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The Retreat by the Lake - Upscale Executive Lakeside Villa Near Disney

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

4 Bedrooms, 2 full Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

There have been many new upgrades added to The Retreat: New living room sofas; New dining room chairs, new glass top stove; New games room furniture. Check out our new updated pictures.

Welcome to our villa, The Retreat by the Lake. The Retreat by the Lake is a luxury lakeside rental villa in the Orlando Florida area just minutes from Disney World. The villa has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private south facing pool that overlooks a lake. It has just been completely renovated and refurnished, and provides all the modern amenities that should be expected from a 5-star vacation home including a games room. The villa is located on a tree lined street in the quiet gated community of Sunset Lakes. This location is a true oasis in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. Whether you’ve just done “Dumbo or Die” at the Magic Kingdom, spent the day on the links converting that 96 into a 69, or watched some exciting baseball spring training, you can return through the gates of this established community into a peaceful, serene environment where you have your own spacious villa at a fraction of the cost of a 5 star hotel.
The Retreat by the Lake now features a 55' high definition TV with Blue Ray and Netflix.

5 Star Luxury without the Price: The Retreat by the Lake has been renovated to offer a self-catered luxury experience at affordable rates. You will pay three to four times as much for comparable accommodations at the nearby theme parks. All the bedrooms have been tastefully appointed and equipped. The large living room and dining room overlooks the pool and the lake. You can have your morning coffee as the Sandhill cranes and ibis saunter by just feet from the lanai. You can catch bass as bald eagles soar over the lake. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range, microwave, ice making fridge, garbage disposal unit, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle and many other conveniences. The Retreat by the Lake also features a games room with a slate pool table and darts.

Convenience with Tranquility: When you stand on the quiet tree lined street outside the villa you wouldn't suspect that you are just minutes away from the theme parks and the stores / restaurants of Kissimmee. Grocery, big box and drug stores are just minutes away. Everyone who visits the Retreat by the Lake and Sunset Lakes is impressed by the peaceful tranquility of the neighbourhood and the lake. Other vacation home communities close to the Theme Parks cannot offer you this combination.

Security and Privacy: Sunset Lakes is a gated community with an electronic key code access and surveillance system. The Retreat by the Lake itself has its own electronic key code access system. Your code, which is unique to your stay, will be provided to you by email prior to the start of the stay. If there are issues our Property Management Company is available to assist you. . Two safes are available to protect your valuables. All sliding doors at The Retreat by the Lake are secured by safety locks and door alarms so you can keep track of the little ones. The Retreat by the Lake backs onto the lake, not someone else's backyard. Visibility from the neighbour’s backyards is restricted by hedges, screens and the lake.

If the dates you want aren’t available please check out our other family owned home on Homeaway listing number 3562756.

While the HomeAway cancellation policy listed for this villa is set to no refund , our full cancellation is articulated below.

Please be advised that a refundable damage deposit will be required 1 month prior to your arrival date.
Should it become necessary for your party to cancel the booking, we ask that it be done in writing and signed by the party leader. The cancellation will become effective from the date it is received in our office. Cancellations are subject to a charge detailed below as a percentage of the total amount due dependent on the time you cancel.
Cancellation notice given:
8 - 6 weeks 40% of full amount will be deducted*
6 - 4 weeks 80% of full amount will be deducted*
4 - 0 weeks 100% of full amount*
*If an alternative rental is found for the cancelled dates we will refund all monies less the initial deposit.


Member since: 2010

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 1733 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • All bedrooms have new furniture, flat screen TV's, DVD players and ceiling fans. The Master Bedroom opens out onto the pool deck and lake. The King and Queen beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets. There is a ' Mickey Room' option for one of the twin bedrooms for those children (or young at heart) who want to have a full Disney experience....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Master Ensite Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower


  • Second Batroom: toilet, shower


  • Both bathrooms have been completely renovated. The ensuite bathroom features a large tastefully decorated tiled walk-in shower stall and a large soaker tub. There are two sinks with his and her mirrors as well as an adjustable make-up mirror. The hallway bathroom also features a beautiful tiled walk-in shower stall and two sinks / vanities.....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The villa was completely renovated in 2011. The villa features a new tile floor throughout. The kitchen has been completely remodeled and all appliances are new. The living and dining rooms have also been professionally remodeled and refurnished in a modern contemporary style. The Retreat uses many energy saving technologies including CFL lighting whenever possible. The Retreat has a games room with a pool table and XBOX system. In addition to your own private pool overlooking the lake there is a community pool just steps away from the Retreat where you can entertain larger groups. The Retreat is fully cleaned by our professional staff before and after each guest however you may request additional cleaning services if desired (additional cost applies). The Retreat has secure WiFi internet access throughout. Credit Cards via PayPal are accepted. For savings visit our website listed below...moreless


  • Books:

    There is a large collection of easy reading books available in the living room...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • DVD Player:

    All bedrooms are equipped with blue-ray players...moreless

  • Game Room
  • Games:

    There is a large collection of board games available to guest. includes sorry, monopoly, clue and many more...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Pool Table:

    7ft professional grade slate table...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    The villa has Comcast Xfinity cavle...moreless

  • Television:

    There is a TV if every bedroom as well as a 55" smart TV in the living room...moreless

  • Video Games:

    Family Entertainment center in Games room with XBOX Kinnects...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a large collection of family appropriate DVD's/Blue-Ray available in the living room....moreless


  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Lovely tranquil lake full of birds and turtles...moreless

  • Lake View:

    Scenic View of Sunset Lake...moreless

  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    The elegant dining room seats six, There is additional space or two at the kitchen bad...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    New large capacity dryer available...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Secured Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Full living room with entertainment center...moreless

