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Meet the owners of some of the villas of the homes on our site. Click on a photo to see a larger image.

John and Sarah Rooke

We are John and Sarah Rooke and jointly own this website orlandovillas.com along with Roger and Carolyn Parry.

We live in a 400 year old farmhouse in Bolas Heath, a rural area in North Shropshire, in the UK and have two children, Isaac who is 16 and Freya who is 14.

John has been visiting Florida since 1978. We used to stay in hotels in the Disney area but with the birth of the children we found that it was no fun at all being cramped up in the same hotel room. We thought that there must be a better way of staying in Florida that offered the extra flexibility you need when travelling with children.

For our next visit, we rented a villa near Disney and were immediately taken by how spacious it was compared to the hotel rooms we were used to. Also we liked the fact that it worked out about the same price, if not cheaper, than a hotel room! We were so impressed that we began to wonder if we should buy a Florida home of our own.

This dream became reality in 2001 when we completed on our new vacation home in Crescent Lakes. We were the first people to stay in it and we have to say it exceeded even our wildest expectations! We are very proud homeowners and take great care to ensure our guests have the holiday of a lifetime.

In April 2003 we completed on a brand new 7 bedroom, 4 bathroom home in Crescent Lakes.

We firmly believe that friendly, personal service is the key to ensuring the satisfaction of anyone who stays at our home. Nothing is too much trouble for us - all you have to do is ask!

So what are you waiting for - you wont be disappointed!

Member since: 15 September 2002

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Brian Mitchell

Hello! Hope you enjoy reading my bio below......I love the Orlando area as it has so much to offer from the glorious weather to the fantastic theme parks, shopping and outdoor activities. This is the reason why I bought my home in Orlando as for me it is the greatest place on earth!
I had a career in professional football for 15 years at Aberdeen, Bradford City, Bristol City and Hull. After retiring I returned to university to study for a management degree and now work for Sportland managing a programme in the NE of Scotland that encourages children to keep a fit and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
I have been involved in property in the UK for many years and that experience helps me understand that customer requirements are key and to ensure the highest possible standards are provided for my guests. I always ask for comments back after guests have stayed to ensure that standards and quality assurance are maintained and the fact that guests keep on returning is an endorsement of that high standard. That together with ensuring the service offered not only by myself but from my property manager will ensure you have a great vacation in my home in Orlando - come and see for yourself and book today!

Member since: 01 February 2002

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Mike & Karen Daniels

Hello and thank you for viewing the details of our villa, The Oasis at Countryside Manor

We are Karen and Michael Daniels. I run a health, nutritional and skin care business and my husband fits bathrooms and kitchens. We have a son who who is currently going to Uni

We are the caring owners of The Oasis at Countryside Manor and have owned it since we had it built. We take great pride in maintaining The Oasis at Countryside Manor to a 5 star standard, and this is shown by our many returning guests

We visit on a regular basis to make sure it is maintained to our high standards. And we have an excellent management company on hand to look after you during your stay

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about staying at our lovely villa please go to the enquiry form at the bottom of this page

Please enjoy reading about and looking at the photos of The Oasis at Countryside Manor

Member since: 01 February 2002

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Keith and Sharon Leach

Hi Our names are Keith and Sharon Leach and we would like to invite you to take a look around our beautiful Florida villa.We absolutely love visiting our home and are honoured to share it with our guests.
We have been visiting Florida for many years and eventually decided to buy our own little piece of paradise.We looked around many villas in many areas and finally settled on our villa here in Crescent Lakes mainly because it was so peaceful,quiet and secluded.Our two children Sally and Matthew adore visiting their second home and say it is their favourite place in the world.
If you would like to make a reservation or ask any questions please don't hesitate.We realise that for some people it may be the first time they have considered booking a privately owned villa directly through the owner so its only natural to need to find out a bit more about the process etc.
We pride ourselves on our customer service and we will not let you down.

Member since: 03 April 2002

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MARTINE SIMMS

We have owned our home since 1999. We love to spend time here and have just spent 3.5 weeks upgrading appliances and having the pool resurfaced. We have had great feedback from our guests and the great location.

Member since: 29 April 2004

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MARK AND URSULA KRAVIS

Hello Florida Vacation Lovers, Ursula and I want to welcome you to our Orlando Vacation Villa Homes!

Let me introduce myself and my German Bride of almost 33 years now. I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1976 I joined the U.S. Army and entered Army service for the United States of America as a Military Policeman.

In 1978 I was transferred to Germany and ended up stationed in a town called Bayreuth in Bavaria. This is where I met Ursula in 1981 and a little over a year later in June of 1982 we were married.

