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'A Perfect Retreat!'
We stayed at “The Retreat” end of May - early June 2017 and, of all the Florida villas I have rented over the years, I found this to be the best. During the booking process I found Brian to be the most accommodating guy to deal with. We booked, initially, in November 2015 for our stay and, although the main period of our holiday remained the same, we subsequently amended the exact dates I think 4 times as flight times and dates became available, and he was happy to accommodate us.
The booking process was really easy and informal and all the pre-stay instructions with gate and door codes etc came in plenty of time. The villa is maintained to a high standard by Brian and his family on their trips to Florida and managed by a local management company. Since this is Brian’s own home away as well as a holiday let, it is well looked after. We had a couple of issues, the main one being that the pool lining was a little rough and it was easy to scuff your skin on if you are fooling about in the water (which everyone does, even when you’re a grandad!) However, Brian is on top of this and apparently the pool is scheduled for re-lining next year as well as a complete new roof for the villa later this year.
All the rooms are clean, light, airy and spacious and the kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery etc. (But not a sharp knife to be found.) Since no two families would agree on what constitutes a “Welcome Pack” of food basics - there is no food in the villa. Most UK residents will arrive early evening and, despite the fact that you probably will not feel like it after a nine hour flight followed by the ridiculously stringent and time consuming US immigration procedure (which took our party 3 hours to clear), I would recommend dropping in to the Winne Dixie supermarket on your way to the villa and buying at least your basics for the first night and breakfast.
There are TVs in every bedroom, also one outside under the lanai and the main panel in the lounge is more of a mini cinema screen. I didn’t measure it but its enormous - just a shame that American TV transmission quality does not do it justice. The outdoor cooking arrangements look fantastic with a built-in grill, cupboard units and built-in fridge. Everything was clean when we arrived (it has not necessarily been so with other lets) but, being a charcoal puritan, I was disappointed to find the grill is electric. However, we ate by the pool twice and I have to confess this electric grill cooked the best damn steak and burgers I have ever tasted on a home grill (barbecue).
Many reviewers have commented on the local amenities. Our favourite watering hole was “The Outback” grill. Great for families but also to pop in at a lunchtime, sit at the bar and down a couple of cocktails with a plate of Aussie cheese fries while watching a ball game.
Proximity to Disney is just as described and the shortcut to Disney’s “backdoor” via Funie Steed Road, Entry Point Boulevard and Sherberth Road is well worth taking and could save you half an hour at busy times. (Don’t be afraid to use the “dirt track” - its paved again in about a quarter of a mile.)
I could go on for ages but suffice it to say I would fully recommend “The Retreat” as great value for money.
'What an amazing holiday we had in this fabulous villa'
Coffee watching the sunrise and gin and tonics watching the fireworks are just two of our lasting memories.
Everything about the villa was excellent - facilities, size, location etc and dealing with Brian was a pleasure.
This was our fIfth visit to Florida and for our sixth visit we won't even look for another property 'The Retreat' is the only place to stay.
Fantastic villa everything was just perfect. From start to finish Brian was a dream to deal with, the location and setting of the villa was perfect, its furnished to a very high standard (tho the cable box could do with an upgrade no HD) the villa was spotless when we arrived.
Would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending or rebooking, sooooo wish we could have stayed longer but all good things must come to an end.
Thank you Brian for everything hope to be back very soon.
'Exceptional & Great Value'
This was our second visit to The Retreat having stayed in 2015. This time we decided to stay around and use the facilities the house had to offer rather than cram in as many parks as possible and only use The Retreat as a base.
It’s a pleasure and a privilege to stay in such a well kept clean and spacious home in such a convenient position for when we did decide to venture out to some of the parks.
We made good use of the Pool area enjoying many evening meals using the outside grill before watching The Disney Fireworks in the distance and breakfasting overlooking the gorgeous lake with stunning sun rises in the morning, yes we were early risers!
G/pa taught us all to fish, successfully too and in return he got a few pointers from us on how to shoot pool and play darts in the games room.
Information supplied by the owner is of excellent use providing directions to The Parks, various shopping outlets and Malls as well as all information required about the house.
This really was a super holiday made all the better by staying in such a fabulous homely Villa.
Highly recommended. A big thank you to the owners.
Stayed here for just under two weeks and we loved every minute of it. The house and its surroundings are absolutely beautiful making you feel like at home.
I would definitely be returning to the house in the near future!
'Fit our family's needs very well!'
We stayed at the Retreat over our Easter break this past April for an entire week. I brought my wife's family, total of 9 guests in our party. To get in the gated community and the home itself were very simple and easy instructions to follow that were sent ahead of time. The home was very clean and spacious, sleeps 10. The extras like the game room and patio pool at the Retreat were nice to break up the week of amusement parks and sight seeing.
