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Golf Course Frontage,VIEWS, 2 Golf Carts, Bikes, More

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,750 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home, Sleeps 6

Papa’s Rest – Village of Hemingway

Beautifully appointed home on Kenya Golf Course with great VIEWS to the southwest down the fairway.

This DESIGNER 2BR/2BA HOME sits above the 2nd tee of Kenya Golf Course, looking down the fairway. Chapman Loop is a quiet neighborhood offering peaceful walks, friendly neighbors, and easy access to walk, bike, or take the golf cart to Havana Country Club’s highly-rated Cuban cuisine restaurant. We looked long and hard to find the combination of house and location we wanted and look forward to sharing it with you.

Biking, walking, swimming, and golf, are the activities we knew we would be interested in, and you can immerse yourselves in those, or any of the numerous other activities such as water volleyball, pickle ball, bocce, polo, softball, or join one of the activities such as dancing, weaving, art, or music while staying in The Villages. If you want to sample an active life style in a community designed to make that possible, then The Villages is one place you should try.

We came to The Villages without a lot of optimism that we would be comfortable in Florida, but found that not to be the case at all! The architectural layout of The Villages includes buried power, natural gas and cable lines, wide boulevards with large areas of flowering plants which, combined with 11 championship golf courses, 32 executive golf courses and expanses of prairie ground favored by wading birds, make for a wonderful pastoral landscape. We can’t wait to spend the majority of each year fully immersed in the numerous activities and hobbies available in The Villages, which advertises itself as “America’s Friendliest Home Town” and more than lives up to the assertion.

More Details

Jean and Tom Ward
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2018


The Villages House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Adventure
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 master and 1 guest bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • One master bedroom, one guest bedroom and a pull-out couch in the den.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Car not necessary.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Washington, NJ

Papa’s Rest checks off all the boxes 👍🏻

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying at Papa’s Rest. As stated in a previous review we are not new to The Villlages and renting other homes there. Tom and Jean had done some interior redecorating since our last stay and made improvements to the already great lanai. These changes enhanced an already beautiful and centrally located home. As with our rental experience last year, Tom and Jean were great to work with that didn’t change this time around. Everything in the home is clean and in great working condition. As I stated in my last review, my husband and I like to rent different style homes to help us in our decision as to what we like and dislike when it’s our time to purchase, but we’ve become spoiled and only want to rent Papa’s Rest. We are already looking forward to our next trip down and hope we’re able to rebook. As my son said one morning as we all sat out on the lanai overlooking the golf course,

“This never gets old!”

PS. I forgot to mention that one evening we had friends over that we had met on a previous trip, and they’ve lived in The Villages a few years now. They loved the style of the home and everything about it. As we sat out on the lanai they were in awe of the beautiful sunset we were also able to enjoy and asked if there was anything this home didn’t have? 😀?

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ellen and Russ make renting easy and enjoyable. We look forward to a time when we can spend time at Papa'z Rest together.
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Washington, NJ

Beautiful Property/ Owners Very Helpful / Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We had the opportunity to rent this home in August 2017. The home is beautiful and very clean. We are not new to renting in The Villages but new to VRBO and had a few snags along the way but the owners were very kind and helpful to the process. This home is located in one of our favorite areas of The Villages which is pretty much in the middle. Thus making it ideal to visit all Town Squares as well as being convenient to the many golf courses.

I'll admit that we were hesitant about the golf carts on the property being electric as we had always used gas operated and had never really heard anything good about the electric ones. We were very pleasantly surprised with the speed of the carts as well as how long they lasted each day. ( we were with friends and most definitely had the best carts!) We are avid golfers and love to explore The Villages and only once did the 4-seater not make it into the evening.

It was lovely to sit out on the lanai each morning and watch the golfers teeing off.

I would most definitely recommend staying in this property. We enjoy staying in different style homes in various locations ( as we are looking to purchase our own ) but we enjoyed this home and location so much we would consider a repeat stay!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the helpful notes and condition in which you left our home. We will continue to make improvements and hope you will return to see them. Best, jean and tom There are now two electric carts. The brand new electric cart will not disappoint you.
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Manchester, NH

Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Property lived up to expectations! Clean, comfortable and in a great location. Tom was great to work with and very helpful. Would stay here again. Thanks Tom.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Papa's Rest

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had the delightful experience of staying at "Papa's Rest" for the months of January and February. The pictures as advertised did not lie. The house had HD TV and Internet service which was great. The four seat golf cart was almost like new. Although we are not bikers, there were 5 bicycles available to us.

"Papa's Rest" in Hemingway Village was centrally located to many of the Village activities. Tom and Jean were great to work with and the total experience exceeded our expectations. I would strongly recommend a stay at "Papa's Rest".


  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 3 stayed in this lovely home from 7/24 to 8/1 while we were visiting family in The Villages. We hated to leave! Home looks exactly as it does in the pictures. I'm so glad we rented this house instead of staying at a hotel. The kitchen has everything you would ever need to prepare a meal, very well stocked. We loved the screened in porch and the views are amazing. The owners have done a great job of having everything in the home you would possibly need for your stay. The golf cart was great for going to the pools and town squares. The owners are very nice to work with and promptly responded to any questions. Thanks for the easy rental. If we return to the Villages, I would definitely rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved "Papa's Rest" and it's location. Rental 600218

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I rented April 26th to May 3rd and my only regret was not renting for two weeks. The owner was so helpful about everything. We were very excited when we walked in the door how beautiful it was. The pictures were very good but it is so much more in person. Loved the kitchen and the screened patio right on the golf course. I also loved the golf cart for getting around. This was such a great experience and I can't wait to return. I had a few questions and I received great customer service. I would love to come in the winter when it is so cold here as to warm up but it will be way too expensive in the winter for my retired budget. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Nearby attractions (easy driving distance):

• Disneyworld, Sea World, Universal Studios

• All other Orlando attractions (one hour away)

• Busch Gardens

• Kennedy Space Center (two hours)

• Atlantic Coast beaches (1-2 hours)

• Gulf Coast Beaches (1 hour)

• Winter Park, Tiffany Museum (1 hour)

• Homosassa Springs & swim with the manatees (1 hour)

• Tampa, St Petersburg (1.5 hours)

• Crystal River, and Gulf Coast fishing (1 hour)

Possible weekend excursions:

• “Alligator Alley, and the Everglades National Park

• Historic Key West, Florida

• Historic St. Augustine, Florida

• Fort Meyers & Sanibel Island

• Cumberland Island National Park

• Osceola National Forrest (hiking)

• Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

• Ringling Brothers Museum (Sarasota)

• Savannah, Georgia, and Jekyll Island


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Village ID Transfer Fee $50
Refundable Damage Deposi $750
Cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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