About This Listing
Our 4 BR pool home sleeps 10 and is a great location for family gatherings or a Florida vacation and is about an hour from Clearwater Beach and Disney. Nearby are bike trails, basketball, tennis, golf and many restaurants and shopping.
Tastefully decorated yet comfortable including fully equipped kitchen, HDTV, wi-fi, cable, Apple TV, Netflix, ceiling fans throughout, 5 adult bikes, sports gear, treadmill, solar heated pool with safety fence, nearby parks, tennis, racquetball, bike trails, basketball, river access, canoeing, movie theater, many restaurants and shopping. There are several golf courses nearby. We are about 45 minutes from world class Clearwater area beaches and 1.5 hrs. from Disney World, Seaworld, Legoland, Universal Studios & Harry Potter, MGM, etc. The Tampa/St Petersburg area offers fine and casual dining, Busch Gardens, major league sports including baseball spring training (New York Yankees and others), NFL (Bucaneers) , NHL (Lightning) , MLB (Rays), a major performing arts center, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, new Salvidor Dali Museum, a major university (University of South Florida), and extensive shopping. Within a short drive are Tarpon Springs, Sarasota and Lakeland. There are numerous city and state parks within an easy drive. Nearby is excellent deep sea, surf, and fresh water fishing. Several cruise lines depart from Tampa.
Note: Three bedrooms have real beds (king in master, queen in another bedroom and full in another) while fourth bedroom and great room have comfortable pull out sofas. Several inflatables are also available. There is a portable humidifier if needed.
At Compton Park (private park for residents--a one minute walk from our home) our guests have access to basketball courts, tennis courts, heated Olympic size swimming pool, children's playground, softball field, and soccer field.
Interaction with Guests
We interact a few times prior to guests' arrival to share information on the area and determine if they have any special requests in terms of bedding, types of restaurants, preferred shopping, etc. We're available via email, phone and text in case guests need to get in touch with us for any reason.
We love how open our home is and having the heated pool a few steps out our back door. We use the bike/hiking trails that run near our home almost every day. We also enjoy the restaurants, malls, and movie theatre close by.
There is limited public transportation in Tampa so renting a car is recommended.
Other Things to Note
We have wonderful neighbors who are most willing to lend a hand if guests need assistance.
No smoking inside please. We prefer no pets. Since we have a swimming pool, we require guests to sign a standard waiver of liability. We ask that you treat our home as your own.
We really loved staying at Bill and Ivonne's home. My family thought this was the best experience ever -- with a large gracious beautiful home outfitted with everything you need to cook, swim in the pool, even just watching TV and relaxing with family! We had a great back-and-forth connection with Bill via email and by text when we needed something during our stay, and Bill's directions were thorough and clear and made everything easy. There are lots of places to walk and bike around the neighborhood including a local park with Olympic size pool and tennis courts that you can use. New Tampa is east of downtown by maybe a 20 minute drive but the neighborhood is close to all the freeway access you need and yet quiet, lots of beautiful plantings and the grass, and easy to get around.
We were very happy with the house, which was exactly as it appeared in the listing. More importantly were the hosts who could not have been more accommodating and helpful with information about the house and the area. They had everything on hand that we needed or wanted to prepare meals, swim and enjoy the pool, and relax in their beautiful home. Wonderful hosts and a beautiful and comfortable family-style home. Thank you!
We enjoyed staying at the Blanks home. The pool area was very secure with the locked doors and the child safety gate. The neighborhood was a good neighborhood, with a close proximity to stores. Bill was available to answer any questions we had, before and during our stay.
The house was all that may be expected and even more. Everything a family can expect was available, plenty of space, comfortable rooms and beds. Having access to tennis court almost next door through the owners membership was a nice bonus.
The owners preparation before our arrival, including information about the house, the neighborhood and the area in general was helpful.
Bill and Ivonne made our stay a wonderful experience to an unforgettable occasion: our daughter's wedding! They communicated with us early and gave us full details about the house, the neighborhood, and activities in the surrounding area. Not only the house was spotless upon our arrival, but it had all the utensils, appliances, linen, etc. that we needed, and much more. They even set up five adult bicycles for us to use. The house is beautiful, very comfortable and located in a very convenient and quiet neighborhood. This experience was the best we've ever had in temporary rental, and we've done this a lot. We can't thank and recommend Bill and Ivonne enough!
I am always pleased when the experience exceeds the expectation. Bill and Ivonne provided exactly that. Their home is located in a peaceful and beautiful upscale neighborhood. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen well appointed and the pool was just fantastic. The owners provided us with information on restaurants, shopping and area attractions. We also had clear instructions for each feature in the house. The real test of a host is when there is a problem. One day the cable and Internet went out after a storm. I emailed Bill and he had the cable company call me within minutes and service was restored soon after. In summary, we hated to leave at the end of our week.
About the Host, Bill & Ivonne
We're a retired couple living in Tampa Florida. We visit our sons in CO and CA often and travel for pleasure quite a bit in the U.S. and internationally so our home is available many dates throughout the year.
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