We did watch the Disney Parks fireworks from the pool one night while having a few cocktails and watching the patio tv. We did not get a chance to use the built in outdoor grill, but maybe next time. In the morning we used the large patio with numerous seating options and tables to have breakfast and watch all the different species of birds walk around by the lake that's behind the home, very cool. If you like to fish there is a nice sized dock next to the house and fishing equipment in the garage.
There are many restaurants (Red Lobster, Bone Fish Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings) Walgreens and a grocery store minutes away. The Disney Parks and Disney Springs are close by in miles but still takes some time to get to as construction and traffic in the area were in full effect. Not much to say that is negative about the property. The only two complaints given by family were the driveway is a little small as we had 2 cars (mini van and SUV) and some elderly family members to unload everyday. The space was just a little too tight with 2 vehicles, unloaded the grey hairs then pulled the other car in the driveway. Not that big of a deal. The 2nd thing was a lack of enough toilet paper, but not a big issue as we went grocery shopping during the week and re-stocked.
Overall we would stay here again as the communication, price, house size, amenities and location to the parks and attractions can't be beat. Our family feels like we got great value and had a great time at this property.
'An Amazing Home Away from Home'
From the moment we received our welcome letter and comprehensive directions/useful information from the owner, we had a good feeling about our impending visit to The Retreat, and we were not disappointed. Access to the property via a unique entry code was straight forward, and despite being tired following our transatlantic flight, and shopping en route, we felt at home the minute we walked through the front door.
The whole house had a light and airy feel to it, the soft furnishings were luxurious yet homely, and the extra large king bed in the master bedroom on the first floor was oh so comfy (can't vouch for the other beds as there were only the two of us, but they all looked to be of similar high quality). The Disney themed twin bedrooms and family bathroom are a lovely touch and will surely delight any children staying at the property. The house very much felt like a "home" due to all the extras we found such as books, CDs, DVDs, games etc as well as a plentiful supply of towels, pool towels, bed linen etc and a fully equipped kitchen.
The outside space and pool were an absolute delight, along with the games room which was also well equipped and great fun. We opted to have the pool heated for the week and found it to be lovely and warm (especially if kept covered when not in use). As if all of the above was not enough, the location of the property is perfect for access to all of the theme parks, and within very easy reach of numerous food outlets situated along the US 192. It is situated in a very safe and peaceful gated residential community with amazing views across the lake - just the perfect setting to return to after a full on day at the parks!
To summarise, we found the photographs and description of the property and facilities to be accurate, and the owner to be extremely easy and friendly to deal with. We would not hesitate recommending The Retreat to friends and family, and, in fact, have already booked to take our children and grandchildren back for an extended stay in 2018!
'Practically perfect in every way, The Retreat had everything we needed and surpassed what we had hoped for'
I was traveling to Florida on business and decided to attempt to piggy back a family vacation. With the late planning, we half expected "all the good ones to be spoken for" and then we came across The Retreat on tripadvisor. How lucky did we feel when we arrived to discover that the online photos and comments were completely accurate? This spacious home has a wonderful layout to allow everyone to get their own privacy when in need, along with open floor plan for the kitchen and living space providing a central area to share and interact.
The kids got great use out of the game room (converted garage was a great idea!) and I am glad we opted to add on the heating for the pool, as this became our nightly ritual, to decompress a bit each night after a long day of sightseeing and theme parks.
Although we didn't always make it home in time to view, it was a real treat to spot the end of the night Disney Fireworks display from the comfort of The Retreat's back yard! The location was ideal for everything we has on our "to-do" list, I was 15 minutes from the Gaylord Convention Center for my work function, and it never took more than 30 minutes to get to our theme park visits.
The home was stocked nicely with the needed tableware, cookware, towels and linens. On the day we drove to Clearwater, we were very grateful there were so many beach towels available that we were stocked for afternoon chillin' on the beach. Had I not had to work our first few days there, I would have loved to just spend an entire day taking in all the home and the neighborhood had to offer. We never had a chance to fish off the dock, although it was so neat that poles were made available to guests. I would have loved to take advantage of the back yard kitchen and grill! And it was on my wish list every day to take a long bubble bath in one of the two very spacious bath tubs. The only reason this didn't happen was because our days were so packed, but if we are so fortunate to return in the future, this will be a must for me. I did however, thoroughly relish my morning shower in a space larger than my actual closet in Minnesota!
Although not one issue came up during our stay, Brian was so responsive with the pre-arrival correspondences, I felt confident that had I needed any guidance he would have been attentive and accommodating. The family had a very useful and thorough binder prepared with house instructions and FAQ's. My children were very grateful for the Wi-Fi, because after a long day of unplugged activities, they would chill out before bed catching up on the happenings in the rest of world. I highly recommend this vacation home and hope we will have the opportunity to return soon!
