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Historic House of Ringling

54 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Whitfield Estates House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms , 4.5 bath.

Stay in this unique property, once owned by Alfred Ringling of Ringling Bros. Circus. Ringling built the home in 1918, now it retains 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, 2 more on the upper level. all with private bath. 2 additional rooms/space with a total of 4 twin beds upstairs, as well.

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.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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based on 54 traveler reviews

Historic House of Ringling
average rating of 4.5185184 based on 54 reviews

Beautiful place to host family for any event!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely group. Peggy and her husband were the advance party ! Celebrations commenced in the ensuing days. Sarasota was in graduation mode and it's always great to witness the fruition of ' hard labor ' ... I am so pleased all enjoyed and the House of Ringling looks forward to more joyous occasions ...
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Great venue for our yearly gathering

  • 4 of 5

Loved by everyone at our family gathering – for the past three years we have rented from Brian and have plans to future use. The listing pictures honestly do not give the nearly 100-year home justice towards its size or beauty. There are plenty of spacious and comfy rooms for large groups to gather in the home and away from bedrooms. With only one TV in the home it allows us to unplug and have quality time with each other. The pool was refreshingly amazing for the kids and the grounds were well maintained. If this home is ever on the market I would be completely interested. I recommend this home for anyone with a big family or looking to host a large group.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This has become a regular family reunion spot for Linda and co. We're glad they had fun.
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Perfect for our vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely perfect for our vacation. We loved hanging out by the pool, cooking meals all together, and the bedrooms were huge! Close to the beach and a few minutes off the highway where you can literally find anything you need. The house was well kept despite being almost 100 years old, and was absolutely amazing to stay in. My group loved our vacation in Sarasota and recommend this rental to anyone!!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keri and her group were an absolute pleasure to host. We're so glad they enjoyed their stay. The house lends itself to gatherings of friends and family. Sarasota and it's beaches are unrivaled and summer time is a great time to visit, less crowded on beaches and in restaurants.
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Very nice

  • 4 of 5

Is very accommodating for my family we were very happy with the place it needs a few minor repairs but otherwise everything went very very well I will gladly stay there again

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation home

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this wonderful home. It as all the charm and grace of old florida. A historical gem! The owner has done a fantastic job of furnishing so it is both comfy and beautiful. It is well-equipped and GREAT for entertaining. The house is light, cool and open, and there is plenty of room for mingling or places to be alone. We entertained a large group and still have loads of room. The pool/patio area is incredibly relaxing and comfortable. There is also a nice yard for pets or for young children to play.

My family and I stayed for a week for my son's graduation from RCAD. We had lots of friends and family in and out (who were staying other places), and everyone loved the place. We had lots of Ringling (art) students over and they raved about it. In fact, they kept coming back over and bringing their friends!

The charm and personality of this place cannot be overrated! And the owner was very accommodating of our requests and answered our calls immediately. If you are looking to experience a piece of Sarasota history, stay in a gorgeous place that is comfy and relaxing, you can't go wrong here.

We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane and Mike, were so nice. What she did not mention .. was we had cable issues with our service provider and they were VERY patient. It was a pleasure to have them stay and the group of proud parents and family, seemed to have a fun time. As Jane said, the house lends itself to celebratory occasions and was built by Alf T Ringling for those purposes ! We are so happy that a landmark achievement was such a success ...
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A historical piece of Sarasota

  • 4 of 5

The house is beautiful and definitely historic with room for at least 16 to sleep comfortably and more if you have some sleep on couches or sofa beds. A few of the light bulbs needed replaced and one of the ceiling fans did not work but otherwise this was a very nice property. It was convenient and close to the airport, and the neighborhood is nice. Although the pool was a little small it was cute and definitely enough to get wet in. Overall a great experience and we would come back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having Charlene and her group stay. We've fixed the light bulbs and fan !! We have quite a flow of people and sometimes our maintenance schedule is tested .. We are though, grateful for the feedback.
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Nearest Beach
6 Miles

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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cleaning $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Whitfield Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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