Lovely villa S/W Facing 4bed/3bath sleeps 8

View down the canal and across to the nature reserve.
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5 Reviews

From $155 / night

106 Pine Valley Ln, Rotonda West, FL 33947
Lovely villa S/W Facing 4bed/3bath sleeps 8
4 bedrooms
8 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
Type: Villa
Per night: $155 - $165
Per week: $1,095 - $1,250
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Rotonda West vacation villa rental
This stunning villa in a truly outstanding position, is South West facing overlooking a canal and nature reserve. It is spacious and fully air conditioned and sleeps up to 8 people. There 4 bedrooms including 2 Master Suites(1 king and 1 queen) and 2 twin bedrooms which share a further bathroom. Both masters have their own TV/DVD. There 2 separate lounge areas one of which features a 32 inch TV, DVD, and CD. All TVs in the villa receive numerous channels The other lounge provides a restful spot merely to relax, this room also serves as a dining room for those more formal dining occasions if required. A large fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher provides a more casual dining area. A separate utility room with washer and dryer completes the accommodation.

The villa is ideal for two family groups but equally suitable for smaller parties, which require that extra space, it is furnished throughout to a high standard in traditional Florida style.

The 2 master suites, kitchen and formal dining area give access to the South West facing spacious lanai and extended deck area where the 14ft by 26ft electrically heated swimming pool awaits, (pool heating recommended between November and April at an extra cost).

The pool area is fully equipped with sunbeds, a large table and 8 chairs for alfresco dining, it looks out down the meandering canal and the nature reserve, it should be noted there are no further properties to the right of the villa which adds to the privacy. Being close to the nature reserve ensures a variety of birds including, eagles and herons, regularly fly overhead.

Golf is on your doorstep and you can walk to the Long Marsh Clubhouse in a few minutes.

We have sought to provide every conceivable extra including toys, books, games, pool toys, beach accessories, CD's and DVD's to help you enjoy your vacation. All towels including beach towels and bed linen are included.

Free Telephone Calls throughout the United States and Canada.

We also have 4 Adult Bikes if you feel like some exercise !!

Bring your laptop or Tablet and make free use of our Wireless Broadband Connection.

derek birchenough

Area Information
Pine Valley is located within the Rotonda on the South West coast of Florida in Charlotte County, often referred to as Florida's hidden secret, or the real Florida. It is near the beachside town of Englewood on the Gulf of Mexico. The International Airports of Tampa (1.5 hours) and Fort Myers (1 hour) provide easy access to this area.

Englewood has over 27 miles of white sandy beaches, many of which are almost deserted during the week. With Manasota Key to the North and Boca Grande to the South, our villa is perfectly located 15 to 20 mins drive to these fabulous beaches where pelicans fly overhead and dolphins swim in the sea. Englewood is one of the last parts of the Florida coastline to be discovered and is being developed on strict guidelines. Nearby Port Charlotte caters for all those craving retail therapy with a large Mall, whilst the Outlet Malls of Sarasota are 50 mins drive away.

Rotonda consists of many beautiful homes, which have been built on large lots amidst natural lakes, canals and golf courses. Many Americans and Canadians have made this area their home and you will be staying in a quiet and peaceful residential community. Which is also home to an array of Florida wildlife including pigs, raccoons, bobcats, turtles, alligators and a variety of birds. A nature reserve and conservation area has been maintained in the centre of the Rotonda, where you can get close to 'Real Florida'.

Rotonda West itself offers the following ameinities
32 acre community park
tennis Courts
picnic pavilion with bbq
wildlife & conservation area
miles of cycle paths
walking trails
two tennis courts
childrens' play ground

With stunning beaches, fantastic wildlife, golf, and an array of attractions nearby, surrounded by numerous restaurants and excellent shopping opportunities, our villa is ideally situated to enjoy all this area has to offer.

We have a very helpful and efficient management company, who look after the maintenance of the property, which includes weekly pool service, lawn maintenance and cleaning after your stay.

In addition to office hours for general help and advice about the villa and the area, they are available 24 hrs a day in case of emergencies.

