Excellent

18 reviews

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Overview

Bedrooms:
5
Bathrooms:
4
Sleeps:
6
Type:
House
Pets allowed:
Yes
Wi-Fi available:
No

Description from owner

TripAdvisor Property ID: 4904522

About the area

The neighborhood is nice and peaceful. The location is excellent. It is only 15 miles from Tampa International Airport and usually there is no traffic. It takes about 22min driving accross the bridge from Tampa to our house. Clearwater beach is very beautiful, one of the most visited beaches in the US. This beach is also a top destination during Spring Break. From our house to the beach it is about 12miles or 20min by car. There is a public busstop right in front of our house, but I can't give you any advise on the use of the bus system. If you rent a car, there is a parking spot on our driveway.

Owner profile

Ellen N.
Years listed:
2

Languages spoken: English

Amenities

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly

Appliances

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fax machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine

Activities

  • Bikes
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (18)

Excellent – based on 18 reviews Excellent
18 reviews

“Great stay, great host”

Reviewed 20 Apr 2016

Ellen was wonderful, her home beautiful, accommodations were comfortable and just what we needed! Ellen was helpful with suggestions for beaches and offered discounts for area attractions.

Owner's reply: Janelle, thanks for the review. I am so pleased to read you enjoyed your stay at our home. Please come back and stay with us anytime you are in the Clearwater area. We would love to host for you again. Ellen

“Beautiful Home and Great Host”

Reviewed 28 Dec 2015

My brother, his fiancee and I had a really nice stay at the Nelissens' lovely home! Ellen was so friendly and helpful, giving us great tips on where to go, and sharing their family's state park pass to help us save money. We especially enjoyed Fred Howard Park, which has a very pretty beach with lots of space, clean calm water, and great sunset view. The apartment was spacious, clean, bright, and well-furnished with everything we needed. I felt comfortable using their kitchen to cook breakfast in the morning. My brother and his fiancee got engaged on our trip(!), and staying at such a nice place certainly helped set the stage! Thank you, Ellen and family, for opening your home to us!

Owner's reply: We are so happy to read your wonderful review. We enjoyed meeting you all and we hope you come back and visit in the near future again. Thanks for being such respectful guests. You now have a family and home in Clearwater FL that welcomes you with open arms.

“Wonderful Experience & Highly Recommend”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2015

My family and I had a wonderful experience staying in the Mother-in-Law Suite at Ellen's house. My mother, my two children, and I had an amazing time! The suite was very clean and cozy. We had everything that we needed. Ellen is such a warm and welcoming person and was very accommodating. During our stay we went on a private boat tour. We saw dolphins swimming and playing in the ocean, right next to the boat! We went to a private island that you can only get to by boat, found sand dollars, and went tubing. It doesn't get any better than that! It was a stress-free, fun-filled experience and we can't wait to go back! We had no idea where to go for dinner or what beaches to go to. Ellen made wonderful suggestions and because of her knowledge and direction, we were able to have so many perfect memorable and amazing experiences. I was a little uneasy about having my two children (age 6 and 6 months) in someone else's house. I wasn't sure if they would allow children. Not only were the children welcomed with open arms, but Ellen had a crib and jumper for my daughter to use. She even had rubber duckies for her to play with during bath time. My son had a great time with her daughter and fell in love with their two dogs. We were having such a great time that we were checking/comparing available dates to come back, and we hadn't even left yet! We had a great time and feel as though Ellen and her family are our extended family. We miss them already! We will never stay anywhere else when we go to Florida! If you are looking for a cozy, welcoming, and beautiful place to stay... STAY HERE!!! Make sure you take a boat tour as well! You won't regret it! It was much better than staying at a hotel. We can't wait to go back and stay again!!! Give Ellen bunches of hugs from us!!

Owner's reply: Alisha and family. thanks for the lovely review. It makes us so happy when our guests feel at home. Please come visit again anytime in the future. You now have a home you can call home anytime. We would love to have you or any friends and family you send our way. See you soon again, Ellen and family.

