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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 28 nights


About the property

Includes Many Free Amenities and Equipment For a Perfect Vacation Getaway.

Lakefront home feels like a remote cottage but is actually located in a beautifully landscaped, secure, family-friendly, gated community within easy walk to the Gulf of Mexico adjoining Casey Key in Sarasota County. Our lake behind the house has great fishing for kids of all ages. There are 3 rods and reels in the garage so try your luck. The snook in the lake are suckers for lures, but the tilapia like dough balls (try a little peanut butter on them). The tilapia are like me...we like peanut butter on everything.

Kayak from our neighborhood launching point or pick your own favorite, there are several within 2 miles.

Walk to Nokomis Beach on Casey Key, 1 mile, and enjoy the surf, sunsets, and moonrise or catch some sun and read a good book.

Bicycle the Legacy Trail, 1 mile away. It wanders for 16 miles along scenic routes and waterways; and best of all, no cars.

Use our clubhouse...perhaps a swim in the heated, saltwater pool with outdoor heated shower; enjoy the relaxing hot-tub; play a round of tennis; work-up a sweat in the exercise room; horseshoes; shuffleboard.

Home is open-concept, great flow for entertaining or relaxing, and has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, living room area, reading/game area, screened lanai, laundry room and one-car garage.

Bedroom 1, master, has king sized memory foam bed, desk, two night stands, double closet, ceiling fan, and private bath.

Bedroom 2 has king sized memory foam bed with second bathroom that can be a private bath by shutting hallway entrance. Includes 46', flat-screen, wall-mounted, HDTV, VCR, DVD player desk, two nightstands, and ceiling fan. It also has a dressing room with oversize vanity and closet.

Bedroom 3 has two twin beds, desk, one nightstand, ceiling fan, and closet. Use the 24' HDTV as a computer monitor or connect it to cable on the wall to use as TV.

A blowup queen sized bed with integrated air pump is onsite if additional bed space is required or if you just want to sleep or relax on the lanai to enjoy a bit of outdoors.

Bath 1, master, vanity, closet, 5' jetted tub and a separate shower.

Bath 2 has a 5' tub/shower combination and single sink with storage, and a separate dressing area with double vanity.

Kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including French-door refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. Other items to serve 8 are dishes, silverware, pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker, etcetera. You will find spices, condiments, canned goods, coffee, etc. since all guests are encouraged to leave them as long as they are not expired. You are also welcome to join this practice. It sure makes it easy for the first shopping trip.

Dining area has table and 8 chairs.

Lanai has a beautiful view of the lake, table and 4 more chairs; also two-seat glider, end table, and 2 rocker-swivel chairs. Next to the lanai is a sitting/game area with ceiling fan, rocker, reading lamp, two-seat chair, 42', wall-mounted, flat-screen HDTV, and electronic game Wii.

Living room has sectional, leather sofa with 2 recliners and also BlueRay disc player, 46' flat-screen, HDTV, 2 rocker recliners, coffee table and end tables.

Laundry room has washer, dryer, and cabinets and shelves. Everyone just leaves items such as detergent, bleach, fabric softener, soap, toilette paper, etcetera. Please use as you like and replace as needed.

The attached one-car garage is where you will find fun items to enjoy during your stay such as bicycles, kayaks, beach toys, portable chairs, etcetera.

Free amenities included for your stay: high speed wireless internet, wireless printer, HD cable TV and integrated DVR so you can continue to record your favorite shows and watch from any room , 2 kayaks (each carries 2 adults and 1 child),

life jackets, 4 oars, 4 adult bicycles, 5 children's bicycles, 1 tricycle, bicycle helmets, central heat, central air, 5 ceiling fans, club house (heated saltwater pool, hot tub, tennis courts, exercise room, library, horseshoes, shuffleboard), wheels to transport kayaks to community launching point by house 182, trailer with 1-7/8' ball to carry kayaks to launching points all around Nokomis, beach toys, 6 collapsible chairs and 2 folding chairs for the beach, fanny packs for hiking/cycling, electric air pumps to inflate tires, hand tools to adjust bicycle seats, 3 rods and reels, and many more.

More Details

Randall Harkness
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Randall Harkness

Randy and Bev Harkness were college sweethearts, have been married over 45 years, and reside in Louisville KY where they have lived for over 35 years. Both graduated from the University of Louisville.

Bev is retired as manager of the University of Louisville student credit union. Randy is a consultant and computer geek who keeps says he is retiring but never actually stops.

They have 2 sons, 1 fantastic daughter-in-law, and 6 grandchildren.

One of Randy's brothers and his wife also own a home in The Inlets. So does her sister and brother-in-law.

Randall Harkness purchased this house in 2008

Why Randall Harkness chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Bev and Randy purchased this property because we have always vacationed in this area of Florida even before we had children. We love the sights, sounds, smells, and activities it offers. Once you visit you can easily tell the activities we enjoy because the home is equipped with toys, sporting equipment, and gadgets for you to enjoy without spending extra money to rent them. We sincerely hope you enjoy your stay. If you think of anything we can do to make your stay better, please let us know, and we will do our very best to help.


Nokomis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Hairdryer, curling iron, flat iron in each bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Ceiling fan, double closet, desk, private bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Ceiling fan, HDTV, desk, private bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, HDTV, desk
  • A blowup queen sized bed with integrated air pump is onsite if additional bed space is required or if you just want to sleep or relax on the lanai to enjoy a bit of outdoors.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing


5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Best vacation home yet!

