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Fantastic Disney Villa

Overview

We have been visiting Florida for the last 9 years and have fallen in love with the lifestyle, weather and the friendliness of the Americans. So much so, that with the help of our family we bought a place and use it ourselves every year. The property is located at Westridge, just off the 27 highway which is perfectly placed for all the theme parks and attractions on offer in this magical land. The villa has a large living area and a fully fitted out kitchen. There are two eating areas which are ideal for two families to share and also table and chairs by the pool for those lovely warm evenings. The master bedroom has an en suite, which has two sinks, corner bath and a large walk in shower. There is a further double bed room and two twin rooms. All bed rooms are equipped with a colour TV/DVD and a TV and DVD player in the lounge. There is also a bathroom which also has sink, bath and shower and can be accessed from the pool area to save walking through the villa in wet clothing. There is a utility room with a washer and drier and all instructions on how to operate them. The pool area is gorgeous. When we were looking for this property, it was easily one of the best pools available out there. The pool is large and there is also a spa which is no extra cost to you. The pool is covered so you are comfortable at night it also has a large deck area. The pool area is not overlooked at all, just orange trees and a golf course. Which is rare because a lot of villas are built in rows and from their pool areas, you can probably see the backs of another ten villas which is hardly private is it? The villa is very wheelchair friendly and we can also give any advice on wheelchair hire which our management company will deliver to your villa. The front garden is also very private and has a very large private driveway which is ideal if you have more than one vehicle in your party. We have enclosed more information with this pack and also booking instructions and prices. We advise that you book as early as possible so that we can make sure the property is available with our management company. We take block bookings from Virgin and Travel city Direct, so please check availability before booking your flight. Please note; there is no smoking inside the villa. On site there are tennis courts, large pool and a kiddies playground all free to use as our guests. If you have any questions at all, or perhaps it’s your first visit to Florida. Please do not hesitate to call us and we will give you our help and advice to make your holiday perfect.
Regards,
Darren and Karen
If you have been to Florida before, we can say no more. If this is your first visit, we are here to help you with any questions you may have on this FANTASTIC place. Imagine all the best bits of every holiday you have ever had. Sandy beaches, acres of parkland, theme parks, excellent shopping, superb food, and golf courses everywhere, in fact anything you want to do, you are imagining Florida. We really wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
The only way to get around is by hire car. This can be included with your air flight ticket, and is called a Flydrive.Prices are very reasonable and are around ₤300 to ₤400 each depending when you travel. We strongly recommend Sanford airport which is a 50 min drive to our villa.Sandford is a small airport (compared to American standards) and is always taking flights from Birmingham and Manchester airports.Sandford is very tourist friendly and you are usually off the plane, with your luggage, through customs and sitting in your hire car within 40 mins of arrival. Not like the UK when it takes 60 mins just to get your luggage. Enclosed are driving instructions to your villa and also key arrangements for entry into your home.
Disney and Universal Studios are excellent places to visit. They can be a little expensive, but are worth every penny. Kennedy Space Center is also mind blowing. Where else can you actually meet a real astronaut and sit in the actual space crafts that have been used in past journeys. We have enclosed details of a company who provide attraction tickets, PLEASE DO NOT BUY TICKETS OFF THE STREET; THESE ARE USUALLY A FRONT FOR TIME SHARE COMPANIES.
Food is very good and very cheap. Children up to the age of ten usually eat free in most restaurants. We recommend the Pondarosa, where you pay for the main meal and drink, and then you can eat and drink as much as you like. For a family of four the bill would come to about $30 (₤17 our money).
Please remember to take some tracksuit bottoms, those jeans may not fit on the way home. It really is very cheap out there, and travelers’ cheques are accepted like cash. Passports should be carried on your person for ID purposes. Petrol is very cheap so make good use of the car and see as much as you can, there is more to Florida than Disney.
If there is a particular place of interest that you want to visit, please just call us and we will be more than happy to find out as much information as we can to help with your vacation plans
Darren and Karen Austin.
HELP AND TIPS FOR YOUR VACATION
1. When booking your fly drive, pay for full motor insurance cover.
2 Try and avoid school holidays if possible, air travel is twice the price at peak times.
3. Take care when driving, there is no rush. Take your time and get used to the car and driving on the other side of the road before putting your foot down.
4. Use the safe in the villa to lock up your valuables and money etc (instructions are at the villa).This is a good neighbourhood, but you never know. And always keep the front doors locked when you are in the pool; don’t let anyone spoil your holiday.
5. When eating out, it is customary to tip the waiters. Rule of thumb is usually around 10% of your total bill.
6. Do not buy Attraction Tickets off the street; this is usually a front for time share companies. Either buy them before you go, or at the main gate of the attractions.
7. Carry lightweight anoraks for the parks. When it does rain, it rains hard but soon dries up.
8. Take minimal clothes. Florida is very casual and you can wash and dry clothes back at the villa. Clothes are very cheap at shopping malls such as Buena Vista shopping mall. They are about half the price than in the UK. It is useful to have an empty suitcase for on your way home, so you do not overload your cases.
9. You will see voucher booklets at restaurants and shops. Make use of them, you can save money on visits to restaurants, shops and attractions.
10. Dont buy ice, we have a ice maker in the fridge

