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Ranked 11th guest satisfaction out of over 1700 listings. Cozy, quiet with pool

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)


Property Details

Updated: Nov 2, 2016
Pool home on the water, 2 beds 2 baths, quiet neighborhood, close to everything

This is the perfect cozy, beachy home, with all the amenities you will want or need. Fully stocked kitchen, just add food. All linens are provided including, big bath towels, beach towels, dish clothes and sheets. Don't worry about running to the store to buy anything that first day. You will have all of the necessities to start your stay with us. Coffee, dish soap, paper towels, tissue paper, hand soap and laundry soap to name just a few. There is a washer and drier located right off the kitchen and there are beach chairs, and coolers in the garage.

We have owned this terrific property for three years and are eager to share it with you. We have completed many updates and continue to do so. Here are a few of our projects; we have remodeled both bathrooms, extended the lanai, installed new windows, freshened the landscape, painted the exterior and installed all new appliances.

Idle Days is located on a salt water canal with Gulf access. Fish from the cement dock, bring your own boat or just relax and watch the Manatee swim by. There is a solar heated screened in pool, right off the dining room with a large newly expanded lanai.

The property is located in Port Charlotte, in a very quiet residential neighborhood, yet it is only a mile to shopping including, a large indoor mall, theater, grocery stores and tons of restaurants. The Tampa Bay Rays training facility is just down the road about 2-1/2 miles, on the way to all the best white sand beaches of Engelwood, Venice and Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island. There are numerous golf courses in the area plus other attractions including Bush Gardens in Tampa, Fisherman's village in Punta Gorda which is a few minutes to the south and if you like antiquing, check out Arcadia to the east.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Your Hosts: Ron and Sharie Holben. We live in Lansing Michigan and are semi retired from the drinking water and water well industry. For 7 years we had a vacation home in Wawa, Ontario Canada. About 4 hours north of Michigan's upper peninsula. We had 200' of pristine lakefront, sandy beach and clear water. We were entirely off the grid, no power, no phone no Internet. Ah paradise.

In the spring of 2013 we decided it was time for a change. We sold the cabin and the search began for the perfect southern vacation home. We looked in Florida along with several other States.

We decided on Port Charlotte for it's proximity to the gulf, all the activities in the area, and terrific weather year round. The bonus was having restaurants and shopping so close and amazing neighbors, in an extremely quiet residential neighborhood.

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We had a very relaxing week at Idle Days. The house was very comfortable and VERY clean!!! It had great space, but easy to keep picked-up. The shower was amazing, love the water pressure. We saw many things in the area - including the drums at sunset at Venice Beach. Great shopping and places to eat in the area and close to anything else you would like to see or do. We floated in the pool everyday and enjoyed watching for fish in the canal. Already looking ahead to next year - Sharie and Ron were Great to work with!!!
Mar 2015
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14 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)


Nice Relaxing Stay at Idle Days

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Idle Days. The house was clean and comfortable. The neighborhood was quiet and conveniently located for us. Sharie was great to work with. She reached out to make sure everything was going well and was available for any questions we had. We would definitely stay there again when we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you were able to spend some quality time with your family and sincerely hope that you will keep us in mind for any future visits you have to our area. We are in the process of making a few upgrades, so your next visit you will see new carpet, a quieter pool pump and perhaps a remodeled kitchen. Thank you for staying at Idle Days, Ron and Sharie
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate enough to spend a 6 week holiday in Idle Days (Sept/Oct 2016). The house had everything we needed for a relaxing vacation - it was very well equipped, in the kitchen and throughout, and was immaculately clean. (The master bed was wonderfully comfortable). The weather was exceptionally hot for the time of year during our stay, so the pool was a very welcome sight at the end of a long day out - or great to spend a relaxing day beside!

The location was excellent too, as it was close to every kind of restaurant you could possibly want, as well as shops - Murdock Circle Mall is a little over a mile from door to door. It is also in a great spot for road links to the north, south and east. However, it was far enough from busy roads as to be quiet and free from all but local traffic.

We saw a variety of wildlife around the house - a family of racoons raiding the avocado tree every day, a pair of ospreys, a gang of up to 19 ibis rummaging in the grass most of every day. Then there was 'Eddie' the Egret (every visitor gives him a different name). Eddie came most days to the gate of the pool deck and waited patiently for 'titbits' - towards the end of our stay, he arrived with a friendly snowy egret shadowing him.

All in all, we had a stress-free 6 weeks which is exactly what we needed, and the owner was regularly in touch to check all was well, which was very comforting. Great house, great area, would definitely return, and highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure having you at Idle Days. I know Eddie is missing you and all his treats, sounds like he has a new girl friend with the snowy egret in tow. We do have a lot of wild life in the area. Manatee in the canal in the winter, a mama bob cat that brings her baby around once in a while. A ton of Ibis, vulture and osprey also an eagle now and again. Oh yeah and the resident coons, who love the avocados and fortunately have never gotten into anything else. That bed is wonderful isn't it. There have been so many guests rave about that mattress, I think if it could have fit on a plane it would have come up missing a long time ago. Glad you had a safe trip home and if you find your self back in the area, we sincerely hope you will stay with us again. Sincerely, Ron and Sharie
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Just what we needed...

