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“Ok, but barking dogs ruined the stay” 2 of 5 stars
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Timberwoods Vacation Villas
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   8452 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238   |  
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“Ok, but barking dogs ruined the stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We were initially pleased with the villa. It was spacious, very clean and nice quality furnishings. The beds were of good quality but the mattresses were very very soft. This may suit some - but not us. In order to sleep well we used both bedrooms.

On day two of our stay we awakened to barking dogs from the villa directly across from us. We thought nothing much of it but the same thing happened day three and during the day, as well as every day and night we were there. When we stepped out to the screened in lanai the dogs went berserk. We called over to the villa to find the owner was not home and the dogs were left to bark with no restraint. This particular villa was an owner occupied villa and this lady did not care at all who enjoyed their stay.

We went to the pool one day of our stay only and were made to feel very uncomfortable by a lady who told us this was not a vacation resort. Why she let us know this was never disclosed. We had no children, and are mature adults, not young party people. We remained at the pool for 15 minutes only.

The barking dogs ensure we will never return. Vacation rentals do not permit pets but you can be sure that you may not be in for a quiet relaxing stay if you are unfortunate enough to be positioned next to an owner occupied villa.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Timberwoods Vacation Villas, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Good morning!

Thank you for your review and I am sorry to hear about the inconvenience that you endured during your stay. Please note that the property in which you stayed is called Village des Pins, each villa is privately owned and out of 112 units there, Timberwoods Vacation Villas (rental management business name) manages 30 of them. Since I am not able to identify you, I do not know if you rented through us (Timberwoods) or through a private owner. I say this because if you rented through us (Timberwoods), your villa had 2 telephones with speed dial buttons that connect you with the Registration Office and to an after-hours maintenance emergency assistance line. This is pointed out to every guest at the time of check-in at the Registration Office because we want for our guests to call us if there are any problems during their stay.

We have not had any reports of barking dogs. If you had called the office, I would've personally reported this to the condominium association's board and would make sure that the problem was taken care of. Please contact me at Teresa@timberwoods.com I would like to obtain your name so that I can look up your reservation and find out if you rented through Timberwoods, it is important to me that our guests enjoy their stay and depart with full satisfaction.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Teresa Blanco
General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jersey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We have stayed at Timberwoods for the last 3 yrs and find the villas 'Home from Home'. Very well equipped and furnished. Great location for shopping and getting about. 2 mins from Siesta Key Beach which is absolutely fabulous. Would concurr with other reviews that it suits the older generation. Hope to return next year.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Keswick, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We have returned to Timberwoods consecutively for the past 12 years and still love it! It is our home away from home! Great location, love the pool and the villas. See you next year!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bramhall
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Great place to stay for a relaxing holiday - I went for several years. The independence of your own property and shared amenities like a pool and club house. Villas are very clean and spacious. Location is great being near to Sarasota Square Mall and other shops and restaurants. Does cater mainly for older holiday makers - but that makes it ideal for a relaxing time (no children running around - sorry parents, but we don't all want that inconvenience :-) ).

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lanark, Illinois
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

This is a really nice place with wonderful amenities. However, the adults in our group are ages 34-50 and we have two very well behaved children. We have been reminded more than once that the rules at the pool are quite specific, strict, and allow very litlle fun to be had. The residents for the most part are not welcoming toward us and it honestly shows in their faces as we enter the pool area. We are not wild, crazy, over-the-top, or loud. We have found that this resort is well-suited for the older community. If you are looking for nothing but quiet,it is lovely. The villas are quite spacious and well equipped. The location is great and only a short distance from beautiful Siesta Key Beach. I would recommend a different resort if you are age 65 or younger. Definitely I will choose more wisely when planning a week away with our friends and our kids.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Buckley
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

We stopped here for a week in may and found it all very pleasant. The villa was a very good size in a nice quiet area .One thing we did find was the kitchen was starting to show it's age, although some of the appliances had been updated,but this would not put us off going again. The villa was very clean and only 5 minutes from the swimming pool which was spotless. In all a very good find thanks to Trailfinders. If you are looking for somewhere slightly off the normal Florida tourist spots but only ten minutes to the fabulous beaches of the gulf coast this is well worth considering.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

We stayed at Timberland Villas in Sarasota while our daughter attended a class at the hosptial in this area. We brought our 5 month old grandson and thought we would have a great time. The place we rented was very nice but another owner let us know when we got to the pool (late one evening) that our grandson could not get in the pool! We had not intended for him to go swimming but the attitude of this individual with the manager present made it impossible to enjoy our stay! Would NEVER go back~

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Timberwoods Vacation Villas, responded to this review, June 17, 2010
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for submitting your review to Trip Advisor about Timberwoods Vacation Villas. I am sorry to hear that your stay with us was disappointing. Timberwoods rents villas and our main focus is to make sure your villa is in great shape and exceeds your cleaning standards.

The situation at the pool that you mentioned is very unfortunate and I can assure you that the person you spoke to was not Timberwoods Vacation Villas' Manager or even an employee. I do not go to the pool at night time and we have always been friendly with children. Personally, I am a grandmother of a 8-month old baby girl and I would never behave in such way with any guests. Every Summer we have little league teams stay with us and they occupy all of the villas we rent.

There have been cases where owners who live or are on vacation in their villas (which we do not manage) have acted as higher authority without merit. We do not possess the power to rule how other adults behave at the Pool area, unfortunately, their actions affect us and we have asked for them to halt the hostility.

Once again I apologize for the inconvenience this caused and, even though you say you are not interested in coming back, we hope to have the privilege to have you as our guests once again. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Best Regards,
Teresa Blanco
General Manager
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Additional Information about Timberwoods Vacation Villas

Address: 8452 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Timberwoods Vacation Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Famous Siesta Key is just 2 miles away! Located in 25 acres of wooded pines & a tropical park-like setting, you will enjoy walks along two scenic ponds inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife such as Great Blue Herons, it's Birder's Paradise! 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, washer, dryer, living & dining, private garage w/remote entry, screened-in furnished patios. FREE WIRELESS INTERNET, DVD, Cable TV, and FREE PHONE CALLS. ... more   less 
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