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“What a B & B should be.” 5 of 5 stars
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519 South Harbor Drive, Venice, FL 34285   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Venice B&B and Inns
Monticello, Kentucky
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“What a B & B should be.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My wife and I stayed here at Banyan House for one night recently. I think it was the best option in Venice. This old home is full of character and very well maintained. It is clean and attractive. It makes you feel like you are staying in someone's home for sure. The owners live next door. Speaking of the owners, one would be hard pressed to find a nicer couple. They really work at making this a place anyone would want to visit. We stayed upstairs in a king room overlooking the banyan tree and pool (which looks like 1950's retro). It was very comfortable and quiet. The flowers, trees, and landscaping here are awesome. The owners just completed a running waterfall and pond in their backyard. It is a marvel to see. Chuck, (the owner) must be one clever fella, and seems to be able to do anything. If you are staying in the area I recommend you try this B & B.
The one weakness we found was the breakfast was not really to our liking. A Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich was served and we prefer the more traditional egg etc. fare.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The entire experience was a 10!!! Susan & Chuck are such wonderful hosts, so warm & accommodating. The home is beautiful & spotless. The lush, tropical landscaping and pool/patio area is so inviting & relaxing. Breakfast was fabulous! Our only regret is that we had to leave too soon. We stayed in the Palm room. It was wonderful! Susan goes above & beyond with special little touches. We used the bikes they provided to explore the island & beaches. We can't wait to come back with friends and share this piece of "heaven on earth" with them. Thank you Susan & Chuck for sharing it with us. Feeling blessed. . We'll be back soon.

Room Tip: The Tree house & Palm rooms overlook banyan/pool patio area.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We've stayed at the Banyan House SEVERAL times and are still in awe of our experience each time. Chuck and Susan are the most welcoming, warm people and are perfectly suited to manage a bed and breakfast. The facility and grounds are impeccable and an island paradise for sure! There's lots to see in the surrounding area, but staying "home" for a day or two and relaxing by the pool or enjoying the company of other guests is wonderful as well. The superb breakfasts are beautiful and very filling....a late lunch/early dinner is all we need for the rest of the day.

We would highly recommend The Banyan House to anyone looking to treat themselves for a weekend or for a few weeks. You'll be spoiled no matter how long you stay!

Room Tip: We've stayed in all the rooms and there isn't one we would hesitate to stay in again.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

For the past seven years my friend and I have spent a week at the Banyan House. Each time we arrive I walk in and say to Chuck or Susan (the owners), "honey, I'm home"!!!!! And that's exactly what it is....a home away from home! The Banyan House and the entire property is pristine....the pool, exercise building, courtyard, grounds (including a magnificent banyan tree)apartments and main building (where we stay) are beautifully maintained and a sight for sore winter eyes! Susan is a delight and gives 110% to provide a delicious and creative breakfast every morning and to make sure that every request and need of every guest is honored. Chuck is a sweetheart and has worked tirelessly to maintain and add beauty and functionality to the premises. They are both genuine and caring people; and we look forward each year to see them and to share their exceptionally lovely "home away from home" with them.

The Banyan House is within walking distance of quaint Venice and about one mile from the great beaches.

A guaranteed idyllic experience!!

Room Tip: There are rooms in the main house with efficiency kitchens, balconies, separate entrances....all bea...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

My friend Elaine and I have had the priviledge of staying with Chuck and Susan for 7 winters.
They are the most gracious people to be with.(which is why we keep returning They have been our family away from home.
The Banyan House is an exceptionally beautiful, well kept , immaculate facility.
Susan is a gourmet cook and her breakfasts are beyond anything I have eaten.
She goes out of her way to make each and every guest feel welcome and comfortable.
We are so looking forward to time #8 in 2015.
JudyB

Room Tip: Each room has its on special flavor. You cannot go wrong with any one of them.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Spend two weeks in January 2014 at Banyan House. The hostess is one of the most accommodating people I have ever met. Breakfast each day is creative, lovely to look at, delicious and nutritious.
Our two room suite with balcony was clean and very comfortable. The owners made us feel welcome and provided us with a wealth of information about the area.
If in Venice this is the place to stay. A short walk to town or the beach and wonderful helpful people who make you feel at home. Who could ask for more?

Room Tip: Look at the pictures and read the descriptions they are very accurate.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Our stay at Banyan House was a bad experience. We have flown long distance and were surprised to live on a construction site causing dust and noise. No previous message about that. The innkeepers are presently modernizing their own home and garden which is next door. And this seems to be all that matters to them. The innkeepers recommended to leave during the day or to wear earplugs. No excuse, no interest in tourist's needs. The apartment was not clean, refrigerator and toilet not properly working. There is no maintenance of the interior fitting, which is obsolete and has no bearing on "historic". We did not feel welcome at all. Venice is lovely and offers a lot of beautiful accomodation - but we can no longer recommend Banyan House.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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banyanhouse, Owner at Banyan House Historic Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
This guest has stayed with us multiple times over the past 19 years. We were very
disappointed to read her comments. If she had brought any of these items to our
attention we would have gladly corrected them. She was not staying in our B & B
but in one of our monthly apartments which does not include daily housekeeping.
We are very sorry she was unhappy on this visit.
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Address: 519 South Harbor Drive, Venice, FL 34285
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Venice
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Venice
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
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