Our beautiful contemporary home is located in the most desirable area of Sarasota. Easy walking distance to the bay front and many cafes, shopping and fabulous restaurants the area has to offer. The bed is comfy and the coffee is strong!
Entire west wing of house is yours with your own private entrance! The space is large and includes bedroom, bathroom, lanai, and living room. A flat screen is in the lanai, and another tv is in the bedroom. Internet and cable included. The bed, a pillow top Sterns and Foster Queen size, is sure to give you a pleasant nights rest.
The beautiful park-like backyard includes a saltwater Pool with waterfall, and multiple sitting areas.
This is one of the most desirable areas In Sarasota. The neighborhood is close walking distance to downtown, Selby Gardens, and the Marina, and a short 10 minute drive to Lido beach. There are a multitude of shops, restaurants, spas, etc. nearby, and Sarasota has a full season of performing arts, attractions and activities for whatever your taste!
We don't do a breakfast, however, robust coffee and bagels for breakfast are available. There is also a gourmet market, great breakfast house, cafe and bistros just a few blocks away.
We are happy to assist you with a list of our favorite places to eat and things to do and see on your trip to Sarasota!
Access to a beautiful backyard with saltwater pool and multiple sitting areas. Kitchen is not open, except for the morning 8:30-9:30...coffee or bagels are provided if interested. You have access to a microwave, fridge/freezer, and coffee maker included in the rented space.
Interaction with Guests
We live on the other side of the house and are usually available if needed. We have our privacy and give you yours, as much or as little as wanted......
Our neighborhood is the most desirable in Sarasota. The beautiful and varied architecture of the homes, make it an interesting, eclectic place to walk around. The gardens in the neighborhood are beautiful and the close proximity to Selby Gardens, downtown and the Bayfront, make it the perfect place to live.
Easy walk to most cafes, galleries, etc. There is a bus stop just a block away. Parking on the street is allowed. A taxi or bus can be taken from the airport, or if I'm around I can pick you up!
I also have a bike you may borrow.
Other Things to Note
Private entry through a garage side door. Not glamorous, but clean, private and suitable.
Parking allowed on the street in front of house.
no smoking inside, no pets.
We also like to leave our shoes by the door and just go barefoot or wear slippers inside.
This keeps everything nice and clean.
Susan was busy with an art show for this weekend so her husband Lenny was doing the hosting. He served us breakfast every morning of Bagel, Orange Juice, and Coffee at 8:30 AM. The backyard garden is beautiful and tranquil and private with a high fence.
It was nice to have the bedroom, living room, and sun porch in which to relax, and access to a full fridge in the garage, as well as microwave in the room. The neighborhood is peaceful and 15 minute walk to Hillview St. for lots of restaurants. We enjoyed Gecko's and Southside Deli.
The location is very central in Sarasota, and it was easy to get to the sights, eg Sat. Farmer's Market, and Ringling Art Museum. We enjoyed our homey stay.
We have previously had very good experiences using B&B accommodation in NZ, Australia & Europe and chose this one based on the information provided on the website. Sadly it did not live up to expectations. We were on the whole very disappointed with our stay and felt we had paid considerably more than we should have for what was actually provided.
The entrance to the guest accommodation is through the garage directly into the bedroom. This has been cleverly photographed to appear much nicer than it is. There is a pervading odour of the garage in the bedroom. It really cannot be considered "guest" accommodation, but more a spare room as there is very little storage space and does not have any facilities to make a hot drink.
Breakfast was very poor. At 8.30 precisely whether we were ready or not a cup of coffee and a single bagel with cream cheese were served every day! Towards the end of our week stay we were asked by Lenny to let him know if we needed any thing, we felt this was a token gesture as up until this point interaction with our hosts had been minimal. The situation was uncomfortable and embarrassing from our point of view as it was after we had overheard a heated discussion about the review left by the previous guest, who had made similar comments. It was clear from this conversation that our hostess was not willing to take on board any criticism so we felt to make any request was a pointless exercise. There was little or no information about the area or places to visit or eat etc.
