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Spacious Open Concept Lake House with Pool, Game room, 5 bedroom, Chain of Lakes

Bedrooms 5
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Big (7000sf), Bright, Roomy, 2 Story, 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath with Boat House

The Lake House at 1443- At over 7,000 square feet, this two story 5 1/2 Bedroom, 5 Bath home is a great way to escape to the warmth and solitude of Central Florida. A privately gated yard leads to a circular drive with a grand entrance. Park your car in the shade of a large live oak or pull into the 3-car garage which adjoins the large game room with 8' pool table.

Next is the spacious, professional kitchen, separated from the combination Dining and Living “Great Room” with and arched window. The Great Room overlooks the pool and beautiful Lake Roy. Here you might enjoy the Yamaha Player Piano, filling the home with sound. High speed Wifi and Security system for your security and convenience.

Down the hall to the Master Suite, you’ll enjoy a large custom Steam Room with two Rain-Forest showers, matching wash basins, a Closet Room, a private deck overlooking the lake and private access to the pool area. Off the same hallway the other two bedrooms share a bathroom, one through the walk in closet, one down the hall.

Upstairs is also part of the Great room, as it is viewed from above from two spacious loft areas, bridged together over the dining room. Both offer amazing vistas of the lake, pool and front yard. The first loft includes a wet bar, entertainment center and exercise/dance floor and access to the upper-level lanai. Walk across the indoor bridge to a second loft that offers a secluded getaway for reading, office work and a foldout couch for another place to rest.

Also at the top of the stairs are two large guest suites, one with a lake view and open air access to the upper lanai, the other is larger, with a view of the front yard and drive.

The deep (9 feet) 18'x36' pool, surrounded by a paved deck area, is open to the stars and the sun. Included is a large charcoal grill and deck chairs. The pool is heated, if you wish, but incurs an additional charge based on the fuel used for the heater.

A great destination for fishermen or those with boats, there is a two bay boat house and dock on the lakefront with a small swim area. About half of our lakefront we leave in its natural state to allow habitat for our ducks and ducklings, coots, gallinules, otters, frogs and herons. Boat rentals tend to come and go and are not easy to find but an Internet search may yield results.

Parking is plentiful with a circular driveway, a three car garage or, by permission, in the adjacent lot.

More Details

Eric and Dee Hinshaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Eric and Dee Hinshaw

Eric and Dee Hinshaw are the 3rd generation owners and managers of Chalet Suzanne, a recently closed Depression Era world famous Inn located in Lake Wales, FL. After a great career at United Airlines, Eric and Dee retired in 2009 to devote their total efforts toward serving the needs of couples and work with troubled marriages, offering hope beyond tragedy and indiscretion.

Eric and Dee Hinshaw purchased this house in 1991

Why Eric and Dee Hinshaw chose Winter Haven

This property is our dream home, in our dream location, a quiet neighborhood located close to all the things that are important to US and our family. We invite you to enjoy it as we have for so many years!

When we were designing our home, Dee wanted something that we could 'see through', so large windows that offer a great view of the lake, even from the front yard, were the result. The Great Room is truly great and the sound of the grand piano fills the entire property with elegant notes, even when the discs are being played. With an active young family we really needed a large game room and that has been one of the most popular places to hang out, with an open pass through to the kitchen that doubles as a Breakfast Bar.

From the Game Room there is access to the large pool through a bathroom that is designed for both handicapped and kids, with a wheelchair accessible shower and open vanity. We love the weather in Florida and the incredible amount of stars that can be seen at night so we decided to not screen the pool area. The full intensity of the sun is enjoyed on the pool deck and is only broken by frequent dips in the cool water! The upstairs guests have direct access to the pool as well. Just walk out to the lanai and down the spiral staircase and into the pool area. Let’s not forget the Master Suite access through the Master Bathroom. Yes, I guess you can say that life around the pool was a central part of our design!

We love sitting atop the boat house and watching life on the lake. Water-skiers, fishermen, swimmers, and the flora and fauna that can only be enjoyed by the lake. It's also a favorite place to sit and dream while watching a dark starry sky.

What makes this house unique

The upstairs Double-Loft serves as a video game area, a card playing area, exercise and dance area, the best place to watch the party below and, across the bridge, a secluded office and library with an impressive collection of literature. Both lofts have a great view of the pool and lake activities as well as the front drive.

