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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Haines City, Florida

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Lizi808
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wow - everything you need for a fantastic villa holiday in Orlando”
Reviewed May 19, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

I would recommend this lovely 4 bed villa without hesitation to anyone who is looking for a place to stay in the Orlando area. Nicely furnished, well kept with all the amenities you would need for your stay. Our children absolutely loved the pool and games room and were quite sad to leave the villa when the time came. Friendly approachable owners with good communication throughout the whole booking/visit process. If we go to Orlando again I wouldn't even look for anywhere else to stay. FAB!!!!

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
May 22, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post this review. I can only say yet again ... those looking at staying in the villa read the reviews of others who have had the "experience" of living at the villa for a week or more and actually form their decision based on these reveiws so again I appreciate the time you have taken to share your experiences and hope you will return to the villa very soon

Thank you
John
Villa Owner
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Juliej55
Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful villa and wonderful holiday”
Reviewed May 3, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

My husband and I stayed for four weeks in February and our daughter and family came out for two weeks. We had a fabulous time and the children love the pool, never out of it. The villa was perfect. No problems at all with anything.

Thank you for everything, John and Julie.

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Liked best: Pool, cable television
Liked least: was a little far out of Orlando, but not too bothered
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
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
May 22, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your stay at the villa with others. I am finding that British families are using Florida [and florida villas] as a meeting point. To meet up with family who have maybe emigrated to Canada or to the USA. They fly in from the UK and their extended family fly or drive down from Canada or from across the states somewhere. So all the family meet up in a nice comfortable villa...and have a lovely reunion whilst taking in the parks and all that the area surrounding the community has to offer.
Look forward to your return

John
Villa Owner
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YorksDapp...
Yorks
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fab, fab, fab”
Reviewed April 17, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Spent nearly 3 weeks in the villa and had a wonderful stay. I have problems with mobility and was drawn to this villa as it had a few adaptations that were a great help to me. Grab rails in the shower and a shower seat were a great help. The rail in the swimming pool made it possible (and easy) for me to get in and out of the pool.

The villa had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The master bed was very comfy, though quite high off the ground and I actually needed to climb onto the bed to get in!

Julie was very helpful with questions before our stay and spent a lot of time in the UK sorting a problem we had with the internet whilst in the villa - we lost connection following a power cut after a thunderstorm. She was up in the early hours trying to get it sorted. Such care and concern for guests seldom seen elsewhere in our travels.

Overall a fantastic stay, would recommend to all, thanks Julie (and John).

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Families with young children
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Management Response
Apr 17, 2014
Kerry
Thank you for your review. Thunderstorms or lightening shows as they call them are fantastic but are a headache if they cause internet problems...but we got it sorted in no time.
Am so pleased that the villa was all you required and needed given mobility problems. These adaptations were made as you are aware with a family member in mind and it is nice to know it makes so much difference to guests who also may have mobility needs. Little changes made in the villa mean so much to our family member subtle changes that others are not even aware of.
Ad a guest you want your mind put at ease as to where you're staying to where to visit where to shop etc and all the information given to you proved of use
So you had a lovely stay and I am very pleased the villa was all you could wish for. Hope you your family..mum and dad return very soon
John
Villa owner
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Iainp570
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Holiday of a lifetime.”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

