Luxury Home On Private Ranch In Tropical Setting!!

Our Spacious 2400 Sq Ft Country House Surrounded By Lovely Tropical Foliage!
Our Spacious 2400 Sq Ft Country House Surrounded By Lovely Tropical Foliage!
1 Review

From $83 / night

8200 Ibis Ave, Sarasota, FL 34241
Luxury Home On Private Ranch In Tropical Setting!!
3 bedrooms
9 guests
3 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 9
Type: Home
Per night: $199 - $329
Per week: $1,095 - $1,595
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Sarasota vacation home rental
1 of Our 6 Rental Properties, Located in Sarasota, Florida, a Beautiful Gulf Town Nestled Between Fort Myers and Tampa Along the West Coast of Florida. Within 15 Minutes Drive of the Beautiful White Sands of the Gulf of Mexico and Voted the Number 1 Beach in the Country This Year! We are Around 90 Minutes Away From Orlando, the Theme and Adventure Park Capital of the U.S.!

The Place You'll Love to Stay At for an Unforgettable Visit to Sarasota! Tranquility At It's Best, With 15 Private Acres Surrounded by Majestic Oaks and Pines. If You Enjoy Outdoor Living then You're Going to Love This Property!

This Beautiful 2 Story House has Been Totally Refurbished, In a Country/Tropical Setting with a Modern Decor and All the Amenities. It is Available to Rent on a Monthly, Weekly, or Daily Basis.

There is Over 2300 Ft. of Air Conditioned and Heated Interior Living Space, as well as, a Screened-In Wrap Around Lanai, which has a Lounging and Dining Area, with Views of Our Gorgeous Property, Friendly Horses and Adorable Little Pygmy Goats! There is Also an Outdoor Front Porch You Can Relax on to Your Hearts Content!

This Property is Luxuriously Furnished with a Master Suite on the Main Floor, and 2 Bedrooms Plus a Loft Area Upstairs, which Sleeps Up to 9. Attached to Our Country Home is a 1 Bedroom Suite, With a Private Entrance, which Sleeps up to 4. They Can be Combined for Extra Space and Will Accomodate Up to 13.

Fully Furnished and Equipped, this Home has Everything You've Ever Dreamed of and the Property Provides an Environment in Which You Can Kick Back, Relax and Create Some of the Most Memorable Times of Your Life! You Are Also Welcome to Bring Along Your Beloved Horse or Dog!

Right Next Door, is Our 1 Bedroom Cottage which Sleeps Up to 4. It has a Spacious Wrap Around Outdoor Porch Which has Incredible Views of Our Pond. There is a Large Wrap Around Dog Run Attached as well!

We Also Have Our Pond View Home, which Sleeps 10-12 Depending Upon the Children Staying. It Has 2 Screened-In Porches, and One Has Incredible Views of Our Beautiful Pond and Large Pasture Where Our Horses Graze Playfuly! It Has a Large Fenced-In Yard for Dogs to Roam In as well.

In Addition, We Have Our (2) 2 Bedroom "Tree House" Units, which Can Be Combined and Each Sleeps 6! They Have a Large Wrap Around Screened In Porch with Incredible Views of the Surrounding Oak and Palm Trees, as well as, Our Beautiful Pond and Newly Built Free Form Pool! They Are Up On A Second Level, Giving You the Feeling of Being Up in a "Tree House"!!

Brand New Beautiful Large Free Form In Ground Pool, with 4,000 Sq. Ft. Sun Deck, with Submerged Sitting Platform for Infants. It is Conveniently Located Onsite, Shared With All 6 Rental Properties and Has Incredible Views of Our Gorgeous Pond and Horses Grazing in the Pastures!

Our Full Board Horse Facility Offers: Full-Time Caretaker Lives On Premises, Separate Barns for Visiting and Permanent Boarders, Schooling Ring with Jump Course, Round Pen, Cross Country and Open Trail Riding Areas and Paddocks for Turnouts, on a Peaceful and Secluded Property!

We Have a Large List Of Testimonials to Share With You, Just Ask! The Testimonials Are From Families Who Have Stayed With Us All the Way From 2010 - 2015! We Have Had Large Amish Groups, Groups From Italy, Business Clients (Who Had Their Annual Meetings Onsite), Golfers, Baseball Spring Training Fans, Triathlon Competitors, Couples, Family Reunions, Wedding Guests etc. Stay With Us! All of Which Were a Pleasure to Have and We Welcome Them Back With Open Arms! Perhaps This May Help in Assisting You With Your Consideration.

Please Give Us a Call and Let Us Assist You In Planning a Vacation Filled With Adventures That You'll Never Forget! We Hope to Establish a Rapport that Transcends the Traditional Customer-Business Relationship!!
Area Information
Take in Upscale Saint Armand's Circle for Shopping, Dining or Just Stroll Along the Streets Enjoying Home Made Ice Cream at Famous "Kelwins", next to Lido Beach.

