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Michael Barker

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Style & luxury, 3 bed 3 bath SW heated pool & spa

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 28 nights


Rotonda West Villa Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful contemporary interior design throughout

Simply stunning, big pool sun all day, on golf course.

Our guests say it all about this villa, they come back year after year......

Armadillo is a very high spec luxury villa complete with all those little extras.

Amazing contemporary open plan great room, 3 large bedrooms & a separate den, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6.

Large oversize deck has sun all day, big solar & electric heated pool & spa, loungers & chairs, covered dining area and a gas BBQ grill.

The stunning designer created great room has soaring ceilings, a walnut floor and a wall of glass sliders which can be opened to the deck outside. There are stylish sofas and chairs, formal dining for six & a separate relaxing nook area. The room is finished to the highest standard with original artwork and decorative finishes.

High speed WiFi is included and there is 46in cable TV, DVD, CD & MP3 player. There is always a selection of books, music and games for guests to enjoy. There is a separate den or study with cable TV, DVD and CD players.

The modern kitchen is separated from the great room by a long breakfast bar with seating for six people. It has all stainless steel appliances, fridge with chilled water and ice maker, dishwasher, microwave and cooker, plus electric kettle, coffee maker and even a bread maker. There are plentiful cooking utensils and classic white tableware, plus pool crockery and glasses.

The separate laundry room has front loading washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board.

Two bedrooms are en-suite both with pool access, the master has a king size bed (UK super king) jacuzzi & walk in shower, a twin vanity and walk in closet. The second a queen size bed (UK king), lots of build in closet space and en-suite with twin vanity and large shower. the large airy third bedroom has a built in closet, cathedral ceilings, two singles beds and use of the family bathroom which can also be accessed from the deck area. All have flat screen TVs with cable, the master also has a DVD player.

All the rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated with original paintings, prints, photography, beautiful decorative pieces and finishing touches.

The garage is remote opening. Provided for guest use are 4 adult bikes, tennis rackets, golf clubs, fishing rods, bait box, pool toys, beach coolers, sun umbrella, beach chairs & beach towels.

Our home is on Rotonda West in the quiet newer Pine Valley area. This is a peaceful residential community and Bird Sanctuary built to a unique design copying the points of the compass. At its heart is a 30 acre Community Park with free tennis courts, playground and bike trails through the nature reserve. There is much wildlife including bobcats, tortoises, armadillos and hawks.

Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with 5 golf courses on Rotonda alone and the villa backs onto the fairway of the newest course.

This special area is only a few minutes drive from the barrier islands and miles of quiet gulf coast beaches.

Fishing is wonderfully varied, from the local canals, lakes and creeks to fishing from the many public beach and river piers. You can also hire a boat or book a backwater or sport fishing trip, the area is known for its world class Tarpon fishing.

Dining and shopping possibilities are many and varied including local supermarkets and restaurants only five minutes drive away. There are malls and major restaurant chains at Port Charlotte 15-20 minutes away and a choice of big outlet malls around an hour and a half away.

Rotonda is approximately one hours easy drive from the cultural city of Sarasota, one and a half from Tampa and Busch Gardens and two and a half hours from Orlando for Disney and the other parks.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Michael Barker (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michael Barker

I am a retired medical doctor and my wife Ann is a retired company director. We live in a victorian cottage in rural Suffolk, England that we share with two cats!

Why Michael Barker chose Rotonda West

We built this house as our second home with everything in it as we wanted it to be.

Having had villa holidays in many countries we were continually drawn back to Rotonda and so it seemed the logical place to build our dream home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We very much enjoyed our time in Rotonda. Your home is beautiful - by far the nicest villa we have stayed in.
Aug 2013
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based on 12 traveler reviews

Style & luxury, 3 bed 3 bath SW heated pool & spa
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Excellent Villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time and it was a great way to relax after a week at the parks. The villa is in a great location to explore the real Florida with beaches nearby, golf courses on the doorstep, various wildlife to spot and with good local and chain restaurants only a short drive away. We have been visiting Florida for a number of years but this villa has been the best we have stayed in. The property was excellently maintained and very clean. The pool was big as was the deck area and also very private. The rooms and facilities were fantastic and from the moment we arrived we knew we had made a great choice and are already looking forward to returning

