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Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

The Retreat by the Lake - Upscale Executive Lakeside Villa near Disney

36 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Sunset Lakes Villa Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 2 full Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Welcome to our villa, The Retreat by the Lake. The Retreat by the Lake is a luxury lakeside rental villa in the Orlando Florida area just minutes from Disney World. The villa has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private south facing pool that overlooks a lake. It has just been completely renovated and refurnished, and provides all the modern amenities that should be expected from a 5-star vacation home including a games room. The villa is located on a tree lined street in the quiet gated community of Sunset Lakes. This location is a true oasis in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. Whether you’ve just done “Dumbo or Die” at the Magic Kingdom, spent the day on the links converting that 96 into a 69, or watched some exciting baseball spring training, you can return through the gates of this established community into a peaceful, serene environment where you have your own spacious villa at a fraction of the cost of a 5 star hotel.

The Retreat by the Lake now features a 55' high definition TV with Blue Ray and Netflix.

5 Star Luxury without the Price: The Retreat by the Lake has been renovated to offer a self-catered luxury experience at affordable rates. You will pay three to four times as much for comparable accommodations at the nearby theme parks. All the bedrooms have been tastefully appointed and equipped. The large living room and dining room overlooks the pool and the lake. You can have your morning coffee as the Sandhill cranes and ibis saunter by just feet from the lanai. You can catch bass as bald eagles soar over the lake. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range, microwave, ice making fridge, garbage disposal unit, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle and many other conveniences. The Retreat by the Lake also features a games room with a slate pool table and darts.

Convenience with Tranquility: When you stand on the quiet tree lined street outside the villa you wouldn't suspect that you are just minutes away from the theme parks and the stores / restaurants of Kissimmee. Grocery, big box and drug stores are just minutes away. Everyone who visits the Retreat by the Lake and Sunset Lakes is impressed by the peaceful tranquility of the neighbourhood and the lake. Other vacation home communities close to the Theme Parks cannot offer you this combination.

Security and Privacy: Sunset Lakes is a gated community with an electronic key code access and surveillance system. The Retreat by the Lake itself has its own electronic key code access system. Your code, which is unique to your stay, will be provided to you by email prior to the start of the stay. If there are issues our Property Management Company is available to assist you. . Two safes are available to protect your valuables. All sliding doors at The Retreat by the Lake are secured by safety locks and door alarms so you can keep track of the little ones. The Retreat by the Lake backs onto the lake, not someone else's backyard. Visibility from the neighbour’s backyards is restricted by hedges, screens and the lake.

If the dates you want aren’t available please check out our other family owned home on Homeaway listing number 3562756.

While the HomeAway cancellation policy listed for this villa is set to no refund , our full cancellation is articulated below.

Please be advised that a refundable damage deposit will be required 1 month prior to your arrival date.

Should it become necessary for your party to cancel the booking, we ask that it be done in writing and signed by the party leader. The cancellation will become effective from the date it is received in our office. Cancellations are subject to a charge detailed below as a percentage of the total amount due dependent on the time you cancel.

Cancellation notice given:

8 - 6 weeks 40% of full amount will be deducted*

6 - 4 weeks 80% of full amount will be deducted*

4 - 0 weeks 100% of full amount*

*If an alternative rental is found for the cancelled dates we will refund all monies less the initial deposit.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes

We are retired Canadian civil servants. Before leaving the government we decided that we wanted to spend our winters in Florida. The Retreat is our winter "retreat". The Retreat by the Lake is really an extension of our home. and has been renovated and decorated to reflect our taste. When we are not there we are very happy to share our home with guests. We also manage the bookings for Mike's sister's villa, The Lake House at Sunset Lakes. It too is a winter home and reflects her tastes.

Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes purchased this villa in 2010

Why Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes chose Kissimmee

We discovered The Retreat by the Lake in 2010 and immediately fell in love with it. The south facing view from the pool deck over the lake is just amazing. We completely renovated and re-decorated The Retreat by the Lake in 2010 and 2011 so that it reflects our taste. In 2013 Mike's sister's, Jane, purchased the Lake House at Sunset Lakes which is only three doors down from The Retreat and it has the same amazing lake view from the pool deck as The Retreat. It was renovated and decorated to the same standard as The Lake House to the same standard as The Retreat. Since the renovations to both villas we have continuously been making small improvements to them. It because we live there too.

What makes this villa unique

If you want to stay at a villa that has superlative amenities, beautiful surroundings, and is very close to the theme parks then either The Retreat by the Lake or The Lake House at Sunset Lakes are for you. Being located in central Florida you are within a half day drive of everything you could possible see in Florida. Be it the Atlantic, or Gulf Coast, Kennedy Space Center, Miami or St Augustine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Choosing a location online for an important family vacation can be challenging. We spent a lot of time reviewing options, and our decision to choose the Retreat was the best decision. Karen, Mike and the Property Managers were excellent and responsive to all our questions and concerns - even with a hurricane looming. We arrived to find a very clean and well appointed home. We wanted a place that was in a safe and quiet community, not stuffed with hundreds of homes. The Retreat did not disappoint. After a long hot day at Disney, it was a welcoming and refreshing to come back to a quiet, clean home with a sparkling and relaxing pool. The games, books, movies, and pool table were thoughtful amenities we really appreciated. The neighborhood is very quiet at night, which is great for kids who need to go to bed and get rest. We felt safe and secure in the gated community. The opportunity to have a quiet breakfast and dinner was wonderful - and it was a quick 10-15 minute ride to the Disney lots! Spectacular home - highly recommended.
Aug 2011
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Reviews

4.9
based on 36 traveler reviews

The Retreat by the Lake - Upscale Executive Lakeside Villa near Disney
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 38 reviews
5

Excellent luxury villa close to Disney

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in 6 different villas on Sunset Lakes and this is easily the best we have stopped in. Maintained to a very high standard by the owners with an excellent pool. The villa is very close to the Walt Disney parks and local shops/restaurants but still provides a very quiet environment when taking time off by the pool.

Great communication from Mike and Karen during the booking process - they obviously take great pride in their villa.

We will be visiting Orlando again in 2 years and this will be the first villa we look at for availability.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Our Favourite Holiday Home EVER!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year in the Retreat and boy oh boy did we have an amazing holiday. This property is modern, clean, well located, of high standard, comes with all the comforts of home and is at the centre of why our holiday was so great. My wife and I have travelled all over the globe and have stayed in many, many rental properties and this is by far our favourite.

The Owners are great and extremely helpful as is their neighbour who can help you with Airport pick-ups and car rental also.

We found no fault with the property as all (and we are fussy). The property is spacious, well lit and good enough to easily host 8 people. Whether you are a kid looking to have fun or an adult looking to relax, this property has it all.

The location is perfect for exploring Orlando and no doubt about it we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nice, clean and quiet and lots of space

  • 5 of 5

We are just back from a short stay at the Retreat and we liked it a lot. The house has lots of space is very clean and well maintained. The Location is great. We liked the look over the lake and the nature around it. If we ever go back to another vacation near Orlando we would book it again. Thanks Karen and Mike for everything.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

Retreat By The Lake

We just returned from our stay at this beautiful home. This is our second time staying at a home owned by Karen and Mike and again we were not disappointed. When we made the decision to return to Orlando my husband said, "We should rent from Karen and Mike again because we know what we are getting." This is so true! The best part of the property is how well it is kept up and how clean it is! Also, to wake up every morning and watch all the birds flying around, watch the hot air balloons fly past the house and of course to do a bit of fishing! The closeness to Disney was very convenient as we could pop back to the house and cool off in the pool during the hottest part of the day. As everyone has said, Karen and Mike are very quick to answer any questions and are super friendly and professional. When we return to Orlando I know we will stay at one of their properties again! Thanks again for everything!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Exceptional property minutes from Disney

