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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

We are John and Sarah 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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Trisha White, Lesley Brown and Clive White

We are Trisha, Lesley and Clive. We are sisters and brother who decided to invest together in our wonderful holiday home in the sun in 2001. Between us we have eight children and six grand children. Our lovely mum thought of the name TLC villas (though it’s just the one villa) as a play on the “Trisha, Lesley and Clive” and “Tender Loving, Care” and we have certainly put lots of both into our wonderful Florida Home. We try to visit as often as we can – sometimes up to three times a year to keep the place in tip top condition as well as trying to make improvements and upgrades on each visit. We have had the same management company since the villa was constructed and they will do everything in their power to make sure you have all you need for a wonderful vacation/holiday. We handle all of our bookings personally and are happy to answer any questions you may have – just drop us an enquiry. We hope you love our Florida Home as much as we do! This is one of the few photos we have of just the three of us. It was taken at Lesley's eldest son's (Trish and Clive's nephew's) wedding in 2017.

Member since: 01 March 2002

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sharon baillie

Hello! We are Sharon and Bruce Baillie from Coleraine in beautiful Northern Ireland. We have two children, well teenagers now, aged 18 and 21 and have spent many years enjoying fabulous holidays in Orlando with them since they were babies. We own and operate and McDonalds franchisee in Northern Ireland and love to travel around the USA on road trips in an RV. Our most recent was Route 66…

We bought Sunset Villa, our 1st 6 - bed villa, on Sunset Lakes in 2001 and set about making it a home away from home. As fashions changed, we’ve renovated and updated it along the way, and it’s now a beautiful, bright modern villa. (Out with the floral sofas and fake flower arrangements…)

Following on from the success of our 1st villa, we bought Villa Horizon, our 5 - bed villa, in 2012 and renovated to the same standard as Sunset Villa. Lake View Villa, another 6 – bed villa, is our most recent purchase which was bought and fully renovated in 2017. (The 2 x 6 – bed villas are next door to each other which is great for the bigger families and groups)

All 3 of our villas are located on Sunset Lakes and all have a fabulous Lake View with a south facing pool - Making the most of Florida sunshine! (We do have shade on our decks too if you prefer)

We are so proud of our villas and Sharon handles all the reservations herself and is happy to help you plan, what I’m sure will be a holiday of a lifetime for you and your family. We have a wealth of local knowledge and very experienced in the villas rental industry so you are in good hands when you reserve one of our villas.

Reserving one of our villas in very easy and if you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask at any time. Whichever villa you choose, we hope you have a great holiday in Orlando and make wonderful memories…

Member since: 13 March 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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Scott Kirkham and Kathryn Statton

We are Scott Kirkham and Kathryn Statton and we live in Cornwall in the UK. We have 2 grown up children, Reece and Bethany. Scott is an engineering technical author and Kathryn is a teaching assistant at a local special needs school. We also own a busy leathergoods shop in a nearby seaside town.
We have always wanted to own a home overseas and we were bowled over by the by the range of choice that Orlando has to offer: world-class attractions, shopping and dining combined with relaxed outdoor living, natural beauty and easy access to the ocean. So we embarked on our search for our perfect holiday home in the sunshine state.
And we found it! ‘Bella Vista’ enjoys a quiet open aspect both south and east facing while backing onto conservation wetland which enables us to enjoy sweeping countryside views and ever-changing wildlife – and we can drive to the Disney Arch in less than 15 minutes!
We are looking forward to spending time in our lovely villa and the surrounding area and the children are, naturally, looking forward to being here with their friends etc.
We are always delighted to answer any questions you may have: we have high standards and know how important it is to get your holiday accommodation just right. Our Management Company is very established in the area with a wealth of experience and very high standards in terms of customer service and property maintenance, so we can relax in the knowledge that our guests are in expert hands while they enjoy their vacation.

Member since: 07 September 2002

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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 37 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 1983 and Mike our second son, was born in 1986.

Randy later married the girl of his dreams, our daughter-in-law Jana, and they have been married for over 9 years. The first addition to the Kravis Family was born to Randy and Jana in 2015, our wonderful grandson, Ben Kravis! I must say, Randy and Jana did real good! Now Randy and Jana have done even better because our little American Sweetheart Granddaughter, Carla Kravis, was born in 2018.

Mike and his Sweetheart Girlfriend Carmen round out the nice circle that is the Kravis Family.

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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Iain Watt and Ewan Hamilton

Our lovely home in Florida was bought in 2004 for our families & friends to enjoy. After travelling to Orlando for a number of vacations, we could see the attraction of having our own home in the Sunshine State. We both had young families that loved Florida and to this day we all still get excited about going back every year.

