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Casa Esmeralda breathtaking lakeside vacation home 5 mins from Disney

Bedrooms 7
Space 3,964 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps 14-16, games room, wi-fi Internet access

Our beautiful seven bedroom / six bathroom home is situated in the exclusive “Enclave” section of Emerald Island, a gated resort community which is within 5 minutes' drive of Disney World.

It is an ideal location for large family groups. Inside, the house is fully equipped to a very high standard to meet all your holiday requirements.

Each bedroom has a TV/DVD combo. The main family area has a 52 inch wide screen “smart” TV with a soundba and Blu-ray DVD player. The second floor den has an additional flat screen TV with PS2 (with a selection of games).

The house is fully air-conditioned and has a games room with a pool table and Foosball table (table football).

The house leads onto a shaded lanai with tables and chairs. Beyond is a screened deck area with a heated south facing 30 foot pool and spa with sun loungers, overlooking a lake and a wooded conservation area. There are alarms on all doors leading to the pool and a child safety fence can be erected if preferred.

More Details

Gareth Jones
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Gareth Jones

We are Gareth and Cathie. We first visited Florida with our children in 1997 and have been coming back ever since. What do we love about the Orlando area? The sunshine, the scenery, the theme parks for the children and the opportunity to relax by playing tennis and golf, swimming and visiting beautiful beaches and national parks. Nowhere helps us unwind like Florida.

Gareth Jones purchased this house in 2004

Why Gareth Jones chose Kissimmee

We stayed in a number of different communities in the Orlando area before we decided to buy a house in Central Florida. When we first visited Emerald Island, we knew immediately that this was the resort for us. We set our sights on buying a house with a south facing pool area overlooking one of the lakes. We couldn't believe our luck when Casa Esmeralda became available. Not only was it our dream house, it was also in the perfect location.

What makes this house unique

The peace and quiet and the best possible view from the pool area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your rental of Casa Esmeralda. The place was great and we had no complaints the entire stay
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kissimmee in Osceola County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3964 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • Lakefront
  • resort
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Master bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathrooms 1 to 5 are all ensuite Bathroom 6 is a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom shared by the 2 Twin bedrooms
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Master bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed
  • Each bedroom has a TV/DVD combo
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Parasailing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Casa Esmeralda breathtaking lakeside vacation home 5 mins from Disney
average rating of 4.878049 based on 54 reviews

Enjoyed Our Stay

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable and spacious house nicely met the needs of our large group.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous house, incredibly comfortable and spacious, will definitely stay again!

  • 5 of 5

I just spent a really lovely week at Casa Esmeralda. It is so spacious and comfortable, very well equipped, and truly the perfect place to relax and unwind. I could have spent the whole week just enjoying the villa and the pool area! It is very well located too, within reaching distance of all the main attractions. The complex was also great, with facilities such as a tennis court, a gym and a lovely nature walk where I saw a gopher tortoise. The hosts went above and beyond to make my stay as comfortable as possible. I would absolutely recommend this property to anyone wishing to explore the Orlando area and I will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely spacious house on a well looked after gated complex in great location for the parks.

  • 5 of 5

On arrival this house was very clean and tidy. It suited our party of 11 people very well as it has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms all ensuite. We were very impressed by both the owner and management company who were extremely attentive. The area is very smart and well looked after and we had easy access to both Disney and Universal parks. The house is well stocked, particularly with towels and bed linen and we made good use of the washing machine and tumble drier! I would highly recommend this property and we are delighted with our choice.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice home but in need of some serious cleaning!

