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Joe and Denise Holman

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home

19 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Disney / Orlando House Rental Photos and Description

4 BR (two masters), 3 BA, Sleeps 8, Backs to private wooded area.

You will love our four bedroom luxury home just three miles from Disney in the gated Emerald Island Resort. The moment you see our resort you will know that you are in the right place. As soon as you enter our home, your children will fall in love with the themed decor and you will feel like you belong there.

Our home is less than one block from the resort clubhouse. The clubhouse offers basketball, tennis, a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, bar, game room and pool. More importantly, our front door is less than three miles from the front gate of Disney! Our home away from home is not only private, but it is conveniently located so that you are minutes away from Target and other shopping and surrounded by new restaurants.

The two master suites are perfect for two families sharing a vacation or for older kids. One suite is decorated in a soft blue while the other has a Jungle theme. The other bedrooms have a Disney Princess theme and a Pirate theme. Both of these kids rooms have two twin beds. We designed the rooms around what we know our children like, therefore we are certain that yours will love them also. We can comfortably sleep 8 guests.

Our pool table is tournament sized and inside rather than in a hot garage. Those not playing pool can enjoy our Wii games on the large flatscreen. Our house has full wi-fi throughout, a television in every bedroom, and two more televisions in the house--one in the living room and one more in the entertainment room. Our heated swimming pool is surrounded by top of the line, comfortable patio furniture.

We have recently (fall 2013) installed a real 6 person hot tub that gets hot. Not like the 'spas' that are attached to pools that are only warm. Come home from the parks, hop in the hot tub, enjoy the stars and let your stress fad away.

Our home is full of features that will serve your family well.

Beautiful, lush vegetation and woods right behind our house.

We are only a half a block, easy walking, from the clubhouse.

Free us of all the amenities of the resort such as a sauna, fitness center, Tiki bar, 2 heated pools, spa, volleyball, tennis courts, playgrounds, and more.

Our house backs up to the 11 acre nature walking trail

Upgraded stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite countertops.

Upgraded tile and hardwood floors

Open floor plan with high ceilings

Free local calls

Two master suites

Three full baths, one with a corner, garden soaking tub and a separate walk-in shower

Washer and dryer

Fully equipped kitchen including electric tea kettle, coffee maker, blender, food mixer, etc.

Hair dryer in every bathroom

All linens included (towels, sheets, etc)

Strollers for use in the park

Flatscreen televisions in every bedroom, the living room and the entertainment room.

Free Cable

Free high speed Wi-fi

Wii entertainment system with Epic Mickey 2, Super Mario Smashbrawl, and Super Mario Bros Wii

You will love the fact that our secure, gated community is the closest resort to Disney.

Free maid service

Free wifi

Free use of the clubhouse/resort facilities

Free use of our umbrella stroller

In a growing part of Kissimmee with new restaurants, shopping, etc., all around us

Less than 10 minutes to several grocery stores, Super Target, all kinds of fast food including Taco Bell, McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread, and Pizza Hut just to name a few.

Restaurants incude staples such as Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays, Chuy's Mexican, Texas Roadhouse, Carraba's, Macaroni Grill, Cracker Barrel, and Sweet Tomatoes.

Less than 10 miles to Premium Outlet Mall.

Honestly there is too much to list. My wife and I did this off of the top of our heads. You are in the center of it all.

Let me close by saying that we are not your typical vacation home owners. We purchased this home because we love making memories with our children here. We are committed to your loving the time that you stay here, and will do what we can to make this the absolute best vacation that you ever have. Our goal is to have the people who stay with us become our friends and repeat guests.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Joe and Denise Holman (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Joe and Denise Holman

Hello! Thank you for considering our home! We are a little different from most of the owners in this area because this really is our only home, not a second or third property. This is it. That is why everywhere you look you will see tender, loving care.

So, who are we? We are a normal, fun-loving couple with 11 kids...yes, you read that correctly. We have 11 children. That is why we know what kids like, and why we love Disney.

My job required that my family move out of the USA, so we packed up our bags and moved to South America where we rent a small home way up high in the Andes Mountains.

We purchased this home in Emerald Island so that we can have an anchor. It is our connection to 'home' in the States. We vacation here. Our older children who now live in the States (WV, DC, and FL) can also vacation here.

In a nutshell, we know the importance of a great vacation, probably more than most. Every two and a half years we come back to the States with the entire family, and this is the home we come to. Disney in our backyard, fun all around us, and memories to be made.

I know that you will love our home because we sincerely want to do whatever it takes to make this vacation your best one ever. Your children deserve the memories.

Joe and Denise Holman purchased this house in 2013

Why Joe and Denise Holman chose Disney / Orlando

We have been coming to WDW since 1992. I honestly do not know how many times we have been here. Until this year, 2013, we always rented. We discovered a few little 'secrets' to having a great time.

First of all, staying close to the property, but not on the property. Being close means that you don't spend precious vacation time on the road every day, yet being off property gives you tremendous freedom in food and other choices.

