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Near Downtown Lakeland. Sun-N-Fun, FSC, FSU, RP Funding Center, Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Charming, 500 sq. ft.1920 second floor guesthouse. One bedroom with queen size bed. One bathroom and dining-living area. Comfortably accommodates 4 people. Full size sofa bed in living room. Modern fully equipped kitchen. 48” LED flat screen HDTV, HD DVD player, Amazon Firestick with Amazon Prime & Netflix, free WIFI.

Private fenced courtyard with hot tub, grille, table and chairs for outdoor dining. Bicycles and private laundry/storage room are free for guests.

All linens, towels, blankets, kitchen essentials, basic toiletries, hair dryer, iron and ironing board provided.

No cleaning fee. Weekly housekeeping provided on stays of over one week.

We are a short walk to FL Southern College and downtown Lakeland and a short drive to SEU and Lakeland Airport. Ideally situated between Tampa and Orlando with easy access to Disney World, Universal Studios, Bok Tower, Busch Gardens, Legoland, etc.

House Rules:

>No smoking

>No pets

>Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

>No parties or events

>The courtyard and hot tub is available until 10 PM (11 PM weekends)

>No additional guests beyond what is agreed to

More Details

Kelly Bare
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Kelly Bare

Hello. I am Kelly and that is my lovely wife Sharman and our Jack Russell terrier Mick with our 1948 Cessna 140 aircraft. I am a retired aircraft accident investigator and active private pilot. Sharman is a retired legal assistant. Originally from Chicago, Illinois we moved to Florida over 20 years ago. We are very active, love adventure, travel and meeting new people.

Kelly Bare purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Kelly Bare chose East Lake Morton

We love our 1917 house and guesthouse. Especially our courtyard...our little slice of paradise. Quiet, private, and relaxing. The East Lake Morton Historic District neighborhood is a central Florida gem located between Orlando & Tampa... A beautiful, cosmopolitan little city with many events and activities to offer, but still a respite from the noise and congestion of Orlando & Tampa.

What makes this apartment unique

During our travels throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico we have stayed at many a B & B, cottage, apartment. Thus we have first-hand experience in knowing what tourists desire in a place to stay away from home. We strive to make our guesthouse comfortable, clean, quiet and a fun place to stay. We are always willing to do whatever is required to make our guests stay pleasant. We also provide a separate laundry/storage room with washer and dryer and space for luggage, bicycles, fishing gear, etc. We offer free use of bicycles, spa and summer kitchen for our guests as well.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We very much enjoyed our stay here! Thank you so much!
Oct 2015
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East Lake Morton Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Efficient bathroom. Freshly renovated with all new fixtures. European porcelain sink, medicine cabinet with mirror, smooth, modern walk-in fiberglass shower. Good lighting and exhaust fan. Hair dryer and basic toiletries (liquid hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion) towels, hand cloths and wash cloths provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen size -Sleeps 2
    Sofa Bed in Living Room - Full size - Sleeps 2
  • Freshly renovated bedroom with new Queen size bed and new firm mattress, new pillows and linens. Storage drawers under bed. Iron & ironing board provided. Storage area for clothing with hangars, pants/slacks hanging area and shelves. Dresser with jewelry drawer and mirror. Clothes hamper. Full length mirror. Opening windows with pull-down shades. Dedicated heat & AC unit in bedroom. Original varnished wood floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Weekly housekeeping included with stays over one week.


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Near Downtown Lakeland. Sun-N-Fun, FSC, FSU, RP Funding Center, Hot Tub!
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 29 reviews

This is a wonderful retreat, far better than a hotel!!

  • 5 of 5

Kelly and Sharman were wonderful hosts! The property is extremely comfortable with everything you might need to stay in and cook if you desire, and close enought to many great places to eat if you choose to get out. The courtyard is beautiful and a great spot to sit and relax after a busy day. Enjoyed a nice bike ride around the lakes with the bike Kelly provided and was close to the FSC where I was visiting my daughter. Would stay here every time I come to Lakeland and far better than any hotel stay I have had. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic apartment in the heart of Lakeland!

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad we found this wonderful and unique getaway spot. The apartment is so special and nicely decorated. You get the immediate feeling of home as soon as you enter the unit. And, Kelly and Sharman are wonderful hosts. We did not get to use the hot tub while there, but Kelly had it ready when we arrived. We'll make sure to partake on our next visit, and we will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at this lovely guesthouse for 5 days and have nothing but good to say about it. The courtyard is lovely, and as gardener myself, I loved all its nuances. It was so hot while we were there that we didn't use the hot tub, but it is private and surrounded by the beautiful courtyard garden. The guesthouse is small, but so well designed and beautifully decorated and appointed. Thanks so much for the wonderful stay!! Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Coming back, I'm sure!

  • 5 of 5

So happy we found Kelly's guesthouse! We needed a spot close to my in-laws in Auburndale (Mother-in-law is battling cancer). The guesthouse is simply delightful! I can't say enough about how clean it is!!!! And Kelly's attention to detail is impeccable! He and his wife have thought of everything! Even graciously let us plug in our Tesla for an overnight charge.

Sure hope this little gem is available for our return trips to Lakeland.

Thanks Kelly!

Donna Linski


  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Get Away !

  • 5 of 5

Excellent if you are looking for a quiet, clean and very accommodating place! The completely renovated apt is equipped with everything needed to make your stay convenient and comfortable. Love the garden and patio! Wish I could have had more time to enjoy it! So peaceful and Owners Kelly and Sharman are the greatest! They are always available if needed and will always make you feel right at home! Thanks y'all!! Look forward to returning in the near future!

Janice and JoAnn ( SC Sisters )

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this exceptional property. The home was extremely comfortable and clean. The proprietors were so helpful and wonderful hosts. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Red Door
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Cleveland Heights Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.8 Miles
Amtrak, Downtown Lakeland
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
U.S. Highway 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Red Door
Nearest Beach
58 Miles
Clearwater Beach
Car: necessary

Lakeland is a great place to kick back & enjoy excellent restaurants, entertainment, the farmers market, food truck rallies and more.

Visit the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures located at the Florida Southern College campus.

Take in a play or movie at the historic 1920’s Polk theatre. Walk, bicycle or roller skate around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth, just a few blocks South.

Check out world-class entertainment at the Lakeland Center or play golf on one of the 30+ golf courses in Lakeland. Aviation buffs will want to visit Lakeland Linder Regional Airport - Home of the Sun-N-Fun Fly In, the second largest in the U.S., just 5 miles away.

Visit the aviation museum at the airport or the art museum downtown.

For baseball fans, the Detroit Tigers Winter Headquarters for Spring Training is at Joker Marchant Stadium just 4 miles away. 
Both I-4 and the Polk Parkway are close by and provide easy access to Orlando/Disney area attractions (50 miles/45 minutes) Tampa attractions (40 miles/35 minutes) gulf beaches (the BEST in the world!) sports action and Ybor City night life.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Two (2) night minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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