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Gorgeous Private Pool! Villa Portofino is Ultimate Island Escape!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,426 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Interior Designer Created Gem in Prime Venice Island location with Stunning Pool

Location, location, location!! Venice Island was just featured in "Coastal Living Magazine" as one of the Best Seaside Towns in the US! In a prime, quiet Venice Island setting, Villa Portofino is one of the very few legal weekly stay vacation houses in this highly desired beach town!

* Don't risk booking an "illegal weekly rental place" which can easily fall through. Be safe and choose a local leader in upscale vacation house accommodations with more than a decade experience in providing top hospitality service! We love treating our guests like family.

Our ultra-talented interior designer created the stunning 'Villa Portofino' vacation house with all new furnishings throughout so our guests can fully enjoy their much-deserved island escape. Inviting new private heated pool, 3 tranquil bedrooms with all new linens, 2 full bathrooms, updated dine-in kitchen with granite countertops & stainless steel appliances, 2 brand new sofa sleepers (added in 2016), new LED flat screen TVs.

* Good news - our availability calendars are always up to date 24/7 - simply click on 'Detailed Price' for total rate quote or click on 'Book It' to reserve your dates securely before someone else grabs your favorite week.

French doors from the light-filled Florida Room lead to a private heated swimming pool with all the bells and whistles. Savor Villa Portofino's multiple water fountains, massage therapy jets in swim out, new efficient pool heater, Cancun Blue pebbletec water color, dreamy LED color-changing pool night lighting, screen enclosure to keep pests out & attractive paver deck - plus an open-air patio with grill and patio table

We are the property owners with more than a decade in the vacation rental industry so you will be well taken care of. Many of our guests are "repeats" we are proud to say.

Villa Portofino has the perfect layout for family vacations! Two bedrooms have king-size beds - a rarity! The third bedroom features our new deluxe bunk-bed set to sleep 4 in bunks -twin over full bed with a twin trundle under the full.

* no monthly discounts. 25+ or staying with parents, No Pets, No smoking inside or out as we provide a healthy environment. Low-key respectful vacationers only as this is a nice, quiet, upscale beach community - you will sleep well!

Villa Portofino sleeps 8 most comfortably in beds including trundle or up to 10 max using 2 sofa sleepers.

Friendly owners are dedicated to keeping the vacation house in good condition to please our guests. We eagerly seek out guest feedback & are constantly improving our offerings so guests can fully relax and enjoy their Venice Island escape.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Amy

My favorite childhood memories are visiting my cousins and grandparents with my family on Florida beach vacations. I met my future husband on a Florida vacation many years ago. For more than a decade, I have owned a vacation rental house business and absolutely love helping families plan their dream Florida beach vacations. We are proud to say we have many happy repeat guests who make our Venice vacation house their favorite annual beach escape!

Why Amy chose Florida South West

We own the vacation house right next door. The sister of the lady we purchased the house next door for put this Venice Island house on the market about a decade ago and we jumped at the chance to have another dream vacation house in this great Venice Island location. Ironically we often have adult sisters renting both of the side-by-side vacation pool houses so they can be close but each family still has their own space with plenty of privacy. We absolutely love this vacation house's location! We can easily walk to our great beach, Sharky's ocean-front restaurant with live tropical music, the Venice Fishing Pier & the shops & restaurants of Historic Venice Avenue!!! There are just a handful of single family homes in this quaint beach community which can LEGALLY be rented on a weekly basis & we are proud to be one of them.

What makes this house unique

Four key things I often hear our guests rave about: our interior designer creates special interiors with casual 'island touches' so guests feel like they've escaped the real world and can fully relax. Second - we have a beautiful, newer private heated pool so we were able to put in many cool features like the multiple water fountains arching into the tropical blue pool waters to delight our guests. Third - we offer outstanding hospitality and have two very similar neighboring vacation houses in this desirable Island of Venice location near our great beach & also walkable to historic Venice Avenue shops & restaurants. Many of our guests want their friends or family to stay close but still have their own private pool house & their own yard - a very unique feature. & * Finally - Venice Island was just featured in "Coastal Living Magazine" as one of the Best Seaside Towns in the US! In a prime, quiet Venice Island setting, Villa Portofino is one of the very few legal weekly stay vacation houses in this highly desired beach town! Don't risk booking an "illegal weekly rental place" which can easily fall through. Be safe & choose a local leader in upscale vacation house accommodations with more than a decade experience in providing top hospitality service. We treat our guests like family! Each guest is invited to our free new online "Hospitality Suite App" - we spent a long time loading it up with our favorite local restaurants, fitness options, best shops, great local activities & very detailed vacation house & area information so our guests can really maximize their vacation experience. Cheers!


Venice House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1426 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Double sink granite vanity & shower in master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Combination tub/shower in guest bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower in pool area
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second bedroom also has king-bed, closet, new bed linens
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , King-size bed, designer bed linens, walk-in-closet in master
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Deluxe bunk-bed.Twin over full bed & twin trundle under full
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A very unique feature - we also have the very similar vacation house right next door - it also has a heated private pool! If you want friends & families to stay close but for everyone to still enjoy their own space. Both places created by our talented interior designer with guest comfort in mind. Low-key respectful vacationers only as this is a nice, upscale, quiet beach community. The location is fantastic - only 5 minute walk to our deeded beach access and longer walk to our historic town center's unique shops, restaurants & award winning Theatre. Just 8 minute walk to popular Sharky's & Fin's oceanfront restaurants with live tropical music & sunset watching. Island's popular golf course & Tennis Courts. Our location & amenities make this a very popular island house with many repeat guests. VERY IMPORTANT - this is one of only a very few Venice Island houses LEGALLY allowed to be a weekly vacation rental. Do not risk booking an illegal weekly place which can fall through.


