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Downtown Lakeland Historic Bungalow on Lake Morton - Walk & Bike friendly

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This 1914 historic bungalow sits along the shores of Lake Morton, a bird sanctuary for Lakeland's iconic royal swans and other local feathered friends. The front porch veranda will become a favorite space along with several other common areas for relaxing and enjoying time with your friends and family.

The neighborhood is cute and quaint, enjoy an evening stroll around the lakes and charming residences. Downtown Lakeland is a 10-15 minute walk where you can enjoy shopping, dining and area activities.

We offer three clean and spacious guest rooms, each with an en suite bathroom:

Bedroom 1: Undeniably...the room with a view! Located on the second floor, this guestroom overlooks Lake Morton Bird Sanctuary. The front dormer allows for a quiet place to watch the swans or enjoy a book. A private bathroom is en suite with a spacious shower. Size: 21' x 14.5'

Bedroom 2: Appointed in shades of gray and blue, this peaceful room can be found on the second floor. This room is located on the eastern side of the house so it receives ample light in the morning. There is an en suite bathroom with a shower. Size: 14' x 13.5'

Bedroom 3: Nestled in the back of the house on the second floor this guest room is spacious and cozy. A private bathroom is en suite with a spacious shower. Size: 21' x 14.5'

Bedroom Amenities: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair dryer, television, clean sheets and towels, smart television with basic network channels plus the ability to watch your personal Netflix programming

SPECIAL NOTES: All guest bedrooms are located on the second floor. The property accommodates 6 guests. Well-behaved children with attentive parents are welcome. The property is non-smoking. Events and parties are not permitted.The kitchen provides access to a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and dish washer. A washer/dryer is available on property.

AVAILABILITY: Dates become available online 6 months in advance.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUESTS: Events and parties are not permitted, to include any wedding related events (i.e. bride/bridesmaids or groom/groomsmen getting ready and photo shoots). The house is available to groups of 6 or less guests as a vacation rental with a minimum of a 3 night stay.

More Details

Kristin Williams
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Kristin Williams

My husband and I love the historic charm of our house and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our favorite activities around town include hanging out on our front porch veranda and watching the birds, walking downtown to grab a bite to eat and shop, strolling the various lakes and Hollis Gardens, and taking nature hikes at Circle B.

I am an environmental educator, guiding children around the Florida Keys and The Everglades; I also own and operate a booth with environmentally friendly gifts at the local Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market every Saturday.

Kristin Williams purchased this house in 2005

Why Kristin Williams chose East Lake Morton

This house has all the original hardwood floors throughout, amazing views of Lake Morton (especially at sunset), clean & comfortable guestrooms, and spacious common areas to socialize with your friends and family. It was love at first sight for us and we can't wait to share it with you!


East Lake Morton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • en suite to front guestroom - toilet , shower
    en suite to middle guestroom - toilet , shower
    en suite to back guestroom - toilet , shower
    Powder room downstairs - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Back Guestroom: The Nest - 1 queen , second story, no elevator
    Front Guestroom: Bird Song - 1 queen , second story, no elevator
    Middle Guestroom: Heron Hideaway - 1 queen , second story, no elevator
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading


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Downtown Lakeland Historic Bungalow on Lake Morton - Walk & Bike friendly
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Love! Love! Love!

  • 5 of 5

The owner has thought of everything! It is the most welcoming & warm house we have been to! It was a perfect environment for our family! Honestly, can't say enough about this charming house!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a true pleasure to have such a sweet family stay at our home! Thank you for such a lovely review!! Kind regards, Kristin
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Wonderful experience at the Guesthouse in Lakeland

  • 5 of 5

Property is as shown in photos. Lovely setting across from the lake. Well maintained, many amenities (tv, games, books). We loved sitting on the porch watching the swans and friends by the Lake. Kristin is the BEST homeowner we have done business with using Vrbo. She does a LOT to ensure a successful visit. We will return to the guesthouse again when we come to the Lakeland area.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, your review is so sweet!! We are so happy you enjoyed porch sitting and watching the feathered friends on the lake. We would gladly host your next stay to Lakeland! Kind regards, Kristin
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Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at the property over Christmas and everything was perfect. The house is impeccably decorated and there is no detail missed. Kristin decorated for the holiday - including a tree - and she provided everything we needed to make the holiday truly special! The house is warm and welcoming, spotlessly clean and the location cannot be topped. Kristin is a responsive host and we felt at home immediately - she even leaves tasty snacks and a fridge full of beverages. Can't say enough how much we loved our stay and hope to stay here again. Thank you, Kristin!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kelly, Your review was so thoughtful and very much appreciated. We love that you made happy memories with family and friends over the Christmas holiday. Kind regards, Kristin
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Amazing home and location

  • 5 of 5

You cannot ask for a more beautiful view. Sitting and watching the swans, ducks, geese and other birds is so relaxing. Owners were so accommodating and wonderful to deal with. The house is gorgeous, the work they have done in the home is top notch. Can't say enough positive things about this house. Our family met here for Thanksgiving with our daughter who attends Florida Southern and it was perfect. Would use again and again.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay during the holiday, it would be a pleasure to have you back!
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perfect location and wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

this house and its location was ideal for our Florida stay . We were there to celebrate a milestone family birthday, with family flying in from all parts of the country. The three bedrooms, each with its own bath, was ideal for the three couples - especially one with a toddler. There was plenty of room to relax both inside and out - and every detail - from plenty of towels to a welcome bottle of wine made the trip a truly relaxing vacation. The ability to walk downtown as well as the college campus was delightful - and the lake with its many birds across the street was a charming plus - especially for the toddler who was endlessly fascinated with the swans. Would love to return some day!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to be able to host such a wonderful family on a special occasion! The Duncan family took great care of the house during their stay!! Thank you for for taking the time to write a review and to share your highlights with other travelers. Kind regards, Kristin
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This house was Fabulous!!

  • 5 of 5

Kristin's house is even nicer than the pictures, if you can believe that. Everything was perfect. We loved the front porch and watching the swans and other birds and ducks etc. Very nice to walk around the lake too. It was really hot when we were there but the AC was awesome and so much care and though went into this very comfortable house. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it highly. Kristin really knows how to welcome her guests: lots of great goodies in the house and frig! Spotlessly clean and immaculate. We felt very at home. You wont want to leave!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A big thank you for being awesome guests and for writing such a sweet review about the home!! We certainly hope you make our home your home during future visits to Lakeland! Kind regards, Kristin
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We are located in the heart of Downtown Lakeland, Florida so we are close to restaurants, shopping and area events.

What brings you to the area?

WEDDING? We are a 2 minute walk to the Sorosis Building, 5 minute walk to Hollis Gardens & Magnolia building, 10 minute walk to the Terrace Hotel, 5 minute drive to the Lakeland Civic Center, & a 20 minute drive to Rocking H Ranch.

GRADUATION? We are a 5 minute drive to Florida Southern College & a 10 minute drive to Southeastern University.

BIRDING? The house is located on Lake Morton, a bird sanctuary. We are a 15 minute drive to Circle B for nature hikes and photography.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.