|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Stay in this unique property, owned by Alfred Ringling of Ringling circus family, built in 1918, and retaining original features incorporated with sympathetic upgrades, magnificent ceilings, in what was referred to as the ballroom, with a balcony running around the room, heart of pine floors, throughout, large porch/sun room, library/ entertainment room, dining room, large kitchen, 2 suites on the ground floor, all with private bath.
This house is located close to the Ringling museum, the Crosly mansion, Asolo Theatre, New College, USF. and close to Ringling College of Art. The beaches are twenty minutes away and downtown Sarasota is only ten minutes away! AN IDEAL LOCATION!! The house has its own pool.The physical address is 7715 Westmoreland Dr. Sarasota fl.34243. Larger parties, friends and families, may be interested to know that the Chauffeur's Cottage located on the property is also available on VRBO, the ID# is 332087 and sleeps 2-4. The property directly opposite is also available on VRBO ID# 263606 and can accommodate 8 people. Although we have accommodated small weddings, we are not able to host large events, due to parking and noise considerations. This house is in a residential neighborhood.
If you would like to see more pictures of this property please log onto Homeaway, the ID# is186952
Keywords: Period Home.
This home has the charm of a gracious lady and the amenities to make the entire family happy. We gathered together for our son's Graduation from New College and were delighted with the house, the host, and the neighborhood! The first night my husband and I enjoyed the place to ourselves - stretching out in room after room while we sipped champagne and planned out the upcoming days of visitors. We were able to have small groups come over for informal afternoons as well as host a largish dinner party without ever feeling cramped or burdened by being guests in a large house. The kitchen has everything one could need for hosting and the house is laid out so as to allow a variety of groups form and re-form in a fluid manner while mingling and visiting in a lovely open setting. We used the pool and hot tub daily, enjoyed the many seating areas throughout the house and especially enjoyed the eclectic items of interest in the rooms (such as cigar box musical instruments!). We would rent this place again for a family gathering. The photos don't convey the sense of style and ease that the place fills you up with. The property is obviously well cared for; immaculate and well stocked. We brought along our 16# mini-schnauzer and were grateful that he was welcomed! The yard is fenced in and the neighborhood is great for strolling too. Great place to gather friends and family and feel like gracious hosts!
Finally, our family had the opportunity to experience a very special, unique place to stay. We must travel frequently and tire of the cookie cutter hotel rooms. Spending several days as a guest in the Alfred Ringling home (as in "Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus) was a treat we jumped at . . . and were not disappointed.
The home appears small and ordinary from the outside, but looks are deceiving. Upon walking through the front door, it was like watching Mary Poppins pull a feature magazine spread from Architectural Digest out of her carpet bag. Pure luxury and every amenity provided. Even though this historic home will be 100 years old in 2018, it is clear that the owners and caretakers have been careful to preserve the unique architectural detail of the interiors while updating the large kitchen and multiple baths.
Work is still being done to preserve the exterior of the home and there was evidence of updated landscaping in progress along with new tropical trees and plants which will probably look gorgeous upon turning in the drive way a few years down the road. But the beautiful pool in the back of the Ringling home more than made up for the in-progress updates on the street side. The pool, surrounded by a variety of tropical plantings, anchors the backyard and every door and window on the privately enclosed backside of the home drinks in a view of that oasis from the heat. Hope we can get back this way again. It will be a pleasure to watch our children and grandchildren splash in the pool while I enjoy a lovely glass of wine sitting in the great room- and "great room" is an understatement.
Just have to figure an excuse to get back to Sarasota again.
The house was spacious and quite special in many ways. There were some cosmetic issues such as the fence needing repair and water leaks in the interior. The maid service had not been completed when we arrived, so beds were unmade, laundry unfinished, etc, however, they finally turned up and got it all done before bed time. The kitchen, dining room and living room were awesome, although the kitchen trash cabinet needs to be repaired. The downstairs 2 bedroom suites were luxurious and the back yard was eye catching.
