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Perfect relaxation for discerning clients- own pool, golf, cycles, grill, beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

Fab views, 3 Bed inc King, own pool, grill, cycles, golf clubs, beach equipment.

Our lakeside pool villa is a high-end property. We get very positive reviews from our many repeat guests - they have commented in particular on the beauty of the upscale country club where the villa is situated, the tranquility of the location, the good accessibility to local attractions, the high-level of equipment and quality of the house itself as well as the service we provide to guests to keep them informed of upcoming events, local attractions and relevant special offers.

About our property

Our lovely bright lakeside villa is situated within the award winning University Park Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. Our property is aimed at the discerning client who will value the exclusive, secure and tranquil surroundings of the University Park Country Club, the luxury of a beautiful private pool, combined with many additions such as LCD TVS, wifi, printer, etc.

The villa has a beautiful large master bedroom with luxury king bed and LCD TV. The spacious master bathroom has large shower, roman bath, twin vanities and oversized closet. The master bedroom has direct access to the pool/lanai and has also has beautiful views of the lake. The second bedroom has a luxury Queen Bed (& LCD TV) with an adjacent bathroom. The third room has twin beds and is also set up as a mini study with desk. Our property was all newly and tastefully furnished to a high standard when purchased and we regularly update it to ensure it remains bright and modern.

Outside we have our own private pool. This tranquil spot beside a lake is a perfect and private place to relax and admire the varied wildlife. It is equipped with easy chairs, dining table and chairs, outdoor grill, pool lighting etc. Great for relaxed dining. The rear area gets sun most of the day and as it is west facing we get great sunset views. Importantly especially for summer use, there are shaded areas that can be used for dining or a break from the sun.

We offer the complementary use of a gents and ladies bicycle plus 2 cruiser bikes (University Park Country Club is a great place to cycle as it is so beautiful and flat!). There are very many cycle trails throughout Sarasota such as the Legacy Trail which runs between Sarasota and Venice. We also offer complementary use of four sets of golf clubs (gents/ladies).

To ensure our guests get maximum enjoyment from their stay with us, we have lots of little extras that most rental properties do not have (aside from the bicycles & golf clubs we have 4 tennis rackets, an inflatable 2 person kayak plus life-vests (NB guest risk), beach chairs, beach towels, wheeled cooler, bread maker, juicer, baking equipment, lots of kitchen appliances, lots of board games, cards, lots of books, etc.). We also have a remote control gas fireplace and timer candles- great for cooler winter and romantic evenings.

The house as high speed fiber broadband, 3 LCD TVs and a TV package which includes HBO, Hallmark, Golf Channel, Soccer, etc. There is a TV recorder that can be used to record favorite programmes for later viewing and a voice activated remote. TV packages and phone packages can be tailored to guests'' needs for an additional cost giving access to on demand TV and international calling.

About the University Park Country Club

If you have ever been to the University Park Country Club you will know that it is a very special place - the most sought after community in Sarasota and surrounding area. Our house is in a beautiful tranquil location - very restful, yet easily accessible to lots of the many activities for which Sarasota is renowned - golf, tennis, culture, natural beauty, beaches, restaurants, shopping, etc.

The University Park Country Club website gives some quotes:

'Enter University Park and step into the area's most beautiful residential environment. Acknowledged "Best Community Design in America" by the National Association of Home Builders, and "Best Development in Region" by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, University Park is unique in it perspective. Quality is defined throughout University Park's many individual neighborhoods, each with its own distinguishable entrance, and award-winning homes constructed by the area's most sought after builders.'

'The setting at University Park Country Club is magnificent, gently nestled in a natural enclave, far removed from the urban pace. Here nature has been carefully preserved to provide a backdrop of rare beauty, the perfect location for the area’s award winning residential community and premier country club lifestyle.'

About Sarasota

Sarasota is famed for the breadth of its activities. Scenically outstandingly beautiful, its beaches are amongst the highest ranked in America (Siesta Beach often holds No. 1 position).

Culturally there is a lot to offer - over 50 art galleries as well as theatres and museums, plus many special events throughout the year. Sarasota is renowned for the quality and range of its restaurants so all tastes are catered for. The Sarasota has the highest concentration of Zagat rated restaurants in Florida. The newly opened University Town Center mall has very nicely extended the range of restaurants that are convenient to our villa. .

Shoppers will be very happy with the variety of shops on offer – the upscale University Town Center mall is close by – plus the nearby areas around Cooper Creek continue to develop as many retailers relocate or open new branches close to the University Town Center. Ellenton Prime Outlets is a short drive from our property (20 minutes). Lakewood Ranch and St. Armand's Circle offer the opportunity to acquire more unusual pieces in very pleasant surroundings. If that still does not satisfy the true shopaholic, a beautiful drive over the Sunshine Skyway will take you to Tampa International Plaza with many designer shops, such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, etc.

