The layout was just perfect, since there are two complete living areas. We had 5 couples, so no one ever felt crowded. The bay view is wonderful, sitting out by the water, watching boats on the ICW. Just a short walk to the pier and shops and restaurants of Bradenton Beach, plus a short walk over to the beach. I have already addressed with housekeeping that I did not think it was adequate for what we were paying. The upstairs kitchen counter was dirty, greasy, and covered with crumbs! Some major appliances were in need of repair ( I reported them, so hopefully they have been attended to). We had constant problems with the pool and hot tub, with no instructions anywhere. We awoke the next to last day to an empty pool! Even the pool maintenance people were baffled.
So, the house itself is great; location great; nicely decorated, quiet. The housekeeping and maintenance need improvement. The owners could add some simple little extras for comfort. For example, each closet had about 3 hangers…we were there for a week! The pillows were old and pathetic…truly need replaced. Upstairs bathroom had no shelf for soap or shampoo; you had to set it on the shower floor. How much could a little shelf that fits over the shower head cost? There were no dish towels, sponges, or dish cloths…maybe that explains the dirty counters. One dishwasher pod and small bottle of dish soap would be so helpful until you can get to the store. *I really hope that the owners and management company read these reviews, because all of these negative comments could be remedied so easily. We had a beautiful week weather wise, so throughly enjoyed our time on the island.