'A brillant place for familys wanting to stay near Disney'
The Accommodation was very spacious There were eight of us with plenty of room to spare. The house sits on a beautiful lake. All rooms were very clean & came with everything that we needed which made our stay a holiday to remember for a lifetime. The Disney Fireworks display could be seen every night from the swimming pool area. A brillant information pack was made available at the house which saved us wasting time looking for resturants & shopping etc...Disney parks were as promised just 15-20 minutes away & resturants 5-10 mins..My family would defo return without hesitation.
'Family spring break vacation'
I'm very late in adding my review, my apologies. My family stayed here 10 nights for our spring break vacation in March. We absolutely loved the house and the location. The house was very clean, nicely decorated and very spacious. The kitchen was large and very clean. There is an abundance of dishes utensils and cookware to use. The cooler came in handy for our beach day, beach towels, games bookmovies.
The furniture was comfortable and had enough seating for six of us to spread out on. We even had my sisters family of 5 come up from Miami for 2 nights to visit and had room on couches and the pullout sofa bed for them. They said they were comfortable to sleep on. Three and a half bathrooms was great to have, with the two master baths were more than enough.
Having our own pool and patio was great for swimming and entertaining. The kids loved swimming in mornings and often when we got home from a busy day. I loved not having to leave to go to pool, and it was great for kids to hang at home and have a resting day from parks. The pool was a good size, nicely decorated, clean and heated.
The location on the lake was great. We saw some wildlife, Disney fireworks everynight, beautiful moonlight and we even got to watch a rocket being launched from Cape one night. We throughly enjoyed sitting on the patio each morning drinking coffee, looking out onto the lake and relaxing evenings on the patio. The tv on patio was great for getting morning news and one night we bbq'd, swam, and watched a movies.
The bedrooms were nicely decorated and very spacious and comfortable and nice walk in closets. Of course the alarm on the back sliding door is probably required for insurance with the pool and we did not have any small kids but my other half loved having it as a great reminder for kids to close the door. The game room was also a hit for the kids.
One of the things I have to give a big thank you for was investing in a great washer and dryer. The one thing I hate to have to do is spending a lot of time doing laundry on vacation. The extra large capacity washer and dryer was awesome. I could wash what would be 2 or 3 loads in my washer at home in one wash and then split it in two to dry. There was actually room to add more but didnt want to overload it. The dryer would have it dry in 60 to 90 mins. That is really a selling point for me when looking at vacation rentals. Brian was great to deal with and answer everything in a timely manner. Will rent again.
'Wonderful vacation at The Retreat'
We greatly enjoyed our vacation at The Retreat. The house itself is beautiful and well equipped and feels very tranquil and safe. The location was excellent for visiting both Disney and Universal and there was a wide range of stores and restaurants a few minutes drive away. We especially enjoyed the pool and deck area, which overlooked the lake, and the spectacular Disney fireworks show we could see from there every evening. The children also enjoyed fishing from the dock! I would definitely rent the house again if we return!
'Loved our stay at The Retreat'
After 5 busy days at New York it was great to arrive at The Retreat and totally relax.
The villa was beautiful and just as pictured on the website. It was very modern and clean. My hubby thought it was a bonus being able to watch premiership football on the tv. We loved the heated pool and made good use of it, the view from the pool area was lovely. We also enjoyed sitting out at the pool at night watching the Disney fireworks around 9.00pm.
The Retreat is around 5/10 minute traffic dependent drive away from Rolling Oaks which has lots of nice restaurants Longhorn, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Texas Roadhouse and more.
Brian was great to deal with and very speedy with his replies. Loved our stay and tried to return later this year but already booked. We will definitely return our next again trip.
'Great house, quiet location'
Our stay at 'The Retreat' was fantastic. The house was clean and equipped with everything we needed for our holiday. The screened in pool was very welcome during the hot afternoons and we enjoyed the view of the Disney fireworks every night. There were restaurants and grocery stores within quick driving distances. We flew in to Tampa and it was just over an hour to drive to Sunset Lakes. The area is quiet with friendly neighbours and the lake is pretty to look at with birds fishing and an alligator doing it's patrols! We will definitely try to go back some day.
'The perfect rental in Kissimmee'
What a wonderful home that had everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. The beds were comfortable, there was plenty of bath and pool towels. All the dishes one would need in the kitchen area. Clean and well maintained. We traveled with 3 young children and went with another couple that had 2 young children as well. There was plenty of space for all of us and something for everyone to do. The view of the fireworks at night while we would swim was great. Thank you for such a relaxing holiday, it was everything you said it would be and more!
