My friends and I spent 2 weeks in Kevin's home in June and it was a stunning example of rental accommodation in the Orlando area. As someone who goes to Florida every summer, my expectations were quiet high but this was the nicest one that I have stayed in to date. The location is perfect for trips to the park, shopping, dining and close enough to the city via uber - I highly recommend going to watch Orlando city soccer club play. The home itself was spacious, clean and very tastefully decorated. The pool area was a perfect size and the games room in the garage was ideal for those late nights after a day at the parks. 10/10, would book again without hesitation.
We have just come back from staying in the villa, we loved it! This was our 1st time staying in a villa in Orlando as usually we stay in Hotels, so we didn't really know what to expect. It surpassed all expectations, it was spacious, clean, close to amenities and a fabulous gated community. We booked another stay there next year on our 2nd day of being there, so that says a lot! We have friends coming with us next year as they want to share the fun and we are all looking forward to it! Thank you Kevin and Caroline for sharing your Floridian home with us...
We booked the Villa with Kevin and his family, Kevin was more than professional and made our booking easy. We are really grateful to Kevin for everything. The villa was beautiful, spacious and clean, the pool was perfect at the end of a busy day, the games room was brilliant and loved by the kids and adults. The location was spot on, just a few minutes drive to publix, Wendy's, McDonald's and Millers, millers is very much recommended. Without a doubt we will be recommending Kevin's home to friends and family. We will be back
Yet again we have the pleasure of leaving a fantastic review for Kevin and Caroline, my wife and I stayed in their beautiful 5 bedroom villa for three weeks this time in March and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The villa has had a few upgrades from last time with flat screen TVs throughout and different games in the garage games room. The complex where the villa is has such a relaxing atmosphere and from the master suite balcony there is a beautiful view out on to the wetlands. The location is amazing and it's close to the parks and shopping complexes. The heated pool is a real bonus and makes such a difference. Thank you both again, looking forward to next year already.... Might not be as relaxing next time as our grandchildren want to come!
Our group of six people, which consisted of myself, my wife, our son, daughter-in-law and their two children, ages 11 and 8, stayed at this property for one week in March.
As per other reviews, I can attest that this property is immaculate, spacious, and delightful. A wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando vacation milieu. The owner, Kevin, was accessible (via email), friendly and accommodating. So as not to be redundant with the previous reviews, I will instead offer up some tips and insights for future renters.
Payment. I dealt directly with Kevin. He provided a local bank account where I electronically made the initial deposit and then the final payment. This was easy and safe. Kevin provided confirmation after he received each payment.
Transportation and traffic. I am a toll booth novice but this is what I got from my experience. To get to the house from the Orlando airport (MCO), we drove our rental van past several toll booths. We used the cash booths which are on the right side of the road. Read the signs at the booth, some accept only exact change. The toll ranged from $.75 to $3.00. I believe the toll charge is based on time of day and amount of traffic. It is best to carry quarters and dollar bills in your vehicle. The cost was about $4.00 to get to the house from the airport. Thankfully, there are no toll booths between the house and the Disney or Universal properties.
There is only one viable way to get to the 4 freeway (the main freeway to the theme parks) from the house, and that involves taking Champions Gate Blvd. This access during the morning hours is horrendous as many cars go to the tourist sites and many more go to work. It normally takes less than ten minutes to get to the freeway from the house but on a couple of days it took us nearly 30 minutes. On these days we witnessed fender benders along this “Wild West” stretch of road. Once on the freeway, traffic is still clogged up but it opens up fairly quickly after about a mile.
Household supplies. The only supplies were single rolls of toilet paper and a small bar of soap in each bathroom. There is a Publix supermarket on the way, just off the 4 freeway exit, where you can purchase supplies. We found that going to the Dollar Tree or Family Dollar stores, both within 5 miles of the house, was better since we were only looking for a week's worth of use. We bought detergent, laundry soap, salt and pepper, cooking oil, paper towels, napkins, bar soap, single rolls of toilet paper, etc. for just $1 each. Be forewarned that the toilet paper at the dollar stores cannot be categorized as luxurious – let’s just say it gives added meaning to the term “roughing it”.
Wildlife. Our 11 year grandson enjoyed chasing the small lizards that hang around the front porch. One day as he was chasing a lizard up a tree, a two foot long snake slithered from the undergrowth and disappeared into the bushes along the side of the house. We were a little startled but not surprised. Another morning I happened upon two herons walking through the front grass which was disconcerting to me because they stood nearly shoulder level with long legs, a large bulbous body, and long pointed beak. My first thought was of aliens from outer space. There is a lake in back, adjacent to the fenced-in pool area. And although I don't think there are alligators living there, we nevertheless avoided going into the backyard in the evening hours. Better safe than eaten. We did not experience any mosquitoes.
Other Stuff. We did not use the living or dining room (we ate in the breakfast nook area which was sufficient for the six of us) and only used two of the four bedrooms upstairs.. We did not use the books, games, DVD player or go to use the site's recreational facilities. Most of our time was spent at the theme parks or in the pool area. Next time we are here, we plan to spend some time relaxing instead of just using the house as sleeping quarters.
Value. This was the best value for the money. Cheap, relatively close, and luxurious. A definite plus was that Kevin did not seem too bothered about the pricing. He and his wife appeared more concern about how our family was enjoying the property - Very well, thank you!
The villa is located on a lovely gated housing estate which is within easy driving distance to all of the theme parks, about 20 minutes to the Magic Kingdom. We were a party of 9, made up of 3 families, and there was plenty of space for us all. Our bedroom was luxurious and the en-suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe were huge! We all made full use of the games room and the pool which provided a lovely place to relax after a long day of roller coasters. This property is a great place to spend a holiday and excellent value for money. I would certainly return again and will be recommending it to everyone I know.