Gulf Coast Escape
We are a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 small children aged 4 & 7) who loved staying at River Strand Villa. It was exactly as described on the website (but better!), really spacious (it would have easily accommodated 2 extra people) & very comfortable. The kitchen is well appointed, with a contemporary open plan living area, comfy sofa and cosy lamps. The living area overlooks the pool, with stylish garden furniture and sunbeds to chill out. The ownwers were extremely helpful and always communicated promptly.
The pool area is tastefully designed, with a fantastic outlook over a small lake teeming with birds. This is the perfect spot to kick back with a glass of something cold, relax and listen to the wildlife beyond the lanai. We found it really peaceful and hardly saw a soul whilst relaxing in this outdoor area. As the villa is situated within a gated community, you have no noisy traffic and it feels very safe.
The bedrooms are generously sized and furnished in a contemporary but comfy style. The property isn't overly decorated with ornaments or things that may get knocked over which is a bonus with 2 small kids! All the other usual stuff such as huge garage with pool toys, great utility room so you can do your washing before you go home!!, with an added bonus of a large & stylish pool room - even if you dont play pool (like me) it's a great way to learn whilst waiting for the other half to get ready!!
This villa is in a great location, with a huge Walmart store just outside the Community (less than 10 min drive). Restaurants within 10-15 minute drive and further into Bradenton a wider selection (c20-30min drive). Bradenton beaches are superb - we fell in love with the powder white sand and calm waters, perfectly safe for watching small ones mess about in the shallow waters and building sandcastles. A worthwhile visit nearby is the Manatee State Museum (you will see the large steam engine outside), an historical village with a small museum - the kids loved climbing on the old Engine and playing 'Checkers' on the veranda of the old village store. Some child friendly eating places we enjoyed were: Beefy O'Bradys (about10min drive) - cheap & tasty burgers, chicken etc, Olive Garden (a bit further into Bradenton), Red Lobster and Checkers (on Cortez) for real fun American fast food (better than MacDonalds!!)
Overall we had a fantastic 2 weeks staying at this beautiful villa in the Bradenton area. Highly recommended.
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