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100% Private Pool & Spa, Heavenly Beds-A Recipe for Romance After Parks or Golf?

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 14 nights


Southern Dunes House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)


If you are looking for somewhere you can completely relax, in sophisticated, extremely comfortable surroundings, then look no further than 'The Palm'. At the end of a hot and busy day golfing, visiting the Theme Parks, or shopping, just imagine retreating to this very private and exclusive Golf & Country Club home.

Kick off your shoes, pour a cold beer. Chill out by your totally private pool, listen to some music, then maybe later have a cook-out on the electric BBQ/Grill. You can check your e-mails in peace out on the pool deck or in the office/den, thanks to the wireless internet ..........and then before bed, what could be nicer than a soak in the bubbling hot tub/spa, gazing up at the stars? The sheltered, south-facing outdoor living area is truly private so no curious neighbors can spy on your sun-bathing/swimming activities....this vacation home really is a little piece of paradise!

'The Palm' is all on one level, so no stairs to worry the elderly or very young. One of the largest 4 bedroom vacation rentals in the Orlando area (2500 sq ft), it benefits from two totally self-contained master bedroom suites and is of a unique design and layout. It was originally built as a private home, so it has custom finishes and many upgrades unusual in a vacation rental. 'The Palm' has been expensively furnished and equipped from new - and unlike many of the Florida pool homes, enjoys a COMPLETELY private swimming pool & Jacuzzi hot tub with an extra-large South-facing sunbathing and al-fresco dining area in a sheltered courtyard setting.

The south-facing pool gets the sun all day. Electric pool heating is available if required (recommended during September - May). We have installed a (removable) pool security fence for your peace of mind if you have young children playing around the pool area.

We have furnished the pool area as an extra outside living room - there is a full-sized dining table, with loungers and another small table and chairs. Plants, ceiling fans, the built-in electric barbeque/grill and adjustable atmospheric lighting will all add to your outdoor living enjoyment.

The west facing rear of the house overlooks the Golf Course (16th Fairway) - we like to step outside the rear door to enjoy the wonderful views in the evening sunshine, or take a stroll on the course.

You'll sleep well in the beautifully-decorated king and queen-sized bedrooms which have super-comfortable pillow-top mattresses & quality linens together with their own en-suite bathrooms (lots of privacy for two couples traveling together)- each of these bedrooms has direct access to the pool area. Two good twin bedrooms (without pool access) share the third bathroom. One of the twin rooms can be converted to a King if required and specified when booking. All the bedrooms have their own TV and a DVD player.

You can spread out and be totally comfortable in the two spacious living rooms, each equipped with a large flat screen HD TV. Enjoy a game of pool on the professional, slate-bed billiard table in the Living Room.

The fully-equipped kitchen with its granite tops and separate laundry room make life that much more pleasant for when you have to make the effort to cook or do some laundry.

There is unlimited high-speed Internet access and you can make free calls to the US and Canada from the house phone.

It's an easy stroll to the Clubhouse with its excellent restaurant and bar. Less than 5 minutes drive (or you can walk - if you feel energetic!) to a 24 hr Walmart supermarket, Winn-Dixie and other shops and eateries.

There are at least 10 other Pay & Play Golf courses nearby; so keen golfers could play a different course everyday.

In summary, this is a superb privately-owned vacation home, within easy reach attractions of Disney and Orlando, but away from the mayhem.... And just perfect for those who prefer peace, quiet and privacy.

As English owners we try visit at least 3 times a year to ensure that the villa is continually upgraded and maintained to our very high standards.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Amanda Burrup
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
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September 29, 2016
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About Amanda Burrup

Hi, we are Iain and Amanda Burrup. We live in the beautiful Cotswolds area of the United Kingdom, and have owned 'The Palm', our dream Florida vacation home since 2004. We visit at least 3 times a year, to get our sunshine fix and for Iain to play a little golf. We have 4 grand-daughters, who can't wait visit the Disney parks and the other great child-friendly attractions of the area! Regular visiting also gives us an opportunity to ensure that our home is being maintained and cared for properly by our management company. Each time we go, we always find ourselves shopping for little extras that we feel will enhance our guests' experience. If you decide to choose 'The Palm' for your Florida vacation, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do! Best wishes, Iain and Amanda.

Amanda Burrup purchased this house in 2004

Why Amanda Burrup chose Davenport

As far as we are concerned (being 'oldies') Southern Dunes is located in one of the best locations if you want to visit all the Theme Parks and do the shop till you drop thing - because you can easily do all that and then return to a beautiful peaceful location to re-charge your batteries for the next exciting but possibly exhausting day.........

What makes this house unique

Our villa 'The Palm' is located in one of the best positions at Southern Dunes - it was one of the earlier villas to be built, which means it is very well spaced (the newer ones are SO close together) that you are not really aware of your neighbours. And with our UNIQUE pool area, which is totally enclosed, you never hear or see your fellow can just while away the hours relaxing in total privacy (oh nearly forgot to mention you might just hear the odd golf ball land on the pool cage or roof due to some inexperienced golfer misjudging his tee-off from the 16th tee just behind the villa......)