'Love Your Home'
We really enjoyed having Christmas at your lovely home we were there for eleven days. We had 14 day tickets for Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Aquatica Water Park, it sure was nice to have some place nice to come home to. The pool and was very relaxing after a long day and the view of the lake was gorgeous. It was nice to be able to be outside barbecue supper on the built in grill and watch the kids in the pool at the same time. We are already starting to plan our trip to visit your home again soon.
Everything about the house was gorgeous! Super close to Disney, seeing the fireworks from the patio was a huge plus. Everything was clean & the house had everything we needed. Had no issues with anything, & the owner was always easy to get in touch with. Would definately stay again.
Have stayed in Orlando many times and this villa has been the best yet. Fantastic villa....fantastic location, only minutes from Disney. Sitting by the pool overlooking the lake is very relaxing after a day at the Parks...or shops. Plenty wildlife as well. Brian was very helpful during the booking enquiries and partly why we were drawn to The Retreat. If we decide to visit Orlando again we will definitely book The Retreat again.
My review echoes much of what has already been said. Large, clean villa in a secure gated community – very relaxing! View of the Lake is amazing (right outside the rear garden/pool area).
View of Disney fireworks on the horizon looking out from the pool area. My stay in September was very quiet; didn’t see many other people in the street or neighbourhood.
The air con worked perfectly and did the job. The villa had everything the 2 of needed, enough clean towels, cutlery, kitchen utensils etc. (although no pizza cutter). Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron+board
It was nice having all this space for the 2 of us but would easily accommodate two families (with their children)
If I had to be picky the mattress on both the double beds were quite noisy/uncomfortable (in my opinion) but others may find them fine.
Brian did well in keeping up with communications up to the my holiday.
The villa is about a 10 minute drive to the 192 ( I wouldn’t recommend staying here without a car).
My only regret is not staying here longer!
'Wonderful place to stay'
The Retreat is the perfect description a wonderful home to return to after a busy day at the parks. Everything thought of. All parks within easy access. We enjoyed the outdoor bbq area great to relax watching the lake. The sunrise was fantastic. The boys had fun in the pool. The layout worked well for 3 generations as we all had some of our own space. Great memories.
'Everything we wanted...and more!'
Amazing villa. Spotlessly clean. This is our 11th visit to Kissimmee and our 6th stay on Sunset Lakes. We have always had lovely villas when we have visited but the location of The Retreat is second to none. Every evening at 9.45pm we were able to sit outside on the pool deck and watch the Disney fireworks across the lake. Ideally situated for theme parks, restaurants and shopping this villa is the perfect choice for a fantastic holiday. We had one small problem on arrival but we contacted the management company who came and solved it the following day whilst we were out. Excellent service. Dealing with Brian, the owner, was a pleasure. He was always quick to respond to any questions we had when we were booking. Would definitely recommend and return.
'Comfortable at Retreat'
This was a wonderful staying at Retreat, we did love this house, it was comfortable as a home, we have a great time and wonderful memories forever.
'The perfect house for Disney'
We had a fantastic time at the Retreat. Everything was perfect and the view with the Fireworks in the evening (every evening) made this rental a cut above the rest. Thank you Paul W
'You could not ask for more......PERFECT'
We were a family of 6 with 2 grandchildren aged 6 & 8 & when we arrived at the Retreat we were in awe of this beautiful Villa. It has everything you can wish for. Very spacious, very clean with everything at hand. The kids loved the pool & fitted in the swimming every day. We would watch Alli the alligator every morning come up to the bank & the turtles. It was amazing. The Disney parks, shops, Restaurants are all very close to the villa. The fireworks were spectacular at night watching them from the pool area. I was very fortunate to spend my 50th birthday here. It was one I will never forget. Thank you Brian for the surprise left for me in the fridge. We would definitely love to return to this fantastic Villa & I would recommend it all my friends & family. Thank you to Brian & his family for letting us share your wonderful holiday home. I just wished I could have taken the washing machine home!!! Amazing place. From the Stuart's & the Saints.x
'Perfect 'retreat' but so close to Disney'
We had an amazing 2 weeks stay at the retreat in May 2015. We were a family of 6 with 2 grandparents, parents and 2 children (aged 7 and 4). From the moment we arrived at the villa we were overwhelmed by the size, space and quality of accommodation. There was everything possible we could wish for - the boys loved the pool and the games room and the kitchen and outdoor cooking area meant we could have busy days at the Disney parks then come back and relax in the peace and quiet of The Retreat. The location is perfect for the Disney parks with only a 15 minute drive meaning you could be back really quickly and grab an extra lie in in the morning and still be at the parks for opening. The evenings were amazing with all the wildlife, peacefulness then interjected with the fireworks from Epcot and the Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios. I would thoroughly recommend The Retreat and if we are lucky enough to return to Disney will definitely be staying here. Thanks Brian for a fantastic holiday.
