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Minutes to Disney, Private Pool, Wifi, Themed Bedrms & Games Rm

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,650 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Located minutes from Disney, in a scenic conservation area, our home offers privacy and fun! The high quality fixtures and fittings makes this villa your perfect home away from home. Penguin Retreat has its own private pool, and a fabulous deck for soaking up the Floridian sun. The villa offers a fully covered Lanai, great for enjoying a family meal, or simply sipping a glass of bubbly at the end of a busy day.

The rooms are custom designed for your comfort and enchantment. Our themed bedrooms are one-of-a-kind, designed to provide hours of wonder and years of memories! The Master bedrooms have all the features you need; comfortable beds by Beautyrest, en-suite bath and quality decor.

The villa backs onto a conservation area. No rear neighbors, only the natural beauty of Florida, and the occasional egret. You and your family will never forget your stay at Penguin Retreat; the beautiful villa, fantastic unspoiled views and the wonders of Disney will guarantee this.

Only 14 minutes to Disney! You can take the back road or hop on the I-4 to all the major attractions. As previous guests have said, you are close to all the attractions of Disney, but away from the hustle and bustle of the City.

More Details

Marianne Evans
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Marianne Evans

My husband (John) and I have three very active sons. We moved from Wales, UK to the US in 2010, and now call Alabama home. I am looking forward to sharing our beautiful Floridian home with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, however small, I want to make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible.

Marianne Evans purchased this house in 2015

Why Marianne Evans chose Davenport

We recently purchased this property after spending several fabulous family vacations in Orlando. This area is convenient for Disney, Golf and also not too far from some beautiful beaches both on the east and west coast of Florida. With year round sunshine you can't go wrong. The development is located in a conservation area which means you are only overlooked by the beautiful Florida countryside. We are minutes to Disney without meeting the high traffic areas. There is a direct road that takes you 1/2 mile from Disney World Drive, the entrance to Disney World.

What makes this house unique

We have very high standards and this villa ticked all the boxes! It boasts a beautiful, private outdoor living space, custom décor, games room, and open plan living. The ambience of this home is second to none.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was a great place to stay. My family had a lot of fun and enjoyed this home. We can not wait to go back. The house was amazing and the decorated rooms were a huge hit with my children.It was very clean and well maintained. We saw lots of birds in the area and the neighborhood was quiet. We also had an emergency and the hospital in the area was amazing with my special medical needs child. I will strongly suggest this home to friends and the many parents that I associate with that have children with medical needs.
Dec 2012
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Sandy Ridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Laguna Room - 1 king
    Nantucket Room - 1 queen
    Enchanted Forest - 2 twin/ single
    Antartic Room - 2 twin/ single
    Olaf Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Each room is loving decorated for a Bed and Breakfast feel. Centered around a large family room all on one level, the home is a great place for a family get-together. A 42' screen TV is in the center. Each Bedroom has a flat screen TV.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
We have all you need for a perfect vacation. Eating in? We have all the utensils, pots and pans. Bringing kids? We have high chairs and extra safety devices. Relaxing by the TV? There is one in every bedroom. Celling Fans in each room. Game Room. And our incredible decor. Please ask if there is anything you need not listed here


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average rating of 4.8461537 based on 19 reviews

What a wonderful Disney vacation villa

  • 5 of 5

The custom themed bedrooms were a huge hit with our children. My little kids loved the star wars garage and my big kid (hubby) loved the full size pool table.

It was great to relax in our very own pool after a busy day in the parks. Which is also nice and private because there are no rear neighbors.

The home was very clean and well stocked.

Marianne was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Great value for money, and I'll happily recommend Penguin Retreat to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay at Penguin Retreat. Hearing how the children enjoy the themed bedrooms never fails to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for choosing Penguin Retreat!🐧 We look forward to your next visit. °o°
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  • 5 of 5

Marianne was excellent to work with, and the property manager Sharon was attentive to everything we needed. This includes an issue where my daughter had left her glasses and a few other items at the house. I contacted Marianne and Sharon found the items got them in the mail to us on Saturday the very next day and we received the items today three short days later! What service and the House WOW! The kids had a great time we truly enjoyed our stay and will be back! I highly recommend :)

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review. We never tire of hearing how much our guests enjoy Penguin Retreat. The decor is always a big hit with the kiddos! Sharon and I work hard to ensure your stay is a happy one... thank you for recognizing this. We look forward to seeing you again soon. °o°
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Fantastic Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

The house is lovely, beautifully decorated - the kids just loved it and made a Disney vacation extra special. The Villa is equipped with everything you could want. If you do have any problem they are dealt with straight away.

We found a route to magic Kingdom which took about 15 minutes and the 192 with a lot of restaurants on about 10 minutes away.

Fantastic stay, would book again xx

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind words. The themed bedrooms are alway a hit with the children. We love sharing our home and helping make magical Disney memories. Sharon and I strive to make your stay as perfect as possible, thank you for recognizing that. We look forward to seeing you again soon. °o°
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Great Value and Comfort.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed Mar 17 to 27 2017 and was delighted to find it very clean and spacious. We got what was advertised and not at all disappointed.

Robert and Family

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Thanksgiving!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome time at Penguin Retreat! The villa is magical, my kiddos loved the themed bedrooms. They are truly magical and set this home apart from other rental properties. Marianne was great to work with as were her property managers. We will definitely return and recommend to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This is a fairy tale of a house. The pictures are perfect. The pool lights were out making it hard to swim at night and the air went out while we were there, but the house is too cute. My kids just wanted to stay and swim instead of going to theme parks!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy that you and your family loved our home. I'm also thrilled that we played a part in creating such magical memories for your kiddos. I am, however, very disappointed that you encountered those unforeseen technical issues. I strive to make everyone's stay at our home perfect. Thank you for choosing Penguin Retreat and we hope to see you again soon. °o°
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Orlando International
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Sandy Ridge is a conservation area located minutes from Disney World. The conservation area protects against future developments while offering our guests a better look at Florida. There are no homes directly behind this home, simply the lush greenery of the Sunshine State.


Rates & Availability

Sandy Ridge House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 30 2018 - Apr 7 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 25 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
September 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Nov 16 2018
5 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 24 2018
5 night minimum stay
Holidays 2018
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 4 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Weekly Pool Heat $125 + Tax
Cleaning $115 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Our rates include use of portable crib & high chair
Pool/Hot Tub heating is extra
Grill Rental available via outside service
Full refund if cancelled, in writing, 60 days before check in
Cancellation insurance is recommended. We will help in the purcahse of cancellation insurance (up to $15.00per week) - When purchasing cancellation insurance the full rate is due upfront
Check in time is only after 4pm
Check out time is before 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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