Lakeside Villa Bradenton

Sarasota Florida


Guest John (Canada)
Date of Stay 30/12/12
Review Submitted 19/02/13
Stars 5

This is a gem. Starting with the home it is nicely furnished with lots of linens and a fully stocked kitchen. Forest creek is a lovely development with lots of space, walking trails and an abundance of bird life. We saw over 100 white Pelicans in the large lake at the entrance. The property is about ten minutes east of I75 away from the traffic jams you get west of the highway. Everything you want is within 20-30 minutes. Publix grocery 5 minutes away Here are a few of the activities and sites we enjoyed.

- Ellentom Outlet Mall and skating rink (Some of the USA Olympic skaters train here).

- Pittsburg Pirates train in Bradenton.

- Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key are nearby but the traffic can be heavy going through Bradenton. Suggest you go across the bridge to St. Petes and go to Fort Desota park. It is a nature preserve on the gulf. No buildings, walking/biking trails, a marvelous beach and restroom facilities. Can rent bikes. kayaks fishing pier etc. Usually see dolphins close to shore, It is our most favourite beach in Florida Never crowded even on weekends.

- Bradenton has lots of live theatre and music of all tastes.

- Van Wezel theatre in Sarasota has world class musical performers all season.

- Red Barn flea market close buy .Higher quality products then in most flea markets.

- Many golf course in the area. Three within 10 minutes. Reasonable prices in the afternoon.

- Tampa Bay Downs horse racing one hour north in Oldsmar.

- Greyhound racing closer in Sarasota.

- Just across the Skyway bridge is a small town Gulfport. It is a 1950's caught in time gem.Cobble stone streets lined with live oak trees Tuesday morning market and crafts. First Friday and third sat. evenings is Art Walk with the main street lit up with music and crafts again. Dancing at the old casino almost every day and big band dance every Sun. night. Probably my most popular place in Forida.

All of this is made possible by the great location of the home in Forest Creek. If you just want to rest up the pool is great and never busy. You will wake every day to White Herons and ducks in the pond behind and the Sand Hill Cranes will visit as well. I could go on but you get the message. Truly a wonderful spot


Guest Sven (Germany, 59368 Werne)
Date of Stay 03/31/12
Review Submitted 04/25/12
Stars 5

A wonderful holiday in a perfect villa

We (Family 1 boy, 11 years from Germany) spent our spring holiday in this wonderful villa. The villa is in a new and very clean condition It is perfectly equipped. We missed nothing, our expectations were exceeded. We enjoyed the large pool and the gym. The whole community is very clean and calm and has a nice nighbourhood. It`s central located in Parrish close to Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton and a lot of beaches. There are supermarkets, a huge Factory Outlet, a lot of restaurant, banks, churches and shops in a few minutes driving. We spent some beach days on Anna Maria Island, where you`ll find one of the nicest beaches in Florida. We missed nothing. This villa is ideal for a longer stay. When we have retired once a day we will stay the complete winter in this villa. The owners are very friendly and reliable. Actually we are too young to retire and to stay in this villa for months but we booked directly from this villa our next holiday in this villa in October 2012, unfortunately only for two weeks.


Guest Jean & Jim (Manitowoc, WI midwest USA)
Date of Stay 02/01/12
Review Submitted 04/20/12
Stars 5

We had the privilege of staying two months in this lovely new home in Forest Creek, a gated community, off Highway 301, between Ellenton and Parrish Florida. The community is beautifully designed with areas for walking, biking, a community pool/hot tub and club house for fitness, pool table and area for cooking for larger groups, and best of all, welcoming, friendly people all around. The home is nicely decorated, with an open, uncluttered feel. The three bedrooms are pretty and welcoming with adequate linens and towels. There were even beach towels and beach chairs available. The washer and dryer were wonderful, as were the all new kitchen appliances, each very easy to use. The lanai porch across the back of the home overlooked a small pond where we could watch a variety of birds, turtles, and a pair of sand hill cranes that created a nest. Binoculars are provided to watch all creatures more closely. We had the delight of seeing white pelicans drop into the pond on three occasions. Mark and Anne have provided a wonderful activity book with places to go, activities to do, and excellent places to eat. There is a great outlet mall just down the road in Ellenton. Three flat screen TVs are in the living room, office, and master bedroom. The office is further furnished with a computer network and a new printer. The master bath has a Roman shower, two basins and a separate room with commode. We found this location just right…the local traffic not too bad…and nicely located to get to the airport, events north in Tampa or head south to Bradenton, Sarasota, Naples and events in those areas. The traffic is much heavier in those areas! We enjoyed seeing the circus, two ballgames, plays at the Asolo Theater, The Ringling Museum, mansion and art collection, Marie Selby gardens, Myaka park airboat ride, Bang Bang Shrimp Wednesday night special at an area restaurant, and much, much more. Our guests were impressed with the comfort and beauty this home provides.

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