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Ideally located in an established community in Central Florida

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,518 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large 3 BR, 2 bath with room for 10! Own pool

The master bedroom is located en suite in the opposite side of the house from the other two bedrooms, permitting privacy for two families to share. A large pool area, overlooked from the dining room-kitchen or the lanai, mature tropical plants and flowers in the garden, makes this an ideal home away from home. 5 minutes from the Polk Parkway, gives you access to the entire spectrum of central Florida attractions, beaches and activities. Don´t forget the 30+ golf courses in Lakeland itself, the unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the city center, the lake walks or the many restaurant choices nearby.

James Derry
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About James Derry

Owned by a Nordic family, whose work led them to Florida, then back to Europe, it was a sad thing to cut the ties to our Florida home. By sharing it with others, we share the local joys, the weather, the relaxing lifestyle, and can still keep the house for when we can get back. Many friends, family and friends we have not yet met have stayed and keep coming back for Sun n Fun, the beaches, golf, tennis, birdwatching and the Orlando-area attractions. Easy to get to, and a welcome relief to leave the other tourists behind to their hectic stays at plastic hotels and come 'home.' Pick up fresh sushi from the sushi chef at Publix, eat at one of the area restaurants, grill poolside, it just feels good here!

James Derry purchased this house in 2005

Why James Derry chose Central/Disney/Orlando Area

Of course, the kids can play in a hotel pool, but what a joy to have them just outside the window. Relax with a book in the lanai if the sun is too hot midday, or under the parasol outside. The friendly neighbors and quiet area, yet just 5 minutes to the Polk Parkway and the interstate to Tampa or Orlando. Bring your own bikes and cruise the secondary roads to Daytona, out to the Gulf beaches, view the manatees or what-ever catches your fancy.

Want a dip after putting the youngest to bed? Light up the underwater lights and night-swim. Cap it off with a glass of wine or a beer under the stars.

What makes this house unique

Great pool, fully-equiped house, from good beds to a well-stocked library in Danish, English, and some German books. Our DVD and CD collections are also available for viewing and listening. Sit in the lanai an evening with a major thunderstorm. Inside, yet outside, with Nature providing a lightshow with soundtrack, the thunder rolling to compete with the music while you chat together round the teak table.


Lakeland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2518 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite in master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Each of the two bathrooms include tubs with showers, ample space in drawers and wardrobes for storage. Sliding glass 'Florida doors' for the shower areas.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon is behind screen in massive bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Two single futons available
  • Master en suite bedroom features Danish designer bed and wardrobe, as well as build-in wardrobe. Tempur-pedic mattress. Large room containing desk and area with extra futon double bed, and 2 single futon chairs. Smaller children that want to be nearby can therefore have their own beds behind the screen, but in the same room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Ideally located in an established community in Central Florida
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
Stanley Virginia

Just what we needed!!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home, the layout was perfect. The pool was awesome for the kids. WE will definitely be back again. Thanks James for letting us enjoy your home. Pam was awesome, she took care of any questions or concerns asp. Check in was very easy!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the 2018 reservation! You are welcome back any time, of course. We miss our house, but enjoy the wonderful, positive vibrations that happy guests like you leave behind. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback!
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a home and not staying in a motel/hotel. We were so lucky to find this home! It is beautiful! The neighborhood is quiet. It was close to everything we wanted to do. It was nice to be able to let the kids play in the yard without having to be right there. The house is even more beautiful than the pictures portray. The owner, James, is awesome! He answered all 80,000 questions that I had :)

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home

  • 4 of 5

Nice house, good location

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your group enjoyed it!
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Great place

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay. Not a lot of instruction about cleaning which was kind of awkward but overall great experience

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lucky to rent this fantastic home!

  • 5 of 5

This was our very first time renting a home and we were very LUCKY finding this one. Our family of 6 stayed here for our nephew's college graduation at Florida Southern in Lakeland. House is fantastic (very clean) and much bigger than it shows in the photos, has everything you need. The owner James answered all of our questions promptly and was very helpful. Highly recommend renting this home for families.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best home ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home with all of our family for a wedding. It was an amazing time. Love that the property is furnished with whatever you need. The picture's don't do it justice. James was wonderful to communicate with and I would highly recommend this property. House is very beautiful! Will stay here again in the future

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.5 Miles
Lakeland Linder
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Several in area,
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
24 Varied golf courses in area
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Polk Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Large selection on South Florida
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Clearwater beach, 1 hour and 20 minutes
Car: necessary

Ideally situated in central Florida, with easy access to the known 'attractions,' like Disney, (50 minutes), Legoland (30 minutes), Bok Tower Gardens built on the highest point in Florida (40 minutes) the Tampa Bay areas many fine beaches and night-life, as well as the incredible nature that most tourists seem to miss. Paddle down the river in a canoe or kayak, viewing the birds, wildlife, and wild flowers. In Lakeland itself, the historic Polk theatre has live music, the university buildings are one of the largest collections of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, the lake in town with many water-fowl and a running, cycling and skating path all round. Explore the old cobble-stone areas of the city center or play golf on one of the 30+ golf courses in Lakeland. Lakeland-Linder airport is home to the second largest fly-in and air show in the world, after Oshkosh. The museums at the airport satisfy the aviation interested. Are you a pilot, take your seaplane rating nearby. Radio-controlled pilots will also find a great field for their interests with many world-champion aircraft based in the area, as well as a manufacturer.

Compared to a hotel, in our well/equipped kitchen, you can save by preparing many of your meals, have a tea or coffee when it suits you, relax in your own pool or go for a quiet walk in the friendly residential area.


Rates & Availability

Lakeland House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $120
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

There is a car available for 300 dollars a week. Must be returned with full tank at departure. Pick-up can be arranged at area airports, Tampa, Orlando or Lakeland for a small charge.

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