The SpaceLOWEST PRICE for more space than you'll get elsewhere: 4 rooms (half my house), single-family POOL home, FREE breakfast, 2 tvs. No cleaning fee, no charge for more than 2 people.
YOUR PRIVATE ROOMS
--bedroom with queen bed (with tv),
--library (with twin bed/daybed if you need it for extra guests),
--living room with tv,
--kitchen - we share kitchen. Hope that is ok.
THE SHARED POOL IS NOT HEATED, BUT I AM WORKING ON IT.
Looking for a new home in Florida? 75% of my guests are doing just that and using my house as a base from which to shop for their dream home! And builders here are hard at work building like crazy just for you! Just here for your yearly vacation, a wedding, a family get-together? It's quiet, clean and you'll have space to move around.
THIS IS NOT THE VENICE OF CALIFORNIA. IT IS THE VENICE THAT IS IN FLORIDA ON THE GULF OF MEXICO. SO PLEASE, READ EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU BOOK, especially if you do not live in this country.
BREAKFAST FOOD is provided and may consist of some combination of these - pastry, fresh fruit, yogurt, toast, jelly, butter, bagels, cream cheese, coffee, tea, creamer, sugar. Room in the fridge for your snacks, drinks, beer, wine.
Speaking honestly: If cable tv, being close to downtown, and complete privacy are what you are looking for, this house is probably not for you. I have Roku for tv; my house is 6.58 miles from downtown Venice; I live in the house, you will see me occasionally as I pass thru kitchen or entry but I try not to interfere in your business unless you need me for something. On the other hand, I don't really have time to hang out with you, as I am busy working all the time....
From my house to downtown Venice, head North: 18 mins; 6.58 mi; via US41, TAMIAMI TRL; 15 mins without traffic (per (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps & directions) Manasota Beach is a 1.5 miles or 3-minute drive from the entrance (ungated, no code), you can walk 15 miles of beaches making the area a prime destination for retirees, vacationers, and beach loving year round residents.
THE LOTUS AND THE ROSE - half house, pool, 4 semi-private rooms on one side of the house (I do not enter these rooms once you have arrived but you will see me using or passing thru kitchen or entry), I am on the other side of the house. The 3rd person or a child will be on the library daybed. There is very little room in this area for more than one child. If you have more than ONE CHILD, please contact me so I can figure out what to do and if I can accommodate you. I don't allow anyone to sleep on the living room sofa.
1. Your PRIVATE BEDROOM is colorfully decorated in a travel theme, with tv/dvd (Roku with Netflix and Acorn Tv), QUEEN bed, walk-in closet, 2 dressers.
2. Your PRIVATE LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM is decorated in a bird theme, carved birds, antique bird lithographs, tv (Roku with Netflix) .
3. Your PRIVATE BATH/SHOWER is completely stocked with plenty of towels, washcloths, soap, toilet paper, bath mats, disposable bathroom cups, aspirin, neproxin sodium, antiseptic for cuts, shampoo, hair dryer, conditioner.
4. Your PRIVATE LIBRARY has books to borrow, a reading area and a desk for your laptop with wireless service, even a laptop table to pull up to the sofa. It is in the library where the daybed for the extra person is located.
5. SHARED KITCHEN - I provide breakfast, that is, coffee, tea, pastry, yogurt, fruit or some combination of general breakfast type food of my choosing. There is room in the fridge for your beer, wine, colas, snacks.
6. POOL/LANAI - The pool area is well-decorated and well lit, many areas to sit, sun, or lay on the lanai. There is an in-water, swim up bar, lounge chairs for tanning.
7. BEACH TRIP. For your trip to the beach, there are beach towels (found on the lanai), folding chairs, tote bag, a Florida snow shovel (used to collect shells), a beach umbrella (found in the hall closet).
---I will be working, I will not have time to join you, but I will be available for questions. I sell antiques, furniture, collectibles on the internet. 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! Cut and paste this link into your browser for a map of the many local beaches: (URL HIDDEN)
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 (within 1/2 hr to 1.5 hrs) are Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Siesta Key Beach, Big Cat Rescue, Ringling Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Venice Rookery, Sailor Circus, Busch Gardens, St. Armand's Circle for power shopping, Boca Grande Island, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Mote Aquarium, Powel Crosley Estate, Yoder's Amish Restaurant, many state parks, and Drum Circle at sunset at many beaches on various nights. In St. Petersburg, we have Chihuly Museum, Dali Museum. Sharky's Restaurant in Venice was voted FLORIDA'S BEST BEACH BAR FOR 2013: (URL HIDDEN)
6 miles from THE HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT, Englewood, FL. Guest AccessSee above. Guests have half the house. Breakfast items will be provided (fruit, yogurt, pastry, that sort of thing) and room in the fridge for your snacks and drinks such as juice, colas, beer, wine, etc. I do not intrude on your vacation. I have work to do and that means I am in the garage (office), with the door closed. I am not under your feet. But knock if you need my help or need information. Named THE LOTUS & THE ROSE because of the lotus and roses growing on the property. Interaction with GuestsI generally stay out of the way but I am available if you can't find something or you need to know something. I like to afford my guests privacy.
I don't mind socializing, but sometimes, I have work to do. I am retired, but I still need to work and sell....collectibles, antiques, furniture, books, clothes. The NeighborhoodBEST RESTAURANTS CHOSEN BY VENICE RESIDENTS AND OTHER CUSTOMERS;
Yofresh Yogurt Cafe
Ristorante San Marco
Blu' Island Bistro
Cassariano Italian Eatery
Conveniently, only 2 miles away at Jacaranda and 41 are stores, groceries, restaurants.
6 miles from THE HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT, Englewood, Fl. Getting AroundYou will need a rental car. Paddle boards, bikes, boats, jetskis, kayaks, even motorboats and sailboats can all be RENTED at local shops in Venice and Englewood.
I am about 15-18 minutes from downtown Venice and Venice Beach. I am 3-4 minutes from the closest beach, Manasota Beach. Other Things to NoteEverything is included in house rules, but please inquire if you have a special problem or requirement or if there is anything that is not clear. Transparency is key to having a wonderful time without conflict. Ask questions ahead of time if anything is not clear. I want you to have a great time so you'll come back every year!