The name of my house is THE LOTUS AND THE ROSE - named after the lotus pond and rose garden on my property. With a split floor plan, your side of the house contains the following semi-private suite with shared kitchen (oh, and with 11 GREAT REVIEWS AND PRICES HALF THAT OF LOCAL MOTELS, WHY WOULD YOU STAY ANYWHERE ELSE?):
---Your PRIVATE BEDROOM is beautifully decorated in a travel theme, with tv/dvd (cable is Roku with Netflix), queen bed, walk-in closet, 2 dressers.
---Your PRIVATE LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM is decorated in a bird theme, carved birds, antique bird lithographs, tv (cable is Roku with Netflix)
---Your PRIVATE BATH/SHOWER is completely stocked with plenty of towels, washcloths, soap, toilet paper, bath mats, bath cups, aspirin, neproxin sodium, antiseptic for cuts, shampoo and body wash.
---Borrow books from my extensive library with a reading area and a desk for your laptop stocked with stationery to write home.
---Cook whatever you wish in the kitchen or outside on the grill. Breakfast will be supplied, guests to prepare ALL foods as I do not cook, but will do all clean up. You will have half the fridge and a rolling container to store your non-perishables.
---The pool area is well-decorated and well lit, with gas grill, many areas to sit, sun, dine or lay on the lanai. There is THEPOOLBAR, an in-water, swim up bar, resort-style table and bar stools.
---For your trip to the beach, there are beach towels, folding chairs, tote bag, a Florida snow shovel (used to collect shells), a beach umbrella, and a metal detector.
---I sell on ebay, I will be working, will not have time to join you, but available for questions. There is a private antique shop on the premises. I have a pet-free, smoke-free, drug-free, pest-free home.
Local airports to my house - Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, Sarasota, FL, 29 miles, 42 minutes to my house. Miami International Airport, Doral, FL, 208 miles, 3.25 hours to my house. Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL, 82 miles, 1.5 hours to my house. You would be well-advised to pick up a rental car at the airport, preferably with GPS, and return the car to the airport, rather than trying to make your way here by other means and then acquiring a car when you arrive. There are many franchise restaurants two miles away, and several independent restaurants downtown Venice. Downtown Venice is full of antique shops, gourmet food stores, designer shops, golf shops, home decorator-inspired stores, outside of town you will find outlet stores. I am 1.5 MILES FROM MANASOTA KEY; 10-20 minutes from several other local beaches; approximately 30 minutes from Siesta Key, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
Add a free app to your cell phone called WAZE, you will have no difficulty getting to the out-of-the-way spots without getting lost.
Local areas of interest are Big Cat Rescue, Ringling Museum, Chihuly Museum, Dali Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Venice Rookery, Sailor Circus, Busch Gardens, and Drum Circle at sunset at most beaches every night. Sharky's Restaurant in Venice just voted FLORIDA'S BEST BEACH BAR FOR 2013.
I am a short distance, probably 10 minutes, from Warm Mineral Springs, a type of spring enjoyed by many Eastern Europeans. The Warm Mineral Springs (also known as Warm Salt Springs) is a water-filled sinkhole located in North Port, Florida, a mile north of U.S. 41. The primary water supply is a spring vent deep beneath the pool's water surface. The site has functioned as a spa since the 1960s, and is an important geological and archaeological site. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 28, 1977. Warm Mineral Springs is the only warm water mineral spring in the State of Florida.
Guess how far away the farmer's market is? 3 minutes, 1.03 miles is the answer. You can have fresh Florida produce to make all your meals. In Florida, we grow all year!
HOUSE GUIDELINES – updated 01/11/14
--I am only one who operates washer and dryer, you can leave your clothes for me with instructions or just tell me.
--Feel free to use a clean towel each day (or not) and put the used ones in the basket near the washer.
--I am the only one to do all cleaning up and operating of dishwasher. Just rinse your dishes and put them in the sink. You are on vacation.
--Let me know if you can't find dishes, pots, pans – but feel free to open every kitchen cupboard door to locate what you need.
POOL AND GAS GRILLE
--Only plastic glasses in pool area.
--Nude sunbathing is not allowed.
--I am the only one allowed to turn the grille on and off. Just ask, I am always here.
--Quiet outside after 9pm at night, as a neighbor has a young child and a baby.
--No feet on white couch; don't throw pillows on the floor.
--Lock up, turn off lights, turn off fans on your side of the house before retiring or when leaving for the day.
FOOD AND FOOD PREPARATION
--A rolling container is provided for your nonperishable food; I have cleaned out half the fridge for you. No food is to be left out.
--Please try to complete all cooking by 8 pm, more or less. I understand there may be exceptions. This is because I do the cleaning up.
--Banging pots, pans, doors, dishes in kitchen should be kept to minimum before 8 am.
--No cooking of bacon – too much for me to clean.
--There is probably food in the fridge that would be considered public property.
--If you run low on shampoo, etc., let me know. I'll go right to the store.
--Many items in the hall closet are for you to borrow and use at the beach, just please return them.