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So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home

Joe and Denise Holman

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Joe and Denise Holman

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015
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So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Emerald Island House Rental Photos and Description

4 BR (two masters), 3 BA, Sleeps 8, Backs to private wooded area.

You will love our four bedroom luxury home just three miles from Disney in the gated Emerald Island Resort. The moment you see our resort you will know that you are in the right place. As soon as you enter our home, your children will fall in love with the themed decor and you will feel like you belong there.

Our home is less than one block from the resort clubhouse. The clubhouse offers basketball, tennis, a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, bar, game room and pool. More importantly, our front door is less than three miles from the front gate of Disney! Our home away from home is not only private, but it is conveniently located so that you are minutes away from Target and other shopping and surrounded by new restaurants.

The two master suites are perfect for two families sharing a vacation or for older kids. One suite is decorated in a soft blue while the other has a Jungle theme. The other bedrooms have a Disney Princess theme and a Pirate theme. Both of these kids rooms have two twin beds. We designed the rooms around what we know our children like, therefore we are certain that yours will love them also. We can comfortably sleep 8 guests.

Our pool table is tournament sized and inside rather than in a hot garage. Those not playing pool can enjoy our Wii games on the large flatscreen. Our house has full wi-fi throughout, a television in every bedroom, and two more televisions in the house--one in the living room and one more in the entertainment room. Our heated swimming pool is surrounded by top of the line, comfortable patio furniture.

We have recently (fall 2013) installed a real 6 person hot tub that gets hot. Not like the 'spas' that are attached to pools that are only warm. Come home from the parks, hop in the hot tub, enjoy the stars and let your stress fad away.

Our home is full of features that will serve your family well.

Beautiful, lush vegetation and woods right behind our house.

We are only a half a block, easy walking, from the clubhouse.

Free us of all the amenities of the resort such as a sauna, fitness center, Tiki bar, 2 heated pools, spa, volleyball, tennis courts, playgrounds, and more.

Our house backs up to the 11 acre nature walking trail

Upgraded stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops.

Upgraded tile and hardwood floors

Open floor plan with high ceilings

Free local calls

Two master suites

Three full baths, one with a corner, garden soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower

Washer and dryer

Fully equipped kitchen including electric tea kettle, coffee maker, blender, food mixer, etc.

Hair dryer in every bathroom

All linens included (towels, sheets, etc)

Strollers for use in the park

Flatscreen televisions in every bedroom, the living room and the entertainment room.

Free Cable

Free high speed Wi-fi

Wii entertainment system with Epic Mickey 2, Super Mario Smashbrawl, and Super Mario Bros Wii

You will love the fact that our secure, gated community is the closest resort to Disney.

Free maid service

Free wifi

Free use of the clubhouse/resort facilities

Free use of our umbrella stroller

In a growing part of Kissimmee with new restaurants, shopping, etc., all around us

Less than 10 minutes to several grocery stores, Super Target, all kinds of fast food including Taco Bell, McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread, and Pizza Hut just to name a few.

Restaurants incude staples such as Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, Chuy's Mexican, Texas Roadhouse, Carraba's, Macaroni Grill, Cracker Barrel, and Sweet Tomatoes.

Less than 10 miles to Premium Outlet Mall.

Honestly there is too much to list. My wife and I did this off of the top of our heads. You are in the center of it all.

Let me close by saying that we are not your typical vacation home owners. We purchased this home because we love making memories with our children here. We are committed to your loving the time that you stay here, and will do what we can to make this the absolute best vacation that you ever have. Our goal is to have the people who stay with us become our friends and repeat guests.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Joe and Denise Holman (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015

About Joe and Denise Holman

Hello! Thank you for considering our home! We are a little different from most of the owners in this area because this really is our only home, not a second or third property. This is it. That is why everywhere you look you will see tender, loving care.

So, who are we? We are a normal, fun-loving couple with 11 kids...yes, you read that correctly. We have 11 children. That is why we know what kids like, and why we love Disney.

My job required that my family move out of the USA, so we packed up our bags and moved to South America where we rent a small home way up high in the Andes Mountains.

We purchased this home in Emerald Island so that we can have an anchor. It is our connection to 'home' in the States. We vacation here. Our older children who now live in the States (WV, DC, and FL) can also vacation here.