About the owner

Owner Profile

derek birchenough

derek birchenough

derek birchenough

  • About:

    My wife and I love Florida, we have been going for the last 20 years. We bought our villa in 2005 after looking for about 2 years, we were looking for a nice quiet area close to the beach, where we could build a villa. We have achieved this and anybody who rents our villa will understand what we mean....
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Feb 01 2016 Apr 30 2017 - - $1,195 - 4 Nights
Jan 06 2017 Apr 30 2017 $160 - $1,195 - 4 Nights
May 01 2017 Jun 30 2017 $165 $165 $1,095 - 4 Nights
Jul 01 2017 Dec 17 2017 $155 $165 $1,095 - 4 Nights
Dec 16 2017 Jan 05 2018 - - $1,250 - 1 Week
Jan 05 2018 Jan 31 2018 - - $1,095 - 4 Nights
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Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: Included in rates
Deposits: 20% deposit upon booking unless less than 8 weeks proir to arrival. Final payment is required 8 weeks proir To arrival together with a $250 security deposit which is refundable upon your return to your home address at the end of your vacation
Payment Options: Mastercard, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Rates start from the $1159 / £695 and depend on party size and season. Rates include all Florida Taxas, Local Tel calls and end of stay clean. The only extra is pool heating if required, reccommended November to April £65 or $95 per week. We are happy to take bookings for a minimum of 4 nights. However they will incur an extra cleaning charge of $120 / £70 We can now accept bookings by Credit Cards via Paypal, however this would incur a 3% service charge purely to cover Pay Pal costs.

Reviews (5)

Reviews for this vacation villa rental in Rotonda West, Florida

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5 reviews
Marilyn Duchemin

The Nicest Home we've rented for winter vacation

Marilyn Duchemin

Sag Harbor, New York

The Nicest Home we've rented for winter vacation

March 9, 2013

THANK YOU Derek and Wendy. Your home is beautifully decorated and furnished. It lacks nothing in the line of pots, pans and utensils. More than adequate bch towels and linens. We were happy to see a bobcat on 3 occasions and alligators in the lake. It was so relaxing to sit on the lani to listen and watch the many birds who frequent the area. The pool was nicely heated and we made good use of it. Before we left we were sure to have our vacation home booked for 2014. A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.

derek birchenough

Owner's reply:

You are very welcome, thank you for your kind remarks. We are delighted that you had a great vacation and found everything you wanted in the villa. Pleased you saw the Bobcat.

Thank you for being such nice guests and for looking after our home in Paradise.

We are really pleased you have booked for 2014

Derek and Wendy

Zofia Krzeszewska-Popis

Christmas break in Rotonda

Zofia Krzeszewska-Popis

Atlanta, USA, Toronto, Canada and Calgary, Canada

Christmas break in Rotonda

January 6, 2013

We were very satisfied with the accommodations during our 10 day stay in Rotonda. The house was very clean and well maintained. The layout of the house was great with kitchen and family room centrally located and two main bedrooms on the opposite ends of the house. The location of the house was private, the pool very nice and the lanai very specious and well equipped. The owners are very nice, easy to deal with and helpful. For us the best beach was on Gasparilla Island, the $6 bridge fee is well worth the visit. Boca Grande is charming and great place to visit on the way to the beach.


Our 1st trip to Rotonda


Ontario, Canada

Our 1st trip to Rotonda

March 9, 2010

we were 100% thrilled with our accomodations. The house was beautiful and had all of the amenities that we could hope for. The property was very clean & well maintained. We dealt directly with the owners & could not have asked for nicer, more accomodating people. Though we never met, we felt very comfortable dealing with them and we hope to rebook again!!!!

Rick Reifsteck

Rotunda stay

Rick Reifsteck

Champaign, IL USA

Rotunda stay

March 3, 2010

Home was spotless and had all the amentities. Master bath/bedroom was huge. Layout of house was perfect with kitchen and family room centrally located. We had four occupants and this home versus renting two hotel rooms was not only much cheaper but probably had 4 times the space and more privacy. Great places to eat within 10 minutes or 20 minutes if going to Gaspirilla island. Will be there again next year if it is available.

Michael DeThorne

Great Rental

Michael DeThorne


Great Rental

April 3, 2008

The house and the pool were great. We went to Busch Gardens,Punta Gorda and the local beaches and had a wonderful time. We would highly recommend this rental.

