An impressive small gated community in Davenport. With an easy drive to Disney and a great range of local shops and restaurants in the prestigious Champions Gate Shopping Village which is only a couple of minutes away from the villa. This is also the location of Greg Norman designed 18-hole championship golf courses. The villa has a beautiful rear aspect overlooking the orange groves which Florida is famous for. The pool area also has a large undercover lanai providing shade in the heat of the day. Inside the villa the lounge opens right out to the pool with large glass sliding doors. Close enough to all the major theme parks to arrive there early, pop back for lunch and a swim, then return to the parks for the afternoon/evening entertainment using your prepaid entry/parking - a perfect combination!
We decided to buy a villa in Orlando as it is such a vibrant and exciting place to holiday with the fabulous theme parks, the excellent value shopping, the wide variety of food and lets not forget the fantastic weather. We chose a great house, set in a very private location but close enough to the parks. With its sheer size and huge pool we think it's the perfect spot for an Orlando holiday whether on your own or sharing with friends and our management company are there to complement your stay should you require anything.
With a great supermarket within 3 mins drive, golf on your doorstep and the I4 running close by to access the attractions it's in an ideal position. The Manor on West Haven is a small, private, gated community and all the properties are set in spacious grounds. Some other communities have become overcrowded but our villa was chosen for it's design and location above everything else. Having 4 separate bathrooms is a real bonus when holidaying with a large family or sharing with friends.
This villa is in a great location to all areas, close to disney parks, sea world, discovery cove, shopping malls,an a hours drive from NASA space kennedy its just of the I4 which which links to the 192 with old town disney and celebration, the food outlets in champions gate are great the people are nice and food is very good.
The villa has 4 great sized rooms and a great pool, the property is well maintained and clean, the owner Colin is a great guy and carolyn is very helpful to deal with. This is my 2nd time to this villa, the first time was in 2014.
Would recommend it!!!
I have visited the Davenport area in many occasions and therefore knew that the Villa's location would be suitable for me and my family. Close to a Publix supermarket, Chilis and a few new pub diners as well as the I4 means that getting to/from either coast, the airport and the theme parks is easy.
The villa itself set within a gated quiet neighbourhood with a very private spacious pool area only overlooked by the odd buzzard or rabbit.
We did not have any problems during our stay and found the wifi signal to be strong (important when you have young adults staying with you) and enjoyed watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon on the telly.
The villa was clean, tidy and comfortable and as good as other villas I have stayed in and therefore a return to it is already being planned.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa to anyone.......
I write this review to balance the negative experience of another guest. To give some context we have been returning to this Villa each year for the last four years, and will continue to book it whenever we visit Orlando. Like a previous reviewer we too have stayed in various villas around Orlando and also the Gulf coast. This is our favorite and here's why;
Location - Champions Gate is perfectly located just off the I4 giving easy access to either coast and of course the parks a couple of junctions and 15 minutes away. The Publix supermarket and Chilli's restaurant are both available nearby. Further more West Haven is as beautiful a neighborhood as you will see. The gated communities provide security. Burford Circle located at the top of an incline (closet Orlando has to a hill..)does seem the nicest, and we've tried others.
This Villa in particular is completely private with West facing pool enclosed on 3 sides and low trees behind. The sunsets can be spectacular.
The house itself is clean and tidy. Yes there have been the odd bits of reasonable wear and tear such as marks on the bedroom carpet and broken kitchen knives in the knife block. If i wanted to improve our experience it would be the little things like washing up liquid and pan scrub so really nothing significant or impactive on our holidays and it is of course a rental villa. We haven't had the issues with damp or electrics described in the negative review. We did notice the bedding had been refreshed this year, and the TV upgraded, and of course wifi access now, hich was all welcome. When we have had any issues over the last four years (and there were a couple - no pool heat and a power failure) the owners and management company sorted them promptly. Would we recommend it? Yes. Will we return? Certainly.