Summary:

Spacious 4bed villa with pool/spa/games room/air con.Large corner lot with orange trees behind the property. Just 15 minutes to the parks!!!

Facilities

Property type: Villa

Room details

Bedrooms:

4 bedrooms, sleeps 10

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 1 Single bed
Bedroom 4: 1 Single bed

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Radio
Telephone
TV Languages in Local
Leisure:
Snooker / pool table
Heating and air con:
Air conditioning
Central heating
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Shared
Other:
Barbecue
Garage
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Tennis court
Extra information (The Westridge estate is located on H way 27. As our guests, you are welcome to use a larger communal swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts and kiddies play lot free of charge.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Smoking
Restricted mobility (Our Property is all on one level. Most of the doors are double doors which is ideal for wheelchair access. The steps that lead into the pool are very wide. This enables enough room for three people to walk into the pool in one line. When we bought our home, wheelchair access was paramount in our decision, as Karen's mother has a wheelchair, and we needed to know that she would feel comfortable while staying at our home)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Climbing
Fishing
Flying
Golf
Horse Riding
Sailling
Scuba Diving
Skiing
Sports Center
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 05.01.2008


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Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Disney World: 15km
  • Sea World: 20km
  • Int Drive: 20km
  • I 4 Highway: 3km

Reviews

THE AUSTIN VILLA GUEST PAGEThese are the responses we have received from all of our guests over the years “Thanks for taking the hassle out of our vacation plans, the holiday was great. Thanks for fixing up the flowers and wine for our anniversary, they were a great surprise when we arrived at your lovely home. We will be in touch for your villa again soon” The Stanton Family-Liverpool, UK August 2005“We arrived back home safely today after a wonderful holiday. Your villa was great and Orlando is something else.Thankyou so much for your concerns on the impending hurricane (Wilma).Thanks for being there. I will be passing on your details to friends who have asked what the villa was like; I will have no problem recommending it to them. Thanks again for your help before we went, and for your concerns whilst we were away”The Knox Family-Lichfield, UK October 2005“We had a fantastic time, could have done with more time.Didnt want to leave your villa and we had trouble getting the children to leave the pool behind. Thanks”The Marklew Family-Cannock, UK December 2005“Thank you very much for letting us stay in your home. It is a beautiful home and it is nicely situated in a good location. We were very comfortable and enjoyed it very much”The Dupre Family-Ohio, USA February 2006“We had a great time and I will pass the word. Your house looks beautiful.Thank you for your kindness. Thanks for your great communication”The Pullin Family- Blacklick, Ohio, USA April 2006 “We had a great stay at your villa it was lovely. When we next go to Florida we will certainly be getting in touch with you. Thank you again” The Roberts Family-Blackpool, UK June 2006 “We had a truly memorable stay in you villa. The villa has been fantastic!!Thank you (again)”Martin & Louise –Devon, UK July 2006“What can I say, we were delighted with your home and had a fantastic holiday this year - we are also very envious of your pad!!!! Words can not express how much we enjoyed the magic of Disney again this year, thank you both so very very much. See you next year.”The Greene Party- Staffordshire, UK August 2006“Your villa certainly has the WOW factor, it looked great! I was going to try and hide in the en suite! We didn’t want to come back. The pool was great to relax by after a day at Disney. Thanks”The Hughes Party- Brownhills, West Midlands, UK August 2006“Wow, what a wonderful home you have, we were honestly and truthfully stunned when we arrived. We felt so at home right from the word go.Thankyou for accommodating us at very short notice. Long may you reap the rewards of your kindness and your ability to anticipate every need for holidaymakers to ensure they have an unforgettable holiday.You quite obviously go to great length to achieve that”.The Poole Party- Leicester, UK September 2006“Just a line to thank you for our