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Best Villa Rating: 5

We have just returned after 2 wonderful weeks.. After a hectic week in Orlando it was wonderful to spend 2 relaxing weeks at this beautiful villa. This was our second visit, the first being in 2010. We never even considered looking anywhere else. If anything the villa is even better equipped than it was back then. We doubt there is better equipped and maintained villa in Florida.
Dealing with Derek is just like having your best friend holding your hand. He is the font of wisdom about Florida, in particular about Rotonda West and its surrounding area.
His attention to detail is second to none and you just know that he really cares. Every detail is covered with nothing left to chance.
The location of the villa is brilliant. Very private overlooking the canal. Birds of all description visit along with the odd alligator and if your lucky you may see the bobcat.
Don't look any further book it now. You won't be disappointed.

Date of stay: 21/08/2016

Party name: John Paine Manchester UK

6 years later *****

See review Malou Volkers The Netherlands July 2010: My husband and I were lucky enough to indeed be back for 8 nights last April and it was as if we had never left! Nothing had changed and the villa was still as well-maintained as it was 6 years ago. This time there were only the two of us so we didn't really need all that space but we enjoyed feeling at home and the tranquility very much. We saw all kinds of birds, wild boar, a big Gover tortoise crossed the street one time, a manatee swam by at 2 meter distance at Gasparilla Island when we stood knee-deep in the water and one evening we even spotted a coyote near Rotonda North Blvd! We have seen a big part of Florida by now, having traveled around 2 times 3-4 weeks, and have decided there is no better place to stay and no better placed villa in the best part of Florida, so next time we'll just stay at the villa for 3 weeks and visit places like Siesta Key, Tropicana Field St. Petersburg (1,5 hours by car), Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island etc. by car from this lovely villa with all its comforts. Why bother finding another place if there is nowhere better than there?! We definitely hope to be back again soon! Thanks Derek and Wendy, we had a fantastic time again!!!

Date of stay: April 2016 Reviewer name: Malou Volkers, The Netherlands

UNFORTUNATELY (Hope that got your attention) there is nothing else we can add to the fabulous reviews already given here. Derek is a truly top bloke, who goes out of his way to ensure you are at ease from the moment you place your booking. If you have never gone DIY before then Derek really is the font of all knowledge to ensure you feel comfortable with every aspect of your holiday. Communication was absolutely first class. We were anxious to ensure that we got our first Christmas and New Year out of the UK off to a good start- and we did. The Villa is in a fantastic location on Rotonda, not overlooked and in a very quiet spot. Blue Heron and Egret pass by daily, and birds of prey wheel lazily overhead. We felt very much at home from the moment we arrived, and of course the kids loved the large pool. It's often the little things that make a big difference - the four beach chairs and insulated wheeled picnic box in the garage got lots of use at the local beaches which really are white sand heaven into shallow warm Gulf waters. Derek had even put up a Christmas tree and door garland in preparation for our arrival! For those wishing to travel further afield then St Pete's, Tampa, Sarasota, Boca Grande, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers are all easily reached by car. We have stayed many times in Florida Villa accommodation and this is by far the best. If you are looking for a truly relaxing beach holiday then you will not be disappointed. Everything from Waffle House to five star restaurant dining can be had within 30 minutes drive. Boca Grande is a gastronomic delight - be sure to visit Loose Caboose (lunchtime) and Pink Elephant (Casual but top class evening dining).
Finally, a very personal thanks to Derek and Wendy for allowing us to share their Florida dream, even if it was for only two weeks. The memories will be with us for life and we hope to return. Many thanks.

