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Spacious Beautiful Comfortable - Florida's Nature Coast!

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Brooksville - Ardendales

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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Shanta Coleman-Derr
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Can speak some German and Marathi
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2016
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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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Spacious Beautiful Comfortable - Florida's Nature Coast!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

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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Fantastic Home - Great Location and Functionality

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with another family while in the area for a lacrosse tournament for our high school sons. The house was an absolute gem, perfect for our needs and went well beyond what we had anticipated. We all loved the personality of the house and the surrounding neighborhood. There was plenty of room both in terms of the bedrooms and the rest of the home. The kitchen was extremely well appointed - we ended up cooking at the house three nights and were not short on any cooking utensils, cooking staples, etc.

The outside suite was perfect for our setup, as we had two older boys in our group that utilized that room and they had their own space while still staying with all of us in the house.

I would certainly recommend this property for anyone looking for a place in the general area as a base or as a destination. Shanta was very easy to work with and made the whole reservation process a breeze. Everything was exactly as it was presented, house was extremely clean and she made sure everything was available to us whenever we needed or asked.

Will definitely use this home again if we find ourselves in the area again in the future.


  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Barry. So glad that you and your group enjoyed Ardendales. Do come back and stay with us another time and we will give you a discount. Thank you for your great review! Shanta
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Magical Bridal Housing

  • 5 of 5

The most difficult part of staying in Ardendales was leaving!!!

It was so peaceful and the perfect location for my youngest daughter's bridal week! Everyone loved it!!!! Our photographer took many pictures which will be featured in one of the 2016 issues of Knot magazine .This house will be mentioned as wonderful housing for bridal parties. We loved it and hope to come back some day for a family reunion!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Patricia. We welcome your family back anytime!
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downers grove, Illinois

tampa golf 2015

  • 5 of 5

very nice home. plenty of room for 12 men. appreciated the snacks and cheese.. plenty of beds, sheets, pillows etc. loved the screened in room at rear. allowed us to stay together and have a few drinks together and relax. numerous hockey fans were allowed to watch Chicago Blackhawks games. Best home we have rented in 10 years of Florida golf trips.

Looking forward to our return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great of Ardendales vacation rental/retreat center. We welcome you back! Shanta
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BEST Vacation Rental in Brooksville, hands down!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I came to Brooksville for a wedding and were looking for the perfect place to stay so we could all be together. Not such an easy feat when you have people arriving from three different states by various modes of transportation. However, we found just that perfect place in Ardendales! Being located in the heart of downtown Brooksville made it easily accessible to everything we needed and everywhere we wanted to be. The house is beautiful, clean, more than well equipped, and large enough to host a big group; like we did for Easter dinner (25, I think). The property had several differernt/intimate outdoor sitting areas and we thoroughly enjoyed the screened porches too! The owners are warm and welcoming and made themselves at our disposal in the event we needed them for anything; which we didn't. Communication was clear and all arrangements were as smooth as could be.

We truly hope to return to Brooksville some day and won't consider staying anywhere else unless Ardendales is unavailable and, if that's the case, we'd probably have to change the dates of our visit just so we could return. Do yourself and your family a favor - stay at Ardendales and ENJOY as much as we did.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Luann and the Corbeil group – thank you so much for the fabulous and generous review! We are so appreciative of your kind and gracious words. We welcome you back anytime. Thank you, Shanta Coleman-Derr (352) 573-1221 Amanda Penley (352) 442-6300 Owners/Managers of Ardendales Retreat Center/Vacation Rental
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Family time made special

  • 5 of 5

We had a family wedding on Saturday and since there were eight of us travelling from NY and then picking up my husband's 90 year old Mom on the way we wanted a house to rent and not have to stay in hotel. This house was PERFECT!! We had so much room to spread out and yet the living room was so huge we could sit around and talk together as well. Everything was provided and the grounds are stunning. Sunday was so beautiful sitting out in the sun. Shanta is such a great person to deal with and made the booking process seamless. Also our nephew who uses a wheel chair had no problem riding up the ramp to the front door and visiting with us. Hope we get a chance to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Maura and family, for the long, lovely review. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this, and, for your kind words. So happy that Ardendales worked out for you. If you revisit we are happy to offer you a 10% discount. Thanks again! Shanta and Amanda
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"Great lunch spot with salads, soup, sandwiches and desserts. A local favorite. "
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"Under new ownership, the cafe menu and decor look great; we haven't tried it yet but plan to..."
Cafe Masaryktown
"Great cuban food! We love the picadillo, yellow rice, black beans and plantains! The cubans..."
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Coney Island Drive Inn
"A favorite, local hangout for hotdogs and hamburgers (loose meat burgers). Very casual."
Tom Varn Park
"Good local park for walking or playing."
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"One of our favorite places to go to watch the sunset and enjoy the beautiful drive out there..."
Withlacoochee State Forest
"This part of the Withlacoochee State Forest is the McKethan Lake Recreation Area; great for ..."
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"Great for noodle bowls, Bubble Tea and Chinese food. Tiny local place with friendly family ..."
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, Clearwater Area

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Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £63
Cleaning Fee £218
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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Brooksville in Tampa Bay

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • 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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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.

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