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Gorgeous Private Pool! Villa Portofino is Ultimate Island Escape!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 33 reviews

Very nice property, good accommodations, many extras helped make stay more enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

The house was very nice, nicely decorated and relaxing. Beds were comfortable. Pool was fabulous. More beach supplies than what we expected but we didn't notice them until half way through our vacation. Many bath towels & beach towels which was a wonderful surprise! Kitchen was adequately stocked. Washer & dryer are very new and fabulous! The walk to the beach was a little farther than we expected but it wasn't too bad.... too far if you have little ones though for walking.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice accommodations. Fit our family's needs to a T

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home and the ease of access to the great beaches, fishing, shopping not to mention the restaurants.

We recommend renting bikes and taking in as much of the local view as possible

Also recommend chartering with Capt Gabe on the "Lady G" out the the Crows Nest for great in shore fishing. My guys and I had had a blast

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear you loved Villa Portofino!! Big thanks for the very helpful bike & fishing tips! Amy & Team
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Cute Beach-Style Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at Villa Portofino for the weekend. We were in the area for a graduation. We were impressed by the beach-themed decor tastefully displayed in the home. It is truly a home away from home - spotless, comfortable, everything you need in arms reach. The McDermotts have thought of everything to help make their guests' stay a stress free one.

Thanks Amy for sharing your home. :D

Aisha D.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so delighted you felt right at home at Villa Portofino and found everything you needed for a relaxing escape! Cheers! Amy
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Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect - close to a grocery store, the beach, and tons of fun restaurants. The Guest Guide offered suggestions for activities, beach, restaurants, and other helpful information. The house was large enough that even with four of us there - we were not walking over each other. The neighborhood's atmosphere was relaxed and peaceful. There was a curfew on the patio/pool area to maintain the quiet neighborhood, but that did not stop us from having an amazing vacation. They had everything that we needed - beach towel, pool toys, etc. The owner quickly responded to emails with any questions. We would happily stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing place to stay close to everything.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I loved hearing you had an amazing stay!! Thanks so much for being great guests! best, amy
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Love Venice

  • 4 of 5

Nice house and pool although some of the amenities such as toiletries, towels and bedding should be improved.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you liked this vacation house and our popular pool! Thanks so much for the helpful feedback. We just ordered all new bath towels, hand towels, wash clothes, pool towels, sheets, toiletries and bed linens!! Cheers, Amy
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Great house for a vacation with family and friends.

  • 5 of 5

We just ended a week stay and had such a good time. The house was very clean and well stocked with beach supplies, towels including a bunch of beach towels, and everything you need in a kitchen including a blender (a must have for fixing drinks to take when walking I the beach to watch the sunset).

The location is within walking distance to a great beach. The cart provided makes it easy to load up beach chairs, umbrellas, and cooler to take everything you need for a day in the sun.

We rented the house next door 5 years ago and the pool was a nice addition for both houses. The only negative of the whole stay was the mattress on the sofa sleeper was uncomfortable. Luckily, we had friends living nearby that loaned us an inflatable mattress to lay on top.

We'll hopefully be returning soon. We'd come back and stay here every year if possible.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time & found the house to be very comfortable; inviting; and well equipped! Thanks for the tip - We are adding toppers to the sofa sleeper. They are good quality sofas but typically our beds are super comfortable and best for adults to use and sofa sleepers are used if needed - in addition to the deluxe bunk set - for kids or grandkids - like most places. Best regards, amy
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Sarasota International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Sharky's & Fin's
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Venice Island Public 27 hole course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Tamiami Trail
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Sharky's & Fin's
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Service Beach on Venice Island
Car: recommended

Our popular vacation house which draws many happy repeat guests is situated in a great Island of Venice location. Gorgeous private pool!! Guests can walk to so much to do including our great beach (deeded beach access); the Historic Town Center; Island golf/ tennis/shuffleboard/playgrounds & the very popular Sharky's & Fin's ocean-front restaurants with live tropical music, Tiki Bar & sunset watching decks. Or relax at your beach home created by a talented interior designer & featuring a new heated in-ground private swimming pool loaded with all the latest features - multiple fountains water feature, massage therapy jets in swim out, dreamy LED night-time pool lighting which changes colors, brand new pool heater, Cancun Blue pebbletec color, screen enclosure to keep pests out & paver deck. The award-winning Venice Theatre, Free yoga on the beach classes, & Publix grocery store are all longer walks or quick drive. The Venice library, new Community Center, Art Center & pharmacy are all on our street and within walking distrance. Our guests also enjoy walking to our weekly Farmer's Market and the numerous special events Venice goes all out for to delight residents & vacationers. We are close to the island's popular 27 hole challenging golf course which is a family favorite & drivable to 5 public or semi-private golf courses plus numerous parks & tennis court options.


Rates & Availability

Venice House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
mid June to mid Aug, 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
2 night minimum stay
mid Aug to Nov 17, 2017
Aug 12 2017 - Oct 27 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early winter 2017
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holidays 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
2 night minimum stay
January 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Feb 3 2018 - Apr 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 spring/summer/fall
Apr 7 2018 - Dec 21 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

House/Pool Cleaning Fee $149 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

No pets. No smoking inside or out. 25+ or staying with parents. Low-key, respectful vacationers only as this is a nice, quiet, upscale beach community-you'll sleep well! We now have flexible arrival and departure days. No monthly discounts as we specialize in short term stays. Reservations are non-refundable like most vacation houses so we suggest reasonably priced travel insurance for peace of mind. We are the property owners and we have more than a decade of vacation rental house experience so you will be well taken care of. We have many happy repeat guests!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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