Randy, our first son, was born in June of 1983 and Mike our second son, was born in June of 1986. Randy later married our sweet daughter-in-law Jana, who is 29 now and they have been married for over 6 years. The newest addition to the Kravis Family was born to Randy and Jana on 30 May 2015, our wonderful grandson, Ben Kravis! I must say, Randy and Jana did real good!

I retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of service in 1998 and I have been working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army in Germany for almost 15 years now. Ursula takes care of our family and is the best grandmother to Ben that you could ever wish for.

Our hobbies are Baseball, riding our Harley and our new Indian Vintage Chief in Florida, and keeping our Orlando Vacation Villa Homes in tip top condition so that you may have a wonderful time on your Orlando Florida USA dream vacation!

We are looking forward to you booking with us so please get with me to book our vacation home. Orlando Florida and our villa pool homes are there right now, so why wait any longer!
THANKS MARK AND URSULA!!!

Member since: 15 December 2002

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Nigel and Rachel Stringer

Hi my name is Nigel and my wife is Rachel, we own this villa and would be delighted if you wanted to stay here for your Florida vacation.

We live in the United Kingdom in a south coast seaside town called Littlehampton.

Our family, Karl, Adam and Amy, have now grown up and are working for a living.

Following a family holiday to Florida in 1997 we fell in love with the place, especially the weather and the spacious homes with screened pools.

In 1999 we decided to go for it and took another visit with the purpose of looking for a vacation home to buy. After looking around at resale properties we could not find one that met all our requirements.

We happened to stumble upon a new development called Crescent Lakes, still under construction. A visit to the sales office and we were hooked. We decided on a new build and we had the choice of house design and plot location. A drive around the site confirmed the plot we wanted, an oversize end plot with plenty of space and west facing area for pool. We then picked the house design, colours inside and out, kitchen fittings, flooring, furniture and pool design.

We took possession in April 2000 and just loved everything about it. We now visit at least twice a year and the home gets improved and updated every time we visit.

I am now semi-retired after running an auto electrical company and serving for 25 years in the Fire Brigade. I am currently employed on a casual basis at Goodwood, where I work at all the events from horse racing to Festival of Speed and The Revival Motor Racing. I love this work, and being only through the summer months it leaves me time during the winter to visit my beloved Florida.

Rachel still works (not quite full time) for West Sussex County Council.

We are relaxed and very easy to communicate with and love to talk about Florida. Please feel free to contact us about our villa; we would love to have you as our guests.

Member since: 07 January 2003

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Chris Melaisi

Hello,

We are the Melaisi family, owners of Bearlake villa. Due to my husband’s commitments we currently live between Qatar and the UK. He is currently a long haul pilot and we have been fortunate to travel extensively. A few of our hobbies include Art, Music and the wonderful theme parks . For all of our family FLORIDA offers all this and much more.

Through our family we were able to take over and run the villa and continue to keep it to its normal high standards. We believe it should feel like home from home. It is well equipped and truly private and tranquil. It has easy access to the theme parks and surrounded by good shopping facilities & restaurants.

We are proud to say we have had repeat guests over many years and this is due to our commitment and effort in keeping the villa well maintained and updated just as one would expect in their own home.

Please feel free to contact us at any time, we look forward to welcoming you some day

Member since: 14 July 2003

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Mike and Michelle Walden

We are Mike & Michelle Walden and we live in Staffordshire, UK.

Our first visit to Florida was way back in 1983 when our daughters Emma was 3 years old and Danielle just 8 months. Our son Matthew was born in July 1985 and Florida soon became our annual holiday destination offering everything that a young family could want.

The children all loved the magical theme parks, the rollercoaster’s, the weather and also being able to see our relatives who live towards Tampa. Once we were bitten with the Florida bug we decided to buy our villa ‘Sunshine View’.

Many members of our family and friends have stayed at the villa and it has given us all perfect holidays with so many happy memories of spending quality time together relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of Orlando.

Many of our guests have now returned for second, third and even fourth visits. They tell us that the villa exceeds their expectations, is in a perfect location and has everything they could possibly need.

Why not take a look at our advert and don’t miss the opportunity of staying at ‘Sunshine View’

Member since: 18 October 2003

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CERI CROWLEY

Im Ceri Crowley and hello and welcome to my space on meet the owners.

My home is in Cardiff, South Wales, but my heart is always in Florida. I am Wales born and bred and love our country because you will always find a warm welcome from us. The Crowley clan consisted of myself, husband Martin and two grown big kids Sian and Rhian. We are the usual normal average family, but we do share one great love of Florida.

Like many millions of people that visit Florida, you cant help but be engulfed in the awsome warmth of Florida both in the weather and in the people. Our first visit on a once in a lifetime trip was Christmas 2001, we fell hook line and sinker for it, and finally obtained a place we can call home in the US in 2003. Whenever we can, with our UK work commitments we try and take some time out to visit our second home, it never gets boring, there is always something new to try or do.