fantastic holiday in “The Austin Villa’. We had a fantastic time and your home was great. The kids loved your pool and with the pool heat, it was a perfect end to our days after the Disney parks. Want to book for next year again. Have found your home advertised with an American villa website, they want twice the price for your home that you charge, think we will book direct with you again. Thanks”The Clarke Party- Tamworth, UK October, 2006“Thank you for a wonderful time in your home, we had a great time. Really didn’t want to come back. The children loved the pool and had a fantastic time at the parks. Saving up for next time, Thanks”The Meaking Party- Northampton, UK November 2006“Happy New Year!! Thank you for letting us stay in your villa for our Christmas vacation. All the family met for the holiday, and we were all so pleased with your lovely home. Thank you for all the effort you put into our vacation to make things work out just fine. Will be in contact again. Happy Holidays!!”The Spinos Family- Texas, USA December 2006“Hi Karen & Darren, we moved into your property with no problems. Your home is great. Very private, clean, and well looked after. Thank you so much”The Yang Party- LA, USA February 2007“Thanks for a great time in your lovely home. We really enjoyed our stay, and your home is in a great location and very private. Also the games equipment in the garage was a lovely surprise. Thanks again, same time next year please”.The Turner Party- Stafford, UK March 2007“You have a lovely place in Orlando. We all had a fantastic time and really loved the pool. Very private, and a great location for all the parks. Thanks again”The Derry Party- Stafford, UK May 2007“We had a great three weeks again in your home. Thanks again for all your help, we love Orlando!!”The Greene Party- Staffordshire, UK July 2007 “Hi both, wow!!! Really, really didn’t want to come back to the UK. Your home was everything we expected, and the games room was a great surprise for us all. Thanks again, we will be in touch next year!!”The Hughs Party- Manchester. UK August 2007“Just a quick message to say thanks. Your villa is perfect and is in a fantastic location. We just wish we had been able to book your villa for both weeks. We would definitely book with you again. One of the very best, and very nice people. Thanks”The Minnican Party- Wiltshire, UK September 2007“We have just got back, and recovering from jet lag. Your home in Florida is beautiful.We will go back one day, and if your home is available, we will certainly be back in touch.”The Nield Party- Lancs October 2007 “We had a great time in your home. Your place was lovely, and we loved it there.Thanks for the advice you gave us on our first visit to Orlando”The Payne Party- Cannock, UK October 2007“Just returned from probably the most exhausting, exhilarating and best holiday we have ever had, made even better by your home, we were truly amazed at how wonderful your home was. Kids (adults included) absolutely loved the pool, spa (wonderful after a busy day at the parks) and games room and everything about your home. Also a special mention to your management team who responded to a little problem we had, very quickly. Would not hesitate to book again with you and have already recommended your home to several friends. Thanks again for making our holiday a truly magnificent one by letting us use your home.” The Hyden Party- Cannock, UK November 2007

Owner

About the owner
Hi We are The Austin Family from Staffordshire in The UK. We have had our home in Orlando for the last four years. When we were looking for our home, we wanted a home that would be in a great location, spacious enough for us to bring the family, and quite enough to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando. We wanted a pool area that would be private, and not over looked by another 10 homes.And a home that would be in a great , safe location, we got it!!! We work hard to make our home as comfortable as possible for our guests. We now have a lot of repeat customers, and have made a lot of friends over the years, both here in the UK, and also all over the world. We have built up our presence in the Orlando vacation home scene, and now book between 35 weeks and 45 weeks per year. Almost having problems sometimes to visit our home ourselves!! If we can be of any help, or perhaps you have questions with regards to our home. Please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be more than happy to help all we can. Kind Regards Darren & Karen Austin
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