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INDULGE YOURSELF IN LUXURY AND STYLE - IN COMPLETE PRIVACY! If you are looking for somewhere you can completely relax, in sophisticated, extremely comfortable surroundings, then look no further than 'The Palm'. At the end of a hot and busy day golfing, visiting the Theme Parks, or shopping, just imagine retreating to this very private and exclusive Golf & Country Club home.
Kick off your shoes, pour a cold beer. Chill out by your totally private pool, listen to some music, then maybe later have a cook-out on the electric BBQ/Grill. You can check your e-mails in peace out on the pool deck or in the office/den, thanks to the wireless internet ..........and then before bed, what could be nicer than a soak in the bubbling hot tub/spa, gazing up at the stars? The sheltered, south-facing outdoor living area is truly private so no curious neighbors can spy on your sun-bathing/swimming activities....this vacation home really is a little piece of paradise!
'The Palm' is all on one level, so no stairs to worry the elderly or very young. One of the largest 4 bedroom vacation rentals in the Orlando area (2500 sq ft), it benefits from two totally self-contained master bedroom suites and is of a unique design and layout. It was originally built as a private home, so it has custom finishes and many upgrades unusual in a vacation rental. 'The Palm' has been expensively furnished and equipped from new - and unlike many of the Florida pool homes, enjoys a COMPLETELY private swimming pool & Jacuzzi hot tub with an extra-large South-facing sunbathing and al-fresco dining area in a sheltered courtyard setting.
The south-facing pool gets the sun all day. Electric pool heating is available if required (recommended during September - May). We have installed a (removable) pool security fence for your peace of mind if you have young children playing around the pool area.
We have furnished the pool area as an extra outside living room - there is a full-sized dining table, with loungers and another small table and chairs. Plants, ceiling fans, the built-in electric barbeque/grill and adjustable atmospheric lighting will all add to your outdoor living enjoyment.
The west facing rear of the house overlooks the Golf Course (16th Fairway) - we like to step outside the rear door to enjoy the wonderful views in the evening sunshine, or take a stroll on the course.
You'll sleep well in the beautifully-decorated king and queen-sized bedrooms which have super-comfortable pillow-top mattresses & quality linens together with their own en-suite bathrooms (lots of privacy for two couples traveling together)- each of these bedrooms has direct access to the pool area. Two good twin bedrooms (without pool access) share the third bathroom. One of the twin rooms can be converted to a King if required and specified when booking. All the bedrooms have their own TV and a DVD player.
You can spread out and be totally comfortable in the two spacious living rooms, each equipped with a large flat screen HD TV. Enjoy a game of pool on the professional, slate-bed billiard table in the Living Room.
The fully-equipped kitchen with its granite tops and separate laundry room make life that much more pleasant for when you have to make the effort to cook or do some laundry.
There is unlimited high-speed Internet access and you can make free calls to the US and Canada from the house phone.
It's an easy stroll to the Clubhouse with its excellent restaurant and bar. Less than 5 minutes drive (or you can walk - if you feel energetic!) to a 24 hr Walmart supermarket, Winn-Dixie and other shops and eateries.
There are at least 10 other Pay & Play Golf courses nearby; so keen golfers could play a different course everyday.
In summary, this is a superb privately-owned vacation home, within easy reach attractions of Disney and Orlando, but away from the mayhem.... And just perfect for those who prefer peace, quiet and privacy.
As English owners we try visit at least 3 times a year to ensure that the villa is continually upgraded and maintained to our very high standards.
