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Perfect Relaxation- University Park CC, own pool, golf clubs, cycles,grill,beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 185 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

5-star reviews by previous guests, 3 Bedrms, 2 Bath, Private pool, office, etc.

Enjoy the ultimate vacation in our luxury villa situated in the award winning, exclusive & secure University Park Country Club. Very tranquil yet minutes away from the plentiful and varied restaurants and amenities surrounding the new University Town Center.

Bright & airy home all tastefully furnished. Extremely well equipped - golf clubs, 3 cycles, LCD TVs, wifi, mini office, juicers, bread maker, Nutribullet, etc., etc. . A perfect spot for relaxation yet lots to do - easily accessible to golf, beaches, dining, shopping, theatre, arts, sports, etc. Very restful tranquil location with superb outdoor space - private pool in beautiful lanai & lakeside position. Outdoor grill, dining and lounge seating for total relaxation.

We have lots of extras to maximize our guests enjoyment & to help minimize stress e.g. guests will have use of 4 cycles, gents & ladies golf clubs, wi-fi printer for boarding passes, etc., beach chairs, towels, wheeled coolers, games, cards, etc., etc. Special TV packages can be arranged including HBO and Showtime as well as phone packages, including international calls.

You can make the most of the beautiful Florida climate by spending time outdoors. Covered lanai with beautiful private pool (which can be heated) overlooking the adjacent lake. Enjoy plenty of outdoor meals in the seating area with grill, dining table for 6 & easy chairs. Within the Country Club you can cycle or enjoy walks to appreciate the gorgeous landscaped grounds and elegant properties.

Please feel free to e-mail inquiries about rates, availability and any other questions you have. Lots of other photos available on request.

Excellent golf, close to beaches, arts, upscale shopping, restaurants and a huge variety of other attractions. Convenient access from airports and I75. You will never be bored, yet you will be in an ultra relaxed setting. The surrounding area is flourishing with many new restaurants and shops continuing to open including the wonderful University Town Center mall opened in 2015.

The property has a fresh, light and open floor plan with new furniture throughout the entire home. It has a peaceful lakeside setting - you have your own pool (with heater) to relax by as well as access to a larger heated community pool (and hot tub), just a short 2 minute bike ride away. You will have the use of 3 bicycles, so you can enjoy exploring the many wonderful tracks within the University Park Country Club. Guests are welcome to use the gents and ladies golf clubs to avoid transporting their own. To enhance your stay and save you time and money, we have lots of added extras not normally available in a rental property - use of golf clubs, bicycles, beach chairs, cooler, bread maker, juicer, muffin tins, etc.

You also have a covered outdoor area with grill, easy chairs and dining table to make the most of the Florida climate. With sunset views this is perfect for evening relaxation. For cooler winter evenings, the gas fireplace in the great room lends a very cosy feel.

The large Master Bedroom also has beautiful views across the pool and lake, with direct access to the covered lanai. This bedroom has a large LCD TV and DVD/CD player.

University Park Country Club is one of the best rated golf courses in the area. Golf is available for daily fee play at very reasonable rates. Lots of other golf courses are available close by at a variety of rates and challenges.

Broadband. Printer/Scanner/Copier; desk. Office sundries.

Summary- The property is situated in beautiful, relaxing, maintenance-free and secure University Park Country Club. The 2089 sq. foot home has a fresh, light and open floor plan. Outside, it has a lovely sunny private pool & lake view. There is a large covered seating area, with 6 seater dining table & chairs, easy chairs & grill. The house has been tastefully furnished to a high standard throughout with many added extras that the majority of rental homes do not have. The large Master Bedroom features a King Bed, 37' LCD TV, direct access to private pool, views across lake and a huge walk-in closet. Those who have visited University Park Country Club before will know it is a very special place. It is most beautifully landscaped and maintained, has a restful and refined atmosphere, has an award winning golf course as well as 24 hour security. Superbly located - very easy access from I75, beaches are a short drive away, lots of restaurants and shopping on University Parkway and easy access to downtown Sarasota.

