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Recent Central/Disney/Orlando Area reviews

  • Lovely 3 bedroom condo, no hidden fees, excellent communication with owner

    "I stayed at this 3 bedroom condo for 1 week in March 2014. The rental process was very simple. The owner e-mailed me quickly and gave me a price that included everything so there were no hidden cleaning or resort fees like some listings on VRBO. I made payment through paypal, and the owner e-mailed instructions with photos on how to get to the condo, retrieve the key, connect to the WiFi, and how to work the TV remote control, as well as the telephone number of the local property manager in case I had any problems. The condo was very clean and had everything I needed for my stay. The kitchen had all the pots and pans I needed for cooking meals. There were extra towels and sheets. I really appreciated the computer connected to the internet at the condo with a small computer desk. I was also able to connect my laptop to the WiFi with no issues. There is a small unheated pool very close to the condo, but not close enough that I ever heard any noise from it. There was a larger heated pool a short walk away. The grounds included a small lake that was pretty to walk around and look at the birds and ducks. The condo location is close to a main road (Vine Street or 192) with many restaurants. It took about 20 minutes to get to Universal Studios - this may vary depending on Orlando traffic which can be quite congested at times. (If you are flying, I recommend allowing extra time for driving back to the airport and also for the security check which took 40+ minutes the day I left.) The only issue I had was the windows had vinyl mini blinds but no light blocking curtains. The blinds close tight enough for privacy but not enough to block the bright Florida sunshine in the morning. This was not a deal breaker for me, but light blocking curtains might be a nice addition in the future. This condo is in a good location, was clean, and had everything I needed for my stay. I highly recommend this Venetian Bay Villages condo to anyone looking for a place to stay while in Orlando."
    Guest: Lauren Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 17, 2014
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  • Great place to stay!

    "My family and I had an enjoyable stay during our stay at this villa. It was spacious enough for all 14 of us. Everyone felt right at home. Loved the fact that Walmart was very near. The community was very quiet and clean. The house manager Eileen was prompt and responsive. I look forward to staying at this home next vacation to Florida."
    Guest: Michelle M. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014
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  • Lynda - April 19, 2014

    "Beautiful condo - plenty of room - resort is extremely kid friendly. Staff very accommodating. Only complaint is with the resort shuttle. Tthe schedule is not frequent enough."
    Guest: L J Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 28, 2014
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  • WOW!!!!!

    "I would like to start by saying that the entrance to this place was to be desired. The community was inviting. The pictures that are shown are NO JUSTICE to how beautiful this place is. We were in town for an event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. (which is located only 5 minutes from the house. Also, close to Disney World) This home had plenty of room for our three families. With this house having 4 suites, we had well over enough bathrooms. Every room had working flat screen TV’s with cable! The kids had plenty to do with the activities in the garage and the pool. The kitchen had every appliance you needed. Karen, thank you for extending your lovely home to our family and we will look forward to staying there next year!"
    Guest: Charlene S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 16, 2014
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The Villages Travel Tips

The retirement community of The Villages is located in sunny, central Florida. It is 20 miles south of Ocala and 57 miles northwest of Orlando in Lake, Sumter and Marion counties. This development is home to more than 51,000 people and the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the U.S. as well as the fastest-growing small town.

The Villages' history dates back to the 1960s when Harold Schwartz, a Michigan businessman, sold land to retirees looking to escape to a warmer climate. Today, the descendants of Harold Schwartz and his son H. Gary Morse still control The Villages.

The Villages Attractions

The master-planned retirement community offers several forms of recreational activity. The Villages has numerous golf courses and offers "Free Golf for Life." Thirty-two of the courses are 9-hole layouts while the remaining 10 are country club championship courses. Two additional courses will be 27-hole layouts with a total of 621 holes of golf by the end of a final course build?-out.

Visit the Florida Carriage Museum and Resort and take a step back in time. This museum is home to the largest collection of antique horse-drawn carriages in the U.S. and is one of the largest in the world. There are more than 160 carriages from Europe and America, including the 1850 Ambruster Dress Chariot that once carried Emperor of Austria Franz Joseph and his wife, Elisabeth.

You can do plenty of shopping without leaving The Villages. There are boutiques scattered throughout the town squares, including many of the country's most popular brands. There are also grocery stores, pharmacies and superstores that will help you find everything you need. You can even venture throughout The Villages on your golf cart, the most fun way to travel through a small town.

Things to Do in The Villages

- Recreation: Aside from golf, there are three recreation centers in The Villages. These include neighborhood centers, village centers and regional centers with pools and bocce, horseshoe and shuffleboard courts as well as tennis and pickleball courts. Regional centers feature courts and fitness facilities. Those who have dogs can take their furry friends for outdoor activities at any of the 11 parks, dog parks and trails owned by The Villages.

- Entertainment: There are three town squares in The Villages, including Lake Sumter Landing's Market Square, Spanish Springs Town Square and Brownwood Paddock Square. These town squares feature nightly activities such as live music and a farmer's market. If you want to watch sports rather than participate, you can also catch a game at one of numerous softball fields or The Villages Polo Stadium. There are also opportunities to learn woodworking or take a class at the Lifelong Learning College in The Villages.

- Wineries: Visitors to The Villages can take a tour and enjoy wine tasting at Lakeride Winery and Vineyards. The winery is located in Clermont and is the former center of Florida's grape industry. There is an extensive tasting room with annual festivals and a gift shop. More than 80,000 cases, or more than 960,000 bottles, are produced at Lakeride Winery each year.

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