About this listing
Our home sits on 1 acre of property conveniently located across from 3 BEAUTIFUL county parks.
We are 3 miles from Pinellas County Gulf Beaches.
Lived and worked out of our home for over 40 years and would be able to facilitate your travels.
LIVE LIKE THE LOCALS......
We have access to so many amenities with in WALKING DISTANCE or ride our bikes to Botanical Gardens and Heritage Village. The view of the park is right out your window.
Our home feels much more spacious than the 2000 square of living space because of the 3 different porches on the property. You will have a large bedroom with cable T.V.,WIFI and full bath.
The smaller bedroom will sleep 2 on over sized twin mattresses. You will have your own full bath with the smaller bedroom too. You may also have access to the outdoor shower.
We have 3 total separate listing on the property
We are ITALIAN, cooking #1 in our home. We eat all homemade, fresh food everyday. I make pasta's, soups, salads etc....everyday...no one goes hungry here. Meals will be posted ala-carte depending on your schedule...working vacations etc...
Interaction with Guests
Whether you're a coffee or tea drinker our pantry will always be stocked.
We will have bikes, beach towels, beach chairs, bag packs, umbrellas etc
This location is beautiful. Very relaxing.
Highly suggest you have your own transportation. Many of guests have downloaded the UBER APP. for quick, low costs transportation. Pinellas County is not a transit town. Tampa International Airport is 20 miles from our home. You can always priceline a deal for a car.
Disney World is approximately 95 miles from our home.
Other Things to Note
3 miles from Gulf Beaches strip, we are located in the middle Indian Rocks Beach
No small children
Right from the very first moment Karen and Pete made me feel completely welcome and truly "at home" ! My room was spacious and the bed was quite comfortable. At night it was very dark and there was no noise so I slept well. In the morning Karen made these absolutely fantastic frittata's which I had never had before and absolutely loved ! During the day we had a few occasions to share some wonderful conversations - it all just honestly felt like home. Most of all I just felt so peaceful and welcome during my stay - my stay truly could not have been more perfect !
excelente la atención de nuestros anfitriones karen y su esposo pete, todo lo ofrecido fue verdad., me sentí junto con mi familia como en casa de nuestros padres. las instalaciones son excelentes,bonitas y limpias.
la comunidad muy tranquila y las vías de acceso a los diferentes sitios son de distancias cortas, el recorrido hacia las playas es de solo 10 minutos y de fácil paqueo.
La comida preparada por Karen es deliciosa y en todo momento desea que el huésped se encuentre siempre como en casa.
Gracias por tus amables y sinceros comentarios. Fue un placer el haber podido tenerte a tu familia y a ti como huespedes en nuestro hogar. Nos alegra saber que pudieron disfrutar y pasaron bien. Gracias otra vez, esperamos poder verlos en otra ocasion. Cuidensen, Pete y Karen.
My 24 y.o. daughter and I stayed with Karen for 3 nights while in FL visiting my mom at her assisted living facility. This was our 1st air bnb experience, and we LOVED it. Honestly, we cannot say enough great things: great hosts, great location, cool and welcoming house. We felt like part of the family! Karen is a fantastic cook, so we'd encourage everyone to let her feed you! Karen's husband Pete will get you the best doughnuts you'll ever eat. Karen and Pete are longtime FL residents and very knowledgeable. We are so grateful for their help and hospitality, and we will be back.