As it is primarily our holiday home, we like to keep upgrading the property & adding things like the Hot Tub & large LCD TV.

However, we also know how important our guests holidays are. Its the 2 weeks of the year that everyone looks forward to and exploring the Magic of Florida is a special one. We are very professional in our approach to ensure everything is perfect, from the initial booking right through until you return home. We have an excellent Management team that look after our home, who share the same values & professional approach.

We look forward to welcoming you to our villa.

Member since: 25 August 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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Val Easton

Having travelled and lived extensively in Spain and Australia, it's taken until now to discover the joy of Rotonda! And what a haven it is, tranquil and so interestingly back to nature and for us "as good as it gets"
With backgrounds in interiors and building we were very quick to appreciate the appeal of this home. Just so lucky to discover it at this stage in our lives. Fit enough to enjoy the fabulous golf courses, beaches, fishing
and boating. Young enough to venture beyond to the exciting places not too far away. Not to mention the greatest shopping!

Do come and find out for yourselves!

Member since: 18 January 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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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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Jillian and Paul Bird

We are Jill and Paul Bird and we live in Bolton, Lancashire, in the UK.

We bought our villa on Glenbrook in 2004, after looking at various places to buy our vacation home, with completion of the build in February 2006. We have been holidaying in Orlando every year since, often visiting a few times a year, to stay in our luxury villa. Its very much home from home for us, and our kids have grown up whilst visiting Florida, they are now aged 20 and 18. So as you can imagine we have visited every child orientated park, experience or restaurant in the Orlando area !!

We love everything about Florida...mainly the weather, but the food, vehicles, theme parks, beaches, and the golf are pretty awesome too. (The picture here is of us all outside the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall of Millenia)

We would like to think we will retire to Florida, but thats still a good few years off, and in the meantime we plan to enjoy our lovely home in the sun, and hope that you love it as much as we do. Because we go there so often we ensure it is always maintained to a high standard and not just another vacation home.

Please feel free to email us and ask any questions.

Member since: 19 September 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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Michael Kruger

Hi our names are Michael and Lisa Kruger and we have four sons, and live in London England.

Ever since our honeymoon in Florida we have loved the place, so much that in 2002 we purchased Glenbrook villa off plan and subsequently took ownership in August 2004.
In the early days we were able to visit the home twice yearly however in view of the recent ridiculous price increases with regards the flights this has made returning to our home a lot less common affair,however when we do return we do thoroughly love Florida and the home.

We believe that providing a personal service to our guests is of vital importance and is nothing less then we would want for ourselves, you will find both ourselves and our local management firm very friendly and diligent also extremely helpful especially in those moments of need.
If you have any special requests or have any questions please do not hesitate to give ask or give us a call.
Hope to hear from you

The Krugers

Member since: 03 September 2004

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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 have been with us since 2010 and 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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STEPHEN HAYDON

Hi
We are Steve & Kim Haydon from Northern Ireland. We have two grown up sons who are currently living in England.
We have been travelling to the U.S almost every year from 1995 and never get tired of it. We started off going to the Disney area then expanded our trips to include winter breaks in other States. We decided to buy our property back in 2003 and have never regretted it. We enjoy going here every May for three weeks and have made quite a few friends, We also own property in Tennessee which we purchased in 2009 and love going there also.
The Glenbrook area is quiet but has become very popular since we bought back in 2003 with many additions including shops and restaurants springing up. It is close to Disney but also gives a rural feel.
We update the property every year we are there, and spend a lot of time keeping it up to date and in a good state of repair. We have a great management team.
You can visit my website and check out feedback from previous guests, some returning guests and one in particular that has stayed every single year since 2003.
Hope to have you stay here in the future
Thank you
Steve & Kim...

Member since: 04 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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mrs berni richards

Married with a 12 year old daughter who loves Florida.

Member since: 26 February 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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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 love the 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 and of course Walt Disney World!

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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Jeff and Sandra Huckins

Jeff and I bought Palm Tree Villa in 2009, having owned another smaller home on the US192 since 2004. We first visited Florida in 1990, and stayed in a branch of a well known hotel chain near International Drive - never again! Apart from the accommodation we just fell in love with Florida, and returned two years later when we stayed in a friends condo. We realised that it was much nicer to have a comfortable base than to stay in a hotel with just the basic amenities, so continued to visit, staying in rented villas and apartments. Once our daughter was finished at university, and retirement was approaching we decided to take the plunge and bought our first home at Vista Del Lago, then bought our second one as an investment.
We are fortunate enough to be able to visit two or three times a year, (I usually manage to slip in a weeks ladies only trip, almost every year!), to keep on top of any maintenance issues, but we are lucky to have a great independent Management Company, who live two or three miles from the community. They have been taking care of both our Florida homes from the start.
Because we visited so often before we first took the plunge we knew what people expected from a villa, and have tried to exceed those expectations wherever possible. The only extra we charge for is pool heat - wherever possible we try to accommodate any reasonable requests from guests - for example I made sure the World Cup was available in summer 2014! We now have guests returning for the second, third and fourth time so I would like to think we are getting it right!