  • 3 of 5

This is a nice house. It was very spacious with adequate room for our family's vacation. However, it was unprepared for guests due to the lack of cleanliness. When we arrived (around 4pm) the TV was on, the outside lights were on as well as all the lights on the first floor. There were also pans and kitchen supplies scattered on the dining room table. As we were unloading our luggage we noticed very visible stains on the carpet in the dining room. We later found a note (I guess from the housekeeping) apologizing for the state of the carpet and that was how the previous tenant left it. As the rest of our party arrived later that evening we continued to notice that the house clearly had not been cleaned prior to our arrival. There were clothing and used towels hanging in 2 of the rooms from the previous tenants. Two of the bedrooms on the 2nd floor had black built up soap scum and hair strands in the bathtub. Our room (one of the masters) had hair strands in the sheets and on the towels. There were also visible stains on the towels in that bathroom. One of the "cribs" (a pack n' play) was broken is not safe for a child. It is nice of the owner to provide a stroller and high chair however they are kept in the garage, which is the game room, and they were not clean and there were also some roaches in the garage. The stove had dried food stains on the it. There is a note in the laundry room asking you to help them prepare for their next guest by starting at least 2 loads of laundry (have one in the dryer and one in the washer), but no laundry detergent was provided for this. The house was the only house on the block that had an unsightly, black tarp on the roof that was not secured and flapped around very loudly. The blinds in the kitchen had visible dried food stains.

This was our 2nd time staying in Emerald Island Resorts. This is a nice home, it is spacious and did meet our needs. But we only really felt comfortable after we did our own cleaning. The housekeeper definitely needs to be evaluated.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amanda, first of all, please accept my apologies for the state of our house when you arrived. This was clearly unacceptable and nowhere near the standard you have every right to expect. I only wish you had informed our management company (or contacted me direct) upon your arrival so we could have arranged for the issues to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. Whilst there is no excuse for the poor state the house was in when you arrived, the cleaners were left with an impossible task by the previous guests. The outgoing guests had trashed our house (this is the first time in 14 years that this type of thing has happened). Not only had they moved furniture all around the house, they had left the house in a truly terrible state. This situation was compounded by the fact that their stay and your arrival were “back to back”. Black tarp – this had been put on the roof in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Our house had suffered minimal damage during the hurricane, but did require a new roof. This took a long time to sort out as the insurance companies were prioritizing the houses which had been severely damaged. Please accept my apologies for the fact that this tarp was flapping loudly. Again, I only wish that you had informed our management company that it was no longer properly fastened so that they could have arranged for it to be secured for the period of your stay. A new roof has now been fitted and the small amount of internal damage caused by the hurricane repaired and redecorated. We work very hard to keep our house maintained to a high standard and are sorry that it fell below this during your visit. Thank you for bringing these matters to my attention.
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome stay at Casa Esmeralda from Dec. 22-27, 2017! The house was spacious and comfortable. It was stocked with all necessary household items and more. It was a reasonable drive to the Disney theme parks and close to shopping and restaurants. The owner was always very timely and responsive in his communication with us. The neighborhood was lovely. We are so glad we chose this home over a hotel stay. We look forward to visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best I have stayed in before. I will return as long as the dates are open. I have more family coming the next trip so I would love to get the house across the street 8562, or something really close to this property. Thank you Mr.Garth

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Orlando International (MCO)
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Mystic Dunes
Car: recommended

Emerald Island is built around a wooded area with a walking/jogging/biking trail. Shuttle services are available to the attractions. There is a large clubhouse with a heated community pool and spa, sauna, fitness centre, clubroom, video games room and computer room with Internet access. Facilities also include an outdoor play area for children, tennis courts and a Tikki Hut. Our house is located two minutes away from Formosa Gardens Plaza which has a large supermarket and several shops and restaurants. For sports enthusiasts, there are several highly regarded golf courses within a very short drive. In addition to Disney World, attractions such as Sea World, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure are easily accessed via the I-4 junction just minutes away from the house. Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach and Busch Gardens are only about an hour's drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kissimmee, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
14 Apr 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
1 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
18 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
6 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
1 May 2020 - 30 Jun 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2020 - 31 Aug 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pool heat, recommended from October to May, if required is $25 per day

Cleaning fee $160 for short stays of 5 nights or fewer

Deposit is payable at time of booking and is non-refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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