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The Villa
Pool Enclosure
Swimming pool and spa
Swimming pool and spa at night
Main Living Area
Main Living Area 65' TV
Front living area
Front living area
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Kitchen
Kichen/ dining area
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Games room
Games room
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Master Bedroom 1
Master Bedroom 1
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Master Bath 1
Master Bedroom 2
Master Bedroom 2
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Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
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Communal Play Area
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Communal Play Area
Communal Tennis Court
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Davenport, Florida

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Cheddar75
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A lovely villa situated away from the hustle and bustle of DisneyWorld”
Reviewed 9 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016
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We stayed in this lovely villa a couple of weeks ago on our first ever family visit to Florida. Our group of 5 was made up of my wife and I (in our 40s), my mum (in her 60s) and our two children aged 10 and 7.

Communication with Julian, the owner, was excellent from the time of our initial enquiry through to our return home. Although we encountered a few issues on arrival at the property with regards to gaining access, this was quickly resolved by Julian and the lady from the villa management company.

Once inside, we found the villa itself to be lovely. The first thing that struck us was the cool air conditioning. After a long flight and a long drive to the villa in the 32 degree heat, a lovely cool home was just what we needed! Do make sure you pay a visit to a shop to pick up essentials before you arrive at the villa (bread, milk, bottled water, dishwasher tablets, washing liquid, paper towel, etc), as there are only very minimal essentials supplied (a little washing up liquid, hand soap and a single toilet roll in each bathroom).

We found the villa to be much larger than we had expected from the photos on TripAdvisor. In fact, we completely missed the door to the larger double room with walk-in closet and huge ensuite bathroom until day 2! Once discovered, my mum was only too happy to relocate from her smaller double room to the ‘new’ area of the villa, away from the kids (who’d routinely be up at the crack of dawn and excited for a day at Disney!)

Although not overlooked by other villas (like on many gated communities in Florida), there was quite a lot of building work going on nearby. A villa is currently being built opposite this one (at the front) and lots of diggers were in action on the large area of land to the rear of the property. Work started at 8am every day, but fortunately for us, we left around that time on most days for a full day out, so it really didn't bother us, apart from on our one rest day.

The games room is great, although to be honest, we never got much chance to use it as we were too exhausted at the end of the day at the parks. The kids enjoyed the couple of times that they had chance to go in the swimming pool and the jacuzzi gave the grown-ups a lovely way to relax at the end of the day.

The villa comes complete with pretty much everything you’d need for a two week stay – we made good use of the enormous washing machine, but the iron was broken, so we were unable to iron out the creases in our clothes (who wants to iron on holiday anyway, I hear you ask!).

As we ate at the villa quite a lot for our breakfast and evening meals, we did spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Although fairly well-equipped with crockery and utensils, my wife really missed her salad-spinner (probably her most-used kitchen gadget back home!) and some sharp kitchen knives. Also, some previous holidaymakers have evidently scratched away the non-stick coatings on a few of the saucepans by using metal utensils. We did find a couple of pans with the non-stick surface intact though, so we managed to make do with those during our stay.

The pool area is very clean, with a table and plenty of seating for all the family. The pool is also surrounded by a secure but removable screen, so if you have young children who might wander out to the pool area, you can keep this fitted to avoid any accidents.

There is a Walmart not too far away but a Publix even closer (we much preferred Publix!), so shopping isn’t a problem. It was only a 5-6 minute drive to Publix.

We did find the description of all Disney parks being ’a mere 20 minutes away’ a little misleading (although not strictly untrue!). If there is no traffic on the road, all the traffic lights are on green and you drive at the speed limit, you really can reach the famous Walt DisneyWorld arch on World Drive in 20 minutes. Bear in mind, however, that this arch is located on the very EDGE of the enormous 40 square mile resort (yes, that’s the size of San Francisco!). On a typical day in October (fairly quiet time of year), it always took us 30-35 minutes to actually get to the parking lot for our chosen park for the day… sometimes longer. A drive to Universal Studios takes in excess of 40 minutes.

