My partner and I stayed at Dragonflies Villa earlier this year and honestly had the BEST time. It's our second time visiting and it was as perfect this time as the last.
The owners, Bernadette and Paul, could not be more accommodating and wonderful. They gave us so much information, hints and tips about the local area, we just wish we had been there longer to be able to fit in more activities! Nothing is too much trouble for them and they truly have thought of everything. Their attention to detail in the villa is exquisite.
The villa itself is equipped with anything and everything that you could possibly want or need whilst on holiday. It is maintained to an exceptionally high standard and is the cleanest villa I've ever stayed in. We used the bikes every morning and the tennis equipment to use on the Rotonda Park courts (very well maintained) which are a five minute cycle away. Our bed was huge and so comfy with gorgeous bedding and having soft carpet in the bedroom is something I appreciated having previously stayed in villas with cold hard floors throughout. (It's the small things!) The big kitchen was great for us as we ate in quite a few nights - purely because we were so comfy there we didn't feel the need to eat out a lot! We had loads of BBQs after going to Winn-Dixie's (great deals on meat and wine), Walmart or Publix all of which are literally five minutes away from the villa.
We spent hours in the amazing warm pool whilst watching some amazing wildlife around us (outside the pool cage) including: Birds of prey, tortoise, squirrels, lizards, armadillo and rabbits!
We went to Englewood Beach, Boca Grande beach and Stump Pass beach - all within twenty minutes drive. The water was warm and crystal clear (especially at Boca Grande by the lighthouse) and the beaches are so quiet. It was literally paradise! We took with us beach towels, deck chairs, plastic wine glasses and cool box (all provided) and had a pre-dinner picnic whilst watching the sunset!
We did a sunset cruise with Gasparilla Boat Tours where we watched dolphins whilst the sun went down - magical!
We went to Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota (approx. one hour away from the villa) which was a really nice day out and highly recommended if nature is your thing!
Busch Gardens is just over an hour's drive from Dragonflies too so if you fancy a day of adventure, it's not far from home. We went last year and absolutely loved it.
We plan on returning to Dragonflies next year but hopefully for three weeks if our schedules allow!
I can't recommend Dragonflies Villa enough. Book it now and see for yourselves. You will not be disappointed!
We spent two weeks at Dragonflies in August and had a fantastic time. The villa is immaculate, very comfortable and clean with everything you think you need provided and much more. The local area is quiet but there's plenty to do within easy reach, and further afield. We had day trips to Busch Gardens, The Ringling Museum in Sarasota (highly recommended), Miramar Outlets and even an overnight in WDW for MNSSHP (in August!) Our plans for kayaking and paddle boarding were spoiled by Hurricane Harvey so will just have to return another time.
Thanks to Bernadette for making everything so easy, would love to visit again.
We stayed at Dragonflies villa at the beginning of August, we had an amazing time and totally loved the villa and pool. This is the first villa we have ever wanted to return to and have already booked up for next year. Everything possible was supplied in the villa and the decor and furnishings are of the highest standard. Berandette was fantastic, replying quickly to emails and offering advice.
Thank you so much and we look forward to returning next year.
We spent the second week of our holiday at Dragonflies after a busy week in Orlando and found it to be the perfect retreat. We spent more time "at home" than we normally would in a villa and found that it had all we could have wanted and more. The local beaches are beautiful and only a short drive away. Also nearby are supermarkets and restaurants including all the usual chains. We enjoyed barbecues by the pool as we watched amazing sunsets in very peaceful surroundings. The villa itself is extremely well maintained, furnishings and bedding are of a high standard and attention to detail is very much key to this well run and managed home. Paul and Bernadette clearly have their hearts in Dragonflies and we very much hope to return in the future.
We returned yesterday from spending the last 10 days of our holiday at Dragonflies. This was a special holiday for my husband's 50th birthday and I cannot thank Bernadette and Paul enough for allowing us to stay in their beautifully villa. They have thought of every detail to make your stay such an enjoyable and easy experience. From deckchairs, cool boxes, parasols (to take to the beaches) to beach towels, pool inflatables - it was just perfect.