Member since: 22 January 2015

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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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Denise and Simon Sparkes

I live in the UK with my husband Simon. We both work in the Pharma industry and both travel all over the world. We have stayed in some of the most desirable hotels so we have very high standards! We absolutely fell in love with this property the moment we stepped through the door. We visited many homes but this stood out from all the rest. The oversized plot, privacy and the size being 4000 Sq Ft made our decision very easy. Our holidays are so important to us. We wanted somewhere we could call home which was luxurious, beautifully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. Just 10 minutes from Disney World and 15 minutes from the wonderful town of Celebration, this villa gives you access to all that Orlando has to offer. But with champions gate just 5 minutes away you can enjoy relaxed casual dining or simply stay in and enjoy the stunning amenities this wonderful villa has to offer. If you love luxury living then we can promise you a fabulous holiday and you will not be disappointed.

Happy holidays x

Member since: 26 March 2012

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Sue and Dave Fox

Sue - Recently retired Leisure Centre Admin Manager and senior union rep. Lake Berkley Home Owners Association Secretary.

Dave - early retired Information Security Consultant. Keen but slow parkrunner at Clermont Waterfront, Essex, London, Cambs.
Deals with villa admin and guest service...covered by our children Mark, Neil, and Catherine when we are offline.

We bought BrightwaterVilla in September 2008. We looked at many homes. This one stood out due to the bright airy look and feel.
As you walk in the front door, your eyes are drawn straight to the pool deck and lake.

Lake Berkley is a beautiful peaceful resort kept immaculately by our valued team of landscapers.

We love the Florida lifestyle. We visit our Florida home twice a year and replace or upgrade something every time for continuous improvement.

We love spending time under the lanai on the spacious pool deck relaxing and watching the ever changing wildlife.

We want our guests to have a great holiday/vacation, and do our best to ensure this. We are always pleased to share the benefit of our Florida experience.
Please ask If you want any tips on flights, park tickets and planning, car hire, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, shopping...anything Florida related.

Our friendly and efficient local managers will be pleased to help with anything you may need during your stay.

Member since: 22 October 2013

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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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brad and mary cutler

We are a family of 5 - husband, wife, two sons and a daughter from the New Jersey Shore.
We first visited Disney with our extended family in 2005, fell in love with the area and that Disney magic and have been back at least once per year since. After years of renting other people's villas and realizing what a great deal it was vs staying in a hotel for a family of 5, we were able to obtain our dream of owning our own vacation rental villa and love managing, decorating and sharing our villa and the happiness of the area with other fellow travelers.

Member since: 19 March 2016

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carole webb

We loved Orlando so much that we have been visiting since our honeymoon and eventually decided to buy our own villa in 2010. One of our main considerations was the closeness to Disney as well as a quiet location. We also wanted a sunny pool and opted for our villa which we have updated over the years.

Member since: 27 March 2016

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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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Steven Roadknight

I am from the uk and been a villa owner for 12 years, I run my own successful Business in the uk and have done for 11 years. I am Married to wendy for over 28 years and have two grown up girls and we love florida with a passion.

Member since: 29 December 2016

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Noreen Younge

Hello, my name is Noreen Younge owner of Florida Ridge Villa. My husband Daniel and I are the proud owners of Florida Ridge Villa. We love to travel to many places for our holidays, but our absolute favorite place to visit is Florida -Walt Disney world and the surrounding areas.

It all started 28 years ago while vacationing with our children, we were amazed at the beauty of Florida and the surrounding areas and to see the excitement on our little one faces when meeting Disney princesses, Mickey or Minnie Mouse and any other characters who might be out signing autographs at any of the Theme parks etc.. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and this excitement continues year after year on our visit.

The opportunity came to purchase our lovely holiday home, which is considered our second home in which we take much pride in. We visit our villa very often with our grandchildren and they are now experiencing the same awesome magical moments as their parents. We are hoping these wonderful experiences will continue with other families that is visiting with us for holidays.

With many upgrades within the past few years, Florida Ridge Villa is setup to be stress free, economical and tons of fun for all ages, whether you are relaxing by the pool soaking up the sun or lounging in the family room. Florida ridge villa is located just a few minutes away from the magic of Walt Disney World.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have . We are looking forward to hosting you and your families on your next holiday.
Please review our calendar and book now!

