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Terry Puffer

Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks English

Award-Winning Game Room,4/3,Pool,Spa,100mbps WiFi,2 Masters,65'4KTV, New Video

46 Reviews
People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Disney / Orlando - Tropical Retreat

4Bed/3Bath,2 Master Cal-King enSuites, all beds comfy,100mbps, HomeTheater Bose

You're going on a magical vacation--Don't you really want to stay in a very magical place! We combine the the magic of DisneyWorld with the comfort and convenience of award-winning Tropical Retreat to ensure each and every guest has the best vacation experience of their lives. We not only provide our guests with a great place to stay, but we also provide our guests with tips, tricks, and suggestions that can make your vacation even more magical.

Please note that we book primarily Saturday to Saturday.

AWARDS:

Tropical Retreat's game room was named as 1 of 10 vacation rentals offering the best amenities in US! Since then, we have added a Simpsons Pinball and Shuffle Alley!

VRBO 5 Stars HomeAway 5 Stars

Winner 2010 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee

Winner 2011 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee

Rated 2012 EXCELLENCE

Rated 2013 EXCELLENCE

Rated 2014 EXCELLENCE

Rated 2015 EXCELLENCE

For most inquiries, response within an hour

NEW for 2015: 4K-UHD TV, 100mbps wifi, Laser Printer

Please note that we book Saturday to Saturday.

NO CHARGE for Pool/Spa Heat

NO CHARGE for our 100mbps WiFi speed

NO CHARGE for our laser printer and computer

NO CHARGE for Our Simpsons Pinball

NO CHARGE for our new Shuffle Alley

NO CHARGE for LP gas for the BBQ Grill

NO CHARGE for our Keurig Coffee Bar

NO CHARGE for any of Our Game Room Games

NO CHARGE for Cleaning Fees

New high-end stainless steel appliances and new cookware in kitchen!

Our beds are the most comfortable you can find. 2 Cal-King suites (one of which is fully adjustable mattress), all Beds with Memory Foam

Terms & Conditions: 1. Rental fee does not include 13% tax as required by the state and county.

2. Unlike most vacation homes who nickle and dime their guests, we have no additional or hidden charges:

No Charge for pool heat

No Charge for spa heat

No Charge for LP gas for the BBQ

No Charge for broadband

No Charge for either of our 2 arcade games

No Charge for cleaning fees.

A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to reserve your stay. This is not an extra charge--it is subtracted from the total for your reservation.

3. Nightly Rate is based on a Saturday to Saturday rental--7 nights. Shorter or longer stays may be available.

4. Florida law limits occupancy in this home to 10 people (including children).

5. Check in after 4pm, check out no later than 10am.

6. A $500 damage deposit will be placed on a credit card before final papers are sent. This security deposit will be released within 48 hours of departure with no damage to the home.

7. Absolutely No Smoking and No Pets.

8. No motor homes , trailers, or commercial vehicles are allowed to park in Emerald Island Resort

9. We do own this home—we are not a management company, and unfortunately, we do not have any other rental properties.

10. Treat our home with your utmost respect; other people including ourselves do want to enjoy its facilities.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Terry Puffer (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Terry Puffer

My wife and I have 70 years of teaching between us. Our goal is for each and every guest to have the very best vacation of their lives, to tell their friends, and to return. We enjoy giving guests information and tips that will help them have the very best vacation of their lives.

Terry Puffer purchased this house in 2004

Why Terry Puffer chose Disney / Orlando

Emerald Island Resort was built for the Disney guest. Emerald Island Resort is central Florida's premier vacation home destination. This is a gated and guarded community with night patrols throughout the resort. Recent improvements such as valet trash and recycle service, RF entrance cards, and enhanced security have made Emerald Island Resort one of the safest and most guest-friendly resort communities in the area.

What makes this house unique

1. Game Room-- published that our game room was one of ten top vacation home amenities in the US. Since that award, we have added a Simpson's Pinball and a Shuffle Alley. Our Arcade machine plays over 1000 games, our driving game races around Alcatraz, our Shuffle Alley is awesome, our Simpsons Pinball Party is great fun, our Wii has games for the entire family, and our Pop-a-Shot will make you feel like Lebron. ALL games are set to FREE PLAY.

