3 Oct 2013
"Clean & tidy with great facilities...."
We stayed at Florida Manor for two weeks. Quiet and well located for all the theme parks; kids loved being able to wind down in the pool after a heavy day of Mickey Mouse & frankly my feet needed it too!
We looked at many other villas and this one came from a personal recommendation from a colleague - we weren't disappointed....everything you could possibly wish for just a short drive away.
Clean and tidy throughout & any minor issues were quickly & efficiently dealt with by the management company.
15 Jun 2013
"Superb villa in excellent location."
Location is superb, close to both i4 and h27. Community is very well maintained and very clean. Gated community, and alarm in villa so security is excellent. Upgradedbtv package handy for uk football and games room well equipped with pool, foosball, and air hockey. All furnishings nice and pool area spotless. Tennis court on site, with raquets and balls supplied at villa. I have been to Florida 15 times and this is undoubtedly the best location, and villa, we have rented. Would have no hesitation in renting again, or recommending. Would also mention Sally from management co who whelped with any queries we had ( no problems just a couple of queries), best service I have had from a florida management co. bottom line is if you are looking for a by nice vi
La, in an excellent location, then you should definitely consider this one.
8 May 2013
"High quality villa in a safe/convenient location"
I travelled with my husband and 2 sons(age 13 & 9yrs). This was our 4th stay in Orlando. The location was superb with Disney parks 15mins away, Universal 25mins. Champions Gate is a gated community and having previously felt vulnerable whilst staying in other areas of Orlando, this time we felt completely safe and at ease with our surroundings. It was good to know there were neighbours nearby in the event of an emergency. The villa is very private and it is worth paying for the pool heating (which actually worked!) as the boys were in it morning,noon and night! Internally the rooms are large and spacious and we wanted for nothing in terms of facilities. I used the laundry several times with ease and the boys loved the games room. It was used every day. The kingsize bed in the master bedroom was amazingly comfortable that you fell asleep the minute your head hit the pillow. The boys shared one of the twin rooms and said their beds were comfy too although a bit creaky! We used the Publix supermarket at Champions Gate several times (there is a post box here if you want to send your postcards) and the pizzeria along from it had lovely pizzas although expect a long wait on a saturday evening for your food! All in all , we had a great time at Florida Manor and would highly recommend it for a family holiday. The only downside was that everywhere in Orlando was extremely busy as we visited over Easter, spring break. Would probably avoid travelling at that time of year again. Happy Holidays!!
10 Mar 2013
"Awesome! If you're looking for somewhere to stay in Orlando, look no further!"
From start to finish, staying at the Florida Manor was an absolute pleasure. Steve and Janet are extremely professional but also very friendly and helpful, recommending car hire companies and answering all my stupid questions!
Booking was really smooth and both Steve and Janet were easy to deal with. Once booking was complete and paid for, they provided us with extensive information on how to get to the villa, as well as other information.
Once we arrived at Orlando airport we picked up our hire car (booked with help from the owners!), and drove the relatively short distance to the villa. The neighbourhood is easy to get to, and has good supermarkets within short driving distance, so on the drive through Championsgate, we picked up some essentials from the large Publix supermarket.
The villa's neighbourhood is really clean and pleasant, and we found absolutely no faults with the villa itself. The garden was well maintained and pretty, and the security system was easy to use (all information pertaining to security was sent over to us well in advance). I was immediately impressed with the size and layout of the villa, the spacious living area has a large television, comfortable sofa and 2 dining areas, one smaller one which we used for breakfast, and a larger one which would have been great for dinner had we been in in the evening to make use of it. The kitchen was spotless and well laid out, and we enjoyed cooking breakfast every day there, either using the oven or the hobs. There is a dishwasher and also a large fridge/freezer which we took advantage of as well. We also used the washing machine to wash half of the clothes we brought with us, which meant that we could pack a little lighter.
The games room was a really cool touch and would be great for those with children (or big children like us!), we played pool at least once a day, and the space theme is really fitting, especially as Kennedy Space Centre is relatively close! We took advantage of the pool at least once a day, and despite it being mid January (and having left snow on the ground in England!) it was really nice to soak in the hot tub and do some lengths in the pool. The owners also have a large amount of inflatables to use in the pool.
Personally though I was most impressed with the bedrooms. There were 4 of us but the villa could easily accommodate more without feeling claustrophobic. The bedrooms were large and the beds comfortable (and this is coming from someone with a sleep disorder!), and the bathrooms were clean and bright, ours had a bath and a shower, and unusually (?) had two sinks which meant less stress!
Finally the free wifi and the free calls to the UK meant that we had peace of mind and could contact home if necessary, which was great.
The villa is well located for the various attractions that Orlando has to offer, we visited Universal, Disney, Seaworld and Gatorland, all of which were less than an hour's drive away.
