|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
**** TOP 5 REASONS TO VACATION HERE:****
1) Bike to the beach, pool, Durante Park, nearby wonderful restaurants and convenience stores.
2) One of the largest homes in the resort with room for up to 10 guests.
3) No resort fees or pet fees.
4) Highly rated mostly 5 star by prior guests.
5) Beachgear and stroller to carry items already provided, just remember your flip-flops and sunscreen! *****************************************
Likely the most spacious rental you can find on Longboat Key at a reasonable price. Rare double sized unit, 3000 sq foot freestanding condo home in Cedars Tennis Resort. A tropical paradise in a vacation destination with fishing pier, jr olympic pool and pair of aluminum bikes in garage to bike the trails in nearby Durante Park and alongside Gulf of Mexico Drive. Barbecue grillers in garage for your use as well.
Three levels to spread out so two families can rent together without feeling cramped in. Ideal rental for young and old, with beachgear in garage for the kids, puzzles and games in family room .At less than the cost for two hotel rooms, we have so much more to offer. If you have rented at Cedars before, this unit is twice the size, twice as spacious for a nominal amount more.
Kitchen walls and 4th bedroom/ study updated in soft yellow, newer carpeting in sky blue color, new beach pictures, outdoor lanai furniture, some new appliances in full gourmet-like kitchen fully stocked with utensils, dishware and cooking items.
KID FRIENDLY with high chair, port-a-crib, sheets at no additional costs. Kids toys in unit. BEACH GEAR including umbrella, chairs, boogie boards, plastic playgear for kids in the unit's 2 garages. Huge hammock on upper deck balcony just added to lounge in.
Huge kitchen/family room with 42' LCD TV. Cable TV in most bedrooms. Hi-speed /WiFI Internet included Peek-a-boo views of the Gulf of Mexico from two of the bedrooms. Jacuzzi in master bath with his and her changing rooms/powder area. King size bed in master with lanai porch overlooking pond. Two other bedrooms on top level with queen bed in one and twin beds in other. Fourth bedroom on second floor (daybed and trundle open up to two beds) serves as a study as well, ideal for the teenagers or for those who wish to stay up late and watch movies on the bigscreen LCD TV in adjacent living room/family room. If there are 9 or 10 guests, a high quality inflatable queen air matress with pillow top can be placed in master bedroom or in living room.
No additional fees for small pets but must notify owner before renting. Notify owner if one needs to use the elevator otherwise it is not in use for others. (NO PET FEES,NO RESORT FEES)
Discover for yourself why many guests return to Castle-in-the-sky: more living space, bright and
clean, beachlike feeling and room to relax. Whether you stay at the resort by the pool all day or the nearby beach or attend the cultural activities in Sarasota, you'll be delighted to stay in the beautiful surroundings that the Castle has to offer.
Inquire directly with owner for more information regarding tennis availability offsite in Longboat Key.
Keywords: Condominium/Freestanding home
My wife and kids love Longboat Key for the beaches, the sea life and the wonderful restaurants. When you are on the island your stress level drops and relaxation just seems to occur naturally.
The Owner purchased this condo in 2005
There are peek a boo views of the beautiful gulf; you may walk to the pier as well as places to eat, as well as the pool and nature car needed.
We like to spend a day at the beach, followed by a swim in the pool, fresh tuna or mahi mahi on the grill and then catch the fiery red sunset over the gulf.
initially we were a bit surprised to learn of this review since the guests had related to us by e-mail while there that they were having a "wonderful" time. They were a large party with 7 children between ages 3-11 and unfortunately after checkout there was a large lanai screen that was torn and had to be replaced. The home needed a tremendous amount of cleaning, 8 hours of cleaning staff being needed to clean and scrub throughout the house so the home would be ready later that afternoon for others. Part of the damage deposit was applied to these additional costs and the guests were upset about this.
In regards to the issues raised:
There is a new counter depth refrigerator with water and ice dispenser on the door and the garbage disposal works fine. Garbage cans are kept in the garage and if the garage door is kept closed it is impossible for animals to rummage thru the debris.
There is no direct beach access Fromm the resort, however, if you were to follow instructions in the information manual, there is an accessible beach pathway that is a 5 minute walk away. The renters chose a shortcut that is not allowed and never recommended.
Tupperware containers are constantly being "lost" but are replenished when found to be necessary. Seventeen different sized Tupperware-like containers are present in the kitchen cupboard.
We have never heard from anyone complaining of the sound of frogs from the nearby pond. After a thunderstorm, the sounds of nature are usually soothing for sleepers. The condo is ideally located near nature but within walking distance to Durante park, a convenience store as well as Zagat top rated restaurants I.e. Euphemia Haye.
In summary we are not a large, impersonal rental management company. As a family owned single condo home, if something is needed or broken,it is almost always addressed immediately. We only ask to know of the problem before departure so it can be remedied while still enjoying one's stay.
