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Sarasota's Shangri La for 2 - 250 guests

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3-6 Bedroom 2-3 Bath for Golfers, Weddings and larger parties.

PRIVACY - Enjoy the tropical paradise and serenity of this very private estate! Secluded home situated on 2.5 acres. Heated pool, spa, lake, up to 9 double beds along with air mattresses can host 25+ people. 5 beds are in the main house and 4 beds are in the second guest house. The second guest house is not included in the base price. The second guest house is an additional $400 nightly (taxes & cleaning included). Pay for the second guest house upon arrival to the property. Guests are not required to rent the second guest house. Watch the video to get an idea of the layout of the property.

SECOND GUEST HOUSE - There is a second guest house on the property which is available for an additional $400 a day (includes taxes and cleaning). It includes a poker room, full size golf simulator, living room with sleeper sofa and 84" linear fireplace, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, full bathroom with shower, and fully stocked bar and refrigerator. Use the alcohol and mixers that are available and either pay for what you use or restock. Payable in cash or check at time of check in if you decide to use it. You do not have to use it every day that the house is rented. It cannot be rented separately from the house, so you need to rent the main house first. I do not live in the main house but do live in the guest house from time to time in private quarters.

HEATED POOL & SPA - We include floating chairs and pool toys. Pool heating is extra. The pool heating cost ranges from $20 and up. The actual amount is calculated at check out based on the fuel used. Payable at check-out with check or cash. You only pay for the energy used. This is the fairest way of doing this because of the large range in costs for this.

LARGE PARTIES - Great for parties of up to 250 people. Hosted weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties, various adult parties, kids parties, wedding receptions and everything else. I can recommend bartenders, DJs, male/female exotic dancers, waitresses and more.

WEDDINGS - There are a few places on the property to exchange vows. Choose what suits you best. Contact me to see the property prior to booking to decide where everything needs to be set up. You are free to stop by beforehand as often as you like to plan everything. Most guests enjoy having the wedding at the entrance to the guest house which is complete with wedding decorations, lighting and statues as shown in the photos.

Sleeping accommodations: The main house master bedroom has a king size bed and a double size sleeper sofa. Bedroom 2 has a king size bed. Bedroom 3 has a queen size bed. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa. Younger kids can use the air mattresses available.

The guest house has 3 bedrooms and a sofabed in the living room. There's lots of room on the dance floor/poker room, golf simulator area and bar for air mattresses for the kids if necessary.

PING PONG TABLE - For all to enjoy.

POND - Enjoy fishing in the pond, feeding the 15 turtles, and be amused by the otters and beautiful birds that inhabit the property. Rubber raft is available for exploring. Throw bread into the pond from the gazebo and the turtles and fish will come over to you. They all enjoy an easy meal. River Otters are common visitors but not permanent residents. Dragonflies and bats patrol the evening skies eating mosquitoes and other annoying bugs so that the bug population is minimal. There has never been an alligator in the pond.

WINDING PATHWAYS - The winding paved pathways will take you through the natural gardens and butterfly plants that surround the property. Over 10,000 flowering tropical plants with rich red, yellow, white and purple flowers line the nearly half mile of pathways. The most colorful time of year is summertime when dozens of species are in full bloom. See hundreds of huge, magnificent plants (which are too large for typical homes) line the 1,000 foot perimeter of the property. There are over 100 huge trees scattered throughout which provide welcome shade, cool air and homes for countless birds and other critters. Dozens of tropical birds including Blue Herons, Egrets, ducks, geese and hummingbirds are common visitors to the property. Dozens of butterflies including Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, Pipevine Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulpher and Zebra Longwing (Florida's State Butterfly) play regularly in the thousands of plants available just for them. Armadillos, raccoons, squirrels, gopher tortoises, and black indigo snakes (endangered and harmless) among other creatures make their homes in the gardens, ponds and creeks on the property.

SHOPPING - 4.5 miles to the luxurious UTC mall and shopping area. The property is in the heart of town. About a mile to grocery stores and restaurants.

TENNIS - You have access to 2 private tennis courts. We supply 2 tennis rackets and tennis balls.