If we ever go back to Florida, I would definitely contact Steve and Janet to see if their villa was available!
25 Feb 2013
"Perfect house for our family!"
My husband and I rented this house for 3 weeks in late January to mid February 2013. For the first two weeks we were alone, and we played a lot of golf on nearby courses. Our daughter, her husband and their two children (4 and 5) joined us for the last week. The house worked out perfectly for us - with only one exception, the lack of a barbecue.
The house is roomy and well designed, especially for three generations of a family. There is a master wing with large bedroom, large closet and huge bathroom with separate loo. On the other side of the house is another master bedroom with its own bath, a hall bath and two other bedrooms. There is a nice terrace with pool and jacuzzi. We paid extra to have the pool heated and were very pleased with the temperature. The house has quite a large kitchen, with dishwasher, cooker and oven and microwave. It is well equipped in terms of dishes and cutlery, perhaps a little less well in terms of pots and pans - but it is a rental after all and I never expect too much in that regard in a rental! Next to the kitchen is a laundry area with washer and dryer. There is also a "games room" in what should have been the garage and on the one cold day we had our grandchildren loved playing the air hockey and what we call in Switzerland "babyfoot".
I really did miss not having a BBQ though... we tried to rent one according to instructions in the house but the rental service never called back. It seems to me that the main problem with BBS's - people leaving them dirty! - could be addressed by telling people that their entire damage deposit is forfeited if the BBQ is not in good order when they leave...
The location of the house is great. In a gated community about 5 mins drive from the shopping centre at Championsgate (great supermarket, Publix, dry cleaner, liquor store, UPS store which will post letters for you, and a super little "pizzeria" called Dolcetto with excellent pizzas and flat breads and lovely staff. Also a bank - tip! Do not use the bank's ATM as they charge $3 per transaction. The ATM at Publix has no charge!!)
For golfers there is a decent and reasonable course at Highlands Reserve about 20 mins away. There is, much closer, the two courses at Championsgate and we played one of them. There are also Celebration, Reunion and Providence within a 15 min drive. Disneyworld is about 20 mins drive and SeaWorld (hugely recommended by all of us!) is about 25 mins.
I really recommend this house - it is well kept, was very clean on our arrival (and I hope on our departure!), is in a quiet neighbourhood and is really good value for money. The owner, Stephen, was a pleasure to deal with, responded quickly to all questions etc and the Management Company's representative, Sally, was a delight. We were all sorry to leave The Manor!!
21 Jan 2013
"Good sized, well equipped charming villa in excellent location"
We stayed at this villa in early January. The booking process was very easy, we did it all by email, but the owners are also easily contactable by telephone. We really liked the location of the villa, in the Champion's Gate area, far enough away from the hustle and bustle, yet a quick zip up the Interstate and you're at the Theme Parks. The position of the villa is lovely, with a south facing, and very private pool which gets the sun all day (we consider this a must in the winter) , but also with a shaded lanai, when you need to escape the heat in the summer.
The villa is nicely laid out with good sized rooms. The lounge is cosy and inviting, with plenty of seating for family members to gather and the large triple doors make it light and bright. The kitchen is well equipped and there was nothing we found lacking. The bedrooms are all a good size, especially noticeable in the twin rooms, which we have sometimes found to be small in other villas and the second master suite with it's huge bathroom and lots of mirrors was very useful when trying to get teenage girls out in a morning! The Games room is extremely well equipped, with a top quality, full sized pool table, table football and air hockey, we all had a lot of fun in there. It is very well looked after and was pristinely clean on arrival. We also saw gardeners several times during our stay, the sub-division is kept immaculate. .
It is one of few villas we have been back to twice and would not hesitate to book again
25 Dec 2012
"Excellent 5* Villa in a gated community and in a superb location"
We have just returned from a family holiday at Florida Manor.We are a family of four - two boys, one aged 16 and one aged 4. Our eldest son took a friend with him. The accommodation was first class.… More
26 Nov 2012
"Excellent villa beautiful home"
This villa was outstanding, it has everything you needed and more from all the mod cons and kitchen utensils to pool toys. The villa is in a beautiful clean gated community well located with lots of amenities only five minutes away. I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone and will be booking it again when we return to Florida.
3 May 2012
"Fantastic Villa with everything you need in a central location"
This is a very well equipped villa with everything you need for a perfect holiday. There are shops and restaurants nearby and all the entertainment is a short drive away. Big comfortable beds and fully equipped kitchen, what more can you ask for. Would not hesitate to stay here again or recommend to others. Good value as well.
2 Apr 2012
This was a great house. Fully loaded and great pool and spa area. We really enjoyed the location close to theme parks. I would highly reccomend for families. There was tons of space.