Self-catering holiday villa - vacation rental in Highgate Park, Davenport, Florida, USA
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Your place in the sun
Welcome to your home from home for the holiday of a lifetime. This is a brief resume of what to expect at your florida villa but for a fuller description go to the photo gallery. If you are going to be doing the parks then the villa is conveniently near them and lots of lovely restaurants. However, you may just be coming to soak up the sunshine and by self catering you will live much more cheaply, buying from the local supermarkets minutes from the home.
On arrival: We have installed a digital key pad for access to the home so you can go straight to the villa from the airport. The access codes for both the villa and Highgate Park will be sent to you on payment of your final balance.The home is alarmed so this code will also be sent to you. We also give you comprehensive driving instructions from both Orlando International and Sanford airports. There is exterior lighting to the driveway. Please note our home owners association also pays for regular security patrols of Highgate Park - do not be alarmed therefore if you see a police car as they are the ones that do the patrols.
The Great Room: CLICK HERE This is the main reason why we fell in love with this villa. The friendly sociable atmosphere is wonderful. The room has a fully fitted and equipped kitchen, 2 dining areas and a seating area with cable TV. A DVD player and some films are also provided. There is a CD radio which can be taken out by the pool if you wish. I-pod dock for your own choice of music.
Master Bedroom: CLICK HERE King size bed, cable TV, walk in closet and huge master bathroom.
Queen bedroom: Queen bed, cable TV and adjacent to a full bathroom.
2 Twin rooms: Both contain 2 beds, cable TV and closet space and share a Jack and Jill bathroom which is divided into two areas to give privacy when required.
There is also a washer and drier for guest use - so pack light!
GAMES ROOM - Carpeted throughout to feel like a real room. Pool table, air hockey, foosball. Lots of books and some games. Play or watch - the choice is yours - fun for all ages.
FREE Broadband wi-fi internet access - take your laptop/notebook and keep in touch with the family or even work from the villa.
PHONE BONUS - for our US and Canadian guests we have long distance phone calls included - you can keep in touch with home. We also have a European package which allows you to call most countries in Europe.
BEWARE- long distance means that you can book a restaurant or order tickets - if other villas offer local calls only - that can mean not being able to call Disney World from villas in our area!! Local really means local in the US.
TOTS:Pack and play crib and high chair for our smaller guests - available free of charge. We also have strollers/pushchairs and a changing mat in the villa for your convenience.
GADGETS: We all have them and take them with us all - so we have a safe for guest use to keep them extra secure. Add that to the alarm system and you can relax knowing they are there.
DISABILITY AIDS. While we are not totally adapted for those with mobility problems we are on one level and we provide FREE a shower stool and raised toilet seat for those who require a little help whilst they are away.
SCREENED POOL: CLICK HERE The great Room has direct access to a lovely covered lanai where you can sit out (or eat out) and then it's into the pool and spa. The pool can be heated during the cooler months for a supplement. With the pool lighting on at night it becomes quite magical. We have also added a pool solar blanket to keep the pool heat in and a roller to make it easy and quick to uncover/cover the pool.Please use this all the time you are not in the pool and it is being heated or it will restrict the times you can use the pool. Why pay for heat for it to escape? We have planted a variety of plants around the pool screen and between us and the neighbours. This is growing to provide you with privacy as well as year round interest for humans and the many insects and beautiful butterflies - guaranteed to get you in the tropical mood. Look at our fabulous deck extended to give you lots of room for sunbathing - plenty of loungers for everyone or stay in the shade under the lanai. The best of both worlds. The sun can be fierce in Florida- don't make the mistake of a pool with no shade or you may spend more time inside than than you want! In practise we have sun from sunrise to sunset- but with areas of sun for the sunworshippers and important areas of shade for those who want to escape. Don't settle for an east facing pool - and lose the sun in the aftenoon, a south facing pool with no escape from the sun or a west facing pool with no morning sun. Ask us for photos of times of the day if you do not believe us.
NEW- September 2013 - quieter, more efficient pool heater fitted.
What do you want to do on holiday?
When most people think of Orlando and Florida they obviously think of the theme parks. They are rightly world famous and improving and growing all the time. The villa is perfectly placed to visit all of them. They are all within a short driving distance.
We have some short cuts to avoid traffic lights to the Disney Parks, travelling time is dependent on time of day, level of traffic etc so we find it easier to quote distances as a guide.
You may not want to visit the theme parks, or only do one or two, so what else can you do in Orlando? There is lots of shopping and bargains from flea markets to designer shops. You can play golf on some of the best courses in the world. In fact there are over 160 courses to choose from so you may need to visit more than once.For information on the various golf courses CLICK HERE Why not go for an airboat ride and see the alligators close up or go horse back riding on a trail ranch. If you want culture there is theatre, opera, art galleries and museums. Orlando really has something to offer for everyone - in fact if you think of it as just the home of Mickey Mouse you may be in for a surprise.
The villa is only an hour from both the Space and Gulf Coasts and both have some amazing beaches. Apart from the Kennedy Space centre, where you might get to see a live launch, there is the fun and thrills of Daytona if you like fast cars.CLICK HERE for details of race days and tickets including the famous Daytona 500. The villa is perfectly placed to visit all of this and more. Why not book now and have the holiday of a lifetime.
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It doesn't matter whether you call your time away- a holiday or a vacation, you are guaranteed a genuine Florida welcome wherever you come from. This villa can be your chance to live the American dream and with your own pool and spa to compliment the 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms - you may never want to leave. Highgate Park is a wonderful community and with the added attraction of Disney World practically on your doorstep you really can have the time of your lives.
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