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Lake Dora Waterfront & Pool Home: Private, Quite, IDEAL FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GETAWA

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Lakefront Home: a place to rest and rejuvenate

The Cardinals Rest at Lake Dora is in the ideal location close to everything there is to enjoy about Florida. Refurbished and refreshed with new paint, landscaping, a screen pool enclosure and various updates, this home allows you all the needed comforts and more of your own home. The lakefront and dock, pool and hot tub, and very central location make this a top choice for having the whole house for the whole family, the whole vacation!! The Cardinals Rest is on over an acre of land with both a large front and back yard on private lakefront property.

This beautiful home is situated in a remote neighborhood surrounded by environmentally protected Florida wetlands, providing beautiful scenery as well as abundant wildlife. The perfect tranquil getaway among foliage farms, lush horse farms and riding stables, away from sounds of the city. Private waterfront offers a place to relax poolside, enjoy the hot tub, or watch the beautiful sunset from the boat dock on Lake Dora. You will undoubtedly catch sight of one or more sea planes as they make their way to Tavares, ”Americas Sea Plane City”.

This 2 story home has a huge private master suite and extra sitting room ideal for plenty of privacy and solitude from the action of the rest of the house. The sitting room/office overlooks the lakefront, large oaks trees, and expansive backyard from upstairs. A spacious private bathroom with a jetted tub and separate walk in shower complement the master suite.

Two additional bedrooms on the first floor offer quiet solitude for additional family members, separate couples, or suitable for the kids as well. Two full bathrooms on the first floor make it a comfortable arrangement for all members of your party.

The kitchen and dining room are adjoined for easy serving of meals and conversation. If you love to cook you will find yourself at home here with a fully equipped kitchen and grilling facilities. Supplies are provided to cook for the whole family or an intimate dinner for two by the fireplace. Two sets of French doors open up onto the pool deck and views of waterfront.

The all leather, all reclining furniture in the living room is comfortable for everyone for a movie or game night. The great room opens up to the pool deck and oversees the waterfront for a great view.

The laundry room has a washer and dryer for your extended stay comfort.

The pool deck includes four chaise loungers, a bar and 4 stools, and table and 6 chairs, and a Weber gas grill, and a charcoal grill for backyard cookouts. This allows for comfortable relaxation while reading a book, floating in the wading pool, or having a BBQ dinner while enjoying the solitude and privacy of your own waterfront place. You may see many types of birds in the vast yard, but you will likely hearing the various birds singing almost all the time.

The Cardinals Rest has been created to offer a place to rest and rejuvenate. Bring the whole family, bring several couples, or a group of friends and do as much or as little as you’d like while in this area, all within 1 hour.

Special Occasions: Perhaps you’re in the area for a fishing tournament, wedding or a special engagement at one of the many local venues like the Mission Inn, Lakeside Inn, or the Pavilion of Tavares; this is a great location to gather the whole group or family while only being about 15 minutes away.

Boating and water fun: Boat rentals, daily and weekly, allow you to ride from your own dock to Mount Dora, Tavares, Eustis, Leesburg, Howey in the Hills and Lady Lakes through the connected waterways of the Harris Chain of Lakes. Right from the back yard you can go to a favorite restaurant, tavern, shopping or park. Jet Skis, fishing boats, kayaks and paddle boat rentals are available across the lake, as well as fishing tours. Sea plane festivals, sailboat regattas and world class fishing are just a few of the lakefront festivals in the area. Waterfront along Lake Dora includes the development of the region's newest Seaplane base, Children's Splash Park and events to the residents and visitors of Tavares, FL.

Outdoor Activities: Take a Sea Plane Ride from Tavares, Americas Seaplane City. Hiking, biking, kayak, canoe, play golf, visit a winery, or watch the manatees in various state parks. Segway rentals are available as a way to see the cute town of Mount Dora. Train rides are available from Tavares to Mount Dora for a different way to go to lunch or dinner. Grab the sunscreen because the beaches and the amusement parks are all within 1 – 1.5 hours.

Arts/Antiques/Festivals: This location is a mecca of prestigious art shows, various festivals, parades, fairs, bicycling events, vineyard events and concerts year round. This part of Central Florida has it all!!

More Details

Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018


We live in the Central Florida area and have raised our family in this area. We love to travel and be outdoors and Central Florida is ideal for various activities, including boating, hiking, and camping. Lake Dora and the whole Chain of Lakes is enjoyable to explore with all the surrounding cities that have so much character. This Cardinals Rest offers such a great getaway and opportunity to relax. We hoped that others would be able to have the same opportunity to rest, relax, and rejuvenate in this home. We have rented homes across the country because we enjoy feeling more like we are at home than a commercial hotel. With that in mind, we hope The Cardinals Rest feels as comfortable for others as a pristine getaway, a safe place to sleep, a clean place to prepare meals and truly feels like an extension of home while you are away visiting another location. We have truly tried to incorporate the best of all the places we've been and the qualities that we found to be the most helpful when staying away from home. This home and location bring all that and more. Welcome Home.