We know that you will enjoy our homes, just like we do. Our family has gown up enjoying it, and we want to be able to share that joy with you. We open our homes to guests so that everything is just right and that you can totally relax knowing that everything is perfect.

Come on over and enjoy. You will want to come back..

Member since: 11 November 2004

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Dawn Axon and sisters

We are 3 sisters from Bolton in Lancashire, England. Our Florida journey began in the summer of 2000 when we decided to take a special Millennium Holiday with our parents and five young children we had between us. We absolutely loved it and returned for the next three years but though we tried various combinations of hotels and package villas, we never did find the perfect location. So we decided that it would be ideal to look for a place of our own which was when we found The Reservation on Highlands Reserve. We immediately fell in love with it’s peaceful yet convenient location and set about completely re-decorating and re-furnishing it.
Well, the children now range from 17 to 25 but they still all insist on coming out every year and over the years we have found lots of different things to do - there really is so much more to see in Orlando for all ages and all interests.
We are lucky to have built up a very loyal following of repeat guests from all over the world, who kindly let us know that we are getting things right and have become more like friends! We pride ourselves on our customer service and strive to ensure that our home feels like your home. We believe that we are fortunate to have made many hundreds of holidays very special since 2004 and look forward to welcoming you to our happy band of guests!

Member since: 22 July 2005

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Steve White

Having small children at the time I wanted somewhere we could call home to go each year on holiday. Having been to Florida as a child and also with my wife we decided what better place to buy a home and take the children each year. Sun, fun, food and peace and quiet of Crescent Lakes. This was back in 2004 along with my friend Michael we purchased our first homes.

Our management company will vouch for the fact that both Michael and I pride ourselves on offering quality homes and present them for each guest as though they were our own day to day homes. I work as an IT consultant during the day on a self employed basis so this is my pension and being in business for many years the most important thing to me is the relationship you build with your clients and the quality of the product you deliver. That principle is how we manage our homes now and that is why we have so many guests return each year.

I live in a small village in Leicestershire called Burbage and for anyone who fancies a game of golf at Hinckley Golf Club just let me know. Alternatively I can recommend and assist with your golfing choices in Florida. This is genuinely our second home from home and just love everything about taking a holiday in Florida.

Member since: 01 October 2005

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Andrena & Arthur Crawford

We are a retired couple who live in the beautiful city of Edinburgh in Scotland. We have owned our home in Florida for many years. We have a grown up son and daughter and two gorgeous grandchildren who all love to stay in our Florida home.
We spend a lot of time there ourselves so have done our best to make it as comfortable as possible for both ourselves and our guests.
As well as spending time time in Florida we enjoy travelling the world. Some of our favourite places are Austria, Australia and South Africa.

Member since: 12 August 2004

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Camilla Heron

We are Neil & Camilla Heron and have a son Alex and daughter Marissa. We own both Sunshine Villa and Sundance Villa. Sunbeam Villa and Sunray Villa are owned by other family members, however we arrange all the booking and administration of the villas on their behalf.

We live in Dorset in England, although Neil is originally from Scotland. We met whilst we both worked for a major airline based at London Heathrow, but Camilla had to stop flying when Alex came along. Looking for an alternative to flying that Camilla could use her knowledge of travel and customer service, whilst being able to work from home, we bought and started renting our first overseas property - Sunshine Villa. We previously had experience renting property in the UK with corporate long term lets to Computer Associates and Honda F1 Racing employees.

With our experience in both property rentals and the travel industry put to good use, we soon found that we could not meet the demand for Sunshine Villa, especially during peak seasons, so decided to invest in a second home - Sundance Villa. As we were also getting lots of enquiries from our previous guests that had rented Sunshine Villa with their extended families but wanted to return on their own and didn't need such a large home, we decided to go for a smaller 4 bedroom villa but to make it even more luxurious inside.

We particularly aim to cater in our villas for families, especially with younger children, as we know from our own experience that providing some of the extra facilities we offer can take the stress out of the travelling and make a more enjoyable vacation for everyone.

Member since: 12 August 2004

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Stephen Burns

Hi guys, our names are Stephen & Diane Burns and we have been visiting Florida since the late 90s. We are both from the North East of UK, 8 miles east of Newcastle Upon Tyne and a short walk from the sea side.
We love travelling and eventually bought "Time Share" from a company my brother worked for and travelled all over the world but more often than enough we would keep coming back to Florida staying in some wonderful timeshare apartments.
After doing several months of research into having a home build in Florida, we took the plunge in 2005 and havent looked back. I remember travelling over on several occasions to see the build and in September 2005 we opened the door to our dream home, our little bit of Florida. I have lost count how many times we have been since 2005, but we just loved to share our home with other people who wish to rent it from us as it is so much better than being in a hotel room.
So, to those of you who have taken the time to read this small Bio of us and you like what you see, then what you waiting for, book our wonderful home for that special holiday.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Regards
Stephen & Di

Member since: 12 August 2004

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Chris Thear

The villa is jointly owned by myself, my husband and my sister. The other 2 owners are silent partners whilst I do all the work with bookings, and the financial side of things. My husband and myself along with our son try to get to the villa at least once a year so that we can carry out maintenance and updates. We have a fantastic management company who keep on top of this when we are not there.

