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Our home!
The large lounge 2016
The Lounge
The lounge with fifty inch flat screen TV
The lounge
Cosy corner in the lounge
Cosy corner!  In the Lounge
Labor saving kitchen
Little touches!
The large master bedroom suite -  view 1
The large master bedroom suite - view 2
The large master bedroom at night
Master bathroom at night
Master bathroom
The second master bedroom suite on the second floor
The second master bedroom suite
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 4
The guest bathroom - third floor
The half bathroom - first floor
The Pool on the waters edge - sun loungers behind the spa and also far right on picture
The pool
Panorama lookig out from the back of our home
Kayaking behind the home
Front of Home November 2013
Our home!
Front of Home 2011
One of the decks overlooking pool and water
View from the deck
Visiting wildlife
One of the local beaches
Anna Maria City Pier at the end of the street
One of the Island Trolleys  2010
An Island Sunset
Planting in the rear yard
Front of Home November 2013
Jackson Preserve
The Lounge
Little details
LIttle details
Bedroom Four on the third floor
Bedroom Three on the third floor
The Mast Bedroom on the third floor
The Master Bedroom on the third floor
The master bedroom on the third floor
Little details. This time the half bathroom.
The washroom on the second floor
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Rental Home -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Anna Maria, Anna Maria Island, Florida

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Anne S
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Repeated excellence”
Reviewed July 28, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

This was a return visit as we loved it so much last time. We felt really relaxed here with the wonderful views from the house and the laid back attitude on the island.

We were part of al large group with a family of 5 plus a teenage friend. So, 8 people altogether and there was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. Since we were here last the garden has been improved making the setting of the pool even better than it was last time. We liked the new garden furniture and the new settees in the lounge area. Also, the hot tub now really can be a "hot tub".

We played tennis at the nearby club which is only a 5 minutes' stroll away. It's often possible to make up doubles pairings with others early in the mornings. This is the only place in the world where we feel safe enough to cycle.

There is a range of places to eat locally, some within walking distance and others 10 minutes or so drive away. Some of the party had to be careful about what they ate due to allergies but everyone was able to find something they liked.

Although we don't normally erturn to the same place again I'm sure that we will come back again.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Aug 7, 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to review your stay at Bayview Dream which we really appreciate.

We are always pleased to welcome guests back to Bayview Dream - we are especially proud to have so many repeat visitors - and are also pleased that you noticed and approved of the changes that we have made since your last visit. We always look to maintain a high standard and for appropriate improvements.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Bayview Dream in the future.

Best wishes Ros and Family
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
julia k
Holmes Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“amazing...”
Reviewed July 10, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
2
people found this review helpful

This is the perfect vacation home!! Located on a canal with bay views, steps from the city pier and many restaurants and boutiques, this home feels like a slice of heaven. The spacious layout gives everybody plenty of privacy and the common areas are large and very well equipped to make this the perfect "home away from home". Having two master bedrooms made this very convenient for our extended family and the nice beds, well appointed large kitchen and eating areas created a place for everyone. Our boys fished from the dock while we enjoyed the pool. We loved this and wish to return!!

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 7, 2014
Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time and trouble to review our home which is much appreciated.

We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bayview Dream in the future.

Best wishes Ros and Family
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Victoria...
Muskego, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Seriously needs updating”
Reviewed March 13, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We were disappointed in this rental house. The good: It has many beds and bedrooms. It has many bathrooms. The property is pretty and well located. The not so good. It is in need of repairs and updating. The wifi didn't work when we got there. The dishwasher gets the dishes dirtier than when they go in. The whirlpool in the master bath didn't work. The spa connected to the pool won't heat above 85 degrees. That is not warm enough for a hot tub. The patio furniture feet are disintegrating. The ceiling light in the kitchen didn't work. The 'leather' on the sofa in the living room is worn through. The frying pans in the kitchen are super cheap and warped which does not work with a glass stove top. The listing says it has a gourmet kitchen but the supplies are not good quality and many of the cabinets are off kilter and need refinishing. This house was probably beautiful when it was built but it badly needs repairs and upkeep. There is a 2 car garage with 2 separate doors. Do not bring a big car because it will not fit through the door. This is a very expensive rental and we did not feel it is worth the cost. The design of the house is not great. There aren't hooks , cabinets and storage for your jackets, beach gear , etc. This should be built near all entrances. We called the rental agent and they sent workers out but not everything got fixed and it was a real disturbance to our vacation to have them around.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: needed repairs
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Mar 12, 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to review our home and for the 4* rating which we truly appreciate.

We were most concerned however by some of your comments. We aim to provide the highest standards and as such our home was fully and professionally redecorated for 2013 and we engage local agents and home setters to maintain our home to the highest standards. We are therefore very concerned by your comments and where necessary urgent remedial action will be taken. However, we are also surprised by some of the points you have raised.

Our home is popular and as such is enjoyed by many people. However it should always be well maintained and meet the high standards that we set. Unfortunately it sounds as though the sofa and garden furniture are showing greater signs of usage than our standards permit and if that is the case they will be replaced immediately. We have instructed an immediate inspection. With regard to the pool, we do not advertise a “hot tub” or “spa” as the water temperature in the spa is the same as that in the pool and guests are asked not to alter the pool settings – we engage a pool company to support and maintain the pool. The “whirl pool in master bath” is specifically not advertised as some guests do have a problem in using the whirlpool system.