King Bedroom: The huge Master Suite has a King Bed, and access to the pool area. Also, one of the twin bedrooms can be converted to a comfortable King size bed if required - please specify if this is required when booking. HD TV and DVD player wthin the armoire. The large bathroom has sink, walk-in shower, roman tub, separate toilet and bidet, Queen Bedroom: The totally self contained 'Guest Suite' across the courtyard has a Queen Bed, and access to the pool area. Bathroom with bath tub with shower over, sink and toilet. Twin or Single Bedrooms (2): Both twin bedrooms are decorated to appeal to all ages, and share a Family Bathroom, which has bath tub with shower over, sink and toilet., Baby Cribs: A portable (travel) crib/cot is available free of charge. A full size wooden crib may be rented for a small additional charge....moreless
All the bathrooms were upgraded September 2013 with granite tops, new sinks and taps...moreless
Southern Dunes is a quiet, upmarket golf resort located just 15 miles South of the Disney Parks, With 24 hr security at the entrance, it has excellent amenities including 3 swimming pools, a children's play area, 2 tennis courts, bike paths, an attractive Clubhouse with a bar & restaurant, & a golf pro shop, It has the true convenience of a 24/7 Wal-Mart just outside the community gate, with gas station, bank, & many other shops, Just 20 mins easy drive from Disney, you reach Disney from a different direction to the 100's of people from Kissimmee - most of the time they will be stuck in a traffic jam whilst you will drive straight in! You are also nearer to the coast - the nearest beach is just an hours drive, You can shop 'til you drop at the many discount malls, & eat out at very reasonable cost in a huge choice of restaurants - all within an easy drive....moreless
There are many music CDs, plus an iPod dock with speakers, so you can also bring your own favourite music...moreless
There is a full size slate bed pool table in one of the living rooms...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
There are flat screen HD TVs in the Family Room, the Living Room, the Office/Den and all the bedrooms....moreless
Video Game Console:
A Sony Playstation2 is available in one of the Twin Bedrooms. Games may be hired inexpensively locally....moreless
A selection of DVDs is provided for your use....moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Golf Course Front:
The Palm is right on the 16th Fairway - you can step out of the Living Room onto the course...moreless
Golf Course View:
Our home is set on the 16th fairway of the Southern Dunes Golf Course...moreless
Large deck with ample room for sunbathing. Removable child safety fence. Lots of comfotable pool furniture. Dining table + six chairs, small table + 2 chairs - ideal for your early morning coffee...moreless
Southern Dunes is a prestigious golf course, with a club house open to guests for meals and drinks....moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
Large lanai with two ceiling fans provides plenty of shade if required...moreless
There is an electric BBQ grill on the pool deck....moreless
There is a tennis court on Southern Dunes which is freely available to guests ...moreless
Pool / Spa
There is a very large communal pool a few yards from the house....moreless
Pool/spa heating is available and recommended during September - May. The cost is $25 inc. tax per day. We offer a 50% discount on pool/spa heating during June, July and August.
Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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On site: Tennis Courts, Communal Swimming Pools, Gym, Library, Childrens' Play Areas, Clubhouse with Bar & Restaurant.
Nearby: Disney/Universal Theme Parks (20 min) Legoland (15 min), Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay (1 hr), Kennedy Space Center (1 hr) Beaches (1 hr), Motor Racing (Sebring, Daytona).
Year Purchased: 2004
About: Hi, we are Iain and Amanda Burrup. We live in the beautiful Cotswolds area of the United Kingdom, and have owned 'The Palm', our dream Florida vacation home since 2004. We visit at least 3 times a year, to get our sunshine fix and for Iain to play a little golf. We have 4 grand-daughters, who can't wait visit the Disney parks and the other great child-friendly attractions of the area! Regular visiting also gives us an opportunity to ensure that our home is being maintained and cared for properly by our management company. Each time we go, we always find ourselves shopping for little extras that we feel will enhance our guests' experience. If you decide to choose 'The Palm' for your Florida vacation, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do! Best wishes, Iain and Amanda.
Why Southern Dunes: As far as we are concerned (being 'oldies') Southern Dunes is located in one of the best locations if you want to visit all the Theme Parks and do the shop till you drop thing - because you can easily do all that and then return to a beautiful peaceful location to re-charge your batteries for the next exciting but possibly exhausting day.........
The Unique Benefits at this House: Our villa 'The Palm' is located in one of the best positions at Southern Dunes - it was one of the earlier villas to be built, which means it is very well spaced (the newer ones are SO close together) that you are not really aware of your neighbours. And with our UNIQUE pool area, which is totally enclosed, you never hear or see your fellow vacationers.........you can just while away the hours relaxing in total privacy (oh nearly forgot to mention you might just hear the odd golf ball land on the pool cage or roof due to some inexperienced golfer misjudging his tee-off from the 16th tee just behind the villa......)