Only one disapointment!
Submitted: May 14, 2013
Stayed: April 2013
We recently stayed for two weeks in the villa and had a wonderful time. Traveling from Orlando Internationals Airport (where we rented a car) it is an easy 30/40 minute (depending on the traffic) ride to the villa. At the gate of the resort our bookingform as checked and we received a temporary entreepass for the resort. The villa has a keypad to open the door, no problems there. Entering the villa we were pleasantly surprised, of course we had seen the pictures on the website but in real the villa is even more beautiful. Large living rooms with adjacent kitchen, four bedrooms and trhee bathrooms offer ample space. In the garage there are a washing machine and a dryer. Outside there is a large sundeck with a nice pool and hottub overlooking a quite little lake backed with trees. The resort is well maintained and we went for an eveningwalk around the resort several times during our stay. The representatives of the managementcompany called in on us several times to see if everything was ok.
The villa is located under 5 minutes of US 192, a large Wallmart (with an extensive fooddepartment) is a stonethrow away from the villa. It was difficult to choose from all the restaurants, for breakfast our favourite was Cracker Barrel. For dinner the winners were Outback and Red Lobster. Both, if not all restaurants, offer deals, Outback for example had a four-course dinnerdeal for $ 15 (with lots of choices), extremely good food and service.
Of course we visited several Disneyparks, as it was hot we went back to the villa in the afternoon, relaxed by the pool and returned to the parks in the early evening. We also went for a daytrip to Merritt Island National Refuge (near Cape Canaveral) where we saw abundant wildlife, including manatees in the wild. On another trip we travelled to Fort de Soto park (near st. Petersburg), long trip (2 hours each way) worth the efffort. Beautiful beaches and we saw dolphins near the pier of the park (you can rent canoes/kayaks in the park as well as bicycles).
And then the shopping: if you are into bargains this is the place to be. Lots and lots of opportunities to score deals. In the end we most enjoyed returning to the villa and relax, outside and inside (in the evening we had difficulty to choose from the many tv-channels). Only one disapointment, in the two weeks we did not see the alligator in the lake behind the villa so we agreed to return to the villa in the near future to see if they really live there ;-)
Owner's Response: Many thanks Gerard for your very kind words. It is really lovely to hear that the villa has not just met, but exceeded expectations. Many thanks too for your detailed reports on a few of your day trips. We have never visited those places ourselves - so will definately do so the next time we visit!!
With regard to your single dissapointment - I can assure you there is an alligator there. However he was getting quite large when we saw him last (February 2013) so perhaps he has been caught and relocated due to his size?
Many thanks once again - and we would be delighted to have you stay with us again, Denise and Ian
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