  • 5 of 5

We had to do a last minute trip based on family in poor health needing our assistance. We booked easily and quickly with great communication regarding coming and going. Upon arrival, we realized the house was going to feel like home and work well for us. It was perfect for me to work while my husband and daughter were with family but in and out. The house allowed us to keep our daughter on toddler schedule and we enjoyed some great perks like the pool and canal. If we make our way back, we will be looking this place back up!

The beds were comfortable, the house was clean, the kitchen had what was needed for cooking good meals and it was nice that we only had to replace paper/cleaning products vs. bring all that were needed. I would strongly encourage others to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad that we were able to accommodate you. We have put a lot of thought into furnishing the home and have worked hard to help our guests feel like this is their home while they are there, not just another rental. We are thrilled that you felt comfortable as soon as you walked in. We are constantly making improvements and have a few more lined up for this winter. We like to keep "Idle Days" fresh and up to date in every area that we can. Thank you for staying with us and taking such good care of our home. if you ever find yourself back in the Port Charlotte area we look forward to you staying again.
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Comfortable, quiet, and convenient

  • 5 of 5

I only have positive things to say about Idle Days and about Shari Holben (as host). My first reaction upon arriving at the house was that it is even nicer than it looks in the photos. Everything was clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The outdoor space at the house is beautiful and tranquil. The house was stocked with everything that I needed and more. Just bring food and clothes and you will be set. I appreciated the keyless front door -- using an entry code rather than a key means no chance of getting locked out. I also appreciated being able to park in the garage, especially because it was HOT during my stay. Normal August weather in FL with heat index over 100F and heavy short rain and thunderstorms daily. The neighborhood is very quiet, but it is also conveniently located to all amenities. Shari was great with communication prior to my visit, and she checked in on me by email a couple of times without being intrusive in any way. My only regret was that I was not in town for vacation, I was working, so I didn’t get to spend as much time being “idle” as I would have liked. The couple of times that I went it the pool it was just fabulous. I had a difficult time getting back to work after my dips in the pool. All in all it was a pleasant stay, and I would not hesitate to rent this house in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate you staying at Idle Days. We try very hard to make everyones stay as comfortable as we can and we take pride in being able to offer a great little getaway. It means a lot to know that our guests notice the little things that we do. We like to think we are helping our guests make memories, even if your stay is because of work. Thank you again for staying with us, we look forward to you staying with us in the future, hopefully next time for a true vacation. Ron and Sharie
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Amazing Trip!!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was exactly as described and the house was amazing!!! The location was absolutely PERFECT! Anything we wanted was only 5 minutes away. Every restaurant we could ever dream of. The beach was less than 30 minutes away and it was GORGEOUS there. We had such a wonderful time and hated to leave!!! Sharie checked in on us several times during our stay and it was so nice to have such a caring person you're renting from. We were in the pool EVERY SINGLE DAY, sometimes twice a day!!! We will definitely rent here again!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you at Idle Days. We are so glad that your vacation was a good one and you brought home a lot of good memories. We try very hard to make our place comfortable and as accommodating as possible. So we are very pleased to hear such nice remarks as yours. We look forward to your next stay. Ron and Sharie
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Wow,what a nice vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful vacation at idle days,quite very friendly neighbour hood,.the house was very clean and had everything we needed nice pool,lots of everything as in pots ,dishes ,linens ,towels.we cooked a lot of our meals as we so enjoyed the pool .we didn't have car but no problem ,we just got taxi very reasonable prices.sharie and Ron are great kept in touch to see if we needed anything.would recommend this house and area to anyone .thanks Ron and Sharie

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed you staying with us, the only problem with renting out our home is that we don't get to personally meet great people like yourselves, the "Golden Girls". We are so glad you had a great time and thank you for the wonderful comments. We try very hard to make sure the home is in tip top shape and fully supplied so that our guests can focus on having a comfortable and memorable vacation. If your travels bring you back to this area we look forward to you staying with us again. Ron and Sharie
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From the Owner

This is the perfect property, if you want quiet relaxation with your own private pool and dock on a salt water canal. And.... you also want to be close to all the shops and restaurants. You can have it all. Plus, we are only about 20 minutes from the gulf beaches

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Punta Gorda at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : 75 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 1.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Englewood at 15 Miles Car: recommended

* Restaurants

* Shopping

* Port Charlotte Harbor

* Minutes to beaches

* Fishing

* Canoeing/kayaking

* Parks

* Tiki bars with live music

* Golf

* Nature trails

* Tampa Rays training facility


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From the Owner

We have just started to discover all the area has to offer. We hope you will fall in love with Port Charlotte and the Gulf Islands, as we did and enjoy exploring the uncrowded beaches, quaint shops and excellent dining.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • * Salt water canal, large cement dock with gulf access * Master suite with king bed and private bath * Central air

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