About this listing
Huge king-bed suite. Own-floor private. En-suite bathroom. Great breakfasts, spotlessly clean, pool overlooking lake and conservation, wifi. Hosts are experts on Florida West Coast region. Laundry, parking, guest lounge & dining room.
Some non-Floridians wonder about the "cages" around Floridan pools. They are mosquito netting.
This huge suite takes up the whole upstairs floor of a large quiet house. It is about 400 sq. ft, light, with cathedral ceiling, king-size bed, a couch that turns into a double-bed futon, desk, fridge and an newly renovated en-suite bathroom (tub and shower). It has its built-in own air-conditioning system, wifi and plug in internet too.
Guests have access to a guest lounge, dining room and large patio (lanai) next to a peaceful lake, with pool, overlooking a nature conservation area with many wild birds, and occasional deer.
Full breakfast, tea and coffee is always available, and the wifi is fast and highly reliable. There is extended cable, including many sports channels and HBO. The TV set is new and has BBC World, HBO etc.
A second, queen suite is available for larger groups.
There is a well-equipped laundry room with washer and dryer, washing powder etc.
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.
King suite, kitchen, laundry, guest lounge, guest dining room, patio, swimming pool.
Interaction with Guests
Variable. We usually provide advice and material about where to go and what to see. We often chat with guests at length and enjoy their stories. In some cases, we assist with many things - banks, lawyers, hospitals, doctors, laundry, cooking etc. Different guests have different needs. Glynis has helped nursed medical guests, dressed and undressed them... or some guests have come and gone and we have hardly seen them.
Tampa Palms is amazing. People love the peace and green quietness, yet we are a few minutes from the Interstate. The history, ecology, entertainment and myriad "things to see and do" always catch people by surprise - there are weeks of activity here. We maintain a website of some things to do on Glynis (website hidden)e.
Basically you want a car in Tampa Bay. Public transport is getting better but is not good.
Other Things to Note
We have things like beach umbrellas, a spare GPS, and hundreds of ways of connecting business, academic, medical people. Ask. (We can't read your mind.) We're problem solvers :)
No smoking, or please smoke outside and empty the ashtray.
You are welcome to use the kitchen as you like but please tidy afterwards.
Hilton is the expert on all the TV things. He will help out if you want to find the right channel..
Guest will be given network and passwork to the wifi network on arrival.
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 etc, just let me 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.
Please park outside the single garage door or towards that side of the three garages.
There will be bottled water, glasses etc in your suite. If you need more or more soaps, toiletries etc, please just say so.
Es waren 3 super Tage, wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt. Die beiden tun wirklich alles, damit man sich heimisch fühlt und ein wenig am Alltag in einer amerikanischen Vortsadt "schnuppern" darf. Sie tun auch weitaus mehr für ihre Gäste, als es vorgesehen ist, z.B. jeden Morgen ein gedeckter Frühstückstisch mit frischem Fruchtsalat und Croissants. Allen in allem: perfekt und dringend zu empfehlen! Danke für alles!
Our stay with Glynis and Hilton was comfortable and peaceful. We felt like it was our parents' homes. Serving delicious breakfast makes the experience unique. They have a clean house with a nice backyard. We hope to get back one day. Highly recommended.
Hilton and Glynis were amazing. Hosting is something they clearly take pride in and are very good at. I arrived late on the first night, but they were both ready to welcome and make me feel like I was at home.
In addition to the beautiful house, neighborhood and breakfast, I was allowed to catch bass in the lake/pond in their backyard! Truly a great experience with great people.
Hilton and Glynis were the perfect hosts. They were accomodating, friendly and thoughtful.
Their home is absolutely gorgeous and we couldn't have wished for anything more.
This combination made for a perfect stay in Tampa Florida. Thank you!
WOW - It is really hard for me to imagine a better AirBNB experience! Glynis and Hilton go WAY beyond the norm as hosts with their welcoming style and wealth of local information. Great people to talk to. Very spacious room, comfortable bed and nice bath with plenty of hot water. The breakfast was an unexpected surprise!
Our stay with Glynis and Hilton was peaceful, comfortable and fun! They are very friendly and made us feel like home and breakfast was so delicious. They have a gorgeous and clean house. Highly recommended :D
Glynis and Hilton are perfect hosts. They will do anything you want. The Room was very spacious with everything you need. The Breakfast was too much but delicious. There is a Pool for your use. The Wi-Fi was excellent. If we pass by again we will definitely stay again.
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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.)