Take a Short Ride Downtown for Some Fine Dining on the Waterfront or on Main Street. Also Available is Our Famous Sarasota Opera House, Van Wiesel Performing Arts Center, Apple Dinner Theater and The Ballet. Walking Through the Famous Ringling Art Museum is Truly a Treasure!

Florida's Largest State Park "Myakka River State Park" with Tours, Trails, Fishing and Hiking are Within Minutes of Our Property to Explore and Enjoy!

We are Also Close to Many Beaches, with "Siesta Key", Always Being Mentioned as One of the Top Ten Beaches in the US , Available Year-Round for Swimming, Jogging or Just Relaxing and Catching Some Rays!

Enjoy Playing Golf? Challenging Serenoa Golf Course is Just a Short Walk Down the Road from Our Ranch, Owned by GE. Many Other Courses Available to Choose From, if You Are Looking for a Golf Holiday!

Only a Couple of Hours Away is Orlando Florida, the Adventure and Theme Park Capital of the U.S.

Please Give Us a Call and Let Us Assist You In Planning a Vacation Filled With Adventures That You'll Never Forget!

About the owner

Owner Profile


Availability Calendar



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Apr 20 2016 Oct 31 2016 $199 $199 $1,095 $2,495 3 Nights
Nov 01 2016 Dec 21 2016 $239 $239 $1,195 $3,495 3 Nights
Feb 01 2017 Feb 28 2017 $299 $299 $1,495 $4,995 3 Nights
Mar 01 2017 Apr 19 2017 $329 $329 $1,595 $5,795 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 12%
Deposits: Call Us For Last Minute Specials and Discounts! We Always Look To Suit Your Needs! Additional Days Subject to Availability and Rates Are Subject to Change Without Notice Prior to Booking. We Can Accommodate Larger Groups or Multiple Families. Full Horse Boarding is Also Available. We Accept all Major Credit Cards: Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express and Pay Pal Security Deposit May Be Required No Promotional Rate or Deal May Be Combined
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning Fee is $149.00 Per/Stay, Per/Month Pet Fee is $50.00 - $175.00 Per/Pet Limit 2 Per/Property All Other Charges are Included.



  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • 1 Crib
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Twin Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Full Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Pet Friendly
  • Balcony
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Bikes
  • Heating
  • Parking Included
  • Private Pool
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Screened Porch
  • Fireplace
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • TV (Antenna)
  • Blender
  • Hair Dryer
  • Radio
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Iron
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Grocery Store
    (2 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (6 miles)
  • Zoo
    (6 miles)
  • Lake
  • Hiking
    (2 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (6 miles)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (7 miles)
  • Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Horseback Riding
    (2 miles)
  • Miniature Golf
    (6 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Golf
    (<1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (2 miles)
  • Ocean
    (6 miles)
  • Movie Theater
    (10 miles)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (3 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (6 miles)
  • Ice Skating
    (15 miles)
  • Playground
    (<1 mile)
  • Aquarium
    (6 miles)
  • Racquetball
    (6 miles)
  • Amusement Park
    (25 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (1 mile)
  • Beach
    (6 miles)
  • Snorkeling
    (6 miles)
  • Casino
    (25 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (1 mile)
  • Boating
    (6 miles)
  • Surfing
    (6 miles)
  • Theme Park
    (25 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (2 miles)
  • Bowling
    (6 miles)
  • Volleyball Court
    (6 miles)
  • Water Park
    (25 miles)
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Opera , Ballet, Van Wiesel Performing Arts, Apple Dinner Theater!
Worlds #1 Best Beach: "Siesta Key Beach" , Lido, Venice ("Sharkees Beach"), Manasota and Many More!
Top Golf Courses and Driving Ranges!
2 Shopping Malls and Prime Outlets – "Ellenton Outlet Mall", Window Shop at Upscale Saint Armand's Circle!
Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Art Museum!

Stroll "Marina Jack" and Adjoining Park!
Collect Shark Teeth at "Sharkees Beach"!
Bike/Walk Through the Canopy of Oak Trees & Over Myakka Bridge!
Free Concerts in Saint Armands Circle!
Watch the Numurous Horse Events Western & English Around Town!
Tampa's Gasperila Parade!
Bucks Fan Festival!
Go see the Rays Play Baseball!