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An idyllic vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and peaceful stay at Mike and Ann's beutifully appointed and decorated villa. The villa is in a peaceful location just 15 minutes drive from the Palm Island ferry or the causeway to the beaches of Boca Grande where we spent many of our days relaxing on the Gulf waters. The lanai and pool area is secluded but looks out onto the golf course so if you are fortunate you will see some of the local wildlife - not just the golfers in the early morning before it becomes too hot to play. This is the perfect location for either a villa based holiday - the equipment is by far the best of any American villa we have stayed at having, for example, a front loading washing machine and tumble dryer for guest use or as a base for exploring the beautiful Gulf coast beaches. Local amenities are plentiful and within reason most articles you would wish to purchase are just a short drive away. The pool area is wonderful for relaxing or for al fresco dining of an evening whilst watching dusk settle over the distant shrub. We loved nothing but to relax under the lanai with a glass of wine watching the Mocking Birds patrol their territory and calling to each other - all in all an idyllic place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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East Lothian, Scotland. UK

Fantastic Villa

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic villa, spotlessly clean and the décor was in excellent condition. There was a lovely ambiance as soon as you walked in through the door, it was very spacious and had lots of light coming in. The pool and deck area was the ideal spot for relaxation and with its southerly aspect we had the winter sun all day long. The Villa is in an extremely safe and quiet neighbourhood and yet only minutes away from Venice and its beaches to the West and Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda for shopping to the East. Two of our party made use of the bikes on a daily basis, and with no hills to climb the cycling was very easy.

Armadillo Villa is just the most perfect place to spend a vacation. We have never been so sorry to leave a Vacation Rental as we did with this one. 10 of the best nights we have ever spent on the Gulf Coast.

Mike and Ann the owners were extremely kind and helpful both before and after the booking, which made the process hassle free.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with 4 adults and a 1 year old in early oct 2014. Had a wonderful stay. Communication with the owner was prompt and helpful. Thanks!

The place is modern, super clean, spacious and quiet.

Would recommend for families or anyone wanting to relax. The pool is great and you'll find all the amenities you need including bikes, golf clubs and beach gear.

Cannot recommend highly enough

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canvey Island, Essex

Florida at it's best !

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the Villa having spent a hectic few days in Orlando. We have previously stayed on Rotunda and the surrounding areas and were very much looking forward to this years stay.

We found the Villa exactly as described in the listing with all the promised amenities and it was extremely clean, well presented and very spacious.

We enjoyed watching all the wildlife that was around the Villa which included the magnificently coloured red Cardinal birds, Egrets, Woodpeckers and the high flying Osprey. We also had daily visits in the land at the rear of the property from a Gopher Tortoise and noticed a small mound of sand which was being dug up only to see a baby tortoise - truly magical!

Once again we took the opportunity to explore the many wonderful beaches that are in the area. Our favourite was at Englewood (Stump Pass) for the shark teeth collecting which we really do enjoy. The beaches at Siesta Key, Manasota Key and Venice Beach are also very beautiful and are also great for shelling and shark teeth collecting.

Gasperilla Island is amazing, the houses so large and beautiful and is only a short 20 minute drive from the Villa. We rented a golf cart to get around which our son thoroughly enjoyed doing as he drove whilst my husband and I enjoyed the sights. The beaches here too are really good, the beach behind the South Beach Bar and Grill is also really nice and is another good spot for shark teeth collecting.

So far as eating out is concerned, there are so many good choices which meet all budgets. Our favourites and in no particular order include Sharky's on the Pier (Venice), Lock 'n Key (Englewood), Pink Elephant (Gasperilla Island), South Beach Bar and Grill (Gasperilla Island), Joe Crackers (Port Charlotte), Outback Steakhouse (Port Charlotte) - really there are so many !!!

So far as shopping is concerned, you can't go wrong at Ellenton Outlet Mall, St Armands Circle (Sarasota) and the Mall at Port Charlotte. Sign up online for VIP membership of the Premium Outlet Malls for even further discounts - wonderful retail therapy !!!

We took a couple of local boat trips (day time and sunset) run by Lemon Bay Tours - details in the welcome folder. We saw many dolphins and even some manatees (very unusual for this time of year).

