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Pauline McKenzie

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

The Retreat Villa - Exclusive Gated Community

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Formosa Gardens Estate Villa Rental Photos and Description

7 Bedroom & 5 full bathrooms, Sleeps 16-18

The Retreat has been furnished and planned to provide a superior vacation home for families, reunions or people planning to marry in the Sunshine State - just pack your clothes and go!

From the 40ft x17ft pool with its extended deck, spa and separate character shaped paddling pool, to high quality furnishing, home entertainment systems and games room-there is something for everyone.

The Retreat has 3 Master Bedrooms, 1 Queen Bedroom, 1 bedroom with 2 full size beds and 2 Twin Bedrooms (one with 2 sets of bunk beds) - sleeping 16-18 altogether. We have avoided 'theming' the villa so that kids of all ages can enjoy.

The DVD library has children and grown-up films. There are toys and games in the closet for the kids, an Xbox an Wii with games and a pool table, foosball in the games room for the bigger kids.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pauline McKenzie (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Reviews

4.8/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)
The Retreat Villa - Exclusive Gated Community
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
4

Wonderful Experience

  • 4 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home. Everything was great from the décor to the pool, we wanted for nothing. The place was stocked with towels and washcloths which is wonderful, but if your particular like me bring your own washcloths. The only two things that was disappointing was the fact that we spent too much time away so we did not get t enjoy the house as much as we would have liked. Next time we will have to book a longer stay. The second thing which I reported was the Jacuzzi would empty after 8:30pm which I reported but it wasn't resolved. Our guest wanted to take a late night dip but wasn't able to. I loved the alarm system on the door because we had plenty of children so it was a greata safety device in place. Everyone loved the pool, the house was so big that our very large group did not get in each other's way. Would definitely go back again and again and again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures say a thousand things, but even as beautiful as the pictures of this property are, they don't show enough. Absolutely everything was better than we ever imagined. We drove from Chicago and thanks to good traffic and great weather, ended up in town earlier than we had thought. Rather than stay in a hotel that early night, we decided to reach out to the property owner... calling her at 9pm on the Sunday before Christmas. Even though she had been traveling all day herself, she not only took our call, but she made calls to ensure everything was ready, arranged for us to be able to stay in her villa a day early and called us back with all the info!! We can't say enough of how accommodating she is! Thank you Pauline!!

The house was PERFECT! Fabulous kitchen with awesome high end appliances, a huge washer and dryer, incredible travertine tile and hardwood floors... tons of bedding and towels. Our kids loved the Xbox, tons of DVD's and even a computer for us to use! Sitting under the lanai by the pool with ceiling fans keeping the unseasonably warm 86-87 degree Florida Christmas weather from making us Chicagoans too warm was wonderful.

I think it took us about 5 or 6 minutes to drive to Animal Kingdom... faster than any Disney monorail, bus or boat ever got us from a hotel to the park! Tons of restaurants just as close and a couple of great grocery stores too!

A huge driveway... easily parked 4 cars in it without being anywhere close to blocking the sidewalk... in other homes we've stayed in we were lucky to get just 2 cars in the driveway.

I know we're missing more we could say, but one thing we will say is that we will definitely be back!!

Thanks Pauline!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Top End Formosa Gardens Villa, Very Very Clean!!!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in Formosa for many years and have rented several villas, Formosa Gardens is a gated community and if you want to stay in the Disney area I can assure you from experience there is no better! It is within a short drive to all Disney attractions and is located right off of the 192 which is loaded with all the big name restaurants (Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, T.G.I.Fs, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, etc) and shopping (Flea Markets, Gift Shops, Factory Outlets, Super Target, Wal-mart, Ross, etc). Pauline was a pleasure to deal with and this Villa is very very clean, all you can ask for when you make a villa your home for your vacation stay is that it is clean and comfortable, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. My wife also wanted me to make mention of the appliances; the washer and dryer, gas range, fridge, and dishwasher are all top of the line which was a very nice unexpected feature! The pool is huge with enough seating for the whole group to lounge and suntan and the pool heat works great! We will be back soon! Joel

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Great clean home with everything well thought out!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful owners and gracious hosts!

Would definitely come back again.

Thank you Pauline.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Great House!

  • 5 of 5

This is the 3rd time we've rented a house in Florida and the 2nd time in Formosa Gardens. First, Formosa Gardens is a great community. Second, this house is great. It had plenty of room for the 12 adults and 2 children. The pool was great; especially the attached Mickey Mouse kids pool. The kitchen was great. The rooms were great. The owners / management company were easy to work with and accommodating. I wouldn't hesitate to rent this place again.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Orlando International
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: necessary

Superbly located. Less than two miles to Disney World.. Close to Animal Kingdom Pleasant walk or short drive to shops, many good restaurants, medical centre, bank, 24 hr pharmacy, 18 hr supermarket, themed mini golf. Close by restaurants include Red Lobster, TGI Fridays, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabas Italian, Cracker Barrell, Giordiannos Pizza, Pizza Hut, Shoneys and many many more. 5 mins to Disney World. 20 mins to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios 15 mins to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove (swimming with Dolphins) and SeaWorlds new aqua park Aquatica. 50 mins to Busch Gardens. 15 mins to Universal Drive 15 mins to Outlet Malls and Shopping Malls Easy reach of airports 50 mins to East Coast beaches, 60 mins to West Coast Numerous golf courses nearby. Activities nearby. Helicopter rides Hot Air Balloons Airboat Rides Golf Course - Mulberry Park is close to Orange Lake, Celebration/Mystic River, Champions Gate, Disney, Highlands Res, Falcons Fire/Crest.

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Rates & Availability

Formosa Gardens Estate Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer High 2016
May 30 2016 - Aug 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$452
 
 
Fall Mid 2016
Aug 29 2016 - Nov 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
$407
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$452
 
 
2nd Winter Low 2016
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$328
 
 
Xmas 2016 & New Year 2017
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$492
 
 
NY Low 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Feb 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$345
 
 
1st mid 2017
Feb 18 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$430
 
 
1st high 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$485
 
 
2nd mid 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$430
 
 
2nd high 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$485
 
 
3rd mid 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$430
 
 
3rd high 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
$485
 
 
2nd low 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$345
 
 
Xmas 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
$520
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$407
$2,849
 

Additional information about rental rates

Inclusive of taxes and final clean. Please add $250 per week for gas pool heat. Solar pool heat is free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Formosa Gardens Estate Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All bathroom have hair dryers
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , 2 sets of bunk beds, sleeps 4
    Bedroom 6 - 2 double , 2 full size beds, sleeps 2-4
  • All rooms have TVs and change of bedding
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing

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