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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"Finally, our family had the opportunity to experience a very special, unique place to stay. We must travel frequently and tire of the cookie cutter hotel rooms. Spending several days as a guest in the Alfred Ringling home (as in "Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus) was a treat we jumped at . . . and were not disappointed.
The home appears small and ordinary from the outside, but looks are deceiving. Upon walking through the front door, it was like watching Mary Poppins pull a feature magazine spread from Architectural Digest out of her carpet bag. Pure luxury and every amenity provided. Even though this historic home will be 100 years old in 2018, it is clear that the owners and caretakers have been careful to preserve the unique architectural detail of the interiors while updating the large kitchen and multiple baths.
Work is still being done to preserve the exterior of the home and there was evidence of updated landscaping in progress along with new tropical trees and plants which will probably look gorgeous upon turning in the drive way a few years down the road. But the beautiful pool in the back of the Ringling home more than made up for the in-progress updates on the street side. The pool, surrounded by a variety of tropical plantings, anchors the backyard and every door and window on the privately enclosed backside of the home drinks in a view of that oasis from the heat. Hope we can get back this way again. It will be a pleasure to watch our children and grandchildren splash in the pool while I enjoy a lovely glass of wine sitting in the great room- and "great room" is an understatement.
Just have to figure an excuse to get back to Sarasota again."
Guest: SueDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 7, 2015
"Very nice stay . Was surprised to find new kitchen
And bathroom well done . Pool and jacuzzi was perfect for my family with pool chairs and toys.
The kids also were amused by the botanical garden in the back yard. Fresh lemons the size of oranges in the back ! Would recommend to my friends . I will be back soon . Thank you also for basket of cheer."
Guest: Charm cityDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 9, 2015
"When I started looking for a home for our family vacation, I didn't know what to expect. I chose this one because it was in my price range and it was close to where we wanted to be (Siesta Key). I couldn't have asked for a better home to stay in. We were literally 5 minutes from Wal-Mart, Publix, gas stations, and restaurants. We were about 20 minutes from Myakka River State Park and 15 minutes from the white sand at Siesta Beach. Armando provided anything that we could've needed in the home, from trash bags in the trash cans to a deck of cards. The kids loved coming back after the beach and swimming in the pool. Us grown ups wound down with a dip in the hot tub. We had a really great trip and I cannot wait to stay in this home again!"
Guest: MichelleDate of Stay: June 2014Review Submitted: June 24, 2014
"The house was clean and comfortable with nice amenities. The property owner was very courteous and attentive during our stay, going out of his way to get us cookware needed for a small dinner party. The neighborhood was quiet and taking our little dog out for walks was pleasant. The patio provided relaxing morning and evening lounging. The location is convenient to get to and from. The only small complaint (and reason for not giving this property five stars) is that the mattress in the smaller room was extremely hard and made for a restless and uncomfortable night's sleep. A memory foam pad or some type of additional cushioning may help that though. Otherwise we could not have been more charmed with the place!"
Guest: JennieDate of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: April 22, 2015