Karen IS A Superhost! ; ) Really, Karen is a tremendous host, provides everything you need/want, and goes out of her way to check up on/in with you. She is super considerate, responsive, and communicative. Those are the best aspects of any great host! I also love how real she is... that is something I appreciate in people as a whole and it is a treasure to find in a host! We saw her husband a few times, who was crazy considerate as well and friendly/welcoming. Hey, what more can you ask for?! Nothing! But, to top it off, everything was perfect/fantastic! The place and property are gorgeous and, although the pictures are fully lovely, I don't feel they quite do it justice as once you get to the property you can feel and see how special this property is. We stayed in the apartment above the garage and let me just say it is super sweet. Bright and plentiful windows on every side of the apartment lets tons of light/sunshine in. Waking up opening the doors to the unit onto the backyard made me feel I was in the Caribbean with its truly tropical feel and picturesque grounds. We apparently also hit an early Summer in the area in terms of temperatures, so that helped make the entire area feel Caribbean! The apartment was immaculate and I am a stickler about cleanliness having what I consider OCD tendencies! So, if I say it, it is so. ; ) The bed was SO COMFORTABLE and I got a great sleep every night. The leather couch with its recliner is CUSHIONY and you just want to stay there all day! This is an apartment anyone would want to live in. Spacious, light-filled, beautiful. Just a side note, I stayed here with my four year old daughter who absolutely loved it as much as I did! She also loved Karen as well! Not to throw anyone for a loop, because this should not deter you at all, but the bed is high. So, if your child is as wild as mine in her sleep, here is what I did... I solved this easily by throwing the extra pillows that were in the bedroom closet on one side of the bed, me acting as barrier on the other! ; ) Now, that may not be an issue for anyone else, but in case you have a situation like mine I wanted to offer this little tip! ; ) Karen provides all necessities, plenty of niceties (as mentioned by others), and the unit including kitchen is more than fully stocked/equipped. And, OH, that outdoor shower!!! I only got to use it once since other days we showered inside the unit or at a family's hotel room on St. Pete Beach, but oh how I wished I could have showered here every day. I ADORE/LOVE outdoor showers in tropical environments and Karen's is super lovely. Do not miss it if you like that sort of...
wow Lisa, thanks for the wonderful review! When your ready to NOT be a "Jersey" girl you 2 come live with us in the main house. You can shower outside everyday. Really, we have KW Realtors here too. You would clean up down here girl....You 2 take good care, Pete n Karen
This listing was so much more than the description provided on AirBnB. Karen & Pete are consumate hosts, and the epitome of what makes AirBnb so special.
I came as a guest and left feeling like I was one of the family. Karen was so concerned that I wasn't getting enough food, and she would text me frequently with what she was preparing. I always knew what to expect.
I am already planning next years trip and anxious to take my family, just so they will have the ability to meet Karen & Pete.
Negatives don't exist with this listing. If there was a downside, it would be that this property books very quickly. So if you are interested, book it immediately or it will be unavailable.
You were like one of the family, coastguard and all...We are looking forward to your return and meeting your family. Don't wait 45 years this time! If we are in your neck of the woods we will be sure to visit your beautiful Airbnb Carriage House listing as well. Safe travels Lee
If you're staying in St. Petersburg and one of Karen's units is available you are definitely going to want to stay with her. I know there are a lot of nice B and B's in Tampa/St. Petersburg, but this one is a real gem. Karen is a very talented host, and natural to that role. You'll be very comfortable with her. She is able to balance generosity and attentiveness with a graceful respect for your plans or privacy. She has great taste, she's a very accomplished chef/cook/baker, and has a keen eye for details. We stayed in the upstairs unit of the building on the right in the photo. That unit is a beauty. It's a very breezy, open space, and the kitchen is set up skillfully. When you first see the unit you'll have that "Oh, yeah!" reaction that people get when their expectations are exceeded.
Just up the street from the cottage is an entrance to a lovely park. We borrowed Karen's bikes and, after a short, pleasant ride, we were in the botanical garden, one of St. Pete's best kept secrets. If you like that sort of thing DO NOT MISS THAT GARDEN. Karen also lent us beach chairs and accouterments and gave great advice regarding the use of our time in our short visit. I wish we'd had more time to spend with Karen and that we'd made time for one of her dinners. If we have the chance to return we'll certainly do that. Between the lunch she provided upon our arrival and the desserts she left for us on our last night it was clear that you will not eat better in St. Petersburg than at Karen's Kitchen. We recommend staying with Karen very highly. You'll have a wonderful visit, I can assure you.
We felt very comfortable for our stay. We enjoyed the bikes, we
Used beach chairs made available to us, we had a pasta dinner Karen made that was very good. The apartment was beautiful and very spacious.
Anything we needed Karen made available. Overall we had a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
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About the Host, Karen
I love to cook for my friends n family. I love to garden. My husband and I have traveled all over the world. Our favorite place is Italy from Sorrento to Mola di Bari. I also work part time for an Italian family from Italy.
We have always worked from home. My husband a contractor and my self a decorator.
Our children are grown and coupled up. Only 2 grandchildren. Loads of family in the area. We have used airbnb when traveling and have had wonderful experiences and know yours will be as well.