- Wil Engineer (40)
- Christine Mom (39)
- Vincent Student (13)
"A year from now what will you wish you had done today?"...
Every day we ask ourselves that quote "A year from now what will you wish you had done today?". For us that means travel to all of wonderfully diverse and culturally rich places on the earth. We are an outgoing family of 3 looking to share our home with others.
Our home is located in beautiful Sarasota, FL. The house is almost 2,800 square feet (260 square meters) and has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, central air-conditioning, a pool and close access to plenty of activities or you can just lounge around with your feet up and enjoy the community we live in with its walkways, pool, bike trails and outdoor sports courts.
Our home is on one level which makes it perfect for older travelers or families with young children. It can sleep up to 8 but currently one bedroom is used as a home-office. The kitchen has all updated appliances, granite counter tops and there is plenty of seating throughout the house for groups to gather and relax or just throw open all the doors and invite friends or family over to entertain. There is also a kitchen appliance pantry with Cusinart food processor, Kitchen Aid Mixer (for baking or making fresh pasta), Breville panini machine, and a Breville juicer for any guests who like to make fresh, healthy juices. The adjoining family room has a large flat-screen tv and premium cable channels like HBO, Showtime, HGTV and of course Sports Center (US). We have both an X-box and Wii systems and most games have an "E" rating so everyone can play. There is a Bose sound-system which can enhance your viewing experience. There is a computer with internet access and tons of books for both children and adults. The Master bedroom has a king sized bed, en-suite bathroom with separate sinks, a jetted tub and large walk-in shower. There are also his & hers walk-in closets. All other bedrooms have queen and full sized mattresses. The second bedroom can sleep 2 small children and has toys and books for kids who love to read.
Outside our pool area has a charcoal grill, and plenty of seating. The pool comes with a hot tub and a child safety fence can be installed for any travelers who have young children who cannot swim. The community is focused on appreciating nature and there are plenty of sidewalks, and the 6.5 mile long nature trail is a short walk or bike ride away. For those families who like to camp we live next to Oscar Scherer State Park and you can always opt to spend time there hiking for the day or camping out. We are also a short drive away from Siesta Key Beach which has consistently been ranked as one of the best beaches in the country. Our family loves the quieter and less crowded Nokomis Beach which is also a short drive away. There is plenty of fishing, kayaking, boating, para-sailing and paddle-boarding companies near-by. There are plenty of restaurants that serve any appetite and as part of your stay in our home we will provide a reference journal on the best of Sarasota. Travelers who seek to do a car exchange can make use of our car (local trips only please) and all of the area attractions will be loaded in to the GPS to make getting there a breeze.
Our garage has 2 bikes, a Trek tow that seats 1 small child or if you want to "go native" you can stock a cooler full of drinks and food and put it in the Trek tow and head out for the day. There are also beach chairs for 4 and a child's skim board.
For travelers who wish to explore the state we are 1 hour from Tampa, FL., 2 hours from Orlando, FL. and ALL Disney attractions and 3.5 hours from Miami FL. and the latin infused South Beach, world class shopping other activities. The only rules we have are respect our home and NO smoking and NO pets.
We love living here and know you will enjoy your visit. We look forward to sharing our home with you.
July 5 — July 26, 2015 These dates are flexible
July 5 — July 26, 2015 These dates are flexible
July 13 — August 3, 2015
We just love the ability to see and experience things that are different from what we see and experience on a day-to-day basis. We believe that the best way we can build an understanding of our world is to visit other places, eat food from other cultures, dance to different music and try to listen to the languages spoken in other countries. It is by doing so that we become caring of the differences in our world. We are outgoing, fun loving and eager travelers.
Christine and Wilfred's home in Sarasota, exceeded (if possible) our high expectations. It was extremely well equipped in all aspects and most exclusively decorated and yet with a very homey atmosphere. We spent lots of time by the wonderful pool and the lounge area with the fantastic BBQ. We were provided with excellent tips and suggestions what to do and were to go (booklet). Wilfred and Christine were always available and very helpful. They went that extra mile to ensure our stay would be as pleasant and comfortable we could only dream of. The immediate neighborhood was beautiful, quiet, upscale and safe where you could go for walks/runs or even play tennis, which we enjoyed a lot. The city of Sarasota was very nice with many restaurants to please all different tastes and preferences. However, the main attraction, are the many beaches, all very close. The Siesta Key Beach is said to be US #1 best beach, we could not agree more. Boat trips, amusement parks, alligator safaris are some excursions a few hours away. We loved our stay in Sarasota!
Our family had the distinct pleasure of staying in this lovely apartment belonging to Martina and Roger. Our every comfort was met in this luxurious and expansive flat. Close to the action of central Stockholm but quiet enough to make you feel wrapped in serenity and peace. Martina and Roger were always available to us if we had a question and no comfort was spared from the fully stocked and well appointed kitchen to the lush master and secondary bedroom. The small but cozy outdoor terrace allowed for dining alfresco and the neighbors were all lovely and helpful The flat sits within quick walking distance of trains and buses and in 15 minutes we could walk down to the center of Stockholm to partake in high end shops, quaint diners, extensive museums (we personally recommend the ABBA museum, The Swedish Museum of History and the Viking Exhibit, the Vasa Museum) which are all well curated and family friendly and the boat tours that can take you all over the archipelago for both local tours and tours of small villages like Sandhamn. Each distinct community has something to offer every taste and style of vacationing. Commuting to and from major airports is easy but coming to this particular home after a long day of sight-seeing, shopping, or dining out was even better. Anyone who decides to visit stockholm and has the privilege of being able to stay in the home of Roger & Martina will easily rank Stockholm, Sweden as a favorite vacation destination.
We had a great home exchange with Chris and Will, their house is awsome, very functional, and top clean. We had very good chat by mail before and during our stay. They were also very careful with our appartment. Osprey/Sarasota is a great place with lots af white sand beaches, nature all around, and also easy acces to all Florida, as we did the Everglades, Miami, Key West, Orlando and Cape Canaveral, during our stay.