First time renter
Reviewed on Friday, February 26, 2016
From the stat I have to say that Tara's Haven is a nice place and i would consider returning. Our group of 10 covered 3 generations and all enjoyed aspects of the place. Young and old loved the beach, the deck gave a wonderful view of the family playing. All the rooms were very clean and friendly.
I always give the good side first. Sorry but its time for the bad. The old review about loose boards, well it was not repaired to any real level, The lights on the deck did not work at first and after repairs we were not informed, so we lost the night time use for most of the week. Most of the seating on the deck is broken. The telescope in the main room to watch the sea life was missing. The plumbing leaks from the north bathroom so watch where you park your car. In the master bedroom, the east facing blind does not work so we lost out on watching the wonderful sunrises from the bed.
Knowing what i know now, I feel that Tara's Haven can be a wonderful family vacation location. But the owners should stop, do a real property inspection, do the required repairs. When all repairs are done they can sit back and smile about the wonderful gem that they have.
Reviewed on Monday, July 20, 2015
we had a group of ten the house was great, weather and beach awesome. Would recommend to anyone.
family vacation 2015
Reviewed on Sunday, June 7, 2015
We enjoyed our stay at this rental property. It is very nice. It is spacious and has a large eating area for a family--two large tables that accommodated our family nicely. The kitchen could use a few more cooking utensils, but this was not a problem for us because I had taken a good many with me to the property. We did like this house very much. We will probably return next year to this same property for our family vacation. The only thing that was a surprise to us was that we had to pay $240 to use the pool that renters of this house were allowed to use. Perhaps, it was in some of my information sent to me by the rental company. However, if it was, I missed it somehow.
Reviewed on Monday, May 11, 2015
Very happy with the overall rental
Great layout and location. Deck needs some work.
Reviewed on Monday, January 5, 2015
Very good location close to Vilano Beach Publix, etc. and nice floor plan layout for a family vacation with split bedroom wings. Each bedroom has a ocean view. Downstairs toilet needs new tank valve as it barely functions and is so slow it is useless. Called for repair and got a call back but nobody ever showed up to make the repair so the first floor bathroom was not used. Deck and walkway to beach are very weathered, worn and missing several side boards. Accordingly small children and pets must be watched carefully or they could crawl under and fall off of the deck. A dangerous condition that should be addressed immediately.
Reviewed on Monday, October 6, 2014
We had a good family experience at Tara's Haven with the house. We weren't prepared for how narrow the beach is at high tide. This curtailed some of our sitting on the beach in the morning and flying kites! Just wanted others to know - be prepared to know when high tide is and work around it! Aim for beach activity at low tide!!
Reviewed on Monday, August 18, 2014
Our family of 5 ranged in aged from 19 to 73. Everyone had a blast!!
Tara 's Haven Review
Reviewed on Monday, July 28, 2014
The house was terrific. The view fabulous. The only thing we would like to see is a bug spray treatment for roaches that seemed to be in the kitchen.
Great Stay! Comfortable beds!!!
Reviewed on Monday, July 7, 2014
Tara's Haven was perfect for our families! There was plenty of space, the beds are amazing! (Usually you you don;t sleep to well when away from home & we all slept like babies)
Definition of a perfect vacation!
Reviewed on Monday, May 26, 2014
When we arrived the house was beyond our expectations! Very clean and stocked well with kitchen cookware! We also found some board games that we enjoyed playing while watching the waves outside the window! We definitely plan on returning back to this house next year! One of the best vacations we ever had. The grill was perfect touch to a beach vacation. The only suggestion we have is to have the windows cleaned before each check in. It was hard to see the view through the salt air windows!
Reviewed on Sunday, April 13, 2014
Enjoyed the days at the beach.
Wonderful vacation and I look forward to staying again next year
Reviewed on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Walked in and the place looked great. There was one hick up though and that was the WiFi was down. Big issue since I have to work while on vacation. Not happy at all and was unable to attend to my clients. However the management company stepped up. They invited me to their office, set me up a cubical and I was able to attend to business. The owners authorized a complete new Wifi system and new cables were put in etc. I was back in business and able to relax. There were fishing rods there and with a few minutes of repair they were ready to go. My son and I had a blast catching Whiting off the beach and they were delicious. The girls enjoyed the deck for sunning and the beach was beautiful. Location was perfect. Short drive to St Augustine and all the wonderful restaurants and shops. Also a short drive to some of the best hiking and biking trails around. Some guests mentioned the decorations a bit dated and yes they are, but seriously, who cares it was clean and very nice. Get over it. :) I highly recommend this property.
Spacious house, great view
Reviewed on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The house was just as promised. Plenty of amenities and the view was spectacular. We spent all our time on the deck or on the beach.
Weekend stay at Tara haven
Reviewed on Sunday, February 23, 2014
We had a wonderful time. Thank you
Reviewed on Saturday, January 11, 2014
Overall it was a great week. The house was under repairs, which was a little upsetting. The layout was perfect. Beautiful location and just a 10 min drive to St Augustine.The whole family had plenty of room. The house needs some updating. We had a great time and would definitely go again.