“Perfect in every way”

Reviewed 5 May 2015

If you see this place and it is available for the dates you want, reserve it. You will not be disappointed. Do not let the fact that there is not a private entrance affect you, it is a non-issue. My wife, who was a little concerned, felt at home the very 1st day. Ellen and the whole family, pets included are wonderful hosts. Jim

Owner's reply: Thanks for the lovely review. We are so glad you stayed with us. It was a pleasure to have you both. Please come back and stay with us whenever in the Tampa Bay area. We would love to have you anytime. You now have a home in Clearwater that welcomes you with open arms. Until next time ;-))

“Home away from home”

Reviewed 2 Apr 2015

When Ellen greets you with her gentle smile and the words, "please enjoy your stay as though it is like home". It is genuinely meant. One could not stay at a more beautifully decorated, sparkling clean, comfortable, and thoughtful amenities place. From the king size bed to the marble jacuzzi bath, enormous shower big screen tv, wifi, comfortable sofa to the delightful "backyard", which seems like the length of a quarter of a football field, with its swimming pool, hot tub, and hammock, Ellen's home easily becomes your comfortable home away from home. Whatever your needs, they are quickly met. Ellen's family is respectful and their two beagles the best behaved lovable dogs in Clearwater. With Safety Harbor close by , March for Phillies Clear, at Bright House Stadium, to boating and the Clearwater beach, our days were filled We spent a month at Oak Ridge Ct. and heartily recommend for others to take advantage of this lovely "home away from home".

Owner's reply: Dear Pat and Allen, thanks so much for being such wonderful guests. We really enjoyed your stay with us during the month March. It always makes us happy when we get to read our 5-star reviews after a stay at our house. Thanks again and please come back and visit anytime you are in the Clearwater area.

“Perfect Match!”

Reviewed 14 Oct 2014

Perfect experience with both location and comfort level of property amenities. Ellen was understanding of our needs and available when needed. Privacy was not an issue, the home and the family are very inviting. We plan on always staying at this property if its available.

Owner's reply: Thanks for the lovely review. It always pleases me to read a great review. We work hard to make our guests feel at home away, comfortable, allow privacy and a great and affordable experience. We would love to see you come back and stay with us whenever you are in the Tampa Bay Area. You have a home and family that welcomes you anytime.

“Great Place to stay!”

Reviewed 5 Oct 2014

The Mother N Law Suite was a fantastic room with all the Amenities!! The bed was very very comfortable, nice size flat screen TV with DVD Player & a huge asst of movies for Adults & Children. The Owners of this Beautiful home couldn't of been more helpful & kind. They went out of there way to make your visit a nice stay w/o any stresses & were very informative on places to go in Clearwater & Safety Harbor, Fl.!! They never come upstairs to bother you in anyway unless you call them! I had a great stay there and would recommend it to anyone. I esp. enjoyed the Jacuzzi in the bathroom. Very comforting to my tired & aching muscles from my Fibromyalgia and Osteoathritis, so just really loved that! GREAT PLACE TO STAY and close to everything!! Thanks so much..,

Owner's reply: Susan, Thanks for the lovely review. We are always very happy when our guests enjoy their stay in our home. We enjoyed meeting you and hope you come back and visit again. You now have a home and family in Clearwater that welcomes you anytime. Hopefully see you soon, Ellen

“Beautiful and Helpful Personable Experience”

Reviewed 13 Oct 2013

We will highly recommend this personable guest experience to any family of four, or less, or any respectful couple. Mrs. Ellen and her family opened up there home in our desparate time of need. Not really wanting to stay in a hotel while we searched the area for a place to live, Mrs. Ellen not only offered her lovely home to us, but she recommended certain areas and schools that we needed to know about to help us with our relocation. Regretfully, we were unable to enjoy their sparkling pool or outdoor heated spa due to the fact we were searching for our new home from dawn to dusk. The room accommodations were top notch and so comfortable especially after being in the car all day. The space, walk in shower, and jacuzzi tub added the icing on the cake. If you are looking for the nicest alternative from a hotel for a more than reasonable price, then this mother in law suite is your choice for an unforgettable and personable experience. We want to go back and hire them to take us out on their boat excursions! Please always treat this family...our Earth angels...right and respectfully, for this is their home and not a hotel.

