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Spacious Beautiful Comfortable - Florida's Nature Coast!

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

5 Bed/ 4 Bath Home Sleeps 14

Our property, Ardendales, is a beautifully renovated home with the charm of the early 1900's and all the modern conveniences. Situated in historic downtown Brooksville within walking distance of restaurants, tennis courts, shopping and city park, our beautiful one acre property is on a quiet residential brick street. With five bedrooms and four baths and 3800 sf it sleeps 14 comfortably. It has a parlor, library, very large living room with built-in window daybeds, dining room that seats 18, a butler's pantry, a large kitchen, and an extra suite with a separate entrance with microwave and mini-fridge downstairs. Out back is a 6 burner grill on a large terraced deck next to a comfortably furnished screened room. We've added 1/4 mi of walking paths for a quiet walk through the wooded peaceful 1/2 acre behind the house - a great place to do some bird watching or just relax in the screened room tucked away in the middle of the woods. Equipped with all the conveniences of home you can make this your base while taking day trips to enjoy the surrounding Nature Coast sights, the theme parks in central FL, local beaches, Tampa/St Petersburg's entertainment and dining, etc. Great for family reunions or vacations, out-of-town wedding guests, vacation rental, festival weekends.

Shanta Coleman-Derr
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Can speak some German and Marathi
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Ardendales retreat house was absolutely perfect for our group. It is very clean and cosy with all the amenities you need but feels like you are removed from the fast paced world. There was plenty of space for us to gather together, as well as, enough space for everyone to find some solitude. The grounds were beautiful and serene and we especially enjoyed the screened in sitting area in the back garden. It was a pleasure working with the owners and they even helped us find caterers for our event. I would highly recommend Ardendales and we will definitely return.

(Owner's Note: This meditation retreat group has already booked with us for the fall.)
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Brooksville in Hernando County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Charleston Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Austin Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Sage / Sterling Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Garden Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Four full bathrooms. One has a tub/shower; the other three are showers only.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Charleston Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 King or 2 Twin XL beds - your choice - handicap accessible
    Austin Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 King and 1 Twin XL or 3 Twin XL beds
    Sage Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 King or 2 Twin XL beds - your choice
    Sterling Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Garden Suite Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 King and 1 Twin XL or 3 Twin XL beds - your choice
  • Living room has two Twin XL window daybeds that can be used for sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Situated on a brick street in the historic district of Brooksville, FL, Ardendales affords many opportunities to find recreation locally. Walking distance from several restaurants, shops, banking, city parks, tennis courts, etc., we think you will find this a charming place to call home while visiting the quaint town of Brooksville, FL.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Spacious Beautiful Comfortable - Florida's Nature Coast!
average rating of 4.866667 based on 21 reviews

Charming and very spacious property. Comfortable and delightful!

  • 5 of 5

Great spot, the home is in excellent condition and was clean and very functional. Would stay here again if the need arose.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful older home with a lot of charm

  • 4 of 5

Our large group of sea kayakers used this home as a base for one week. We had two couples and several singles and the flexible BR configurations (e.g. king bed can be made into two singles) worked out really well for us. The same is true of the bathrooms, two of which can be "Jack and Jill" or turned into private baths.

The write up on VRBO accurately described the home, but the photos really couldn't do it justice. The house is loaded with charm and is very tastefully decorated, and the photos just can't capture that.

There is a lot of space for a large group - especially the huge main living area and the gigantic dining room - but also several smaller living areas that allowed people to get some quiet time. The screened in porch was wonderful as was the separate downstairs apartment.

The kitchen, while not real spacious (not a place for 10 people to hang out), was extremely well stocked with appliances, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, glasses, etc.

We had a lot of cars and the public parking lot just across the street provided nice overflow parking.

The owner was very easy to work with and maintained great communication.

All in all this is a wonderful house that everyone liked and we definitely would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, spacious and comfortable. Everything you need to cook at the house.

  • 4 of 5

It would be a five star if it had a hot tub. We are planning on coming back we liked it so much.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your group and glad you are coming back next year. There aren't many requests for a hot tub in sunny FL! (:
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Charleston, SC

Family and Friends Enjoy Tampa

  • 5 of 5

My Family and Friends Family came to Florida and wanted to stay north of Tampa. The Ardendales house worked out perfectly. The house is very large, equipped well and has loads of character. I would recommended the house to any one and it would by my first choice for future trips to the Tampa area.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing words - we are very happy that it worked out well for all of you. Would enjoy having you back!
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This is a great place for a family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed the property. We used it for a family reunion over Christmas. We had 11 family members staying in the house and we had plenty of space. The outside lounging area is very inviting as well. The property is expertly maintained and furnished nicely. I would highly recommend for a family gathering. The owners are extremely helpful when contacted. If you want to enjoy the property and each other's company this is your place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large, lovely, inviting, historic home in Brooksville

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently gathered in Brooksville to celebrate the life our mother. Twelve of us stayed at Ardendales and felt like we had arrived at the Big Chill House. It is so inviting, so well situated and spacious with many areas to be together or to have private moments. It is tastefully decorated, well appointed, comfortable and also was wheelchair accessible. Many of us also enjoyed walking around the property, spending time in the Bird House and gathering most mornings in the Florida Room for quiet conversations. Ardendales certainly made this bittersweet time so much easier and more memorable for our family.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Geri, thank you for such a lovely review. So glad that Ardendales could offer your family some comfort and beauty while you were gathered here.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
TPA Tampa International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
World Woods Golf course and other courses nearby
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Downtown restaurants - walking distance
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Pine Island Park, Weeki Wachee, FL
Car: recommended

Trips to Weeki Wachee, Pine Island Beach, the many biking paths, nature preserves and woodlands are just a few of the beautiful and serene options in the local area.

Golfers will love staying here and enjoying the golfing at World Woods Golf - just 10 miles away.

For a little longer drive, you can take a day trip to famous Ybor Square in Tampa and have a meal at the famous Columbia restaurant, visit the Clearwater Marina that houses the dolphins Winter and Hope, relax on Clearwater beach, visit the downtown St Petersburg area of charming cafes, and shops and bayfront parks. Heading east, it is just a day trip to Orlando and the many theme parks there, including the Disney theme parks and SeaWorld.

Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the many terrific biking trails the area has to offer, including the lengthy Withalacoochee bike trail.

Birders can enjoy many small and larger parks and nature preserves with lakes or beach front to spot the wide variety of birds in this area. We have our own great birding spot in the 1/2 acre of woods behind the house with a screened room for viewing them or just relaxing with a morning coffee or evening drink.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Brooksville, Tampa Bay

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £61.07
Cleaning Fee £212.58
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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