Sports. The most highly ranked golf courses in the region are close to our property. In addition, there is lots of tennis, water sports, boating, etc. Also there are opportunities to watch some more unusual sports - Lakewood Ranch Polo club is very close by and the newly developed Benderson Rowing facility is just along University Parkway - so they are both very accessible. The major league Tampa Bay events can be easily reached via the I75.

Golf at the University Park Country Club used to be exclusively for members use. Now the golf course has become available for daily play. Tee times can be booked up to three days in advance by non-members. The 27 hole University Park Country Club has a well deserved Golf Digest 4 star rating and has earned lots of accolades over the years, including most women friendly in the area. We are also very close to the Legacy golf course - Golf Digest 4.5 stars. There are lots of different golf courses of all price ranges and standards close by. We are always very happy to offer our guests advice on courses, including tips on how to get good deals on golf rates.

We provide guests with comprehensive details of things to do and we update guests throughout their stay of upcoming special events in the area.

We aim to provide a very professional, guest-focused and responsive service, so please feel free to get in contact if there is any further clarification that you would like.

More Details

Joyce Millar
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Joyce Millar

We are a retired professional couple who have rented our villa for many years. Although we live in Northern Ireland we visit beautiful Sarasota regularly. This helps us to maintain and enhance the villa and equipment as well as keeping right up to date with local events and facilities.

We enjoy interacting with our many guests and always try our best to provide a highly positive and individual service. As a result we are happy to say that we have many repeat bookings.

We have a locally based, highly regarded "house sitter" who handles all local issues, including check-ins, check outs, etc. We are readily available by e-mail and phone for any queries or clarifications.

Joyce Millar purchased this villa in 2007

Why Joyce Millar chose Sarasota

Very relaxing, secure and exclusive location close to many leisure facilities, shops and restaurants. We have lots of information on hand to make sure all our guests can take advantage of plenty of the huge and varied range of activities and events in the surrounding area.

What makes this villa unique

Superb outdoor area with lovely views over pool and lake.

4 cycles, 4 sets golf clubs.

Beach chairs, cooler, beach cart, beach towels, etc

HBO, Golf channel, TV recorder, voice control remote, 3 LCD TVs

Fiber broadband Wi-fi, Wireless printer, mini-office, etc. Tailored TV and calling packages can be organised at additional cost.

Nutribullet, juicers, breadmaker, outdoor grill, well equipped kitchen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

There is not much I can say about our stay in this amazing house that has not already been said. We were completely comfortable in this wonderfully equipped spacious house. We want to thank Joyce very much for her kind card, wine and phone calls making sure that everything was in order for us. There were pool toys, beach toys, beach chairs and plenty of ideas of what to do and where to go with our children. Our holiday was the best we have ever had in America and we loved every moment of being able to share you wonderful home. Thank you both very much.

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Absolutely!

Recommended for:

A romantic getaway

People with disabilities

Older travelers

Luxury-minded travelers

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Sarasota Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests must follow the rule of University Park Country Club, which include adhering to speed limits, ensuring no nuisance to neighbors, etc.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • 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 ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Multi-head shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Twin vanity, large shower, Roman bath tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Direct access to pool area. LCD TV with HBO & recorder.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Island Style Queen Bed, LCD TV
    Bedroom 3/Mini Office - 2 twin/ single , Twins can be set side by side to act as King. Printer, desk
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property is located in the prestigious University Park Country Club. From the moment you enter, it is clear that you are somewhere special. As you drive along the beautifully landscaped Park Boulevard, you will catch glimpses of the award winning golf course, grill room and lakes. UPCC has won many awards over the years including 'Best Community Design in America'. Residents refer to University Park as a little piece of paradise and it is easy to see why. Walking is a favourite pastime within this private gated community. There is so much to admire and plenty of wildlife. UPCC has a tranquil and sophisticated atmosphere, yet there are many nearby activities so that you can have the perfect vacation. The bikes provided will allow you to while away the hours exploring the beautiful flat landscapes in the Country Club. The house itself has a very light and airy feel. Large enough to be comfortable, yet easily managed. This is a maintenance free community. The property has a lovely kidney shaped pool. There is a large outdoor area beside the pool which is furnished to allow for relaxation and dining. There are views across a lake from the lanai area.


