Recently updated Home For 8 w/Pool, Games Room, Wifi Just 15 Minutes To Mickey!
We are Robert & Donna. We are a friendly, outgoing couple from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Western Canada. We have been married for 34 years. Robert designs and builds new homes, and Donna is highly successful as a salesperson of travel trailers and huge fifth-wheels. Robert is a creative whiz with a strong design and writing orientation, and Donna is also a master chef with a huge library of cookbooks, and a very strong artistic and creative flair as well. We LOVE travelling in Florida, and love our villa located just south of Walt Disney World. We have spent a great deal of time upgrading and tweaking it in order to make our guests feel pampered and comfortable. Without doubt, our villa has some of the nicest interior finishing in our entire subdivision. We have three (now) adult children, the eldest who worked as a cast member at Epcot in Disney's International Program for a year. Robert is a bit of a theme park buff, and very knowledgeable about the Central Florida area. All of this allows him to provide excellent advice to our villa guests about their trips; what to do, where and when to go, how much time to allow, things suitable for children, etc. We also understand how to 'do' Disney on a small budget, or a big one if that is your taste, and are happy to share our advice and experience with our many guests. We continue to upgrade and improve out properties, pouring everything they generate back into them in order to provide the best experience we can for our guests.
Robert purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Robert chose Thousand Oaks
We first stayed in the area in 2003, and completely fell in love with the place! I timed the drive from the driveway to the parking lot of the Magic Kingdom, and it was under fifteen minutes, yet the villa was located in a very quiet and safe conservation sub-division, that was really hidden out of the way. The homes in the area were not built with no personality and right on top of each other like so many vacation rental developments are. As business owners we were intrigued by the aspects of running a vacation rental business, and began watching the real estate listings for the home we had stayed in, and when it came up for sale (six years later), we bought it! The conservation subdivision where our home is located has a good mix of owner residents and vacation homes, so the area is safe and kept in good repair. It is very beautiful, designed around a central 40 acre lake, and is very pleasant for a morning or evening stroll, when one can enjoy many birds, the odd small wildlife and a pleasant 'Hello' from neighbours. In late 2011, while visiting our first Florida home (which has been a very successful vacation rental for us), we discovered this property was for sale. We were able to immediately purchase it, but knew it would take some work to bring it up to a standard suitable for our guests. After a year of work and renovations (not just decorating - we jack-hammered out floors, moved plumbing, tore out and built walls) we welcomed our first guests in December 2012. Since then we have been accumulating rave reviews! This particular villa is located at the edge of the development against some tropical forest on the back side of the home where the pool and lanai are situated. The closest rear neighbor is a full lot away, and we have put in privacy landscaping to beautify and separate the pool area from neighbours. This affords our guests privacy, and a wonderful environment, without being alone in the country.
What makes this Villa unique
Like our other property, there is an absolute joy that permeates this villa. Part of this is due to the fact that we have been able to have a personal hand in every part of the property's interior through the major interior renovation we undertook in 2012. And we've continued that with outdoor renovations this year, creating the widest pool deck in the area! Our lanai overlooks our enclosed pool, which looks out to the rear yard, an open area featuring lawn and a large oak tree decorated with hanging Spanish moss. The villa is quiet, comfortable and relaxing, yet it is within 15 minutes drive of everything Walt Disney World has to offer, and Universal Studios, Sea World, (20 minutes) and the new LegoLand (30 minutes) theme park are all close by as well. Beyond that there are all of the shopping, dining and golf opportunities that one would expect in the No.1 tourist destination in the world! Daytona Beach, Tampa, Clearwater Beach, the Kennedy Space Center are all about an hour's drive away. We have used the villa as a launching point to explore so much of Florida's incredible natural and cultural amenities. One of the very unique benefits our guests enjoy is the very professional level of management and care we bring to the operation of our villa. Each of our guests receive their own personalized web page from which to manage their reservation, allowing them to confirm details, make payments, and download custom maps and other documents we have prepared for our guests, including a detailed home manual. In addition to this, our guests receive a pass code to order genuine theme park tickets online at the guaranteed best price (without hassle or timeshare presentations) which can then be delivered right to the villa (free of charge in some cases)! We take great care of our guests! Gorgeous NEW Interior! 4/2 Pool Home with Everything You Want 2 miles to Disney!
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Had a great time at Thousand Oaks, location was great for Disney and all local locations. Accommodation was excellent for our family and grandchildren and we all made the most of the pool.
highly recommended for family fun.
Very efficient, friendly, professional service.
This villa is well maintained, recent modernisations, clean with everything you need. The owner is very friendly and professional and maintain's excellent contact throughout the booking experience and to support during the stay. The pool area is wonderful and clean, the pool heating was perfect, no issues and always clean and warm. The villa is two minutes from the I4 and 1 minute from local shops like publix. The villa although close to amenities feels very remote and quiet due to the non-overlooked rear outside space which makes for a lovely relaxing holiday. Highly recommend. Having used other villa owners in orlando I definitely recommend Robert. The level of communication and professionalism makes such a difference to ensure a stress free holiday.