The kitchen is not advertised as a “gourmet kitchen”, but should be well equipped, “labor saving” and meet the requirements of most culinary chefs. The kitchen cabinets are actually of good quality and order but are dressed "shabby chic" which may not be to everyone’s taste. The frying pans are not "super cheap" but quality items and were all fine when we were cooking on our last visit, but we have requested an urgent inspection in case some loss, damage or inferior replacement has occurred. The dishwasher clearly should clean, but no dishwasher will handle dried-on food and it sounds as though it may also not have had a clean filter if the dishes were not being properly cleaned, but be assured that this will now be attended to and if necessary the dishwasher will be serviced/replaced.

There is a four car garage with two separate garage doors. I can only advise that we personally, and other guests have had Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Caravan 7 person people carriers, Dodge Chargers, Chevrolet Impala's, Grand Marquis, Lincoln's etc. parked at various times in those garages with no access problems. Indeed we often have two large cars parked in the garages. There is also parking on the drive for two vehicles and two further vehicles could be parked at the front of our home.

Beach gear should be left in the large garage to avoid taking sand into the home. Large tubs are provided and should still be labelled as “Beach” for this purpose.

Hooks can be found outside the home by the pool, inside the front door, inside the side entrance and garage access doors and on the first floor by the staircase.

The wifi is maintained by Brighthouse and there is no reason why this should not have been working, nor for a service call to be made to rectify. We certainly use this regularly on all our visits. The ceiling light in the kitchen should have been working, but light bulbs do fail and will be replaced if the agent is advised.

Footnote: We have now heard from our local agents and understand that the “whirlpool in the master bedroom” was working on your arrival, but unfortunately “broke” during your stay requiring a new part which was immediately ordered but could not be fitted during the remainder of your time in our home.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Momcush
Watertown, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Something for everyone; upscale, comfortable, relaxing and scenic.”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 for a stay in December 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We can't wait to come back! We swam in the beautiful pool, watched the sun set on the beach, biked around town and enjoyed meeting some of the people in this wonderful little town. The house had everything we needed and more! Each bedroom was very comfortable and the beds were great. The backyard was private with a heated pool and is connected to the bay for fishing or kayaking. The outdoor grill is a dream machine. Loved bring here and can't wait to go back.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Dec 28, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to review our home,
which we truly appreciate. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our home and wonderful Anna Maria and very much look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes Ros and Family
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kankakee
Reviewed June 24, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
1
person found this review helpful

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Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Luxury-minded travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 24, 2013
Dear Connie, so pleased that you enjoyed our home and we sincerely look forward to welcoming you back.

We are sorry that you were unable to use all the equipment and in particular the kayaks. If in the future you are able then kayaks can be hired close by (they are delivered and collected) and give access to the waters behind our home where manatees can often be found. Alternatively boat trips can also be arranged locally.

Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to provide a review which we truly appreciate.

Yours sincerely

Ros and family
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Peter S
Wadhurst, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is a dream home in a perfect location”
Reviewed November 2, 2011 for a stay in November 2011

This rental had everything we wanted and more.
It lies in a heritage area, with its own dock at the back, beyond the good sized pool. There are many restaurants within walking distance and a free bus which runs the length of the island. The location is quiet, with wonderful views across and down the canal to the rear. Beaches are 300 yds away.
The house has a lift from the double garage to the second floor, big enough for a wheelchair and the fitted kitchen has a unique built in dining table which makes for a superb open feel to the living area.
The atmosphere is of a top quality family home rather than a rental and Anna Maria Island has a wonderful welcoming attitude to visitors. We joined in the early morning tennis club (2 blocks from the house) and they couldn't have been friendlier. (there's a good deal of banter!)

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Liked best: The size and the view.
Liked least: Having to go home.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
Nov 1, 2011
Thank you for your kind words and review which we truly appreciate. We respect the time and trouble that it can take to write a review and are grateful to you for taking the time.

We are pleased that you enjoyed you stay in Bayview Dream and on Anna Maria Island and are sorry that you did not like having to go home - we know how you feel, but we do look forward to welcoming you back to Bayview Dream in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Arzdorffa...
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful!”
Reviewed March 16, 2011 for a stay in March 2011
2
people found this review helpful

This house was absolutely perfect for us on our first trip to Anna Maria. We had a family of three (2 adults, 1 teen) and a family of four (2 adults, 1 teen, 1 child) stay at this wonderful home and it was a great setup! Each couple had their own master suite and the kids had their bedrooms. The kitchen and family room were large so we could hang out together there. The kids enjoyed the pool and the adults loved basking in the sun. I loved being within walking distance of the beaches and shops. Beach Bums was so convenient for us to rent bikes and kayaks!! We are already planning our trip for next year! This is a fabulous house with all the conveniences that you could ever expect and some that you didn't expect! We would not hesitate to stay here again!

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Mar 15, 2011
Thank you for your kind words. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bayview Dream.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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