In a nutshell, we know the importance of a great vacation, probably more than most. Every two and a half years we come back to the States with the entire family, and this is the home we come to. Disney in our backyard, fun all around us, and memories to be made.

I know that you will love our home because we sincerely want to do whatever it takes to make this vacation your best one ever. Your children deserve the memories.

Joe and Denise Holman purchased this house in 2013

Why Joe and Denise Holman chose Emerald Island

We have been coming to WDW since 1992. I honestly do not know how many times we have been here. Until this year, 2013, we always rented. We discovered a few little 'secrets' to having a great time.

First of all, staying close to the property, but not on the property. Being close means that you don't spend precious vacation time on the road every day, yet being off property gives you tremendous freedom in food and other choices.

That is another key to having a great time. We wanted a place that was close to shopping (Target is a few minutes away) and an easy drive to multiple food choices.

A third reason that we chose this property was the resort itself. We wanted activities for everyone to be able to participate in on those 'non-Disney' days. Our resort has a beautiful hiking/jogging trail, gym, pool, hot tub, game room, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and a sauna...and that is just the beginning. Emerald Island is also uber-safe with 24/7 guards and its one-way in/out access.

The final reason...just look around. It is beautiful.

What makes this house unique

When we were looking for a property, being close to Disney was a huge bonus, but not the only thing. We wanted privacy as well. That is why we chose a home that backs up to the woods. Even when the resort is full, you feel like you are in your own little resort when you open the back door and sit by the pool.

We also wanted a place that 'felt' like home--but had the pizazz of Disney. You will agree that the soft colors, the paintings, furniture and rugs all give our home the feel of a 'home' not of an institution or even a museum. In order to get the pizazz, we asked our kids how they would like their rooms decorated. That led us to the pirate, princess and jungle themes of the bedrooms.

Our central location also makes it an easy and fun drive to the beach. If you want waves, head east one hour for Cocoa Beach. If your children are younger and you want calmer waters with a family beach, head west to Clearwater, about an hour and a half away.

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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based on 15 traveler reviews

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So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews
Ontario, Canada

Canadian vacationers

  • 5 of 5

Wow, this was a terrific home - nicely decorated, comfortable and super close to Disney - our teenagers loved the home! Communication with the owners was fantastic - they are truly wonderful people and we really enjoyed corresponding with them. You will have no problems or worries staying at this home. This was our third trip to Florida, and the first time using VillaDirect (and Emerald Island) - we wish we had used this service before - we felt so safe and secure where we were staying. Thank you for helping us have a fantastic vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 2 of 5

At first, the house seemed nice but as the week went on, we experienced multiple problems reported to the maintenance company without response.

The house is not clean. As mentioned in another review, the hanging light fixture chains and globes are full of spider webs and grease; the tile grout in the showers were black with mold; the kitchen cabinets were all sticky; the moldings and lower walls were very dirty with dust and grease; a thick covering of dust under the beds. The pool deck was littered with cigarette butts. ( Bring you own paper and cleaning supplies)

The kitchen sink handle was lose and shot off when we turned on the water. Some of the electrical outlets either did not work or were so old that the plugs kept falling out. The sink in the master bathroom did not drain. The contact on the sliding door to the pool fell off the first time we opened the door and set off the warning alarm which would not stay off until we went and got Scotch tape to temporarily hold the contact in place. The spa, was cloudy and smelled. Midweek, we came home from Disney early to enjoy the spa, only to find that the spa had been emptied and the jets and motor and heater were still on. We would have stayed at the park and watched the fireworks if we had known. We were worried that the spa would burn out since it was on with no water. In desperation, we emailed Joe, the nice owner, and he called maintenance. Maintenance called us at 10:00PM and wanted to come over to work on the spa and we told them they had woken us all up and that was not acceptable. (They came the next day and said the pool guy forgot to refill the spa--at least it was now clean.) Joe sent us several apology emails and left us a bottle of wine, a bottle of drain cleaner for the sink and a nice letter on the porch. We would never rent this unit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that your experience was not the absolute best that we strive to give our guests. We have contacted our management company about your concerns forwarding them your email and review. As we shared with you in our email, there is NO excuse for the management company not responding to your call. I have met with them and let them know that this is not acceptable. However, for future renters, I must point out that there is some overstatement in this review. There is/was no mold in the showers, there was a dark spot in the grout of the master shower where some caulk had come off. The spa was indeed empty, however the management company did not know why it had been emptied, nor by whom since they never empty it, they only treat and balance the water. Their assumption was that a guest accidentally drained it. Also, there is no excuse for even one single cigarette butt on the pool deck, however I think that saying it was littered with them is quite possibly an overstatement since we were there on the pool deck less than one hour before your arrival delivering a new pool umbrella and cushions and we didn't see any litter. As you know we don't live in the area, but happen to be there staying in Emerald Island coinciding with your stay. When we received an email from you saying the management company had not responded to your requests on Saturday and Sunday, we came by the house to visit with you personally. You weren't home, but we left you some supplies and a bottle of wine with our apology. Most importantly we left you our phone number and told you that if you have any other problems or concerns please give us a call so we could remedy them asap. We wish you would have called us so we could have done something to improve your stay. We are truly sorry for the events that transpired that made your staying in our home less than ideal. In spite of your disappointing experience we hope that you and your grandchildren had a nice vacation. I have talked to the management company since receiving your email and review. They have promised to be more diligent in the cleaning process.
Waconia, MN