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting the Nokomis/Venice area for many years now. This is hands down the best home in which we have stayed. Any amenity you could want or need is provided. Mr. and Mrs. Harkness are wonderful to work with and always available to answer any question you may have. We look forward to visiting their beautiful home again soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Consett, Co Durham, UK

Amazing Property Wonderful Vacation - The besr

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home. The home was of a very generous size with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is everything that you need and more to enjoy your stay. There are four recliners!! So comfortable. The kitchen is so well equipped with everything you need if you are cooking at home. The garden room is so very pleasant and set out so that you can enjoy your meals watching the otters play in the small lake. There are so many birds skimming the water. There are even eagles and hawks. While sitting having our meal one day a bob cat walked by the garden room, stopped for a second to look at us then continue to walk by. We were so stunned by this beautiful sight we were not quick enough to pick up a camera. What an amazing sight and such a rare privilege to enjoy.

There are bikes, fishing rods, kayaks and swimming toys to enjoy.

We have stayed in various places in Sarasota area for the past 20 years and have to say this is the best.

The swimming pool is huge with the use of the small gym and THE HOT TUB. Wow the hot tub heated to over 100 degrees. Absolutely amazing to ease those aching joints. Tennis courts to use too. There are exercise classes you are welcome to join in with. The small community make you feels so welcome and they invite you to events as they are happening. I have to say this is the friendliest community I have been involved with.

Bev and Randy are lovely to talk too and are only a telephone call away if you need any help.

You are so near to Nokomis beach and jetty where you can guarantee seeing dolphins and manatees on each visits.

I could say so much more. There is something for each person to enjoy. Do not hesitate to book. We loved our stay for the month of May this year. Thank you Randy and Bev.


  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Excellent location and outstanding service !

  • 5 of 5

We spent one month in this beautiful home. You will find anything you could need to cook, do some light business, entertain yourself and basically enjoy yourself all around.

On top of it Randall is a joy to interact with and will do his utmost to accommodate your needs even after you have left : he managed a late delivered parcel in a breeze.

Only good things to say, so will stop here.

One last thing though, if you intend on spending some quality time in the beautiful Venice area, do not hesitate and book this property !

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super Haus in super Lage sehr liebevoll eingerichtet

  • 5 of 5

Ein sehr gepflegtes großes Haus, wo es an nichts fehlt. Alles was man für den Alltag braucht, war bereits vorhanden, (Grundnahrungsmittel, Handtücher, Müllbeutel, Waschmittel, Strandmöbel, Strandspielzeug usw.) Das Haus liegt in einer sehr gepflegten ruhigen geschlossenen Anlage .Alles im Haus ist sehr gepflegt, es gab nichts was nicht sauber und funktionstüchtig war. Das gesamte Haus ist sehr liebevoll und geschmackvoll eingerichtet, als wenn der Besitzer selber auf Dauer darin wohnen würde. Alles was in der Beschreibung geschrieben ist stimmt zu 100%.

Der Vermieter ist unglaublich freundlich. Betreuung von der ersten Anfrage bis zur Abreise, die weit über das normale Maß hinaus geht. Jede Frage wurde umgehend beantwortet. Er strahlte eine Freundlichkeit aus, die nicht gestellt wirkte. So etwas haben wir bisher noch nie erlebt.

Zusammenfassend bleibt zu sagen wer gerne ein super Haus in einer super Umgebung mit einem super Vermieter mieten möchte ist hier richtig.

Wir kommen ganz sicher wieder.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten 4 Wochen gebucht und kannten die Ecke schon durch vorangegangene Urlaube. Die Nähe zum Strand- Auto stehen lassen und Rad benützen- oder zu den Shoppingcenter ist zu erwähnen. Das Haus selbst, die Einrichtungen alles super perfekt und sauber. Bemerkenswert auch der Blick auf den kleinen See und die damit verbundene Ruhe. Gut für Seele und Gesundheit. Der Kontakt zu Randy war hervorragend; er gab tolle Tipps und als es mal wirklich eng und unangenehm wurde, kam die Hilfe von ihm unverzüglich und prompt. Danke für die schöne und tolle Zeit. Es hat uns so gut gefallen, dass wir für 2017 sofort wieder -und zwar für 11 Wochen- gebucht haben. Nochmals herzlichen Dank an die Familie Harkness. Übrigens, auf dem Weg zum Strand (Mittwochs u Samstag gibt es dort die Trommler) befindet sich eine leckere Eisdiele. Unbedingt besuchen und schlemmern!! Liebe Grüße eine Familie aus Deutschland.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Nokomis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
28 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 12.0%

Monthly Rates
May-Nov $2100, and Dec-Apr $2800. If reservation request exceeds monthly rate, it will be adjusted accordingly prior to confirmation.

May-Dec: $200 non-refundable at reservation confirmation. Balance paid 2 weeks prior to check-in. Our Promise: When you arrive at our home, if you are not 100% satisfied, just notify us of your desire to cancel your reservation, and we will issue you a full refund. We are that confident that you will enjoy our home!
Jan-Apr: $500 non-refundable due at reservation confirmation. Balance due 90 days prior to check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Salt Water Cafe
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Calusa Lakes Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Salt Water Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Nokomis Beach on Casey Key
Car: necessary


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