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this Villa and are looking to come back again next year and hope to bring my sister and nephew to enjoy the whole amazing experience with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just like home

  • 5 of 5

We would like to thank you so much Mike & Ann for opening up your house to us for our stay. Your place is just as the pictures show if not better!!! It was so comfortable and cozy "just like home", and fully equipt with everything one could need.The details provided for shopping and dining experiences are awesome. The pool and spa definately got lots of use as the weather was amazing pretty much our whole stay. We would highly recommend your place, we have stayed at a couple different place in the area and yours is top notch. We look very much forward to renting again next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Rotonda Golf and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Our home is in Rotonda West in the quiet newer Pine Valley area of Rotonda. This is a peaceful residential community and Bird Sanctuary built to a unique design copying the points of the compass. At its heart is a 30 acre Community Park with free tennis courts, playground and bike trails through the nature reserve.

Golf enthusiasts are spoilt for choice, Rotonda has 5 courses and the villa backs onto the fairway of the newest one.

This special area is only a few minutes drive from the barrier islands and quiet beauty of the gulf coast beaches.

Fishing is wonderful from the local canals and creeks to the many public beach and river piers. Hire a boat or book a backwater or sport fishing trip for Tarpon, Marlin or Shark.

There is great dining and shopping, local supermarkets and restaurants are only 5 minutes drive away with malls, major food chains and a cinema at Port Charlotte a 15-20 minutes drive.

It is an easy 1 hour drive from Sarasota or 2 and a half hours from the Orlando parks.

Other Activities: golf, fishing, boating, canoeing, nature watching, cycling, tennis

Golf: Rotonda Golf and Country Club offers 99 holes that challenge all skill levels.

Rotonda has been awarded a 'Beginner Friendly Certification' from the National Golf Course Owners Association as well as the Charlotte Sun Herald's Reader's choice award for being the best course in Charlotte County. There are 5 courses The Hills. Long Marsh. The Palms. The Links and Pinemoor all with challenging, well maintained fairways that provide a new golfing experience with every round.

Special offer deals are available including cart hire, as are private lessons. Clubs can be hired by the round and there is a Pro shop and restaurant at the main club house.


Rates & Availability

Rotonda West Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 4
Jun 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Rate 5
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Feb 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
28 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 8
Apr 24 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $263
Pet Fee $0

There is final cleaning fee of £85 as indicated, this is a one off payment per stay

Solar heating for the pool and spa is included in the price. Additional electric pool heating is available at £75 per week
(Recommended in cooler months). This must be requested at time of booking


Booking deposit is 20% non refundable to secure rental
Full balance of payment is due 60 days before booking commences. Prices include 12% Florida tax.
Payment can also be made in US Dollars at the current exchange rate, the rate is then held
Payment in Euros incurs a fee to cover bank charges
Ask about discounts for stays of over 3 weeks and for early or last minute bookings

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Rotonda West Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master en-suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Second en-suite - toilet , shower
    Family bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Master en-suite has a walk-in roman shower and corner Jacuzzi bath with a long marble topped his and hers vanity unit and a hair dryer. Guest en-suite has a large shower, twin vanity and a hair dryer. The third bathroom which can also be accessed from the pool has a large shower and twin vanity. Each bathroom is stocked with ample additional towels and included is a large supply of beach towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master suite - 1 king , en suite & opening onto pool area
    Second suite - 1 queen , en suite & opening onto pool area
    Twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Full changes of linen is provided for each bed. The master suite has direct pool access, a flat screen TV with cable and DVD player and a walk in closet. The large second guest suite also has direct pool access and a flat screen TV with cable and generous closet space. The spacious third bedroom has two single beds, a flat screen TV with cable and use of the family bathroom. A large closet and cathedral ceilings. The den or study with cable TV, DVD and CD players has a double sofa bed which may be used for an occasional overnight stay but is not suitable for a full rental. This can be useful for our long stay winter guests.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
In addition to the great room there is a separate nook area with comfortable tub chairs, a separate den or study with sofa and desk, plus a breakfast bar with high stools that seats six and separates the kitchen from the great room. There are comfortable loungers and chairs on the deck as well as an additional undercover dining table and a large gas BBQ grill. Also provided are 4 adult bikes, tennis racquets, fishing rods and bait boxes. Beach chairs, sun umbrella and coolers, pool toys. The pool and spa area has a child safety barrier which when erected separates the pool and deck area and is ideal for guests with small children. The community park is less than 1 mile away and has free tennis courts, a child's playground and biking trails. Our local, family run management company lives on Rotonda and are always happy to help with any enquiries or to quickly sort out any problems if they arise.

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