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Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

We stayed at 810 Gulfside for ten days in February 2012. We travelled from the UK and did a lot of research in advance as to where to stay. I found Lee to be very helpful with the booking and he was willing to negotiate on price.

The accomodation was easy to find and we checked in out of hours and there were no problems, the lights were left on for us and the keys readily available. A list of local restaurants was left for us too.

Mary was brilliant in giving us ideas of places to visit and Lee and Paul were also very helpful. We used the bikes to go for a mamouth bike ride and ended up cycling around 15 miles, its all pretty flat so it was not to difficult. There is a bike trail nearby, but it is quite a ride to the trail. Cycling is easy and safe in the whole area though.

The property has a pool area and is right on the beach. There are six different apartments and we were in number six, which is right next to the road and does not have a sea view. It does have a patio to sit on, although there are some trees it does look straight on to the pavement. If you are a light sleeper and traffic noise disturbs you I would suggest you don't opt for number 5 or 6. The traffic noise did stop in the night for a few hours, but it is quite a busy road. You would get traffic noise with any property if it was not overlooking the beach as all the properties in the area are on Gulf Blvd and either look onto the beach or the road depending on whether you are at the front or the back. Parking is available. They also have Kyaks you can use foc and there are loungers on the beach for guests use. The pool area is very pleasant and we met other guests there.

The apartment was clean, the kitchen facilities were limited, this didnt bother us too much as we ate out most of the time, but there was no kettle so it wasn't possible to make a coffee. Having said that, I am sure we could have asked for one.

There were plenty of restaurants within walking distance, and we did not need to take the car every evening to eat out. Suggest you try, Salt Rock Grill for delicious steaks, within walking distance there is Keegans, Guppys and Crabby Bills to name but a few, all have reviews on this site.

We went for lots of walks on the beach, you can walk for miles.

There is also good shopping nearby, there is an outlet mall at Ellenton which was good and plenty of shopping in Tampa which isnt far away.

We had a great time and would definately return.

Room Tip: Don't opt for 5 or 6 if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

We have been coming here as a family since 2006. It is apparent that we can not keep this wonderful place a secret. So, it is with a little sadness that I say, once you have stayed here,and had the pleasure of the personal service, thanks to Paul, Lee and Mary, nothing else will suffice. If your idea of a great vacation is loud music, 24 hour non stop activities and underage drinking, don't come here. If, on the other hand, you prefer quiet evenings with your family, a wonderful view of the Gulf, a secluded pool and landscaping, then do yourselves a big favor and book this place. There I said it, hope you listen... won't say it again.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank mazurmi53
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Fishers, Indiana
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

Mary & Lee,

We just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous week in IRB. It
was our first visit and we do not expect it to be our last.

We spent a great deal of time online looking at hundreds of beach properties
in Florida before stumbling across your resort (Sarah's Seaside). It was the perfect
find! Because we had done so much research, our expectations were
very high... and we were not disappointed in the slightest... other
than when it came time to pack up and head home.

Thank you very much for your hospitality and we look forward to
visiting your resort again in the future.

~Fishers, Indiana

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank swind63
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Attica, Indiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

This was our second stay at Sarah's Seaside Resort - 306A & 308B. The cottages are comfortable, cozy, and wonderfully outfitted with everything you need to cook in if you want to. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance and more within bicycling distance using either the walking or bike lanes (even bikes are provided!). The ocean is a very short walk from all the cottages and the pool is practically right outside every door. Without even leaving the resort we saw dolphins, manatees, stingrays, pelicans, ibis, herons, egrets, lizards, ducks, crabs, You can even do your laundry on site and arrive home with all clean clothes! We really can't think of anything that would improve this resort - highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Pat22251
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Bowmanville, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2011

We booked a one week stay at Sarah's Seaside, travelling over Canadian Spring Break 2011 with our 5 year old daughter. This was our first trip that was not all-inclusive, (and our first trip to Florida) and we couldn't be happier with our choice. We were not into doing the Disney vacation, and instead were looking for relaxing, quiet, family time together. Sarah's Seaside was just what we needed!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Paul and Lee, who offered up warm, friendly smiles, firm handshakes and cold beverages. We were immediately impressed with their welcoming southern hospitality. They took the time to answer our (many!) questions, fill us in on the local area, and give us tips on where to eat, shop etc. Our daughter was thrilled to receive a Bird Guide to borrow for the week, so she could learn the names of the many birds we would see during our stay. Having only taken all-inclusive holidays prior to this trip, it was nice to know Paul, Lee & the staff were just a short drive down the road if we needed anything at all.

We checked into our little studio cottage, # 306A at Sarah's Seaside. Just perfect for our family of three. Cute, cozy, and so clean! It was well stocked with enough linens, beach towels, bath towels, pots, pans, flatware and wine glasses. We made good use of the charcoal grill most nights for supper. We used the laundry facilities to wash our beach wear and towels, and went home with all clean clothes in our suitcases at the end of our stay. There were plenty of TV channels to keep my husband entertained in the evenings while my daughter and I took in the sunsets on the beach. We checked our email each evening by the pool, which is where we got the best signal for the wireless internet.