2. Pool and Spa with dual heating of solar and over-sized heat pump

3. Comfortable beds--memory foam in each and every bed to make for comfy sleeping

4. Endless hot water with our solar hot water system

5. 65' curved 4K-UHD TV Home Theater with Bose

6. 100mbps WiFi

7. Computer and Laser printer for business and boarding passes

8. PS2 or PS3, DVD Player, and LED TV in both twin bedrooms

9. 2 master bedrooms with ensuite, LED TV, DVD player

10. Vertical Cellular blinds--no more vertical blinds

Guestbook comments from the owner

Terry,







I wanted to thank you again for sharing your home with us this past week. It was without a doubt our best vacation ever!! The kids are already asking when we can go back to our Florida house. I think your house has ruined me from ever staying in a hotel for an extended vacation. If you don’t go to a theme park everyday, I don’t know how families keep from driving one another nuts in a hotel room all day. I am not sure what the kids enjoyed more the pool, the game room or the Ps2 (my son has informed me that he would like one for Christmas) but whatever it was it was enough of a diversion that the adults were able to sit in the hot tub or watch tv in peace and quiet. You truly have thought of everything when you open this house up to families like mine. So, thank you. I am glad that when we were looking for places to stay we found your website. With all that said, I was wondering if you had started booking for 2008? We are planning on coming back to Florida for Presidents week in February. I received an email today for the [security] deposit [refund], thank you that was extremely fast!! Well back to reality tomorrow. Thanks for a great vacation!!
Oct 2008
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Reviews

5
based on 46 holidaymaker reviews

Award-Winning Game Room,4/3,Pool,Spa,100mbps WiFi,2 Masters,65'4KTV, New Video
average rating of 5.0 based on 62 reviews
5

Amazing Tropical Retreat - we're going again!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip as a family of four to Florida (Boy 8, Girl 4). Tropical Retreat exceeded all our expectations. The property's description is accurate and all the amenities worked perfectly. The pool and spa area were great (thanks to the previous renters for the inflatables!). Loads of kitchen equipment if you want to cook with an amazing fridge though we did eat out more than we thought we would. One small snag with a sink plug was sorted immediately by Terry who couldn't have been more helpful and is a brilliant communicator by e-mail. Beds were comfortable and we needed them after all the walking we did! The games room is a fantastic facility and I was able to keep my wife in practice on the pool table. Washing and drying facilities first class. Internet reliable and very speedy. TV in the main living area is spectacular and there is a great range of media to go with it including Netflix & DirectTV and there are more screens in all the bedrooms and the games room with more channels than you need. Vast amounts of crockery both ceramic and plastic, lots of towels for home use and the coffee maker got a lot of use! Location wise you have everything you could need re shops and restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive and you really are right beside Disney World, so convenient. Can't recommend Tropical Retreat & Terry highly enough, first class facilities and service.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. We look forward to your return. Terry
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5

Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from staying at this property for a week with another family (4 adults, 3 kids). We had more than enough space to spread out.

Kitchen: Well equipped. You will need to purchase dishwasher tabs, paper towels, ziploc bags, if you will use these items as they are not provided. k-cups provided were a nice feature.

Pool/hottub: Excellent. Pool was warm, hottub was hot. Lounge chairs and shaded seating area were comfy. Pool is shaded until lunchtime so didn't have to worry about sunscreen for the kids until afternoon. We went to a local Dollar tree and purchased a bunch of inflatables - left them there for the next family to hopefully enjoy.

Bedrooms - no complaints, all slept well.

Bathrooms - again, no complaints - were sufficient for our needs.

Living room - great tv! Couch was comfy.

Dining room - we didn't use the formal dining area at all - too concerned about the carpeting and kids - they don't mix :-) We used the dinette area and the breakfast bar.

Gamesroom/laundry room - Washer/dryer were excellent! Tide pods and dryer sheets provided. Gamesroom was great - the kids mainly used the basketball game and bowling game. It was somewhere else to go within the house for entertainment.

Location - great! Easy to get to. We had visits at the house from plenty of newts, salamanders, a hawk, two sandhill cranes (at the front door!), and there is an alligator and turtles in the pond by the clubhouse. Easy commute along the 192 toward Disney/Universal. Also, within a 5 minute drive is super target, publix, dollar tree, gift shops, bonanza mini golf (get coupon at clubhouse), many restaurants, etc.

On a walk around the neighbourhood, we did notice that this was the only house with plants/shrubs/trees around the screened pool area - allowing lots of privacy. We did not use the tennis courts but there are tennis rackets/balls in the bedroom closet.