Bush Gardens Amusement Park!
Myakka River State Park!
Go to a Game and See the Baltimore Orioles,Tampa Bay Rays,Yankees Spring Training!
Mote Aquarium or Rent a Boat to Dolphin Watch Up Close!
Big Cat Habitat Rescue or The Sailor Circus!
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Reviews (1)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Sarasota, Florida

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1 review
Albanie King Walker

Great place for our family vacation

Albanie King Walker


Great place for our family vacation

February 18, 2015

This review is going to be lengthy, but I feel it will be helpful to others since the only review I found was one about noisy dogs. First, we never heard any barking. So that was a relief for us since we assumed we would. Finding and entrance to the house was easy. It IS on a busy road which didn't bother us (there is a fence all around the yard and house) except for at night. My husband just put ear plugs in, but since we had our kids with us I felt that one of us should have an ear out for them. I am a light sleeper so beeps and engines revving woke me up. The layout of the house was perfect for us. There is a "kid room" that our kids slept in every night. They folded the futons down and slid them together to make one big bed. This area was so nice because the kids would want to watch their own movie and we could close the sliding doors and both have privacy. The room is also supplied with art items, puzzles, books, and a few toys. The kitchen had enough dishes, cups, pans. We had gone to Walmart before first getting to the house and I wish we hadn't because there were lots of seasonings and condiments we ended up having double of. We did end up getting disposable cups so we could be a little more lazy. They had a great BBQ grill outside and we grilled almost every night. I loved how this house was accommodating to families! They had pool toys, beach chairs, kayaks, an umbrella, a wagon, and beach toys. I was very grateful for that so that we wouldn't have to buy things for just our stay. We rented a van and I'm glad we did. There is a little parking lot down the road that you can walk to where guys are fishing and you can throw rocks, but it isn't "the beach." The beach is about a 10 min drive from the house. The beach is GORGEOUS! We had a lot of fun building sand castles, finding shells, and braving the chilly water. There is a grocery store that's about a 3 min drive from the house that has all your needs. Although minor, there were a few things the house needed some attention with. I found that the laundry room flooded. We had someone come out and check it and it seemed fine for a while, but then went back to flooding. The master bathroom handle stuck down when you flushed and the lightbulbs in all the ceiling fans were out. Maybe having a supply of lightbulbs in a drawer would be helpful. This stay was amazing! My husband, kids, and I would do it again for sure! I wish there was a 4 1/2 star choice. I would've picked that!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Much Needed Quiet Family Getaway
Date of Arrival: Aug. 4th 2015
Thank you for a lovely vacation home! We enjoyed the ranch and pool so much! The peace and quiet were so welcomed from our hectic life! Thank you for making this available to families! Thank you for your excellent communication, particularly while you were away from your home dealing with family matters. We'll be back!
The Stewarts

Family Summer Vacation
Date of Arrival: July 25th 2015
We had such a wonderful time here at Bits Of Paradise Ranch's Country House. There's so much to see and do for everybody, just check out all the brochures and menus supplied for the guests. What a great way to inform the guests of all the possibilities, what with all the flyers and brochures from all the places to go to, visit and eat, etc. This is a place worth writing about in the Travel Magazines!
P.S. To the next guests, ENJOY!
The Fosters

Loving Father's Ashes Laid To Rest In His Beloved Florida - A Celebration of His Life
Date of Arrival: July 16th 2015
I planned this as a surprise for my family, as horses were my dad's favorite animal, and this trip is a celebration of his life, as we are returning his ashes to Florida! Your ranch is lovely and serene, exactly what I felt we needed for this bittersweet family gathering. Thank you so much for all your kind hospitality! Thank you for the girls gifts! You are so kind! All of our love,
Elizabeth, Ron, Yazmin (14) and Elise (8)

I came to "Bits of Paradise" and certainly found just that. I live in Oman, in the Middle East, and have traveled in 60 countries but this ranch has stolen my heart! Much can be said of Sarasota as a friendly, clean and attractive little city. We enjoyed the beaches, the best being, "Stump Beach" in Englewood!

And here at the ranch there are no words to describe Lauraine, charming, expressive, loquacious, sharp and intelligent. She is the "Ranch"! From Day #1 she treated us as family. Through her we met the Cuban National Ballet Students, staying at the ranch and performing here in Sarasota, at the Sarasota Opera House, who with their talent, brought us so much joy!

The animals here were also special! The horses, squirrels, butterflies, lizards, snakes and goats all brought smiles to our faces. Too bad we never saw the "Gator"..., we'll have to come back for him. I took many pictures of the plants and the property. I will be back one day. In the mean time I will leave behind 1/2 my heart.

Lauraine, don't ever change. Continue to spread your love and charm through this ranch and all in it. We will go back to the Sultanate of Oman and tell everyone about this place!

Tanti Baci aurevoir et a la prochaine. Que Dios os bendiga. Till we meet again!
Aramis The Musketeer and Margherita

Date of Arrival: July 15th 2015
This is a very lovely place to stay. We thoroughly enjoyed the horses, pool and just walking the grounds. My daughter is in the Junior Olympics for swimming and this is very convenient to the surrounding area, yet feels private and secluded. This is a place we will definitely revisit. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
The Cronk and Brown Families

Fellow Floridians
Date of Arrival: July 11th 2015
Thank you for having us. The place is like home away from home!We enjoyed the pool, horses and goats! The kids enjoyed it all and so did the adults. We will definitely come again. Thanks again
The Miami Crew

Surprise Marriage Proposal
Date of Arrival: June 20th 2015
This was such a beautiful ranch and experience. Words can not describe the beauty and relaxation the Country House and property has offered. Never did the house feel crowded with our large four families and kids staying. A beautiful family proposal happened with family holding, "WILL YOU MARRY ME" signs on the stairwell. When my brother-in-law walked in with my sister, the question was popped in front of the fire place. Not to mention so many more beautiful memories made! A special thank you for Lauraine for making us feel so welcome! WE WILL BE BACK!

