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5-star Villa with Heated Pool and Beaches only Minutes away

5-star Villa with Heated Pool and Beaches only Minutes away #1
5-star Villa with Heated Pool and Beaches only Minutes away #1

About this rental

Villa (Sleeps 6)
140 sq. ft.  ·   3 bedrooms   ·  2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Property Type: Villa
  • Minimum Stay: 5 - 14 nights
  • Living Area: 140 sq. ft.

Welcome to our newly built modern pool villa with 3 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, 1100sf pool deck with lounge area, sunny South-Western exposure, beautiful beaches nearby

A short 10-minute drive away, our favorite Manasota Beach is our piece of paradise, an all-natural pristine beach. Take a long walk along the gorgeous shoreline, look for fossil shark teeth or just sit there and relax - having a wonderful time watching the waves. Chances are good you spot a bunch of dolphins!

Have you ever thought about a romantic wedding or vow renewal on a tropical beach? We can connect you with one of the best wedding planners of the area.

Cruising around on a Harley Davidson is your dream? A large dealer
with excellent reputation is only half an hour away!

Villa Happy Gator on Alligator Drive is situated in a quiet
residential neighborhood. Our backyard is fenced in and provides
absolute privacy.

The oversized and simply gorgeous pool area is the perfect place to
enjoy Florida Life. Chrystal clear water without added chlorine
brings the ultimate pleasure during hot and sunny days. During cooler months, the heater ensures that swimming stays a delight. Our sunshelf is a much loved special feature.

Shopping facilities are only 5 minutes away.

For your convenience we further provide:

- tiles throughout for a clean and fresh feeling

- fully equipped kitchen with Nespresso Coffee Machine and Ninja

- bathrooms with operable daylight windows and handheld shower heads

- free High Speed internet

- free WiFi

- free nationwide calls - phone provided

- region free Blu-ray player

- books, DVDs, games and kid’s toys

- Gas barbecue grill

- beach utensils like beach chairs, umbrellas, cooler and toys

- bikes for the fantastic bike trails of Sarasota County

- Safety fence to install around pool to protect small children

- Garage with remote door opener


More than 70 5-star-reviews on the big listing sites!

Unique Benefits

The freshness and cleanliness of the house you feel instantly when stepping in - the light colors with a beachy style - and of course the simply gorgeous pool area with with the sunny SouthWestern exposure makes our Villa Happy Gator your perfect vacation home!

Why Kids Love It

Kids love the sportspool - shallow on each end - and the sunshelf. The 3rd bedroom is really a kid's room with the friendly colors and the toys we provide. Kids also love that our beaches are the best location for finding the world famous fossil shark teeth.

Area Information

You are a beach lover? Almost 10 great beaches are within a 20-minute drive, the famous beaches of Sarasota’s Siesta Key only another 20 minutes further away.

With about 21,000 inhabitants, Venice is a charming small town with typical American residential structure. The crime rate is very low. Venice consists of the districts of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice and South Venice and is located about 13 Miles south of Sarasota.

The beaches around South Venice are among the most beautiful in South West Florida and lie virtually on the doorstep of our home, because the drive is mostly only a few minutes. Parking is free at the beaches of Venice Beach and Manasota Key - no longer common in many regions of Florida!

Venice is conveniently located on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and off the I-75th. So a fast connection is ensured in all directions. The Airports Tampa and Fort Myers are about an hour, Orlando about 2 hours away. From Miami it takes about 3 hours.

In few minutes, you reach large supermarkets such as Walmart and Publix for daily needs. Big malls are located north in Sarasota or south in Port Charlotte, for a day of shopping at an outlet Ellenton outlets in Bradenton (45 minutes north) or Miromar Outlets in Estero (about 1 hour 15 minutes to the south) are perfect.

Would you like to see a castle? Plan a visit to “The Ringling” in Sarasota and let yourself be enchanted by the fantastic architecture of Cá d’Zan, a castle like palazzo. Once a winter getaway of the Ringlings, who owned the world’s largest circus in the beginning of the 20th century, it is not only a famous circus museum today, but also hosts an impressing art exhibition and is surrounded by beautiful garden grounds.

Florida is Golfer's Heaven. The selection of good courses is great, playing amidst tropical vegetation is pure relaxation. In Venice alone, there are about 20 golf courses, more than 10 public spaces, which are all within a short drive from your vacation home.