'A treat to stay at 'The Retreat'!! Serene setting far enough from the hustle, yet close to it all!'
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Loved this property and the location! House was just far enough from all the noise, yet close to everything- Exactly what i was looking for- and trust me, i searched through MANY properties! Enjoy a peaceful lakefront setting (one house over from the dock- which my 12 yr. old who loves to fish ADORED and is close enough he could go on his own- the property & dock are also on a cul-de-sac at the end of a short street and it's a gated community.) The house was very clean w/ all switches and closets neatly labeled... The master bedrooms and en suite baths-HUGE! The main tv-HUGE! The washer-HUGE! [fit everyone's (8 of us) dirty clothes and some towels from one day in one load w/ ease!] Every bedroom has flatscreen tv's, even the game room which my boys also loved. The pool area is large w/ a nice tropical feel, provided the foliage and palms around it. My boys, age 15, 12, 5, & 3, loved the fiber optic lighting around pool, and the younger ones enjoyed the kiddie pool and provided kiddie table! There is plenty of room/seating/lounging around pool & the outdoor built in grill, mini fridge, & flatscreen tv are AWESOME! Around 10 p.m. you could see Disney's fireworks from the pool area on weekends(probably every night in summer/more traveled times)!! My husband & I loved having our morning coffee poolside, watching the sun come up over the lake & watching the wildlife in and around it. My family of 6, along w/ my 2 parents, all immensely enjoyed this property, would highly recommend, and will stay here again!!
*Additional facts- house has own alarm for added security and lets you know if door to pool is being opened, a big plus when you have independent little ones! Also, there are lots of linens provided, even pool towels- a feature i haven't had before- and all (and there are many!) appear clean and neatly folded in own linen closet by washer/dryer. The owner was great corresponding w/- very quick responses to all emails/questions during booking; management was great as well, responding quickly to one minor problem we encountered which was quickly resolved w/out our presence.
We have just returned home from 2 weeks on Florida our first week was spent at the retreat, it was absolutely brilliant we couldn't have had a better base to stay, the villa had everything we needed and more, everything has been thought of in this home to ensure a home from home experience. It was a real treat to relax at the end of a hectic day and relax at the pool, the views were just stunning, and the sunrise beautiful over the lake! Our two boys just loved this home and especially the pool, they had such good fun splashing around and not to mention the games room which was just great if only we had more time to use it more but not enough hours in the day!! The neighbourhood is lovely, we all felt safe and secure in this lovely home, I am already thinking of returning and I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else, it is quite expensive but you get what you pay for as the saying goes, book this property up! Brian was easy to contact and very helpful and full instructions were left in villa and emailed to us which ensured everything went smoothly on arrival and throughout our stay, Thankyou and we hope to return soon.
'Excellent property - lovely outlook, very relaxing'
We have just stayed for two and half weeks at The Retreat and it was excellent. Everything you could possibly need was available including plenty of towels, linen and kitchen equipment. The décor is very pleasing, modern and the property was well maintained and very clean. I particularly enjoyed the extremely large bathroom facilities with walk in showers. The family room has a large television which can also be enjoyed whilst cooking in the Kitchen. The patio/lanai area is well equipment with plenty of seating and loungers. We enjoyed the sun in the morning whilst having breakfast and in the evening we watched the wildlife, plenty of birds and even saw a raccoon climbing onto the neighbour’s pool screening. The gated development also gives extra peace of mind and we felt very safe and comfortable. The digital entry system on the front door to the property is quick and useful - no fumbling for keys! We took a stroll around the development on several occasions and the neighbours are very friendly and talkative. The Retreat is very close to Disney, other attractions and Restaurants/Shopping. Brian Williams, the owner, was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions we had prior to leaving the UK for our stay in Florida. We would highly recommend this villa and if possible, would rebook when next staying in the Orlando area.
'Very Nice Home'
Our stay at The Retreat was fabulous! It is a very well kept home with all of the comforts of home. I traveled with family to celebrate the winter graduation of my sister in nearby Lake Buena Vista. The Retreat was a 10 minute drive from the graduation and only 10 minutes from many of the Disney Parks and attractions. We loved our stay there and when we come back we will stay at the The Retreat again if it is available. Thank you Brian and Family!
'Family friendly place with a great location for the Disney parks'
I recently stayed at this location with family members from all over the USA. It was a great place that accommodated all of us, including grandparents, 20 something kids and 50+. We also had Christmas dinner here for 10 other family members visiting from nearby Winter Haven, FL.
