t of wished for anything else. In a perfect location on the canal, with its own pet aligators ha. Pool are was fab, my girls spent most of the time in there,
Excellent villa with a great south facing view.
Internet a plus. The villa has all the extra facilities for the beach, for the golfers -clubs available. Cycles available for the active and also tennis rackets and fishing rods.
The villa furnishings are excellent. We have stayed in numerous villas in Florida, and it is the best and most comfortable bed in the master bedroom that we have ever slept on!
I have no hesitation in recommending this villa to others. We hope to re-visit Herons Rest again in the future.
fabulous villa, clean, modern with everything you need. I would recommend it for anyone who likes peace and quite after working in a hectic job, we do. Will definately keep this villa in our book of favourite places to stay as we will be coming back, suits both of us, my husband enjoys fishing and l relaxing on the sun deck with my favourite book, drink and chocs. Only one bad comment and that was finding the villa, we had a very frustrating 6hours looking for directions we received from the owners unfortunately there was a spelling error in one of the street names and our sat nav was totally confused, as was my short tempered husband, anyway, thankfully it was well worth all the frustration, absolutely gorgeous villa.
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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
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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