Susan & Jerry are great people and great hosts. They are very welcoming, kind, and easy to communicate with before arriving and to visit with occasionally while they are working outside on their property, when coming or going, yet they totally honor your privacy as well.
Staying in their Carriage House was perfect for us! Being within walking distance of the Marina and historic downtown was ideal. We also loved walking to nearby Selby Botanical Gardens for a half day visit and to The Whole Food Market for healthy grocery items.
Jerry and Susan's expertise and talents are surely manifest in the construction, design, amenities, and decor of their Carriage House apt. It is beautiful, cozy, new, and private, with high ceilings, well lit with plenty of windows by day, recessed lighting and lamps by night, and bright colors. They insured everything in their unit is first class, from the beautiful wood ceiling, lovely white molding, full-size appliances which include a refrigerator, dishwasher, and washer & dryer (smartly hidden in a closet out of sight), as well as a well-appointed kitchen, with an espeically nice set of pots and pans and a water filter (so no bottled water was needed) and lovely bathroom with a beautifully designed shower.
We had a great week walking to new places (as mentioned above) located near this historic Laurel neighborhood of central Sarasota yet had quick and easy access to Hwy 41 to drive to other favorite places in the region: St Armand's Circle, Blu Kouzin, and Lido Key public beach, Myakka River State Park and bird-viewling board walk, and Casey Key public beach and Pop's Sunset Grille in Nokomis, just to name a few. We even took a day trip south down to Sanibel Island and rented bikes to ride there. There are so many other great cultural things to do in and around Sarasota yet for us, coming from cold, cloudy Michigan (normal weather for March and our reason this trip to Florida), being outdoors as much as possible was our focus to enjoy the warm, summer-like temps and sunny, blue-sky weather, beautiful Sarasota Bay, and the amazing aqua-blue-waters rimmed with white sandy beaches of the Gulf.
Thank you, Susan & Jerry, for a lovely, centrally-located place to stay in beautiful Sarasota.