Owner's reply: Thank you for being very respectful and wonderful guests. We loved having you and we are so happy we were able to help out with your search of a home. I am so glad I was able to be the help I wished I would have had when we moved here. Hope you find a safe and wonderful home to move to. Please send any friends or family in need of a wonderful vacation rental in the Clearwater area our way. We will welcome them. Glad you had a nice experience at our house as so did we having you as guests.

“As close as staying at home away from home”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2013

We stayed for a week and they made our stay awesome. Our teenagers niece and nephew, my wife and I enjoyed our stay very much with Ellen, Hugo and their summer busy daughters. We had a very late arrival and Ellen was very pleasant greeting us at the door. The room is very clean with VERY comfortable beds, 3 of them in our case. 1 king, 1 queen and a single; all of them with clean linens, pillows and covers. The A/C unit was quiet and made the room very comfortable. The bathroom was very clean and towels/basic toiletries were provided. Ellen has trained her dogs very well, they never go into your room, jump all over you, lick you to death or bother you in any way. We are dog people and enjoyed their subtle begging for attention, they come a few feet away and drop on their sides asking for a belly rub. I am mildly allergic to cats and as clean as they keep their house it was not even an issue, allergies never bothered me. We regret not having had time to use their kitchen, grill or even the pool as we were very busy during our stay doing all kinds of activities, however their house was always very neat, clean, and inviting. In a more relaxing vacation you can see how their patio/pool area would be the perfect hang out. One of the room's window oversees the pool area, the other faces the street with beautiful landscapes. Heavy curtains are installed for late morning starts. The pictures she has online depict the house's current conditions, the pool is always clean and ready for you to jump in. The house is simply beautiful and CLEAN! The room has a flat screen and what appeared to be hundreds of movies are available for borrowing. Whenever we asked for suggestions (which was all the time! :-) ), their suggestions were awesome. We will never forget the places we discovered thanks to them. Two of their restaurant suggestions stand out like a must visit again when in town are Lenny's for Breakfast and Palm Pavilion in Clearwater Beach at sunset. We also took advantage of the boat ride they offer and enjoyed lunch in a local's island where there was no one else in sight and got to see some beautiful views of the golf. The beach is not far at all and the drive on Gulf to Bay Blvd is a pleasure. Should you choose to stay at home during your stay there's a comfortable spot for you indoors and outdoors at Ellen's home. La Sra. Ellen tambien habla español y hace de su casa, tu casa. Thanks Ellen, Hugo & Family for making us feel at home.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your beautiful review. We want you to know that we really enjoyed your company as well. We appreciated your kindness and respect. We would love to have you come visit again. Please know that from now on, you have a family and a house in Clearwater that welcomes you anytime!!!

“Perfect rental”

Reviewed 25 Feb 2013

The owners welcomed us into their home...they were very friendly, helpful, and informative during our stay. The bus to Tampa was close, so I could commute to work easily. We enjoyed the accomodations...perfect for our needs. The unit was clean, modern, and nicely decorated. The owners made us feel at home, and we enjoyed talking with them. There was a jacuzzi and swimming pool we could use. It offered all the amenities of a motel, with more privacy. WIFI was available at no charge. We stayed for three weeks in the unit, and would definitely consider renting this unit again...for a longer period of time!

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for the kind words. It was a true pleasure having you in our home. We welcome you both with open arms any time you would like to come "home". Our house is your house and home, so please come back soon. Ellen and the whole family

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