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'The Retreat' Villa at Sunset Lakes - Explore Disney and Florida in style

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Sleeps upto 10, lake views, 4 bedrooms + double sofa bed(s), 3.5 Baths

Welcome to 'The Retreat' Villa a wonderful high spec villa, with South/South East facing pool and lakefront location offering you a luxurious vacation home for your visit to Orlando.

The Villa is located in a cul-de-sac with no through traffic within the quiet gated community of Sunset Lakes, just 4 miles from Disney making it one of the closest rental villas available to all of the Orlando theme parks, shopping malls and many golf courses.

After a long day enjoying all that Orlando has to offer, relax and unwind around the private pool enjoying the beautiful views of Sunset Lakes and enjoy the evening entertainment of the spectacular Disney fireworks lighting up the sky.

Our beautiful 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom villa (over 2600 sq ft/over 3500 sq ft including the pool area) has recently been upgraded to a high standard, amongst the many upgrades are flat screen cable TV/DVD combo’s in all bedrooms, a large 60” flat screen cable TV and state of the art iPod dock/radio/CD player in the family room, iPod docks in all bedrooms and a fantastic outdoor entertainment area including fridge, sink, grill and cable TV and new granite worksurfaces.

The villa’s private pool overlooks the beautiful Sunset Lake, the pool is not overlooked from either side offering you the highest level of privacy. The pool can be illuminated with bright LED pool lighting. Make the most of your time at 'The Retreat' villa and enjoy the pool all day and night with our unique poolside outdoor entertainment area with grill, sink,refrigerator and cable flatscreen TV. We are also pleased to be able to offer a smaller shallow pool suitable for younger children, this adjoins the main pool.

The decking around the pool has ample furniture for all your needs including sun loungers, a high top table and bar stools as well as a breakfast table and seating.

The villa benefits from two excellent sized master suites, each master suite has a King size bed, flatscreen TV/DVD combo with 100's of cable channels including movies and sports, iPod docks, oval bath tub, walk in shower, 'his and her' sinks, WC and large walk-in closets. Both master suites have fantastic views overlooking Sunset Lake.

Two Disney themed twin rooms (Micky Mouse/Minnie Mouse themes), both of which have twin beds, iPod docks, flatscreen TV/DVD combo's with cable including kids entertainment channels and large closets.

The main family room has 3 large comfortable sofa's positioned around a fantastic 60' flatscreen smart TV with DVD and cable channels, also in the family room is a state of the art iPod dock/radio/CD player providing all the entertainment you could need.

A separate living area which we call the lounge room offers two further large sofa’s, one of which can be converted into a double sofa bed (bedding provided), and a dining room with seating for six.

The open plan large kitchen and breakfast area overlooks the family room and also has a dining table with seating for six. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large fridge/freezer with ice-maker and water dispenser, microwave oven, electric oven with ceramic hob, dishwasher, food disposal and telephone (free USA wide calls) and has recently been upgraded with granite worksurfaces.

Each room has in addition to full air conditioning, an overhead ceiling fan. This includes the pool deck keeping you cool in the fantastic Florida sun.

‘The Retreat’ continues to provide for our visitors with a large games room which is home to a pool table, table football/multi game table, darts board, a Playstation 2 with games, a TV and Hi Fi system.

For your enjoyment we have provided an extensive DVD selection and book library at ‘The Retreat’.

Sunset Lakes is a gated community with community pool and children's play area just two minutes walk away from ‘The Retreat’. In addition just 30seconds walk from the villa is a beautiful fishing dock available for your use (fishing rods provided).

There are over 20 golf courses within a very short distance from Sunset Lakes including Mystic Dunes,Orange Lake, Celebration and Falcons Fire. Feel free to visit local golf shops/outlets who are more than happy to offer advice on course condition and normally provide vouchers for cheaper green fee’s.

The Formosa Gardens shopping Plaza is about one mile from the house. It boasts several restaurants including Carrabas, TGI's, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chinese, Italian and a new Sushi Bar.

