Reviewed Mach 15, 2015
This is our second stay and it was as fabulous as ever. If we lived closer than the UK we would be going far more often!
The listing description is very accurate and since our initial stay the property continues to remain clean and fresh and has had some lovely upgrades, not that they were needed, but very welcome all the same. The property is beautifully maintained and very much to our taste. Both the owners and management are extremely helpful and professional. We had an issue with the air conditioning and they sent someone the same day to fix it - and this was over a weekend.
We stayed with our 2 teenage boys and my mother-in-law and everyone loved the place. The house is set up so that everyone can do their own thing when they want and the communal areas are great for when everyone wants to be together.
The location is perfect, very close to Disney, approx 40 mins max to Universal and a few minutes drive to supermarkets, shops and lots great restaurants. Its a gated community so very safe for families and although minutes away from a major highway you feel like you are in the countryside. No traffic noise, a beautiful lake with amazing wildlife.
BEAUTIFUL LUXURIOUS RELAXING VILLA
Reviewed March 14th 2015
Myself, my husband, our 18 year old daughter and her 18 yr old friends booked and stayed in this beautiful villa for two weeks from 20th July until 3rd August this year (2014).
The villa is very well maintained, beautifully decorated and very luxurious, with all the amenities you could wish for and the best part was the gorgeous relaxing view of the lake which you have from the master bedroom, living room and dining room, in fact most of the living area has the view of the pool/lake.
Karen and Mike who own the villa supply everything you might need, plenty of towels/flannels or face cloths, pool towels, several sets of crockery, cutlery glassware and plastic ware for the pool area.
Roger who manages the villa does a wonderful job as we did not need to contact him for anything, everything was in full working order and very clean, he even took the time to take in our ordered grocery shopping and delivered to the villa for our arrival - saving us the added trouble of going grocery shopping on our arrival after a very long flight from the UK.
The villa comes with a beautiful living, dining kitchen area with breakfast bar, fully equipped beautiful kitchen, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two floor mounted safes. Plenty of storage, flat screen TV's in all rooms, games room complete with pool table, darts and sets of fishing rods so you can fish on the lake. Free Wifi, Games and plenty of books DVD's for your use while staying at the villa. Great views - saw several sunrises over the lake but unfortunately no sunsets as other houses/trees block the view. Sunshine on the pool all day long, plus an area out of the sun in the shade where you could eat if wanted. Gas BBQ supplied.
We had a wonderful relaxing stay in this beautiful villa and will definitely be back. Would highly recommend.
Amazing villa, Beautiful location
Reviewed April 28 2013
Just finished our wonderful 2 week holiday in this amazing villa. The villa is just as beautiful as the photos make it look and its in a great location, only a short drive to plenty of shops and restaurants and we were at Disney in around 15 mins. Our children loved the pool and games room and for us it was the perfect place to relax after a long day in the parks. Just hope we are lucky enough to return one day.
Reviewed June 14 2012
If you are searching for the perfect spot to stay for a Disney vacation, look no further - this is it. On past trips we have stayed at hotels on & off Disney grounds, timeshares, etc.
Nothing has come close to the cleanliness, spaciousness & beauty of this home. Our family of five consists of 3 very discriminating teens...we all loved it! Karen & Mike were a pleasure to deal with and have absolutely thought of everything you will need to make your stay relaxing & stress-free. After we got back home, they even asked if we could think of anything else they could provide. We couldn't think of a thing! 15 minutes to the parks, 5 minutes to stores/restaurants. Believe all the reviews & the photos - this is the place.
Perfect Retreat - Stop here, you've found it!
Reviewed January 22 2012
My family stayed at Mike & Karen's Retreat by the Lake & it was all we hoped and more from a rental retreat. The retreat is professionally and impeccably decorated with the most comfortable bed linens and perfectly folded towels in the brand, new spotless bathrooms. The Retreat is a stone's throw away from the Disney parks, a myriad of restaurants and Publix/Target. Our favorite morning activity in the retreat was drinking coffee while sitting on the couches which overlooked the beautiful, new heated pool and sparkling lake as we watched hot air balloons fly across the sky. The heated pool was perfect for a morning dip or to soak your sore muscles after walking all day in the Disney parks. You can't help but feel serene and calm as you watch the birds fly across the beautiful lake. The kitchen was stocked with all the items needed to cook meals in the retreat, which we also did daily. Mike and Karen made the booking process easy & the management team was easy to contact if you have questions. The fact that the retreat was newly renovated and one-level appealed to us as well as its close proximity to Disney. The furniture and beds were very comfortable and we loved having family dinners at the dining room table. My son, age 2, loved the community park which had a slide that he must have slid down 50 times each morning and night! From the park, we would walk to the dock and explore the lake and its surroundings. I cannot say enough good things about the Retreat. We have memories that will last a lifetime and hope to stay at Mike and Karen's retreat again soon!
A Perfect 10!
Reviewed May 18 2011
The owners have thought of everything in this well appointed and conveniently located villa. The Retreat is spacious and the furnishings comfortably accommodated our vacationing group that included children ranging in age from 5 to 17. The Moms enjoyed the tasteful and comfortable decor (you'll love the luxurious linens and the spa-like ensuite bathroom), and relaxing by the pool after a day of touring Orlando's attractions that are within easy driving distance. The teens appreciated the private bedrooms equipped with TVs (video games and movies included), while the younger children especially enjoyed the pool and walks by the lake. The home is spotlessly maintained. Reservations and check-in are hassle free and the owners are more than pleased to answer questions on touring the area. We highly recommend!