About this listing
Beautiful queen suite with private bathroom in quiet, clean, modern home. Great healthy breakfasts (see references). Pool overlooking lake and conservation area. Laundry, wifi, parking etc. Hosts are experts on West Florida. Speak some French.
This suite has a high-quality queen bed (60 x 80 inches or 152.4 cm, 203.2 cm). It is a large, light, (non-smoking) suite in a very peaceful setting, with pool, lake and full breakfasts, wifi, extended cable television and en-suite bathroom (shower).
The bed in this suite is a queen size, with a new high-quality mattress. There is a small couch which can become a sleeper couch, and new desk. The suite is separated from the rest of the house by a small foyer and is quiet and private.
The area is very peaceful, next to a small lake, with pool, guest lounge and dining room, and beautiful patio ("lanai"). Breakfast, tea and coffee are always available, and the wifi is fast and highly reliable.
A second, large king suite is available.
This suite is very private, but guests often relax in the downstairs lounge or outside. The couch turns into a small sleeper if an extra person sleeps in the room. There is extended cable, including many sports channels and HBO. The TV set is new.
There is a well-equipped laundry room with washer and dryer, washing powder etc.
Guests often use the main kitchen. Breakfast is included. Sometimes they make their own breakfasts, and sometimes they like us to cook for them - it's always a comfortable arrangement. Our medical guests often have special needs and we accommodate these happily.
The house is in pristine condition and the area is quiet. There are restaurants, a coffee bar, pharmacy, post office etc and other stores with easy walking distance, and there is a bus close by, but one really needs a car in Tampa Bay. Public transit is not great. There are several malls "close by" in Tampa Bay terms - i.e. a 10 - 15 minute drive.
We believe that this accommodation is best suited to adults, or older teens, and probably suits business, medical, academic, and international visitors, golfers, university parents, new students going to college etc.
The house is relatively close to USF and to many major medical centers like Moffitt and close to the I75-Bruce B Downs off-ramp.
We have met with the Lodging Committee at Moffitt and are trying to build more community connections between medical facilities and our diverse communities, to support American and International visitors to Tampa Bay.
We're also experts on Tampa Bay business (and international business) and are both deeply involved in volunteer economic development work. We have extensive experience of international visitors, and love to share our the region with them..
We train cultural fluency and soft landings for international trade, and have multiple contacts in the business worlds of the area. This knowledge can be useful to visitors and we share it freely.
Pool, Laundry, Kitchen, Guest Lounge and Dining Room, Lanai next to Pool.
Interaction with Guests
As much as they like or need.
Upmarket neighborhood. Very nice. Please swim quietly after 8 pm.
We have maps, brochures and a website of places to go. We have a spare GPS and can make many recommendations.
Please n smoking in the house. Smoking okay outside, e.g. by the pool. Please ask for ashtrays.
Please help yourself to tea, coffee, etc during the day or ask if you need anything. We offer a beer or wine in the evening.
Hilton is the expert on all the TV things. He will help out if you can't find the program you want.
Please just ask if you need anything for laundry. All the detergents etc are there, but if you need advice about which program is best to use etc, just let Glynis know.
Each bathroom has a closet with extra towels, linens etc. When your towels need replacing, just put them on the basket outside the laundry room and take new ones from your bathroom closet.
Please let Glynis know if you need pool towels. We also have beach umbrellas.
Please park outside the single garage door.
There will be bottled water, glasses etc in your suite and suppliers in the bathroom. There are laundry supplies in the laundry. If you need more or more soaps, toiletries etc, please just say so.
About the Host, Hilton
Hilton and Glynis were born in South Africa, have traveled six continents, and love Tampa Bay. Hilton retired from law when we came to the US and helps Glynis with her training company.
Our sons have grown up, and their suites are empty so we began by welcoming international students and found that we enjoyed this. We also hosted Moffitt patients and visitors after Glynis' father passed away from cancer.
We heard about Airbnb/Crashpadders from the Irish Chamber of Commerce. We saw a way to share local knowledge with visitors. We can help visitors to Tampa Bay to understand the regional business community and economy, and to make business contacts, and we are experts on how to enjoy Tampa Bay.
We still host cancer patients with minimal immune challenges (and we clean things ourselves to meet the requirements). We hope to interest others in the International Community in opening their homes to international business people, and to those visiting medical and academic/educational centers in the region (Moffitt, CAMLs etc.)