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7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Davenport, Florida

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Mark A
Peterhead, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Perfect villa for 2 families or the larger family.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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We stayed in this house for 3 weeks over the Xmas/New year holidays 2012/2013.

We chose the 'Aviana' complex as we stayed in a similar villa on our last holiday so we knew the area well. The complex is 5 miles off the I4 interstate, approx 15 minutes south of Disney. Situated pretty central with the new 'Legoland' 30 minutes south and equal distances to both the Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches (approx 75 miles, 1hr 20mins) traffic permitting. The complex itself is a gated community, which seemed to be mostly rentals, but with some permanent residents there also. There is a clubhouse with gym/pool play area and also free access to computers/printers which is handy.

The villa itself was lovely. We were travelling with a large party, our 6 sons varying in ages from 1 thru 18, with my oldest sons girlfriend there also. There was plenty of room for everyone, with 6 bedrooms, 2 ensuite and 2 with a 'jack & jill' ensuite. One of the bedrooms was a Disney themed room with bunk beds. There was also a TV room upstairs which was handy for the older boys to hang out in. The bedrooms were all well appointed with good quality bedding/furniture, and they all had cable TV fitted.

There is a large kitchen/ family room area with a new 55" smart TV with internet access. The owner has supplied free wireless broadband, which is a bit of a must with evryone having ipods/ipads,etc,etc

The pool/spa area was good sized, with the pool being fenced off which can be easily removed. which was a must for us with the smaller boys. We asked for the pool heating, which u definatley need in December. The weather was mostly in the mid 70's with it being cool most nights but there was a colder snap. There was even frost one morning!
One good point about the pool area in December is that it is South facing, which in the winter months is very important, as we had the sun hitting the pool all day. I noticed driving past some of the other houses that weren't south facing were in the shade most of the time, which wouldnt have been so nice.

The garage had been converted into a games room with pool table/Air hockey/Darts,etc.
The house was well kept and in good order throughout.

I found the owner very easy to deal with and very helpfull. Was nice to have a personal touch rather than dealing with a faceless rental company.

Overall I would say this would be a perfect house for a couple of families sharing accomodation, or a large family like ours. We had 9 people staying but there were still a few empty beds so the house could manage 12.
It would be a lot more cost effective staying here rather than paying for everyone to stay in a hotel, with the added bonus of the large house with everyone not on top of each other.

On another note, if you decide to go to Orlando over the Xmas/New year period be prepared for the the amount of people doing the same! This is our 3rd time over the last 8 years going at this time of year and this has been by far the busiest. It seems that after the 20th half of America arrives here on vacation! The parks/roads go from empty to packed out the door and this continues till approx the 3rd/4th January.
The parks become so full that the doors are closed and they don't let any one else in. We tried to get into Magic Kingdom on the 24th and the gates were clsoed at 10am. We went to Epcot on the 30th and ended up coming away early because of the crowds,and we were forced to buy fastpass tickets the day we went to Universal as the queues were huge, 180 mins for hulk, 200 for spiderman and 220 mins for Harry Potter, so be prepared!

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Liked best: The space that the property enabled us all to have.
Liked least: The cunning lawn sprinklers that used to come on and ambush us as we were arriving back at night!
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
Aug 24, 2016
Hello Mark,
Thank you for this extensive and comprehensive review - I really appreciate the time and effort you have put in to it.
You and your family are welcome back anytime.
Have a great year and may your nets always be full!
Very best wishes.
Richard
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lovestotr...
Waterloo, New York
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“This home is phenomenal.”
Reviewed July 18, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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person found this review helpful

I dealt directly with the owner of this fantastic home, Richard Maule-ffinche, and you couldn't have asked for a nicer person to deal with. The home is large and there is enough room for everyone to have their own space. With three living rooms, two downstairs and one upstairs the eight of us had plenty of room to spread out and not be on top of each other. The large livingroom in the back of the house has the most comfortable furniture. We loved just lounging there and watching TV or surfing on our laptops. The beds and the pillows are awesome. So comfortable just like being home, never a bad nights sleep. There is plenty of thick towels for everyone and extra sheets to change the beds!! The two kings had their own bathroom which was nice and each two rooms shared a bath. No one had to wait to shower. With the amount of dishes and silverware you could have a party and never run out. Plenty of pots and pans and the little essentials (blender, coffee pot, griddle, nice cooking utensils.) I did have to buy a wine opener though. My grandchildren loved the pool and the idea of running out the door and jumping right in. We did have the pool heated even though the outdoor temp was 89-99, mainly because I wanted to have the jacuzzi warm. The back of the house faces a marshy area so that was nice as you didn't have neighbors to that side of you. It was very quiet while were there, which was nice as we spent a great deal of time on the patio and in the pool. As far as doing the local things they are very convenient. 5 minutes to Publix, 10 minutes to Walmart. All of the Disney things were 15 to 30 minutes away. There were two downsides, one was we rented a grill, which was dirty to begin with and the ignitor didn't work, so off to the store to buy lighters and grill cleaner. And the other is if your flight is after 11 make prior arrangements for a later check out and make sure the management company knows because they show up to clean at 1109.

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Liked best: The quality of the furniture and all the furnishings, not skimpy at all.
Liked least: dirty bbque grill
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
Aug 24, 2016
Hi Nancy,
Thank you so much for your terrific review - I am most grateful.
Had I known you needed a late check out I would have arranged for you to have that without any extra charge.
So nice to deal with you Nancy and I look forward to welcoming you and your family back.
Have a super year.
Very best wishes.
Richard
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EveEiram0...
Montreal, Canada
1 review
Reviewed April 21, 2017 for a stay in February 2017
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Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Apr 24, 2017
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We hired the house for our vacation..
It is very well situated and near to everything that you could want or need. Furthermore it is only a few minutes from Disney land by car.
The contact/ communication with the owner was easy. As he lives on a different continent, I thought before hand it would be difficult to speak to him but not at all!
We added into our stay the heating for the pool and as soon as we asked for it, it was done instantly!!

Very good service and a lovely house.
The house is even nicer than the photos show! I would definitely recommend it

Hi Marie-Eve, thank you so much for your generous review - I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and had a good vacation.
You and your party are welcome back anytime.
Best wishes.
Richard
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