KIMBERLY PIERCY purchased this house in 2016


Tavares House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters with children are required to exercise cautious attention to the surroundings of this home while children are present inside and outside.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Oversized tub and separate walk in shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , shower , Spacious walk in shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Linens are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Suite - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon is suitable for 2 small children or one young adult
    Queen Guest Room - 1 queen
    Twin Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Linens are provided. High quality mattresses for comfortable sleeping. A pack and play portable bed is provided in the home for use, if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • swimming


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Lake Dora Waterfront & Pool Home: Private, Quite, IDEAL FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GETAWA
average rating of 4.75 based on 36 reviews

We had a great time

  • 5 of 5

My family and I went to Mount Dora for my 50th birthday. I have rented several houses from VBRO and have had good & bad experiences. This is my first written review, because I was blown away by the cleanliness and organization of this house. It exceed my expectations. Everything was there for relaxing and entertaining family. The pool was a great bonus for the hot days. We had so much fun my family already wants to go back again. The chain of lakes is great for boating/fishing. The owners are very responsive and the best to deal with. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you for all your kind words about the house. It is undeniably a great location and we are so happy you discovered our little secluded slice of paradise. (Adding the screen enclosure this summer was a real positive!!) Your family is welcome back anytime! Perhaps a 51st birthday?? If you have fun pictures your might be willing to share I would love to see them on our Facebook page as well. The Cardinals Rest. We genuinely appreciate you taking the time to share your comments! See ya next time.
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Los Angeles

The house was wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for your beautiful home. It was exactly what we needed. Fully stocked, plenty of room and a beautifully serene environment. We loved the pool and the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you chose to stay with us. Thank you for taking such care in treating our home like your own. We would be happy to host you and your party again anytime! Richard and Kimberly
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  • 5 of 5

We decided to visit Mount Dora for our 13th annual girls getaway, five sisters and mom. We stayed three nights. Easy access to downtown Tavares and Mount Dora on scenic country roads. We experienced great food entertainment and shopping. We also toured the Harris chain of lakes by boat, seaplane, and train. This home was perfectly described, clean, well-maintained and the owner was wonderful to work with. It has every amenity needed for a nice quiet relaxing time. Lots of wildlife seen from the dock and beautiful sunsets. Truly a home away from home. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ormond Beach

"UNBEATABLE" home, lake view, hosts!!!

  • 5 of 5

3rd time and it's still a charm. We'll come back time and again! This beautiful, roomy home has all of the accommodations for a perfect and comfortable stay. Fully stocked kitchen with all the cookware you'll need. Two BBQ grills for outdoor dining. The only time we left the house was to take a boat ride through the beautiful Dora Canal (a must see!). We rented a pontoon boat at a local marina and docked right at the house to load and unload. Perfect location for a day out on the water! Plenty of parking for multiple vehicles. You will certainly appreciate the charm and well-thought-out lodging accommodations that our wonderful hosts have put into this slice of heaven. Five stars plus! The perfect getaway! ~ Kit and Tracy (more-than-satisfied guests)

  • Submitted: May 30, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having you visit each year. Thank you for being so attentive to our home and treating it like your own. We truly feel that you love and appreciate the quite beauty and serenity of our location, and amenities of the pool, waterfront, and spacious accommodations. Please come back often!! Richard and Kimberly
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Peaceful stay in beautiful setting! It lives up to the descriptions!

  • 5 of 5

We shared this house with another couple and enjoyed the large family room and pool deck area. We fished and entertained a ladies golf team and parents all at the same location😁?. With the house being central to other areas it worked well with a short drive to Mission Inn where the NCAA ladies tournament was held. The house was furnished with all the essentials for cooking and grilling. The pool and hot tub were a great treat after following our lady golfers in the Florida heat. The beds and linens were more than adequate. If we needed to wash clothes we had furnished washer and dryer. The owner Kim was generous with her time as we asked some questions before and during our stay. I fully recommend this property and hated to leave!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great place It was magnificent

  • 5 of 5

The pictures especially the lake views do not doit justice

Everything you needed and beyond was in the kitchen

Very beautiful neighborhood Estate living

Pool and hot tub got a lot of use as we were there for a karate event in Apopka

If we are ever in the area we will be back

Dave L

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased that the house seemed to meet your location needs and felt like a private retreat as well. Please keep us in mind if you return. Richard and Kimberly
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Orlando International Aiport, Orlando, FL
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
International Golf
Nearest Beach
65 Miles
Daytona Beach, Fl
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Holiday Premium of $75.00 has been added to major calendar holiday with 4 or 5 day minimum stays for the following: New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve.

For extended stays over 2 weeks, Guests may add cleaning services for $100.00 fee per service, this will be arranged at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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