I would recommend you bear this in mind when considering whether or not Davenport is the best location for you and your family. For example, if you have young children and your intention is to visit a park in the morning, return to the villa for a rest during the afternoon and then revisit a Disney park in the evening, you will need to factor in at LEAST an hour’s round-trip if staying at this villa… plus additional time for any traffic build-up. By the time we’d driven back for a rest, we often decided not to bother venturing back in the evening – purely due to the driving distance. We’ll certainly be looking for a villa further north next time.

If, on the other hand, distance to the Disney, Universal and SeaWorld parks is irrelevant for you, then the location could be just perfect! We found the Davenport area much nicer and quieter than the gaudy, neon-lit areas around Kissimmee. Also, this area is closer to the beautiful beaches along the Gulf coast than those villas around the Disney resorts. We’d highly recommend you spend a day at Clearwater – take a ride on the Thriller Powerboat Tour and then watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Fantastic!

We fell in love with Florida on our first visit and will be sure to return in a couple of years’ time. Thank you to Julian and Kim for allowing us to stay at your lovely villa.

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Liked best: The space and layout
Liked least: Proximity to Disney, Seaworld & Universal parks.
Travelling group: Young Children
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Matthew H
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We stayed with our 5 kids for a week and it was wonderful. The game room was a plus. The kids enjoyed learning to play tennis on the new tennis court. Kitchen was wonderful with everything we needed. Pool area is nice. Location and backyard made it seem private and secluded. Driving through the orange groves was a sight us Michigan residents don't often get and was scenic. Julian was great to book with and we would love to come back here again next year. One of the best weeks we have enjoyed as a family.

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sandratho...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Davenport Villa”
Reviewed 4 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Had an amazing time in Florida and absolutely loved this villa. We wouldn't hesitate in staying here again. The villa had everything you could need and more. Very spacious with a good sized pool and outdoor area. Games room was great for the kids also. The villa is located in a quiet gated community and we felt safe and secure staying here. The tennis court was an added bonus. Would also mention the owners were extremely helpful with any questions even before we booked! There is also a folder in the property full of information which was a great help. Can't wait to go back!!

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Liked best: Pool and outdoor area for kids.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kitbags70...
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great villa and great value !”
Reviewed 17 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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Enjoyed a great stay at Disney Villa at the end of April 2016. The booking was easy and the correspondence from the owner was excellent. The villa itself is located in a quiet gated community, not a holiday resort, so was extremely quiet and felt very safe. The villa was more than spacious enough for my family of two adults and two young children, with an excellent sunny pool and Jacuzzi, which is wonderful after a day at the parks. The facilities in the villa were more than adequate for our needs with a good kitchen and laundry areas.
There is a very large Walmart in nearby Haines City and a Target and Publix not too far away as well.
The roads in Florida are very good, so it is also convenient for travel to all the parks. If you want a quiet, peaceful stay then this is the villa for you, if you want to be nearer to the shopping outlets and International drive then this may be too quiet. We preferred the quiet after the long, hot days at the parks !
The company that manages the Villa was very helpful and prompt with a couple of issues we had , though the folder of tips and instructions from them is a little over the top !
To finish off, the highlight is the nice, sunny pool which is very private and the kids loved. We even had a family of Cranes come visiting every day and would entertained the kids no end. Also for other families with a wheelchair user, it if fully level and accessible, with just a small step down into the pool area.
Would definitely stay here again, just wonderful !

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Liked best: The swimming pool
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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LeeLisa10
Bolton, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Perfect - would recommend this villa!”
Reviewed 7 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

A large, clean, spacious villa in safe gated area with tennis courts and was ideal for our stay. We loved the garage which was converted into games room for teenagers. Pool and jaccuzzi lovely and clean and area not overlooked. Perfect for sitting out at night. All amenities you need here incl washer, dryer, hairdryer, plenty of towels, wifi. Excellent communication with the owner who is very obliging and helpful. The management company were great when we needed them. Thank you.

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Liked best: Spacious rooms and pool area
Liked least: Drive to International Drive
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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