We don't usually make full use of the villa pools because in the evenings, it's usually a bit nippy for me but with the solar panel heated large pool - we spent a lot more time in the villa pool.
The location is perfect to visit many of the Gulf beaches, shopping outlets and a huge variety of restaurants. The BBQ at the villa was superb - we have stayed in 6 villas in Orlando and because of the pace of the holiday, have never actually had a BBQ! We bought a variety of different meats and fishes, ate outside under the lanai - it was a perfect evening.
Dragonflies is a very much loved and looked after well equipped villa and if you are wanting a relaxing and peaceful time, I cannot recommend it enough.
Thank you Paul and Bernadette.
We have just returned for our first 8 day stay at Dragonflies. I wish it had been longer. Maybe next time. As we will return. Dragonflies is a very lovely, clean, spacious and extremely well equipped villa. We had the best time ever. As in previous reviews there are 3 supermarket very close by, Winn Dixie being the closest. We made trips to Port Charlotte, Venice, Boco Grande Beach, Englewood Public Beach and to the Miromar Outlets at Estero.
The numerous restaurants which we tried in the area were all very good and very reasonable (Prime Time,Lock and Key, The White Elephant, Wine bar and Bistro, Mamas Italian Kitchen and Mango). The facilities in the villa would allow you to cater for yourselves but who wants to cook on holiday!?
This was our 5th stay on the Gulf Coast but the first at Dragonflies and my brother in laws first time to America, I think Dragonflies has spoiled it for him to go anywhere else.
I certainly will return in the not to distance future but don't take my word for it, try it for yourselves!
Thanks Bernadette and Paul for allowing us the use of your beautiful home.
This was our third stay in the amazing Dragonflies Villa in Rotonda and believe me you will go a long way to find a cleaner, well maintained villa with better facilities and excellently positioned to where ever you want to go. We generally would stay in Dragonflies at the end of our 2 or 3 week stay meaning that we have the opportunity to chill by the pool for all day and evening sun. If you would prefer to explore the locality you have some outstanding beaches within a 15 minute drive but we found Boca Grande to be our favourite and have spent many happy hours here.
We have found it best to leave some roomin the suitcases for our annual stop off at the Ellenton Outlets where you don't have to pay the Orlando tourist prices where they have all the big name stores as in Orlando. Westfield Mall in Sarasota is another favourite and the malls in around the Murdock Circle in Port Charlotte as well. Day trips to Venice, Sarasota and Port Charlotte are a must and they are all within drive able distances from Rotonda.
The position of Dragonflies having Walmart, Publix and Wynn Dixie within 5 minutes of the villa shows how central it is. If you can fit in a trip to watch the Stone Crabs baseball team in Port Charlotte, you will have a wonderful evening's craic all for $10. We also hade some lovely meals in the Cove restaurant which is only 10 mins from the villa.
All in all, it is an absolute treat to stay in Dragonflies but don't take our booking because we will definitely be back, lol. Finding this amazing villa was one of the greatest thing we have ever found in Florida. Enjoy.
I really dont want to write this review... purely selfish reasons... I dont want everyone to stay there and then we cant! Bernadette and Paul must be so proud of their villa, it is beyond doubt the best villa we have ever stayed in.
The decor and attention to detail is as americans would say, 'AWESOME!' If you need any assistance during your stay Bernadette is always at the end of the phone (a free phone call, by the way!) for you to ask, nothing is too much trouble.
The location is excellent - people we met were welcoming and friendly, the beaches are stunning, sunsets, sea cruises, wildlife, shopping at Port Charlotte, Boca Grande, Publix practically 5 mins away (I love Publix, so this is a real plus for me!), we LOVED it all.
We so wanted to go back next jul/aug... but they are already booked up! See what I meant when I started off by saying I didnt want to write this! This was our 5th trip to Florida and our love of the West coast grows every time...so that's Duck Key and the Keys done, Marco Island and Naples done and now Englewood and the surrounding areas... Sanibel next on the hit list...
Bernadette and Paul thank you for sharing your breathtaking villa with us... loved it!