Everything is clearly marked through out the house (which switch goes with which light etc.). It has everything you can think of needing for your vacation including pool towels. A great game room in the garage, downstairs master as well as an upstairs master, large rooms, kitchen table as well as dinning room table, also plenty of outside pool chairs and outside tables. Pool is really nice and also a baby pool.
Working with Brian has been very easy. I can't say enough about this property. I would highly recommend to anyone, families with kids (portable baby crib, high chair and stroller are here for your use), also downstairs master was great for older guests who can't climb stairs. Great location, very close to Disney parks, shopping, eating places and activities. We all had a great time and I can't wait until I can go back.
'Great Place To Stay!'
We stayed there for three weeks in December. The Place is excellent! Our family includes an 18 months old baby and he absolutely loved the small pool! And we loved the big one! Make sure to include the heating of the pool in the winter months as the temperature can drop quite a lot at night. Everything in the house was as advertise and very adequate. We loved our stay!
'Perfect Family Vacation Home'
Our family, 6 adults and 2 children had a wonderful stay in this home everything was clean and well equipped, the location is fantastic only wish we could have stayed another week but we plan to return and hope to be able to stay at this home again, only thing I would change is the 4 cup coffee maker with 6 adults drinking coffee so next time will bring our 12 cup coffee maker.
'Wonderful Vacation Home'
This home was in the perfect location for visiting Disney World, our family of 6 adults and 2 children spent a perfect week here, everything was as clean as could be and well equipped, having dinner by the pool and watching the fireworks was an extra plus, the beds were very comfortable, we hope to be able to stay here again on our next visit.
'Fantastic Holiday Villa'
My family (husband and 15 year old daughter) had an absolutely fabulous time at this property, and would not hesitate to recommend it. It was everything we imagined from the 'photos - beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable, with fantastic lake views and a location very close to Disney. Felt like a real home, not just a holiday rental.
Had a great time! House was large, clean and lots to do. The beds were very comfortable, lots of sleeping room. There were plenty of towels provided for both showers and pool. Game room was a lot of fun when it was raining. We really enjoyed it! The only downfall was the lights and the water feature did not work on the pool.
This was my 7th trip to Orlando and The Retreat is the best place I have stopped in. The villa is huge, very clean, lovely pool and the view across the lake is a beautiful sight to wake up to. The Retreat is in a lovely quiet gated community which is very close to shops, restaurants and of course the Theme Parks. The owner Brian was very helpful and very quick to answer any questions. I would definitely stop at The Retreat again I can't fault it.
'Perfect Florida Home'
This is an absolutely beautiful holiday home. It is in a perfect location, only a 10 minute drive to Disney, near to many restaurants and a large Target superstore. It is beautifully decorated and very well stocked with everything you need e.g. crockery, glassware,sun loungers, towels etc...
The pool is perfect and the view of the lake from the patio is just amazing. Watching the sunrise over the lake was just magical.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa to anyone as in my opinion it is the perfect Florida holiday home.
'VRBO bear approved'
I have rave reviews for this home, the property management company, and the owner. Our flight into Orlando landed in the late evening. The detailed instructions on how to get to and into the home made it easy to get situated and unload. We woke up the next day to find ourselves in a gorgeous home with scenic views of the lake right behind us. I picked up breakfast items from the local grocery store (Publix; within 5-7 minutes away). By the time I got back, my family was already swimming around in the enclosed pool (great for summer time to keep the bugs away). The water was a bit chilly, being mid-June, even though we were in Florida. I realized I should have asked for the pool to be warmed up when Brian, the owner, asked me about it during the boarding checklist. After realizing my mistake, I gave the property management company a quick call and within a few short hours the pool heater had been turned on. WOW, what excellent service! I had to call the property management company a couple of times again with minor questions (e.g. wifi network access, the alarm battery died.) Wendy, the property manager, was pleasant, easy-going, and extremely responsive both times.
The house gave us an opportunity to unwind and relax. Whether it was the swimming, the napping in the super comfortable beds, the roomy home, or the quiet cul-de-sac that it sat on, we took full advantage of the amenities and ability to dis-engage from the real world. The home is super close to various activities like Old Town (kid’s amusement park 15 minutes away), various restaurants (5-10 minutes), and Disney Downtown (20-30 minute drive).
The home was roomy, clean, easily accessible, and just fantastic! Next time I’m in Kissimmee, I’m definitely coming back! Thank you so much for a great time.
We stayed here for 16 nights a total of 5 adults and 1 child. The home offers you everything that you could wish for, everything has been thought of so that your stay is as comfortable as possible. The location is geat for Disney. Being able to watch the fireworks from the loungers by the pool is amazing. Wouldn't hesitate to come back if we return.