We bought the villa back in 2004 and my son being young at the time got to pick the shape of the pool. It is not a very common shape. We love the peacefullness of the area of the villa. You really wouldnt believe how close you were to the theme parks and the I4.

Looking forward to being able to travel out at any time of the year rather than being restricted to school holidays.

Member since: 12 August 2004

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David and Liz Cosgrove, Helen and Stuart Hobday

We are two sisters and our husbands who jointly purchased our Sandy Ridge home when it was first built in 2004. We have been coming to Orlando with our families since 1991, and now our grown up children bring their families so we are 3 generations enjoying everything Florida has to offer.
Between our 2 families we visit at least four times a year, sometimes together, sometimes separately and our regular visits mean that we are able to ensure that our home is maintained to the standard we would always want to offer our guests. We also have an excellent, friendly management company who take care of our home when we are back in the UK.
If you are interested in renting our home please feel free to contact us via Orlando Villas and ask all the questions you want. We love talking about Florida!

Member since: 22 August 2004

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Adrian & Lynn Winslade

We live in Ewell, Surrey and have owned our Villa since April 2003.

We just cant get enough of the Florida sun and are looking forward to our
Retirement when we hope to spend even longer "Over the Pond"

Our villa overlooks a lake to the rear of the property and there is nothing nicer than sitting in the Spa with a cool drink watching the wildlife.

Hopefully you will have the pleasure of a stay at Lakeview and enjoying
it yourself.

Member since: 15 August 2004

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Amanda & Iain Burrup

Hi, we are Iain and Amanda Burrup, we live in the beautiful Cotswolds area of the United Kingdom, and are lucky enough to own three dream Florida vacation homes. We visit at least 3 times a year, to get our sunshine fix and for Iain to play a little golf. We have 4 grand-daughters, who cant wait visit the Disney parks and the other great child-friendly attractions of the area! Regular visiting also gives us an opportunity to ensure that our homes are being maintained and cared for properly by our management company. Each time we go, we always find ourselves upgrading things, and shopping for little extras that we feel will enhance our guests experience. If you decide to choose one of our homes for your Florida vacation, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

Why did we choose the villas that we did? Firstly we wanted homes within a secure gated community. Another requirement was for the community to have a very active Homeowners Association which ensures the community is beautifully maintained. Some of the communities in the Disney area do not have Homeowners Associations, and unfortunately sometimes it shows. We also wanted quiet communities so that it would be very relaxing to return to after the hustle and bustle of the theme parks or shopping malls. Finally, we wanted good locations, being within an easy drive to the Disney Parks, and within minutes of good shopping and restaurants.

If you would like any further information about our villas, please dont hesitate to contact us by phone or email. We love talking about Florida and our villas, and will be delighted to answer any questions you may have!

Member since: 22 June 2005

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Carl and Jeanette McGuigan

Hello,
Welcome to Charlottes villa, we (Carl and Jeanette) purchased the villa in 2008 and have enjoyed many holidays with our children and grandchildren.

We live in Leicestershire and have been so fortunate to visit our villa usually twice a year, for holidays and general updates and maintenance, we take great pride in the villa and are very hands on in keeping the villa to a very high standard.

Our excellent management company (who have been with us for six years) keep the property in tip top condition in our absence and always exceed our expectations.

Since the purchase of the villa, we have discovered the wonders and frustrations of golf, and play on the many courses available in the area, a great way to explore the nature of the area.

Please view our villa and I hope it meets your needs for the perfect holiday home you will certainly find it welcoming - Carl and Jeanette

Member since: 13 September 2004

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Gerry & Chris Warren

We are Gerry & Chris Warren and we have lived near the New Forest in the UK for some 20 years.

Our first visit to the U.S. was in 1990 when we did the tourist thing by going to Orlando to enjoy Disney etc and then touring Florida. This incorporated the west coast which we immediately fell in love with and on what became an annual visit we hired a villa in the Spring Hill area north of Tampa. As we explored more we discovered a place called Englewood with its lovely sandy beach and then decided to rent a property in Rotonda in 2003.

This lead to the purchase of our own property, which had been a showhouse originally when it was built in 1996. We have never regretted our decision and highly recommend this part of Florida for its tranquil way of life, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants.