For nature lovers, Sarasota County around Venice is a paradise. There are numerous ways to experience the original Florida with its unparalleled wildlife. Far from the beaten track you find fascinating landscapes that are best explored on foot or by bike. With a little luck you will spot a Blue Scrub Jay, a bird species only found in Florida. A lot of them live in Lemon Bay Preserve, at walking distance to our Villa Happy Gator.

Less than 2 miles away from our house is Shamrock Park, a fantastic city park with a trail system for walking, jogging and biking within a beautiful Florida vegetation, tennis courts and a large playground. It is situated right at the Venetian Waterway Park, which stretches along the Intercoastal Waterway.

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  • Beds
  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Beach chairs
  • Bed linens provided
  • Bicycles
  • Free WiFi
  • Garage
  • Heated pool
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Kid friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lanai
  • Managed by owner
  • No pets allowed
  • Non-smoking
  • Parking available
  • Patio or deck
  • Porch
  • Private pool
  • Screen porch
  • Towels provided
  • Wireless internet
  • Blender
  • Cable / satellite TV
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Dishes & utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washer & Dryer
Nearby Activities
  • Basketball Court
    (2 miles)
  • Beach
    (3 miles)
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
    (1 mile)
  • Canoeing
    (1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (3 miles)
  • Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (3 miles)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (1 mile)
  • Hiking
    (1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (1 mile)
  • Ocean
    (3 miles)
  • Park
    (2 miles)
  • Playground
    (2 miles)


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Hosted by Birgit Laniewski

Birgit Laniewski

Member since 2017

Year Purchased: 2016

About the owner: I bought this house in 2016 together with my husband. After many trips to Florida we fell in love with wonderful area around Venice, that has it all: Beaches, Nature, History, quiet yet central.

Why this property? Welcome to our newly built modern pool villa with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1100sf pool deck with lounge area, sunny South-Western exposure, beautiful beaches nearby – only 10 minutes to our favorite beach "Manasota Beach". Bikes for exploring the fantastic bike trails of Venice and Sarasota County are inclusive as well as High Speed internet, WiFi and a phone for free nationwide calls.

Speaks: English, German

Guestbook comments from the host:

For my almost 80 5-star reviews please see my vrbo-listing on /2479674ha

Jan 2023

We have stayed here twice and loved it both times.

Dec 2022

This place is just beautiful! The owner is very organized and detailed with everything! I can't say enough about how clean it was! We truly enjoyed our stay!

Dec 2022

If you want to be a successful grandparent, rent a house with a pool! This house had a wonderful safe salt water pool, with separate rooms for our son’s family. It was easy to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in such a well-kept house.

Nov 2022

Our stay in Venice was amazing! The house was pristine and had everything you might need for your vacation! The pool outside was one of our favorite features! The beaches were close by-our favorite was Venice beach and the house had all the beach supplies you would need! We would definitely return!

Aug 2022

Our stay was excellent! The house was extremely clean and well organized. The house is centrally located. Comfortable beds and excellent pool deck area. Owner has lots of vacation essentials present and well labeled which was very appreciated.

Jul 2022

Actually, you can make it very short. There was absolutely nothing missing and Birgit the landlady was always there for us. Also the property management is simply top. What more could you want as a vacationer. This is vacation from the first to the last minute. Not without reason the reviews are so positive. You do not want to leave anymore.

Oct 2017

Very much to recommend!

Oct 2017

We have spent 5 wonderful weeks here and the kids have always asked after excursions when we are back home - and did not mean Germany. We missed nothing we felt very comfortable and would always come back. The private beach is a paradise where you can find such a quiet corner on a great beach nowadays? Have seen dolphins and turtles there. Shark teeth without end collected. We only take good memories home. Thanks for this great time.

Aug 2017

Fantastic holiday home, which we liked very much. It is missing nothing, everything very bright and modern furnished. Wonderful pool, fast WiFi, in this house nothing there is nothing left to be desired. And as an addition, the small private beach which is reached by ferry. Thanks again.

Jul 2017

Great maintained and perfectly furnished house. Super pool, beautifully fenced so that you feel unobserved. Publix and Wallmart 5 min, More than half a dozen beaches 10 - 20 minutes driving time. You do not find that further in the south.

Jul 2017

Bright, clean, nice, great location! Already the planning was great - Birgit gave us a lot of tips and tricks - even we on the spot we could do them daily holes. :-) The house we absolutely neat and clean found. I am what hygiene and cleanliness is very picky - but here I really had no problems to cuddle in the freshly washed bed. The location is just great - within 10-20 minutes you can reach so many different beaches ... small private natural beaches or even more lively like Siesta Key. Snorkeling, swimming, canoeing ... Shopping ... But also the culinary delights were not too short .... especially for lovers of Italian cuisine Venice is optimal .... but also small and fine fish restaurants and the typical American restaurants have not missed !! I can not wait until our holiday is approved so we can book again! Thank you This is a landlord which really takes care.

