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The Van Clief Vacation Home

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

Peaceful Setting just minutes from all that Venice has to offer.

This handsome, warm and tastefully appointed home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath and 2 car garage property is waiting to welcome you whether your time in Venice is for business or pleasure.

Property Manager
Robert Prescott
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Robert Prescott

David and Barley Van Clief have worked hard to make this home into a peaceful oasis, investing time, energy, money and creativity - not to mention an enormous amount of sweat equity. Having traveled the world, they are uniquely qualified to know what amenities people look for when they are away from home. You will feel welcome the instant you walk through the front door.

Robert Prescott purchased this house in 2012

Why Robert Prescott chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

If you are looking for convenience, this home is centrally located in a serene environment, and yet, just minutes from everything Venice has to offer. We take pride in making sure the home is spotlessly clean for your arrival, and there is a local property manager to tend to any issues that may arise during your stay.

What makes this house unique

Even the most highly rated hotel cannot provide you the space and comforts of home that this beautiful home has to offer. You may not be interested in spending time in the kitchen while on holiday or vacation, but should you wish to prepare that fresh seafood dinner, you'll find everything you need from appliances to utensils, as well as enough dinnerware and flatware to host a small dinner party. We also provide a gas grill for you to barbecue your favorite foods and you can enjoy them in our semi-open air dining area adjacent to the swimming pool. Yet, if you choose to dine out, you will find every style of eatery you could possibly be looking for, whether it's a quick bite at a fast food restaurant, a leisurely lunch at Sharkey's on the Pier, or a relaxed dinner at a nearby fine restaurant, you are only minutes away from your desires. Want to stay in? Relax by or in our inviting screened in pool and lanai, or spend some time with the game table in our Florida sitting room, catch your favorite TV shows in our warm living room or perhaps as you relax in the Master Suite. This house simply has it all.


Venice House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master Bedroom offers its own private bathroom with french doors that lead to the lanai and swimming pool. The second and third bedrooms are connected by a short hall with a shared bathroom between the two. All bedrooms offer plenty of closet space.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck Furniture
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
This home is suitable for able bodied elderly persons, but is not recommended for the infirm unless accompanied by appropriate caregivers.


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The Van Clief Vacation Home
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Van Clief home in Venice, Florida and

once again we appreciated the owners' attention to detail in creating a comfortable and relaxing ambience in their magnificent vacation residence. Their home is well-maintained inside and out and features a pool overlooking a lagoon that is home to a variety of shorebirds who visit on a daily basis.

The Venice area is renowned for its sparkling Gulf Coast beaches, which my wife and I enjoyed each day, subsequently returning to the property to relax by the pool with drinks and snacks in hand.

Daily bike rides along the Venetian waterway prepared me to savor with my wife the magnificent variety of restaurants serving the area, in particular Marker 4, Sharkey's On the Pier, and Fins.

We look forward to returning annually to the Van Clief Vacation Home in order to enjoy its many charming features and to relax during yet another first-rate Gulf Coast getaway.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nicely designed, comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

Nicely designed, comfortable home-several dining/activity areas but also quiet corners for reading. Landscaped lot gives some privacy in a dense, but quiet, neighborhood. Backs onto a canal-we enjoyed watching birds and turtles from pool deck. Close to Caspersen beach and Venice/Sarasota activities. Responsive property manager. The property is older in some ways, but, all in all, we enjoyed a quiet, relaxing vacation and look forward to a return.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Disappointment

  • 3 of 5

I don't really understand how anyone could give this house 4 or 5 stars. It does not deserve that high of a rating.

First I'll start with the good points, because there ARE some. The location is fantastic. You're close to everything: lots of good restaurants on rt. 41, downtown Venice, the beaches, the airfield where it's fun to watch the small planes, cute shops, big box stores, and rt. 75 when you want to head further afield. The house is spacious with several seating areas. It is situated on a small lake, right off the lanai, and it was nice to watch the birds. Also, the surrounding neighbors were extremely quiet! The beds were fine, the kitchen was adequate. The wireless Internet worked fine, but if tv is important to you, you should know that is not HD and gets only basic channels. The manager as well as the owner are very responsive, so you will get their immediate attention if you have any problems.

However: The house is gloomy. It gets very little sunlight and you need lamps on throughout the day. The furnishings and decor are older and very dated. The livingroom rug is filthy and torn.

The bbq grill works well but is too small to cook for more than 4 people at a time and was filthy when we arrived.

There is a screened room off the lanai. It is dark and gloomy even on the brightest days. When it rains hard, the floor of the room floods. The owner acknowledged the problem. Unfortunately, the only way to access the lanai is through that room, so after a night of rain we had to step through a huge 1/4” deep puddle to get into or off of the lanai. That probably also explains the slight musty smell in that room. It took me quite a while to mop up the water, which is not how I wanted to spend my vacation time.

The biggest disappointment was the furniture in the lanai area. Cheap, filthy, resin. Nothing I would be willing to sit on both because of the embedded dirt and because it would be uncomfortable. We covered the filthy table with a plastic tablecloth, and brought out some of the decent upright chairs that were in the screened room, but there was nothing comfortable to lounge on by the pool, and that cut into our enjoyment of the lanai considerably.

To be fair, I will say that the rent was at least 25% cheaper than other homes we've rented that were much nicer. You get what you pay for.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very disappointed to learn how unhappy these guests were. That said, we are working to resolve those issues they mention in their review as quickly as possible as our ultimate goal is the complete satisfaction of our guests.
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great vacation home

  • 4 of 5

we really enjoyed the room and the location, it was very relaxed atmosphere ,clean

has everything you need, would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Van Clief Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house was awesome, beautiful home, very comfortable, loved everything about it. We stayed 7 nights and wish it could have been 14.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding Vacation Property!

  • 5 of 5

The Van Clief vacation home provided a perfect spring getaway for me and my wife from our home in upstate New York. This Venice property is characterized by exquisite and tasteful décor in each of its distinctive living room, kitchen and sitting areas. The Florida room overlooks a backyard lagoon, where several waterfowl could be seen sunning on the dock or strolling over the lawn. Poolside was a favorite spot after sunning and swimming at one of the spectacular Gulf beaches located throughout the Venice area. As an avid cyclist, I was able to take advantage of the innumerable trails, including the Venetian Waterway Park and the Legacy Trail.

We will most definitely plan a return visit to the Van Clief Vacation Home in the near future and will look forward to once again enjoying the spectacular amenities that the owners have thoughtfully provided for their guests.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25.38 Miles
Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.82 Miles
The British Open Pub
Nearest Golf
6.38 Miles
Waterford Golf Club
Nearest Train
76.48 Miles
Tampa, Florida
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 75
Nearest Restaurant
4.03 Miles
The Sand Trap
Nearest Beach
4.2 Miles
Venice Beach
Car: necessary

On any given weekend you can go bargain hunting at a plethora of yard/garage sales, or even the Dome Flea Market. Prefer live theatre, check out our very own award winning Venice Theatre, presenting live theatrical productions for every theatrical appetite. You'll definitely want to check out the shops and restaurants on Venice Island as well. While here, be sure to check out Shamrock Park as well.


Rates & Availability

Venice House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

from $700 to $850/week
Peak Season is defined as that period during which travel to Florida is at its greatest. Please note that there is a $200.00 refundable damage deposit that is returned within 30 days of your departure assuming no damages beyond normal wear and tear.
Off Peak Season is defined as that period during which tourist and vacation traffic tends to tail off.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.