Living some 4000 miles away in the UK we believe it is essential to have a first rate Management company which is on call 24/7 to deal with any problems which may arise. The company we use is only 5 minutes from the villa and is owned by a former UK resident,.with really friendly and helpful staff. .

If you decide to book with us we are sure you will not be disappointed.

Member since: 07 October 2004

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Dawn and Alan Murray

Hello! We are Dawn and Alan Murray from West Sussex in the UK and have 2 children - now 19 and 13.

We had been holidaying in Florida for many years (even before the children came along, we just love it!), and after renting a villa for the first time, we knew a hotel would no longer do, so in 2003 we set about searching for our perfect villa. When we first stepped inside Villa Sunrise Dream and saw those lake views and realised how close we were to the parks, we were hooked - nothing else would do, and the following month our dreams became a reality, when we completed and the villa became ours. Since then we have been visiting at least twice a year, and nothing beats that feeling of arriving at Sunset Lakes each time.
As the time went by I loved sharing our home with guests, hearing their reactions and being part of making their holiday one in a lifetime, so much so that in 2011 we bought our second villa on Sunset Lakes, Villa Sunset Dream and completely renovated top to bottom, using all we had learned from Sunrise Dream over the years to make Sunset Dream equally as stunning and welcoming. I now have have the perfect excuse for shopping to my hearts content to ensure the villas are in tip top condition all the time - what could be better!!
Our wonderful family owned Management Company look after the villa and our guests 24/7 in our absence, so you will always be in safe hands when you are there.
We welcome lots of questions about Florida and the villas, so please feel free to get in touch and ask away.

Member since: 09 November 2004

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Martin and Susan Hockey

We are Martin and Susan Hockey. We have owned Florida Breeze Villa since it was built in late 2001.

We are British, but we have lived in the US (New Jersey) and Canada (Alberta). We now live in a 200 year old cottage in Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England.

Susan was born and brought up in Halifax in Yorkshire. She spent her career in universities, and held posts at Oxford University, Rutgers University, the University of Alberta and University College London. Her subject area was computing for the arts and humanities.

Martin was born and brought up in Bristol. After university (where he met Susan) he became an accountant. He worked in Oxford, New York, High Wycombe, Slough and London. He specialized in tax, and spent the later part of his career helping Americans do business in the UK and helping Brits deal with American bureaucracy.

We are now both retired – cant think how we ever had time to go to work. In his spare time, Martin goes long distance walking. In our retirement, we travel to places we never had time to go to when we worked.

Member since: 16 December 2004

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Mark & Natalie Brown

Meet the owners

We are Mark and Natalie Brown and live on the outskirts of Merseyside in the little historical place called Hale village which is steeped in history we have 2 children our son Jake who is 24 and daughter Hannah who is 20 have lived in the village for over 29 years.

We have been visiting Florida since 1993 We used to stay in hotels in the Disney area but with the birth of the children we found that it was no fun at all being cramped up in the same hotel room. We thought that there must be a better way of staying in Florida that offered the extra flexibility you need when travelling with children.

For our next visit, we rented a villa near Disney and were immediately taken by how spacious it was compared to the hotel rooms we were used to. Also we liked the fact that it worked out about the same price, if not cheaper, than a hotel room! We were so impressed that we began to wonder if we should buy a Florida home of our own.

This dream became reality in November 2004 when we completed on our new vacation home in Bass Lake Estates, We ended up buying the original villa that we first rented back in 2002 and the adventure began by upgrading the villa to are liking and replacing many fixture and fittings to a much higher specification that many of are guests have enjoyed time and time again on repeat visits. Myself and Natalie visit the villa in the Spring and Autumn and then 2 weeks in the summer months with Jake & Hannah and there partners, we carry out many upgrades each year so that the villa is kept to a modern high standard that are guests also enjoy, please take a minute to read some of the most recent guest reviews below.

We firmly believe that friendly, personal service is the key to ensuring the satisfaction of anyone who stays at our home. Nothing is too much trouble for us - all you have to do is ask!

So what are you waiting for - you wont be disappointed!

Member since: 29 January 2005

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Edward J Murray and Carol Rees

We are Carol & Eddie & we live in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire I am originally from Cardigan West Wales & Eddie is from Liverpool
I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 46 years & Eddie was a train driver for 40years.

We started taking our Grandchildren to Florida in 2001 & stayed in hotels, so when we retired in 2003 we decided to buy a home in Florida.
We visit our home twice a year, & our children & grandchildren love to spend their vacation there.
We keep our home to a very high standard, & have a lots of regular guests who come back year after year
So go ahead & book our home as you wont be disappointed & you will have a holiday of a life time

Member since: 28 June 2005

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Karen and Mick Mongey

We are Karen and Mick Mongey and we live in Surrey, we have owned Bay Leaf Villa since it was built on 30th November 2004.

