Beach House w/BOAT RENTAL DISCOUNT, HEATED POOL, BIKES, SUPs, KAYAKS
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About Carolyn Testa
My home-base is Bonners Ferry, Idaho, where the air smells like pine and the summers are a perfect blend of low humidity and clear skies. Winter, however... has led me to the sunny gulf coast where I fell in love with everything. So I'm going to practice being a snow bird and share my lovely little home with you. 'Little Fish' named herself almost immediately.
Carolyn Testa purchased this House in 2015
Why Carolyn Testa chose Gulf Harbors
I love the open floor plan, the tiled floors, in-ground pool, and the westerly-facing waterway at a wide intersection in the canal. Perfect evening sunsets and the pool's always in the sun. The screened-in pool patio feels like an outdoor extension to your living space -- a perfect place to spend with your morning coffee, meals, and evening cocktails.
What makes this House unique
HEATED INGROUND POOL for those days you don't want to be out in the sea. DISCOUNTED PONTOON BOAT RENTAL to explore the canals or zip out to the islands. FREE BICYCLES to cruise around the community. FREE SUPs AND FREE KAYAKS (2 of ea) That's a huge savings from renting them! FREE WI-FI makes it convenient to use your technology without using your data. FREE HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, STARZ (plus a ridiculous number of channels) FREE GAS GRILL -- with an extra full tank in the shed. COOLERS -- I've provided a couple to keep your excursions ice-cold. BEACH TOWELS & CHAIRS -- I tried to think of everything you'd need! FREE FISHING POLES -- just walk 20 steps to your private dock and drop a line. COMPLIMENTARY MID-MONTH CLEANING for my monthly guests. KING & TWIN-OVER-QUEEN BEDS: Offers a variety of sleeping options. DELUXE SHEETS: That's what I'D want, so you benefit, too! WASHER/DRYER for your convenience so you can pack light. LAUNDRY SOAP & DISHWASHER SOAP PODS: complimentary. PAPER TOWELS, NAPKINS, SPICES: to make it nice for you on vacation! EARLY CHECK-IN: 1PM instead of 4PM (like so many others) so you can begin your vacation sooner! EASY CHECK-OUT: 10AM, But let me know your travel plans in advance and I'll work with you if I can, so you won't feel rushed out on your last day of vacation!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Excellent Vacation Spot
Little Fish is a beautiful home! Carolyn is attentive and quick to respond to any questions. The house is clean and well equipped with everything you would need on vacations. The view is relaxing and the neighborhood is quiet. We highly recommend Little Fish for a relaxing and well equipped home for vacation.
Absolutely loved the house, so nicely decorated! Having the pool, kayaks and paddle boards was a great treat, no worries about renting water craft and only getting two hours. We paddled for hours no reason to rush with unlimited access. Just what we were looking for. Carolyn was the perfect host!!
No plans please. Just a pool, waterfront and a chair to lounge about...
What a lovely place this is! Beautiful view of water and pool in the same eye. Perfect peace and quiet. A welcoming home with everything you need, including a kind and very attentive owner, one could not ask for more. As a seasoned Gulf Coast traveler and native Floridian, this location and time of year is hard to beat. Using Carolyn's collection of suggested restaurants and scenic spots, we enjoyed great food and fun! Did some home cooking on the grill and brought home fresh seafood from just down the street to boil and bake. Thanks Carolyn! I also recommend at least one visit to old Tampa and Ybor city. The Columbia restaurant for lunch simply can't be beat. And if you are a cigar fan, Ybor City and Tarpon Springs is the place for you. It's all there waiting for you. And finally, I recommend several sunny mornings and evenings by the pool with nothing to do tomorrow!
Serenity on the canal
I haven’t been on a vacation in years I couldn’t have asked for more. The accommodations were immaculate. Neighbors friendly and helpful. The overall setting was quiet and tranquil. Truly a wonderful vacation home. Both Carolyn and Robert were helpful and quickly responded to any questions I had. I hope to make a return visit next year!
Home for a day, missing it already!
My wife, daughter, and I stayed in the Little Fish property for a week in April 2019, escaping the remnants of winter in New York. We found it suited our needs very well, providing a very comfortable home away from home. So much so that we spent a couple of days just hanging out there, relaxing, instead of running off to 'do something'. My daughter laid out in the lanai and on the dock, my wife and I took a bike ride, and the three of us toured the canals via paddleboard and kayak. At night we watched our favorite TV shows together.. something we seldom have time for anymore at home.
We did manage to catch a few fish from the dock, and we rented a pontoon boat from Windsong Charters and visited the sandbar one day - a real highlight of our week. Our hosts were very responsive to messages when we had questions, despite being a few time zones away, which we greatly appreciated.
We really felt comfortable at Little Fish. The house was spotless! There items available were such a huge help! Coffee filters, paper towel, toilet paper, plenty of beach towels, detergents for washer and dishwasher. The house itself had everything you need and plenty to do, bikes, kayaks, SUPs., fishing gear and crab traps. Plus a basket of magazines and Alexa! My only complaint (Reason for 4 stars) has nothing at all to do with the house. The location is not great if you are a beach person. The main road that takes you everywhere is very busy. 10 miles can easily take 30 min. However, there were several days we chose to not leave the house and still felt like we were on a fabulous vacation.
MUSTS: Eat at Joeys, perfect for eating in or carrying out and we had several meals, very good and very reasonable. Spend time on the dock, we saw a dolphin right near the dock on two different occasions!
Carolyn was great to work with, she even let us stay past checkout since our flight left late in the day. Overall, beautiful house!
Be sure to visit downtown New Port Richey, via Main Street off Hwy 19, with its quaint shops & restaurants, and beautiful paved walkway that runs along the river. Tarpon Springs is about 5 miles south on easy Hwy 19, where you can enjoy any amount of Greek Food, fresh seafood at Rusty Bellies (don't pass this by), a decadent French pastry shop (several, actually), and a candy store with a fathomless licorice selection. The aquarium is worth a visit -- feed the sharks and rays! Caposey's Family Restaurant is a few lights north on Hwy 19 on the right, just before Waffle House -- best breakfasts and they serve it 'til 3pm! They'll take good care of you.