Well where do I start?
first we'd like to thank Deborah and Michael for the beautiful villa, a fine example of a typical Florida home. The first thing that hits you is the sheer size of the house and how well it is presented, it is luxurious whilst also being practical. Many thanks to Deborah for supplying some great information on directions, best places to eat, best shopping and important do's and don'ts. A special mention must also go to Mike (the maintenance guy) who we contacted a couple of times who was most helpful and nothing seemed to much trouble.
Both me and my wife had been to Orlando twice before but this was the first time taking our 3 boys (10, 7 and 4) and they had a complete blast!!. We did all Disney parks, Universal parks and Sea World which are all around a half hour drive away, dependant on traffic on either the I4 or Highway 192. For groceries we went to either Publix (open till 10pm) or WalMart (24 hours) which are both close to the villa. Applebee's restaurant is also close and does fantastic food with a great atmosphere. They also do food to go which we did twice.....and popped over to the Irish bar over the road for a couple of cheeky Guinessess's whilst we waited.
For shopping we found the best place was the Altamonte Mall, just north of Downtown Orlando (exit 92 off the I4).......much cheaper than other mall's as it's more for locals than tourists but bargains can also be found at the usual outlet stores (we went with 2 luggage bags and came back with 4!!!!!!)
Our boys loved the pool, the games room and the play station and also found time to watch dvd's in their rooms. The larger downstairs bedroom has a great bed and en-suite bathroom.
All in all, the villa is very well equipped and very well located for all theme parks and the rest of the Orlando area. The Hampton Lakes estate is clean, we'll kept and very quiet and appears to be a mix of rental villa's and homes of local Floridians. Don't worry about finding it at night, just look for the Christmas lights at the the entrance to the estate!!!!!!
We absolutely loved our stay and was sad to leave. The weather was great and we have many happy memories to live off until we return, and when we do we will not hesitate to book the Serenity Villa again.
Many thanks again to Deborah and Mike