Our eldest daughter married in October 2013, our youngest daughter had our first granddaughter in January 2014 and our eldest daughter had our second granddaughter in January 2015.

We try to visit our villa as often as we can and make purchases and changes every visit to keep our villa up to date for our family visits and our many regular guests who return every year, we have a brilliant Management Company who look after our villa when we are not there and they can arrange for any special birthday or anniversary surprise with a gift, cake, balloons and banners.

This year we are really looking forward to taking our granddaughters to try out all our baby equipment and see Mickey Mouse :)

Member since: 21 May 2005

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Shirley and Paul Cottam

Hello, our names are Paul and Shirley Cottam and we live in a 400 year old farmhouse in the beautiful Peak district in central England, in the UK. The photo shows Paul and our 2 boys James and William a few years ago at Disney (I am holding the camera!)

We first visited Florida when our children were small, and stayed in various hotels, and in 2003 we decided to rent a villa with some friends in Orange Tree. Wow, it was amazing, so much space for all of us, and our own private pool. It was so much more relaxing keeping an eye on the children when they were the only ones in the pool.

At this time they were still building the homes, so we and our friends both bought one, both very close together! We had the flexibility at this stage to add to the specification, so we bought a premium plot looking out over the lake (we decided it was worth the extra cost) and loved getting together with the pool designer to create a lovely custom pool and extended deck. The 6 bedrooms off plan were turned into 5, making 2 of the bedrooms into 1. We lost a bedroom but gained a 2nd master suite. The furniture was chosen with care, and it was a dream come true to stay in our villa when it was completed in 2005.

We have had some amazing holidays and we are very proud of our home and do everything possible to make sure our guests have a magical time and make memories to last a lifetime.

On booking our villa you will find it is so easy, and the personal one to one contact is what makes booking a private villa so rewarding.

Enjoy Florida!

Member since: 11 June 2005

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Ian & Janet Bundle

Hello, we are Ian and Janet, we first visited Florida with our son in May/June 1993. Our son was coming up for 7 and we thought this the ideal age to visit the theme parks. We trawled through the tour brochures and picked a hotel for 2 weeks followed by a week just outside Tampa in a villa. The difference between the 2 was huge so when we visited again a couple of years later we booked a villa and never looked back.

We have since visited many more times, both with our family and without and have always stayed in a villa.

In Spring 2005 we eventually bit the bullet and purchased our own 3 bedroom home on Sunridge Woods. We purchased this particular home after viewing probably about 100+ homes because of the size of the swimming pool, it is larger than a lot of pools being 30 foot long, and because of its very quiet position.

We love to visit Florida as often as possible, often taking family and friends with us.

We enjoy having guests stay in our home so that they too can enjoy the wonderful variety of attractions and natural beauty that Florida has to offer.

Florida is our favourite subject, so any questions, just ask away :)

Member since: 18 June 2005

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Victoria Brodie

Hi, we are the Brodie Family from Buckinghamshire - England and the owners of GLORIOUS GULF VILLA.

After a magical family holiday in Florida in 2006, we fell in love with the Gulf Coast area, and decided to put our heart and soul into building our dream holiday home in Rotonda. Being big fans of the water, we found the perfect plot of land on the waterfront, choose a great specification of house and after much blood, sweat and tears we made the all final design decisions for both the interior and exterior.

We wanted our villa to be stylish yet homely. The contemporary open-plan layout makes it a very welcoming and social home. We also wanted a unique point too; hence the private fishing dock at the bottom of the garden. We have 2 young daughters who are full of love and laughter so they enjoyed giving their seal of approval on the heated pool, comfy beds and size of TV!

Since welcoming our first Guests in 2007, we have consistently provided a personal, professional and friendly service to everyone who has booked with us. We pride ourselves on offering excellent Customer Service and great attention to detail. We know only too well how stressful finding the right accommodation can be so we make sure we keep in regular contact with you all the way through to ensure that everything runs smoothly for you.
Being 4,000 miles away we know the importance of having a reliable local Management Team who deal with day-to-day issues on behalf but we also regularly visit our home to ensure the high standards are fully maintained.

We hope to welcome you to our GLORIOUS GULF VILLA one day!

Member since: 19 July 2006

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sharon ogden


We are Sharon and Jeff with two boys Clay and Josh living in Stockport Cheshire.

I have been a clerical worker all my life and currently work for the Civil Service, Jeff has been a self- employed plumber since leaving school all those years ago.

We started holidaying in Florida back in 1987 and used to tour quite a lot, we loved Disney and the Parks. We went back with friends a couple of years later and then again after our son was born in 1991. We took our second son when he was born and started to wonder about a buying a place out there.