BEACHES - Several beaches are located nearby. We include beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach towels, and coolers for your trips to the beach. My preference is Siesta Key beach which is rated #1 in the world. Newly renovated it has ample parking and restrooms. There are plenty of casual restaurants in the area as well as bars for dancing late into the night. Sunday night an hour before sunset there is a drum circle on Siesta Key beach which attracts dozens of drummers and hundreds of onlookers, dancers, and interesting characters. Definitely entertaining for young and old.

OUTDOOR FUN - There is a sound system, TV, and outdoor lighting on the patio. Corn hold bean bag toss game is ready for action! A bar is available outdoors for drinks. Lots of outdoor seating and tables. Large putting green can be used for Bocce Ball and other activities.

GOLFERS - Full service catering for golfers! Can provide course recommendations and arrange tee times and any other amenity you may need for a relaxing and fun filled golf getaways with friends. Large outdoor putting green using synthetic grass is available now. An indoor golf simulator and media room is available at extra cost. If you get a little sore playing golf check out the massage service below. Typically 8 - 10 golfers come down, each having a separate double bed. We have golf instruction and brunch in the morning, then go to the course at 11am where we warm up on the practice areas again with the instructer, then golf from 1pm to 5:30pm, then dinner, then back to the bar and poker room while working on golf techniques on the golf simulator. It's great for entertaining corporate guests and for corporate employee benefits.

MASSAGE - Asian Massage is available for in home service for men and women. Enjoy a massage by the spa, pool, gazebo, or anywhere alse on the property inside or out, day or night.

FISHING - If you want to fish, the pond behind my home is fun to fish in. It has Tilapia and Bluegill. You will catch a fish every cast. There are many bridges nearby that people fish from so that you can salt water fish without renting a boat. Two of the most popular are the Sunshine Skyway bridge and the Venice Beach Fishing Pier There are many other areas to fish from as well. I can arrange a boat for fishing as well. I can take you out on a boat from to fish in the calm intercoastal waters. We can beach the boat and have a picnic. I have plenty of coolers for food and drinks along with beach chairs and umbrellas. If you prefer deep waters there are charter fishing boats in the area located at where there are 50 boats for hire.

BOATING - Many boats are available to rent in the area. I can come along to help navigate the waters and set up beach side picnics. The inter-coastal area is very calm and great fun. Join dozens of other boaters for fun in the sun.

BBQ - Propane BBQ is available for cook outs. A cook is available for hire. Parties can be catered. Extra folding tables are available for larger parties. Watch the video to get a better idea of the property.

CATERING SERVICE - If you want the refrigerator stocked with beer, food and drinks before you arrive just contact me and I will arrange to get you anything that you need.

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL - Located near I-75 it is easy to get to Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium to enjoy your favorite teams for spring training.

PETS - Sorry, pets are not allowed in consideration of other guests who may be allergic.

More Details

Gene Payson
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About Gene Payson

I moved to this home in Sarasota from Michigan in 2002. I owned a hobby shop selling radio controlled airplanes until 2016. My profile is on LinkedIn if you would like to know more. I am currently a drone pilot for the USAF and civilian companies as well. My hobbies are gardening and home remodeling so I purchased this huge property and spent the last 15 years landscaping and remodeling. I put in thousands of plants, a winding pathway, fountains, and other amenities. I hope that you enjoy your time at Payson Gardens! I live nearby so I can assist you if any issue arises. Gene Payson

Gene Payson purchased this house in 2003

Why Gene Payson chose Sarasota

I have unique 3D scans of the property so you can take a virtual tour of both the main house and the guest house. However the website does not support these links well. Please contact me directly and I can send the links to you if they are not shown here. and Hidden and serene , this home is only moments to shopping, cultural events, the beach and all other amenities that Sarasota and the surrounding areas has to offer. While inviting for large parties it is also a place to relax in one of many areas and enjoy the pool, spa, gardens, pond, ping pong table, putting green, gazebo, wide screen TVs, and more.

What makes this house unique

Perfect for huge parties and family gatherings, with the large pool deck, heated pool, spa, and private gardens you will find this one of the most unique spaces in Sarasota county. There are few homes such as this in the country. Watch the video of the grounds: This is a great place to hold a small wedding. You can find the video on YouTube by typing in Gene Payson Gardens.