'We made an excellant choice'
This house proved everything it stated to be and more and if we needed a large house again we would try to stay there again. Central to all resorts around Orlando and easy to get to all the shops you need to supply the family plus not at all far from a great range of restaurants and a good Crazy Golf course.
'Wonderful vacation home!'
We loved staying in your vacation home! Very clean and well stocked. We traveled with 3 young grandchildren and their parents. The kids loved the pool and the game room. Lots of room for a party of 8. I don't know why anyone would rather stay in a hotel room. For the price of one hotel room you could stay in this beautiful house just minutes from all the attractions. If we go back to the Disney area we will definitely stay here again. I would like to suggest you get a few more toys for the pre-school aged children. Maybe a bucket and shovel for the playground and a truck or 2. Some blocks would be good too. You cant pack many toys when you travel by plane a few toys would be great.
'Very Nice House'
We have a very nice time at your home and you have a very nice neigbourhood, we talk about him. We often stay in some rental houses in Florida and we must say, your house is one of the best we ever had.
Very clean, nice bedrooms and baths, big rooms. only the pool have some foliage and so on, but a few days before, we have a lot of wind, so i think it is normal.
Best for us was, that you have no noise around. Thanks for all.
The location of the villa alone makes it fantastic. But the sheer size and luxury of the interior make it superb. The huge screen TVs, amazing fitted kitchen and the pool! Well it made our visit extremely comfortable and one I won't ever forget. Thank you so much for your amazing home!
'Great house, great memories'
It was a great house to stay with your loved ones no matter it's a holiday or a short break. We enjoyed our time a lot. My kids loved the pool, the game room and their Minnie Mouse themed room... My husband and I loved the view, the quiet neighborhood and specially the great location, it's minutes away to Disney, universal, outlet, etc.
We'll definitely come back.
Seven of us were lucky enough to spend 9 nights in this villa for a family Thanksgiving Disney holiday. We had a wonderful time! We were surprised to not find paper towels, toilet paper, soaps, etc. However, after further review (and a call to the property management company), we realized that none of these items are provided. So, no big deal. The only negative experience we had was the pool heating. Upon arrival, the pool was not heated as previously coordinated. The property management company sent someone to the house, and we had a heated pool the rest of the trip. What a great outdoor area! Beautiful views across the lake, ample outdoor furniture, great pool, kitchen area with grill, sink, fridge, tv. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of pots, pans, and dishes. The master suites are comfortable with HUGE bathrooms. The kids bedrooms have small TV's with dvd players. The games room was awesome too! Very convenient to Disney parks as well. A super choice for any family!!!
First impressions were wow, the inside and outside of the villa are spectacular!
The views from the villa are amazing, looking out over the lake. We spent a lot of time under the lanai first thing in the morning watching the sun rise and at night relaxing.
The pool area was fantastic for the kids and adults too.
We were two families (related) and my brother and my son spent most early mornings fishing from the pier on the lake, they even caught the biggest fish they had seen caught there, a 40lb Carp!
The inside of the villa was very clean and well maintained, ample towels for the pool and bathrooms. Lots of utensils and the outside grill was great for a BBQ! The upstairs en-suite (which we had) was huge! The bathroom was big enough to be another bedroom!
Would recommend this villa to everyone and when we come back to Kissimmee, we will definitely stay here again. Lots of great restaurants and shopping nearby and Disney within a 10 minutes drive. Loved that the property was on a gated site too, so extra secure. Wish I was back there!
Fantastic Villa with everything you could possibly need. Great location for Disney parks and for eating out with a great choice of dining options along the 192.
Fantastic house with excellent views over the lake
Great location with a massive choice of eating out options close by.
Wow, we loved this villa. Great views over lake, with accompanying wildlife. Community pool lovely for a morning swim. Interior well decorated, games room great, and outdoor kitchen/barbecue fantastic. We have been to Florida many times - this villa is the best we have stayed in. Hope to be back!
The villa is lovely, so comfortable, everything you need is included. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The outside kitchen and tv was great for watching the basketball finals. The lake view is beautiful.
Thanks to new owner Brian who revamped the house and responded to our needs. Home interior is in excellent condition. Spectacular view of the lake from numerous rooms, very relaxing. Clean pool with new patio furniture. Kitchen opens to great room with new big screen TV & DVD. Less than 10 minutes away: Super Target, Publix grocery, Walgreens, TGI Friday's, Applebee's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster. Numerous golf courses nearby. Since house is located just south of Animal Kingdom and 10-15 minutes from the remainder of Disney World, it was quick and easy to take a break from the afternoon heat and return home for a swim. Slept like babies every night thanks to quiet culdesac location. We'll be back, I encourage you to make "The Retreat" your Disney home. Ron & Lynn, Denver, CO.