We had always stayed in hotels but in 2004 we put a deposit down on our villa in Glenbrook, we specified we would like an open aspect at the rear as we did not want to be overlooked by other villas, we also learned that the road would be called Morningstar Drive, that cut the deal for us. We chose all the interior/exterior design, paints and tiles worktops pool tiles. It took 12 months to finalise and build then it was ours.

We work really hard at keeping our villa clean and up to date, I think we must love DIY as we are always replacing, painting, ripping something up, upgrading things making sure our place is in great shape for both our family and our guests.

We have recently replaced all the carpets with porcelain floor tiles making it easier to clean, created a bar in the games room, (great addition for the kids), added window treatments, new pool blanket roller, painted the outside of the villa and some of the rooms inside. Replaced the cooker. Replaced two of the sun loungers, painted 3 of the bedrooms, added ceiling fans to both the twin rooms, added new bedside clocks so we can charge our phones without a plug just bring your USB. New bar stools in the kitchen area. Desk with a printer. New pool towels.

Member since: 16 December 2006

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Anthony Brook

I have been visiting Florida since 1989 but first took my wife in 1992 and then our children in August 2003 when they were 6 & 7 years old. By the end of September 2003 we were the proud owners of a 3 bed villa overlooking the fairway of Southern Dunes Golf Course. It was a dream come true when our villa was complete for our visit of May 2004.
The experience has made us book private villas for all our holidays no matter where we take them, there really is no comparison.
I pride myself on speedy e-mail replies and passing on any tips and information I can to guests.
Book with confidence as you wont regret it.

Member since: 16 January 2007

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Robert and Lynne Brooks

We are Lynne and Bob and Whispering Palms was our long time dream from our first visit to Florida in 1981 for part of our honeymoon. We eventually took the plunge in 2003 and bought our lot and then chose a local builder. Together we chose the floor plan, the colour & design of the interior fittings, from roof tiles, cupboard design, paint colours, carpets, tiles even down to the colour of the grout. The pool was next and we chose a Roman style to match the arched windows at the front of the house. The house was completed in 2004 and I spent 4 glorious weeks furnishing from top to bottom. It is not very often you have the opportunity to start from a blank canvas and I know I was very fortunate to be able to so, albeit governed by a budget. Our first guests arrived in January 2005 and we have not looked back. We love spending our holidays in Rotonda West and enjoy updating and maintaining the villa each visit, I did not realise just how familiar I would become with Home Depot and Lowes, Bob naturally is in his element in these two stores.
When not in Florida we live in Beacon Hill, in Surrey where we have recently moved to from our former location of Ottershaw. Bob is still at Heathrow which is where we met each other, all those years ago. We love sharing our home with you our guests and want you to enjoy it as much as we do.
PS - We were a little younger when this photo was taken :)

Member since: 19 January 2007

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derek birchenough

My wife and I love Florida, we have been going for the last 20 years. We bought our villa in 2005 after looking for about 2 years, we were looking for a nice quiet area close to the beach, where we could build a villa. We have achieved this and anybody who rents our villa will understand what we mean. We sit on our lanai and all we can hear his the birds, I still pinch myself sometimes to make sure I am not dreaming.

Having rented for many years we knew what we wanted and what potential rentors would be looking for and that is what we have got. South West facing, a nice view, plenty of space, nice furnishing, extended pool area, with a homely feel and a air of Tranquility which is why we gave our villa that name.

The feedback we have got from past rentors shows that they have found our villa a home from home and really enjoyed it. The beaches are second to none and we often see Dolphins swimming in the sea, we love the area more and more after each visit. The locals refer to this area has paradise and we can understand what they mean.

Member since: 12 February 2007

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Alan and Morag Hutchison

Myself and my husband Alan have owned our lovely property in Orlando since 2008 and spend as much time as we can out there every year - usually for a total of about 3 months - we absolute the peacefulness of the area, but with the benefit of being so close to so many amenities and attractions, including some stunning local golf courses.

Member since: 22 May 2008

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Gerry and Sue Reed

Hi
Palm Trees is a family owned villa and we love to use the villa for our holidays. As our family ranges in age from 1 year to 84 years old, the villa really is suitable for all ages.
Our youngest daughter is autistic and as she grew up, holidays in cramped hotel rooms became increasingly difficult so our own familiar villa with loads of space was the ideal answer. A place where the whole family could feel at home. Now our other children and our grandchildren love to have holidays there and it is a great place to spend time with our grandchildren.
Every time we visit we upgrade at least one room, and we love to shop for additional items for the villa, so that the villa feels like a home not just an impersonal holiday rental.
Our favourite time of the day is the early evening, sitting by the pool, watching the sun set and relaxing with a drink in our hand while the BBQ cooks.
We love our time spent in Florida and will do all we can to ensure you have a great stay in Palm Trees so please contact us with any questions you have.