  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Parking available for up to two vehicles in the drive way. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Additional parking is available within Sunset Lakes...moreless

  • Safe
  • Telephone:

    Free North American calling...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    New large capacity washing machine available...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    The villa has an extensive range of cooking utensils. There is a complete set of pots and pans available...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The villa includes a large selection of dishes, glasses and cutlery for both inside and pool use suitable for up to 8 guests. There is an extremely large selection of utensil available to guests....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Powerful stainless steel dishwasher...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Included with the fridge is a spacious freezer section complete with an automatic ice maker...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen was completed renovated in 2011 and has had many upgrades to its appliances and utensils since then. In 2016 a new stainless steel glass top stove/oven was installed...moreless

  • Microwave:

    Stainless steel microwave complete with stop top vent and exp ells odors to the outside...moreless

  • Oven:

    Brand new stainless steel / glass top stove/owen...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    there is a large selection of bowls available...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The villa features a large stainless steel fridge...moreless

  • Stove:

    Brand new stainless steel / glass top stove/owen...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Pool Deck with Patio Furniture...moreless

  • Gated Community
  • Golf:

    The villa is within 15 meeting of at least 10 golf fabulous course...moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:


  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a large community pool just steps away from the villa. ...moreless

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    The villa has a screened in 12' x 28' pool. Pool heat is available and recommended from October to April...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 41 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring - 2017
Apr 22 - Jun 30, 2017
4 night min stay
Summer - 2017
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
4 night min stay
Fall - 2017
Sep 2 - Dec 22, 2017
4 night min stay
Christmas - 2017 / New Years
Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay
Winter Special
Jan 6 - Jan 12, 2018
7 night min stay
Winter - 2018
Jan 13 - Mar 2, 2018
4 night min stay
Spring Break - 2018
Mar 3 - Mar 16, 2018
4 night min stay
Late Winter - 2018
Mar 17 - Mar 23, 2018
4 night min stay
Easter - 2018
Mar 24 - Apr 6, 2018
7 night min stay
Spring - 2018
Apr 7 - Jun 29, 2018
4 night min stay
Summer - 2018
Jun 30 - Sep 7, 2018
4 night min stay
Fall - 2018
Sep 8 - Dec 21, 2018
4 night min stay
Christmas - 2018
Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2019
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $95 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.5%


Optional Pool Heat: $25/night + taxes: recommended from 1 Oct to 30 Apr.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 04/27/2017
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24 Miles
Nearest Airport
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Orange Lakes
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
192 Irlo-Bronson Memorial Hywy
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Bahama Breeze

Car: Necessary

The Retreat is between 2.6 and 5.6 miles from the Disney Theme Parks with Sunset Lakes being one of the closest vacation communities to the Mouse. The Retreat itself backs south onto Sunset Lake. You can sit all day by the pool and bask in sunshine while watching the wildlife on the lake. The Retreat is about 19 minutes from Sea World and 27 minutes from Universal Studios. A short drive of 90 minutes will take you to the beaches on both the Atlantic or Gulf coasts.

Other Activities: Hot air balloon rides


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We are retired Canadian civil servants. Before leaving the government we decided that we wanted to spend our winters in Florida. The Retreat is our winter "retreat". The Retreat by the Lake is really an extension of our home. and has been renovated and decorated to reflect our taste. When we are not there we are very happy to share our home with guests. We also manage the bookings for Mike's sister's villa, The Lake House at Sunset Lakes. It too is a winter home and reflects her tastes.

Why the Owner Chose Sunset Lakes (Four Corners, FL, USA):
We discovered The Retreat by the Lake in 2010 and immediately fell in love with it. The south facing view from the pool deck over the lake is just amazing. We completely renovated and re-decorated The Retreat by the Lake in 2010 and 2011 so that it reflects our taste. In 2013 Mike's sister's, Jane, purchased the Lake House at Sunset Lakes which is only three doors down from The Retreat and it has the same amazing lake view from the pool deck as The Retreat. It was renovated and decorated to the same standard as The Lake House to the same standard as The Retreat. Since the renovations to both villas we have continuously been making small improvements to them. It because we live there too.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
If you want to stay at a villa that has superlative amenities, beautiful surroundings, and is very close to the theme parks then either The Retreat by the Lake or The Lake House at Sunset Lakes are for you. Being located in central Florida you are within a half day drive of everything you could possible see in Florida. Be it the Atlantic, or Gulf Coast, Kennedy Space Center, Miami or St Augustine.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/27/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Or just enjoy

    Or just enjoy

  • The Living Room

    The Living Room

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • The master bedroom

    The master bedroom

  • The master bedroom overlooking the pool and the Lake

    The master bedroom overlooking the pool and the Lake

  • Ensuite bathroom

    Ensuite bathroom

  • The Second Master Bedroom

    The Second Master Bedroom

  • Or not The Mickey Room

    Or not The Mickey Room

  • The Main bathroom

    The Main bathroom

  • The games Room

    The games Room

  • Enjoy a glass of wine by the Pool

    Enjoy a glass of wine by the Pool

  • Or take a dip

    Or take a dip

  • The elegant dining area

    The elegant dining area

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

  • The master bedroom

    The master bedroom

  • Ensuite bathroom

    Ensuite bathroom

  • The Second Master Bedroom

    The Second Master Bedroom

  • The Mickey Room

    The Mickey Room

  • Second twin bedroom

    Second twin bedroom

  • The Main Bathroom

    The Main Bathroom

  • The Retreat By the Lake

    The Retreat By the Lake

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