Dee and I weren’t really crazy about jet tubs but we did enjoy relaxing in steam rooms, so we added that feature to our bathtub, a large custom tiled area that features a handmade stained glass window designed by Dee and a glass enclosure, two rain-showerheads and two spigots for filling the large tub. Just touch the button on the control, walk away for about 10 minutes and come back for a luxurious steam room experience!

Our lakefront has been kept more natural than most. Our family has enjoyed the presence of otters, ducks, coots, gallinules and other flora and fauna that exists in our area. We have maintained a small beach area that allows a clear access to the lake for both swimming and water skiing. The double boat house includes a roof deck for enjoying the lakeside activities of the day, the peaceful starlit nights and the calm, misty mornings that the lake can offer.


Winter Haven House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Steam Room and custom tub and shower
    Marcus' Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Chris' Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Audra's Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Pool Bath - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Access from Game room and Pool area
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Marcus' Room - 1 queen , Upstairs, Lakeside with Lanai
    Audra's Room - 1 king , Downstairs. Walk through closet to bathroom
    Guestroom - 1 queen , Downstairs. Shares Audra's bathroom via hallway.
    Chris' Bedroom - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Double beds and Small Futon. 5 adults or 6 children
    Wherever - 2 queen , We keep two inflatables in the linen closet
    Theater Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Two Double Futons. Sleeps four in a pinch.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Spacious Open Concept Lake House with Pool, Game room, 5 bedroom, Chain of Lakes
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Great House and Lovely Hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house for traveling with family. The house is clean abd spacious with a great back yard. The hosts are lovely! Thank yoy for our stay!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very spacious lake house with many amenities. Perfect location for my family and friends.

  • 4 of 5

This is the 2nd time staying at this lake house and we have enjoyed making memories with our family and friends and are looking forward to do it again. The house is large and accommodating. There are some things that need attention with this house but overall we love spending a weekend there!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great rental house!

  • 5 of 5

The owner's have thought of just about everything. We had a nice family-time week at their Lakehouse. This was our 2nd summer in a row. GREAT, large house. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Look forward in renting again in the future such a great home !

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house would highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with gorgeous view and lawn. We couldn't have ask for anything more. We would definitely consider coming back.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Best place in winter haven.

  • 5 of 5

Eric and Dee are the best and their house is top shelf. Can't beat it.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
About equidistant between Orlando or Tampa Airport
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lake Ashton
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Seaboard Coastline
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 27
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
St Petersburg Beach
Car: necessary

Location, Location... Only minutes away from Legoland Florida by either Boat or Car, you can also explore over 120 miles of shoreline through the Winter Haven Chain of 16 Lakes (up to 26 lakes once the lock is completed.), with access to shops, restaurants, theaters, bars, etc.

The Winter Haven Chain has been listed by CNN Travel and Leisure as one of the 'Top Ten Lake Vacations in the US'.

Only steps away from the nation's top Wakeboard Coach, Dave Briscoe's Ride Center, where you might learn a new art or hone your already developed skills of wakeboarding and waterskiing.

This part of Central Florida is Aviation Central, home to Fantasy of Flight Museum and aviation experience, Sun ‘n Fun Museum and Fly In, Tailwheels Etc. Flight School and Biplane Rides, Jump Florida Skydiving and Florida Skydive Center. If Seaplanes are your passion, stay at The Lake House and enjoy a short flight to Jack Brown's Seaplane Base, which is just across town, to learn to fly or to add another rating.

For evening seafood, Harry's Old Place is very popular. We also enjoy the lunchtime cooking of Chef TT at the Saltwater Grill, across the street from Legoland. For Italian fine dining visit Arrabella's in downtown Winter Haven or L'incontro in Lake Wales. For affordable steaks, go to Norby's in Lake Wales, or Manny's Chop House in Lake Wales or Winter Haven.

Andy's Igloo is a great old fashioned diner with good food and ice cream floats. If you're out boating on the chain of lakes go by Tanner's Harborside restaurant on Lake Shipp. Sonny's or Shack's are both great place for barbeque and very family friendly with their 'Family Feasts' that will take care of the whole household.

This part of Florida offers so much for families to experience. For more opportunities explore our area online.

Thank you for considering us as your Travel Headquarters for your central Florida Vacation




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $300
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 12.0%

- Please no parties or events without prior approval.
- Pool heat is available but is charged based on your fuel usage. The fuel usage can be rather high, especially if you choose a high temperature and decide not to keep the cover on the pool. We have seen fees ranging from as low as $10 per day up to $150 per day. We will invoice you separately for this amount after your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.