We are a family of five and stayed in this rental for a week in June. The home itself is gorgeous and luxurious and offers views of the bay and dock behind the unit. There are three bedrooms as well as a pull out queen sofa in the living room. There is a lot of space with three bedrooms, living room, dining area, kitchen, 2.5 bathrooms, a couple of porches... an affordable and luxurious accommodation for a family or small group. The not so good are two things: 1) you have access to the complex facilities which include a couple of pools, grills and fitness center, as well as a small beach. This is all good to have but all are rendered nearly unusable due to biting, blood sucking bugs that are in attack mode once you step out of your house. We walked to the fitness center which is a little less than 1/4 mile and I would have 4 or 5 of them on my legs. Tried a second time thinking it was just bad timing and happened again so ended up driving to fitness room thereafter. Also began using bug spray but had little affect. The kids went to the pools but would jump in the water to avoid them only to have them all over any area not in the water like their heads. Could not use grills because of the bugs. And 2) Tampa is rather spread out so the drives from Ruskin tend to be an hour or more with traffic and there is little to do in Ruskin area. Clearwater beach was 90 minutes for us each way and Busch Gardens was 45-60 minutes each way. None of the negatives are the fault of this rental; just two experiences we had that affected our stay. We also had problems with cable, reception was bad and mostly not watchable. Contacted Muriel and she said this happens after storms and gave me someone to call. I called this gentleman who told me I need to call cable company to set up appointment - not something I should have to do as a renter so no cable for the week which was okay as we were out most of the time.
We thought our vacation was ruined due to tropical storm,however, the townhouse was so comfortable, so big. There was room for everybody to spread out and enjoy the rain and the amazing waterfront views from the 4 balconies of this beautiful townhome. We watched movies, played board games, cooked some good food and made the best of being rained in. The townhome was very well stocked, clean, and organized. Muriel went out of her way to ensure we were comfortable. I cannot thank her enough. The rain lifted and we were able to enjoy the many outdoor activities available on property (jet ski and fishing) as well as visiting Universal Studios and Siesta Key Beach which was a short distance away. Would definitely rent this property again.
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We had a wonderful vacation. The townhome had all the comforts of home and was a great resort for my family. Its centrally located to everything we wanted to do. I would definitely rent from Muriel again. Everything was great!