If you invite a paying guest into your home the onus is surely on the host to ensure that the guest has what they need not the reverse.
In the end we couldn't wait to leave!
So sorry and surprised you had such an unpleasant experience. Never would have known as It was never expressed during your stay. We try our best to please our guests, but it is a room on our house, as stated. we don't povide a full breakfast
( also stated in the description )....many airBnb have none! I think you must have missed the folder on the desk with many brochures and maps. pictures are accurate, I don't do photoshop.
Susan and Lenny were very welcoming and helpful. Lenny drew me a map of the immediate neighborhood and got the DVD player to work for me. Susan provided information about nearby supermarkets and the laundromat. The location was good but downtown and commercial areas were not really within comfortable walking distance.
Sitting outside in the garden in the sun was the highlight of the accommdation. The living room and sunroom were spacious and clean. The bathroom was fine. The bedroom was the place for improvement. There were too many cluttering furnishings around the walls not intended for guest use. I was able to use the fridge in the garage. There was a small microwave, but my food items had to perch atop the stereo equipment. There was no hot plate (not that one was advertized, but since I was staying for two weeks, I did not plan to eat out so often). The bedroom was generally clean but some surfaces (window sill, bed headboard) were dusty. A more thorough clean and a clear-out of stored furniture would improve the unit. Finally the internet connection was sporadic and was never consistent but Lenny and Susan did try to fix that.
Our internet is now back in full mode....Verizon finally figured out the problem....sorry for that. We do have a hot plate available ( but not usually in use with the space ) if you had mentioned it while you were here, we could have provided it for you. We are always happy to accomadiate the needs of ours guests, please let us know those needs!
The bed is extremely comfortable and the location is very quiet – perhaps I should leave it at that.
But I do think it is fair to report to others the reality of what is provided. The bedroom is actually Lenny’s den – fully equipped with elaborate and probably expensive stereo equipment – this leaves precious little space for your own stuff (although you could spread out into the lounge, but that seems like a recipe for stuff getting forgotten). The bedroom/den is connected directly to the garage which is full of more stuff – the waft of wood shavings and lawn mower is not entirely desirable in a bedroom.
There is a microwave, but no coffee maker, no cups/mugs and no drinking glasses – the fridge is in the garage
The somewhat spurious statement that ‘A Gourmet international foodie lives here’ has no bearing on what was an extremely meagre breakfast – a single bagel OR cereal (but milk was in short supply!)
The location is great – a very quiet neighbourhood and easy walking distance to restaurants on Hillview, or even downtown Sarasota.
We had a coffee maker provided, and took it when you requested to have your own blender. Never met you....only your wife. We make every effort to accommodate our guests if communication is made. We also provide drinking glasses etc. whatever requested....again, it takes a bit of communication....we are always here to accomadiate your needs.
We enjoyed out stay in Sarasota in large part due to the convenient location of this B&B and the hospitality of our hosts who provided clean and comfortable accommodations plus a unique perspective on the city. Our space was private yet our hosts, Su and Len, were always accessible and willing to provide information and recommendations when requested. Very nice people, lovely home, beautiful neighborhood.
Had a very nice stay with Susan & Lenny. The house is clean, comfortable & almost feels like staying in an art gallery. So many fun things to look at! We didn't have time to enjoy the backyard & gardens, but they looked beautiful! Would definitely stay again.
Susan stayed up late to let me in and was very nice about it. The rooms were just as described, and so was the neighborhood.
I am an artist,doing shows and exhibitions in Florida and around the country. I love getting out in nature, biking, hiking, swimming and exploring. Life is an adventure, my passion is to explore and enjoy the journey.
I like to meet new people and get into a great exchange of ideas and inspirations. Art is my passion and I am lucky enough to make a living doing what I love. I now wish to travel more and continue to grow and expand my world and horizons.