I would like to start by thanking John and Julie for being part of making this holiday a dream come true. There were 8 of us that stayed at The Little Mermaid 4 adults and 4 kids (age 3-10). This holiday was a year in the making with lots of questions and answers going back and forth without a worry that I was being a pain. The Villa location is fantastic being just off the US27 and only 5-10 minutes from the main i4 which takes you to all the parks with the furthest being no more than around 40 minutes away. We picked to go early in the year as we went to watch Drag Racing up in Gainesville at the same time. As a base the villa has everything you would ever need and being a disabled person the adoptions that John has done in the villa really helped me. The rooms are very big and you could never be under anyone else's feet and the pool was a dream come true for the kids and the spa was well used by the adults. ( Make sure you pay for pool heating in the early part of the year and if you keep the pool cover on while not in use you will have a nice warm pool when ever you want to use it). The Complex that the villa is on is always spotless and the owners of the villas take pride in their properties. Its great to see a smile on the security guard each time you arrive home at the end of a long day. I would defiantly recommend this property to anyone looking for a base while visiting Orlando and with the help of the great owners you will have a fantastic stay. We aim to return in 5 years time when the youngest is older and able to really enjoy the parks and rides as he was a little to short for most of the rides.
Thank you John and Julie keep up the fantastic job you are doing.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Coming Home
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Apr 17, 2014
I so appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of the villa plus thank you for your lovely comments. Once again I hope you will return to stay once again soon.
Your review is invaluable to those who want to read of previous guests experiences from booking to staying in the villa.
Look forward to you return with your family sooner rather than later!
John
Villa owner
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TAMMYANDD...
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“GREAT LOCATION!!!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

First I want to thank Julie & John for making everything so easy. They were great through the whole process. The villa was perfect. We had the pool heated, and used it every night we were there! The location is great to see everything, from the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, to LEGOLAND just up the road, to Disney!! The villa was perfect, very comfortable, and had everything we needed. Thank you again John & Julie for letting us stay at your home!!! We will definitely stay here again!!!

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Liked best: Location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
Mar 27, 2014
Many thanks for your lovely comments and taking the time to share your stay experience with others who maybe looking to book the villa.
I hope to welcome you back one day very soon.
So pleased the villa stay was one you will remember for a long time to come

john
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FlyingFif...
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A very comfortable villa to stay in with all the comforts of home.”
Reviewed January 28, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

We had a lovely time at this villa, a very comfortable stay was enjoyed by all. The gated community was very quiet and private. The facilities at the villa were very good. Communications with the owners John and Julie were first class from start to finish.
We would rate the villa highly and recommend it to others for a good value for money holiday stay in the sunshine state!

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: kitchen is small for the size of the house, not enough worktop space.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children
  • 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 this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 29, 2014
So pleased you and your family had a lovely three week stay. Thank you for taking the time to review the villa. It helps give others an insight into exactly what the villa has to offer. So glad your stay for Christmas and new yer was a memorable one. ....John.
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Jill H
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“"Best family holiday ever"”
Reviewed September 9, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

That was the vote as we drove back home from Heathrow.

To be fair it would be hard not to have a good time in Florida given the wealth of activities on offer.

This Vila made the stay very enjoyable. Great facilities, good central location, very nice pool.

We felt welcomed by John and Julie from our first email and all our questions beforehand were well covered (despite some computer/email delays apparently- time for a new pc/laptop, Julie/John?!)

In the end we concentrated on the SeaWorld based parks (Discovery Cove - for the dolphin swim and the snorkelling with rays etc, SeaWorld itself- twice, Aquatica- good variety of water rides and Busch gardens- excellent rides and animals, think Chessington *2), Universal for two days (stay at the Hard Rock Hotel for one night if your budget can cope- you get super express queue/line jumping tickets for both days in our case for a family of four and 1 hour earlier entry to go straight to the Harry Potter ride) Kennedy Space Center- brilliant piece of history, Kissimee Lake State Park- armadillos, tortoise and loads of different birds, and finally a baseball game at the Tampa Bay Rays where luckily for us the New York Yankees were in town.

If you're going to Florida, take the time to do your research- you don't want to come away thinking you've missed something but on the other hand we heard stories and met people who were clearly trying to jam far too much in and spoiling their stay!!

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Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • 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?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Sep 13, 2013
So pleased villa was all you wished for and that you packed so much into your stay. You were good enough to email over you very detailed itinerary which will now be used in my information sheet so I thank you for sharing that with me.
as for new laptop...all now working as well as can be expected after fault diagnosed and sorted by a very nice virgin media technical guy! Many thanks for taking time to submit your review & to share your memorable holiday with those looking to stay at Little Mermaid Villa.....John
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