Thank you so much for everything. We enjoyed our stay from beginning to end! We loved the pool area that is perfect for both kids and adults. The Country House is so spacious. Everything was so much more than we were expecting! We DEFINITELY have to have another vacation getaway over here.
XOXO the Hernandez, Rojas, Rios and Rosero Families

2 Family Summer Vacation Stay
Date of Arrival: June 19th 2015
We came with a group of 12 and rented both Tree House Units "A" & "B". What a fun time! We loved walking around the property looking at all of the horses! "AVA" and "GRACE" were my personal favorites! "McDreamy" was the horse my daughters loved the most! We explored around the whole ranch, playing with the goats and all the dogs we met along the way. Everything was so much fun!! We hope to come back again in the Fall to enjoy the patio and explore some more!
P.S. I loved that we felt like we were far away from the world but everything was so close!
Thanks for everything,

I had fun and liked every single thing. I could live here!
Madilyn (7)

I loved everything! Were all of those dogs yours or were they strays? I wish I had one!
Gabriel (9)

This place was awesome and I want to come here again!
Love Lyah (10)

Beautiful place!! The horses on the ranch were beautiful and very friendly! Awesome place to relax! Wish I could stay longer!

Our entire family absolutely loved the entire experience! Everything was perfect! It was a unique vacation that we will never forget! Thank you for everything!
The Schnell Family

Grandparents 65th Birthday Celebration, Lanham, MD, Brandon, MS. Atlanta, GA.
Date of Arrival: May 21st 2015
My family decided to meet in Sarasota, Fl. to celebrate my mother's birthday at the beach for the Memorial Day weekend. This was an excellent private property on so many acres. It accommodated our 7 adults and 2 children very well. The pictures do not do it justice, as it was so amazing in reality. There was so much space, toys for the toddler and things for my baby. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool, and got to ride bicycles surrounding the property. I personally enjoyed watching the beautiful horses and it was a pleasant sight to see them roam around (as close to the property as they wanted).
Y. Njoku

Coming to your ranch in Sarasota, FL. provided me with a unique opportunity to celebrate my 65th birthday!! My grown up adult kids enjoyed the bike rides! My grand children had a ball with the kids toys they found in one of the bedroom closets! What a wonderful thing to have waiting for the kids, sure kept my 3 year old grand daughter busy! Ms Lauraine was so sweet and resourceful with activities that we wanted to do outside the property and sure knows how to make one feel welcome. She had so much useful information available, made it easy to get around. We would highly recommend this property for a tranquil getaway for all types of families! Thank you for letting me and my family build loving memories! I had a blast for my birthday!
A. Nwabukuri

I must say I had a very exciting, adventurous time here at Bits of Paradise! Thank you so much for accommodating us all so comfortably here and I am more than certain, we will be back! Thanks for everything!
Extremely pleased,
S. Whatley

This was a wonderful vacation to celebrate my wife's 65th birthday. I walked, I went to Siesta Key Beach, I watched the horses roam and graze on the property. My family was at the pool and on a scale of 1-10, I definitely rate this a 9.5! And you ask why? I couldn't communicate with the outside world on my phone. Is there anything we can do about this? Because we will be back. Thanks for a marvelous time and great memories!
G. Nwabukuri

This was the best family vacation we've had! Just being able to enjoy the family on such a beautiful land, away from the noise, was the most amazing part! We haven't ridden bikes in years, came here and rode twice a day! It's new to be around so much nature. Coming from city life, but pleasing none the less. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We will definitely be back!!
I. Nwabukuri

Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. Very accommodating! Enjoyed access to the pool and clean and cool environment, with this Florida weather. Overall good and will definitely recommend to others!
C. Nwabukuri

Family Vacation Stay, Rainier, WA.
Date of Arrival: Apr. 26th 2015
Thank you so much for your hospitality. The home was just what we were looking for. Comfortable, quiet and fun! The pool was an added bonus for our daughter! Loved watering all the animals, especially the lizards!
Many Thanks,
Aimee, Pascal and Marijka

Spring Break Vacation, Warsaw, IN.
Date of Arrival: April 4th 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the ranch. It was peaceful and tranquil. After a busy day at the beach, the pool was perfect! We Loved grilling and walking the property and visiting the animals. The Tree House Unit was clean and spacious. The bathrooms and kitchen were especially nice. The beds felt great too! It was everything we hoped for. It looked just like the virtual tour and more! Lauraine is a fabulous hostess and a real sweetheart! Thank you so much! We made some priceless memories at your place. We just might be back...but definitely recommend you! I have had fun telling people about our trip and much of that was your unique ranch. Thanks again and God bless!
The Dawson Family

