"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."
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: May 7, 2015