This warm and inviting, rustic Italian style "barn" house has 1,200 air-conditioned square feet plus a spacious back porch. This 2 story gem is fully equipped with modern conveniences and is on a "one of a kind" site. Surrounded by the lake and conservation wetlands, the house has beautiful views and is situated on 12 acres (one of 2 homes on a secluded, 20 acre estate). It is very private and serene, yet also very accessible to major roads for quick access to local attractions. Wildlife which frequent the property include deer, sand hill cranes and many varieties of birds.
After accessing the property through the estate's automatic gate, a winding drive brings you to the house. The first floor has an entry with piano room, a separate laundry room with full size stacking washer/dryer, laundry sink and full bathroom with corner shower (the garage is not usable). A large back porch with rocking chairs allows you to enjoy the outdoors under the cover of stained wood ceilings with cypress beams and ceiling fans.
The second floor has a great room open to the kitchen and casual dining area. The great room has a leather sofa, two arm chairs, coffee table, end table and antique secretary. Large picture windows overlook grassy fields, wetlands and the lake. WIFI, cable TV and telephone for local calls are included. The upstairs main floors, cabinets and some interior walls are finished with reclaimed barn wood. The kitchen is fully equipped, with full sized oven, microwave, glass cook top, toaster oven, coffee maker and full sized side by side refrigerator-freezer with ice maker, kitchen island, dining table with 8 chairs and corner pantry cabinet. The house's capacity is 8 people and the rental rate is based on a 5 person occupancy ($25 per person per night extra fee for additional guests).
Also on the second floor, bedroom #1 has a king sized bed and dresser. The large, walk-in closet connects the master to the single sink vanity and into a full bathroom with tub/shower, toilet and separate vanity with sink. The second bedroom, which shares this bath, consists of 6 twin beds: a double bunk, a triple bunk and single bed. There is a dresser in the second bedroom and this room shares the large walk-in closet. The additional full bath downstairs is also usable as needed.
The house is located on a natural, 55 acre lake with no public access. There is a dock at the rear of the main house and our rental guests are welcome to relax, eat or fish at the dock (brim and bass abound) during daylight hours. A gas grill is located on the back porch for outdoor cooking. A single person kayak and life vest are available for use upon request at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Beach towels are located in the laundry room, lower cabinet. Downtown Tampa, University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Pepin Heart Hospital and the Veterans Hospital are a 25 minute drive away. Busch Gardens, the 19th best rated theme park in the world, is 30 minutes away, the Premiere Outlet Mall is 8 minutes away, and there are many beaches within a hour drive or less - beach chairs and a beach umbrella are available upon request. Disney World and other Orlando theme parks are less than an hour and a half drive away.
Hairdryer, iron and ironing board are provided. The house is equipped for the start of your stay with two rolls of paper towels, fresh kitchen sponge, dish washing soap, dish washer detergent, clothes washing detergent and toilet paper. All linens are provided for beds and extra pillows and blankets are available in the closet. Portable crib, high chair and baby gate with linens are available upon request at least 48 hours prior to arrival.