2 Family Vacation Stay, Dekalb, IL.
Date of Arrival: Apr. 3rd 2015
We really enjoyed our stay on your ranch! We loved the morning greetings from the horses and goats! and enjoyed feeding them carrots! My kids loved them! My 5 year old never wanted to leave! We also really enjoyed the swimming pool! Thank you for the amazing house too. We loved all the personal touches it offered! The kids enjoyed playing with the games and toys! We can't wait to come back!
The Potts & Kovacs Families

We loved your "Billy Goats" "Houdini" and "Herman", from the first day we got here, they are full of character. The grounds are beautiful, as is your rental home. The stay was comfortable and relaxing. You were also very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Thank you for your hospitality and for sharing your wonderful property and pets with us!!
J. Kovacs

Spring Break Vacation,Williamston, MI.
Date of Arrival Apr. 3rd 2015
Lauraine, thank you for the hospitality and friendship. I loved visiting with you! The kids loved the pool, swimming, animals etc. Plus the fishing kept my active boys busy! The place was so clean, quiet and relaxing. Kudos to all!

Your daughter Marielle, was very nice and I hope that I can come back. I loved your real "Easter Bunny"!!!

We had a wonderful time, it's a beautiful place to spend on vacation, going swimming and petting the goats ans horses and the miniature horse. We would love to come back next year. Thank you for a lovely place to stay!

Spring Break Vacation,Ft. Wayne, IN.
Date of Arrival Mar. 28th 2015
We had a great time at your place. We pretty much had the place to ourselves and loved every minute of it.
The Morris's

Family Winter Break Vacation Stay, Martinsville, IN., Lafayette, IN.
Date of Arrival: Mar. 21st 2015
Dear Lauraine, Thank you for sharing your "Bits of Paradise" with our family this week! We enjoyed our stay & hope to return to the Sarasota area for good! We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know and would happily stay again. The G-kids wanted to move in and stay forever! We had a blast! Thanks again and it was our pleasure.
N. & B. Miller

Dear Lauraine, I just want to say thank you for sharing your beautiful "Bits of Paradise" with us. This was the first vacation that I've been able to take my 3 boys on and we couldn't have picked a better place to make such wonderful memories at! Without having to look further, I think we've found our yearly vacation spot. Thank you for the comfort, wonderful hospitality, consideration and for providing us with a home away from home for the week!
With Much Gratitude,
J. Miller

Mother, Daughter & Friends Vacation Stay, Madison AL.
Date of Arrival: Mar. 14th 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. It was a nice getaway from all the busy hubbub through the rest of town. We will hopefully be back soon! Thanks for everyting!
J. & A. Lancaster & B. Podila

Family Reunion, Jacksonville, FL., St, Johns FL., Arlington, TX., Crowley, TX., Homer Glen, IL., Virginia Beach , VA.
Date of Arrival: May 9th 2014
Thank You! This has been a wonderful place to stay for our family reunion weekend! Beautiful grounds! The 1 Bedroom Cottage wqas great for our 9 month old, while everyone else were in the (2) 2 Bedroom Tree House Units. Thanks again!
Heins, Schubert, Berry, Stephenson, and Prisifka Families

We had a fantastic time at your ranch and only wish we could have spent more time there.
It is a beautiful setting and the accommodations were even better than we expected.
Again, thank you, we had a great time and are already thinking about next year (and a longer stay!)
S. Stephenson

Large Family Wedding Stay, Glennville, GA., Jasper, GA., Leesburg, FL., Estero, FL., Umatilla, FL. Bradenton, FL.
Date of Arrival: May 2nd 2014
What a great place for our large family (10 Adults and 12 Children) to stay for my sister's wedding! Beautiful homes and property and the kids loved the animals! The kids were able to run around and spread out even during the rain. Property was perfect for us. It may end up being a great place for our family reunions. Thank you for sharing your place.

Large Family Wedding Stay, Harwood, IL., Chicago, IL., Roselle, IL., Itaska, IL., Alexandria, LA.,
Date of Arrival: Apr. 21st 2014
Amazing property! Goats, Horses, Pool, everything was awesome and great fishing too! Can't wait to come back!
Reece and DiCristina Family

Mom And Me Vacation Time Together (Older Son) Charlotte, N.C., Winston Salem, N.C.
Date of Arrival: Mar. 14th 2014
Had a Great Time! As soon as we arrived, we were in love with the serenity of the ranch! My 90lb puppy (Great Pyranees/Siberian Husky Mix) was instant buddies with "Rocco" (your caretaker's dog) and the two of them played together all week! I look forward to my next visit to "Bits Of Paradise", aptly named! We also enjoyed picking fresh strawberries next door to your ranch at "Honeyside Farms"!