Tony, Rachel, Lotte and Jack From Sheffield UK December 2015

Massive thanks to you, Derek and Wendy, for allowing us to share your 'home from home' villa. This was our second visit to Englewood but first to this villa. Derek ensured excellent communication prior to and during the booking process and provided lots of excellent information relating to the area/places to visit/eat prior to our arrival. We definitely felt confident with our booking of a 'dibb villa' but also very quickly picked up on Derek's passion for his villa, his love of wildlife and the fabulous area we would be re visiting. The villa was extremely clean on our arrival (shame it didn't stay that way long once we moved in!) and was very well equipped for our stay. Kitchen was well equipped, especially for longer hires when maybe you would cook more than we did. Garage had lots of beach chairs etc for a day chilling. The villa layout lends itself to a fabulous family home and one that two families sharing would not feel over crowded. The pool area and outlook is most definitely the highlight of renting this villa and the main reason we selected this villa for hire. The pool deck is the biggest we have ever rented in Florida but with the outlook over the canals and no properties to the west of the villa as its a nature reserve, gives the villa a real peaceful feel and without a doubt is the best feature of the Villa. There was an abundance of wildlife to look at whilst relaxing on the very comfortable pool furniture. It was so relaxing after the busy days we had had in Orlando. The villa has a folder with local information in it which can assist you plan your holiday. The beaches are so clean with white sand and blue sky. Gasparilla Island was fabulous especially when swimming in the sea, 3 manatees swam by fairly close to shore which was unexpected but an absolute bonus especially for the kids to witness. Local restaurants were great and lots to choose from although a couple of restaurants that we wanted to go to had closed for refurb as late sept/early oct is their quieter time prior to the 'snow birds' arriving for winter in the sun, there was still lots of choice for us though. Derek was also in contact with us throughout our stay to ensure everything was okay, which was a lovely gesture, we had no need to contact the management company for anything but we were encouraged to if we had any issues.
We would not hesitate to re book Derek's villa if we are fortunate to return to Florida again and could guarantee if you enjoy peace and quiet and wildlife you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Derek and Wendy for allowing to share your gorgeous home in paradise.

Neil and Gill from Scotland stayed September / October 2015

Home from Home - but with better weather ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Derek could not have been more helpful or pleasant to deal with. We know the area well and are regular Florida renters. This home is one of the best equipped properties we have stayed in and the owners do everything they can to ensure guests have a good holiday. We stayed as a couple but the property is very flexible and with two master suites the house is suitable for families, friends sharing or have the whole place to yourself! As the owners stay for extended periods there is more than the usual basic kitchen equipment and plenty of games, books etc to keep all ages occupied. The house is comfortably furnished and well maintained. Having beach chairs, sun umbrellas and cool boxes makes a day on the beach so much more comfortable and the beaches round Englewood are some of the best and least crowded in Florida. This was a last minute trip for us and we were more than happy with our choice of holiday rental. Derek and Wendy love their home and the area and it shows. Throw a steak on the huge BBQ and sip a glass of wine on the lanai and you will never want to go home.

Jo and David from Scotland
September 2015

Idylic, Peaceful, stunning location
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Villa was as described, it was very clean and well maintained. It is in the perfect spot in a quiet residential community you are not over looked and the only sound you hear is from the local wildlife. The pool was SW so we got the glorious Floridian sunshine for the majority of the day. The Owner was incredibly helpful and forthcoming with any information we asked for prior to the trip. He also contacted us whilst we were there to see if everything was Ok and our security was refunded with days of returning home. The Villa is more of a home from home rather than a rental property with lots of little extras. If you like wildlife there is plenty to see as its situated on the edge of a nature reserve. There are many supermarkets located nearby. We had no need to contact the management company whilst we were there. I would highly recommend the Villa and would definitely go back there. Thank you for making our holiday perfect.

Helen and Terry, Burton on Trent
United Kingdom August 2015

A place to relax post theme park mania

This is beautifully maintained; it is probably the cleanest holiday home we've stayed in and we're quite particular! The villa is so spacious, our 3 children felt like they had their own wing. Derek the owner could not have been more helpful right down to providing us with an extra bike for our son. Something to note, you do need a car here as there are no ameneties within walking distance. However, the roads are excellent and everyone drives everywhere. We would really recommend driving the distance to Sanibel Island, an airboat tour in the Everglades, and a trip to Busch Gardens. All in all a fantastic second week to our holiday and this was very much down to staying in such a lovely villa.

Rosie, Newbury Berkshire United Kingdom May 2015

Beautiful villa in a beautiful location

Beautiful villa in a lovely location with easy access to the beaches and shopping, it had everything that you could possibly need. Derek and Wendy was extremely helpful in sending out the literature on local restaurants and places to visit etc. having visited Florida for the last 25 years we would definitely recommend this villa and we will be returning soon.

John from Leicestershire United Kingdom November 2014

Relaxation at it's best

This is not a rental house, it's home from home, it makes you kick off your shoes and exhale. This was our 24th rental house and never have I felt so relaxed. Larger than average pool, with all the amenities you will ever need. Rotonda is ideally placed to visit between Tampa & Naples so day trips are easy. Although the many beaches with free parking & free facilities within 15 minutes drive may tempt you not to stray far. For wildlife lovers manatees can be seen at Gasparilla Island and from Venice pier dolphins (especially at sunset) & Rays. Derek the owner makes the transaction as simple as possible. Will definitely be returning.

