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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:
October 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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
    Olaf Room - 2 twin/ single
    Penguin 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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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Minutes to Disney, Private Pool, Wifi, Themed Bedrms & Games Rm
average rating of 4.888889 based on 24 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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Very Cute in a good neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

I loved this place! The neighborhood was nice , The home was well decorated and uncluttered. My daughter loved the themed rooms and couldn't choose one. If you have children they will love this place and it adds to the vacation memories .Proper electronic locks and instructions. The kitchen is well stocked and the bathrooms come with plenty of towels. The owner is quick to respond to any issues or questions , which is important to me. I wrote an email about the remote not working properly and a few other little things, an hour later the property manager was fixing it. This place was close enough to all the parks but still a little out of the way. and there is a Publix not far off. If there were an a.c in the garage this place would be that much better of an already awesome place to stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great experience we definitely will recommend this house. We had a great time with our family. love.

  • 5 of 5

Great experience we definitely recommend this house. We had a great moments

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rodrigo for taking the time to review our home. I'm very happy you enjoyed your stay and that we contributed to the making of some magical Disney memories. °o°
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Kids will love the decorations in this house and the game room is a big plus. Very comfortable and close to the theme parks.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay @ Penguin Retreat. Thank you for mentioning our themed bedrooms. The artist used to work for Disney and her work is amazing... the rooms are always a huge hit with our guests. Thank you for taking the time to review our home and for allowing us to be a part of your Disney vacation.°o°🐧
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St. Joseph, MI

Relaxing Villa - Great Disney Themed Rooms to Enjoy Our Disney Week

  • 5 of 5

The Penguin Retreat is a clean, up-to-date villa in a great location. It took us that 20 minutes to the Disney parks in the morning (left at 8:00 am - Orlando AM traffic) and no more than 15 minutes back home after the fireworks.

Our family (M & D + 2 teenagers) appreciated the villa because we all had our own bedrooms & bathrooms. This gave us down time when needed & out the door faster than when we used to stay in a hotel room with one bathroom.

For the first three days, we went to the Disney parks in the morning, then came back in the afternoon to enjoy the pool. We drove back to Disney around 4 to enjoy the evening.

The neighborhood is quiet & safe.

We will most definitely return to our new "Florida home" next year to enjoy Toy Story Land when it opens.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to write a review for our home. I'm sure all future guests will find the information very helpful. Thank you. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and that our home played a part in making your Disney vacation extra special. I look forward to your return visit. Thanks again for choosing Penguin Retreat. 🐧
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2017 Family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

I really wish I can give this property more than five stars. The home was absolutely beautiful. It was clean, and had everything that my family and I needed. We spent 10 days at penguin retreat. There were times when we just wanted to stay in and relax so we spent most of our time in the pool. The game room came in handy when we were faced with rainy days. I was worried that my little girl would get bored but she didn't. This home was also equipped with a Wii so my little girl found many things to keep her occupied. I really loved the fact that each room was themed, it made the home fun! At first I was worried that this home would not accommodate my husband, because he is an amputee and showering can be challenging. We made the tough decision to leave his shower bench behind because we didn't want to travel with some much. When we first got to the home we did a walk-through to make sure the home was in good shape and had everything we needed. The first place I checked was the master bedroom's bathroom. The shower was big and had two built in seats (which you can't tell from the photos). The built-in seats made it so much easier for my husband. We have vacationed in many rentals, but my husband really loved this place because it allowed him to move freely. A couple days into our vacation we had a slight issue with the lights in bathroom (they kept flickering) but I called the property manager and she handled it right away. It was amazing how fast she got it taken care of. Did I mention that the house was clean?? So clean that you can smell the freshness in the air once we walked in. You can tell that the owners take great pride in this home. The home and the pool were exceptionally clean and well taken care of. I would definitely recommend this home to others planning a family trip to Disney or to just visit Orlando. We want to thank the owners for making our family trip memorable.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing Penguin Retreat and for taking the time to review our home. I'm absolutely thrilled you enjoyed your stay and that we played a part in creating magical Disney memories for you and your family. I hope you'll visit us again in the future. °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

Taxes and fees are additional

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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