That is another key to having a great time. We wanted a place that was close to shopping (Target is a few minutes away) and an easy drive to multiple food choices.

A third reason that we chose this property was the resort itself. We wanted activities for everyone to be able to participate in on those 'non-Disney' days. Our resort has a beautiful hiking/jogging trail, gym, pool, hot tub, game room, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and a sauna...and that is just the beginning. Emerald Island is also uber-safe with 24/7 guards and its one-way in/out access.

The final reason...just look around. It is beautiful.

What makes this house unique

When we were looking for a property, being close to Disney was a huge bonus, but not the only thing. We wanted privacy as well. That is why we chose a home that backs up to the woods. Even when the resort is full, you feel like you are in your own little resort when you open the back door and sit by the pool.

We also wanted a place that 'felt' like home--but had the pizazz of Disney. You will agree that the soft colors, the paintings, furniture and rugs all give our home the feel of a 'home' not of an institution or even a museum. In order to get the pizazz, we asked our kids how they would like their rooms decorated. That led us to the pirate, princess and jungle themes of the bedrooms.

Our central location also makes it an easy and fun drive to the beach. If you want waves, head east one hour for Cocoa Beach. If your children are younger and you want calmer waters with a family beach, head west to Clearwater, about an hour and a half away.

Reviews

4.8
based on 19 traveler reviews

So Close To Disney You Can See The Fireworks! Private 4 Br Pool Home
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews
5

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing. It was clean and comfortable. My family enjoyed having a kitchen to cook our meals, separate bedrooms, a washer and dryer, and the pool. The kitchen was very well stocked! The beds were comfortable. The house was close to shopping and tourist attractions. We spent two days at Legoland-which was easy to get to and not too far away. I recommend getting groceries at the Super Target during peak season. It wasn't too crowded; however, we attempted a quick trip to Walmart and it was packed. There is also a little grocery store at the end of the road for anything you need to restock. I am very thankful the house had fans. Our bodies are used to a little cooler sleeping weather. The thermostat was locked at 74 degrees. It was okay during the day, but a little warm in the bedrooms at night. Thanks for such an amazing stay. I highly recommend this place and the owners. We are looking forward to staying here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice property

  • 5 of 5

Joe and Denise,

Thank you for sharing your home with us. We appreciate you being so accommodating and answering our questions so promptly. This was our first time staying off Disney property and the experience was nice. The house was very close to all the Disney parks. I felt safe in this gated community. The house provided all the amenities we needed. We liked using the pool and hot tub when we came home from the parks. My 16 year old daughter enjoyed having her own bedroom and bathroom, that was very nice!

If you are looking to stay in the area, I would highly recommend this house. It was clean and very spacious.

As far as the area, there is a Panera and Target close by. Lots of food options. Can be very busy though in the morning as it is a very touristy area. Keep that in mind if you are in a time crunch.

Thank you again,

Michelle Klecka

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We LOVE it when people have fun and get to create memories. Good reviews not only help us accomplish that, it also makes us happy. :) Joe
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Mickeys Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

First time booking through Home Away. Mickeys Hideaway is a wonderful home and the owner's, Joe and Denise were extremely helpful and easy to contact. The home is in a wonderful location. It is located a very short walking distance to the clubhouse and an easy few miles drive to Disney. The house is well maintained, very comfortable beds and has all the necessities you need. My family really enjoyed the pool and hot tub. I would highly recommend this home. Thank you again joe and Denise we enjoyed our stay. Patti and family

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. We love being able to help people have fun together as a family. Thank you for choosing us and for your kind words.
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Disney with kids...

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just arrived in Brazil after 9 days at Orlando (Kissimmee) and we are already missing everything about our trip. I agree with most of the reviews that the owners are very kind and helpful and the home is beautiful (just look at the pictures!). It is close to Disney, SeaWorld and Universal Studios, nevertheless, renting a car is a must, you just can't use cabs or public transportation if you stay there. One of the main reasons for our choice of this home was related to my kids having allergies and this unit didn't have carpet floors. We didn't have any issues with cleanliness. The rooms and beds are as comfortable as any hotel room and a lot more cozy. I was worried about the pool area because my kids are young (2 and 4), but the alarm and lock bar in the back door addressed my concerns. My only difficulty during my stay happened on my arrival day becayse I didn't realize that there was a time to check in (and to check out) as you would have at a hotel, as opposed to short time rents I've done before in Brazil. So, we arrived too early and had to wait at the condo headquarters bar for a couple hours while waiting for the unit to be ready (my mistake, I can't blame the owners or Homeway on that, but i thought it was worth a warning to other folks, specially foreigners like me that mightn to be familiarized to that). In summary, we have had wonderful vacations and I would definitely recommend this home for my friends!!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Victor, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and especially for your kind words about Mickey's Hideaway how beautiful it is. That is a huge compliment to me as I decorated it myself. I'm glad that the pool alarm and bar lock helped alleviate your stress about the pool. That's a helpful hint about the check in and out time. When there is someone checking out of the house on the same day you are checkin in, there must be time to clean between guests and we thank you for your understanding of this. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your time there and in Florida as we love it when our guests have a wonderful vacation. We hope that you and your lovely family are able to stay again in the future.
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Canadian vacationers