Member since: 05 May 2011

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Sandra Mandalia

We are Sandra & Jai Mandalia and we live in Romford, Essex. We have 3 children Arun, Ryan and Kyle (hence the name Arkvilla).

Jai works in Human Resources and I work doing admin work for a Vicar in a local Church.

We chose to buy our home in Florida after visiting Florida a few times, we thought the people are very friendly and helpful, the food is great, its so clean, there is so much to do and we believe it’s a wonderful place to holiday.

Previous holidays we’d stayed in cramped hotel rooms, and we thought we would try a villa as surely it would be a better option... WOW – we were amazed by what a different holiday we had. There was so much space for everyone. It was great not having to keep to anyone else’s time schedule. Even after the children had gone to bed it was wonderful to sit by the pool and relax.

We bought Arkvilla off plan in 2005, this allowed us to hand pick everything ourselves making it a real home from home. We are the only owners since it was built therefore we know our home better than anyone and can offer you as much help and advice as you want to plan the perfect trip.

We are very proud of our home and do our best to make sure our guests have the holiday they have dreamed of, we have many repeat guests so I guess that means we are doing somehing right ;-)

Please get in touch, we’d love to have you stay at Arkvilla and were sure you will be delighted with your choice.

Member since: 06 May 2011

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Ian and Kathryn Bramley

Hi, we are Ian & Kathryn Bramley and we live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire in the North of England. We have a grown up daughter, Emma and a Labrador called Louis.

I am a retired Chartered Surveyor but I still assist in the running of the family business which is a Sub-Post Office where my wife is the Sub-Postmistress and my Daughter is the Manager.

We first visited Florida is 1992 when Emma was 7 in what we thought would be a “one off” visit to Orlando and Clearwater Beach. How wrong we were – we loved Florida and the USA so much we have been coming over ever since and can’t think of anywhere else we would rather visit.

We previously stayed in hotels until 1996 when we rented a villa owned by a work colleague. Wow, what a difference from a single room, so much room and of course the private pool all to ourselves. We loved it, so much so we decided to buy our own.

We looked at various properties, some re-sales and some new build on a number of sites and decided on a 4 Bedroom/2 Bathroom villa in the Sub-Division of Indian Ridge Oaks. We loved the location being just off the 192 and one of the closest to Disney being less than a 10 minutes drive. We completed on the villa in 1997 and therefore are the only people who have owned the villa.

The villa is regularly upgraded and superbly maintained and managed by an excellent Management Company who we now regard as friends. They are on hand 24/7 in the unlikely event that you have any issues.

We love Florida and are more than happy to advise on things such as flights, car hire, attractions etc. Nothing is too much trouble for us so don’t be afraid to ask, we love nothing more than chatting about Orlando and Florida.

If you have visited Florida before you will know what we are talking about, if it’s your first visit we are sure that you will come to love Florida as much as us because it’s addictive.

Please get in touch, we’re sure you wont be disappointed.

Member since: 19 June 2011

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Tony Ghirra

Hi, my name is Tony, I live in London and I work for the John Lewis Partnership.

I've been a complete Orlando addict since visiting in 1992 with my family. I can't get enough of the weather, the parks and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere. I first began booking villas instead of hotels as a cost-saving measure but soon got accustomed to (or spoiled by) the space, privacy and not having to share the pool! Having rented a number of villas over the years, I finally decided to buy my own in 2013.

I'm really meticulous, so I make sure my villa is maintained to rigorous standards and has all the amenities I looked for when I was looking to rent. I will always do anything I can to make your stay memorable and look forward to welcoming you to my very special home.

Member since: 21 April 2014

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Hugh and Margaret Cooper

My wife Margaret and I have known each other since School and reached our Ruby Wedding Anniversary in 2016. We were both born in Glasgow, Scotland and now live in Shropshire, England.

Although we have travelled elsewhere in the States on business, family and pleasure, in recent years our growing enthusiasm for golf has brought us to Florida again and again. In November 2014 we took the plunge and bought our villa in Pine Valley, an easy decision as it ticked all of our boxes and then some.

Golf and Music take up a lot of our time both at home and in Florida and its a great time in our lives.

You may well meet us on Tuesday nights in the Lake View Bar and Restaurant - across from Publix near McDonalds as they have an Open Mic session there that is a load of fun.

Till then!

Member since: 31 October 2016

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Andy Appleton

We are a family our four us and our two girls, who love going to Florida. We have been going for over twenty years and loved it so much we decided to by our own home there.Even though the girls are older now we all still love being there.

Member since: 27 March 2017

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Paul and Sandra Antonelli

Member since: 01 February 2002

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