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Perfect relaxation for discerning clients- own pool, golf, cycles, grill, beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Wunderschöne gepflegte Villa

  • 5 of 5

Mein Mann und ich haben das Haus für 2 Wochen im Mai gemietet. Die Vermieterin war von Anbeginn sehr engagiert und hilfsbereit; Mails wurden sofort beantwortet und viele Tipps für die schöne Umgebung gegeben. Sarasota ist mit seinen Stränden und Golfplätzen sowieso schon eine Reise wert. Die sehr gepflegte Villa ist geschmackvoll eingerichtet und befindet sich in sehr guter Lage. Besonders gefallen hat uns der schöne Pool, der größer ist, als er auf dem Foto erscheint. Auch der Grill hat uns beste Dienste geleistet. Wir hatten rundherum einen sehr erholsamen Urlaub. Vielen Dank an Joyce. A perfect landlord and a perfect villa!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Birgitt. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our villa and found lots of things to do in the beautiful surrounding area. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We enjoyed having you to stay. Joyce English translation My husband and I rented the house for 2 weeks in May. The landlady was very committed and helpful from the beginning; Mails were answered immediately and given many tips for the beautiful environment. Sarasota is worth a trip with its beaches and golf courses anyway. The very well maintained villa is tastefully furnished and located in a very good location. We particularly liked the beautiful pool, which is larger than it appears in the photo. The grill has served us well. We had a very relaxing holiday all around. Many thanks to Joyce. A perfect landlord and a perfect villa!
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect , Nice ,clean , beatiful house

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us in beautiful University Park Country Club. Best wishes for the summer!
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Best vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house in a very good and quiet neighbourhood. The house is very clean, very well equipped and everything well organised. Comfortable beds and sofas. The pool is very nice and with the option of heating and the outside area is very cosy. The house is well localized, short way to mall, shops, restaurants and beaches.

We went there with our 3 kids on a relaxing vacation. We absolutely loved our stay and want to stay there many more times! The owners are so nice and we early got the feeling that they really cared about how our stay was going to be, they sent us a lot of information and made us feel very welcome. Best vacation ever!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you really enjoyed your stay with us. Many thanks for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We enjoyed having you to stay.
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3rd time here and still loving it.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous property on a beautiful golf course. Everything we need is here and the setting is perfect. Been to the beaches and Orlando and have had the most relaxing time. Thankyou so much.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of your stay. As guests you are an absolute pleasure to have in our villa and we were very glad that you enjoyed your third stay so much.
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  • 5 of 5

Wir haben unseren Sommerurlaub als Familie mit 2 Kindern im Alter von 13 und 16 in der Villa von Joyce & Trevor verbracht. Die Villa liegt in einem sehr schönen, perfekt gepflegten und ruhigen gated Golf & Country Club. Von hier aus ist es mit dem Auto nicht weit zu den Stränden am Golf von Mexico und zu den diversen Shopping Möglichkeiten, Restaurant usw. Die Villa selbst ist sehr schön, gepflegt und großzügig mit allen Annehmlichkeiten die man für einen erholsamen Urlaub braucht. Hübsch eingerichtete Schlafzimmer, ausgestattet mit guten Matratzen in den Betten. Gemütlicher Wohnbereich mit Kamin. Eine große Küche mit allem was benötigt wird, Kaffeemaschine, Mixer, Entsafter, Brotmaschine, ausreichend Pfannen und Töpfe, Geschirr, alles vorhanden. Master Bad mit Badewanne, großer Dusche und begehbarem Kleiderschrank sowie ein kleineres Bad für die Kids. Die Terrasse ist perfekt mit einem tollen Pool und diversen Sitz- und Liegegelegenheiten sowie einem Gasgrill. In der Garage findet man ebenfalls alles was das Herz begehrt, vom Tennisschläger über Golfschläger bis hin zu Spielzeug und Stühlen/Liegen für den Beach ist alles vorhanden. Joyce ist eine wunderbare und aufmerksame Vermieterin. Fragen wurden schnell beantwortet, zudem hat Sie uns während unseres Aufenthaltes immer wieder mit schönen und aktuellen Tips, aufkommenden Events oder sonstigen things to do per Mail versorgt. Auch im Vorfeld und Nachgang der Reise im Rahmen der Vermietung lief alles sehr nett und reibungslos. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und empfehlen die Villa uneingeschränkt weiter. Wir haben die Villa schweren Herzens verlassen und sollten wir nochmal einen Urlaub in Sarasota planen, kommen wir sehr gerne wieder.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ich danke Ihnen für Ihre freundliche und durchdachte überprüfen. Es war eine Freude für uns, dass Sie den Aufenthalt in unserem Haus. Wir freuen uns, dass Sie sich die Zeit zum Schreiben der Review und würde gerne wünschen Ihnen und Ihrer Familie alles Gute. Nochmals vielen Dank, Joyce M
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa , extremely well presented and maintained, set in the beautiful grounds of University Park which are immaculate.