Reviewed on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This is the first time I have rented from Vacation Rental Pros. Customer Service was great and very helpful when making arrangements. This made me hopeful for our experience with the house. When we arrived, they were STILL CLEANING. They said they needed an additional 30 minutes. We had a scheduled dinner with family and the timing was NOT ideal especially when we even arrived 45 min after check-in time. We made the best of it and went to the local Publix to pick up groceries while we waited. Once we got back from dinner, we noticed that we had ANTS crawling on the food that was just purchased! So needless to say EVERYTHING went into the fridge for the week. Also later on that evening there was a roach found crawling on the staircase. Bugs seemed to be a common theme with VERY large ants all over the back porch so we were unable to really enjoy the beautiful view sitting out there. Also on the walkway to the beach, the foliage seems to be overgrown apparently making it a stomping ground for ticks. My husband found 2 on himself and 1 on the dog. The house generally is nice, but it does not have a 'home' feeling to it. A lot of the décor just seemed to be thrown together. The bedrooms were fine but the master bed is SUPER noisy and hard. There is also quite a bit of rust around which makes it impossible to close the storage doors in the parking area and it seems like the chairs and toys need to be replaced (along with the grill). I do not think I would come back to this property unfortunately.
Serenata Beach Club was beautiful as expected. The pools are well kept and food is spectacular!
Reviewed on Monday, August 12, 2013
The house was perfectly located and had plenty of room for all of our family. I loved the open layout of the kitchen and living area. We even saw a sea turtle come up from the ocean, dig a hole, lay her eggs and head back into the water. It was a beautiful site and we cannot wait til we go back next year!
Reviewed on Monday, July 22, 2013
The home is perfectly located, and the beach club membership was a good addition for our group. This house needs a good scrubbing and painting, but it was fine for our purposes. There was room for our party of 9 and we enjoyed our family reunion.
First Family Vacation
Reviewed on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
This was our family's first beach house rental. We had 8 people including our son, my sister and her children, and my parents. The house was in a great location. Groceries and fuel were close and St. Augustine was just up the road. Made a great day trip with the family. This house was perfect for a multi-generational vacation. The kids could be on the beach while the grandparents rested in the house or watched from the deck. It was a great experience. The house was definitely showing some wear and tear but was well kept and clean when we arrived. My only complaint would be the beds. They were all very hard and squeaky. Kitchen was well-stocked and we were able to cook for 8 people easily. We had a small leak under the sink but maintenance came the next day and fixed it and he was very friendly. There was a hot tub advertised on the property but there was no hot tub. No big deal for us but should probably be changed in the advertisement. Dealing with Vacation Rental Pros was a very pleasant experience and we would use this company again.
House in need of updating
Reviewed on Monday, July 1, 2013
The house had all the amenities needed but the furniture was dated, the bathrooms need remodeling, the BBQ grill needs to be replaced and the railings need to be fixed(I got a splinter).
Reviewed on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
We had a great time at the beach house! However, there is one small complaint. The master bedroom bed was not really comfortable. The mattress was hard and the bed squeaked every time you turned over. Other than that, we loved it! Plan to be back next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Great stay just a few steps from the beach. We would love to stay in the house again!! Access to the serenata beach club was also a plus.
Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
Had a wonderful time with our children and grand kids. Location and house was great. Only disapointment was the cleanness when we arrived.
Reviewed on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
This get away was 2 years in the making and lived up to all of our expectations. The house is ideally situated on a very lovely beach providing sun, surf and sand. Our children and grand children loved the easy access to the beach and enjoyed the sunrise on the deck. I would recommend this site to anyone. The house is well equipped, just fill the fridge and relax. Thank you VRPros for making this an enjoyable holiday, we will return.
Perfect Family, Perfect Place
Reviewed on Monday, April 15, 2013
For my husband and I, sharing experience with our children and grandchildren was the most valuable Christmas present to them that we could think of so this trip had been planned and anticipated for months.
The location of the house was perfect. The beach was only steps away and never crowded. The size and floorplan of the house was perfect. Each bedroom had a big window facing the ocean that we opened for the sea breeze and sound of the waves. Some windows were rusty and wouldn't open and none of them had screens so it was a good thing that no bugs had come out early in the season. The family,dining,kitchen area was plenty big enough for all ten of us with a big game table for puzzles. We played the sound system for music but never tried out the televisions. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, glasses, and cooking pots so we made most of our meals there. Most glasses needed washing before use, but we could have been the first rental of the season and the sea air did the same thing to the windshield of my car in a few hours.
The only complaint we had is a toilet that kept running the whole time. Maintenance was called and came to fix it but whatever was done didn't work. The sound of it all night and the wasted water were irritating but not upsetting.
All told, the place was great and we would go back again.
Run With Donna 13.1
Reviewed on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
One of the nicest houses we have stayed in at the beach. Very roomy and comfortable. Would not hesitate to return again next year. Thank you very much.
Reviewed on Monday, January 21, 2013
We enjoyed our stay at Tara very much. It is in a great location and convenient to restuarants, shopping, and attractions.