LOVE LOVE LOVE This home. It was nice to be in a gated community. From the moment we drove up- we feel in love with the home. The house is very spacious. The adults loved their stay just as much as the kids did. My 2 year old lived in the "mini" pool as we called it while my oldest son enjoyed the big pool.
I would highly recommend this home and would stay again.
Thanks for a great place to stay!
We are a family of 6, this villa was perfect. The children loved the pool and games room. The master suites are very large and the most comfy beds I've ever stayed in. Directly on the lake was great, we watched the fish jumping out of the water and all the other wildlife. The villa has an excellent location only a couple of minutes drive from the 192 with all the restaurants and shops and very close to Disney. The villa is very spacious and has every home comfort to make the stay even better. We plan to go back again soon and wouldnt even look at other villas now we have found our perfect holiday home!. Thanks to Yvonne you have a beautiful home.
I just have to start by saying, that I was totally stunned on driving up & walking into the property how well presented & big it really is!! It was a pleasure to stay there & the whole family really didn't want to go home again.
Being in a gated community makes you feel extremely safe & the property has such stunning views over the lake! It was so lovely to wake in the morning just as the sun rose through the master bedroom window & then watch the sun set from over the other side of the lake.
The property has everything you need for a perfect time away from it all & it's so peaceful!
The owners have equipped it so that nothing is amiss & you feel so very much at home, as soon as you walk through the door. My teenagers never got bored because of the games room & playstation!
We found it to be the perfect distance away from all the attractions & easy access to the major roads if you want to travel further afield.
We would love to go back in the future!!!
After much much searching and shortlisting, I selected this Villa for our 2 week Florida holiday - none of us were disappointed in the slightest.
The booking process was very well handled and it was easy to secure the booking and communicate with the owner.
Upon arrival we were blown away with the Villa, it has been very nicely decorated and very well furnished. Everything is in good condition and it seems every conceivable need has been catered for.
Whilst we stayed, we used most of the Villa's facilities and everything worked and worked well.
The pool area is lovely and we had a couple of BBQ's at the Villa and used the outside kitchen facilities whilst the kids messed about in the pool.
The A/C is quiet and very effective, the bedrooms have extremely comfortable beds with plenty of bed linen and loads and loads of towels.
The final word goes to the Villa location, it is about 10 minutes away from Disney and is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in a lovely gated Villa community.
I am hoping to stay again when we next visit Florida.
Our family loved the location of this clean and spacious home in the Sunset Lakes community. The east and partially south-facing pool with a spacious deck and plenty of lounge chairs made for a very relaxing outdoor experience. The website pictures are exactly as we found upon arriving! This home is very tastefully decorated and the games room was hit for kids and adults alike. We experienced difficulties with the pool heat upon arriving and the community pool was closed during our stay for upgrades; otherwise our rating would be 'excellent'. Both the owner and the management company were great to work with to get the pool back up to working order. It also helped that is was sunny and warm every day!!
This home is ideally located for people who want to commute to Disney and other local attractions but far enough away that the noise from US192 can not be heard! The view of the lake is spectacular. There are lots of great restaurants and grocery stores closeby. I would highly recommend this property to other families....but not the 2nd week of March as it is reserved for our family again for 2012!
We stayed here over Christmas/New Year. The house is lovely. Very spacious. Spectacular views over the lake and next to the fishing dock. Would love to stay here again.
Very comfortable and spacious villa - peaceful location with beautiful views of the lake - ideally situated for Disney parks and lots of restaurants on the nearby 192 main road - Bruno's particularly recommended for great Italian food - kids loved the pool and games room - would not hesitate to recommend to family or friends and would love to return one day
Had a fantastic time at Sunset Lakes, house was fabulous. The 2 ensuite bedrooms were huge with really comfortable beds.Living accommodation was fabulous with a huge plasma tv and every appliance you could think of in the kitchen. Ample room for 8-10 people Pool was perfect with views across the lake, you could see the fish jumping out of the lake, and the resident ducks would come to visit each day, also on the day we were leaving, a turtle came out of the lake and laid eggs right outside the the pool netting and then went back into the lake, amazing! Excellent location too for Disney, and all other attractions and shopping, by far the best property we have stayed at in Orlando. Will definately be returning in the future.
Absolutely perfect holiday. Fell in love with the house and especially the location on the lake.
Minutes to Disney. Loads to do. Lots of shops. Nearby restaurants
Spacious well cared for house. Many many thanks
Had a great time at this house. Location, facilities, furnishings, all excellent.
Highly recommended for Central Florida visits.