The biggest issue for me were the fleas both on both floors, as well as what appeared to be and insects or termites on the second floor. We were told by the pest control company that was there when we arrived that there had been a raccoon infestation at one time which had caused the flea problem. We were given use of the guest house to make up for the fleas, however, it didn't appear from what the pest control company told us that the owner was too enthused about spending the money to rid the home of insects and the house did not appear to get bombed or treated while we were out.
It was a super home in which to have a large party of people. Our group had a special time together in this lovely and historic home, however, it would have been even better without pesky insects.
It is a beautiful home, but it needs care. Lots of care. I stayed here with a group of photographers from all over the country. We were all excited about the prospect of staying in a home owned by the Ringling family. It is spacious and comfy with lots of room to work and relax. However, there were some issues of convenience. Power outlets are few and far between and when it rained the roof leaked. There were other matters that were more than just an inconvenience. The matter of the fleas. I sat down on the sofa and within a few minutes I found my first flea. My colleague found hers in her bed. There was also the matter of the leaky sink in my room. Apparently the pedestal sink is not permanently attached to the wall so if bumped slightly the water flows onto the floor. It was easy to remedy. The bannister on the stairs is disconcertingly shaky. Oh, and lest I forget, a thorough cleaning was obviously not done, at least in my room. I found a pair of men's underwear on the floor under my bed.
I was initially enthusiastic about staying in a home once owned by Alfred Ringling. But you'd be hard pressed to discern that Alfred Ringling ever lived here as apart from a poster plopped here and there, the decor does not reference the circus at all; with one exception: a flea circus thrives in this house. I awoke to find living and dead fleas in my bed. They were also about the rest of the house. A termite swarm also joined the insect convention. The owner was called repeatedly, but did not return calls until a member of our party used a number he wouldn't recognize. To his credit, he allowed us to use the carriage house. A pest control person arrived the next day and sprayed for the fleas. He called the owner to tell him that the house needed to be tented and bombed. The owner thought it would "cost too much." Apparently, it also costs too much to fix dangerously loose bannisters, add wall sockets, properly install pedestal sinks, include lights in the showers or simply replace blown light bulbs. The house is really only four not five bedrooms. The "fifth" bedroom is a poorly lit , dingy space without a bathroom.
On the plus side, the house is in a great location, it's spacious, and the kitchen is modern, though the garage bin door constantly flung open threatening to kneecap anyone near by. A quick look revealed the owner installed the wrong type of latch. Once again, cost cutting and shoddy maintenance. The bottom line: I cannot recommend renting this home as it is clear the owner prescribes to the "penny wise and pound foolish" school of rental property management. He needs to perform the necessary maintenance to render the home comfortable, safe and convenient for guests. At these prices, I don't feel I should have to share my space with raccoon fleas. Our rental fees should be severely discounted because of the vermin AND because the owner misrepresented the home. It has the potential to be a fabulous place to stay. Too bad the owner is letting it go slowly to pot and termites.
This property is located by the Sarasota airport so hearing the jets will be in the background. It is a nice historic home (Ringling) with a lot of original touches and some updates. Nice kitchen, beds are out of date and hard, pool is small and it and hot tub are not hot but very cold even though we requested that and were assured it would be. Disappointment for the family. There is some deferred maintenance that has not been taken care of so expect this point. The owners are nice and just think they may have a bit more to do than take care of this property. I would recommend the house with the understanding of the above. The pictures are pretty accurate.
The physical address is 7715 Westmoreland Dr. Sarasota 34243. The street is on the bay. We are ideally located and have USF, Ringling museum, The Crosley mansion and Asolo theatre close by. Coming for a wedding or special family event ? We have three properties, next to each other. The beaches are twenty mins. away, downtown ten mins. We are well placed for Sarasota airport,also access to route 41 and I75.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Pet Fee||$50.00 + Tax|
|cleaning||$200.00 + Tax|
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