Villa in Orlando / Kissimmee, USA - Gorgeous home with pool
About David Haran
Hi, I am an accountant based in Dublin, Ireland. I lived outside Ireland from 1993 to 2006 in various locations (USA, UK, Maldives, Egypt etc.) I have two kids. Luca was born in 2001 and Leah was born in 2004. They love Florida and we try to go as often as possible. Our most recent trip took in Busch Gardens so if you or the kids like roller coasters, it is a treat! I am a golfer and like to play when I visit the villa. Players of all handicaps can get a great test of their game and I have to say the practice facilities are superb. These days I am a poor 10 handicap but there are some spectacular courses close by and I would be happy to help with recommendations. I hope you enjoy your visit to Florida and hope that you will become a regular visitor to the villa. Look out for the new water park at Universal. It's on my list for Summer 2018.
David Haran purchased this Villa in 2008
Why David Haran chose Kissimmee
The villa is 5 minutes from Disney so when I visit with the kids we can pop over without the day seeming like a huge headache. The kids absolutely love the villa. We swim every morning and evening. They have bikes in the garage and we cycle around the resort. It is extremely quiet and safe so they really enjoy that. Obviously the weather is always super. There are storms in the summer but the kids enjoy those as well! I have improved the games in the house during the year with a pool table in the garage. I also like to visit without the kids to play golf. Some of the finest courses in Florida are within a short drive from the villa and there is no shortage of great steak houses close by! You should also make a visit to Celebration. It's a small town close by (8 min drive) that was designed by Disney. Check out the Town Tavern for great food. If you are feeling like an adventure you can try air boat rides, alligator watching, fishing, shooting or maybe just a ramble up to Tampa Bay. There's a great Irish bar in Tampa Bay called McDintons. Tell them you are from Mayo and they will look after you!!
What makes this Villa unique
The property is ideally situated. It is close to Disney and numerous golf courses. We are south facing and are not overlooked as the nature trail is directly behind the rear of the house. That makes for quiet and sunny relaxation! The resort also benefits from 3 play areas for kids, a communal pool (as well as the one at the house) and a tiki bar. This means that if you feel like a beer and a swim with the kids, it is only a 5 minute walk from the front door. The folks at the clubhouse are also incredibly helpful when it comes to getting tickets for the theme parks, arranging transport, getting directions and any and all information that you might possibly need. All for free! The entire resort is gated so there is 24/7 access security to the property.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We used the property for a sisters vacation and was pleased with the overall property. Only a couple things I would change. First the beds were not comfortable but we made do. Twin beds were great but others probably need new mattresses and the second is a few more cookware. There was no baking sheet or anything for us to cook biscuits on so we improvised and cooked them on straight aluminum foil. Other than that it was great. Love the location. Would definitely recommend it. Thanks again for letting us stay in your home.
Well equipped in very good location. Secure site.
Very well layout and equipped villa. Well located for all amenities and parks.
Grounds well kept with very impressive entrance to the resort.
Had issues getting security card to access site so had to stop at gate and show identification for first 4 days.
The villa could do with a deep clean and paint throughout as areas are dusty and walls and skirting boards showing signs of age.
This is no reflection on the owner as they have been very helpful from day one.
I will be feeding back to them myself that the cleaning company they use are not up to scratch in our minds.
Didn't want to go home
Resort was beautiful. House was centrally located and suited our needs.
Thanks Wendy. I am glad that you and the family enjoyed your stay. I look forward to hopefully hosting you again in the future and will be sure to give you a great price quote as returning guests.
Not so good
CON: I arrived to find the sofa , chairs and carpets stained with blue and red junk also smelled like vomit in the master bedroom! Called property manager who said they tried their best to clean, sorry that’s not a good enough. Lots of excuses . No response from owner . Place needs a good cleaning and some TLC .
PRO: it is in a great location !
Thanks for your review Mr Vanderwal.
As you know there was an issue with the guests who stayed at my villa before you. That matter is being pursued as their behavior was completely unacceptable.
The villa had 9 hours of cleaning before you arrived and because your booking was back to back with the previous one, there was nothing more that could be done. A deep clean of the property after an unsavory guest takes 2 days. That was not possible.
It is unfortunate that some guests behave very poorly. I can assure you that I was not pleased that my villa was trashed. It was a remarkable achievement to get the villa back to where it could be used by your family.
I am sorry that you don’t have an appreciation of what it took to do that and find your remarks a little unfair to be honest.
In the more than 10 years that I have been doing this, your review is the first negative review I have received. It’s a terrible pity that your booking was so close to the unsavory guests, who shall not be returning and that there was a maximum that could be done.
As always you have my contact details should you wish to discuss the matter further. I have replied to your emails on the subject and my management company have spoken to you on numerous occasions to do everything we could to make the situation as good as we could. You were very unlucky and for that I am sorry as I have told you directly.
Awesome 6 weeks !!
Fantastic communication from owner. The management on site in Florida were excellent - or AC went off and they came out same evening and sorted it. ROKU Tv's in a few rooms which was great. Clean and on an excellent community. Highly Recommended.
It was a pleasure having David & his son as guests. I was also fortunate enough to meet them on an earlier trip. Thoroughly nice fellas, the pair of them! Delighted they enjoyed their stay.
Fantastic holiday in a great place
Just back from an amazing two week stay in this property. I have stayed in Kissimmee several times and for me this villa is in the best location. It is in a lovely secure resort which is well maintained and within walking distance of the gym, communial pool, sauna and tikki bar. The staff are helpful and friendly especially the lady who runs the tikki bar. There is a large supermarket nearby and my favourite restaurant Outback, also can recommend the Chinese takeaway which is on the same shopping estate.
The villa itself is large with everything you need for your stay. We used the pool a lot. The bedrooms are large with plenty of storage and plenty towels for showering. In the garage there is a pool table and darts board which is great in an evening when you want to have a few beers and chill. The utility room has a huge washer and dryer, wish I had took less clothes because I washed everything that was comfortable and wore them again (do it every time). The kitchen has a large cooker which takes some getting used to, it’s not fan assisted and heats from the bottom. Large fridge freezer which we stocked up on beer and nibbles. Small point there is no oven proof dishes/ tins which would have been handy.There are a couple of strollers in the garage which I think families with small children would appreciate and a booster cushion.
I want to thank the family for letting us stay in their property and would defiantly stay again.
Daytona beach is about an hour away on the East Coast and the West Coast is about 90 minutes (Clearwater, St Petersberg etc).
Miami and the Keys are not beyond reach although an overnight stay is recommended.
Orlando International Airport is 25 minutes away. Disney Resort 5 mins. Universal 20 mins. Sea World 15 min.
Wet 'n' Wild 20 mins. Kennedy Space Center 60 mins.
The villa management company are very helpful and can provide any or all of the following: Pool heat $25 per day. Cribs and high chairs $30 per week each. Gas BBQ $100 per stay. Charcoal - various rates, please ask. Golf clubs $50 per stay. Child’s pushchair / buggy $25 per week