Jul 2017

It started with the booking, I had a very nice conversation with the owner and we agreed. Also the prelude to our holiday was sensational, we got tips and addresses of any kind (attractions, restaurants, beaches or where to buy the best). So it really did not miss anything and the holiday could come. When we (two couples, four adults) arrived in the house, we were just thrilled. To the welcome there were wine and nuts, as well as a call from the very nice house manager (rené) suburb. Not only that was really thought of everything (for example everything for the beach, 4 bicycles or toys for the pool) and everything is carefully described, no, it is just as nice in the house. We arrived, saw and felt immediately as well as at home (just stop with good weather and own pool

May 2017

This was an absolutely perfect getaway--in absolutely every respect. The home is completely accommodating; thoughtfully welcoming, and with such attentiveness to the countless nuances of the household which could so easily be overlooked when traveling--there was not a single comfort or necessity we were without during our stay. Birgit and Uwe have provided a foothold to another world. The location is ideal--off the thoroughfare and close to both the wild and the civilized; a bike ride and a private ferry across the bay to an unspoiled idyllic gulf beach, and a minute by car to every domestic item and service South Venice Beach has to offer--and convenient to so many options to explore: a multitude of parks and natural areas and open spaces within minutes, as well as dining, nightlife, and shopping experiences close by in every direction. And we were so fortunate to have truly marvelous Florida weather during the week: moderate temperatures, minimal humidity, a mild cool breeze and frequent modest clouds, and perfectly clear skies--the visibility was astounding. And the pool! Wunderbar! Our time at the Villa Happy Gator is an experience that will stay with us.

May 2017

What a beautiful home! The wonderful pool and patio are just steps from the great room. It was so convenient having a fully equipped kitchen, which gave us choices of eating in or out. The quiet neighborhood added to our relaxing stay.

May 2017

The house is very nicely furnished and top equipped. The location is quiet and yet central. With the existing bicycles we can make nice bike tours on the well-developed bike paths. The ferry to the Naturstrand is an absolute dream! We thank you for the nice conversations with the landlady before and after our holiday. We will definitely be back!

Apr 2017

This property is convenient to everything Venice has to offer. We often spent early mornings walking nearby beaches or riding bikes along the beautiful trails in Shamrock Park. Later we would return to relax around the lanai, swim in the pool, and grill dinner. We had a five star experience.

Mar 2017

We had a very nice stay in the Villa Happy Gator. The house was very clean and as described in the listing. The pool was simply gorgeous! Great place, very responsive owner. We would highly recommend this property!

Dec 2016

Fantastic villa and location. Everything we expected and more. The villa is superb very new and lovely. Four huge smiles from us and our kids as we arrived!!! Says it all. Would love to go back.

Dec 2016

Wonderful new house. Very clean, very functional with high quality furnishings. Outdoor living area is exceptional. The decor is very tasteful, modern them with the right touch of beach. Great location for spending time at the beach and convenient for shopping or restaurants.

Nov 2016

The owners have put a lot of effort and thought to make our stay very very enjoyable. The kitchen was well stocked, the pool area had numerouus amenities and for us, it seemed like it was ours, from parking the car in the garage to doing laundry and grilling on the barbecue. The entire villa was clean and comfortable. The neighborhood was quiet and private also In addition, Birgit and her team were responsive to any questions and were most informative about the area or any concerns that we had. If we have the opportunity to return to the Venice area, we will without hesitation stay at the Gator- Villa

Oct 2016

We (2 adults, 2 teenagers) stayed for 9 days in this wonderful holiday home. Here is really the motto: Step in and feel well! The interior is very tastefully decorated and there is absolutely nothing missing. The outdoor area is fantastic. The pool is super beautiful and was extensively used. The contact with the landlady was just great. Already in the run-up, we were provided with information, so the anticipation has grown ever further. And also during the stay we felt well cared for. Our conclusion: We will definitely be back and can recommend this great holiday home to every 100%.