Detailed description of property:

Great Room

Foyer opens into a large, bright and airy Great Room that has a Gas Fire with remote control. Large patio doors affording views across the private pool and lake beyond. 37' LCD TV, with DVD/CD player. Gas fireplace. Cable is included in price. Beautiful co-ordinating furniture in chocolate brown leather - 3 seater, loveseat, armchair and footstool, cocktail table, etc. Selection of games.

Master Bedroom

This is a lovely large room that has been furnished to a very high standard. Ultra comfortable King bed. Island style furniture. High quality pillow-top mattress. 37' LCD TV (with cable) and DVD/CD player. This room has direct access to the lanai and pool through a separate door. There is a very comfortable leather recliner, to allow relaxing views across the lanai, pool and lake beyond. Plenty of spare bed linen, additional blankets, auto-set clock radio, etc.

More Details

Joyce Millar
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

Why Joyce Millar chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Very relaxing location close to many facilities, shops and restaurants.

What makes this villa unique

Available for guest use:

4 cycles,

2 sets golf clubs.

Beach chairs, cooler, beach towels, etc

Wireless printer, etc.

Nutribullet, juicers, breadmaker

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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Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Sarasota. Tampa 1 h), 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
Plenty within 3 miles esp in University Town Cente
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


Sarasota Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • 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 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower with multi-heads. Roman bath tub.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Multi-head shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Island Style King Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Island Style Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3/Mini Office - 2 twin/ single , Twins can be set side by side as king-king cover, etc avail.
  • 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
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • 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- University Park CC, own pool, golf clubs, cycles,grill,beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

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: Aug 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: Jul 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: Jul 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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A very well maintained and immaculate property.

  • 5 of 5

The property was far better than described.It had all the facilities within,nothing was missing from bicycles to golf clubs.

It was spacious,clean and lies within a very tranquil gated golf and country club community.An oasis.

The pool was heated as requested and maintained weekly.

Jovce Millar,the owner was exceptionally helpful with up to date information before and during our one moth stay.

The villa was within 15 minutes of downtown Sarasota,and minutes from many shops and malls.

I would have no problem recommending the villa to friends and hope to return myself one day.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to do a review. We are pleased that you were so happy with your stay and hope that you will re-visit again. It was a pleasure to correspond with you before, during and after your stay.
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Lovely home from home in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at the villa in May and liked it so much we returned for a further 2 weeks in November.

University Park Country Club is immaculate and beautifully kept, with many places to walk and cycle (using the cycles provided). Home from home describes the villa perfectly. It’s fully equipped and well presented with a lovely quiet lanai and pool area, perfect for relaxing and watching the wildlife.

Close by are all the amenities you need (bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a shopping mall), or you can be in Sarasota in about 20 minutes. There’s so much to see and do in the area, with the nearby beaches worth a special mention.

Joyce takes customer service to a level we have not experienced before. From booking to arrival, nothing is too much trouble. We had a couple of queries during our first visit (which Joyce could not have foreseen) but as soon as we contacted her she immediately got things sorted for us, with no fuss.

It’s become clear during both our stays how proud Joyce is of her villa and the surrounding area, and it’s not difficult to see why. In many years of taking holidays in Florida, it’s the only one we have returned to (and plan to return again soon).

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rob and Maria Many thanks for your kind review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found the area and amenities of University Park and Sarasota as delightful as we do. It was a pleasure to correspond with you throughout your stay and we do appreciate you taking the time to do a review. Joyce & Trevor
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  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 weeks at this beautifully appointed villa situated in a lovely, safe gated community and golf course. It was exactly as described on the website and the owners, Joyce & Trevor, were extremely helpful and provided us with loads of information and advice regarding the rental and the Sarasota area. We particularly enjoyed having the use of the golf clubs and bicycles provided. There are lots of shops and restaurants close by and beautiful beaches within easy reach. We would definitely recommend this villa to anyone wishing to visit the area - you will not be disappointed. We will definitely be back! Neil & Muriel, SW Scotland.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure to correspond with you throughout the reservation process and during your stay and we would be delighted to have you back to stay again. Best wishes, Joyce & Trevor (owners)
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Exit Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund