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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,733 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 full Bathrooms, Sleeps 8



There have been many new upgrades added to The Retreat: New living room sofas; New dining room chairs, new glass top stove; New games room furniture. Check out our new updated pictures.


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

Karen and Mike - The Retreat by the Lake; The Lake House at Sunset Lakes
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

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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Sunset Lakes Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1733 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

The Retreat by the Lake - Upscale Executive Lakeside Villa near Disney
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 43 reviews

Fantastic 5 star villa!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for an ideally located, well equipped villa with a memorable view over the lake, beautiful interiors maintained to an excellent standard and a peaceful and private decking/pool area to relax in after a day at one of the many nearby theme parks, then look no further!! The Retreat by the Lake really does have it all.

We have just come back from a fantastic 15 day break and choosing the right property really makes a holiday. You can book this villa with confidence, knowing that you will arrive to a truely first class holiday home that you simply won't want to leave!

Karen and Mike were friendly and helpful from the outset and were a pleasure to deal with throughout. They take pride in their villa and it clearly shows. Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fabulous family villa in a fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous villa in a fantastic location and within easy reach of Disney, Universal and Seaworld as well as many restaurants and shops. We did a lot of research before choosing this villa and were not disappointed. The only downside was that we couldn't spend more time staying in the villa, but it will be our only choice when we next return to Florida.

Munro family, Scotland.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at the Retreat. The house is equipped with all the amenities that a family will need away from home. We loved every second of our vacation. The location of the villa to Disney is amazing. Only took us 5 minutes to get to the parks each day. Our kids loved to swim in the pool every night. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Villa and location = Memorable Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The villa is simply beautiful, so home like with everything you could possibly need to make your stay perfect. It is also so close to the attractions too. In our ten years of visiting Orlando, we have stayed in many villas but this villa exceeds all expectations and we would simply not stay anywhere else. The view over the lake is simply breathtaking and particularly relaxing after a hectic day at the parks. This was our second visit to this villa and we hope to return again when we hope to return to Orlando in 2018.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic as ever!

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed multiple times and it remains our favourite spot. Clean, spacious, wonderful pool. All the amenities you desire in terms of tech, games, kitchen amenities, laundry. Better than home!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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


Rates & Availability

Sunset Lakes Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring - 2017
Apr 22 2017 - Jun 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer - 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Fall - 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas - 2017 / New Years
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter Special
Jan 6 2018 - Jan 12 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter - 2018
Jan 13 2018 - Mar 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring Break - 2018
Mar 3 2018 - Mar 16 2018
4 night minimum stay
Late Winter - 2018
Mar 17 2018 - Mar 23 2018
4 night minimum stay
Easter - 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring - 2018
Apr 7 2018 - Jun 29 2018
4 night minimum stay
Summer - 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
Fall - 2018
Sep 8 2018 - Dec 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
Christmas - 2018
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.5%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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