Nothing is better than getting out of winter weather and relaxing at upscale Longboat with family. Fortunately we stumbled upon this rental and were very glad we did. Let me first say that I was very appreciative that the owner, Phil was caring enough to inquire with his cleaning staff to see if they had found my mother's wedding ring and then mail it back to her at no cost in its original condition. He didn't have to do that and I don't think most rentals would even care to check.
The home was very accommodating for the 6 of us; my husband and I and our teenage boys and my parents. It's one of the few places we have vacationed that seems to have enough to do for multi-generational families. Nearby was the beach for my kids, the pool and fishing pier for my father (80 yrs old) and golf and tennis for my husband. St Armand's circle was 10 minutes away and is a favorite of my mother and me for shopping and restaurants. We loved the Columbia Restaurant and I especially enjoyed Wyland Gallery for marine life art.
The home is very relaxing and comfortable with open space to be together or four bedrooms if you need privacy. The bikes and beach gear came in handy for all of us.
I wouldn't hesitate to return again and stay for two weeks if school schedule would allow it.
Two thumbs up for castle-in-the-sky!
My family of four loved our trip to Longboat Key. What made it so special was our rental of Castle in the Sky. This home was more comfortable than my own! The kitchen was well stocked, the beds extremely comfortable and there was room for all of us to spread out!! We loved the pool and biking every evening!! The owner was a pleasure to work with, anything we needed was immediately taken care of. The location was excellent. We're already booking our trip for next season, we can't wait to return!!
This is our second visit to Castle in the Sky at Longboat Key. Even though there were several years between visits the property still looks as good as it did in our original visit.
The property is very large and has an open kitchen and large dining area and can easily accommodate 10 people comfortably.
The location near the beach and shops is excellent and the owner is very nice and responsive.
We fully recommend Castle in the Sky for a wonderful vacation on Longboat Key.
My parents rented this place for a month March 2016. They rented large place so that friends and family could visit while they were there. I visited for a week in early March. The first thing my Mom said to me when they picked me up at the airport was an apology for the condition of the condo. I assumed that she was exaggerating, but when I arrived, I was appalled. Th place was filthy. The floors appeared to have not been swept in ages. There was dirt, crumbs, pet hair etc... everywhere. My Dad had tried to sweep, but the vacuum that was in the unit did not function. My Dad contacted the owner via email and the owner responded with a link to a youtube video on how to clean the vacuum. Seriously? After a few more complaints, the owner dropped of a "new" vacuum while we were out. The next day, my folks went to the airport to pick up my sister and I spent the day cleaning. The wood floors had spots were obviously stuff had been spilled and never cleaned up, the dust on the wall hangings, baseboards, window sills was so thick, it looked like fur. There were dead flowers hanging on the wall in one of the guest bedrooms that had about an inch of dirt on them. The sofa in the living room had several large tears in it and the dining room chair also had tears. One (of the two) bar stools in the kitchen was broken and could not be used. The two bikes in the garage were in a similar state of disrepair. I was able to get one of them functional but was afraid to ride it. The description makes it seem that this unit has beach access. It does not the access across from the complex is specifically prohibited for use of the renters/owners in this complex due to some legal issue when the community was developed. The closest public access is over mile away. Not quite walking distance for most. The 4th "bedroom is technically not a bedroom but more of an office with glass doors that open into the kitchen and into the living room. Traffic noise is pretty bad in the two bedrooms that are on the Gulf side so don't expect to keep the windows open at night. Oh, and don't expect to use the AC to stay comfortable as the owner won't allow it to be set lower than 74 or so. I'm not typically one to leave bad reviews and I don't mind a place that is somewhat run down or needs a little work, but this place was disgusting. I wish that VRBO would allow me to upload photos (I have dozens) so that you can see that I am not exaggerating. DO NOT STAY HERE. Longboat Key is awesome tho.
We just returned from a months stay at 'Castle in the Sky' and I have to say it was wonderful! It was everything it was described to be and better! There were four adults plus the occasional guests, and the property was clean, comfortable , and very spacious. If there was a problem , the owner was right on it...And he couldn't have been nicer about it and more prompt. Our comfort and our having a good time was his priority. Loved having the pool, and being able to walk to the convenience store and a few restaurants. I would absolutely rent this property again without any hesitation ! Even my dog enjoyed himself sitting out on the enclosed patio! Can't wait to go back to Longboat Key!
My family and I planned a weekend trip to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday. We were trying to find a spot that would accommodate 10 people from ages 2 to 70. This was a perfect place! The house was big and able to fit 10 people comfortably. The location of the home is perfect for beach goers as well as people that like to sightsee. Longboat Key is beautiful. There are plenty of stores close enough (5 minutes by car) and museums, etc. in Sarasota. The owner communicated with us promptly and even mailed us some things that we left behind! We would love to return for a longer stay in the future.
Mote marine aquarium 10 minutes away
Durante Park 300 ft away..coastline park with walking trails
Whitney Beach 3 minutes away
Coquina beach 5 minutes away
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Deposit is refundable minus $50 up to 60 days prior to check in date.
Weekly rental from Sat-sat encouraged during summer months
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.