We stayed at this wonderful villa for 2 weeks in October. We have to say its the best villa we have stayed in in Florida. Its large and roomy and the furnishings and decor are all very modern, and it is cleaned to a very high standard.
This villa has everything you could ever need in terms of equipment, free wi-fi, free landline calls home, everything you could possibly need for the beach, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, towels, childrens toys etc. There are bikes for guests use, but we thought this may be a bit energetic for us!
There are folders with lots of information about the surrounding area,
and lots of recommendations from previous guests.
The pool with its water feature and quality furnishings is a truly relaxing area, it has lots of pool toys, plenty of towels, and if you're lucky and up early enough, an owl will visit too!
The view of the villa upon arrival is very welcoming and it looks extremely well maintained, which very much sums up everything at Dragonflies... inside and out, attention is paid to the smallest details...
Bernadette and Paul are really nice people to deal with and will answer any questions...
If we ever come back to this area, and it looks likely, this is where we will choose to stay...
Dragonflies, our Exquisite 3 Bed Luxury Villa with private solar/electric heated pool is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Built on a large plot by one of Englewood's premier builders you will find a high quality home set in beautifully landscaped gardens offering peace and privacy. This beautiful home has been furnished and decorated to a luxurious level by an interior decorator and is maintained to the highest standard.
Our spacious villa comprises of 3 large Bedrooms (Master with en-suite), 2 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge, separate formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen, morning room, laundry room, garage, front porch area, lanai and solar/electric heated swimming pool, pool cage.
Solar & Electric heated pool
The villa comprises briefly comprises of:
* Master Bedroom with king size bed, cable TV/DVD
* Master ensuite with Roman shower, twin vanity unit, large tub, hair dryer
* Bedroom 2 with queen size bed, TV
* Bedroom 3 with twin beds
* Family bathroom with bath and shower, hairdryer
* Large lounge with cathedral ceiling, comfy couches, cable TV, DVD, Sound system
* Separate formal dining room which comfortably seats six,
* Fully equipped large kitchen
* Dining Nook - for breakfast or informal dining,
* Laundry Room - equipped with washer, dryer, ironing facilities,
* Double Garage with electrically operated door & remote control,
* Front Porch area with bistro table and chairs
* Large Lanai area with dining and lounging facilities
* Solar/Electric heated Swimming Pool upgraded (29ftx15ft) with water feature.
Master bedroom with access to pool.
Large well equipped kitchen
Every care has been taken to ensure that our guests have a comfortable stay. You will find many extras provided for your comfort and enjoyment. We believe we have thought of everything - leaving you to just bring your toothbrush and suitcase!
COMPLEMENTARY TO OUR GUESTS:
* Local and long distance calls (USA & CANADA )
* Wireless Internet (just bring your laptop/ ipad)
* Digital safe
* Gas BBQ
* Beach chairs & loungers, umbrella, coolboxes
* Beach toys, surfboards
* Books, games, Dvds, Cds
* Pool toys
* 3 adult bikes
Sorry but we do not allow smoking or pets at our villa.
The Englewood / Rotonda area
Rotonda West is a mixture of residential and holiday homes set among fresh water canals, golf courses and greenbelt land. A short drive will take you to the pristine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
We are in a nature conservation area. The Rotonda has its own Nature Reserve and Community Park. There you will find children's playgrounds, BBQ areas, tennis courts, open playing fields and nature trails. There is an abundance of wildlife. Look out for Gopher Turtles, Armadillos, Raccoons, Bob Cats and numerous birds.
We are only 5 mins drive from 2 large supermarkets with a greater selection of shops and department stores in nearby Englewood. Port Charlotte is a 10min drive. There you will find shopping malls (Dillards, JCPenny etc,)also a multi screen cinema, bowling, steak bars.
The area is serviced by a good selection of places to eat ... ranging from good value basic eateries to high class restaurants. The choice is yours!
There is a wide choice of things to do :- cycling, diving, fishing, golf, horse riding, sailing, surfing, swimming, tennis, walking, water skiing, wind-surfing, Jet skiing, bird watching, multi screen cinema, go-karting, baseball, mini-golf, arcade, ten pin bowling, water park, etc
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