The owners were brilliant in communicating before during and after our stay. This helped plan everything and we had no issues. The villa is as described and the photos are perfect representations although I would say the villa is much bigger than the pictures suggest! The pool is big the biggest we have had at a villa in Orlando. Yes there are a few basic rules as a previous reviewer mentions but nothing onerous and there to make your life easier and make sure you look after the house as if it were your own - nothing wrong with that! We found the iron was broken I dropped the owner a line and seriously 2 hours later someone appeared with a new one now that's good service!
Good location, very private garden and pool are in a very quiet development. Publix supermarket 5 minutes away along with a few restaurants. 15/20 minutes from Disney/ main attractions.
All the facilities you need are there along with loads of towels including pool towels, great wifi and easily accommodates 6. The main bedroom, ensuite and dressing room with a view to the pool was a wonderful luxury. Clean and basic supplies already there.
Would definitely go back and highly recommend this villa and the owners. Our kids loved it!
We stayed here for five days after a lovely week at New Smyrna Beach. The owners were very helpful by e-mailing lots of information we needed to find the area and the lock box details which was easy enough to use. They were also very kind in allowing us to arrive earlier than the check in time, which enabled us to drop off our bags and make the most of the day. We walked straight into the large hallway and was told the intruder alarm would be on but was thrown a bit by the fact that it wasn't. However on going to explore my husband walked through a door to the pool only to set an alarm off - so beware because there is no info about this at all. It is a good idea to have a safety alarm so you are aware if your children enter the pool but we would have been happier to have been informed about this ( there is lots of info in the property as well but no mention of this).
The house is a three bedroom with a huge main bedroom with a very large pretty bathroom that has a walk in shower, separate bathroom and a big walk in wardrobe. This is the only bedroom with an older style TV in it - there are no TVs in the other bedrooms. There is a hall/den/ dining area which is a feature in these types of houses but as there was only three of us it was superfluous to our needs. The large open plan kitchen/ lounge area also had another eating area. Compared to our rental at the beach there was very little in the way of kitchen goods - a tiny pack of washing powder and two dishwasher tablets. There was a small utility with an older type washing machine and dryer. The second bedroom had a double bed with the third having two singles.
The house itself is someone's home and well used so no it isn't immaculate but it was ideal for our trip - we were out all day at the parks and then at night to eat. As mentioned the parks are all easy to get to and there are plenty of eating places within a 20 to 30 minutes car ride. It's also not too far from Orlando airport.
The only problems we encountered was we were told to turn the AC off when we went out and the house would soon cool down when we turned it back on. This isn't so and we spent some very uncomfortable nights even with the use of the ceiling fan and free standing fan in the property. The house at the beach was perfect and we were allowed to leave the AC on at all times - this is definitely needed in Orlando too as the temperatures was reaching 30*+. Also we found there to be far too many do's and do nots ( rules often in bold) I can understand the need for caution but we were even told how to open the blinds!!! I must add if I owned that house those blinds would have been removed a long time ago.
The pool area was very nice but we only used this once ( more rules about the pool).
There was also a garage where you could dry your laundry but it was quite smelly. The bins were in here - again more rules. All in all the property was fine for our few days there as three adults but I'm not sure if I would feel comfortable taking my grandchildren there for a holiday.
My family normally stays on Disney property when visiting Orlando. We decided to rent a house this time (mainly due to the cost of staying on Disney property). Richardson's Retreat was a great choice for us. It is located in a quiet neighborhood and within a short drive to the main attractions in Orlando. We loved the extra space the house provided us. We would highly recommend this house when visiting Orlando.
Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. It was a perfect place for us to stay for our Florida vacation.
First let me say that we had a great stay at the villa, the Richardson's made everything very easy, with clear instructions sent before hand and a comprehensive book in the villa on pretty much everything we needed to know. They also answered several enquiries beforehand with speed and efficiency.
The location of the villa is good for Disney, about 20 minutes, in quiet and pleasant neighbourhood. It is a bit more of a drive to Universal, about 40 minutes, however again not too far. The villa is a good size and with four of us staying, me, my wife and two children, we certainly had plenty of space. The pool is also a very good size and bigger than we had expected along with a good pool deck area.
The only real negative we had about the property is that it appears to need some updating and TLC in some areas. From things like a fresh lick of paint here and there to cleaning the windows along with updating the sofa and TV to something more modern and user friendly. Whilst essentially all superficial and nothing that would ruin your stay or would be anything to really complain about, and we haven't, they are just nice touches that would just make the experience that little bit nicer.
Overall however we would recommend this villa to any similar family looking for somewhere to stay in Orlando.
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