Mike Boyle and Family
Submitted: December 7, 2012
Stayed: November 2012
What a fabulous experience! You weren't kidding about the manatees; I bet we saw about 7 different individuals, including a mother and a fairly young baby. We were mesmerized! The house was just perfect for all of us. We were able to rent a boat, keep it at the dock, and enjoy the natural beauty of the area in all aspects.
The house was neat as a pin, and easily accommodated all of us in comfort. The beds and furnishings were comfortable and provided luxury without being too fancy to relax in-perfect for an island retreat! The bathrooms were luxurious, spotlessly clean and had plenty of hot water!
The weather was delightful, just a bit cool in the mornings, with sunshine and the right amount of warmth during the day. Water temperatures were perfect-The kids spent the whole time fishing or lobster catching. After the day on the boat, we spent the evenings in the heated pool or glorious hot tub. The hot tub may be one of the best features of the house! You can sit in the hot tub and marvel at the moon and stars shining through the palm trees. It takes your breath away. One of the boys even strung up his hammock between 2 of the palms and slept outside-it was that lovely!
If you are fortunate enough to stay here, you'll enjoy every moment. The owner was more than helpful, extremely informative and the house is kept in excellent shape. The linens and towels are top grade, the location perfect as it's on a huge corner lot of the canals, just seconds away from the Gulf and around the corner from Vaca Key and across to the Atlantic. There's plenty of restaurants in the area, and the owner gives you great reviews to guide you in deciding where to eat-However, since both my husband and I LOVE to cook and the fishing is spectacular, we ate all our meals at the house. We probably used that kitchen more than most, so that may be the only MINOR negative, in that the cooking and serving items are not geared for real cooks and for serving large groups. That is usually the case in rentals, so we typically bring our own things. The huge screened porch, multiple tables and kitchen bar made meals a comfortable family gathering in a casual and relaxing environment.
It was the best vacation we've been on in YEARS, and we hope to make this spot our annual get away. LOVED IT>
Families with Teenagers
Helpful votes: 3/3
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