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have had a fantastic holiday and very much enjoyed our stay at The Palm. We liked the spaciousness of the villa, the boys found it to be very quiet, we liked the peacefulness, especially after being at the Theme Parks all day. We liked the fact there were loads of towels and the little touches such as spa products in the bathroom. We would definitely recommend it to our Friends.
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100% Private Pool & Spa, Heavenly Beds-A Recipe for Romance After Parks or Golf?
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A Fabulous Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was delightful. Although there were just three of us (adult seniors), we enjoyed all of the extra space in this large, efficiently designed home. The private pool/spa was one of the reasons we reserved this home and it was, indeed, private! We were most pleased that the home offered all that was described in the VRBO listing. Southern Dunes is well kept and we felt very safe and secure while there. The A/C quit while we were at one of the theme parks one day near the end of our stay, but it was repaired the next day. The repairman couldn't have been nicer, very professional and friendly. Very close to all activities, theme parks, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping. Although we are not golfers, the course is superbly maintained. We will certainly consider this home again, should we decide to return to the area. Thank you to the Burrups for offering your lovely home on VRBO!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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All You Could Ask For and More

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for an upscale vacation home nearby to Disney and other attractions then look no further. Situated on a well manicured golf course (backs to #16 on Southern Dunes Country Club) this place has all the amenities of home with all the privacy you could wish for. The management company was very responsive to our needs. Consider yourselves lucky to stay at this fabulous home. We look forward to returning on our next Florida vacation. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice home

  • 5 of 5

We were a little nervous renting online but this home was perfect. There is plenty of room for everyone, it is clean and comfortable, not too far from attractions and the pool was just perfect (I can't stand cold pools) I'm very thankful that we found this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic private getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for the second half of our vacation and we loved it. From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable, things were clean, the pool was warm and the house was inviting.

We all agreed that we would stay at this house ONLY next time - it was a true get away.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation Luxury

  • 5 of 5

I travel weekly with my job and expect a certain level of accommodations - this house completely met my expectations in the following ways. 1) The bath towels are luxurious, thick and very clean. 2) The furniture is superb. It is real leather, comfortable, and very durable. 3) There are two areas for dining, inside and out, and dishes meant for both areas. 4) The kitchen is fit for a queen - every appliance necessary for gourmet cooking is available. 5) The beds had beautiful linens, ample pillows, and the mattresses were very comfortable. It was clear that they are of high quality. 6) The privacy of the pool area cannot be understated - no need to worry about any neighbors watching while you have fun with friends, or a quiet evening swim.

All in all, we fell in love with the house. There is ample room with the two separate living rooms, the private den, bathrooms for everybody, 2 master suites that are completely separated. The location of Southern Dunes is close to anything you might need in the way of supplies, restaurants, and entertainment. We would stay here again without question.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible property

  • 5 of 5

Wy wife and I spent a wonderful two weeks alone at this beautiful home. The home was exactly as advertised. The photos don't do this property justice. You need to see it to appreciate it. It couldn't have been better. We really enjoyed the privacy. The taste in furnishings were wonderful!. The home was well maintained and was very clean. We had a very minor problem with the pool which was taken care of immediately by the friendly property manager who is just a phone call away. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to pamper themselves. The owners are wonderful people who personally contacted my to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. We definately will be returning to this property!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

On site: Tennis Courts, Communal Swimming Pools, Gym, Library, Childrens' Play Areas, Clubhouse with Bar & Restaurant.

Nearby: Disney/Universal Theme Parks (20 min) Legoland (15 min), Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay (1 hr), Kennedy Space Center (1 hr) Beaches (1 hr), Motor Racing (Sebring, Daytona).


Rates & Availability

Southern Dunes House Rental Rates

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Oct 8 2016 - Nov 4 2016
5 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2016 - Dec 16 2016
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Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
14 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 10 2017
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Feb 11 2017 - Mar 31 2017
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Apr 1 2017 - Apr 28 2017
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Nov 3 2018 - Dec 14 2018
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Dec 15 2018 - Jan 4 2019
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $105 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $550
Tax Rate 12.0%

Pool/spa heating is an additional fee of $25 inc. tax per day. We offer a 50% discount on pool/spa heating during June, July and August. The cleaning fee will be waived for stays of 15 nights or more.

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Southern Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All the bathrooms were upgraded September 2013 with granite tops, new sinks and taps
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , may be made up into a King bed if required
  • King Bedroom: The huge Master Suite has a King Bed, and access to the pool area. Also, one of the twin bedrooms can be converted to a comfortable King size bed if required - please specify if this is required when booking. HD TV and DVD player wthin the armoire. The large bathroom has sink, walk-in shower, roman tub, separate toilet and bidet, Queen Bedroom: The totally self contained 'Guest Suite' across the courtyard has a Queen Bed, and access to the pool area. Bathroom with bath tub with shower over, sink and toilet. Twin or Single Bedrooms (2): Both twin bedrooms are decorated to appeal to all ages, and share a Family Bathroom, which has bath tub with shower over, sink and toilet., Baby Cribs: A portable (travel) crib/cot is available free of charge. A full size wooden crib may be rented for a small additional charge.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Southern Dunes is a quiet, upmarket golf resort located just 15 miles South of the Disney Parks, With 24 hr security at the entrance, it has excellent amenities including 3 swimming pools, a children's play area, 2 tennis courts, bike paths, an attractive Clubhouse with a bar & restaurant, & a golf pro shop, It has the true convenience of a 24/7 Wal-Mart just outside the community gate, with gas station, bank, & many other shops, Just 20 mins easy drive from Disney, you reach Disney from a different direction to the 100's of people from Kissimmee - most of the time they will be stuck in a traffic jam whilst you will drive straight in! You are also nearer to the coast - the nearest beach is just an hours drive, You can shop 'til you drop at the many discount malls, & eat out at very reasonable cost in a huge choice of restaurants - all within an easy drive.

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