Overall, was a great, relaxing stay. We loved that it was a bungalow so no stairs. The owner was very easy to contact and responded promptly. He also provided a lot of additional information about the area and things to do. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. It is greatly appreciated. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation--that is our goal for each and every guest. We don't supply pool toys because of their short life span, but as you mentioned, pool toys are easy to find locally--usually at a very low price. No need to worry about the carpet! The carpet is Mohawk's SmartStrand that survived 2 weeks in a hippo enclosure at a zoo in their commercial. We look forward to your return. Thanks again. Terry
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5

Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here and had an amazing trip. The house is easy to get to, owner is super helpful, everything was clean and had every amenity we could ask for. We were in Disney in just minutes (super close) and centrally located to spend a few days in Universal as well as a day trip to the beach! The kids were just as excited to go to DisneyWorld as they were to spend time in the game room or swim in the pool! Beds were very comfortable, we used the jacuzzi every day!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. We look forward to your return.
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5

Highly recommend!! Amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at Tropical Retreat!! Couldn't ask for more - the owners thought of everything!! The house was very clean. The game room was absolutely amazing. So much fun - the adults loved it as much as the kids! Very close to the Disney parks. Would definitely recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation. We look forward to your return.
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5

Great Experience!!! Kids didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't be happier with this home! Owner was always available if we had any questions, and sent us a nice info packet with tips and suggestions for our stay. Home was in a safe gated community very close to Disney, and close enough to Universal Studios, etc.. The house was clean, with 2 master suites, had a great heated pool and spa ( included! ), and an UNBELIEVABLE GAMEROOM!!! Would definitely book here again! Highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Tropical Retreat. I am glad to hear you and your family had a great vacation--that is our goal for every family. We look forward to your return. Terry
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5

Another great stay...

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to Tropical Retreat and the experience was as great as the first. The house is always ready upon arrival with everything in working order and cleaning completed well. There are always new upgrades to check out (new washer and dryer for us) and everyone always hurries to their favorite bedrooms to get settled.

Location is easy and convenient and it is always obvious that this is a standout property in the community with so much attention to detail. We always love the hot tub after a long day of walking and the game room is a perfect compliment to the experience.

Always look forward to our future stays.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear that you and your family had another great vacation at Tropical Retreat. Thank you for the review, and we look forward to your return.
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Location

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
MCO Orlando International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Several
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Several
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-4 & 192
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Several
Nearest Beach
47 Miles
Car: recommended

AWARDS:

Tropical Retreat game room was named as one of ten best vacation home amenities in the US! Since that award, we have added a Simpsons Pinball and a Shuffle Alley!

65' Curved 4K-UHD TV in Living Room

100mbps WiFi

Laser printer for business and boarding passes

Winner 2010 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee

Winner 2012 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee

Rated EXCELLENT

You're going on a magical vacation--Don't you really want to stay in a very magical place! We combine the the magic of DisneyWorld with the comfort and convenience of Tropical Retreat to ensure each and every guest has the best vacation experience of their lives.

Tropical Retreat is just 2.6 miles from DisneyWorld in Emerald Island Resort. We want our guests to experience the very best a vacation home has to offer. We provide an awesome game room, pool, spa, comfortable beds--really comfortable beds, 2 masters with ensuite baths, 2 bedrooms with 2 twin beds highly themed to delight every child.

Our philosophy is simple: We do everything we can to ensure our guests have a great vacation. We gladly answer your questions, reply promptly to your emails, and respond to your phone calls. We not only provide our guests with a great place to stay, but we also provide our guests with tips, tricks, and money-saving suggestions that can make your vacation even more magical.

NO CHARGE:

for pool heat (some charge $30+ extra per night)

for spa heat (some charge extra for spa heat)

for BBQ propane (Some charge extra for propane)

for WiFi (Some charge extra for WiFi…if they have it)

for our desktop computer (Most do not offer a desktop computer)

for arcade games (Others may not even have a game room)

for cleaning fees (Others may charge an extra $70-$100)

for our Simpsons Pinball Party

for our Computer

for our Keurig Coffee Bar with K-Kups

for our in-house safe

for our laser printer

We invite you to checkout the features, comfort, conveniences, fun, security, and excitement we provide our guests.

Just look at the amenities we offer our guests:

New 4K-Ultra High Def TV

100mbps WiFi

New Simpsons Pinball Party--set on Free Play

New Shuffle Alley--set on free play

New Pop-a-Shot basketball game

Billiards

Tropical Retreat Arcade--over 1000 arcade games set for Free Play

Our SF Rush sit-down Arcade Driving Game set for Free Play

All new high-end appliances and new cookware in kitchen!