Debra from Wales October 2014

We will definately go back again.

A very peaceful location. We found the house spacious clean and modern. A good sized southwest facing heated pool backing onto a canal and woodland. We especially enjoyed our evenings dining by the pool watching the sunset. We will return next year.

John W Cheltenham UK October 2014

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This is a beautiful well kept villa, one of the nicest we've ever stayed in during our 25 years of visiting Florida. The nearby beaches are lovely and a nice change from the frantic pace of Orlando and the 'mouse'. If you like 'nature' you can't go wrong with this villa, being right on a nature reserve and close to several canals. The villa itself is large and comfortable and would easily accommodate two families with plenty of room for everyone. Derek, the owner is very easy to deal with and provides plenty of information about the area. I would highly recommend this villa to anyone.-
Lynne UK Sep 23, 2014

This was our third consecutive stay in Rotonda and the first time in this villa. Everything is to hand - there were only 3 of us staying so it felt (and is) enormous, two families can easily stay in this villa without getting on each other's nerves! It is on a huge plot surrounded by a canal on both sides, very tranquil and an abundance of wildlife.

We had a blue heron called Ester that would appear outside the pool net every day along with two egrets that popped by too. Sitting on the lanai with a cold drink after packing away the entire contents of Publix (there are 3 Publix stores in this area) and listening to all the birds ..... It's relaxing stuff!

If you can prise you way off the lanai there is a lot to do in the area and fabulous restaurants are close by - one of our favourites was an Italian restaurant called Nicola's. We went to a Charlotte Stone Crabs game which is ten minutes from the villa and was a great night out. The shopping mall in Port Charlotte has a Macy's as well as a lot of other big shops. The outlet shopping mall in Ellenton is great for some bargains. The Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, the most spectacular sunsets from Stump Pass Beach, lemon Bay Tours do nature cruises where we watched pods of dolphins - even two babies! We went out for the day, fishing with a skipper ....I have never been so hot...but it was an experience.

I cannot compliment enough the villa, the management company whilst out there were brilliant too, Derek's attention to detail is second to none he wants you to have a great holiday and we certainly did. I cried when we left, we shall definitely return, we have been bitten by the Rotonda bug and there is no getting over it! Now just to get my lottery numbers to come up and I'll be on Gasparilla Island in a glitter sprayed golf buggy!

Karen and Kevin Market Harborough United Kingdom July 2014.

I cannot compliment enough the service provided by Derek and this superb villa. We have stayed in many different villas in Florida, both out on the superb gulf coast and in the Orlando area. This villa really does not want for anything. It's is furnished very well and has everything you could wish for for either an extended or short stay. The location is peaceful but also near enough to shops and numerous places to eat.

The communication with Derek at all stages of the booking process was first class, giving me great confidence my booking was in very safe hands at all times.

The experience of sitting on the beautiful stump pass beach and watching the sunset is not to be missed. We will definitely be returning again.

Ian Uxbridge, United Kingdom July 2014

"Spacious villa and great location"

This villa was ideal for extended family occupation with the 2 ensuites and 2 other bedrooms with 4 single beds and another bathroom, the pool was great and the villa was well presented with all that is needed to make your stay comfortable also plenty of beach sized towels available for use.
The villa was also very clean all around.
Also located in a very quite location by itself with no close neighbours

Highly recommended

Terry High Wycombe, United Kingdom September 2013

Relax in the Real Florida

Villa ideal for a family group with 2 master ensuites. Located in quiet location within overall Rotonda development. Very close to Golf Club house and 3 challenging 9 hole courses. Excellent access for local beaches, supermarkets and the Mall at Port Charlotte. Overall a great villa and Derek was on hand to answer any queries before and during our stay. Thanks again for letting us rent your villa. Would definitely recommend.

Andrew Scotland July 2013

Amazing Rental In Rotunda The Perfect Place To Be

If you are looking for an extremely quiet and private location this four bedroom villa more than fills the bill. Located at the end of a street traffic is minimal. No neighbours on either side add to the feeling of exclusivity.

All amenities are close by with a ten minute drive to Englewood,Placida or fifteen minutes to Port Charlotte. Golfing ,fishing and shopping are virtually on your doorstep.Walking trails and bike routes are a one minute walk.