There is also crazy golf if you feel really energetic.


• 2 Master bedroom suites including King

size beds and large en-suite bathrooms

• 2 Twin bedrooms

• Sofa bed in lounge room if required (bedding provided)

• Open plan kitchen

• Dining area

• Large Games room

• Laundry room

• Private screened pool with extended decking

• Additional shallow pool ideal for young children

• Shaded lanai


• High-speed wireless internet

• High definition cable TV with 100’s of

channels including sports and music

• Flatscreen TV/DVD combo’s in all room

• 60” flatscreen TV/DVD in front room

• iPod docks in all bedrooms

• iPod dock/radio/CD player in front room

• PlayStation 2/TV and stereo in games room

• Outdoor entertainment area including grill, fridge, sink and cable TV

• Free local and long distance calls within USA

• Air conditioning

• Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living areas

• Extended pool decking area

• Baby equipment (stroller, high chair and travel cot)

• High quality bedding

• High quality bath towels and pool towels provided

• Hair dryers in all bathrooms

• Fishing rods

• Books and DVD’s

• Professional management company available 24/7

• Guest digital safe

• Newly installed house alarm with 24/7 monitoring

Keywords: Large detached home, Disney, lake, lakefront, lakeside, waterview, waterside, gated community, villa, private pool

More Details

Brian Wiliams
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Brian Wiliams

Hi, we are Brian & Carol Williams. We bought this gorgeous property with our daughter & son in law. We are completely thrilled and over the moon to own such a dream property, we have recently completed an extensive upgrade of the Villa, our aim was to make 'The Retreat' the perfect 'home away from home' for our visitors.

Brian Wiliams purchased this villa in 2013

Why Brian Wiliams chose Sunset Lakes

From the moment we saw this villa we knew it was the one, with the magnificent Sunset Lake at the rear and the spacious plot 'The Retreat' occupies, 'The Retreat' has unrivalled privacy rarely found in the rental areas surrounding Disney.

Sunset Lakes close proximity to Disney means you can spend more time enjoying the villa and the parks and less time travelling.

What makes this villa unique

'The Retreat' Villa has unparalled unobstructed panoramic views of Sunset Lake and complete privacy from our neighbours. At 'The Retreat' you will truly be able to relax in what we believe is paradise.

Being on the lake and also so near the fishing pier, playground and community pool offers added convenience for our guests.

We believe that once you have stayed at 'The Retreat', you will most definately be wanting to return.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely perfect holiday. Fell in love with the house and especially the location on the lake.

Minutes to Disney. Loads to do. Lots of shops. Nearby restaurants

Spacious well cared for house. Many many thanks
Feb 2010
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Sunset Lakes Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • En-Suite Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Part of master suite (1)
    En-Suite Bathroom (2) - toilet , tub , shower , Part of master suite (2)
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared bathroom for the 2 twin rooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , WC and sink located on the ground floor
  • En-Suite master bathrooms have a bath, walk in shower, 'his and hers' sinks, WC and walk in closets. Bathroom 3 is on the 2nd floor and is Disney themed with a bath/shower, WC and sink. Bathroom 4 is on the ground floor and consists of WC and sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Sofa Bed (Lounge Room) - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double sofa bed in the Lounge Room - bedding provided
    Master Suite (2) - 1 king , With large en-suite bathroom
    Master Suite (1) - 1 king , With large en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 (Minnie Mouse Theme) - 2 twin/ single , 2 single beds
    Bedroom 4 (Mickey Mouse Theme) - 2 twin/ single , 2 single beds
  • Master Suite (1) - King size bed, large en-suite with walk in shower, bath, 'his and her' basins and WC, walk in closet, iPod dock, TV/DVD combo with cable channels and beautiful view overlooking Sunset Lake. Master Suite (2) - King size bed, large en-suite with walk in shower, bath, 'his and her' basins and WC, walk in closet, iPod dock, TV/DVD combo with cable channels and beautiful views overlooking Sunset Lake. Twin Bedroom (1) - Minnie Mouse theme,newly installed furniture, two twin beds, flatscreen TV/DVD combo, iPod dock, closet and beautiful view overlooking Sunset Lake. Twin Bedroom (2) - Micky Mouse theme,newly installed furniture, two twin beds, flatscreen TV/DVD combo, iPod dock and closet. Lounge Room - Two large comfortable sofa's, one the sofa's can be turnt into a double sofa bed if required (bedding provided)
  • Air Hockey
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Fantastic Lake views from the deck and pool. Private Pool with kiddie splash pool. Outside Entertainment Area and extended deck with grill, fridge, sink and flatscreen cable TV. Fully equipped games room. Newly installed house alarm for your added security


