"With my now wife looking for a thoughtful place to honeymoon, we vacillated between hotels and resorts. Being fans of extended-stay hotels for the kitchenettes and ease of parking, it was a nice happenchance that she found this location through various web searches. Comparing prices, she found a rental fit what we wanted: tropical climate in her old stomping grounds (she lived a fair portion of adulthood in southern Florida), a pool, close to retail, restaurants, and grocery stores, and much more house than we're used to. Peter, the owner, was quick to reply to inquiries before and during our stay. The carafe for the coffee maker was cracked and it was quickly taken care of (there is a Keurig machine for those who prefer). The kitchen is nicely updated and we enjoyed cooking our meals on the ample countertop space with many available pans, pots, containers, etc. The house is plenty large to host a vacationing family. It's my hope to rope my parents into coming down with us at some point to enjoy the property and area and still have plenty of privacy in the house. There are a number of TVs, access to the backyard is available through pretty much then entire rear wall of sliding glass doors. The climate controls were easy to use and the house was very comfortable our entire stay.
For those who enjoy restauranting, there are at least five restaurants within a few hundred yards and plenty more within a five-minute drive. The nearest main road, Route A1A, is under some construction, but traffic is slight enough that it never affected our trips and it looks like it should be complete in short order (as of July 2015).
Compared to a hotel or typical resort, as trite as it may sound, the parking is wonderful. Hauling heavy suitcases is barely an issue when you walk right into the house in your own (!) garage, with two bicycles, and even a smattering of pool floats and what not presumably left by other tenants. Check in is a breeze in that it's not even necessary!
My wife and I really loved our stay there and definitely plan on making it our regular getaway when we have a full week to visit the area. Kudos to Peter for making it available and a value compared to hotels and resorts. If you have a couple of families staying (I think the house can sleep 8 or so), the price is way cheaper than a hotel and the communal area of the kitchen/dining/living rooms is really nice.
We will be back to Sandy Oaks, for sure!"
Guest: David M.
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: July 29, 2015