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Timberwoods Vacation Villas
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We rented 2 villas last month for a family vacation. The pool area has been renovated since our last stay in 2008 and is heated to a much more comfortable temperature. As others have pointed out, the resort is quiet and the villas are quite clean and comfortable. The crowd is definitely much older (think early bird special) than the group who were there from 1993 to 2008 when we visited annually. That said, we had 2 toddlers in the pool on a daily basis and were not hassled by any of the self-appointed scolds. We went later in the afternoon because the sun is not as dangerous to little ones then, and we don't particularly enjoy navigating around the conversing noodle floaters.
Both of the units we were assigned have been renovated to various degrees. A few quibbles. Mattresses were too soft for our liking and some appliances are ancient. Untethered large screen TVs are a safety hazard and should either be wall-mounted or on more substantial units. We had no issues, but someone will and the lawsuit won't be pretty.
We will definitely consider a return visit the next time we are in Florida.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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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.

Room Tip: Ask to be located in an area that has few owner occupied villas.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 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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Reviewed November 13, 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
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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
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1  Thank Andrea F
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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 :-) ).

Room Tip: The cul-de-sac streets are pleasant
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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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
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5  Thank KD C
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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
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1  Thank simplyredBuckley
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Additional Information about Timberwoods Vacation Villas

Address: 8452 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34238-2936
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 #13 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Sarasota
Price Range: $178 - $356 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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