Sarasota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower , All newly remodeled includes towels.
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Newly remodeled bathroom includes towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Overlooks front gardens
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Overlooks pool, spa, garden and lake.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Overlooks the garden, pool and spa area.
    Sleeping area in living room - 1 double , Sofa bed in living room for extra guests.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please feel free to ask me for help with any concierge services you may need.


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Sarasota's Shangri La for 2 - 250 guests
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay in Sarasota. We travelled with two families and 9 people. Plenty of sleeping space for everyone. Great space in the kitchen and great room. The backyard pool and grounds are fantastic. While the great beaches, restaurants and shopping are just a short drive away hanging out in the pool and hot tub was one of our favorite things to do. The grill, putting green, ping pong table and other games made it an easy place to relax and enjoy good friends and family. There is so much space to hang out and relax in the outdoor areas with a tv, fire and outdoor bar area with fridge. Working with Gene was very easy and he was very accommodating. We would definitely book here again if our travels take us back to this area.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to seeing you again.
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North Canton, OH

Everything was amazing - 10 Stars if I could...

  • 5 of 5

Gene, thank you for everything. We had 14 guys here for a bachelor party and this home exceeded everyones expectations. This home is a lot larger than the pictures make it look. We spent most of our time in the screened in area by the pool and you honestly couldn't ask for anything else. Gene has everything you would need from a fire pit & TV to mini fridge, grill and pool floats & games.

The property is beautiful with a stocked pond full of turtles and fish to lush vegetation. You are truly secluded from the road and everything else. We spent the nights at local bars, that Gene recommended, and we were usually up until 4am playing music and having ourselves a good time. We didn't need to worry about the noise due to the level of seclusion.

I looked at close to 200 homes for this party and couldn't be happier that I picked this one. I really hope to send another long weekend here. If the opportunity ever presents itself, I won't hesitate to come back.

Gene is truly a rock star and an all around host. He will suggest bars, restaurants, golf courses and beaches. I don't have one bad thing to say about this place, even if I tried.

Thanks again Gene!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks guys. Everyone I met was a great guy. I really enjoy having bachelor and bachelorette parties here because everyone is in a great partying mood. I hope to see you all back for future bachelor parties for the other guys.
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A great week in Sarasota!

  • 5 of 5

This home is in a great location for all activites in the Sarasota area. Our group was impressed with the unique landscape of this property. It was very private and had all of the amenities one could ask for. The pool & hot tub were very refreshing. We also used the propane fire pit several evenings . The owner was very responsive to several of our needs and I would highly recommend this property.

David D.

Charlotte, NC

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed it. I strive have to have a 5 star rating. I look for all feedback to make constant improvements.
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The home was gorgeous

  • 3 of 5

We did not appreciate that we had to call every time we wanted to use the hot tub. Also the property was advertised as heated pool and then when we got there we found we had to pay extra. Would have enjoyed knowing where the lights fans air-conditioning and refrigerator were and that the y Needed to be turned on. Our kids loved the fishing swimming and all the games that were provided. Thank you very much. I doubt we will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is awesome!

  • 5 of 5

We renewed our vows here and had a family reunion at the same time. The place is amazing and magical! Gene did an outstanding job of getting an area ready for our vows. It was beautiful. This place is totally unknown, but a true treasure!!!

We will have memories of this stay for the rest of our lives!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had an awesome time. I have plans to make the experience bigger and better.
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  • 5 of 5

I live local but we stayed here for my wedding weekend. When we arrived we totally changed our plans to do our "first look" and wedding photos on the property. It is beautiful. If we had a few less people for the wedding we could have done it all on the property! Gene was also very friendly and great to work with.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Brandi. I'm adding a few more special features to accommodate weddings.
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Miller's Ale House
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Fort Myers Ferry to Key West
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Dozens of courses nearby
Nearest Motorway
90 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Longhorn Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Siesta Key, Lido Beach
Car: recommended

Great location for all outdoor activities. 45 Minutes to Busch Gardens. Many cultural events to include opera house, theaters, botanical gardens and many historic sites to name a few. I will be happy to assist you with info according to your interests! Thanks! Gene Payson


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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