This was the first time we had booked an independent holiday villa using the internet so you are never quite sure if everything will be ok. We needn't have worried at all. The villa was exactly as described and shown on the website. The owner, James, was quick to respond and answer any questions we had when booking and has been equally as prompt in contacting us after our visit. For us, the villa was in a perfect location. The Shires at West Haven is a very quiet community. Safe and immaculately kept. The villa was clean, spacious and beautifully decorated. The pool area backs onto the open ground between the community clubhouse and the villas. It is private and not overlooked and is within a 1 min walk across the grass to the large community pool and tennis courts that we used frequently. The location is south of all the attractions but these are easily reached using the I4 Interstate. You can get from the villa into Hollywood Studios or Epcot within 15 mins and when you are running late for your first Fast Pass time slot that is a real bonus !! Magic Kingdom takes a few minutes longer due to the Ferry or Monorail that you need to take after you have parked the car. SeaWorld is 25 mins away and Universal 35 mins. Within 20 mins you can be on International drive or the Premium shopping outlet in Vineland Rd.
There are a number of restaurants along the 192, which is 15 mins away, but it is undergoing road works at the moment and with numerous sets of traffic lights the traffic can get heavy at times. Outback Restaurant is a great place to get good food and service. We ate at one along the 192 and one on Vineland Rd after shopping at the Outlet stores. Eating in at the villa is easy. Stock up at the local Publix in Champions Gate which is only 5 mins from the villa. You go by it each time you use the I4 exit 58. The staff in there are really friendly and willing to help. There is a Walmart close to the 192/27 intersection (about 15 mins away) which is cheaper but less convenient. The kitchen at the villa has a large fridge and freezer and has all you need to cook and eat in. The BBQ is quick and easy to use and helped us make some nice evening meals after a day at the parks.
Overall we had a fantastic time. The villa was just what we hoped it would be and would recommend it to anyone who wants a beautiful and relaxing place to come back to after those busy days at the parks. Enjoy it!