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"We were desperate to rent a villa on Rotonda after making the mistake of booking a hotel "for a change" after only ever staying in villas the past 20 years! We hated the restrictions of a hotel room and wanted the freedom of a villa for the remainder of our holiday. Mike responded to our request within minutes saying he would let us rent his villa from the next day for the remainder of our holiday. Within a couple of hours he had sorted everything with his management company and sent us over all the details. Absolutely fantastic! When we arrived at the villa the next day we were so happy. The villa is gorgeous. Spacious and clean with a gorgeous pool and lanai overlooking the canal with a south facing aspect. We had a lovely comfy bed in the master suite and everything we needed in the villa with the kitchen kitted out substainally with everything you could want. We also made use of the bbq which was also fab and had a lovely meal outside overlooking the pool with the sun going down.
This was the best part of our holiday, we loved just chilling in the villa, using the bikes provided and also using the cool box to go down and have breakfast on manasota key beach a couple of mornings!
We will definitely return to herons rest! We have stayed on the Rotonda many times in different villas and this was definitely one of the best! A big thanks to Mike we are truly thankful to him making our last few days of our holiday memorable! "
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.
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.
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
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
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