Erica, St. Louis, MO, said...
I stayed in the small, but perfect size for me, cottage behind one of the other rentals. Rich met me to check in and go over the details of the property. A very nice family of three, easy to reach by any method, they live around the corner. I've been visiting Siesta Key for over 25 years and have lived in Sarasota a few times. Yes I would stay here again Pros -location, proximity to beach and village -outside shower -easy maintenance -privacy -laundry -spare bikes -location, the beach is literally a short walk or speedy bike ride of a minute or two -location -location, if that wasn't already clear -and I'll repeat outside shower again -full wall of sliders, almost like you're outside -private courtyard -you're on palm island which is quiet and residential Facts -kitchen is small, but does have 2 burners, and additional refrigerator/freezer space in laundry room -this is a one room cottage, if you're traveling with another person you should be close (there is a divider/privacy screen, I did not use) -somewhat limited storage space if you tend to have a lot of baggage/stuff, I did not have an issue, there are also two under bed storage containers for use, plus another in the laundry room -if you like to cook and are used to a full kitchen, this has limited cooking area, but this is not a surprise, they've set it up well for the space available, there are also grills outside to use -if you have a dog the back yard is not fenced, was not a challenge for me, also easy to corral in the courtyard area -the guy doing the yard work comes through weekly including blowing off the courtyard, it's a loud surprise if you weren't anticipating, hopefully, you're out enjoying the day anyway, for me I was working and on conference calls so had to scramble to close the sliders because of the noise.
Elfie, NYC said...
Peace in Siesta Key
Pure happenstance brought me to the Garden Terrace studio of Ali & Rich Light. What a respite it is!! The bungalow itself was cozy inside. Sitting outside on the private patio was serene, spacious and decadent, as I am a city girl existing in limited space. The cottage is close to everything: the beach, Siesta Key Village, downtown Sarasota. Ali & Rich were only a text away, with timely responses to my myriad queries. Yes, I’m coming back again next year. Who wouldn’t with a Garden Terrace like this and a welcome bar none from my hosts Ali & Rich Light? See you there. Aug 11, 2018
Michele G. said...
Such an amazing space. Your own private retreat with every convenience. The neighborhood is great and it's sooo close to everything. We had a great time! I highly recommend it and will be booking again :)
Jill T. said...
Great location close to everything yet quiet
The Garden Terrace cottage is a little slice of Heaven on Siesta Key's perfect paradise: Palm Island. It has an awesome location just a very short walk to the beach and the village but is still quiet and peaceful. You can smell the sea air and hear the waves on most days. And the view of the stars is wide and lovely. It is very well equipped and all the space I needed. The large patio just makes the place. Sit outside among the birds and lush plants, and if it's too warm on a summer afternoon, you can still enjoy it through the wall of sliding glass doors. Great neighbors too. I miss it already!
Bobbi S. said...
We would stay again!
My daughter and I have never been to the area. The owners were very helpful by providing some excellent key 'must dos' for the short amount of time we were visiting. The bungalow was close to the village and the beach. The unit came furnished with bikes and beach chairs. We had a delightful time and would definitely visit again. When we showed up with a Publix run, Rich helpfully offered a backup fridge to supplement the small fridge in the unit. We had a fabulous time thanks to the owners, the close proximity to everything and the comfort of the bungalow. We would go back!
My husband and I spent a glorious nine days in the Garden Terrace. As promised, Rich greeted us upon arrival and showed us around. He is as attentive as you want him to be. If you need something or have a question he is right on top of it. If you want to be left alone he will respect your privacy. The studio was clean and well equipped. It actually came with more amenities than we were expecting. There were bikes, beach chairs, a gas grill. Rich happily lent us his canoe for a delightful paddle in the canals. Garden Terrace is very private and quiet. I used the outside shower every day and it was refreshing. The ten-minute walk to the beach was mellow, as was the beach. No crowds at this end. We walked to town almost every night for dinner, sometimes by the beach for the sunset... ah... Rich quickly returned our security deposit. We will be back!
Garden Terrace Studio
We stayed at Siesta Bungalows for 3 months in the Garden Terrace. If our future travel plans include Florida we will certainly rent it again. We stayed in the attractive Garden Terrace studio. For some, it might on the small side but having spent many previous lengthy vacations in our Airstream trailer we were quite comfortable. We travel with our dog, a golden-doodle, the garden area around the studio was perfect for her and us for our lounging in the deck chairs provided. We also found that there were the 75 acres Red Bug Slough Preserve a 15-minute drive away for our daily longer walk for our dog. The Garden Terrace is located in a very quiet and attractive neighborhood with no high rise condos or other buildings. Being situated 5 minutes to the beach or Siesta Key Village is a real plus. The local general store carries all the basics. Then there are the many restaurants and bustling activity of the Village itself and 15 minutes away from the many offerings of Sarasota. Rich was a conscientious and helpful host. He would stop by a couple of times a month to see if things were okay and for a brief chat. He was not at all intrusive and had various suggestions regarding places to visit in the area. His description of the Terrace and area when we inquired about the rental was accurate.
This Tommy Bahama styled studio efficiency has fifteen foot sliding glass doors looking into a private brick courtyard with flowered trellis and wrought iron patio furniture. This a perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of wine. It has wood and tile floors, cypress beamed ceilings, kitchenette, full bath tub/shower, full sized bed, love seat, and dining set.
1 Full-sized Bed
Fully Equipped with
kitchenware and linens
Microwave & toaster oven
Washer/Dryer for your personal use
Heat/ Air Conditioning
Full bath with tub/shower combination
TV and DVD
350 sq ft interior living space
250 sq ft of outdoor living space
Bring your furry friends
January and April $3700.00
February and March $4500.00
**7 Month Lease - May-November
$1495.00 Per month Plus Utilities**
**3 Month Lease - May-November
$1750.00 Per month Plus Utilities**
(941) 346-5114 5310 Calle Florida, Sarasota, FL 34242