Had a great time, and I am looking forward to coming back to Bits Of Paradise! Thank you for giving us a wonderful vacation!

Trip to the U.S.A. With "Me Mum", from the U.K.
Date of Arrival: Feb. 22nd 2014
Enjoyed very much "The Ranch", especially the animals, with a big plus for the baby alligator in your pond!
Daphne, Catherine and Jane

Family Vacation Stay, Pennsylvania
Date of Arrival: Feb. 8th 2014
What a wonderful time we had in sunny Florida at your unique ranch. We enjoyed our relaxing walks and bike rides around Bits Of Paradise and the surrounding area. Petting the horses and goats and talking to the friendly horse owners, were special treats! Add to that, golfing and fishing at the Venice Pier (no fishing license needed), our two weeks went by much too quickly! As we head back to Pennsylvania, we have many fond memories of our stay!
The Gerald Oakley Family

Family Wedding and Getaway, Indiana
Date of Arrival: Jan. 17th 2014


I want to thank you for the fabulous time at the ranch. In addition, I want to thank you for being so accommodating. Our family loved staying at your location and enjoyed the many amenities that the home had to offer. We enjoyed drinking our morning coffee on the screened in porch in the back as the sun came up. The fenced in yard was perfect for our dogs. The home was spacious and inviting. We had plenty of room to invite all our local family members out to have a huge cookout in the shelter. The kids loved watching the gator in the pond throughout our time their. I was also surprised that we did not run out of hot water for as many of us using the multiple bathrooms to get ready daily. Our family will definitely book with you on our next trip to Florida. Also, thank you for taking time out of your day to show us the tree houses. Very nice!

Thanks again for a relaxing home,
Harris Family

Family Reunion and Getaway, Miami, FL., Venezuela
Date of Arrival: Jan. 17th 2014
Dear Lauraine, We all want to thank you for this beautiful experience! This house is fantastic! We hope to come back soon and maybe rent it again for Christmas as well. Again, thank you for this house, the horses and the directions to downtown, it was beautiful! We will keep in contact, take care and we'll speak with you soon! P.S. hope you liked your "Hallacci"!!
Truly Yours, William, Mayola and Family

Family Hoilday Reunion, Loveland, CO. MO. OK. CT. and CA.
Date of Arrival: Dec. 29th 2013
What a wonderful place to gather our family members from all over the country! Peaceful and relaxing as well as entertaining for the kids (feeding the goats and horses)! We had a great stay, perfect for a family reunion! Thanks so much for everything!
The Prater and Lies Families and Others

Wedding Celebration, San Jose, CA., St Louis, MO., Seattle, WA. and Sarasota FL.
Date of Arrival: Aug. 20th 2013
Lauraine, Ron, Nanette and Mitch,
Thank you for letting us stay at your ranch for our wedding, it made an awesome memory for me and my whole family! The property is lovely!! The goats, "Houdini" and "Herman", were our favorite!! Everyone had a great time and are still talking about what a great time they had! It's a memory we will never forget.
Thank you,
The Huston Family

2 Family Vacation Stay, Atlanta, GA.
Date of Arrival: Jul, 22nd 2013
Hi Lauraine and Ron, Thank you for your hospility. We enjoyed our time on the property and the kids loved the goats and horses! We enjoyed Siesta Key Beach, the city of Sarasota and "Clayton's Restaurant" was really good! Thank you for helping us with our car and the AC. We will consider staying again and will recommend your property to other folks.
Best Regards,
The Family's of Jimenez and Polanco

Friends and Families Vacation Stay, Atlanta GA., Lawrenceville GA.
Date of Arrival: Jul. 1st 2013Sent from my iPhone
Hey Lauraine! We had a great time at your property! Sorry we didn't have time to say goodbye, came back from Orlando late at night on Saturday. We will be coming back in December for sure! We liked the property, and like I said, we all had a great time with our families! Thanks again!
The Cortes, Tapia and Mejia Families

"Bogiatto Educational Village" Group, Italy
Date of Arrival: Jun. 9th 2013
Hi Lauraine, We thank you very much for your sweet hospitality. The place is so full of good energy! We spent a very relaxed and educational time here! We hope to see you and your family in Lake Como, Italy!
Grazie e Arrivederci a Presto (thank you and see you soon)!
Stefania, Nea, Stefano and Filippo Cervi

Wedding Celebration, Columbus, OH., Wadsworth, OH.,
Date of Arrival: Mar. 30th 2013
Lauraine & Ron, Thank You! We had a wonderful time. All the kids loved the animals. The goats and horses were so fun to wake up to every morning! My sister's engagement pictures turned out beautiful and prepared her, for her wedding the next day. Maybe someday we will be back! God Bless!
The Allweins
(Sent From Brides Cell Phone) OMG! Thank you so much for letting us stay on your amazing land! It was beautiful!! The kids loved it!
A. Allwein