Pool/Spa State-of-the-Art Heater hybrid system with Solar

Color-Themed Carpeting in all bedrooms (100% recycled materials)

LED LCD TV's in all bedrooms

Frieze Carpeting in the Living & Dining Rooms (100% recycled materials)

Ceramic Tile in Nook, Hall, Kitchen, and Baths

Granite kitchen countertops

Leather Sectional with Full-sized Sofa Bed and Reclining Love Seats

Tropical Coffee Table and media stand in Living Room

Tropical Retreat’s Keurig Coffee Bar with Your Favorite Gourmet Coffees

Solar Hot Water System (to better protect our environment and provide more hot water for our guests)

Solar Pool Heating System (to better protect our environment and provide our guests with a warmer pool and spa)

Intelliflo High-Efficiency Pool Pump

Space-Saver High Chairs

Color Video Baby Monitoring Systems--Interference-Free

Top 10 Vacation Home Amenities in the US (Game Room)

Joovy Ultralight Caboose Sit & Stand Stroller

Joovy Cboose Stroller

Visco Memory Foam Mattress Toppers on Every Bed—Even the SofaBed

Free Local, State, National, and International Long Distance

Improved activities in the clubhouse--even massage!

Our Mission is to provide a safe, convenient, comfortable vacation home with luxurious features and unequaled amenities so that our guests have the best vacation of their lives, they return, and they tell their friends.We take pride in providing our guests with the highest value for their vacation dollar. Our home, named Tropical Retreat for its lavish tropical decorations, is located in the prestigious resort community of Emerald Island Resort.

You're going to have a great vacation!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Emerald Island, Kissimmee

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Fall Sale
27 Aug 2016 - 1 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£857
for 7 nights
From
£122
 
 
Spring Break
8 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,288
for 7 nights
From
£184
 
 
Christmas
16 Dec 2017 - 30 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,288
for 7 nights
From
£184
 
 
Spring Break
31 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,288
for 7 nights
£1,288
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
£873
for 6 nights
From
£146
£1,019
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £341
Tax Rate 13.0%

We book Saturday to Saturday with the possible exception in late August and all of September.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Disney / Orlando in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1996 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • resort
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Both master bedrooms have ensuite baths
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Nemo Twin - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Lion King - 2 Single Bed
    Master with Bath - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Comfortaire with Visco Memory Foam
    Master with Bath - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Visco Memory Foam added
    Sleep Sofa - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full Size with Visco Memory Foam
  • AWARDS: Tropical Retreat's game room was recently selected by TripAdvisor as one of ten vacation rentals from across the U.S. offering the best amenities! Winner 2010 Top Vacation Rental, Kissimmee Rated EXCELLENT by vacation rental sites We have 2 master bedrooms with Cal King mattresses and ensuite baths. One of the mattresses is a fully and individually adjustable Comfortaire mattress with memory foam; the second is a top-of-the-line conventional mattress with memory foam topper. Both masters have a 26 inch LED TV with cable, DVD, and DVD library. The 2 twin bedrooms each have a wall-mounted 23' LED TV with cable, DVD, PS2 or PS3, and PS2 or PS3 games. Both bedrooms are highly themed Nemo or Lion King. All twin beds have a memory foam topper for our guests' comfort. A full-size sofa bed with memory foam topper for comfort For the younger set, we have 2 strollers, 2 high chairs, Pack n Play
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
50 mbps WiFi secured and laser printer 4k_UHD TV in Living Room Bose Award-Winning Game Room - Pop-a-Hot Basketbball - Air Hockey - NEW Shuffle Alley -- NEW Simpsons Pinball Party! on free Play - Tropical Retreat Arcade with over 1000 games on Free Play - Sit-down driving game on free Play - New High-End Kitchen Appliances - Granite Kitchen Countertops - State of the Art Heat Pump Pool Heater and Solar for a Hybrid pool heating system - Solar Hot Water System - New carpeting throughout the house - Leather Sectional with Full-sized Sofa Bed and Reclining Love Seat -- New Tropical blinds throughout the house-- Tropical Retreat’s Keurig Coffee Bar with Your Favorite Coffees -- 2 Space-Saver High Chairs -- 2 Color Video Baby Monitoring Systems--Interference-Free -- Additional Will Games -- New Joovy Ultralight Caboose Sit & Stand Stroller -- Visco Memory Foam Mattress Toppers on Every Bed -- LED TV in all bedrooms Additional Baby Items

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