|Minimum Stay||28 nights|
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THE RINGLING RETREAT AT LIDO BEACH is an historic cottage once part of the Ringling Estate. The cottage is located just 1/2 block to beautiful Lido Beach, and it is also just a short walk to the Lido swimming pool, Lido nature preserve, and to the famous shops and restaurants at St. Armands Circle.
THE RINGLING RETREAT AT LIDO BEACH is nestled in a tropical garden setting, in a beach community of quality single family homes, small vacation properties, and resort condominiums.
Offered is the studio suite, a 400 sq ft living space with kitchen, bathroom, and private screened-in lanai. Queen-sized bed.
Keywords: Lido Beach, Lido Key, St. Armands Circle, Historic Cottage, Ringling Retreat.
This past October I was fortunate enough to spend a month on Lido Key at the Ringling Retreat. Sarasota has always been my go-to vacation spot. I love the shops on St. Armand's and Lido Beach. Other activities such as the Ringling Art Museum are only a short drive away. I was especially pleased with this year's choice of places to stay. I researched online numerous hotels and motels, but decided on the Ringling Retreat. It's a house made up of several suites, and I was lucky enough to get a one bedroom. The Retreat was quiet and convenient to all the local action. Such a homey atmosphere to come back to every evening after running myself ragged, cramming all Sarasota had to offer in a month's time. I really lucked out at the Ringling! I could be as active as I wanted to be or just sit back and relax. The unit came with a small kitchen, full stove and refrigerator, table and chairs, living room with couch and chairs, TV and numerous books, maps, things to do in the area, so I could plan my day accordingly, also a comfortable queen-sized bed, and a bathroom with shower, plus a beach chair. There are two requests I have while traveling, a recliner for my bad back and a good bed with soft pillows, and I was lucky enough to get both! And an added bonus was that I never heard a peep out of the neighbors. In fact, I didn't know I had neighbors until I met them. Management was terrific. I met Mary Anne and her husband, lovely people and so accommodating. On my first night, I realized she'd left me a week's worth of fruit, a gallon jug of water, and a 6 pack of coke (an item I requested beforehand) with a nice note welcoming me. Did I mention there's a lap pool nearby for swimming at $5.00 per day. That's if you get tired of the beach! I could go on and on about my Sarasota. It's just a beautiful area and known for its pristine beaches, world class shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Being able to enjoy Sarasota was made even more wonderful by Mary Anne and my stay at the Ringling Retreat. I highly recommend the Retreat to all, young and retired. It's a beautiful escape in a beautiful city. Did I mention that the driveway was covered in shells! (One quick note, I was there during a hurricane. Sarasota fared well, and I wasn't afraid at all. Mary Anne checked on me and even planned an evacuation had the storm gotten worse.). Look into renting the Ringling Retreat for your next vacation. You won't be disappointed!
We had the opportunity to stay at one of the few authentic Ringling Cottages on Lido Key. The location was great for walks on the beach (<150yds) and walks to the lively St Armands Circle where you can find shops and restaurants. The cottage is ideally located if you'd like to bike the key. We enjoyed a full day's outing to the Circus Museum and Ringling House (both must-see) and many of the restaurants scattered along the length of Lido/Longboat Keys. We felt very welcomed by the owner and would recommend this property / return to this property. If you are looking for a place to enjoy the weather, beach, and ambiance of the Sunshine State (we did leave cold weather to enjoy), then you'll enjoy this property.
Had a very nice stay with our young son. Apartment was comfortable and quiet, perfect for our low-key vacation needs. Spent our days at Lido beach, just minutes away walking, and went out to eat in downtown Sarasota at night, easily accessible by car. Hope to visit again!
Just one-half block stroll to the beautiful white sands of Lido Beach! A few blocks from nature preserve and a short walk to St. Armands Circle. 8 minutes drive to downtown Sarasota.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
28 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.