The pool area is fabulous and just perfect for relaxing peaceful!.

The villa is in a perfect location for exploring the Sarasota area with all the delights it has to offer and 20mins drive to amazing Gulf coast beaches. A few mins drive away shops and restaurants in abundance with something for everyone.

The owners provide exceptional customer service and Joyce is an absolute pleasure to deal with extremely efficient, also very knowledgable on the area and always happy to refreshing!.

I would without hesitation recommend this villa to anyone wishing to visit the Sarasota area and we hope to return sometime in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate it. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and managed to explore so much throughout your stay. It was always a pleasure to correspond with you and we would like to send you and your family our best wishes. We hope to see you on another trip! Thanks again, Joyce M (owner)
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Sarasota. Tampa 1hr, Ft Myers & Orlando 2hrs each
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Leroy Selmans Sports Bar, Carmel Kitchen WineBar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
University Park Country Club plus many others
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I75 Junction 213
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
75 cafes and restaurants within 5 mile radius
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Lido Beach, also Siesta, Anna Marie & Longboat
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Golf at great courses.

* US No 1 Beach 2012 - Siesta.

* Shop - great deals.

* Restaurants - superb variety.

* Culture - arts and theatres.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Beaches.

* Ellenton Outlet Mall.

* Nature Reserves.

* Guided walks.

* John Ringling Monday.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Beaches.

* Mote Museum.

* Jungle Garden.

* Nature Walks.

* Shelling.

University Park Country Club is the perfect location from which to base your vacation. The area offers so much - Sarasota is the ultimate Florida location - stunning beaches, superb cuisine, huge variety of cultural activities, friendliness of its residents, excellent golf courses, etc. Plenty of information is available in our property on Sarasota activities. We also prepare event listings and offer advice to clients on best deals for golf, etc.

Beaches - Siesta (often ranked No. 1 in USA), Lido, Longboat, Casey Key, Fort de Soto (also Top 10 in USA ranking) - all easily accessible.

Golf - see listing below

Arts - John Ringling Museum, Asolo Theatre, Van Wezel theatre, (easily accessible to Salvador Dali and Fine Arts in St. Petersburg), 30 Sarasota art galleries, monthly Arts Walk in Sarasota, arts and crafts fairs held regularly.

Restaurants - Sarasota is famous for the high standard of its cuisine, plenty of restaurants along University Parkway and Lakewood Ranch, plus easy access to downtown Sarasota. Superb Sunday brunch in University Park Country Club.

Shopping - Sarasota Square Mall, Southgate, Ellenton Prime Outlets, Saturday morning Farmers' Market at Main Street, St. Armand's Circle, Lakewood Ranch. Also easy access to Tampa International Plaza. Varied food shopping including upscale Fresh Market (University Parkway) & Wholefoods (downtown Sarasota).

Other Attractions:

Mote Aquarium, Polo at Lakewood Ranch, Benderson Park Rowing, Cruises, water sports, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Jungle Gardens.

For golfers:

University Park Golf Club is considered by many to be one of the best golf courses in the state. Consistently rated four stars by Golf Digest. Designed by world renowned golf architect Ron Garl, it offers 27 thrilling holes winding their way through natural woodlands and wetlands, all surrounded by canopies of southern live oak and slash pines. The variety of tee positions means that it can be enjoyed by all categories of player. The course also earned the designation as most women friendly golf course by Golf for Women magazine.

There are some great deals available at present. Tee time

reservations are accepted three days in advance of play.

There are many other nearby golf courses offering a wide variety of challenge and price range - e.g.

Legacy at Latewood Ranch (Arnold Palmer, 4 stars) - 5 miles.

Rolling Greens, 5 miles

Bobby Jones, 6 miles

The Preserve at Tara - 8 miles

Rosedale (Ted McAnlis) - 8 miles

Tatum Ridge (Ted McAnlis) - 8 miles

River Club (Ron Garl, 4 stars) - 9 miles

Stoneybrook - 11 miles

River Strand - 12 miles - newly opened

Serenoa - 13 miles

Waterlefe - 16 miles

Oak Ford ((Ron Garl, 4 stars) - 18 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Exit Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $750

The cleaning fee will be charged at actual cost plus tax. We feel this is fairer as the cleaning fee will vary depending on the number of rooms used and the condition the property is left in. - adjustments up/down will be made to the standard charge of $150 after we receive the bill from our cleaning lady.

We include local calls and an allowance for gas and electricity in our rate. Pool heating is an additional cost as are non local calls.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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