While looking to re book this villa for next year (and noticing a very negative review on here), I thought I should offer our experience of this villa (we stayed here October 2014 and are looking to return next October).
This villa is in an excellent location (far enough away to escape the full on Disney madness, but still within a 20min drive when needed). It's pool is west facing (for those lovely sunsets) and also backs onto a large field of trees, so is completely private.
The lounge furniture was comfortable and ideal for winding down in front of the TV (although the rather old CRT TV could do with an update).
The Kitchen/Utility had a full suite of appliances, although we never used most of them, as we ate out every night. We did however make extensive use of the Washing Machine and Dryer, which worked flawlessly.
Bedrooms were fine and provided a decent nights sleep for all 5 of us. Each bedroom having it's own bathroom is great when it comes to getting the family up in the morning and ready to take on the parks.
The WiFi had a good signal in all areas of the house and seemed to provide a good amount of bandwidth (allowing more than one devices to stream video concurrently).
We had an issue with the pool lights not working, which were resolved the following day. (we've stayed at a number of other villas and have had to report one or two issues with those too, so I assume this is the nature of the beast when staying at holiday homes)
With reference to a comment about the "damp" and stained carpets, I certainly don't recall that being an issue when we stayed (and looking through our holiday video footage doesn't show anything either).
We would (and have) recommended this villa to others, and are returning next year, so will submit another review on our return.
This villa on paper seemed ideal i.e. good location, beautiful pool and not overlooked. However, although this was true, from my experience the villa seemed to be a rental income only rather than a holiday home.
In my opinion the furniture seemed cheap and has not been updated since the house was built. The dining chairs were stained, the beds (although doubles) seemed small and uncomfortable with noisy cheap mattresses, bathroom tiles were cracked and decor pieces were missing and as a result damp was showing through the walls of the shower - DIY fixes to some of the tiles with red silicon around the bath. The TV's were dated and very small and the DVD player did not work.
We had to call the management company out twice because the air conditioning was not working (in the middle of summer) and the waste disposal unit in the ktichen did not work and was leaking hence it was tripping the electric to the waste disposal (water and electric - danger hazard), which they could not fix.
In the garage beneath the air conditioning units and water heater there was a large leak causing a large pool of water, again causing damp to the walls (water and electric!!).
The toliet in the twin bedroom was temperamental and would sometimes continously flow until you jiggled the handle. There was staining on the bedroom carpets. Paintwork on the walls was also damaged.
We have been going to Florida for the last 12 years and every year we stay in a villa. In my opinion there are a lot of nicer and well maintained villas out there for what we paid for this particular villa. Hence we would not recommend this villa to either our friends or family!!!
To top it all off once we returned to the UK we received an e-mail from the owner accusing us of damaging the microwave (which we did not damage as we never used it) and she was keeping our security deposit. We provided the owner with dated photos of the kitchen showing the microwave was not damaged, however she stated that this did not prove anything and she was keeping our security deposit.
From our experience if anyone is going to rent this house, please ensure that you check over the villa as soon as you arrive and just before you leave with a member of the management company so you cannot be accused of damaging anything!!!!!
East - Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Centre (Space Coast) and Cocoa Beach (fabulous for those deep sea diving excursions) approx 1 hour away by car.
West - St Petersburg/Clearwater approx 1.5 hrs by car.
Orlando International Airport (15 miles) (25 mins in car)
Sanford Airport, Florida (50 miles) (1 hour in car)
Tampa Airport, Florida (80 mins in car)
Directions will be despatched before taking the villa.
Walt Disney World (12 mins).
SeaWorld (25 mins).
Discovery Cove (25 mins).
Universal Studios Movie Theme Park (30 mins).
Kissimmee Old Town (15 mins).
Celebration (10 mins).
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (60 mins).
Champions Gate shopping village with it's large Publix supermarket, numerous restaurants, a pharmacy and a gas station are only 3 mins away. Fabulous shopping can be found a little further away at The Florida Mall and Millenia Mall. There are factory outlets at Buena Vista and the North End of International Drive.