Our group of 5 adults and 4 young girls had a blast at this lovely villa over this past Thanksgiving break. We were celebrating our mother-in-law's 70th birthday.
Everything was perfect, esp. Location-wise, both proximity to theme parks & inside the Lake Berkeley resort as the villa is situated in a cul-de-sac. Incredibly stunning lake view with that pretty island is as shown in the photos. The pathway to the lake, nice little sand beach and playground was literally right next to the front door. Spacious 5 BR with 3 full Baths, and heated pool & spa with pool toys & plenty of linens & cookware incl. a new charcoal grill. Fully equipped with baby/toddler equipment incl. crib, stroller, tons of toys/DVDs in the Game room.
You simply won't find Anything that beats this combo around Greater Orlando area -- How sure am I? Well, I've looked thru more than 100 villas around, and this was the Winner, esp. at this rate!
Best of all, Tim & Glenda were very responsive to my emails (only time I had to wait a couple of days was when they were traveling) and considerate with everything. 2 families flew in separately with one arriving a day earlier and checking out a day later - so Tim kindly issued us 2 separate "Arrival Forms" so that each family could show the form upon security gate entry (if you're arriving on differing schedules, please take note as you won't be given the entrance pass w/o this form).
A few tips to better prepare for your stay:
1. Clubhouse: Communal pool is large and offers kiddy splash pool, and small indoor gym but besides that, nothing else available (no game room, arcade, etc.) Neighboring Hapimag was closed during all days.
2. Lake: If you want to try fishing, use the Dock next to the sand beach and spinning rod gears (2 sets) in the Game room closet. Suggest just using white bread sogged (dough) for Carp-like fish OR nightcrawler or fake worm for giant Largemouth bass.(I saw both caught). Alligator shows up often.
3. Park Tickets: Wal-Mart (<0.5 mile) sells Disney & Universal Tickets at 2~3% discount. SeaWorldParks.com is best & fastest (No need to stand in line, show barcode on your smartphone to enter!) to get discounted e-tickets - Weekday is cheaper + 1 Kid FREE with 1 Adult purchase deal.
* Important: Do NOT use Craigslist, eBay to buy "deep discounts" as they're 100% scams
All in all, what an amazing stay and my mother-in-law was so happy. Thanks to Tim & Glenda - we'll certainly come back & refer friends!