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The Amish Country Store.

We have had a lot of programmes and series on the television in the last couple of years on the Amish people and it has certainly piqued my interest. So when I saw that we were in the area of an Amish store, I just had to go and have a look....
Viewed 1187 times since 13 April 2013.

Fantasmic

For anyone visiting Disney a trip to Hollywood Studios is a must, always popular with the whole of the family the park really has something for everyone. One of the main attractions at Hollywood Studios is the Mickey’s Fantasmic show. The...
Viewed 1901 times since 13 February 2013.

The villa pool

One of the best things about renting a vacation villa is your own pool! Just think, you arrive at your holiday destination, tired after a long journey, possibly jet lagged and no doubt just a little hot as you have not yet acclimatised to F...
Viewed 2140 times since 6 June 2012.

Differing Villa Rates

You may often wonder why villas are so many and various rates. This is simply because the majority of villas are privately owned, in fact on this web site they all are. The reason why is much more complex. So many factors come into the eq...
Viewed 1690 times since 31 May 2012.

Mardi Gras at Universal.

Well folks, it is Mardi Gras time again at Universal Studios. Every year this is the most anticipated event and for 2002, they seem to have topped even themselves! The 2012 concert line up has such names as Kelly Clarkson (who is current...
Viewed 1464 times since 17 February 2012.

What Villa Location?

If you are ploughing through all the villas on this site and do not know where the best place to be is, this may help you. Obviously if your whole reason for visiting Florida is to go to the theme parks then you may think it is easy – jus...
Viewed 2462 times since 20 December 2011.

Late Check Outs

Checking out of your villa is often a moot point. I am often asked by prospective guests if they can have a late check out. All villas operate in the same way that hotels do, in that we try have new guests arrive on the same day as the previous guest...
Viewed 1835 times since 6 September 2011.

Making the Most of Your Villa Part 3

In Part 1 and 2 of Making the Most of Your villa I wrote about pre planning and the first day at the villa. When you stay at a villa you may also want to buy things of the villa for the children to enjoy, these are relatively inexpensive....
Viewed 2281 times since 18 May 2011.

Making the Most of Your Villa - Part 2

In Making The Most of Your Villa part 1 I shared things we pre planned before our holiday. The first morning in Orlando everyone seems to get up early. In the summer I like nothing more than to sit by the pool with a cup of tea and watch ...
Viewed 2253 times since 18 May 2011.

Making the Most of Your Villa Part 1

It may the first time you have stayed in a villa or you may have been visiting Florida for many years staying in a villa but I thought I would share a few things we find help us to enjoy our stay even more. Most owners are happy to provid...
Viewed 2263 times since 18 May 2011.

Adventure Island.........worth the drive?

Adventure Island is located right opposite Busch Gardens and is a water park. This attraction opened over 30 years ago and its' theming is influenced by the Key West style. Adventure Island sits on 30 acres and currently has 10 rides...
Viewed 2044 times since 20 March 2011.

Fantasy of Flight - Polk County

Just a short way off Junction 44 on the I4, Fantasy of Flight is within easy reach of anyone staying in a villa in the Kissimmee area. We find this place and its owner Kermit Weeks, who was performing a fly past the last time we visited, absolutely f...
Viewed 2512 times since 19 March 2011.

Flying to Florida with US Airways – Part 8

We are on our way to Fort Lauderdale, on the final leg of our journey with US Airways, from Gatwick to Florida, via Charlotte. Having flown across the Atlantic on an Airbus with US Airways we have landed safely, ready to pick up our domestic flight t...
Viewed 2110 times since 13 March 2011.

Why buy a villa? part 3 - The Good News

SO WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU WANT TO BUY A VILLA IN FLORIDA? Well now, at last, the good news. The thrill of getting a booking confirmed with a deposit is wonderful and gives you encouragement to carry on. Receiving thank you letters and let...
Viewed 2405 times since 14 February 2011.

Why buy a villa? part 2

Part 2 One of the most essential expenses is the maintenance. Pool pumps wear out, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and dishwasher will all eventually breakdown and need replacing, after all, they take far more wear and tear than you...
Viewed 2702 times since 14 February 2011.

Want to buy a villa? part 1

Owning a holiday villa in Florida can be fraught with difficulties and unexpected bills but it can also be the most rewarding thing you will ever do. If you are considering buying, then now is the ideal time whilst prices are still relatively low. If...
Viewed 2398 times since 14 February 2011.

Eating at Your Villa

If you decide to stay at a villa in Orlando you will be amazed at the advantages it has over staying in a hotel no matter how nice the latter is. One of the advantages is being able to eat and/or cook whatever you want whenever you want a...
Viewed 2641 times since 6 February 2011.

Choosing Your location

To get the best out of your holiday you need to choose the right location for your particular needs. You may have noticed that all the villas seem to be no more than 10 to 15 minutes away from Disney. Well the truth is, they are. That i...
Viewed 2441 times since 30 January 2011.

Why do we stay in a villa?

When we first visited Florida we booked a hotel for our stay mainly because we thought that was what you had to do. We had a fantastic holiday in a lovely hotel. The room was a reasonable size and there were two double beds one for hubby and me and o...
Viewed 2327 times since 3 January 2011.

Cruising – Jamaica Part 2 – Martha Brae River Rafting

After journeying through torrential rain in our dilapidated coach we arrive after an hour and a half at our destination – the Martha Brae River Rafting Centre. The River Rafting centre at Rafters’ Rest is set amongst lush tropical vegetation,...
Viewed 2522 times since 11 October 2010.

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