Kindest regards,

Member since: 02 January 2017

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Stephen and Wendy Downs

In 1991 we had a "once in a lifetime visit" to Florida, and stayed in a private villa. We loved it!. On the way back to the airport we decided it wasn't going to be a "once in a lifetime" visit as we enjoyed it too much. As soon as we got home we booked to return the following year.

In March 2013 we had our 8th holiday in the Orlando area. We stayed on Eagle Pointe for the second time, and decided that it was the perfect place to have a home of our own. When we viewed this villa, we fell in love with it!

We chose Eagle Pointe because of its location close to all the attractions, easy access to local amenities and its family friendly community.

Member since: 22 January 2017

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Robert Peters

We are Robert & Donna. We are a friendly, outgoing couple and have been married for 30+ years. Robert designs and builds new houses, and Donna sells recreational trailers. Robert is a creative whiz with a strong design and writing orientation, and Donna is an excellent salesperson and a master chef with a huge library of cookbooks, and a very strong artistic and creative flair as well.

We LOVE travelling in Florida, and love our villa located just south of Walt Disney World. We have spent a great deal of time upgrading and tweaking it in order to make our guests feel pampered and comfortable. Without doubt, our villa has the nicest landscaping in our entire subdivision, and one of the most private yard and pool areas to be found in the entire Disney area!

We have three (now) adult children, the eldest who worked as a cast member at Epcot in Disney's International Program for over a year.

Robert is a bit of a theme park buff, and very knowledgeable about the Central Florida area. All of this allows him to provide excellent advice to our villa guests about their trips; what to do, where and when to go, how much time to allow, things suitable for children, etc. We also understand how to 'do' Disney on a small budget, or a big one if that is your taste, and are happy to share our advice and experience with our many guests.

We've visited Florida as a family many times, and our son worked as a cast member of Disney. We've set up our Florida home to make visiting central Florida fun, stress-free, and economical for families just like yours. When you stay at Breezy Oak Villa, you get our personalized service as a family who knows the area, knows the parks, and knows what you need to have a fabulous Florida family vacation, plus the professional service of skilled business owners with 25 years experience in customer service. We take great care of our guests! Inquire about your preferred dates now!

Member since: 25 January 2017

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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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Anne and Alex Campbell

We are Anne and Alex Campbell and together with our teenage son Nathan we are the proud new owners of this beautiful home in the gated resort of Watersong, near Davenport. We recently purchased the house and are only the second family to own it. We fell in love with the house as soon as we saw it, mainly because of the view, privacy and seclusion at the rear. Since purchasing the property we have upgraded the interior and Nathan has helped with the new games room. Having visited Florida many times over the years we know the great benefits of warmth and sunshine which Florida has in abundance. Our main home is in the southside of Glasgow and Alex is currently working in Saudi Arabia. Anne has enjoyed an extensive career in the customer service industry and is ensuring our home will be maintained to the highest quality and standards. We hope you can have the opportunity to enjoy our home as much as we do. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries you may have, we will be delighted to answer any questions. Best Regards Anne, Alex and Nathan.

Member since: 22 September 2017

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Lynn Scott

Hi. We first visited Florida as a family of three in 2005. We thought this was simply going to be a once in a lifetime holiday, tick the box but fell in love with Florida. We returned the following three years and had a break for a couple of years before deciding that we wanted to purchase a holiday home in the sunshine state. In 2011 we made the commitment and purchased our lovely home in Tuscan Hills.

James and I both worked for the local authority until recently when we decided life was too short and opted for early retirement so that we could spend more time in the US. We love visiting as much as possible but still have family ties so enjoy renting out our home when we are unable to be there ourselves.

Member since: 13 July 2018

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Phill Gaskell

Hi, we are Phill and Nicola Gaskell from Greater Manchester. In 2009, with children then aged 6 and 9, we visited Florida and Disneyworld for the first time and made wonderful memories. Since then we have been lucky enough to vacation there every year visiting the parks, attending local events, volunteering at a local childrens' charity and simply for a month a year living the 'American Dream'.

Following a 3 year search and, having recently retired, and with our children now 16 and 19, we finally found a villa that we all fell in love with. As you will see from the pictures, the pool deck is truly amazing and, in our opinion, is hard to beat anywhere on The Shire.

Reserving our villa is very easy but if you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask at any time. We understand that choosing the right Villa is a difficult choice and so we are more than happy to answer anything - just fire away. If you do choose to stay with us, we hope you have an awesome holiday in Orlando and make wonderful memories of your own.

Member since: 05 November 2018

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Linda Needham

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Member since: 11 June 2019

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