  • 5 of 5

When planning our vacation, I reserved two nights at one of the luxury properties on Disney property. I also wanted to stay off site to experience what the area had to offer in a private home, but I didn't want to sacrifice having less than 5 star accommodations. After spending countless hours researching private properties, the Retreat by the Lake was everything the owners promised it to be. Their home is more beautiful than the pictures, and the master bedroom with master bathroom is something you would see on HGTV. We found their home to be meticulously clean, and it offered a comfortable, quiet place to relax. We enjoyed starting our morning sitting around the tranquil, fully screened pool area while we planned our day. The kitchen was well equipped to cook breakfast every morning before we headed to the parks. After spending a long day at the parks, we were grateful to return to cozy beds and a peaceful neighborhood. The owners, Karen and Mike always responded promptly to all of my questions. We would definitely choose to stay at their lovely home again the next time we're in the area, and would highly recommend it to friends and family. Thank you Karen and Mike for a wonderful experience! ~Willow Family

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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First class villa and location

  • 5 of 5

The quiet gated community was superbly located with south facing views over the large lake. The villa was also well placed, with just a 5 minute drive to local restaurants, supermarket and a further 5 minutes to the entrance of Disney World drive. The villa itself was well maintained; had a 5 star family area and an excellent heated pool. The kitchen was well stocked with gadgets and utensils as if it was our own home. This fabulous place made our stay all the more enjoyable to come back to, after several hours around the parks. Our only regret was that we squeezed in too much as usual and didn't allow ourselves more time relaxing around the villa and pool. The owners Karen and Mike made us feel welcome and the whole process was seamless.

Shane and family from Barnstaple, England

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Orange Lakes
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
192 Irlo-Bronson Memorial Hywy
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bahama Breeze
Car: necessary

The Retreat is between 2.6 and 5.6 miles from the Disney Theme Parks with Sunset Lakes being one of the closest vacation communities to the Mouse. The Retreat itself backs south onto Sunset Lake. You can sit all day by the pool and bask in sunshine while watching the wildlife on the lake. The Retreat is about 19 minutes from Sea World and 27 minutes from Universal Studios. A short drive of 90 minutes will take you to the beaches on both the Atlantic or Gulf coasts.

Other Activities: Hot air balloon rides

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Rates & Availability

Sunset Lakes Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
4 night minimum stay
$195
 
 
Fall - 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Late Fall - 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Christmas 2016 / New Year 2017
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Winter Special - 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$150
 
 
Easter - 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Spring - 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$185
 
 
Summer - 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$195
 
 
Fall - 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Late Fall - 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
Christmas - 2017 / New Years
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$185
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Optional Pool Heat: $25/night + taxes: recommended from 1 Oct to 30 Apr.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sunset Lakes Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1733 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Ensite Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Second Batroom - toilet , shower
  • Both bathrooms have been completely renovated. The ensuite bathroom features a large tastefully decorated tiled walk-in shower stall and a large soaker tub. There are two sinks with his and her mirrors as well as an adjustable make-up mirror. The hallway bathroom also features a beautiful tiled walk-in shower stall and two sinks / vanities..
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms have new furniture, flat screen TV's, DVD players and ceiling fans. The Master Bedroom opens out onto the pool deck and lake. The King and Queen beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets. There is a ' Mickey Room' option for one of the twin bedrooms for those children (or young at heart) who want to have a full Disney experience.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
The villa was completely renovated in 2011. The villa features a new tile floor throughout. The kitchen has been completely remodeled and all appliances are new. The living and dining rooms have also been professionally remodeled and refurnished in a modern contemporary style. The Retreat uses many energy saving technologies including CFL lighting whenever possible. The Retreat has a games room with a pool table and XBOX system. In addition to your own private pool overlooking the lake there is a community pool just steps away from the Retreat where you can entertain larger groups. The Retreat is fully cleaned by our professional staff before and after each guest however you may request additional cleaning services if desired (additional cost applies). The Retreat has secure WiFi internet access throughout. Credit Cards via PayPal are accepted. For savings visit our website listed below

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