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Recent The Villages reviews

  • Great experience and a great location

    "Hard to believe this is the first review on VRBO, but our experience for our stay during December was great. It was our first visit to The Villages and this home and location did not disappoint in any way. Very comfortable, private and a great view off the lanai and one could not want for more for a vacation, be it short or longer term. The owners were great to work with and they are people who are a strong attribute to VRBO and can be trusted to the fullest. I can only say anyone who is planning a trip to the Villages will not be disappointed in this location or in their dealings with the owners. We plan to return and this home is where we will revisit."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 6, 2014
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  • Great home away from home.

    "My wife and I rented this home for the month of March 2014. It is fully equipped and ideally located in the Villages. Cindy the owner was excellent to deal with and very responsive when we had questions. Home included a golf cart,resident cards and free wifi and phone. You won't find much better anywhere."
    Guest: Duncan C. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 26, 2014
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  • Great location, terrific furnishings!

    "We rented this property for 12 days in July and had a terrific time. Debra was great to work with and provided all of the information we needed to have a terrific stay. The house is furnished very tastefully and has everything you have in your own well-provisioned home. The master mattress is great if you have back troubles. We enjoyed having breakfast on the screened porch. The real test of a landlord is how they handle challenges and problems. There was a lightening strike right before our arrival that took out computer and phone system. Debra (from out of the country!) managed to get both systems up just in time for our trip. We also had trouble with the golf cart (it has been replaced so no worries for future tenants) and were able to get a local man to deliver one to us; which Debra reimbursed. Lastly, the neighbors near this home were delightful, as was the neighborhood pool, SeaBreeze Regional Rec Center and Hemingways at Havana Country Club (great restaurant)--all super close to this home. We highly recommend this home and landlord."
    Guest: cindy g. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 19, 2014
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  • A perfect spot in The Villages

    "This was our third stay in The Villages, and I must say that we enjoyed Oakley Villa more than any other. The property is located two miles from the Southern Trace shopping complex and is midway between the Spanish Springs and Lake Sumpter Landing town squares. The home itself is very tastefully furnished and comes completely stocked with all the necessities (kitchenware, paper goods, etc.) There are three televisions, ceiling fans in each room, WiFi, a golf cart, and two bicycles...one really could not ask for more. The lanai was a favorite spot of ours---perfect for dining and/or relaxing. Perhaps the best part of all was dealing with the owner, Norman Hughes, and his local representative, Kathy Hall. We found both to be very responsive, courteous, and thorough in dealing with our questions and just a joy to communicate with. We'd highly recommend Oakley Villa for your stay in The Villages."
    Guest: Lew Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: April 26, 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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