Relax and relish the scenic views!

VRBO Bear stayed here

Jun 12, 2014

I have rave reviews for this home, the property management company, and the owner. Our flight into Orlando landed in the late evening. The detailed instructions on how to get to and into the home made it easy to get situated and unload. We woke up the next day to find ourselves in a gorgeous home with scenic views of the lake right behind us. I picked up breakfast items from the local grocery store (Publix; within 5-7 minutes away). By the time I got back, my family was already swimming around in the enclosed pool (great for summer time to keep the bugs away). The water was a bit chilly, being mid-June, even though we were in Florida. I realized I should have asked for the pool to be warmed up when Brian, the owner, asked me about it during the boarding checklist. After realizing my mistake, I gave the property management company a quick call and within a few short hours the pool heater had been turned on. WOW, what excellent service! I had to call the property management company a couple of times again with minor questions (e.g. wifi network access, the alarm battery died.) Wendy, the property manager, was pleasant, easy-going, and extremely responsive both times. The house gave us an opportunity to unwind and relax. Whether it was the swimming, the napping in the super comfortable beds, the roomy home, or the quiet cul-de-sac that it sat on, we took full advantage of the amenities and ability to dis-engage from the real world. The home is super close to various activities like Old Town (kid’s amusement park 15 minutes away), various restaurants (5-10 minutes), and Disney Downtown (20-30 minute drive). The home was roomy, clean, easily accessible, and just fantastic! Next time I’m in Kissimmee, I’m definitely coming back! Thank you so much for a great time.

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'The Retreat' Villa at Sunset Lakes - Explore Disney and Florida in style
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 38 reviews

Perfect Home Away From Home!!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home exceeded our expectations! We were met with a clean, comfortable, spacious home to enjoy for the entire week. There was plenty of room for all of us. We enjoyed the outdoor cooking area a great deal as we grilled out almost every evening. We would have preferred it to be a gas grill but the electric grill worked out just fine. The view over the lake was spectacular with wildlife to view during the day and fireworks to enjoy in the evening. We didn't get to use the pool as much as we would have liked to as it was a bit chilly but the kids loved it no matter what the temperature was. We were a bit disappointed that we couldn't use the pier to fish from. It is currently being rebuilt as it was destroyed in the hurricane and replacement materials are in high demand. My husband did, however, get to fish from the back yard and caught plenty of blue gill and sun perch. On our last day at the retreat he actually caught a large mouth bass. The house is very close to the theme parks and all kinds of restaurants and a couple of grocery stores. We had everything we needed within minutes of the retreat. The neighborhood is nice and quiet and everyone we met was very friendly. I highly recommend this rental property. Thanks Brian & family for opening your beautiful home to our family so we could have a spectacular vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was lovely and as described. Location was great. We would definitely recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the villa and would not hesitate to recom it to both family and friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Met our needs perfectly however not exactly as described

  • 4 of 5

First of all I don't want this to be negative because it's not. Brian has a lovely home and it is decorated to a high standard with all amenities possible. It's in a lovely gated community and we felt safe and secure. It's only 5 mins drive to many restaurants and amenities too.

We had a few niggles and items that needed attention as a legacy of previous renters and after informing Brian , he ensured these were put right in under 24 hours.