50th Birthday Celebration, Michigan City IN., Fishers, IN., New Buffalo, MI.
Date of Arrival: Apr. 27th 2013
Lauraine and Ron, Thank you! Bits of Paradise is truly what the name says! Your hospitality and your staff are exceptional and the Pond View Home and 2 Tree House Units are beautiful. My two little granddaughters loved the horses and goats as did we! We had a great vacation! Many thanks to you and hope to be back soon!
John and Nancy Holkan

Daughter's Wedding Celebration, Coral Springs, FL., Puerto Rico
Date of Arrival: Feb. 25th 2013
Lauraine and Ron, thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. Staying at your home for the week was truly a blessing to my family, with all the craziness and wedding preparations! Having all the room and space to park, made it more comfortable and easier to entertain my family and friends for my daughter's wedding! I appreciate all your help, and the time you took out of your busy day, to show us your other properties and horses. My neighbors and daughters enjoyed your horses and goats as well as feeding them carrots! We definitely would enjoy coming back and recommending this place to everyone! Truly is peaceful back here and beautiful! Good luck to you and Ron with all your projects!
Love, Carolyn & Angel Rivera

3 Family 80th Birthday Celebration, Chippewa Lake, OH., Nashville, TN., Myrtle Beach, SC.
Date of Arrival: Feb.21st 2013
Thank you so much for the beautiful and peaceful get away for our family! It was too short of a stay but will have great memories for all of us. I hope we all can come down again! Thank you for showing us around your beautiful ranch! The girls and their babies enjoyed visiting the horses!
Love the,
Waite Family
Doyle Family
Gilpin Family

Family From Venezuela/Miami FL.
Date of Arrival: Feb. 16th 2013
We enjoyed our stay very much! The quietness, the pony's (girls loved them), and the kindness (Lauraine especially)!
The Olivera Family

6 Family Reunion/Celebration Of Late Grandfather's Life, Sarasota, FL., Fairbanks, AK., Fort Collins, CO., Portland, OR., Kitlery, ME., Woodside, NY., Wolcott, NY.,
Date of Arrival: Jan. 1st 2013
Bits Of Paradise Ranch provided the perfect setting to remember our dearly departed grandfather. We found comfort in the beautiful setting and "neigh" bors, and our family was able to reunite in an intimate setting!
Thank You
The Murphy Family

5 Family Holiday and New Years Eve Celebration, Portland, OR., Baltimore, MD., Milton, MA., Tampa, FL., Darien, CT.
Date of Arrival: Dec. 26th 2012
We had a terrific family reunion at the ranch! Thank you so much, it was perfect for our group of 17 and 2 dogs!! Happy New Year!!
The Camerons Family
The Farrs Family
The Dunns Family
The Grunes Family

3 Family Christmas Reunion, Jacksonville FL., Salt Lake City, UT. and Sammamish, WA.
Date of Arrival: Dec. 21st 2012
We had a great reunion here! Awesome house! Loved the peacefulness, goats and horses! Had a good laugh when the kids went to feed the goats carrots, and they followed the kids back to the front door of the house. The goats wanted to come in and it was hilarious to see the kids reaction, who thought the goats were chasing them!

Loved the time we had here! Great property for large famlies/reunions! Lauraine and Ron have been wonderful in providing information on things to do and places to eat etc. They have also done a great job of providing games which we fully leveraged. Overall Awesome time!
The Vankamamidi Family
The Mohan Family

4 Family Thanksgiving Celebration, Surfside, FL., Bay Harbor Islands, FL., Golden Beach, FL.,
Date of Arrival: Nov. 21st 2012
We had a great Thanksgiving weekend at the ranch! Thank you so much for making us feel "at home" and for the Sangria! We loved the horses!! We were so peaceful at your ranch that we'll remember it forever!!
The Alves Family
The Donaire Family
The Bellomo Family
The Araujo Family

4 Family Vacation Stay, Pinecrest, FL., Los Angeles CA., and Durham NC.
Date Of Arrival: Nov. 8th 2012
We had a wonderful stay. Loved the ranch, the horses, goats and "McDremy"! Thanks
The Stieglitz Family

2 Family Vacation Stay, Orlando FL., Upper Marlboro, MD.
Date Of Arrival: Jul.14th 2012
We had a wonderful time on the property. The hospitality that was shown to us all, made our trip extremely special! "McDreamy" was a hit with the kids and we had a great time feeding the horses "carrots"... LOL! Thank you very much for a time well spent and we look forward to coming back!
The Chambers

3 Family Vacation Stay, Columbus, IN., York SC., Spring Lake NC.
Date Of Arrival: Jul. 1st 2012
Thank you for your hospitality! We had a wonderful stay at the ranch. My kids loved catching frogs and lizards on your beautiful property!
The Hodinas

Family Vacation Stay, Williamsburg, KY.
Date Of Arrival: Apr. 1st 2012
We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at your ranch! Thanks so much for your kindness and hospitality. Our kids loved being able to roam and made new friends with the horses and goats! We will definitely be back!
Sharon, Ron, Hannah and Daniel

