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Downtown Lakeland Historic Bungalow on Lake Morton - Walk & Bike friendly

East Lake Morton, Lakeland, FL, USA
  • House2400 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

This 1914 historic bungalow sits along the shores of Lake Morton, a bird sanctuary for Lakeland's iconic royal swans and other local feathered friends. The front porch veranda will become a favorite space along with several other common areas for relaxing and enjoying time with your friends and family.

The neighborhood is cute and quaint, enjoy an evening stroll around the lakes and charming residences. Downtown Lakeland is a 10-15 minute walk where you can enjoy shopping, dining and area activities.

We offer three clean and spacious guest rooms, each with an en suite bathroom:

Bedroom 1: Undeniably...the room with a view! Located on the second floor, this guestroom overlooks Lake Morton Bird Sanctuary. The front dormer allows for a quiet place to watch the swans or enjoy a book. A private bathroom is en suite with a spacious shower. Size: 21' x 14.5'

Bedroom 2: Appointed in shades of gray and blue, this peaceful room can be found on the second floor. This room is located on the eastern side of the house so it receives ample light in the morning. There is an en suite bathroom with a shower. Size: 14' x 13.5'

Bedroom 3: Nestled in the back of the house on the second floor this guest room is spacious and cozy. A private bathroom is en suite with a spacious shower. Size: 21' x 14.5'

Bedroom Amenities: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair dryer, television, clean sheets and towels, smart television with basic network channels plus the ability to watch your personal Netflix programming

SPECIAL NOTES: All guest bedrooms are located on the second floor. The property accommodates 6 guests. Well-behaved children with attentive parents are welcome. The property is non-smoking. Events and parties are not permitted.The kitchen provides access to a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and dish washer. A washer/dryer is available on property.

AVAILABILITY: Dates become available online 6 months in advance.

SPECIAL EVENT REQUESTS: Events and parties are not permitted, to include any wedding related events (i.e. bride/bridesmaids or groom/groomsmen getting ready and photo shoots). The house is available to groups of 6 or less guests as a vacation rental with a minimum of a 3 night stay.


Kristin Williams

Member Since 2016
Premier Partner
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Kristin Williams

My husband and I love the historic charm of our house and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our favorite activities around town include hanging out on our front porch veranda and watching the birds, walking downtown to grab a bite to eat and shop, strolling the various lakes and Hollis Gardens, and taking nature hikes at Circle B. I am an environmental educator, guiding children around the Florida Keys and The Everglades; I also own and operate a booth with environmentally friendly gifts at the local Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market every Saturday.

Kristin Williams purchased this House in 2005

Why Kristin Williams chose East Lake Morton

This house has all the original hardwood floors throughout, amazing views of Lake Morton (especially at sunset), clean & comfortable guestrooms, and spacious common areas to socialize with your friends and family. It was love at first sight for us and we can't wait to share it with you!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Back Guestroom
        The Nest: 1 queen, second story, no elevator
      • Front Guestroom
        Bird Song : 1 queen, second story, no elevator
      • Middle Guestroom
        Heron Hideaway: 1 queen, second story, no elevator


        • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
        • en suite to front guestroom
          toilet, shower
        • en suite to middle guestroom
          toilet, shower
        • en suite to back guestroom
          toilet, shower
        • Powder room downstairs

          Location Type

            • Downtown
              Walk and bike friendly to local restaurants, shopping and area activities. Five minute walk to the Sorosis Building & Magnolia Building.
            • Lake View
              Lake Morton, a bird sanctuary in Downtown Lakeland, Florida
            • Lakefront


                • Away From It All
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          A parking pad behind the house accommodates three strategically parked cars.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              salt/pepper, butter, spices, honey, coffee, sugar/sweetener, creamer, olive oil
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Games
                                    • Television
                                      Network channels available plus the ability to watch your Netflix account through the smart tv function.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • botanical garden
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • roller blading

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              23 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Perfect home away from home ❤️

                                                              Maria U.

                                                              The Lakeland Guest House was the perfect place to stay for a long weekend during our niece’s wedding. It feels like “home” from the second you walk inside, especially with all of the special touches. Would highly recommend this charming, peaceful home to anyone!

                                                              Great location to see Grapefruit league spring training.

                                                              Jim M.

                                                              This VRBO as good if not better than it looks. Having the three separate bathrooms and bedrooms worked great for us three baseball fans. The living, dining, and kitchen areas helped us save money on food. We shopped and had breakfast every morning with beautiful views of the lake, geese and beautiful swans. We came to Lakewood thinking that baseball would be the highlight, however it was the lovely VRBO that Kristin provides visitors. A note to baseball fans that are used to Phoenix spring training. At most spring training sites on the east coast you cannot get close to the A level practices.

                                                              Kristin thanks so much for sharing your property. Jim, Rick, and Carl

                                                              Beautiful, clean, great location!

                                                              Dan F.

                                                              This was one of the best properties we have stayed at and we frequently book properties. Kristin's attention to detail is impeccable. Comfortable beds, beautiful home and view. Restaurants and beautiful Hollis Garden are

                                                              just blocks away. We plan to stay here again next year!

                                                              The property is truly one of the best I've ever stayed.

                                                              Paul H.Rockford, Michigan

                                                              As a VRBO owner myself, I can tell you these are exceptional owner/operators. Not only is the house gorgeous, but they left snacks for us, some drinks in the fridge, and all the necessary items to have a great stay. This property is truly worthy 5 stars, 6 stars if I could!!!

                                                              Experience Lakeland's finest!

                                                              Clark H.

                                                              Without doubt, the best guest house and the best location in all of Lakeland. The house itself is beautiful and well-furnished - an architectural gem. The rooms are well-appointed and the home met every one of our wants and needs. Kristin is a fabulous host and excels at all the extra little touches to make a stay memorable. The snacks and beverages were much appreciated and we spent our early mornings on the porch enjoying the view of Lake Morton and the birds. It was a short walk from parks and restaurants downtown. We will be back to stay again!

                                                              Wonderful experience at the Guesthouse in Lakeland

                                                              Donna E.

                                                              Property is as shown in photos. Lovely setting across from the lake. Well maintained, many amenities (tv, games, books). We loved sitting on the porch watching the swans and friends by the Lake. Kristin is the BEST homeowner we have done business with using Vrbo. She does a LOT to ensure a successful visit. We will return to the guesthouse again when we come to the Lakeland area.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you, your review is so sweet!! We are so happy you enjoyed porch sitting and watching the feathered friends on the lake. We would gladly host your next stay to Lakeland! Kind regards, Kristin


                                                              East Lake Morton, Lakeland, FL, USA

                                                              We are located in the heart of Downtown Lakeland, Florida so we are close to restaurants, shopping and area events. What brings you to the area? WEDDING? We are a 2 minute walk to the Sorosis Building, 5 minute walk to Hollis Gardens & Magnolia building, 10 minute walk to the Terrace Hotel, 5 minute drive to the Lakeland Civic Center, & a 20 minute drive to Rocking H Ranch. GRADUATION? We are a 5 minute drive to Florida Southern College & a 10 minute drive to Southeastern University. BIRDING? The house is located on Lake Morton, a bird sanctuary. We are a 15 minute drive to Circle B for nature hikes and photography.

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