Oct 2016

The house offers everything your heart desires. It is very well maintained, is optimally "cared for" and the on-site support is simply great and uncomplicated. The descriptions of the house met exactly and we had a sensational holiday. The room layout is well thought out, tidy tiles on all floors and a very tasteful decor with much attention to detail. The equipment leaves nothing to be desired and the XXL Poolarea was our favorite place. Only the bed was too soft for us, but that is the taste. The contact with the landlord - both at the time of booking and after departure - was always very nice, reliable and professional. This is what makes holidays a real fun! We will definitely book this property again!

Sep 2016

Dear Birgit, the beautiful holidays went by far too fast! Your house was just wonderful, everything was just like in the photos. The tasteful decor, the cleanliness, the comfortable bed - nothing was missing. And the great pool area was so welcoming that we did not have as many excursions as planned. So we must definitely go back! We would like to thank you for the very nice discussions ahead of our trip and the many information about the area. Your tip with the travel agency for our flights was worth it. Very great also the nice care on the spot. Kind regards to Jasmine! Until next time!

Aug 2016

my family and i just recently stayed at villa gator for a week long family vacation and we are already wishing to go back! the villa was everything we were looking for and more. the house was new, clean and fully furnished with all of home comforts. it was located an easy 5 minute car ride to the beach ferry. the ferry was another easy 5 minute ride to one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen. the beach was private to only south venice residents with no condos, tourist traps, etc. you felt like you had stumbled upon a secret paradise. my children enjoyed finding sharks teeth, fishing and swimming in the pool back at the house. we took day trips to shamrock park, myakka state park and sarasota national cemetery. we enjoyed sunsets at nearby venice pier and enjoyed umbrella drinks at sharkeys. the owner birgit was so accommodating w our questions and stay as was the home manager jasmine. we felt blessed to vacation in this home and are hoping to return again next summer!

Jul 2016

We last visited Venice 8 years ago and planned to explore more of the area but found the villa so peaceful and relaxing that we never ventured far. The villa is brand new and has been wonderfully furnished throughout to a very high standard. The master bed is huge and very comfortable. Birgit has tried to think of everything you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable. The pool area is a joy! The pool itself slopes from both ends to the centre which makes it very easy to play pool volleyball. The trees at the rear are full of colourful and vocal birds including "Cyril the squirrel" who walked the telephone and power lines daily. The shaded lounge area is fantastic on a hot sunny day when needing to cool down. Shops such as Publix and Walmart are just a few minutes away and its only a 10 minute ride into town to some fantastic restaurants. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at Alligator Drive and are sure you won't be disappointed staying here!

Jul 2016

This house is a jewel - from the outside and especially from the inside. We seldom have felt so comfortable in a holiday accommodation. The tasteful decor - bright and friendly - and above all the great pool area we enjoyed. The contact to the landlord and the house management was also very positive. We will be back! All in all: highly recommendable!

Jun 2016

We had booked this house before it was even finished, not least also because of the very friendly contact with the owner, which let us from this time on the building progress of the villa. And our gut feeling had not let us down, because we found a house that really left nothing to be desired. The villa is very tastefully decorated with lots of love. Especially the pool area is fantastic. Due to the perfect orientation, the pool has sun all day and on the terrace you can also find enough shady spots. Thanks to the great grills, the comfortable lounge corner and the attentive LED pool lighting, we spent wonderful evenings with bird singing and barbecue cirrus. For beach excursions everything was available and also to children was thought with enough pool and beach toys. Even in the lovingly furnished children's room our daughter found with enthusiasm coloring books and colored pencils. The location of the house is also good, central and nevertheless in a quiet residential area and one reaches supermarkets (for example Walmart, Publix) and various beaches in few minutes. From the natural "private beach", which was reached with the free ferry pass, we were also thrilled, as it proved to be a real treasure trove for the famous fossil shark teeth. The care on the spot by the housekeeping was friendly, nice and very professional. We would like to thank Ms Laniewski once again for the absolutely reliable and problem-free handling of the rental formalities and the extremely friendly contact before, during and even after our stay. Conclusion: recommendable in every way.

May 2016

Reinhild W., Germany


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Lovely decorated and tastefully furnished vacation home. Clean and well organized. Close to many attractions.

Stayed: Submitted: February 06, 2023

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Close to many attractions

"Destinations"...Historic Venice...Sarasota & Longboat Key....Siesta Key... Also several Farmers Markets in the immediate Wal-Mart...CVS & Walgreens all close to Villa Gator..The villa is totally updated and new everything with all high quality furnishings. WOW!!!! Quiet and immaculate yard & pool. Cleaning person was very nice and Helpful at check-in...we liked her a lot.

Stayed: Submitted: March 20, 2018

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