Eleven of us rented this house in mid-January (8 adults, 3 children). We loved this house, and could not recommend it more highly. The main thing we were looking for in a rental was a vacation setting that we would remember for years. This house met and exceeded that goal. There are numerous impressive houses for rent along the central west coast of Florida. Two factors set this house apart: 1) The setting; and 2) The house layout and integration with the beach.
The setting of the house is unforgettable. Manasota Key is a one road island where the houses on one side face the Gulf, and the houses on the other side face the inland waterway. The road itself is narrow and beautiful, with numerous areas where tree canopies completely cover the road. The Key is neat, clean and upscale. Restaurants, shopping, etc are close enough to be convenient, but far enough away that the Key feels completely non-commercial.
The house setting is even more spectacular. There are lots of beautiful houses on the Key, but almost none of them are right on the beach in the way this house is. There is no long walk across dunes, through scrub or past mangroves to get to the beach. At high tide, you could easily toss a football underhanded from the house into the Gulf. The beach is close in a way that few if any houses or even luxury hotels can hope to match. It is spectacular and memorable.
The house itself was also great. It feels like visiting one of your friend’s homes –there are pictures on the walls, knick-knacks everywhere, too many remotes, and thousands of books of all kinds. The furniture is not fussy or formal – in fact, the whole house is comfortable from the minute you walk in. One of the best features of the house is the way it connects with the outdoors. There are an incredible number of sliding glass doors, porches, screens, windows and openings to outside. If you love eating in open air restaurants, or love the thought of sleeping with the ocean crashing literally right outside your open window, you will love this. The views from the main living areas are unobstructed and stunning (particularly at sunset), the breezes through the house are awesome, and the upstairs main bedroom is one of the nicest overall rooms we have ever stayed in.
In short, if you are looking for a vacation you will always remember, this rental home will deliver, and then some.
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