Family Vacation Stay, Milton, FL.
Date Of Arrival: Mar. 12th 2012
Much thanks for the peace and quiet! Everyday we looked forward to the exchanges with our new furry friends! Being away from the hustle and bustle is the only way to go! Until next time...
Jeff, Jennifer, Kristian

2 Family Vacation Stay, East Rochester NY., and Charleston, SC.
Date of Arrival: Jan. 2nd 2012
We really enjoyed our stay here on your beautiful ranch. Everything from our new buddies "Penny", "Sterling", "McDreamy" (Horses), "Houdini" and "Herman" (Pygmy Goats) to fabulous accommodations, made our stay pleasurable. My three year old daughter and I loved watching the animals every day wander the property. "McDreamy" and "Houdini" were a host at times very entertaining. The quiet and peacefulness here is very relaxing but so convenient to get to places of need or interest. We will certainly miss it here and hope to return again some day.
The Bulbulia Family

Mom's 90th Birthday Celebration, Several Families, Virginia Bch, VA., San Francisco, CA., Monroe ME.
Date of Arrival Feb. 4th 2011
Our stay was great, it's hard to find a place with that many beds at a good price. The location is excellent, private and quiet, the horses and goats were fun. I'm keeping your
wonderful property book marked in case we need to come down again!
Thanks for everything.
- Billy Block (aka William)

Family Vacation Stay, Beijing, China, North East Ada, MI.
Date Of Arrival: Dec. 20th 2011
From our initial welcome by "Sterling" and "Penni" (Horses), "Houdini" and "Herman" (Pygmy Goats), to our departure a week later, we were made to feel very welcome. What a great place to hide out after 2 days of activities!
The Hastings Family

Family Vacation Stay, Miramar, FL.
Date of Arrival: May 10th 2011
We spent a thoroughly enjoyable three nights here! Where else but here would you find such a well-mannered, 4 legged welcoming committee (pygmy goats & horses)! A great place to come home to after watching the sunsets! Our best to Lauraine and her family.
N. & O. Kontax & Family

2 Family Vacation Stay, Great Grand Children Meets 89 Yr Old Great Grandma for the 1st Time!! Marietta, GA., Atlanta, GA.
Date of Arrival: March 30th 2011
Our family had such an incredible time at your property! The property was amazing and the perfect place for our extended family to stay. Being able to let the kids roam around the property was great, we didn't have to worry about cars/traffic or 'strangers' around. Nice to be away from the commotion of Sarasota/Siesta Key but it is not too far away from the town or the beaches!

There were enough rooms and beds for us all to stay and sleep comfortably. It is such a nice house and on such beautiful property as well. But the property really makes the stay! The kids all loved having the animals around and we enjoyed the serene location! The horses and goats that roam the property during the day really add to it as does the remote location.

Also the owners are extremely nice and helpful people. Made us all feel very welcome! We cannot wait to return next year and plan on bringing even more family to stay with us since there are additional suites on the property. Thank you so much for your hospitality and the great vacation rental! Can't say enough great things about our stay here!

3 Family Vacation Stay, Bethesda, MD., North West DC.,
Date of Arrival: March 20th 2011
We had a wonderful stay. Our son enjoyed the horses and playing with the pygmy goats! The beds are extremely comfortable! Thank You
A. Weisman

2 Family Vacation Stay, Kirkwood, PA., North East,MD.
Date Of Arrival: Feb. 13th 2011
Thanks so much for a wonderful place to stay! It was perfect for the seven children we had running around here all week! The kids loved the long driveway, big yard and being able to see an Armadillo for the first time! You'll be the first people we call when we are ready for another Fl. vacation!
A. Sensenig

We had an awesome week here at the ranch! Wonderful place for our children to run, play and ride bikes! Thanks for the horse rides, our children loved riding!

Christmas/New Years Vacation Stay, Several Families, Madison, WI., Arlington Heights, IL., Union City, NJ.
Date of Arrival: Dec.22 2010
My family stayed at Bits Of Paradise Ranch over Christmas and New Year's 2010/2011 and LOVED it! Ron and Lauraine were great to work with as well....
Nadia Smith

Business Retreat
Date of Arrival: November 15 2010

We rented the vacation home for a business retreat week, for 6 of our top sales reps. We included the cottage in our rental as well.

We held sales and motivation meetings daily for the upcoming year and enjoyed the beautiful grounds and peaceful environment in the evenings. The week went well and our reps were astonished at the private but convenient location.

The accommodations were clean and really perfect. We utilized local catering for some of the meals and the innkeepers were very helpful with any of our needs. The on-sight caretaker was available for some special arranging as needed. It was great having him as an extra service.

There was never a question about any of our requests. We hope to reward our staff again, with this unique and incredible property.

DJ Desjardins

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