Our particular unit had a loft above our queen size bed, which is where our daughter slept. She loved climbing the ladder, and having her own secret place to hang out. She had her own lamp up there, and a small dresser for her clothes and toys. We also had a lovely patio all to ourselves, where we enjoyed brunch and late afternoon drinks each day.

Although this unit backs onto Gulf Blvd. we were not at all bothered by the sound of the traffic. It was fairly busy during the day, but at night it quieted right down.....we slept like the dead, and awoke to the birds singing at sunup. Very comfy bed and pillows! Air conditioning if you wanted it, but we chose to go without.

The property itself was simply breathtaking. Each day, I got up, and still could not believe my eyes. Everything was green and lush and healthy. Pride of ownership showed around every corner. Simply gorgeous and so well taken care of. It was truly a paradise and made us feel so relaxed. An interlocking path led to the pool, and further on, to the beach. Pool was great; nice and warm, never crowded....our daughter loved it.

The other guests we met were friendly, yet quiet and respectful of everyone's privacy. There were no screaming children, no loud parties. We met nice folks from all over, and had nice conversations with everyone. It was so wonderful to go somewhere, be able to meet nice people, and yet still have peace and quiet when you wanted it. We would say hello as we met along the path to the beach, comment on the lovely weather etc, and then continue on our separate ways.

It was snowing when we left Canada, so the beach was a very important part of our trip. It was great......soft sand and breathtaking sunsets each evening. We had the best weather....sunny every day, and warm. We enjoyed many walks back and forth along the beach and there were lots of shells for our daughter to collect. The Gulf water was 65-70 degrees, which was warm enough for us to swim. We swam more in the Gulf than we did in the pool, and our daughter loved jumping in the waves. We built many sandcastles, and had use of all the pails, shovels and beach toys we could ever need.

Each morning we would program into our GPS one of the sights that Paul and Lee had told us about, or that was listed on the sheet they gave us upon check-in. We took in the Clearwater Aquarium, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, John's Pass Village and shopping at Kohl's to name a few. We took a drive to the Sunshine Skyway, and talked to the fishermen on the pier. We were never at a loss for things to do. Afternoons were spent at the beach collecting shells and building castles, or in the pool. CVS pharmacy across the street took care of our sunburn needs and the WalMart Neighbourhood Market was a 10 min drive away for groceries.

After seven great days at Sarah's Seaside, we had settled into a nice routine of shopping, sightseeing, beach, and relaxing. We wish we could have stayed longer. It was the nicest week we've had together as a family in a long time, and we were sad to have to leave.

The other day, our daughter was looking at pictures of our trip and commented, "Mommy, I miss the beach." We are saving for next year's return visit....and plan to bring the Grandparents with us. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Kplante007
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Bloomington, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2011

Gulfside Resorts provided us with a great family trip on fairly short notice. I found the website by Google searching Florida, beach, family, kayak, bicycle... pretty much every descriptor and activity it would take to satisfy my family of five with kids ages 12-20. Gulfside Resorts had it all. I spoke directly with the owner about our concerns and needs before we booked. He not only assured us we wouldn't have to worry about the loud college Spring Break crowd, but we would have easy access to a beautiful beach, pool, bicycles, kayak, float rafts, and other beach toys. The owner also made it possible for our larger family to have the most comfortable accommodations for our older children. There was plenty of room for all. The house was nicely decorated and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook many of our meals (we also grilled several times), but a number of great seafood restaurants were within easy walking distance. There were two other Gulfside cottages at this location that shared a nice private pool which an older couple and a family with young children were enjoying, but we didn't even get around to using it since there were plenty of other things to do during our five night stay. While our kids' favorite part of the trip was the beach, we were able to fit in a few short trips to Busch Gardens outside of Tampa as well as nearby St. Petersburg and Clearwater. We were told the weather is typically nice--and we were surprised to be blessed with six straight days of 80s and full sun. We are spreading the word to friends and family that Gulfside is a great location for a relaxing (and active) family getaway with plenty of fun in the sun opportunities. We will be back!! Thank you, Lee, Mary and Paul!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Illinois_Dad88
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Canton, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2011

I stayed at George'e Place, 20 Gulf Blvd. (Gulfside Resorts) If you want to relax, and have a laid back vacation, this is the place. It has 3 units. A one bedroom, and 2 two bedroom,with a nice pool,loungers,and umbrella tables. Only steps from the Gulf, with beautiful sunrises on the Intercoastal, and beautiful sunsets on the Gulf. It was clean with nice furnishings, and linens. It was within walking distance to restuarants,drug store, and the Lighthouse Donuts. (try the Key Lime and Apple fritters). I can't say enough about this place. I can't wait to go back. I want to thank Lee,Mary,and Paul for my wonderful stay. Oh yes, and George too. THANKS

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank want2gobacksoon
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Property: Gulfside Resorts
Address: 810 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
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Region: United States > Florida > Indian Rocks Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Indian Rocks Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gulfside Resorts 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gulfside Resorts welcomes you to our exquisite collection of Florida beach cottages and suites. We are located in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, a charming coastal village, just a few miles from Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Indian Rocks Beach is the ideal destination for families and couples longing for a relaxing getaway on the gorgeous Gulf beaches of Florida. ... more   less 
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