My only two points were the pool faces east and not south/south east (the sun comes up as jet lag saw directly into the rear bedrooms) which means the pool and deck were in the shade by 5pm , and fireworks across the lake were actually about 5 miles away as the crow flies and you only see the lights of the largest ones in the distance.

What could be a bonus would be a welcome pack with some basics, like bread, milk, coffee, juice, butter etc just to get you over a late arrival as we were, even if it adds to the price

Overall would I come back, most definitely now I know what to expect, and this is Orlando after all so you probably won't use the pool area anyway.

I would like to personally thank Brian for his hospitality also.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fantastic villa, great location , great facilities and decor. Great lake view of sunrise

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the retreat , couldn't ask for a better home to stay in , a great location with excellent facilities, everything you everything you need and some !

This was our second time at the retreat and it felt like home from home , a real treat to watch the sunrise in the morning at the lake or to watch the fireworks at night but also so much wildlife to watch and spot, the pool was fab to relax at any time of the day !

The security at the complex and the villa itself made us a feel safe and secure it is a lovely quiet community where you feel at home .

Close to all the parks too and almost forgot to mention the games room which was so much fun for us and the kids to have a game of pool or darts , we did not want to leave !!

Brain easy to contact and promt to answer any questions you may have , we hope to be lucky enough to return to the retreat in the near future .

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional & Great Value.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to The Retreat having stayed in 2015. This time we decided to stay around and use the facilities the house had to offer rather than cram in as many parks as possible and only use The Retreat as a base.

It’s a pleasure and a privilege to stay in such a well kept clean and spacious home in such a convenient position for when we did decide to venture out to some of the parks.

We made good use of the Pool area enjoying many evening meals using the outside grill before watching The Disney Fireworks in the distance and breakfasting overlooking the gorgeous lake with stunning sun rises in the morning, yes we were early risers!

G/pa taught us all to fish, successfully too and in return he got a few pointers from us on how to shoot pool and play darts in the games room.

Information supplied by the owner is of excellent use providing directions to The Parks, various shopping outlets and Malls as well as all information required about the house.

This really was a super holiday made all the better by staying in such a fabulous homely Villa.

Highly recommended.

A big thank you to the owners.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review of 'The Retreat' and for returning for your 2nd visit. Seems a perfect trade off of skills between G/Pa and the rest of the group, fishing out the back of 'The Retreat' or from the nearby dock is a great way to pass some time relaxing amongst the wildlife and birds that call Sunset Lake their home. Breakfast around 'The Retreat' pool and watching the sun rise over the beautiful Sunset Lake, what better way to start your day! We cannot wait to have you back for visit number 3! Thank you, 'The Retreat' at Sunset Lakes
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for just under two weeks and we loved every minute of it. The house and its surroundings are absolutely beautiful making you feel like at home.

I would definitely be returning to the house in the near future!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 5* review and choosing 'The Retreat' for your vacation. We chose to purchase 'The Retreat' due to its beautiful lakefront location and the well maintained secure gated community that is Sunset Lake, a combination that during many previous vacations in the area we know is hard to find. We cannot wait to have you back at 'The Retreat' real soon. Thank you, 'The Retreat' at Sunset Lakes
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Outback and Buffalo Wild Wings
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Orange Lake and Mystic Dunes
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Junction 64 , I4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster plus others
Nearest Beach
65 Miles
Gulf Coast
Car: recommended

'The Retreat' villa occupies possibly the best position on Sunset Lakes for proximity to community pool and play area, fishing deck but also quiet cul de sac position with no through traffic.

'The Retreat' has beautiful views of Sunset Lake and an early wake up is rewarded with a views of a breathtaking sunrise over Sunset Lake.

There is a newly fitted house alarm for your added security and comfort


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Utilites, Air conditioning/heating, quality bed linen, towels (including pool towels), high speed wireless internet & local phone calls, a high chair and travel cot.

Pool heating - £15 per day
Additional maid clean(during stay) - £100 per clean

UK customers - Bank transfer, PayPal or cheque
Oversee's customers - Bank transfer or PayPal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.