Thank you William & Naomi for your kind words. It was a pleasure to be able to welcome you to our Florida home, and I'm glad we had the dates open and were able to accommodate you. Please come back soon.
Amazing home made our vacation more amazing!!
This was the first time my family and I rented a personal home for vacation. It was a great experience! The home was beautiful and well maintained. There was plenty of space for the 5 of us. The pool was the highlight for our kids. It was nice to see all the pool toys that were available for our use as well. I loved being able to have the space to spread out a bit compared to being in a cramped hotel room. The home is located close to the theme parks and very easy to get back and forth. Publix was super close which was great. I loved having the washer and dryer to wash our clothes before we left. It makes getting home so much easier lol. Rob called while we were there and he was so friendly and easy to talk to. I felt very safe in the neighborhood as well. All the neighbors waved to say hi when they saw us driving by. All the instructions were easy to follow and we had no issues. We would definitely love to stay here again someday! And I would recommend this rental home to anyone looking to stay away from hotels and crowded pools.
Thanks Amber! It was such a treat to speak to you on the phone when you were at the property and understand first hand how much you were enjoying it. That really made my heart glad because after all... that is really what we are after; happy guests! Please do come back soon! We would love to have you here or at our other property again. Many thanks! Robert
Seems nicer,fresher and with more space at the pictures than in reality
With the nice pictures from the homesite in mind we saw forward for the stay. When we arrived our first impression was that the house felt smaller and not so fresh that it seems on the pictures.
Unfortunately the pool heater did not work our first week but after we have been in contact with the owner, it was repaired and works the last three days.
Every owner wants to have nothing but 5 star reviews so this is disappointing, however likely reflects cultural differences regarding ratings as much as the actual stay. The contact from the guest was “We enyoing the stay here in Florida and at your villa.”
The villa is well maintained to keep it as fresh as possible. It is impossible to be responsible for how guests interpret photos which are taken with blinds open for natural light, lights on, and the property presented at its best.
Sometimes guests arrive after months of anticipation, tired and weary after traveling a long way, and with jet lag added, may be set up for disappointment. In the winter when the sun is low, guests may arrive to find the property dark, with blinds closed and few lights on. While the villa is no different than the photos, the 1st impression can be.
Having the villa full to its max capacity (mostly adults) will make it feel smaller than for an average family plus a couple of grandparents. We have stayed with our own family of seven adults and do not find the villa small, and the vast majority of our guests agree.
The comments regarding the pool heater malfunction do not provide an accurate picture. Unfortunately, in the harsh Florida environment, even the best maintained equipment will break down. We promise to respond to all situations just as quickly as possible. (For example, we had a factory warranty technician out on a Friday evening at 7:00 PM after being alerted to a problem at 2:00 that afternoon.)
This guest’s stay was two full weeks. We were alerted to the pool being cold on the sixth evening of their stay. We immediately contacted the repair company who attended as soon as possible. The heater did need repairs which were completed just as quickly as possible. It functioned well for the remainder of their stay and continues to do so. It was functioning more than just the last three nights of their stay, though this may have only been when they chose to use the pool.
Had we been alerted earlier, this could have been addressed sooner. In order to prevent future issues, we are installing new technology right now which will monitor and immediately alert us to problems, plus allow remote adjustment of settings.
We already use similar tech to monitor the A/C and hot water heater, allowing us to detect and respond to issues before a guest may even be aware of them.
We are committed to doing the most we can to ensure the best stay for all of our cherished guests.
Great place to stay!!
The booking process was easy and the Villa was exactly as advertised. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your spacious Villa. The proximity to attractions and local shops was ideal (and the maps with directions were greatly appreciated.) The pool was a great spot to spend the day when we weren't visiting any attractions and the living room was a comfy spot to spend a rainy afternoon. Robert was very helpful answering our questions. He was a courteous and gracious owner. We can't wait to return.
Thanks Graham & Karen. We appreciate so much your sharing your experience with others. It is a real joy sharing our Florida home with great guests like you, and we look forward to having you back soon!
Clean, welcoming and home from home
When we arrived there was a fresh and welcoming feel to the property. We stayed to access all the adventures that Florida offers and it was great to return to the villa each day as it is peaceful and relaxing in a lovely safe neighbourhood. The villa suited our family needs well with the lovely pool and exciting wildlife at times. The living area was relaxing and everyone felt at home which made for a wonderful stay. Thank you Robert for the use of your wonderful villa.
Thank you Ian & family for staying with us, and your kind words about Pleasant Oak Villa. We have worked very hard to create a special place to relax and build many wonderful memories in Florida, and we are so glad you enjoyed it! Please come back again soon!
Located near Orlando, this fabulous retreat is situated in a nature conservation area 2 miles south of the Walt Disney World Resort property, with quick access to Universal Studios, Sea World, incredible golf courses, shopping and dining. Other Florida attractions within about an hour’s drive include LegoLand, Daytona Beach and the Atlantic Coast, Tampa and the Gulf Coast, and the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. The villa is easily reached from Orlando International Airport by I-4 (Interstate Highway) and the GreeneWay.