The house itself is great with all amenities and the management company is the best I have encountered in my previous stays in Rotunda.The owner is excellent to deal with.

Bob, Ontario Canada, March 2013

A beautifully kept villa in a very peaceful & private location

I cannot fault the service provided by Derek Birchenough prior to & during out stay at the villa Tranquility. The location is perfect for a very peaceful & relaxing holiday.

The villa is very spacious & very well kept, perfect for two families or extended family. The pool & deck area are lovely and really private with plenty of space for children to play with an area to relax & eat under the lanai. There wasn't anything that we thought I wish they had ... - it was all there.

There are plenty of beaches to choose from & many restaurant options although we chose to eat (barbeque) at the villa most days as we were all so comfortable there. We travelled up to Orlando to do 'Disney' for 3 nights midway into our holiday which was amazing but was also nice to know we had the villa to come back to for a few relaxing days before returning home.

Look forward to returning one day.

Anne, Uxbridge Middlesex UK October 2012

Wonderful Homely Stay

What a great find! We booked based on all the great reviews and weren't disappointed. The pictures are very accurate and the unit was so clean and perfect. The house is very nice. Bed was very comfortable. Everything is top quality. No sparing of expense here.

Michael from Denmark July 2012

Your home is absolutely beautiful. We arrived late afternoon totally tired but when we stepped into your front hall we were totally blown away by how beautiful it is. Your pictures do not serve it justice. Everything was spotless and the notes helped us navigate as to were everything is.

Thank you Derek and Wendy for allowing us to use your beautiful home. We had everything we needed and more. The villa was so peaceful and quiet. We visited the local beaches and did some shopping in Englewood and Port Charlotte. . The binder you left with things to do was greatly appreciated. When we come back in april there are several local eatery
places we are going to try. The boys enjoyed golfing at the local courses and the golfing was excellent. Next year we will be flying into Fort Myers which is closer to your villa. Thanks again for everything. It was a pure joy booking with you and you making things so easy and comfortable for us.

Doug and Norma from Canada April 2012

We spent two wonderful weeks in Florida! After several months working very hard we wanted to have a special christmas vacation. It was the kind long helpful and personal messages from our landlord Derek, that made us choose
this villa, and the house was just perfect. Very clean and well equipped, lots of space and wonderful pool and lanai. We got very much good information about the villa and the surroundings before we arrived there and also from the house manuals. The location was ideal for us: many golf
courses near and a quiet and safe area for a family with kids .
All in all it was so far the best vacation that our family have had. We liked best the villa, the weather (sunshine!), the pool, playing golf, shopping, spending relaxed time together and getting together new experiences for every sense. The people are very friendly in Florida and almost everything is cheaper there than here in Finland. The worst thing is
that it is located so far away from us...

Taina from Finland December 2011

A wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sun!

We took this villa for two weeks, the first with grandparents as well as our three teenage daughters, the second was just our family of five. There was plenty of space for everyone and the house was very comfortable. Lying around the pool was great, with plenty of local wildlife to watch - herons, egrets, pelicans and even a bob cat and her cub one day. The beaches locally were lovely too and we found other interesting stuff further afield, including a long day up in Universal which the teens in particular enjoyed. Local restaurants were friendly and good quality. Bikes provided by the house were great for everyone to do a bit of independent exploring and exercise. The pool was great. Would love to go again one day!

Lois from Scotland October 2011

peace and quiet and truly unique surroundings

Reviewed on 05/20/2011 for a stay on 05/01/2011

We truly enjoyed our stay at Tranquility.Something for everyone, a very quiet, friendly neighbourhood with everything close by.My wife and I had great days at some terrific beaches (usually within a 10-15 minute drive) from the villa, and really enjoyed our bike rides every morning and walks around the picturesque golf courses beside us.Getting up every morning to enjoy a coffee outside and listen to the many birds singing was very relaxing.The canal behind the property is beautifull and abounds with many waterfowl especially very early morning.One of the biggest surprises was when one evening the bobcat bounded through the back yard ,over the canal bridge and into the trees! All in all it was just a great, very relaxing vacation.The villa is very clean and well maintained in a quiet,safe neighbourhood. It was a pleasure dealing with Derek Birchenough who had everything very well organized,(instructions in the house were great also) and we encountered no unwanted surprises, before,during or after our stay.We would highly recommend this villa and the owners to anyone wanting a memorable vacation!
Ralph Riley Canada

Home away From Home

It was such an easy process of renting the Villa, I felt like I knew Derek just through the emails that we sent. The Villa was a home away from home! Everything you could think of was there! Rotonda is a very nice area, quiet setting while neighbors are near! We enjoyed our stay, would love to stay again sometime!! More...