  • 5 of 5

Wow, this was a terrific home - nicely decorated, comfortable and super close to Disney - our teenagers loved the home! Communication with the owners was fantastic - they are truly wonderful people and we really enjoyed corresponding with them. You will have no problems or worries staying at this home. This was our third trip to Florida, and the first time using VillaDirect (and Emerald Island) - we wish we had used this service before - we felt so safe and secure where we were staying. Thank you for helping us have a fantastic vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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DISSAPOINTING EXPERIENCE

  • 2 of 5

At first, the house seemed nice but as the week went on, we experienced multiple problems reported to the maintenance company without response.

The house is not clean. As mentioned in another review, the hanging light fixture chains and globes are full of spider webs and grease; the tile grout in the showers were black with mold; the kitchen cabinets were all sticky; the moldings and lower walls were very dirty with dust and grease; a thick covering of dust under the beds. The pool deck was littered with cigarette butts. ( Bring you own paper and cleaning supplies)

The kitchen sink handle was lose and shot off when we turned on the water. Some of the electrical outlets either did not work or were so old that the plugs kept falling out. The sink in the master bathroom did not drain. The contact on the sliding door to the pool fell off the first time we opened the door and set off the warning alarm which would not stay off until we went and got Scotch tape to temporarily hold the contact in place. The spa, was cloudy and smelled. Midweek, we came home from Disney early to enjoy the spa, only to find that the spa had been emptied and the jets and motor and heater were still on. We would have stayed at the park and watched the fireworks if we had known. We were worried that the spa would burn out since it was on with no water. In desperation, we emailed Joe, the nice owner, and he called maintenance. Maintenance called us at 10:00PM and wanted to come over to work on the spa and we told them they had woken us all up and that was not acceptable. (They came the next day and said the pool guy forgot to refill the spa--at least it was now clean.) Joe sent us several apology emails and left us a bottle of wine, a bottle of drain cleaner for the sink and a nice letter on the porch. We would never rent this unit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry that your experience was not the absolute best that we strive to give our guests. We have contacted our management company about your concerns forwarding them your email and review. As we shared with you in our email, there is NO excuse for the management company not responding to your call. I have met with them and let them know that this is not acceptable. However, for future renters, I must point out that there is some overstatement in this review. There is/was no mold in the showers, there was a dark spot in the grout of the master shower where some caulk had come off. The spa was indeed empty, however the management company did not know why it had been emptied, nor by whom since they never empty it, they only treat and balance the water. Their assumption was that a guest accidentally drained it. Also, there is no excuse for even one single cigarette butt on the pool deck, however I think that saying it was littered with them is quite possibly an overstatement since we were there on the pool deck less than one hour before your arrival delivering a new pool umbrella and cushions and we didn't see any litter. As you know we don't live in the area, but happen to be there staying in Emerald Island coinciding with your stay. When we received an email from you saying the management company had not responded to your requests on Saturday and Sunday, we came by the house to visit with you personally. You weren't home, but we left you some supplies and a bottle of wine with our apology. Most importantly we left you our phone number and told you that if you have any other problems or concerns please give us a call so we could remedy them asap. We wish you would have called us so we could have done something to improve your stay. We are truly sorry for the events that transpired that made your staying in our home less than ideal. In spite of your disappointing experience we hope that you and your grandchildren had a nice vacation. I have talked to the management company since receiving your email and review. They have promised to be more diligent in the cleaning process.
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Map

Walt Disney World
Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Orlando International Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mystic Dunes Golf Course
Nearest Beach
73 Miles
Coco Beach
Car: necessary

Our location is fantastic for everything that the Orlando area has to offer. We are minutes from Disney, close to Universal and Sea World, and easy drive to water parks and tons of shopping opportunities.

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Rates & Availability

Emerald Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jun 5 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$229
 
 
Low
Sep 4 2016 - Nov 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Mid Season Fall
Nov 20 2016 - Dec 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Low December
Dec 4 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Peak Christmas
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$239
 
 
Low January
Jan 8 2017 - Feb 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
Winter Break
Feb 4 2017 - Mar 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$199
 
 
Spring Break
Mar 12 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$239
 
 
Low Spring
Apr 23 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$169
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$169
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

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Amenities

Disney / Orlando House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1990 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath 1 - toilet , tub , shower , A relaxing corner soaking tub and a walk in shower.
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Our Mickey bathroom for the kids.
    Master Bath 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The jungle theme of the bedroom continues.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master 1 - 1 king , The master is decorated in a soft blue and brown.
    Master 2 - 1 queen , The second master is decorated with a jungle theme.
    Pirates - 2 double , Your boys will love the pirate theme.
    Princess - 2 double , Our girls made a special request for this decor.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis

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