Disney Fun

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family had a great time. Very close to Disney attractions and great dinning.

We also enjoyed the Hot Tub and Pool!

Definately would use this Villa again.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

5th time vacationers at Emerald Island Villas... first time at this Villa. Very nice property with every amenity you could ever need, and then some. Separate Hot Tub was fantastic to sit in after a long day on your feet at the parks. Game room was lots of fun and bedrooms very comfortable. These Property Owners do a GREAT job of taking care of their customers. Their communication and assistance was fantastic!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Hockessin, DE

Clean, close to parks and the pool is amazing.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at this vacation home. It is literally 3 minutes from the park using back roads and we avoided all of the traffic. We also were able to cook some meals at home and swimming in our own, quiet, pool was just awesome. We will surely recommend for friends and family and plan to return again.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer, Thank you so much for your kind review of Mickey's Hideaway. I am so glad that you enjoyed your time there. We love going that back way to the Disney parks as well since it's faster and has less traffic. And you are right, a refreshing swim in the middle of the day is perfect. We look forward to welcoming your friends and family and welcoming you back again. Denise

Family of four

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect! Great location to the parks, restaurants , shopping. The house was lovely and clean . The kitchen had everything one could need.

My little girl loved the princess room and my little boy love the pirate room , everyone happy!

The pool and hot tub were so nice to enjoy throughout the day or after a long day at the parks! The pool was really nice because there was woods in the back not another house nice for privacy.

This house met all our needs and I hope we can come back next year! Next year we may bring my parents, certainly plenty of room!

The photos on the website were exactly what were there!

Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carrie, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that your kids loved the rooms and that you enjoyed the pool and the hot tub. We like taking a break from the parks as well and it's nice being so close to be able to do that. We also love the privacy of the house. That, and it's location close to the club house, are two of the reasons we choose this property. We hope you get to come back and enjoy it soon. Sincerely, Denise


Walt Disney World
Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Orlando International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mystic Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Beach
73 Miles
Coco Beach
Car: necessary

Our location is fantastic for everything that the Orlando area has to offer. We are minutes from Disney, close to Universal and Sea World, and easy drive to water parks and tons of shopping opportunities.


Rates & Availability

From $1,183 Per week

Emerald Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Spring Break
Mar 15 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Low Spring
May 1 2015 - May 24 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 25 2015 - Sep 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season Fall
Oct 1 2015 - Nov 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
Peak Holiday
Nov 15 2015 - Nov 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Low December
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Peak Christmas
Dec 16 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low January
Jan 4 2016 - Jan 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mid Season February
Feb 1 2016 - Mar 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
Peak Spring Break
Mar 13 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation Policy

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Emerald Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1990 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath 1 - toilet , tub , shower , A relaxing corner soaking tub and a walk in shower.
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Our Mickey bathroom for the kids.
    Master Bath 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The jungle theme of the bedroom continues.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master 1 - 1 king , The master is decorated in a soft blue and brown.
    Master 2 - 1 queen , The second master is decorated with a jungle theme.
    Pirates - 2 double , Your boys will love the pirate theme.
    Princess - 2 double , Our girls made a special request for this decor.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis

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