· By Lila from Marion Ohio on 4/18/2011 for a stay in 4/1/2011

Perfect holiday
Wonderful villa with a perfect location.
Very welcoming and felt at home immediately.
Lots of varied wildlife to be seen even a close encounter with a turtle.
Even after 3 weeks we could have stayed longer and having been home only 2 days we are missing it already.
Cannot wait until next time!!!

By Mike G from Lancashire UK on 4/8/2011 for a stay in 3/1/2011

Large, beautiful villa with great sunset view from the lanai
Great accommodation for a large family or even 2 families, since it has 2 master bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms - the one in the #1 masterm bedroom is something to behold -
plus another full bathroom for the other 2 bedrooms. The south-west exposure for the lanai/pool area gives you sun from 9 in the morning until sunset - a spectacular view. The privacy of the villa since it is located by itself at the end of the street allows you to enjoy a very peaceful and relaxing vacation. Added bonuses are the 4 or 5 bikes that the owner has provided - one with a baby seat attached - and all kinds of floats and toys for the children to use at the pool or the beach. As you are relaxing pool side in the lanai, you may see all kinds of wildlife especially many species of birds etc. More...
· By ward from corunna, ontario, canada on 3/6/2011 for a stay in 2/1/2011

Tranquility is such an appropriate name
The villa was a tranquil delight. If you are a bird lover as I am it was a real treat. In the morning you share your coffee with the symphony of birdsongs. From simple mockingbirds to herons and whole flocks of ibis and the egrets are a photographers dream.
We wanted for nothing since the villa is so well appointed. Thank you for allowing us to share the tranquility and our grandkids enjoyed the fishing and views of alligators. The trips to Boca Grande and looking for sharks teeth at Englewood and Caspersian beach were wonderful too. Thank you again.
Winter Haven, Fl on 7/3/2010 for a stay in 6/1/2010

We recently spent 2 weeks at this villa, and could not have
asked for more. Everything was exceptionally clean and tidy
The villa itself is idealy located, a fantastic place to relax and watch
the various wildlife across the canal and lake. - We were lucky enough to
spot a couple of small gators, numerous fishing birds and the highlight was
without doubt a bobcat.

Would completely recommend this villa, and the professionalism of Derek
and Wendy made the booking and planning of our holiday a pleasure.

Anthony & Kimberley from Warrington, UK

Very nice home, very clean and nicely decorated.
Located at a "junction" of a canal, with water behind
and to the side. Spacious grounds. Very pleasant
pool area.
Area full of natural wildlife.
Adjacent to 27 hole golf course.
About 20 min drive to many restaurants (usual chains)
and about 15 minutes to beaches and the beautiful
Gasparilla island.
Would recommend staying here and owner is very good
and cares that his guests have a good stay.

Paul Holmes from Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK

Hi Derek and Wendy

We had a most relaxing holiday in your beautiful villa - the best one we have ever been to. It's in a most peaceful setting. The aspect is just wonderful and it has a tranquil atmosphere about it. I think it has everything to make a perfect holiday. It was great.

Pete and Jenny

Dear Derek and Wendy,

Thanks; will look out for the cheque.

Yes, we had a wonderful time thank you. The house was very nice - well equipped and so well situated. It is far and away the nicest place we have stayed in. Everybody loved it to bits.

There were absolutely no problems with the house or any other aspect of the holiday. We have never stayed in the area before but now look forward to returning in the future. Now the children are older, Orlando seems a bit 'seen it - done it'. We cannot think of one place we visited that we did not love.

We left a few inflatables and a couple of surf boards in the garage to stock up the toy selection. We had great use out of them and somebody else should too.

We saw so much wildlife, it would be a very long mail if I described it all. One thing to mention though, there seems to be an Armadillo trying to burrow under the lanai where it meets the house wall on the lake side. He didn't cause us any problems but you may want someone to look at it for you.

Well, we wish we could return next Easter, but college exams look like they will prevent us from travelling at that time.

Thanks again and bye for now,

Nick and Jen.

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